Monday, 20 November 2017

Getting Christmassy for a Vintage Journey

Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
A rare post at the moment and I was close to the wire getting this one done! It is my turn over at A Vintage Journey to use this months selection of product, substrate, colour and technique. Do head over for all the details.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Rusty Christmas Greetings

Rusty Star Canvas with PaperArtsy ESC stamps and Seth Apter PaperArtsy paints - by Nikki Acton

Tonight I am over at PaperArtsy sharing this project - the theme is rust and I have used Scrapcosy Christmas stamps to create a reverse canvas.
It's all rusty and patina tones for this Christmas hanging!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Book for A Vintage Journey

Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Hi everyone, back with a couple of blog posts this week after a quiet period here! Not had much crafting time of late after starting a new job. Hoping I get into a better routine soon and manage to find more time for creating and blogging.

Today we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - hosted by the lovely lady that is Anne Redfern from Redanne! Our theme is Mini Marvels and Anne is looking for projects that are miniature - less that 4 inches.

I have created a mini book - which is 3 inches square. One thing I have done over the last month is attend a Seth Apter workshop - Book of Moments - where we altered book covers to create a book. Despite me not yet finishing that project it certainly inspired me to create this.

I started with some greyboard and cut two pieces 3 x 3 inches square. I also cut some kraft card 1inch x 3inches (or a fraction under) and scored at 1/2 an inch. I joined these together.
For my pages I took some cardstock and my distress inks. Firstly tea die to give that aged look and then a little ink splodging and stencilling. The edges were distressed and more ink added.
Mini book pages - EAB02 and EAB03 - PaperArtsy stamps.
I stamped several quotes from Alison Bomber / PaperArtsy stamp sets - selecting some of my favourites from Music and Silence (EAB03)  and Darkness and Light (EAB02). I heat embossed for added impact.
Seth Apter - Spellbinders Pathway die
 For the front I took Seth Apter / Spellbinders Pathways die and stippled various paints over it.
Mini book cover featuring Seth Apter Pathways die
I added a previously created star and a Tim Holtz Quote chip. For the back I used just the Pathways die.
I added some patterned paper to the insides and the backs of my distressed / stamped pages. I will add to these later! 
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber

Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber
There is heaps more miniature inspiration at A Vintage Journey today - plus the chance to win a prize from Southern Ridge Trading Co. or to be one of our Pinworthies this month.

I am back on Monday with a PaperArtsy project - see you then!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting the glitter out!

I am over at PaperArtsy with this glittery Christmas card featuring some of the newly released Christmas stamps by Kay Carley.
I have used glitter in 3 different ways and also thrown in some gilding flakes....

Friday, 29 September 2017

Forever Autumn - That's Crafty Challenge

That's Crafty MDF Upright featuring PaperArtsy / Alison Bomber quote and That's Crafty MDF leaves. By Nikki Acton
The new challenge at That's Crafty is Forever Autumn. As always there is a chance to win £20 to spend in the store so do play along! All the details can be found here.

I decided to use one of the That's Crafty Dinky MDF uprights - a crackle background with some of the That's Crafty greyboard leaves. I sponged the leaves with various colours of paint before stamping one of the fabulous new quotes from Alison Bomber / PaperArtsy - The Autumn Edition.

It's one of those busy 24 hours at Addicted to Art! 3 posts in 24 hours. Yesterday I posted my final design for the That's Crafty DT project blog - my Christmas shadow box:

and earlier today my tag for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey - well two actually!

Thanks for stopping by.

It's Tag Friday at AVJ

Hello! It is time for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey. It only happens a few times a year when we have a 5th Friday in the month and we do love our Anything Goes Tag Projects! 
I decided to create some Christmas themed tags and make them into Christmas cards.

This first tag started with a distress ink background before adding versamark through Tim Holtz Snowflakes layering stencil. I then added Mica powder to highlight the flakes and sealed with spray fixative. I die cut some Tim Holtz snowflakes (Bigz - Layering Snowflakes) added silver paint and sprinkled some embossing powder on top and heated.

Tag two was a bit more of an experiment! I started with clear embossing paste through That's Crafty Dinky snowflake stencil. Once dry I used green and red distress paints to create the mottled (messy?) background. I created some splatters on my craft mat with white gesso and lay the now dry tag into it.
The tree is a Tim Holtz die cut I was given (don't know what it is called!). I added copper paint followed by White embossing powder.

The little Happy Christmas tag at the bottom (see top photo) was engraved by me!! My sister engraves and personalises tags, key rings etc and has all the kit to engrave metal - so I got to play!! You can find her shop here if you are interested:


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hochanda Christmas Shadow Box

Christmas Shadow box by Nikki Acton - featuring That's Crafty products

Hello. Today is my regular slot over at That's Crafty where I am sharing how I created this Christmas shadow box for the recent Hochanda shows. 

Today is also a farewell as I am sad to leave the That's Crafty team. A new job means I need to cut down my other commitments for a while. 

So I may be a little quieter for while - but hopefully I will strike a good balance and keep my crafting and blogging alive!



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