Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas to You


Main image by Inkido. All other papers by Maja Design. Dies by MFT and Sizzix (thank-you to the lovely Anne for kindly sending me lots of those new snowflakes. I had no trouble blinging them up!). Music stamps from Katzelkraft. Distress ink - 'chipped sapphire'. Glitter in 'clear rock candy' and Melissa Frances 'aged silver'. Lots of Frantage in 'shabby blue'. Silver gilding paste turned the brass music note silver. Dotted with Waco pearl pens in White and Silver. Lace from stash.

This is my last card post for 2014. Thank-you all for your visits, comments, friendship and encouragement over the past year - I wouldn't be in blogland without all your kind wishes and inspiration. May you and yours have a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all that you wish for in 2015.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - Sing, Sing It Loud
Vintage Utfordring - Christmas card (Vintage)
Country View Crafts - Nostalgic Christmas

Monday, 22 December 2014

A Christmas View

Warmest greetings from Dublin. Just sharing my penultimate card for this year...

'Window' die, 'on the edge snow flurry' die and 'mini holly' die all by Tim Holtz / Sizzix. Focal image by Pion Design. All other papers by Maja Design. Stencilled little snowflakes by Memory Box. Sentiment Stamp by Cat's Life Press. Edges inked with DI 'Weathered Wood'. Plenty of my fave TH 'clear rock candy' glitter applied. Tinsel twine by TH Idea-ology. Bells, 'foliage' etc from stash.

Last card tomorrow... Hope everyone is winding down now so as to recharge for the main event!

As always, huge thanks for visiting.

Nicola x

A special shout-out to all the design team members who are continuing to 'work' today. I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Let's Celebrate - I've used lots of TH products
Sparkles Forum - It's a blue blue Christmas
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Winter Inspiration
Inspiration Emporium - Sing, Sing It Loud - (Sound of bells on card)
We Love Vintage - Bingo (Pearls/Blue/Knot - Parels, Blauw, Knopen)
Vintage Utfordring - Christmas card (Vintage)

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Peace in Snowland


Popping by again to show another from my Christmas cards. I've gone for a pristine, snowy look:

I finally managed to get decorations up today. Better late than never!

Thank-you for stopping by during this busy time.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Try It on Tuesday - Winter Whites
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Winter Inspiration

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry & Bright

Good Evening and Welcome. Another quick Christmas card post from me.

Sometimes when I'm working against the clock to make a card I find it very handy to follow a 'sketch challenge' - this one is at Cards n Scrapz here.

(The more eagle eyed may figure that the vertical side panels aren't in keeping with the design but I hope it's ok as it is one sheet of paper with a dappled brown pattern above cream).

Papers are by Inkido. I've machine stitched most edges. The central deer image was a free image online that I printed onto Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper and then ironed onto some muslin. Stenciled some snowflakes via a Memory Box 'tiny snowflakes' stencil as well as adhering some punched paper ones too. Dotted around a few little 'pearls' using a Waco pearl pen. The sentiment has been diecut using the new Sizzix 'Holiday Words' thinlits. These dies are a little fiddly - best results achieved by cutting chosen paper backed with thick cardstock. Decorated with 'foliage' arrangements and knotted a bow through some dangling jingle bells. Dabbed with a little Snow-Tex and affixed some gems and pearls to complete.

Have all cards in the post now - hope you do too! Thanks so much for your visit.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Cards n Scrapz - December Sketch challenge
Vintage Utfordring - Christmas card (Vintage)
Country View Crafts - Nostalgic Christmas
Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
It's All About the Vintage and Beauty - Knot
Live & Love Crafts - With Love
Inspiration Emporium - Sing, Sing It Loud (Sound of bells on card)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Lighting the Tree

Hello. I know we all are busy right now so will keep post short. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to visit.

In card above I've used Pion Design papers from 'Days of Winter' and 'Flower Frames' collections. The dies are by Joy Crafts (Noor Design), Sizzix and Spellbinders. Frantage and bling added too. I gilded some paper edges with Krylon gold leafing pen.

I had intended to have lots of Christmas cards made this year but plans didn't work out! Only a small number of cards have been made and I'll show some over the next few days.

Thanks so much again for stopping by.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Vintage Utfordring - Christmas Card (Vintage)
We Love Vintage - Bingo - Pearls/Border/Pink (Parels, Kant, Roze)
Country View Crafts - Nostalgic Christmas
Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - Favourite Christmas Colours
Live and Love Crafts - With Love
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Fussy and Fancy
Deep Ocean Challenge - Christmas is All Around
In The Pink - Christmas (In Pink)
Noor Design (Joy Crafts) No 1 Challenge - Merry Christmas

A Vintage Journey Christmas Giveaway

A Vintage Journey, one of my very favourite blogs, is hosting a super generous Christmas give-away. All you have to do is click here where you will find details of the blogs of the lovely Design Team ladies. Give each a visit and leave them a comment. Then link up as per the instructions and mention in your blog about the giveaway. All the details are here.

If there are more than 30 linkups then there will be a second delicious giveaway. Further, if there are more than 50 linkups then there will be yet a third fabby prize.

So go get those linkups flowing!!! Their blogs are a treat to visit.

Nicola x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Mailing to Santa

Hello and welcome.

Sorry to have been quiet recently in 'blogland' but lots occupying me in the real world at the moment. Hope to catch up soon. Just a quick post showing another Christmas ornament that I've made:

I've used MFT Postage Stamp Stax dies to cut layers of cotton batting (with some wadding in between layers). Layers are then hand stitched with embroidery thread. Santa is stamped on muslin using Archival ink and Tim Holtz 'Mini Holidays 5' stamp set. Snowflakes also stamped on muslin are from Artistic Outpost 'Snowy Woods' set. You can't see from photo but my favourite Clear Rock Candy glitter has been liberally applied to fabrics. Hand stitched on metal charms, affixed ribbon and pom pom trim and completed by adorning with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

Now I must post this off to Santa ...

Thanks so much for your visit, each and every one is much appreciated.
Nicola x

I wish to enter ornament to the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Ornaments
Inspiration Journal - Happy Holidays
A Vintage Journey - All Sewn Up
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Decorations
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas is coming

Monday, 27 October 2014

Christmas, In The Pink!

Hello again and Welcome!

Today I'm sharing my second post this month as one of the Guest Designers for the fantabulous Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge blog. The theme of their current challenge is 'Layer It'. Be sure to pop by to check out the uber talented Design Team creations. For my make, I was thinking both Christmas and Pink, and decorated a Melissa Frances chipboard house with beautiful papers by Maja Design and oodles of other additives to create lots of layers for a snowy Christmas scene.

Click to enlarge each image for greater detail.

Prior to adhering the Maja Design papers to the chipboard I gave them lots of pink frantage. Also painted the windows and decorated them with lace curtains. Then cleaned all the panes so that you can see the happy children playing inside. Once papers were attached I stencilled texture paste thru a Heidi Swapp dots stencil for faux snowflakes. Before the paste dried I liberally sprinkled on Distress Glitter in Clear Rock Candy for lots of sparkling spots. The fence, trees and any visible edges were similarly painted, dabbed with distress glitter and Snow-Tex. Also used a glitter pen to draw little sparkles on the window frames, having already either gilded or glittered outer rims of frames. Painted Idea-ology feet form the base.

Although you can't see too well from this photo the roof has also been stencilled and glittered with a row from the Tim Holtz 'Holiday Knit' stencil. (I love all the latest TH stencils although given their tag width lots of patience is required for one area to dry before one can align and progress!). I've punched lots of little snowflakes too, coated them with clear rock glitter and placed them with a pink Swarovski crystal in centre of each.

The metal elements are by Nunn Design and Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Rudolph and the bell adornment took some coats of Krylon gold leafing pen beautifully. There are jingle bells atop the fence posts, pearls hanging from the rafters and a diecut beaded garland along the eaves. Gesso came in handy for snowy effects. Dressed the trees with a pearl trim too. Little tufts of cotton wool are in the chimneys as faux smoke. Also wrapped up some presents, sprinkled glass glitter, lined up diecut deer and metal charms to create this joyful Christmas scene.

Well who is missing from the front?? Santa of course!!! Here he is at the side wading through all the diecut and punched snowflakes (not to mention handfuls of glitter falling onto his head that are making him a little cross - Santa is not overly fond of pink!).

He's waiting for the children to go asleep and for Rudolph to clear the chimney. Gosh, that little teddy must be getting cold!

On the other side of the house you can see part of the special Christmas story (by Stampington) that the children inside have been stamping and embossing reading.

I hope that they disappear fast to their beds so that Santa can commence deliveries. You can see the sturdy reindeer keeping a close eye. They will signal to Santa once the children are fast asleep by shaking their heads to sound those bells strung around their necks.

Finally, at the rear, it is clear that Santa's Christmas delivery is now safely complete as you can see gold reindeer dashing off through the sky to reach their next destination. The children have snuck out to admire their snowman. To make him they had to do some dry embossing and then brayer over several coats of Versamark before melting white embossing powder to give him a nice thick coat. I'm sure they will head back into the warm house soon as all that snow and even more icy stencilling on the roof will feel very chilly. Definitely time to open those presents!


Very many thanks again to Gloria and all at Craft Hoarders to allow me feature amongst their guest designers this month. It's been a pleasure.

Thank-you so much for your visit and taking the time.
Wishing all a super crafty week.
Nicola x

I wish to enter house to the following challenges:
Allsorts - Christmas
Live & Love Crafts - Pink
A Creative Romance - Pink
Vintage Udfordring - Use at least 2 patterned papers
In The Pink - Spots or Stripes
Inspiration Journal - In Disguise - (Cotton wool for chimney smoke)
It's All About The Vintage & Beauty - Anything Goes
Country View Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Winter Wonderland - Gold Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - For A Child

Friday, 17 October 2014

Angels we have heard on high...

Good Morning and thanks so much for spending a little part of your day with mine. I'm showing today one of my tree ornaments that I've made from padded layers of cotton batting, tea dyed lace and heaps of glitter and bling.

I've applied gilding wax and Krylon gold leafing pen to the centre little resin angel. Completed by stitching on two jingle bells that really do jingle!

Regardless of your creed or beliefs I hope that someone is watching over each of us today and every day.

Warmest wishes,
Nicola x

I wish to enter ornament to the following challenges:
Country View Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Inspiration Journal - 'In Disguise' (fabric for ornament rather than clothing)
Oldie But A Goodie - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas
The Mixed Media Challenge - Vintage
Simon Says Stamp Monday - O is for... Ornament

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Fall Y'All

Greetings from bright and crisp Dublin! It's lovely to have you stop by today.

Earlier this year I was thrilled to be invited to feature in a Guest Design spot at the super talented challenge blog "Craft Hoarders Anonymous" run by the awesome Gloria Stengel. I'm one of the lucky ladies featuring there this month over two challenges. Their first challenge theme is "Happy Fall, Y'all". Here's my make:

It would be great if you could take the time to check out all the other wonderful guest designers featuring at Craft Hoarders today. Better still, why don't you drag out those hoarded fall-themed items (You've got them!) and make a project to share at Craft Hoarders Anon. You can make something for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall or harvest celebration! The entry link is here.

My own card says THANKS which is very appropriate as most of the 'ingredients' were provided by generous others. Huge thanks to Linda for the wheat, Alison for the hessian fiber, Lynne for the rafia, Jenny for the Maja papers, Lynn for the chipboard letters (my very first candy win when I had just set up my blog) and Astrid for the versatile leaf stamp. Gosh isn't blogland rich with international giving!

Many THANKS again for visiting - it's very much appreciated.
Wishing you a kind and colourful week.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - 'In disguise' (wheat as decoration rather than foodstuff)
City Crafter Challenge - Leaves
Simon Says Stamp Monday - 'O' for October
Crafty Creations Challenge - Use Orange
Frilly and Funkie - Autumn Colours
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Ribbons, Twine & Fibers
Artist Trading Post Exchange - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Friday, 10 October 2014

Here comes Christmas

Hello! Thank-you so much for your visit. I'm sorry for being MIA recently but 'real' life has very much required my time and energy.

I'm glad to be back posting in blogland with a Christmas make from last year that I hadn't posted. The stamped image is by Crafty Individuals.

Looking forward to catching up,

Happy Weekend to all,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Crafty Individuals - Halloween Madness / Christmas Frenzy
It's All About the Vintage & Beauty - Bingo - Ribbon, Flowers, Lace
The Ribbon Girl - Glitz and Dazzle
Country View Challenges - Sparkle & Shine
The Mixed Media card challenge - Vintage

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sweet Little Stockings

Hello and Welcome. I hope this day finds you well.

I've continued making Christmas ornaments - here are some little stockings that might be useful in 111 days time...

I've used Sizzix die 'Stocking Stuffer' with cotton batting and felt (stuffed with a little wadding). Added oodles of lace, trim, ribbon, charms and lashings of sparkly bling. And, those bells on the toes really do jingle!

If you like these you might like to check out my other ornaments. Mittens are here, elf shoes here and angel here.

There should be lots of ornaments for gifts this year!

As always, very many thanks for visiting and any comments you might leave are hugely appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter stockings to the following challenges:
Allsorts - Early Christmas Makes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Something Sweet
Polkadoodles - Get organised for Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Sewing Real or Faux (mine is real)
Craft Room Challenge - Something Old (stocking die), Something New (rocking horse charm)
Crafts and Me - Time for Anything

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

1st Wedding Anniversary

Hi there!

A quick post from me today showing a 1st Wedding Anniversary card that I made recently for a dear couple.

Papers by Maja Design. Dies by Sizzix ('Primitive Hearts' & 'Scalloped Envelope') and Magnolia ('Heart Flower Lace' & 'Heart Flourish'). Tab by Making Memories. Number is chipboard, painted and glossed. Some inking done with DIs and Archival and a little Frantage too. Pins, pearls, lace and flower from stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you a happy day,

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Let's Celebrate
Charisma Cardz - Wedding Anniversary
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time Flies - Phew!

Hello and welcome.

A fortnight ago, when I saw the challenge theme at A Vintage Journey, an idea for a card formed in my mind's eye, and I thought that's great I've a fortnight.... and now I've just got a half hour left! So glad to get my entry in as it has been a very busy week.

So here's my take on 'Time Flies'

Obviously there is a continuum of 4 seasons.

Blended pale DIs through the TH 'Rays' stencil, and then dabbed further through TH 'Latticework' stencil to just give a subtle hint of nature awakening. Diecut butterflies from TH 'Butterfly Frenzy'. Dabbed on multi-medium and coated with Distress Glitter in 'Clear Rock Candy'. Using TH waterbrush painted each butterfly a shade of DI - the glitter absorbs the DI well. Stained a chipboard Steampunk cog with 'Brushed Pewter'. Then followed the Shelly Hickox recipe for faux metal effects (with UTEE and EP) to 'age' the cog. Inserted TH game spinner and words cut from Maja Design papers.

Using wrinkle free distress technique applied oodles of DIs to get some summery shades. Stamped TH 'Bird Branch', deliberated whether to clear emboss it or not, and chose not too - sorry now that I didn't! Added larger butterflies (a la Jools' DT project) that again I coloured with DIs using TH water pen. As before, script from Maja Design papers. Corner cog done in gold hues using same technique as in Spring.

Blended DIs to Ranger CS and when dry scrunched up the CS to get lots of creases. Then inked the creases with DIs and a touch of gilding wax. Stamped TH 'Time' stamp in Archival. Punched some leaves (sorry don't have any TH leaf or flower dies). Coloured the leaves as before. Added cog to corner that I've aged in copper shades, spinner and text as before.

Wrapped CS with TH tissue . Applied texture paste through TH 'Holiday Knit' stencil (this made me want to get out my knitting needles that have not seen the light of day for many years!!) Used 'Snow Cap' paint dabber on corner cog. Text and game spinner as before. Punched some little snow flakes and glittered. Diecut 'Angel Wings' - stamped and embossed them. Dabbed my fave Stickles 'Mercury Glass' to 'Winter' elements to represent Christmas during the bleak whiteout.

Base layer:
Maja design paper that I've stamped and embossed with repeated TH 'Time' stamp and embossed with Antiquities 'Weathered White'. Then blended over some 'Tea Dye' and 'Walnut Stain' to highlight the stamping.

Upper layers:
First up there is a chipboard cog. Next comes the diecut 'Pocket Watch' - I used acetate so that I didn't hide too much of underlying layers. Gilded rim of pocketwatch. Stencilled in (TH 'Clockwork') white texture paste and dabbed with 'Mercury Glass'. (My initial idea was to colour the texture paste, in line with the seasons. The result wasn't great however so this was binned). On top of that is another cog (coloured with 'Antique Bronze' stain and gilding wax). On top is diecut from the 'Caged Bird' die using Maja Design paper. Gave bird a few coats of UTEE and then cracked him!. Placed game spinner, wing and eye. I think he winked! Time flies in the blink of an eye...

C'est ça! Hope you like!

Very many thanks for your visit and as always, I greatly appreciate any comments you might leave.

Hope tomorrow brings a great start to your weekend.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Time Flies
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Anything Goes