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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nicecrane Two-fer - Wednesday 26th November 2014

Hello Friends,

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and encouragement...I worked two long days Monday and Tuesday, yesterday helped by one of my office volunteers, Julia and we made a heavy dent in the web updates we have to fact they have now put the big launch date back to January 5th as there have been so many that's good news!

I brought a bit of work home, but other than that, I'm not back in until next Tuesday, so time to finish off the cards and decorations I've been making.

Glad you liked my Tilda: really these dolls aren't hard to make and I find it very relaxing; I trace the pattern and sew (with Tilda patterns you cut out afterwards, which is much better). I then cut them out and the rest is stuffing and hand sewing, which can be accomplished at leisure in front of the TV. Nice.

Tom's Dad had a lovely 80th Birthday last weekend: as I mentioned, on Sunday we took Tom's Mum, Dad and brother (bro drove..yay!) to Highgrove for lunch. The food was beautiful, the restaurant is gorgeous and decorated for Christmas and everyone had a fabulous time. Now they want to do a garden tour next year, Tom and I have been twice and are due for a Spring visit, so we'll have to arrange it! It is a shame photos aren't allowed, just one of the menu I brought home! :)

Today I am sharing two  design team cards I have made from Nicecrane's Christmas releases. This time I have used the Vintage Christmas Collection 1.

There are so  many gorgeous vintage digital designs over on the website, just click the link at the end of the post to go an have a mooch around the shop!

For the first card, I used this gorgeous traditional Santa image, he looks so jolly!
The card is 7x7 backed with paper from Tim Holz. 

I matted and layered the image on cream silk card and also added a layer of red card beneath, which I had embossed with a holly embossing folder.
To finish, I added ribbon, holly, cones and buttons and die cut a little snowflake. I also painted over the highlights in the beard and hair with my  clear Twinkle of Stella pen.

For my second card, I used a really sweet image and also made a matching tag:

For the card I used a 6x6 Kraft card blank. The script paper is from my stash and I stitched around the outside, leaving room the curl the card inwards afterwards. I printed the image on a silk card as for the Santa card and dusted with embossing glitter to highlight the snow on the trees and background.

I made a mini wreath from wire, which I covered with twine and then again dusted with snow embossing glitter. I tied red ribbons at intervals and added red paper roses, just for a change from holly! I then added a bow and twine to the side and placed over the image to frame it.

To finish I added some gems and snow glitter to the edges of the card.

I also used kraft card for the tag and covered with the same script card. I curled the edges of the printed image and inked the edges with worn lipstick distress ink, before adding the glitter.
To to finish I matched the bow and flowers and added some red twine.

This is the image sheet showing all the designs in the ranges:

I really enjoyed making these cards and there are many more gorgeous vintage images on the site, just click on the link here:

Just to also add that Nicecrane is the sponsor of the current challenge over at

Thank you so much for stopping by, I have some more images from Nicecrane to work with so will be posting them soon,

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Just catching up in you've been busy Carole just love your vintage cards and tags


  2. Carole wow these are GORGEOUS super GORGEOUS.... take care my friend sorry about the short and sweet
    The Journey is the Start

  3. Hi Carole I am glad that work is starting to calm down. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Highgrove it is a shame you can't take photos but the menu looks amazing. You have created some fantastic Christmas projects. Those images are gorgeous. Have a good week. Hugs Jackie

  4. Hi Carole, thanks for the visit, pleased you like my crows but thought you would!
    Hope to catch up with visits as the computers been down. Highgrove sounds gorgeous.
    Love the cards, nice vintage look to them.
    Hope you have a lovely crafty week, Angela x

  5. Hey Carole - thanks for the visit. Sorry I have been a stranger, work is killing me right now. I love all that is going on with you! The Highgrove menu looks yummy. I love the tag that matches your card - I have just asked my friend to send me some label / tag dies. Cx

  6. Wowww Carole,,,,,waht a cute, cute and fun Christmas Cards,,,,,love the elgant first one and all over the cute and amazing cretivity on your second card,,,,,,,,horayyyyy for Carole......

  7. Hi Carole

    Sounds like life has been quite exciting and gosh that menu looks super wonderful!

    Loving your Christmas cards .. .. especially the first one. That is how Santa should look and the backing paper is gorgeous too.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Hi Carole,

    Such a darling little girl in your card! I really love how you created a wreath to perfectly highlight your image!! Beautiful.

    Oh Highgrove sounds like the most amazing - yummy fun!

    Glad to hear you are making progress at work. So glad you pushed the deadline out a bit! : )


  9. Morning Carole,
    Highgrove sounds amazing. Lovely vintage cards.

  10. Loving the images on your fantastic cards, wonderful vintage style.
    Highhroves sounds wonderful as does that menu

    Patricia x

  11. Beautiful cards Carole. You create such lovely cards with their products. Glad you enjoyed a Highgrove. Have a great weekend.x

  12. Hi Carole, sounds like you had a lovely time at Highgrove & that menu looks yummy & very posh!
    I love all these projects you've created, particularly the Santa card as he looks so jolly. Some Santa images look quite scary but he looks very friendly. They are such nice vintage images, I bet they are great to work with.
    Hope to catch up for a coffee soon!
    Amy x

  13. These are such gorgeous creations - perfectly embellished and the vintage images look so beautiful. The menu sounds delicious!

  14. These are so gorgeous Carole! I just love the vintage images and feel to them! I just love the little wreath you made to frame that gorgeous image! Beautiful matching tag too! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog while I was on holiday! I had a great time with my Mom, although the week flew by too quickly! Hope you had a wonderful week as well! hugs :)

  15. very pretty cards and so xmas vintage looking. lucky you to live by this "famous" place and be able to attend that special celebration I am glad that your family had so much fun.
    hugs bibiana