Thursday, 20 April 2017

Splat!

That's Crafty MDF Splat painted with Dylusions acrylic paint. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
A quick post to say I am sharing over at That's Blogging Crafty today ... the sneak peak is of one of the That's Crafty! MDF splat uprights I designed for one of the Hochanda shows earlier this year. (Whoops nearly forgot this one!)
Nikki xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Outnumbered

Today sees the start of  new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme is Outnumbered. Numbers must form and significant part of your project. I used numbers stamps, stencils and remnant rubs on this card. I think I went too far - it looks a little strange!
Apologies for the brevity of some of my posts of late - I seem to be chasing my tail a bit!
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

A beautiful thing....

Hi everyone - I am over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening sharing this project featuring new stamps by Emma Godfrey and lots of UTEE! 
Nikki 
x

Friday, 7 April 2017

A trio of butterflies

MDF Tag with crackle background, distress paints, wildflowers and mini detailed butterflies. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
Today we see the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - hosted this month by Annie. The theme is The Magic of Three.
I decided to work on a large MDF tag. This project developed as it went along really although I had seen an image recently on Pinterest - by Zoe Hillman that was influential in the design! 
I started by painting the tag with gesso and then smooshing it around in a mixture of brown distress paints. Once dry I added crackle texture paste through Tim Holtz latticework stencil. Again once dry I added more paint - browns again and cracked pistachio - sometimes off my craft mat and sometimes with my finger.
I die cut three greyboard circles, some wildflowers and mini detailed butteflies and sponged with the same brown and pistachio colours.
Finally I added one of Tim Holtz's new Metallic Quotation stickers.
MDF Tag with crackle background, distress paints, wildflowers and mini detailed butterflies. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
Nikki 
xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Motivation 3 - in pink!

MDF Tag featuring PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Time for my weekly post to redirect you to That's Crafty where I am sharing a That's Crafty! MDF Tag featuring Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set.
MDF Tag featuring PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art

Nikki
x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Sentiment Words, Wildflowers and Mini Tattered Florals

Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Hello for the second time today! If you missed my earlier post - Tag Friday - for A Vintage Journey, you can find it here.
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty - where the theme is Foliage and Flowers. I decided to make a birthday card featuring the new Sentiment Words, Mini Tattered florals and Wildflower dies - all by Tim Holtz.
Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
My background is embossed and sanded kraftcore card.
Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Wildflowers and tattered florals are coloured with distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
x

Crackle and Distress Crayons for Tag Friday

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies, distress crazing medium and distress crayons. By Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
We are having a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey - yay! This happens when there are 5 Friday's in the month and we each share an anything goes tag
This is a No 8 MDF tag from That's Crafty - a great surface to work on. I started with a coat of grey paint - chalk paint (white and black mixed together). I then stencilled the squares in white  - bold in places, more subtle in others - using a sponge. Once this was dry I added washes of Mahogany and Terracotta Paper Artsy paint. There is a little background stamping before the bolder wildflowers were stamped in black archival.

For my little house I gessoed and then dry embossed the card with a bricks embossing folder before swiping archival ink over the surface to catch the texture. I saw a project by Anna - Karin (Layers of Ink) recently that I loved where she used the Distress Collage medium - Crazing and distress crayons on Tim's Tiny Houses - you can see her post here.

I took inspiration from this and covered by house in the crazing medium and let it dry. I then added various distress crayon colours and worked into the cracks. I added brown paint around the edge.
MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies, distress crazing medium and distress crayons. By Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
I embellished the project with a flower made from Tim H - mini tattered florals, some of the wonderful new design tape and some die cut wildflowers.

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Finnabair Metallique Paints...Yum!

My regular Thursday post to redirect you to That's Crafty to see more! New That's Crafty Stencils and Finnabair paints - my new crafty crush!
Nikki


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Abstract Journal Page

Journal Page with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics and Thats Crafty stamps and stencils
Today I am sharing one of the journal pages I completed for That's Crafty on Hochanda last week - featuring lots of new stamps and stencils. Do hop over to see all the details.
Nikki

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Home Sweet Home - PaperArtsy

#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton
Hello - tonight I am over at PaperArtsy with this project for the current topic - Windows, Doors and Architecture. Do pop over for more details.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Embossed Hearts - Part 2

Last week I shared a heat embossed heart using Frantage Encrusted Jewels. You can find details here. Today's heart uses Frantage embossing enamel - a little less sparkly today! All the details and a step by step can be found over at That's Crafty.

I am back on Saturday with a project for PaperArtsy - something a little different - back to my darker palette!
Nikki
xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Embossed Love Heart

Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme being 'Bling it Up'. You are invited to take part by using glitter, gems etc in your project. As always there is a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty.
I decided to have a play with a Stampendous Encrusted Jewel kit - full of sparkly bits and glitter! I added lots of layers of clear powder too to create depth on the heart. (The heart is a That's Crafty MDF one). When I had heated my final layer I stamped into the molten surface with LOVE which was 'inked' with metallic silver paint.
The 6x3 MDF panel it sits on was painted with PaperArtsy Midnight Fresco paint and then DecoArt metallic silver sponged over the surface.
The little heart was painted blue, glossy accents added and then some glitter and allowed to dry.
While the embossing powder was out I did another version which I will share next week.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Grungy Journalling

Just a quicky - I am over at That's Blogging Crafty as usual on a Thursday - here is a sneak of today's project.
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Celebrating with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies

Mixed Media Canvas with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterfly Thinlits - by Nikki Acton
Today we celebrate our third birthday at our Mixed Media challenge blog - A Vintage Journey! Our challenge for this month is All Aboard - an anything goes theme as long as your creation fits one of these genres - vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

For my design this month I have created a 5x7inch canvas featuring the new Mini Detailed Thinlits from Tim Holtz, That's Crafty ATC's,  PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and Stamps by Lin Brown.

I started with the canvas - building up colour and layers. I then took 3 That's Crafty MDF ATC's - well they are actually framed ATC's and I have just used the central portion. I added Deco Art Crackle paint and allowed to dry. I then added watery paint over the surface and once dry added a little antiquing cream.  I stamped over these ATC's with Lin Brown's grasses stamp from her recent Eclectica / PaperArtsy release.
While painting the canvas I used the same colours on some card which I used to cut the base of the butterflies. The top layer was cut from black card and a little paint sponged over.

My words are also from Lin Brown's stamp sets. The little greyboard panels were cut from Tim Holtz Mosaic die.
Mixed Media Canvas with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterfly Thinlits - by Nikki Acton
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Inspired by Lin Brown

Lin Brown PaperArtsy ELB30 - ELB29 stamp sets and Infusions
Welcome to my regular Thursday to post to redirect you over That's Blogging Crafty to see how I made these cards.
Back tomorrow with a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.
Nikki
xx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Artifacts - January

I am taking part in Seth Apter's collaborative art project for 2017 - Artifacts.

Here is how Seth describes it....
ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.
I would love to have you join me if this sounds like a project that intrigues you. This would be a no rules collaboration. Just find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document your creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else. Then get to documenting in any way to style that works for you.

Here a couple of links to Seth's posts if you missed them.

So just stopping by to share some of my pages with you. My local friends have been encouraging me to scrapbook for a while but I can't engage with it! So this is my attempt at a sort of scrapbooking...

My first double page spread summed up the start of January for me - chaos - a major clear up of the craft room needed and achieved - order restored.... I tried to reflect this is my geometric pages!
 I decided it would be a good personal record to do a craft month summary... nothing arty about these pages - just a personal account of the months activities / highlights...
Now I confess I have done nothing for February yet - eeeeek! Must crack on... a highlight might just be my selfie with Seth at the NEC. A little cringy I know... sorry!
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Motivational distress ink tag

Distress Ink Tag - using Tim Holtz / Stamper Anonymous Motivation 3 stamp set - Feb 2017
Hello! Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme being 'Just Words'. You are invited to make the words the focus of your project. As always there is a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty - yay!

It seemed a great opportunity to reach for my new Tim Holtz stamp set - Motivation 3. This is it's second outing for me - if you missed the card I made last week, you can see it here.

I started my tag with blue distress inks ( a mixture) and lay my Tim Holtz Hearts stencil over it, spritzed with water and mopped of the ink and water with kitchen towel. I also added background stamping.
I inked up another bit of card with yellows and greens and stamped the motivation stamp in archival ink.

At this point I couldnt think how to embellish my tag! No ideas - lol. I went to Pinterest - to my Tim Holtz board and Tag board for inspiration. I found a tag from 2014 that I loved and added the stars and arrow. I didn't realise at first but the tag was by Alison Bomber (Words and Pictures) and was actually a Tim Tag from that year.
Here are the links to Alison's post and the Artistic Outpost post with the originals!

Oh yes - I painted the chipboard stars by randomly dabbing with coordinating colours of distress paints.

Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki xxx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Stand Up... Be Counted

Today I am sharing one the designs I made using the new release from Seth Apter and PaperArtsy - but today, no rust! 
Do head over to That's Crafty if you would like to see more details.

Nikki
xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

New Tim stuff - Believe you can.....

Tim Holtz Motivation 3 Stamp Set
New Tim stuff has arrived! Well one stamp set anyway - trying to control just how much I buy - but confess there is a lot I want! I started out planning to make some bright coloured tags with this new stamp set - Motivation 3 - but I ended up making a grungy card! Who knows how that happened.

After lots of painty projects recently it was a joy to get my distress inks out and get splattering! Over at Simon Says Stamp this week the theme is to use your favourite tool? Hard to decide between die cutting - so my big shot, ink and paint tools- so I included them all. 

Backgrounds - distress inks - tea dye, hickory smoke, ground expresso
Dies - Mixed Media 3 Thinlits and Artful Arrows Bigz
Stamps - Tim Holtz - Motivation 3 - stamped in archival
Arrows - grungeboard - painted with black/red/orange hues.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Monday - Favourite Tool (Big Shot)

Nikki
xxx


Monday, 13 February 2017

Mini Burlap Panels

Just a quick post today! I am over at A Vintage Journey with this weeks Destination Inspiration post - where I have been transforming some previously loved burlap panels.
Nikki 
xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Rusty Heart Upright

Addicted to Art - Rusty Heart
Yes I am still playing with rust! What with the new PaperArtsy Seth Apter paints, Andy Skinner's ongoing demo's and now Tim Holtz's Distress Oxides - I think it might be a year of rust and oxidation!
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty! - I Heart You. In time for Valentine's Day of course - so do head on over for your chance to win a £20 voucher to spend in the store.

I confess this project changed colours a few times - it ended up a little dark so I restored it with purple hues! I started with Deco Art texture sand paste around the edges and then painted it all with black gesso. Once dry I dry brushed white to pick up the textures of the sand paste and brush strokes.
Addicted to Art - Rusty Heart
The rusty edges are a combination of various red/orange/rusty hues with some black thrown in - using both PaperArtsy and Deco Art paints.
The purple is a combination of Deco Art Phthalo Blue and Quinacridone Magenta.
Addicted to Art - Rusty Heart
I have used a That's Crafty MDF upright and a That's Crafty MDF Heart.

I would like to enter this into:

Happy weekend everyone
Nikki 
xxx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Acrylic Wall Hanging

 Not often you see me do pink - but you will have to head over to That's Crafty for my weekly project to see anymore! 
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 3 February 2017

Special Words at A Vintage Journey

Nikki Acton - Dream Believe - using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints / Seth Apter stamps and dies
At A Vintage Journey today we introduce a new challenge hosted by the talented and lovely Jennie. Jennie has chosen Words that are so Special.

I found an old creation with this wooden frame to use for this project. I decided on my words and then designed a layout around them on a scrap of paper - so that I knew the sizes of card I needed etc.

 I started with the frame covering the previous colour using PaperArtsy Fresco acrylics. I stamped one of the text stamps from Seth Apter's new PaperArtsy stamp sets randomly over the surface too.
Nikki Acton - Dream Believe - using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints / Seth Apter stamps and dies
 I created two backgrounds on plain card again using the PaperArtsy chalk paints - lots of layering to get that worn look. I cut them to size and used the remaining blue to die cut the stars with Seth Apter / Spellbinders Robo Star.
Nikki Acton - Dream Believe - using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints / Seth Apter stamps and dies
The words - Dream and Believe - are my own stencil. I stencilled with Buff Fresco acrylic onto some brown card - once dry I stamped over it a little.

Have a great weekend.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Getting rusty again....

Addicted to Art - Seth Apter - PaperArtsy paints - rust and patina
I am over at That's Crafty with details of this project today. More rust techniques with the Seth Apter / PaperArtsy paints - with some added textures this time too!
Stamps are from Lin Brown - PaperArtsy.
Textured Rust - Seth Apter PaperArtsy Paint - Thats Crafty Surfaces
Addicted to Art - Seth Apter - PaperArtsy paints - rust and patina
I would like to enter the following challenges:

(New Seth Apter / PaperArtsy Limited Edition Paints)

Nikki
xxx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Round and Round - Journal Page

Art Journal - Dina Wakely Paints - Circles
Happy Friday everyone! Every other Friday we have a new challenge over at the That's Crafty challenge blog. Today our new theme is Round and Round. This one is a little easier than the last one I think (for me anyway!) - so many possibilities - it's anything with circles. Do play along for your chance to £20 to spend at the That's Crafty shop. If you are anything like me - you may have a HUGE wishlist right now 😉

I went a bit mad with my circles on this journal page. I started with a random painty background using Dina Wakely paints, then added stencilling and stamping - pretty much all circle based. On a separate piece of card I created another background with the same paints and used circle framelits to create my rings of different sizes.
I arranged them on the page and added white and black to create light and shade around them all.
Have a great weekend,
Nikki
xxx

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