Saturday, 27 April 2013

Secret Garden

Hi there and welcome to another blog post! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Earlier this week when I saw the inspiration photo at The Shabby Tea Room, the gorgeous Graphic 45 'Secret Garden' papers came to mind...Here is my take on the inspiration photo:

This is the inspiration photo itself:

Paper: Graphic 45 - 'Secret Garden' and 'A Ladies' Diary', Melissa Frances - 'Countdown to Christmas', SEI Velvet Paper in 'Dandelion' and 'Mint'

Ink: For edge definition - Distress Ink 'Scattered Straw'

Dies: Cheery Lynn - 'Square Stackers', 'Sophia's Heart', 'Mini Flourish', Round 'Stitcher Plate'. Spellbinders - 'Standard Circles Large' and 'Eyelet Circles'. Sizzix Bigz - 'Bird Scroll' (with diecuts also mounted on chipboard). Marianne Design - 'Anja's Leaves'. MFT Dienamics - 'Postage Stamp Stax', 'Royal Leaves' and 'Rolled Scallop Flower'. Simon Says Stamp Die - 'Ribbon Banner'

Pearl decoration: Drawn with Viva Decor Pearl Pen in 'Ice White'

Ribbon: May Arts Silk - bow tied using boweasy. Further embellishments from stash

It's a lovely sunny day in Dublin so I'm out soon to savour the sunshine! I hope the sun shines on you this weekend.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
The Shabby Tea Room - Spring Bliss
Craft-Room Challenge - So Sentimental
Crafts 4 Eternity - Perfect Papers
Eclectic Paperie - Flowers
Card and Scrap - Use Dies
Creative Moments - Spring
Kaboodle Doodles - Spring
Love To Create: Bingo (Flowers, Diecuts, Ribbons)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - No Stamps Allowed


  1. Not sure if my comment went through Nicola, blogger is playing up for me lately but I absolutely love your card and gorgeous design. Happy Saturday. Chris xx

  2. Gorgeous your paper stash had the perfect match for the inspiration picture. Your craft and Imagination supplied the rest. thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  3. Lovely card Nicola, beautiful papers and a lovely 'Spring' feel.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Avril xx

  4. Wow what a wonderful interpretation of the challenge pic, the colours are gorgeous - so fresh and springlike and the sentiment is beautiful. Have a lovely weekend
    Claire xx

  5. Åhhh så lækkert ♥

    1000 tak for at du deltager på card and scraps udfordring.

  6. Beautiful card Nicola, I like the design the papers the bird and the swirls.
    Kevin xx

  7. Hi Nicola, this is the most beautiful take on the challenge. I love the flowers on the backing paper, the wonderful doily shape at the back, the pretty bird - well everything really! You do make the most wonderfully inspiring pieces...

    Thanks so very for your lovely comment too, it is a very exciting time. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Really gorgeous Nicola. Such lovely colours and beautiful detail.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  9. Absolutely, positively stunning! I am such a sucker for birds so this one sings to me! Very beautiful!

  10. Hi your take on the photograph. Beautiful sunny colours and a mix of papers and sentiments , swirls etc.

    Lots of gorgeous details to view. TFS

    Glad to say that its sunny here on the West of Scotland's hoping it stays like that. Have fun in the sun !!


    Annie x

  11. Gorgeous card. Love the design and fab papers. Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity. Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

    Have a nice day.
    DT. member.


  12. Oh, LOVE this Nicola! What a great combination of die cuts, so beautifully decorated with pearls. I've got a MB die with small birds but now I've put a larger bird to my wish list as well.

  13. Sooo lovely, Nicola, and the feel of your card is exactly the feel of my favourite childrens book "The Secret Garden" - tender and wild - both at the same time! And every spot is "special" and in bloom.

    A wonderful card!

    Claudia xx

  14. A beautiful card with lots of detail to catch the eye. Thanks for entering the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge

  15. What a lovely, bright and cheerful card - it certainly cheered me up when I saw it. Thanks so much for popping in to see me! Margie

  16. so stunning nicola.gorgeous sweet bird and i love all your fabulous layers and spring colours ;D

    xx coops xx

  17. Oh my Nicola! What a beautiful scene you've created! Love all the layers and rolled blossom!

  18. Really stunning Nicola, love all the layers & cute birdie!!
    stunning card, Hugs, Ann xx

  19. Funky, groovy and so Woodstock, Nicola! Love the cheerful colours...making me very happy.
    Thanks for stopping with your lovely comment.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  20. This is lovely - a wonderful design :) Thank you so much for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge. Hugs, Dawny x

  21. love how you have incorporated those spring colours into your fresh and vibrant make hugs trace x

  22. A beautiful design and gorgeous papers Nicola.
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  23. Gorgeous creation! Those papers are just fantasic!
    Thanks for playing in the no stamps allowed challenge at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  24. Gorgeous card Nicola, Love these papers, Just bought the Secret Garden set...& you've just given me amazing inspiration! Thank you... All the detail is Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

  25. So so the gorgeous papers. Thanks for sharing this with us in the Shabby Tea ROOM.

  26. Wow this is fabulous Nicola. Love all of your stunning design.
    Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenge

  27. Oh, this is wonderful, Nicola - such vivid, fresh Spring colours, beautifully layered up. I LOVE the little polka dot leaf, and delicious little daisy image in the corner... a really special card. It's lovely to have you play along with us at eclectic Paperie; thanks for sharing this beauty with us!
    Alison xx

  28. Thank you for sharing this lovely and beautiful card at Craft-Room "So Sentimental" Challenge, good luck and welcome again;-))m

  29. Love this Niola. A really bright and cheery card. Hugs, Jenny x

  30. Such a lovely card Nicola. Great choice of papers and embellishments. You've captured the look of a secret garden beautifully! xx

  31. Such a lovely card Nicola. Great choice of papers and embellishments. You've captured the look of a secret garden beautifully! xx

  32. Amazing creation Nicola, I love what you have done with the papers.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  33. What a fabulous card, I love it. Thank you for joining us a Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  34. Very pretty! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  35. What a gorgeous card and with a spring feel too - perfect for the challenge at Creative Moments thanks for joining in x

  36. So pretty Nicola ... love the colors . . .so full of the joys of spring!!
    Thank you for joining us over at eclectic Paperie.

  37. I love this card again, it's so gorgeous !!!... Big hugs, Coco

  38. Nicola, what a fabulous response to the inspiration photo. I love all of the little details. There is something pretty to notice everywhere. Love the tiny flowers and the bird's dots. Gorgeous. I'm delighted you decided to play along with our flower challenge at eclectic Paperie this time. I always love visiting your blog.

  39. What a beauty! Beautiful take on the inspiration a d you captured spring beauty! Thanks for the ray of sunshine!

  40. Lovely design, it is complex but not at all messy - thanks for joining us at Creative Moments. Take a look at the new challenge, to use brads. Leona (DT)


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x