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....

Friday, 29 September 2017

Forever Autumn - That's Crafty Challenge

That's Crafty MDF Upright featuring PaperArtsy / Alison Bomber quote and That's Crafty MDF leaves. By Nikki Acton
The new challenge at That's Crafty is Forever Autumn. As always there is a chance to win £20 to spend in the store so do play along! All the details can be found here.

I decided to use one of the That's Crafty Dinky MDF uprights - a crackle background with some of the That's Crafty greyboard leaves. I sponged the leaves with various colours of paint before stamping one of the fabulous new quotes from Alison Bomber / PaperArtsy - The Autumn Edition.

It's one of those busy 24 hours at Addicted to Art! 3 posts in 24 hours. Yesterday I posted my final design for the That's Crafty DT project blog - my Christmas shadow box:

and earlier today my tag for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey - well two actually!

Thanks for stopping by.

It's Tag Friday at AVJ

Hello! It is time for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey. It only happens a few times a year when we have a 5th Friday in the month and we do love our Anything Goes Tag Projects! 
I decided to create some Christmas themed tags and make them into Christmas cards.

This first tag started with a distress ink background before adding versamark through Tim Holtz Snowflakes layering stencil. I then added Mica powder to highlight the flakes and sealed with spray fixative. I die cut some Tim Holtz snowflakes (Bigz - Layering Snowflakes) added silver paint and sprinkled some embossing powder on top and heated.

Tag two was a bit more of an experiment! I started with clear embossing paste through That's Crafty Dinky snowflake stencil. Once dry I used green and red distress paints to create the mottled (messy?) background. I created some splatters on my craft mat with white gesso and lay the now dry tag into it.
The tree is a Tim Holtz die cut I was given (don't know what it is called!). I added copper paint followed by White embossing powder.

The little Happy Christmas tag at the bottom (see top photo) was engraved by me!! My sister engraves and personalises tags, key rings etc and has all the kit to engrave metal - so I got to play!! You can find her shop here if you are interested:


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hochanda Christmas Shadow Box

Christmas Shadow box by Nikki Acton - featuring That's Crafty products

Hello. Today is my regular slot over at That's Crafty where I am sharing how I created this Christmas shadow box for the recent Hochanda shows. 

Today is also a farewell as I am sad to leave the That's Crafty team. A new job means I need to cut down my other commitments for a while. 

So I may be a little quieter for while - but hopefully I will strike a good balance and keep my crafting and blogging alive!


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Birthday to me....

Distress Oxide Ombre birthday card - Nikki Acton

It's true - but just a coincidence that I am sharing this birthday card today over at That's Crafty!
I am blending Distress Oxides to create an ombre effect....

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fly Away

Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty and we invite you to Fly Away - a project with birds, butterflies etc. 
I have made this relatively simple 4x4 inch card with a Distress Oxide background with a little sponged paint here and there! 
Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Eeek - first Christmas Cards!

Dove and Snowflake embellished Christmas Cards - by Nikki Acton

Quite early for me but I have made 2 Christmas cards! All the details are over at That's Crafty this morning.
Nikki x


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