Thursday 4 August 2016

Pretty Ballerinas

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Today's card is for lovely Sara who is celebrating her 9th birthday!

Papers: Melissa Frances '5th Avenue' collection

Stencilling: On background paper using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and Faber Castell Texture Luxe in 'Pearl'

Dies / Punch: Edging strips are cut with a Martha Stewart 'Eyelet Lace' Edge punch. To accentuate a sense of 'frilliness' I've painted the punched edges with white ecoline and dried paint with heat gun so as to slightly bubble it. The flourishes at corners of frame are diecut using a Joy Crafts die - they seem, (to me anyway), to echo the ballerinas' arms

Frame: The frame is MDF which I painted a couple of times with gesso and then coated with Stampendous Frantage in 'Shabby Pink' and 'Shabby White' along with some pink glass glitter by Melissa Frances

Tutu: Made 'tutu' with Melissa Frances 'frou frou' tulle

Other Embellishments: I've made resin corners at left from paper clay in a silicone mould. Metal corners to right are painted white and topped with little venise lace bows. Flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima and the stamens are from stash. The metal 'Happy Birthday' is by Making Memories. Pearls around edges are by Woodware and The Hobby House. A bow and Prima bauble are included too. Finally, dabbed Prima / Finnabair Art Sugar in 'light pink' onto flowers and corners for a touch more sparkle

Thanks so very much for stopping by,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Mixed Media Place, July Moodboard (inspired by hues, sugary roses and happy)

Simon Monday Challenge - Celebrate
Live & Love Crafts - Happy Birthday / Anniversary
Inky Chicks - Use 5 or more Flowers
Allsorts - A touch of Sparkle
ABC Challenge - M is for Maiden (card for young girl)
Card & Scrap - Alt er Lov / Anything Goes
Kort o Mania - Alt er Lov / Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Birthdays / Celebrations
Simon Wednesday - Fabulous Florals


  1. Oh wow, this is so magical and stunning!! I love how you've framed the image!! The pink tulle is such a perfect touch!! The texture and details are amazing!! What a gorgeous project this is!! Sara will treasure this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. This is stunning Nicola! I love this paper collection and the embellishments you used put this card over the top. Amazing card and design!! xx

  3. This is absolutely breathtaking! I loooooooove that stencilled background! Everything about this card is simply marvelous.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Gorgeous design, I love your cards, they are all so beautiful. Thank you for stopping in at my blog :) xx

  5. A true beauty! I think I've got some of that ballerina paper somewhere, love how you used it as part of the focal image. And the tutu you made to frame it is such a fantastic design detail. Wow factor card!

  6. Really lovely creation with some fabulous embellishments.
    Thank you for joining our Sparkle challenge this week at Allsorts.


  7. What a beautiful, and adorable card for Sara, - so romantic and sweet with all the elements you have used ,to create the special feeling of the ballet world, with the tulle tutu, pearles, flowers, and the magic every little ( and big ) girl, feels when watching a ballet.
    Wonderful dear Nicola, she will so love it. Xoxo

  8. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Inky Chicks. DT Veronique

  9. This is so pretty Nicola and I'm sure Sara must love it.
    Fliss xx

  10. This is soooo beautiful! I love all the elements you incorporated.

  11. Oh my goodness Nicola, your card is quite simply stunning! Sara is going to feel so grown up when she receives this beauty. The ballerina image is beautiful and I love how you created the 'tutu' around the frame, it is just perfect! The handmade corners and the pearls add a real opulence to the card.... I love this so much! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Hello Nicola, I'm back after a month in wonderful Donegal.
    This card is very beautifully adorned. I love your idea of placing the tutu round the frame as if it was a ballerina body. The whole is so very graceful, the paper arabesques echoing the ballerines' arms, the delicacy of the colours. Very mild and airy. The small bead on each costume adds a further sparkling touch. The whole card is very well balanced like a Swan Lake choregraphy. Amitiés. Véronique.

    1. Thank-you for your lovely compliments Véronique. I hope that you had brilliant time in Donegal. In case any readers would like to see your own exquisite creations I'm adding link here...
      Nicola xx

  13. Wow Nicola! This just screams elegance and beauty! Love your attention to detail! All the pearls and blossoms look amazing!

  14. Oh, so beautiful.♥
    Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    Hugs Line, DT.

  15. Fabulous card ! Love the Gorgeous pastels Colors !

  16. Beautiful card & fabulous details :)

  17. Nicola...yet another gorgeous vintage cars! What a beautiful way for Sara to celebrate her 9th birthday!! You are a master vintage card maker!

  18. Oh so beautifully shabby Nicola and delightfully pretty, I bet Sara loved it xxx

  19. Oh Nicola, this is just gorgeous!! Such beautiful soft colours, and the theme is one of my favs! Love that you made a tutu behind your frame, and the embossing enamel is so lovely! Such a gorgeous card for young girl, she's gonna love it like I do! hugs :)

  20. Ohhhhh so pretty! Lucky Sarah! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!

  21. Amazing Thanks for playing at MIxed Media Place challenge

  22. Stunning card. So many beautiful layers and gorgeous embellishment. Love the tutu around the image. Perfect frame to showcase the pretty ballerinas. Love everything about this card. Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    ♥ Lena, DT
    Lena’s Creations

  23. This is such a gorgeous piece! I love all of the details and texture you added with the pearls and that lace-reminiscent edging is incredible! This is elegance at its best and I'm sure Sara will absolutely love it! It's a great mix of sophistication and youthful whimsy. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  24. Your card is breaktaking!! It reminded me of my daughter when she was a ballerina dancing in the Nutcracker and it brought back so many wonderful memories for me. She's 22 now and hard to believe time goes by so fast. An element that captured me was how you created the frame around the ballerinas to look like a tutu. How clever!! The entire design is so elegant and gorgeous and Sara is going to be thrilled when she receives it. What a treasure!!

    Cathie ♥

  25. So beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.
    Big hugs,
    Caryn xxx

  26. DELIGHTFUL card!!!
    LOVE all of your DELICATE details, dimension and design!!!
    THANK YOU for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

  27. WOW!!!! Such a great card with beautiful details. Love it!
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    DT Ellenor Monica

  28. ooohhh this is just beautiful! Thanks for joining kort o mania! Good luck! hope to see you next time :) Ane DT :)

  29. Stunning creation. Thank you for sharing with us at ABC challenges and good luck.
    Hugs, Iwona

  30. The pink tulle was the perfect addition! LOVE the image! Just super striking and gorgeous!

  31. Lovely layout! I love the ballerina dress you've made. :) Great idea! :)

  32. "It does what it says on the tin" - Pretty Ballerinas indeed - what a treat of a card for Sara. The pink tulle tutu around the frame is a brilliant touch - stunning work, as always!
    Alison x

  33. How romantic!! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place this month!

  34. Beautiful project! thank you for playing along with Mixed media Place:)xx Sylwia

  35. Another beautiful card Nicola, love that stencil in the background. Gorgeous details abd the tutu frame is perfect with the ballerina image.
    Avril xx


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