Friday, 23 June 2017

Keeping it simple with Mini Detailed Butterflies

CAS Birthday Card with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies and Distress Oxides - Nikki Acton
Clean and Simple (CAS) is the new challenge starting today at That's Crafty! Do hop over for more inspiration and the chance to win £20 in the store.

It's never easy for me to leave some white space so I played it safe. I started with some Distress Oxide backgrounds and spritzed through Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil - before removing the ink with kitchen towel. I then die cut the card into some squares, frames and the lovely Mini Detailed Butterflies and layered my cards. 

For a very non CAS crafter I am quite pleased with these!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

GiganTAG from That's Crafty

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton
I am sharing this project over at That's Crafty today. This is one of the fab new MDF GiganTAGs launched on Hochanda last week - along with new paints and these wonderful greyboard embellishments. 
Fair to say this project took me quite some time! 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Under the Sea - with Brenda Brown!

Hi everyone. Just stopping by to briefly share this altered picture frame I made at a Brenda Brown workshop last week at Let's Be Creative. 

Brenda originally shared her design last year - you can see all the details here. She is great teacher - if you ever get the chance to attend one of her workshops, I highly recommend them!


Thursday, 15 June 2017

A double sneak peek!

Rubber Dance Textured Flowers with That's Crafty shimmer paint - by Nikki Acton
I am, as usual, over on the That's Crafty blog today sharing a project using Rubber Dance - Textured Flowers. I have also sneaked in some new products - to be launched tomorrow on Hochanda. Do hop over for a bit more info or tune in tomorrow for the That's Crafty shows at 8am and 2pm!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Hello dog lovers

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton
Cats tend to feature quite a bit in my art - but today it is a dog day! We have a new challenge at That's Crafty - Dog Eared - dogs must feature in your project!
I have used a Katzelkraft stamp on some white/greyboard. A similar style and method to the little houses hangings I did a few weeks ago (Kate Crane style) but this time a different colour palette.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bright and Crazy

Welcome to my regular Thursday post. Today I am sharing these bright, Crazy Cat cards over at That's Crafty. Do pop over if you would like more details. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canvas on canvas

Heart and Soul Mixed Media Canvas - by Nikki Acton
 Hello! We have a new challenge commencing today at A Vintage Journey - where the theme is Canvas. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

A couple of influences here - firstly this image I found on Pinterest. I love the textured surface and wonderfully embellished heart. 
Click here for link
Secondly I recently attended a France Papillon workshop where we made these:
I started off with a previously used canvas which had die cuts adhered so I decided the best way to cover it was with lot's of texture. I painted it black before adding a mixture of texture paste, crackle paste and sand paste. While still wet I scraped vertical lines into the surface. 
Once dry I added washes of Prussian Blue and Burnt Umber paints - blending a little in the middle.
I then decided to add some Golden Bead Gel - followed my a little more paint.
I cut a piece of canvas and coloured it with a watery wash of Transparent Red Iron Oxide. The next layer is from the France Papillon workshop - adding some crackle paste and painting once dry. My heart was cut by hand from watercolour card, painted and given firstly a coat of transparent texture paste and then a little bead gel.
For more inspiration do pay a visit to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with! 
Have a great weekend.

Challenges entered:
Country View Crafts - Hearts


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Embossing with Masks

Embossing with That's Crafty Dinky Stencils and Masks - by Nikki Acton
Have you seen the fab range of Dinky Stencils and Masks from That's Crafty? I usually use my stencils for building up backgrounds but here I have used the mask in two different ways. Do head over to the That's Crafty blog for all the details.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Loop de Loop playtime

Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. I really have not been a good blogger recently, posting only my projects for A Vintage Journey and That's Crafty. So today time for a post for my blog! 

This is a 12 x 9 inch canvas I made a couple of weeks ago - just for fun. Truth is I can't quite remember what I did - but I will try my best.

I started with a coat of gesso and once dry added random circle stamping with Seth Apter / Spellbinders Turnaround stamp set and archival ink. I added watering washes of Seth Apter PaperArtsy limited edition paints - green patina, mahogany and and terracotta. 
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
I added some clear texture paste randomly through a stencil and Deco Art Sand paste around the edges. I allowed this to dry before adding additional colour and allowing it to drip over the surface.

I die cut the letters and Loop de Loop die (several times to adhere together for dimension) and stippled with black gesso. This creates a wonderful subtle texture - perfect for sponging paint over for a rusty / grungy effect. I sponged with the same colours as the canvas to create a worn / rusty feel. More mahogany on the outer circle, more black inside, green patina to highlight.
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
That's all for now - back later in the week with a project for That's Crafty and then a new challenge on Friday for A Vintage Journey.

I would like to enter Loop de Loop into this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Going Round in Circles.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Feline Fridge Magnets

Today see's the start of a new challenge over at That's Crafty - your chance to win a £20 voucher!
The theme is 'Feline Fine' - your project should include cats. Well this was right up my street and I decided to make some little fridge magnets using the tiny cat stamp off Donna Gray's stamp set - The Quirky Girls Collection - Heather.

The background card is small - around 7x4cm. I brayered using Deco Art paints and added some stamping, stencilling and doodling. (Kate Crane style!). I stamped the little cat directly over the background and added a little colour to add contrast and some stickles for some sparkle. I printed some words on my computer. 
I made a few - but being the idiot I am I had mounted some in the perspex frames before the photos - when will I learn!
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Happy Place

Tim Holtz Tiny Houses - by Nikki Acton

Time for my regular Thursday post over at That's Crafty! Do hop over for all the details.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

An old rusty shrine....

Rusty Heart Shrine - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty Surfaces - by Nikki Acton

Rusty Heart Shrine - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty Surfaces - by Nikki Acton
It's Thursday morning which means I have a step by step over at That's Crafty today. Do hop over for more details of this project featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Andy Skinner techniques, Tim Holtz Chipboard quote chips and That's Crafty Surfaces.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Cards

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton
Hello again, back for my second post of the day. I am the guest today over on the Craft Stamper Inspiration post for the May challenge. 

I finally got hold of a few more colours of distress oxides and had a play making lots of backgrounds. I decided to use them to make some birthday cards featuring Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies. My Wildflowers and Sentiment thinlits are cut from kraftcore cardstock. 

These were inspired by the wonderful creations by Richele Christensen on the Ranger Blog

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton

Back to Black Journal Page

Time for a new challenge at That's Crafty - Back to Black - your project should include a large amount of black. The lucky winner of each challenge wins £20 to spend in the shop - yay!
I created this for one of the recent That's Crafty Hochanda shows featuring the white / greyboard art journals. I painted the surface with black gesso - feathering at the edges. Once dry I flicked silver and gold paint over the surface.
On some card I used a credit card to create a background using PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics. I added some stencilling with That's Crafty word stencils before die cutting lots of circles with some framelits.
I arranged these on my page and stencilled 'Imagine' (That's Crafty word stencil) - first in white chalk paint and then in colours to coordinate with my circles.
I am back shortly with another post!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Kate Crane inspired Mini Art

Mini Art Kate Crane Style - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Thats Crafty surfaces and Rubber Dance stamps - by Nikki Acton

Mini Art Kate Crane Style - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Thats Crafty surfaces and Rubber Dance stamps - by Nikki Acton

I am over at That's Crafty today sharing these and other designs of little wall hangings - completely Kate Crane inspired! Do pop over for a visit for more details.

Friday, 5 May 2017

'Be the Change'

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton
 Hello everyone - my posts have been short and sweet of late - but I have a few more details today!

We commence a new challenge at A Vintage Journey hosted by the fabulous Jenny Marples. The theme is to 'Use a Quote'. We are very lucky to have That's Crafty! sponsoring this month's challenge and each of the creative guides has worked on one the That's Crafty! surfaces this month. Do come and play for your chance to win a £20 voucher to spend.

That’s Crafty! are an online retailer and bricks and mortar shop based in the UK. They sell an extensive range of papercraft and mixed media supplies along with a large range of branded stamps & stencils. In addition they produce and sell their own stamps, stencils and surfaces. Surfaces include shrines, tags, hearts, panels, journals, uprights and stacks and come in varying materials - MDF, white/grey board and acrylic.

For my surface I selected the MDF upright with the rounded top. I wanted to use the new Seth Apter / Spellbinders Steering Wheel die - so based my design around this.

MDF Surface:
Lots of layers went onto the surface and I think some are now completely covered - but here they are!

1. Cover with grey chalk paint 
2. Add some random texture crackle stamping (That's Crafty Texture stamps).
3. Took mermaid lagoon Distress paint on my craft mat - spritzed with water and added randomly to the surface.
4. Added Deco Art crackle medium through 2 That's Crafty! dinky stencils - Cogs and Decorative Background)
5. Once dry added some Deco Art Antiquing medium in black to highlight cracks. Then sealed with matt medium.
6. Took distress paints- rusty hinge, fired brick, ground expresso and aged mahogany and slowly built up colour by dipping my surface onto paint off the craft mat - drying between layers.
7. Created a little patina effect by mixing cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon and twisted citron and repeated. Added a little black soot too.
8. At the end I also added Deco Art Quinacridone gold around the edges of the upright.
9. Seal it all with matt medium.

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton

Steering Wheel and Nuts and Bolts
1. I die cut the steering wheel six times and glued them together - offsetting the X . I thought this made it look a little like a clock?
2. Painted it all with black gesso.
3. Stippled / dry brushed white gesso.
4. Added a combination of Deco Art yellow iron oxide and Quin Gold.
(Nuts and bolts and central cog are Tando Creative)

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton

Cog and quote plate
1. Painted black.
2. Added Deco Art crackle paint - not quite to the edge.
3. Once dry added yellow iron oxide and Quin gold.
My quote is from Gandhi - love this quote! (The stamp is from Clarity stamp). I stamped in black archival and heat embossed with clear powder to make it a little bolder.

Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone else has created for this months challenge!

I am entering the following challenges:
Take it Make It
Frilly and Funkie - Put your Inking Cap on
Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge
We love to Create
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Dreamy card

I am playing with the gorgeous Lin Brown stamps again today over at That's Crafty - I love these stamps! Do hop over if you would like to see more details.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Getting bright!

Thats Crafty journal page with distress inks and That's Crafty stencils. Nikki Acton
There is a new challenge over at That's Crafty today and the theme is to go Bright! So bright I did. Actually this is one of my Hochanda samples using the white/greyboard journal pages from That's Crafty. 
I blended lots of Distress inks over the surface and then used chalk paint to stencil the dragonflies, butterflies and harlequins (That's Crafty Dinky Stencils). The words are from the That's Crafty Word stencils and again I used chalk paints. 

Do join in for your fortnightly chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Relics & Artifacts / That's Crafty Collaberation

This week we have a collaberation between the Relics & Artifacts and That's Crafty! teams. We are each sharing a project featuring products from both camps. Today is my turn from the That's Crafty team and it is Lynne's over at R&A.

If you would like to see more details of my project do head on over to That's Crafty for lots more photos and a step by step.

Each day there will be a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:
1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of both the Relics and Artifacts and That’s Crafty! blogs.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.


Thursday, 20 April 2017


That's Crafty MDF Splat painted with Dylusions acrylic paint. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
A quick post to say I am sharing over at That's Blogging Crafty today ... the sneak peak is of one of the That's Crafty! MDF splat uprights I designed for one of the Hochanda shows earlier this year. (Whoops nearly forgot this one!)
Nikki xx

Friday, 14 April 2017


Today sees the start of  new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme is Outnumbered. Numbers must form and significant part of your project. I used numbers stamps, stencils and remnant rubs on this card. I think I went too far - it looks a little strange!
Apologies for the brevity of some of my posts of late - I seem to be chasing my tail a bit!


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