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Friday, 26 July 2013


This week has been one of those where pretty much nothing has gone to plan. Sometimes though you just have to roll with it - as the saying goes, there's always tomorrow ;-)

On to my card today and it's more of the beautiful butterflies from Papillon Potpourri, using Sahara Sand as my card base and the leafy image from Papaya Collage. This was a little stepped up version from the simple card and bag set earlier in the week.

Right, I'm off to get the housework done before the weekend arrives. Whatever you're doing this weekend I hope you have a great time.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

More Mosaic Madness

For my recent open day I made some samples focusing on Mosaic Madness, with a little Papillon Potpourri thrown in for good measure. Although I'd used the lifelike butterfly image many times, this was the first time I'd used the geometric butterfly stamp, and I think it works quite well with the shapes of the mosaic set.

I can't believe it'll be August next week...where has this year gone already!
Hope you have a lovely day.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Clean and Simple

I love, love, love the Papillon Potpourri stamp set. Here I've kept it all about the simple elegance of the lovely lifelike image from the set.
The images were stamped and punched out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch, which makes creating these beautiful butterflies so quick and easy, and the card was finished off with a sentiment from Petite Pairs. Add a little matching bag created using the Petite Purse Die and you have a lovely little gift to give to someone. Don't you just love how everything mixes and matches, stamp sets with matching punches, sentiments that fit within other makes it all so easy...and I love easy :-)

Thanks to everyone who's been stopped by to take a look. I really appreciate your time.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Hearts a Flutter Take Two

Another Pinterest inspired card today. I wouldn't have done something as simple as pin the original to one of my boards so I can reference the creator easily...oh no of course not - that would have been far too sensible! I will go off in search again shortly....that'll be another 2 hours gone this evening then ;-)

This time I've used Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar with Basic Black to make things pop. Again using the Occasions how the sentiments fit in the Hearts a Flutter banner perfectly :-)

Hope you're managing to stay cool today. I've been in a nicely air conditioned office all day, so it's come as a bit of a shock to realise just how humid it's become.


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Hearts a Flutter and Occasions Alphabet

I love the versatility of the Hearts a Flutter set. Here I've used it in combination with the small heart punch to create a girly party invite...allbeit with a not so girly colour scheme of Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding, two of the gorgeous new in colours this year. The Occasions Alphabet has been stamped off in Basic Black and then run through the BigShot using the banner framelit from the Hearts a Flutter set...the words fit in the banner shape perfectly :-)

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I've had the Summer Silhouettes set for quite some time and not really done much with it, so time to dust it off and get creating. Here I've used the colour combo Basic Grey, Calypso Coral and Pool Party.

Must admit although it's soooo lovely to have sunshine, it's just a little too warm for me. Looking forward to the breeze they say is on the way this weekend.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Bring on the Cake

Hmm, Bring on the Cake.....I will admit that when I was asked to order this for someone recently I had to resort to looking it up in the index to find out where/what it was, as it just didn't ring any bells with me at all! It was one of those sets that I had dismissed as not needing and had therefore completely overlooked it on subsequent (and frequent I might add) flicks throught the catalogue.
I hope I'm not the only one who's done this...I'm almost certain I'm not, but it made me realise how easily I dismiss something initially because it doesn't immediately grab my attention as being 'me', only to then subconciously close my eyes to the possibility that it actually could be 'me'. A lesson to learn there I think ;-)

So, onto the card. Very simple using the lovely Pistachio Pudding, teamed with Wisteria Wonder and Basic Black. I've used one of the small butterfly images from Papillon Potpourri, punched 3 times for each butterfly and layered up to create dimension. I've also used the Needlepoint Border embossing folder and Hearts a Flutter stamp set and matching framelits, adding a sentiment from Bring on the Cake ;-)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Collage Mosaic Madness - Version Two

Ok! enough I hear you cry. This is the last one for the time being using Mosaic Madness, and this card like the last one came about as I had lots of scraps sitting on my desk and just had a flash of inspiration on how to use them (it doesn't happen often - my lovely friend Debby will testify to that and was amazed I produced 3 cards on the same day, to be honest I was pretty amazed myself lol).

Again I've used the fab Modern Mosaic embossing folder for interest in the background, then some more layering up of elements, this time including the flag shape from Hearts a Flutter, Little Leaves Sizzlit and the small daisy shape die from Blossom Party Originals...finished off with a lovely Antique Brad and some Linen Thread.

I hope you like it and have been inspired to create your own cards using this lovely set.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

More Mosaic Madness

You've probably worked out by now that not only am I loving Mosaic Madness, I'm also loving the fabulous new in colours this year. All 5 of them are winners as far as I'm concerned, I think they are all quite subtle, my favourite colour family :-)

Here I've used the matching embossing folder to add some interest in the background and then layered up some of the punched shapes, slightly overlapping and raising some (though you can't see that too well!). Again I've teamed them with Papillon Potpourri...another well loved set which I don't think I'll ever tire of. This looks much more dimensional IRL but I'm sure you get the idea.

Enjoy your day.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Collage Mosaic Madness - Version One

Another post (shock ;-)) and another card using Mosaic Madness to create a bit of a collage effect. This time I've teamed it up with some of the scallop punches, Papillon Potpourri - I love the stamped image of this particular butterfly as it's so crisp it really looks like DSP, although it's not. There's also a leafy image which is from the Summer Silhouttes set and I've finished it off with the scallop embossing along the bottom.

The gorgeous pink colour is one of the beautiful new in colours and is called Strawberry Slush. I'm not normally a pinks girl, but this one is so lovely I may be converted - just a little :-)

Thanks for taking a look.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Mosaic Madness

How lovely is it to finally have a Summer at last!

Here's a card which was inspired by a layout I found on Pinterest. I've used the new Mosaic Madness set, which can be purchased as a bundle, giving you a discount of 15%. I will admit I wasn't sure quite what I was going to do with this set to begin with, and sat looking at the punch and stamp set for quite some time before I finally got started! I now love this set and I think it will be a favourite for some time to come :-)
I hope you like it and if I get myself organised with my photo uploading you'll be seeing some more of this set very soon.
Enjoy the sunshine.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki x

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Grab your Greetings

Woohoo, the new Annual Catalogue has finally arrived. Click on the link on my sidebar to view the catalogue online. If you prefer to have a real life copy to leaf through then please do contact me. As well as the new catalogue, as if that's not enough, we also have a 25% off sale of three greetings stamp sets:

Back soon with some samples...finally! ;-)