Monday, 18 November 2019

Merry Christmas [from all of us]

Hey! I have been busy this weekend having a Nanny sleepover with my grandson Benjamin then working in the yard. For some downtime I decided to count my Christmas card stash and realising I needed quite a few more, it was the perfect time to start creating.


I really love combining stamp sets to create new and fun sentiments. I also love the craft destash sites on FB that I am a member of :) I bought this really cute set full of adorable animals and decided to use some for a Christmas card. 
I also have a new found use for my designer paper. I really never use it.... but it is a great way to add a simple background. I have a few more cards that I will post over the next few days using paper this way.
The images and sentiments were stamped using my MISIT. Images were coloured using polychromo pencils and gamsol.

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -


Thanks for popping in :)

Friday, 15 November 2019

Perfectly CAS #3

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS. If you are unsure of how to get started with a card, there are guidelines over at the challenge blog.



It's nearly the silly season so we are making Christmas cards!



This is a set from MFT which I simply stamped using my MISTI and coloured with polychromos.

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
AAA Cards (One Image), Challenge up your Life (Black, White, + one colour), Sparkles Forum Christmas (Santa), The Alphabet Challenge (Q is for quick and easy), 


  

Thanks for popping in today :)

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Thanks!

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend. I have popped into my craft room this afternoon to create a card for the Surgeon who operated on my mum back on the 21st of October.

Mum was diagnosed with possible ovarian cancer due to an enormous cyst on her left ovary. Long story short, the cyst was removed (it was approx twice the size of a shoebox..), as was both mum's ovaries, her bowel was disected off the cyst as it had wrapped itself around it. Mum was having trouble with her appetitie - well, her stomach had been pushed up into her lung cavity. 

So! A HUGE thank you to Dr Robyn Sayer (and her team) from the Lifehouse Cancer Hospital in Sydney AND the amazing nursing staff. This card is going to them :)


I started by sprinkling turquoise brusho on my craft mat, then spritzed it with a bit of water. I smooshed my card into the brusho. I also used some gold mica powder mixed with water picked up with a paintbrush to flick it over the card. This created my background. 


I then smooshed another panel but also heated some embossing enamel for a bit of texture. I die cut my buttrflies twice - once with the smooshed panel and also using black card. I popped up the smooshed butterflies using a little foam tape.

My mum is now home recovering well. Thanks to everyone in the crafting community who has been sending their best wishes :)

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog (Insects/Butterflies), Mix it Up Challenge Blog (Anything Goes + Watercolour), Cut it Up (Thankful theme + Smooshing Technique and Die Cuts), Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Thanks for popping in today :)

HLS November CAS Challenge

Hi everyone! This month at Happy Little Stampers CAS, it's all about Christmas!


I have made two cards -

Card #1
This crazy looking angel is from the Katzelkraft Sherlock Holmes set. I coloured him with my polychromo's. The sentiment is an oldie from HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments.

Card #2
This card was super easy to create. I embossed the sentiment with Liquid Platinum powder. That's it! This type of card would be perfect to mass produce as I used my MISTI for stamping. This sentiment is from a set from Mama Elephant called Season's Wishes

I hope you will play along over at the challenge blog :)

I would like to enter my cards over at the following challenges -
Card #1 - Creative Knockouts (CAS), AAA Cards (Maxi White Space)

Thanks for popping in today :)


Saturday, 26 October 2019

Less Is More #407 - OLC Winter Flora

Happy Saturday. It's time for a new challenge over at LIM where we want you to create a ONE LAYER CARD with the theme of winter flora. Even though it's summer here in Australia at Christmas time, you can't go past good old Christmas cards using beautiful flora such as holly, mistletoe, and christmas trees (for example).


Here are my cards -

Card #1
For this card, I used a new stamp called Berry Kissed by Penny Black. I really like the watercolouring technique used with these stamps (incorporating the MISTI) but I haven't really mastered this technique. I decided to try no line colouring by stamping the image with Antique Linen ink then colouring with my polychromos. I went a little crazy with my white gel pen but the end result was okay :) The sentiment is an old one from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments.

Card #2
This card was created using another HLS set called Merry Kissmas. I stamped the Mistletoe and sentiment at the same time using my MISTI. I coloured the image using some glitter pens. Easy!

Card #3
This stamp is from Sugar Plum Fairy by CAS-ual Fridays.  I am embossed the image straight onto my linen card, then coloured the star with a gold sharpie. 


We have two guest designers for this challenge - Ankie (our August Winner) and our generous sponsor Bev (from Uniko).


I would like to enter my cards over at the following challenges -
Card #1 - Creative Sketchy Girls (Create a Christmas Card), Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (all about occasions), 
Card #3 - Sweet Stampin' Christmas (Anything Goes + optional stars), Tuesday Throwdown (One Layer Wonder), CAS on Friday (Big Sentiment)


Thanks for popping in today and I hope to see you playing along at LIM :)

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Perfectly CAS #2

Hi everyone, just a quick post from me today due to time constraints. I hope you are all excited about the second challenge over at Perfectly CAS!


It's an easy theme but not so easy style if you aren't used to creating CAS cards. Just follow the rules (you can find them over at the challenge blog) and you will be making the most perfect clean and simple cards in no time!

Here is my card -
I used an Avery Elle set called "All of Us". I coloured the bears with my polychromos then used the coordinating dies for both the bears and the sign. There was nearly no way I couldn't create a CAS card using these fellas :)

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
The Male Room (CAS), STAMPlorations CAS Challenge (Anything Goes), Dare 2B Artzy (Cute Animals), CAS on Friday (Masculine), Just Add Ink (Add H - Happy Birthday)

      



Thanks for popping in today and I hope you will join us over at Perfectly CAS :)

Thursday, 3 October 2019

HLS October CAS Challenge

Hello! It's time for a new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!



I recently received an order of new stamps which included these from Katzelkraft.
I had to get the Sherlock Holmes (and his furry friend) considering I am doing my degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice!


There aren't any sentiments with this set so I grabbed an appropriate one to follow our theme!
I paper pieced my Sherlock. So lovely in plaid!!! LOL

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
As you like it Challenge (my favourite style is CAS because it comes natural to me), Mix it Up Challenge Blog (Open Technique - mine is paper piecing), Crafty Cardmakers (add a Critter)

See you over at Happy Little Stampers :)

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Less Is More #405 (Recipe)

Hi there! It's time for a new challenge over at Less Is More! We have a recipe to inspire you this fortnight.


Here are the elements you can choose from -
sparkle + gloss, 
sparkle + matte, 
sparkle + pearl, 
sparkle + chalky

I decided to go with sparkle + matte.

I used a new technique to me to create my window. I sprinkled some embossing enamel into a laminating pouch then ran it through my laminator. I saw done by Jennifer McGuire.
I created my sparkle by using embossing enamel with gold sprinkles through it. I also covered my cardinal with a touch of sparkle.

The matte element was created by using distress inks to create my background panel and the strip for the sentiment.


Our wonderful sponsor is -
Visible Image

Our amazing Guest Designer is Maaike, welcome!!!

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges
CAS on Friday (Animals), Cut It Up (Into the woods + dies), ABC Christmas Challenge (S is for sparkle and T is for texture), Cute 'n Crafty Christmas (Anything Christmas/Winter Goes)

Thanks for popping in today. Take care! xx

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Perfectly CAS #1

Helllooooo! Every month on the 15th, there is a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS
Perfectly CAS? Yep, it's a new challenge blog and the designers and I are very excited to help inspire you.

Our theme for the next month is -


Here are my cards -

Card #1
Complete with a fingerprint smudge and a smidgen over the one third rule, I have still created a clean and simple card. By stamping at the bottom third and using a small sentiment, there is still plenty of 'white' space. Don't forget that 'white' space can be any colour card as long as there isn't anything stamped, glued, embossed, or embellished on that area.

Card #2
I masked off a section here with post-it tape. I quite randomly stamped my flowers within the third I was working with. I used a black pen and ruler to define that edge and stamped my sentiment above the line. Placing my sentiment above the line allowed me to 'cheat' a little but even with going over the one third rule, once again, I still have plenty of that perfect white space.

You will find heaps more inspiration over at the challenge blog. Please join us for our inaugural challenge!

I would like to enter my cards over at the following challenges -
Card #1 - The Flower Challenge (Anything Goes), STAMPlorations (Anything Goes), STAMPlorations (CAS)
Card #2 - Stampotique #SDC331 (Flower Power)

 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Less Is More #404 - Typography

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge over at Less Is More and for this fortnight we are after clean and simple cards using Typography.


I have created a card using our sponsor's stamp set called Shining Bright.


I started off by stamping my light bulb once on my card panel and once again on a piece of masking paper. I cut out the inside of the light bulb that I had stamped on my masking paper then laid it over my card panel. From here I was able to stamp my words within the light bulb creating a cool typography.

I googled typography to get some ideas and the ones that appealed to me were ones that had the text within different shapes - like the ones below:

Image result for typography within shapes   type #typography #lettering #hand lettering #type #calligraphy

Our sponsor is -

Visible Image

I hope to see you over at LIM!

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges:
Lavinia World Challenge (Anything Goes), Cardz 4 Guyz (inspired by the Beatles "We all Shine on"), A Place to Start (Masking)


Tuesday, 3 September 2019

HLS September CAS Challenge

Hi everyone! Wow, it's already September and I honestly cannot believe how fast this year has gone! It's time for a new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers :)


I used a new set from Avery Elle and coloured everything with my polychromo pencils. Since making this card, I've also invested in some gamsol and blending stumps. It really allows for a nice finish on coloured images. I think it would have really helped with blending my pink balloon just that little bit better :)

Here is my card -

I hope to see you over at HLS!

Have you heard about the new challenge blog I have started?

Grab our Badge

Our first challenge is on the 15th September and I hope you will play along. This is the perfect challenge if you already love creating CAS cards but it is also perfect for those of you who may just be starting out. By following the rule of thirds, you can't go wrong!!

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
Creations in Pink (Anything Goes), Penny Black and More (Animals), Lavinia Challenges (Anything Goes), Watercooler Wednesdays (Occasions)

Thanks for popping in today :)

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Inkspirational #194 - Photo

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational! We have a photo to help inspire you.


I really tried to capture the funky colours within the letter 'r'. I stamped randomly (using dots, chevrons, etc) with neon ink onto paper then die cut my sentiment using alphabet dies. I used foam tape to pop them up.

My photo is a little wonky, sorry.


After the letters were cut, I used a black pen to go around the edges to help give them definition.

I hope you will play along over at Inkspirational!

I would like to enter my card over at the following challenges -
Moo-Mania (Letters and/or Numbers), Simon Says Wednesday (CAS), Sisterhood of Crafters (use dies as the focus), Tinker Dream (Sentiment)

Thanks for popping in today :)






Saturday, 17 August 2019

Less Is More #402 - One Layer Card using Stencils

Happy Saturday! Over at Less is More we have a brand new challenge for you and this fortnight we want you to create a one layer card using stencils.

Here are my cards

Card #1
First, I masked off an area to try and keep my design to just one third of the card. I used a star stencil and blended the colour using distress ink then stamped the sentiment.

Card #2
I created a stencil using alphabet dies. Once I placed my stencil on my card, I used distress inks for the colours and a simple sentiment to finish it off.


Our wonderful sponsor for this month is


and our guest designer is the fabulous Sarah Grey from Funky Fossil Designs!

Thanks for popping in today!

I would like to enter my cards over at the following challenges -
Card #1 - CAS on Fridays (Stencils), Watercooler Challenges (Occasions), AAA Cards (Made in Minutes) 













Card #2 - Archi-scraps (Music), Lavinia Challenges (Anything Goes), Little Red Wagon (Music or Songs) The Paper Players (CAS cards for kids)