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. 
Nikki
xx

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!
Nikki
xxx

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!


Nikki
xxx

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!
Nikki

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!
Nikki
xxx

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!
Nikki
xxx

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.

Nikki

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Snarky Birthday Fun

Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk stickers and PaperArtsy stamps (Zinski)

Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk stickers and PaperArtsy stamps (Zinski)
Mixing it up it up a bit for some fun birthday cards! PaperArtsy Zinski Cat and Dog stamps and fab Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk stickers.
Nikki

Friday, 22 February 2019

Seth Apter Mini's for PaperArtsy


PaperArtsy ESA33, ESA34, ESA39, ESA40 by Seth Apter - with chalk paints, Baked Texture and Gel prints
I have been having lots of fun using new stamps from Seth Apter (PaperArtsy), Baked Texture, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics plus my brayer and gelli plate. For the all the details do head over to the PaperArtsy blog!
PaperArtsy ESA33, ESA34, ESA39, ESA40 by Seth Apter - with chalk paints, Baked Texture and Gel prints
 Nikki 
xx

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Large Stems Bigz Die - Birthday Greetings

Birthday Day Cards with Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz Die

Hello! It is great to play with some new stuff this time of year! Here are a couple of cards I have made with Tim Holtz's Large Stems Bigz die. I bought this as I do love to work in greyboard but on these cards I have just cut from paper and coloured with Distress Paints and inks. I sponged a couple of paint colours before filling in the gaps with inks. Simple designs but the dies to the work!

Nikki

Birthday Day Cards with Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz Die

Friday, 1 February 2019

Faceted Heart for Valentines!

Tim Holtz Faceted Heart Die, Large Funky Florals and Metallic Kraft Stock
Today we see the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - Your Heart's Desire. Our host is the lovely Annie and here is what she says...

Since February is the month of love, include hearts as the main focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles we prefer.

For my project I have incorporated some 2019 Tim Holtz new releases - the Faceted Heart and Large Funkie Florals dies. I used Metallic Kraft core cardstcock in red and black. The base layer has been embossed and sanded to highlight the texture, the die cut elements also given some sanding.
Tim Holtz Faceted Heart Die, Large Funky Florals and Metallic Kraft Stock
I couldnt resist also introducing some crackle - the central panel included Deco Art Crackle paste with Aged Mahogony Distress Paint added, a few spatters with gesso were added too.

It's good to be back - I haven't blogged in a while! As always do head over to A Vintage Journey for lots more inspiration.

I would like to join in with Simon Says Stamps - Monday Challenge, where Love is in the Air!

Nikki

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