Wednesday, 5 August 2015

HLS August Christmas Challenge

Hi there everyone! Today starts a new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers!

This month our challenge requires you to create anything Christmas, in any style using our word -

That's right! Add some sparkle to your life and your Christmas project.

Here is my DT card -

This was my 4th attempt at creating this card. Geez!! I wanted to mask my snow banks but I really sucked big time and it just wouldn't work for me.

So I settled on using distress inks and a small mask for the moon to create the background. Then I used some die cuts for my snow banks. Cheating? Hmmmm, I preferred the end result lol.

I stamped my sentiment which is from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments set. LOVE this set! When designing it, I just wanted sentiments that you could use on any Christmas Card you wanted to make. I had found that my current collection of stamps didn't really have the sentiments I wanted to be able to use. 

My sparkle was added by using stickles along the edges of the dies. I was going to stamp or emboss some stars in the sky but decided that a white gel pen would be perfect for little dots to create snow.

Here is a look at the stamp set that I used for this card -

Mixed Christmas Sentiments

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I hope to see you over at the HLS blog so you can check out the amazing creations by the Design Team :)

Thanks so much for looking xx

Monday, 3 August 2015

HLS August CAS Challenge

Hello and good morning! I hope everyone is well and ready for a new CAS Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

This month we are concentrating on 

I love masking images and in particular butterflies as you can see by the card I have made.

I have used the new Butterfly Birthday set from Happy Little Stampers. Did you know that we have our own line of stamps now? I love the butterfly set (if I do say so myself, wink wink).

For this card, I embossed my first butterfly onto watercolour paper and then used a post it note mask to cover it up and embossed the next one. I repeated this step until I had my four butterflies.

To create the watercolours, I used brushos in my paint tray and added the first colour (which happened to be purple). I dried off the first layer then added a puddle of colour to the edges of that butterfly and misted it with some water so it would run off the edges. I repeated this step with the other colours.

I hope that you can join in the fun this month! We can't wait to see what you come up with :)

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

Thanks so much for looking xx

Don't forget that you can now go to the 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

HLS August Sketch Challenge

Welcome to August and a brand new sketch at Happy Little Stampers!

What an exciting few days it has been for us at HLS. Our first release of stamps has been launched and the feedback and support from everyone has been amazing!! Thanks so much :)

Here is our sketch for this month

You will have lots of fun with this one! Don't forget any type of card making style is welcome at our sketch challenge. Just make sure we can see the sketch in your creation.

Here is my card using the brand new set - Bold Birthday Sentiments from Happy Little Stampers

Bold Birthday Sentiments

I drew the two lines with a pen and then just stamped the stars in repeated colours. I combined two stamps from this set to create my sentiment.

I went over the stars with a wink of stella pen to give it some sparkle.

My next card was one that I had originally made for this challenge but that was before my stamps had arrived. I would like to share it with you too.

This one was create using Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches stamps.

I hope you will find the time to join in with our monthly challenges. 

Thanks so much for looking xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Thank you

Hi again!

Today I am sharing with you a card that I have made using the latest release stamps from IBS.

I embossed the image onto water colour paper.

Using my brushos, I sprinkled a tiny amount on my craft mat and then used a wet brush to mix up the crystals. Then I just painted the image in sections. I started with the leaves. Once I had applied the green, I gave it a very gentle spray with water so the colours would run off the image just a little.

I repeated this process for the rest of the image.

Here is the set I have used today

Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Have you heard the news?

I have been jumping up and down with excitement for the last couple of days because I have introduced a new line of stamps through Happy Little Stampers!

I made a few more cards last night.

My first card is using the Butterfly Birthday set. I can tell you, the quality of these stamps are amazing. Straight out of the packet and no fuddy duddy preparations. Stamp and Go!

I stamped my butterfly and sentiment with Archival Ink and then coloured the butterfly with my wink of stella pens.

Here is a close up of the glittery goodness.

Butterfly Birthday

Next, I used the Mixed Christmas Sentiments set

I made this card in a matter of minutes. So easy to just stamp the different sentiments in Christmas colours and voila!

Mixed Christmas Sentiments

For my third card I used the Bold Birthday Sentiments set.

I love how versatile this set is and I love it most because it uses the same font as Happy Little Stampers! I stamped in Memento Luxe and Archival inks for this one.

Bold Birthday Sentiments

I think I will go back to my craft room and keep playing. It is overcast and a bit rainy today so there is no where else I would rather be!

Thanks so much for looking xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Cards for the Kids

Welcome back everyone. This week at Inspired by Stamping, we have been concentrating on Cards for Kids Birthdays. 

Here is mine

I have used an older, but fun set from IBS called The Sky's the Limit. I stamped the balloon then created a mask with a post it note so I could stamp the clouds.

I have built the sentiment using the awesome new set - Big Wonderful

A few little sequins for the finishing touch

Thanks so much for looking xx

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Polka Dot Birthday Card

Hi there everyone. 

Today I am sharing a card that is perfect for the kids. This week at Inspired by Stamping, we are concentrating on Kids Birthday cards.

Lot's of fun polka dots have been stamped randomly in different colours.

I decided that a black matt would look nice to offset the sentiment.

Here are the sets I have used

Pop on over to the blog to see the other inspiration from the Design Team

Thanks so much for looking xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Reminder for HLS Challenges

Hi everyone. Back today with a quick reminder for you that there is still time to join in this month's Christmas Challenge and Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

First up is the Sketch -

For my card this time, I went with a big flower instead of a tree.

This stamp comes from SU! Flower Fair. I stamped the image four times and then fussy cut each layer. Popped up with foam tape gave it great dimension.

Next is the Christmas Challenge. You need to follow the word that is provided and your project must be related to Christmas.

Here is my card -

I went with a shaker card and concentrated on having a cardinal sitting among the birch trees.

I've used 'snow' in the shaker which is a bit hard to see so here is the card laying flat.

and the inside of my card is below

Whenever I make these it is a real PAIN when all your sequins and goodies get stuck to the inside sides of the shaker part of the card. I can't remember who (sorry!) but I was told that baby powder would stop that from happening. I actually swiped my embossing buddy over the inside of the shaker element once assembled and now not one piece of the snow has stuck! Awesome!

And now the CAS Challenge

I used Acrylic block stamping for my background. 

Pop on over to the challenge blog now because there are heaps of reminders for you about all our monthly challenges.

Thanks so much for looking xx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Vintage Roses and more Brushos

Good morning everyone. I hope you are well.

I had a play in my craft room yesterday as I received some new stamps: Vintage Roses from Altenew.

If you haven't seen these stamps, they are remarkable with the image of rose they produce. One rose required four stamps to layer up. I really had a tough time with them as they are very complex (well for me anyway!) and there was a lot of practising and scratching my head. I finally got two cards together. 

Altenew have a printable guide to help with the layers. I still need more practice with the positioning of these stamps but I found that if I laid the stamp on the outline of guide and then picked it up with my acrylic block, I was able to figure out where the next stamp would go. Have I confused you? I'm still confused lol!

Anyway here are my cards - 

I created masks from post it notes for both these cards to stamp the roses and leaves.

On the insides I added a die cut rose.

Before making the vintage roses cards, I played with different inks first to see which colours would work the best together. 

For the rose with four stamps (first card), I started from darkest to lightest

Real Red (SU)
Satin Red (Versafine)
Habenaro (Versafine)

For the last shade, I did second generation stamping with the Habanero ink to get the lighter colour.

I would like to enter the birthday card into the following challenges

This next card is for my niece's upcoming birthday. I embossed the Lavinia Stamp in white powder then used my brushos to create the background.

That's all for me today. Thanks so much for looking xx