Saturday, 3 December 2016

HLS December CAS Challenge

Goodness me! December and time for another HLS Challenge. Where does the time go!

Did you know that I am already planning my next retreat in the UK? If you are thinking you would like to join us in November 2017, please check out all the details HERE and register your interest. There will be TWO retreat locations in 2017! Manchester and Swindon. Plenty of ladies have already secured their spots so make sure you don't miss out!

Onto our CAS challenge -

Over the last 11 months we have had wonderful techniques and product challenges (with heaps of video tutorials to help you along)! For our December challenge we want you to choose one of our past challenges for your entry.

I went with Stencil Monoprint. At the HLS Craft Retreat last July, we had fun with Brushos and Darnell had a LOT of fun with stencils. When I got home I tried a heap of stencil techniques. In my video tutorial below, you will see how I use a stencil to begin with and then flip it over to create my stencil monoprint. It's heaps of fun!!

Firstly, here is my card

And here is my video tutoria -

There are HEAPS of video tutorials listed over at the HLS Blog. All 11 months worth of them!

Thanks so much for popping in today.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Emboss Resist with Especially for You

Hello! I hope you are all well and getting ready for the upcoming weekend?

Today I am sharing a card with you that is very easy to create.

I started with glossy cardstock and embossed my butterflies with white powder. I then smooshed the panel into Rose Red and Orange Brushos. Once dry, I used a baby wipe over the butterflies to reveal my embossing in more detail. This technique works especially well with glossy cardstock. When wiping over with the baby wipe, it doesn't remove the ink off the cardstock itself. 

Tip: Be very careful when you stamp onto glossy cardstock as it is very easy to have your stamp move while pressing down. Take some time and you will get beautifully stamped images.

I embossed my sentiment as well.

I have used the new HLS set called Especially for You.

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

Less Is More - Challenge #304 - Emboss Resist Technique
Stampin' Royalty - Clean and Simple
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by. Take care :)

Sunday, 27 November 2016


Hi everyone! Did you know that Addicted to CAS is celebrating 4 years of challenges? Wow, I'm so excited. I would like to say a very special thank you to Barb who has been helping out behind the scenes. I would be lost without you, my friend.

The Design Teams over the last 4 years have just been incredible. A huge thank you to past and present designers. Without you, it just wouldn't happen!

I have made a card today to join in with the team :)

Unfortunately this photo doesn't do the card justice. The balloon is a very pretty pink. It looks more like a peach colour here...

I have used the new 'Simply Said' set from Happy Little Stampers.

There are lots of giveaways over at ATCAS so you best be over there and check it all out.

I am entering this card into these fabulous challenges -

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in :)

Monday, 21 November 2016

Happy Little Stampers New Release Blog Hop

Hello! I am one excited and happy little stamper right now. There is a new release at Happy Little Stampers and I can't wait to show you the cards I have made!

There are a quite a number of Designers participating in this blog hop and, yes, you have to visit them all and leave a comment to be in the chance to win. The prize is a $50 gift certificate to the HLS shop so it really is worth it!

You should have come straight from the post over at Happy Little Stampers. If you didn't - that's ok! There is a complete list at the bottom of my blog so you can start from the beginning. OR just keep on going through the list and work your way around.

I have started off by using - Especially for You
This is the perfect set for those special occasions.

I stamped my butterfly randomly with versamark ink and embossed them in white powder. I used 3 Brusho colours - Cobalt Blue, Turquoise, and Prussian Blue for the background. I used the ink smooshing technique for this one. I have combined two sets here - the sentiment is from the Simply Said set but more on that one next. 

This was a very easy card to make. I stamped all my elements, coloured the heart with a red sharpie, then covered it with an obscene amount of glossy accents. 

This set was inspired by my European Adventure back in July when I travelled over to the UK from Australia to host the inagural HLS Craft Retreat!

I really wanted to get the feeling of the girl walking away from the Eiffel Tower and just thankful for the experience. Just like I was :)
The background once again was created by smooshing Brushos.

I kept this card extremely simple. I stamped the tree, star, and sentiment then coloured in with my wink of stella pen. The added sparkle is really cute!

I embossed the background stamp onto watercolour paper and then smooshed the panel into Rose Red and Orange Brushos. I stamped my words, trimmed them down, and adhered them with foam tape for dimension.

For this card, I used some of my Brusho piece that I made at the HLS Craft Retreat back in July. I cut a couple of strips so I could use them as a border for my main panel. I stamped the umbrella, coloured it in, then covered it with glossy accents. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I created with the new release. Don't forget to leave some love in the comment section below then pop on to the next blog - Michelle Dees

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Hi there everyone!

I am very proud to be joining in a very special blog hop - My cards today are for a special blog hop we're having over at STAMPlorations. The STAMPlorations girls and friends have come together for the Giving Thanks blog hop. We're sharing projects that express our gratitude. If you visit and leave comments on the stops in the hop by the 27th of November you could win your choice of (4x6) stamp set from STAMPlorations.

 I am representing my challenge blog Addicted to Stamps and More

I was sent a fantastic goody bag from Shery so I could showcase her fabulous new release.

Here is the cool set I was sent to play with -



For the first card, I stamped the image in jet black archival ink. I let it dry completely then coloured it in by sprinkling Brushos onto my craft mat, misting them with water and picking up the colour with a brush.

I made a 'smooshed' panel from my Orange brusho and used it to die cut my sentiment.

I also die cut the sentiment three times in black cardstock and glued them altogether to give it wonderful dimension. 

Orange brusho splats with created by flicking my paintbrush finished off this card.


I stamped the sentiment in different colours and die cut it three times.

I loved how this card turned out in its own simplicity. 


The stencil in this pack is awesome! I used my red glitter texture paste to create my panel.

I  'played' with the sentiments to basically create a Valentines Card. 

I wasn't quite able to catch the sparkle of this card but believe me it is gorgeous!


I couldn't help but watercolour again with this image. 

Once the image was dry, I die cut it and used foam squares to pop it up. I stamped the Sentiment in jet black and then used my paintbrush once again to create my splats.

I had so much fun playing with my STAMPloration goodies! Thank you to Shery for being such a wonderful sponsor for Addicted to Stamps and More! and Addicted to CAS (which is being represented by the amazing Barb Ghig!). 

If you would like to join in the hop, you can find all the info and links for you to join in HERE

Friday, 11 November 2016

Happy Little Stampers New Release!

Hi everyone. I am quite excited because the new release for Happy Little Stampers arrived just over a week ago. I just haven't had much time to play with them :(

There are 6 new stamp sets that you can now choose from. I really loved how they have all turned out. 

I decided to have a quick play with Especially For You. The two cards I made took no time at all. I stamped up the images and simply coloured them with my Sharpie markers - that was a first for me! I highlighted the flowers on both cards with a white gel pen.

I would like to enter this card over at -

Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Julia Spiri Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with a twist: use a different colouring medium

I would like to enter this card over at -

CAS on Sunday - Flowers
Crafty Friends Challenge - For Someone Special

Thanks for popping by today. I hope you have a chance to check out the Happy Little Stampers shop :)

Friday, 21 October 2016

Brushos and Embossing

Hi there everyone. I have a card to share with you today that was inspired by one I received in the mail from the wonderfully talented Sarah (Sazzle Dazzle). It has been sitting proudly in my lounge room for weeks and weeks. I absolutely loved it - you can see her card HERE.

As well as CASEing Sarah's card, I decided to do a video tutorial as well. Unfortunately when I went to download the files from the card... well... they weren't there. Bugger. Will have to refilm it again tomorrow. So for the time being, I just have the card to share with you :)

Sarah created her brusho panel using yellow, red, and orange (I think) and the colours were amazing. I wanted to go wth a blue panel. I embossed the butterflies onto watercolour paper first. I also decided to emboss some circles for a bit of extra fun. I 'smooshed' my cardstock into three different colours of brushos (drying in between each smoosh) - Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Grey.

I die cut the word Smile 3 times in white cardstock and and glued them all together. The last diecut was in gold glitter paper and glued on last. This gave the sentiment amazing dimension. The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of card and then cut to size. The glitter dots finished it off.

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

Cards and More #169 - Watercolour
Cardz for Galz #33 - Use at least one die
Die Cut Divas - Emboss

Here are the HLS Products I have used on this card -


Thanks again to Sarah for the inspiration!!

See you next time :)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Stencils and Sparkle Medium + Video Tutorial

Happy Sunday everyone. I had a 'moment' to spend in my craft room this weekend and made the most of my time by also creating another video tutorial.

Mum and I went to the Craft and Quilt Expo in Brisbane earlier this month. We picked up a few tubs of sparkle medium to share between us (among other things...) and I decided to create a couple of Christmas cards.

I used a stencil from STAMPlorations, the sparkle medium, and a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers 'Mixed Christmas Sentiments'. 

This is a Memory Box stencil, sparkle medium, and another sentiment from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments set.

My video tutorial also shows you how to create a one layer card using this technique but adding a slight bit of masking as well.

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

Just Add Ink #333 - Add G (my 'G' is glitter)
Fab n Funky Challenges #322 - Shades of Grey or Lots of Sparkle
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Glitter and Sparkle
Card Mania - Let it Shine

Last but not least - here is my video tutorial

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Brushos and Masking Fluid with Video Tutorial

Hello! I was finally able to edit and upload my video tutorial for creating a card with Brusho powders and masking fluid.  I had terrible issues with my editor, sorry. It isn't perfect.... but you will definitely get the idea.

Today I would like to share not only my video tutorial but another card I made using this technique -

You will get a better idea about how I created my mask by watching my video tutorial but I basically cut the butterfly from the HLS Butterfly Dies using post-it tape and then used masking fluid to create a larger area of the mask. Once both masks were removed, I added the brusho colours using a brush.

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

Crafty Cardmakers - Birthdays

and over at Addicted to CAS, Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring their Watercolour challenge!

Here is my tutorial -

These are the products I used -


Thanks for popping by!