Sunday, 17 March 2013


Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh (Happy St. Patrick's Day) and welcome to my blog! It's lovely having you visit Ireland today.

I've created today's card with a few challenges in mind but foremost inspiration comes from the photo challenge at The Shabby Tea Room this week - see picture inspiration here.

As per usual I tried out card with various layouts and degrees of embellishment but the dress is just so frilly that this card didn't want to wear much else!

Dressform: Chipboard cut using die by Tim Holtz (Sewing Room). Paper by Graphic 45 (A Ladies' Diary) painted with Paper Artsy Gloss Glaze. Dress by Melissa Frances Organza Pouf Ribbon (cream and pink). I bought pouf ribbon at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and so am entering card to the Frilly and Funkie Sunday Share

Butterflies: Die by Tim Holtz (Mini Butterflies). Each butterfly built using corrugated cardstock, 2 x Bazzill CS and 8 x tulle butterfly diecuts (all stitched together). Decorated with Memory Box (Corner Bow) diecut

Background Paper: Melissa Frances (5th Avenue Collection)
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Ink: Antique Linen DI
Doily, roses and trim from stash

Thank-you for stopping by. Now I must dash off to a parade .... where's my shamrock???

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
The Shabby Tea Room - Oh So Pretty In Pink
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Chic To Be Shabby
Inspiration Emporium - Add A Little POP
Happy Campers Challenge - Flutterby Butterfly
Flutterby Wednesday - Any Winged Creature
Anything Goes Challenge - Seeing Double
Heck Of A Challenge - Spring / Butterflies and Pearls
By The Cute And Girly - Favourite Things (Butterflies)


  1. A really pretty shabby chic creation Nicola and a gorgeous frilly frock.
    Hope the shamrock turned up!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  2. It's beautiful Nicola, so frothy and feminine and a definite Shabby Chic feel to it.

    B x

  3. This card is super cute ! Love it!

  4. Hi Nicola, this is a veritable feast for the eyes. A stunning dress and a stunning creation. Hugs, Anne x

  5. What a great frilly dress! Love the soft, feminine look of this card and all that organza - well done, Nicola!

  6. Beautiful card, the dress is a gorgeous idea! Happy St Patrick's Day to you too, and best wishes from the Rhine to Ireland! Valerie

  7. Happy St Patrick's Day!
    Also, to say Thank You for your amazing feedback for my That's Crafty post - I had so much (messy!) fun creating that hanging.
    Oh so pretty, the delicate colour palette and all that gorgeous froth! An absolute delight and really, this should be framed.
    Have a lovely day.

  8. What a beautiful and feminine card you have created. love the design here. there are a number of doubles on this card and if fits the bill for our challenge perfectly. thanks for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge blog this time and good luck
    Carol xx DT

  9. So lovely, Nicola! Love the layers of gauzy frills - what wonderful dimension they give as well as being so pretty...
    Alison x

  10. Nicola, this is so a fairy dress. The layers are beautiful both in the delicate colours and the wonderful texture. Love how you have done the tiny straps. The butterflies are amazing...such a cool contrast between the corrugated card and the delicate uper layers. Beautiful use of flowers and trim...sigh.

  11. Hi Nicola and WOW to your beautiful card, such a gorgeous design and I love your pretty and frothy dress. Hugs Chris x

  12. Happy St Patricks Day
    This dress is so lovely
    Rosie x

  13. Your card is so adorable! I have that Melissa Frances tulle and LOVE it! It's so soft and easy to work with. Your choice of using both the pink and the tulle is GREAT! Love your dress idea on the dress form. Your design is really sweet and I like the added pink trim and roses. The little butterflies make great corner embellishments! Absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing this lovely card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  14. Very pretty card. Love the tulle dress and tiny roses :)

  15. Very pretty! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  16. This is gorgeous Nicola,very girly and lacy I like the butterflies and the design.
    Kevin xx


  17. Beautiful shabby card....I adore the gorgeous dress form. Thanks for sharing your pretty card with us in the Tea Room!

  18. Hi Nicola, I love this! Love all ther lacy texture and girly look. Judy x

  19. oh wow this is fabulous nicola.gorgeous soft and pretty colours and details and the lacy dressform is so beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

  20. Happy St Patrick's Day to you too Nicola x x x WOW, Gorgeous piece, Love the wonderful lacey texture & beautiful colours...The butterflies are stunning!! Hugs May x x x

  21. Oh so girly and fun! Love the shabby 'chicness'! Thanks for joining us at The Tea Room this week!

  22. Happy St. Pats to you as well! Love your shabby make here...the tulle is fab! Love the frills and pink! I can't believe it's not green top to! I bet it's loud and fun today and tonight for you! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  23. This reminds me of a petticoat of my Mum's that I used to dress up in. A beautiful card.

  24. So beautiful and delicate card again... I love your layered butterflies !!! and of course, your dress in Organza... (recall me to ask my husband to buy the same LOL !)
    Hope your parade will be a beautiful event ! (with sun... if possible...) Hugs, Coco

  25. Wonderful card my dear creative friend^_^
    I love the tulle^_^
    Have a beautiful day^_^

  26. Soft and sweet! Love the ruffles! Perfect for the Shabby chic challenge! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  27. I'm here again sweety^_^
    Thanks for joining in with us at Heck of a Challenge this month, Good Luck^_^
    DT Sonia

  28. Very pretty Shabby Chic creation! I love all the layers and soft colors!!

  29. Such a pretty card! The dress you created with all those layers is wonderful and I love the butterflies. Thank you for joining us this week as Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  30. A beautiful card Nicola, a lovely design and colours. Your details are stunning and your gauze frothy layers of your dress are wonderful!!

    Heather xx

  31. Love this. So soft and feminine, and I adore the layers. Hope you had a fantastic day on Sunday. Hugs, Jenny x

  32. Beautifully feminine Nicola, love all the layers.

  33. How different is your card! love it
    Thank you for joining us this week at Anything Goes Challenge Blog! ! good luck in the draw.
    Hugs Tamara
    PS I have blog candy to give away on my blog Posh Cat Crafts!

  34. Lovely, creative card. All elements are just beautiful. Thank you for joining in this week's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday.

  35. Gorgeous - very original and very well done. I love it!

  36. So beautiful Nicola! Love all the layers of tulle!

  37. I'm back again and now I'm catching up... your card looks wonderful, great layers and fab design.

  38. Wow so much lovely dimension. Thank you for joining us at Happy Campers and good luck in the challenge. Vee xx

  39. Thanks for joining our March challenge at Inspiration Emporium!

    Love the delicate tulle you used-a chic creation for sure!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  40. Wow, this card really doesn't need to wear much else! I soooo love this Nicola! The dress is amazing, I love the layering and the very beautiful colours.

    Take care

    Maria xx

  41. This is really lovely... and the great butterflies.. so pretty! Thanks for joining us at HOA challenge!
    ;-) Alex H.

  42. Beautiful card. Love the nets and the lace effects. Thank you for joining in BTC&G's Favourite Things challenge.
    Happy Easter from a fellow Dub.

  43. Love your little frilly dress!!!! So pretty and very vintage at the same time. Beautiful colours! Thanks for joining us this month at BTC&G and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

  44. Your work is so gorgeous xxx



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