Blue Honeycomb Birthday

Hi all,

Sharing a card today in my favourite colours Рblue! I love the honeycomb effect dies, and rather than do the traditional colours on this one I went with shades of blue and teal.  I have a full tutorial on this over on the Papermilldirect blog, so you can see exactly how I created it, but here are some images to whet your appetite.

Nicole Honeycomb Blue Bday Card 13

Nicole Honeycomb Blue Bday Card 14

A full supply list is also over on the Papermilldirect blog. I just love this colour combination, I hope you do too!


Thank You Water Colour

Hi All,

I have a very fun card to share with you, that allows you to play with watercolours (or inks, or any other mediums you use) and just have fun, all while making a pretty card! I have full details on how to make this over on the Papermilldirect blog. Head on over and check it out and see just how simple it is and try it out!

Under the Sea Card

Hi All,

I love making cards that are a little bit outside the box, and this one was one of those. The challenge was to use an image designed to be an under the sea image – but I had no other images to go with it. So what was I to do? Well use some cutting files to make a boat and have the scuba diver image swim past the boat windows! All the details on this one and some step by steps are over on the Papermilldirect blog, so head on over to check it out in more detail.


There is a new fun challenge up at Mixed Media Place. They want to see you art inspired by the emotion Calm! They say “Why don’t you tell us what CALM means to you? Where do you look for it? What sort of thoughts come to your head when you hear the word?”

I love the colour blue and to me it is my calm. I love to create with shades of blue and find most of the time its the colour I reach for! I made a tag using blues for this challenge….

I glued down some die cut hearts I had been given. These were beautiful shapes but the colours, although lovely, just didn’t work for the tag (they were brown and cream and shimmery). So I put a layer of gesso over them and then when this was dry inked up the entire tag with peacock feathers distress ink. I then used salty ocean distress ink on just the raised hearts part. I stamped a background stamp over the entire tag and I love how it just mostly got the raised hearts! I outlined the hearts using a white paint marker.

feathers tag

I inked up a die cut in gold to mount my feathers on so that they stood out. I stamped and die cut the Waltzingmouse feathers and added some gold and glitter to these. I stamped the sentiment and tore the paper to size and inked it all gold. This was adhered using a mini stapler.

This tag calmed me down while working on it as I found it so relaxing!

Steampunk fun

Just stopping by with a quick one today. I had fun with a mini canvas, gesso, paint and cogs! I slathered gesso onto the canvas and set the cogs into it and let it all dry. I then painted over it all with a mix of blues and let it all dry. I then painted over the cogs in gold and added some shiny gold cogs too. I gold heat embossed the sentiment onto some velum and stuck it to a chipboard frame. Simple, but fun and messy crafting, just the way I like it ūüėÄ

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Alter Something….

Welcome to another challenge from the  Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog. Just before I get started on my post there is a slight change being made to the challenges:


From this weeks challenge our challenges will be monthly, we’ve made this decision for a few reasons..

1. It gives you more time to work on your projects – so many people say to me they just missed the challenge because they got caught up with work / family etc… we’re here to help! :o)
2. It gives us more time to bring you fab inspiration!
3. We can offer prizes for different categories Рfrom now on entries using or incorporating Sarah Hurley products will be eligible for another prize as well as the main top 3 (yay!)
4. We can talent spot and ask some of our winners to join us for a one month guest position contributing a project to the challenge blog
5. this is the biggie!! we are bringing you something new and fabulous launching on the¬†3rd September¬†and we are working flat out to achieve this – you’re going to LOVE it!! Keep a look out here on the blog or over on¬†my Facebook page¬†for more news!

Everything else remains the same, you still don’t have to use Sarah Hurley products (unless you would like to be considered for the additional category) though of course we’d love to see what you can do with them! You can make any creation you like be it a tag, card, scrapbook page, altered art, ATC or even cross stitch! and we will still be having lots of fab sponsors and prizes!¬†Thank you all so much for entering the challenges, we just love to look at all your work and hopefully this extra time will mean we will have even more of your fabulous creations to look at!


Now, public service announcement over, and on to the challenge. This month the challenge is to alter something. I altered a little trinket box from a small ornament. It was very dark and dull but was a fin shape and had a very cute opening. I painted it a pale blue inside and out, and then used papers from the Retro Home kit to give it a cute overhaul!


I adore these hex pattern papers, I have a thing for all things bee related. I covered the box panels with the paper after inking the edges with Peacock Feathers distress ink (I am in love with this ink colour!!) I added some blue hexagons I had cut out of the papers for another project to add a bit more interest. I then die cut a tag and some flourishes for the top of the box and finished with a Wild Orchid Crafts flower, the colour of which matched the papers perfectly! I also lined the bottom of the inside of the box with the paper too.

Now I have an adorable little box to use for a small gift or maybe just to keep and store something in on my desk!

Thanks for stopping by today. We can’t wait to see what you create for our Alter Something challenge!

Snow, blue and glitter!!

This weeks challenge at Sentimental Sundays is the theme of Snow, Blue and/or glitter – plus a sentiment. We are sponsored this week by the fantastic Bugaboo Stamps. I used the adorable Winter Circle Sentiments – Warm Wishes image from Bugaboo. I love this image, it is so cute!

I had fun with my card and layered strips of blue and white paper that had been edged with a boarder punch. All my papers were glimmer misted with diamond glimmer mist for my glitter! And then of course my image that I coloured with water pencils and some glimmer glitter pen!

Make sure to head over to the Sentimental Sundays blog and check out the rest of the design teams work. They are all so creative and all their work is just fantastic. Then once you are done getting inspired then make sure to join in our challenge!!