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.

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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Sunday, 3 April 2016

HLS April CAS Challenge

Hi again! Time for our CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

I'm sure you will find this technique really fun to do -

This month we are thrilled to have Sarah from Sazzle Dazzle Crafts as our Guest Designer. Welcome!

Here is my card -

I used dylusions ink spray on my stencil and then pressed my watercolour paper right on to the ink. I cut the panel down to size and mounted it on to black cardstock. The sentiment is from the new HLS set called Doodled Flowers.

I made this card with a dear friend of mine in mind. Karen from Serendipity Dragonfly passed away from cancer not long ago. Karen's battle with the disease was fierce. She never, ever gave up and when you spoke to her you wouldn't even know she was sick. I met Karen's sister, Val, a couple of years ago when I visited London. I also had plans to visit with Karen this coming July when I am over in the UK for the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat. Unfortunately I won't get to meet this wonderful lady.

Karen and Val were part of my original team over at Addicted to Stamps and More! which was the first challenge blog I created nearly 4 years ago. Karen also jumped on board at Addicted to CAS when it was formed not long after that. 

It has taken me a while to actually write about Karen. I was devastated when I received the message from Val. Of course, my grief could not be compared to that of her family. My card is for Tony. My card is for Val. My card is for all the family and friends who have lost Karen. 

May Karen now rest in peace as the pain is gone. Never to be forgotten. 

Thank you for popping in today :)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Happy Little Stampers - CASE the Designer

Hi everyone! Welcome back. 

We have a brand new challenge starting over at Happy Little Stampers. As you know, on the first of each month we kick off with our

CASE the Designer challenge.

This month is even more special as we are celebrating our 1st birthday! There are lots of prizes to be won this month. All you have to do is play along for your chance to win.

This month we are CASEing Joyce!

Here is her card -

I love the design that Joyce created!

Here is my CASE -

I simply die cut a panel and temporarily adhered it to my card base. I stamped the images making sure I went off the edge of the small die cut panel. Once I had finished stamping, I removed the smaller panel and coloured in the flowers using glitter gel pens. I replaced the panel using foam tape to add dimension.

This set is the new one from HLS called Doodled Flowers.

Doodled Flowers - PREORDER

Check out the challenge blog for all the details.

See you over there :)

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Happy Birthday Kim - Surprise Linky Party!

As you may have guessed, I am hosting a surpirse birthday party here on my blog. 

We have a wonderful and dear friend that is celebrating her birthday today -

Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim - isn't she beautiful!!!


Kim is on my design team at Happy Little Stampers. She currently creates for my CAS and CASE teams. Kim is a wonderful team player and is so enthusiastic. She is also on a number of other design teams (The Challenge, 12 Kits of Holidays, Simply Create Too, ColourQ) - one busy bee! 

I really wanted her birthday to be special for her this year and bring all of us crafty friends together and show her how much we love her.

Here is my card for Kim -

I decided to try colouring on black cardstock. I LOVE how it turned out. I embossed the first flower and then covered it with a mask and stamped the second flower. I kept doing this until I was happy with my design. I also embossed the sentiment.

I simply coloured the flowers and leaves with pencils.

I had so much fun making this card that I even created a second card and video tutorial for you to try it out yourself!

I have used the new set from Happy Little Stampers called 'Doodled Flowers'.

Doodled Flowers - PREORDER

Below you will find the linky so you can join in. I will have it open for 2 weeks giving you plenty of time to wish Kim a Happy Birthday in your own way and to also spread the word. Please link back to this post so others may join in.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Addicted to Pink and Grey

I really do love this colour combo. I'm not sure why I don't use it more often!

I created another card last night. When the mojo is hot, it's hot! Make the most of it, I say :)

Here is my card -

I created my background using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I put some ink on to my craft mat, misted it with water and picked up the ink with Mixed Media Paper. I did the same with a smaller piece that I embossed my butterfly onto and die cut it out. 

I flicked some acrylic paint (white and grey) on to my larger panel. 

I also used a white gel pen to add some extra interest to my butterfly.

The sentiment was stamped with grey ink.

Here are the HLS products I used for my card

    Butterfly Dies        

The challenges I would like to enter are


Die Cuts / Punches

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Inspired by the MUSE

Hello again! I have been having a LOT of fun playing in my craft room over the last few days.

I saw Anita's card for the MUSE challenge and just had to join in.

Here is my card -

I have CASED Anita's beautiful card to the best of my ability. I loved everything about her card so I used all the elements she did. 

Here is Anita's card -

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


A is for Anything Pink

Include a Sentiment

Thanks for popping by :)

Monday, 14 March 2016

Pink and Grey Flowers

Hi! I hope you aren't sick of seeing my new Doodled Flowers set from Happy Little Stampers. I am having lots of fun coming up with new ways to use them every time I get them out. This time I wanted to create a fancy border using the stamps.

I have also found that because they are so easy to create masks for, it is something I am incorporating on all of my cards so far.

This time I've also combined them with the Mix Mash set. The colours over at Inkspirational really helped me along with this one.

I started by creating my base card with grey cardstock. Then I cut a white panel the same size as my card front. I used a Lawn Fawn border die as a guide by tracing a line at the bottom third of the white panel. I stamped my three flowers first using the pencil line as a guide. I created a mask so I could start stamping the circles. I also made a mask for the largest circle. 

Once I had everything stamped and coloured in, I fussy cut along the bottom edge of my stamping and up to the pencil line I had created. Once cut, I erased the line.

I mounted the panel onto my card base with foam tape. I decided it was missing a little depth so I used a white gel pen around the bottom of my fussy cutting.

A few enamel dots finished it off.

Here are the HLS products I used -

     Doodled Flowers - PREORDER    

Here are the challenges I am entering -

Anything Goes (no twist for me)

Fancy Borders

Easter and/or Spring with the optional technique twist of masking.
(I hope you girls aren't sick of my but I'm loving this challenge!)

Thanks for popping in :)