Sunday, 5 February 2017

AAA Cards Guest Designer

Hello! I hope you are well and getting lots of crafty time.

Today I am excited to be a part of the new challenge at AAA Cards. Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring and Jane has asked me to be a Guest Designer. Thanks Jane!

Here is the theme for their challenge -

Now with this one, you also have the option to create a shaped card - It could be long and thin, a rounded square, circular, heart shaped, or any other shape you can imagine. Just make sure to keep it LOVE themed and CAS.

Here is my card -

I created my right hand side panel by smooshing scarlet brushos onto a piece of watercolour paper. Once it was dry, I smooshed some perfect pearls to give it that brilliant gold highlight.

Here is another photo without so much sunlight hitting the card -

I die cut the white left hand panel with a border die and did the same with a piece of black cardstock. I wanted just a sliver of black popping out from the edge.

I glued everything together and used some craft foam behind the whole left hand panel (I finally got some Sarah P!). This gives the panel a lot more stability than using strips of foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment and hearts from the HLS Rainy Days set. I coloured the hearts in and covered them with some wink of stella.

Well, I hope to see you over at AAA Cards for their first challenge in February. It will be a great chance to get those lovey dovey cards done for Valentine's.

Thanks for popping in xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

LIM Guest Designer

Happy Saturday everyone! 

Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at Less Is More and I am delighted to be their Guest Designer! Also, Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring so don't forget to play along for the chance to win a $15 gift certficate to the shop :)

The theme at LIM for this challenge is


I decided to go with colours that were always 'never to be seen' together. Blue and Green!

Here is my card -

I cut a panel of watercolour paper using a stiched die. I 'Got Ziggy With It' and started laying down colour using Cobalt Blue and Light Green Zigs. I used a waterbrush to move the colour around. I dried it between layers with my heat gun. 

I stamped my flower and leaves from the HLS Doodled Flowers set onto watercolour paper using Archival ink. I heat set the ink so it wouldn't bleed once I started to add the colour and water. I fussy cut them out ready to assemble onto my card. Once the colour was dry, I went over them with clear wink of stella to add some pretty sparkle.

I stamped the sentiment from the HLS Mix Mash set onto a strip of white cardstock. I used glue to assemble most of the card - I also used fun foam behind my watercolour panel to add dimension. The raindrops are from PTI.

Voila - done!

Here are the sets that I used to make this card


Thanks for popping in today and I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

By the way, check out the new look for Less Is More! Well done girls!

Friday, 3 February 2017

HLS February CAS Challenge

Hi there. Welcome to my blog! Today is the start of a brand new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers :)

We would like to you use blue in the way it inspires you!

Here is my card -

For me, I just like the colour blue so decided to emboss my butterflies and colour them with my Zigs. I even used the pens directly onto the stamps for the splats and sentiment!


I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

HLS February Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the new challenges at Happy Little Stampers so far. Did you find time to play along in our new Watercolour Challenge? Here is our new theme for February -

Always Anything Goes with our Watercolour Challenge. This month you have an optional twist to use Dies. 

Here is my card -

I made this card with my Mum in mind. She celebrated her birthday at the end of January - Happy Birthday Mum!!

I started by pouncing my versamark ink pad through a stencil onto watercolour paper. I embossed it with white powder. I sprinkled Ultra Marine and Ost. Blue Brushos onto my craft mat and smooshed the panel through the ink. I then mixed some gold perfect pearls with some water and smooshed that onto my panel too.

I die cut my 'Happy' sentiment a number of times and glued them together. I used a border die for my side panels. The stamped the 'Birthday' in archival ink. It is from the HLS Everyday Sentiments set.

I added a few sequins for extra bling.

We also have a very talented guest designer this month. Ingrid has joined us to help with the inspiration!

See you over at Happy Little Stampers!

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 :)