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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Gift Tag

The challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is entitled 'Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas'. Lost Coast Designs and Carmens Veranda have some awesome and unique Christmas images. Check them out :)

Here I have used the awesome Snowman image from Carmen's Veranda.  What I liked most about him is that he is over 4" high and easy to colour and fussy cut, great for lots of Christmas gift giving.

I also used the snowman to make an ATC. In this monochromatic ATC I would like to acknowledge that not everybody has a great time during the festive season. It fills some with dread and sadness. Its not always jolly :(  The blue also is for the cold and icy snowman.

This background of the ATC is made with paint chips that I cut up, edged with blue gelli roll pen and clear embossed. I used the same Snowman image as above and edged the ATC in brown ink. Words are typed on my typewriter. I used a die for the icicles at the top.

Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vera Lane Studio DT News

I have some exciting news to share .... I will be co-ordinating the new Design Team at Vera Lane Studio in 2017. I am joined on the Design Team by very talented and inspirational designers, and we will be sharing daily creations in the facebook group. Its a very fun and friendly environment, and we do regular trades.  Come on over ... you know you want to :)

If you have not met any of the gorgeous, whimsical and quirky beings over at Vera Lane Studio yet ... I suggest you check it out :) Here is a link to the Etsy store.

Over the past few years I have been creating with the fabulous digital images from Vera Lane Studio, you can search my blog to see what I have made. The images are very unique and lend themselves to both CAS, mixed media and basically to artistic freedom.

First stop though ... the DT announcement HERE

         I am really looking forward to 2017, I hope you come to play with us on the Lane x 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Oh Deer !

Wicked Wednesdays challenge this week is 'Things starting with the letter D', sponsored by the fabulous Miezo. I have used this image, Ralfi the Deer. The image is the whole, but I just focussed on her head, and added some nice long lashes :) Isn't she gorgeous :

Ralfi is coloured with copics and prisma color pencils. Diamond glaze added to her eyes. Background are leftovers from mixed media backgrounds, inks and sprays. I typed the words on my typewriter.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

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