Saturday 26 January 2013

My Kanban design team projects.....

Hello lovelies!
I want to share with you today my design team project's this week for the fabulous
I have chosen to use the same collection for each of  my projects this week. It is called
'The Language of Flower's' Collection.
I absolutely love this collection, it is very versatile for all your special occasions.
Here are my projects...

I have used the Language of Flower's Paper Collection and 
 have finished my card off with velvet ribbon and a bling ribbon slider and gems ...

For this card, I have used the Language of Flower's Collection and finished with seam binding, gems and a heart embellishment...
And for my final card again I have used the gorgeous Language of Flower's Collection along with the Floral and Seed Packet die cuts and one of the Cut and Colour foiled designs...
I have coloured the flowers using Faber Castell Polychromo pencils in shades: Dark Naples Ochre ~ Cadmium Yellow ~ Light Yellow ~ Glaze  ~ Cream ~ Cadmium Orange ~ Dark Chrome Yellow ~ Dark Cadmium Orange ~ Burnt Ochre ~ Walnut Brown ~ Earth Green Yellowish ~ Light Green ~ Leaf Green
I have finished with ribbon, dew drops and a flower hat pin.
Also check out the rest of the design teams creations by hopping over to the KANBAN BLOG to see some absolutely gorgeous inspiration.
Don't forget  you can also buy Kanban online now buy visiting the online shop which is CRAFTED BY YOU hop over and have a lovely browse around, there are lots of beautiful designs to buy and also embellishments and crafting essentials too.
Don't forget also that the Crafted By You Craft Superstore will be opening on Friday 1st February so why not go along and do some crafty shopping.
See the CRAFTED BY YOU WEBSITE for more details.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit today, please hop back next Saturday to see some more of my Kanban design team creations!
A little clue for one of them is...I have a sweet treat for you!
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Friday 25 January 2013

My Exciting Crafty News.......

Hello lovelies,
Well I am just bursting at the seams to tell you all my exciting news....
I have the great pleasure of joining the fantastic design team for
I am so excited about this as you can tell. I absolutely love using Kanban products. When I first started crafting I bought loads of Kanban to get me started.
I love the versatility of all the collections, from kits to stamps. Lots of choice for everyone's craft taste. You can do what I call clean crafting, if you just want a quick card, to what I like to call messy crafting. So you can get all inky and messed up. The possibilities for creating are endless!
I can't wait to get started, I am going to show you lots of ideas and I have so many!
I will be working alongside a wonderful team at Kanban and I know they have a very exciting year ahead with lots of gorgeous products.
You can also buy online now so why not hop HERE  and take a look at the website.
Kanban also have a BLOG which I would love you to follow. You will see lots of design team inspiration!
Also we have a group on Facebook too called
It's an official group for all lover's of Kanban, if you would like to join just click on the link and request to join. It is such a friendly group and the design team are always around!
So there it is, my fantastic exciting news! I knew 2013 was going to be a fantastic crafty year.
I look forward to sharing all things Kanban with you, I do hope you will follow my new journey. I always appreciate your support, friendship and kindness.
Much love to you all,
Woooooo Hooooooooooooo
(I'm very excitable) lol
Have fun and happy KANBANNING LOL
lots of love
Nicola XXXX

Thursday 24 January 2013

Wellington Bear...A Collection.....

Hello lovelies,
I hope you are all keeping well and if you have snow keep safe and warm!
I just thought I would share with you a collection of cards I have made this week just for the men...using Wellington Bear from Docrafts.
I wanted to make some really quick cards, so I thought my Wellington papers and embossed cardstock stickers were just perfect for this. I have used some small square Kraft card blanks and embellished with card candi.

I think these cards are great for men and very quick and easy to make too. You could make a whole batch of them in one sitting.
Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Have fun and happy crafting,
Lots of love
Nicola XXX

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Dreamees design team cards....

Hello lovelies,
 I want to show you some design team cards I have made for Dreamees.

Have you seen the gorgeous new collection of stamps available to buy? If not click HERE to see the range. I absolutely love them all, but one of my favourites is the HEART STAMP SET this set can be used for so many occasions from Valentine's Day, Wedding's, Mother's Day to birthday's and general celebrations!

I have made four cards using the same stamp and I have also combined it with papers and sentiments from my DREAMEES MEMBERSHIP CD If you haven't joined yet membership costs only £5.00 and you get 10% discount everytime you shop at Dreamees and also at shows. You also get a montly freebie. The CD I have used is my January CD as I am a member!

Here are the cards I have made.......Card 1
I couldn't resist adding this gorgeous rose which you can buy from Dreamees and you can find it HERE

Card 2
I wanted to keep this card fairly simple. I have used the paper ribbon and bow from my membership cd and also the sentiment and flowers. I love buttons so added these too which you can buy HERE

Card 3
With this card I wanted to show a distressed feel. I inked the edges with Distress Ink Vintage photo. I wanted to add the DIE-CUT PICKET FENCE as it has little hearts at the top and I have coloured it with Spectrum Noirs. The ribbon and buttons are a set which you can find HERE
Card 4
I wanted to keep this card really simple. I have left the greeting off on purpose as I am going to put it in what I call my reserve stock of cards. This is my cards I keep for unexpected occasions so I could add a birthday greeting, congratulations, anniversary too. I love using LACE I have used the paper ribbon and bow from the membership CD and embellished with Stickles in Turquoise and a little pearl heart.

I have stamped the hearts using Memento Ink Rich Cocoa and they are coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pens in shades: TN8 ~ CT4 ~ BT4 ~ GB5 ~ CT3 ~ BT 5 ~ GB8 ~ GB10

I hope you have enjoyed browsing my projects and thank you for looking!

Have you seen the fabulous MDF BLANKS you can now buy from Dreamees?

Also this week saw the launch of two very beautiful CD's BLOOMIN' BRIGHTS & PRETTY PASTELS such a lovely collection to have in your craft stash and so versatile for many occasions!

Thanks for visiting today have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Monday 21 January 2013

Docrafts Creativity Club Downloads...

Hello lovelies,
I have just made three cards using the downloads and sketches available if you are a member of the
Just some of the benefits of being a member of the club is that you get discount in the on-line shop, you can watch step by step projects on Creativity TV, you get free daily sketches and downloads plus much much more including a Creativity Club Forum where you can chat and share your projects with other club members.
Here are the three cards I have made...
Card 1......
I have used a Daily Sketch designed  by Emma Collins and I have used it with the download 'Gingham Style'.....

Card 2.....
I have used a Daily Sketch designed by Emma Collins and used it with the 'Gingham Style' download...
Card 3...
For this card I used the download 'Paisley Maroon'.....
If you haven't joined the Docrafts Creativity Club yet and would like to do so just click HERE
to see how to join!
Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to your next visit,
Happy Crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Saturday 19 January 2013

My Kanban Design Team Projects...

Hello lovelies,
 and a very exciting and warm welcome from me. I am so excited to be showing you my first design team projects for the fabulous company KANBAN 
I am absolutely over the moon to be on the KANBAN UK Design Team.
I have used Kanban products for many years now and love them. Everything Kanban bring to all of us crafter's is so versatile, there is something for everyone. All you need is your imagination, create a quick and simple card, to something all distressed and inky. Lots of possibilities. I am going to share my ideas with you all so I hope you will follow and enjoy my exciting new journey!
Here are my design team projects for this week...

Acetate Chocolate Box...

To make the box I have used...
~ Kanban Lilium Luxury 12x12 Silver decorated acetate sheet
~ Silver Ribbon from the Kanban Ribbon Pack
~ Special Sentiments Paper Craft Toppers - 900978
~  chocolates and a card bag to put them in to go inside the box.
~ Silver brad from my own craft stash
Tent Fold 8"x8" card...
To make the card I have used...
~ Jasper Stamp Set - 9039
~ Vintage Tapestry Sentiments - 901016
~ Vintage Tapestry Paper Pad 48 sheets
~ Ribbon used from the Ribbon Pack on the Kanban website
~ Memento Tuxedo Black ink
~ Sakura gelly roll pen Sky star
~ Vintage Photo Distress Ink
~ Spectrum Noirs in Shades: Pale Hues - FS6 ~ PP1 Browns - TN7 ~ TN8 ~ EB8 ~ GB8 ~ GB10 ~ EB5 Turquoises - BT1 ~ BT2 ~ BT4 ~ BT5 Cool Greys - IG2
~ Broken jewellery
Twisted Easel Card...
To make the card I have used...
~ Beautiful Verses Papercraft Toppers - 900976
~ A Vision of Beauty in Aqua Papercraft Toppers - 900980
~ Special Sentiment Papercraft Toppers - 900978
~ Bella Italiano 48 Sheet Paper Pad
~ Pastel Bling 5mm
~  Ribbon, pink bling, and silver mirri card from my own craft stash
I hope you have enjoyed looking at this week's design team cards. I would also like to show you some cards I made this week too using the gorgeous new collection from Kanban and it is called
'The Language of Flowers' which will be available to buy soon. This gorgeous collection was the 4 day deal on Create & Craft TV so if you have got yours already enjoy using it. Here are some cards I have made using this collection...
I love this collection it is so beautiful!
You can now buy Kanban products online at the Kanban shop CRAFTED BY YOU  hop over and take a look at the gorgeous collections just waiting to be added to your crafty stash!LOL
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and I look forward to showing you my Kanban design team projects next Saturday!
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Beautiful Butterflies...A DT Card for Dreamees...

Hello lovelies I have made a Dreamees design team card using the beautiful Silhouette Butterfly Stamp Set

I wanted to colour this in using my new Spectrum Noir pens. Now my card was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to create a coloured background using my Spectrums to see what result I would get.

I decided to keep the card fairly simple so I made an A5 tent fold card blank. I stamped the images as shown using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. I have then coloured the background and butterflies in shades of: Yellows - CT2 ~ CT4 ~ GB5 ~OR1 Pale Hues: FS2 ~ FS3 ~ FS6 ~ PP1

I used Distress Ink Vintage Photo around the edges of the card. I then cut three of the butterflies wings using my craft knife so they raised up slightly.

I finally embellished them with a gem and stickles glitter glue in Diamond and Fruit Punch, finishing with the ribbon at the top.

As I said before the colouring is an experiment with my new pens, but I also wanted to show how lovely this stamp set is.

If you want to buy the stamps or check out the newly released range hop over to DREAMEES and see the gorgeous collection.

Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to showing you my next project soon!

Happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Tuesday 8 January 2013

My Dreamees DT Card .....

Hello lovelies,

I want to share with you a card I have made as one of my DREAMEES design team projects. I decided to make a 'Thank You' card, which I am going to give to my hubby. I wanted to thank him for such a lovely Christmas. I have used the A Boys Life CD which has lots of fantastic elements to use. I chose the fishing topper as my hubby loves fishing!

The backing papers are from the cd too and the letters. I love these, they are like scrabble tiles. The ribbon and buttons are also available from Dreamees and you can find the set HERE

I hope you like the card I have made today!
Don't forget that Dreamees has launched a new collection of stamps which are absolutely gorgeous...hop to the DREAMEES ONLINE SHOP to buy yours now, I just know your going to love them. Also while you are there, why not pop a yearly membership in your basket. It is only £5.00 for the year and you get 10% of your orders online and at shows and monthly freebies too.
Thank you for stopping by,
have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Kanban makes...

Hello lovelies,
I have had a lovely afternoon in my craft room. I managed to get quite a few projects made and some design team work too.
I have made two projects today using Kanban products.
I love Kanban, the collections available are gorgeous and not only can you do what I call quick and clean crafting if your short on time, you can get all inky and messy too!
All you need is your imagination and the possibilities are endless!
So, here is my first creation. I have made a card using an 8 x 8 kraft card blank. I got bought the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro for Christmas so I have used it to score the wavy edge along the front. I have used the Vintage Tapestry Collection for this card.....

I love the vintage look and I couldn't resist using these gorgeous flowers I had in my crafty stash!
I also made a box too, which will be very handy as it's my hubbies birthday in March so I will use it for him. For the box, again I made it using my Ultimate Pro. The card is Distressed Stripe  background card, Parcel Paper background card and Kick, Swing, Carry and Drink Papercraft Toppers.
Don't forget you can now buy Kanban on-line at their new website Crafted By You pop over and take a look at all the different collections available. There is something to suit everyone's taste.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit and I look forward to you stopping by again,
thank you for popping in...
have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Sunday 6 January 2013

Masked Stamping ...........

Hello lovelies and a very Happy New Year to you all.
I feel like it's been ages since I blogged but I have been staying with family for the festive holiday and only came home on Wednesday. I am also resting under doctors orders as I have a virus and a chest infection so I've been feeling pretty grotty! LOL
Anyway, I just wanted to share this card with you that I made for the Simply Cards & Papercraft Card Designer of the Year competition. The results have been announced in the magazine, so congratulations to all the winners your work is truly gorgeous.
This is one of three projects I made, I will show you the other two another day. I have used the Kanban Jasper stamp set and coloured the images with Letraset Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The technique used is 'Masked Stamping'.

To make this card I have used:
Kanban Clear Stamp set Jasper ~ Mememto Ink Tuxedo Black ~ Southfield Pure White Card 200gsm ~ Docrafts Papermania 8"x8" Kraft card blanks x 2 ~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo ~ Letraset Promarker's in shades: Putty ~ Icicle ~ Warm Grey 1 ~ Warm Grey 2 ~ Tea Green ~ Duck Egg ~ Sandstone ~ Caramel ~ Cocoa
Letraset Flexmarker's in shades: Antique White ~ Light Fawn ~ Tea Rose ~ Blue Grey 3 ~ Soft Aqua ~ Champagne ~ Nutmeg ~ Saddle Brown ~ Decorative papers ~ Pearl brad ~ Self adhesive pearls ~ Flowers ~ Spiders Web ~ Tim Holtz findings ~ Pinflair glue ~ Double Sided Tape ~ 3D Foam pads
Step by Steps to make this...
1. Stamp lady onto card, stamp again onto scrap paper, cut out and lay mask over first dress. Stamp gent image so it is overlapping the mask. Stamp the trouser and coat hem again onto scrap. Cut out, lay over first image and stamp the cogs over lapping this. Leave the dress mask in place and stamp the stand over lapping this. Then stamp the clock face to make a free standing clock. Remove masks.
2. Colour the image with the Promarkers and Flexmarkers.
3. Score one card blank front in half. Cut the second card blank in half down the score line to make the easel front.
4. Ink the edges with distress ink.
5. Trim brown decorative paper 19cm x 19cm, use double sided tape to mat to front of card. Trim teal paper 16cm x 16 cm and fold over one corner securing with the pearl brad. Use ds tape and stick to the left hand side.
6. Trim image to size and matt onto rose paper using ds tape. Ink edges and fix to the card front with foam pads.
7. Trim decorative paper to fit the base of the easel, punch the corners on the second layer and a border on the top. Wrap a length of spiders web along it and make a bow. Mat with ds tape.
8. Add a greeting for the stopper using foam pads. Use ds tape to stick the front panel to the easel part.
9. Finally use Pinflair glue to fix the findings and flowers as shown, and finish with pearls.
You can change the colour scheme to suit your own taste, I really like these two colours together and I love the vintage feel of the card.
Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to your next visit,
Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX


Hello lovelies and a very Happy New Year to you all.
I wanted to just say hello, I did have a card to show you but at the moment I have no browse button when I click on the Insert Image Icon so until it comes back I can't add any photos!
I have no idea how else to do it, I don't want to start downloading anything else, so until it returns looks like I'll just have to sit it out!
Anyhoo, I hope you are all well.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly lol....
until then,
have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX