52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Thursday 30 March 2017

Three Flower Tag (Stampers Anonymous Mini Bouquet)

This tag was a struggle.  Just as I was nearing completion of it, some ink bled which resulted in me cutting the offending area off and wondering what to do next as I'd already invested too much time on it.

Anyway, fresh eyes on it this morning meant that I was able to finish it.  Not quite what I had originally intended but ok-ish!

The original area is the two flower heads and the script background (the script is a stamp from Oak House Studio).  The flower is from the Stampers Anonymous "Mini Bouquet" set. which I coloured using watercolour pencils.

I prepared a Panpastel background in shades of purple, mauve & black then ran it through the Big Shot in a dotty embossing folder.  I then stuck the original section to the top.  This left and empty area on the bottom right hand side of the tag, so I stamped another flower, coloured it in and cut around it sticking it to the tag to fill the empty area.

So this is proof that not all items created run smoothly.

Monday 27 March 2017

Yellow Poppy Card

I found out today that my friends celebrate their anniversary on Wednesday so got busy making a card.

On a piece of yellow cardstock, I stamped the poppy (Woodware ADS506 stamp) using a darker shade of ink.  I then cut the images out and highlighted areas with tiny dots using my Promarker pens.  I did the same for the stems and leaves. 

I then  ran a Stampin' Up embossing folder "Petal Burst" through the Big Shot to provide a textured background and positioned and glued the flowers.  Once everything was adhered, I mounted the piece onto green cardstock.

Finally on a blank card, I stamped leaves in a random fashion using an Oak House Studio leaf stamp sticking the central decorative panel onto the card.

Week 13 - 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2017

The prompt for Week 13 is "Favourite Colours".

Thinking about this, I have realised I have many favourite colour combinations, but nature reminded me of one particular favourite - shades of sunset, which I have attempted to replicate with this tag.

I used three shades of Panpastels, blended across the surface of the tag to create the background.  I then used various foliage stamps from Stamper Anonymous "Mini Bouquet" stamp set to provide a silhouette feel.

Friday 24 March 2017

A Happy Birthday (Music Sheet) Card

For this card, I used a copy of the music sheet for the "Happy Birthday" song.  In two shades of green I stamped a leaf pattern using a stamp from Oak House Studio and one from the Stampin' Up set called "Vintage Leaves". I then mounted this on dark green cardstock.

I then cut various pieces of foliage using Stampin' Up "Botanical Builder" and "Leaflet Framelits".  I used the Memorybox "Chloe Stem" seed head die and the Poppystamps "Lorelai Outline Leaf die.  I layered some flowers, attaching them with a small brad.

I then assembled and glued the pieces into position, adding some adhesive pearls for interest.

Monday 20 March 2017

A Congratulations Wedding/Engagement Card

This card is 8x8 so I was working totally out of my comfort zone, as I prefer to create smaller cards.

I used a piece of patterned paper for the background of this card.  I then sprayed the back of the skeleton leaves with adhesive, sticking them to the patterned paper.

Using two dies from the Spellbinders "Decorative Fancy Diamonds" set I cut the decorative central panels, sticking the large one down.  On the smaller one, I stamped "Congratulations" using a stamp from Stampin' Up "Flroal Phrases" set.  I then elevated that by using sticky foam pads to add dimension.

Finally I added ribbon and sticky pearls.

Week 12 - 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2017

The prompt for Week 12 is "Home".

"Home" means many things to many people.  For my tag, I thought about my Hubby being "my home".

I started by blending some Panpastels to create the shaded background.  I used one stamp set for the detail.  It's by Papertrey Ink and is called "Love Lives Here" it is actually a stamp and die set.

I finished the tag with small dots using a white pen, to the centres of the flowers and added pearls to the hearts at the base of the tag.

Sunday 19 March 2017

A Cheery Birthday Card

As my paper off-cuts box is close to over flowing I thought I'd better use some of the pieces, which resulted in this cheery birthday card.

The sentiment is stamped using a stamp from Stampin' Up "Endless Birthday Wishes" set.

Saturday 18 March 2017

Spellbinders Swatch Thank You Card

I used a selection of patterned papers from the "Sail Away" paper stack (available from The Range).

I cut the patterned paper by using a Spellbinders die from their "Square Swatches" die set mounting them onto a piece of patterned paper in a 3x3 grid.  I then die cut a ship's wheel and a couple of anchors (I think these dies came from a magazine some time ago).  I finished the card by die cutting the word "Thanks" using a Stampin' Up die from their "Hello Thinlits set.

Thursday 16 March 2017

Daffodil Tag

The daffodils bobbing in the breeze on the grass verge today, inspired me to make this tag.

I used a Rubbadubbadoo daffodil stamp for the main image and a Crafters Companion script stamp for the background.  The tag has been coloured with water colour pencils and the edges have been inked in various darker shades.

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Floral Banner Birthday Card

This card evolved from something I was planning to make but just didn't gel, so in the end I played and ended up with this floral banner card.

The grey spotty paper is from the Stampin' Up "Carried Away Designer Paper" set.  The orange and yellow cardstock used for the banner are off-cuts from previous projects but they have the texture of Bazzill Cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment onto the orange card using a stamp from the Papertrey Ink set called "Stylish Sentiment".  I cut the two banner shapes using Stampin' Up "Banner Framelit" dies.  

I used another Stampin' Up die from the Stampin' Up "Botanical Builder" framelit set to make the foliage garland.  The layered the paper flowers, securing them with a brad in the centre.

Here's a close up look of the detail:

Monday 13 March 2017

Spellbinders Floral Boutique Card

For this card I used two patterned papers from the "Floral Boutique" stack, which I think I got from The Range.

I have used two Spellbinder dies. The large one is from the "Decorative Fancy Diamond" set.  The other smaller one around the sentiment is from the "Victorian Tags" set.

I stamped the sentiment using a stamp from the Stampin' Up set called "Iconic Occasions".

Sunday 12 March 2017

Week 11 - 52 Week Art Card/Tag Challenge 2017

The prompt for Week 11 is "Laugh/Laughter".

For my tag I took inspiration from a reputed quote by Audrey Hepburn where she said: 
"I love people who make me laugh.  I honestly think it's the thing I love mose to laugh.  It cures a multitude of ills.  It's probably the most important thing in a person". 

So using a spin on this, I have gone for "Laughter is the best medicine".

For the tag I started off with a piece of yellow cardstock cut into a tag shape.  I then inked the edges using a shade of green.

Using a Memorybox Honeycomb die, I cut and adhered the lace to the yellow tag. I then cut the other shapes using Spellbinder dies layering and raising using foam pads to add dimension.

The two green ferns are die cuts from a Stampin' Up set "Botanical Builder Framelits".  Finally, I printed the sentiment and die cut it into a circle.

If you are following and participating in this challenge I would love to see your creations.  You can also find the blog on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACraftingNiche/

Saturday 11 March 2017

Hello Flower Card

For this card I used a flower stamp from Oak House Studio for the background pattern.  The "Hello" is a die cut using Stampin' Up "Hello You Thinlit" set.

Male Birthday Card

I struggle making cards for males but this one came together very quickly.  The patterned paper I've used is from the "Wild At Heart" paper stack that I picked up at The Range.  The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink from their "Movers and Shakers" stamp set.

Friday 10 March 2017

Get Well Soon Card

For the background of this card, I used a leaf stamp from Oak House Studio stamping in two shades of green.

The sentiment is by Spellbinders from thier "Jubilee Tags" set.

Easter Bunny Gift Tags

Today I have been making some Easter gift tags. The bunny stamp is made by Little Claire Designs and is called "Janette's Bunny".  I have used water colour pencils to colour the image.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Layered Die Cut Tag

For this tag I inked patterned paper.  Using a Sixxiz die (Tim Holtz 661185) I cut the pattern in black card, layering it over the inked patterned paper.  I then use two Memorybox dies (Isabella and Pippi) to cut the butterflies.

Sunday 5 March 2017

Week 10 - 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2017

Week 10 already and the prompt is "Fashion".

For my tag, I went with a vintage theme of fashion.  I firstly stamped a script detail in a light green which almost blends into the background.  I then lightly inked the edges with three different shades of ink.  I glued two pieces of vintage looking lace across the tag.

On a yellow/green coloured cardstock I stamped the glove, hat and boot (all from a Rubbadubbadoo stamp set called "Ladies Fashion" SNSDS-LF) in a sepia colour and cut around the stamped images, then added them to the tag.

For the floral embellishment on the top left hand corner, I first die cut the foliage in a green card then layered several petals securing with a pink brad.  Finally I added the "Vogue" letters and the ribbon.

Don't forget, if you are following/taking part in this challenge, I would love to see your creations.

Friday 3 March 2017

Spellbinder Thinking Of You Card

For this card, I used a Spellbinder die called "Foliage Lattice" which also provides an embossed pattern for the background.  The butterflies are also die cut using Memorybox "Pippi & Isabella" dies.

Thursday 2 March 2017

Moon Baby Shower Card

For the background of this card, I used off cuts of patterned paper.  Using the Stampin' Up "Moon Baby" stamp set I stamped the moon/baby image, colouring it in with my water colour pencils.  (The stamped sentiment is also from the same stamp set).

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Guitar Card

I remember seeing a card on-line a while back, that inspired me to make this card for my son who plays guitar.

It was quite simple to assemble. The stamped sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink "Movers & Shakers Sentiment" collection.  The most tricky bit was getting the strings (I used metallic thread) to stay in place before I could stick things down properly.