Monday, 18 April 2016

Spring in Provence

Hi there! I hope your day is going well.

I'm staying with a Spring theme again and this time I've gone all lavender.

The beautiful papers are by Pion Design - 'Scent of Lavender' collection. Generally when crafting I include so many elements and media that I end up covering a whole lot of detail but this time I held back so as not to hide these lovely papers. I've matted them between cream cardstock.

Have backed the gorgeous strip of lace with a darker shade of paper. It echoes the subtle lace in the background paper. Sprayed some dried flowers lavender and tucked them underneath the lace band to mirror the hanging lavender at top. Used a Magnolia die, 'Old Swedish Lace', to cut narrow purple strips for each side of main square.

I've been hoarding the cream chipboard frame for ages. I think it's by Tattered Angels - the bird image fitted perfectly by draping some of the longer fronds to front of frame. Filled the frame with Judikins Diamond Glaze which dried to a nice hard gloss.

Punched out all the little butterflies and added either roses or pearls to decorate them. Inked most edges with Distress Ink in 'Dusty Concord' and dotted pearls at corners to complete. That's it!

Thank-you so very much for taking the time and for any comments you might leave. Thanks also to some new followers - you are most appreciated, especially when Google seems to want to constrain your numbers!

Have a lovely week to come,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Pion Design - April - Flowers of Provence

Scraps & Pieces - Be Romantic (use romantic material)

Allsorts - Ribbons and Roses
Simon Monday Challenge - Butterfly Beauty
Deep Ocean Challenge - Spring is in the air
Country View Challenges - Spring
Card Mania - Spring
Moving along with the times - Spring Flowers
Craft Heaven Shop Challenge - Bingo - Lace, Flowers, Dies


  1. This popped up on my dashboard just as I was logging off Nicole so had to come straight over and take a peek close up of all the lush purples and lavenders, it's another sheer delight.

    B x

  2. Hi Nicola....oh wow! Another beautiful card! This is exquisite, Nicola. Pion has such lovely papers but YOU really do make them look so amazing with your designs. This card is so delicate. I'm not normally a purple-ish lover but your additions of the cream and touches of green. The delicate little flowers and pearls are the perfect embellishments. Just gorgeous.

  3. This is delightful, Nicola - I just love the pearly butterflies fluttering around, and I see those tiny flowers are being put to good use. Off to see what else you've been doing...
    Alison x

  4. This is sooooo beautiful, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this time, xxxx

  5. Hi there
    Beautiful card. Tnnks for joining in at MAWTT.
    Best wishes.

  6. Oh wow, Nicola, this is stunning!! I love the papers and the layers!! The lace looks amazing!! The little butterflies fluttering about are such a fabulous touch!! Gorgeous card my friend!! It's so beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Oh Nicola, your work truly makes my heart sing. This Pion collection is indeed stunning, which you've shown so beautifully. I love the texture and gorgeous detailing you added.. I'm glad you use that beloved chippie, as it is perfect for this card. :o) Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Deep Ocean!

    Hugs and blessings,

  8. What a stunning make Nicola! I so love the way you put together all the gorgeous embellishments!
    Thank you for the inspiration :)
    Paper Talk with Samra

  9. This is absolutely STUNNING, Nicola! WOW!!!

  10. It's me again Nicola. I was so blown away with your card yesterday that I didn't even notice you have linked it up at Allsorts, many thanks, it's lovely to have you join in.

    B x

  11. Apologies for my lateness but it has given me time to spend taking in the beauty of this stunning card Nicola! I do love those Pion papers but your embellishing takes them to a whole new level. I love how you put the darker shade under the lace, it just brings the lace to life. The punched butterflies are delightful and the bird focal point is a real stunner. Completely enthralling! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. STUNNING!!! How excited am I to see those gorgeous Pion "Scent of Lavender" papers being put to such great use! You have captured the beauty of these flowers with your stunning creation Nicola! I love how you framed the image and the babies breath adds such a lovely shabby touch! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Pion Design this month! hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  13. So very pretty! Gorgeous mix of papers and fancy lace trimming!

  14. Beautiful colors! I love this frame and little bird in it!
    Thank you for playing with us at Card mania challenge!


  15. I love this so much. Its a busy composition but it works so well that you have inspired me to be a little more adventurist. I love Pion design and Lavender too. Beautiful. Kay

  16. A gorgeous vision in purple! Thank you so much for joining us at Country View Challenges this month.

  17. Nicola ~ your card is breathtaking. Every little detail! It is also my favorite color and flower...I am waiting for the lilacs to bloom that border my neighbors property and mine! <3 Beautiful!

  18. So very beautiful, a card, Nicola, love the bird so beautifully framed, and your sweet butterfly`s , and yes the papers are truly lovely !
    Have a lovely new week, dear.

  19. This is very pretty :) Thanks for participating in Pion design challange :) Hugs dt- Johanna

  20. This is just beautiful, Nicola! Thank you for participating in the Pion Design Challenge.

  21. I really love what you made !! Beautiful and romantic !!Thank you so much for joining us at Scraps n Pieces !!

  22. This card is so romantic... all is in perfect harmony to eachother.
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Craft Heaven Challenge and hope to see you in our next challenge.
    Hugs, Susen

  23. Lavender gorgeousness all around! LOVE the little bushels! Gorgeous Spring card!

  24. What a beautiful feminine card, filled with flowers, butterflies and laces. Nice shade of purple!

  25. Hi Nicola catching up at last. This is a beautiful card, love the mix of papers and lace. Gorgeous embellishments and those little butterflies are so sweet.
    Hope you are well.
    Avril xx


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