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!!! 🙂

Queen for the Day

Hello Everybody,

how time flies. A couple of days have already passed since coming back from an extended Bank Holiday Weekend at the caravan … and what a weekend it has been … sunshine, BBQ’s, rain and earthquake!

Well, you did ready correctly. Wales was hit by an Earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday. Some reports put the epicentre just off the coast of Tudweiliog on the Lleyn Peninsula … and that’s where our caravan is, not in the sea of course, but just a field width away from the coast!!! Well it was only a minor one, about 3.8 or so, but it did wake us. It simply felt as if a strong gust of wind was shaking our van … but there wasn’t any wind. Never mind as hardened campers we turned round and went back to sleep. Can you imagine our surprise the following morning when we were told the news???

Now I know why the sheep were bleating all night.

Back to something crafting. The challenge this week at Out of a Hat Creations is ‘Jewel in the Crown’ which I turned into ‘Queen for the Day’

Queen for the Day

As you can se I’ve gone for all out bright and pinky girly. Normally I tend to shy away from such bright colours, but sometimes it does you good to try something different. It is also the first time that my doily die (by Cheery Lynne) cut properly … hooray!!!

In short, I stamped the images and coloured them in using Spectrum Noir Pens. I also coloured the doily with the bright pink pen to get a matching colour and attached it to my base card. I then mounted the crowns on a piece of turquoise card, attached them to my card before adhering the sentiment to a separate piece of turquoise card and attaching it using 3-D foam pads. To finish off, I rounded two of the corners and added some gems.

Enjoy!!! Back soon, have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂