52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Thursday 18 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 61



Today is Day 61 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about collage.  

I've raided my odds and ends drawers to make this collage.  I've used an off cut of a 12x12 scrapbook paper.  A piece of vellum with a die cut circle in it, tissue paper with a butterfly design, a turquoise coloured Posca Pen some small buttons and some sticky backed pearls.  Finally, adding a Tim Holtz Idea-ology word sticker saying "the loveliest things".

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 60


 

Today is Day 60 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is about "Collage".

For my collage, I have used off-cuts of old scrap booking patterned paper that I have had in my stash for more than fifteen years!  I cut them into strips and layered them across a 6"x 5" card.  By memory the brands used are Crate Paper and My Minds Eye.  Then with the remaining papers I punched circles and glued them over the striped background.

I mounted the colourful background on to a piece of white card and then stuck a Tim Holtz "Paper Doll" of a wedding couple.   Finally, I added a Tim Holtz "Idea-ology word sticker staying "never meant to last".

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 59



Today is Day 59 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about "Collage".

For my collage card, I have used a mixture of patterned paper and a hand made background.

I've stamped various tickets from the Globeland "Vintage" stamp set in three shades of Versafine Clair inks, using Nocturne, Medieval Blue and Blue Belle.  I inked the edges in the same ink and coloured/painted the large ticket in the background using Derwent Inktense Pencis and a white gel pen.

Finally, I used a stamp from a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stamp set called "The Journey" for the "Enjoy the journey" sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

Monday 15 April 2024

Clarity Star Flower Sprey Stamp Sympathy Card



While we were away last week, I received some sad news that the wife of my dear cousin has passed away. The news was a shock, she was a lovely warm, kind and caring woman.  I think what hit me more was that she was my era.  The first of the Cousins to pass.  Although we didn't see each other often, I will miss her.

Anyway, I needed to get a sympathy card in the post and was not really feeling crafting to be honest, so I replicated a card I made a while back, which I felt would be suitable to send to a male.

In the background, I have used "Cornflower Blue" Ranger Archival Ink through the Clarity Stamps "Peacock Pattern" stencil, fading the colour out towards the top and the left hand side.

Using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink, I stamped the Clarity "Star Flower Sprey" stamp.  I used the same ink to stamp the small "With Sympathy" sentiment, which is part of the Simon Says Stamp "Tiny Words" stamp set.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 58



Today is Day 58 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week the prompt is collage. 

For my collage, I started with a piece of cream coloured card, colouring areas of it with Versafine Clair "Sand Dune" ink to give it a more aged look.

I added brown splatters, to replicate foxing, by tapping a brown Posca paint pen over the surface of the cream coloured card.

I had saved some of that course brown paper that is in some Amazon packages.  I tore a piece off, scrunched it up then flattened it.  I then dragged a Versafine Clair "Pine Cone" ink pad over the surface, so that it hit the higher areas.  Then stuck the paper down on the cream coloured card.

In my stash, I have some book pages that I had tea dyed some years ago.  I tore a piece of one of the pages up, inked the edges using "Gathered Twigs" Distress Oxide Ink and then stuck the piece of book page on to the card.

I added a line of Washi Tape with a music design about two thirds down the card.

I had some pretty tissue paper with a butterfly design on it.  I cut a small area off and stuck it to the card with Distress Collage Medium.

I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology word sticker, saying "in the garden" and finally added some dots of Liquid Pearls called "Gold Pearl".


Sunday 14 April 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 16



This is a weekly challenge. I provide you with a prompt/theme each Sunday morning through out the year.  The challenge is very relaxed.  You can do as much or as little as you like.  You can create cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) or index cards, the choice is yours. You just go with what ever is in your head at the time.  You can stamp, get inky, use patterned papers, texture, embellish it is all down to you.

There is a dedicated private Facebook Group, with a lovely bunch of people who are already sharing their makes from previous challenges.  You can find the group by clicking this link.  I'd love you to join in.

The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

The prompt for Week 16 is "Stencil"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 16.  I started with a cream coloured tag, colouring the surface with three shades of Ranger Archival Inks, using Buttercup, Sunflower and Bright Tangello.

I used "Vermillian" Ranger Archival Ink through the Clarity Stamps "Bijou Bookprint Stencil" in three different positions off the edge of the tag.

Next I used Ranger Archival "Watering Can" ink through the stripes section of the Clarity "Birds Decorative Panel" in the blank areas.

I lay the Clarity "Barbara's Star Flower Spray stencil" over the tag and applied Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink through the stencil.  I then inked the edges of the tag using the same ink.

For extra detail, I went around some of the areas with a black fine liner pen. I also added dots and lines using a metallic gold gel pen.  Finally adding some dots of pale blue Posca Pen to the middle of the flowers.


Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 57



Today is Day 57 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  It's the start of a new week of prompts, this week is "collage"!

For my make, I raided my stash of cardstock and patterned papers, finding a 6x6 patterned paper with tiny copper dots on a blue background, so I matched everything else with that.

I've used different shades of blue cardstock, some with torn edges, there is some stamping in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink using one of the Lavinia Stamps "Pysichic Signs".  

I used a piece of Funky Fossil "Washi Tape" and a piece of copper foil tape that I scrunched up and then smoothed for added texture/interest.

I used various die cuts I already had cut and finally added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Big Chat" word sticker saying "Understanding".

Saturday 13 April 2024

Book Review: The Vintage Flower Van on Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow



Every now and then, I share a review of a book I have read.  Today, I wanted to share a fabulous read by the author Christie Barlow called "The Vintage Flower Van on Love Heart Lane (this is actually book 14 of the Love Heart Lane series) and I have loved every one of them.  The books can be a stand alone read or you can read them numerically.

I was very fortunate to be offered to read this book via Netgalley, having previously reviewed a couple of titles by Christie Barlow.

I was itching to start reading this book as soon as it was downloaded, but had to control the urge and finish the book I was mid way through.  As soon as I started the first paragraph, I was immersed back into the world of the Scottish village of Heartcross and their residents.

Florist, Florries life is in a spin, Aunt Ada has passed away. At the funeral service, the face of Tom, her teenage crush turns up and then she finds out what she thought was being left to her isn't!  

Florrie has to call upon the community of Heartcross to help save "Rose Cottage Gardens" from being developed into new homes, she also has to fight to save the Vintage Flower Van too, which results in some surprising collaborations, and Toms face just keeps popping up!

I have loved reading all the Love Heart Lane books and this one is no exception.  It definitely gets a thumbs up from me!

The Vintage Flower Van on Love Heart Lane is available to pre-order on Amazon, with a release date of 23rd May 2024.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 56



Today is Day 56 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  It is the last day of using the gel plate prompt.

For my background, I used "Graphite" Elements ink brayered on to the gel plate.  I then splattered three colours of Brusho paint, using White, Lemon and Purple, to achieve the speckled background.  I apologise, I got stuck in to stamping and forgot to take a photo of the background.

For the stamping, I used Versafine Clair "Spruce" greeen ink to stamp the Penny Black "Breezt - 40-111" slapstick/cling stamp.  I added extra detail with a white gel pen, finally adding some dots of white Ranger "Enamel Accents" to break up the background colour.

Friday 12 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 55



Today is Day 55 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about using the gel press.



I've used Pan Pastels on the gel plate with three stencils by Funky Fossil Designs.  The stencils I have used are:  Retro Starburst, Peony Panel and Distressed Diamonds. For this card, I have only used half of this gel plate print.

Using Verasfine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, I stamped the figure and sentiment, which is part of the Funky Fossil "Serenity" stamp set.

I created a dark ground area for the figure, by using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and the torn edge of a piece of paper.  I outlined the figure using a white gel pen. Finally adding Versafine Clair "Strawberry" to ink the edges of the card.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 54



Today is Day 54 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge, this week is all about using the gel plate.



For the background pattern, I have used "Della Blue" Elements ink on the gel plate with the Lavinia Stamps "Ambiance" stencil to achieve the pattern.

I then used a Creative Stamps "Floral Sketch STON0112" background stamp with Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink to stamp the delicate pattern.  I coloured areas with a felt pen, then mounted the card on to a piece of co-ordinating card.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 53



Today is Day 53 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about the gel plate.



I've used Pan Pastels through the Funky Fossil Designs "Batik Stencil" to create the pattern in the background. 

Over the top of the pattern, I have used a black pen to draw Zentangle doodle designs, drifting from the top left to the bottom right hand corner of the card.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 52



Today is Day 52 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about using the gel plate.



For this background, I used Acrylic Paint as the carrier and red, blue and yellow Pan Pastels on the gel plate, with four different stencils from Funky Fossil Designs.  The stencils used on the gel plate were:  Compass, Broken Radius, Peony Panel and Retro Stars.

I used Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink to stamp the guitar heads, wings and sentiment, which are all part of the Funky Fossil "Guitar Hero" stamp set.  Finally, splattering grey and black Posca Pens to give a more grungy feel.

Monday 8 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 51



Today is Day 51 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100dayartplay challenge.  This week is about working with the gel plate.

I applied Elements "Graphite" ink to the gel plate with a brayer.  Then from a fan shaped paint brush, I splattered water droplets and little bits of diluted paint on to the gel plate before taking the impression, which resulted in this pretty background.


I used two Paper Artsy acrylic chalk paint - Candy Floss and Cerise, along with two Decoart Americana Acrylic paints - Plum and Snow (Titanium) white to paint the flowers.

For the stem and the leaves, I used Derwent inktense pencils.

Sunday 7 April 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Once upon a time..." tag



Another make using Lavinia Stamps and the new Versafine Clair ink colours.

For this tag, I started by applying the new "Avocado" Versafine Clair ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Berry" stencil.

I then stamped the "Leaf Spray" in two shades of Versafine Clair, using both "Avocado" and "Verdant" in first and second generation stamping.  Using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane' I stamped the "Vine Branch". Then used Versafine Clair "Rain Forest" to stampe the "Small Branch".

I stamped the robin from the "Bird Set" in Versafine Clair "Portobello" and used the same ink to add areas of text using the Lavina "Psychic Signs" stamp set.  I stamped the two hares in Versafine Clair "Pinecone", these were "Lupin" and the "Whisical Hares" stamp set.

I added shading using pastel pencils and colour using Posca and gel pens.  Finally adding a Lavina "Word Sticker" saying "Once upon a time...".

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 15



This is a weekly challenge. I provide you with a prompt/theme each Sunday morning through out the year.  The challenge is very relaxed.  You can do as much or as little as you like.  You can create cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) or index cards, the choice is yours. You just go with what ever is in your head at the time.  You can stamp, get inky, use patterned papers, texture, embellish it is all down to you.

There is a dedicated private Facebook Group, with a lovely bunch of people who are already sharing their makes from previous challenges.  You can find the group by clicking this link.  I'd love you to join in.

The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

The prompt for Week 15 is "Spring"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 15.  

I started with a white tag and stamped the branches, feeder and bird in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.  All the stamps are part of a Clarity Stamps set called "Garden Birds".

I then lay the Clarity Stamps "Peacock Feathers Stencil" over the tag and used "Sky Blue" Ranger Archival Ink through the stencil.  Around the edges of the tag, I used "Bundled Sage" Distress Oxide Ink.

I then coloured the stamed image using various shades of Distress Oxide Inks, applied with a paint brush.  

  • For the bird I used "Squeezed Lemonade" and "Faded Jeans".
  • For the branches I used "Tea Dye" and "Gathered Twigs".
  • For the blossom I used "Spun Sugar" and "Victorian Velvet"
Finally, I added a Lavinia Stamps word sticker from their Stickers #6 set.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 50



Well here we are on Day 50 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  At the half way point!  Where have all those days gone?  I remember thinking on Day 7, "I don't think I can do this" well I am proving myself wrong!

Today is the first day of a new prompt.  This week is all about the "gel plate".



For my piece I used Paper Artsy chalk acrylic paints (Jade, Gold and Cayenne) on the gel plate with the Lavinia Stamps "Pebble Stencil" to achieve the pattern.

I then used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Botanical Blossom" stamp at the top and the bottom of the card.  I used the same ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Creativity" sentiment in the middle of the card.

I inked the edges in Versfine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and mounted the piece onto black and then white card, finally adding touches of a white gel pen to areas of the stamping.

Saturday 6 April 2024

Lavinia Stamps Snailcap Mushrooms Card


 

In recent weeks, I have seen many ink pad cards inspired by Sarah Anderson, so I decided to make one myself.

I used Distress Oxide "Antique Linen as the background ink of choice for my central square, pulling the colour from the edge towards the middle of the square.

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Snailcap Mushrooms" in the new Versafine Clair colour called "Sand Dune".  I created masks for the mushrooms, then lay the Lavinia Stamps "Laurel Stencil" over the top, applying another new Versafine Clair coloured ink "Avocado" through the stencil to give a subtle pattern.

While the masks were in position, I stamped the foliage using the Lavinia Stamps "Thimbleweed" stamp with Versafine Clair "Avocado" green ink.

I used another new Versafine Clair ink colour, called "Portobello" to stamp the tiny bits of script, using the Lavinia stamp set called "Psychic Signs".  I used the same ink to stamp the word "Hope" which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Blessings" stamp set.

I used Derwent Inktense pencils, a 2B pencil and a white gel pen to colour the mushrooms and to add highlights to various areas.

Lavinia Stamps Fairy Bell and Fairy Orchid Card



Today, I took delivery of the new and long waited for Versafine Clair inks.  There are twelve new colours in total and as expected they are absolutely fabulous.  I of course couldn't wait to get to play with them, so I quickly got cracking on this card.



In the background, I have used the new "Lilac Bloom" ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Pods" stencil, fading out he colour from right to left.

I then stamped the flowers choosing two Lavinia Stamp sets "Fairy Orchid" the taller flower and "Fairy Bell Set" the shorter flower. I stamped the stems first using two shades of the new ink, using "Grass Green" and "Avocado".  I then stamped the flower heads using the new "Hawthorn Rose" ink.

To ground the flowers, I created a landscape using the Lavinia Stamps "Hill Mask" with Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.  I used dots of Posca and gel pens to create the flowers on the ground.  

 I added splattters of white paint to break up the stencilled surface a little, I also added touches of 2B pencil for low-lights on the flowers and white gel pen to highlight areas of the stamped flowers.

Lavinia Stamps Oak Leaves black and white card


 

A friend asked me about a technique, so I set too making this card, so I could share the process.

I've used a good quality solid black coloured card, approx 280 gsm.  I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Oak Leaves" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black" ink.

I then used a white Uniball Signo Pen to go over the edges of the stamping.  It goes on quite dull as the card seemed to absorb the colour.

I then used a white and black pastel pencil to colour the leaves, blending the colours with a paper stubb.  I then went over some of the edges of the leaves with the white Signo pen again, these remained brighter than the original ones.

Finally, I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology word sticker from their "Small Talk" booklet, going round th edges with the white Signo pen.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 49



Today is Day 49 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week has been all about stamps and stamping.

I seem to have a theme of circles in the past few days and that has continued into this card.  I drew different sized circles with a pencil across the card.  I then painted them using Prima Confection "Tropicals" water colour paints.

Once the paint was dry, I then used Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink to stamp the Funky Fossil Designs "Hello Gorgeous" stamps, designed by Ann Corbiers-Scott.  Finally adding touches of yellow and orange Posca Pens.

Friday 5 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 48



Today is Day 48 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative £100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stamps and stamping.

For this card, I have used Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink to stamp the Wow! Blossom (stamp set 53).  Once stamped, I coated the stamped area in Wow! Clear Embossing Powser and heat set.

I mounted the embossed image on to navy blue card and then on to a white card blank

I stamped and die cut the word "Hello" using Wow! Rich gold embossing powder and ink pad and the Waffle Flower "Oversized Hello 271309" stamp and die set.  I used wet glue to stick the word in position.

Finally, using a gold gel pen, I coloured in some of the flowers and edged the white with a gold band of ink.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Stamping and Zentangle Art Fusion



On my earlier post, I shared two zentangle doodles I made while at the caravan.  We came back home today, so I decided to work with one of the dentangles and stamp on it.



I used a golden yellow shade of paint fromt the Prima "Tropicals" Water Colour Confections paint set, to paint the large zentangle circles.

while the paint was drying, I drew a circle the same size as the large circles on a post it note, I cut the inner area out to create a mask for stamping.

Using the post-it note to protect the area around the circles, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp four different patterns from the Funky Fossil Designs A7 stamp sets.  The sets that I used were:  Vintage Script, Round in dots, Inky Grid and Ditsy Flowers.

I mounted the card on to a piece of black card and then used orange and white coloured Posca Pens to add a bit of colour within the large circles.




Zentangles at the caravan






We've been away at the caravan for a few days.  While there, I miss my crafting so always take a bag of bits and bobs with me to play with.  This time I had a note pad and black pen, so doodled some Zentangle designs. It's very calming.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 47



Today is Day 47 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stamps and stamping.

For my card, I have stamped a reflection of the tree, by using Verafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Trees" stamp, stamping on a piece of acetate.  I then used the acetate to transfer the image on to the card.

Next, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp the trees above the reflection. I used a 2B pencil to add extra shadows and depth in the water area, I also extended the land/water on both sides of the tree stamped area.

I added a very subtle touch of blue to the sky area and the water using three shades of Derwent Inktense pencils, using "Malibu - 1213", Iron Blue - 0840" and "Neutral Grey - 2120"

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 46



Today is Day 46 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stamps and stamping.

I started with a white piece of card, cut into a tag shape.  I stamped the Honyedoo Crafts "Lilies" flower using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

I painted the flower and the background using Prima "Tropicals" Water colour paints adding touches of gold gel pen to the flower and adding a white Posca Pen outline.

I inked the edges of the tag using Versfine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and then used the same ink with a finger dabber through the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "THS004" String Stencil.

I then used the gold gel pen through the dots on the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous Christmas stencil before mounting the tag on to a piece of black card.

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 45



Today is Day 45 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stamps and stamping.

I started with a white piece of card, cut in to a tag shape.  I used the stamps from two Visible Image stamp sets, using "See Everything" and "Creative Chaos", stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and then coated in Wow! Clear Embossing Powder and then heat set.

I used a blue and a yellow Derwent Inktense Pencils to colour the iris of the eye.  I then used yellow, orange and light blue coloured Posca pens to colour in various sizes of dots. Finally, mounting the tag on to co-ordinating blue card.

Monday 1 April 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 44



Today is Day 44 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stamps and stamping.

For this card, I used a background I had in my stash that I had made with the gel plate, the Funky Fossil Designs "Organic Circles" and "Victorian Velvet" Distress Ink.

I cut the card down to 4x4" and then used Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp the Funky Fossil Designs "Ammonite" stamp, then coated the stamped image with Wow! clear embossing powder and heat set. I then coloured the image using "Bundled Sage" Distress Oxide ink, applied with a paint brush and used a white gel pen for highlight.

On the top left and bottom right hand side, I stamped the Funky Fossil Designs "Vintage Script" stamp using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and second generation stamping. 

I then applied two shades of Distress Oxide Ink "Dusty Concorde" and "Wilted Violet" through the Funky Fossil Designs "Micro Dots stencil".  I inked the edges of the card using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" ink, then finally added the "Fig 21" which is part of the Funky Fossil "Musings" stamp set, applied with Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.


Sunday 31 March 2024

Penny Black "Daffodil Dance 40-378" Easter Card



I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter and say how much I appreciate you stopping by my little blog of makes.

For this card, I used water colour card, spritzed with water.  I then used various shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye) to stamp the Penny Black "Daffodil Dance 40-378" rubber cling stamp.  I then spritzed the stamped image again to make it a bit more blurry.

I added extra detail using a white gel pen and a 2B pencil.  Finally, stamping the Clarity sentiment (part of the Clarity "Entwined Sentiment Stamp Set") using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 14



The challenge for 2024 is weekly.  I will provide you with a prompt/theme each Sunday morning through out the year.  The challenge is very relaxed.  You can do as much or as little as you like.  You can create cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) or index cards, the choice is yours. You just go with what ever is in your head at the time.  You can stamp, get inky, use patterned papers, texture, embellish it is all down to you.

There is a dedicated private Facebook Group, with a lovely bunch of people who are already sharing their makes from previous challenges.  You can find the group by clicking this link.  I'd love you to join in.

The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

The prompt for Week 14 is "Easter"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 14.  

I have used the Clarity Stamps set called "Bunnies and Mask Set" stamping the bunny in Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink and then popping the mask over the top.

I then used "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide Ink through the Clarity Stamps "The Old Oak Stencil #110".

Once the stencil was removed I coloured the tree area in with a light brown Derwent Inktense pencil called "Tan 1710".

I coloured the bunny and the ground it stands on, in using another Derwent Inktense brown pencil called "Amber 1740".  I added some green for the grass using a Derwent Inktense pencil called "Fell Green - 1530" adding touches of yellow and orange Posca Pen to give the impression of flowers.

I used a bird from the Clarity Stamps "Birdhouse" set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Acorn Ink" adding touches of white gel pen to lighten areas.

Finally, I stamped the Easter sentiment in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.  The sentiment is part of the Clarity Stamp set called "Bijou Art Nouveau Collection" and then mounted the tag on to a pale pink background.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 43



It's Day 43 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challnege.  As it is Sunday, there is a new theme, this week is all about stamps and stamping.

I started with a square piece of card.  Using a black fine liner pen, I drew a square.  Then within that square, I drew four more squares.

I painted each of the four boxes a different colour using Prima "Tropicals" water colour paints.

Once the paint was dry, which was almost immediately I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp each of the Lavinia Stamps animals.  The stamps I have used are "Mooch" the cat, the "Snail Set", the "Large Owls" and one of the hares from the "Whimsical Hares" stamp set.

I outlined the stamping using a white Uniball Signo pen.  I added a touch of colour to the snail shell using  pastel pencils as the orange was a bit too strong on the shell area.

I decided that I would doodle in the background of each of the boxes.  I used a gold gel pen to create dots in the hare box.  I used a black fine liner pen to add squiggly horizontal lines with dots in the Mooch box.  In the snail box I drew lots of circles with the fine liner, then filled in the gaps between the circles using the same pen.  Finally, behind the owl, I used a black fine liner pen to draw broken vertical lines with green dots of gel pen between the breaks in the lines.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 42



Today is Day 42 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  This is the last day of charcoal / pastel week.

For the background, I have used lots of colours of Faber Castell "Soft Pastel Sticks", blending the colours lightly with my finger tip.  I spritzed the surface with hair spray to set the pastel on the surface rather than on me!

For the broad patterned lines, I used Versafine Clair "Nocture" black ink to stamp one of the Funky Fossil Designs "Doodle Borders".  Then I coloured in the edges in black.

I drew squiggly lines, dashes and lots of circles from the top left, drifting down to the bottom right hand corner, colouring them with a white gel pen, but the white was quite weak, which wasn't the look I was after, so I decided to cover them with Ranger White "Enamel Accents".  Finally adding a few touches of coloured Posca Pen across the surface and a Tim Holtz, Idea-ology "Big Chat" Word Sticker.


  

Friday 29 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 41



Today is Day 41 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about using pastels and charcoal.  For this piece I have used both.

Today took me totally out of my comfort zone again, getting messy with soft pastel sticks and charcoal pencils.  I really don't like getting messy and trying to control the dust is a nightmare,  somehow I managed to get some on my face!

I started by tearing a page out of an old book with foxing and yellowed pages.

I used Faber Castell Soft Pastel sticks to draw the leaf, using greens, blues, mauves and pink colours. I didn't spend much time on it, I just went for it.

I used a Derwent Charcoal pencil to draw the dots in the background.  Then splattered white and black Posca Pen paint across the surface of the page.

Using a black fine liner pen, I drew three squiggly lines around the page and then drew circles on the leaf area itself.  Finally, I added a word sticker saying "and breathe..." then spritzed the surface with hairspray to set the chalky finish.

Thursday 28 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 40



Today is Day 40 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  This week is all about using charcoal and pastels.

I had an off cut of white card measuring 95mm square, so decided to use that as the base. I coloured it using Van Goch Pastel Pencils, blending the colours together, by rubbing my finger tip across the surface.  The colours I used were Blue, Mauve, Pink and Green.  

I then used "Della Blue" Elements Ink through the Funky Fossil Designs "Shoal of fish stencil".  While the ink was out, I inked the edges of the card using a finger dabber.

I mounted the card on to a piece of dark blue paper and then on to a card blank.

On an off cut of white card, using "Della Blue "Elements Ink again, I stamped the "Swim your own way" sentiment, which is part of a stamp set called "Wierd Fish" by Funky Fossil Designs. I cut the sentiment up into words and glued them in to position using wet glue. 

Finally, using a silver glitter and a white gel pen, I added extra dots around the shoal of fish.

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Folk Art Style hand painted card



This is a little card I made by painting folk art flowers using three shades of Decoart Americana Arcylic Paints, using Avocado, Snow (Titanium) White and Pebble.

I mouted the card on to a piece of green card and then on to a kraft card blank and then used Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp the Simon Says Stamps sentiment.

Zentangle 60th Birthday Eclipse Card


 

I fancied doing something totally different, so tried my hand at doing a "Zentangle".

I used a black Posca Pen to draw a squiggly line over the card, then set too filling in the areas.  I really enjoyed the process as it was so calming.  It did take a couple of hours though.

Once finished, I decided the design would work well as an eclipse card and as our male friend celebrates his 60th birthday this weekend, decided it would be for him.

In the middle of the card, I positioned two large die numbers, securing them with pieces of low tack tape.  I then run it through the "Big Shot".  

on the back of the card, in the area where the numbers were cut out, I used double sided sticky tape to secure a piece of red paper.  (The red paper is a little nod to the recipient being a Manchester United fan). Then around the edges of the underside of the card used more tape then stuck it to a piece of black card, trimming to size. I then added it to a 7x7" card blank.

At the base of the card, using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black Ink I stamped the Funky Fossil Designs greeting, using a stamp from their "Stripped Back Sentiments" stamp set.

Returning to the die cuts, I lay them in position on the card and then glued the two oval infills of the numbers on to the card.



I lifted the actual numbers from the card (leaving the infills in position) and added foam pads to the underside.  I was then able to align the numbers in the correct position.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge - Day 39



Today is Day 39 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about using charcoal and pastels.

For my card, I started by using the "Permanant Red 340.5" Pan Pastel, blending it in an rough circle in the middle of a square shaped card.

Over the top of the red circle, I lay the Funky Fossil Designs "Buddah Stencil", securing it with a piece of tape.  I then used "Black 800.3" Pan Pastel through the stencil.  I removed the stencil and then gave the surface a waft of hairspray to set the pastels.

Using wet glue, I added Cosmic Shimmer gold gilding flakes from the bottom left hand corner to the top right. I then added splatters of white paint across the surface.

Finally, I mounted the card on to a piece of black card and then added dots of "Copper Pearl" Liquid Pearls around the gilding flakes.  I also added a few dots of gold using a gel pen too.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 38



Today is Day 38 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  This week is all about using charcoals and pastels.

Totally out of my comfort zone, I quickly drew a flower using Derwent Charcoal Pencils.  I deliberately didn't spend very long on it.  I don't like getting messy when I craft and using charcoal pencils seems to put charcoal dust every where and it's very hard not to leave messy finger prints on the whiete surface of the card.

Using charcoals is not something I'll be rushing to do again!

Monday 25 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 37



Today is Day 37 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge, it's the second day for the prompt of using charcoal / pastels.

Starting with a piece of white card, measuring 11x15cm, I covered the surface using "Magenta 430.5" Pan Pastel.

Then around the edges of the card I applied a darker shade of Pan Pastel, using "Violet 470.5". I then added some more "Magenta" Pan Pastel in the middle to blend in the colours a little more.

Slightly in from the left hand side, but roughly half way up, I blended a circle of "Titanium White 100.5" Pan Pastel.

Next, using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black Ink, I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Lupin" the hare.  I stamped the Lavinis "Star Cluster" around the white Pan Pastel area, behind the head of Lupin.  

I used Versafine Clair "Twilight to ink the edges of the card, I also used it with the Lavinia Stamps "Hill Mask" to create the landscape.

Using "Nocturne" again, I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Vine Branch", a black bird from the Lavinia "Bird Collection" stamp set.  I then multi-stamped the "Small Branch" in the bottom right hand corner.

In the background and around the stamped areas, I used "Violet 470.5" Pan Pastel through the Lavinia Stamps "Feather Leaf Stencil".

I added extra details using gel pens and Posca Pens,

Sunday 24 March 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 13



The challenge for 2024 is weekly.  I will provide you with a prompt/theme each Sunday morning through out the year.  The challenge is very relaxed.  You can do as much or as little as you like.  You can create cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) or index cards, the choice is yours. You just go with what ever is in your head at the time.  You can stamp, get inky, use patterned papers, texture, embellish it is all down to you.

There is a dedicated private Facebook Group, with a lovely bunch of people who are already sharing their makes from previous challenges.  You can find the group by clicking this link.  I'd love you to join in.

The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

The prompt for Week 13 is "On The Water"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 13.

For my tag, I have used a Stampin' Up stamp set that I have had in my stash for a while, called "Moon Lake".  I used the bird and the little island with the boat and tree from the stamp set, stamping both in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

I used some of my Stampscape stamps on this tag too, using the "Small Isle" stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and the "Reeds" stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink in both first and second generation stamping.

I then coloured in the water area, using "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide Ink.

For the sky I used a mix of Distress Oxide Inks using "Tumbled Glass", "Lost Shadow" and "Weathered Wood".

I then moved on to the boat using two shades of brown Distress Oxide Inks:  Tea Dye and Frayed Burlap, I used the same shades to colour the bird too.

For the tree canopy I used three shades of green Distress Oxide Inks:  Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness, using "Frayed Burlap" for the tree trunk.

For the sand around the boat I used "Mustard Seed" Distress Oxide Inks.

Other mediums I used on this tag were Posca Pens, gel pens and a 2B pencil too.