Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's a Party !

It's that time of year ... the season of the (dreaded !) Christmas party ...

This gorgeous gal from the Mini Manga set by Lost Coast Designs is certainly looking the part, heading out for the first party of the season :

The girl is stamped and coloured with alcohol markers, then her dress and boots are clear embossed. She has been fussy cut.

The gorgeously rich background is made with Nuance powders by Magenta, and when it was dry, I stamped 'It's a Party!' from Party Words by Lost Coast Designs and embossed them in white. I added a little red washi tape and matted the ATC front onto red card stock.

Hugs and best wishes as we approach the holiday season, Nikki x 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

... And a Partride in a Pear Tree

A fun Christmas Card trade at the Vera Lane Studio facebook group, here is my card featuring the new set called 'Partridge in a pear tree' : 

Coloured with copics, gel pen, prisma pencil and diamond glaze added. Background is gelli prints.

Thanks for stopping by x

Science Geeks

This week Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge blog are doing a science geeks challenge, sponsored by Polkadoodles

Here is my geek :

I'm not exactly sure what hes cooking up there ... but he looks pretty confident :)

Hes coloured with copics.

Grumpies !

I am participating in a trade, which was to make postcards inspired by a song. My grumpies, from Smeared Ink were giving me the stink eye .. they wanted to play, so out they came :) 

First is a song from the 1980's by The Human League. I liked the surprised look on his face :)

Background is a few gelli prints and I cut them up and collaged them. Grumpy is coloured with copics and fussy cut. The words were created with a small alpha stamp.

The second postcard is giving a bit of love to the Biebs : Justin Bieber rocks ... in my opinion :)

The background is made with dylusions sprays and stencils.  Words typed on my typewriter.

These postcards have gone postal, to the UK and Australia. Hope my partners like them :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vera Lane Studio DT call

I love the digi images from Vera Lane Studio, they are whimsical and so versatile and fun. If you follow my blog you will have seen lots of my makes using these gorgeous images. Well ... there is a DT call. Check it out :

A few of my makes :

And if you are interested, there is a youtube video of all my VLS makes :

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Reflecting on this wonderful hobby ...

Do you ever look back on your blog posts ? Reflect on some of the awesome things you made ? For a particular task this month, I am doing just that, sharing some of my favourite recent makes.

So many to choose from .... but I will just aim for a few that I enjoyed, that indicate my style and weird ... erm I mean .. quirky sense of humour ;)

This whimsical bird is a fave of mine ... I cant seem to give this card away, theres just something about it ... HERE is the link to the original blog post :

I really enjoyed making this card, so many yummy layers. HERE is the link to the blog post and tutorial : 

A little love for Vera Lane Studios digital images, a card I made. HERE is the link to the actual post :

And another Vera Lane Studios card: HERE is the blog link

And another Vera Lane Studios image, made into an ATC. HERE is the blog link.

I made some thank you cards for my childrens swim coaches, they were so fun and easy to make. HERE is a link to the actual blog post and tutorial :

My fave little dog stamp from Stampotique assisted in the making of this card ... note that no dogs were harmed in the stacking up of the pyramid lol : HERE is the blog post link

Another Stampotique make I enjoyed : HERE is the link to the tutorial : 

And lastly my fave Halloween makes : 

Day of the Dead ATC: HERE is the link and tutorial

And a card. HERE is the link to the original blog post.

I am getting  bit carried away ... I'd better stop now. Looking back through all my post and the hours and hours of work, and pleasure and leisure that go into this hobby, the connections and friends I have made through it, both online and face to face ... I am thankful. Nikki x


Concetta Kilmer of Enchanted Designs Studios is this weeks sponsor at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog. I have used the Cinderella image and fussy cut the section that I wanted to showcase. She is coloured with copics and prisma colour pencils, and gel pen :

Doesn't she look like she has attitude ? Hence the words ... she doesn't look like she's getting back from the ball by 12 !

The background is made by embossing in silver a harlequin stamp. There is colour in the background too as I used a piece of scrap card stock with impressions on it already.

The words are typed on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mojo comes back with a little help from Vera Lane Studios

Hello blogland, 
I know my posts have been a little sporadic of late. As creative as many of us are, sometimes it can be a struggle and rather than force it and not enjoy this wonderful hobby of ours, its good to take a little time off. I have had a few months of doing other stuff, with the occasional make. I missed crafting but knew my heart wasn't in it. But, thanks to Janet Klein with her awesome images at Vera Lane Studios ... I am back into the creative process - Yay. Its good to be back :)

Today I would like to share two projects with you, first is a card for a good friends Birthday. Her dress is inspired by the outfit my friend wore at our coffee date. This gorgeous gal is from a set called 'Thinking of you'.  She is coloured with copics and gel pen, and fussy cut. For the card base I used craft card stock and inked up my 4" round gelli plate with white and some residual green acrylic paint. I stamped it onto the card front. The words were stamped from a set by Waltzing Mouse Stamps (sadly closed now), and embossed in silver embossing powder. 

I also made an ATC to recognise all the scaremongering and a lack of acceptance that seems to be all around us right now ... I don't know about you, but it sure feels chaotic to me.

This gorgeous whimsical princess is from a set by Vera Lane Studios called 'Kiss the Frog'.  I coloured her with copics and gel pen and fussy cut her. The background was made with a painted pink acrylic base. I used molding paste and a stencil to add some random texture. Then I applied dark blue ink directly from the stamp pad to pick up the high points and some other random parts. I used Staetler neon markers to add some crazy scribbles. The blue strip behind the gal is a left over piece of a paint chip when I was die cutting icicles. The words are typed on my typewriter, a little colour added to them. 

See how serene and calm she looks - she's not phased at all by all the crap thats going on in the world right now ... Its so hard to know what to believe in the media and especially on social media ... so advice from the princess is to stay calm and keep your dignity.

Look out for more regular makes from now on. 
Thanks for stopping by x

Winter ATC

This weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog is 'Winter'. I have used this gorgeous Christmas Deer image  by All Dressed Up :

The image was resized in word, coloured with copics and gel pen and fussy cut. I then clear embossed the deer.

The words I typed on my typewriter then cut them down into a sign post, colouring with copics and adding fake snow to the sign and the ground 

The background is made with molding paste through a stencil, spray ink and glitter.

I thought this image was so peaceful and delightful, thanks for stopping by x

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Contemplating Gratitude

Today I wanted to share with you a postcard I made for this months thankful challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, featuring the beautiful image from Lost Coast Designs  'Head in Hands' :

The background is made with nuance powders on water colour paper. 

In the background I have also stamped a long swirl flourish, and I stamped some butterflies from the Butterfly Set. The words are typed on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Close Ups

For this weeks challenge, Close Ups, at Wicked Wednesday, sponsored by The East Wind, I have used this adorable Unicorn image.

She is coloured with copics and fussy cut. The background is made with nuance powders from Magenta. I typed the words on my typewriter and cut them out individually and edged them with copics. I added white gel pen and some glimmer using wink of stellar pen to the horn and wings:)

The image is actually her whole body but I resized her in word so I could just do a close up of her upper body. I shredded some shredded pink ribbon to ground her. The atc is matted onto brown card stock.

Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Give thanks

Wicked Wednesday is sponsored by Aurora Wings this week, and the challenge is anything goes fall/autumn related. I used this adorable Sea turtle kiss image, with the words Give Thanks.  Wouldn't you want to give thanks to be so close to such a wonderful animal - I mean the turtle :) lol

Thanks for stopping by x

Friday, October 28, 2016

Witches, Bats and Cats

This weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday is Witches, Bats and Cats, sponsored by Oddball Arts. There are so many fantastic images by Lizzy Love, its a real treat to visit her site and work with her images :

Thanks for stopping by ...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

By the light of the silvery moon

Today I am sharing another make for the 31 Days of Halloween, are you following the daily blog hop? If you missed any, don't worry, you can go back and check it out :)

I have made a card, featuring the awesome background stamp from Lost Coast Designs,  Tree Branches. I stamped this onto clear acetate with stazon ink. The background is made with Nuance powders . When it was dry I cut a shape and slotted in my glitter embossed moon. The adhered everything together, typing the words on my typewriter

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Murder of Crows

If you are a follower of all the wonderful makes and daily blog hop for the 31 Days of Halloween I hope you are enjoying the vast variety of projects shared, its just wonderfully creative and inspiring.

My 31 Days of Halloween make for day 19, features the awesome three birds stamps from Lost Coast Designs, and I called this collection of ATC's 'A Murder of Crows' :

The birds are stamped and embossed in white on yupo paper that I had colourised with alcohol inks. I then fussy cut them. And added a little black pearl dot for an eye.

For the background I used distress inks to color the card stock grey, then I stamped one of the images from the ATC Grunge Set in a darker shade of grey and then Flying Birds in black. I edged the ATC with black distress ink and cut think strips from the yupo paper for the bird to stand on.

The words are typed on my typewriter. This caw caw noise is one I hear a lot, there are many crows around where I live, and they often come in large groups to the trees in my backyard. Bit boring though ... I just get the black variety here, not these lovely Halloween coloured breed. LOL

Why not check out the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for inspiration and all the other links to the daily bombardment of creativity :)

Thanks for stopping by x

Halloween Colours ATC

This week Wicked Wednesday's challenge is Halloween Colours and we are sponsored by the Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette

What could be more Halloweeny than green and orange, 
this is Ryla against the colourful background : 

The background is made with alcohol inks on yupo paper, I love the effect. The image is coloured with copics and fussy cut. I added wink of stella glitter to her hat and dress.

I thought the words, Whoo-la-la were perfect, the whoo whoo of the owl and the raunchy attire of Ryla.

Thanks for stopping by x

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Cute or Creepy

A fun challenge this week at Wicked Wednesday ATC blog, sponsored by A Day for Daisies.

The image featured in my ATC is called Little Witch Waiting

Little Witch Waiting was resized in word and printed. I coloured her with copics and fussy cut her and her three black kitty cats :) 

The background is pattered paper and a moon that I punched out of yellow card stock, that I have sponged with distress inks and edged with embossing powder from a Canadian company called Emerald Creek. The words are typed on my typewriter and lightly sponged.

Thanks for stopping by, why not check out Wicked Wednesday and A Day for Daisies :) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monster Mash

A famous monsters Halloween hop, with Viva Las VegaStamps, how fun. You will have arrived here from Michele's  blog, welcome :)

I didn't have any monster stamps so improvised using the fabulous and versatile Banksy Salvador Dali Street Artist. He looks very serious with his Dracula spray ! LOL.

The screaming lady image you can see was perfect to complete the background.

There is a $25 gift certificate to be won, to spend at Viva Las VegaStamps!, check out what you need to do at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the hop.

Your next stop is Fiona's blog :

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Too much candy !

This week Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog is doing Halloween, the look on this boy's face ... And the slightly green tinge spoke of candy ... Candy ... Too much candy. 

This image is from Creepie Cute Stamps, he is called Zombie Boy.

Zombie boy is colored with copics and fussy cut.

The background is water soluble powders on water color paper, and I typed the words on my type writer.

Thanks for stopping by x

Halloween ... 31 Days

How exciting to be back again with the 31 Days of Halloween. 

For my first make for this years event, I have made a card, featuring the wonderful Skull with Wings from Lost Coast Designs. 


The Skull with Wings was stamped in brown archival ink and I colourised it with copics. Then I added a layer of clear crackle paste. When it was dry I added a layer of crystal effects/diamond glaze. I love the effect in the background and the old look it has : 

For the background I used a really cool stamp, called Heads and Roses, from Carmen's Veranda. I made this by sprinkling nuance powders onto my craft sheet and spritzing them with water. I then stamped the Heads and Roses stamp into it, like a stamp pad and stamped onto my card front. Isn't it a cool and spooky effect :) 

Finally I typed the words onto the background 'We See You' and added some twine before pop dotting the skull in place. I then matted the card front onto co-ordinating red cardstock and adhered to the card base, distressing the edges. 

Please be sure to follow the 31 Days of Halloween for looks more awesome makes and prizes.

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crazy Haired Cockatiel

Look at this crazy haired cockatiel from Miss Rach, how awesome is he. I, of course enhanced his crazy hair with a few highlights and I perched him in a tree, happily squawking away :

This was made for this weeks Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge of Fins, feathers, fur. 

The background is made with nuance powders on a very absorbant card stock so the colours did not run/bleed much when I wet them, then I die cut the branch and cut a tree and embossed it. I typed 'squawk' randomly on the background with my typewriter.

The cockatiel is coloured with copics and fussy cut. In Miss Rach's actual digi the bird is not on the tree, I adapted it.

Miss Rach has awesome cartoon critters, you should definitely check them out.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

60's rock and roll girl

Such a fun image to work with this week at Wicked Wednesday, this is 60's rock and roll girl from Lemon Shortbread

For this ATC I was thinking that she just looked like a movie star to me. So I put her in a film :)

She is coloured with copics, and I used a film strip die and also the word 'love' is a die cut.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Looking forward to Halloween

Oh boy, did I have a hoot creating for this weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday, which is Halloween.

The eyeball is from a Halloween set by MMedelIllustrations.

I printed the eye, coloured it with copics, fussy cut it and added a layer of diamond glaze. Then left it to dry for about 24 hours. Eyes really do benefit from this glossy look, makes them look much more real.

The background is made with a stencil and dylusions sprays. I tore the edge and typed the words on my typewriter. When everything was glued in place I added some shadows with a charcoal pencil and blending stub. I lightly inked the edge of the ATC in black ink.

The words made me laugh ... look how intently the eye is looking forward to Halloween ... LOL

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Colours

Its September already ... the long hot days of summer are subsiding and the cooler weather and fall approaches ... what a relief.

Fall colours is Wicked Wednesdays challenge this week, sponsored by Alicia Bel :

Meet Fall Faery : 

She is coloured with copics and fussy cut. I added some gel pen highlights and wink of stellar pen to her wings. I know she's green/blue .. but have you seen any faeries ? Do you know what colour they are ? Artistic licence ... in my imagination faeries are this colour :)

Stop by Wicked Wednesday for more inspiration from the DT and join to win images from Alicia Bel :) 

Monday, September 5, 2016

When you travel you see yourself in a new light

Today there is a brand new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, Anything Goes. As much as I like the challenge of creating to a theme, its fun to be free and create whatever your heart desires :)

I have used this gorgeous stamp from Lost Coast Designs. Its her first inking, and I loved her even more than I thought I would. Meet Feather Diva with Face : 

For this card I created a water color background with nuance powders and a water spray bottle. I firstly added the orange and red, then when it was dry I added the blue across the top and made it run with the water. 

Feather Diva was stamped into the background in black, then I also stamped her onto plain white card stock and also onto a co-ordinating colorised piece of card stock. This was all fussy cut, her face and feathers colored with copics. I paper pieced her dress. I used a charcoal pencil to add some shadows and the ground. I like to ground my images, rather have them floating. I also used a saying from Travel Quotes and lightly stamped images from the travel stuff set in the background. 

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Nikki x

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Unique Pets

Oh my, look at this adorable image from Ppinky Dolls, the ATC is for the challenge 'Unique Pets' at Wicked Wednesday

Fox Girl is coloured with prisma colour pencils and fussy cut. The background is patterned paper and I added some white acrylic with a fine line writer, and a little washi.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mail Art !

Morning all :) Today I wanted to share some mail art I created using a home made envelope.

I have an envelope maker and often use this instead of store bought plain white envelopes. Its so fun to use old magazines, since the background has already been started. I added a couple of stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! to the envelope and some sponging and doodling : 

The Spinning Swing Ride stamped on the left, isnt it great, and perfect for some 'Air Mail' LOL.

I also used Admit one ticket, which I stamped and fussy cut and added on. I did some background stamping with bulls eye target stamps and added a label for the address. 

This is my last creation for the Viva Las VegaStamps! DT, but I will be sticking around in the Facebook group facilitating the trades, if you would like to come and join us :) 

Hugs, Nikki x

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is this weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday, sponsored by Lacy Sunshine. The image is called Roasted Marshmallows : 

She is coloured with copics and wink of stellar pen and I used oval dies to cut her out and a resist paper, sponged in grey for the background. 

Words are typed on my typewriter. When we camp its s'mores every night, I hope she enjoys them as much as we do :) 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jester ATCs

Today I want to share some Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) I made using the Jester Square from Carmen's Veranda. There is a Hip to be Square challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, daily inspiration .. check it out :)

The wording 'Cracking Up' (as in laughing uncontrollably) accompanies the jester - well at least I hope he's funny, being such a great court entertainer.

So many techniques in these three little 2.5" x 3.5" ATCs. The background is sprayed with Lindys Stamp Gang sprays, then I stamped in a combination of black and brown archival ink. Some images I then colored with markers, and black and white gel pen highlights. I then added a layer of crystal effects, followed by a layer of crackle glaze. When it was dry what I ended up with were really deep, large cracks :
The letters were die cut, sponged with distress ink and glued on. I added layers of card stock and knotted twine. To emphasize the humorous side of this ATC, I added a Ranger Embellishment and I wrote LOL (laugh out loud) on a circle then added crystal effects to the hole. I like how it stands up prominently.

The three ATC's were all slightly different, which is your favourite ?

Thanks for stopping by x