Saturday, 6 February 2016

Sunshine Canvas for Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to the new Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

Our theme this time is 'paint' and as I am making up a sunshine package to sent to my daughter, I decided to include a canvas.

I'm still finding my way with mixed media and my mainly CAS style, but I  started by painting Gesso onto an 8 by 8 inch canvas and when it was dry, I randomly dotted Folk Art Acrylic paint in sunflower and school bus yellow on it

before using a brayer to spread the paint out. Using the brayer leaves a bit of texture on the canvas which I find pleasing. I then took a sunburst stencil from Glitzcraft and painted the School Buss Yellow paint through it to give my background

Like many people, my daughter goes to work in the dark and comes home in the dark at this time of year, so I wanted to put a phrase on the canvas to cheer her  I chose one I have seen on Pinterest and typed it into my Silhouette Studio software before cutting it from orange vinyl, which I applied over the canvas and burnished it down. I finished off by inking the edges of the canvas with orange zest ink and stamping the sunburst stamp from Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash stamp set to add some more interest.

                                                       This challenge is sponsored by

and the winner will receive a 414 discount to the HLS shop.

We have another treat for you because we have Guest Designer Autumn from Sew Paper Paint joining us this month and you will want to see the fab tag she made for us.

Why not hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog where you will see lots of inspiration from the Team and also some links to great tutorials on mixed media work. I hope you will join us this month!

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Clearly Besotted Cute as a Bug Valentine card -

 Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too

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and the theme this time is Love or Valentine.

I broke out another yet unused stamp set - the Clearly Besotted Cute as a Bug stamp set and came up with this card

I started off by by stamping and cutting masks for the bee, flower and stem, before stamping the bee in Memento ink. I masked the bee and stamped the flower over it before placing the flower mask down and stamping the stem. I left all the masks in place while I airbrushed a blue background, and then stamped the cute sentiment. Once everything was dry, I removed the masks and coloured the image with Copic markers before cutting it out with a stitched rectangle die.

I layered up the panel onto another stitched mat and then raised it onto the base card with fun foam. Finally I coated the bee wings with some Wink of Stella glitter brush pen which gives alovely sparkly finish IRL but it is hard to catch it on the photo.

Why not visit the Simply Create Too blog to see some inspiration from the team and then join in with us this time. You have two weeks to link up your card and we love to see your creations.
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

PTI and Happy Little Stampers Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

This time we have a tic tac toe challenge and here is the grid to use

You can use any line in the grid, but I went for the central vertical line which meant I would use a die cut, a sentiment and the colour green, to come up with this card

I knew I wanted to use the mistletoe from the Papertrey Ink Merry Kiss-mas stamp and die set so I die cut and stamped three little boughs, along with the red bow  ( mustn't get my bows and boughs mixed up!). I also wanted to use a new but unused die that I must confess has been sitting in my stash for more than a year - the PTI Coverplate Deco die. I cut this in white and green and then enjoyed mixing up the frames until I had a pleasing look, and then glued it to the base card, before stamping the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments stamp set

Finally, I arranged the mistletoe on the frame with the bottom two boughs being glued flat and the top one being shaped a bit for some dimension, Adding the bow and some glitter on the berries finished it off, and as a bonus I still have another frame cut ready for another card!

and the winner will receive a $15 discount from the HLS store.

We have the lovely Ksenija joining us as a Guest Designer this month so I hope you welcome her and leave her some love.

Why notl jump over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see what my talented team mates have to inspire you, and then join in with us this month. We may seem a bit crazy to be making Christmas cards so early but we will have big grins on our faces come December!

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Avery Elle Plus One and PTI new baby card

Hello everyone and welcome to the second Happy Little Stampers Case the Designer Challenge! 

This time we have to thank the lovely Shona Chambers for her fabulous inspiration card :-


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and the winner will receive a $15 certificate for the HLS store.

I loved the way Shona masked off a circle before stamping her background, and that she used her circle to showcase the delightful elephant, so I took both these ideas for my card. Two of our lovely neighbours have just had their first baby after a very long wait and I wanted to send a card to celebrate their new family and came up with with this card

I started off by die cutting a heart mask and placing it on some white card before sponging it with PTI aqua mist ink and a distress ink tool. I then stamped the sentiment from PTI Bundle of Love stamp set, before inking through the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil, moving the stencil around to avoid going over the sentiment.

On a separate piece of card, I stamped and embossed the stork image from Avery Elle Plus One stamp set and fussy cut it before colouring with copics and a gel pen. To make him look a bit more spiffy, I gave him a little bow tie and used glossy accents to give him a shiny beak. I used a glaze pen on the little bundle, removed the mask, lightly inked over the heart to take away a little of the starkness, and raised the stork on it with some foam dots. A few die cut hearts finished it off.

I do hope you will step over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see all the wonderful inspiration my Teamies have for you, and that it will inspire you to join in with us this month.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sue Wilson and Papertrey Ink birthday card

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and enjoying what the new year is bringing to you. I'm sorry not to have been posting much lately, but lots of things have been getting in the way and I hadn't realised how long it had been until I got an email from the sweet Darnell asking where the heck I was! Truth be told, I have been having a great big clear out and reorganise in my craft room, and once I had made a great big mess, I got overwhelmed and had the January blahs for a few days before I got my backside into gear and sorted it out. Not that it is all sorted yet because I still have half of it to do, but as I will have to empty the room completely in a few months for some maintenance and redecoration, the more stuff I can sort out now, the better it will be for me later.

If you come by regularly you will know that I have been dipping my toe into the mixed media world. Only my toe you note, because it still scares me big time to be out of my comfort zone of CAS cards. I decided that I should try more different styles of card this year so I produced this little number with a much fancier design than I am accustomed to.

I started by making the background frame, using a square die in a panel of hibiscus burst card from Papertrey Ink. Then I embossed some white card with a chevron embossing folder from Embossalicious, and placed it behind the frame. I got a stamp and die set by Sue Wilson for Christmas, so I gave it a first outing next. The die set is the Lisbon die set from the Portuguese Collection, and I cut two of the plain layering dies in white and the fancy large die in pink. I layered the pink over the white and fixed it vertically to the card with some foam tape.

I stamped the co-ordinating Floribunda stamp onto the other white layer and coloured it with Copic markers before adding horizontally it to the card. For the greeting I used the PTI You've been framed; oval stamps and die. I stamped in pink and black then went around the edge of the oval with a black pen so it didn't get lost on the background. Looking at the pictures I can see that the pink looks different in the photographs for some reason - probably the grey days have affected the lighting but the last picture is a more accurate representation!

So there it is - maybe not as fancy as some. It has no ribbons, stick pins or bunches of flowers glued on, but I think I can say my toe has been dipped!

I'd like to take the card and play along with 

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 9 January 2016

My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink Hooray party card

Hello everyone, 

It's time for the first challenge of the year over at Simply Create Too and we have some lovely new Designers joining the team so I hope you will give them a big welcome.

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The theme is 'It's Party Time' and I came up with this card

I started out by making an aqua fame by cutting a stitched rectangle and then cutting my new PTI Text Block: You Did It die from the centre. I cut the same die in white and then decided to try something new for me by doing a little surgery on it to cut out the word banners which meant that I could change the orientation of the die to fit my design. I coloured the remaining stars with Copic markers and also coloured the Hooray banner.  For the background I stamped streamers from the PTI Hooray stamp set in bright colours, added the white frame around it and set these inside the aqua frame.

The sentiment from MFT The Whole Herd was stamped over the panel in black ink and I added the Hooray banner in the corner. To finish it off I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the cow from the same set and glued it onto the corner before placing the whole panel onto the white base card with foam tape. I stamped a birthday greeting inside the card but forgot to take a photo!

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog to see the inspiration from my Team Mates and there will be more added in the mid post next week.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy Little Stampers New Year card

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is:-

For my contribution I wanted to make a Happy New Year card for some friends and I came up with this

I started by using some blue and teal ink, the Creative Expressions Ivy Background stencil and my new gelli plate, to pull a print. Once the paint had dried I cut a stitched rectangle from it and sprayed it with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle to add some shine. I painted some blue ink onto a white bit of card and then cut out the centre panel before stamping and embossing the greeting which comes from the Everyday Sentiments stamp set from Happy Little Stampers.

To assemble the card, I matted both panels onto black card and added a snowflake charm along with a few gems in the right hand corner.  I had difficulty capturing the sparkle in the photo but you can see it a bit better on this one -  it looks so blingy in real life!

and the winner will receive a stamp set from HLS

You will find lots of inspiration from my fellow Teamies over on the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge blog and you can link up your entry there. I'm dying to see what you will come up with.

I'd like to play along with

Cards in Envy Challenge - shiny New Year card cards must be no thicker that 1/4 of an inch and this fits that by a whisker!

On another note have you heard about the changes coming to Blogger?

It seems that from 11th January only Google account holders will be able to follow Blogger blogs, and non account holders will be removed from any blogs they are currently following. You can see the full announcement here.

I do hope that you will want to continue following my blog, so if you do not have a Google Account, you can create one and then become a follower again, or if you prefer not to open an account, you can follow by email, Bloglovin or Feedly via my sidebar.
Thanks Loll for the shout out about this.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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