Saturday, July 04, 2015

HLS July Christmas Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of our brand new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  Not only are we launching a new challenge, but we have a new design team to start things off.  Check out the challenge HERE to see the wonderful cards by the rest of the Design Team (Bozena, Carol D, Carol S, Gail, Ingrid, Kylie, LesLee, Mary, Susan).  And then come and join in the fun! :)

The rules are simple.  Make a Christmas card that uses the key word (this month is Tree) and upload to the challenge blog.  Any style of card is welcome!

I started with some die-cuts I had cut over a year ago when my friend Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) came for a crafty play day.  I love this set of tree dies that she has.  At that time I was on a kick to use up some of the many packages of Christmas papers that I had bought.  I cut the trees from the ugliest patterned paper you can imagine ... then they sat, and sat, and sat.  I decided I need to do something with them.  So I turned them over to the plain white backing, sprayed with two shades of green watercolour sprays, let them dry and then added some snow texture.  LOVE how they turned out.  And the ugly paper is on the backside. :)  No one will ever know. :)

I used Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect for my snow.  I wanted to have a soft, dreamy looking snowy sky for the background, so I sponged two shades of distress ink (Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers) on to vellum, leaving a little white space at the bottom.  Then I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint.  I finished the card by adding a frame with the vellum taped to the inside, stamped a simple sentiment and attached the tree on top; and then popped everything up on my card base. Easy and so fun!! :)

I hope you'll come play along with our new challenge.  Never too early to start making Christmas cards. :)

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Stamps:  Christmas Greetings (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Vellum (40 lb. Bazzill); Misc. patterned paper, Silver glimmer paper (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Spray mists (Lime Green, Green) made with liquid watercolour concentrate (Dick Blick), 5 part tree die (Elizabeth Craft Design dies), Large Holiday Shapes die - star (Simon Says), Sparkle Texture Effect (Martha Stewart), paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint

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HLS July Christmas Challenge

O Canada

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This challenge is being run by the very talented Jaydee (Stampin! with Jaydee).  And she chose this code word -

This challenge is sponsored by

We have recently celebrated Canada's 148th birthday (July 1) ... and the U.S. is celebrating it's birthday today (along with a few other countries).  No matter what time of year, it's always wonderful to show pride in your country.

I started by spraying red and brown watercolour sprays randomly on the background.  Once dry, I sponged randomly over top with some Fired Brick distress inks to add depth of colour.  Then I inked up a large maple leaf stamp with dark red (Aged Mahogany), spritzed with lots of water and stamped.  I did this twice to create a background.  I then inked up one of my new stamp purchase .. a maple leaf spray with more aged mahogany, spritzed with just a little water this time, and stamped. Using less water means the ink is more intense in colour.  I added a small sentiment banner at the bottom, stamped with the same colour of ink.

We are excited to welcome Kathy K (Purple Princess Diaries) as our guest designer for July.  Welcome Kathy!  Please click HERE to check out her patriotic card and the cards from the rest of the design team.  Speaking of that, we are excited to have several new designers joining ATCAS starting today. :)   Welcome to Anja, Bhavana, Ceal, Doni, Ksenija, Sarah G, and Sarah P!

As always, the challenge is open for two weeks so there's lots of time to play along.

I'm also adding this to the Happy Little Stampers July CAS Challenge - Stamping.  I used the watercolour spritz technique to stamp my images.

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Stamps:  Lisa'a Painted Maple Leaf (Hero Arts); Nature's Gifts (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany (Distress inks from Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Watercolour sprays (red and brown) made with watercolour liquid concentrate (Dick Blick), water mister

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

HLS July CAS Challenge - Stamping

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the  July CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers, and it's the start of our new Design Team.  Yay!!  Kylie and I are thrilled to have eight talented designers joining us.  Welcome to Anita, Bonnie, Chrissie, Hazel, Linda, Sue, Toni and Valentyna. :)

Today is my friend, Dolly's (aka Darnell) birthday .  Hopefully she received this card in time and this is not the first time she's seeing it! :)

Happy Birthday Dolly!

This card is all about the wonderful technique of generation stamping (or second generation). Basically you stamp an image and then stamp again (and possibly again) without reinking your stamp.  Multi-generation stamping can create the illusion of depth or movement.

I inked my tree trunk and then used a paper towel to randomly removed some of the ink from the top branches, stamped off once onto scrap paper, and then stamped onto my card front.  This gave me a general outline for the tree without having dark branches that would show through the leaves.

Then I stamped the leaves three times before re-inking and stamping again.  It really creates the look of leaves in the background and foreground, giving the tree visual dimension.  So cool! :)

I hope you'll be inspired to join in our fun challenge.  It's open for the whole month of July, so there's lots of time to play along.  Simply make a CAS card that includes stamping and join the challenge.

This card actually works perfectly for the HLS July Sketch challenge that began two days ago, so I'm adding it over there as well.  Here's the sketch ...

And Virginia's View Challenge for July is 100% Stamping, so I'm linking up there.

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Stamps:  Leafless Limbs (Stampscapes); Leaf sprig (Kittie Kits Outdoor Master from Rubbernecker), Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges

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HLS July CAS Challenge - Stamping
HLS July Sketch Challenge
Virginia's View #16 - 100% Stamping

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HLS July Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the July Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  Not only is there a fun and easy sketch to play with this month, but we also have our new Design Team starting today.  Check out the challenge HERE to see the amazing cards from our talented group of card makers! :)  Kylie and I are excited to be joined by Asa, Birgit, Gloria, Joyce, Kim, Melissa, Sue and Tanja.  Welcome ladies!!

Here's the sketch ...

So easy, right??!!  I know I'll be using this sketch A LOT! :)

I started my card by spraying with yellow watercolour spray for the background.  It's a very bright yellow, so I randomly sprayed and then blotted up right away with a paper towel to tone down the colour just a bit.  To me it looks like sunshine behind the flowers. :)

Then I stamped my image in waterproof black ink ... several times using my Misti. This is the best stamping tool EVER!  It's really difficult to get a clean, dark impression on watercolour paper, and this allowed me re-ink and stamp several times.

I put a few drops of my watercolour liquid concentrate (orange and magenta) into a paint palette and added a little water.  I happily sloshed over top of my flowers, giving them a two-tone colouring.  I took the same two colours and splattered the background to add interest.  To finish off, I added gold liquid pearls to the centers of the flowers, and stamped the sentiment onto a small, white banner.

Our sketch challenge is open all month, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun! :)

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Stamps:  Blossom Bunch (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Watercolour Liquid Concentrate in orange and magenta (Dick Blick)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow w/c spray (Dick Blick), paintbrush, gold liquid pearls

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HLS July Sketch Challenge

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Happy Early Birthday, Kylie

Hi everyone.  I made this for my dear friend, Kylie's birthday (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps), which is in early July.   I mailed this a couple of weeks ago so that it would be to her on time.  Snail mail from Canada to Australia can take forever.  For some mysterious reason, it arrived to her in about a week ... crazy fast this time!  Now that she has it, I can share with you. :)  Hugs to you Kylie!!

Very simple design, I used a honeycomb stencil (made with my Cameo) and randomly sponged two shades of orange distress inks down the one side.  I cut out the black butterfly (again with my Cameo), shaped it a little with my bone folder and added it on top of the sponging, with rolled glue dots under the wings to keep it's shape.  A simple stamped sentiment, and it was done. :)

I'm heading over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where Anything Goes.  And also linking up to AAA Cards #42 - Pastes and/or Stencils.


I am also sharing a picture taken last weekend when we were all together to celebrate Father's Day.  As Evan was heading out the door at the end of our time together, he mentioned we hadn't taken any pictures.  I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped this picture of the three generations of Thompson men. :)  LOVE this picture and wanted to share with you.

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Stamps: Chit Chat (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Honeycomb stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo, sponges, butterfly cut file

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SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes
AAA Cards #42 - Pastes and/or Stencils

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Colours

This is my final reminder for the Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge - Sprays / Mists.  We've had a lot of wonderful entries, so if you have a chance, check out the gallery --- you will be inspired!! :)

Today I made another card using the Ghosting Technique.  This time I used my favourite colour combo that is just perfect for summer time. :)  I used small, white die-cuts to embellish so that I didn't cover up very much of the pretty background.

The background was made with three watercolour sprays (yellow, orange and magenta).  Once dry, I place this beautiful flower stencil (from STAMPlorations), over top.  I did use masking tape to hold my watercoloured background flat, but the stencil is simply placed on top (I find this easiest for removing the stencil quickly).  I spritzed with lots of clear water and removed the stencil right away (this is important, otherwise the water will seep underneath the stencil and blur the design). I waited about 10-15 seconds for the water to work into the watercolour paper and then blotted with a paper towel, which removes some of the colour where the water was.  LOVE this technique!

There seems to be a lot of challenges right now looking for stencils :)  ... so I'm entering this into Less Is More - Week #229 - Stenciling, and also AAA Cards #42 - Paste and/or Stencils.  Also entering into Simon Says Wednesday where they are looking for your favourite technique (right now mine is Stenciling), and I used a few snippets for my flourish and flowers, so I'm heading over to join the fun at the Snippets Playground. :)

ETA:  Used STAMPlorations stencil for this card, so I'm linking up to their blog for the Anything Goes challenge. :)

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Stamps:  Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base and die-cuts (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Watercolour sprays (yellow, orange and magenta), made with concentrate from Dick Blick, water mister, Bold Florals stencil (STAMPlorations), Flourish #6 die (Crafty Ann), Five Point Flower die (C.C. Designs), stylus and mat for shaping

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HLS June CAS Challenge - Sprays / Mists
Less is More Week #229 - Stenciling
AAA Cards #42 - Paste and/or Stencils
Simon Says Wednesday - Favourite Technique
Snippets Playground Week #181 & 182
STAMPlorations Anything Goes

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Splashy Birthday

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This challenge is being hosted by the talented Rebecca (Melly Moo).  Hope you'll play along ...

This is such a fun word.  I was shopping the other day and found a perfect stamp set for this challenge and knew that I HAD to buy it. :)

After must deliberation, I came up with adding a few other small sentiments to my new large sentiment to come up with a fun birthday card.  I heat embossed in white onto watercolour paper and then randomly sprinkled brushos crystal and sprayed with water.  Lots of fun! :)

We are happy to have Flo (Flos Habseligkeiten) as our Guest Designer again for this challenge. Please check out Flo's "Splash" card, along with all the other Design Teams cards by clicking HERE.

This is also for the Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge - Sprays / Mists.  :)

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Stamps:  Sunny with Showers (Forever in Time); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Celebrate Sentiment builders (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Ultra-Marine
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, water mister

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ATCAS #66 - Splash
HLS June CAS Challenge - Sprays / Mists