52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Monday 31 January 2022

Art Impressions "Girlfriends - Wine Tasters" Birthday Card

This card was a late evening make, using the Art Impressions "Girlfriends - Wine Tasters" cling stamp for this birthday card for a friend.  I stamped the image using second generation Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" ink as I didn't want hard solid outlines of the image.

I've coloured the image using assorted Distress Oxide Inks, applied with a paint brush.  I've used a Lawn Fawn sentiment stamp from their "Simply Sentiments' stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.

Stampin' Up "Big On Birthdays" Card

Early February is a busy month of birthdays, so I am trying to get ahead of myself and getting the cards made ready for posting.

For this card, I have used a large sentiment from the Stampin' Up clear stamp set called "Big On Birthdays".  I have stamped the image in Versafine Clair "Purple Delight" ink, then coated with Wow! Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.

Once dry, I used a Lavinia Stamps stencil called "Leaf Trails" with "Milled Lavender" Distress Oxide Ink around the edge of the central centiment.

I have used Derwent Inktense colouring pencils to colour the flowers.

Sunday 30 January 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Bella" Card

I have continued playing with the new release stamps from Lavinia Stamps, making this card using "Bella" fairy.

I've used a Distress Oxide Ink background with all stamping in Versafine Clair Inks (Nocturne, Shady Lane, Monarch and Verdant).

I have used the following Lavinia Stamps:



Foliage Set

Floral Set

Mini Leaves

Mini Stars

Heartfelt Verse

I also added touches of Posca Pens and Gelly Rolls pens.

Lavinia Stamps "Liberty" and the Hare Card

I had a play with another of the new release stamps from Lavinia Stamps, using the new "Liberty" stamped in Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze", coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils on an "Elements" ink background.

I used a hare from the Lavinia "Wild Hare Set" stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" ink and used the Lavinia "Every Dream" sentiment, also stamped in "Warm Breeze" ink.  

I added touches of a while gel roll pen and also light splatters of water to add interest to the more solid areas of the card.

Saturday 29 January 2022

Penny Black "Just For You" Birthday Card

A card I made for a special little person who will be six in a week or so.

I've used two Penny Black stamps for this card the "Just For You" clear stamp and the "Delicate Pines" cling stamp on a Distress Oxide Ink background.  I have also used Inktense colouring pencils and Posca Pens for colouring.

I've used a Lawn Fawn  "Simply Sentiment" for the birthday greeting, stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Lavinia Stamps new "Bell Flower Vine" Card

This morning I've had a chance to play with another new "Lavinia Stamp" the "Bell Flower Vine" stamp.

Using a blending brush, I graduated the blending of "Evergreen Bough" Distress Oxide ink.  I then used the same colour ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Laurel" stencil.

I then stamped the flower/vine design and the sentiment using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

Finally, I used a white gelly roll pen to go around the outline of the stencil design on the lower section of the card.

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Woodland Sprite and Bogart" Card

Last week, Lavinia Stamps launched a new set of stamps to add to their existing collection.  Obviously, I placed my order immediately.  The stamps arrived yesterday but I didn't have an opportunity to play with them, which I addressed today, making this card.

I've used two of the new stamps for this card:  Woodland Sprite and Bogart the frog.  I have also used Meadow Grass, Bugs and Small Trees stamps too.

I have stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, using first and second generation stamping.  I have used Distress Oxide Inks, applied with a brush to create the background.

Saturday 22 January 2022

A couple of Artist Trading Cards

In an attempt to tidy my work desk, I decided to use some of the left over bits and bobs from previous craft projects that had been floating around for a while.

I found a piece of a gel plate project that I had made, using Pan Pastels and a Funky Fossil Designs stencil called "Lots of Pips" which I used for the background of both of these ATCs.

For the top ATC, I used some die cuts that I'd cut months ago, using the Funky Fossil "Quirky Tree Dies" and the "Hello" Die.

For the bottom  ATC, I used the Funky Fossil "Weird Fish" stamp set for the fish, stamped onto an off cut of one of their patterned papers from the Kaleidescope pad.  I used the Funky Fossil A7 "Lots of Hearts" stamp and the "Love &" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Charming Pink" ink.

Friday 14 January 2022

Funky Fossil Designs New "Spellbound" Stamp Set Release Day

Another exciting release from Funky Fossil Designs is the new "Spellbound" Stamp Set, available to purchase from their site today.

I've used the Funky Fossil "Simply Stripes Stencil" in the background with Distress Oxide Inks.  I've stamped the phrase and image in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink, which I then coated in Wow! clear embossing powder and heat set.  I coloured the books with Derwent Inktense coloured pencils.

Funky Fossil Designs New "Love &" Stamp and Die Set Release Day

Today is the release day for a new stamp and die set from Funky Fossil Designs, 
called "Love &".  Here are a couple of samples I have made using both the stamps and dies.

For the top card, I have used the "eclipse" technique for the "&" so that it is elevated on black Funky Foam

Funky Fossil Designs "Spring In The Forest" New Stamp Set Release Day

Today is the release day for lots of lovely new goodies from Funky Fossil Designs, including thier beautiful new stamp set called "Spring In The Forest", which has been designed for Funky Fossil by Claire Brooking, it's full of beautiful images of rabbits, flowers and phrases.

For this sample, I have used the Funky Fossil "Slimline Abstract Birch" stencil to create the forest background with Distress Oxide inks.

Wednesday 12 January 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Spellbound" New Stamp Set Preview

Today, I can share with you another new stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs, it's called "Spellbound" and is designed for Funky Fossil by Charlotte Blackwood.  "Spellbound" will be available to purchase from the Funky Fossil site this Friday, 14th January 2022. 

Here are a couple of sampled I have made using "Spellbound".  The top card was made using a background I had made on the gel plate. I then used the Funky Fossil "Sunray Stencil" and their "Falling Stars Stencil".

For my second sample, the bookmark, I multiple stamped the book image and then coloured it with Inktense colouring pencils.

Sunday 9 January 2022

Funky Fossil Designs "Love &" New Stamp and Die Set Preview

Today, I am sharing a card I made using two fabulous new products from Funky Fossil Designs, a stamp and die set called "Love &" .

For this sample, I have used the Funky Fossil A7 "Faded Hearts" stamp in the background, stamped in Versafine Clair "Glamorous" ink, with the central area coloured with "Charming Pink" Versafine Clair Ink.

I die cut the "Love word and adhered over the inked background.  I then stamped "you" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black Ink.

Saturday 8 January 2022

Funky Fossil Designs new "Spring In The Forest" stamp set preview

Today, I am sharing with you a preview of a new stamp set that is being released this Friday, 14th January 2022 by Funky Fossil Designs.

"Spring In The Forest" stamp set is designed for Funky Fossil by Claire Brooking and has a gorgeous selection of rabbits, flowers and phrases, ideal for your Spring season cards.

For the card at the top, I used the Funky Fossil "Meadow Flower Silhouette" stencil with "Cracked Pistachio" Distress Oxide inks ro create the background.

For the pink card, I used the Funky Fossil "Daisy Background Stencil" to create the patterned background.

Monday 3 January 2022

Visible Image "Nuts About Squirrels" Card

For anybody that follows my Instagram, you will know that I have red squirrels visit my garden each day and that I'm a little addicted to them!  So when Visible Image brought out the "Nuts About Squirrels" stamp set, it was a no brainer purchase.  For some reason, I've not got round to using it till today. 

For the background area, I have used Brusho paint granules sprinkled on to damp paper, which allows the paint to spread, with makes different colours to pop.  Once dry, I then stamped teh Visible Image "Fibonacci" scroll and grid using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

I also stamped the "You're my kind of nutty" sentiment, part of the Visible Image "Nuts About Squirrels" stamp set in the same ink.

I then stamped the squirrel on to the card, using Versafine Clair "Acorn" and "Fallen Leaves" brown inks, I stamped the same image on to a piece of white card too using the same shades.

I coloured the squirrel on the white card, using Distress Oxide Inks and Sakura Gelly Roll pens. I then cut the image out and adhered on to the card.

Sunday 2 January 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Spellbound Fairy" and the "Whimsical Hare" Card

This evening, I had a chance to play with my Lavinia Stamps.  It felt so good to use them again, even though it has only been a couple of weeks since I last used them. 

I've used the following Lavinia Stamps for this card:

  • Spellbound Fairy
  • Whimsical Hares Set
  • Berry Leaves
  • Words of Spring
  • Silhouette Foliage Set
  • Silhouette Grass
I've used the following Versafine Clair Inks:
  • Nocturne
  • Twilight
  • Warm Breeze
  • Shady Lane
  • Verdant
I've used the following Distress Oxide Inks:
  • Rustic Wilderness
  • Cracked Pistachio
  • Twisted Citron
Finally, I used Sakura Gelly Roll Pens and Posca Pens too.

Funky Fossil Vintage Valentine Card

Are you so over the festive season?  I found it quite refreshing making this vintage style Valentine's card using an assortment of products from Funky Fossil Designs. 

I had a tidy of my desk and found a project part way through that I had forgotten about, so I decided to work with what I had and make a card.

For the background, I used the Funky Fossil "Woodgrain Heart Stencil" with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink. I then used the Funky Fossil " A7 Woodgrain stamp" with "Ground Espresso" Distress Oxide Ink. (The project was at this stage when I found it).

I decided to mask off the heart and used "Evergreen Bough" with a blending brush to create the green blue background.  Using the same ink, I stamped the script using the Funky Fossil "A7 Vintage Script stamp".

Around the edge of the card, I used more "Ground Espresso" Distress Oxide Ink to give it a more vintage look.  I then splattered water droplets from a fan paint brush, left them for a few seconds before lifting off the surplus water with paper towel.

Finally, I used one of the words from the Funky Fossil "MDF Positive Words set", coloured with "Tulip Red" Versafine Clair ink and adhered to the front of the card.

Saturday 1 January 2022

Penny Black "Brilliance 40-806" Thank You Card

This evening, I made this thank you cardm using the Penny Black "Brilliance 40-806" cling stamp set on a Distress Oxide Ink background. 

To colour the stamped image, I used assorted Distress Oxide Inks and Inktense Colouring Pencils.

For the background, I used Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide, sprinking water droplets from a fan paint brush.

The "Thank You" sentiment is from a Hobby Art Stamp Set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

Recycled Wrapping Paper Gift Bag and Card

Happy New Year to you.  Thank you for taking a look at my little blog of makes.  Your interactions are always very much appreciated and I wish you well for 2022!

A few days ago, I celebrated my Birthday.  One of my friends called round with a present for me wrapped is some beautiful wrapping paper, which had a William Morris design.  I commented on it and she said that she had actually recycled it from a present she had received, saying that she was attempting to recycle as much gift wrappings as possible. 

After I had unwrapped my gift, I put the paper to one side, wonding what I could do with it.  Then inspiration struck.  My friends birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I decided to reuse the pretty wrapping paper.

Some of the paper had been well used.  I started by removing as much sticky tape as I could and then cut off the most tatty areas of the wrapping paper.  I then ironed the paper on a medium heat to try to remove the fold lines from previous use.  There are still a few, but because the pattern is quite busy, it does hide most of them.

I decided I would make a gift bag for her present.  I wasn't really sure where to start, but I did find a little tutorial on-line to help me.  This is the one that I watched.  It was simple enough to create.  I found some co-ordinating ribbon to thread through for the handles.  I then wrapped her gift in the same paper.

I had deliberately retained a large flat area of wrapping paper for the card front, I cut it square, mounted it on some nice grey/green card and then on to a cream card blank.

I'm really happy with the way the trio look and I'm certain my friend will appreciate my recycling efforts too.

Maybe 2022 will be the year of reduce, reuse and recycle for me!