Friday, 17 April 2020

'Out of limitations comes creativity' - Isolation Skype Craft 2

Hi everyone - how are you doing in these strange and difficult times. There are just a few things keeping me from going insane - exercise, craft and chocolate!

Saturday saw the second Isolation Skype Craft with Brenda Brown and Alison Bomber. Skype craft - crafting with friends over skype - is something we have done occasionally over the years but never twice in a few weeks! You can see Isolation Skype Craft 1 - here.

Usually we take it in turns to give an instruction to the others but this time we changed the rules and restricted ourself to limited supplies. We each got to choose 3 paints, 3 inks, a stencil, a stamp set, pre selected die cuts and an item recently purchased (bit of a wild card this one - as it could be a second stamp set / texture paste etc)

Here is my selection:

Now we all thought at first it seemed alot but then all panicked so allowed ourself an extra ink based product and paint:

There was still some good humoured stressing over limited supplies so I suggested we work with what we have and any point you could play your joker and use one more item (and the others could use it too)

So as the phrase goes -Out of Limitation Come Creativity - I made 2 tags using one of Gwen Lafleur's stamp designs from PaperArtsy.

Stamping the little fish in the backround with Chalk Fresco acrylic before smooshing some distress ink over.

Stamped with one of the circular stamp images in a mixture of ink and paint to make my patterned background here,

My JOKER was played - I needed my white posca pen!

I had 3 backgrounds made so die cut circles out of the tags to layer them up. Goldfish bowls maybe!

As always we all came up with very different designs, had a lot of laughs along the way and after 4 hours finally finished!

Here are Alison and Brenda's sneak peeks!

Happy crafting everyone - hopefully we can craft together again soon.
Nikki xxx


  1. I've just come from Alison's - what a great time you had once more.. I love your fishy tags!!

  2. Utterly delightful my friend and so wonderful to see them more closely and in more detail. I love the designs and the fresh contemporary feel to them both and you have layered them brilliantly. It was indeed another great day spending time together and you definitely pushed us to create in a different way.
    Huge hugs Brenda xxx

  3. I just love these tags, Nikki - the colours are so glorious, with that warm peachy orange contrasting with the blue greens, and I love all the paint effects and layers. The glow around the quote in the porthole is fabulous, and I love that on one of them you're inside the porthole looking out at the fish, and in the other you're out with the fish looking in through the porthole. They are so harmonious and detailed - a treat. So lovely to play alongside you again.
    Alison x

  4. Nikki, I am always am so excited when I see blogs from the 3 of you playing together. Even though you all start out with similar recipes, everyone's own style rings out. Love your and everyone's tags this go round. I have followed your blog for years, and the other gal's also. What a lovely bunch of inspirational artists!`

  5. What a fun skype crafty visit - love your fish theme - the wonderful colors and sentiments you used! beautiful tags! xx


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