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Summertime Siamese Cat

It’s Sabrina here today, and as we’re in full summer mode, spending more time outdoors, I have a simple project to share today – a Summertime Siamese Cat, using the Siamese Cat with Brushtroke Butterfly and Cat Kanji stamp from Art Neko.  I think this is such a lovely image, I’ve made several cards with it. This one was meant to have the colours of the Irish flag, as I used it for a card swap recently, so I coloured the flower orange, and the grass green, and added some little punched banners in the same colours.

detail shot of Summertime Siamese Cat using a brushstroke image from Art Neko

There’s not much to say about this, other than that I used my old Marvy Markers to colour and stamp the image, huffing after colouring. Then I layered it onto a lacy scalloped square, and popped it up onto a base which was embossed with a polka-dot pattern. I was afraid that the embossing might affect the little Irish banners, so I mounted them onto light cardstock before adding them to the card.

card featuing a Summertime Siamese Cat using brushstroke image from Art Neko



Since I omitted the butterfly image from the stamp, here’s another butterfly for you instead:  a bookmark for summer holiday reading, made with one the the stamps from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set. Now I can’t remember what I had in mind when I originally started colouring the flowers yellow – by the time I was part way through I decided that it reminded me very much of freemontodendron, California flannel bush. We don’t see a lot of it here, but it does grow well in sheltered places and is such a gorgeous riot of vivid colour on a wall. My image was stamped on white card with Versafine Onyx black, and then coloured with Polychromos pencils. I used Sakura  Stardust pencils to add some sparkle to all the stamens, and a Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterfly.

Bookmark from Art Neko's bookmarks and sentiments plate, coloured with pencils


A quick summer memory – most of our childhood cats were home-lovers, and someone always was organised to look after them when we went on holidays – the dogs came with us. But, we had a pedigree Siamese who absolutely loved the car and always came along with us, we have quite a few photos and snippets of cine film showing her walking daintily down the track to the beach or across the fields.



Thanks for coming by the blog this week ! Enjoy your weekend – read a book, create a memory… and make sure to come by again next week for some more creative inspiration from the team.


Daisy and Snail birthday card

Hello everyone, it’s Sabrina here this Friday with a Daisy and Snail birthday card. I have plenty of summer birthdays, and with the weather improving here it’s definitely gardening time.


Daisy and Snail birthday card, close-up of the pieced dasiy


I used the daisy stamp from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate – as I mentioned before, I trimmed the thank-you sentiment off it to use separately, as I get more use from the daisy on its own. This time I went for some simple paper-piecing, using a scrap of the Pastel Bargello Fans paper from the selection of Japanese papers available from Art Neko. I stamped the flower over two different areas of the paper, so that I could cut the yellow centre separately.  I also stamped the daisy on plain white card, and coloured the grassy foreground and the leaves with pencils.

My Silly Snail was stamped twice on thin white card, using Versafine Onyx Black, and sponged with distress inks to add some colour. The shell was cut out and layered onto the first snail.

After stamping the vertical Happy Birthday  ( I love vertical sentiments, and in this case it really goes well with the tall daisy stem), I tore along one edge. Then I used a stencil and some distress ink and lightly sponged with blue to add a bit of depth. Then I stitched along the other edge – I like to use thread designed for buttonholes or top-stitching, as they are a bit thicker than the regular thread and stand out more. Finally I dry-embossed a strip along the edge of my base card, where it would show under the torn edge, and added my main panel.


Daisy and Snail birthday card using stamp from bookmarks and sentiments plate and a Silly Snail


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team members have created to share with us this week. Have a good weekend, and make sure to come by again next week and see what new beauties are on display.


Microscope Slide Ornament for Spring

It’s Sabrina here today, and this week I have used the microscope slides available from Art Neko to create a microscope slide ornament to celebrate Spring.  It’s beautiful here with all the white  and pink flowers on the magnolias, cherry blossom and even the hawthorn already coming out in the hedgerows.


Microscope slide ornament using one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set from Art Neko


For this ornament, I used a tutorial available on Splitcoaststampers, you can find it by clicking HERE. I know that many people use metal tape and soldering to finish off ornaments like these, but even had I been able to find any tape, my soldering skills are pretty rusty so I was pleased that this tutorial suggested using strong double-sided tape as an alternative.


I started out by colouring one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate. I masked the birds with masking fluid and used dilute acrylic paints to colour the sky, and pencil for the tree branches. After the paint was dry, I removed the masking fluid to leave the birds white, and used more acrylic paints for the blossom. Then I trimmed a portion of the bookmark to match the size of the slide. For the back of the ornament, I used one of the beautiful fabric papers available from Art Neko. I chose the Silver Sakura Blossoms on White because I was going to use silver cording and silver glitter.  I stuck this onto a piece of thin white card so that the silver cording, which is secured between the back and front layers of the ornament, wouldn’t show through.

And then I followed the tutorial instructions to assemble my ornament.  I used a small silver half-pearl to tidy up the join between the two ends of my tape. It looks pretty, but unfortunately this means it will no longer fit into the protective slide mailer which I was starting to decorate. So you will see that as another project shortly!

Microscope slide ornament created using the Bookmarks and sentiments stamp set from Art Neko



This is what the back  of the microscope slide ornament looks like, with that beautiful paper.

Microscope slide ornament


As always, thank you for taking the time to visit the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared with us -I know I have. Have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.


Daisy Tag With Butterfly

I’m marking the official start of Spring in Ireland with a Daisy Tag with Butterfly on the blog today. Traditionally Spring here starts on February 1st, St. Brigid’s Day, but in terms of actual weather, most people don’t think Spring is here till March. Any excuse for flowers on a dull day is a good one, though.

Tag using Bookmarks and Sentiments, and Whimsical and Kind Sayings sets from Art Neko


I started with a manila shipping tag and a few distress inks to create a wrinkle-free distress background. When it had got thoroughly dry, I stamped the daisy image (without the sentiment) from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, using Versafine Black ink. I also stamped the daisy twice onto white card, and using Encore gold ink I stamped the little butterfly which is found on the same plate. The butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder, and I then cut it out and sponged it with blue ink, and then added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir glitter overlay pen.

Daisy tag with Butterfly using images from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate from Art Neko

One of the daisies is stuck straight down on the tag. Taking the second one, I trimmed down several of the petals to separate them, and also shaped the yellow centre a bit with a stylus. It’s popped up over the first daisy head with foam tape in the center – some of the individual petals were then stuck down and others left a bit higher to add dimension. The little leaves were also cut out and layered, so that I could have more vivid colour than if I had simply coloured the image stamped on the tag.

To finish the daisy tag off, I decided to add a sentiment that would make it suitable for almost any occasion, so I chose the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. The daisy comes with “my warmest thanks” running along the length of the stem, but I cut this into a separate stamp as I know I’ll get more use out of the daisy like this. After adding the sentiment, I sponged the tag edges with some Walnut Stain distress ink and added a little spattering with an Inktense pencil. A scrap of vivid yellow ribbon to match the daisy centre finishes it off, all ready to add to a card base, a gift bag or a gift-wrapped present.

Daisy tag with butterfly, using Bookmarks and Sentiments and Whimsical and Kind Sayings


Thanks for coming by the blog this week! Stamp your own Spring this weekend, even if it’s snowy or just unseasonably cold outside.


Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everybody – the weekend is almost here and it’s time to forget about work and follow your heart! It’s felt like a very long week here and I’m glad it’s finally Friday – I can follow my heart and find some stamping time. My project today is a CAS (clean and simple) card using the Follow Your Heart sentiment from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, along with a few other bits and pieces from Art Neko.

follow your heart, sentiment from Art Neko's Bookmarks and Sentiments


The little heart-shaped tins come in packs of two (currently at $1.00 for the two tins) and are so easy to decorate and alter. I didn’t include a photo of the unaltered tin, as you can see that on the website. In the past I’ve used alcohol inks applied with a felt pad, and I know that this works very well on a tin surface. But I wanted this heart to be uniformly matt and a solid colour, so I used a Sharpie. The photo shows it after one coat – by the time I added a second coat it had a beautiful satin finish which I hope you can see in the final photo.

Little heart-shaped tin from Art Neko, suitable for altering


After allowing drying time between each coat, I decorated round the window aperture with some Liquid Pearls, and added a sparkly heart sticker to finish it off.  I filled mine with some little resin hearts for a calorie-free treat, but of course you could use candy – or even some small jewellery as a gift for a special friend. The tins are also suitable for storing small embellishments, because of the window in the lid.

heart-shaped tin from Art Neko


Thanks for coming by to check the blog this week. I hope that you find something to do this weekend which will make your heart happy!

Card using Follow Your Heart sentiment from Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, with some simple stencilling and ribbon


Paper Doll and Bamboo Bookmark

It’s Sabrina again, this time sharing a little paper doll on a card using the bamboo bookmark from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate.  The bookmark does include some little kanji, but I’m afraid I covered them up with my little doll. with her black hair and fringe (bangs), she reminds me of this picture painted by my grandmother which always hung in my bedroom till I left home.

Asian-style paper doll layered on the Bamboo Bookmark from Art Neko Stamps

I started out by stamping the bookmark image on white card using Versafine Olympia Green, and embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I trimmed it down, and spritzed it with some gold shimmer spray, and matted it onto a black base.

To keep with the bamboo theme, I used distress inks, various homemade misters and the gold shimmer spray to make a wrinkle-free distress background, which I then stencilled with a bamboo stencil from The Crafters Workshop, using Forest Moss distress ink. I trimmed this to size and matted it on black card, and then added a sentiment from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set.

My little paper doll was creating using a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers which can be found here. I don’t have any bobby pins lying around, so when I make these, I usually just use a couple of bits of florist’s wire to make the “neck”. I used a scrap of origami paper for the sash, but to create the black and gold dress, I used a piece of one of the fabric papers from Art Neko, with gold swirls on a black background.   I can’t find the exact one I used, but any of these papers would make a beautiful dress.  The paper folded beautifully with no need for anything more than a bone folder to ensure a good crease.

The Bamboo Bookmark stamp from Art Neko on a stencilled bamboo background, finished with a little paper doll


And here’s the finished card –  a double helping of bamboos and plenty of shimmering gold. I sponged the card base with Peeled Paint distress stain and then rubbed it lightly with a gold metallic rub-on.

Paper doll on a card using Bamboo bookmark and stencilled background

Paper doll and Bamboos


Inside I added a matching bookmark, tucked into a little corner pocket of the same origami paper as my doll’s sash.

Bamboo with kanji, heat-embossed and spritzed


I wish you all a happy weekend. Please visit again next week to see the beautiful creations the team have been busy creating.


When is a bookmark not a bookmark?

A bookmark, obviously, isn’t a bookmark when it’s a card! It’s Sabrina here today, and I wanted to share a card I made with the beautiful Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko. It’s actually one of several bookmark-style stamps which can all be found on the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate A382FSHT, so  you will be seeing a couple more bookmark cards from me over the next few weeks. I do read and love books, but typically I don’t use a lot of bookmarks myself except in recipe books to mark favourites!  I really like the Art Nouveau (or is it more Art Deco?) look of this image.

uncolored image of Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko


When my husband was looking at it, he wondered what I would do with this particular design. I said I was going to add rhinestones to all the little circles in it, and he thought that sounded good. Of course, it means it’s totally unsuitable as a bookmark because I respect my books too much to put anything dimensional into them – so I turned it into a card.

To start with, I stamped the entire image on Eclipse tape and made a couple of masks so that I could sponge in background colours after colouring the flowers with Polychromos pencils. For the lower flowers, I stamped them again a couple of times on thin white card, and cut them out for layering. While the upper flowers are left flat, I added a little Stickles to the centre of each one. After colouring and then sponging with distress inks (antique linen, forest moss and peacock feathers) I added the flower layers and bling.

Close up detail of the layered flowers on the Diamonds and Flowers bookmark card


To create a base to display this, I used Spellbinders Bracket Borders 1 – they picked up perfectly on the diamonds in the bookmark, and created a lovely frame for it.  Using the Gold Leaves Paper on Black I cut another set of brackets to lay underneath the diamond apertures.

I cut each border slightly wider than I needed it to be, and then scored about half an inch in from the long straight edge. This made a tab which I was able to fold under and attach to the back of  another piece of white linen card cut to the size of a regular card front. I found this to be the cleanest and neatest way of attaching my borders – and then I added a little foam tape along the bracket edge to give them some dimension. I then added this whole piece to a regular folded card – and here it is.

Card made using the Diamonds and Flowers Bookmark stamp from Art Neko


I hope you like it! Have a great weekend and remember to check back next week for some more creative inspiration.


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