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

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Little Blue Egg

Hi there! It’s a record for me - three posts in three days so thank-you so much for popping by again! I certainly have been busy and it has been a great compliment to be invited to do so many Guest Design slots.

Today I’m really happy to have been selected to enjoy the guest design limelight at one of my favourite challenges - the always pretty Sugar Creek Hollow. Their current challenge theme is ‘Easter’. I was going to go with traditional yellow shades but just couldn’t put down these gorgeous lilac and blue papers so have ended up with more of a gentle lavender Easter! I think that blue egg is going to hatch any day now!



Papers: Maja Design ‘Vintage Spring’ collection

Dies: Sizzix Bigz ‘Bird Scroll’ and On-the-edge ‘Vintage Doily’

Stencilling: Crafty Individuals and Heidi Swapp stencils using Wendy Vecchi texture paste

Distress Inks: ‘Weathered Wood’, 'Dusty Concord'

Other: Frantage ‘Shabby Blue’, paper doily, cheesecloth, gems, Prima resin bird-house, flowers, punched branches and hand dyed silk ribbon

Sincere thanks to all at Sugar Creek Hollow for kindly inviting me to Guest Design. Be sure to check out their challenge for some of the very best vintage / shabby chic talents in blogland.

Thank-you so much for visiting and taking the time,
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic - Easter or Spring
Crafty Individuals - Nature's Beauty
The Ribbon Girl Challenge - Spring
Simon Says Wednesday - Easter / Sweet Treats
It's All About the Vintage and Beauty - Shabby Chic
Moving Along With The Times - Easter / Spring
A Creative Romance - Eggcellent Spring
Inspiration Journal - A Few of my Favourite Things

Friday, 11 April 2014

Un Peu Français (A Little Bit French)

Hello all and thank-you so much for visiting. A warm welcome too to new followers!

Fellow admirers of vintage genre / Tim Holtz will probably be well aware of fabulous new challenge ‘A Vintage Journey’. I was over the moon happy to have won their inaugural challenge for my ‘vintage suitcases’ project. I’m thus thrilled to be Guest Designing at their blog today for their current challenge with theme ‘A Little Bit French’.

As my 'suitcases' project involved the more traditional shabby aging techniques (with lots of shades of battered brown) I challenged myself to make something without any brown ink. Pairing this with the theme of ‘A Little Bit French’ I found myself reminiscing about my four Parisian visits, one of which included a day tour to nearby Palace of Versailles. The main colour that came to mind was GOLD! Lots of it! So I teamed gold with the traditional French red, white and blue and came up with a ornate gilded scene of how the sights of Paris might have looked centuries ago (excuse any time anomalies!)



I’ve altered a Prima ornate metal frame. It came in a shade of blue which I lathered with gesso and coats of white paint. The back of the frame is detachable so that one can decorate its two sides and better place embellishments inside.

Here you can see the background more closely:


Background: Coat of Paper Artsy 'Old Gold', followed by layer of crackle, then painted with coat of 'Snowflake' - this gave lots of lovely golden crackles. Next, stamped an ornate gold chandelier and randomly stamped lots of French text and doo dads in red and blue ink (Archival 'Hydrangea' and 'Red Geranium'). To tone that down then applied Distress Stain 'Picket Fence' and Paper Artsy metallic glaze. Then stencilled lots of lavish flourishes with a Crafters Workshop stencil and texture paste. Next, painted the top of all the stencilled work with Krylon gold leafing pen in two shades.

The Mona Lisa: Stamped Tim Holtz 'Paris Collage' onto cream muslin and embossed with black ep. Then coloured with DIs (Tea Dye, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage). Heat dried inks. Affixed image into a Melissa Frances resin frame that I've been hoarding for ages. Painted the raised parts and sides of frame with Krylon gold leafing pens and covered Mona with lots of glossy accents to dry overnight. (Actually did this twice - the first attempt was with crackle accents but didn't like the result so re-tried with glossy accents and happy with outcome).

Other Paris landmarks: La Tour Eiffel and L'Arc de Triomphe are stamped on acetate using an Artemio set and embossed with copper ep. I would have loved to have Tim's stamp of the Moulin Rouge but couldn't locate one in time so cheated and printed stamp out on gold card instead. Affixed a gilded cog and metal bit to it also.

Carriage: The gorgeous chipboard carriage came in a giveaway. I coloured the wheels with gold leaf pen and attached 2 of Tim's hitch fasteners and a gilded game spinner. Then inked the top with red distress marker followed by several coats of UTEE to give it a nice gloss. Added some gilded metal bead string for 'reins'.

Other decoration to front: Diecut the pennants from faux leather papers. Stamped / embossed some black text on acetate and affixed around project. I'm dating the scene to the month of April so have gilded some chipboard blossoms and dotted same with white snow pen. Added too a dictionary definition for 'amour' and little golden butterflies.










Inner and outer frame sides.

I took 2 sheets of Neenah cardstock and splattered with lots of gold and copper paints using Liquitex splatter brush. Heat dried. Then embossed sheets with Tim's Eiffel Tower / French Script texture fades.


















Applied variously blue and red archival inks to brayer and rolled it over the embossed edges. Heat dried as I went with each colour. Cut into long strips and painted with a pearlescent paint. Once dry, sprayed each strip with water so that it would be roll nicely into place around inner and outer sides.















Finally, a view of the back.


As outlined above achieved gold crackle lines with Paper Artsy paints. Printed out a music sheet of song 'April in Paris'. Also 'cheat' printed one of Tim's letter stamps on gold card. Stamped the Bird Branch once onto tissue and again as if positioned across the music sheet. Pasted the stamped tissue with multi-medium matte glue so that it 'melted' in. Using Tim's new butterflies decorative strip diecut little faux leather butterflies and arranged around bird, together with some flowers. Rubbed gilding wax on metal charms and affixed.

Et, c'est ça!! Thanks again to all at A Vintage Journey - it's been a pleasure to make this little french scene and feature today at your blog.

Thanks to all for visiting - it's been lovely having you drop by.

Have a super weekend,
Nicola x

I wish to enter altered frame to the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Journey
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Pick a Stamp / Any stamp
Inspiration Journal - A few of my favourite things
Eileen Hull - Art With Heart challenge - April Showers
Vintage Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art
The Artistic Stamper - Embossing & Texture
The Kraft Journal - Paris or France

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Flights of Fancy

Hello and Welcome.

Today I’m delighted to be guest designing with the wonderful Frilly & Funkie Challenge as I won one of their recent challenges for my card here. Their current challenge theme is ‘Flights of Fancy’, (to include wings and inspired by the onset of Spring), so my card shows lots of butterflies and a little bird waiting for her eggs to hatch.



I was most fortunate to win a very generous giveaway of Maja Design papers from the lovely Jenny so I'm happy to be properly taking them out to play. All the papers used are from the gorgeous Maja ‘Vintage Spring’ Collection.

Here is a side shot so that you can better see the box like nest. I’ve used the Sizzix scalloped envelope die and then threaded through some cord to pull the sides together. The nest is lined with frilled ribbon, moss and various punched branches and diecuts and some nice candied eggs.



Papers: Maja Design ‘Vintage Spring’ Collection

Dies: Sizzix Bigz ‘Scalloped Envelope’, ‘Pocket Watch’ and ‘Sized Circles’. Magnolia ‘Heart Flourish’. Cheery Lynn ‘ Mini Fanciful Flourish’

Punches: Martha Stewart ‘Branch’ and ‘Vintage Lace’ edger

Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage,Tattered Rose

Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts and Jeans

Thank-you so much to all at Frilly and Funkie for allowing me feature at their blog today. If you aren’t already familiar with the challenge then you really should check it out for superb inspiration, excellent tutorials and a great challenge with chance of prize.

As always, thank-you for stopping by – all your visits, comments and followings are truly appreciated.

I’ll have another special post for you tomorrow so I do hope to see you back again soon.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Country View Challenges - New Beginnings
It's All about the Vintage - Shabby Chic
Simon Wednesday - Happy Easter / Sweet Treats
Crafty Hands Devon - Anything Goes
Moving along with the times - Easter / Spring
Craft for the Craic - Easter or Spring
Inspiration Journal - A Few of my Favourite Things

Monday, 24 March 2014

For Mother's Day

Greetings from Dublin and thank-you for visiting.

After my adventures in grunge in last project I'm back in my more comfortable zone making pretty, vintage cards.



I wanted to make a card for my Mum on Mother's Day next Sunday. As usual, several challenge themes gave shape to the end result.

Vintage Café Card Challenge are looking for images of women and Sugar Creek Hollow have photo inspiration of a little girl's floral bedroom. Also at Fussy & Fancy Friday they too have an inspiration photo of a pink bedroom. Thank-you to 'Magic Moonlight Free Images' showing this little girl and her Mother, sitting on a bed in their night attire. I think they are looking at a sparkling ring!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous seek sparkle and glitz together with an inspiration photo - hence I've applied lots of blingy gems, frantage and pearls.

At Frilly and Funkie the theme is neglected dies. I searched to see which set I hadn't used in a long time and came across Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. The photo has been sized to fit one of the smaller rectangles and I decided to use this die set only for the card.

Card and Scrap are looking for lace / ribbon so I've attached a lacey ribbon!

The papers are by Graphic 45 ('Secret Garden' and 'A Ladies' Diary'). All edges have been inked with Distress Inks and Prima chalk edgers. Included lots of flowers and punched butterflies and a lovely chipboard 'garden border' that I painted with white and pink pearlescent paints before adding some pink Frantage.

It's lovely to have you stop by. As always I love to read your comments - they are very much appreciated.

Have a lovely week,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge - Images of Women
Sugar Creek Hollow - Photo Inspiration
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Show Some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Shabby Chic with photo inspiration
Frilly and Funkie - Neglected Dies
Card and Scrap - Use Lace and / or Ribbon
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Vintage / Shabby Chic
Dream Valley Challenges - Mothering Sunday
That Craft Place - Flowers and / or Mother's Day
My Time To Craft - Mother's Day / Special Lady