Monday, 19 January 2015

Winter Dreams...


It is good to be back! I have been away for a couple of weeks and seem to have missed so much - both in blogland and at CHA. Had a wonderful time in South Africa but missed my crafting. 

big hello and thank you to my new followers - I really appreciate it. I have had some wonderful comments over the past couple of weeks too - thank you very much.  

So I have been working on a new style for me - a little more shabby chic. It is hard for me not to get out the browns and blacks but quite pleased with this. Like so many others I have been having problems with photography in the UK winter light so my photos look at little eratic. I think the photo at the top gives the truest colours - I used iced spruce and watered down evergreen bough to create my wintery, frosty card.

I started with a stencil and texture paste to create the backgrounds leaves. Lots of gesso, lots of layers, more gesso and random inking!



I would like to enter:

Thanks very much for visiting - back tomorrow with something a little cleaner!
Nikki
xxx



35 comments:

  1. Your experiments have paid off, this is so beautiful Nikki! Loved the layers and the textures and of course the feel...Brrrr!

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  2. Hi Nikki! I hope you had a lovely trip?
    Your mixed media shabby card is GORGEOUS!! It still has the grungy look yet it is soft and feminine. Just how I like it! Stunning! In my fav colour combo too! Xx

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  3. I gotta say Nikki that I am truly loving the new style you are exploring! This is absolutely, drop dead gorgeous!! All the fabulous textures and colours and incredible elements, wow!! Stunning flower too, just loving every bit of this my friend! hugs :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I just saw your wonderful thumbnail at Frilly and Funkie! Thank you so much for joining us for our 'Winter Wishes' challenge Nikki! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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  4. Beautiful wintery frosty colours on your card Nikki, I love how you've put all he elements together.
    Big hugs
    Georgie xx

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  5. Simply beautiful. Thanks for entering our Art With Heart Challenge!

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  6. Stunning Nikki-very wintery looking

    Love Chrissie

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  7. Your wintry card is really gorgeous. Love it, Nikki. And welcome back :)

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  8. Love the style, it works for me. Thanks for entering it in the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd, Angela R. x

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  9. Gorgeous card Nikki :) I am glad you ventured in shabby waters:)

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  10. STUNNING Nikki, love the cool colours on this amazing mixed media creation! You would never thing you went out of your comfort zone with this one, - stunning design and embellies too, just gorgeous!!

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  11. Beautiful card Nikki and your texture is amazing,wonderful colour too.

    A big welcome back ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  12. Hello Nikki,
    It has such a wintery feel about it, even though it is also a little shabby. This is a wonderful palette and design; it looks gorgeous.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  13. Glad to hear that you had a good break. Your card is so beautiful, I love your shabby chic style, it is wonderful! Anne xx

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  14. Beautiful piece Nikki, the textures and style look amazing.
    Yvonne x

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  15. Nikki, You are doing a wonderful job embracing a new style! I love the colors you've chosen for your wintry card, and the flower is gorgeous! I also like how you used the cheesecloth in the background. A true beauty! Hugs!

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  16. Wow so pretty and very winter-like !!! Brrrrr... Freezing cold. Impressive background and texture.
    Thanks a lot for sharing. Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  17. AMAZING!! You have really embraced the Shabby Chic, Nikki! Another stunning card. LOVE all the texture from this multi-layered beauty. Thanks again for playing at Mixed Media Card Challenge.

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  18. Hello! Just popped over from F&F where I saw your entry. I really like this piece. The colors and layers are stunning. It feels soft and cozy to me and makes me want a cup of cocoa. Just started following you as well. BTW-awesome name. Hehe! TFS! ~Niki

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  19. What a gorgeous mixed media piece, Nikki. Love all the layers you have built up and the colors are spectacular. You did a fabulous job capturing a wintery feeling. We so appreciate you sharing this beauty with us over at Frilly and Funkie!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  20. nice!! very frosty looking. Thanks for joining us at the Art with Heart Challenge this month. =)

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  21. Gorgeous, love the wintry feel to this one. xxx

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  22. I LOVE this shabby chic style - I'm jealous I just have so much trouble achieving it! The soft colours and frosty look are fantastic a, as is the texture! Thanks for sharing at the MMCC.

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  23. Nikki, I LOVE your journey into the shabby chic style!! Your card is truly a wintery dream. The layers and texture are amazing, and the color palette is GORGEOUS!! Thanks for joining in the challenge at The Frilly and Funkie!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  24. BEAUTIFUL! *sigh*
    I wish I could do cards like this... thanks for playing along with us at MMCC :)

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  25. This positively screams Winter here in the UK and I adore every single part of it. I'm seriously looking forward to seeing more of this style from you as you do it so well. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  26. Beautiful frosty, shabby chic card! Thanks so much for playing along with the Mixed Media Card Challenge :)

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  27. What a wonderfully frosty card Nikki! love the shades of blue - I'd say you are doing quite well with a new technique!!

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  28. Absolutely dreamy. Thank you for joining us at the MMCC this month.

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  29. Oh my ! I am in awe :) such a beauty!! Thank you for sharing with MMCC!

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  30. Nikki this is just amazingly gorgeous. But did you say it's a card? Can you clarify please because gorgeous as it is, we don't allow cards in our challenge.

    Lin
    The Mirror Crack'd

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    1. Hi Lin... Yes sorry I have said it is a card in my post. In reality it could be a piece of artwork or a card at the moment as it is just on card, but please disqualify me! Thanks for,your lovely comment though. Nikki x

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    2. If it's going to end up as something else I am happy to keep it in. I'll assume that's what will be happening and leave it there. Thank you for not getting upset by my asking though.

      Lin x

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  31. Congratulations on your win at Frilly and Funkie!! This is just such a treat for the eyes, well deserved Nikki! hugs :)

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  32. OMG this is soooo beautiful! Thanks for joining our mixed media challenge over at The Mirror Crack'd! Hugs, Susanne.

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