Monday, 19 November 2018

Snowy Mittens

Happy greetings to you!

Yet another Christmas make ...


Papers: Pion Design 'Greetings from the North Pole' collection.

Dies: Poppystamps 'Let It Snow' channel, Memory Box 'Star of Wonder', Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Mittens', Sizzix Bigz L / Tim Holtz 'Stacked Snowflakes'. Also, Woodware and Martha Stewart snowflake punches.

Embossing: Sizzix / Tim Holtz 'Tiny Dots' texture fade.

Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'.

Media: Dreamweaver texture paste, Ranger Gesso, Ranger 'Clear Rock Candy' glass glitter, Snow-Tex, Sparkle & Sprinkle Silver Tinsel embossing powder.

Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology adornments ice skates, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Silver tinsel. Pompoms, string and gemstones from stash.

Thanks so much for your visit,
Wishing all a lovely week ahead,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Let It Snow
A Vintage Journey - Paper Stash
Merry Little Christmas - #4 November Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum - #71 - Winter / Christmas
Creative Inspirations - November Chill
Winter Wonderland - What you love to do at Christmas
Lets Craft & Create - #143 - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - #225, Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #412, Anything Goes Christmas

Friday, 9 November 2018

Snow Bird

Hello and welcome.

I've vowed not to buy any new Christmas papers this year - way too much already stashed. Here's a card using one of last year's lovely Maja Design papers.


Papers: Maya Design 'I wish'.

Dies: 'Meadow Bird, 'Holly Leaf Trio', 'Basic Circles' and 'Woodland Branch' - all by Memory Box.

Stencil: Snip Art 'Magic Lights'.

Media: Stampendous Frantage 'Aged Ivory' embossing powder, Dreamweaver texture paste, Viva Decor pearl pen 'Ice White', Snow-Tex, Paperartsy 'Snowflake' paint, Ranger 'Clear Rock Candy' glass glitter.

Embellishments: Berries, sisal and wooden branch from stash.

Thank-you for taking the time to visit.
Have a lovely weekend,

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Apple Apricot - Simply Neutrals 50
A Vintage Journey - Paper Stash
Scrapy Land - 101 - using die brand carried by Scrapy Land - used Memory Box
Simon Monday - Make Your Own Background
Cute Card Thursday - Snowflakes
Scrap From Your Heart - #27 - Jul/Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - November Anything Goes Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Embossing Heat or Dry
Scrapki Wyzwaniowo - November - Monochrome

Monday, 5 November 2018

All is Calm

Hi there and thank-you for visiting.

Showing another Christmas card, this time in calm and peaceful hues ...


Cardstock: Bazzill and Neenah.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Holiday Frames', Sizzix / Tim Holtz 'Mini holiday greens', Cheery Lynn Cutie Fringe (to make the pine branch).

Embossing Folder: Sizzix / Tim Holtz 'Holiday Knit' texture fade.

Stamp: Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz 'Stripes and Holiday'.

Media: Ranger white gesso, WOW 'Opaque Bright White' embossing powder, Versamark ink, Ranger 'Clear Rock Candy' glass glitter, Ranger Stickles 'mercury glass', Paper Artsy 'Snowflake' paint for lots of splatters.

Embellishments: Angel hand made using mould and paper clay. Seam binding and berries from stash.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.
Wishing all a kind and fruitful week ahead.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Simon Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes with optional aperture
Merry Little Christmas - November Anything Christmas Goes
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - Embossing Heat or Dry (used both)
The Ribbon Girl - November Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes 227
Scrap from your Heart - Utfordring #27 - Jul/Christmas
Frilly and Funkie - Impress Us

Sunday, 16 September 2018

99 more sleeps!

Happy greetings to you.

Just sharing that there are 99 sleeps left until Santa's arrival. Time to start getting Christmas makes in train... Here's another card made with beautiful papers from Pion Design.


Papers:  Pion Design, mostly from 'Christmas in Norway' collection

Dies: MFT  Die-namics 'Stitched fishtail flags', MFT Die-namics 'Postage stamp stax'. Simon Says Stamp 'Believe' die, Sizzix Holtz 'Mini holday greens'

Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'

Media: Stampendous Frantage 'Shabby White', Dreamweaver Texture paste, Ranger Distress Glitter 'Clear Rock Candy', Krylon '18ct Gold' Gilding Pen, Ranger Holtz Distress 'Candied Apple'

Embellishments: Berries and peg from stash.

Delighted that you stopped by - Thank-you!
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Pop It Up
Let's Craft and Create - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Bling It On
ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Snow
Merry Little Christmas - September, Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Try It on Tuesday - Childhood
Wednesday Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes + Layering

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Summer Memories

Hi again,

The record setting hot and dry summer seems to have departed our shores, but I've gone ahead and made a summer themed card. It was very kind, and apt, of the sun to shine whilst I took photo!


Papers: Maja Design (multiple collections)

Dies: Sizzix framelits and Cheery Lynn border

Media:  Stampendous Frantage 'Shabby Blue', Paper Artsy white and blue paint, Ranger white crackle paste

Embellishments: Anchor, rope and lifebuoy from stash (heldover from a workshop several years ago). Little flowers by Anna Marie Design.

Thanks so much for your visit,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Maja Design - July/August Moodboard

Country View Challenges - Sun, Sea and Sand

Scrapyland - Anything Goes (using die carried by Scrapyland - Sizzix)
Lets Craft & Create - Anything Goes (with layers)
City Crafter - Under The Sea
Paper Craft Challenges - Summer
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Cards 4 Galz - Dies and or Punches
Cinspirations - August - Holidays
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge - Sea, Wave of Inspiration

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Busy Little Elves


Thanks everyone for your lovely messages welcoming me back in my last post. You have spurred me on...

Surely its never too early to craft for Christmas, so this is my first Christmas 2018 post...hope you find these Pion Design elves as adorable as I do!


Papers: Pion Design, mostly from 'Christmas in Norway' collection

Dies: MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags, Magnolia Heart Flower Lace Edger, Martha Stewart Edge Punch

Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'

Media: Dreamweaver Texture paste, Ranger Distress Glitter 'Clear Rock Candy', Krylon 18ct Gold Gilding Pen

Embellishments: Wycinanka chipboard candy cane and stocking. Berries, pearls, string and straw from stash

Thank-you very much for stopping by.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Use Hot/Warm colours
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes
12 Months of Christmas - Challenge 44 (Optional Greenery)
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
The Holly & Ivy Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes 33
Christmas with the Cuties - Add Some Sparkle
Dream Valley challenges - Christmas in July
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Holidays
Alphabet Challenge - J for Jingle Bells

Friday, 3 August 2018


Hello and Welcome!

A quick post to share a card made to fit several challenge themes.

I've been crafting very little this year as visitors here may have guessed. I haven't given up, just taking a very long 'sabbatical'!


Papers: Maja Design

Dies: Sizzix Thinlits 'Wildflowers', Cheery Lynn 'Sophia's Heart' doily

Media: Stampendous Frantage 'Shabby White', Ranger Distress Inks in 'Chipped Sapphire', 'Broken China' and 'Salty Ocean'. Krylon Silver gilding pen

Embellishments: Seam binding, lace, beads and chipboard butterflies from stash

Thank-you so much for taking the time to visit.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Maja Design - July/August Moodboard

Simon Monday Challenge - Wild Things
Scrapyland - Anything Goes - using die brand carried by Scrapyland
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge - Botanical Sketches ""Ботанические зарисовки""
Crafty Friends Challenge - Lace / Ribbon
Creative Crafters - Anything Goes (6)
Double D Challenges - Don't Bug Me
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum - #67 Alles Erlaubt - Anything Goes

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Nicola x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Treasure our Planet

Hi there and thank-you for stopping by.

I'm delighted to be featuring today at A Vintage Journey - one of my very favourite challenge blogs, as one of their Pinworthy mentions. It is an honour thank-you ladies!

Brenda and team are celebrating their 4th Birthday this month and so Brenda has chosen the theme of 'Treasure' for their current challenge. I decided to use gold foil cardstock that came with perfume bottle packaging as I've been 'treasuring' it in my stash for quite a while. Somehow I ended up die cutting a globe, creating a galaxy by altering a chipboard shadow box, and then turning the whole scene into a kind of protest with Tim Holtz paper dolls carrying placards with 'suggestions' as to how to treasure our planet more and help slow climate change. Here it is ...

How-to and Ingredients

I began with a chipboard shadow box by Snipart that I won over a year ago

To get the background 'Blue Planet' I whooshed some Tim Holtz distress inks around watercolour paper. (Used Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean). Later diecut a circle from this paper that I applied to rear of Goil Foil 'Earth' that I diecut using Tim Holtz / Sizzix mini Globe die.

Cut a new sheet of chipboard to fit inside the shadow box and blended layers of Tim Holtz distress inks (Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot).

Reason for new sheet, (as opposed to the original backing that came with the shadow box), was that I knew the sheet would begin to curve when heat was applied and I didn't want to end up with a bent back for the shadow box.

Splattered on Ecoline liquid watercolour in white and gold plus Winsor & Newton ink in gold.

Not shown in photo but I also swirled around some Ranger Perfect Pearls for a milky resist.

Dabbed Versamark on card, coated with embossing enamel and heated with Ranger heat tool until melted. Added 4 layers of embossing enamel whilst sprinkling crushed glass glitter between layers. (Stampendous Steel Blue & Prima Gold Rush). Splattered more watercolour ink, and flattened overnight under books. (If any cracks form when trying to flatten, just do a localised versamark / UTEE patch and melt to fill crack).

Cut 4 extra strips of chipboard to fit outer sides of shadow box and gave them the same 'galaxy' treatment as before.

I didn't want to risk bending the original sides of shadow box so painted them with Dina Wakley acrylic paint in 'Night'. (So glad I had this as I had exhausted my chipped sapphire ink!).

Here you can see the box begin to take shape before I adhered extra side panels (above)  using a combination of double sided tape and hot glue.

Some staging for the final edition. After this photo, the top flat panel was given the 'galaxy' treatment as before. I diecut all the letters using Sizzix / Tim Holtz Holiday Words 2 die set from my treasured gold foil.. This die set had all the letters I needed in its words except for 'U' so I used a 'C' on its side! The foil was fairly thick so it took an age to get all the fiddly letters. In the end I mounted the letters onto thick chipboard strips that had been 'galaxied' (!) so that the letters appeared to hover.

I edged the Tim Holtz paper dolls with a Krylon gold gilding pen. Using said pen I also gilded a chipboard square frame to hide the joins. Added Swarovski crystals and pearls (definitely 'Treasure' to me) to decorate the dolls. I'm glad that the new packs of paper dolls include a more ethnically diverse range of paper dolls, but sadly I don't yet have a new pack, as it would have been more apt for this creation.

The gold foil cardstock couldn't be printed on, so I printed text on Stix2 printable acetate and glued to foil with Ranger glossy accents. Gilded a few cocktail sticks so that the paper dolls could carry their placards! Diecut some tiny leaves from my blue inked paper to try to link the dolls to the 'blue planet'. As usual I had lots of plans to add other ingredients such as flowers, and clock dangling from a hinge clip, but it then looked overdone. So I just let the the words, globe and little people speak for themselves (and hopefully more and more of us!).

Thank-you so much to all the super talented team at A Vintage Journey for allowing me feature amongst their Pinworthys today. You should check out this months challenge of 'Treasure' to see the wonderful design team inspiration, and sure why don't you make your very own 'Treasure' project too!

Very many thanks for your visit,

Nicola x

I wish to enter shadow box to the following challenges:
Simon Monday Challenge - Whatever The Weather (I think climate change relevant)
Scrapyland - Anything Goes #85 using die brand carried by store (Sizzix)
Mix It Up Challenge - Anything Goes + make your own background
Alphabet Challenge - Y is your choice
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes
An Inky Mess - Challenge 18 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Artiste - 18, Anything Mixed Media goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - 63, Anything Goes