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!


Congratulations Card

Hi everyone,

Just stopping by to share a congratulations card I made for a friend who got a new job. Super news – congrats again if you are reading this 🙂 I have all the details on supplies used over on the Papermilldirect blog so head on over and check it out if you want more info!


Happy crafting,


Framed hearts….

Take a cheap plain wooden Ikea frame (€1.99 for a 3 pack), a tester pot of paint, paper scraps and some dies and stamps and what do you get? A very happy Nicole as I got to use up more scraps and ‘scraps’ of paint also 🙂 I painted the frame the pretty aqua blue colour and stamped the butterfiles on it with a’pearl’ paint dabber. When dry I added a coat of Distress Crackle glaze. For the inside of the frame I used a scrap of turquoise and stamped a script stamp on it again using the pearl paint dabber. I then die cut the hearts and layered them together. They also got a coat of the distress crackle. I left the central swirl of the heart unstuck so that it would hold a passport photo.

Here is an example of them holding a ‘passport’ photo. I promise it is passport size. The only actual photos I could find when I went to photograph this was of me at the age of 16, it was much too depressing to put into the frame ;p

I am going to enter this over at Simon Says stamp and show as the colours really bring me straight back to my childhood. I adore the colour blue and any shade and variation of it. This colour reminds me of the first time I was allowed to pick a colour to paint my bedroom. I think I need to paint some rooms blue in my house now! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Friday 😀

Day 6..

Day 6 already, time flies!! Tim’s tag for today can be seen here. It goes without saying that I had none of the materials Tim used. I did have a snowflake embossing folder which I inked up to give me a coloured background and white snowflakes. The snowman is what I was left with after using him as a mask for Day 4’s tag. How cool is that, all I did to him was add a scarf, some trim on his hat and a Christmas sentiment to him and he was done! Love it 🙂 I copied Tims use of tissue tape for the banner at the bottom, and boy this one was much easier than the tissue tape flower!!

I left this one quite simple as I like the clean crisp look of it!

What are people planning on doing with their 12 tags when they are done? Turn them into a mini? A wall hanging? I would love to hear peoples ideas. I am thinking of using mine as decorations on my smaller Christmas tree in my porch – I can at least hide the ones I dont like at the back of the tree ;p

Mirror mirror on the wall….

A quick project to share today. This was a E3.99 mirror from Ikea that I altered for a good friend. (Hi Faye!) I covered it with the beautiful K&Co papers from the Crafty Alley August kit. I inked and distressed up the edges a bit. I painted up some die cuts I had gotten from a few swaps – the birdcage (really want this die!), the key, the butterfly and the letters. I painted the bird and the key with the distress crackle paint from the kit before bronzing them. I love the effect the crackle paint gives. The cream butterfly, flower, button on the top of the bird cage and leaves are also from the kit. I added some chain to make it look like the bird cage was hanging, well at least I hope it looks like its hanging! I inked up some old book paper using the bird as a mask. I then glimmer misted the paper before backing my cage onto it. The bird has escaped the cage, go birdie! I forgot to clean the mirror itself before taking a photo – sorry! I also never realised how hard it is to take a photo of a mirror, especially to avoid getting into the reflection 🙂

I am entering this into the challenge over at the wonderful new Simon Says Stamp and Show blog. Its all about the styles of the likes of Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45 – among many other Vintage enthusiasts. The first challenge theme is “Things with Wings”. Iv got birds and butterflies so theres my wings!!


I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday people!! This is for the challenge over at Wild Orchid. The theme was lovely lace. My lovely sparkly lace at the bottom of the card  was from one of the Crafty Alley kits. I really love the sparkle in it. The letters the Tim Holtz vintage market die, very kindly sent to me by Louise in our die swap. Thanks Louise!! Right, Im off to do some more crafting, enjoy the weekend!

No cards today, much too tired last night to finish any. I did spend some time trying to figure out storage for my increasing supply of die cuts (thanks ladies – you know who you all are!). This was one of the best I came up with scrounging around my office. Hard case large cd wallet. Because its a tall one the longer die cuts fit in. I am happy enough with it for the moment, especially since it cost E2!!

Also for any of you crafty ladies out there that are stuck for crafting space I got these very clever shelf brackets in ikea. They clamp onto your table top, giving you a extra level of space at your desk. You then just pop a shelf on it. You can see it in the image below, its the one with the red mini chest on it, and the black box (ikea) and the wooden tray(ikea also!). Could you tell I live near an ikea?! The shelf is great though as the stuff on it used to be on my desk, but now I have more desk space yet things are still within arm reach!