Thursday 20 August 2015

Birthday Wishes

Hello and many thanks for stopping by.

I'm sorry for such a prolonged absence but a long-term neck condition has worsened recently, now affecting my shoulder / arm, and thereby keeping me away from crafting and pc (and lots of other necessary tasks!). I'll receive nerve block injections the week after next and hopefully they will enable me to resume crafting etc.

In the meantime, here's a birthday card I made some time back for a dear and very loyal blogging pal.

Embellishments: Beautiful Stick Pin by Mandy - available here.
Roses by Jeans. Dots done with Liquid Pearls.
Papers: Maja Design
Dies: Sizzix thinlits, TH 'Butterfly Frenzy', Memory Box and Spellbinders
Punches: TH Bow and Martha Stewart edger
Other: Edges inked with DIs and Krylon gilding pen. Frantage sprinkled randomly. Sentiment stamp by Anna Griffin

Thank-you so much for your visit and hoping to see you around blogland soon.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
We Love Vintage - Anything Goes
Vintage Udfordring - Butterfly
In The Pink - Fly Away
Crafty Cardmakes - Warm summer colours
Kort o Mania - Pastel Colours
Card and Scrap - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything that Flies
Papertake Weekly - To Die For


  1. Dear Nicola, I wish you speedy improvement of your condition. Your card is breathtaking as usual!
    Take care my dear.
    Hugs :)

    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. I hope you are feeling much better soon, Nicola. Your card is stunning!! I love the colors and design!! The butterflies fluttering about are beautiful!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Beautiful card Nicola.
    Love the soft colors.

  4. An absolutely beautiful card Nicola, such lovely soft colours.
    Sorry to hear of you shoulder issues and hope it clears up soon.
    Fliss xx

  5. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your neck - I really hope that the injections will help and that you'll be able to get back to normal, and back to the craft desk too. Lovely to see this card in the meantime - with all your usual attention to detail and beautiful vintage shabby chic style.
    Alison xx

  6. I am so sorry that you are still suffering, I do hope that the injections help, just wish you did not have to wait so long for them....

    Well, I can say, hand on heart, this card looks even more stunning in real life, you are a complete genius at this shabby chic style and I adore my gorgeous card. Take care my friend! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at Crafty Cardmakers and More. Mary

  8. So sorry to hear you've been suffering Nicola. It's wonderful to see another of your beautiful creations - as ever I love it. Sending gentle hugs, Jenny xxx

  9. Gorgeous and elegant make! LOVE the vintage pink too! So very sorry you've been in pain. Not fun, I know. Sending you prayer this morning.

  10. Hi Nicola! This birthday card is so lovely. Your blogging friend is very lucky. :) I was so sorry to read that you've been enduring quite a bit of pain lately and that it's kept you from crafting. That is such a shame as your work is so unbelievably beautiful. I hope that you will start feeling better because if you are like me, being able to create makes everything better. :) Feel better soon, my friend and thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog regarding the last Compendium of Curiosities challenge piece. Sending hugs.... <3 Candy

  11. Beautiful Nicola! So elegant and gorgeous! Sending get well wishes your way!

  12. Nicola
    You truly are amazing to have achieved such beautiful results when dealing with such intense pain. Your friend will treasure this card all the moreso knowing that it has been created during your health issues.
    A gorgeous, vintage creation.
    Sending a bundle of wishes your way. I will be in contact very soon but wanted to stop by to see if you had managed to post at all. Trying to do a wee bit of catching up as I have fallen behind, once again, with blog visits.

  13. so gorgeous nicola.i love all the pretty diecuts and your design and colours are beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

  14. Beautiful soft Summer colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our warm Summer colours challenge.


  15. A stunning card Nicola. Your colour palette is so pretty and the angel pin is a lovely detail. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

  16. wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

  17. Another beautiful very very pretty...I love it. Thanx fpr joining us at WLVC, xxx Plony
    I hope you will feel better soon.

  18. What a regal and elegant Birthday card! So very glad you joined us at Seize the Birthday!

  19. Beautiful and elegant card! Healing wishes for you.

  20. A beautiful card, filled with heartfelt love. I am so sorry to hear about your pain... please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you health and happiness! ♥︎

    Hugs and blessings,

  21. Hello lovely :)
    So sorry to hear you are suffering, I really hope the injections help you. It sounds so similar to my nerve pain only mine all starts in the shoulder and affects my arm, hand, back & neck as well as the darn shoulder. Have you tried Gabapentine for the pain hun? If not ask your doctor about it, it's the only thing that works for my nerve pain although it does make me feel drunk, the big bonus is you have no hangover when it wears off lol.
    Your card is stunning Nicola. You are amazingly talented & even when sufferng you still make such beautiful creations.
    Big hugs & thanks for linking my little pin xxx

  22. What a gorgeous card you made and how lovely all the butterfly,s and nice to see you again here at WLVC. Hope you feel better soon.

    Hugs Jolanda

  23. Very elegant card. Love all the details. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  24. What a gorgeous card, Nicola. Hope your injections help - so sorry about the pain.

  25. What a lovely and chic card you've made!
    Love the colour and accents!
    I hope you will be pain free soon!
    Thank you for joining us @ WLVC

  26. Hi Nicola,
    Gorgeous card I bet your friend will treasure this...The detail & colour are Beautiful...Sorry to hear about your neck is painful I hope the injections work for you I had some for my shoulder and they worked a treat..Have a great week ahead..
    Hugs May x x x

  27. This is absolutely stunning, it has a beautiful vintage feel and I love the pretty butterflies :-)
    Thanks for joining in our 'Fly away' challenge at In The Pink!
    Hugs, Kat x

  28. Hi Nicola, just on a long overdue catch up. This is a beautiful card and I'm sure whoever receives this will treasure it. Love the papers and all those gorgeous details.
    Sorry to read about the neck problems, I do hope the injections help.
    Take care, Avril xx

  29. Lovely to see your comments bob up this evening - I do hope that means that things are improving with your neck and that you'll be able to get back to normal life (and the craft table!) soon.
    Hugs and wishes for a continued recovery,
    Alison xx

  30. Hi Nicola x THank You for your lovely comment. DH and I are having a lovely break at the moment in the USA x I am sorry to hear that you have not been so well and I hope that your neck problems resolve soon x Poor you having to have injections x I don't envy that at all x Look after yourself x

    Your beautiful card is right up my street and the details are beautiful A real treasure for your blog friend xx

    Take care
    Annie xx

  31. Well dagnabit....ain't nobody got time for that! That stinks and I'm sorry to hear it's messing with you again. I hope you kick its butt soon and return to your normal crafting duties. That other housework stuff can wait. I'm not sure where I was when you posted this (probably in the stinking laundry room folding again) but I hope that you get feeling up to par soon.
    Big huge hugs to you Nicola,
    Lisa x


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