Friday, 5 January 2018

One stamp - 2 colours

Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
Hello!
I am very pleased to be joining the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge Design Team for 2018! Our January challenge launches today and as usual it is Anything Goes with Stamping.

I decided to have a play with Distress Oxides / Inks and one of Tim Holtz's large background stamps. I am planning on using more colour in 2018 so I went quite bright - just using Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron.
I made a few panels to start off - varying how I inked the background and whether I inked or stamped first - just to get some subtle variations. Lots left over after the 2 cards I have made so far!
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
For one I added an Alison Bomber quote:
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
And the other a birthday sentiment - as I need a card early January!
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
Thanks for stopping by - see you soon
Nikki 
x


Altered Box for A Vintage Journey

Altered Box - Nikki Acton
Hello - we start a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey. Our host is Deb and she is asking us to 'Think Inside or Outside the Box'. Here is her description:
For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box. Any box of any size will do, it can be one you have made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you.

I began with a small box that once contained some chocolates - it is about 2.5 x 3.5 x 2 inches. I gave it all a coat of black paints and sealed...

I took a sheet of A4 card and just played! Scraping paint with a credit card, a little brayering and finally some stencilling:
Before I added anymore detail I cut my card to size to fit the box and then added some additional stencilling and stamping onto each piece.
I adhered each section to the box and sealed again with matt medium. I finished with a star I painted in the same colours and added an embellishment.
Thanks for visiting, see you soon.
Nikki
x

Monday, 1 January 2018

It's been a while.... Happy New Year!

Canvas board with Seth Apter Drip Drop die and textured surface.
It has been a while since I posted on my poor neglected blog - but hoping 2018 allows a little more time and focus. 
Today I am over at A Vintage Journey with a step by step for our current Destination Inspiration. 
Canvas board with Seth Apter Drip Drop die and textured surface.
I am also happy to say I have joined the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge design team for 2018 so I will be back later in the week with my first project.

Whatever your dreams and plans I wish everyone a successful and happy 2018.
Nikki
xxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Getting Christmassy for a Vintage Journey

Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
Hello! 
A rare post at the moment and I was close to the wire getting this one done! It is my turn over at A Vintage Journey to use this months selection of product, substrate, colour and technique. Do head over for all the details.
Nikki
xxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Rusty Christmas Greetings

Rusty Star Canvas with PaperArtsy ESC stamps and Seth Apter PaperArtsy paints - by Nikki Acton

Tonight I am over at PaperArtsy sharing this project - the theme is rust and I have used Scrapcosy Christmas stamps to create a reverse canvas.
It's all rusty and patina tones for this Christmas hanging!
Nikki


Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Book for A Vintage Journey

Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Hi everyone, back with a couple of blog posts this week after a quiet period here! Not had much crafting time of late after starting a new job. Hoping I get into a better routine soon and manage to find more time for creating and blogging.

Today we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - hosted by the lovely lady that is Anne Redfern from Redanne! Our theme is Mini Marvels and Anne is looking for projects that are miniature - less that 4 inches.

I have created a mini book - which is 3 inches square. One thing I have done over the last month is attend a Seth Apter workshop - Book of Moments - where we altered book covers to create a book. Despite me not yet finishing that project it certainly inspired me to create this.

I started with some greyboard and cut two pieces 3 x 3 inches square. I also cut some kraft card 1inch x 3inches (or a fraction under) and scored at 1/2 an inch. I joined these together.
For my pages I took some cardstock and my distress inks. Firstly tea die to give that aged look and then a little ink splodging and stencilling. The edges were distressed and more ink added.
Mini book pages - EAB02 and EAB03 - PaperArtsy stamps.
I stamped several quotes from Alison Bomber / PaperArtsy stamp sets - selecting some of my favourites from Music and Silence (EAB03)  and Darkness and Light (EAB02). I heat embossed for added impact.
Seth Apter - Spellbinders Pathway die
 For the front I took Seth Apter / Spellbinders Pathways die and stippled various paints over it.
Mini book cover featuring Seth Apter Pathways die
I added a previously created star and a Tim Holtz Quote chip. For the back I used just the Pathways die.
I added some patterned paper to the insides and the backs of my distressed / stamped pages. I will add to these later! 
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber

Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
There is heaps more miniature inspiration at A Vintage Journey today - plus the chance to win a prize from Southern Ridge Trading Co. or to be one of our Pinworthies this month.



I am back on Monday with a PaperArtsy project - see you then!
Nikki 
xxx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting the glitter out!


I am over at PaperArtsy with this glittery Christmas card featuring some of the newly released Christmas stamps by Kay Carley.
I have used glitter in 3 different ways and also thrown in some gilding flakes....
Nikki 
xxx

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