Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Watercoloured Forest

Hi everyone! I've had a quick play tonight. I seem to be crafting more when the sun goes down as it is so stinking hot here at the moment. We even have an extreme weather alert for the next few days. High heat and humidity - not a nice combo. So, once the sun goes down and I have the ceiling fan on full ball (not good when trying to emboss...), it makes it a little bearable to do things.

Tonight I played with my new Zigs again - I call this 'Getting Ziggy with it'. I chose to combine my HLS Christmas Joy set with the Thinking of You set but not to create a Christmas card. 

Please excuse the photo but it is night time :)
I started by stamping my trees (masking as I went). I used drawing gum to mask the trees again so I could add a blue wash to the background. Once dry, I coloured the trees with my Zig pens and then added more blue straight from the pen to darken some of the areas. So much fun!

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

Don't forget that Happy Little Stampers has a new monthly challenge -

Thanks for popping in! I'm off on a 4 night cruise tomorrow so I will check in with you all when I get back xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Doodled Flowers with new Zigs!

Hi everyone. I had some fun yesterday after receiving my new Zig Real Colour Watercolour pens. LOVE them!!

Here is my card -

I started by creating masks for my flowers and then stamping them with versafine ink and embossed with white powder. This is a very easy way to watercolour images as your ink doesn't go 'outside the lines'. 

When I was finished, I covered the images with Wink of Stella.

Here is the set that I have used from Happy Little Stamers

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

My Time To Craft #337 - Something New
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Something New
Dream Dream - Watercolour

Thanks for popping in today!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

AAA Cards - Guest Designer

Hi again! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far. Today I am delighted to be joining the team over at AAA Cards as their Guest Designer. Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring this challenge as well!

The theme for this challenge is

Here is my card -

Using the HLS Whimsical Friends set, I stamped the elephant, bird, and sentiment and coloured in the images. I added some sparkle with my WOS pen on the blanket and Miss Ellie's toenails.

Easy peasy!

I hope you will join in as there is heaps of inspiration by the talented Design Team over at AAA Card Challenges to help you along. Don't forget Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring!

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate
Happy Little Stampers

Thanks for popping in!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Less Is More - Guest Designer

Hi everyone! Today I am excited to be joining the LIM girls with their new challenge - OMBRE. Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring for the month of January and Sarah was kind enough to offer me a Guest Designer spot :) Thanks for having me!

Here is my card -

I can't say that I have really tried ombre prior to making this card. I started by embossing my sentiments which are from the HLS Simply Said set. I then blended Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks from top to bottom to create the ombre look. I sprayed a little water into my hand and flicked it onto the panel. I've never done that before either! I have seen this technique with the distress inks and flicked water for years so I am glad that I have finally done it!

See you over at Less Is More!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

HLS January CAS Challenge

Hello again. I hope the New Year has started off well for you :)

Today we have our CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, yay!

We would like you to use a stencil on your CAS projects.

Here is my card -

I created a background using brushos and a stencil. I stamped my bus from the HLS Wish you were Here set and fussy cut it out. I created a road with black card and a white pen.

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

HLS January Watercolour Challenge

Hello! Happy New Year!!!! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are now ready to kick off 2017 :)

Today is the start of the brand new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers! It is our watercolour challenge. We are very excited about this one. It has been months in the making and we also have new designers joining our team. You can see all the details over at the HLS blog.

Our theme for January is

Anything Goes! That's right - just make sure you use watercolouring or a watercolouring technique on your entry. You also have the option to use a stencil. 

I have made two cards both with our optional twist.

My first card was created by using the Brusho and Stencil technique and watercolour paper. I LOVE doing this. 

The stamps I have used are from the HLS Wish you were Here set. 

Once I had finished, I mixed Gold Perfect Pearls with some water and used a brush to create some splats.

My next card uses the stencil flipped over and pressed onto normal cardstock. It gives your background a more subtle look but still so pretty.

I die cut my sentiment using gold card. There are a few little touches of Perfect Pearls on this one too.

Here is my video tutorial on how to create these types of backgrounds. I made about 10 while doing these cards and save them for later.

There are also a LOT of video tutorials over at HLS if you need some help with ideas.

I hope to see you playing along. 

We are also very lucky to have Barb as our Guest Designer for this month's challenge. Make sure you stop by and say hello to her as well!

Thanks for coming by and I will see you over at the challenge blog :)

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Winners of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards challenge!

Wow, Wow, Wow! Thank you everyone who participated in my 12 Days of Christmas Cards challenge for 2016. 

I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to my friends who helped with their inspiration along the way -


Seriously they made amazing cards!!!

There were prizes up for grabs and they have been drawn at Random.

The winner of the prize from 


I love this card, Marianne, and was especially honoured that my Day 5 card inspired you!

The winner of the prize from


I adored this design that Carol used for a few of her cards. So versatile!

The winner of the prize from


This is just adorable! I love the polar bear looking at the silhouette of Santa! The sentiment is amazing.

Congratulations to you ladies. To claim your prize, you will need to email me at within 5 days.

I also wanted to showcase a few of my favourites. 

Asa's CAS design was perfectly elegant with her gold embossed image

This card by KathyK just makes my heart sing

I'm not being biased but what Nancy did with the Christmas Joy set was simply stunning!

Mel's Card Corner | Christmas Across the Miles
This is one gorgeous scene by Melissa

Jenny created an amazing background for her silhouette image

Zora's Christmas clothesline made me squeal with delight

The sparkle that Sandie acheived will bring Joy to anyone!

Check out Kristina's background and her gorgeous skating bear!

Vicki! These are just adorable!!!

Once again, thank you to everyone who played along. With 160 entries for the first year, I am absolutely delighted!

I haven't made it around to everyone yet. Bear with me, I WILL get to you :)

Friday, 16 December 2016

12 Days of Christmas Cards - EXTRA

Wow, you are all making amazing Christmas Cards. You still have time to enter my challenge HERE and I thought I would show you another card that I have made with the HLS Christmas Joy set.

As you can see, I haven't grown tired of creating these cute little Christmas forests. They are so quick and easy to put together that it may become my 'go to' Christmas design! I also wanted to add purple christmas trees just to be different :)

Here is a close up of the sparkle I added -

You can see how I created the forest in my video tutorial -

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

Moving along with the Times - #35 Christmas Scenes
Fab n' Funky - #331 Glitter and Sparkle
Crafty Cardmakers - #179 Christmas with a Twist
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #11 Christmas Trees

Thanks for popping in today - mwah!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Day 12 - Twelve Days of Christmas Cards Challenge

It's the last day! Oh no, I have been having way too much fun sharing my Christmas cards and having my friends join me in this challenge to help you out. The challenge link up will remain open until the 17th of December (AEST) so there is still time to get your cards done and entered!

You can enter as many times as you like! There are prizes up for grabs too! 

Here is the card that I am sharing with you today -

I started by masking my card and stamping the script stamp from the HLS Thinking of You set. I popped a bit of HLS Baker's Twine behind my star and die cut the word Joy. I used some gold ink for the splats. This was heaps of fun to make!

I also have a video tutorial for this one - this is the perfect card to mass produce without losing the quality of your Christmas Cards.

I can't wait to introduce the friend that is joining me for Day 12 -

Julie is an amazing cardmaker and valuable member over at Addicted to Stamps and More! Julie was very lucky to meet me..... (whoops). I meant I was very lucky to meet Julie at the HLS Craft Retreat earlier this year :) While I was galavanting around Europe for 4 weeks, Julie held the fort for me at ATSM. She is a superstar! She is a wonderful friend and I am so glad that she is here on the last day of the challenge to help inspire you to play along.

Isn't this just the sweetest! I love this little owl perched on the branch!

I have wonderful sponsors joining us!

Thank you Julie for helping out with the inspiration today.

All our cards and your entries will be pinned HERE!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Day 11 - Twelve Days of Christmas Cards Challenge

Well, here is Day 11. The challenge is coming to an end but I hope that you have been inspired to create heaps of Christmas Cards!

You can enter as many times as you like! There are prizes up for grabs too! The linky tool will be open until 12pm on the 17th of December (AEST)

Here is the card that I am sharing with you today -

This card was fun and easy to make. I drew a circle to give me an idea of where to stamp my first circles. I have used the HLS Mix Mash set to create a Christmas Wreath! The sentiment is from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments and the bow was made with HLS Christmas Twine.

I can't wait to introduce the friend that is joining me for Day 11 -

Anita and I have known each other since... well it feels like forever. Anita has been on my Design Team Addicted to Stamps and More! and is currently on the CAS team at Happy Little Stampers. She is a brilliant cardmaker! Anita is another lady that I got to meet in person for the HLS Craft Retreat. How lucky am I? Anita is loving, caring, and a wonderful friend. I am so excited for her to be joining me with this challenge :)

Anita's embossed holly is just beautiful. I love that panel, Anita!

I have wonderful sponsors joining us!

Winners will be drawn at random :)

Thank you Anita for helping out with the inspiration today.

All our cards and your entries will be pinned HERE!