Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Birthday Cupcake

A new release from Vera Lane Studio, cupcakes ! Who doesn't like cupcakes ? lol

I have made a card :

I have teenagers, and these days gifts aren't cool apparently, so money it is ! I can still be creative with how the money is actually given though ... lol. $10 bill in the form of a candle :)

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You are Magic !

I made a card for a very special lady, and what a wonderful set to use, this is You are Magic by Vera Lane Studio. The trees are from another set.

The scene was created in Microsoft word, the images resized and layered, words added and printed. I coloured them with my copics and white sharpie acrylic paint pen. The ground is washi tape. I then cut the card front to size, and matted it onto green pink and then finally the white card base.

Shes a beauty hey.
Not my normal style for in this instance she was perfect.

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sprinkle and Sparkle

A new release from Vera Lane Studio, meet Sprinkle and Sparkle

I  have made a card on acetate, which is super hard to photograph, but you get the idea :

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Let's Play

I had fun making this ATC, featuring one of the images from the Vera Lane Studio set Calacas

The background and torn paper strips are gelli prints. The image is coloured with copics and fussy cut. The clouds are from the set from the Floral Park Collection called Maison. The words are from a set called Lost in Space. I cut these two out of a longer sentiment.

I have some sparkly elements with liquid pearls, diamond glaze and wink of stella pen. 

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seek Peace

Today I'd like to share a page in my art journal. I love this serene gal holding that loveable dove from Vera Lane Studio :

She's coloured with copics and fussy cut. The tree is from a set called Woodland Props.  The ground is a scrap from my every growing pile that I just cant part with LOL.

One of my favourite things about working with digital stamps is the flexibility to resize, change the aspect ratios, layer and reserve images etc. There are lots of videos on you tube how to do this, and Vera Lane Studio have many of their own. Check it out.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dancers don't need wings to fly

Love this adorable new release from Vera Lane Studio, Just Dance.

I made this card featuring the gorgeous dancer :

The gal is resized and manipulated in work. I coloured her with copics and sharpie white acrylic paint pen highlights. She was fussy cut. The background is acrylic paint. I used washi tape to simulate the dance floor, and edged my card in that too. The words are also from the set.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spring in your step ...

Isn't this the happiest and most gorgeous image. One of the lovely hares from the Vera Lane Studio set Two Hares.

I arranged the scene in word, then printed it and coloured with copics. 

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cherry Blossom

A new ATC trade and a new release from Vera Lane Studio, look at these gorgeous Kokeshi Dolls:

 I have used one of these lovely girls for my blossoms ATC :

I have used origami paper for the background, a branch die and flower punch for the blossom. The letters are from a letter pack by Ranger. The image is coloured with copics and fussy cut.

Thanks for stopping by x

Saturday, July 1, 2017

O' Canada

In 2007 we made the decision to move to this wonderful country and are very happy to be here as it commemorates its 150th year.

I took part in an ATC trade, and used these fun images from Local King Rubber Stamps :

  1. Happy Canada Day !!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

She sells seashells

This week is a new release from Vera Lane Studio of a seahorse and octopus set :

The design team have made really amazing creations this week with the critters and I decided to pair the lovely shells with another set featuring royalty by Vera Lane Studio.

This is a page in my mini art journal, created using distress stains and ink with a stencil for the background. The image is coloured with copics, the dress paper pieced. The flags are from a patterned paper I have, and I printed the words on the computer.

As a kid growing up in the UK I went to elocution lessons to speak the queens english lol. I said many many tongue twisters during that time, this seashells rhyme being one of them. So I brought it all together in my page. 

Here is a member of the Royal family earning her keep hahahaha. 

Close up :

 A bit of fun today, thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NYC Limits

This is quite a personal piece I made in my art journal, featuring an image from the set Rain or Shine by Vera Lane Studio.

Without going into too much detail, its about being unseen standing in the rain, weathering the storm ...but being on the periphery of something great. Change is scary, but change is inevitable. By not making change we stay stagnated in a less than ideal situation. Sometimes you just gotta take that first step out of the rain and into the sunshine ..... wish me luck ...

The background is acrylic paints and a stencil. The blue strip across the middle is the skyline.
The image is coloured with copics and fussy cut. The words are made from a wheel by Stampin Up, and I doodled and added heart rain drops. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave me a comment so I know you visited and have yourself a beautiful day x Nikki 

Hidden Treasures

This beautiful Mermaid set is the latest release from Vera Lane Studio. Don't you just love her freedom of body and spirit.

I have made a card featuring her, with a mixed media background of nuance powders and molding paste with a stencil. Mermaid is coloured with copics, and gel pen :

The shell is adorable isn't it ... keep watching for future releases from Vera Lane Studio.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summertime fun

Today I'm sharing a fun atc featuring the gorgeous gal from the June Birthday set by Vera Lane Studio.  I made this for a Summertime themed atc trade :

She is of course holding a yummy ice cream, also by Vera Lane Studio and by the looks of it, shes not sharing ! LOL

The orange portion of the background is acrylic paint and a brayer and the pink is water colour powders with a stencil. The grass is cut using a die. The other elements are coloured with copics and white sharpie pen. The words typed on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by, please check out the Vera Lane Studio store. Its awesome !

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time for travels ...

Its been a few months since I last posted, sorry about that, I had some personal issues ... which are thankfully now fading into the past .... :)

What a lovely come back though with this gorgeous gal from Vera Lane Studio, from a set called The Traveler. I have done a lot of travelling and she was just what I needed to get me back to crafting.

I have made an page in my art journal :

The car is from the Wheels set. Isnt it an awesome red car for her. The houses from the recent release Tall Town. The sun is from a set called Sunny

The images are colored with copics, pencil and white gel pen and fussy cut.

Close up :

The background sky is made with torn paper and distress inks :

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting regularly from now on x

Friday, June 2, 2017


There is a new ATC trade at Vera Lane Studio facebook group, entitled Summertime.

Here is my creation, featuring one of the gorgeous gals from the Floral Park Collection, The Organics set :

She is holding a big double scoop ice cream, from the Sweets and Treats set, the border is from Vera's Borders. All are coloured with copics and gel pen highlights added. Then fussy cut. I cut the arms so I could slide in the big double scoop waffle cone shes about to enjoy on this warm sunny day. The background was made with water colours. I doodled around the edge, sponged the edge and added washi tape and sequins.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Candy Love

The new Goldilocks set from Vera Lane Studio is adorable, a gorgeous gal, a house, trees, words ... such great value to get all this in one set.

 But the best thing about digital images is that you can resize them, rotate them, change the dimensions, layer them etc. Which is exactly what I have done on my ATC, Goldilocks is enjoying a big striped lollipop. Trees work as lollipops right ? lol

Goldilocks is coloured with copics, prisma colour pencils and gel pen. White highlights added with a sharpie white acrylic paint pen. I added a layer of crystal effects to her eyes and the lollipop. The background is made with water soluble powders, and I doodled in black and white. Finally washi tape for the ground. The words are typed on my typewriter and this ATC will go up for trade in the Vera Lane Studio facebook group, theme this month is Love.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Breathe ... It'll be OK

Today I am sharing a card I made using this adorable image from Vera Lane Studio, this is one of the images from the Tears set. 

The image is coloured with copics, and sharpie paint pen. I added diamond glaze to the eyes, tear and red buttons. Isn't this just the most adorable image, one of my faves. 

The background is made with a piece of text paper, I added a layer of watered down gesso. Then I used my distress crayons, in grey and black to achieve the darkened border, by colouring and then smudging the crayon with my finger.  I added some elements of light beige also to the centre to pick up on the hair colour. I then used a baby wipe with a heart stencil to remove some of the colour. 

I typed the words on my type writer, and matted the card front onto a white base.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog today x

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Be Wild

So today I'm poking a little fun at myself in my mini art journal, with the help of the adorable Mamma bear from Vera Lane Studio :

She is modeled on me ... In my present life I am a SAHM ... kids driving me potty and you can always find me in my PJs and slippers - just ask my family and friends. LOL. But I have lead a very interesting and colorful life ... and although I might not look that exciting right now ... there's still an element of wild and fiery on the inside :)

The background is distress inks, a star stencil and doodles with a white sharpie acrylic paint pen. The grassy ground is cut from card stock colourised with Dylusions spray. The mamma bear is from the new release at Vera Lane Studio, shes coloured with copics and artist pitt pen. Her glasses are from another set called Ester Jean, and I added a layer of diamond glaze to them. The tree is from Tree Lot and some of the words are from a set called The Winter Brothers and the 'A little' I typed on my typewriter.

Thanks so much for stopping by x

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Today I choose to be happy

Look at the little dogs face, isn't he adorable :) He is from a set by Vera Lane Studio called Rescue puppies and he is coloured with prisma color pencils. The circles are from Vera's borders set. 
The cloud is also by Vera Lane Studio many clouds and other elements to be found there.

The background is made using watercolour powders, Nuance by Magenta.
The card front is matted onto a white card base. The words are from a word sticker set by Carpe Diem called Posh.

Close up of the pup :

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

... smell the flowers

Oh my goodness, look at the cuteness of this new set from Vera Lane Studio, a raccoon family... LOVE. You will find them in the Vera lane Studio etsy store.

I have made a page in my small art journal, with a brayered acrylic paint background using the baby raccoon, isn't he adorable :

The other images I used include flowers from Queenie and the hat is actually the roof of a bird house from the Birdy set.

The raccoon is coloured with copics and prisma color pencils, and fussy cut. The hat and flowers are coloured and fussy cut, then all added into the background. You will note that the hat actually lifts up and I did a little journaling there, its all about putting yourself out there and not missing lifes opportunities. The words are typed on my typewriter. 

See how his hat lifts up :

Check out the other fabulous critters in the Vera Lane etsy store :)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sweet 16

Its my nephews 16th Birthday, so I have made this card featuring one of Tims awesome birds. I actually used my dies too, they cut so close to the image and I was able to layer the eyes, beak and wing. I don't always get the dies to accompany stamps, but I think in this case it was well worth it.

The bird is stamped on mixed media paper and coloured with water colour powders and an aqua painter brush. I made and wrote on his hat, and the background is scrap paper from other arylic paint and stencil projects. The words are from a sentiment set by Ranger also. And the ribbon from my stash. The card front is matted onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sing ...

Today I want to share another page in my mini art journal, this is created using the fabulous new Woodland props set from Vera Lane Studio, look at these great and versatile images :

Here is my make, a happy little bird, singing for the beauty and wonder of its life :

The background is an acrylic wash. I resized and layered the trees and bird in word. Printed them and coloured the trees with watercolour. Then when it was dry I used my Faber Castell Artist Pitt pens to add all the coloured detail to trees and grass. I also used prisma colour pencil and sharpie white acrylic paint pen. The bird was coloured with copics and the yellow boots have a layer of diamond glaze on them. Everything was fussy cut and glued into place. I printed the bird twice and coloured and fussy cut the wing, using a dimensional to pop it up for extra dimension.

 A close up :

The letters are typed on my typewriter and cut out individually. The musical notes are stickers.

The final step was to edge the page with black lines and squiggles. 

I love working with digital images you can change the size, shape, reverse them, layer them etc. They are so versatile. If you are wondering how, just check out some of Vera Lane Studio videos on you tube HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, have a glorious day x

Poe Appreciation Day

In 2016 the Mayor of Baltimore declared Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday, January 19th as an official city- wide Poe Appreciation Day. At the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity we thought we'd join the fun with a 5-day progressive blog hop.

Here is my card for the hop, featuring one of the new and fabulous stamps released today, this a new zentangle raven from Lost Coast Designs, dressed smartly in his hat and heading to the party : 

The raven is stamped and coloured with copics, then I fussy cut him and added a hat with a pom pom. 

The background is made using nuance powders and the new zentangle feathers stamps

To get the effect above I sprinkled some different colours of  nuance powders onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then stamped into it and onto the water colour paper. I love the colour variations. Water soluble powders are so versatile. I lightly sponged the outside of the card with black ink.

The words 'Its a Party!' are from the Party Words set.

I hope you are enjoying the hop, and perhaps feel inspired to add your own creation :)

Read more about the bop, and the new release from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda :

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x

Monday, January 16, 2017

Aud Creatures

Oh my ... the new release from Lost Coast Designs is so cool, I am loving these new Aud Creatures.

But of all of them, this is my fave, how cool is he, featured in my card :

The awesome Aud dude is coloured with copics, prisma color pencil and gel pen, then fussy cut. There is actually a little detail from his cape that I removed because I thought the background was too fussy for it.

For the background I used some card stock that already had some colour on it from a previous project, then I added more acrylic paint with a brayer. I stamped in the background with co-ordinating colours using images from the Leonardo accessories set. Finally adding some washi strips, and the words which were typed on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by x

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wild and Free

Today I am sharing a card I made using the new release from Vera Lane Studio, The Woodland Collection set of images called Foxes

Fox is coloured with copic and gel pen. And fussy cut. The background is made with moulding paste, acrylic paint and a heart stencil. I typed the words directly onto the background with my typewriter. The cloud is from another set by Vera Lane Studio, in fact there are lots of clouds and other elements included in all the sets.

A close up of the fox : 

Thanks for stopping by x

Friday, January 6, 2017

Puppy Love

There is a fun ATC trade at the Vera Lane Studio facebook group called All Creatures Great and Small. Here is my ATC, featuring the gorgeous pooch from the Hope and Honey set, and the heart border from the Veras borders set.  You can find the Vera Lane images at etsy HERE

Here is mu ATC for the trade :

 The dog is sitting in the hearts, I loved that, and this was done by layering the images in word, so I was able to size them properly and avoid some fussy cutting. I used copics, gel pen and some neon pens from Staedtler. I added diamond glaze to a few elements.  The background is moulding paste, colourised with water colour paint. I added a couple of layers of washi to the ground, typed the words on my typewriter and matted the background into red card stock.

I just love this little pooch, here's a close up : 

Do you remember that old song ... And they called it puppy love .... It wasn't exactly aimed at an actual puppy LOL. But I thought it worked perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

I have also entered this ATC into Wicked Wednesdays cats or dogs challenge :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Looking forward to 2017

For my design team make at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativities and their new 'Anything Goes' challenge, I have made an art journal page ... 2016 was not a good year for many people, and I don't know about you but I sure am looking forward to ringing in a New Year :

Happy New Year, I hope its a good one for you, Nikki x

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Resolutions

Today I wanted to share with you the New Years resolutions that Agnes Rose is making for 2017. She has a wealth of life experience, and her resolutions are both down to earth and achievable :

Images are all from Vera Lane Studio. Agnes Rose and her dog Chew are from the Agnes Rose set, the hat and words by Emerson are from a set called Hope and Honey, and the doodle border they are standing on is from Vera's borders. I just love how you can take different pieces from different sets and mix them up. That's one of the funnest thing about digital images, especially images from Vera Lane Studio :)

The digital images were sized in MS word, printed, coloured with copics and gel pen and fussy cut. Agnes Rose and the dog were put together in word, they are in fact two separate images. 

The background is made with my gelli plate® and a numbers stencil. I used my date stamp to randomly add 2017 on the background and the black numbers are from Label letters by Tim Holtz idea-ology. 

Every day the new Design Team at Vera Lane Studio will be posting their gorgeous makes, and there will be regular new releases. Check out the BLOG and Facebook page :)

This year I have decided work in a 3.5 x 5" journal, slightly bigger than an ATC. Its a Strathmore Visual Journal. I am really enjoying the size, and it will be great to keep my fave makes/saying/meaningful stuff in a book rather than the clear baseball card holders.

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your NY resolutions, I never stick to mine. lol 
Happy New Year. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A fond farewell ...

Today marks the end of a very special couple of years for me ... as a member of the wonderful Design Team at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog. My final make is for a challenge called : Cats or Dogs, sponsored by Sami Stamps. I have used this adorable floating kitty image : 

I will still be playing over at Wicked Wednesday, its so fun to enter their varied challenges, and they have awesome sponsors, and prizes you can win. 

I thought I would share a few of my fave and most memorable Wicked Wednesday makes from the past few years :

My first ever Wicked Wednesday make : Blog post is HERE 

Isn't she gorgeous, I really enjoyed the pairing of image, embelishments and papers. Blog post HERE

My first ever make with Vera Lane Studio images : I had a toddler at the time so this was very close to my heart x Blog post HERE

This alcohol ink background was so fun to make. And I loved the scene. Original post HERE

And who doesn't adore Octopode Factory images, combined with a little of my Englishness. Original post HERE

Paper piecing the witches dress from a candy wrapper - unforgettable :) Blog post HERE

This one was a hoot and amused me greatly hahahaha. Like I say ... its gotta be fun - right ? Blog post HERE

And him ... how stinkin' cute is he xxx I loved the pairing of him with those words. Blog post HERE

Look at this poor kid ... excess of candy. LOL. I love his expression. Blog post HERE

And finally .... how awesome ... LOL. I just love him. Blog post HERE

Quite honestly I could go on and on .... LOL but the above images gives a good range and sample of my makes over the past few weeks, once a week. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and all the fabulous images provided from the sponsors. Sad I can't show all of the artwork here, but I have all my makes in a folder on pinterest if you are interested to see the whole catalogue : HERE

It has been an honour to be part of the team, thanks girls and see you around online xxxxx