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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mabel Lucie Attwell - Tuesday 7th May

Good Morning Friends,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and the sun shone for you! We had a super weekend, but I do admit to spending time in the craft room when I should  have been out enjoying the sun! However, it was a very fruitful weekend - I finished off my large order, managed to finish the plaque I was struggling with in Sunday's post... and ..we booked our flights to California for September, so I also spent a lot of time on line, excitedly emailing relatives to confirm we are coming and booking hotels for our drive down from San Francisco to San Diego..I am really looking forward to it now, but I won't wish the summer away!

More excellent news! I have been asked to join the design team for Nicecrane Designs, which is owned by a lovely guy called Ignacio. I was thrilled to be asked and am in the best company as my lovely blog friend Anne, Redanne has also just joined the team...

You can view the Nicecrane site here, but he specialises in vintage ephemera collage sheets for card-making and paper craft and also digital stamps. I will mostly be creating projects colouring the stamps and here are my first two projects:

These are digital stamps of images by the British artist/illustrator  Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964). She  is most well known for her quirky, nostalgic drawings of babies and children, based on her own daughter Peggy. Her style is very much that of the  'British Postcard' and indeed many of her illustrations were used on postcards and advertisements.

For my first project I decided to make an easel card with a drawer and as the little girl is off to  do some painting, I thought it would make a good pencil or crayon box for  a child. I coloured this with Inktense pencils that I got at Ally Pally, they are superb and yes, very intense! I also stuck to the colours in the original artwork as much as possible. Mabel Lucie Attwell's work was used for illustration and posters so it was very much block coloured, with no shading, so quite easy in a way but very different to what I'm used to when colouring LOTV stamps, for example.

The box was made from a template (also an Ally Pally purchase) and the papers are vintage papers by Pink Petticoat.

My second project is a card with  Cinderella themed artwork and this time I used a different colouring medium again - drawing inks! I was given some for my birthday and hadn't had a chance to use them, so I decided to give them they were lovely to use!
 Again I used a very similar colour theme as the original artwork. The papers are by Graphic 45 and the stamp, Sam Poole.

Here is the coloured artwork, which can be purchased from Nicecrane, or the digital stamps as shown below: view these and many other designs - and purchase them by clicking this link 

Thank you so much for stopping by and please leave a comment, I love to read them!

Happy Crafting,
Carole X


  1. Congratulations on your design job these two projects look fantastic .Melanie

  2. Hi Carole

    It sounds like your bank holiday weekend has been as busy as mine .. .. though not much of mine was spent in the old craft pod.

    Loving your projects. Mabel Lucie Attwell is a favourite of mine and holds special childhood memories. I have a very old book which I can remember being given at the age of 6 and I used to read it to my little sister at night-time. We would work through the book but always fell asleep before we reached the end. So we remember the early poems in the book far more easily than those at the back!! LOL!!

    Your drawer easel card is very special.

    Hope you have a good week and enjoyed the bank holiday break.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Hi Carole, congratulations on joining the Nicecrane Design team I'm sure you will enjoy creating for them. Lovely cards and I especially like the drawer easel card, a nice little keepsake. Love Christine H xx

  4. Hi Carole, both projects are just gorgeous, I love how you made the easel drawer card, not only beautiful but practical too. The second is delightful and you have done a wonderful job with those new inks - wow, the image is fabulous and the design of your card is just so lovely! These Nicecrane images are so much fun to work with aren't they? So glad to be on a DT with you!! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Two lovely projects Carole....congrats on your DT post well deserved


  6. Hi Carole, at first thank you for your visit on my blog a few days ago and your kind comment !.. And also, congratulations to your DT post, surely well deserved for all your beautiful cards I see around your lasts posts.. These two projects are really cute and gorgeous !! Wishes, Coco x

  7. Wowwww Carole,,,,,,your easel card drawer is amazing my friend,,,,,I love your coloring in my funny digi,,,,,,woww,wowww and waht a great quote,,,,,love the font you used...........what creative you are,,,,my friend.

    Your second project is adorable,,,,,,,so,,,,cute,,, so colorful,,,,,,love the way you colored it,,,,with these incredible inks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Horayyyy for Carole and all welcome on bard my friend.

  8. Congratulations on your DT position Carole. These cards are great. I remember Mabel Lucie Attwell so well in picture books when I was a child. Christine x

  9. Hi Carole! Congratulations on your DT position! Well done and these projects are wonderful, love the colouring- beautiful!xx