Friday, 21 October 2016

Brushos and Embossing

Hi there everyone. I have a card to share with you today that was inspired by one I received in the mail from the wonderfully talented Sarah (Sazzle Dazzle). It has been sitting proudly in my lounge room for weeks and weeks. I absolutely loved it - you can see her card HERE.

As well as CASEing Sarah's card, I decided to do a video tutorial as well. Unfortunately when I went to download the files from the card... well... they weren't there. Bugger. Will have to refilm it again tomorrow. So for the time being, I just have the card to share with you :)

Sarah created her brusho panel using yellow, red, and orange (I think) and the colours were amazing. I wanted to go wth a blue panel. I embossed the butterflies onto watercolour paper first. I also decided to emboss some circles for a bit of extra fun. I 'smooshed' my cardstock into three different colours of brushos (drying in between each smoosh) - Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Grey.

I die cut the word Smile 3 times in white cardstock and and glued them all together. The last diecut was in gold glitter paper and glued on last. This gave the sentiment amazing dimension. The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of card and then cut to size. The glitter dots finished it off.

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

Cards and More #169 - Watercolour
Cardz for Galz #33 - Use at least one die
Die Cut Divas - Emboss

Here are the HLS Products I have used on this card -


Thanks again to Sarah for the inspiration!!

See you next time :)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Stencils and Sparkle Medium + Video Tutorial

Happy Sunday everyone. I had a 'moment' to spend in my craft room this weekend and made the most of my time by also creating another video tutorial.

Mum and I went to the Craft and Quilt Expo in Brisbane earlier this month. We picked up a few tubs of sparkle medium to share between us (among other things...) and I decided to create a couple of Christmas cards.

I used a stencil from STAMPlorations, the sparkle medium, and a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers 'Mixed Christmas Sentiments'. 

This is a Memory Box stencil, sparkle medium, and another sentiment from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments set.

My video tutorial also shows you how to create a one layer card using this technique but adding a slight bit of masking as well.

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

Just Add Ink #333 - Add G (my 'G' is glitter)
Fab n Funky Challenges #322 - Shades of Grey or Lots of Sparkle
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Glitter and Sparkle
Card Mania - Let it Shine

Last but not least - here is my video tutorial

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Brushos and Masking Fluid with Video Tutorial

Hello! I was finally able to edit and upload my video tutorial for creating a card with Brusho powders and masking fluid.  I had terrible issues with my editor, sorry. It isn't perfect.... but you will definitely get the idea.

Today I would like to share not only my video tutorial but another card I made using this technique -

You will get a better idea about how I created my mask by watching my video tutorial but I basically cut the butterfly from the HLS Butterfly Dies using post-it tape and then used masking fluid to create a larger area of the mask. Once both masks were removed, I added the brusho colours using a brush.

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

Crafty Cardmakers - Birthdays

and over at Addicted to CAS, Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring their Watercolour challenge!

Here is my tutorial -

These are the products I used -


Thanks for popping by!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Happy Little Stampers October CAS Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome back. Today is the start of a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I have created a VERY simple card. It took no time to make at all.

I stamped with the Mix Mash set in Neon Ink onto my card base. I cut a piece of vellum to fit and embossed it with a dot folder. I adhered it with vellum tape (love this stuff as you can't see it through the vellum!) and cut a smaller piece of vellum for my sentiment. Easy!!

The vellum gives you that softness over the neon that makes the card very pretty. 

There is plenty of inspiration over at the challenge blog so pop over there to get some ideas for you to enter!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenge

Thanks for popping in! See you next time.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Happy Little Stampers October CASE Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you are well and had plenty of time to get your mojo working in your craft room. 

Today is the start of a new month of challenges over at Happy Little Stampers! The 1st of the month kicks off our CASE challenge.

We are CASEing Birgit this month.

Here is Birgit's card -

I love Birgit's vintage look. My inspiration came from the colour of the bird, the die cut behind the bird, and the embossed sentiment.

Here is my card -

To create my background, I smooshed yellow and orange brushos together onto watercolour paper. The die cut is from Sizzix and a fabulous one! I was lucky enough to get this at the HLS Craft Retreat earlier this year. I embossed the sentiment from the HLS Thinking of You set with WOW embossing powder.

I would like to enter my card into these fabulous challenges -

Make My Monday - No patterned paper

I hope you will join us over at Happy Little Stampers for our challenge. Don't forget we have 5 monthly challenges for you and we also have a DT call right now!

Here is the HLS stamp set that I have used today 

Thinking of You

See you over at the challenge blog!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Brushos and Masking Fluid

Hi everyone! I wanted to have a quick play last weekend because my time in the craft room is quite limited at the moment. 

I have been helping out at a Post Office on a neighbouring island due to the owner having a hip replacement. I am also working more shifts at our local RSL club. No time for much else, waaah.

When I was in the UK for the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat, Carol showed us a few techniques on masking. I bought some drawing gum thanks to Carol and decided to break it out and give it a go with my brushos.

Here is my card -

I created a mask for the balloon (using a die cut and post-it tape) and masked around the edges and surrounding area with the masking fluid. 

I have created a video tutorial for this technique but am having trouble with my video editor. Hopefully I will actually get it done and uploaded this century!

I sprinkled my brusho colours onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water and used a brush to apply the colours. I added splats by loading up my paintbrush with the same colours and flicking it onto the paper. 

The sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers Fun Birthday Sentiments set.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

Southern Ridge - Your Favourites (mine are definitely Brushos)

Craft for the Craic - photo inspiration

Simon Monday Challenge Blog
Powder Power

Thanks for popping in today. Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, 16 September 2016

The Perfect Backgrounds

Hi everyone and happy Friday! Ready for the weekend?

I wanted to share with you the cards that I made from my brusho backgrounds. I created a video tutorial for you to share this fun and easy technique. You will find the link at the end of my post.

Today I received my dies and stencils from STAMPlorations. It felt like they took forever to get here from the US but that was because I was at the mail box everyday waiting.... So! I had to break them out and have a play as I knew they would be perfect to add to my backgrounds.

Here are my cards - no stamping today. Just watercoloured backgrounds and dies :)

I would like to enter this card into

Cut it up - Watercolour (must use a die as well)
STAMPlorations - Anything Goes using their products

I would like to enter this card over at

STAMPlorations - Anything CAS Goes (no option used for me)

I would like to enter this card over at

CCEE Stampers - No stamping, just die cuts

If you would like to try making these backgrounds using Brushos and Stencils please check out my video tutorial -

Don't forget that the current CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers is -

and this technique would be perfect for you to try and then enter.

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

HLS September CAS Challenge

Hello everyone! Time for a new CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Everyone that attended the HLS Craft Retreat last month is still talking about everything they learned and sharing ideas with each other. It was such an awesome experience and it doesn't seem it will ever end. 

This month we want you to concentrate on a technique -

This is such a fun technique. I particularly love using my Brusho crystals whenever watercolouring is in order :)

Here is my card -

This is a CASE of a CASE. I CASEd Hazel way back when and I really love this design so I decided to use it again. It is such a great way to show off a panel like my Brusho panel but keeping everything very clean and simple and showing plenty of white space.

I started with one colour of Brusho straight onto the cardstock and spritzed it with water. I used my heat gun to dry the first colour and went on to the next. I repeated this with all the colours. 

I die cut the word Happy out of a scrap piece. The 'birthday' stamps is from the HLS Everyday Sentiments set. 

Check out all the inspiration over at the blog - there are also video tutorials for you!

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

HLS September CASE Challenge

Hello! Happy 1st of the month. We have a brand new set of challenges starting today over at Happy Little Stampers. I hope you will play along.

First up is our

This month we are CASEing the super talented Asa. She has created a gorgeous CAS card for us to take inspiration from.

Here is my CASE -

The butterfly die is a newbie that I got from the HLS Craft Retreat. I decided to layer a large and small butterfly together. They have been die cut from Brusho panels.

Here is a close up of the layers -

I used the Everyday Sentiment sent from Happy Little Stampers to coincide Asa's sentiment. 

I hope you will play along this month - there is always the chance to win!

Thanks for popping in today - see you on the 3rd when we kick off our CAS challenge :)

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

New to me technique using Brushos

Hi there everyone! I had an awesome day in my craft room today. As usual, I am reaching for my Brushos. They have to be one of my most favourite things to use on cards.

While at the HLS Craft Retreat, we had so much fun playing with Brushos. I did a demo using the starch and cling wrap technique.  We had lots of Anything Goes time to play with all our goodies as well. This gave everyone the chance to play at their own pace and experiment.

Darnell created a beautiful panel using her Brusho powders over a stencil. Everyone loved it. I hadn't done this before so decided to have a play today. 

I really love combining Brusho colours to create a bit of a rainbow effect. The colours are so vivid!

Here is my card -

The colours I used are - Turquoise, Purple, Lime Green, Sunburst Lemon, Orange, and Crimson
I love how it turned out. Stay tuned for a video tutorial as soon as my new camera arrives. I can't wait to share this technique with you :)

The sentiment is from the HLS Fun Birthday Sentiments and heat embossed with WOW! powder.

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

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in today. See you soon xx

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cupcake and Jellyfish

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope your weekend has been great so far. 

Today I was on a mission. To start using new goodies that I had acquired from the HLS Craft Retreat - the other mission was what to choose!

Now, Miss USA (aka Darnell) has a very well timed NBUS challenge that gave me the kick in the pants to get started.

I had seen a couple of fellow bloggers in my feed, posting about the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. I had a light bulb moment. I had received a gorgeous die set from Susan (fellow teamie at ATCAS) for my birthday in July. It is the mini cupcake by Paper Smooches.

Here is my card -

I die cut the cupcake and sprinkles from Brusho panels that I had spare. The colours are Lime Green and Purple. Love them! I stamped the sentiment with Memento Luxe Ink - Sweet Plum. It is from the Happy Little Stampers Fun Birthday Sentiments set.

The challenge at Cupcake Inspirations is to also decorate the inside of your card. I had the perfect PTI stamp set to go with my cupcake. I RARELY decorate the inside of my cards so thanks for the challenge :)

Here are the challenges that I am entering this card into -

I was looking at the cupcake die and had another light bulb moment. When used upside down it looks like a jellyfish!

The background is a piece from my stash made at the HLS Craft Retreat (using Brusho, Starch and Cling Wrap). I drew the tentacles and added googly eyes for fun :) He looks a little.... angry??

The background die that I used on both cards is one of my new ones from Sizzix. Love it!

I would like to enter this fella into the following challenges -

Allsorts - Use at least 2 dies

Thanks for popping in today. Have a great rest of your weekend :)

Friday, 26 August 2016

Amazing Memories! Europe 2016 Part 1 - London

Hi there everyone! I hope you were able to catch up on all the fun we had at the HLS Craft Retreat with my previous post. If not, you can check it out HERE.

I wanted to share a few photos with you of my trip away and also the cards that I made at the retreat.
I've got some amazing memories here and it was an experience that I was so lucky to share with so many people.

Here we are ready to fly out of Sydney. This was the long haul flight to Dubai (14.5 hours!).  The next flight to London was about 8 hours.

Left to Right: Maree (my mum), Me, Simone (my best friend), Anne (Simone's mum)

This is Simone and my first trip overseas together. We have been best friends for 36 years so it was about time!

First stop - London! We did plenty of sightseeing. The morning we arrived, we didn't waste any time. We got on the Hop On-Hop Off Bus tour to see the city. Pity I dropped my camera on the very first day.... From then on, I relied on my phone. Lucky they take a fairly decent photo!

London in Brief:

| City Sightseeing - bus and cruise | Greenwich Markets | Thriller Live! at the Lyric Theatre | Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre | Motown at the Shaftesbury Theatre | Madam Tussauds | Covent Garden | London Eye | Harrods | 

Here are some of my favourite shots from London

Selfie on the London Eye

Sandie and I cruising the river Thames
Tower Bridge
Tower of London

walking down Oxford street

Shakespeares Head Tavern - Carnaby Street

Madame Tussauds was one of my favourite outings. I'm a bit of a Star Wars and Sherlock Holmes fan and there were fantastic exhibitions on at the time :) Callum and I had a blast!

Callum and I with the royal fam

Had to get a shot with Yoda and play with the light sabers!
who doesn't love Shrek?
Every girls dream.... flying the Millennium Falcon
kickin' it back with Han Solo

Well that's enough of that! I've probably bored you silly lol.

I would now like to share the cards that I made at the HLS Craft Retreat.

All these cards were made using Brushos. There was actually very little stamping and a lot of die cutting. The best thing about the retreat was everyone bought a bit of their stash from home and we got to share. What an amazing time we had - thanks to all you gals for making it such an unforgettable weekend. 

Thanks for popping in today. I really appreciate it :)

I did a bit of a calculation on how long it took me to get home from Spain. Door to door it was over 36 hours. Wow.... no wonder that jet lag is a killer!