Sunday, 31 March 2013

Promarkers now available at Bridlington Stationers..

Hello lovelies,
  my husband Darren is now selling Promarkers in his shop Bridlington Stationers. You can order them by phone or email him at  and he will post them to you at a reasonable P&P cost.
 The prices are excellent value. 

 Single pens £1.50 ~ Packs of 3 £3.99 ~ Packs of 6 £7.75
Packs of 12 £14.99 ~ Metallics £1.99 ~ Blenders £1.65
Pack of Ultra Fine Nibs ~ £1.89

  If you would like to place an order you can phone the shop on 01262 675079 or email on the link above. Darren and the rest of his team will be only too happy to help you. Thanks for reading lots of love Nicola...oh ps, please share this with all your friends, thank you lovelies XXXX

Thursday, 28 March 2013


Hello lovelies,
Well it's all happening for me at the moment in the craft world and also for lot's of my beautiful crafty friends.
I am so happy to be on the design team for the brand new challenge blog that is
The design team are so excited about this monthly challenge blog, we have some fantastic sponsor's with some fabulous prizes too!
The first challenge goes live on the 2nd May and we can't wait for you to join in!
So please tell all your friends, enter the challenge and you never know you might be the winner.....
look forward to seeing your creations following the theme from the 2nd May...
happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX


Hello lovelies and a very Happy Easter!
As it is Easter VISIBLE IMAGE are helping you to enjoy the Easter holiday by giving you an amazing offer!
This is an absolutely brilliant offer and not to be missed......treat yourself to an Easter Pressie...hop over to the website to see the gorgeous sets in this offer...
Visible Image Blog Badge, Blinkie
Have a very Happy Easter,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Hello lovelies......
Well I have some very exciting news!
I am really excited to announce that I am on the
Design Team
for the fabulous

Visible Image Blog Badge, Blinkie
I am so excited to be a part of this amazing design team and to be working with fantastic and excellent quality stamps and working with like minded dedicated crafter's who enjoy sharing their creation's with you all as much as I do.
Hop over to the
You will see lot's of inspiration from the design team using the gorgeous range of stamps. Also while you are there click on the follow tab, you can then keep up with what crafty creativeness we will be bringing you!
You will also be able to enter the monthly challenge too!
I have a project to share with you using the gorgeous KATIE STAMP
I have coloured her with Letraset Promarkers, used twine for texture and used Grand Nestabilities to matt her onto. I have used Distress Inks for some of the edges. I stamped the greeting which you can buy HERE 
I love this stamp Katie is so cute!
Visible Image also have a FACEBOOK GROUP which you can join by clicking on the link. We are all really friendly and you will see gorgeous creations and inspiration too.
So, thats my exciting crafty news. I am so happy and feel that my crafty journey is going to be even more exciting. I really appreciate you all following my exciting times and I look forward to sharing with you my passion for creating!
Have fun and happy stamping,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

My Design Team Card for LEJ Designs...

Hello lovelies.
 Welcome to my first posting as a design team member for
I am very excited to be a part of this fabulous team so I hope you will follow the journey and join in with the challenges.
This week is CHALLENGE 45 and the theme is...
'Add A Flower'
For my card I chose to use the ROSE IMAGE 1 DIGI
I printed the rose out in 3 different sizes and then coloured the sections I needed with Letraset Promarkers in shades:
Antique Pink ~ Dusky Rose ~ Cocktail Pink ~ Lush Green ~ Pine ~ Forest Green
I cut sections out and then used silicon glue to layer them up as shown. I sprayed the rose with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle Pink Iridescent glitter spray.
Before adding this to the card blank I stamped over the card using a butterfly background stamp and Distress Ink Worn Lipstick.
To finish I added a bow and some gems.
I would love you to enter the fabulous challenge, if you are the winner you will get to choose 4 digis of your choice designed by Lindsay from her lovely selection which you can buy HERE
If you are the runner up you will win a prize of some crafty goodies from
So to be in with a chance of winning follow the theme and add your creation to the
Good luck!
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Monday, 18 March 2013

My Dreamees design team card.....

Hello lovelies!
I just wanted to share with you my design team card for the fabulous DREAMEES
I wanted to make a Twisted Easel card using my March Membership Freebies. If you are a member of the club you get freebie downloads each month. To become a member hop over to HERE membership is only £5.00.
As Mother's Day was this month this collection was perfect for that occassion, but... I wanted to show you that you can also use the papers and embellishments for birthday's too.
I absolutely love these papers and flowers. I have added a pearl to the centre of each flower and the topper is just gorgeous. The 'I'm so lucky to have a Wonderful Mother like you' is perfect for a special mum's birthday. I added an extra sentiment as the easel stopper using the 'Wishing You A Wonderful Birthday' from the SILHOUETTE FLOWER BORDER STAMP SET

Thank you for stopping by today i always appreciate your visits!

Till next time happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Monday, 11 March 2013

Kanban... Sad News...

Hello lovelies,
I am sad to have to tell you this news...
The Director's of Kanban Crafts are sad to report the closure of the business. They would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to all their customers for their support and loyalty over the years.
On a personal note, from the design team we would like to wish Karen and Keith lots of love and thank you for the opportunity you gave us all as part of your fantastic team. We wish you good luck and success in the future. Love from the Kanban Design Team XXX
I am grateful for the opportunity I had working with Kanban and such a fantastic design team.
Lots of love to everyone
Nicola XXX

Party Paws.....Bamboo....

Hello lovelies!
I hope you are all ok and had a lovely week-end. If you have snow take extra care when going out and travel safely if you need to travel at all.
Well I just could'nt resist showing you a gorgeous little character I coloured in last night using my Spectrum Noir pens.
I treated myself last week to the Crafter's Companion Party Paws collection. I love this collection it is so cute and adorable...and there is a shoe in the collection too....I love shoes! So when I saw this I did'nt need much convincing to buy it lol.
I have used the Party Paws cd to go with my Bamboo stamped image...

I have used Spectrum Noir pens in shades...
IG1 ~ IG2 ~ IG3 ~ IG8 ~ IG10 ~ EB1
FS1 ~ FS6 ~ BP2 ~ BP6 ~ CT4 ~ OR1
PP2 ~ DR1 ~ DR5 ~ DR7 ~ DG2
I just had to add some extra sparkle so I have sprayed the large pink flower with Pink Spray & Sparkle.
I hope you like my card and thank you for taking the time to look.
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Saturday, 9 March 2013


My Kanban Design Team Cards....

Hello lovelies!
Well it's Saturday again, wow where do the weeks go?
Time flies when your having fun!LOL
So, today is my post to show you my KANBAN design team cards.
I have used the gorgeous new collection Feline Friends and It's A Dog's Life for this weeks creations.
Card 1...
I have used:
~ Feline Friends A4 Paper Pad 901823
~ Fluffy Felines Paper Craft Toppers 901811
~ Purrrfect Day Paper Craft Toppers 901810
~ With Love Cats Sentiments 901822
~ 5mm & 3mm gems
Card 2...
I have used:
~ It's A Dog's Life A4 Paper Pad 901806
~ Lovely Labradors Paper Craft Toppers 901791
~ 5mm Pearls
Card 3...

I have used:
~ It's A Dog's Life A4 Paper Pad 901806
~ Feline Friends A4 Paper Pad 901823
~ Man's Best Friend Paper Craft Toppers 901795
~ Cute as a Kitten Paper Craft Toppers 901814
I chose to use a dog and a cat on my easel card as some pet lover's have both of these. I like to think that the cat is looking up at the dog and saying ' Thinking of You Special Friend'.
You can buy lots of gorgeous Kanban goodies by hopping over to the CRAFTED BY YOU  Website.
Also don't forget you can buy Kanban Digitally by hopping over to KANBAN DIGITAL CRAFTS  where you can Click ~ Print ~ Craft!
Remember the exciting news I announced last week about the KANBAN CRAFTS CHALLENGE We would love to see your entries for this challenge. All you have to do is follow the theme which this month is 'Anything Goes'. Your project MUST focus mainly on the Kanban product of your choice. To enter click on the link, by entering you could be in with the chance of winning a Kanban goody bag. If you don't have a blog to enter the challenge you can also upload your entry into the album created for the challenge which you can find in the WE LOVE KANBAN Facebook group.
Well thats all from me this week. I hope you have enjoyed looking at my Kanban design team cards. I will be back next Saturday with some more projects to show you using another gorgeous Kanban Collection.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a lovely week-end.
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


Hello lovelies,
Well I have some very exciting news for you all!
Kanban Craft Challenge
starts 4th March,
It will be a monthly challenge
with a set theme
For your chance to win some Kanban Goodies!
So make sure you follow the KANBAN BLOG and hop over on the 4th March when the first challenge goes live to see the theme.
I am so excited about this. I know there are lots of Kanban lover's out there so this is the perfect chance for you to show your Kanban creations by entering the monthly challenges. You never know you could be the winner of the Kanban Goodies.
You will see the design team creations and I am sure you will love taking part in this challenge.
Tell all your crafty friends, spread the Kanban word and mark the date in your diary!
While I'm here lol I want to just remind you all about the fabulous Kanban 4 Day Deal available from CREATE & CRAFT
You can choose from two collections...Its A Dogs Life and Feline Friends. The price is excellent value the 4 day deal you buy one kit and get the other one half price. I can't wait to get mine, I ordered it in the first show, if you don't want to miss out on this fantastic price get yours ordered now. The 4 day deal will end shortly so make sure you don't miss out.
I will be showing you some makes with mine when it arrives. I can't wait to get it.
While I'm here I will share a card with you that I made using the Love & Marriage collection that was recently a Blockbuster on Create & Craft. I made a very simple Wedding Card ...
I really like using lace so could'nt resist adding some to this card!
Well that's all from me, I am so excited about the Kanban Craft Challenge....and feel very priveleged to be a part of the Kanban Design Team.
Thank you for stopping by, circle the 4th March on your calendar!
Lots of crafty love
Nicola XXX

Monday, 4 March 2013


Hello lovelies
and welcome to a very exciting post today!
I am so excited that you could join us today. The Kanban Crafts Challenge is a monthly challenge with the new one starting on the 4th of every month.
Each month a different theme will be set and to enter the challenge you must make a project set to the theme and also you MUST use KANBAN products as your main focus of the project.
When you have made your creation you can visit the challenge blog and upload your picture or if you do not have a blog visit the WE LOVE KANBAN GROUP on Facebook where an album especially for the challenge has been set up. You can add your project in that and it will then be added to the challenge for you.
Now, the really exciting part of it too is you could be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous Kanban Goodies, so make sure you enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning!
The winner of the challenge will be announced in the new challenge post every month. Myself and the rest of the Kanban Design Team are so excited about this new venture with the challenge blog. I would love you all to follow, enter, and tell all your crafty friends too!
We cannot wait to see all of your fantastic creations so get crafting, have fun, and good luck!
So, let's get onto the first theme and I am sure you will love it....
The theme this month for the
So, you can interpret this how you wish, just remember your creation's MUST use KANBAN PRODUCTS!
I have decided to go with the Vintage feel for my card...

To make my card I have used:
~ 6x6 Scalloped Square Card blanks
~ Pink Bouquet on Chocolate Background Card 901028
~ Butterflies & Roses on Chocolate Background Card 901023
~ Rose Cameos Paper Craft Toppers 901008
~ Tapestry Verses Sentiments 901017
~ Pink Spiders Web
~ Self-adhesive Pearls
~ Distress Ink Vintage Photo
~ Zig Emboss Writer Clear
~ WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Copper Super Fine
~ Vintage Lace
~ Flowers
~ Pearl Heart Ribbon Slider
~ Ornate Button
I made an easel card and used the Distress Ink around the edges and along the base. I drew a border around the scalloped edges using the Zig pen, sprinkled with embossing powder. I then used my heat gun to melt the powder.
I added the card and toppers as shown and embellished with the lace, flowers, button and pearls.
I love the Vintage look, I've got to say it's one of my favourite crafty themes.
So, don't forget that you can make any theme you wish to, so why not choose your favourite theme and enter the challenge.
If you need to stock up on any of your KANBAN GOODIES you can do so by visiting the
I am so EXCITED about the challenges, hop over to the KANBAN CRAFTS CHALLENGE
and see the rest of the Design Team Creations. I am truly lucky and priveleged to be working with such a fantastic team!
Good luck, have fun and happy crafting!
Lots of love
Nicola XXX

Saturday, 2 March 2013

My Kanban Design Team Cards....

Hello lovelies,
Well it's Saturday again, which not only means the week-end, it also mean's it's time to show you my KANBAN design team projects for this week!
I want to remind you all first about the exciting news...
Kanban Craft Challenge
starts 4th March,
It will be a monthly challenge
with a set theme
For your chance to win some Kanban Goodies!
So make sure you follow the KANBAN BLOG and hop over on the 4th March when the first challenge goes live to see the theme.
Also don't forget to hop over to KANBAN DIGITAL CRAFTS this is the exciting new website from Kanban where you Click - Print - Craft. How wonderful is this? You will be able to buy images now to use in your crafting and download them straight away. Visit today just click on the link!
My first two cards I want to show you are very quick and easy makes. I wanted to show how you can make a very pretty card, simply with little embellishment. So handy when time isn't on your side and you need a last minute card.....
For the Pink Card I have used....
~ Flowers In Bloom Paper Craft Toppers 900844
~ Gems 3mm
For the Purple card I have used...
~ Flowers In Bloom Paper Craft Toppers 900844
~ Hydrangea Flowers Foiled Background Card 900765
~ Pearls
For my third project this week I wanted to make a card with a stamped and coloured image.I have coloured the flowers with Promarkers. I love flowers so this is just perfect...
I have used to make this card...
~ Clear Stamp Set Sweet Peas 901211
~ The Language of Flowers 12"x3" Pad 901602
~ Gems 3mm & 5mm
~ Scalloped Card Blank
Keep checking the CRAFTED BY YOU Kanban online shop for these gorgeous goodies.
Don't forget for all you Kanban fans out there we have a group on Facebook called WE LOVE KANBAN If you love all things Kanban just click on the link and request to join in the fun!
Also don't forget to follow the KANBAN BLOG where you will see all the latest design team creations.

Well thats all from me today, thank you for stopping by I always appreciate your visits. I look forward to seeing you again next Saturday when I will be showing you some more of my Kanban design team creations.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Friday, 1 March 2013

All About The Men....So Macho by Kanban...

Hello lovelies,
I hope you are all well and looking forward to a very nice week-end!
I just wanted to show you eight cards I have made especially for the Men or Boys! I always find men's cards a bit of a challenge. I wanted to show you some quick and easy cards for them using some KANBAN goodies!
I have used to make these cards...
~Kanban Picnic Gingham Background Card 901157
~ Garden Fence Background Card 901155
~ Gardening Time Paper Craft Toppers 900820
To make the next two cards I have used...
~ Kanban Modern Motors Paper Craft Toppers 900830
~ Chequered Flag Background Card 901153
~ Fast Lane Paper Craft Toppers 901148
For my next two cards I have used...
~ Kanban  Ocean Dreams Paper Craft Toppers 901146
~  Blue Horizon Foiled Background Card 900842
And finally for the last two cards I have used...
~ Kanban To The Extreme Paper Craft Toppers 900822
~ Extreme Splatters Foiled Background Card 900840
All of the cards I have shown you are made using the Kanban 'So Macho' Collection.
I hope you like the 'All About The Men' Cards I have made!
I would like to remind you all about the exciting Kanban news...
Kanban Craft Challenge
starts 4th March,
It will be a monthly challenge
with a set theme
For your chance to win some Kanban Goodies!
So make sure you follow the KANBAN BLOG and hop over on the 4th March when the first challenge goes live to see the theme.
Hop back tomorrow when you can see my Kanban Design Team cards for this week....this was just a little extra today!LOL
Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and your lovely comments.
Have a lovely week-end,
Have fun and happy crafting!
Lots of love
Nicola XXX