Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Precious Baby Girl !

Hello! Long time no see!

I'm sorry to say that matters in the 'real world' have caused my absence over recent months from 'blogland'. I do hope to be back crafting and blogging very soon.

I'm popping by today to post the only creation I've made recently. I was thrilled to make an exploding box to welcome a very special new arrival - a beautiful Baby Girl.

I've used papers by Maja Design throughout, most are from the 'Vintage Baby' collection.

Some shots of the inside...

Finally, the four outer sides...


Papers: Maja Design - 'Vintage Baby' & 'Sofiero'
Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Stacked Hearts'. Memory Box 'Corner Bow' and 'Precious Stars'. Magnolia 'Hearts Swirl'. Cheery Lynn 'Heart Chain Border'
Stencil: Heidi Swapp 'Confetti'
Metal Embellishments: Nunn Design and Making Memories
Chipboard Embellishments: Wycinanka, Scrapiniec, Agateria
Bow: May Arts silk - tied using BowEasy
Media: Krylon Silver Gilding pen, Decoart Texture Paste, Prima Art Sugar (Light Pink), Bo Bunny Pearlescent (Tutu), Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Other: Lace, Pearls, Resin Angel, Flowers and stick pin from stash

Thank-you so very much for visiting! Each and everyone is appreciated.

Nicola x

I wish to enter box to the following challenges:

Maja Design - Mood Board June

Simon Says Stamp Monday - 'Touchy Feely'

Scrap & Craft - Anything Goes adding string or ribbon

Frilly & Funkie - You're my Inspiration
(Project inspired by the soft and pretty celebratory images in the mood board)

Deep Ocean Challenge - Diecuts, Chipboards and/or Punches

Country View Crafts - June - Hearts

Scrapy Land Challenge 67 - Anything Goes (using die brand carried by store - Memory Box / Cheery Lynn)

Allsorts - Use At Least 2 Dies

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use Your Imagination

Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo - June - See It In Pink


  1. Oh my!!!! This is stunning! So good to see you create my dear! This exploding box is filled with gorgeous embellishments and will be such a wonderful keepsake for the recipient.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. OMG what a sweet explosion box and a true work of art! Sure to be treasured! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Use Your Imagination’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  3. It's so lovely to see you back in blog land Nicola :)
    Gorgeous exploding box! It's so pretty & beautifully designed

  4. I am so excited to see a post from you, Nicola!! You have been missed!! This is absolutely stunning!! The inside looks amazing!! You decorated each panel so beautifully!! I love the crib!! The outside is gorgeous and the details are perfect!! So sweet and beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Scrapy Land!! I hope you are doing well, my friend!! Sending lots of big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Wow Nicola this is just sooooo beautiful and perfect for the parents of the new sweet baby. You have filled your box with the most perfect colours and shapes that must look wonderful in the new nursery. So lovely to see you blogging and hope you are ok. Huge hugs xxx

  6. Hi Nicola, so glad to find you back here. ♥ And with a beautiful box. It's truly gorgeous with all the sides so nicely decorated. Plenty of small "stories" in the same box, what a nice idea ! A lovely gift this little girl and her parents will cherish. All the best xxx. Véronique.

  7. A totally delightful creation as always Nicola, what a real keepsake for the new parents and perfect for our Allsorts theme this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  8. Oh wow Nicola, this project is absolutely stunning! The little crib inside the box is adorable and I just LOVE all the elements you added to the inside 'walls', especially the lovely stork! The outside of the box is so delicate and beautiful and the baby image is gorgeous. So lovely to see you blogging too. Please take care my friend! Big hugs, Anne xx

  9. Hi Nicola...Great to see you posting again and I am sending my best wishes to you xx Absolutely adore your exploding box and the wonderful details both inside and out.
    This is an absolutely stunning make to be treasured for

    Huge hugs Annie x

  10. This looks amazing so beautiful, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xx

  11. Nice to see you posting again Nicola, and this is a stunning little box. Papers are beautiful and all those gorgeous little embellishments and details. A real keepsake.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  12. What a fabulous exploding box! Each of your panels inside and out is a work of art! This is such a treasure! Great to see your work in blogland again; I pray you are doing well! While I'm here, I'd like to thank you for sharing this at Scrapy Land in our Anything Goes challenge.Hugs!

  13. PS I also would like to thank you for joining in our You're My Inspiration challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs! Sara Emily

  14. Dear Nicola, so glad to see you here again !!
    Your box is amazing , I totally love the little crib in the middle of the opened box, what a gorgeous work, and so very sweet and beautiful .Also the outside looks so elegant and lovely.
    Thank you also for your visit , dear friend. Hugs from Dorthe

  15. Hi Nicola, What a stunning exploding box for a sweet baby girl...the design and attention to detail is outstanding as always... What a keepsake for the little one... I Hope you have a happy weekend ahead... May x x x

  16. What a gorgeous keepsake! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

  17. Sweet little thing :) Thank you for joining us at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo challenge :)

  18. Nicola, this is just so pretty and precious! I love each and every side/composition. You always amaze me! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrapy Land. Big hugs, Autumn

  19. What an absolutely precious project! And I am so impressed with how it looks fabulous from each and every angle. You covered every surface beautifully and thoughtfully and I love the soft vintage look of it. I'm so glad you were able to get back to crafting and blogging because you are so talented, but yes! I hear you about "real life" stepping in sometimes! Thank you for sharing such an amazing project with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  20. Nice project, thank you for joining us for the challenge of Srapki-Wyzwaniowo;)

  21. We've missed you and your beautiful work... not that I've been around much myself lately, either. I hope the real world will allow both of us a bit more creative time in the near future.

    Your baby box is exquisite - brilliantly designed and finished to perfection. You've really made the most of those beautiful papers, and you've done wonderful work with all the chipboard shapes and die-cut detailing. Lovely!
    Alison x

  22. Gorgeous! What a wonderful keepsake for a precious little girl! Thanks for playing along with the Frilly and Funkie "You're My Inspiration Challenge"!

  23. Beautifully created and adorable! Beautiful design and details....thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
    Diane TSH DT {Nellies Nest}

  24. How precious and such a sweet keepsake. Every panel is a tiny work of art and the crib in the centre is such great finishing point. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  25. This is the most beautiful explosion box, Nicola! I love everything about it down to the tiniest detail (and there are so many fabulous details!). This will be treasured forever by the parents and this precious baby girl. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

  26. Nicola, this is as beautiful as your heart! What a gorgeous box, with sweetness tucked into every detail. This is the sweetest keepsake and will be cherished always. Thank you for the inspiration, my friend. <3

    Hugs and blessings,

  27. Wow, this paper box is so beautiful!!! There are many wonderful details and surprises on each side!!! Thank you for joining the June challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!!!

  28. A Gorgeous exploding box card. Such a lot to see and what a fabulous keepsake. Thank you for sharing with us that Scrap & Craft Challenge. Good luck!

  29. wow wow wow I'm in love thanks for playing with Scrapki this month!!!!

  30. So delicate and pretty. I love it.


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x