Saturday, 15 November 2014

Mailing to Santa

Hello and welcome.

Sorry to have been quiet recently in 'blogland' but lots occupying me in the real world at the moment. Hope to catch up soon. Just a quick post showing another Christmas ornament that I've made:

I've used MFT Postage Stamp Stax dies to cut layers of cotton batting (with some wadding in between layers). Layers are then hand stitched with embroidery thread. Santa is stamped on muslin using Archival ink and Tim Holtz 'Mini Holidays 5' stamp set. Snowflakes also stamped on muslin are from Artistic Outpost 'Snowy Woods' set. You can't see from photo but my favourite Clear Rock Candy glitter has been liberally applied to fabrics. Hand stitched on metal charms, affixed ribbon and pom pom trim and completed by adorning with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

Now I must post this off to Santa ...

Thanks so much for your visit, each and every one is much appreciated.
Nicola x

I wish to enter ornament to the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Ornaments
Inspiration Journal - Happy Holidays
A Vintage Journey - All Sewn Up
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Decorations
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas is coming

Monday, 27 October 2014

Christmas, In The Pink!

Hello again and Welcome!

Today I'm sharing my second post this month as one of the Guest Designers for the fantabulous Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge blog. The theme of their current challenge is 'Layer It'. Be sure to pop by to check out the uber talented Design Team creations. For my make, I was thinking both Christmas and Pink, and decorated a Melissa Frances chipboard house with beautiful papers by Maja Design and oodles of other additives to create lots of layers for a snowy Christmas scene.

Click to enlarge each image for greater detail.

Prior to adhering the Maja Design papers to the chipboard I gave them lots of pink frantage. Also painted the windows and decorated them with lace curtains. Then cleaned all the panes so that you can see the happy children playing inside. Once papers were attached I stencilled texture paste thru a Heidi Swapp dots stencil for faux snowflakes. Before the paste dried I liberally sprinkled on Distress Glitter in Clear Rock Candy for lots of sparkling spots. The fence, trees and any visible edges were similarly painted, dabbed with distress glitter and Snow-Tex. Also used a glitter pen to draw little sparkles on the window frames, having already either gilded or glittered outer rims of frames. Painted Idea-ology feet form the base.

Although you can't see too well from this photo the roof has also been stencilled and glittered with a row from the Tim Holtz 'Holiday Knit' stencil. (I love all the latest TH stencils although given their tag width lots of patience is required for one area to dry before one can align and progress!). I've punched lots of little snowflakes too, coated them with clear rock glitter and placed them with a pink Swarovski crystal in centre of each.

The metal elements are by Nunn Design and Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Rudolph and the bell adornment took some coats of Krylon gold leafing pen beautifully. There are jingle bells atop the fence posts, pearls hanging from the rafters and a diecut beaded garland along the eaves. Gesso came in handy for snowy effects. Dressed the trees with a pearl trim too. Little tufts of cotton wool are in the chimneys as faux smoke. Also wrapped up some presents, sprinkled glass glitter, lined up diecut deer and metal charms to create this joyful Christmas scene.

Well who is missing from the front?? Santa of course!!! Here he is at the side wading through all the diecut and punched snowflakes (not to mention handfuls of glitter falling onto his head that are making him a little cross - Santa is not overly fond of pink!).

He's waiting for the children to go asleep and for Rudolph to clear the chimney. Gosh, that little teddy must be getting cold!

On the other side of the house you can see part of the special Christmas story (by Stampington) that the children inside have been stamping and embossing reading.

I hope that they disappear fast to their beds so that Santa can commence deliveries. You can see the sturdy reindeer keeping a close eye. They will signal to Santa once the children are fast asleep by shaking their heads to sound those bells strung around their necks.

Finally, at the rear, it is clear that Santa's Christmas delivery is now safely complete as you can see gold reindeer dashing off through the sky to reach their next destination. The children have snuck out to admire their snowman. To make him they had to do some dry embossing and then brayer over several coats of Versamark before melting white embossing powder to give him a nice thick coat. I'm sure they will head back into the warm house soon as all that snow and even more icy stencilling on the roof will feel very chilly. Definitely time to open those presents!


Very many thanks again to Gloria and all at Craft Hoarders to allow me feature amongst their guest designers this month. It's been a pleasure.

Thank-you so much for your visit and taking the time.
Wishing all a super crafty week.
Nicola x

I wish to enter house to the following challenges:
Allsorts - Christmas
Live & Love Crafts - Pink
A Creative Romance - Pink
Vintage Udfordring - Use at least 2 patterned papers
In The Pink - Spots or Stripes
Inspiration Journal - In Disguise - (Cotton wool for chimney smoke)
It's All About The Vintage & Beauty - Anything Goes
Country View Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Winter Wonderland - Gold Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - For A Child

Friday, 17 October 2014

Angels we have heard on high...

Good Morning and thanks so much for spending a little part of your day with mine. I'm showing today one of my tree ornaments that I've made from padded layers of cotton batting, tea dyed lace and heaps of glitter and bling.

I've applied gilding wax and Krylon gold leafing pen to the centre little resin angel. Completed by stitching on two jingle bells that really do jingle!

Regardless of your creed or beliefs I hope that someone is watching over each of us today and every day.

Warmest wishes,
Nicola x

I wish to enter ornament to the following challenges:
Country View Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Inspiration Journal - 'In Disguise' (fabric for ornament rather than clothing)
Oldie But A Goodie - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas
The Mixed Media Challenge - Vintage
Simon Says Stamp Monday - O is for... Ornament

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Fall Y'All

Greetings from bright and crisp Dublin! It's lovely to have you stop by today.

Earlier this year I was thrilled to be invited to feature in a Guest Design spot at the super talented challenge blog "Craft Hoarders Anonymous" run by the awesome Gloria Stengel. I'm one of the lucky ladies featuring there this month over two challenges. Their first challenge theme is "Happy Fall, Y'all". Here's my make:

It would be great if you could take the time to check out all the other wonderful guest designers featuring at Craft Hoarders today. Better still, why don't you drag out those hoarded fall-themed items (You've got them!) and make a project to share at Craft Hoarders Anon. You can make something for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall or harvest celebration! The entry link is here.

My own card says THANKS which is very appropriate as most of the 'ingredients' were provided by generous others. Huge thanks to Linda for the wheat, Alison for the hessian fiber, Lynne for the rafia, Jenny for the Maja papers, Lynn for the chipboard letters (my very first candy win when I had just set up my blog) and Astrid for the versatile leaf stamp. Gosh isn't blogland rich with international giving!

Many THANKS again for visiting - it's very much appreciated.
Wishing you a kind and colourful week.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - 'In disguise' (wheat as decoration rather than foodstuff)
City Crafter Challenge - Leaves
Simon Says Stamp Monday - 'O' for October
Crafty Creations Challenge - Use Orange
Frilly and Funkie - Autumn Colours
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Ribbons, Twine & Fibers
Artist Trading Post Exchange - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Friday, 10 October 2014

Here comes Christmas

Hello! Thank-you so much for your visit. I'm sorry for being MIA recently but 'real' life has very much required my time and energy.

I'm glad to be back posting in blogland with a Christmas make from last year that I hadn't posted. The stamped image is by Crafty Individuals.

Looking forward to catching up,

Happy Weekend to all,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Crafty Individuals - Halloween Madness / Christmas Frenzy
It's All About the Vintage & Beauty - Bingo - Ribbon, Flowers, Lace
The Ribbon Girl - Glitz and Dazzle
Country View Challenges - Sparkle & Shine
The Mixed Media card challenge - Vintage

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sweet Little Stockings

Hello and Welcome. I hope this day finds you well.

I've continued making Christmas ornaments - here are some little stockings that might be useful in 111 days time...

I've used Sizzix die 'Stocking Stuffer' with cotton batting and felt (stuffed with a little wadding). Added oodles of lace, trim, ribbon, charms and lashings of sparkly bling. And, those bells on the toes really do jingle!

If you like these you might like to check out my other ornaments. Mittens are here, elf shoes here and angel here.

There should be lots of ornaments for gifts this year!

As always, very many thanks for visiting and any comments you might leave are hugely appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter stockings to the following challenges:
Allsorts - Early Christmas Makes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Something Sweet
Polkadoodles - Get organised for Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Sewing Real or Faux (mine is real)
Craft Room Challenge - Something Old (stocking die), Something New (rocking horse charm)
Crafts and Me - Time for Anything

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

1st Wedding Anniversary

Hi there!

A quick post from me today showing a 1st Wedding Anniversary card that I made recently for a dear couple.

Papers by Maja Design. Dies by Sizzix ('Primitive Hearts' & 'Scalloped Envelope') and Magnolia ('Heart Flower Lace' & 'Heart Flourish'). Tab by Making Memories. Number is chipboard, painted and glossed. Some inking done with DIs and Archival and a little Frantage too. Pins, pearls, lace and flower from stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you a happy day,

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Let's Celebrate
Charisma Cardz - Wedding Anniversary
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time Flies - Phew!

Hello and welcome.

A fortnight ago, when I saw the challenge theme at A Vintage Journey, an idea for a card formed in my mind's eye, and I thought that's great I've a fortnight.... and now I've just got a half hour left! So glad to get my entry in as it has been a very busy week.

So here's my take on 'Time Flies'

Obviously there is a continuum of 4 seasons.

Blended pale DIs through the TH 'Rays' stencil, and then dabbed further through TH 'Latticework' stencil to just give a subtle hint of nature awakening. Diecut butterflies from TH 'Butterfly Frenzy'. Dabbed on multi-medium and coated with Distress Glitter in 'Clear Rock Candy'. Using TH waterbrush painted each butterfly a shade of DI - the glitter absorbs the DI well. Stained a chipboard Steampunk cog with 'Brushed Pewter'. Then followed the Shelly Hickox recipe for faux metal effects (with UTEE and EP) to 'age' the cog. Inserted TH game spinner and words cut from Maja Design papers.

Using wrinkle free distress technique applied oodles of DIs to get some summery shades. Stamped TH 'Bird Branch', deliberated whether to clear emboss it or not, and chose not too - sorry now that I didn't! Added larger butterflies (a la Jools' DT project) that again I coloured with DIs using TH water pen. As before, script from Maja Design papers. Corner cog done in gold hues using same technique as in Spring.

Blended DIs to Ranger CS and when dry scrunched up the CS to get lots of creases. Then inked the creases with DIs and a touch of gilding wax. Stamped TH 'Time' stamp in Archival. Punched some leaves (sorry don't have any TH leaf or flower dies). Coloured the leaves as before. Added cog to corner that I've aged in copper shades, spinner and text as before.

Wrapped CS with TH tissue . Applied texture paste through TH 'Holiday Knit' stencil (this made me want to get out my knitting needles that have not seen the light of day for many years!!) Used 'Snow Cap' paint dabber on corner cog. Text and game spinner as before. Punched some little snow flakes and glittered. Diecut 'Angel Wings' - stamped and embossed them. Dabbed my fave Stickles 'Mercury Glass' to 'Winter' elements to represent Christmas during the bleak whiteout.

Base layer:
Maja design paper that I've stamped and embossed with repeated TH 'Time' stamp and embossed with Antiquities 'Weathered White'. Then blended over some 'Tea Dye' and 'Walnut Stain' to highlight the stamping.

Upper layers:
First up there is a chipboard cog. Next comes the diecut 'Pocket Watch' - I used acetate so that I didn't hide too much of underlying layers. Gilded rim of pocketwatch. Stencilled in (TH 'Clockwork') white texture paste and dabbed with 'Mercury Glass'. (My initial idea was to colour the texture paste, in line with the seasons. The result wasn't great however so this was binned). On top of that is another cog (coloured with 'Antique Bronze' stain and gilding wax). On top is diecut from the 'Caged Bird' die using Maja Design paper. Gave bird a few coats of UTEE and then cracked him!. Placed game spinner, wing and eye. I think he winked! Time flies in the blink of an eye...

C'est ça! Hope you like!

Very many thanks for your visit and as always, I greatly appreciate any comments you might leave.

Hope tomorrow brings a great start to your weekend.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Time Flies
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Peach Wedding

Greetings from Dublin and thank-you for stopping by.

I've needed to make a wedding card and thanks to inspiration from both a challenge photo and some new purchases I've come up with this:

The inspiration photo is at one of my favourite challenges - It's all about the Vintage and Beauty.

My new purchases are a Sizzix Framelits Die Set - 'Enchanted' by Prima and the new Tim Holtz 'Gothic' stencil. I havn't done too much work with these as their beauty speaks for themselves.

Papers are by Pion Design and Graphic 45. Roses by Jeans. Silver embellishments by Nunn Design. Edges inked with Silver Brilliance. Pearls and trims from stash.

It's lovely to have your company today and special thanks to those who have signed up recently to follow.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
It's all about the Vintage & Beauty - Inspiration Photo
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
My Craft Spot - 3d Flowers
Natalie & Amy - Diecuts & Flowers
Craft for the Craic - A craft item not used before
We Love Vintage - Say It With Flowers
City Crafter Challenge - Roses

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sunny Birds a twitter

Hello and thank-you for visiting! I'm back from a lovely holiday and happy to be crafting again. I've gone for a buttery, yellow shade with my card depicting a family of little birdies twittering in the sunshine.

Several months back I won some beautiful Pion Design papers from their 'Flower Frames' collection. I've finally cut into these gorgeous papers for the first time. The family of birds is a Magenta stamp that I've gold embossed and then coloured in with my Tim Holtz water pen using Tea Dye DI. Diecut the top upper layer with a MFT die. I was wondering what to do for the lower layer and looking around the room my eyes happened upon the curtains - thus getting the idea to 'triple pleat' the lower yellow paper (used glue gun for rapid sticking of pleats). I inked all edges of the various paper layers with Krylon gold leafing pen. Drew some little dotty doodads with waco gold pearl pen. Rubbed gilding wax across some flowers and chipboard honeycomb. Added ribbon, tulle, muslin, and pins. Finished off with sparkling gems for the birds' eyes.

I'm so glad you stopped by - your visits are much appreciated. Hope there is sunshine in your life today (whether real or metaphorical).

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic - A craft item not used before
Simon Says Stamp Monday - In the Family
Inspiration Journal - Everything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Make It Sparkle
Craft Room Challenge - A Summer Garden
The Mixed Media card challenge - Summer
Sugar Creek Hollow - Summer Sunshine
Our Creative Corner - Summertime

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Time for Angel Sparkles

Hello and a warm welcome to the lovely peeps who have signed up recently to follow.

As I am still struggling to find creative juices at the mo, I thought it easier to make yet another Christmas Tree ornament. I've left the photo dark in an attempt to show some of its sparkle but can't really capture it.

I started from scratch with a pile of fabric - some cream cotton batting, white felt and white muslin and then some cardstock. Using the TH pocketwatch die I cut one sheet of cardstock and two layers of cotton batting. Glued together a sandwich of cotton batting with CS in the centre for stiffness. Finger pasted lots of multi-matte medium to the front cotton batting and sprinkled on heaps of Distress glitter in clear rock candy. Sparkles galore! Then diecut the felt snowflake using a MFT die and rubbed on lots of Stickles 'Frosted Lace' to front of snowflake. Next, stamped the lovely Angel (by Stempleglede 'Vintage Christmas') onto Lesley Riley 'Transfer Artist Paper' using Archival Ink in 'Sepia'. Ironed the stamped image to the muslin fabric. Affixed the fabric image to snowflake and adorned with a pearl border. Then glued on 8 Swarovski crystals (for even more sparkle!). I lightly edged the outer rim with Stickles 'Mercury Glass' to maximise this glitz opportunity!. Finally attached grosgrain bow that I had stiched two little jingle bells to. Now all I need is a Christmas Tree!

Any ideas please ?: I also tried stamping onto TAP with Archival ink in shades of 'Hydrangea' and 'Red Geranium'. When I ironed the TAP to cloth alas the blue turned to a murky green shade and the red to a dark orange. If anyone has successfully used TAP and achieved true blue and red shades on fabric I would be grateful to learn how you did it?

Thank-you so much for taking the time. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

Nicola x

I wish to enter ornament to the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Dies and Distress
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Start From Scratch
Sugar Creek Hollow - It's Charming
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Three of Threes (Three fabric layers)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Let's Be Clear - See 'Clear Rock Candy' glitter

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Now some Snow in June!

Hi there and welcome to yet another Christmas production ...

The gorgeous papers are by Maja Design 'Vintage Frost Basics'. I machine stitched most straight edges and then inked with nearest shade of Distress Ink. The three 'fishtail' strips were all embossed using Tim Holtz snowflake texture fade. Got my fingers messy sprinkling on Stampendous Frantage and dabbing on lots of Snow-Tex. The garland at top is cut using Sizzix 'Beaded Garland' decorative strip. Punched lots of little snowflakes, painted with glue and then coated with Distress glitter in 'Clear Rock Candy' - love this stuff!! Finally added some pom-poms and lace bow with jingle bells attached.

As always, thank-you so much for stopping by.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - Christmas in June
Simon Says Stamp Monday - I ought to use this more (embossing folders)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Spray it! Paint it! Smear it!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Christmas in June

Hello from warm and sunny Dublin!

I seem to be going through a lost mojo phase - however I will keep searching and I will find it! To try and get it kickstarted I've made some mitten tree ornaments to match the little elf shoes in my last post. It's never too early to start making gifts for Christmas, especially with Inspiration Emporium's Christmas challenge running this month.

Again I've used cotton batting that I cut using Spellbinders mitten die. Placed a little piece of wadding in the centre before stitching two sides together. Dabbed each side liberally with multi medium glue and coated with Distress Glitter in 'Clear Rock Candy'. Used a variety of ribbons and laces to make the mittens pretty. Added lots of bling from stash and stitched on some charms that I've glittered a little with Stickles 'Mercury Glass'. Also stitched a jingle bell to each thumb for musical effects. Under artificial light the sparkle is blingalicious!

Here's a close up of one. The lace on the front was a very bright white so I've dyed it in weak coffee for vintage effect. The ice skate charms are by Tim Holtz.

Ages ago the lovely Lynne gifted me gorgeous lace that I've dyed in some weak tea. You can see lace from the rear in this snap. I've also stamped a little Christmas sentiment onto fabric and attached. Stamp is from Artistic Outpost 'Snowy Woods' set.

Thank-you to Lynn, Dawn and Nancy for their beautiful inspirational styles that I've adapted for these mittens.

I hope this week is a great one for you and as always very many thanks for stopping by.

Nicola x

I wish to enter mittens to the following challenges:
Inspiration Journal - Christmas in June
Simon Says Stamp Monday - I ought to use this more (stamping onto fabric)
Alphabet Challenge - J for Jingle Bells
ABC Christmas Challenge - Little Gifts

Friday, 16 May 2014

Elf Shoes

Hello Again! I'm back having taken a break that went on longer than intended. Sorry to have not been visiting - I'm looking forward to catching up with you. Thank-you so much to the lovely people who popped by or even signed up to follow despite my absence.

As Christmas crafts are my favourite I'm returning with some little elf shoes. They were a cinch to make. The gorgeous pattern and instructions are available from the lovely Dawn Edmonson at her Etsy shop here. I've made mine from snuggly fleece and decorated with a selection of lace, trims and charms from my stash. Sure it's never to early to prepare for Christmas!

Very many thanks for your visit.
Nicola x

I wish to enter ornaments to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - M (for Material (fleece), Metal, Miniature and Merry)
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Ribbon, Lace, Twine
Inspiration Journal - Celebrate (elf shoes are for a very Merry Christmas)
ABC Christmas Challenge - J for Jolly Old Elf
It's all about the Vintage & Beauty - Anything Goes