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Monday, 24 August 2015

Bird Crazy - for Inspiration Emporium

Hello friends

Like most people who have seen them and/or used them, I have been dying to try out the Crazy Things Stamps and also my Crazy Things dies that go beautifully with Tim's original Bird Crazy Stamps that I got some time ago.

I decided to use them to create a trio of male birds ATCs as my Design Team piece for Inspiration Emporium.  The ATCs could easily transferred later onto card fronts.


I was playing around with a new stencil to make some backgrounds, I like to experiment on small surfaces first but liked them, so they were used here.


Mr Cool reminds me of a Jazz player, with his pork pie hat and rather serious look.  The hat is from Tim's Crazy Things stamp set.  The wall was created using a Dinky stencil and Distress Inks.   The colouring was done with Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and the fabulous new Ground Espresso.  The word is cut from Tim's Alphanumeric Thinlits die set.


I see this character as the Jazz singer in the club where Mr Cool plays... He reminds me of a rather colourful character who used to sing at Ronnie Scott's club in London, called George Melly (yes I did used to go and watch him in the days when many a famous British, American and European Jazz singer(s)/player(s) frequented the club - and many still do - sadly not me though!).  

Again he and the background have been coloured with Distress Inks, in Blueprint Sketch, Crackled Pistachio and Hickory Smoke.  The background also uses  the Mixed Media Thinlits.


My third and favourite character is quite a dapper chap, with his formal hat and tie and his monocle, I think he must be a theatre-goer.  The monocle was made from the glasses/spectacles from the Crazy Things set of stamps as is the hat and tie.  He has been coloured largely with Ground Espresso, Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.

So many things have already been done with the Bird Crazy stamp set and Accessories but the new Crazy Things set of stamps open up a whole new world of possibilities.  I hope to be back soon with some girls, made from the remaining three stamps in the Bird Crazy set.

If you do not have any of the Bird Crazy gang yet and you choose to buy from Inspiration Emporium you can save 10% off your whole order if you quote Redanne.  There are special bundles of the Bird Crazy gang for sale at Inspiration Emporium too which you can find on this page here.  Postage rates in the USA are only $5 and only $10 to the UK and Europe.

Take care and hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx





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42 comments:

  1. These are all totally fabulous .... just wish my pre order of the accessory images would hurry up and arrive!

    Kathyk

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  2. These are so fun! Wonderful job with the die and stamp combos. :)

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  3. Oh, Anne, wie herrlich.
    Ich liebe deine Crazy-Birds-Szenen.
    Klasse gemacht!

    Liebe Grüße

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  4. Anne these are fantastic! I especially LOVE Mr Dapper, the monocle is so clever and it looks like he's wearing a suit. Love the backgrounds too. :)

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  5. Hehhehehe - soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo INCREDIBLY FUN Anne. I am so laughing. I can name a relative that each one of these reminds me of!!!! LOVE THEM!!! j.

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  6. This has make me smile Anne - love Mr Cool and Mr Hello in their jazz outfits!!! Chrisxx PS Guess what? I am on catch up again!!!

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  7. Love these little guys ..... what a cool bunch! xx

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  8. These are fabulous Anne. Truly fabulous. I love the characters you've given them and the colours you chose are perfect. George Melly was wonderful!! I remember watching him on the TV with my mum. I remember his Bi-ig smile :D
    Looking forward to seeing your girlie birds ;) Hope you have a great week {{Hugs}} xoxo

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  9. A most impressive trio Anne! I suspect they could give One D a run for their money!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Jenny xxx

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  10. My bird krazy dies are finally on their way here after three aborted orders! Dang, I wish I had tried IO for them! (My old brain is failing me more and more!!) Annie, you thoroughly engaged me with your captivating post about your characters! You made them come alive both in your words and in your work of art!! Thank you for the fun adventure!! I think I'll start some jazz playing in the background on my Spotify as I surf around!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  11. Dapper Dan he's my man and if can't do it no one can. Love your back grounds - it took me a while to fall in love with these crazy birds and now I can't get enough of them!! They have such darn good personalities and now the Crazy Stamp set adds even more personality to these wacky birds. Great ATCs Anne!!
    Sandy xx

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  12. Oh, Anne, these are so whimsical and fun! Love how you've decked out these birds.

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  13. absolutely fabulous ATCs Anne - sooooo much fun - i adore them! Can't wait to make some like that!! Hugs rachel x

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  14. These are so fabulous and great fun. My crazy bird accessories stamps arrived this morning, can't wait to play with them

    Joan

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  15. A wonderful set of ATCs Anne. I love the fun images, gorgeous colours and fabulous backgrounds.
    hugs Sue xx

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  16. ATC trio of fabulousness! Anne, you have made these Crazy Birds really pop off those great background! I love their added hats! So cool! Hugs!

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  17. Cool birds and cool ATCs. Can't wait for the accessory stamps to arrive.
    Sending hugs, Angela x

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  18. Love these dapper chaps Anne. love the co,our ways for each and their hats are fabulous. Love the backdrops on each one . Really must use mine more . Tracy x x

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  19. Oh wow, I love these, they are fabulousness!!!

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  20. Absolutely delightful, Anne… I love your three colourful characters - with perfect stories attached. Oh dear, and there was me thinking I wouldn't need the "Things". Hope I can hold out this time!!
    Alison xx

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  21. All fantastic Anne & I love the wee stories to go with their characters!! Terrific colours Anne!! Hugs Ann xx

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  22. Completely brilliant Anne, I just adore what you did with the hats and other elements, - so very clever!! The backgrounds look amazing too, and I just love your fun interpretations of their characters!! So imaginative!!!

    I want to apologize for my lack of visits, hopefully by next week I will be back in full blogging mode.... We are leaving here late tonight (with a heavy heart), back home on Friday but not able to get into our house until after September 1 as it is still let for the E'burgh festival, but hopefully by the end of next week things will be back t normal....xxxxx

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  23. FABULOUS ATC's Anne!!! I LOVE each one, and the bird brothers look dashing!!!

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  24. These look loads of fun Anne. Gorgeous colouring by the way and super use of the crazy stamp set.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  25. Oh Anne - aren't these birds just too much fun? I love all three of yours with the outfits, backgrounds and bright colors. I am finally back from my very long trip and starting to visit some of the long neglected blogs that I enjoy. Great job on those birds.

    Hugs, S@ndy xx

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  26. What a fabulous trio Anne. The middle one really does look like George Melly (chuckle).
    I can't wait to see who the 'girls' are.
    Toni xx

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  27. Oh Anne!! I just love these fabulous ATC's with those cool little crazy birds. Think I will just have to get those accessories now. Apologies for my lack of visits but life is pretty busy.....need more hours in the day and days in the week, but its all good

    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie xx

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  28. These are wonderful Anne!! Love them against the brick background, that works really perfectly with these accessorized birds. Great colouring!!

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  29. From the backgrounds to the composition to the wonderful colouring - another fabulous creation xx

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  30. What a fun trio of ATC's Anne! Each of the birds are so special and the backgrounds look amazing! Love the brick! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Oh dear Anne, now I see I need the accessories dies - what a great enabler you are (LOL). Love your trio of men! I can see the George Melly connection and remember seeing him in Manchester (nothing exotic like London for me) a long long time ago (shhhh).
    Great work, great ideas, great stamping and colouring.
    Hugs, Neet (who still has not had time to start on the birds) xxx

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  32. FABULOUS set of super cool Crazy Bird ATCs, Anne!! I haven't jumped on the Crazy Birds bandwagon yet, but with these darling ATCs, you've got me considering them, so you're doing your job well! :) :) Fab use of the dinky stencil, too! So Fun!!! XOXO-Shari

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  33. Thank you so so much Anne for making my day ! I smiled when I first saw your trio of ATc and every time I've seen them since . They are real mood / spirit lifters ! :) What a fab story too you have told of each of your cool crazy birds.
    I love the brick wall stenciling that provides the perfect backdrop for your 'Jazz Trio' and the character you have given each of them not only with your narrative but with your chosen 'crazy bits' is absolutely fabulous . I feel I should be preferring one over the other but nope they are all equal faves . You are rapidly becoming the 'Queen of using the Crazy Birds' . Can't wait to see your ladies xx

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  34. Oh, in your hands these CB's are brilliant. I love the characters you've created! They are such fun, and what an imagination you have to develop each personality. Love the wonderful hats and imagery you've added to each fella to develop his mystique. That brick wall stenciling is just way too realistic looking. Your work just keeps getting better & better! You should be working for Tim! (I hope he's checking your blog!) TFS & Hugs. (how did you like using the dies with the stamps? My die set finally arrived, but not used it as yet.)

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  35. Anne...your crazy birds are just awesome. You give them so much personality through your coloring and the backgrounds you match them up with. I also love how you're dressing these little fellows now that they have "accessories". :) As always, your work is so beautifully done. Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog about the art journal pages. They are so fun to do. I think I have a new obsession! :) <3 Candy

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  36. You have done it again, your Bird Crazy birds are FABULOUS! That brick background is amazing, love your ATC's Anne!!! Bobbi xx

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  37. What a treat to behold - they are totally fantabulous Anne and really make me smile! LOVE your creativity and humour! Nicola x

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  38. They way you take those birds and transform them into characters, characters which I certainly believe actually talk and have the quirks of humans, it is astonishing.
    I remember George Melley, wasn't he always on T.V. in and around the 70s, I definitely remember him from my childhood.
    Anne, wonderful to see you working with the Dinky Stencils, in fact one of my absolute favourite Dinky Stencils!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  39. These are such cool dudes! Dudes with attitude too - I love them! The brick stencil looks so cool too! xxx

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  40. You know I love these birds and your cards are amazing..love the brick background, hugs Carole Z X

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  41. OMG Anne, these are so fabulous and fun and I adore Mr. Dapper, he is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing these wonderful creations, can't wait to get my hands on those Crazy Birds stamps and dies! Deb xo

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  42. These are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them. Daria

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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