Friday, 30 September 2016

Set of Christmas Angel Cards

Greetings to you and thank-you for visiting. Sorry I've been absent from blogland recently but life is rather demanding at the mo'.

I'm sharing a set of 4 cards I made to add to my Christmas reserves.

These little angels sure look like they have the sweetest temperaments - lovely company to be in for sure.

Papers are by Inkido (firm no longer in production).

Cardstocks by Neenah and Bazzill.

The white background has been dry embossed with a snow pattern.

I've used dies by:

Simon Says Stamp 'Holiday Frames',

Joy Crafts - Ice Crystal Snowflake 

Marianne Designs Snowflakes

Sizzix decorative strip 'Snowflake Garland'

Edges are punched with punch by Martha Stewart

The SSS holiday frame has been well coated with crackle glaze and then sprinkled with Finnabair silver microbeads.

Stampendous Shabby Silver embossing enamel (Frantage) is added to each image.

Most edges are inked with my Krylon silver gilding pen, as are the chipboard stars.

Added lace and trims to finish.

Very many thanks to you as always for stopping by.
Wishing all a lovely weekend,
Nicola x

I wish to enter cards to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Powder Power (used Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel)
Live & Love Crafts - Photo Inspiration challenge
The Ribbon Girl - Use Any Image challenge
A Vintage Journey - Create Within a Frame
Simon Wednesday - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Tic, Tac, Toe (Snowflake, Blue, Ribbon)
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge - Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Christmas Die Cuts

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Countdown to Christmas Begins!

Hello and Welcome!

Did you know that there are 103 days left till Christmas? Just Sayin'! So I'm getting my skates on (!) and really getting stuck in to Christmas crafting.

I've made 3 very similar cards by using up most of my leftovers from the gorgeous Melissa Frances paper collection 'Countdown to Christmas'...

I've used very little media and just concentrated on utilizing the papers with dies.
Dies Used are: Sizzix Ice Skates, Sizzix Tabs, Simon Says Stamp Ribbon Banner, Dienamics Stitched Fishtail Flags and Memory Box Precious Stars

I coated the skates with Ranger crackle paint in 'Clear Rock Candy' for that icy surface. The heels are inked with Krylon Silver gilding pen and the blades are covered with Krylon Gold gilding pen. Blades and other parts of cards have been sparkled up with Ranger Distress Glitter in 'Festive Berries'. Also dotted red stickles around.

For extra texture I added twine in red/ white and green/white as well as a plain white cord, some pom-poms at top of skates and some lace too. Various elements are layered up on foam pads for extra dimension.

I hope these cards bring you cheer even if it is still only September.
Thank-you so much for your visit, it's always lovely to see someone has taken the time.

Nicola x

I wish to enter cards to the following challenges;
Simon Says Stamp - At The Movies (White Christmas)
Scrapyland - Anything Goes (with brand carried by Scrapyland - Sizzix
The Crazy Challenge - Burlap and / or twine
Scrap + Craft - Red, Green and Yellow
Winter Wonderland - Lots of Layers / Wish Upon A Star
A gem of a challenge - Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Christmas Card Challenge - #40
Christmas Cards - All Year 'Round - Shabby Chic or Monochromatic
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes plus optional sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - Layer It Up

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Lovely in Lavender

Hi there, I hope that all is well with you today. Thank-you for taking the time to visit.

A quick post showing I've reverted back to my more usual vintage style...

Papers: Pion Design 'Scent of Lavender' collection

Cutting Die: Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes - Flower / Leaf 4

Border Punch: Martha Stewart

Chipboards: Scrapiniec

Stencilling: Crafter's Workshop stencil and Faber Castell Texture Luxe paste

Metal embellishments: Clockframe is by Nunn Design and wheel centre is an Idea-ology hitch fastener

Bow: Melissa Frances

Other: Krylon Silver Gilding pen, Twinkling H2Os, Luminarte Silks, Silver pearl pen, wood butterflies (Painted), various Distress Inks, Glossy Accents, Prima glass glitter (Violet), muslin, laces, flower and wheat from stash

Thank-you so much for stopping by today.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Frilly & Funkie - Floral Infatuation
Noor Design - Flowers & Lace
The Ribbon Girl - September Card challenge - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - O is for Open
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pretty Pretty Ribbons
Crafty Cardmakers - Layer It Up
Dream Valley Challenges - Monochrome

Monday, 29 August 2016

Talking butterflies

Greetings from Sunny (hurray!) Dublin and thank-you for your visit.

A more colourful than usual card from me today...

Here's a step by step:

Stamped the background and embossed with black EP.

The Stamp wrapper is torn but I think stamp is 'Butterfly Script' by Hero Arts.

Die cut the stamped image using die from Sizzix 'Enchanted' set.

The other dies shown in snap are used later on.

Coloured in butterflies with a Tim Holtz waterbrush and various distress inks.

Stamped 4 different blue shades of distress ink onto craft mat keeping the 4 colours separate. Blended each of the 4 inks with a blob of glossy texture paste by Ranger. (Forgot to take pic at this stage). Applied the 4 varying shades of blended paste through stencil (by Agateria). Left overnight to dry allowing the paste to harden and turn transparent.

Diecut 2 feathers using Sizzix 'Writing Desk' dies. Inked them with distress inks as shown and decorated using Tim Holtz 'lattice work' stencil.

Also stamped feathers with some text using Prima stamps (Finnabair Vintage Vanity 4 and Sweet Fairy mix 2). Coated them with crackle glaze and left to dry overnight so that crackle could 'do it's thing!'

Diecut the inkpot and inked it purple. Coloured the chipboard text (by Scrapiniec) with markers. Coated both with glossy accents and left to dry overnight. (Take care adding any type of 'moisture' to the chipboard as it is very fragile).

Assembled card with layers of red and white cardstock. Affixed 4 brads to corners and ran red thread around each. Added metal embellishments to the stamped butterflies. 'Grounded' inkpot using black border diecut from the lovely Agnieszka Barska. Diecut some tiny butterflies using Tim Holtz / Sizzix 'Butterfly Frenzy' die, coloured them with same blues used in background stencilling, coated each with glossy accents and secured at inkpot. Splattered some Ecoline white and black inks about.

That's it! Hope you like!
Wishing all a lovely week ahead and thank-you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Stencil It
Scrapyland - Use image (digi / rubber) plus brand carried by store (Sizzix)
Allsorts - Use at least 2 dies
Inky Chicks - Lots of Butterflies
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Stamps & Stencils - Time to Take Flight
Crafty Creations - Words / Letters on background
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Let's Fly Away
Scrap & Craft - S.C.R.A.P. (Stencil, Chipboard, Paper)

Friday, 19 August 2016

Summer Garden

Hello. I hope this Friday finds you well.

I've made today's card to meet criteria of a number of challenges and enjoyed setting out a garden scene.

Paper: Maja Design with edges distress inked. Some stitching included along with my usual little sprinklings of Frantage

Die: Marianne Design (Ovals & Pop-Ups LR0371)

Embellishments - I made the birdhouse, birds and nest in silicone moulds using paper clay. The little house has then been treated to some paint and crackle to shabby it up. The birds and foliage have been inked with distress inks. Ivy chipboard is by Scrapiniec, again inked with distress ink and then coated with clear crackle. Metal elements are by Tim Holtz. Flowers and muslin from stash.

Stencils: Tim Holtz 'Flourish Stencil' filled with DecoArt white crackle. Two corners (behind rollbacks) are also stenciled using a 'Crafter's Workshop' stencil.

Thank-you so much for your visit,
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday Challenge - Summer Fun (Favourite time in summer is to sit in garden and watch/hear birds)
A Vintage Journey - Stencil It
Scrap & Craft - S.C.R.A.P. (I've used stencil, chipboard and paper)
Happy Little Stampers - August Mixed Media - Use Metal
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature
Everything Goes with Marianne Designs - option Summer / Holiday
Craft Heaven Shop - Anything Goes with option of sketch
Anything But Cute - Shabby Garden Mood Board

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pretty Ballerinas

Hello! Thank-you for your visit and a warm welcome to recent new followers.

Today's card is for lovely Sara who is celebrating her 9th birthday!

Papers: Melissa Frances '5th Avenue' collection

Stencilling: On background paper using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and Faber Castell Texture Luxe in 'Pearl'

Dies / Punch: Edging strips are cut with a Martha Stewart 'Eyelet Lace' Edge punch. To accentuate a sense of 'frilliness' I've painted the punched edges with white ecoline and dried paint with heat gun so as to slightly bubble it. The flourishes at corners of frame are diecut using a Joy Crafts die - they seem, (to me anyway), to echo the ballerinas' arms

Frame: The frame is MDF which I painted a couple of times with gesso and then coated with Stampendous Frantage in 'Shabby Pink' and 'Shabby White' along with some pink glass glitter by Melissa Frances

Tutu: Made 'tutu' with Melissa Frances 'frou frou' tulle

Other Embellishments: I've made resin corners at left from paper clay in a silicone mould. Metal corners to right are painted white and topped with little venise lace bows. Flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima and the stamens are from stash. The metal 'Happy Birthday' is by Making Memories. Pearls around edges are by Woodware and The Hobby House. A bow and Prima bauble are included too. Finally, dabbed Prima / Finnabair Art Sugar in 'light pink' onto flowers and corners for a touch more sparkle

Thanks so very much for stopping by,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Mixed Media Place, July Moodboard (inspired by hues, sugary roses and happy)

Simon Monday Challenge - Celebrate
Live & Love Crafts - Happy Birthday / Anniversary
Inky Chicks - Use 5 or more Flowers
Allsorts - A touch of Sparkle
ABC Challenge - M is for Maiden (card for young girl)
Card & Scrap - Alt er Lov / Anything Goes
Kort o Mania - Alt er Lov / Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Birthdays / Celebrations
Simon Wednesday - Fabulous Florals

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

One Deer A Leaping

Greetings to you, I hope your week is going well.

I'm thinking this card is too busy but the one I made before it ended up in the bin so I better not chuck another one! Just one of those days!!

Papers: An all Swedish lineup from Pion Design, Maja Design and Inkido (trying to use up various offcuts)

Dies: Sizzix 'Reindeer Flight', Die-namics 'Fishtail Flags' and 'Circles', Memory Box 'Berry Sprig', 'Joy' is from WPlus9 'Hand Lettered Holiday'

Punch: Martha Stewart edger

Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'

Media / Textures: Stampendous Frantage, Texture paste for stencilling which is then coated with Ranger glitter in 'clear rock candy', Krylon Leafing pen 18ct gold, Clear Crackle Accents on deer, Glossy Accents on diecut text, Splattered inks by Ecoline and Winsor & Newton, Prima / Finnabair Micro beads in 'Copper' and 'Bronze', Waco pen for 'snow' beneath Robins

Other: Berry embellishments, bell around deer's neck (decorated with stickles), velvet ric-rac and twine from stash

Wishing you joy even if it is still only July!
Thanks so very much for your visit,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Add Some Texture
ABC Challenge - Lots of Layers
Winter Wonderland - Use your diecuts and punches / add a charm
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes Holiday
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Christmas in July
Fab n Funky - Christmas

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Lemon and Lime, Summertime

Hi there! Thank-you for your visit.

You might have seen a recent post of mine about a card that I made at a workshop with the wonderful Dorota Kopeć. We were given time to make a second card and tags but I held off on completing card so as to customise it at home.

Papers: I used black patterned sheet by Crate Paper. Decorated the watercolour paper at workshop with Ecoline watercolours and stamped with text stamps by Finnabair.

Embossing: Did stencilling using a Prima stencil and texture paste and then heat embossed the paste with Ranger EP.

Dies: I diecut the leaves with a Magnolia die and bird using Memory Box 'perched reed bird' die. The bird is double layered and has been coated with glossy accents for shine. Have inked most edges with Distress 'Black Soot'.

Other Stamping: I stamped sentiment with text by Anna Griffin. Leaves are diecut from a sheet that had been pre-stamped for workshop by the fabulous Agnieszka Barska.

Other embellishments: The paperclay clock, that I've crackle glazed, has been made by me in a Prima mould. Some black butterflies are rubons that have been in stash for an age. Cream berries are by magnolia and white stamens and flowers again are from stash. Flowers and cheesecloth are inked with Ecoline to match the background paper. I painted the lovely chipboard white - it's by Scrapiniec. Finally the black clock hands and all the micro beads sprinkled around ('Grass' shade) are by Prima.

Some ingredients

Thank-you so much for stopping by.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Anything But Cute - Summertime Fun
Scrapyland - Emboss It (heat or dry) - use dies carried by Scrapyland
Live & Love Crafts - Sprinkles of Summer
Mixed Media Mojo - Summertime
The Crazy Challenge - Summer Fun
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
Artistic Stamper - All things bright and beautiful
ABC Challenge - Lots of Layers
City Crafter - Typically Tropical
Craft for the craic - Summer Breeze

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Wrapped in Red

Hello and welcome!

My Christmas crafting has officially commenced and I'm delighted to welcome glitter back into my life!

I was most fortunate to win a beautiful stamp set ('Woolen Mittens' by Oxford Impressions) from lovely Lynne and it is finally getting its first inking. The stamps are wonderful to use with fab deep etching. Isn't this little sweetheart cosily attired?

I stamped mdf bell shape (by Creative Expressions) with bells and text using Ranger 'Vermillion Red' (having masked off area for figure) and then overpainted with well watered paint (Paper Artsy 'Nougat'). Stamped and embossed the little Girl (EP is Sparkle & Sprinkle 'Japanese Lacquer'). I wanted a lovely deep red for her coat and it took several tryouts to get it right! Made her booties a tiny bit darker. Added glossy accents over both and left to dry overnight. Stamped and embossed snowflakes on the bell (EP- WOW White). I'm no use at colouring in faces so just added a hint of blush to her cheeks from one of my own blushers (Chanel). Painted her bonnet, ribbon and socks with white Paper Artsy paint (again tried out other white products but they kept sinking into the mdf - guess I should have sealed the surface first). Glued twine around bell's rim and dabbed it with gold and red Stickles.

Stitched around the backing paper with my handy IKEA sewing machine having lightly stamped some green mistletoe at paper edges. The paper is by 'My Mind's Eye'. Stencilled Snowflakes over bell and background paper with Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes' stencil and coated the paste with my go to choice of sparkle (a girl has got to have one!). Added more stamped bells (both distress 'Candied Apple' and 'Festive Berries' were on my table at the end so not sure which one I used for which. Then the little girl went and grabbed one of those new Distress Crayons and scribbled 'Snow' - just as well she drew in the right place!).

Added bunting (by Melissa Frances I think) to top having dabbed them with Stickles along with some Tim Holtz greenery that I've given snowy effects to. Stamped some stockings too and splattered white paint around generally. Decorated further with teddy and mittens charms plus little wooden stars with a toothpick stick for little one to hold. Finally, a red bow and two jingle bells completed the picture.

As always, your visit and any comments that you leave are most appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with a Stamp and Ribbons
That's Crafty - Feminine challenge
Inky Chicks - Christmas in Summer
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - N for No rules
Winter Wonderland Christmas challenge - Make It Cute
Sparkles Forum Christmas - Snowflakes
Christmas cards all year round - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - For a Girl + sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge - Christmas in July

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Shabby Chic Tissue Box

Hi there and thank-you for taking the time.

I've an altered tissue box to display today. It began as kraft coloured cardboard but now it's a whole lot prettier...

I painted box white. Then used servietten technique to adhere an embossed white napkin to all sides (a lot of the raised detail of this was lost - unfortunately it got flattened as I stencilled etc). I tried some sepia text stamping for contrast but ended up painting over this as it looked way too busy. Instead I decorated with lots of Shabby White and Ivory Frantage.

Used stencils by Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz to stencil all sides with both pearlescent texture paste and crackled stencil paste. The Melissa Frances centre resin frame reminded me of "Ring a Ring o' Roses" so I've typed a more optimistic sentiment inside frame. The little resin angel is by Prima. All the decorative corners are made by me using paperclay and silicone moulds. Dabbed all the white embellishments with gilding wax.

Next, a twirl to the rear. The brass feet are by Graphic 45 (added extra gilding), ribbon is from stash and tissues are by Kleenex!

Many thanks for stopping by and a special shoutout of appreciation to the lovely peeps who leave a comment.

Have a great week!
Nicola x

I wish to enter tissue box to the following challenges:
Simply Neutrals - Challenge 26
A Vintage Journey - Texture or Embossing Paste
Country View Crafts - Crackle
City Crafter - White & Bright
The Crazy Challenge - R is for (Resin and Ribbon)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Anything Creative / Mixed Media

Friday, 17 June 2016

Workshop with Dorota

Greetings and Welcome!

There are lots of craft bloggers whose work I admire, but very much top of the list of card makers I aspire to is the wonderful Dorota Kopeć. If you are not familiar with her blog then I'm sure you will know of her creations on Pinterest, where she is prolifically pinned - she must hold some sort of record there!

Dorota recently visited our shores to hold a workshop near Dublin, and yay I was able to attend. It was a brilliant day, impeccably hosted by the lovely Agnieszka Barska and a pleasure to meet lots of like-minded ladies. We made 2 cards, 2 tags and an album (although 3 of these are still works in progress with me as I've been otherwise diverted).

Just posting one of the cards I made at the workshop ...

Thanks so very much Dorota for visiting Ireland! If anyone gets the chance to attend workshops elsewhere then you are assured of a fantastic day.

Happy Weekend and many thanks for your visit!
Nicola x

Friday, 3 June 2016

Welcome Beautiful Baby Boy

Greetings from sunny Dublin, (yes you did read that right!). Forecast good too!

So pleased that a perfect little baby boy arrived safely recently. He is another darling beauty and here's the card I made to welcome him...

Papers: Maja Design
Dies: Spellbinders / A Gilded Life 'Petite Monarch', MFT Dienamics 'Stitched Fishtail Flags'
Punches: Martha Stewart Edge Punches 'Threader' and 'Doily Lace'
Embellishments: Silver charms by Nunn Design. White Metal Expressions by Making Memories. Buttons, Ribbons, Wool and Pearls from stash

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a lovely weekend,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Monochrome
Scrapyland - Anything Goes (using die brand carried by Scrapyland)
ABC Challenge - I is for Important Event
Special Day Cards - Birthday card with stripes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges - Monochrome
Crafty Sentiments - Gems or Pearls challenge

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Trinket box for all seasons

Hello! Thank-you for your visit.

I'm truly honoured to be amongst the guest designers featuring today over at the wonderful mixed media challenge / teaching blog Anything But Cute. Pamellia and her super talented design team are celebrating their 1 year Anniversary! They have selected eight of their favourite artists from the last year, and guess what, they have included little ole me on the list!! It's a fantastic accolade ladies - thank-you so very much for including me and many congratulations on your 1st Anniversary.

The challenge theme this month is 'Celebrate Your Style'. Along with several of the other guest designers I love both vintage/shabby chic style and all things Nature so have combined these to make a trinket box for all seasons. I hope that you will visit Anything But Cute to see all the wonderful mixed media talent there, and why don't you celebrate your own style by entering their challenge.

Sorry, but a long post follows...for best viewing click photos to enlarge...

I've made a trinket box using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology configurations box. For step by step details as to how to make box please scroll down this post to see a 'how-to'. The box is decorated with papers by Pion Design from its 'A Day in May' and 'Days of Winter' collections. The hardware shown in first photo includes a lock by Prima Metals (Plaque 9), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Feet and a Maja Road key. All have been painted with gesso followed by PaperArtsy paint in 'Nougat'. Then dry brushed with Prima paint Opal Magic 'Rose Gold' and some gold gilding wax.

I created a Spring / Summer scene for the top lid. The papers are sprayed with Prima color bloom in 'Empress Gold' and 'Cotton Candy' as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer mist and Perfect Pearls sprays. There is some stamping, mostly using Katzelcraft script and music stamps. I ended up covering up most of stencilling but you can still see crackled 'Vintage Quilt' by Wendy Vecchi and script by The Crafters Workshop done with a Faber Castell luxe pearlescent paste.

Several MFT Dienamics 'Stitched Fishtail Flags' feature in the layout - interspersed with various lace trims and tulle. The bird sits in a Prima resin frame that I've painted with Twinkling H20s 'Dreams Bloom'. The bird image (Pion Design) is set in Judikin's Diamond Glaze along with Swarovski pearls and gold seed beads. The frame is on some painted Wycinanka chipboard (part of Blueberry Gate) and fibres. I cut one side to open out and dotted it with oodles of pearls.

Wood branches skirt the edges (diecut using Memory Box 'Woodland Branch'). Wild Orchid Crafts' blossoms abound, as do little stamens. There's plenty of foliage - made from a combination of Scrapiniec chipboard 'Apple Tree Blossom' and painted Nunn Design metal leaf charms. The leaves and flowers are lightly dabbed with Twinkling H2Os in 'Mint Julep' and 'Almond Beige'.

The little nest image is in a resin frame by Prima. I sprinkled the nest with lots of Prima's gorgeous micro beads in 'Copper' before setting with diamond glaze. You can see that I am very taken with these microbeads as they feature liberally across the flowers and branches! Finally I placed cream lace around the edges and let Nunn Design gold butterfly and dragonfly charms flutter about. Oh, there are some pearl swirls in the mêlée too!

Here's the box open. A second scene is inside the lid, this time reflecting a snowy winter, but I had thoughts of Ireland's frequent grey rainy skies so that wet murkiness is meant to be in there too.

The delicate ivy chipboard is by Scrapiniec 'Secret Garden Ivy' and Wycinanka 'Corner of Ivy'. These chipboards have been gessoed, gilded and crackle glazed. The background is stamped and heat embossed (again using Katzelcraft stamps). Also applied white Frantage to the background and generally sprayed and splattered it. Stencilling is done using Heidi Swapp 'Tiny Snowflakes' and Agateria stencil 'Pismo'. There are dabs of Snow-Tex too, especially around the rims.

The garden tool charms are by Karen Foster - they are gilded and painted a little. A paint crackled picket fence is on the left side with a Tim Holtz key charm thereon. Over to the right hangs a plywood frame that I've coated with DecoArt white crackle paste. Highlighted the cracks with PaperArtsy 'White Fire' paint. Within the frame is a stamped sentiment that the older I get the more I realise is so true. A rhinestone chain by Spellbinders 'Gilded Life' holds the frame up. The clock hands (Prima) have been gessoed and gilded and are held in place with a Tim Holtz hitch fastener. A Spellbinders 'Gilded Life Treasures Vial', filled with Swarovski pearls, adorns the corner.

Finally, a view to the rear to see more of those lovely Pion papers decorated with a pearl trim by Woodware.

Phew! Thanks so much if you read all above!

~~~How to make Trinket Box~~~

Start with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology configurations box measuring 5.75" x 10.75". Any other size configurations box would work too.

 Paint all edges with 2 coats of paint, including edges of small inner boxes and their outsides. I used PaperArtsy Fresco paint in 'Nougat', as it matches the neutral Pion shades very well.

Adhere paper to surfaces. I used Pion Design papers and Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Use a bone folder to shape paper into corners. It's better to paint the outsides of the small boxes. On a previous box I papered their outsides but then found it quite a squash to fit them into tray.

Adhere scene for topside as a faux lid (better to do this now as it gives a truer sense of weight). I used Aleene's Tacky glue to stick the lid. Appoint an assistant (!) to help you hold the top part of box to lower section of box. Securely tape the two together making sure that whilst it is tightly taped the top can still hinge open (approx 90°) and shut (resting on lower half).

Cover up the masking tape with matching papers.

When inner scene complete, glue it in place with Aleene's glue. (I reinforced both outer and inner scenes with a backing layer of Tim Holtz grungepaper, to absorb all the media I applied. As you play work, the paper may curl, especially if heat is applied. To remedy, weight it for some hours to flatten). The measurements of the outer and inner scenes differ so be sure that the inner scene fits perfectly before you complete it and glue in place.

If you would like to see some of my other trinket boxes you can find them here, here and here.

Again, very many thanks to all at Anything But Cute for including me as one of your favourite artists of the last year. It's been a pleasure to make this trinket box and feature alongside the other guest designers today. Wishing all at A.B.C. many more successful years.

You really should pop over to A.B.C. and enter their challenge this month as they have a brilliant lineup of prizes.

As always, your visit and any comments you may leave are greatly appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter trinket box to the following challenges:

Pion Design - May, Season of Hope
(inspired by Apple Blossom in photo and 'A Day in May' papers)

Live & Love Crafts - Blossoms &/or Butterflies
Simon Monday Challenge - Home Decor
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers Everywhere
Scrapyland - Anything Goes (use brand carried by Scrapyland - Die-Namics)
Country View Crafts - Use a Stencil
Apple Apricot - Simply Neutrals #22
Creative Carte Blanche - Wood, Word, Something Wild
(wood = hanging plywood frame + faux wood branches, word = stamped sentiment within frame and wild = just wild about Prima microbeads)

Monday, 18 April 2016

Spring in Provence

Hi there! I hope your day is going well.

I'm staying with a Spring theme again and this time I've gone all lavender.

The beautiful papers are by Pion Design - 'Scent of Lavender' collection. Generally when crafting I include so many elements and media that I end up covering a whole lot of detail but this time I held back so as not to hide these lovely papers. I've matted them between cream cardstock.

Have backed the gorgeous strip of lace with a darker shade of paper. It echoes the subtle lace in the background paper. Sprayed some dried flowers lavender and tucked them underneath the lace band to mirror the hanging lavender at top. Used a Magnolia die, 'Old Swedish Lace', to cut narrow purple strips for each side of main square.

I've been hoarding the cream chipboard frame for ages. I think it's by Tattered Angels - the bird image fitted perfectly by draping some of the longer fronds to front of frame. Filled the frame with Judikins Diamond Glaze which dried to a nice hard gloss.

Punched out all the little butterflies and added either roses or pearls to decorate them. Inked most edges with Distress Ink in 'Dusty Concord' and dotted pearls at corners to complete. That's it!

Thank-you so very much for taking the time and for any comments you might leave. Thanks also to some new followers - you are most appreciated, especially when Google seems to want to constrain your numbers!

Have a lovely week to come,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Pion Design - April - Flowers of Provence

Scraps & Pieces - Be Romantic (use romantic material)

Allsorts - Ribbons and Roses
Simon Monday Challenge - Butterfly Beauty
Deep Ocean Challenge - Spring is in the air
Country View Challenges - Spring
Card Mania - Spring
Moving along with the times - Spring Flowers
Craft Heaven Shop Challenge - Bingo - Lace, Flowers, Dies


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