Thursday, November 19, 2015

Guess who's back, for a slow come back?

Hi Friends,

It's been a long time inactive for me.  But I am slowly back sorting through all the cards I have made since May 2015 up to now.

This Summer has been very busy with my dog Moki and the garden, we had so much more rain than usual for us, that the weed took over our garden and at one point I gave up with them because squatting down for more than a few hours at a time is hard enough on a young back, imagine on an older back LOL.  The heat wasn't better we had some really hot days, I could not think of staying in the sun, it would get me dizzy so I played it safe.  We would go for morning walks and sunset walks every day as it was the best of times to walk staying clean from a direct sun on us.

Here we are in the Fall already and next week is Thanksgiving already.  Time is like water under the bridge, there and gone and Woopsy, Christmas is here again. 

Today I will start back my blog with a sweet, sweet explosion card I made for a friend's daughter who is having her baby any day now.  I spent quite a few hours making it, but I love this type of work, I really do.  So I hope you can enjoy it and please feel free to leave a comment, as creativity comes with happy comments from each other. 

Here are many photos as there are many angles to cover, I had to send it early so it would be there before the Birth of this sweet little boy Toby.  Enjoy!

The baby booties were quite the challenge as they are smaller than the pattern I had found on Pinterest.  But, I wouldn't make them any bigger now that I see how well it fits inside the box when closed.
Important when making an explosion box of this kind, made sure your center piece will not interfere with the side panels or vice versa.  Before adhering all the pieces, a quick verification will save you so much time.
The large poppy flowers on the top of the box are by Heartfelt Creations Poppy die set, I even make roses with this die.  The pram was from a pattern without measurements I found once again on Pinterest, searching for Baby pram templates and I must have gotten half a dozen of patterns right there.  It was a fun piece to make.
The roses around the pram are by My Favorite things circular roses.  I had the pleasure to make good use of some baby related die cuts and using my Foiling machine to add the name and the sentiment.
I think, if you have the time to play on some project like this, go for it, you will certainly impress yourself with the ideas that will pop up as you go.  I had so many ideas, I ran out of space to elaborate.  But less is much better in this case.
Have a great day and thank you for coming in to have a look.  I have more cards to come yet, so visit my blog again and say hi!
If you have questions I will be glad to answer them if possible, do so in the space for comments below.


  1. So glad you are back, Nicole. Absolutely stunning explosion box. Every detail is perfect and the overall project a work of art. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see more.

  2. A wonderful surprise to see you back. Your card is beautiful !!!!
    Thank you !!!!!

  3. Oh Happy Days!! What a wonderful surprise to open your email. Welcome back, my friend! It sounds like you had a very busy summer. Now to the card. OMG....what detail! It must have taken a very long time to make this beauty. I know the Momma who gets this is going to love it. Something she'll keep forever, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing....glad you're back and can't wait to see what's coming. Hugs, Geri

  4. Hi Nikky how lovely to see you posting! It has been quite a while and I hoped you weren't ill! Love both your explosion box and your parents Golden anniversary card. I'm sure both would have been received enthusiastically
    Hugs aliso.

  5. A totally STUNNING explosion box .... hours of work & the attention to detail blew us away.
    Made with love & this will be treasured for years to come. It is currently on display in the baby's nursery & the colours match the room perfectly. Nikky your heart is as beautiful as the work that you create - THANK YOU from all of us for sending this fabulous keep sake. When the little man is old enough to understand we'll be telling him all about his Auntie Nikky :0)

  6. Sooooo glad to see you back. I have been checking and checking your blog hoping to see new work. For the box itself is that a die or a pattern? I know what I want to put in them for sister cards next year. With Christmas here I won't get a chance to paper craft until the holiday is over, but I can get my plans ready. This card is absolutely adorable. Your were is always perfection and so inspiring. Say hello to Mark and Moki for me.