Wednesday, 16 August 2017

I'm Back at ATSM!

Hi everyone! Today is pretty exciting because I am back on the team at Addicted to Stamps and More. Most of you know that I started ATSM just over 5 years ago which was only about a month or so after I started blogging. I've never looked back and the challenge blog is still going strong. I took some time away from ATSM when I launched Happy Little Stampers but now things have settled down a little, I'm ready to jump back in.

For this weeks challenge, we have a photo to inspire you.

You can take whatever inspiration you like from the photo. I tried to recreate the look using dies and brushos.

I simply die cut some pieces of watercolour paper using a border die.

I smooshed the panels into Brusho (Purple and Ultramarine) to recreate the colour scheme.
I die cut the 'happy' and white embossed the 'birthday' (from HLS Everyday Sentiments).

I hope you join us for this awesome challenge this week over at ATSM.

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

Inky Chicks - Use a sentiment instead of an image
Connie can crop - Watercolours
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes

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

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Waving over at Inkspirational

Hello! Time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational. We have a word theme for you this fortnight and to me it can be interpreted in different ways and I captured two different meanings on my cards.

I created waves using my Zig Watercolour Markers and blended out the colour using a water pen. I used a white gel pen for highlights. I used the hello sentiment because I associated waving when saying hi :)

I liked the design of this card so I decided to create another one in different colours.

I hope you will join us over at Inkspirational!

I would like to enter my card/s into the following challenges

Pause Dream Enjoy - Beach/Ocean (my blue card)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes (my pink card)
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb - Blue (my blue card)

Thanks for popping by :)

Friday, 11 August 2017

HLS August ATC Challenge

Hi there everyone. Time for a new ATC challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

I decided to really doodle on my ATCs. I sprayed a piece of Watercolour paper with some distress ink sprays. Once it was dry, I used a copic marker, a sharpie marker, and a white gel pen to create my doodles.

This was very therapuetic! 

I hope to see over at the challenge with your doodled ATCs.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

With Love from 27.6705S, 153.3831E

Just a quick post from me today.

I've made what will look like a quick and easy card... omg, it wasn't! Between the stamping and trying to print onto either the vellum or cardstock in the right place.... I just couldn't get it right. But, I finally came up with something!

I have no idea where this stamp came from or who it is by but I cut it up a bit because some it just wouldn't stamp properly. I just decided it worked well for the purpose I wanted it for :)

The coordinates have been printed onto vellum - if you follow them you will end up at the island where I live!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

Timeout - Home sweet Home

Aud Sentiments - No sentiment

Thanks for popping in today xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

HLS August CAS Challenge

Hi everyone! Time for a brand new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers!

Here is our theme for this month

We all love flowers! Just remember to keep it Clean and Simple

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Here is my card -

You may remember a tutorial I created showing you how to use your mica powders to watercolour? I used Pearl Ex powders to colour in my flowers from the HLS Especially for You set which I had embossed in gold. I die cut my sentiment in a gold mirror cardstock keeping with my gold theme. Watercolouring with these powders give my images a gorgeous shimmer!

Here is my tutorial just in case you missed it -

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

Connie can Crop - Watercolours
Sheepski Designs - Flower Power
Ike's World Challenges - Anything Goes + option of embossing

Thanks for popping in today!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

HLS August Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone! Time for a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. The 1st of the month sees our Watercolour Challenge kick off. It is always Anything Goes but we offer an optional theme for you to play along with.

Today I am sharing with you something I have never made before - a mini book. I cut all my pieces out of watercolour paper using the Sizzix Passport Die.

The die allows you to cut your covers, inside pages, and spine to bind it all together.
I used the smooshing technique using Crimson, Orange, and Lemon Brusho colours.

I decided I wanted to create a book just for butterflies.

I used a number of HLS stamps and a couple of stencils with texture paste. I also hand wrote some butterfly quotes.

Once I had all my pages ready and dry, it was time to bind it all together. I used Baker's Twine and added a little butterfly charm.


 Here is what the die looks like (it is an XL Bigz Die)

I added a couple of little blooms using a stencil and ink but my main focus was the butterflies.

I hope you will join us over at the challenge blog! Here is a recap of the stamps I used from HLS


      Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour Paper


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for popping in today and I can't wait to see your watercolour entries.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Inkspirational Photo Challenge

Woo Hoo! Time for a brand new challenge over at Inkspirational. This fortnight we have a photo to inspire you!

For me this was pretty much a no brainer. I wanted to create the wood panels and just stick with the colour scheme. Here is my card -

I created my wood panels using a technique by the very talented Karen Dunbrook from Snippets. The tutorial shows you how to create your own woodgrain panels. I did make a few changes to my panel as I will explain - 

Karen used Distress Inks to create her woodgrain look (this is after the glue and scoring steps - check out the tutorial to see what I mean). I really wanted to use Brushos to create a more watery paint look. So, I used watercolour paper for the green panels. I smooshed it into Leaf Green brusho and then dried with my heat gun. I then smooshed it into Turquoise drying between smooshes. This gave it a really nice blend of colours. I used a Brown Zig watercolour pen to add a bit of distress. I cut up the panel into sections then used Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges. For the white panel, this was on normal cardstock and I pounced a Posh White ink pad onto the card. I smooshed it with a little Grey Brusho and distressed the edges once again with Vintage Photo ink.

This took a little time but it was really worth it! 

I popped up my panels with foam tape. I was worried that my white die cut sentiment was going to get lost so I originally adhered a grey one. I decided to overlay the grey with the white which I really liked.

I hope you like this photo for inspiration as much as I do. I had a lot of fun trying to recreate these panels.

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

Timeout - Inspired by Words challenge
'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely'  
(to me, when I have good thoughts I can't help but smile and smiling brings out your beauty)

(I think this card would be perfect for a bloke)

Mix it Up Challenge - Anything Goes + option of Distressing

See you over at Inkspirational!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hello Mojo!

Me again! Yep, two posts in one day.... what's going on? Well, I usually only get time to create for my DT assignments but I really love it when I get in the groove and create just for fun. I haven't been well for a few months now but hopefully things will settle down soon. Thank goodness our winter here in Queensland doesn't get down to the extreme temps our southern states do otherwise I would probably have new-moan-ya...

Ok, I was totally inspired by the mood board over at Scrapbook Boutique. My card only took minutes to make and if I hadn't added the sequins, it would be totally one layer.

Here is my card

I used distress ink through a stencil to create my background then using my MISTI, I stamped my images from the HLS Wish you were Here set.

The sequins were the finishing touch.

The challenges I would like to enter this into are

Thanks for popping today! xx

Interactive Ferris Wheel

Hi everyone. Today I have an interactive card using Chibitronic Light Circuits (they are available for purchase at Happy Little Stampers). My amazing teamie at Addicted to CAS, Barb Ghig, sent me an adorable Ferris Wheel stamp for my birthday. Well, teamie is a loose term... Barb practically runs ATCAS. I couldn't do it without her. She puts a lot of her time into the blog and I don't think she realises how grateful I am to her. Thank you Barb!!!

Here is my card

If you would like to see how to create a light up card using Chibitronics, check out my tutorial HERE. The sentiment is from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments (retired) and when you press it, that's when the light shines. I also used a little distress ink over my Ferris Wheel to add a little colour.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

Try it on Tuesday - Let it Shine (my lights shines)
Tuesday Throwdown - Black, White, and one other colour

Thanks for popping in today!

Monday, 24 July 2017


Hello! Just a quick post from me today. I have created a card using only a die cut and a fussy cut heart. I tend to do this often without even realising it.

I made a thanks card for all of you wonderful people! Thanks for my birthday wishes and amazing cards that I have received. 

Here it is -

I stamped my heart on watercolour cardstock and embossed with silver powder. I coloured it with my Zigs then fussy cut it out. Both the heart and die cut sentiment (from STAMPlorations) have been covered with WOS.

My favourite card making style is CAS and I love EXTREMELY CAS cards too. Having the pop of colour just takes it to another level.

I used the following prodcuts from HLS


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

Dies R Us - Die Cut Sentiment as the Focus
Double D Challenge - Black and White with a pop of colour
Crafty Sentiments - CAS or Fussy (I obviously went with CAS)
STAMPlorations Summer CAS Card Challenge

I was even about to enter this over at Less Is More when I realised that my heart was a stamp that I fussy cut out!! Whoops, the girls would have slapped me for that one! Back to the drawing board.

Thanks for popping in today and stay safe xx