Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Birthday
Nan  -  100

Hello friends!
Today I am sharing an easel card with you all. 

 I was asked to make a card for a very special lady who is turning 100 today.
 Her favourite colour is blue.
My inspiration for this came from the very talented Heather Jacob.
Stash busting again using some Beautiful Maja Design papers. I made the blue layers by cutting rectangles and using a circle punch to round the corners, then stitched each piece.  I used a cricut to cut the doily and the leaves and a Fiskas punch for the lacey strip. I coloured the heart with some Tattered Angels glimmermist and stitched the thread through it. I added a few roses and rosebuds, some Twiddlybitz chipboard pieces and thread to make the clusters. Was good to get the punches back out and use them again and I am slowly using up my TA mists.

If you feel inspired to create an easel card just google "How to make an Easel Card" for easy to make, yet very effective..... add as much or a little as you want.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I  Love reading all your kind comments.

Janice xx

Monday, September 4, 2017

My More Than Words Challenges DT September Reveal - Fearless and Grunge

Hello to all my Scrappy Friends!

More Than Words Challenge have an awesome challenge this month for you to play along with.
Word - Fearless
Creative - Grungy, we want you to grunge it up!!

This is my Design Team reveal.

{Be Fearless}

A close up of my  grungy background.
I started by adding a layer of white paint, swiping it down my page with an old credit card. I then added  2 different coloured mists ,Tattered Angels and Lindys Stamp Gang. I also added some stamping and a few torn washi tape strips.

Here I have altered a piece of Dusty Attic Chipboard by painting it white, once it was dry I added  come Tattered Angels Mist and some Lindys Stamp Gang Mist. I let it dry then I rubbed parts of it with an emery board to grunge it up.

Another close up of the grungy background and chippie pieces.
And my fearless son jumping off rocks....luckily to a soft landing.

A close up of the Dusty Attic Polaroid Frame which I cut to fit around the photo.
I grunged it up with different inks and some washi.

He is Fearless .
Stash busting again.
I am hoping to inspire crafters to delve deep into their stash and use something that has been in there for awhile. This piece of Basic Grey paper (one of my favourite brands when I first started scrapbooking) has been in my stash for  8 or more years. You don't have to have the latest or greatest papers or embellies to play along.  Just use what you have, stick to your style , create , have fun and share your creation with us.

This is a fun challenge...a chance to get your fingers dirty.
Click here to see the awesome inspiration from the Design Team.

We would love to see what you create.
Remember to share on our More Than Words Challenge Blog to be in with a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes from the generous sponsors.

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments.

Janice xx

Friday, September 1, 2017

My Kraft+ DT September Challenge Reveal - "BUZZ"

Hello to all my Scrappy Friends!

Sandra Wallace has come up with the most amazing September Challenge at Kraft+,
and how gorgeous are the graphics by Amanda Hall.

What's the Buzz

 My Design Team layout 


When I first saw this challenge I knew exactly what photo I wanted to scrap...learning more about my camera and playing around with a macro lens, I went out into the garden and found this little bee buzzing around happily from flower to flower...after 20 or more photos ( I'm sure he was thinking I just wish she would piss off ) I came inside and put them up on the big screen....It was such a BUZZ... to see this one come up....well I loved it! And this is the one I wanted to scrap!!!
There is another story behind this layout....I had this layout sitting there and then I started overthinking things and thought No I need to scrap something different...shuffling through photos, papers etc I had another 2 more on the go....yeah crazy I know...I wasted a whole day and achieved absolutely nothing...was so cross with morning I got up and stuck the bee one down...5 mins later a dear friend called in to see me ( someone you all know very well...) and she set me straight.. Thanks Sandra. Lesson to overthinking go with your first thought/idea.
My design was inspired by Amanda's beautiful graphics

To make the background I added some black Gesso randomly to a 
Hexagon Crafters workshop template.
Then I added some Kraft cut hexagons over the inspired by the graphics.

A close up of the title "Buzz" and the beautiful quote.
"The hum of BEES is the voice of the garden"

More of the background design with the pops of yellow hexagon  and small black hexagons.

Showing the twirl of thread running down the page.

Check out the Design Teams inspiration here.

I would really love to see  you play along and show us how you interpret this challenge.
You can share your project on the Kraft+ Facebook page
BUT remember you MUST link your project to the Kraft+ blog
so you are eligible to win a  prize from the generous sponsors.
Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comments you leave.  

Janice xx

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My DT Reveal for August Mini Challenge at More Than Words Challenges - Sing

Hello to all my Scrappy Friends!

 Here is a tag I made.

{Live,Love, Sing}

A beautiful 2Crafty Chipboard piece, heat  embossed with 2 different coloured powders topped with a Kaisercraft Bloom and some thread.

The background is a piece of vellum  music paper with some music stamping added and a bit of Tattered Angel mist colour.
Live,  Love, Sing

I hope I have inspired you to play along.
Remember to share your creation on our Facebook page to be in with a chance to win a brilliant prize
Share your Card, tag  or ATC in the comments section under the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments.

Janice xx

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My August DT Reveal for More Than Words Challenges - Harmony and Song Lyrics - love

Hello and welcome to my Scrappy Friends.

This months More Than Words Challenge Board is just Gorgeous.

Harmony and Song Lyrics

My Design Team layout is


For the challenge this month - "Harmony and Song Lyrics", I was inspired to scrap this gorgeous photo of Sarah and Callum, taken on their wedding day. Harmony is pure love, young love oozing goodness and joy. They are so in love and so happy together. To watch them on their special day gave us butterflies. They danced their first wedding dance to the song "Better Together" by Jack Johnson. The song lyrics are printed on to the background.

 A close up of the cluster using a gorgeous 2Crafty chipboard word- love- for my title, a couple of flowers, a paper doily and some thread.

Some of the text printed onto the background with a touch of watercolour gelato.

More of the background text and a close up of the gorgeous photo taken by Tiff Firth.

I am a real procrastinator when it comes to scrapping.
I went for thinking what am I going to create for this to then  having so many ideas,
that it took me over a week to finally decide  to pick  1 idea  and forget the rest.
This layout is completely different to my starting one.
 I am very happy with how this turned out.

 The background was created in photoshop, (took me hours)
they are the words/song lyrics to the song "Better Together" by Jack Johnson,
the song Sarah and Callum chose for their first wedding dance.
On the day I didn't really listen to the lyrics, just the music so to actually sit and listen to the song and to write the lyric has made this layout pretty special
and has lots of meaning and wonderful memories.. 

Click here to be inspired by the incredible Design Teams creations.
We would love you to join in and share with us.....8  wonderful prizes are up for grabs.
I would love for some of my scrappy friends to join in.

What I have told myself and need to listen too.......
Stay true to your style,  create what you love - after all that is what is most important- you don't need the latest and greatest products, papers etc  and lastly have fun.

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. 

Janice xx

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Kraft+ DT August Challenge Reveal - Our Special Magical Christmas Memories

Hello to all my Scrappy Friends.

Kraft+ have another amazing Challenge this month.
"leaves and branches"
be inspired by Trees
a tree that has a Special Memory to you

Here is the Kraft Board

  My design Team layout 

{Our Special Magical Christmas Memories}

After much thought, this is my interpretation.
 Christmas, its. not everyone's favourite time of the year, but its one of mine. We wait until after the Adelaide Christmas pageant and then put our tree up. Its decorated with the same ornaments each year. The kids even though they are adults now still receive their gifts in the same Santa sacks they did as littlies. Lots of happy family times and wonderful memories have been made around our tree.

I would love to see you play along and show us how you interpret the challenge.
Look here to see what the talented Design Team have created to inspire you.

You can share your project on the Kraft+ Facebook page
BUT remember you MUST link your project to the Kraft+ blog
so you are eligible to win a  prize from the generous sponsors.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments.

Janice xx

Sunday, July 23, 2017

My DT Reveal for More Than Words Challenges- July Mini Challenge "OFF WE GO"

Hello  and welcome to my Scrappy Friends.

Today I am sharing the new Facebook  Mini Challenge at More Than Words.
Click here to be inspired by the Design Teams creation.
We would love you to play along.

This is the challenge

Here's how it works:

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for cards, tags and ATCs only.  (ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of heart, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm). This challenge requires you to use a specific word on your project. We must see the actual word. You have only one week - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only 
via our Facebook page under the relevant post.

The winner, as voted by our DT, will receive a $25 USD value prize
from THE DUSTY ATTIC, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor!

You can see all our rules under the RULES tab .

Here is a travel tag  I made.

 { OFF WE GO }

Stash busting again...using some OLD products.
The Paris, Eiffel Tower card was given to me by Mary Bennetts quite awhile ago,
it was just perfect for this challenge. Thanks Mary. x

I hope I have inspired you to play along.
Remember to share your creation on our Facebook page to be in with a chance to win a brilliant prize
Share your Card,tag or ATC in the comments section under the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments.

Janice xx

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lavender Lane - White With One

Hello to all my Scrappy  Friends!

 Always a favoutite challenge of mine WHITE.....with 1.
I was on this Design Team quite awhile  ago and loved it.
I love creating on White with just a touch of another colour.
This months pretty colour is Lavender Lane

This is  what I made.


We adore this little girl so much.
It was packing week, we were moving house. Sarah was my little helping hand and decided to climb into the cupboard to get the last few things out.

 A close up of the cluster.....using some beautiful 2Crafty Chipboard pieces, flowers and twine

 Adore is a 2Crafty Chipboard word...making adding a title to your page so easy.
I embossed this and splattered some watered down versa colour ink over it.

  2Crafty Chipboard pieces, both embossed and a little flower.

 Showing a close up of the background  details using torn strips of washi tape,  versa colour ink through a stencil with a stiff paint brush, some stamping, some splatters of white mist and purple ink splats from a paint brush.

 Thanks for a great challenge White....with 1.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. 

Janice xx

Saturday, July 1, 2017

My First Kraft Plus Design Team Share - love

 Hello my crafty friends!

I am excited to be here today and share my first layout as a Design Team Member at Kraft Plus

and what and amazing challenge to start with

"roses 3 ways"

 The graphics by Amanda Hall are captivating.

Here is my take on the challenge.


I am a rose lover and my garden is full of roses, so naturally I  used a rose photo, I also added this beautiful rose chipboard piece from 2 Crafty Chipboard and coloured it with inks, I printed some rose images onto Kraft,  fussy cut them and tucked them into a cluster on the side added a few
floral roses and lastly journaled about roses.
All up I have added roses 5 ways.

I hope I have inspired you to play along.
Click here to see more of the Design Teams inspirational pieces.

You can share you creations on the Kraft Plus Facebook page but please
 remember to link your layout  on  the Kraft Plus blog to be in with a chance to win  a prize from the amazing sponsors.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I know a lot of people don't have blogs anymore, but I still love visiting blogs.
If you are new here I would love for you to become a follower.
Click on the link on the right hand side and just follow the easy.
I will be sure to return the favour if I don't already follow your blog.

 Janice xx

More Than Words - My first share as a Design Team Member - explore

Hello my Crafty Friends.

Today I am here to share with you my first layout as a new Design Team Member at

This is the challenge for July and its a beauty.
I wanted to keep my layout  clean and simple.

Sarah and Callum travelled to America and had the most amazing holiday.
I loved this photo of Sarah standing in the  falling snow in New York City.
When I saw Explore and Arrows I knew that I wanted to scrap about their time
exploring  Time Square in New York City.


Sarah said:
One thing I hoped I would see -  snow in New York City.
Today it snowed all day while Callum and I explored Time Square.
It was cold but beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope I have inspired you to play along and share your creation with us.
Check out the incredibly gorgeous and inspirational layouts
by the other Design Team  ladies
And click here to check out  the rules....we want to make sure you creation is eligible
for a prize from one of the wonderful sponsors.

Janice xx

Friday, June 30, 2017

I am Designing for More Than Words

Hello my Crafty Friends!

 Today I want to share with you all some really  exciting news,
so exciting in fact,  that I still cannot  believe it myself!!

I have been invited to join the talented Design Team at  More Than Words.

Thank you Di Garling for the invite to join your Team. 

I am honoured, very happy and excited, but nervous at the same time at
 being a part of  this incredibly talented team of ladies at


"Hello, I'm Janice Nicholls and I live in a small country town in South Australia.  I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years. My 2 children and my family all feature in my work. I'm not sure that I have a particular style; I love to try new techniques... not always successful, but it's fun trying! I like creating with smaller photos, lots of layers, small clusters and leaving some white space. I also enjoy creating cards for family and friends. I have been very fortunate to be part of a few amazing design teams, had the opportunity to guest design and lucky enough to have had some of my layouts published in Scrapbook Memories and Scrapbook Creations.  I am honoured and very excited to be amongst this talented bunch of girls here at More Than Words!"

Visit Janice at the following links:

Welcome to the team Janice

We are so happy to be able to count you as one of our own,
and we are very much looking forward to showcasing your creations
inspired by our challenges over the next few month.

 I will be back in a couple of days to share my First layout as a Design Team Member

Thanks for stopping by.

Janice xx

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I am designing for Kraft Plus

Hello my Crafty friends!

I have been keeping this secret for quite awhile now and I can finally share.
I am  so happy and excited  to  be a part of the
Kraft + Design Team starting  in July.
Thank you Sandra Wallace for inviting me to  join your  amazing  bunch of talented ladies.

I am  joining the team with the super talented Amanda Hartmann.

The following is copy and pasted  from the Kraft + blog.

We are so very excited to reveal that we have
brilliant designers joining our K+ team!

Please welcome these two very talented and super lovely women.
Both of these designers  have been playing along with and supporting Kraft Plus Challenges
right from the beginning and we can't wait to see what they create with K+ in the future.

Make sure to click on to their blog links.. you are sure to be inspired!

So we extend a HUGE welcome to... 

Janice Nicholls

The time has flown by since Sandra asked me to join and I cannot believe that  in 2 days I will be sharing my first layout with you all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janice xx

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More Than Words - Beautiful

 Hello Everyone!!

have this beautiful challenge this month.

 Here is what I made.


I have used some beautiful white rub-ons from my stash to create a frame around this gorgeous photo.
Photo taken by Jade Norwood Photography.
 I wanted to add more  but decided that less is more.
I have used a beautiful big 2Crafty Chipboard Butterfly and simply inked it with black distress ink and added some rub-ons randomly over it.
The Title is also a rub-on..
Slowly get through my rub-on  stash.

A couple of close ups of the butterfly and rubon details.

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave such beautiful comments.
Thank You!!

Janice xx
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