52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Monday 30 November 2020

Day 2 - 24 Day Tag Challenge with Karen Telfer

It's Day 2 of the 24 Day Tag Challenge, organised by Karen Telfer.  

Used on this tag were three Distress Oxide Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concorde to create the background.

Two Lavinia stamps were used the "Background Script" stamped in "Purple Delight" Versafine Clair ink and the "Small Fairy Fir Tree" stamped in "Purple Delight" Versafine Clair ink.

I used white acrylic paint, slightly diluted and a fan paint brush to create the snowstorm splatters. 

Sunday 29 November 2020

Day 1 - 24 Day Tag Challenge with Karen Telfer

I am taking part in a 24 day tag challenge run by the super talented Karen Telfer.  This is my tag for Day 1.  I suspect Karen is getting us in to this challenge gently.

I have used a Woodware clear stamp for the sentiment, heat embossed in Wow! gold embossing powder.  I've used "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide Ink for the lower section and splattered some diluted gold coloured acrylic paint from a paint brush.

Lavinia Stamps "Rue" Birthday Card

This morning I have been in Lavinia mode, making this birthday card.  It has lots of sparkle, which unfortunately the photograph doesn't really pick up very well, so I've made a little video clip of it too.

To start this card, I used "Picked Raspberry" and "Seedless Preserve" Distress Oxide inks through a Lavinia Stamps stencil, called "Pods".  Making it darker at the base and fading out at the top.

I repeat stamped Lavinia "Words of Spring" stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink around the edges.  I deliberately made it light, by second generation stamping, as I didn't want it to be too bold, wanting it to remain in the background, but filling a space all the same.

I used Versafine Clair "Charming Pink" ink to stamp the Lavinia "Luna Lights" suspended from the top of the card.

Next I stamped the Lavinina fairy called "Rue" and the "Spanish Moss" dangling from the top of the card, in Versafine Clair "Purple Delight".  Using the same ink, I stamped the Lavinia "Vine" at the bottom left of the card.

The sentiment is also stamped in "Purple Delight" and is part of a Personal Impressions stamp set called "Double Sayings".

I then moved on to adding extra detail using a white and a silver glitter Signo Pen and a gold Sakura gel pen.  I used assorted shades of liquid pearls and added some "Crystal" stickles for extra glitter.

Saturday 28 November 2020

Funky Fossil Black Friday Discount Code

A quick reminder that the Funky Fossil Designs, Black Friday Discount Code is valid till midnight (UK time) on Monday 30th.  You get a massive 25% off everything on site.  All you need to do is quote "FFBLACK25".

I made this card using clear embossing ink and Wow! clear embossing powder through the Funky Fossil "Something Fishy" stencil.  

Once heat set, I used two shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers) to add colour to the background.

I then lay another stencil over the prepared background, this time the Funky Fossil "In the flow" stencil and used the "Mermaid Lagoon" Distress Oxide Ink.  Once I lifted the stencil, I rubbed over the surface of the fish bone area to remove and surplus ink.

On a separate piece of white card, I stamped the whale, which is part of the Funky Fossil "Whale of a time" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink and then covered in clear embossing powder then heat set.

I coloured the whale using an assortment of Distress oxide inks, applied with a brush.  I then used a silver glitter Signo Pen to add some sparkle to the whale.  Next I fussy cut the whale and adhered onto the prepared background.

I used a bubble stamp that came with a magazine to add some air bubbles, coloured with a silver and a white signo pen.

Finally, I used a sentiment from the Funky Fossil "Small Print" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.

Friday 27 November 2020

Funky Fossil Winter Wonderland Tag and Black Friday Discount Code

From today, Friday 26th November till midnight on Monday, you can get a massive 25% off everything in the Funky Fossil store if you quote the discount code of "FFBLACK25" how fabulous is that!

I made this tag using a manilla coloured tag, sprayed with "Peeled Paint" and "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide Spray paint.

Once dry, I started my stamping, starting with the script on the left hand side, which is part of the Funky Fossil "Musings" stamp set, stamped in "Warm Breeze" Versafine Clair ink.

I then moved on to stamping the forest/trees, using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink with the
Funky Fossil "Winter Wonderland" stamp set.

Next I stamped the stag, and the bird, both are part of the
Funky Fossil "Winter Wonderland" stamp set, using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I then inked the edge of the tag in black ink.

Finally, I grounded the stag and added some grasses to the bottom right of the tag by painting Distress Oxide inks in several shades.  I used a white Posca pen for the stars.

Thursday 26 November 2020

Funky Fossil "Banners and Bunting" Card

I made a quick birthday card yesterday using the Funky Fossil "Banners and Bunting" stencil, with "Wilted Violet" and "Picked Raspberry" Distress Oxide Inks.

The sentiment is by Hobby Art Stamps and is from their "Greetings from friends" stamp set.  Stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and heat embossed with Wow! clear embossing powder.  

I added a few dots to the pink bunting as decoration using a Signo Pen.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps "Tree Goddess Luna" Card

Sometimes things happen in life which make you adjust your course of action.  The same things apply to my crafting.  This is a "rescue project".

I had just finished my stamping of the card and was putting the ink pad away, when
 it slipped from my hand landing ink pad down on the card I had nearly completed!  Obviously there were a few "choice words" as I mopped up the inky mess on my desk ,where the pad had bounced across my desk, finally resting on my card!

I decided to cut off the main inky section and add a little extra foliage stamping to cover the remaining inky area.  In the end it worked out ok, but not what was in my head originally.

Incidentally, this is the process of making the card before the mishap:

I used "Bundled Sage" then "Mowed Lawn" and finally "Rustic Wilderness" Distress Oxide inks through the Lavinia Stamps "Laurel" stencil for the background.

Using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink, I stamped the Lavinia "Wild Vines" in first and second generation stamping to provide depth.  

I then stamped Lavinia "Tree Goddess Luna" in Versafine Clair 'Nocturne" black ink.  Using the same ink, I added more stamping of the "Wild Vines".  I lightly inked the edges of the card.

I added touches of sparkle using a silver Signo glitter pen and a subtle shimmer using a Sakura gelly roll pen.

Lavinia Stamps "Floral Wreath" thank you card

I am still struggling with a lack of crafting mojo, hence so few posts of makes on here from me.  However, I did make a card for friends who looked after Rosie our Springer Spaniel for the day, allowing us to visit our son and his family in South Wales for the day.

I used two shades of Versafine Clair Ink, "Morning Mist" and "Chianti" to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Floral Wreath".  I coloured the berries using "Seedless Preserves" Distress Oxide Inks, applied with a paint brush.

I used a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous sentiment from their "Saying Stuff" stamp set, stamped in "Chianti".

I then mounted the card on to a card blank and applied Ranger "Glossy Accents" to the berries for a 3D look and left to one side to dry over night.

Sunday 15 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps "Floral Wreath" Bookmark

I've been away in the caravan this past week, so there's been no crafting.  Instead lovely long autumnal walks.  Enjoying, the sometimes bracing weather with fresh air and mud!  We came home yesterday and the washing machine has been very busy since.  

Last night I had the urge to craft, so made myself a book mark using Lavinia Stamps.  I used the new Lavinia "Floral Wreath" stamped in two shades of Versafine Clair ink.  "Morning Mist for the lighter colour and "Medieval Blue" for the darker colour, I also used this shade to ink the edges.  

To colour the garland, I used one of the new Lavinia Element inks called "Blue Lagoon", diluted with water and applied with a brush.  

I used the Lavinia Stamps sentiment called "Once upon a dream" for the words, stamped in Versafine Clair, "Medieval Blue" ink. I coated some of the berries with Ranger "Glossy Accents" and left to dry over night. 

I then used a Stix2 PVC Bookmark sleeve to protect the art work, while in use.

Sunday 8 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps Floral Wreath - Thinking of you card

This weekend, Lavinia Stamps have had a crafting extravaganza in conjunction with the release of 14 fabulous new stamp designs.  Lavinia Design Team member Eileen Godwin gave a demonstration which inspired me to make this card.

I used "Victorian Velvet" Distress Oxide Ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Ivy Stencil", fading the colour out to the edges.

I used one of the new release stamps called "Floral Wreath", with Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink for the lighter stamping and then Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink for the stamping in black ink.

I coloured the berries using a paint brush and shades of one of the new Lavinia Stamps "Elements' ink pads in the shade of Merlot.

The stamped sentiment is part of a Personal Impressions stamp set called "Square Essentials", stamped in "Nocturne" black ink.

Finally, I added Ranger "Glossy Accents" to the berries, to provide a 3D look to the card and set aside to dry.  Once dry, I mounted the image on to a card blank.

Saturday 7 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps "Rufus" the fox card

Today, I received a delivery of my order from Lavinia Stamps, 14 fabulous new stamps and 12 new inks!  Obviously, I had to have a play!

I started by creating the background scene with a selection of Distress Oxide Inks some were applied with a blending tool and some with a paint brush.  I then set aside to dry.

Once dry, I started stamping the "Tree Root", then "Rufus" the fox, followed by "Brodwin" the owl and then the "Skeleton Tree Scene" In Versafine Clair inks.

I built up the foreground, using the "Mini Mushrooms"and "Willow".  Using Posca and Signo Pens for added detail. Finally, I added the "Let your spirit take flight" sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

Thursday 5 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps "Pipin" and the holly wreath.

The last couple of days, I have made scenes, with a snow scene and a water theme.  Today I have opted for a Christmas theme, featuring the very cute Lavinia Stamps "Pipin"!

To create the holly wreath, I used one of the Lavinia Stamps from their £1 (pound) section called "Mini Holly", I multiple stamped initially in second generation and then first generation for a darker look using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I coloured the berries with a red fetlt pen.

I stamped "Pipin" (also a pound stamp) and one of the "Whimsical Hares" in Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink.  I grounded the animals using a pencil.  

I then used "Peeled Paint" Distress Oxide Ink applied with a paint brush to fill in the areas around the holly and give it more of a water colour background look.  

The sentiment is part of a Simon Says Stamp set called "Tiny Words Christmas" stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I then edged the card with the same ink.

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps Sebastian Seahorse and Urchin Card

I seem to be on a roll with my crafting this week.  Here's a card featuring Lavinia Stamps Sebastian the Seahorse.

I created the background by putting three shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blue Print Sketch) on to my glass mat, I then spritzed the ink and dragged a piece of white card through the ink till the surface was mainly covered in ink.  I used my heat gun to dry it before commencing stamping.

For this card I have used Lavinia Stamps throughout the project, starting by stamping "Sebastian" the seahorse in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the "Sea Urchins".

I masked the seahorse and the urchins and then used the "Marine Kelp" stamp with Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I coloured the kelp with "Peeled Paint" Distress Oxide, applied with a paint brush.  At the same time, I created reeds swaying in the background.

I used the "Sea Bubbles" stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink, adding some white highlights to the bubbles, the seahorse and the urchins using a white Signo pen.

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps pheasant winter scene

I've created this scene using a selection of Lavinia Stamps on a cling film/wrap background I'd created a while back.  I thought it leant itself to a cold frosty scene.

I started by using Versafine Clair "Fallen Leaves" brown ink, stamping the Pheasant and Hare (the hare is part of the "Wild Hare Set").  I then stamped the tree branches in the top right using a section of the "Sacred Tree" stamp.

I then created the landscape, using the torn edge of a piece of paper and "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide ink.  I then added some "Weathered Wood" grey Distress Oxide Ink, applied with a brush to give some dimension.

I added touches of snow using a white Signo Pen to the fence, ground and tree.  I then stamped the "Fern Branches" at the bottom left, using the same "Fallen Leaves" brown ink and added touches of snow to some of the branches.

Finally, once I hade mounted the image onto a blank card base, I added a Simon Says stamped sentiment, using their "Tiny Words Christmas" stamp set.

Monday 2 November 2020

Funky Fossil "Doodle Borders" and "Bee Geometric"

I've had a little play with one of the fabulous new stamp sets from Funky Fossil.  I've used the new "Doodle Borders" and "Musings" stamp sets and an older set called "Bees Geometric" to make this card.  I've stamped on a Pan Pastel gel plate background I'd made some time ago. 

Sunday 1 November 2020

Lavinia Stamps "Indian Flourish" (with a Brusho wax resist stick background) tag

My work desk was in a bit of a mess, so I had a brief tidy till I got distracted using a tag base I had made a while back using a Brusho wax resist stick technique and Distress Oxides.  I used the following shades to create the background colour:  Antique Linen, Fossilzed Amber, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Bundled Sage.

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Indian Flourish" feather stamp in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  

The sentiment is part of a Personal Impressions stamp set called "PP Square Essentials - PICS070", also stamped in "Nocturne".

Sometimes I think less is more...