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

Be Prepared Mail Art

Today I am sharing some art mail I made for Viva Las VegaStamps! Mail Art Monday :)

Mostly the cards I make are 5.5" x 4.25", so I have used an envelope for that size card. I think in this case the envelope may well outshine the content :

The focal image is Whimsical Gas Mask Guy. I stamped him onto tissue paper and embossed the image. I then painted the back of the tissue paper, to emphasise his jacket and match the color scheme.

The envelope has a Gelli® print background, acrylic paint and stencils. I wanted to get a really vibrant and contrasting color scheme. I used the Writing Chevron stamp to bring my border color into the body of the envelope. There is space for the address in the centre and the stamp top right.

The letters I cut from magazines and glued into place. 

To me this guy, donning his gas mask looks like he is ready for all eventualities !

Mail art is lots of fun to make, and there is weekly inspiration at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog and facebook group. You should check it out.

Nikki x

Friday, July 1, 2016


An ATC challenge in a trade group I am in was Circles. I was debating what to use, but then I got the most wonderful mail from a friend in the UK. It was a random act of kindness, some beautiful Lavinia Stamps and a hand made card. The sentiment and generosity was very touching. I have always loved the Lavinia Stamps, the magical images and faeries. So had to use them ASAP. I made these ATC's for the Circles challenge :

Lots of embossing on a Dylusions sprayed background. I love that they are dark and mysterious looking.

Hope my swap partners enjoy them :)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Christmas ATC

Wicked Wednesdays 216th challenge is 'Winter in July', sponsored by AMB Illustrations

I must admit I find it hard to create for Christmas when its so stinkin' hot here ! 
But here is my ATC : 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Curly Girl

Vera Lane Studios released a new, awesome and quirky digi set this week, Curly Girl.

I made a card, featuring curly girl :  

Isn't she so happy and adorable skipping along. She looks like she doesn't have a card in the world. And she is passing on some very good advice to us :)

The background is made with magenta and yellow acrylic paint and a brayer. Then I added some purple with my fingers and used a stencil to add some green dots. I doodled around some green dots and added a highlight with my sharpie white acrylic paint pen. 

Curly girl is coloured with copics and gel pen, then fussy cut. The green dots were punches out and glued in. White accents added. I did her eyes the same way. The words were printed, cut to size and glued on. Final touches were to white doodle the edge of the card and add diamond glaze to her eyes.

 I also made an ATC featuring Riley, Curly Girls faithful companion :

Background is water soluble powders with crackle moulding paste through a stencil. I added white splatters and a few dots of pink liquid pearl. The planet was made by punching a circle out of another piece of the background paper. I edged the planet and the ATC with black soot ink. 

Riley was coloured with copics, gel pen and my most recent purchase, some Staedtler neon ink pens. The nib is so fine, I really like them. See Rileys nose ? I added white highlights with a gel pen. I fussy cut Riley, popped him up on the ATC and added diamond glaze to his eyes. The words were printed, cut to size and glued on. 

The actual sentiment is 'The world can be amazing when you're slightly strange' but I figured Riley looked full on, not just slightly strange in pink. LOL. 

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Todays challenge at Wicked Wednesday is Horrorscope, sponsored by Delicious Doodles. Look at this awesome Gemini image, accompanied by a few of the Gemini traits :

Are you a Gemini ? Is it true ? LOL

The background is acrylic paint and then I edged it with paper towel I had been mopping up other paints with. The image is printed and the shading enhanced with copics, in grey and soft pink. I fussy cut the image and used pop dots to adhere it in place. The words are typed on my typewriter. 

The twins, there are two of them ... perhaps I should have said "Good Kissers" LOL

Thanks fro stopping by x

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We're all in the same boat

I am over at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog today with this fun postcard.

 I really like this image, Four Ladies in Boat, just look at the expression on their faces, aren't they great :

I guess the meaning of the wording is open to interpretation, deep and meaningful or just humorous .. what do you think ?

For this postcard, I used water soluble powders for the background, I love how the colors swirl and mix when you spritz it with water. I dabbed off the excess water from the sides.

Then I added some of the powder to my craft mat and sprayed it with water. Using this as a sort of stamp pad, to add some cloud like images on my background. I used Smear/smudge stamp to do that :

Then time to stamp my focal image. I stamped it onto the background, and then again onto plain white card stock, which I colored with alcohol markers and fussy cut :

Finally I glued my image over the top of the other, edged the postcard in black and mounted it onto black cardboard. The words were typed on my typewriter.

These ladies are adorable, here's a close up. You can just make out the crystal effects I added to their glasses to make them a little more reflective :)

I hope you found a little inspiration here :) Nikki x

Friday, June 17, 2016

Second Chance

I found it quite difficult to create for an ATC trade where the challenge was 'Second Chance'. Finally the inspiration came and I created, using this adorable image by Aurora Wings, Flying kitten

Background is distress inks put onto my craft mat and spritzed with water. Then I used crackle molding paste through a star stencil. When it was dry I went around the stars with charcoal pencil and a blending stump. The atc was edged in metallic embossing powder. The kitten was coloured with copics and fussy cut. The words were typed on my typewriter. Final touch was to add a little sparkle with my clear wink of stellar pen to the wings and the words.

Thanks for stopping by x