52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Sunday 29 April 2018

Week 18 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2018

The prompt for Week 18 is "Mythical".  For my tag, i decided to go for a mermaid, but I also toyed with the ideas of pixies, dragons and a fairy too.

I used a Stampendous mermaid tag, stamped in a StazOn ink.  I coloured the mermaid using Promarkers.

I made a little circle mask for the moon, then painted the background using a paintbrush and diluted Distress Inks.  After I removed the mask, I then used a white Signo pen to add moonlight to the sea,  I also used Stickles on this area and also on the mermaid herself to give a shimmery wet look.


If you would like to know more about the challenge, then click on the button at the top of the page (to the right of the "home" button".  It's a really relaxed challenge where people do as much or as little as they want to.

I would love it if you joined in with the challenge.  We do have a closed Facebook group, where members can share their challenge makes and chat etc, so why not pop over and say hello.  Sam x

Monday 23 April 2018

Russian Doll New Baby Card

Card #2 for today is this new baby card featuring Russian Doll stamps that came free with a magazine a few months back. I've used Promarkers to colour the dolls.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the scalloped circle and Stampin' Up patterned paper for the background.

Fairy Make A Wish Card

On the agenda of craft makes for today were three cards, this one is none of them, so I still need to get busy.

I just wanted to play, so using some of the techniques I learnt at a local workshop run by Jo Rice  I went with what I fancied doing.

The background paper is a sheet of the "Shenandoah - Natural Wonders" stack.  It is a lovely double sided patterned paper.  I have used a selection of stamps including some by Lavinia and Bee Crafty to create this card, all stamped in a Versafine ink.  I used a white Signo pen for the lighter areas.

Sunday 22 April 2018

Week 17 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2018

On a week when the sun has actually started to shine and give us some heat, crafting has not been high on the agenda, so I'm a little later in the day posting the prompt for this week. 

The Prompt for Week 17 is "A Nursery Rhyme".

So where do I start with telling you about this tag.  I started by sticking a piece of used wrapping paper onto a tag.  I then found some old paint tester pots & mini rollers and decided to grunge the background by dragging and daubing the paint.  I then inked the edges in a red and a black ink.  (Here's the paper and paint, before I started).

I then stamped the shells using a Hero Arts wood mounted set called "Little Shells - LL738", coloured them with Promarkers and then cut them out.

Using the Sizzix Big Shot, I die cut the flowers using the Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Flower Jar Framelits 662270).  I then coloured them using my pastels and a moist paintbrush.

The assembly started by arranging the flower die cuts and sticking them into position.  I then positioned and glued the sea shells to the base of the tag. I printed out part of the verse, cut it into sections then boxed them with a black biro before sticking them into position.  I then completed the rhyme by writing it around the edge of the tag.  Finally, I tied some silver bells together and added a ribbon.

Sam x


If you would like to take part in the challenge, please take a look at the info button to the right of the "home" button at the top of this page.

To join in with the challenge, there is a Facebook page.  Once you have joined, you will be able to share your weekly creations and talk to other members of the group.  It's very informal, there is no pressure to create, you just do what you can, when you can.

Saturday 21 April 2018

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Today I had three helpers with baking, two eleven year olds and one nine year old.  I wanted to make something relatively easy but equally not be too run of the mill, so came across a recipe on-line.  

You can read the recipe here.

The recipe was pretty straight forward.  It does seem to make a lot of batter.  I found that it filled 12 paper cases and I didn't even need to scrape the bowl.

I love the tartness of the raspberries against the sweetness of the white chocolate.

I have to say my helpers were delightful girls and a pleasure to be with.  They were rewarded with an hour in the hot tub and a box of muffins each to take home.

Thursday 19 April 2018

Make A Wish Dandelion Card

Today I've been playing with Distress Oxides and made this card.

I applied the Tim Holtz Distress Inks with a brayer.  I then stamped the dandelion heads using a Hobby Arts set of stamps.  The stamped scrolls of fern are from Bee Crafty..  I've used a white Signo pen to create the dots around the dandelion. (All stamping was done using a Versafine ink).

Monday 16 April 2018

Week 16 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2018

In the week that the TV has had a lot of coverage of the Commonwealth Games, it seems only right to make the Week 16 Prompt as "Sport".

My tag started off as a background of brayered Distress Oxide inks.  When dry, I then ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot to create the embossed pattern using an "Apple Blossom" die.  I then ran a silver ink pad across the surface so it coloured the raised areas.  I then lightly inked the edges in a black ink.

Using 5cm letter dies, I used the Big Shot to cut the letters for the word "Run".  I then used foam pads to elevate the letters from the base of the card.  I added dots using a white Signo pen.

I stamped the image of the trainers using a free stamp from issue 56 of Creative Stamping magazine.  I then coloured the trainers using Promarkers.

Sam x


If you are interested in joining the challenge, please take a look at the group Facebook page, where you can upload your images and talk to others taking part in the challenge. It is a really relaxed challenge where you do what you can, when you can. The more the merrier.

If you would like to find out more information about this challenge or see the list of previous prompts, please click on the button to the right of the "home" button at the top of this page.

Monday 9 April 2018

Spellbinders Floral Tag

Yesterday afternoon, I watched a Facebook Live session by Christine Emberson Spellbinders Ambassador.  Where she demonstrated the use of two sets of dies.  I don't have those dies, but today I decided to use a similar layout and dust of some Spellbinders dies which I have not used for some time to make a tag.

I have used an assortment of Spellbinder dies for my tag.  I used an off-cut of green distressed looking paper and stuck it to a tag to create the base.  I then used a lattice die to create the cream trellis work (I seem to have mis-laid the packet) and lightly inked the edges in an olive green ink.

I then die cut a circle in cream card and stamped the sentiment using a Stampin' Up set called "Hello Friend" in a sepia Versafine ink.  Using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities wreath die I cut the wreath in brown card and stuck it around the circle.

Using water colour paper, I die cut the leaves and layers of petals, using Spellbinders "Timeless Heart - Textured Flowers".  I then coloured them using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, building up the colours as I went.  I spritzed the pieces which then allowed me to manipulate the shapes to have curves.  I then secured the layers together with a small brad.

Sunday 8 April 2018

Week 15 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2018

So this week has been a mixed bag for me.  This cough/cold has now been with me for over a fortnight and I've passed it to Hubby too.  However on the upside, our third grandchild was born, a beautiful boy who is still waiting for a name.

The prompt for Week 15 is "Light / Shine"

For my tag, I started off with a piece of yellow cardstock and stamped the Inkylicious light bulb onto it using a black Versafine ink.  I then used a Stamper's Anonymous sunray stamp using a Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in "Carved Pumpkin" and then over stamped some of the rays using a Stazon ink in a "Claret" shade.  I then cut the light bulb shape out and inked the edges in black.

I then cut a piece of grey cardstock into a tag shape and stamped the raindrops onto it using an Inkylicious stamp.  I coloured areas of the droplets in with a white Signo pen to replicate light hitting it.

Having already decided on the saying, I typed, printed and cut it up, adding a little black pen frame to accentuate the words.


If you are interesting in learning more about the challenge, click on the button above, to the right hand side of the "home" button.  That has all the info and the prompts from previous weeks/years.

If you would like to share your challenge images, please join the Facebook group, where you can chat to other challenge members. The more the merrier.  Sam x 

Sunday 1 April 2018

Week 14 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2018

It's April already, time really has flown this year.  Thank you to all those following this challenge.  I am loving seeing your creations.

The prompt for Week 14 is "Fly".  I thought this one could be interpreted in several different ways.

The background of this tag was made using a brayer and several shades of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

The sentiment is from a stamp called "Fly Away / Flutterby Collection" by Crafters Companion stamped in Versafine ink.

The wings were created by using Distress Inks on Yupo paper.  I then die cut the paper using Stampin' up "Butterflies Thinlits".  The girl is from a Tim Holtz "Paper Dolls" pack coloured  using Promarkers.  Finally I added white and black dots to the background and then inked the edges.


If you would like more information about the challenge or would like to see a list of the prompts, click on the button to the right of the "home" button.

If you fancy joining in with the challenge, why not  join our Facebook Group where you can talk to others taking part in the challenge and share images of your creations.