52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Sunday 3 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 15



It's Day 15 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplaychallenge and the start of the Week 3 theme of using a palette knife.

I used to palette knife to apply Distress Texture Paste through the Funky Fossil Designs "Butterfly Wreath" opting to position the wreath off the edge of the tag.

Once the texture paste was dry, I used Dylusions "Crushed Grape" ink spray to spritz the surface of the tag, this highlighted the raised textured areas.

I mounted the tag on to a piece of white card and with the off cut of card, die but the two layers of the white butterfly, using the Memory Box "Pippi Butterfly die 98508" and the "Isabella Butterfly die 98507".  I then die cut a further two Isabella butterflies using an off cut of patterned paper.  I used wet glue to stick them in position.

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 10



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 10 is "Clouds"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 10.

I decided to create a whimsical theme, so started with a white tag and used the Funky Fossil "In The Clouds" stencil with "Sky Blue" Archival Ink to create the sky.

I moved on to the landscape, using the Lavinia Stamps 'Hill Mask" with Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" and "Rain Forest" green inks.

I then stamped the fir trees in the distance, using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink in first and second generation stamping using the Lavinia Stamps "Small Fir Trees" stamp set.

I then used the Lavinia stamp set called "Jas & Seb's Houses" for the toadstool, stamping in second generation stamping using Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink.

I used Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink again with the Lavinia "Small Branch" stamp to stamp the branches off the edge of the tag.

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Berry Leaves" in first and second generation stamping, at the base of the tag using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.

To colour the toadstool, I used Derwent Inktense pencils applied with a paint brush.  I then added touches of Posca Pen and black fine liner to details of the tag.

Finally, I inked the edges of the tag using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" and "Rain Forest", I then mounted it on to a piece of dark blue card.

Saturday 2 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 14



Today is Day 14 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge, the final day of Week 2 with a prompt of "Stencils".

For the background design, on a white card, I have used three shades of Distress Oxide:  Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon. I blended the colours to that they were lighter on the top right, blending to darker in the bottom left hand corner. Over the top of that I lay the Funky Fossil Designs "Cellular Stencil" and applied "Night Sky" Ranger Archival ink through the stencil.

For the eye, I used Ranger "Jet Black" Ranger Archival Ink through the Visible Image "Eye Contact Stencil" over the top of the patterned background. 

The actual eye area didn't show up too much, so I decided to sort that by using the same ink and stencil on a piece of white card and fussy cutting it. I then repeated the process for the central iris area, painting it with two shades of Distress Oxide Inks, using "Tumbled Glass" and "Salvaged Patina".  I then added some yellow Posca Pen to the eye too.

Finally, I mounted the card on to a piece of black paper and then on to a piece of white card, adding a Lavinia Stamps word sticker (from their Sentiment Sticker set 6), saying "Look Up" to the bottom right hand corner.


Friday 1 March 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 13



It's the second week of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge. This week is all about "stencils".  This is the tag that I made for Day 13.

This was a very quick tag to make, using a base of white card, I lay the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Gingham Layering Stencil - THS134" over the white tag shaped piece of card and applied two shades of Distress Oxide Ink through the stencil usin a blending brush.  The colours I used was "Mowed Lawn" at the top of the tag and "Wilted Violet" at the base.

Next, I lay the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Sparkle Layering Stencil - THS132" over the top and applied "Dark Denim" Elements ink through the stencil.

I then mounted the tag on to a piece of navy blue card and cut to the tag shape.

Finally, using "Medieval Blue" Versafine Clair Ink, I stamped the "Happy Birthday" greeting on to a piece of white card.  The stamp is part of the Simon Says Stamp "Creative Everyday" set.  I die cut the greeting using the matching die set and then added it to the central area of the tag using foam pads to elevate the greeting.

Thursday 29 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 12



It is Day 12 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This second week is all about stencils.

For my Day 12, I used Pan Pastels on a gel plate with the Funky Fossil "Lots of pips" stencil to create the background pattern.

Over the top, I used Versafine Clair "Glamorous" pink ink with the Funky Fossil Designs "Urchins" stencil.

I used a Lawn Fawn greetings stamp from their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Glamorous" ink.  I used the same ink to ink up the edges of the card, before mounting it onto a piece of white card.

Finally, I added dots of white Ranger Enamel Accents, to the surface of the card.

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 11



We're in the second week of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stencils and this is the tag that I have made for Day 11.

I've used a white piece of card and the Funky Fossil "Broken Mosaic" stencil with three shades of Ranger Archival Ink, using Shadow Grey, Prickly Pear and Garden Patina colours.

Over the top of the mosaic designs, I used the Stampin' up "Crackle Paint" stamp with Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

Next, I used "Mangalnese Blue" Ranger Archival Ink through the Funky Fossil "Dots and Dashes" stencil.

I added some white splatters using a Posca Pen. Finally, using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink with the Clarity Stamps "Quote Set" for the central sentiment.


Tuesday 27 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 10



It's Day 10 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week it's all about stencils. 

I have a confession to make, I forgot to take a photo of the spray ink background before I started work with the stencils.  On the background, I used two Dylusion ink sprays:  "Bubblegum Pink" and "Squeezed Orange".

I then used Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink through the Funky Fossil "Circle Burst" stencil.

Next, I used black Ranger Archival Ink through the Funky Fossil "Beauty in profile" stencil.  

I cut the card down to size then inked the edges in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, before mounting on to black paper and then on to a piece of grey card.  Finally, I added some bright pink Liquid Pearls, called "Dazzle" to the middle of some of the circle bursts.

Monday 26 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100artdaysartplay Challenge - Day 9



It's Day 9 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is all about stencils.




For this card, I have used "Lemon Zest" Dylusion spray ink for the base colour.  I then lay the Funky Fossil Designs "Broken Radius" stencil over the top and spritzed the surface with "Sqeezed Orange" Dylusion Spray Ink, then set aside to dry.

I used the Funky Fossil "Fern" die set to cut a fern shape in dark blue card, using wet glue to stick the die cut on to the card. I then mounted the card on to the same coloured dark blue card and then onto white card.

Finally, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp sentiment, from their "Tiny Words - Birthday" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  Then I added some white dots of Range Enamel Accents.


Sunday 25 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 8


 

It's Day 8 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge and this second week is all about stencils.  This is the tag that I have made for Day 8.



I've used a selection of Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz products over a patterned paper base

Starting with Ranger Archival Ink "Poppy" with the Tim Holtz stencil THMM101 for the hegagons at the base and the dots at the top of the tag.

The next stencil I used was the Tim Holtz THS103 'String Layering Stencil" with "Red Geranium" Ranger Archival Ink.

I then used the Tim Holtz "Shifter Layering Stencil" with "Thistle" Ranger Archival Ink for the large vertical stripes.

I then used Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink through the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Rosette" stencil.

I inked the edges of the tag using Versafine Clair "Chianti" red ink and then "Nocturne" black ink.

I used a black fine liner pen to draw around some of the circles at the top of the tag.  Then added some splatters of black Posca Pen, before mounting the tag on to a piece of dark red card,

I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paperdolls "Witches" figures and glued into position with wet glue.  I gave the figures some colour using Derwent Inktense Pencils.  Then finished the tag adding some Tim Holtz sticky backed word stickers from the "Curiosities" set.

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 9



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 9 is "Patterned Papers"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 9

In my stash, I had some patterned paper pages from a Dovecraft pad called "Sweet Paris", so I decided to use them I added two to the main body of the tag and then topped and bottomed the tag with a patterned paper border.

I lay a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "String - THS004" stencil diagonally and used "Pink Peony" Archival Ink, through the stencil.

Then on the left hand side of the tag, I positioned a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Rosette THS092" stencil and used "Vibrant Fuchsia" Ranger Archival Ink.

Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, I added some stamping using a Sizzix / Tim Holtz Alterations set called "Paris Adventure" adding a post mark and also "Paris, New York, London" address stamp.

I inked the edges of the tag using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and then mounted the tag on to black card.

Finally, I added touches of gold and raspberry coloured gel pen to the tag.

Saturday 24 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 7



Here is my Day 7 make for the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  I have sprayed ink through a stencil.

On a piece of dark blue card, I sprayed "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide Spray Ink through the Funky Fossil "Mandala Magic" stencil.  Once dry, I realised it was quite patchy, so decided to fussy cut out the stronger coloured mandala pattern.



On a white piece of card, I used the same 'Salvaged Patina" colour, but this time a Distress Oxide Ink pad, applying the ink through the Funky Fossil "Mandala Magic" stencil.  

I cut the white card down to 4"x4" and stuck the fussy cut design on top of the white card. Then mounted it on to dark blue card to create a frame and then on to a Kraft card blank.

Next, using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink, I stamped the sentiment, which is part of a stamp set called "Stripped Back Sentiments" by Funky Fossil Designs.

Finally, I added some sticky backed pearls to areas of the mandala, I also outlined a few areas with a gel pen.

Friday 23 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 6



This is my make for Day 6 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplaychallenge.  I've used spray inks to stamp an image.

I used four shades of Distress Oxide Sprays:  Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Twisted Citreon to stamp (using a Misti) the bird image,  which is part of the Visible Image "Life is beautiful" stamp set.



Once dry, I used "Shaded Lilac" Distress Oxide Ink through the Visible Image "Strobes" stencil.  I inked the edges with the same ink and then used Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink to ink the edges again.

The sentiments is part of the same stamp set and stamped again in Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink.  

Thursday 22 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 5



This is my Day 5 make of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  Today I have used Distress Oxide Spray Ink with a mask.

I decided to used "Wilted Violet" Distress Oxide Ink on a dark blue coloured card.  I positioned the Funky Fossil Designs "Bubble Mask" over the top of the card, then lightly spritzed the ink over the top.



Once dry, I cut the card to size and mounted on to dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.

I used Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink to stamp the greeting, using the Funky Fossil Designs "Stripped Back Sentiment" stamp set, stamped on to white card.  I trimmed the sentiment to size and then stuck it to the centre of the card using foam pads so that it was elevated.

Finally, I added a few dots of Ranger White Enamel Accents to break up the darker colour.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 4



This is my Day 4 make of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  Today, I have stamped with spray inks.

I used the large snowflake stamp from the Visible Image "Let It Snow" stamp set for the central image.

Using my Misti, I spritzed the stamp with "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide Ink and stamped the snowflake.  




I wiped down the Misti, keeping the stamp in the same position and then spritzed the stamp with "Mermaid Lagoon" Distress Oxide Spray Ink and stamped the snowflake over again. I repeated the process with "Twisted Citreon" Distress Oxide Spray Ink.

I found the whole spritzing on to the Misti a bit of a messy process and quite wasteful of ink, but you have to try different things don't you!

On a small scrap of white card, using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp "Season's Greetings" which is part of their "Tiny Words - Christmas" stamp set.  I trimmed the sentiment and added it to the centre of the snowflake.

I mounted the snowflake on to a piece of dark blue card and then on to a kraft card blank.  Finally, adding some clear gems and some dots of "Crystal" Stickles glue for sparkle.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 3



It's Day 3 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge 2024,with a theme of spray paints.

This is my take.  I've used a white piece of card and graduated three colours of Dylusion spray paint to cover the surface.  The colours that I have used are:  Lemon Zest, Cut Grass and London Blue.  Once dry, I cut the card down to a tag shape.



To decorate the tag, I have used a selection of Lavinia Stamps, starting with the "Tree Branch" and one of the owls from the "Echo & Drew" stamp set.  I then stamped the "Vine Branch" and one of the hares from the "Whimsical Hares" stamp set, all in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

Using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink with a Lavinia "Hill Mask" I created the landscape behind the hare.  I used the same ink to stamp the Lavinia "Small Branch".

In the foreground, I have used Posca Pens to give the impression of flowers in the grass and a white gel pen for highlights on the owl and the hare.  Finally, adding a Lavinia "Sentiment Sticker".

Monday 19 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 2 (b)



On my previous Day 2 post, I mentioned I was taking part in the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  I enjoyed the "wax resist" technique so much, I had another go, making this card.



Again, I started by using the Brusho "Wax Resist" crayons, this time to draw broken horizontal lines across the face of a piece of white card.

I then sprayed two shades of Dylusion Spray Inks:  Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape.

Once dry, I trimmed the card to size.

I used the Waffle Flower "Oversized Hello Die - 271309" to cut the "Hello" word in white card.  I cut two layers of the word and stuck them together, then glued them on to the card.  This allows the die cut to sit proud of the card base.

I inked the edges of the card using Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink and then mounted it on to a white card blank.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge - Day 2



It is Day 2 of Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  Once again it is using sprays, this time I have used the "wax relief" technique.



I used a Brusho "Wax Resist" crayon to draw the scrolls and dots freehand.

At the top I used Dylusions "Squeezed Orange" spray ink.  On the lower section, I used Dylusions "Ground Coffee" Spray ink.

Once dry, I trimmed the card down and started to decorate, loosely based in the style of one of my favourite artists "Klimt".  I used a gold gel pen, a black Sharpie and a black fine liner.

I mounted the card on to a piece of black paper and then on to a white card blank.

Finally, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp the Simon Says Stamp sentiment, which is part of their "Tiny Words - Birthday" stamp set.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 1



I recently came across a challenge by one of the people I follow on Instagram.  It's organised by Tiffany Johnson Creative, you can find her on both Instagram and Facebook.  The challenge is to create to prompts for one hundred days and the challenge starts today, the 18th February 2024. I decided I would try to keep up with the challenge, so requested a list of the prompts.


This is my Day 1 art play.  I used three shades of Distress Oxide Spray Inks to create the background, using Salvaged Patina, Squeezed Lemonade and Saltwater Taffy coloured spray inks.  I spritzed the inky surface allowing the colours to merge and then lay a piece of white card over the top, this gave me two mirror image backgrounds instead of one.



Once dry, I used one of the backgrounds to make the card at the top of this post. I used the Lavinia Stamps "Dynamic Stencil" with "Salvaged Patina" and Saltwater Taffy" Distress Oxide inks to create the pattern.

In the middle of the card, I stamped the Waffle Flower "Thinking of you" greeting, which is part of their "Essential Sentiments" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.

I used the same ink to edge the card and then stamp the foliage, which is part of the Penny Black "Serene 30-472" clear stamp set.

I mounted the card on to dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.  Finally, adding some dots of black Ranger Enamel Accents.

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge - Week 8



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 8 is "Song Titles"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 8.

The song I have chosen is one from my teens "Going Underground" by The Jam.

I sourced a map of the London Underground on-line, reduced it in size, then printed it out and stuck it to a blank tag using glue tape.  I then inked the edges of the tag using Versafine Clair "Tulip Red" ink.

Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, I stamped the arrows using a Sweet Dixie "Follow your dreams SDCSA6039" arrow stamp.

I then mounted the tag on to a piece of red card.

I dug out my old-school Dymo tape maker thing (no idea what it's called these days, it's one of those old clicky things) and printed the word "Underground" on a black background, sticking it towards the bottom of the tag.

I used a small arrow shaped die I had sourced on Amazon and die cut three arrow shapes in red card.

Next, I printed out the word "Going" on the computer and cut it to size, sticking it on to the red arrows.  I then used more wet glue to stick the red arrows in to position.


Sunday 11 February 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 7



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 7 is "Pastel Colours"


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This is my Week 7 tag, working to a prompt of "Pastel Colours"

For the tag base, I used one of the Clarity stamps "Printed Post Card Quotes", cut in to a tag shape.

Over the top of the printed alphabet, I used three shades of Ranger Archival Inks (Prickly Pear, Violet and Forget Me Not), applied with blending brushes.

I dusted the surface of the inked tag with an anti static chalk bag before laying a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stencil over the top.  I used the "THS032 Flourish" stencil.  Then using a Wow! Embossing Ink Pad, I pressed the ink over the surface and through the surface.  

Once I was sure there was enough coverage of sticky clear ink, I then coated the tag with Wow! "Sea Mist" Embossing Powder and heat set.

Next, using a fan shaped paint brush, I splattered Dr PH Martin's white bleed proof paint over the surface of the tag so there were lots of small speckles of white across the surface.

While the paint was drying, I die cut the flowers using a Sizzix / Tim Holtz die set called "Wild Flowers #2".  I used plain white card to cut the flowers then fixed them into position using a wet glue.

I mounted the tag on to a piece of white card, finally adding dots of white Ranger "Enamel Accents"  to break up the background colour.

Monday 5 February 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Fairy Dandelion" With Love Card


 

A play with old and new Lavinia Stamps to make this card.

I've used a piece of white card for the base, blending two shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch) applied with a wet mop paint brush to get all over colour gently changing from one to another.

Next, I lay the Lavinia "Dynamic" stencil over the top of the background and applied "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide Ink through the stencil.

I stamped the Lavinia "Fairy Dandelion" using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  I stamped the fly away bits of dandelion, which are part of the "Make a dandelion" stamp set and the sentiment, which is part of the "Heartfelt Verse" stamp set using the same ink.

I then multi stamped the new Lavinia "Meadow Blossom" stamps using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink I coloured the "Meadow Blossom" using "Wilted Violet" Distress Oxide Ink, applied with a paint brush.

Finally, I added a touch of sparkle to the dandelion and the blossom using a silver glitter pen.

Sunday 4 February 2024

Stampin' Up "Beautiful Friendship" Birthday Card



Here's a card I've made, using a Stampin' Up stamp set that's not seen the light of day for a very long time.

For the roses and leaves in the middle of the card, I have used the Stampin' Up stamp set called "Beautiful Friendship" with Distress Marker Pens using "Peeled Paint" and Worn Lipstick" pens and "Worn Lipstick" and "Picked Raspberry" Distress Oxide Inks. 

I gave the background a wash of "Bundled Sage" Distress Oxide Inks.  I then used the "Micro Squares Stencil" by Funky Fossil Designs, with "Prickly Pear" and "Leaf Green" Distress Oxide Inks.

The birthday greeting is by Lawn Fawn, part of their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink. 

I inked the edge of the card using the same "Twilight" ink then mounted the card on to dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.  Finally, adding some dots of white Ranger Enamel Accents.



52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 6



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 6 is "Skeleteon Trees or Leaves"

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This is my Week 6 tag, working to the prompt of "Skeleton Trees or Leaves".

For the base, I used a white tag.  I coloured the whol tag with "Sundance" Elements inks.  I then positioned a moon mask where I wanted the moon to be, as I knew I would forget it when I got to the darker colours.

Next, I used "Russet Orange" Elements Inks, leaving a section of yellow but covering the rest with the orange.

I moved on to "Emporer Red" Elements Inks, again leaving some of the yellow and orange before covering the rest of the tag.

Finally, I used the "Merlot" Elements inks, for the dark sky around and above the moon area.  I gave the tag a blast with my heat gun before creating a white halo around the moon using a white Pan Pastel.  I added some mottled areas to the moon itself, by using a finger dabber with "Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

I then moved on to the stamping.  I used the Visible Image "Into the woods" stamp set with two shades of Versafine Clair Inks:  Nocturne and Morning Mist.

Finally, I mounted the tag on to black card and added a few stars in the sky, using a white gel pen.

Saturday 3 February 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Snail House" New Home Card



I've been away in Tenerife, enjoying some winter sun, which was very much needed.  At long last I have shaken off the awful cough and pneumonia, which I am very glad about.



While we were away, Lavinia Stamps released a new collection.  I ordered it and it arrived yesterday, just in time for me to play.

I used Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp the new Lavinia "Snail House", "Thistlecap Mushrooms" and a word from their "Words from the heart" stamp set.

I coloured the image using various colours of Derwent Inktense Pencils using a paint brush to apply the colour.  I added dots of orange, yellow and red Posca Pens for the tiny flower heads and a white gel pen for highlights to various areas of the image.

In the background, I have used the Lavinia Stamps "Waffle" stencil with "Sky Blue" coloured Ranger Archival Ink.

Sunday 28 January 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 5



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 5 is "Paint Play"

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This is my Week 5 tag.  There are so many different ways paint can be used, so I enjoyed having the freedom to "see what happens" making this tag.  It's unusual for me as my tags tend to be more structured but I went a little out of my comfort zone making this one.

I used a plain white tag and three shades (a light and medium green and a turquoise) of Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Shimmering Water Colour Paints.  I used them with a little water and allowed the paint to run down the tag.  I used a Tim Holtz hand held blowy tool (sorry I don't know what the correct term for it is, but I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about) to blow the paint down and across the tag.  After each colour, I used the heat gun to dry the paint before I used more.



I then used gold and white paint to create fine splatters across the surface using a fan shaped paint brush and tapping the paint off the brush on to the tag.

Once dry, I mounted the tag on to a teal coloured card and then stamped the sentiment, which is part of the Lavinia Stamps set called "Heartfelt Verse" stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight Ink".


Here's a photo of the first five tags of the challenge that I have made.  All very different in theme and techniques.

Sunday 21 January 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 4



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 4 is "Print"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 4.

I started with a white tag that I swooshed through "Tea Dye" Distress ink to give a mottled background.

I tore up a page of an old book that had text and balance sheets on it, tearing the pages into small sections then sticking, using a wet glue on to the tag. 


I then used the Funky Fossil Designs "Funky Circle" stencil with Ranger Distress Matte Texture Paste.  I used my heat gun to accelerate the drying.

I then lightly spritzed the Dylusions "Lemon Zest" ink spray over the tag, again using the heat gun to dry it.

I used the Funky Fossil "Alpha Numeric" stencil with "Leaf Green" Archival Ink in the non raised areas of the tag. 

Next I decided that the "Funky Circle" textured area wasn't standing out enough, so I went around each section with a black fine liner pen, then added dots of black Ranger "Enamel Accents" to highlight the circles.

I decided the tag needed something vertical.  I used the Funky Fossil "Vintage Script" stamp with Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I inked the edges of the tag in the same ink while it was out.

I got out my Sizzix "Big Shot" die cutting machine and cut the Funky Fossil "Zen Mandala" in white card and stuck it into position using wet glue.

Finally, mounting the tag on to black card, I added the finishing touches by using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Small Talk" sticker and added white dots of Ranger "Enamel Accents".

Saturday 20 January 2024

Funky Fossil Designs "Indian Mandala" Card



A quick card, using the Funky Fossil Designs "Indian Mandala Stencil" with a metalic copper/gold coloured paint, applied through the stencil with a finger dabber.  It flooded a little bit in one area, which lost some of the stencil pattern, so I decided that was where I was going to put the sentiment.

I used a piece of kraft card and a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp set called "Tiny Words - Birthdays", stamped in Wow! Clear embossing ink and then coated with Wow! Earthtone Blueberry Embossing Powder and then heat set.  

I then mounted the mandala on to a piece of kraft card and then on to a white card blank. I mounted the sentiment on to a piece of the dark blue card and used black foam pads to elevate the sentiment over the problem area of the stencil.


Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Time Travelers CMS157" Tag



I am still not 100% right after my pneumonia, which has meant I've not really been in the right frame of mind for crafting.  

Today, the weather is so bad, with raid hurtling against the window, crafting seemed to be the natural thing to turn to. It was so lovely to spend a little time at my craft desk, but I am totally exhausted now, so will likely take a nap later.  Anyway, the result of my little crafting session is the grungy looking tag.

To make this tag, I used some patterned paper by Funky Fossil Designs, from their "Textures" pad for the background.

I inked the edges in Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink.

I then added some darker blue areas using Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink, applied with a finger dabber.

Over the top of that using a Brilliance "gold" coloured ink, I stamped the shapes using the Funky Fossil Designs stamp set called "Abstractions".

Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, I stamped the gentleman, which is part of a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stamp set called "Time Travelers CMS157".  I then stamped the image again on a piece of white card.

Using the image on the white card, I painted areas using Distress Oxide Inks, using "Victorian Velvet "for the skin, "Tumbled Glass" for the eyes and the shirt and "Gathered Twigs" for the jacket and waistcoat.  I fussy cut the image and inked the edges using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, then using wet glue, stuck the image on to the tag over the stamped image.

I dug out my Cosmic Shimmer "Summer Meadow" gilding flakes and added some to the surface of the tag.

I used two Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous Idea-ology sets for the word stickers, using the "Small Talk" and "Chit Chat" sets.

Finally, I mounted the tag on to dark blue card, drawing round the edge with a gold gel pen.  I also drew around the word stickers using the same pen too.

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Lavinia Stamps Birch and Elm River Walk Card


 

This evening I had a play with some of the Lavinia Stamps trees making this card.

I started by stamping the Lavinia Stamps "Birch",  "Elm" and one of the "Small Trees", stamped in "Acorn Brown" Versafine Clair ink. I used a white gel pen on part of the tree trunks and a black fine liner on the other side of the tree trunks.

I used three Q-tips (one for each colour) to create the leave canopy using Versafine Clair "Verdant", "Shady Lane" and "Green Oasis".

Once the ink was dry, I gave the card a wash of Distress Oxides, using Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage.  I then built up the colours using Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Mowed Lawn and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks.

I drew on the fence mid way on the card then coloured it with a brown Derwent Inktense Pencil,

I used the Lavinia "Foliage Set" of stamps with three shades of Versafine Clair inks (Verdant, Shady Lane and Green Oasis).  I added dots of different colours of Posca Pen to give the impression of flowers

I added depth to areas colouring in using a 2B pencil.

Monday 15 January 2024

Personal Impressions Boy's Favourite Things" Robot Birthday Card



Our Grand Son will be eight years old in February, this is the card I have made for him.  He's a very young eight as he has Downs, so I feel he will like the robot on this card.

I stamped the robot figure and balloon in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and then stamped them again on post-it notes, fussy cut the image and used them as a mask.

With the masks in position, I used a Creative Expressions rubber cling stamp with Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" ink, across the surface of the card.

I then used two shades of Ranger Archival Inks, Chrome Yellow and Orange Blossom through a Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Strings THS004" stencil.

I then used one of the stamps in the Funky Fossil Designs stamp set called "Abstractions", stamped in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" mid blue ink for the dashes area and the trio of circles.  Using a blue and orange Posca Pens for the dots, adding extra colour.

I used an orange and red Posca Pens to colour the balloon.  Using wet glue to add a die cut numer eight, stamping a "Happy Birthday" sentiment using Versafine Clair below the die cut.

I decided the robot didn't stand out enough with my original plan, so altered it by stamping the robot on to red card and fussy cutting it.  I used wet glue to stick the head and limbs, using foam pads for the torso to make it stand out more.  

I stamped the robot torso on to a piece of white card, colouring it with a metalic gold gel pen, fussy cutting the rectangle and inking the edges in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I used wet glue to stick it on top of the elevated chest area of the robot.

Finally, I added touches of white and gold gel pen to areas of the card, before mounting the card on to blue and then orange paper and then on to a white card blank.

Sunday 14 January 2024

Penny Black "Doggone Sweet 40-391" Birthday Card



I keep a list of cards I need to make, and although this isn't needed until mid February, I like to try and keep on top of my list, so that I don't have to make something in a hurry, or worse still have to buy a card.

I thought the dog on this stamp was a double of the recipeints dog, so I felt duty bound to use it. The stamp in question is a rubber cling stamp by Penny Black called "Doggone Sweet 40-391", which I stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.  I used thes same ink to stamp the Simon Says Stamp sentiment, which is part of their "Tiny Words - Birthday" stamp set.

I painted the stamped image using Distress Oxide Inks.  The colours that I used are:  Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Weathered Wood for the shadowing/grounding.

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 3



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 3 is "Blocks of Colour"

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I've opted for what should be a relatively straight forward tag to make, so if anybody is a little behind, it should be a quick make, also it allows for a little scrap busting, using up some of those small pieces of paper and card that we don't like to throw away.  Here's how I made my tag.

Starting with a plain white tag base, I lay the Clairty stencil called "Framework Circle Stencil" over the top of the tag.  Using a blending brush, I applied "Lost shadow" Distress Ink through the stencil and removed the stencil.

I then raided my drawer of paper and card scraps, opting for plain colours that I felt worked well together, cutting them into strips and rectangles then sticking them in to position.

I then used a sentiment from a Lawn Fawn stamp set called "Simply Sentiments", stamping the word "Hello" in Versafine "Monarch" purple ink.  I used the same coloured ink to  edge the tag, then mounted the tag on to a piece of dark blue coloured card.


Wednesday 10 January 2024

Hobby Art Ltd "Abstract Flowers CS175D" Tag


 

I've had a tag play session today, it's a just because I wanted to play tag.

Starting with a plain tag, I pulled a page from an old Welsh hymn book and stuck it over the tag, cutting the page down to the size of the tag.

I then used three shades of Dylusion ink sprays:  Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime and London Blue.  Dabbing the surface with a piece of kitchen towel then drying the surface using a heat gun.

I then splattered the surface of the tag with Orange and White coloured Posca Pens. I then inked the edges of the tag using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.

On a piece of white card, I stamped three flowers, leaves and a circular design, using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  I then fussy cut all the pieces.

I used two shades of Derwent Inktense pencils (applied with a paint brush) to colour the pieces using the "Mango" colour for the middle of the flowers.  "Iris Blue" for the leaves and the edges of the round designs and then a purple Posca Pen for the dots within the round discs.

I glued everything into position using a wet glue, then mounted the tag on to a piece of orange card, creating a vibrant, cheerful looking tag.

Monday 8 January 2024

Visible Image "Antisocial Butterfly" card



On the Country View Crafts facebook page the theme for their January 2024 challenge is "Be Wordy", so I decided to make a card for the challenge. As I hadn't used my Visible Image stamps and stencils for a while, I decided to use them.

I used Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink to stamp the main central image, using the Visible Image "Antisocial Butterfly" stamp set.  I coloured the butterfly using two shades of Derwent Inktense pencils, using "Cadmium Yellow" and "Persian Red" shades.

I overstamped the butterfly using the "crazed butterfly" which is part of the Visible Image "Antisocial Butterfly" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink.

I used "Chrome Yellow" Ranger Archival Ink through two areas of the Visilbe Image S"trobes Stencil".

Next, I used "Monarch Orange" Ranger Archival Ink through the Visible Image "Breakout Stencil".

Through the Visible Image "Supernova Stencil", I used "Pebble Beach" Ranger Archival Ink.

I then used the nesting circles in the Visible Image "Off The Grid Stenicl" with Ranger "Shadow Grey" ink.

For the small dots in the top left and bottom right corner, I used the Visible Image "Two Tone" stencil with "Monarch Orange" Ranger Archival Ink.

In the bottom left and top right edges, I stamped the Visible Image "Grunge Flourish" using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the two words "Antisocial Butterfly" which are also part of the Visible Image "Antisocial Butterfly" stamp set.

Next, I used Versafine Clair "Morning MIst" grey ink to stamp the "Transform" and "Metamorphis" which are both part of the Visible Image "Wings of Change" stamp set.

Finally, I inked the edges of the card using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.  I used a blue Posca Pen to colour in some of the stamped circles, then mounted the card on to dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.


Birthday Bubbles Card



Over the Christmas period, I noticed on Instagram that there were several posts where people were sharing photos of bubbles they had made using various techniques.

I'm still under the weather and didn't want to do anything too technical, but decided to paint my own bubbles.

I drew round a couple of objects, drawing two sizes of circles, some overlapping others and also drawing some off the edge of the water colour card.

I used "Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Shimmering Water Colour Paints" to colour my bubbles, using a white Posca Pen for highlights and a 2B pencil too.

I stamped the "Birthday" sentiment using a stamp from the Hobby Art "Greetings for friends - CS158D" stamp set, stamping in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.

On the computer, I typed the word "Bubbles", printing it in a similar blue to the stamped sentiment.  I then die cut the sentiment and stuck it below the "Birthday" word.

Finally, I mounted the water colour card on to a piece of dark blue card and then on to a white 6x6" card blank.

Sunday 7 January 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 2



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 2 is "Winter"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 2 - Winter prompt.

I used a piece of white card, cut into a tag shape. I masked off the lower (snow/land) area with a piece of copy paper.

For the area above the masked area, I used "Blueprint Sketch", applied with a blending brush.  I then added "Chipped Sapphire" and then "Villainous Potion" Distress Oxide inks.  I used a fan shaped paint brush with water, tapping the brush over the inked area so that it became covered in tiny droplets, then blotted and left to fully dry.

Removing the mask, I used "Tumbled Glass" and "Lost Shadow" Distress Oxide Inks with the Lavinia "Hill Mask" to create the impression of snow drifts.

I used Versafine Clair "Fallen Leaves" ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Birch Tree" and "Small Trees".  I then used "Weathered Wood" Distress Oxide Ink painted below the trees to create shadow and grounding.

I used a white Signo Unibal gel pen to outline some of the branches of the trees.  I added splatters of white bleed proof paint to the sky area to replicate snow.

I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Pippin" the small hare in Versafine Clair "Pine Cone" brown ink, adding a few touches of white gel pen to him.

I then stamped the hanging heart, which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Fairy Charms" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Tulip Red" and "Nocturne".  

Finally, I mounted the tag on to dark blue card and added touches of silver glitter gel pen to areas of the hanging heart.