Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sparkly Christmas

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge.

Christmas cards are one of my favourite cards to make ... and I do love to add a little bit of sparkle and shine. :)

I used a die borrowed from my friend Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) to cut out this pretty ornament and then used turquoise glitter paper for the backing.  I cut out the "Merry" from the same silver foil paper and also from white and stacked them together to create a thicker sentiment.  I stamped the word Christmas and heat embossed in silver and added a silver bow to finish.

A simple CAS Christmas card. :)  So simple that I made a second one.

I hope you'll check out the challenge HERE to see the rest of the cards from the wonderfully talented Design Team.

It's never too early to start making Christmas cards ... so come join in the fun.  Any style of card is welcome, just make sure to add a bit of sparkle! :)

Since I used a snippet to die-cut my "Merry", I'm heading over to the Snippets Playground for a visit. :)

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Stamps:  Christmas (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Silver Foil (SU!); Turquoise Glitter ($1 Store)
              [Gold Foil & Red Glimmer (SU!)]
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Ornament die (borrowed so don't know brand), [Merry Christmas die (Simon Says), silver embossing powder (Ranger), silver cording
[Ornament Set 2 - Elizabeth Craft Dies; gold embossing powder - Hero Arts, gold cording]

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HLS August Christmas Challenge
Snippets Playground - Week 188

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Masked Tulips

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of the Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge.  This month it's all about Masking.

I used three different types of mask for the card above.  To create my one layer card, I used post-it note tape to mask off 1" border at the bottom.  I wanted to leave it white for the sentiment.  Then I stamped my flowers and watercoloured them using my Zig Watercolor Pens.  I stamped the flowers onto post-it note paper and cut out masks for each of the flower heads ... it's a bit picky as the flowers are very small, but it went fairly fast. :)  I masked the flower heads and then inked up my large script stamp.  I ripped a paper towel to create a mask as I just wanted the script near the bottom.  Then I sponged around the side and bottom edges.

Lots of fun to make. :)

I hope you'll check out the HLS Masking challenge HERE.  Joanna (Harty by Heart) is joining us as our Guest Designer this month.  She makes the most amazing CAS cards, and she also does a lot of video tutorials.  Make sure you check out her blog ... you'll be glad you did!!  And also check out the challenge to see the amazing cards from the rest of the Design Team.

Come join in the fun .. made a CAS card that has some sort of masking and enter the linky, which is open for the whole month.  On the challenge site, you'll find links to some masking video tutorials for inspiration.

Thanks for coming by ... hope to see you in the HLS CAS Gallery!

Edited to add:

Penny Black monthly challenge for August is looking for Summer Flowers, so I'm sending this over.

I'm also adding this to the One Layer Simplicity Challenge #19 - Strip Down (don't you just love that challenge name??).  :)  The challenge is to mask off a strip ... I turned it so that I'm Stripping Across - hope that's OK.  :)

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Stamps:  Garden Blooms (Penny Black); En Francais and Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Zig Watercolor Pens (orange, pink, light green); Pistachio Pudding (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Post-it Tape, Post-it Notes, sponges, paper towel

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HLS August CAS Challenge - Masking
Penny Black August Challenge - Summer Flowers
OLS#19 - Strip Down

Saturday, August 01, 2015

i love u

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.

This challenge is hosted by the very talented Bhavana (blending art and craft) and she chose this fun word ...

I made my own banners for this using white card stock and stamping with three different patterned border stamps.

I then folded the strips in half and added fishtails to the bottom.  I stamped the "i" and "u" on the two smaller ones, and added a red heart die-cut to the larger one (covered with wink of stella for some shimmer --- which doesn't show in the photo).

Simple, quick and easy CAS card.  :)

I hope you'll check out the Banners challenge HERE and see the wonderful card made by our guest designer for this month, Linda (PaperCutting Kind of Day).  And you'll also see the fabulous and inspiring cards made by the rest of the design team.

I hope you'll come join in the fun.

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

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Stamps:  Borders (Annabelle Stamps (out of business); alphabet (unknown)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Holiday Shapes heart die (Simon Says); Maraschino twine (The Twinery), Clear wink of stella

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ATCAS #69 - Banners

Friday, July 31, 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the Happy Little Stamper's August Sketch Challenge.

I don't have any pennant stamp or banner stamps, so this stumped me for a little while.  Then I finally came up with this idea viewing the sketch upside down.  Hmmm ... looked like hills with trees to me, albeit rainbow-coloured trees. :)

For my card, I masked the sides of my card front with large post-it notes, and also cut out my snowbank die with another post-it note to use for my hills.  The trees were inked with light green and then used a darker green marker to randomly add some interest to the trees.  I huffed on the stamp to moisten it, stamped once, and then stamped again to create a faded tree in the background (second generation stamping).  I do love this technique.

I used a sponge to add definition to the snow banks.  I added a stamped and popped up sentiment to finish.

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog HERE to see the wonderful and creative cards done by the rest of the Design Team.  And I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!


More exciting news from Happy Little Stampers.  A few days ago I mentioned that there are now a line of Happy Little Stamps, check out the shop HERE.

We are also excited to announce the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat in the UK, Summer of 2016.

Click HERE to see all the details.  There is a limited number of spots, so if you'd like to attend, please fill out the "expression of interest" form before Aug. 31, 2015. Thank you!

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Stamps:  Outdoor Master (Kittie Kits from Rubbernecker Stamps); Season of Joy - sentiment (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  post-it notes for masking, Snow Drifts die (My Favorite Things), sponges

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HLS August Sketch Challenge

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Bouquet

Hi everyone.  I was inspired to make this card by the Addicted to Stamps & More photo challenge this week ...

Love those bright and beautiful gerbera daisies. :)  I used a flower stamp from Penny Black, stamped it twice onto mixed media paper, and coloured in with my Zig Watercolour pens.  They are so bright and vibrant.  I fussy-cut them out and tied my "bouquet" together with a small piece of raffia to finish.  A few of the background flowers are adhered flush to the card front, and a few are popped up for added dimension.  I used a sentiment from a second Penny Black stamp set.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes, where they are highlighting Penny Black stamps.  I do LOVE PB and have many of their sets. :)

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Stamps:  Efflorescence (Penny Black); enjoy (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed media (Strathmore)
Ink:  Black Archival, Black Memento, Zig Watercolour Pens
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, raffia

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ATS&M #155 - Photo Challenge
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Two Birthdays and Two CASES

Hi everyone.  Today I'm here with a Happy Birthday wish for Chrissie (Simply One of a Kind).  Chrissie is well know throughout the crafting community as one of the original owners of the very popular Less Is More Challenge.  She is also now a team mate of mine on the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. :)  I have long admired her AMAZING creations.  Chrissie has a special spot in her heart for butterflies, and I couldn't resist CASE'ing this gorgeous card.  Thank you Chrissie ... you are such an inspiration to me! :)  I know that Chrissie is away and celebrating her special birthday with her family.  Have a wonderful holiday and the best birthday EVER, Chrissie!  xx

The background was made last time I got together with my friend Susan (Cardmaker's Garret).  She shared a technique she had learned from her friend Christine, on how to use Inka Gold wax paste to make beautiful backgrounds.  You just spread a bit of the paste on your non-stick mat (I used Cobalt Blue, Jade Green, and Platinum).  Mist with lots of water and then drop your card stock on top and press down.  I pulled three pieces with just what I had on my mat.  The first one was the darkest and I used it for the solid butterfly, the second one was lighter and that's what I used for the main panel.  I have an even lighter one to use for another time. :)  Inka Gold pastes are metallic and have a shimmer and shine that you can't see in the photo, but are so pretty in real life.  I used silver embossing on some dots on the main panel and for the sentiment.

It's also my friend, Jules (Crafting with Jules) birthday!!!  Happy Birthday to you Jules!  Hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy and laughter!

I CASED this beauty from Jules blog.  It really is a shameful copy, actually.  The only thing I changed was the sentiment ... and the background is brushos on coated card stock instead of Jules beautifully sponged background. :)  I have long admired this card, and I thought it was a great opportunity to honour Jules today. :)

I have mailed off birthday cards to both Chrissie and Jules, but as always, I seem to get these things into the mail late.  Hopefully they will arrive shortly. :)

So I'm playing along with a few challenges this week.  I'm entering my butterfly card into Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS challenge ... and also entering it at Less is More where they are looking for snippets (my butterfly is a snippet!).  And speaking of snippets, I'm popping into the Snippets Playground too! :)  And I'm adding my Christmas tree card to the Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge - Trees.

Edited to add:  Just found a new-to-me challenge at SSS (Work it Wednesdays) through another crafter's blog.  This month's it's die-cuts so I'm entering my butterfly card above.

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Butterfly For You:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, A Word for You (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold wax pastes (Cobalt blue, Jade Green, Platinum), water mister, Moonlight and Kaleidoscope Butterfly dies (Memory Box), silver embossing powder (Ranger)

Thinking of You at Christmas:
Stamps:  Vignette: Tree Silhouettes (STAMPlorations); Beautiful Season - sentiment (SU!)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Coated Card stock (unknown)
Ink:  Brushos (turquoise, purple); Copics; Versamark; Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Snow drifts dies (My Favorite Things), White embossing powder, Shabby Chic Frantage (Stampendous), heat tool

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ATS&M #154 - CAS
Less is More #234 - Snippets
Snippets Playground #187
HLS July Christmas - Tree
SSS Work it Wednesdays - Die-cuts

Friday, July 24, 2015

With Sympathy and HLS Announcement

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a sympathy card I made a little while ago for very good friend who's mother had recently passed away.  I CASED this card I made a while ago from my friend, Mary's birthday.  I used the same sprays and ghosting technique to make the background.  Then I added the two-layer die-cut butterfly, flourish, and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

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I'm also sharing some exciting news.  Yesterday, Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps), owner of Happy Little Stampers Forum, HLS Challenge Blog, Addicted to CAS Challenge blog, and Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge blog (whew!!) :) ... launched her first release of Happy Little Stampers stamps.  It is very exciting, and I hope you'll check out the shop HERE and take a look at her first four sets of stamps that are available NOW! :)

For those of you outside of Australia ... Kylie is shipping internationally - YAY!  She has already shipped mine and I can't wait to get them and start playing!

The prices in the shop are in Australian currency, so you might want to keep that in mind.  That means the prices will be a lot less for anyone using U.S. currency (today's rate is $1 AUD = $0.73 USD) ... and even a little cheaper for my fellow Canadian's (today's rate is $1 AUD = $0.95 CDN).

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Stamps:  Bloom of Hope (SU)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Green sprays, Leaf stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, Moonlight and Kaleidoscope butterfly dies (Memory Box), Flourish #6 (Crafty Ann), white embossing powder, heat tool

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