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Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Hi all, I'm back with yet another creation, they are coming thick and fast at the moment! I apologise now for the length of the post but if you have a spare half an hour....Lol!
I was inspired by the Just Magnolia sketch for their challenge, this is where the card originated from and developed half way through to incorporate the great challenge at Allsorts too - paper piecing/paper piercing. I have gone for a woodland theme and the horseriding Tilda takes me back to my youth when I was pony mad. I still love horses although I have yet to find time and money to go back to the hobby. I am enjoying making aperture cards at the moment and I'm always pushing my boundaries to come up with bigger and better ideas. Just in case its not easy to see, I plaited three ribbons and stapled them at each end, faux stitched round the edges by piercing and joined the holes with pen and paper pieced Tilda's riding hat - subtle contribution to the challenge but sometimes less is more!)

The inside was looking a bit boring with just a photo of some trees so I added a few swirls and buttons to take the minimalist look away!

I used: Horserider Tilda - borrowed from my friend Fleur (thanks loads x)
Stampin Up - inks, designer buttons, swirl stamp, hodgepodge hardware and sentiment stamp
ribbons and papers from stash
photo taken in Ferry Meadows, Peterborough - 14th Aug, proof that summer hasn't passed us by completely just yet, it was warm and sunny believe it or not (had to dodge the odd shower though!)

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Just Magnolia sketch
Allsorts- paper piercing/paper piecing
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, even if you skipped bits!
Nicola xxx

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Edwin's latest hobby!

Hi everyone, just a quick post to give my latest creation an airing. I chose to enter Friday Sketchers lovely little sketch challenge this week and created my husbands anniversary card out of it which I will be giving to him tommorrow - another problem solved! Hope he likes it, the golf bag and ball were my invention, to reflect his hobby and to give Edwin something to do as he looked a bit bored!

I used:- Edwin (kindly given to me by my friend Nicky - thanks so much x)
cardstock, ribbon and brads from stash

Thanks for looking and happy crafting
Nicola xxx

Friday, 13 August 2010

A Hint of Harvest

Hi everyone, hope all staying warm on these not so summery days! We have been stuck at home this week since our car broke down on Monday! Not a good thing to happen in the school holidays but hopefully we will have transport again for next week and whatever the weather we will be out everyday!
My card this time is for The Stamp Man challenge of 'Take 2 colours'. I like totally different challenges sometimes and although I do like to do sketch challenges a lot, this made me create my own and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I chose brown and yellow shades as they remind me of harvest, (seen a few combines around lately!) and the warm tones reminded me of a 'perfect' summers day.
Tried a couple of new things for me: stitches and home made flowers - judge for yourself how well I got on!

I used: Magnolia Sunflower Tilda
Stampin Up - inks, Boho Blossoms Punch( for flowers), sentiment -'The more candles the bigger the wish', designer button and swirl.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out to look
Nicola xxx

Friday, 6 August 2010

Summer seaside delights...

Hope everyone is ok, just a quick post tonight, adding yet another card!
Probably wont be able to keep this up, unless I'm finally addicted and
not capable of stopping! Had such a lot of fun making this one, and I used
it as a teachers card for Josh to give out at the end of term.
Going to enter Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge this week, with
a theme of 'Summer Days'.

I used:
Tilda & seaside bench(borrowed from my friend Fleur -Thank you, hun!)
Stampin Up Swirl stamp, inks, cardstock, 'On Board' flower
and 'thank you' sentiment
Nestabilities- Labels Nine
Sea photo taken at Hunstanton

Thanks for stopping by
Nicola xxx

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

So Tweet and quirky owl

I have been really busy crafting this week, it doesn't always work out that way so I am making the most of it! I have been inspired by so many challenges just lately and have done this card to enter Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge number 44.

I used: Kaisercraft paper- Lilac Avenue
Stampin Up- On Board 'So Tweet' owl, flowers, stem and leaves
Chocolate chip designer button
Circle of Friendship birthday sentiment

Thanks for taking a look
Nicola xxx

Dressed up Tilda

Where has the sun gone! Thankfully my cards dont reflect the weather in the hope that sunny skies are soon back with us. I have really chilled out now and the kids and I are all in holiday mode. Last week was a bit hard work but now we have all wound down it's great!
On to my card, as I like Magnolia stamps so much I thought I would do the sketch for Just Magnolia's challenge this week. I went for smart looking Tilda but certain aspects are rough around the edges. The distressing creeps into most of my cards!

I used:Cosmo cricket paper-Girl Friday 'Thursday'
Magnolia flowers-Vintage blue & cream Lily
Magnolia Staylish Tilda
Stampin Up sentiment 'For You' and Vintage Label

Thanks for stopping by and having a look
Nicola xxx
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