Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Feeling inspired.....

I am very excited about the project that I have to show you.......
I really like it!
This is an inspiration jar......
All you need is an empty jar, some cardstock, embellishments and ribbon (mine had to be in purple!)....
1. Decorate the body of your jar.
2. Decorate the lid of your jar.
3. Add 3d gloss to the lid and allow to set - this gives a lovely finish to the lid.

Now for the inside of the jar......
4. Create lots of tags.
5. On each of the tags write a technique - eg... stamping, embossing, paper folding etc etc
6. Decorate and add ribbon.

Now whenever my mojo leaves or if I am ever just having one of those days....... I shake my jar..... take out 3 tags...... and that becomes my recipe for the project I am making.
I think this has to be one of my favourite things!!!
I hope it helps you out too.....
If you make one, I would love to see it.

Happy crafting,
Nikki x

Monday, 30 January 2012

Final day of create and craft samples....

well from this show anyway..... who knows when or if I will be asked to make some more (if I am asked I will show you then as soon as I am allowed).....
So here are my final five .....

I think the last card is my favourite from these ones.
I just like the simple fresh look of it and the colours work very well together.
I've created the doodle line around all the papers to help bring the card together and finish it off.

I hope you have liked seeing the finished projects over the past few days. I have loved sharing them with you all.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who left comments - they are all appreciated.

Happy crafting.
Nikki x

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Day 4 of the create and craft samples....

Only 2 more days of these samples to go.... lol
Here are the cards that I wanted to share with you today.....

These are all made from elements from the Hot Diggity Dog range.
I think, for me, one of the most fun cards I made here was the stamped card where I made my own background paper with lots of coloured cupcakes.
I think the little mice in the range are very sweet - I'm also very fond of the frog!

Back tomorrow with the final set to show you.
Next week I will be putting up a couple of tutorials, so watch this space.

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Day 3 of the create and craft samples.....

Well done for sticking with me!!! And a huge thank you for coming back to see what I created.
It's nice to know that you come by and have a look....
So today I am using some of the new (and they are brand new!!!) Hot Diggity Dog range..... I just love saying the title of it!
Hot Diggity Dog........
So here are the pics for today....

The round edges were created using the xcut corner rounders - blinking brilliant little gadgets.....
I'm catching up with some DT work over the next few days.
Life has had a few interesting turns over the past few days. Never mind...... I'll get there in the end!!!
Crafting always gives me something to focus on.....

I hope you are all having a very crafty day xxx
Nikki x

Friday, 27 January 2012

Day 2 of the create and craft samples.....

Well as promised, here is day 2 of the samples that were on Create and Craft this week.....
Let me know what you think...... (go on..... I can take it! lol)

All of these cards are from the Woodland Folk range - I love the mix of papers that this set has... and...... all double sided!!! So great for creating 3d projects with!
I have lots of bits to spare as well, as the kits have lots of extra bits in them.

Tomorrow I will show you some of the other ranges I was playing with.

Happy crafting
Nikki x

Thursday, 26 January 2012

It's that time again......

well did you watch Create and Craft / Ideal world for the pick of the day this week that was brought to you by Do Crafts?
There were of course the CDs/DVDs, but I was working with all the papercraft yummy things..... I had Woodland Folk, Tulip and Hot Diggity Dog to name but a few.... all of the ranges are jam packed with everything that a crafter could want.
I made over 50 samples in the end....
(don't worry - I am not going to put 50 cards up in the one post!!! lol).
What I thought I would do is pop up some of my favs over the next few days...... and I will put some of them into my gallery on the Do Crafts web site as well.
So here are the selection for today.....
 This is a selection of some of the cards.
 These two are Tulip cards....

 The next three are all from Woodland Folk.....

I really enjoy getting a box of crafty goodies and just being able to design and create with it.
I'll be back again tomorrow with some more to show you.

I hope you have had a very crafty day x
Nikki x

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Birthday Boy

It's my turn to do the blog post over on the WOW blog today.
This was the card I created,
I wanted to show that even if your love is digi stamping, there is still a place for embossing powders in your crafty stash.
This is one of my favourite digi stamps from last year - I love Roger and his little kite. He is from Ellephantastic.
I printed him off and coloured him as usual, then I used the WOW embossing pen to go over sections of the stamp (work on same colour sections, one at a time).
I thought that adding the blue all around the image really helped it to pop off the page.
Here are a few close ups,

I really like these vibrant fluorescent embossing powders that WOW has brought to us all!
They are great fun to with with.
Come on over to the WOW blog and play along with the challenge that is running at the moment. There are prizes to be won! lol

Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Mixed mediums....

The project that I wanted to share with you today is slightly different than a card......... so when is a card not a card......
When it's a picture! lol
This is what I created.......
The frame was created using Do Crafts acrylic paint (dark purple then lilac). But by adding the crackle medium you get a lovely vintage look to the frame. It's so easy to do and you get an amazing effect..
I then embossed the whole frame using WOW holographic embossing powders.
The heart in the frame and the little dragon have been embossed too.

Here are a few close ups for you......
You can see the glitter on his tummy with this close up.
Pop on over to the WOW blog to see the challenge for this month - there's a fab prize on offer too.

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Friday, 20 January 2012

Keep calm...... and carry on crafting

It's been a mad couple of weeks!!
I have soooo much to show you (although some of it is under wraps at the mo, but I will show you when I can).
Things have been a bit busy here - keep an eye on Create and Craft next week and you will see some of the things I have been up to. Dawn Bibby has a show on Tuesday and then Sheila and Becks have a great pick of the day on Wednesday. Fantastic goodies from Do Crafts.
I have been making up samples for both of those shows this week.
I promise the DTs I'm on  that I will be back with them soon - due to personal reasons I have been in the background with them over the last few weeks. I have been looking at everything the girls and you have been creating though.
I've not forgotten about some tutorials I promised either....... and thank you to the awards I have been sent over the past week or so, I will blog about them too!

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Friday, 13 January 2012

A little wiper monkey

This is a type of card that I was showing at my demo - the tutorial for it will follow.....
But first of all I thought I would share with you this card.....
I made it for the Odds and Soxlets blog, you will find that over here....
Erica created this lovely digi..... why don't you pop on over and grab it for yourself!

Come back soon for the wiper card tutorial.
Happy crafting..
Nikki x

Thursday, 12 January 2012

WOW blog goes live....

Tania from WOW has been working very hard to get the WOW blog up and running.
The day has arrived.... and here is it!!!

Come on over and meet the Design Team....

Looking forward to see what everyone creates!

Nikki x

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

No way....

How on earth are we at the 11th January already!!! Is someone just stealing my days or what!
I have had a manic few weeks with the start of the demo programme for 2012 with Do Crafts.... lots of goodies being sent and played with from WOW (more on that later) and some exciting stuff happening on the DTs.... talk about all go.....
I have also been working with some great product for the next edition of the Creativity mag.... I can't share that with you at the moment, but when I can.... I will....

Here is a project that I created for the latest edition of the Creativity mag - you will find that on your shelves now!!!
This one is from the template challenge (see the mag for more details)....

I love this card,

Lots of lovely purpleness...........
What are you up to today - I'm colouring!!!!

Happy craftin'
Nikki x