Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Inky fun!

Hi everyone - today I have a tutorial over on the Country View Crafts project blog. I started by playing around with distress inks and watercolour card... do hop over For more details.
Nikki
xxxx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Tim Holtz Bird Silhouette Canvas

I don't seem to find too much to craft at the moment but I did manage to create this reverse canvas piece for our Destination Inspiration series over a A Vintage Journey. Do hop over for my step my step and also a review of the design team's creations for the month!

Challenges entered:
Our Creative Corner - Shades of Autumn
Stamps and Stencils - Up up and away
Mixed Media World - Autumn Colours
See you soon
Nikki

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bird Crazy 21st

Bird Crazy Birthday Card Addicted to Art
Hi everyone. I am over at the Country View Crafts project blog today sharing a step by step on this card. I was asked to make this by a friend for a special person in her life.
Challenges entered:
Craft Stamper - anything goes with stamping
Artistic Stamper - Things with Wings
See you soon
Nikki
xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Still love the crazy birds...

Just stopping by to share a card I made a while ago but never found chance to blog it! I recall this may have been based on one of Tim's tags? I have used a mask to cover my bird before playing with distress inks and paints on the background.
I would like to enter:

Have a lovely day
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 4 September 2015

A very bright home

Home Sweet Home is the new challenge over at A Vintage Journey today. I decided on a canvas inspired by one Paul Cheney did a while back - here.
I also thought I would use my new distress paints - wow they are bright! 
I randomly painted stripes onto my canvas and merged the colours a little with my finder. While drying I cut my house out of thick card.
I forgot to take more photos at this point! I cut a mask out of copy paper and placed it in the centre of my canvas and then sponged mermaid lagoon paint around the outside. Once dry I added picket fence through the scribbles layering stencil (keeping the mask in place over the middle).
I cut my letters out of thick card and dabbed them with paint before adding glossy accents.
I love these new colours but I dont think I will use all four together next time - a little bright for me!
Lots more inspiration today from my talented teamies over at A Vintage Journey.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 3 September 2015

5,4,3,2,1 - Shine!

Welcome to my second design for our Numbers themed challenge at Country View Crafts challenges. 
I love this technique, using embossing powder to protect some of the surface. You can see how I used this on another tag and some more detailed photos - here.

I began my tag with random inking in various colours and once dry I added versamark through the rays stencil and embossed with clear powder. I covered the whole tag in black soot ink and then wiped it away from the embossed areas.


I cut my tattered floral flowers from grungepaper with card stuck to it. I like this combination as it is sturdy but flexible! I dabbed some gesso on to create some texture and once dry dabbed various paints on too until I was happy.
My numbers were pre cut grungeboard numbers which I painted with the same colours.

A few close ups...



Thanks for visiting today.
Nikki xxx

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Christmas card number 1

Our September challenge at Country View Crafts is Numbers - use numbers in your project whichever way you chose. For my first creation I have made a my first Christmas card. I wanted to use my new snowflakes layering stencil.
 A distress paint marbled background was created and once dry I added some ink through the stencil.
My numbers and poinsettia were painted with aged mahogany distress paint and I added some puff embossing powder to the numbers and corners of my card.
I will be back on Thursday with my second numbers creation - not Christmas this time!
Thanks for visiting
Nikki
xxx

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