52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Monday, 26 September 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Forest Inn" New Home Card

I've played with my Lavinia Stamps today to make this New Home card. 

I stamped the Lavinia toadstool image, called "Forest Inn" in second generation Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the Hobby Art Ltd sentiment too.

I stamped the "Woodland Ferns" and the "Leaf Spray" in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink in first and second generation stamping.

I used Derwent Inktense water colour pencils, Van Goch Pastel Pencils, Posca Pens and Gelly Roll pens to colour the image.

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Scribble Hare" tag

Today I have had a play with one of the new wildlife stamps from Funky Fossil Designs called "Scribble Hare" designed for Funky Fossil by "Mo's Art UK". 

I started with colouring the background with what I think of as hot colours, using the following Distress Oxide Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door and Candied Apple.

Once dry, I stamped the Funky Fossil Designs "Scribble Hare" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, immediately sprinkling Wow! Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped image and then heat setting the image.

I then used the Funky Fossil Slimiline "Brick Wall Upright" stencil with another two Distress Oxide Inks:  Barn Door and Aged Mahogany.

Using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink, with a script stamp from the Funky Fossil "Musings" stamp set I lightly stamped areas of the tag.

Using a Quickie Glue pen and Cosmic Shimmer Gold Gilding flakes, I adhered little flecks of gold over the surface of the tag.

I then masked the stamped hare image and splattered white Posca Pen over the surface of the tag.

Once the white paint was dry, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne Ink" to darken the edges of the tag.  I gave the tag a blast of the heat gun to dry the surface, then used a metallic gold pen loosely around the edges of the tag.

Finally, I used a white Gelly Roll Pen to add light areas to the eyes and whiskers.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Druid's Inn" and the hare card

It's another early morning crafting session for me today, creating this card using a selection of Lavinia Stamps 

I used a background from my stash that I had made some months ago, using spray inks with a spritz of the Lavinia Stamps "Mysticals" spray (unfortunately, it doesn't show up on this photo).  it was only a small background, so I had to work with the size I had, hence using landscape rather than portrait position.

I used the following Lavinia Stamps:  Druid's Inn, Tree Root, Small Branch, Forest Spruce and a hare from the Wild Hare Set with stamping in various shades of Versafine Clair inks.  I coloured using Van Goch Pastel Pencils and a white gelly roll pen.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Card-io Majestix "Hares" Christmas Card

Recently, I have seen so many posts menitoning the "C" Word - "Christmas"!  Which made me want to make a card. I have used three Card-io Majextix clear stamp sets to create this card, using the large tree from "Peaceful Place", the trees in the backgroud from the "Mini Tall Trees" set and the hares from the "Field Day" stamp set, all stamped in Versafine Clair Inks.

For the background, I used three shades of Archival Inks:  Cobalt, Blue Bird and Shadow Grey.

The sentiment, is part of a Simon Says Stamp Set called "Tiny Words - Christmas".


Sunday, 18 September 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Architectural" card

I was having trouble sleeping last night, so decided to get up and craft, making this card. 

I used Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink to stamp the image, using Funky Fossil Designs "Architectural" stamp set, then used Wow! Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  Once dry and cooled, I used a mask to cover the stamped area and then used four shades of Archival Ink (Cornflower Blue, Orange Blossom, Red Geranium and Chrome Yellow) to create the patterned background, finally adding some sticky backed pearls.

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Netgalley Book Review "Holiday Romance" by Catherine Walsh

The past ten days, I have been reading a new book via Netgalley, called "Holiday Romance" by Catherine Walsh.  This book will be available to purchase from 4th October 2022 or you can pre-order on Amazon now.

I absolutely loved this book, from the bright red cover to the last sentence of the epilogue.  The story made me laugh out loud, it was a fabulous festive read which I was really sorry to finish.

Funky Fossil Designs "Pumpkin" stencilled card

Today I've been playing with a new stencil by Funky Fossil Designs, called "Pumpkin Trio" I paired the stencil with the bunny from the Funky Fossil "Critters in cups" stamp set.  Using the "Hello Sentiment Die".

I coloured the image using the new Tim Holtz Distress Water Colour Pencils and Van Goch Pastel Pencils, stamping the rabbit in Versfine Clair "Morning Mist" Grey Ink.

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Tie Dye Stencil" Good Luck Card

A young man that we have watched grow from a baby, goes off to university this week.  Huge changes ahead for not just this lovely boy but also his family too, who will miss him so much. As I couldn't sleep, I decided to get up and make a card for him.

I started by blending colours for the background, starting in the middle and working outwards using the following Distress Oxide Ink colours: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Carved Pumpkin. I gave it a blast of the heat gun to dry off the ink.

I then taped the Funky Fossil Designs "Tie Dye Stencil" over the top and used a further two shades of Distress Oxide Ink, using Villainous Potion in the middle and then Wilted Violet out towards the edges.

I decided the image needed something else, so I edged the pattern area using a gold shimmer Gelly Roll Pen, which added an extra dimension.

I stamped the sentiment, part of the Stampers Anonymous "Saying Stuff" clear stamp set in Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink.

Friday, 9 September 2022

Ranger Tim Holtz "Distress Water Colour Pencils" first play session

In an earlier post, I mentioned I had ordered the Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Water Colour Pencils from "Art From The Heart" .

I had a lovely mail box full of goodies today, including the new Distress Water Colour Pencils, so I of course had to have a play, creating this tag.  I went full on grunge, something I've not done for a while and to be honest, I enjoyed every minute of it!

I used one of the backgrounds I'd prepared a couple of days ago, using Tumbled Glass and Tea Dye Distress Oxide Inks for the base.

I stamped in black Archival Ink, uisng a couple of Stampers Anonymous red rubber stamp sets:  Haberdashery - CMS105 and a sentiment from the Perspective Set - CMS213.  I didn't keep note of the colours of water colour pencils I used, just picking up the ones that I was drawn to.

I found the Distress pencils really easy to use.  I liked that you could lay a lot of colour down at once, but also they way they can be diluted.  One of the best things about them is that they are a continuation of the lovely collection of colours already in the existing range, which I have a whole lot of love for!

For me, this tag shares my love of paper crafting and my addiction to sewing so I love it.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Tim Holtz new Distress Water Colour Pencils

I was very excited by the recently announced new release by Ranger/Tim Holtz of Distress Water Colour Pencils.  I watched the long release video where Tim shows you how they work and decided I needed to get them.

I have ordered all three sets from Art From The Heart and I can not wait for them to arrive.

Inspired by the video, I decided to start creating some typical grungy Tim Oxide backgrounds so that I could play with the pencils as soon as they arrive.  

I am now in stalking the Postie mode... it's going to be a long week!

Netgalley Book Review: Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft

Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft - I was instantly drawn to this book by the festive cover, which invited me into a winter wonderland. I like the flow of the writing and enjoyed the story too. What more can you ask of a book! Twenty five year old budding author Merry McKenzie from Hertfordshire, wants to reclaim her life back. She realises that she has relied on her three older brothers for too long, it's time to stand on her own two feet and get on with her life

Her Aunt Ava, who lives in "Christmas Village" in the Highlands, asks Merry to house sit and to look after her many animals while she is abroad. Merry takes this as the opportunity to move on with her life plan.

On arrival, Merry scans the many notes an animal care, detailing a secret festive mission that she would like Merry to take care of for her. Unfortunately, the house rabbit has other ideas, destroying the notes and leaving Merry to work out the mission for herself with the help of local vet, Theo.

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Lori the hare" new baby card

This afternoon, I have played with my Lavinia Stamps, creating this New Baby card. 

In the background, I have used the Lavinia Stamps "Flower Mask" with "Salt Water Taffy" Distress Oxide Ink.  I have then added a touch of extra colour to the central area of the flower using Van Goch Pastel Pencils.

I have used three shades of Versafine Clair inks: Shady Lane, Chiante and Acorn for the stamping.

I used the following Lavinia Stamps:  Lori, Wild Hare Set, Maple Leaf, Woodland Fern, Small Branch and Leaf Creeper.

The sentiment is part of a set by Personal Impressions.

I've used a white gel pen to highlight areas and Posca Pens to create the impression of flowers in the grass.

Penny Black Inc "Sprigs 30-284" card

I've used a small off-cut of a previous project (using Distress Oxide Spray Inks) for the background of this card.

I've stamped the Penny Black Inc "Sprigs 30-294" clear stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I've used a white gel pen for highlights. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Sirlus" the Pegasus Card

Last week we had family staying at our house, which included ten year old Jessica, who happened to be into crafting.  So it was only natural that we had a little crafting session, where I helped her to create these cards. 

For the background, we used a piece of Lavinia Stamps patterned paper, from their "Colourburst Collection".

We stamped in Versafine Clair inks, enhancing the background colour using Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" and using the following Lavinia Stamps:  Talia the Unicorn, Sirlus the Pegasus, Tree Group, Birds and "Tree of Hope". We also added colour using pastel pencils and Posca Pens.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Netgalley Book Review: "Christmas at Red Robin Cottage" by Sue Roberts

I have been a member of Netgalley since 2016.  Netgalley is a book review site and this is a reveiw of one of the books I have just read.  The book will be available to purchase late September 2022.

The festive looking cover of "Christmas at Red Robin Cottage" drew me to this book and I wasn't disappointed by the content. The book made me want to step straight into Christmas. Sue Roberts, the author, has a very descriptive style of writing that sets the Christmas theme perfectly. I couldn't get enough of this book, it was right up my street!

Set in a village in the Liverpool area, Sarah Dunn works in an old fashioned cinema and loves her job. Sarah is a single Mum to sixteen year old Ellie and is divorced to Robbie, Ellies Dad.

Sarah lives in her beatiful old cottage and loves everything about the pretty building. Life is perfect, she has her job and great friends, but there is the lack of a life partner. Sarah reflects on her past, especially the teenage years spent doing am-dram with her best friend Kay, who just happens to have an older brother called Luke, that Sarah had her first crush on.

Fond memories of her crush for Luke, means that Sarah isn't sure if she spots him in a window seat of a train going in the opposite direction or if she has imagined it. A visit to the city library reveals a surprise for Sarah, was it Luke she saw?

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Stag Snowscene" card

For this card, I was inspired by a recent card made by one of my crafting friends, Susan Bradney.

To create the sky, I have used four Lavinia Stamps "Elements Ink" colours:  Sundance, Russet Orange, Della Blue and Graphite.

I've used both the large and the smaller Lavinia Stamps "Red Pines", the "Stag"  and the "Nadolig Llawen" sentiment, which is part of the "Welsh Words" sentiment stamp set, all stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Penny Black Inc "Fall Flourish 40-783" birthday card

I've been away at the caravan for the past ten days, so there has been minimal paper crafting.  I have been able to do a little hand sewing though. 

I packed a small box of papercrafting items, just in case I wanted to faff with inks etc.  As it turned out, it was handy that I did, as one evening I had an urge to play, making this card.

I used the Penny Black "Fall Flourist 40-783" cling stamp and the sentiment from one of their clear stamp sets (You're retro 30-239).  I stamped in Versafine Clair inks and coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils and a 2B pencil.  

Once home,  used the Funky Fossil Designs "Micro Dots" stencil with "Tea Dye" Distress Oxide ink.

Friday, 19 August 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Hope Blooms" Charity Insta Hop

Today, 19th August 2022 from 9am, Funky Fossil Designs is holding an Instagram "Insta-hope" to promote a stamp set called "Hope Blooms" where all profit from sold sets will be donated to a breast cancer charity.

If you are on Instagram, check out my Insta post you could win a £20 voucher to spend with Funky Fossil Designs.

Here are some of my makes using the "Hope Blooms" stamp set.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Penny Black "From My Heart 40-845" Birthday Card

This morning I have made a birthday card using the Penny Black "From My Heart 40-845" stamp coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I stamped the image and the Waffle Flower sentiment, using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Mae" monochrome tag

I'm back after a week away at the caravan, but was so ready to do a bit of stamping, so while the first load of washing was in the machine, I made a monochrome tag. 

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps fairy "Mae" and one of their "Bubbles" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I masked off the moon area then covered the tag with a light brushing of "Weathered Wood" Distress Oxide Ink.  I then used the same ink through the Lavinia "Replenish" stencil.

I used Van Goch pastel pencils, a white Signo Pen and black Enamel Accents to add extra details.

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Olivia" Card

It's the first time for me to use one of the recently released stamps from Lavinia Stamps.  This one, which is the main feature of this card is called "Olivia" I've used the small version here. 

For the background, I have used an off-cut of a Scenescape, which I have enhanced with extra colours. I've used the following Lavinia Stamps: Tree of Hope, Small Branch, Foliage Set and Small Pixie Houses.  I have stamped in two shades of Versafine Clair inks:  Nocturne and Morning Mist.  I have also used Posca Pens and Signo Uniball pens.

Lavinia Stamps "Wild Flower Vine" Anniversary Card

I made this quick card using three shades of Archival Inks (Buttercup, Tiger Lily and Prickly Pear) in the background.

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Wild Flower Vine" in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the MFT stamps anniverary sentiment, part of their "Essential Sentiments" set.  Finally, adding some colour with a pastel pencil and a Signo Pen.

Friday, 22 July 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Critters In Cups" Card

I made this card for our eight year old Grandaughter, who had a brilliant end of year report.

I used the Funky Fossil Designs "Critters In Cups" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair inks and coloured with Van Goch Pastel Pencils, Posca Pens, Distress Oxide Inks.

Lavinia Stamps "Wild Summer Flowers" card

Sometimes you need to send cards for difficult situations.  This is one of them.

I have used the Lavinia Stamps "Elegance" stencil with "Shabby Shutters" Distress ink for the background.

I used the new Lavinia Stamps "Wild Summer Flowers" stamp set and a sentiment from their "Blessings" set, both stamped in Versfine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

Finally, adding some white splatters using a Posca Pen.

Monday, 18 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Penblwydd Hapus" star card

This is a quick card I've made, with minimal stamping using Lavinia Stamps. 

I have used the stars from the Lavinia Stamps "Words 2" stencil with four shades of Archival Inks (Bright Tangelo, Forget Me Not, Pink Peony and Prickly Pear to create the background.  Around some of the stars I have used a Sakura shimmer pen to add a little extra detail.

I've used the Lavinia Stamps "Penblwydd Hapus"  (Happy Birthday) stamp from their "Welsh Words" set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" ink.

Sunday, 17 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Drooping Dandelion" new home card

Hi, hope you're coping alright in this heat.  I feel I am wilting like the dandelion in this card! 

I've used a Brusho background from my stash that I'd made some months ago for the base colour of this card. I used various shades of Versafine Clair inks through out this project.

I created the landscape using the torn edge of paper and ink.  I then stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Drooping Dandilion", "Tall Dandelion", "Leaf Creeper" and "Small Pixy Houses".  I have used a white Signo pen, and a glitter pen for extra details.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Mae" card

This morning I have had a chance to play with a couple of the recently released Lavinia Stamps, making this vintage looking card. 

I started with a white piece of card, covering it in "Antique Linen" Distress Oxide Ink.  I then used "Tea Dye" Distress Oxide Ink around the edges to darken them.  Through the Lavinia Stamps "Posy" stencil, I used "Aged Mahogany" Distress Oxide ink.  Removed the stencil and added a touch of the same colour around the edges to darken them further.

Using Versafine Clair "Chianti" dark red ink, I stamped "Mae", the "Small Lily Flowers" and the "Leaf Spray". Using Van Goch Pastel Pencils to colour the image and a white Signo pen to outline areas.

The sentiment is part of a Simon Says Stamp set called "Tiny Words - Birthday" which I stamped in Versafine Clair "Chianti" ink,

Friday, 15 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Seeing is Believing" on a Brusho gel plate background

Back from the caravan and I couldn't get at my craft desk quick enough!

I've used a Brusho Gel Plate background from my stash, but I had made a note of the colours I had used to create it.  I used "Mulberry" Element Ink and three shades of Brusho paints:  Lemon, White and Purple.

Over the top of that, I used the Lavinia Stamps "Posy" stencil with and orange and dark pink/purple Archival Ink.

I used the following Lavinia Stamps:  Seeing is Believing, Sacred Spells, and Dandelions stamped in Versafine Clairn "Nocturne" black ink.

I used a white pastel pencil to add highlights to the background area and a white Signo pen to highlight the fairy and the dandelions.


Saturday, 9 July 2022

Funky Fossil "Lush Leaves" thank you card

I've been playing with Funky Fossil Design goodies today, creating this card. 

For the base, I have used a gel plate with Pan Pastels and the Funky Fossil "Lots of pips stencil.

I then used Distress Inks through the Funky Fossil "Lush Leaves stencil".

Next I filled the more empty areas with some text using the Funky Fossil "A7 vintage script" stamp with Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

Finally, adding a Funky Fossil "Thank you die cut sentiment".

Home made Skirt and Top (self drafted pattern)

You may recall my post a couple of days ago where I shared with you a simple summer skirt I had made.  

Yesterday, with the remaining fabric. I made a matching summer top, but this time with the striped pattern running vertically.  I self drafted the top, using an old t-shirt I had, cutting it up the seams and folding in half to get the shape.

I quite like the idea of having separates that I can mix up to give different looks, so I think I will experiment with these type of garments in future

There are a couple of things I would do differently if I should make it again, but on the whole I'm happy with the end result.

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Stag and Tree of hope" Birthday Card

I've made a birthday card today using Lavinia Stamps, inspired by one of the Lavinia Stamps Design Team members "Annie Gardner Frazer.

I've used the Lavinia Stamps "Flurry" stencil with "Lime Punch" Elements inks for the round background pattern.

I've used Versafine Clair Inks to stamp the "Stag" and the "Tree of hope", colouring the tree with Distress Oxide Inks.

The sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink is by Simon Says Stamp, from their "Tiny words - Birthday".  I have also used touches of Posca Pens.

Funky Fossil "Surf's Up!" Birthday Card

Going through my stash of backgrounds, I came across a piece I had made using Brusho paints which I felt leant itself to be paired with the Funky Fossil Designs "Surf's Up!" clear stamp set. 

I stamped the sufing image using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I used the same stamp for the Funky Fossil "How Old?" sentiment which is part of the "Small Print #2" stamp set

A simple hand made summer skirt

I'm still in my sewing mode.  A couple of days ago, I pulled out some black and white striped fabric from my stash and decided to make a light and airy summer skirt.  If I remember correctly, I got the fabric from "Pound A Metre" on-line shop, maybe three years ago.

I didn't use a pattern for this, just really made a tube, hemmed one edge and then gathered and used elastic in the waist.  It should be a comfy wear in the warm weather.

I have a bit of this fabric left and I hope to be able to create a top with it, but having the stripe horizontally.  I've been to my local fabric shop to get some black cotton fabric, which has been washed and is drying on the line at present, as I will need to use that for the back of the top.

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Beauty's Garden" on a "Baroque" stencilled background

For some reason, I have overlooked the anniversary of our friends, which is tomorrow.  I've made a quick card which will go in the post today, but even though it will go first class postage, it's unlikely to arrive in time. 

I have used the Funky Fossil "Beauty's Garden" stamp set for the central urn, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.

I masked off the urn and covered the stamped image, then used the Funky Fossil "Baroque" stencil with "Weathered Wood" Distress Oxide Ink, applied with a Funky Fossil blending brush.

The "Better Late Than Never" sentiment is part of the Simon Says Stamp set called "Tiny Words - Birthday", which is also stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.

Monday, 4 July 2022

More cushion covers

In my earlier post, I shared with you that while my sewing machine and overlocker were still out on the desk, I had made a start on making cushion covers to brighten and freshen the look of the front room.

Today, I have made more.  I think that will do for now.  I am liking the fresh look of them.

Cushion Covers

While the sewing machines have been out this weekend, I decided to make some fresh new cushion covers to go in the lounge as the old ones didn't fit the decor since we decorated.

I've used fabrics from my stash, using some Aldi fat quarters that were just the right colour.  I've made three cushion covers and plan to make more to fill the brown sofa.  

Is it silly that I find the overlocked edges of the underside of the cushion cover rather pleasing?  I guess it's an OCD thing.

When I have made the remaining covers, I will take a photo and share it on here to show the whole sofa fof cushions.


Sunday, 3 July 2022

Simplicity 8926 hand made top

A different type of crafting for me yesterday, making this top using SimplicityS8926 sewing pattern. I chose this pattern and fabric as I am at the age where I fluctuate in temperatures hourly, so I thought somthing light and floaty would be ideal.

I originally made it longer, but after spending ages hand sewing the hem, decided it needed to be a few inches shorter, so cut three inches off then machine hemmed.

I like it more now that it is shorter, however I am not totally happy withe the neckline, it's a little big on me and gapes at the central front and back neckline area (circled). I think if I make the top again, I will make it in a size smaller and maybe use medium weight interfacing rather than light weight. I guess I should really make a toille before cutting into proper fabric, but having spent ages tracing the pattern and markings I just want to get cracking on the construction.

I really do wish I had a sewing guru I could consult on sewing.  I try my best, but generally I end up with something I'm not happy with for one reason or another/