Animal Around Us Creations & París Exposition

Lovely creations with Animal Around Us

Directly from Toni`s blog
: In 1977, I had been at work for about two years when the media were full of the fact that a book was being released containing a reproduction of Edith Holden's nature diary - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady... you can see from this snap of my book shelves, it wasn't to be the only book published containing this lady's wonderful artwork.The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady was one of my first 'grown-up' book purchases...

..and despite it being well read, it looks almost as it did when I first brought it home. 

Books are treasures and should be treated as such.

Ignacio (Nicecrane Designs) has recently released a lot of Springtime image sheets, amongst them have been some Edith Holden images which are all wonderful but...

...when he asked me to work with this sheet, I couldn't say no. The images are in the same style...

...just look at these cute little bunnies and what about this one...


...this image is adorable and I just had to make a start.

Toni at my Dt was workinf with my funny and adorable "Animal Around Us" New Releases,so directly from her blog :Well, today I bought two magazines whilst out shopping with Mum - Simply Cards & Papercrafts and Quick Cards made Easy. These are two magazines that I buy regularly but I was particularly attracted to the fact that "Simply" had a set of IndigoBlu stamps as the cover gift...

...and I rather like this brand. I had also seen the head with the flowing hair before and seen it used with gilding flakes to great effect.

Ignacio had sent me a set of animal digi images...

 Original Vintage Bookcover

...and I had already used the cute little 'Hedgie'. However, I had also been colouring a couple of the other images... you can see here. Both had been coloured using Spectrum Noir pens. What I needed was an idea for using the completed images.

As I was browsing through "Quick Cards" I came across some instructions for a multi-fold card which I thought looked interesting...

...and so with a bit of scoring, folding & cutting I had my base card. The magazine showed lots of examples with panels of PP stuck in strips all over the card but that wasn't what I wanted.

Then the penny-dropped.

I had been looking at the freebie stamps and the more I looked at the 'head' the more I saw grass and shrubbery. So just inking up the hair...

...I repeat stamped across the bottom of the card using alternating Adirondack ink pads in "Latte" and "Pebble". I also stamped the sentiment from the freebie set in Adirondack "Espresso" then cut it out using a deckle-edge blade on my paper trimmer.

The edge of the sentiment panel was inked with Ranger Distress Ink in "antique linen" before being mounted on the left-hand front panel of the card using 3D foam pads...

...the image of the bunnies with the banner has also been inked with antique linen and mounted on the inside back panel (the banner can be used to write the message in). I then rough-cut the field mouse...

...and mounted it on the right-hand front panel. Once again using 3D foam.
This is the finished card...

...although it is very dimensional, it actually folds very flat which makes it ideal for posting.

This set if digi-stamps is one of Ignacio's new sheets over atNicecrane Designs. "Animals Around Us" is a lovely sheet of images that were a delight to colour. If you would like to see what some of the other DT members have been up to, do hop on over to the Nicecrane blog. There is such a variety of work to be seen vintage images of large flowers, oriental images, vintage postcards...children, animals, buildings...there is so much to see and inspire.

But.....Toni did also a really so unique and sweet  Easter Gif,,,,,,,,with this set,,,,,,,

OMG you can`t miss it...:

I finished colouring my cute little 'Hedgie' from Nicecrane Designs(shown in previous post) and here he is...

..sitting amongst my Easter gifts that will be delivered later...


...I wanted him finished so that I could use him as a gift card in this egg basket...

...tucked in amongst the eggs. I cut the image using a Spellbinders scalloped oval die then embossed it and inked the edges with Ranger distress ink - antique linen.

Fingers crossed the weather behaves for the weekend (forecast isn't brilliant) and everyone is able to take advantage of the extra couple of days.

and show me all you can do.

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Brenda love París Theme,,,,,so I asked her to work with my "París Exposition 1889 Pack".and she send me these two vintage and all over so unique Vintage French Cards,,,,,,,,I am sure you´ll enjoy watching them:

Now for my Nicecrane DT pieces using some of Ignacios new Paris Exposition designs, it's a real bumper pack offering loads of inspiration and I have done one suitable for a man and one for a lady just to show how versatile they are. Being French I have a feeling my DIL will love these designs. 

Here is my París Save Pack

Par�s Exposition 1889 Pack - Click Image to Close

Enjoy this new funny and cute sheet and specia Thanks to Toni and Jane

Giant Flowering,,,,& Japanese Style

Henderson Giant Flowering

Hi again ladies,,,I was some connection problems last week, but I am here again,,,,Jane did these stunning Flower Card working with my "Giant Henderson Flowering Packs"  I was really inspired by the bold striking colours from my plants. I wanted to use the purples, yellows and greens and I made a backing paper with my distress paints and inks, my wooden flower stamp I bought at the recent Country Life Spring show I attended and some purple craft fabric paint I bought from there.

I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet, Forest Green and Blue Jeans paints and when dry filled in the spaces by blending Mustard Seed and Tattered Rose distress inks. I then stamped randomly over the page with my wooden flower stamp and purple fabric paint....I loved the effect.

I wanted to bring out the yellow more so I die cut some flowers with yellow card and rolled them up.

I had some left over lattice cut with gold card which I daubed with Victorian Velvet distress paint.

I also wanted to use one of my favrourite Nicecrane images from the Henderson's giant flowering set. This is a brilliant set and I have used it lots. So then it was time to put on the creative hat, gather some other supplies and ideas and put together my card........

Quote Reads" Live the Life you`ve imagined"

and a few close ups...

I think my card is as bold and blousy as my tulips are!


Henderson ' s Giant Flowering Vol 1 - Click Image to Close

Henderson ' s Giant Flowering Vol 2 - Click Image to Close



Japanese Inspiration (by Julia)

I love Japanese Culture,,,so I asked to Julia at my  DT to work with,,,,,,some of my latest Japanese Collections,,,,and here is the result,,,,,, OMG I am falling in lovw the way Julia choose these vibrant colors,,,,,what a stunning style,,,,,,,,,,She used two of my Japanese Collections called:  Dolls from Japan #2 and  Scenes of Edo II


Elegant  Japanese Card Using Dolls from Japan #2  (by Julia)

Do you need some inspiration with this sheet?:

Dolls from Japan Save Pack - Click Image to Close

Julia also was working with famous Edo Scenes

What about this amazing Colorful Japanese Card?


this Card was created using Scenes of Edo II (by Julia)

I really love these colors and ornaments.........sooo unique,,, sooo Japanese,




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And here you can watch the complete sheet:

Thanks a million to Julia,,,,,and Jane,,,and all over to all the Team for these 
all new creations I have receiving t post,,,,,

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