ATSM Challenge 69

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #69 – Addicted to CAS!!!

I know you’ll love this one …

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have used another catty image from our sponsor Nicecrane Designs. It is one from the Funny Cats by Thiele DSL Collection with some really adorable images for some fun cards.

Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

joyful cats

I just love this adorable joyful image, these cats just seem to want to dance off the page. There is so much movement in this image, one doesn’t need to add anything … and I normally love playing with rounded corners or embossing for CAS cards. This time I felt anything else would detract rather than add.

This is a very quick card, I simple printed the image out, cut it to size, coloured it using my promarkers, stamped my sentiment and mat & layered as shown.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Addicted to CAS’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Halloween Pumpkins

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #68 – Addicted to Colours …

which are very Halloween … see for yourself …

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I went for a Halloween inspired theme, here it is:

Halloween Pumpkins

I must say, I am not a Halloweeny type of person … in fact this is the first Halloween card I’ve ever made. Some of you might remember some Halloween Treat Bags I made for a challenge at Out of a Hat Creations last year, when I didn’t even have anything Halloween in my stash … a catty stamp and some hand drawn spiders had to do.

All of that happened of course before I discovered the joys of digital stamps and images, especially the ones from Nicecrane Designs.

For my card this week I used one image from the delightful Halloween Pumpkins and some digital papers called Grunge Fantasy Paper Pack, both from Nicecrane Designs. Both are perfectly suited for making some beautiful cards for this week’s colour challenge … and because I had so much fun making the card … I made a matching tag too! 🙂

Halloween Punpkins tag

I coloured my image using Promarkers for skin and shadow and Spectrum Noir pens for the green and mustard touches. I then cut my images out and blended the edges with mustard ink. For the layered background I punched a border using the green paper from the pack, and I also cut a piece of the black/grey and the black/green paper for layering. (My black/green paper looks more black/mustard, but then my magenta ink was close to running out. In fact I had to replace it after the sheet had printed). I also punched a lace border, a flower and some leaves from black card and some more smaller flowers from celery and mustard card. I then distressed the edges of my white base card with some black ink and blended the edges of my papers, but not the border, with black ink too before layering as shown and finishing off by adding some black pearls.

For the tag I cut some black card into a tag shape, layered as shown and added pearls and a length of black distressed celery ribbon to finish.

I as just thinking this combo could also be very suited for a late October Birthday card … what do you think??? Please let me know.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Addicted to Colours’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 67

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #67 – Make your Mark!!!

I know you all love colouring in and generally using your markers. I don’t know about you, but I would struggle to survive without them.

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have used another image from the Fascinating Bessie Gutmann CS set, you ma remember the little girl on the floating leaf ….

Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Rain

… not that it is raining here at the moment, but it is very cold …

I used some Spectrum Noir markers to add some yellow to the girl’s dress and some shading to the panelling. I also highlighted the ‘rain’ by adding a touch of blue using a watercolour pencil. The red and pink touches were already in the image. I stamped and fuzzy cut the umbrella and cut a little slot with my craft knife ready for layering. I then just added some stamped leaves to the image itself and as a border to some Designer Paper before stamping the sentiments and layering as shown.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Make your Mark’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 66

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #60 – Anything Goes!!!

I know this will be very popular as you can allow your inspiration to roam freely and craft whatever you fancy.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have decided to do something different … and I have been thinking ‘handmade presents’ … they always come in handy, especially as nobody can deny that we are a sort of coming up to Christmas.

I have used a Nicecrane image sheet, a collection of 8 pre-coloured images. Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Punky Dunk Gold Fish I

I made a little story book as a keepsake using the Punky Dunk And The Gold Fish Set.

Punky Dunk Gold Fish II

Below is a little overview of most of the book’s pages. I arranged the images in a way that they would tell a little story and kept the embellishments to a minimum to let the story shine through. As I was planning this project, a couple of friends came to mind, who are cat lovers and recently lost their great feline companion …

The tag on this first page fits in behind the little poem

Punky Dunk Gold Fish III

For the background I used stamps and pretty paper. I also added my own titles which I made up on my computer.

Punky Dunk Gold Fish IV

My embellishments are made up of die-cut shapes, pearls and candi.

Punky Dunk V

Punky Dunk VI

Punky Dunk VII

Punky Dunk Gold Fish VIII

I also left some space to add a personal message or two …

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More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

ATSM Challenge 65 and Nicecrane Birds Family CS both using the Birds Family CS set

Nicecrane Retro Christmas uses the pre-coloured Retro Christmas Collage Sheet

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

All the links to these sheets are provided in the original posts.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 65

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #60 – Photo Inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

… and the photo to take your inspiration from is …

As you can see, there is lots of scope here. You got flowers, fruit, pumpkins, leaves, autumn colours to mention just a few.

I have one Nicecrane image I decided on and had a play with. It is from the Birds Family CS collection of 5 pre-coloured images. Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Birds Family CS

I went with colours autumn colours and leaves for my inspiration. The bird images make for quick and easy cards ideal for any occasion. I simply printed the image, cut it out and layered it as shown in the picture after running a black inkpad along the edges.

Before you ask … the writing on the DS paper is side on because I liked the vertical broken line effect rather than going for stripes.

More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

Nicecrane Retro Christmas uses the pre-coloured Retro Christmas Collage Sheet

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

All the links to these sheets are provided in the original posts.

Hope you’ll like my quick make card.. Please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 60

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #60 – Photo Inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

… and the photo to take your inspiration from is …

As you can see lots of scope there. The whole image has a CAS feel about it, especially as it is a sort of monochrome grey apart from the red lighthouse. There is also a seaside feel to it, which reminds me of Sue’s card from last week’s CAS challenge. I can also take inspiration from there being water and the grass of the dunes. The lighthouse also looks like an old-fashioned vintage type. Well that’s my inspiration so far. As I couldn’t take all of these into account, I decided to go with water, grass and colour scheme on some of my projects.

I have two Nicecrane images I decided on and had a play with. Here they are:

The first one is from the Fascinating Bessie Gutmann Set …

girl on Leaf I

As you can see the image has lots of detail on it, hence I went for a grey CAS background. I pasted the image file into a Word document re-sized it and lightened the grey scale a bit before printing. I ten coloured the girls dress in red using Sepctrum Noir Markers and added some light grey touches to other bits of the image using a cool grey1 Promarker Pen before blending the edges with red and assembling the card as shown.

In my next card I used the same image, but went for a more vintage feel …

gril on leaf II

This image is printed in the original colour. I then added some soft colour touches to the girl’s dress and hair, the daisies, the butterfly, the grasses and the water using pale hues of Spectrum Noir Markers. I then stamped the swirl and sentiment on so saffron designer paper (SU) and blended the edges with soft suede ink (SU) before matting and layering as shown.

The next image I used is from the Dolls of Japan Safe Pack set

Japanese Lady II

For this card I simply added some red and grey to the dress, a touch of grey as a shadow, blush for the skin and some pastel beige to the umbrella before simply layering it on textured grey and red card as shown.

On to my next card for which I used the same image. This time I didn’t do any colouring in, all I did was adding some grey to the background, again using the Word picture tool option. After cutting I edged the image with black ink and layered it on red pearlised card. I then tore some strips of Washi Tape and positioned them on silvery card before layering on my cream coloured base card. I the finished off with some further black edging, adding a sentiment and black ribbon. To edge my silvery card I simply used my black Stamp’n’Write Marker and a ruler to draw a line on my base card as close as possible to my silvery card, which had one of those smooth surfaces unsuitable for dye ink.

Japanese Lady I

As always I have given you a direct link to the Nicecrane Designs image sheets used in the above projects. All you have to do is click on their names and the link will open in a new window.

More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

Nicecrane Retro Christmas uses the pre-coloured Retro Christmas Collage Sheet

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

All the links to these sheets are provided in the original posts

Just to fill you in a bit but keeping it short, Ignacio from Nicecrane Designs sources his images (as far as I am aware through the proper chanels with licences etc) and then works on them to a standard that people can buy them and craft with them.  Hours of work go into the images before they are released for sale.  They are not just taken from a website and then resold.  The print out quality of the images is fantastic.  I am just blown away by them. These are Florence’s words, but they’re also true for me.
Nicecrane Designs are based in Cadiz in Southern Spain. 

Ignacio :  I  have been  Photoshop Instructor for more than 6 years ago,,,,,, and I love  Graphic Design ,,,,,,,it is my passion,,, I love anything about Graphic Design, new techniques, software and tips and tricks. I am also  FAN of Japanese  Culture , especially about Ukiyo-e and Washi craft,,,,,and I love Jaapanese  Origami,,,,,,
Nice  to meet people from different countries to share hobbies and practice my English.
He has lots of images to choose from. You’ll always find one to suit the occasion. The pre-coloured images are very detailed and print out beautifully. The ones for colouring yourself are very easy to work with, especially shading for added depth is made very easy. The card from my Summer Days Post won me a prize in a competition run by the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. This is how easy it is to achieve great results using Nicecrane Designs images.
Sorry I know, I have been going on a bit, but I just love his work!!!
Hope you’ll like it too. Please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Nicecrane Retro Christmas

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #59 – Addicted to CAS.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

… here is what I made for this week’s challenge …

Retro Christmas I

 

… as you can see I kept my promise and went for a ‘not at all catty’ Christmas card. 🙂

I worked with the Retro Christmas ATC Collage Sheet.

Here are a few more cards I made using images from the same sheet.

Retro Christmas II

Retro Christmas III

Retro Christmas IV

Retro Christmas V

As you can see I did my best to stay as true as I could to this week’s CAS challenge. These images teased me into trying my hand on a spot of decoupage … and I think it works well. The gingerbread tree, the houses and the woolly hat seem to benefit from the lift and slight shaping.

These images are great for making speedy Christmas Cards. They also need very little embellishments which makes them a good choice for making ‘postage friendly’ cards. Anyone living in the UK will know what I am talking about …

More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

Just to fill you in a bit but keeping it short, Ignacio from Nicecrane Designs sources his images (as far as I am aware through the proper chanels with licences etc) and then works on them to a standard that people can buy them and craft with them.  Hours of work go into the images before they are released for sale.  They are not just taken from a website and then resold.  The print out quality of the images is fantastic.  I am just blown away by them. These are Florence’s words, but they’re also true for me.
Nicecrane Designs are based in Cadiz in Southern Spain. 

Ignacio :  I  have been  Photoshop Instructor for more than 6 years ago,,,,,, and I love  Graphic Design ,,,,,,,it is my passion,,, I love anything about Graphic Design, new techniques, software and tips and tricks. I am also  FAN of Japanese  Culture , especially about Ukiyo-e and Washi craft,,,,,and I love Jaapanese  Origami,,,,,,
Nice  to meet people from different countries to share hobbies and practice my English.
He has lots of images to choose from. You’ll always find one to suit the occasion. The pre-coloured images are very detailed and print out beautifully. The ones for colouring yourself are very easy to work with, especially shading for added depth is made very easy. The card from my Summer Days Post won me a prize in a competition run by the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. This is how easy it is to achieve great results using Nicecrane Designs images.
Sorry I know, I have been going on a bit, but I just love his work!!!
Hope you’ll like it too. Please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂