52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

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.