Friday, August 14, 2015

August Challenge Reminders

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that we are half way through the Happy Little Stampers August Challenges.  We have three challenges running each month ... CAS, Sketch, and Christmas.

I have made a card for the CAS and Christmas challenges to share with you today.

First up, the CAS challenge.

I stamped my poppies and coloured them with my Zig Watercolour Pens.  Then I stamped the image onto post-it notes and fussy-cut to create a mask.  Yellow ink was sponged over top of a mesh stencil and then I removed the mask and stamped a simple sentiment.

I'm entering this into the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #157 - Make Your Mark.

Next, the Christmas challenge.

Lots of sparkle on this card, although it's hard to see in the photo above so I'm including a close-up below.  I used brushos on coated card stock for the background (thanks Susan for the card stock!).  The coated card stock shows more muted tones of Brushos ... so pretty.  Then I stamped over top with a snowflake background and heat embossed in iridescent embossing powder.  The hills and trees are die-cut and more sparkle was added with some Dazzling Details glitter glue.  The sentiment is stamped using the new Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments. :)

Here's the close-up so you can see the sparkle ...

We also have a fun Sketch challenge.

I hope I have inspired you to play along.  The challenges are open for another couple of weeks.  Come join in the fun! :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit.  And always, I love hearing from you!

CAS Card:
Stamps:  Blooming Garden (Penny Black); Friendship Garden (Fiskars)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Zig Watercolor Pens; Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Textured Mesh Stencil (Memory Box), sponged, post-it notes for masking

Christmas Card:
Stamps:   Snowflake Background (Hero Arts); Mixed Christmas Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Coated Card stock (Spicers)
Ink:  Brushos (turquoise, ultra marine, purple); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister; Ice embossing powder (SU!); Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), Snowdrifts dies (My Favorite Things); Fir Tree Border die (Impression Obsession); Dazzling Details glitter glue (SU!)

HLS August CAS Challenge - Masking
HLS August Christmas Challenge - Sparkle
HLS August Sketch Challenge


Sue said...

Two gorgeous cards, Loll! I really like the sky and all the dimension on your Christmas card.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous cards! Oh yay to me I played in all 3 challenges this month :)

Di said...

O M Gee Loll!! These are just fabulous cards - perfection!!


Di xx

Bonnie said...

Your poppies are so pretty and I love the mesh stenciled "behind" them! All that sparkle is gorgeous! Even the sentiment sparkles! Love the hills and "icy" trees! Hope you have a great weekend!

nancy littrell said...

2 Beautiful cards Loll. I love your masked watercolored and stenciled card. Such a wonderful technique. Your sparkly (TFS close up) Christmas snow scene is soooo Beautiful.! TFS my friend.

Carol said...

Two gorgeous cards Loll...fabulous masking and what a beautiful sparkly scene. Carol x

Kylie said...

LOVING these cards Loll. The poppies are gorgeously masked and coloured. I ADORE the sparkle on the Christmas card. Love the sentiment embossed like that! xx

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous cards!!

gail said...

Two gorgeous cards, love all the sparkle on your Christmas card. Gail xxx

Unknown said...

Two beautiful cards Loll, but adore your poppies - so vibrant and lovely with the stencilled background.


Karen xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your cards Loll and those poppies are beautiful they really stand out against your background, and your little Christmas scene is gorgeous


Anita in France said...

Beautiful watercoloured poppies, Loll ... and such a splendid sparkly, shimmery Christmas scene ... just gorgeous! Anita :)

Maura said...

Love both cards, Loll! The Christmas one (along with at least one other one I've seen that you've done) is such clever way to use the sketch. I would never have thought of that! Thanks for the tip on linking my latest card to CASology!

Barb Ghig said...

Two really beautiful cards, Loll! I love how you colored the poppies, and your stenciled background is perfect! Love your winter wonderland, too! So much lovely sparkle!

Deepti said...

These ar beautiful! The coloring of the poppies is amazing :)

Pat said...

Such gorgeous poppies Loll and love the stencilled background,and the Christmas card with the trees and white snow banks against that pretty blue sky with the added sparkle is so pretty. x

Inkyfingers said...

Gorgeous cards Loll and I specially love the frosty sparkle and sky on the Christmas beauty.

Joyce said...

Just gorgeous, both of them.

Bobby said...

I love the offset stamping/stenciling you've been doing behind your florals lately, Loll.

Lee-Anne said...

Love the stenciling with the pretty! Your Christmas card is simply AH-MAZING, Loll! The sparkle, how you used the sketch...perfectly done!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

BOTH of these are just fabulous Loll . . . but that snowy scene is just full of goodness, sparkly, clean, crisp and just stunning! Sorry I have been remiss with my visits lately, but I have had an awful time with the internet . . . and it seems to be ongoing . . . only managing sporadic comments and posts! Have a lovely day my friend! Hazel xx

BożenA said...

Background wonderfully mimics the winter sky. It is perfect, a lot of it going on, is so active. I love the delicate patterns stamped heat embossed. Great card shines and you can see it in the picture! A beautiful sentiment!
Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers CC

Chrissie said...

Two more jaw droppers here Loll!
The inking is amazing!
Chrissie xx