Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Handmade Bouquet

Hi there and welcome. It's a gorgeous sunny day in Dublin - just perfect for my card today.

Prompted by the current challenge at 'Frilly & Funkie' I've finally sprung some of my flower dies to action. I've borrowed the card style from the wonderful Dorota whose blog I love. I havn't come near her standards but it's a start!



Ingredients:

Papers: Maja Design 'Vintage Summer Basics' and some Indian handmade cotton / tissue papers for alternative texture and smaller buds

Dies: Joy Crafts - '6002-0156', MFT 'Rolled Scallop flower', 'Mini Rolled Roses', 'Mini Royal Roses', Magnolia 'Rose Leaf', Cheery Lynn ' Mini Fanciful Flourish' and Spellbinders 'Fancy Trelllis'

Inks: Distress Inks - 'Worn Lipstick', 'Victorian Velvet', 'Tea Dye', 'Brushed Corduroy' and some Bobby Brown blusher

Mists and Drops: Perfect pearls mist, Waco Pearl Maker Pen for drops and Snow-Tex

Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop 'Damask' using Wendy Vecchi texture paste

Other: Used my new sewing machine from Ikea that's a little humdinger so far. Pearls and lace from stash.

Thank-you to the lovely Jennie for her terrific flower tutorials. I followed her instructions here for the flower on extreme left and am very pleased with result (a rare event!).

Thank-you so much for visiting. May the sun shine on you too!

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Frilly & Funkie - Bloomin' Marvellous
Vintage Udfordring - Use paint, spray and or drops
ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Vintage or Shabby Chic
City Crafter Challenge - Flowers and Lace

38 comments:

  1. Very nice creation - I like it so much!
    Thanks for joining Vintage udfordring.
    Hugs
    Andrea-Emmi4

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  2. This creation just took my breath away Nicola. Its absolutely beautiful and the colours are so pretty. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  3. I'm swooning Nicola!! This is breath taking and absolutely heavenly. I love the detail and the gorgeous flowers, the soft and subtle colors and ALL the incredible textures. Gorgeous creation and I've saved it in my folder of inspiring cards.
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  4. Oh how beautiful Nicola, your design is absolutely gorgeous and your flowers are divine. The Maja Design papers are simply beautiful. I love the lace, the pearls, the trellis - everything. This is one gorgeous card. Hugs, Anne x

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  5. gorgeous card...your work is always wonderful....love layout and design...hugs lizzi vintage challenge

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  6. Nicola, I just want to say 'wow' and GORGEOUS!!! I adore your vintage style card and the beautiful blooms! Thank you so much for sharing it in the Frilly and Funkie challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  7. Oh wow Nicola!!! Your flowers are so beautiful and I adore the way this design 'splits' to reveal that wonderful stencilling. Utterly gorgeous and I'm so pleased you joined us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Jenny x

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  8. To me this is what vintage/shabby chic is all about! Beautiful soft colors, distressed edges, gorgeous flowers and a fabulous layout. So romantic and perfect for any occasion you need it for!

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  9. Oh my, Nicola, this is such a stunning piece of art. The textures and all the handmade flowers are totally gorgeous. What a great design! :)

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  10. Hi Nicola, This is so beautiful. Your flowers and leaves are wonderful and full of movement. I also love how the layers peel back to reveal lace, stencilling and those little springs. A card with lots of interest and textures. Good Luck with your challenges.
    Julie x

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  11. Oh this is so beautiful Nicola!

    Lucy x

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  12. Stunning card Nicola. Love the layering and colours, and the flowers are amazing.

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  13. I like your design Nicola, beautiful card.
    Kevin xx

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  14. Your flowers are gorgeous - your card is outstanding!
    Sandy

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  15. What a beautifully organized design! Love all the detail and the fabulous vintage appeal. Thanks for playing along with us here at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!
    Hugz,
    Chana, DT Coordinator

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  16. Nicola this is beautiful hunny, I've spent agaes looking at all the gorgeous details and texture, love it :)
    hugs
    Mandy xx

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  17. Your card is very pretty.Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  18. Stunning card Nicola...the detail is so beautiful... Love the colours & pretty flowers... Simply Perfect...Hugs May... PS.. Can you send some sun my way...we have rain!! x x x x

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  19. wow so stunning nicola.really pretty design and colours and i ,love all your beautiful flowers :D

    xx coops xx

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  20. Beautiful card. Love the flower arrangement.

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  21. So very lovely!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!!

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  22. GORGEOUS!!! The ' v ' shape of the flowers strikes me most aside from the beauty of the card...cool design! Love the vintage torn look and elegance of this!

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  23. GORGEOUS!!! Aside from the beauty of this, the ' v ' shape of the flowers is unique and very cool! Love the torn papers and vintage look as well. Just wonderful!

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  24. Stunning ! I love the colors and composition!

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  25. Wow, wonderful card Nicola, your flowers composition is terrific, and the whole card so delicate and beautiful... I'd love be able to do such kind of great cards!! I also looked at the link you share, thank you, I didn't know this crafty lady, and indeed she makes really fabulous cards wow. Take care, hugs Coco xxx

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  26. Gorgeous. Lovely use of flowers, beautiful papers & colours. Thanks for playing along at ABC Challenges.

    Nikki

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  27. Wow! This is stunning! Your eye for detail is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.
    Tracey, DT

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  28. Oh my Nicola! Such a gorgeous work of art! Love all the pretty blossoms!

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  29. This is a fabulous make Nicola with those gorgeous flowers and wonderful design, love it. Have a great weekend. xx

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  30. Great card!!! Thanks for playing this week at CCCB :-)

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  31. This is beautiful and your colours are so fab and muted !

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  32. Hi Nicola, This is a beautiful card design, love the way you've added the flowers, and such gorgeous soft tones.
    Avril xx

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  33. Stunning card Nicola, absolute beauty! xx

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  34. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

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  35. Another gorgeous romantic creation Nicola. Your flowers are beautiful. Love the peak at the vintage stenciled texture underneath. You really have outdone yourself this February with these fantastic layered pieces that just exude vintage romance. I truly love them! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  36. This is absolutely stunning with all the romantic flowers and the fantastic layout that draws the eye to the stenciling beneath the pretty crochet lace. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  37. This is so pretty.

    Moira xx

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I really appreciate every comment - they make my crafting so much more worthwhile. Thank-you for stopping by. Nicola x