52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Week 4 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2019

The week 4 prompt is "Friendship".

For my tag I started by stamping a section of the large butteryfly from the Stampers Anonymous set called "Perspective" in Versafine Clair "Monarch" shade of ink and also the Papertrey Ink Sentiment from their "We Go Together" set.  I then painted the background of the tag in a Distress Oxide called "Picked Raspberry".

I coloured the butterfly image using  Promarkers.  Using a Visible Image stencil called "Two Tone" I made dots across the surface using a Distress Ink in "Carved Pumpkin" shade.  Using the Stampers Anonymous stamp set called "Ornate Trims", I stamped the decorative edge in Versafine Clair "Monarch" ink shade.

I also made this tag, using an off-cut of patterned paper, using the Stampin' Up set called "Lovely Friends" I stamped the sentiment in Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink.  Next I inked the edges of the tag to give it a more vintage feel.

I then stamped flowers from the Hobby Art stamp set called "Janies Collection - Wild Roses".  I cut the flowers out and inked them


Would you like to join in with this challenge?  It's really relaxed and you work at your own pace.  For more information, have a look here.

There is also a Facebook Group for the challenge, where you can share images of your creations and chat to others who are taking part.  We'd love you to be part of our friendly group.  Sam x

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Valentine Card using Lavinia Stamps

Here's a little Valentine card I made using Lavinia Stamps.

The background is a combination of several Distress Oxide colours.  I then applied Distress Inks through a heart stencil.

I stamped the rabbits, trees and sentiment in two shades of Versafine inks (Black Onyx and Stormy grey).  Finally, I added some white areas to the rabbits using a white Signo pen.

Here are the links to the stamps that I used:

Rabbits (Midnight Meandering)


Skeleton Tree

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Exciting News - I'm on the Lavinia Stamps Design Team

Today I can confirm that I have done it!  To say I am over the moon to hear that I have made the Lavinia Stamps Design Team is an understatement - note to self "Don't doubt your abilities Sam"!  I can't wait to get cracking on my makes as part of the team.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Lavinia Stamps company and staff for giving me this fabulous opportunity.

Sam x

Thank you for... card (Lavinia Stamps)

I recently applied for a Design Team place for Lavinia Stamps.  I was fortunate to be short listed for one of the two available positions.  I have to say, for somebody within the crafting business to have faith in my crafting abilities felt amazing, I was so excited and felt like I was walking on cloud nine!

I think we all doubt our abilities in one field or another.  I know for me, that my love of paper crafting has grown over the years, but the self doubt is always there, that the items I make are not good enough.  But good enough for who? I don't know, but that is how I feel.  

Being short-listed felt absolutely wonderful, as if I have had the stamp of approval some how - pardon the pun! For this stamping company to believe in me has changed my mind set to believe in my abilities too. Amazing how small things can change your outlook.

For this super simple card, I used a Lavinia Stamp called "Floral Spray" horizontally.  I used Woodware sentiments from their "Thank You For...  FRCL094) set either side of the stem, all stamped in Versafine "Black Onyx" on a cream card background.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Week 3 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2019

Hi, thanks for popping in.  It's time for another challenge prompt. 
The Week 3 prompt is "Collage"

If like me, you save your scraps of paper and other bits and bobs, for a "just in case moment", then this prompt is for you. Drag out those bits and put them to use.

For my collage, I decided on a beach scene, but yours can be on anything you like.  I raided my oddments box and came up with this.

I started by painting the sky with water colours and worked my way down the tag from there.

I've torn inked paper into scraps,  found an embossed bit of card that could be used for sea and added a bit of extra sparkle with Nuvo sequins.  On the rocks in the foreground, I have used some FlowerSoft which was given to me by a friend but I had never got to use.  

The only stamping on the tag, are the birds which are a Lavinia Stamp. 


You can join this challenge at any time, do as much or as little as you like, it's very, very relaxed.  If you would like more info or would like to see the previous prompts, you can check them out here.

There is also a Facebook Group for this challenge, I'd love it if you popped over and joined the fun, by sharing your challenge images and talking to the others taking part about all things crafty.  Sam x

Friday, 11 January 2019

Design Team Make for "My Time To Craft Challenge Blog" (388) - Winter Birthday (Lavinia Stamps)

This is a Design Team card I have made for the "My Time To Craft Challenge Blog" on the theme of "Winter Birthday".  Please do pop over and take a look at the fab creations from my fellow DT colleagues.

For my card, I started by using water colour pencils with a paint brush to paint the sky and the land.  

Using a Lavinia Stamp called "Trees", I repeat stamped the image across the card using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink.  I added the Lavinia Stamp "Birds" stamped in Versafine "Stormy Grey".

I continued to build up the image with adding more depth with the water colour.  I then cut the image down to 4x4" and mounted it onto brown card.  At this stage I added some icy/frosty sparkle using a silver glitter Signo Pen.

I cut a piece of plain paper to 4x4 size, positioned it in the middle of a plain card and marked where the line of trees was, then stamped the same tree image across card from side to side.  I lifted the paper mask and then positioned and stuck the water colour image down.

The Papertrey Ink sentiment, from their "Winter Hills" set was stamped in Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink to finish the card.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Book Mark using Lavinia Stamps "Rue"

I'm an avid reader.  Although most of the books I read are ebooks, sometimes I do read a "real" book.  There rarely seems to be a bookmark close to hand, so I made one instead.

I've used a Brusho Background.  I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Rue" and added extra foliage using their "Spanish Moss" both stamped in Versafine "Black Onyx".  I added silver dots, using a Signo pen, as if dust motes have been disturbed by Rue swinging on the foliage.