Friday, 18 October 2019

Medallions and more.....

PaperArtsy stamp set EGL01 - by Gwen Lafleur with Gelli Plate printing
It is another of those redirects from me tonight - over at PaperArtsy using some newish stamps from Gwen Lafleur along with my Gelli Plate.
Happy crafting

Thursday, 26 September 2019

New stamps - Christmas with PaperArtsy / Sara Naumann

I am sharing some ideas over at PaperArtsy this evening using the new stamps from Sara Naumann. I have also used some of the new colours of Fresco Finish Acrylics creating my background.

There are also a couple of quick videos demonstrating the background creation  (using a gelli plate) and also two tone image stamping. 

Nikki xxxx

Sunday, 8 September 2019

An Inchie and a Half

Hi - I am over at PaperArtsy with a quick post on this simple card on the theme of inchies and twinchies! Love a bit of geometry to added some circles to the mix!

Loving these stamps from Courtney Franich and was happy to do some samples for their release back in July. You can see the original post here or take a peek at the photos below!

Back soon - hopefully
An erratic blogger these days!

Friday, 6 September 2019

Gelli Printed Techniques Box

Gel plate printed box
Today sees a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - 'Box it Up. Julia is our host this month and describes the challenge:

This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I have been playing with my gel plates and monoprinting recently so decided to make a box for different techniques and ideas. The box is designed to fit ATC's so I can store my ideas or samples ATC size.

Box Dimensions
As ATC's are 2.5 x 3.5 inches my box was designed at 3.75 wide, 2.75 high and 2.5 deep.
So for the base my card measured 9.25 x 8 inches. I scored on the long side at 2.75 and 6.5 and on the shorter side at 2.75 and 5.25.
I make my lids 1/8 of an inch bigger.
So my card was 6 and 3/8 x 5 and 1/8. Scoring on the long side at 1.25 (1 and 2/8) and 5 and 1/8 and on the short side at 1.25 and 3 and 7/8.

I painted one side of each cut piece of card and added a little stencilling and stamping - these become the inside of the box. I sealed with matt medium as I was going to turn them over and make a mess so wanted to be able to wipe if any stray paint found itself onto the surface.

Next I worked on the card that would be the outside of the box.
I used a small gel plate, added a colour with a brayer (PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paint) and then added a pattern with either a stamp or stencil. I then stamped the gel plate onto the card in patches in different places. I repeated this many times with different colours - sometime working over a previously coloured area. I added a little sponged paint through a stencil (circles) to bring the varied patterns together a little bit.
The finished box with a few ATC samples!
Gel plate printed box
I hope you like my little box! Lots more box like inspiration at A Vintage Journey today - be good to see you there.


Friday, 30 August 2019

Dream It - Create It -Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone! My blog has been quite neglected of late but back today with a project for our Tag Friday post at A Vintage Journey.
I have been struggling with both time and motivation to create recently - which saddens me! Hopefully as the colder months arrive I will find more time and a little creativity.
I started with the background, Seth Apter style - building a few layers - dark then light without worrying too much about what went where as long as some of each layer was showing through. I then took some watercolour card and monoprinted additional layers of colour - this gives the slightly mottled appearance. A little stamping and stencilled circles to finish. All paints were Paper Artsy Chalk paints.
I created a few layers with die cut frames, and some altered patterned paper along with the altered clock face and clock hand - all using Distress paints.
I have no idea where the word stamp came from, but I found it my folder of random stamps and its seemed appropriate for my lacking mojo! I added some camera film and altered some strips of cotton material to finish.
I am sure there will lots of wonderful creations on the Tag Friday post at A Vintage Journey so do head over! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Not my normal style!

It's another of those redirect post - over to PaperArtsy - for a design using an old stamp PaperArtsy collection.

Nikki xx

Friday, 12 July 2019

New PaperArtsy stamps...

It's another of those posts just to let you know I am over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening sharing  these designs for the new release of stamps by Courtney Franich. 

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Paint and Patterns for PaperArtsy

There is colour, paint, patterns and quotes tonight for my latest project for PaperArtsy.... head on over to see more.

Nikki xxx

Friday, 7 June 2019

Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop at Country View Crafts with A Vintage Journey's owner Brenda Brown. Brenda is a great teacher, her projects are always so well planned with lots of techniques and always a gorgeous composition. I was inspired by this and adapted her ideas to create my Tissue Paper project for our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey.

This is Brenda's original design - and here is a link to her blog post.
By Brenda Brown
I changed mine slightly to use butterflies rather than bunnies!
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
Nikki's version
My new version incorporates Tim Holtz Botanical Collage Paper and other images stamped onto tissue paper for my background. This version is a little smaller and instead of card I used corrugated box card for my background. I added some gesso and crackle paint before adding my tissue papers to the surface. I then painted elements of the background - the leaves and berries.
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
My butterflies and frame used techniques from the workshop so it would be unfair to share them in detail here - but I am sure you can see crackle paint and lots of painty layers! 
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tissue paper is a great way to get stamped images onto a textured surface like corrugated card. The images may distort a little but on this sort of project it doesn't matter!

There is lots more Tissue Paper inspiration at A Vintage Journey today. Astrid is our host and this is what she says:
There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

So do pop over and take a peek!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019

Friday, 19 April 2019

Crackled Pebbles with Faceted Heart

I recently showed the Neutrals project I created for our challenge theme this month at A Vintage Journey. (Here). Today I am sharing the 'how to do' tutorial for this!


Friday, 5 April 2019

Keeping it neutral

Textured Wall Art with Tim Holtz / Sizzix Faceted Heart die
Hi everyone. This month at A Vintage Journey our challenge is Neutral Zone. Time to banish colour and create with blacks, whites, greys, beiges, creams and browns only. I have made this 8x8 inch panel with greyboard coasters altered to create stone effects. I seem to be using the Faceted Heart alot at the moment - here it is again!

I will be sharing a tutorial post on how I created all the textured effects at AVJ in a couple of weeks - so for now its just some photos. I loved making this so much I repeated it but this time with a little colour!
Textured Wall Art with Tim Holtz / Sizzix Faceted Heart die

Textured Wall Art with Tim Holtz / Sizzix Faceted Heart die

Till next time!

Friday, 29 March 2019

Texture Tag for AVJ

Tim Holtz Faceted Heart and new Wildflowers - Tag Friday
Hi everyone.  Today it is one our Tag Friday features at A Vintage Journey.
I have used an MDF tag, allowing me to add lots of texture and paint to the surface. Texture paste was added to the surface through a stencil and texture sand paste around the edges before I painted and highlighted with distress crayons.

A simple design was added with a small rusted Faceted Heart and some of Tim Holtz new Wildflowers.
Tim Holtz Faceted Heart and new Wildflowers - Tag Friday

Tim Holtz Faceted Heart and new Wildflowers - Tag Friday
Both the heart and flower had a little clear crackle added too.

If you havent come from there so pay a visit to A Vintage Journey for some more Tag shaped inspiration!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Tattered Butterfly Birthday

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Bigz die birthday cards
Just stopping by to share a some cards I have made using the new Tattered Butterfly die from Tim Holtz. I made a few more but were sent in the post before I took photos! They are all a similar design - just different colours and papers.
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Bigz die birthday cards
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Bigz die birthday cards
On some I created inky layers to contrast with the printed papers. Love this effect of inking a stencil, spritzing and stamping with it.
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Bigz die birthday cards
Back soon!

Friday, 1 March 2019

My Crafting Journey with A Vintage Journey

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera
Hi everyone. We have a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey - hosted by the blog owner Brenda. The topic is 'Let's Celebrate the Journey'. Here is her description:
Join the journey for our Birthday challenge. Include the word or any images that depict a journey or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera
I decided to celebrate my crafting journey by including lots of my favourite tecniques and products! So my tag includes lots of texture, lots of layers. It is blues and browns and mostly features Tim Holtz products - stencils, texture paste. ephemera, Distress Inks and paints, word chips!

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera

I felt a little nostalgic so decided to go back and look at some of the other projects I had done for AVJ since I joined in May 2014 - nearly 5 years ago!!! Here are a few of the most popular:

All about Texture - tags featuring Tim Holtz stamps and stencils
2014 - a tag trio - original post here

Tim Holtz inspired tags for A Vintage Journey
2015 - more tags! - original post here

Abstract Journal Page
2017 - My abstract obsession and a bit of journalling - original post here

Tim Holtz inpspired canvas
2017 - layered canvas - original post here

I hope you like my tag and little bit of reflection! Do visit AVJ where there is heaps of inspiration for this challenge - we would love to see your interpretation on Celebrating the Journey.

As this is a bit of a reflective post and my tag has a vintage feel I would like to join in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp (Monday) where the theme is Past Times / Vintage.



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