Thursday, 5 May 2016

Trinket box for all seasons

Hello! Thank-you for your visit.

I'm truly honoured to be amongst the guest designers featuring today over at the wonderful mixed media challenge / teaching blog Anything But Cute. Pamellia and her super talented design team are celebrating their 1 year Anniversary! They have selected eight of their favourite artists from the last year, and guess what, they have included little ole me on the list!! It's a fantastic accolade ladies - thank-you so very much for including me and many congratulations on your 1st Anniversary.

The challenge theme this month is 'Celebrate Your Style'. Along with several of the other guest designers I love both vintage/shabby chic style and all things Nature so have combined these to make a trinket box for all seasons. I hope that you will visit Anything But Cute to see all the wonderful mixed media talent there, and why don't you celebrate your own style by entering their challenge.

Sorry, but a long post follows...for best viewing click photos to enlarge...

I've made a trinket box using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology configurations box. For step by step details as to how to make box please scroll down this post to see a 'how-to'. The box is decorated with papers by Pion Design from its 'A Day in May' and 'Days of Winter' collections. The hardware shown in first photo includes a lock by Prima Metals (Plaque 9), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Feet and a Maja Road key. All have been painted with gesso followed by PaperArtsy paint in 'Nougat'. Then dry brushed with Prima paint Opal Magic 'Rose Gold' and some gold gilding wax.

I created a Spring / Summer scene for the top lid. The papers are sprayed with Prima color bloom in 'Empress Gold' and 'Cotton Candy' as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer mist and Perfect Pearls sprays. There is some stamping, mostly using Katzelcraft script and music stamps. I ended up covering up most of stencilling but you can still see crackled 'Vintage Quilt' by Wendy Vecchi and script by The Crafters Workshop done with a Faber Castell luxe pearlescent paste.

Several MFT Dienamics 'Stitched Fishtail Flags' feature in the layout - interspersed with various lace trims and tulle. The bird sits in a Prima resin frame that I've painted with Twinkling H20s 'Dreams Bloom'. The bird image (Pion Design) is set in Judikin's Diamond Glaze along with Swarovski pearls and gold seed beads. The frame is on some painted Wycinanka chipboard (part of Blueberry Gate) and fibres. I cut one side to open out and dotted it with oodles of pearls.

Wood branches skirt the edges (diecut using Memory Box 'Woodland Branch'). Wild Orchid Crafts' blossoms abound, as do little stamens. There's plenty of foliage - made from a combination of Scrapiniec chipboard 'Apple Tree Blossom' and painted Nunn Design metal leaf charms. The leaves and flowers are lightly dabbed with Twinkling H2Os in 'Mint Julep' and 'Almond Beige'.

The little nest image is in a resin frame by Prima. I sprinkled the nest with lots of Prima's gorgeous micro beads in 'Copper' before setting with diamond glaze. You can see that I am very taken with these microbeads as they feature liberally across the flowers and branches! Finally I placed cream lace around the edges and let Nunn Design gold butterfly and dragonfly charms flutter about. Oh, there are some pearl swirls in the mêlée too!

Here's the box open. A second scene is inside the lid, this time reflecting a snowy winter, but I had thoughts of Ireland's frequent grey rainy skies so that wet murkiness is meant to be in there too.

The delicate ivy chipboard is by Scrapiniec 'Secret Garden Ivy' and Wycinanka 'Corner of Ivy'. These chipboards have been gessoed, gilded and crackle glazed. The background is stamped and heat embossed (again using Katzelcraft stamps). Also applied white Frantage to the background and generally sprayed and splattered it. Stencilling is done using Heidi Swapp 'Tiny Snowflakes' and Agateria stencil 'Pismo'. There are dabs of Snow-Tex too, especially around the rims.

The garden tool charms are by Karen Foster - they are gilded and painted a little. A paint crackled picket fence is on the left side with a Tim Holtz key charm thereon. Over to the right hangs a plywood frame that I've coated with DecoArt white crackle paste. Highlighted the cracks with PaperArtsy 'White Fire' paint. Within the frame is a stamped sentiment that the older I get the more I realise is so true. A rhinestone chain by Spellbinders 'Gilded Life' holds the frame up. The clock hands (Prima) have been gessoed and gilded and are held in place with a Tim Holtz hitch fastener. A Spellbinders 'Gilded Life Treasures Vial', filled with Swarovski pearls, adorns the corner.

Finally, a view to the rear to see more of those lovely Pion papers decorated with a pearl trim by Woodware.

Phew! Thanks so much if you read all above!

~~~How to make Trinket Box~~~

Start with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology configurations box measuring 5.75" x 10.75". Any other size configurations box would work too.

 Paint all edges with 2 coats of paint, including edges of small inner boxes and their outsides. I used PaperArtsy Fresco paint in 'Nougat', as it matches the neutral Pion shades very well.

Adhere paper to surfaces. I used Pion Design papers and Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Use a bone folder to shape paper into corners. It's better to paint the outsides of the small boxes. On a previous box I papered their outsides but then found it quite a squash to fit them into tray.

Adhere scene for topside as a faux lid (better to do this now as it gives a truer sense of weight). I used Aleene's Tacky glue to stick the lid. Appoint an assistant (!) to help you hold the top part of box to lower section of box. Securely tape the two together making sure that whilst it is tightly taped the top can still hinge open (approx 90°) and shut (resting on lower half).

Cover up the masking tape with matching papers.

When inner scene complete, glue it in place with Aleene's glue. (I reinforced both outer and inner scenes with a backing layer of Tim Holtz grungepaper, to absorb all the media I applied. As you play work, the paper may curl, especially if heat is applied. To remedy, weight it for some hours to flatten). The measurements of the outer and inner scenes differ so be sure that the inner scene fits perfectly before you complete it and glue in place.

If you would like to see some of my other trinket boxes you can find them here, here and here.

Again, very many thanks to all at Anything But Cute for including me as one of your favourite artists of the last year. It's been a pleasure to make this trinket box and feature alongside the other guest designers today. Wishing all at A.B.C. many more successful years.

You really should pop over to A.B.C. and enter their challenge this month as they have a brilliant lineup of prizes.

As always, your visit and any comments you may leave are greatly appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter trinket box to the following challenges:

Pion Design - May, Season of Hope
(inspired by Apple Blossom in photo and 'A Day in May' papers)

Live & Love Crafts - Blossoms &/or Butterflies
Simon Monday Challenge - Home Decor
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers Everywhere
Scrapyland - Anything Goes (use brand carried by Scrapyland - Die-Namics)
Country View Crafts - Use a Stencil
Apple Apricot - Simply Neutrals #22
Creative Carte Blanche - Wood, Word, Something Wild
(wood = hanging plywood frame + faux wood branches, word = stamped sentiment within frame and wild = just wild about Prima microbeads)

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

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spring Bird Bath

Hello and thank-you for taking the time to stop by.

Posting a birthday card I made for someone very dear to me - may every single one of her birthday wishes come true. Picture taken in a rush so apologies it's not great.


Paper: Maja Design - 'Sofiero' and 'Vintage Spring' collections
Dies: Sizzix bigz 'Baroque' and 'Mini Baroque', Memory Box 'Madera Corner'
Chipboard: Wycinanka Cherry Blossom
Paper clay: Prima Iron Orchid Decor
Stencils: Tim Holtz 'Gothic' (difficult to see in centre diecut as used clear paste), Memory Box 'Tessatina', Crafter's Workshop 'Script'
Beads: Finnabair Silver micro beads
Glitters: Finnabair Art Sugar in light pink, Stampendous Frantage in pink
Pastes: Finnabair white gesso, Prima modelling paste,
Other: Moulds, dried flowers (dabbed with gesso), gilding wax, paint, pearls, edging inks and lace from stash.

Warmest wishes,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Mixed Media Place - Moodboard Inspiration

Ribbon Girl April Card challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapyland - Anything Goes using brand carried by Scrapyland (memory box and sizzix)
Deep Ocean Challenge - Spring is in the air
Country View Challenges - Spring
In The Pink - Dies and or Punches
A Vintage Journey - Spring is in the air (using pastel colours)
Card Mania - Spring
Crafty Boots - Spring is in the air

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Sweet Easter Wishes

Sweet Easter Greetings to you and thank-you for visiting.

I needed to make a few Easter cards but not spend too long at the table...So here they are...Made in about 1 hour...A record for me...Often lovely papers can just speak for themselves!

(click to enlarge)

Papers: Pion Design and Inkido
Dies: Memory Box (Cross Stitched Rectangles and Corner Bow)
Other: From Stash

Wishing all a very Happy and Peaceful Easter,
Nicola x

I wish to enter the following challenges:
Memory Box Challenge - Blossoms & Bunnies
Allsorts - Easter
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use Ribbon
Aud Sentiments - Bingo - Ribbon, Faux Stitching and Die Cut + sentiment
Crafty Boots - Easter
Inky Chicks - Happy Easter
Crafty Cardmakers - Easter
Little Red Wagon - Happy Easter / Spring
Double D challenge - Easter
Pion Design - Easter (picture inspiration)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Marie Antoinette Shoe

A belated Happy St. Patrick's day to you from Ireland. It's a lovely compliment that so many worldwide enjoy partaking in our special day.

This is a scheduled post so I hope that it has synced ok. Thank-you to everyone for kind wishes on last post.

I'm very happy to feature today over at the wonderful A Vintage Journey with a guest design piece. The remit for both my project, and the current AVJ challenge, is to create a vintage project referencing all 4 of the following:

Substrate – Board (eg - grey board, coaster board, cardboard)
Main Colour – Lilac or pale purple
Technique – Rust Effects (perhaps using rusting or embossing powders or rust coloured paints)
Product – Something metal

I decided to create something in the style of Frank Garcia, Prima Designer, whose work I love. I also took great inspiration from the lovely Terri of Artful Affirmations. Terri has made many Marie Antoinette style shoes and has kindly shared a super how-to video on YouTube. It, and Terri's blog, are definitely worth checking out.

Without further ado, here's my shoe!

The shoe upper is made of Grungepaper by Tim Holtz. This was perfect for holding all the media I applied whilst still remaining pliable. Started off with a coat of gesso. Then built up several layers of seed beads, glass beads, glass glitters (Finnabair violet and silver) and micro beads using 3D gel to adhere. Coated each successive layer with gesso and once that was dry sprayed it with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in 'Lavender Fields'. (Thank-you to Ger who gifted me this some time ago as I don't have much violet to hand). Also splashed on Twinkling H20 in 'English Lavender' and a little watered Distress Ink in 'Dusty Concord'. The top rim is adorned with Rhinestone chain and ruffled lace.

A metal bezel by Spellbinders sits atop the shoe. It was golden but I changed that with some silver gilding wax. Then gave it a little patina with a blend of Pearl Ex pigments. Filled it with lots of violet/silver glass glitter and opted for Finnabair's silver micro beads for the top layer. Set the mixture with Judikins diamond glaze. Finally, positioned Swarovski crystals on the bezel panache.

The ornate 'stand' has been made from cardboard sandwiched between layers of paper by Maja Design and SEI Velvet. These papers have been diecut with a Cheery Lynn die and remain relatively unadorned given so much bling on the shoe itself. There are little rhinestone accents atop each corner. The dangling baubles are by Prima. They were white but I coloured the white velvet with lavender ink to blend them in better. I've also added little silver dots around the perimeters using a Waco chrome pearl pen.

Using Tim Holtz 'Flourish' stencil, I stencilled crackle paste (DecoArt) around the shoe. When crackle was dry, painted on Twinkling H20 in 'English Lavender'. This gave a lovely fabric like shimmer and also served to highlight the cracks.

The shoe's sole has been made from cardboard with thin inner corrugation so as to bend nicely. This is layered between paper by Maja Design topside and SEI velvet paper underneath. The Maja paper has been painted with Silks acrylic glaze in 'Oyster' to give it a silken lustre (although most of this is unseen). Happened to have a stamp by 7 Gypsies (Avignon set) with a date mark of 1764 (during Marie Antoinette lifetime) so had to include same. Stamped date on a little fancy square (Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lys die), coated with crackle glaze and placed on inner sole. Used lace and cord to decorate and to hide joinings.

The 'heel' has been made from 2 pieces of white polymer clay by Scrapberrys (glued back to back). I applied silver gilding wax and patina as done on bezel. Also dabbed on slight touches of faux rust using embossing powder and Distress Ink in 'Rusty Hinge' as well as Distress Glitter in 'Rusty Hinge'. Heated mixture to set.

The stand's 'feet' are made from diecut chipboard (Sizzix 'Hardware Findings' die). Each 'foot' is made from 2 adhering layers of chipboard (including that crooked one that needs to be reglued!) These were aged and rusted similarly to 'heel', with some dabs of yellow and green inks for variation. Centred pearls on back and front of each.

C'est ça!

Terri from Artful Affirmations has kindly attached a printable template for this shoe to her YouTube video. Thank-you very much Terri for sharing.

Finally, thank-you so much to the very talented team at A Vintage Journey for including me today. Wishing all there a Very Happy 2nd Birthday this month.

Warmest wishes,
Nicola x

I wish to enter project to the following challenges:
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge - Neo Vintage
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Creative Carte Blanche - Triple Trouble (Corrugate (hidden within sole), metal, lace)
The Craft Barn - Dictionary R for 'Reine de France'
Collins French Dictionary states Reine is feminine form for Queen, Épouse d'un roi (wife of King). Also states 'La petite reine' can mean 'the bicycle'.

Mixed Media World - Vintage
Card and Scrap - Lace
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
Scrappiness - No cards, pocket scrapping or layouts
Scrappelyst - Substance or Thread

Monday, 7 March 2016

Springtime / Easter

Hi there and thank-you for visiting!

I'm not able to craft very much at the moment but am hoping after further medical work to my neck that situation will improve. In the meantime, I've made this vintage card and it was so lovely to get back to my craft table.

Papers Pion Design 'A Day in May' collection
Flowers 'Wild Orchid Crafts' and 'Jeans'
Resin Embellishments Prima and Melissa Frances
Metal Embellishments Corners and key (painted) from stash
Stamping Tim Holtz 'speckled' stamp
Media Distress Ink in 'Tea Dye' and white acrylic paint for more random splatters
Other Moss, lace and pearls from stash. Wooden heart from lovely Lynne

Thanks so very much for stopping by. When my neck improves I hope to be able to make more frequent visits around blogland.

Wishing all a lovely week to come,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;

Pion Design - March Challenge - Easter Greetings (Card inspired by theme)
Ribbon Girl - Spring / Easter or Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts - Signs of Spring
We Love Vintage - Vintage Easter / Spring
Cards und More - Spring
Card & Scrap - Shabby Chic / Vintage
Frilly & Funkie - Layer It Up
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Pretty Projects
Inky Chicks - Ribbon and/or lace
Fussy & Fancy Bingo. Something old -moss, something new -frame, lace, pearls

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Greetings to you and to 2016!

I'm delighted to start my first post of the year with a guest design spot at one of my very favourite blogs Frilly & Funkie. The theme there for Cec's challenge is 'Sing, Sing, Sing' which is a nicely adaptable kind of theme if you are like me and finding it difficult to get your mojo going right after Christmas. (Receiving a Radio Frequency Ablation to my neck last week hasn't helped either!).

(Click pic to enlarge)
The bird itself is diecut using Sizzix 'Bird Scroll' die. He's been decorated with Frantage embossing enamel in 'Shabby White', blue Frantage fragments and glitter in 'Steel Blue'. A little bell adorns his wing to match one affixed to grosgrain bow. The three gold music charms are from stash. Branch is made from brown velvet ric-rac and Magnolia and Memory Box diecuts using Bazzill 'Chocolate' cardstock. Outer rims are edged with 'Tea Dye' distress ink.

The layer below is a music paper by Pion Design cut using a beautiful Joy Crafts die ('Square and Chandelier'). I tried edging this square with 'Tea Dye' distress ink to tie in with other layers but it didn't look great so have left edges clean on this one. Stamped the paper with Tim Holtz 'Speckle' stamp using 'Potting Soil' archival ink and applied some 'Shabby White' Frantage. Dotted pearls around the musical square too.

The blue layer below (by Pion Design) has been cut with my new Martha Stewart 'Eyelet Lace' punch. Again, stamped with 'Speckle' stamp and edged with 'Tea Dye' DI to bring consistency through the layers. Sprinkled on some 'Shabby White' Frantage and 'Steel Blue' glitter.

Layer below that is cream cardstock. I cut a square slightly larger than the blue paper layer and using it as a mask dabbed 'Tea Dye' ink around rim of a larger cream square so that a border of 'Tea Dye' ink formed right around. Then randomly stamped some music using a Katzelkraft stamp and 'Potting Soil' ink. Sprinkled around blue Frantage fragments and added little blue crystals to corners.

Lowest blue layer has just had its edges inked with 'Tea Dye' and pearls dotted at corners.

So why don't you make something musical and enter the Frilly & Funkie challenge. There's a great prize to be won and in any event you're guaranteed to find lots of great ideas from the talented design team there. Huge thanks to all at Frilly & Funkie for inviting me to guest design for them today - it's always a privilege.

Just one more thing, apparently the lovely people at Google Blogger are going to bring about some changes (again!) to the Blogger Follower Gadget. You must be signed up to Follow Blogger blogs (including mine) using a Gmail account - if you don't use a Google account you will be dropped off into the cyber nether. For more details please hop over to the ever eloquent Alison who explains it more clearly here - thanks Alison! (Anyone Following by Email or Bloglovin' should not be impacted).

As always, very many thanks for your visit.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Anything But Cute - Ring Out The Old, Bring In The New - new punch
Live & Love Crafts - Something New (new punch)
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Shopping Our Stash - Something New - new punch
Die Cuttin Divas - Tweet, Tweet, Use A Bird
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative / Mixed Media Goes
Craft For The Craic - January Blues
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes using brand carried by Scrapy Land (Memory Box)
Stamps & Stencils - Oh So Blue
Noor Design - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Joyeux Noël

Seasons Greetings! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.

I have some other Christmas posts ready but may not get them published, though I expect everyone is mighty busy now anyway with Christmas preparations. I received more injections to my neck yesterday so my online time must be very curtailed.

This pretty image is taken from a paper napkin available here. Isn't she lovely.

Following the Servietten Technique I seperated the top layer of napkin and glued it to white cardstock using Ranger multi-medium matte. Once completely dry, die-cut and embossed the image using a Marianne Design die. Sprinkled on a pinch of white Frantage and stencilled some stars using a Heidi Swapp stencil. Coated the stars with clear rock glitter before the paste dried. Rubbed silved gilding wax to die-cut edge and burnished it well with cloth.

The lowest layer has been embossed with a Sizzix music folder. Again gilded the edges silver. Cut a round doily in half and adhered to base layer. Die-cut some glittery silver paper with Memory Box 'Star of Wonder', Memory Box 'Elegant Scrollwork' and Magnolia 'Sprawling Ferns' dies and arranged on card. Die-cut little stars from this glittery paper using offcuts from a Sizzix Triplits balloon die so some of the stars are white and some silver.

Added lace trim and tinsel trim to the left and placed a Swarovski crystal on star. The berries are by Magnolia and I've added some white stamens from stash too. Stamped the Joyeux Noël sentiment using a Stempelglede stamp set. Finally, sprayed some seam binding to a matching shade of blue and affixed. C'est ça!

Hope to pop around blogland in another couple of days. In the meantime, enjoy the happiness of this season and Stay Calm!

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
We Love Vintage - Vintage Children
Simon Monday Challenge - Just a pinch (of Frantage)
Anything But Cute - You've got Happy Mail
Scrapy Land - Holidays (Use a die brand carried by Scrapy Land)
Scrap & Craft - Anything Christmas
Inspiration Journal - Tis The Season
ABC Christmas - Y is for Youngsters
Sparkles Challenge - Die Cuts for Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Merry Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - V for Vintage

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

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Shhhhh! Look who's inside!

Hi there, I hope your weekend is going well. A quick post today ...

Papers: Pion Design 'Christmas in Norway' and 'Silent Night'
Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz 'Window' and 'Mini Reindeer'. My Favorite Things Borders - 'Scallop' and 'Mini Scallop'.
Stencil: Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes'. Texture paste has been glittered with clear rock whilst still wet.
Other: The window was painted with cream DecoArt paint and liberally frantaged with both cream and white embossing enamels. One deer is painted with clear crackle and the other has been glittered with clear rock candy. Little jingle bells adorn their necks. I've painted an Idea-ology snowflake cream, dabbed it with red stickles and placed a red swarovski crystal in centre. Punched some 'foliage', glittered it and lined along base. Punched little snowflakes and gave them pearl centres. Completed with addition of red sparkly trim.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and very many thanks for stopping by.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:

Pion Design Challenge - Christmas Wishes - Inspiration photo below

Scrapyland - Anything Goes - Use a die brand Scrapyland carries
Frilly & Funkie - Tis The Season
Inspiration Emporium - Tis The Season
Craft For The Craic - Christmas Cheer
Dies R Us - Christmas
Scrap & Craft - Anything Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - Die Cuts for Christmas
Little Red Wagon - Snow Much Fun
Anything But Cute - You've got Happy Mail

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Matching sleigh for 'Cosy Little Christmas'

Hello! It's lovely of you to stop by. Thanks so much for all your kind comments on Christmas house in my post below. I've now made a matching sleigh and deer to complete the set.

Papers: Pion Design 'Christmas in Norway'
Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz 'Prancing Deer', Sizzix/Tim Holtz 'Sleigh Ride'. (Made the deer and sleigh cardboard centres for reinforcement. Painted some corrugated cardboard cream and adhered it between sleigh sides for centre of carriage).
Stencil: Wendy Vecchi 'Vintage Quilt' - not seen very well but the 'ground' is stencilled and sprinkled with lots of clear rock glitter
Other: Idea-ology Tree that has been sprayed with various golds and whites to make it match the house. Deer are harnessed to sleigh via Idea-ology screw eyes. Distress Dry Glitter 'Clear Rock'. Stickles 'Gold' and 'Mercury Glass'. Gesso and Snow-Tex. Woodware tiny snowflake punch. 'Metal' part of sleigh is gold embossed. Tinsel, pearls, gems and bells from stash.

We've had awful rain and wind in these parts over recent days so I hope this post finds you well and warm wherever you are based. The warmest of welcomes too to the lovely people who have signed up recently to follow, it's great to have your company.

Have a super week,

I wish to enter sleigh to the following challenges:

Pion Design December Challenge - Christmas Wishes.
Here is the inspiration photo, why don't you give this a try, there's a wonderful prize on offer that I was lucky enough to win last month

Live & Love Crafts - Sparkle
A Vintage Journey - Vintage Christmas
Frilly & Funkie - Tis The Season
Scrapyland - Anything Goes - Use die brand that Scrapyland carries
Country View Challenges - Create a Scene
Dies R Us - Christmas
Scrap & Craft - Anything Christmas

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cosy Little Christmas

Welcome! Thank-you for visiting.

I needed to make another Christmas house and it seemed apt for a number of challenges so without further ado here is yet another altered Melissa Frances chipboard house.

The papers are by Pion Design, most from the new 'Christmas in Norway' collection but some from their 'Flower Frames' and 'Winter in Swedish Lapland' collections too. I've also used a gold foil paper (reinforced with backing cardstock) for accents.

The papers have been well frantaged (with both white and cream enamel) and some parts of house are crackle glazed. While the glaze was still wet I sprinkled on Melissa Frances glass glitter and Ranger 'Clear Rock' glitter for plenty of sparkle. Other elements are completely coated with Ranger Glitter. Used pompoms, lace and tinsel to decorate some edges. Other edges and window frames were inked with Krylon 18 kt gilding pen although I went and covered up a lot of this when I added Snow-tex to edges. The windows are adorned with venise lace and cream tulle as well as those little munchkins peeking out. I've painted and crackled a Kaisercraft wooden street light and it's illuminated by a Tim Holtz battery lantern. Used a Decoart cream paint on several of the surfaces.

Dies used to front are; Magnolia 'Old Swedish Lace' and 'Tilda Lace', Sizzix 'On the fence' decorative strip, Sizzix 'Mini Reindeer', Sizzix bigz 'Stars' and Sizzix 'Crescent Moon'. Thanks to Lindt for the little bells around the deer!

Turning to one side you can see Santa starting his climb to the chimney. There is quite a snowstorm going on with all those punched little snowflakes and plenty of stencilled snowflakes too - made using Memory Box 'Tiny Snowflakes' stencil and Decoart texture paste.

The word 'Joy' is diecut with a WPlus9 die. The gold snowflakes throughout project are by Nunn Design.

Let's see the Christmas Tree around the other side. Used Sizzix 'Woodlands' die to give outline for tree shape and then cut 'branches' using Magnolia and Creative Expressions dies. Inked the 'branches' with Distress Inks and coated them with Ranger Glitter. Added stamens and pearl dots with a Waco pen. A Prima resin angel sits atop the tree - she has been gilded with 'White Fire' gilding wax. Some glittered cones are at tree base.

Finally to the rear we can see the little munchkins checking out what's inside Santa's sack.

I've added lots of charms from stash and arranged them and some wrapped presents right around the house. When I was assembling the house one of the wall joins wasn't very clean so I diecut narrow gold strips and adhered to all 4 edges to make it neat and tidy. Ditto at roof ridge. The 'Let It Snow' is from a Memory Box die. You can see several punched bow shapes - done with Sizzix / Holtz bow punch. You can't see from photos but the 'ground' area is also well glittered and snow stencilled. Added pearls, stickles and swarovski red crystals for eyes just to ensure optimum bling. Finally mounted it all on painted Idea-ology Box Feet.

If you would like to see any of my other altered chipboard houses you can find them here, here, here and here.

Thanks so very much for stopping by - it's much appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend.
Nicola x

Today is the deadline for Pion Design's November challenge with theme 'Fluffy Friends' so I'm glad to get this posted just in the nick of time. Lots of fluffiness around project from the fur on the little peoples' clothes and on the dog and deer to the front. Here is their inspiration photo:

I also wish to enter house to the following challenges:
Live & Love Crafts - November Tic Tac Toe - Glitter, Snow, Star
Anything But Cute - It's Ornamental (tho' it is kindof cute!)
Frilly & Funkie - An Altered State
Craft For The Craic - Something Glittery
Try It On Tuesday - Create a Scene
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge - Home Decor
Alphabet Challenge - Tis The Season
The Ribbon Girls - Use Any Image
Papertake Weekly - Let it Snow

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Traditional Christmas Selection

Hi there and thank-you for stopping by.

As mentioned in last post, it's handy to make a similar series of cards once you have set up some papers and dies and have them at the ready. I have 5 cards to show today all made with beautiful Inkido papers. (Sadly Inkido are no longer in operation).

I've used dies from Spellbinders (Heirloom Ornaments) and some edge ones from Magnolia and Cheery Lynn.

Most edges are gilded using Krylon 18kt leafing pen. Lots of frantage has been sprinkled around for snowy effects.

Various snowflakes are punched using Fiskars punches. I've dotted centres of snowflakes and berries on each image with red Waco pearl pen.

Placed lace around centre image and finished off with berries, charms, stickpins, buttons and trims from stash.

I hope these cosy reds bring warmth and good cheer.

As always your visit and any comments you leave are hugely appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter the following challenges:
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes (using any die Scrapyland carries)
Allsorts - Christmas
The Ribbon Girl - November Anything Goes card challenge
Try it on Tuesday - Lots of Layers
Make my Monday - Shabby Chic
The Crazy challenge - Vintage
City Crafter - Getting ready for Christmas
Card and Scrap - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Scrap + Craft -Shabby Chic or Vintage