Friday, 19 August 2016

Summer Garden

Hello. I hope this Friday finds you well.

I've made today's card to meet criteria of a number of challenges and enjoyed setting out a garden scene.

Paper: Maja Design with edges distress inked. Some stitching included along with my usual little sprinklings of Frantage

Die: Marianne Design (Ovals & Pop-Ups LR0371)

Embellishments - I made the birdhouse, birds and nest in silicone moulds using paper clay. The little house has then been treated to some paint and crackle to shabby it up. The birds and foliage have been inked with distress inks. Ivy chipboard is by Scrapiniec, again inked with distress ink and then coated with clear crackle. Metal elements are by Tim Holtz. Flowers and muslin from stash.

Stencils: Tim Holtz 'Flourish Stencil' filled with DecoArt white crackle. Two corners (behind rollbacks) are also stenciled using a 'Crafter's Workshop' stencil.

Thank-you so much for your visit,
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday Challenge - Summer Fun (Favourite time in summer is to sit in garden and watch/hear birds)
A Vintage Journey - Stencil It
Scrap & Craft - S.C.R.A.P. (I've used stencil, chipboard and paper)
Happy Little Stampers - August Mixed Media - Use Metal
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature
Everything Goes with Marianne Designs - option Summer / Holiday
Craft Heaven Shop - Anything Goes with option of sketch
Anything But Cute - Shabby Garden Mood Board


  1. OMG this is such a beautiful creation! Love the curled corners and your birdhouse/birds focus is awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CLOSE TO NATURE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  2. Beautiful card Nicola, love your colour pallet and layers. Your paper clay embellishments look so nice amongst the delicate ivy leaves. Mo x

  3. Another pretty creation today Nicola and sorry I've missed a few while I was MIA again, hope you have a good weekend.

    B x

  4. Oh my gosh, Nicola, I absolutely love, love this!! Wow!! The texture, the colors, the stitching, everything is perfect!! It's spectacular!! I love the cracked birdhouse and the curled edges!! This is so stunning!! Wow!! Thank you so much for playing along at Anything But Cute for our Shabby Garden Challenge!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. It is always such a delight to visit your blog and drool over your beautiful creations Nicola! This card is superb! The little birdhouse is an absolute delight with the crackle and little Idea-ology piece, I love your stencilling in the background and under those corners and the papers you used look beautiful with the 'aged' edges. Love this!!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Stencil It challenge at A Vintage Journey.

    Thanks too, for joining in our Shabby Garden challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs, Anne xxx

  6. Wow, Nicola! This is amazing! The colours and layers are gorgeous!

  7. Absolutely lovely, Nicola. Gorgeous soft colors, beautiful layers. Thanks for playing along at HLS Mixed Media Challenge.

  8. A very pretty card with lots of lovely elements to catch the eye. Nice mixed media work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Scrap & Craft Inspirations. Good luck!
    Suzi x

  9. Ah! What a beauty! Could look at this for ages!

  10. How beautiful Nicola. Love it all. My favourite stencil too. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. What a gorgeous summer garden with amazing texture. Fabulous project. Thank you so much for playing along with us this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog :)

  12. WOW WOW WOW!!! I am just in love with this shabby beauty Nicola! Your luscious layers of blue with the amazing crackle flourish pattern are such a great backing for the delicious little summery birdhouse scene!! Amazing textures, the birdies are so sweet perched on your foliage sprigs and the itty bitty flowers are a wonderful garden touch!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Shabby Garden Mood Board' challenge, and at the Craft Heaven Blog for our August challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  13. Silicone molds and clay?!! Oh my gosh, you should totally make them to sell. I'd buy. LOVE the coloration on them too, and just a gorgeous card. I LOVE the curls on the edges!

  14. Such beautiful soft colors and great design. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "Close to Nature" challenge.

  15. What a beautiful card, gorgeous layers and embellishments and love the stenciled crackle flourishes. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey, Deb xo

  16. So very beautiful! I love the soft hues of blue and the lovely garden theme. Thanks for playing along at HLS Mixed Media Challenge: Metal. Melissa

  17. This is utterly charming, Nicola - the colours are so pretty and delicate, and I love the crackled flourishes. Perfect composition of the birds on their ivy garlands. Delightful!
    Alison x

  18. Wow, Nicola, your card is beyond stunning! Those crackled flourishes are awesome and I love your soft colors! Fantastic vintage design with such amazing details! Love it!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Shabby Garden Mood Board challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DT xx

  19. A beautiful card Nicola, love that little birdhouse with it's shabby crackle. Gorgeous papers and stenciling in the background and those little birds look so cute.
    Avril xx

  20. beautiful card, like the little details you mail
    Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)

  21. Wonderful layers, a stunning array of details and I just love those crackled stencilled elements!Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Julia x

  22. Lovely creation - love the embellishments!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  23. This is most exquisite, Nicola! I so love the curled back layers and gorgeous embellies tucked beneath! Truly amazing mixed media! We appreciate you sharing with us at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Autumn

  24. I really like this card, so many stunning details!!
    well done, you are really talented!

  25. Amazing work ;) Thank you so much for joining us over at Scrap&Craft Inspiration.

  26. Totally adorable!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Marianne Kreadivas!
    xx Nela


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