Thursday, 23 March 2017

Tando Creative - Mother's day week..

Morning everyone, over on the Tando Creative blog today I have a step by step tag for you, in celebration of mother's day.



Hope you can join us!

Best Wishes,

Nikki
x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Tando Creative Technique Week - Cracks & Crevices

Morning everyone,

I have a DT blog over at Tando Creative this morning, please hop across to find out more about how I made this large tag.


Hugs,

Nikki
xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge Reminder - February - Take a Stamp

Morning everyone,

It's challenge reminder time over at Craft Stamper Magazine.

My reminder DT piece today is this CAS card, with a little bit of grunge.

I used scattered straw distress ink through a stars stencil, and then took a ruler and a Posca pen, and drew lines in varying widths and lengths, dotted, staggered and straight, and then stamped a texture stamp in evergreen bough distress ink on top.  I added paint splatters in black, and a little star stamp sentiment that just fitted perfectly.


Hope you like it and can join us over at Craft Stamper for the challenge.  The prizes and guidelines can all be found over on the main blog too.

Warm wishes,

Nikki
xx

Products Used:
IndigoBlu Stars Stencil
IndigoBlu Tasty Textures Stamp
DecoArt Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic
Distress Inks: Evergreen Bough, Scattered Straw
Posca Pen - black
Free Star stamp/magazine




Friday, 3 February 2017

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge February - Take a Stamp

Morning everyone,

It's Craft Stamper Take It Make it Challenge time, and February's theme is simply take a stamp.

Our sponsor this month is:
 And our random winner this month get's this fab prize!


We also choose a Design winner, who gets publication in Craft Stamper Magazine, a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and a winners profile.The winners profile is a stand alone blog post, showcasing the style and work of the winner.

You can read the guidelines over on the main blog along with the challenge HERE.

My DT inspiration piece is a journal page, with a little bit of fun added.  Sometimes I like to do my journal pages on separate paper, and then either glue them into a journal, or maybe even cut them up and use pieces in other pages.

This started with a prussian blue wash, leaving white area's of my page, and then coming in with a dry brush in the same direction but only in area's.  It took on a denim kind of feel, worn and old. I then added stencilling in titanium white and pyrrole red, and stamping in carbon black and pyrrole red.

The skull was stencilled in carbon black, I love this stencil, one of my faves.  I stamped two little scrolls onto spare card I'd painted, and cut round them to make the moustache.  


It turned out quite a manly page, you could adapt this for a fun card quite easily too.  

Hope you like it, don't forget to hop across to the Challenge, and see the rest of the DT's inspiration. 

Happy Crafting,

Nikki
xx

Products Used:
DecoArt Media: Fluid Acrylics, Carbon Black, Titanium White, Prussian Blue Hue, Pyrrole Red.
DecoArt/Andy Skinner Stencils: Code Breaker, Day of the Dead, Industrial Elements.
Stampendous/Andy Skinner Stamps: Toxic, Steampunk, Curiosity.


Friday, 27 January 2017

Proud Guest at A Vintage Journey - Going Round in Circles


Hi all,

So proud to have been asked to contribute over at A Vintage Journey, it's my first time as a Guest there, and I couldn't be happier!  The theme this month is 'Going Round in Circles', and I went 'small' for this one!

The matchbox was treated inside, and on the top, with DecoArt Media Crackle paste.  Once dry I painted in Media fluid acrylics in Prussian blue hue, and Quinacridone gold, using a wash of each colour, and letting one dry in area's before adding the other.  This gave a distressed old look.


I stamped the postmark and stain stamps in raw umber paint.  And dripped more quinacridone gold down the sides of the box.

The crackle and antiquing process was repeated onto a simple piece of card, to use in the circular necklace.


I cut the card to fit my circle bezel, glued and sealed with matte medium.  I stamped the Toxic word in raw umber onto a piece of card, and aged with quin gold.  Some cogs were added and glued in place, and then resin was added to dome in the bezel.



Inside of the matchbox and underneath were also aged, and the necklace fits perfectly to give as a gift.

I so enjoyed making this and following the theme, don't forget to check out the rest of the projects over on A Vintage Journey's blog.

Best Wishes,

Nikki
xxx

Products used:

Media Crackle Paint
Media Fluid Acrylics - prussian blue hue, quinacridone gold, raw umber.
Stampendous/Andy Skinner Stamps - Toxic, Shabby
IndigoBlu - Diamond Resin
Matchbox, bezel, chain & cogs from stash.









Friday, 13 January 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine - TIMI Challenge January Reminder

Morning all,

A little post from me this morning with a reminder piece for the Craft Stamper Challenge DT.  I made a very simple card using the triple stamping technique, and using the free daisy stamp from a previous cover of Craft Stamper Magazine.  I stamped in green versafine over three layers of card, then separated the card and mounted with foam mounts.

My centre consists of a piece of sequin waste, cut randomly, and covered with a domino, which I've painted with DecoArt paints, and used Andy Skinner's 'Toxic' stamp set on, for the texture on the domino and the heart.

I added a sentiment from a PaperArtsy stamp set, and edged the card in peeled paint distress ink.


Hope you like it, don't forget to join us on the main Challenge page, where you can find all the details on how to enter, and see the rest of the team's fantastic inspiration.

Best Wishes,

Nikki
xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tag It Challenge - My first post for Tando Creative

Good morning all,

I am so proud to be able to finally say that I am now officially a DT member for Di and Tony at Tando Creative.  It's been a few months since we spoke about it so I've been very quietly excited!

For my very first post I have joined in with the 'Tag It' challenge, and came up with this tag.


Why not hop over to the Tando Blog to see more details on how it was created.


You can also see more of my new team mates work throughout the week.

Best Wishes,

Nikki
xx