Saturday, 22 April 2017

Graffiti Stamping

Hello everyone! Today is quite exciting because I am going to be designing once again for the fantastic challenge blog Inkspirational. I would like to thank Marina for the invitation - I couldn't say no :)

Well, the first challenge I have come back to was a little puzzling to me because I had never heard of this technique before!

I was thinking..... huh??? But, I did a googly search and found some really interesting ideas. It actually wasn't as hard as it first looks.

Here is my card.

I really loved how this turned out! I used my MISTI to place my first large stamp - the Happy from HLS Everyday Sentiments. I used that as my 'base' for my other stamps. I decided to stamp on an angle. I used a variety of sentiment stamps which included Everyday Sentiments, Mix Mash, Bold Birthday Sentiments and Fun Birthday Sentiments. The funny thing was that once I started I didn't want to stop. I had so many fun stamps! 

I stamped with archival inks in Jet Black, Watering Can, Cornflower Blue, Sap Green, Viridian, and Aquamarine. I love how this would be perfect for a masculine card because I really struggle with those!!

This is also a ONE LAYER card so it is perfect for mailing!

I hope to see you over at Inkspirational for this challenge because it is a really fun technique that you should try :)

Thanks for popping in today :)

Monday, 3 April 2017

HLS April CAS Challenge

Good morning! Today is the start of our new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

Here is our theme for this month -

Of course I reached for some distress inks :)

Here is my card -

This was a very easy card to make. I embossed my sentiment from the 'Simply Said' stamp set then used distress inks with a blending tool to create some colour. I also flicked a little water because the inks react with it to create this fun texture.

I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to finish it off. 

Here is a guideline for you on how to create Clean and Simple cards -

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog wherre the other designers have created amazing inspiration for you :)

Ta ta for now :)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

HLS April Watercolour Challenge

Hello April! Well, this year is already flying by. I really can't believe it. The best thing about this month is that I will be getting a visit from my Mum! Yay!!!

The NEXT best thing is that our new challenges start over at Happy Little Stampers.

First up is our Watercolour Challenge -

You are going to love this one - I did! 

Here is my card -

You may have seen a card I made a couple of days ago using this new die? It is the Split Chevron Cover Up die. This time, I used the solid chevrons to create Inlaid die cuts.

I first started by using my Zig pens (yep, I was getting 'Ziggy with it') and just scribbled colour one under the other and went over them with my water pen. I ran that piece through my big shot using the cover die. I then die cut it again using white cardstock. I fiddled around a bit getting the pieces where I wanted them. I was going for a fairly random look.

I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment in Versafine black ink and then heat embossed it with clear powder. The sentiment is from the HLS Rainy Days set.

Once finished, I went over the coloured panels with my WOS pen. I really feel this brings out the watercolours created with the Zigs. 

Here is a close up of the shimmer.

So that's me done for today! I hope to see you over at our Watercolour challenge - it is VERY popular!! Just goes to show how many of you love to watercolour :)

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

Timeout - Inspired by Words
'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars'

AUD Sentiment Challenge - any sentiment except for birthday

Die Cutting Divas - Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkles

Thanks for popping in and see you soon. Mwah!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Watercoloured Balloons

Hi everyone. I made a very quick card tonight and now it's time for my beauty sleep. 

I used my stitched rectangle dies to create the faux stitching around the edge of my card and also to create my frame for the balloons.

I stamped and masked the balloon from the HLS Simply Said stamp set using my MISTI. I embossed them with black powder. The sentiment is from the Fun Birthday Sentiments set which, alas, has been retired.

The balloons were coloured using Zig Watercolour pens. Once dry, I covered the them with WOS in clear.

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

Cut It Up  - You've got me in stitches (real or faux)

Double D Challenges - Things that Fly (mood board below)

Thanks for popping in today and goodnight :)

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!