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Friday 27 January 2017

January's exciting invited guest .......

Happy Friday everyone and here we are with another amazing guest designer who has created a really fantastic mini project with lots of crackle texture. We welcome Nikki Killinger with us today so scroll on down to see what she has made. 


Hi everyone, Nikki K here.  I am thrilled to be making my first visit here at A Vintage Journey.  I love everything mixed media, and have been creating since my teens, working in clay, resin, and on to papercrafting and paint, and still love to mix it all up a bit.  I currently reside on a couple of DT's, Tando CreativeCraft Stamper TIMI Challenge team, am Challenge Co-ordinator for IndigoBlu, and work as a freelance demonstrator on Hochanda. I'm very lucky to be able to do events and exhibitions with some fab people too!

I loved the theme of 'Going Round In Circles' this month, and decided to do a mini project to share with you.

I took a tiny matchbox, and used DecoArt Media products to paint and distress it.  I chose circle 'stain' stamps, and a postmark to embellish it.  

I love all the texture going on here! 

My circular bezel is sterling silver, and I've added cogs and a distressed stamped word, and used resin to complete.  It's an eclectic mix of shabby and weird all at the same time! 

If you'd like to know more you can stop by my blog - Nikki K Crafty Ramblings, to find out how it came together. 

Thanks for having me, 

Warm Regards,



Thanks Nikki that's one very cool project for us today and I'm looking forward to popping on over to your blog to see more. We are so pleased you agreed to join us today and thank you for taking the time to create something so special for us.

Well that's the last Friday post for January so where did it go? Already the year is rolling on but we will be back on Monday with another Destination Inspiration post and next Friday will see the start of a new challenge. I just popped over to see how the current Circles challenge is going and there are wonderful entries to peruse and if you haven't had a chance to join in yet you have until Thursday evening to participate.

Thanks for being along on the Vintage Journey. Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda, Nikki and the Team xxx


  1. Gorgeous project Nikki, love that beautiful blue and rust colour palette and all that luscious crackle. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  2. Heh great project Nikki - love the great rust and texture on the matchbox and wonderfully grungy necklace! Nikki x

  3. Hi Nikki . Great to have you visit us today . Fabulous Project . So much crackly texture ,rusty appeal and an ideal( for me ) colour palette . Love the grungy necklace - a real statement piece.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring .
    Have a lovely weekend x

  4. Great to see Nikki here as GDT, and what fabulous projects she's made for A Vintage Journey's Circle theme! Love those colors and the rust on these unique pieces! Well done!

  5. So nice to meet you Nikki and have you guest host here at AVJ! What great circle creations - the crackle, colors and stampings on your little matchbox are wonderful and your necklace is lovely! thanks for joining us! I'm off to check out just how you put these together! Julia xx

  6. Nikki what a great project (or inf act two projects).... Both look super, love the crackle, texture and the colours! Thanks so much for being a guest here with such an inspiring project!

  7. This is fabulous Nikki, love the matchbox and the necklace is fabulous too.
    Linda xxx

  8. How lovely to see the wonderfully talented Nikki here, the crackled and rusted matchbox is superb and I just love the beautiful necklace - grungy and beautiful all at the same time! I look forward to seeing how these projects came together. Anne xx

  9. Great to have you here at AVJ Nikki x your projects are fabulous. Love the crackle and texture......yummy!!!

    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  10. Beautiful pieces from Nikki!! Congrats on your feature! Nicola x

  11. Hi Nikki, lovely to have you as our guest. I love the silver bezel and coordinated box. Gorgeous crackle and I love how,you interpreted the challenge. Tracy x

  12. Fabulous to see you here lovely lady!!! You really pulled out all the stops for these beautiful projects - love the crackle look and that steampunk theme. See you soon! xx