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

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Wow, what an awesome challenge at Wicked Wednesday this week, sponsored by Miezo Digi Stamps. Isn't Digi Stamp Rose cute : 

The background is made with a stencil and molding paste. The I colorised it with dylusions sprays, finally sponging some brown ink along the bottom and lightly around the edge. 

The image is coloured with copics and gel pen, and fussy cut.

The sentiment was typed on my typewriter. I loved the sentiment .. It just came to me as I was carefully cutting around the roots. Roots and being grounded are so important arent they :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Morning today I am sharing a card I made for the new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, Water color background. I really enjoy this look and it is complimentary to so many images. For my water colour effect background I have used nuance powders.

My card features one of the awesome new zentangle feather stamps, Zentangle Feather 1 from Lost Coast Designs :

The feather was stamped onto white card stock and fussy cut.

I used nuance powders in the background, in green and yellow, then stamped the feather stamp without reinking it, so it gives a light, shadow effect.

I added the twine, buttons and white embellishments and stamped the word 'Believe' from the Misc Words stamp set. I sponged lightly around the card, and the final touch was to matt the decorated card onto a white card base. 

I really like this zentangle feather, especially how the traditional black and white zentangle pops off the colored background. 

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Giddy Up

This weeks sponsor at Wicked Wednesday is Polkadoodles, and the theme is 'Things you might find at the beach' :

The image is coloured with copics and fussy cut.
The background is made with distress inks and acrylic paint.
I like the dark, light contrast, it really shows off this adorable image.

Thanks for stopping by x

Swim Fast

I made a couple of cards, featuring one of the original stamps I bought from Viva Las VegaStamps! a number of years ago.... Diver from Board : 

Isn't the diver great. I stamped him in memento black ink and colored him with copics and fussy cut him. I added some white gel pen highlights.

I wanted to create a splashy watery background for him, and this is how I accomplished that :

I used water color powders, sprinkling them onto my water color card stock : 
Then I spritzed it with water :
and used a straw to blow the water around. 

I love the richness and unpredictable effect you get, a perfect backdrop for my diver.

The words are typed on my typewriter. The card front is matted onto a blue card base.

I made two similar cards, although adapted one image so he's wearing a swim cap : 

Thanks for stopping by x

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Say What ?

This week there is a color challenge at Wicked Wednesday, sponsored by Enchanted Designs/Concetta Kilmer. My ATC, all colored with water colour paints and white gel pen : 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hair Do

A fun little ATC, made for the 'Hair Do' challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog.

The image is Airy Fairy from SLS Lines, coloured with copics, nuance powders and neon staedtler pens. I used diamond glaze on the multi coloured bubbles around her. 

Thanks for stopping by x

You are Beautiful

I am up on the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog today, sharing a postcard I made featuring the beautiful Whimsical Ladies Face with Tears : 

Firstly I used a blue painted piece of card to make my background. I added red, yellow and white acrylic paint and a brayer and my fingers. Then I stamped her and clear embossed her. I used color pencils to make the face area lighter, and added color to her lips, white acrylic to the highlight in her eye : 

The scrap paper that I used to clean my brayer was then used to make the flowers, since obviously the colors are already the same : 

I used a die by Tim Holtz Alterations to cut the flowers, then I layers them and lightly sponged the edges in blue :

I added color co-ordinating brads and layered the flowers and glued them in place around the face : 

A close up of her face : 

Final step was to add some black and white splatters and the wording, which is embossed in white : 

Stamps used :

Hope you found some inspiration here :) Nikki x

Monday, July 18, 2016

Whimsical Birds and other awesome new releases

There is an awesome new release at Lost Coast Designs, which includes whimsical birds,  zentangled images and more. Check out all the stamps HERE.

We are having an event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to celebrate the new release.

For my card I have used this darling whimsical bird, her name is Ruthie :

Ruthie is stamped in brown memento ink and colored with alcohol markers, prisma color pencils and gel pen. I added diamond glaze to her eye, then fussy cut her. 

For the background I put overlapping strips of distress ink onto my craft mat, in blues and green, spritzed it with water and placed the card front down into it. What a cool and easy background it makes. The water diffuses any clear lines between the colours.

I then inked up background stamp Sunflower in the matching green of the ground and stamped it over the green. I have used this sunflower stamp quite a lot, I really like it. I also lightly stamped Misc Words in the background. I reinked and stamped it onto white card stock and cut out some words I thought would best describe Ruthie. These were edged with matching distress ink colours.

I added Ruthie to my card front with dimensions, and using a charcoal pencil and blending stub I added some shading behind Ruthie. Finally I added the words and matted the card front onto a white 4.25" x 5.5" card.

Isn't she gorgeous. Why not check out the daily inspiration from the design team and see many other  Lost Coast Designs stamps brought to life ...

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Water ATC

This weeks challenge from Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog is Water, sponsored by The East Wind.

Here is my ATC, coloured with distress inks, acrylic paints, prisma colour pencils and gel pen : 

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


What a hilarious new set from Vera Lane Studios, Sakana. I made a card featuring her, although had to couple her with an image from another Vera Lane Studios set, Ocean 11

Isn't Sakana awesome ! I coloured her with copics, gel pen and distress ink. Then fussy cut her and tied bakers twine bows in her hair. The fish is coloured the same way. But I also used a micron pen to add tiny little scales to his face. Looks so effective doesn't it.

The background is a Gelli® print, then I added some additional teal with a catalyst tool. And matted this onto a white card base.

I just love this colour combination. One thing I have learned in my experimentation and exploration of arts, crafts and mixed media is to not be afraid of colour. Yes I look at the colour wheel ... get a little guidance but then I go for it. Whats the worst that can happen, its just paper - right :)

Have a wonderful day x

Rock and Roll

This weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday is Rock and Roll, sponsored by A Random Fan. I have used this cute little image, Rock my World

Image is coloured with copics. The background is Dylusions sprays, music washi, white doodling and some red splatters. The words are typed on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by x

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mystery ATC

Today I am sharing an ATC I made for this months challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. I recently bought Yupo paper and just had to play with alcohol inks on it. I thought the bright vibrant colors and patterns worked really well with this quirky image from Lost Coast Designs. This is one of the Mini flying ladies : 


Look at the yummy background : 

I stamped one of the stamps from the ATC borders set onto this scrumptiously rich background and clear embossed it. Then I cut it to size. I stamped the Mini flying lady on to this paper too, and clear embossed and fussy cut her. I added white details and the word is from the awesome set, Misc words. If you haven't checked out Misc words yet, you should.

There is more ATC inspiration at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, and there will be a second inspiration post on 15th ....

Thanks for stopping by x