Friday, 27 February 2015

Alcohol and Paint Backgrounds


It is nearly the end of the month but there is still time to play along with February's challenge at Country View Crafts - where the theme is drips and drops.
This is my second project on the theme and quite different to the first! 

I used alcohol to create my drops which can give a really interesting background - but it can be a little random! I started taking watercolour card and painting it with baltic blue chalk paint. Once dry I took some ice blue and watered it down. You have to be quick at this point, so get whatever alcohol you are using ready. I used the ranger blending solution. Paint over the first layer with the watered down paint and while wet drip alcohol on it and watch the circles appear! You can leave it here but I added another layer of red paint and dripped again.


For my flowers and matt layer I took some paper artsy colours and did some brayering.



I stamped and punched my flowers before assembling and adding the sentiment.


We are back on Sunday with a new challenge for March so do pop back!
Thanks for visiting
Nikki
x



Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tim Tag - February



Hi everyone and a big hello to a few recent new followers - thank you so much for joining. 

Here is my take on Tim Holtz's February tag ... you can find his here.

I loved his techniques this month but as it is now nearly the end of Feb and I don't have felt - I decided against the Valentine theme and stuck with the stamp set of the moment for me - Bird Crazy. There are a couple of cards on my desk waiting to be photographed using the birds too - must move on to something else soon!



Have a great Wednesday wherever you are, whatever you are doing today.
Nikki
xxx





Tuesday, 24 February 2015

His and hers


Hello again ... post number two today, but I did say they were quick ones!
.....just a sneak peak as I am sharing over on the Country View Crafts project blog. It's quick cards for him and her.

Nikki
xxx

Tuesday's Texture Feature Project

I have two quick posts today, one a little later this morning.
 I was very excited a couple of weeks ago to be contacted by Marjie Kemper asking if she could feature one of my projects on her Tuesday's Texture series. 

Do take a visit to Marjie's website where you can find her own amazing work and other designers featured in the texture series. The project she asked to feature is 'Tweeting for Love'. (I have attached the link in case you would like to see more details.)


Thanks for stopping by as always.
Nikki
xxx


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Male cards


Just a quick post today to share some more of my small square cards - I shared three on Tuesday with flowers and swirls but I also used the same layout to create some 'guy' cards. Again all using Stampin' Up supplies. 

Have a great Sunday whatever you are doing. This is scheduled as I will be heading round the M25 to see my mum in Suffolk.

Thanks for looking
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Lucky Number 7


Hi everyone. Today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. I saved my Christmas present this year so I could buy some of the new stuff released at CHA so have included some of these newly acquired goodies in my tag today.

Now talking of goodies..... in two weeks time we see the 1st anniversary on A Vintage Journey! Do make a note of the date - 6th March.  It will be the start of our second year and we will be celebrating with some exciting goodies up for grabs.

So our theme today is 'Special Numbers' - interpret this how you wish - birthdays, house numbers - whatever is special to you. I don't personally have any significant numbers so decided to work with one of the conventional lucky numbers. ( It is true I do have a special birthday this year - eeeeek - but it isn't for 6 months yet - and not sure turning 50 is something I wish to celebrate - LOL!)

I started my tag by adding texture paste through Tim's new flourish stencil and once dry sprayed with victorian velvet and pumice stone distress sprays. I later distressed the edges and added some black soot.


I took the letters for LUCKY from Tim's new alphanumeric thinlets and carefully cut out the word from my tag. I took some card and lightly covered with cracked pistachio DI and lightly stamped the numbers stamp from the new perspective stamp set onto the card. I cut this to fit the back of the tag so you can see it through the cut out letters.


I stamped the numbers in black archival onto another piece of card and then stamped the butterfly from the same stamp set with versamark over the top. I clear embossed and then added milled lavender DI and black soot around the edges.

On another piece of card I had been playing with the new scribbles and splats die. I cut a scribble out of some card sprayed with victorian velvet with milled lavender DI added.


The Number 7, the seam binding and the chit chat stickers are all coloured with cracked pistachio distress ink. Before putting it all together I added some remnant rubs to the tag.

Thanks for visiting today - have a great weekend.
Nikki
xxx



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

My first scrapbook page!

 

Just wanted to share my first ever scrapbook page with you - made at the weekend. I have happily attended crops locally for a few months now where everyone has been scrapping except for me and I finally succumbed to the pressure! 
I decided the best start point for me was plain white paper - I added tissue tape, texture paste through a stencil and some remnant rubs. I then got out various paints and just started playing.



I knew which photo I was using so took my colours from there. I added some die cuts (including scribbles and splats) and stamped some text.
I decided to tear all my edges and mount on some more card. I found the 12x12 pink sheet but needed to tone it down a bit so brayered some chalk paint on top.




The photo is of me, my sister and nieces taken on Christmas Day.

I would like to enter the following:

Our Creative Corner - Tic Tac Toe (Stencils, stamps, paint)

Thanks for visiting today.
Nikki
xxx


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Flowers and Flourishes


We are playing Tic Tac Toe over at Try it on Tuesday. I chose to use flowers, flourish and string.


I was having a play with Stampin' Up products making this card and got a little carried away and made some more!




Actually there are another four - I will save these for another day!

In the meantime do head on over to Try it on Tuesday and play along with our Tic Tac Toe challenge this fortnight.

I would like to enter:

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Frilly and Funkie Guest Design - Winter Blooms


It is a pleasure to be the Guest Designer today at Frilly and Funkie following winning one of their challenges recently ( for Winter Dreams). I am sharing this wall hanging I made. 


I started with a piece of hardboard measuring 20x10x0.5cm. I made sure I added a hanging devise to the back and covered front and back with gesso. I used paper artsy chalk paints (dry brushing) on the wood, some inking of the edges and added some background stamping in archival. I stamped a wonderful lace stamp (Stampin' Up) on some card and carefully ripped to fit my base and then distressed it and added some ink. I decided this needed to sit on a lighter piece of card so added another layer. I took some mesh and coated with gesso and then distress paint to give it a variegated colour. (For those in the UK, the mesh is from Poundland - I think it is supposed to be used in the oven!).


My flowers are made using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I prepare my cardstock in advance by wetting and scrunching it up and leaving to dry. I then lightly ink over it – as the paper has been screwed up this highlights the lovely, subtle texture. Once complete I die cut various sizes and added a little more ink to the edges before creating my large flower and some smaller ones. Some of my leaves were created in a similar way using the Garden Greens die and the individual ones were pre made and just inked by me. I added some lace, some pearl string and seam binding.


Finally I stamped one of Tim Holtz ‘Simple Sayings’ and carefully curled the card for added dimension on the project.


Thanks for looking.
Nikki
xxx

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Bird Crazy is here!



Oh I was so excited when the postman came on Monday and delivered my new stamps - I just had to have a play with them!

I decided to make a little wall hanging. The panels were gesso'd and then distress paints marbled onto them. I then stencilled some extra DP using a bubbles stencil - although this is quite subtle now as I wanted to take the background colour back a little and added some watered down gesso.
I stamped and water coloured (with distress inks) the little birds and fussy cut them out. I added glossy accents to their eyes and sat each one on some driftwood.

Here are some close ups:




I would like to enter the following challenges.

Have a lovely day and thanks for visiting
Nikki
xxx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Gift Bags at Country View


Just a quicky today to let you know I am sharing a step by step over at the Country View Crafts project blog on making these little gift or treat bags.

See you soon.
Nikki
xxx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sparkly love


Hello and happy Sunday.

I decided on Thursday and Friday to make a project to fit a few challenges. I normally make a project for one challenge or make a project because I want to and then if it fits a challenge I enter it. But this time I took 5 challenges and thought I'd see if I could fit them all together... so here we go.

Compendium of Curiosities - Page 55 - Rock Candy Distress Glitter
Sponsored by Inspiration Emporium this time (thanks guys!)
Can't talk about the technique but is used on the background swirls.

Make Art - Fab new challenge focussing on Wendy Vecchi art - Hearts
Now I don't have many Wendy stamps (on the list) but I have used her crackle texture paste through her stencil to create the large flower and the smaller flowers are from one of her stamps and cut out (the one with the star for an eye and the flower coming out of her head!)

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Think Pink
Crackles glaze and paints. texture paste, stencilling, glitter - oooh and pink!

Artist Trading Post - Love is in the air
I kept my valentine theme a little more subtle this time.

Our Creative Corner - it is Tic Tac Toe time
I have used stamps, paints and stencils

I took a wooden collage frame and coated it with gesso then aged mahogany DP, some Paper Artsy crackle glaze and fresco blush. Edged with aged mahogany and black soot DP's.

The swirl is Stampin up - I used aged mahogany and rock candy distress glitter. The paper is from one Tim's pads.

The large flower is a Wendy Vecchi stencil - I used crackle texture paste over card stock already swiped with black soot DI. Once dry I added aged mahogany DP. Smaller flowers are from a Wendy Vecchi stamp.

The hearts were punched from a left over piece of textured card I had lying around and I added some aged mahogany DP to cover the original sparkly blue colour.

Thanks for looking - see you Tuesday I think!
Nikki
xxx


Friday, 6 February 2015

Take three things....


Today is the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - chosen and hosted my Annie of Curious Crafty Treasures.
It is Tic Tac Toe - so lots of flexibility to be creative!

I chose the line including die cuts, stains and twine. I started by taking some distress stains and used Tim's marbling technique - I used Seedless preserves, picket fence and mowed lawn. Once dry I added a little mustard seed ink.


I cut one of the flowers from tattered florals out of cardboard and then added my twine. (Fiddly and messy!)  I lightly covered it with picket fence distress stain. The smaller twine flowers were just made by hand.


I framed the flowers using the postage stamp die cut from Kraft Core and sanded back.


For my background I used seedless preserves distress stain to stencil onto some coloured cardstock.
A sentiment from my stash and some distressing completed the card.

There is some wonderful inspiration over at A Vintage Journey - please do hop over and take a peek.

I would like to enter:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Choose your challenge
(Ink, Twine, Die Cutting, Sanding, Buttons)
Frilly and Funkie - Valen-Twine

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
xxx





Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Tweeting for Love


Hello everyone and a special welcome if you are new here!

I designed my creation today with Frilly and Funkie's ValenTwine theme in mind. I had created the textured and embossed background a few weeks ago and it was sitting on my desk so decided to put it to use. The background was created on kraft card using tinted texture paste through Tim Holtz lattice work stencil with some clear embossing powder added which was heated when the paste was dry. The card was then sprayed with tarnished brass distress spray.


I added some corrugated cardboard which has some decoart sand texture paste and gesso on it with a little wild honey distress ink to add colour.


Both my birds (Stampin' Up punch) and heart (found on my desk) were treated with Deco Art crackle paint and again a little wild honey added. My oval frame has gesso added for texture and colour added randomly.


You can't really see it but the base layer is kraft card with gesso splodged around and the edges distressed. The middle layer is vellum stamped with a fab new Stampin' Up stamp I have - called 'I love lace'. (Sorry no close up of this.)

Some white bakers twine was wrapped around the heart and some chit chat stickers added. 

I would also like to enter the following challenges:


Thanks for looking
Nikki
xxx


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