Friday, 9 November 2018

Mini Books and Tissue stamping

PaperArtsy Hot Picks HP1802 and Tando Creative Mini Books
Hi everyone. Just a brief post to redirect you over to PaperArtsy this evening - where I am tissue stamping!
Nikki
xxx

Wildflower Silhouettes and Distress Oxides

Tim Holtz Wildflowers and Distress Oxides and Inks
Happy Friday!
It is time for an inspiration post at the Take It Make Challenge blog for this months challenge - a few more of us providing a few ideas for the Anything Goes (with stamping) challenge. As usual there are fabulous prizes up for grabs including a Christmas bundle from Kaisercraft incorporating stamps and stencils plus the chance to be selected to feature in Craft Stamper Magazine!




I was inspired by a birthday card I received from a friend to use my acrylic blocks and blending tools to make some colourful cards. I used both Distress Oxides and Distress Inks and stamped Tim Holtz Wildflowers in black archival.

Back later with my latest offering for PaperArtsy.
Nikki

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Embossing Fun

Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I recently treated myself to the Lumbar 3-D Texture Fade and finally found a bit of time to play. The canvas is 9inches square and I built up a textured background using lots of layers of torn, embossed card.
 Then I got to work painting. I have one work in progress shot...yes it really did look this bright at one point - I wanted colour but knew it would be knocked back quite a bit!
I used washes of Distress Paint in Festive Berries (centre) and Mermaid Lagoon (outside) along with some white to knock the colours back. Once I was happy I highlighted all the embossed surface with black oil pastel.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I repeated the process on an MDF circle for my central piece and also cut and embossed one the Butterfly Duo butterflies. The embossed butterfly was treated in a similar way and a little sparkly matt medium added.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I would like to enter the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie where we are being asked to 'Impress Us' and Simon Says Stamp - Take Flight.
Have a lovely day
Nikki xx


Friday, 2 November 2018

Getting festive with Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper and Festive Overlays

Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper
Is it too early for Christmas cards? Sorry!
We have a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey with the theme of Paper Stash - our host is Sandy and this is what she says...

I am sure we all have them, those endless bits of beautiful scrapbook papers we have hoarded over the years. Create a project of any kind using them in creative ways in our preferred vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles.

I have started my cards using some new products from Tim Holtz - Festive Overlays stamp set and the Christmas Worn Wallpaper collection. I love the overlay idea - did I hear Tim Holtz say it was Paula Cheney's idea? A good one, whoever it was!

The cards above are A6 size. I was on a roll so made some 4x4 inch and A7 too!
Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper

Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper
I am back at AVJ later in the month for our Creative Cardmaking post - where I am using the same stamps but lots more texture and ink!

Nikki
xxx

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Stencilled hangings for PaperArtsy

PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics and stencils - Stamp set ETS22
Just stopping by to say I am over at PaperArtsy this evening having a play with new paint colours (yum) and stencils /stamps from PaperArtsy. Do hop over to see what else I got up to!
Nikki
xxx 

Friday, 21 September 2018

Good things come in threes.....

Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Hello!
Last week I got 'together' with Alison Bomber from Words and Pictures and Brenda Brown from Bumblebees and Butterflies. Well it was a virtual meet up over Skype! You may recall Brenda and I did this last year to create our 'Skype Journals'. This time it was lovely that Alison joined us too, we had a great few hours crafting together with lots of laughter along the way.

We had decided we were going to work on a large mdf surface in advance but the rest of the session was decided as we went along - each of us selecting a step in the process. Brenda was very organised and documented our steps!! Some of these steps took alot longer than others. It was fun listening to each others thought processes without actually telling the others what we were doing - that had to wait for the BIG REVEAL at the end. 

B - Seal substrate with gesso
N - Use some texture paste any way you wish. 
A  - Dilute one colour of paint and apply in any way you choose. 
B  - Add crackle in anyway you want.
General - We gave ourselves time to start to gather embellishments and give time for the crackle to dry 
N - Add texture to one or more of the embellishments. 
A  - Add colour to one or more of your embellishments. 
B  - Create a panel to use in building layers. 
N - Apply a coat of paint to the background any way you like. 
A - Stamp ...... Alison said 'it's in your hands' but it must be pure stamping over the background. 
B - Dip, drip and dry watery washes. 
N - Edge the base in whatever way you want. 
A - Trial the composition and design and finalise the embellishments. 
B  - Do an Alison and add some words. 
N  - Add a touch of metallic. 
A  - Splatter.

Alison and I both worked on a large MDF tag - Tim Holtz Etcetera or That's Crafty - GiganTAG. This is a large surface - around 15 x 7.5 inches - a little scary when it comes to composition! I kept my embellishments smallish but then struggled with all the empty space - I don't do empty space very well. I confess I added the square / rectangles onto the mesh after we finished as it just seemed too empty!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
The background had quite a few layers of texture, crackle, paint and stamping!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
I think the Tim Holtz Ornate frame is my favourite part of this project. I layered a few up and gave a thick stippled coat of gesso before adding PaperArtsy Infusions and a bit of water. I blasted it dry and stippled some matt medium over it to help seal the Infusions before adding touches of gold paint.
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Brenda's step of adding a panel resulted in me grabbing this old mesh I have and adding some paints!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Once we were all done it was time for the big reveal - so  if you havent already do head over to Alison and Brenda's blogs to see their amazing designs.
Thanks to both Brenda and Alison for a fun day! We are all a little short of crafting time these days so it was wonderful to take this time out.

I would like to join in the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie - Creatures Great and Small and Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils.

Nikki xxx

Friday, 14 September 2018

Oval Shaped Note book and Gift Box

Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
Hello! Today I am sharing my design for the Inspiration post for the Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge. As always the theme is anything goes - as long as you include some stamping. The prize this month for the lucky random winner is a set of 10 Ecoline Brush pens and as usual the design team favourite gets their design published in the magazine!

I few weeks ago I took part in a swap with the lovely people from Let's Be Creative. Our theme was to make something oval for our swap partner so I challenged myself to make this Oval Mini Book. As it was going to my partner I also make a little gift box.
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
I used Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Bigz die to cut the oval shape (ie the centre of the frame); from greyboard for the covers and also the pages inside. I created a crackled cover, added some stamping and some splatters. All paints are PaperArtsy. My flowers and leaves are die cuts from Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Florals.
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
On the back I added the initials of my gift recipient:
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
I would like to play along with the Mini Album Makers Challenge for September

See you next time
Nikki x

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