Friday, 24 March 2017

Smooshed Birthday

Hi everyone. Today I had a little time to create a card for another birthday coming up this month. 

I decided to watercolour smoosh a panel and then layer a new die cut over the top.

Here it is -

I started by sprinkling purple brusho onto my craft mat, misting it with water, then smooshing my watercolour cardstock into the paint. I repeated this step a few times, drying with my heat gun in between. I did the same with a smaller panel so I could die cut my butterfly.

I also used a little Gold perfect pearls to smoosh with too. It's not quite evident in the photo but it gives it a subtle shine.

I used my new MFT Split Chevron Cover Up die to lay over the top of my panel.

I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment (HLS Fun Birthday Sentiments) onto a linen cardstock.
I also used my WOS pen to give my butterfly some sparkle.

I would like to enter my card over at -

(Ive used the topping of Black, White, and one other colour)

Here is a list of my products used that you can purchase at HLS -

Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour Paper       

     MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER     

Thanks so much for popping by! xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

More flowers :)

Just a quick post from me. I was able to keep the mojo going with another flower card.

Once I had used my MISTI to stamp and mask my images/sentiment, I embossed the flowers and leaves with white powder. Again, I used my Zigs to watercolour and once dry I covered it with sparkle using a Wink of Stella pen.

Here is a close up of the glitter

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

The Artistic Stamper - Spring
Crafty Awesomeness - Coloured Image + Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by xx

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Time to get crafty

Hi there! We've had some nice rain over the last couple of days which has helped with cooling things down a little. I had some spare time last night so I decided I would try and come up with a card for my Nan who turns 80 this month. 

I have actually sat in my craft room many times over the last few weeks and do you think I could come up with just one thing? Nope! So frustrating. Anyway, even though I have plenty of goodies to play with in my Happy Little Stampers stash, it is always fun to play with my other stamps. I actually have a new set (Peony Bouquet) that I couldn't resist - one of the companies I love for their layering stamps is Altenew. 

Here is my card 

It is always a bit of a task when using these stamps for the first time especially if you are going to do layering. I sort of cheated and just went with the outline stamps for this card. The reason was that I wanted to do some watercolouring :)

I stamped the outline of the large flower onto some masking paper and fussy cut it out. Using my MISTI, I stamped and masked my flowers and greenery using Versamark ink and then embossed them with white powder. 

I used my Zigs to colour in the images and then threw a few splats over the panel.

The sentiment was the perfect size - from Happy Little Stampers 'Mix Mash' stamp set. I used my MISTI to stamp it as well. There is nothing worse than taking all the time to create a card and then stuffing up the sentiment!!

I am now very happy I have been able to create something after all this time!

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

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
(a new challenge blog out there. Well done!)

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (using the optional twist of Stamping)

Inky Chicks - Flowers

Thanks for popping it today xx

Friday, 3 March 2017

HLS March CAS Challenge

Hi there everyone. Just a very quick post from me today. Time is not my friend at the moment. I never seem to have enough hours in the day. I even made the card for the new HLS CAS Challenge at the very last minute. Well, only 8 hours prior to the challenge going live but that in itself was a challenge because it was night and getting a photo really sucks!

Anywho - our theme for our CAS challenge this month is

Get those die cuts cut and create something CLEAN AND SIMPLE!

Here is my card -

Terrible photo, I know! Very sorry....

I decided to do an inlaid die technique. Once I die cut the pieces out of my panel, I used my MISTI to stamp onto the butterfly die cut. The sentiment was die cut from a piece of glitter foam which had adhesive on the back (so convenient!).

This was very easy to create!

Check out the products I used that you can purchase from Happy Little Stampers -

          MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER

I will see you over at the challenge blog

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Happy Little Stampers sponsors Time Out!

Hi there. Today I am sharing a card that I have made for a special challenge over at TIME OUT. They are celebrating their 3rd birthday and Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring.

Congratulations to Sandie, Nonni, and their designers for a wonderful and successful challenge blog!

The theme for their challenge is

FRIENDSHIP / LOVE with the optional twist of Spotlight Stamping

Here is my card -

Of course, I had to 'Get Ziggy with it' and combine the HLS Doodled Flowers set with my Zig markers.

I trimmed a piece of watercolour paper to use as my card base. I started by stamping and masking my images over the front of the card. When I was happy with the end result, I used a circle die to cut out a portion of the card front. I coloured that piece in with Zig watercolour pens and once dry, I covered it with clear wink of stella. I used some double sided tape to pop up the panel after lining it back up with the orginial stamping. This created my 'spotlight'.

I have used the following HLS products

      Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour Paper

Thanks for stopping in and I hope to see you over at TIME OUT!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

HLS March Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone, welcome to March hey? Time just flies these days. At least we have lot's to do in our craft rooms!

This month our HLS Watercolour challenge is

That's right! You can make anything as long as you have watercolouring as your main element. You can also choose whether or not you play along with our optional twist.

Now, smooshing is one of my favourite watercolouring techniques but I actually didn't use it for my card.

Here it is -

I'm still playing with my new Zigs. I simply scribbled straight onto my cardstock and then spritzed the colour with a little water. I dried the panel in between adding more colour. I also scribbled colour straight onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water, then picked it up with a paintbrush to add my splats. 

Once the panel was dry, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. 

I stamped three butterflies onto acetate and embossed them with black powder. After fussy cutting them out, I folded up the wings so I could use glossy accents on the body to attach them to my card. 
Here are the products that I used which you can purchase from HLS -

       MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - BACKORDER

Over at the challenge blog you will find heaps of inspiration from the girls!

See you there!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

AAA Cards Guest Designer

Hello! I hope you are well and getting lots of crafty time.

Today I am excited to be a part of the new challenge at AAA Cards. Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring and Jane has asked me to be a Guest Designer. Thanks Jane!

Here is the theme for their challenge -

Now with this one, you also have the option to create a shaped card - It could be long and thin, a rounded square, circular, heart shaped, or any other shape you can imagine. Just make sure to keep it LOVE themed and CAS.

Here is my card -

I created my right hand side panel by smooshing scarlet brushos onto a piece of watercolour paper. Once it was dry, I smooshed some perfect pearls to give it that brilliant gold highlight.

Here is another photo without so much sunlight hitting the card -

I die cut the white left hand panel with a border die and did the same with a piece of black cardstock. I wanted just a sliver of black popping out from the edge.

I glued everything together and used some craft foam behind the whole left hand panel (I finally got some Sarah P!). This gives the panel a lot more stability than using strips of foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment and hearts from the HLS Rainy Days set. I coloured the hearts in and covered them with some wink of stella.

Well, I hope to see you over at AAA Cards for their first challenge in February. It will be a great chance to get those lovey dovey cards done for Valentine's.

Thanks for popping in xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

LIM Guest Designer

Happy Saturday everyone! 

Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at Less Is More and I am delighted to be their Guest Designer! Also, Happy Little Stampers is sponsoring so don't forget to play along for the chance to win a $15 gift certficate to the shop :)

The theme at LIM for this challenge is


I decided to go with colours that were always 'never to be seen' together. Blue and Green!

Here is my card -

I cut a panel of watercolour paper using a stiched die. I 'Got Ziggy With It' and started laying down colour using Cobalt Blue and Light Green Zigs. I used a waterbrush to move the colour around. I dried it between layers with my heat gun. 

I stamped my flower and leaves from the HLS Doodled Flowers set onto watercolour paper using Archival ink. I heat set the ink so it wouldn't bleed once I started to add the colour and water. I fussy cut them out ready to assemble onto my card. Once the colour was dry, I went over them with clear wink of stella to add some pretty sparkle.

I stamped the sentiment from the HLS Mix Mash set onto a strip of white cardstock. I used glue to assemble most of the card - I also used fun foam behind my watercolour panel to add dimension. The raindrops are from PTI.

Voila - done!

Here are the sets that I used to make this card


Thanks for popping in today and I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

By the way, check out the new look for Less Is More! Well done girls!

Friday, 3 February 2017

HLS February CAS Challenge

Hi there. Welcome to my blog! Today is the start of a brand new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers :)

We would like to you use blue in the way it inspires you!

Here is my card -

For me, I just like the colour blue so decided to emboss my butterflies and colour them with my Zigs. I even used the pens directly onto the stamps for the splats and sentiment!


I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

HLS February Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the new challenges at Happy Little Stampers so far. Did you find time to play along in our new Watercolour Challenge? Here is our new theme for February -

Always Anything Goes with our Watercolour Challenge. This month you have an optional twist to use Dies. 

Here is my card -

I made this card with my Mum in mind. She celebrated her birthday at the end of January - Happy Birthday Mum!!

I started by pouncing my versamark ink pad through a stencil onto watercolour paper. I embossed it with white powder. I sprinkled Ultra Marine and Ost. Blue Brushos onto my craft mat and smooshed the panel through the ink. I then mixed some gold perfect pearls with some water and smooshed that onto my panel too.

I die cut my 'Happy' sentiment a number of times and glued them together. I used a border die for my side panels. The stamped the 'Birthday' in archival ink. It is from the HLS Everyday Sentiments set.

I added a few sequins for extra bling.

We also have a very talented guest designer this month. Ingrid has joined us to help with the inspiration!

See you over at Happy Little Stampers!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Watercoloured Forest

Hi everyone! I've had a quick play tonight. I seem to be crafting more when the sun goes down as it is so stinking hot here at the moment. We even have an extreme weather alert for the next few days. High heat and humidity - not a nice combo. So, once the sun goes down and I have the ceiling fan on full ball (not good when trying to emboss...), it makes it a little bearable to do things.

Tonight I played with my new Zigs again - I call this 'Getting Ziggy with it'. I chose to combine my HLS Christmas Joy set with the Thinking of You set but not to create a Christmas card. 

Please excuse the photo but it is night time :)
I started by stamping my trees (masking as I went). I used drawing gum to mask the trees again so I could add a blue wash to the background. Once dry, I coloured the trees with my Zig pens and then added more blue straight from the pen to darken some of the areas. So much fun!

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

Don't forget that Happy Little Stampers has a new monthly challenge -

Thanks for popping in! I'm off on a 4 night cruise tomorrow so I will check in with you all when I get back xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Doodled Flowers with new Zigs!

Hi everyone. I had some fun yesterday after receiving my new Zig Real Colour Watercolour pens. LOVE them!!

Here is my card -

I started by creating masks for my flowers and then stamping them with versafine ink and embossed with white powder. This is a very easy way to watercolour images as your ink doesn't go 'outside the lines'. 

When I was finished, I covered the images with Wink of Stella.

Here is the set that I have used from Happy Little Stamers

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

My Time To Craft #337 - Something New
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Something New
Dream Dream - Watercolour

Thanks for popping in today!