Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry & Bright

Good Evening and Welcome. Another quick Christmas card post from me.

Sometimes when I'm working against the clock to make a card I find it very handy to follow a 'sketch challenge' - this one is at Cards n Scrapz here.

(The more eagle eyed may figure that the vertical side panels aren't in keeping with the design but I hope it's ok as it is one sheet of paper with a dappled brown pattern above cream).

Papers are by Inkido. I've machine stitched most edges. The central deer image was a free image online that I printed onto Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper and then ironed onto some muslin. Stenciled some snowflakes via a Memory Box 'tiny snowflakes' stencil as well as adhering some punched paper ones too. Dotted around a few little 'pearls' using a Waco pearl pen. The sentiment has been diecut using the new Sizzix 'Holiday Words' thinlits. These dies are a little fiddly - best results achieved by cutting chosen paper backed with thick cardstock. Decorated with 'foliage' arrangements and knotted a bow through some dangling jingle bells. Dabbed with a little Snow-Tex and affixed some gems and pearls to complete.

Have all cards in the post now - hope you do too! Thanks so much for your visit.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Cards n Scrapz - December Sketch challenge
Vintage Utfordring - Christmas card (Vintage)
Country View Crafts - Nostalgic Christmas
Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
It's All About the Vintage and Beauty - Knot
Live & Love Crafts - With Love
Inspiration Emporium - Sing, Sing It Loud (Sound of bells on card)


  1. Beautiful card! Love all the layers and the stitching. The foliage arrangements with the bows & bells are perfect additions.

  2. Hello Nicola,
    Wow, this is a great looking card, I love all the elements you have included to make up your scene, the images are also in keeping with a nostalgic theme.
    Thank you for joining us this month at CVC.

  3. Hi Nicola, what a lovely Christmas card!!! Absolutely delightful...Good to see you again on craftyblogland.. I wish you a Merry Christmas!! Hugs, Coco xxx

  4. Such a lovely card, Nicola - the deer are adorable, and I'm definitely going to "need" those words before next year! Love the trio of backgrounds too - beautifully done. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx

  5. Gorgeous Nicola! I love all the little snowflakes and your reindeer image is beautiful! Such a lovely holiday card full of festive trimmings! Big holiday hugs to you and yours! :)

  6. I love this card dear Nicola,-
    it has all the sweetness of an old cozy and wonderful christmas , so beautiful.
    Thank you my friend for your wonderful christmas greeting, how very sweet of you ,
    I am so thankful for your greeting, and for meeting you here this year.
    I wish you and your family a blessed and Merry Christmas , and all the best for a Happy New Year.
    With hugs from Dorthe

  7. Hi Nicola, what a lot I've missed. Just popped back from having a mooch and all is amazing. Your cards are always so delightful and pretty especially this one.

    Thank you for my Christmas greeting also it was really cute to watch. Merry Christmas and I do hope we can catch up in the New Year.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  8. Oh I love the image of the gorgeous little deer and dotty wording looks beautiful. This is one beautiful card Nicola. All the very best for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. I am loving this card Nicola. Excellent construction in every way. Everything is well-balanced and colorful.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and New Year.


  10. Darling card! Love it very much! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  11. You have captured a really lovely feel of Victoriana Nicola.

    B x

  12. LOVE the deer on the canvas! This is stunning!

  13. LOVE how that image looks on muslin! Great stitching!

  14. Beautiful Christmas card; great design and embellishment work. The image looks stunning on the muslin. Thanks for sharing with us at LLC again; please note though we have a max one entry per challenge rule.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  15. Wow absolutely stunning! That image printed on muslin - amazing. I love the nostalgic style of this card and the colours used. I HAVE TO get my hands on that Holiday Words die. Ger x

  16. What a beautiful card. I love the design and love the image on the muslin.Beautiful details. Thank you so much for joining us at Vintage Utfordring.
    Hugs, Åsalill

  17. Very nice and romantic creation - I like it so much! Thanks for joining Vintage Udfordring.

  18. Fabulous card the Christmassy colours ..


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