Tuesday, 5 July 2016

HLS July Christmas Challenge

Hi again!

July has got me REALLY excited because the countdown is on. I'm off to the UK to host the first every Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat. It's a massive journey from Australia by the time we will finally land in London but it will be totally worth it. 

The retreat was an idea I had about 18 months ago and there has been a lot of planning involved. The moment I mentioned it to my mum, she wanted to come straight away! I was then telling my bestfriend, Simone, about the trip and encouraged her to think about coming. She said yes! Low and behold when Simone mentioned it to her mum, she wanted to come too! So, it has gone from a trip on my own to an amazing adventure with three amazing women! We can't wait!

Only 18 more sleeps until we leave Australia!!


Ok, on to the real reason I am posting today lol.

Happy Little Stampers started off July with the CASE the Designer (Carol Steedman) and CAS challenges so far. We are now ready to inspire you with our Christmas Challenge.


That's right - use gold on your Christmas creation!

Here is my card -


I created a mask so I could stamp my own Christmas tree. I used the Mix Mash, Bold Birthday Sentiments and Mixed Christmas Sentiments for this card. 

Here is a close up of the glittery goodness once I had coloured in the circles with my WOS gold pen.


This is a one layer card and very easy to create. Perfect for popping in the mail!

Here are the HLS sets that I have used -

         


Here is a video showing you how I created cards similiar to this one :)




As always if you play along in any or all of our challenges at Happy Little Stampers -




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

Just Add Ink - Add 'S' - I added Sparkle
One Layer Simplicity - Christmas in July

Thanks for popping in today. There are also new Design Team members over at the challenge blog so don't forget to say hi to them!


Friday, 1 July 2016

HLS July CASE the Designer

Hello! Wow, it is the 1st of July. Time for a brand new month of challenges at Happy Little Stampers

We kick off July with our CASE the Designer challenge. This month we have the amazingly talented Carol as our designer. I had so much fun CASEing Carol's gorgeous card.

    


Here is my card -



I thought Carol's card was adorable with the aperture she created. While making mine I had a bit of a light bulb moment and went with making a shaker card.

I also wanted to create the punny sentiment like Carol did. 

Here is a close up off all the cute shaker elements.




I used the set by Happy Little Stampers called Birthday Friends. The small 'Happy Birthday' is from the Fun Birthday Sentiments set. Perfect for mixing up with other sets.


    


We can't wait to see what you come up when you enter this challenge.




See you there!


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Happy 4th Birthday to ATSM!

I'm a very proud mumma today because my challenge blog Addicted to Stamps and More! is turning 4 years old. This was my first adventure after only blogging for a couple of months myself so I am very excited that ATSM has turned 4.

Thank you to all my designers over the years. I couldn't have done it without you!

I couldn't resist taking part in the celebrations. There is a photo to inspire you to play along!


Here is my card -



I wanted to use the bright, fun colours from the photo. 

I used a curved die to pencil in some lines. I painted the areas with Dylusions blendable paints by just using my finger. When everything was dry I used an oil based Sharpie pen to draw in the lines. It's a bit messy but I enjoyed making it.

The sentiment and stars are from a great set by Happy Little Stampers -


The Big Bold Birthday set really gives your sentiments center stage.

There are heaps of giveaways for this challenge. I hope you will pop on over to help us celebrate and be in the chance to win some great prizes!

Prize: $30 gift certificate

Prize: $25.00 gift certificate


Prize: 3 digital images



Thanks for popping in today. See you soon! 



Monday, 27 June 2016

Combining Brusho with Calligraphy (using Masking Fluid)

Hi everyone. I know I've been missing in action recently but I managed some time in my craft room today.

A while back now I bought some masking fluid. It's been sitting there on my desk feeling very neglected. I'm sure I heard some squeaky voice saying 'Use me! Use me!', and so I did ;)

I wanted to try the masking fluid with my Brushos. I had a little play with some stencils which, honestly, could have gone a little better. Then I tried flicking some fluid onto waterpaper before adding the Brushos. That was a cool effect. But, what I really wanted to try was Calligraphy using the fluid.

Now, I am not very good with a calligraphy pen. I have been practising a little but not near enough. The masking fluid was a little harder, in my opinon, to use than the ink but I perservered. My examples are nowhere near perfect. I don't think they will ever be. The main thing was that I had fun!

The first sample I am going to show you is what NOT to do -


It was hard for me to see what I was actually doing when trying to write because the masking fluid is the same colour as the paper! I realise now that you can get other brands which have a tint in them. Next time....

Once the masking fluid had dried (doesn't take very long), I sprinkled the crystals over the paper and misted it with water. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Here is what NOT to do - Don't start rubbing off the masking fluid until everything is completely dry! See the 2nd 'a' in fantastic? The paper started to rub away too. Bugger!

So I kept practising and made these two panels - much better!




I still need practice! 

The practice I need is how to control my calligraphy pen. I have no problem with the straight letters but when I want the thinner lines and go in an upward direction, I fall apart!


I guess this sort of thing never needs to be perfect but it would be nice if it were :)

With all things considered, I wasn't too unhappy with the result. If you would like to try this, please do! I would really like to see what you make. 

Here is a card for all us beginners out there -



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

Crafting with Dragonflies - Sentiment as the main Focus
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes



Thanks for popping in today. See you soon xx


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

HLS June CASE the Designer

Hi everyone!

It's so good to be blogging again. I have been so busy with the house move and just life in general that it has taken most of my time and my mojo with it.

Today starts a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. We have a brand new designer to CASE!

We are CASEing Rahmat this month!


and here is my card -


I have heat embossed my entire card! I don't do that very often. 

The circles from the Mix Mash set were heat embossed in white and then the circle outlines in silver.
I used Distress Ink to create an ombre effect over my panel.



I heat embossed the flower from the Doodled Flowers set and fussy cut it out. The leaves and sentiment were also heat embossed. I used vellum for these elements.

The last step was to add a glitter enamel dot in the center of the flower.

Using Rahmat's card as true inspiration I really only changed a few bits and pieces of my card.  Thanks for the inspiration!!


I hope you will join us over at Happy Little Stampers. 



Here are the products I used on my card -

 


See you there!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday to AAA Cards

Hi everyone! I've been missing in action lately due to moving house and other fun stuff. Hopefully I will be back to normal (well as normal as possible for me) very shortly.

Over at AAA cards, they are having a HUGE blog hop to celebrate their 2nd birthday and Happy Little Stampers is so proud to be part of this party!




I love the colours in this graphic so I created a card based on them.



This was a very simple card to create. I stamped and coloured the flowers and fussy cut them out. I also did the same with the leaves.

For the top flower I snipped further down the petals so I could bend them to give it more shape. That flower is also popped up using a foam square to give it dimension.

Here is the stamp set that I used -


There are heaps of prizes over at the AAA card blog so you really should head on over and participate in the celebrations.



Don't forget that Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring too!




While I have you.....

There is a brand new Happy Little Stampers community. Unfortunately everything to do with the HLS Forum was lost. Don't ask me how... Argh..

So, I have created another forum which is looking great. There are plenty of topics for discussion. I have created forums not only for papercrafting but for Home Decor, Art, Sewing and much more. 

I am adding lots of information to the Ultimate Crafter's Guide. You should check that out! 

We also direct links to the HLS challenges, upcoming HLS events and LIVE chat. Once you register you can chat in real time to other crafters!

Check it out - here is a snapshot of the forum



I hope to see you over there!



Monday, 16 May 2016

Happy 50th Birthday to Sandie!

My dearest and bestie from London, Sandie, is celebrating her 50th birthday today! Happy Birthday Sandie. Seeing you are MORE than over the Hill, I thought we had better throw you a surprise linky party. Many thanks to Sarah Platt for her help in this devious plan as well :)


Sandie, by now you should have had a cuppa tea made so sit back and relax as crafters from all over the world link up to help celebrate your birthday. 


Here is my card -

Please forgive my photography. I had to take these at night due to time constraints at the moment.


For this card, I have used new to me watercolouring paper by YUPO.  I used the heaviest weight available (390gsm / 144lb). This paper is different to anything I have tried before. To me, it is a cross between watercolour paper, mixed media paper and glossy cardstock. 


The results were pretty cool even though I was a novice at using it.


I gave the paper a little mist with water then sprinkled Brushos on to the water. I moved the Brusho around a bit then patted it dry with a paper towel. I then added another 'layer' of Brusho and got it quite wet to get lots of runs. I used my heat gun to dry it off. 

Be careful when stamping on this as it really is like glossy cardstock.


I have used the following HLS products for this card -


Thank you to everyone in advance that joins in with this surprise linky party for Sandie!

Also, over at TimeOut they are having a special post for Sandie as well! You girls rock. The theme is CAS with the optional twist of purple!





Friday, 15 April 2016

HLS Spotlight - Butterfly Birthday

Hi everyone. The last couple of days have found me thinking I would like to spotlight some of the stamp sets from Happy Little Stampers. My first choice, of course, was the very first set designed called Butterfly Birthday and the coordinating dies.

Here are my cards


My first card was completely inspired by the very talented Ingrid who designs for Happy Little Stampers. Ingrid is also on the HLS Video Crew and created an amazing 2 part tutorial. I changed up the design a little but the techniques that Ingrid used are definitely there. Check out Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
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I would like to enter this card over at

Incy Wincy Designs - Use your favourite colouring medium (watercolours for me)



Here is my next card using the same technique as the first. I've added a strip of vellum which I have stamped the sentiment on.


I would like to enter this card over at

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (no twist for me)
Stamps & Fun - Birthday


My 3rd card was very simple to make. Using some patterned paper I bought with a kit while on a cruise in Hawaii, I die cut my butterfly as an aperture to show the pretty rainbow of colours.



I would like to enter this card over at -

AAA Cards - Anything Goes Clean and Simple
CRAFT challenge - Clean and Simple


Below is a recap of more cards I have made using the Butterfly Birthday set. There are also links to the video tutorials if you would like to have a go at any of the techniques.


                         Stamping with Gelatos                                    Stamping with Gelatos                             
    





Thank you for popping in today. 




Thursday, 7 April 2016

Guest Designer at Time Out!

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Hi there! I am very happy to be a Guest Designer for the new Time Out challenge that starts today. The girls have an awesome photo as inspiration.


I love this fun and colourful cupboard. I took inspiration from the flowers and tried to match up some of the colours while colouring them.

Here is my card -


I stamped my largest flower first, created a mask out of post-it tape and stamped the rest of my images. I coloured them with plain old textas (markers) that I bought from the supermarket :)

This is the new Doodled Flowers set from Happy Little Stampers. I LOVE this set!

Doodled Flowers - PREORDER

Happy Little Stampers is also sponsoring this challenge! Play along for your chance to win a $15 certficate to the shop.



I hope you take the Time Out to play along! Thanks to the girls for having me as their Guest Designer xx



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