Wednesday, 7 October 2015

HLS New Release Stamps - I've been having fun!

I was one excited Happy Little Stamper yesterday afternoon! A big box of new stamps from Happy Little Stampers arrived. 

Yep! We are up to our Second release and I am going to introduce to you the new sets!

I am going to start off with

Birthday Friends

For this card, I created a smaller panel that I could pop up with foam tape. I laid the panel on my card and stamped my hippo and sentiment first. Then I stamped the balloons making sure that some were over the edge of the smaller panel. 

Card #1

I coloured everything with my Wink of Stella pens to add some sparkle. I hope you can see it in the photo below.

Next up is

Whimsical Friends

I really love this set, especially the elephant. I created the two smallest birds especially so they could hitch a ride with him/her.

I stamped my images and sentiment in grey ink. Something I don't do very often. I usually go straight for black... I need to rethink my stamping from now on ;)

Card #2

I coloured the elephant and bird with Spectrum Noir markers. I added clear Wink of Stella to the blanket and her toenails (yep, I decided this elephant was a girl).

Now we are up to

Mix Mash

Another set I LOVE. I have made this really fun and bright card using only the circles and 1 sentiment. How versatile will this set be! 

The circles were stamped with neon inks!

Card #3

Next is

Fun Birthday Sentiments

A must have sentiment set for your collection.

First, I embossed the sentiment on watercolour paper. I used red and orange brushos to create my colour. Love it!

Card #4

Next is 

Thinking of You

This is a really pretty set of lovely sentiments. I can't wait to play with this one more!

My photo doesn't do this card justice. I have embossed all the stamps in gold. It turned out very elegant!

Card #5

Last but not least is

Everyday Sentiments

Seriously, this is another must have set for your collection! 

I sprinkled brushos onto glossy cardstock. Once dry I stamped my sentiment. I added a few little rhinestones too.

Card #6

If you would like to see how I create my backgrounds on glossy card stock, please check out my video:

I would like to enter these challenges

Card #1 - Lia Stampz: Animals
Card #2 - TimeOut: Inspired by Words challenge (I was inspired by 'smile' when I think of friends)
Card #3 - CAS on Sundays: Polka Dots
Card #4 - CAS-ual Fridays: Tic Tac Toe (I used colouring, spritzing, die-cutting)
Card #5 - Less is More: Use Jewel Colours (I used Gold)
Card #6 - AAA: Word Play

Thanks so much for looking xx

HLS October CAS Challenge and NEW RELEASE

Hi there everyone.

This month at Happy Little Stampers our CAS challenge is

I don't usually do a lot of paper piecing but it is quite fun and therapeutic. 

I am happy to show you a new stamp set that is now available at the HLS Shop!

Introducing - Birthday Friends

I have paper pieced my elephant with a pink and white polka dot paper. Isn't she adorable! I sprinkled some brushos and misted with water to create a spray coming from her trunk. I think I got it looking ok as it was hard to control the colour. The sentiment is from the same set.

Here is the set 

Birthday Friends

Head on over to the challenge blog as there is plenty of inspiration for you. 

Thanks so much for looking

Monday, 5 October 2015

HLS October Christmas Challenge

Yay, time for a new Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers!

Here is the word you need to use for your entry

We all love a poinsettia on our Christmas cards, don't we? 

Here is my card -

I have combined two sets from Happy Little Stampers (Big Bold Numbers and Mixed Christmas Sentiments) and went nuts with some gold embossing. A very simple card to make with the pop of red from the poinsettia completing the design.

Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring the Christmas Challenge and here is the prize you could win if you enter -

We also have a wonderful Guest Designer for this challenge. Pat from Colourful Card Creations has a wonderful card to inspire you so please pop on over and say hi.

Pop on over to the challenge blog and check out all the inspiration from the Designers. You will not be disappointed!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Hop to Stop

Another post for me today which has been a few weeks in the making. 

Becca Cruger has set up a blog hop as October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the USA (was back in March here in Australia). This blog hop is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue that impacts 1 in 4 women, and the resources that are available to assist victims of domestic violence.

I am very proud to be part of this blog hop not only as a participant but as a sponsor. Happy Little Stampers will be giving away a

Here is my card -

I really concentrated on purple because that is the colour that is associated with DV Awareness.

I created my background with my Brushos, starch and cling wrap. Once dry I used a star stencil and embossing paste for some texture. When nearly dry I brushed over some perfect pearls to give the stars a golden shine. 

The butterfly and sentiment are from Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday set. The butterfly was embossed on vellum with purple powder. The sentiment was embossed in white.

I really hope that you can play along with the hop. There are heaps of prizes to be won. Not only that but we can come together and raise awareness for this serious problem.

If you are in Australia and are a victim or need help due to Domestic Violence (female or male) please go to the Domestic Violence Support Website.

Womensline 1800 811 811
Mensline 1800 600 636

Thanks for stopping by -

HLS October Sketch Challenge

What? Where did September go? Seriously, I cannot believe it is October.

Seeing it is the beginning of a new month there is a new sketch challenge for you to play with over at Happy Little Stampers.

If you play along you will have a chance to win this stamp set from Happy Little Stampers!

Here is my DT card

I always seem to stump myself even though I design the sketches lol. But, I never let that defeat me. 

To create this card, I die cut my 'grass', placed it on the card and drew an outline in pencil at the top of the slopes. I removed the die and had a guide to where I could put my houses.

I didn't have much in the way of stamps or dies so the next best thing was to draw some funky houses myself. I coloured them with my Wink of Stella pens. I had another photo that showed all the glitter but I seemed to have lost it :(

The sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers Big Bold Birthday set.

We have a wonderful Guest Designer joining us for this challenge - Valentyna. She is an AMAZING card maker and we are honoured to have her with us.

I hope you will find the time to play along with us this month. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Brushos and Glossy Cardstock + Video Tutorial

Hi there everyone! I had such a wonderful response regarding my technique using Brushos and Glossy card stock that I have made more and made a video tutorial for you to try this technique for yourself :)

Here are the cards I have made and all the details are in the video.

Thanks so much for popping in xx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Brushos and Salt

Good morning all. I hope you have enjoyed or are enjoying your weekend.

Yesterday I played with watercolours and salt. I've been meaning to try this technique for a while now.

For my first attempt I used watercolours and rock salt. The background has turned out quite different and I will post what I make with that later. The next one I used normal table salt which gave a very different effect but I think I may have had the paper too wet. Back to the drawing board with that one.

Finally, I thought.. why not use salt ITSELF on my card. Here is what I came up with -

I started by creating my background using Brilliant Red, Orange and Black brushos. I LOVE these colours. For the large panel I combined the Red and Orange and then made a smaller panel with the black.

My next steps were -

* Once the panel was dry, I coated it with gloss gel
* I sprinkled the table salt all over the panel
* Sealed it all in with a gloss spray sealant
* Die cut the word Happy from my black panel
*Cut a small strip and embossed Birthday in white.

I adhered the Happy and Birthday strip with glossy accents. With everything on the bottom panel, this was the best way to get them to stick properly.

Here is a close up of the salt -

I have used one of the sentiments from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments set.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Just Add Ink - Add your 3 favourite colours
That Craft Place - Mixed Media Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking xx

Monday, 21 September 2015

Happy Little Stampers Blog Hop

Hello! We are so excited today because Happy Little Stampers is having a blog hop to celebrate the First Release Stamps!

Join in the fun and hop along because there are 5 prizes to be given away. The grand prize for one lucky commenter is the entire release!

You should have come to my blog from the Happy Little Stampers Blog. If not, that's ok. You can hop through in any order but make sure not to miss any.

My first card is using the Mixed Christmas Sentiments set. Perfect for any style of card making!

"Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly". This sentiment that I have embossed in gold is perfect for my little holly cluster.

My next card uses a very simple piece of off cut from a brusho piece I had created. I then stencilled over the top with embossing paste through a stencil. I popped up my die cut trees with the sentiment.

Next up is the Bold Birthday Sentiments

I used a Mini Mister (available at the HLS shop). I combined a ink from a reinker and water to create my own ink spray. I sprayed directly onto the front of my card. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment and added black sequins and Rhinestones (available from the HLS shop). I love pink and black together :)

My next cards use the Big Bold Numbers set which is perfect to combine with the Bold Birthday Sentiments set :)

I used some DP for the background and then stamped with Memento Luxe ink. I die cut the 't' and 'h' and popped them up with little foam squares cut down to size. Next I added a heap of Rhinestones.

For my next card I stamped the Happy and 21 and then die cut my panel with the 's' and the 't' and a few stars so I could have my glitter paper showing through the negatives. Another great way to combine the two stamp sets!

Last but not least is Butterfly Birthday

I created my background by using the Acrylic Block Stamping Technique. I inked up my block and wet it using my Mini Mister. I also created my splats using the acrylic block (you can see my tutorial HERE). I stamped my butterfly onto a piece of scrap watercolour paper that I had already inked up and fussy cut it out. It has been popped up with foam tape. The Pearls (available at the HLS shop) were the finishing touch :)

Using distress inks, I covered my panel and then misted water onto a stencil (a gift from Loll) and pressed it onto the paper. My 'ghosting' technique didn't work so well for my first time but I actually really loved it in the end. I inked up a snippet of card stock with the same Distress Inks, stamped my butterfly and fussy cut it out. I've popped it up with foam squares. More pearls on this one :)

For this card, I placed my stencil on on my piece of watercolour cardstock and then pounced my versamark pad all over. I then embossed with a clear powder. Using brushos in a paint tray, I added the colours with a brush. I also embossed the sentiment onto a piece of vellum.

Here is a recap of the products that I have used from Happy Little Stampers.

I hope you have been inspired by the new release stamps from Happy Little Stampers. Next up is Loll!

Happy hopping!