Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Thank You!

Good morning fellow bloggers! I hope you are all well x
I can't say how overwhelming all of your amazing support has been for my debut shows on Create and Craft. I would like to thank each and everyone of you......Now that I have seen the shows for myself I have found myself thinking was that really me:) I do think I did manage to hide my nerves pretty well.....no hand shaking lol! But the real me is a lot more chatty and bubbly than you all saw! I hope in time with a few more shows under my belt you will all begin to see the real me:).......I think I was more nervous about saying the wrong thing and sounding silly:)
So now I have got over my first show I have already started prepping for my 2nd which is hopefully going to be the 1st week in January. I will give you all the date when it has all been fully confirmed:)

My card today was a difficult choice as I have quite a few to share with you and lot's of favourites, but I have decided on this one which is using the beautiful Justrite Black Eyed Susan stamp set. I fell in love with this set as it has so many occasions that it can be used for and I just love flowers:)
I chose not to add a sentiment to this card as I thought it is one of those that you can have ready for any occasion!

  • I have started with a black card base measuring approximately 6 1/2" x 8"( an unusual size I know). I then taken some pale pink shimmer card and taken it through my Grand Calibur twice using the Couture Creations Paradise embossing folder. I have matted this onto the black card base.
  • I have stamped the Flower image from the Black Eyed Susan stamp set onto some coconut white card measuring approx 5 3/4" x 5 1/4". Next I have cut the Vintage Labels 2 out to create a frame and inked it with Tea Dye to give it a little distressed look.  I have taken my flower stamp again and marked where I need to stamp so that it matches with the main flower image, so it looks like the flowers are over the frame (I hope that makes sense). I have adhered the frame in place with foam pads to add some dimension. I have then stamped the flowers again twice.
  • To colour in the flowers I have used the Cosmic Shimmer Water paints - Pink Ultra and Pastel Pink. I have used Jade Green and a little emerald Gold for the stalks and leaves and Enchanted Gold for the centre of the flowers. To finish off my main image I have inked the edges with Milled Lavender, matted it onto some black card stock and adhered it to the centre of the card with foam pads.
  • I have made a double bow with pink organza ribbon, adhered it to the bottom of the frame in the centre and added a Crystal Sparkler.
  • Next I have taken some black pearl swirls,(one left and one right), cut them in half and adhered them in position.  I have stamped 2 butterflies, coloured these in with the same water paints and added them to each side of the bow.
  • To finish I have of course added some Stickles - Pink Taffeta
I hope you like my choice of card for today.....My first official blog post as a Demonstrator for Creative Expressions:)! Such an amazing experience and many more to come I hope:)

Full Product List:
  • Card: Foundations
  • Stamps: Justrite - Black Eyed Susan
  • Dies : Justrite - Vintage Labels Two
  • Embossing Folder - Couture Creations: Paradise
  • Ranger Stickles - Pink Taffeta
  • Cosmic Shimmer: Eater Colour Paints - Luscious Greens, Perfect Pastels and Autumn Set
  • Embellishments: Creative Expressions: Black Pearl Swirls, Satin Edged Organza ribbon and aClear Sparkler


  1. Hi Nikki, I am a new follower of your blog after seeing you on C&C on Sunday. What a refreshing crafter you are, so nice to see a different take on the products, and not a pva dot in sight lol. Your demos were great I thought & like you say with time the true you will shine through. Look forward to seeing more of you. x

  2. Hey nikki, I thought u were fine on your show it must be difficult to craft and talk and look into cameras and crew think it would terrify most of us on a first show
    Your card is stunning and I just love butterfly's
    Thank you once more on the effort that was put into your card on sun and I look forward to seeing it in the flesh
    My mate is going to frame it for me I'm soooo excited lol
    Love Tracy from kilmarnock xx

  3. Fabulous card Nikki, love the flowers and butterflies galore! Such pretty colours, too! Hugs, Ira
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  4. great card ,Nikki,well done on shows,Laura O

  5. You did so well Nkki, well done you ! Gorgeous card as well Carole Z xx

  6. This is gorgeous,fab design and image.xxx

  7. Hi Nikki gorgeous card and colours. You did fine on your show, well done

  8. Hi Nikki,
    You were just fine (if a bit shy) at the C&C shows, but I know you'll get to be bubbly in no time at all.
    Love this card but notice you are adopting the "front only" approach. Is this what we can expect now?
    I'm still struggling with "front only" cards, but only because folk don't want to prop them up and I've still got to master the "easel stand" to glue to the back of them.
    Keep flying, Nikki
    Hugs, Rose

  9. Here you all are !!! Morning Nikki and Nikkettes. Ive been looking for you all week, thinking your posts would follow on from the Good News post not thinking to click the home button, I did think it odd that the blog's had been 'silent - unlike me - waffle syndrom Steph !
    Here's looking forward to keeping up with you all now again and drewling over all your beautiful cards (not litterally) no bib required just yet !

    Hugs to all.
    Lancashire Steph xx

  10. Hi Nikki... I'm just catching up with lots of commenting..... and thought I'd look back through your posts... only to find that I MISSED your shows on C & C!! Dear me.... serves me right for not keeping up to date with my commenting etc... just so busy at the mo.. SOOOOO when are you next on please?????? Us Pink Ladies need to know!!

    Christine x


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