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Going Crazy for Birds and Things

Every time I see the crazy birds, cats and things by Tim Holtz I grin from ear to ear. They're such adorable, groovy and nutty characters that its hard not to smile! I just love them all :)

Remember this groovy picture of a collection of artwork from early last year? It's from the blog of Tim Holtz "Simply Bird Crazy" blog post when the Bird Crazy stamps first arrived on the scene.

Its a great example of what could be made using the nutty adorable birds, one of my favourite stamp sets. They can be used for so many different and varied events and themes, especially when they're used with the Crazy Things stamp set!

Their furry friends are all in stock and awaiting their new homes :)

This is a link to all Tim's Crazy stamps and dies at Art by Jenny

image from the Tim Holtz Simply Bird Crazy blog post

Here are more creations that I find really inspiring...

This first one is by Anna-Karin found at the Sizzix blog. It a great example of using the Distress Micro Glaze, Distress paints and Dina Wakley acrylic paints together with the Bird Crazy dies. Its a fantastic piece of art with lots of fabulous texture and wonderful colours.

another crazy bird creation from Sizzix

Links ... Distress Micro Glaze - Distress Paints - Dina Wakley Paints 

One thing to note about the instructions on the Sizzix blog...
Use whatever you have on hand - scissors (if you don't have the dies), Cuttlebug (instead of a Bigshot) and any old cardboard box for the background. Most boxes still use the corrugated paper inbetween the smooth outer surface, simply peel this back to reveal the wrinkled card.

For the background - You could also use plain cardstock run through the embossing machine to create texture.

I prefer Strathmore watercolour paper as it doesn't pill or fall apart if you use too much water. For the technique they've used for colouring the birds (sealing the white card and dragging the paper through the ink on the craft sheet), you could even use regular cardstock (like Bazzill, the textured side) and let it dry completely before putting the birds together.

This next one is from Richele Christensen aka California Art Girl. Richele has created a variety of greeting cards using the Bird Crazy stamps and die set with some fantastic backgrounds. Her colour combinations are wonderful and the mix of elements is fantastic. So inspirational!

image from the Richele Christensen Bird Crazy blog post

image from the Richele Christensen Bird Crazy blog post
Love the colour combos in this card, well I would - green is my favourite colour! The green spots emphasize the gorgeous greens and blues used for his feathers / body. The layers of cardstock are given additonal attraction by use of string (twine).

image from the Richele Christensen Bird Crazy blog post

This bird is just like me when I'm painting - splatters everywhere and different colours all over the place! Loving this card alot :) 

The third artist, Bobbi Smith of Vintage Muse Designs, has such an incredible way of mixing colours, backgrounds and textures with 3D elements (paper tole). Check out these few samples then hop over to her blog for all the others.

image from the Bobbi Smith blog post

image from the Bobbi Smith blog post

image from the Bobbi Smith blog post

image from the Bobbi Smith blog post

Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set image

Soon we will have the most adorable Crazy Cats taking over the limelight from the birds. They're arriving at Art by Jenny around the 20th to 25th May :) Can't wait!

I hope this post has inspired you to get out your Distress markers, inks and Crazy Bird stamps and have some fun. I'm here if you have questions or need help :)

Next blog post I'll find you some original creations using these fab Cats. See you then!

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

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Easter Card Kit - Free Cardmaking Tutorial

A simple yet arty greeting card to make for Easter!

This card kit is made using the Thank You For Ordering gift I've been sending out to my wonderful customers each time they order.

I've made it available for sale here if you'd like one or three for yourself. Click here to view and buy.

Each kit includes the prefolded cream card base, one piece of shop bought scrapbook paper, three rectangles of unique prints, a length each of twine and ribbon, and prestamped images on smooth white card.

The stamps are from 'Candyfloss and Marshmallow, Some Bunny Loves You' by Design Objectives, DoCrafts.

sample of a finished Easter Card by Jenny James

To make the kit into a card like the one I created above, all you need to add is Distress ink, scissors and adhesive.

The first thing I did to make the kit was create some unique paper and cardstock to use for the backgrounds. To do this, I used printable canvas (you can also use Sticky Back Canvas), basic white cardstock in gloss and smooth, and plain copy paper. 

There are 2 ways to create unique printed paper. One is using Gelli Plates and the other is simply spritzing, painting and splattering using your favourite paints, ink sprays and stains. I used the Dylusions and Distress range of colours. The first batch of kits I sent out included Gelli prints as well.

Making unique paper and cardstock using Distress Inks, Paints, Stains and Dylusions Sprays

Every rectangle of paper and cardstock is different, giving you unique cards not found anywhere else!

Inked edges on the hand printed paper with the Distress Inks

Cut the shop bought scrapbook paper in half lengthways. Using a Mini Blending Tool and the Distress Ink Pads in Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed, blend ink on all the edges of the printed papers.

Hand cut stamped images from the Easter Card Kit

Cut out all the elements of the design using fine, sharp scissors or a craft knife (scalpel). I didn't use the basket, but cut out most of the tulips as shown in the photo. Trim the words into banners, one with ribbon ends and one with scrolls.

Distress Inks, blending tool and other bits of cardmaking

Shown above are the inks and papers, ready to be put together.

A rough of how the card is put together

I like to put together my card designs without adhesive so I can move them around until I'm happy.

the finished Easter Card from the kit

A closeup of the finished card. I used Ranger's Wondertape for adhering most of the card and the 3D tape for the areas lifted from the design.

That's it! Easy, wasn't it? I hope you enjoy making your own Easter card :) Whoever you give it to is sure to love it!

Have a Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

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