Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge March

Hi Everyone!

It's that time of the month again where we ask you to join in the the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!  As usual there is $15 to spend in the store up for grabs for the winner.  This month we have Linda guest designing with us and I'm sure you'll agree her take on the challenge is awesome.

Which brings me to this month's optional twist - smooshing!  There are plenty of tutorials over on the challenge blog if you aren't familiar with this technique - I would recommend checking them out - it's lots of fun!

For my card this week I used the cute umbrella  and sentiment from the HLS Rainy Days stamp set.

To create the card I smooshed Distress Inks onto watercolor cardstock in a variety of blues and greens, drying two or three times between smooshes :)  I used a mix of Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, and Cracked Pistachio. I then embossed the piece with a We Are Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder and adhered it using foam tape to a card base backed with patterned paper in a complementary colour. 

I stamped the umbrella in Pumice Stone distress ink and did some no line colouring with the ink.  I then fussy cut out the piece and ran around the edge with a black memento marker.   For the sentiment I heat embossed in white on black cardstock, cut out the strip and adhered it, and popped the umbrella up on top.   As a final touch I added some clear wink of stella glitter pen to the umbrella for sparkle.

So that's it! Be sure to go check out what the rest of the DT have come up with over at the challenge blog and be sure to take part, and maybe learn a new technique along the way :D

Have  a great week, 


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Time Out Challenge #77 Home Sweet Home

Hi Everyone

I'm zooming by with a quick reminder that there is still time to play along with us at Time Out Challenges - this week we have a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration.  Our challenge this week is sponsored by STAMPlorations with a prize up for grabs for two winners!  We also have a wonderful Guest Designer -  KandA  - make sure to check out her fabulous blog for more inspiration!

This week I used STAMPlorations wonderful Houses stamp set and really drew from the images and color in the inspiration pic.

The card was super simple and fun to make.  I used my MISTI (and the lining grid) to stamp four of the stamps from the set in Versafine Onyx Black ink (which is waterproof) onto Bristol Smooth cardstock. I then proceeded to colour my heart out!  I used my Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers and a waterbrush and just had fun.  To find I brushed a small grey line with the markers and washed it out.  I added a pop up sentiment from Pink Fresh Studio and I was done!  

Here's the photo from the challenge:

Hope you like it - the inspiration photo has SO many possibilities!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

AAA Cards Challenge - Watercolour

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another AAA Cards Challenge - this week it is watercolour!   The challenge this week is sponsored by Uniko and there is a chance to win any in stock stamp set of your choice.  We also have special Guest Designer Michelle, make sure you go check out her blog!

For my card this week I used an image from the wonderful Power Poppy set Go Wild.  I heat embossed it with Ranger Superfine Gold embossing powder using versafine ink on Strathmore cold press paper.   I then watercolored it using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a waterbrush. 

I drew in a line for the ground using a brown marker and watercoloured it out using my water brush. 
For the background I used an old background stamp by Hero Arts.  I masked the main image with Inkadinkado masking paper and then stamped the background stamp in Simon Says Stamp fog ink to give some texture.  I then stamped the sentiments in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  As a finishing touch I scattered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Sparkling Clear adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.   The whole piece was backed onto a Neenah 110lb Solar White card base. 

Super easy and quick to do, and really effective! I hope you'll join in the fun at AAA this week, make sure you head on over to the blog to check out the wonderful creations the other DT have come up with.

Have an awesome weekend,


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Time Out Challenge #76 - Inspired by Words

Hi Everyone, 

There is still time to play along with the current Time Out Challenge - this week we are inspired by the following words:

'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart'

CAS-ual Fridays are sponsoring the challenge and there is $25 to spend in their store for the winner!!  
We are also joined this week by Guest Designer and my good friend Jane.    She's my teamie over at AAA Cards and she has come up with some fabulous inspiration for you this week.  Make sure you check out her blog. 

For my card this week, I used the Friend-die by CAS-ual Fridays and die cut it from heart patterned paper from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit. I also die cut it from Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock.  I adhered them together with glue runner and liquid adhesive, making sure to sandwich a piece of acetate between the two pieces.  I then trimmed off the edges of the patterned paper and die cut the whole thing using the largest Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles die. 

I then added foam tape all around the back of the Friend 'window' ensuring there was no gaps, and poured in some pink Prills.  I added a small piece of white card over the top to ensure they couldn't escape.  I added more foam tape around the edge and adhered the whole piece to a Neenah Solar White 100lb card base.   I had saved the little pieces of the patterned paper die cut and added these back in with liquid glue to form the whole word.

I heat embossed the sentiment (from CAS-ual Fridays 'Woot Woot' set) on black card using Hero Arts white embossing powder. I cut the strip with the F from the die so that it would perfectly fit across the card, and popped all three pieces on foam tape (you can see in the photo above).  As a finishing touch I added some co-ordinating sequins in Marshmallow (Pretty Pink Posh) and pink (Neat and Tangled). 

I really wanted to give this card a bold look, like I've come to associate with CAS-ual Fridays and I think I achieved it.  Hope you like it!  Be sure to go check out what the rest of the DT came up with for more inspiration .

Have a great week, 


Disclosure:  CAS-ual Fridays provided the die to me for this week's challenge.  The stamp set is from my own collection. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Power Poppy Pansies

Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to be showcasing another fabulous Power Poppy digi stamp and this one is very special to my heart - Pansies!  They were one of my mum's favourite flowers and so I am thrilled that Marcella at PP is releasing a beautiful image for us to colour and create with Pansies as the star attraction.

I've got a few projects up my sleeve with these beauties but first I wanted to try something a little different - watercolouring the background around the image in bright colours and then greyscale painting for the poppies.

I used Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and Arches Cold Press watercolour paper (the image was printed using a Brother laser printer onto the watercolour paper).  I created a wash with clean clear water around the image and then dropped in purples, blues and pinks.  I did this a couple of times and also lifted the colour using a dryer brush and a paper towel to create the splotchy cloudy effect.

Once that was dry, I used the black paint in the set to create a variety of grey scale colours on my palette.  I created a very pale wash of grey over the whole image first and let it dry.  I then moved to layer darker and darker paints over the top to create the shading.   For the centres i used very concentrated dark paint to create flicks. I use Silver brushes as they have such a great fine tip to be able to do thin flicks. 

To finish the card, I die cut the image with a rectangle die and popped it up on a foam sheet and white Neenah card base using double sided tape. I printed out the digi sentiment (there are two in the set) and foiled it in white using my Minc foil applicator (great for digis).  I then did a light wash of grey over the top - the foil resists the paint and let it dry.  I then cut it out and adhered it with foam tape.   I then sprinkled some 4mm and 8mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins for a little sparkle.

For my next card I did something that is easy if you don't like watercolouring so much ;).   I printed the image out about twice as big and foiled the whole image using my Minc and rose gold foil.  

I then diecut it using Spellbinders Rectangle die and Winnie and Walter's Hugs die.  I also die cut the hugs from white fun foam.  I adhered the main piece to a white card base using double sided tape (ensuring the entire gap where the Hugs was cut from had double sided tape behind it).  I added the fun foam hugs on top and place the little pieces between the letters inside.

With the diecut hugs I created a blue Ombre wash with the Mission Gold watercolours (the foil resists) and left it to dry. Once dry I adhered it on top of the fun foam with liquid adhesive.  I scattered more Sparkling Clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish. 

Make sure you go check out the Power Poppy site for more inspiration, I'll be back soon with another way of using this digi!


AAA Cards Challenge - Shape Your Love

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards - Shape Your Love!  Create a love card that fits with the words of the challenge, be inspired by the photo and you could even create a shaped card.  The sky is the limit, just remember to keep it clean and simple!  Happy Little Stampers are kindly sponsoring the challenge and there is $15 for the winner to spend in their shop.   Our guest designer this week is Kylie and her card is awesome, be sure to check it out and visit her blog for a wonderful card showcase.

For my card this week I went super CAS and it was super quick to make too!  I cut and scored a red card base from Papertrey Ink's Scarlet Jewel card stock (their card is great for card bases - it's super thick).  I then used Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities to die cut one of the hearts from the edge of the card. 

I cut some pretty blue striped patterned paper from the Fine and Dandy 6x6 set by Dear Lizzy and adhered it to the base inside the card using glue runner. I then heat embossed the sentiment with Versamark and Ranger Platinum superfine embossing powder so that it peaked through.  The sentiment is from the Chalkboard Love set by Simon Says Stamp (unfortunately I think this set has been discontinued.)

To finish I splattered some white spray mist by Mr Huey and Distress Mica Spray in Brushed Pewter using a small paintbrush.  You can't see it in the photo but it gives it a subtle sparkle.

And that's it !! I do hope you play along - we can't wait to see what you create!!


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