Friday, 23 June 2017

Keeping it simple with Mini Detailed Butterflies

CAS Birthday Card with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies and Distress Oxides - Nikki Acton
Clean and Simple (CAS) is the new challenge starting today at That's Crafty! Do hop over for more inspiration and the chance to win £20 in the store.

It's never easy for me to leave some white space so I played it safe. I started with some Distress Oxide backgrounds and spritzed through Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil - before removing the ink with kitchen towel. I then die cut the card into some squares, frames and the lovely Mini Detailed Butterflies and layered my cards. 

For a very non CAS crafter I am quite pleased with these!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

GiganTAG from That's Crafty

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton
I am sharing this project over at That's Crafty today. This is one of the fab new MDF GiganTAGs launched on Hochanda last week - along with new paints and these wonderful greyboard embellishments. 
Fair to say this project took me quite some time! 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Under the Sea - with Brenda Brown!

Hi everyone. Just stopping by to briefly share this altered picture frame I made at a Brenda Brown workshop last week at Let's Be Creative. 

Brenda originally shared her design last year - you can see all the details here. She is great teacher - if you ever get the chance to attend one of her workshops, I highly recommend them!


Thursday, 15 June 2017

A double sneak peek!

Rubber Dance Textured Flowers with That's Crafty shimmer paint - by Nikki Acton
I am, as usual, over on the That's Crafty blog today sharing a project using Rubber Dance - Textured Flowers. I have also sneaked in some new products - to be launched tomorrow on Hochanda. Do hop over for a bit more info or tune in tomorrow for the That's Crafty shows at 8am and 2pm!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Hello dog lovers

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton
Cats tend to feature quite a bit in my art - but today it is a dog day! We have a new challenge at That's Crafty - Dog Eared - dogs must feature in your project!
I have used a Katzelkraft stamp on some white/greyboard. A similar style and method to the little houses hangings I did a few weeks ago (Kate Crane style) but this time a different colour palette.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bright and Crazy

Welcome to my regular Thursday post. Today I am sharing these bright, Crazy Cat cards over at That's Crafty. Do pop over if you would like more details. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canvas on canvas

Heart and Soul Mixed Media Canvas - by Nikki Acton
 Hello! We have a new challenge commencing today at A Vintage Journey - where the theme is Canvas. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

A couple of influences here - firstly this image I found on Pinterest. I love the textured surface and wonderfully embellished heart. 
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Secondly I recently attended a France Papillon workshop where we made these:
I started off with a previously used canvas which had die cuts adhered so I decided the best way to cover it was with lot's of texture. I painted it black before adding a mixture of texture paste, crackle paste and sand paste. While still wet I scraped vertical lines into the surface. 
Once dry I added washes of Prussian Blue and Burnt Umber paints - blending a little in the middle.
I then decided to add some Golden Bead Gel - followed my a little more paint.
I cut a piece of canvas and coloured it with a watery wash of Transparent Red Iron Oxide. The next layer is from the France Papillon workshop - adding some crackle paste and painting once dry. My heart was cut by hand from watercolour card, painted and given firstly a coat of transparent texture paste and then a little bead gel.
For more inspiration do pay a visit to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with! 
Have a great weekend.

Challenges entered:
Country View Crafts - Hearts


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Embossing with Masks

Embossing with That's Crafty Dinky Stencils and Masks - by Nikki Acton
Have you seen the fab range of Dinky Stencils and Masks from That's Crafty? I usually use my stencils for building up backgrounds but here I have used the mask in two different ways. Do head over to the That's Crafty blog for all the details.


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