Saturday, 20 May 2017

Urban Style for Inkspirational

Hi there everyone! Time again for another fun challenge at Inkspirational! We have a very cool theme for you this fortnight -

Here is my take on 'Urban'

I embossed my London skyline and sentiment and then used the Brusho, Starch, and cling wrap technique to create my background. I haven't done this since the HLS retreat last year so it was good to be playing again. This is such a great way to create amazing backgrounds. 

I love the colours and effects you get! I was a little impatient with this one and took the cling wrap off a bit too early. Still, great results!

Here is my video tutorial I made some time ago which explains the process of this technique. PLUS a couple of other ways to use Brusho Crystal Powders too!

I hope to see you play along at Inkspirational for this challenge. The other girls have come up with awesome makes too so please pop on over to check them out.

Here is a summary of the products I used for this card -


         MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Winner of my Nanna Competition

Time to announce the winner of my Nanna competition. Thank you so much to the ladies that took the time to play along - it meant the world to me :)

Now about the verdict. The ultrasound was a little early to tell the sex BUT the technician did say that in her opinion my son and his girlfriend are having............


I don't believe they would have been told if they weren't sure so, yay, fingers crossed the verdict is correct and we have a little Matilda on the way.

The winner for this competition was chosen at random.

Liz actually made TWO cards!

Aren't they gorgeous!!! Thank you Liz for playing along! You have won a $50 gift certificate to spend at Happy Little Stampers! Congratulations.

Please email me at within 5 days to claim your prize.

It seems like a long wait until the due date in November but I bet the time really flys by and my little granddaughter will be here before we know it. I will keep you all posted of any updates.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Whimsical {You're Not My} Friend!

Hi everyone. I've had a quick play in between work and other stuff to create a card for a few challenges.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who entered my Nanna Competition. I will be back in a day or so with the winner and the big news!

Here is my card -

I paired up the HLS Whimsical Friends set with a Lil' Inker set I've had for ages called Read Between the Lines. I love these sentiments and they really make you look twice!

Here is a close up -

Pretty cool, huh!

Here are the HLS supplies I used

     MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER     

I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

Little Red Wagon #393 - Punny Projects
Naughty or Nice #39 - Share a Smile
Crafty Cardmakers #188 - Add a Sentiment

Thanks for popping in today xx

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Inkspirational Photo Challenge

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday. Today is a new challenge over at Inkspirational and this fortnight we have a photo to inspire you -

I liked the black and white elements of this photo plus the blackboard sort of look. 

Here is my card -

Very simply done - an embossed image and sentiment then a doodled line and dots for the border using a uniball pen. Classic and one layer.

I hope you will find time to play along with our challenge. I can't wait to see you there :)

Thanks for popping in xx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

"I'm going to be a Nanna" Competition!

Hello everyone! This is a very special announcement for me -
Everytime I say these words, I am literally doing cartwheels (in my head, of course) and just cannot contain my joy. My son Aidan and his girlfriend Ashleigh are very excited. Next week they have the ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby. 

I thought I would have a little fun with everyone. I am feeling like giving away a prize so here are the rules -

For your prediction, create a card but choose a main colour - BLUE OR PINK 
Your card does NOT have to be baby themed but it would be cute if it was :)
Link up here for the chance to win.
The contest will finish on the 9th of May 2017 AEST
The winner will be chosen at random

Let's see how many of you think it may be a boy or a girl

I predict they are having...... A GIRL! They even have a girl's name chosen - Matilda - isn't that the cutest name EVER? So far, they haven't decided on a boy's name so I think that is a sign... :)

What can you win? A $50 gift certificate to Happy Little Stampers!!

I made a cute little shaker card!

The background was created using the Brusho, Starch and Cling Wrap Technique - you can find my Video Tutorial HERE if you would like to give it a go.

I also wanted to share my card with this wonderful challenges 

Little Red Wagaon #392 - Time to Celebrate
Stampavie and More #286 - Pink
Watercooler Challenge #117 - Anything Goes Feminine
The Crafter's Cafe #172 - Feminine

Kylie xx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

HLS May CAS Challenge

Hi everyone,

Let's get started with the CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

We all love a bit of rain especially to give us an excuse to get into our craft rooms!

Here is my card -

This was very simple to make. I stamped my image and sentiment at the same time using my MISTI. I added a bit of colour to the clouds and sun. Then I stamped my rain drops and coloured them in. Done! I used the HLS Rainy Days stamp set.

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog where the team has come up with plenty of inspiration for you.

Monday, 1 May 2017

HLS May Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone! Today is the start of a new round of challenges over at Happy Little Stampers.

Here is our theme for this month -

Anything Goes but you may like to play along with our optional twist!

Here is my card -

This was a very easy card to make. I smooshed a panel of watercolour paper through brusho that had been misted with water. Once dry, I die cut the Echo Park Flower Bouquet (new addition to the HLS shop!). I used glossy accents with a fine tip applicator to adhere it to my panel. I die cut the 'forever' and also used glossy accents to adhere it. Easy peasy!

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog with your watercolouring!

Thanks for popping in xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Graffiti Stamping

Hello everyone! Today is quite exciting because I am going to be designing once again for the fantastic challenge blog Inkspirational. I would like to thank Marina for the invitation - I couldn't say no :)

Well, the first challenge I have come back to was a little puzzling to me because I had never heard of this technique before!

I was thinking..... huh??? But, I did a googly search and found some really interesting ideas. It actually wasn't as hard as it first looks.

Here is my card.

I really loved how this turned out! I used my MISTI to place my first large stamp - the Happy from HLS Everyday Sentiments. I used that as my 'base' for my other stamps. I decided to stamp on an angle. I used a variety of sentiment stamps which included Everyday Sentiments, Mix Mash, Bold Birthday Sentiments and Fun Birthday Sentiments. The funny thing was that once I started I didn't want to stop. I had so many fun stamps! 

I stamped with archival inks in Jet Black, Watering Can, Cornflower Blue, Sap Green, Viridian, and Aquamarine. I love how this would be perfect for a masculine card because I really struggle with those!!

This is also a ONE LAYER card so it is perfect for mailing!

I hope to see you over at Inkspirational for this challenge because it is a really fun technique that you should try :)

Thanks for popping in today :)

Monday, 3 April 2017

HLS April CAS Challenge

Good morning! Today is the start of our new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

Here is our theme for this month -

Of course I reached for some distress inks :)

Here is my card -

This was a very easy card to make. I embossed my sentiment from the 'Simply Said' stamp set then used distress inks with a blending tool to create some colour. I also flicked a little water because the inks react with it to create this fun texture.

I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to finish it off. 

Here is a guideline for you on how to create Clean and Simple cards -

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog wherre the other designers have created amazing inspiration for you :)

Ta ta for now :)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

HLS April Watercolour Challenge

Hello April! Well, this year is already flying by. I really can't believe it. The best thing about this month is that I will be getting a visit from my Mum! Yay!!!

The NEXT best thing is that our new challenges start over at Happy Little Stampers.

First up is our Watercolour Challenge -

You are going to love this one - I did! 

Here is my card -

You may have seen a card I made a couple of days ago using this new die? It is the Split Chevron Cover Up die. This time, I used the solid chevrons to create Inlaid die cuts.

I first started by using my Zig pens (yep, I was getting 'Ziggy with it') and just scribbled colour one under the other and went over them with my water pen. I ran that piece through my big shot using the cover die. I then die cut it again using white cardstock. I fiddled around a bit getting the pieces where I wanted them. I was going for a fairly random look.

I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment in Versafine black ink and then heat embossed it with clear powder. The sentiment is from the HLS Rainy Days set.

Once finished, I went over the coloured panels with my WOS pen. I really feel this brings out the watercolours created with the Zigs. 

Here is a close up of the shimmer.

So that's me done for today! I hope to see you over at our Watercolour challenge - it is VERY popular!! Just goes to show how many of you love to watercolour :)

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

Timeout - Inspired by Words
'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars'

AUD Sentiment Challenge - any sentiment except for birthday

Die Cutting Divas - Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkles

Thanks for popping in and see you soon. Mwah!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Watercoloured Balloons

Hi everyone. I made a very quick card tonight and now it's time for my beauty sleep. 

I used my stitched rectangle dies to create the faux stitching around the edge of my card and also to create my frame for the balloons.

I stamped and masked the balloon from the HLS Simply Said stamp set using my MISTI. I embossed them with black powder. The sentiment is from the Fun Birthday Sentiments set which, alas, has been retired.

The balloons were coloured using Zig Watercolour pens. Once dry, I covered the them with WOS in clear.

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

Cut It Up  - You've got me in stitches (real or faux)

Double D Challenges - Things that Fly (mood board below)

Thanks for popping in today and goodnight :)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Smooshed Birthday

Hi everyone. Today I had a little time to create a card for another birthday coming up this month. 

I decided to watercolour smoosh a panel and then layer a new die cut over the top.

Here it is -

I started by sprinkling purple brusho onto my craft mat, misting it with water, then smooshing my watercolour cardstock into the paint. I repeated this step a few times, drying with my heat gun in between. I did the same with a smaller panel so I could die cut my butterfly.

I also used a little Gold perfect pearls to smoosh with too. It's not quite evident in the photo but it gives it a subtle shine.

I used my new MFT Split Chevron Cover Up die to lay over the top of my panel.

I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment (HLS Fun Birthday Sentiments) onto a linen cardstock.
I also used my WOS pen to give my butterfly some sparkle.

I would like to enter my card over at -

(Ive used the topping of Black, White, and one other colour)

Here is a list of my products used that you can purchase at HLS -

Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour Paper       

     MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER     

Thanks so much for popping by! xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

More flowers :)

Just a quick post from me. I was able to keep the mojo going with another flower card.

Once I had used my MISTI to stamp and mask my images/sentiment, I embossed the flowers and leaves with white powder. Again, I used my Zigs to watercolour and once dry I covered it with sparkle using a Wink of Stella pen.

Here is a close up of the glitter

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

The Artistic Stamper - Spring
Crafty Awesomeness - Coloured Image + Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by xx

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Time to get crafty

Hi there! We've had some nice rain over the last couple of days which has helped with cooling things down a little. I had some spare time last night so I decided I would try and come up with a card for my Nan who turns 80 this month. 

I have actually sat in my craft room many times over the last few weeks and do you think I could come up with just one thing? Nope! So frustrating. Anyway, even though I have plenty of goodies to play with in my Happy Little Stampers stash, it is always fun to play with my other stamps. I actually have a new set (Peony Bouquet) that I couldn't resist - one of the companies I love for their layering stamps is Altenew. 

Here is my card 

It is always a bit of a task when using these stamps for the first time especially if you are going to do layering. I sort of cheated and just went with the outline stamps for this card. The reason was that I wanted to do some watercolouring :)

I stamped the outline of the large flower onto some masking paper and fussy cut it out. Using my MISTI, I stamped and masked my flowers and greenery using Versamark ink and then embossed them with white powder. 

I used my Zigs to colour in the images and then threw a few splats over the panel.

The sentiment was the perfect size - from Happy Little Stampers 'Mix Mash' stamp set. I used my MISTI to stamp it as well. There is nothing worse than taking all the time to create a card and then stuffing up the sentiment!!

I am now very happy I have been able to create something after all this time!

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

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
(a new challenge blog out there. Well done!)

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (using the optional twist of Stamping)

Inky Chicks - Flowers

Thanks for popping it today xx