52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Saturday 22 June 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Swing Bed" and the hares

I seem to be on a roll, my third card for the day.  I'm amazed considering how I was feeling about crafting earlier on this morning.This card is made using a selection of inks and Lavinia stamps.

Starting with the Lavinia "Swing Bed" stamped in Versafine Clair "Spruce" green ink, I then added colour within the swing bed area using the remains of "Paradise Teal" Ranger Archival Ink on my blending brush.  I then created the green landscape using "Leaf Green" Archival Ink with a Lavinia Stamps "Hill Mask".

Around the "Swing Bed" I used "Majestic Violet" and Cobalt" Ranger Archival Ink, using the darker shade around the edges of the card.  I then inked the edges with Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  I used the Lavinia Stamps "Background Script" stamp with Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink to get the slight impression of text, filling the blank areas.

I then used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink to stamp the black flowers and leaves, which are Lavinia Stamps "Vine Set" and "Mini Lucky Clover" stamps.  I then stamped the two hares in the same ink, which are part of the "Wild Hare Set" of stamps.

Finally, I used a white gel pen for highlights and various coloured Posca pens to add flowers.

Baby Girl Card

Trying to find my crafting mojo by making very simple cards.

For this card, I found a little dress card topper in my stash, so decided to use it for this card, mounting the white card on to pink and then on to a white card blank.

I used a stamp from a Personal Impressions stamp set (sorry no idea what the name or reference of the stamp set it) for the "A little bundle of joy" sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink. 

Lace "Thank You" Card

Well my crafting mojo is missing at the moment, hence there being so few crafting posts.

A friend recently gifted mea box of crafting goodies, including fabrics, ribbons, laces and various trims.  This is the card I have made using some of the lace and a lace butterfly from the box of crafting items I received.

I used Kraft card and a Lawn Fawn stamp from their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set for the "Thank You" which I heat embossed using Wow! Opaque Vanilla White embossing powder, which I heat set.

Sunday 16 June 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 25

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

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 prompt for Week 25 is "Mosaic"


This is the tag that I have made for the Week 25, starting with a plain white tag, I used two Ranger Archival Inks (Buttercup and Sunflower) through the Funky Fossil Designs stencil called "Broken Mosaic".

Using Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" and a stamp from the Funky Fossil "Musings" stamp set, I stamped some text in second generation stamping.

I then used Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" mid blue ink to ink the edges of the tag using a finger dabber.

I splattered a white and a dark blue Posca Pen over the surface of the tag to create more backround detail.

On a white piece of card, I stamped the floral image, which is part of the Funky Fossil stamp set called "Funky Florals", again using Versafine Clair "Blue Belle Ink".

I coloured the stamped floral image using Derwent inktense Pencils (applied with a paint brush) and Posca Pens.  I then fussy cut the image and stuck on to the tag using wet glue.

Finally, I mounted the tag on to a piece of navy blue card and cut it to size. Then added a few dots of white Ranger Enamel Accents.

Saturday 15 June 2024

Happy Birthday Card (Stencilled background) Card

This background has been in my "Ditch or Do" box for at least a year, as I was trying out a texture pastes.  Today I decided to use it for a birthday card.

Sadly, I didn't write on the back of it what I used, so this is a bit of guess work regarding the inks.  For the colour, I used "Twisted Citron" and "Mowed Lawn" Distress Oxide Inks through the Funky Fossil Designs "Micro Dots" stencil.  I then used a metallic silver texture paste through the Funky Fossil Designs "Between the cracks stencil".  This ended up quite raised, maybe I should have used a little less, but it's called "texture paste" for a reason !

I used "Monarch Orange" Ranger Archival ink through areas of the Funky Fossil Designs "Brick Wall 2" stencil.  Then I used wet glue to add the die cut "Happy Birthday" sentiment.  After mounting the piece on black card and then on to a white card blank, I added some dots of black "Ranger Enamel Accents", to add a bit more texture to the card.

Floral Card

Continuing my stash busting efforts, I found a small off cut of a gel plate background in my box of "ditch or do" goodies.  It only measured 11 x 7 cm, but I had fortunately had the foresight to jot down on the back what I had used to create the background.  I'd used "Mulberry" Element Ink, brayered on then splattered with white, lemon and purple Brusho paints.

I decided to break up the colour a little more by adding splatters of purple, black, lemon and white Posca Pens.

Using a wet glue, I added some white die cuts which I had never got round to colouring, if I remember correctly they're from a Sizzix/Tim Holtz thinlits die set called "Wildflowers" or something similar. Finally, I added a few dots of white Ranger "Enamael Accents".

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Another Stash Busting collage

I've made a dent in my box of odds and ends which I call my "Ditch of Do" box.  Making this card.  

I've used off cuts of patterned paper, cardstock die cuts, Posca Pens and Liquid Pearls too.

This is a very busy collage.  My eye doesn't know where to settle so maybe less is more!