Monday, 14 December 2015

A Victorian Christmas

Greetings from a dark and drizzling Dublin - the reason for awful shadows in picture. Thank-you for visiting, especially during this busy Christmas countdown.

I've used papers from the lovely Prima collection 'A Victorian Christmas'. Placed the robin in a faux layered nest and then magnified him with a Prima Memory Hardware Antique cloche that was rather tricky to photograph. The holly branches are cut using Creative Expressions 'Holly Sprays' die. All the holly has been glittered. Edges are variously inked with Prima chalk edger and Stickles 'Memory Glass'. The outer edge is torn in places and Prima lace trim 'Snow' is placed beneath the tears. I've also done a little random stencilling using Finnabair white crackle texture paste - it's meant to represent some snow swirling around a weary looking Santa! The banners (cut with MFT Fishtail Flags die) are coated with Glossy accents to highlight them and then edged with stickles. Added 'berries' with a Waco pearl pen. Finished with a copper star atop tree.

Thank-you so much for stopping by and warmest welcomes to those who have recently signed up to follow.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Prima - 12 Days of Christmas (Day 1 'A Victorian Christmas' and memory hardware)
Anything But Cute - You've got Happy Mail
Craft for the Craic - Christmas Cheer
Frilly & Funkie - Tis The Season
Scrap & Craft - Anything Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Die Cuts for Christmas
Country View Challenges - Create A Scene
Simon Monday Challenge - Just a pinch - I've used tiny amount of crackle paste
Inspiration Emporium - Tis The Season


  1. Your card, is so very beautiful, dear Nicola, love the papers, and your stenciling ,the beauty of the berries is gorgeous, and ofcourse love the glitter, too.
    Dorthe, xo

  2. Wow Nicola this is a stunning Christmas creation!!
    Kevin xx

  3. Gorgeous papers and embellishments and of course your attention to details make this a stunning Christmas card.
    Love it.
    Avril xx

  4. And I'm commenting from a dark and drizzly Cambridgeshire Fen, like you I am just about fed up with all these dull and dreary days.

    But your card goes a long way to brighten things, it's another real stunner Nicola.

    B x

  5. Oh wow, Nicola, this is absolutely stunning!! I love the papers!! You showcased them perfectly!! The dimension is fabulous!! Each detail and embellishment you added is gorgeous!! I absolutely love this!! Wow!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Such a delightful vintage card! Every detail is wonderful!!!

  7. You always do the most beautiful cards Nicole and this one is no exception. I adore the Father Christmas image, the little pops of red on the berries and the hints of stenciling are wonderful. Love this beauty!

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'You've Got Happy Mail' challenge at Anything But Cute, always lovely to see you there... Hugs, Anne xxx

  8. Hi Nicola, Sorry for my lack of visits to your lovely blog......but I know you will understand. Love your nostalgic card, it's always such a treat to see your Christmas projects.
    Julie x

  9. Your card is absolutely lovely, Nicola! I love the vintage Christmas atmosphere you've created with the Prima collection. Their papers are lovely and you've made them even more beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  10. Absolutely beautiful Victorian Christmas card, Nicola! What a perfect way to showcase that amazing paper collection! Simply stunning!
    Thank you so much again for joining in our You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Hugs! Branka DT xxx

  11. Holy cow Nicola, you've done it again!! I'm swooning over here!! Just love this Santa image and that little of the birdie too! So many wonderful sprigs of foliage creating a whirlwind of Christmas festive cheer!! Just love it!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'You've Got Happy Mail' challenge, you really captured the spirit of the season with this one! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  12. I've not seen these Prima papers. They are gorgeous! Your card is gorgeous!!!

  13. Oh wow. This vintage beauty is breathtaking. Love all the traditional colours and your shabby elements. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  14. Nicola, this is as beautiful as your heart... which is saying a LOT! The papers are lovely, made even more stunning by your masterful work with them. Every detail is stunning, combining to create Christmas magic. :o) Exquisite! And thank you for the beautiful note... I'm grateful for your kindness, especially during trying times. Your work brings endless joy to my heart and I'm so happy to be visiting you tonight. Have a beautiful rest of the week, sweet friend.

    Hugs and blessings,

  15. I always love F.C. in white, and the little robin under his cloche is a lovely touch. Another beautiful piece of vintage Christmas crafting, Nicola.
    Alison xx

  16. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at
    Sparkles Christmas Challenge " Die cuts for Christmas” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  17. I'm drooling over this!! Absolutely gorgeous work. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  18. Another beautiful and stunning card, Nicola! The detail is amazing and your work is always gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :) xx

  19. This really is so beautiful Nicola! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  20. Oh, how could you not be Happy when you receive a beautiful vintage card like this lovely one! I love the papers and the way you have adorned them with glitter, die cuts and stenciling! Awesome!

    Thank you for joining us again in our You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  21. WOW!!! Nicola, this is another stunner!
    Thank you so much for joining You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  22. What a gorgeous vintage christmas card, the papers are so beautiful, I just love this..
    Thank you for sharing this with us and hope to see you next time good luck
    Hugs Babs Sparkle Christmas DT Member x

  23. Sbeautiful vintage card. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Thank you for joining us this month over at Craft for the Craic.
    Happy New Year


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