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