Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Maybe a CHALLENGE or two :)

Well!  I really feel part of the blogging community now :)  I have a few followers.... Which I am honoured that my fellow crafters have taken the time to browse my blog!  As with any new venture it is a little scary, to say the least, but with every new day I am learning more..... I really must stop playing with the layout and colour of my blog now :).

Last night took me on a venture around the 'CHALLENGE' community among us...... I have found that some crafters participate in many and some none at all!  I myself am thinking ,  ummmm give it a go..... it looks kind of fun:)   So I spent hours looking around searching for the right challenges for me!.... WOW, their are hundreds out there, so where to start? well, I have a few on my list, but it would be nice for advice from some fellow crafters.  So if any of you have some fun challenges that you think I might enjoy I would love to here from you :)

Ohhhhh, and on my quest to find some fun challenges I stumbled accross some amazing and inspirational blogs:)  I have always had a peek or two at other blogs over the years, never added myself as a follower:( but my list of blogs I love is growing by the day and i'm sure will continue to grow:).

 I have been a member of the Docraft Community for just over a year and have really enjoyed uploading my projects and giving and recieving so many comments  and I will continue to do this, but I am so glad that I have taken the plunge to create my own blog:). For years I have crafted alone in my craftroom reading magazines and looking at blogs for inspiration, but like so many of you out there , I felt the time was right to take my crafting to another level :) I really hope you are enjoying my blog so far and I hope I am giving you some inspiration as you are all giving me!

Well for my projects today!  -  I have 2 to share with you.
I recieved my February kit from Amazing Paper Grace(not sure what has happend to January)and thought you would like to see it in it's full glory) -

Is'nt it jus a box of delight :)

- This card is an 8x8
- I have used the Melissa Frances papers from the kit.
- The paper ribbon flower with the beautiful brad in the centre is made using the die (Beccas own design).  I do believe that there was a tuturial on her blog for this a few months back.
- The back of the paper bow has been layered up using a paper doiley and the outer die of the circle(again Beccas own design)
- I have used encrusted jewel embossing powder around the edge of the card. (inspired by a card I saw on Sandy's stamping scene blog)
- the butterfly and metal corners have also had the embossing treatment ( I got these from live and love crafts)
- Spellbinder dies I have used are:-
- Heartfelt Creations, Decorative lace border
- Floral Doiley Motifs
- The quote stamp - Fiskers
- Meal antique looking heart - Live and Love Crafts
- Lace - Live and Love Crafts
- pearls and sentiment stamp from my stash

Sorry for the over use on the faded border...........Over did it a little and it won't let me change it for some reason :(


 My 2nd card that I would like to share  

- Papers are again from the kit - Melissa Frances
- Co-ordinations pink cardstock
- Spellbinder dies -
- A2 filigree delight
- The image has been cut from the papers
- metal corner dies, again given the embossing treatment (loving this technique)
- Small butterflies - Marianne Design dies
- wooden heart embellishment , lace, jewel button -  Live and Love craft
- The decorative pearl pin - made myself from stash of beads
- Paper doiley and pearls - from stash
- Ribbon from December kit
- Tulle pleat trim - Live and Love Craft



  1. Hi Nikki, your blog is looking superb. Challenges..how about joining a design team? There is a website www.designteamcalls.com - have a browse, there are some for big and small companies, one or more projects a month.
    Becca's kits are stunning and I adore what you have done with them - the layering is gorgeous :) xx

  2. Love your design on these Nikki, lovely sweet colours just my type of art too.
    Your blog is looking fantastic and welcome to blog land, I too am a browser of other bloga as I love to see what other crafters are up to and so inspirational too.

    Hugs Linda

  3. Love this selection, your blog just gets better and better, can't wait to visit everyday x

  4. Hi Nikki - I am your latest follower and thank you for following me! Your cards are gorgeous! I don't know if you know about Feline Playful but if you don't have a look at it as it lists all the challenges and what the theme is for the current challenge, really useful! Hugs Susan x

  5. Thankyou Susan I will take a look. Also thankyou for taking the time to look at my blog and follow me :)
    Happy crafting x

  6. Hi Nikki, Gorgeous cards, Full of wonderful detail Love the designs... Simply Perfect... I see above Susan has said about Feline Playful.. they are a great source...
    Your blog is looking FANTASTIC... thank you for your visit today... Hugs May x x x

  7. Morning Nikki, Thank you for sharing your cards with us, they are gorgeous - you are like Sue and Julia the first blogs I look ar each morning
    Carol x


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