Friday, 17 May 2013

Garden Magic

Hi there. My goodness, the sun is shining brightly in Dublin this evening! I've even left the glare on photo as evidence of this rare event (lol).

With so many flower/garden related challenges right now I turned to Graphic 45 'Secret Garden' papers - they never disappoint.



It's a short post today!

Papers: Graphic 45 'Secret Garden', Melissa Frances 'Attic Treasures', Bazzill cardstock and doily from stash.

Dies: MFT Dienamics: 'Royal Leaves', 'Mini Royal Roses', 'Mini Rolled Roses' and 'Small Scallop Border'. Magnolia: 'Heart Flower Lace'. Spellbinders: 'Romantic Rectangles' and 'Decorative Labels 27'. Memory Box: 'Perched Reed Bird' and 'Woodland Branch'.

Embellishments: I made the flowers, leaves, birds and branch from a little bit of G45 paper! Karen Foster Charms (dabbed with Treasure Gold 'White Fire'). Pearls are by Melissa Frances and water droplets are by Hero Arts. Silk Ribbon by May Arts tied using Boweasy. The beautiful lace is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique so I wish to enter card to the Frilly and Funkie Sunday Share.

Sincere thanks to all who visit - your comments/following really are much appreciated. May the sun shine on you this weekend!

Nicola x

Thank-you to the hosts, sponsors and DTs at the following challenges that I wish to enter;
Country View Crafts - How Does Your Garden Grow
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Little Paper
Sugar Creek Hollow - Spring Flowers
By The Cute and Girly - Flowers
Happy Camper Craft Collective - Use Lace
Simon Says Stamp - Flower Power
Crafty Bloggers' Network - Os & Xs (Die Cut, flowers, ribbon)
Love To Create - Many Pretty Flowers
Songbird Challenges - Blom and Grow - Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Smell the Roses
Card and Scrap - Lag på lag (Layers)

46 comments:

  1. Hi Nicola, those papers really are gorgeous - and such lovely embellishments.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

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  2. Beautiful, the papers have a lovely vintage feel to them. Lovely design and layers. Love the added doily and the lacy trim across the bottom. Love the watering can. This is a beautifully embellished and executed piece . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  3. Oh, WOW, this is absolutely stunning, Nicola! What a great combination of patterns and colors, and what a lovely vintage image too!

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  4. loving your totally gorgeous card. Hugs Annette x

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Nicola, I like the image the papers, the birds and the flowers.
    Kevin xx

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  6. Really this is outstanding - I love every jot and tittle!!
    Sandy

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  7. Absolutely stunning! Love all the gorgeous layering Nicola! Beautiful image.

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  8. This is so pretty Nicola, such wonderful papers and layers in this fabulous design. Lovely to see you at Country View Crafts challenge this month.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  9. This is a really beautiful make! Hugstrace x

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  10. This is stunning! Such beautiful, springy colors! :) Thank you for playing in our "Flower Power" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

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  11. Gorgeous card, Love these papers & how you have put this wonder together is Fabulous...Stunning work... Hugs May x x x

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  12. Wonderful spring-like card Nicola !!! I love your small creative details with your two birds, really charming and well done !!! Happy to see that Sun has finally arrived in Dublin, make the most of it ! Big hugs, coco xx

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  13. Hi Nicola, what an absolute beauty, your cards are always such stunning creations, those papers are lush aren't they. Have a great weekend. xx

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  14. Your card is stunning Nicola! I love that sweet image! x

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  15. Beautiful card and papers! Thanks for joining us at Songbird Challenges!
    /Pillan

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  16. This is so beautiful,
    Rosie x

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  17. Nicola..your piece is stunning. I so love those papers from G45 and you have utilized them so perfectly in this card. I love all of your layering of different papers, patterns and die cut images. So expertly done. You have such a way with detail. I really love the simplest things about this card...the way you've tucked the white ribbon through the blue and cream die cut is a perfect example of that. The doily adds such a sweetness as do those little charms. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  18. You're not kidding! These papers are magical. It's like walking into a pristine historical garden. They're gorgeous and so full of life and warmth. I love how you altered the papers on the birds and the choice of papers for the leaves. It's beautiful how it all frames that precious image. OHHHH and I love the little gems falling out of the watering can to emulate water...awesome job Nicola!!! :D This card truly made me smile.
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa x

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  19. Oh my this is so beautiful, a simply gorgeous spring card. I adore all those wonderful embellishments. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

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  20. Your card is so wonderful my dearest! Beautifully designed!
    I like a lot the image and the embellishments are totally gorgeous.
    I hope you have a good weekend^_^
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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  21. wow so beautiful Nicola.gorgeous pretty papers and image and I love your colours and stunning details :D

    xx coops xx

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  22. Hi Nicola, this card is so, so beautiful. You have such a way with detail and embellishments. I really love this absolutely gorgeous creation! Hugs, Anne x

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  23. This is fabulous Nicola. We just cannot go wrong with those papers, they are gorgeous. Judy x

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  24. Åhhh, hvor er den bare smuk♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.
    knuzzzzz Anne Bente DT♥

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  25. What a beauty Nicola! I love your designs, always so deliciously shabby chic and gorgeous. I agree about the papers too, they're so pretty. Hope you've had some sun over the weekend. Chris x

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  26. So lovely! I must get some of those G45 papers!

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  27. WOW WOW WOW!!! Super stunning as always, my friend! I'm speechless...you've got some seriously crafty mojo going on! This is nothing short of magical. Thanks for joining our "Smell the Roses" challenge. … x
    Asha - Tuesday Throwdown DT
    Sunny Summer Crafts

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  28. Gorgeous, gorgeous card - it's just put a huge smile on my face... an absolute delight, Nicola!
    Alison xx

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  29. This is absolutely beautiful Nicola, stunning papers and beautifully embellished, gorgeous work love it.
    hugs Teresa x

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  30. What a gorgeous card Nicola! These papers are so beautiful! I love the way you layered the the way you designed this! The large ribbon with the bow breaks up the designs and starts it again to really draw the eye in. Love the bird and watering can...great detail! Thank you so much for sharing your love of paper with us here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  31. Beautiful garden magic, Nicola! I love the papers and you've layered all the elements so beautifully! xxx

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  32. Nicola...me again! Thank you so much for the very very sweet comment you left on my blog today. I really do appreciate it. You said you were mesmerized by my skewer card. I am also mesmerized by this lovely Secret Garden card! It's beautifully done, Nicola. Love your art! <3 Candy

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  33. Huge congrats on your win over at F&F!
    Alison xx

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  34. Lovely card with beautiful paper. Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.

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  35. This card is a masterpiece. Very rich and beautiful!

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  36. Hi Nicola, this is so, so beautiful, and put together so perfectly. All your handmade elements are gorgeous, I've just bought some of the Treasure Gold gilding wax in White Fire but haven't got around to using it yet.

    I've been looking through your most recent posts, your creations are absolutely gorgeous, I love the card for the hairdresser with the scissors especially.

    I hope you are doing well, and look forward to meeting up with you hopefully in a few months :-). Thank you for all your support Nicola, it really is appreciated so much.

    Maria xxxxx


    Maria.

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  37. Wow! What a gorgeous vintage beauty! Love all the layers and the pretty decorative frames!

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  38. Nicola...Huge congrats on your win at Simon Says Stamp and Show for the $50.00 credit voucher! You will have alot of fun spending that $ ... and your piece was fantastic, too! <3 Candy

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  39. Yay!! Have you been over to SSSaS today?!
    Alison xxx

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  40. Nicola, this is one gorgeous and sweet magic garden! Love all the layers! Congrats on your SSSS win! Enjoy the weekend!

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  41. Too adorable Nicola such a beautiful creation.

    Crafting hugs from Shirley x x

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  42. Really stunning, I love the papers and all the gorgeous layers, beautiful layout and die cuts too
    Lindsay xx

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  43. Well you really are in winning ways! Love this Nicola, so spring fresh and happy. You're doing some amazing work, hugs Jenny x

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  44. back to say...thanks for joining us at Country view crafts challenge x

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  45. beautiful! love this paper and what you made with it!

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