Wednesday, 27 July 2016

One Deer A Leaping

Greetings to you, I hope your week is going well.

I'm thinking this card is too busy but the one I made before it ended up in the bin so I better not chuck another one! Just one of those days!!

Papers: An all Swedish lineup from Pion Design, Maja Design and Inkido (trying to use up various offcuts)

Dies: Sizzix 'Reindeer Flight', Die-namics 'Fishtail Flags' and 'Circles', Memory Box 'Berry Sprig', 'Joy' is from WPlus9 'Hand Lettered Holiday'

Punch: Martha Stewart edger

Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'

Media / Textures: Stampendous Frantage, Texture paste for stencilling which is then coated with Ranger glitter in 'clear rock candy', Krylon Leafing pen 18ct gold, Clear Crackle Accents on deer, Glossy Accents on diecut text, Splattered inks by Ecoline and Winsor & Newton, Prima / Finnabair Micro beads in 'Copper' and 'Bronze', Waco pen for 'snow' beneath Robins

Other: Berry embellishments, bell around deer's neck (decorated with stickles), velvet ric-rac and twine from stash

Wishing you joy even if it is still only July!
Thanks so very much for your visit,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Add Some Texture
ABC Challenge - Lots of Layers
Winter Wonderland - Use your diecuts and punches / add a charm
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes Holiday
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Christmas in July
Fab n Funky - Christmas


  1. I think it's so funny one of your cards went into the bin....I just can't thought all your cards were perfect.
    Dont be so hard on yourself....this is a beautiful card with lovely details.Thanx for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    xxx Plony

  2. Oh my gosh, it's definitely not too busy - it's stunning!! Wow, Nicola!! I absolutely love the texture and the layers!! All of the details are amazing!! What a gorgeous card this is!! I love, love it!! Wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Your card is amazing Nicola, so beautiful with all the layers and textures and I just adore those little birds on the snowy branch in the top corner

  4. Oh wow!!! This is such a stunning holiday card my dear!!! Texture is exquisite and dark red is such a wonderful pop of rustic color! Love it!!!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. Nicola, this is absolutely beautiful... you have whisked us away into such a lovely Christmas wonderland. There are so many elements to adore, but my favorite facets are the snowflake stenciling and that majestic reindeer. Gorgeous work, my talented friend. I am attempting another return to crafting and commenting... it seems I only manage one week before pain sets in too deeply. It is frustrating, but I am thankful to be visiting you today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  6. Nicola ... oh wow! Amazing layers. Gorgeous deer and those berries are perfect on this beautiful card. Wow!!!! (oh ... I already said that!) So glad you did toss this card in the bin! I love it. -- Mary Elizabeth

  7. Lots of beautiful layers and gorgeous colour tones Nicola. I would call it detailed but not too busy, it's perfect xxx

  8. Busy? Never. Beautiful? Most definitely!! It is gorgeous, the prancing deer looks amazing, your layering looks wonderful and your attention to detail is always fantastic - like the snow under the robins - such a great finishing touch and those micro beads make the little twigs look so realistic! A totally gorgeous card!! Big hugs, Anne xx

  9. A stunning card, gorgeous design. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland Challenge. Marlene DT

  10. Are you kidding...there is no such thing as too busy! This card is over the top gorgeous! I LOVE the designs on the deer, and love all the twigs and berries! So elegant too!

  11. It is gorgeous, I love you added the micro beads, for berries, and the stenciled snowflakes and snow weather, is wonderful and love the little birds on their snow branches ,too, Nicola.
    Happy coming weekend to you !!xoxo

  12. This is gorgeous - love the whole effect / thank you for playing along at winter wonderland this week hugs Judith x

  13. Hello Nicola
    I am managing a wee spot of blog hopping this evening so how happy am I to see a blog post from you but Christmas, yikes, do I need to begin to plan Christmas already?!!! This is exquisite and I love the effect of all the layering and embellishments. Too busy is more than good with me :)
    Hope you are having a good week - other than having to bin the previous card!

  14. Wow this is so beautiful, thanks for sharing your creativity with us at ABC Challenge and good luck
    Andrea x

  15. So pretty! Thanks for playing along at CCC.

  16. A beautiful card Nicola and full of gorgeous details and layers, and not busy at all, love everything about it.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

  17. This could not be any more perfect! I totally love it! The patterns are so beautifully layered. Big hugs, Autumn

  18. Gorgeous Nicola! Love the collage of fabulous elements! Hope you have a great weekend!

  19. I'm thinking how in earth does she achieve this and you're thing it's too busy? I struggle adding more on my cards, my style is an annoying in between of CAS and heavily decorated, I'd be so proud if achieving anything like this. It's gorgeous!!

  20. Your card is beautiful - just the right detail and colors are perfect! Thank you for joining us at LRW.

  21. I hate when I have to throw a card away but if I am not happy with it I don't want to share it to the world. I don't know what it looked like but wow this one is beautiful. It's not too busy its awesome really keeps the eye moving. I love it. So glad you shared your card over at Aud Sentiments.

    Billie A
    Aud Sentiments
    Creative with Stamps
    Catch the bug
    Inspiration Destination

  22. WOW (all in capital letters)! This is a fantastically amazing card! I am stunned at how much detail you were able to incorporate and I love the vintage look of this card. It is both nostalgic and completely fresh and original! This was such a treat to see and made me want to get a head start on my Christmas cards...even though it was 102 degrees today! And I think your card is just right- not too busy at all! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  23. what a beautiful card Nicola....I love the details you have incorporated and those gorgeous papers. You will be so organised for Christmas with al your beautiful cards

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  24. It's 'busy' in the best possible way - this is beautiful!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  25. Oh, Nicola - this is like a medieval tapestry come to life! Fabulous colours and dimension - amazing composition with those berries and branches creating a swirl of movement around the leaping deer. It's wonderful!
    Alison x


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