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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Crafting Musketeers Midway Reminder...

Hello lovelies!

Well this month is certainly flying by. We are now half way through the month, which means it's the midway reminder over at the 


The theme this month is

'It's A Man's World'

Challenge 24 is sponsored by


The prize will be something of the sponsors choice.

It was my lovely husband's birthday not long ago, so I also used his cards for this challenge.

I actually made him two, one from me, and one from our lovely labrador Peggy!



I used the Every day in Mulberry Wood cd by Crafters Companion.

I love this cd, lots of cute images.

We hope to see your lovely creations for this challenge.

Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.
Lots of love
Nicola 
XXX

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Pretty Ballerina...

Hello lovelies!

Well tonight I have been busy making a card especially to enter into a new challenge over at 


This is the first challenge for this lovely blog. I decided to use the digi from the blog called

Ballerina Betty

This little cutie was a freebie, so thank you for this lovely digi.

I love texture, so wanted to create lot's of it on my card.

I have coloured Betty using Promarker's. I have used paper from a pad called

My Mind's Eye Bohemia.

I have used jute, linen, cotton lace and satin crinkly ribbon. I added a few roses too and a stem of pearls. I've also used a sketch pen to add detail around the edge of the 8"x 8" card blank. 

All the edges have been inked using 

Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.

I finished with scrabble tile greetings available from

That Craft Place.

Here is Ballerina Betty


The shades of Promarker's I have used are...

Hair & eyebrows: Pastel Yellow, Vanilla, Blush, Satin, Sandstone
Skin tone: Almond, Putty, Oatmeal, Dusky Rose
Dress, boot's and outline: Tea Green, Grey Green, Pastel Green,Soft Green
Caramel, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Burnt Sienna

I have really enjoyed making this card  to enter into the 


I love these colours together, I think they look very pretty!

Thank you for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visit's.

Have fun and happy crafting
lot's of love
Nicola
XXX



Monday, 16 March 2015

A little bit of stamping...

Hello lovelies!

I have had a lovely time stamping and colouring a really cute image.

I have used a stamp from Lili of the Valley called


I love this stamp. 

Once I coloured the stamp with my Promarker's, I then made the image into a card. I wanted to create varied contrasting colour's and texture's.

Here is what I came up with...


The Promarker shades I have used are:

The Bear...
Putty, Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Burnt Sienna

The Daisy...
Antique Pink, Mulberry, Maroon, Plum, Apple, Bright Green

I have used a scalloped heart die and also a scalloped bunting die.

I added texture by using twine, cotton lace, cheesecloth, fabric, flower's and button's.

I love this cute stamp. 

Thank you for stopping by today. I alway's appreciate your visit's.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love 
Nicola
XXX

Crafting Musketeers Challenge 23...Midway Reminder

Hello lovelies!

We are now half way through March, which means it is time for the


The theme for challenge 23 is

Ribbons & Pearls.

We have been sponsored this month by the fabulous


The prize is a £10 voucher.

My project is the card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day...


I have used the Docrafts Bellissima Collection. I think the ribbon finishes this off perfectly.

For more inspiration from the rest of the design team hop over to the


Thank you for stopping by today, I always appreciate you visiting.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love
Nicola 
XXX

Sunday, 1 March 2015

'TIME' for a tutorial...

Hello lovelies!

I bought a lovely MDF clock last week from 


I wanted something that I could decorate myself and to have it hanging in my craft room when I had finished it. 

The mdf clock is perfect as a mixed media project.

I decided to show you my step by step project, just so you could see not only the finished project, but how I got there in the end too.

I am also entering my 

Mixed Media Clock

into the challenge over at the


with the theme

'Anything Goes'.


The ingredient's you will need for this project are:

~ MDF clock with the workings
~ Gesso
~ Texture Paste
~ Acrylic Paint Portrait Pink
~ Ranger Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Paint Dabber's in Gold & Copper
~ Metallic Acrylic Paint's in shades Regal Red, Antique Gold, Peach Pearl & Bronze
~ Stencils Tim Holtz Bubble, and a Heart's and Text with Heart's, both of these are from That Craft Place
~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink's in shades Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye
~ Memento Rich Cocoa Ink Pad
~ Crafter's Companion Texture Stamp Set Basket & Burlap
~ Crafter's Companion Words of Wonder Stamps Set 2 
~ Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
~ Gold Mica Flakes
~ Creative Expression's Metallic Gilding Wax in shades Cast Bronze, Deep Red
~ Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in shades Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
~ Matte Varnish 


Paint the clock with Gesso.


When dry apply texture paste to the numbers 12, 3, 6 & 9. Leave to dry.


When dry paint the clock with the Portrait Pink.


This gives a nice base colour as shown below. Then use your dabbers to randomly apply colour...


as shown below. Pour a small amount of your acrylic paints into a small container, use small pieces of sponge to randomly dab colour all over the clock. When happy with the result, leave to dry.


Lay the stencils where you wish over the clock and use the sponges and paints to carefully dab over them.


I've used the Love word from the stencil to be at the centre of the clock.


Choose which stamps you wish to use and then using your different inks stamp over the clock. 


Build up the stamping layer by layer until your happy with the result.


Use the acrylic glue to add the Mica Flakes.


The next step is to apply the gilding wax...
  

If you find your wax has dried up, pour a small amount of turps into the pots. This softens them up so you can use them. Apply in various places, rubbing with your finger. Then use kitchen paper to buff the wax. 


Use the Distress Stickles on a few edges and some of the butterflies.


When dry, rub with your finger to release the crystals.


Finally, paint over the clock with the Matte Varnish. When dry, attach the hands of the clock.


A little tip, if you find when you've painted over the clock with the varnish the words haven't shown through as much as you would like, re-stamp them with Stazon Timber Brown. I used Inspire & True from the stamp set. 


I loved decorating my clock.  I wanted to create texture, and by using texture paint and a few other mediums I think I've achieved the result I was after!

My clock will now be hanging in my craft room.

I'm really happy to be also entering this into the challenge over at 


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read it. I always appreciate your visits.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love
Nicola
XXX

Monday, 23 February 2015

Cute Cards...

Hello lovelies.

This is a quick post to show you four cards I have made this afternoon. 

I have made them using the 

Rachelle Anne Miller CD - Kids at Play

brought to us by 

Crafter's Companion.

This CD is really cute, lot's of lovely elements on it. There are two cd's, and the second one is called 

Animal Adventures. 

I am really looking forward to making some cards with this too.

Here are my cards so far...





I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards. Thank you for visiting, I always appreciate you stopping by.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola 
XXX

Sunday, 22 February 2015

My Decorated Calendar...

Hello lovelies.

I would like to show you a calendar that I have decorated.

I do this every year as a Christmas gift for my lovely husband. It take's some time to do, but I think the end result is well worth it. I usually choose a different theme each year, but since we got Peggy I think it's just perfect to use her photo's. 

It is a nice way of scrapbooking  her life and is a lovely keep sake too. I think this album also shows just how much the three of us love each other! We have lot's of fun and so much happiness in our house with our golden girl!

The calendar is a Graphic 45 Easel calendar. I have used various papers that I already had in my stash. I wanted to use a theme of button's and die cuts too, so you will see these on each page. Some of the embellishment's are made by East of India. The heart and rose on the October page I made using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels and Crystals, with my melt pot and moulds.

August is very pink, as that is my birthday month lol. Well pink is my favourite colour after all!

I hope you enjoy looking through the 12 months of a lovely year with Peggy!














Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and see my calendar.

I love seeing Darren's face when he opens his gift and looks through each month. It makes every minute of making this worth while.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola
XXX