Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Doves of Peace

Greetings all - today 12.12.12 is the last posting day to the North Pole so be sure to get your letters to Santa in the post!

I am really pressed for time today (who isn't!) so will be brief and just give card ingredients as follows;

Stamps - Penny Black 'World Peace' (3040K), Flourishes Stamps - Antique Map, Stamped Sentiment by Crafty Individuals
Inks - Versamark (for clear emboss resist), Distress Metallic Stain in Brushed Pewter, DI in Chipped Sapphire
Embossing powders - Judikins Silver Twinkle, Stampendous Twilight
Lots of UTEE for Dove image and sentiment
Bird cage die cut glittered with Silver Twinkle
Backing paper for bird cage a free image courtesy of the wonderful Astrid of Astrid's Artistic Efforts
Doves punched with Fiskars / Jenny Bowlin sqeeze punch and glittered with Distress Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy
CS - Stardream and Curious Metallic
Other - glass glitter (Stampendous), bells, pearls (Kaisercraft), clock hand charm (silvered and glittered), Corner punches by Fiskars, Stars

Thanks for taking the time to visit today as I know everyone is super busy at the mo! Hugs to those lovely people who leave comments or better still become followers. It means a lot!

Have a great day.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - To Die For
Penny Black Saturday - Glitter and Sparkle
Penny Black Allsorts - It's Your Choice
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Celebration
Sweet Stamping Challenge - Dies and / or Punches
Crafting Ireland - 12 Days of Christmas
LEJ Designs - Sentimental
No Matter Which Challenges - Christmas
Glitter n Sparkle - Use some metal
ABC Christmas Challenge - Y is for your favourite punch/die
Creative Card Crew- Use A Star
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas with a background twist
Inspiration Emporium - Inspiration Journal - Joyful Creations


  1. Great background and your doves are fab! Trace x

  2. Love the Doves flying for to their freedom, beautiful. Merry Christmas Elizabeth x

  3. LOving your card and thanks for letting me know you used one of my papers. I'm always so happy when people find a use for them:o)

  4. What a fab card, thanx for joining us at NMWC and good luck, hugs, Marion

  5. Wow, that's a fabulous card, love the colors and all the details. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

  6. Great card. Particularly love the striking background. One I have not seen before. Great overall composition, too! Thanks so much for joining us at FSC!

  7. Fantastic card! Love the striking background and the lovely doves everywhere :)

  8. So gorgeous, Nicola!

    Love all the busy doves carrying post to Santa!

    Claudia xx

    1. Awesome design. Thanks for joining NMW Challenges this month, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

  9. Gorgeous card dearest friend:) Love all these sweet birds:)
    Big big hug,
    (My Explosion box is not a template: I CUT a square 18cm X 18cm in 9 little square 6cm X 6cm. For cover a square 10cm X 10cm and I cut at 2cm borders:))
    If you have other question tell me:) Can you send me the fabulous skate template by mail? Is possible?

  10. Gorgeous card, Love the layout & stamping..Fabulous background with the doves flying free... Beautiful birdcage!! Hugs May x x x

  11. Fantastic card love the well thought out design and details love the doves set free thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs
    Carol DT x

  12. Fabulous card Nicola! I love that PB Peace stamp and I love how you have made the bird look like it is breaking out of the cage. I have not used that bird cage die for ages, must get it out again. Wonderful inspiration, thank you. Hugs, Anne x

  13. Super, original card! It's beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  14. Terrific card and fab design, x

  15. Beautiful theme!!! I love all of your doves, and the black white backround is wonderful!

  16. Nicola,Love how your doves have broke free! Brilliant! and so pretty too.
    Enjoy the season!
    hugs lynn

  17. Wonderful card, I love all the details on it, like the two little bells on the cage... Good luck for the challenges Nicola! Hugs Coco xx

  18. Really gorgeous creation Nicola and so clever how you drawn all the elements together with the doves.

    Thanks so much and sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  19. Beautiful card, thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Pam x

  20. This creation is just GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘HAND STAMPED BACKGROUND’ challenge and please come back again soon! Merry Christmas!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  21. so stunning nicola.your birds are beautiful and i love your colours and design :D

    xx coops xx

  22. The paper with map makes such a great background for your doves. This card glitters and sparkles and is beautiful!

    1. Hi Pia, thank-you for your kind words. I've stamped and embossed that map image (twice given card width) with a Flourishes map stamp that I won recently. Nicola x

  23. What a fabulous creation.. love everything about it Nicola. Thank you for sharing over at Creative Card Crew this time
    Elaine DT

  24. Oh this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colour scheme . . .so festive and yet so elegant. Debbie

  25. Wow, wow, wooooow! Stunning card hun, I love the bird cage! You've just given me a really great idea! Beautiful inspiration as always! xx

  26. So much loveliness to enjoy on this beauty! Thanks so much for playing along with our Hand Stamped Background at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

  27. World peace on a card. Oh, if only the World could be this beautiful. This is a really clever card Nicola. Love it to bits. Hugs, Jenny x

  28. Nicola, This is marvelous! Love the doves, both stamped and die cut. Magnificent!

  29. How beautiful - the b&w&grey is so elegant... love the "negative" dove!
    Alison x

  30. Lovely card Nicola! Thanks for joining us in our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration. Timi (Crafting Ireland)

  31. Your cards are beautiful . . . I am so very excited that I found your blog (oh, I found you through mutual followers).
    I noticed that you live in Dublin . . . I town I have visited in my dreams . . . I probably never will in reality, but I still can dream:) I have a dear fondness for all things Irish.
    Please come visit my blog, and enter my Give-Away.
    Your newest follower, Connie :)

  32. great card thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

  33. Such a beautiful card and love the bird cage :)

  34. I'm nearly speechless!! Note the word, nearly..LOL. I can't begin to tell you how much I LOVE the scenery you've designed inside that birdhouse. The entire card is a conglomeration of gorgeous elements and textures, but for some reason, that broken birdcage revealing another dimension REALLY excites my creativity. Brilliantly done my friend. :)
    Lisa xx

  35. Hi Nicole, I am delighted that you came to visit and even more, that now you are a follower. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through this fabulous medias. "You meet the nicest people in blog-land".
    Your name is in the Give-Away pot . . . Good Luck.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  36. Gorgeous card :-) all the details are fabulous,, I love the birdcage and doves :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x


  37. Hi
    Stunning use of die cuts on another very special Christmas card.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this fortnight.

  38. Fabulous card loads of lovely detail love the concept of the doves breaking free x

  39. Perfect for our challenge! Thanks so much for joining in our Dies/Punches challenge at Sweet Stampin.x

  40. I'm going to take a little break.
    Sending warm wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2013.


  41. This is gorgeous...all your elements are perfect it! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!

  42. This is a lovely card. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

  43. Wonderful Christmas card you have made.
    Thank you for sharing at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
    Good luck in the draw.

  44. Beautiful card Nicola, Thanks for all your lovely comments throughout the year and I wish you a very Happy Christmas and A Happy New Year.
    Hugs Teresa xx

  45. Fabulous!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge & Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  46. Beautiful creation, love the stamp and a beautiful layout too Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge. Good Luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  47. Gorgeous card, I love the doves.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
    Hope Santa brings you lots of crafting goodies!
    Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    ABC Christmas Challenge,
    Lili’s Little Fairies,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    The Stamp Basket, and
    Stamp Fairy.

  48. Oohh What a faboulus creation, i love all deatils on the card,the bird is lovely and so dreaming,love ,love ,love them ,Bravo!!!

    Lg Jeannette

  49. Beautiful card!!Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe's Crafts ♥


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