Saturday, August 19, 2017

Make Waves



I simply can not get enough of this mermaid tail from Julie Ebersole's Mermaid's Tail set from Ellen Hutson... I don't think I have ever used a single stamp more than I have used this one! This time I embossed the tail in gold on the card base, and die cut the top panel placing the aperture over the embossed tail.  I had used the stencil for another card. Afterwards, I left the distress inks on the stencil, sprayed it with water, and pressed it to a panel of watercolor paper. I love the soft, "foamy" effect. This card was made for a friend who needs a lot of support and encouragement right now. I just love the sentiments included in this set, and I thought these that I stamped on the inside were just perfect.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Autumn Wishes


Time for a new challenge at Time Out. Challenge #90 is up and running with a theme of autumn with the optional twist of speed stamping. Get the details HERE.

Happy Little Stampers is the challenge sponsor. The winner will be chosen at random from those entrants who twist, and will receive a $15 gift voucher to the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Elaine of Craft-E-Place is Guest Designer for this challenge. Elaine is such a talented artist - you will love a visit to her blog!

I dry embossed a piece of watercolor paper and then sprayed it with some autumn colors. Then I sprayed it with glimmer mist for some shine and put it aside to dry. I did some more die cutting and embossing and put this card together in 8 minutes and 5 seconds (not counting the drying time). I am really pleased with the way it turned out. 

So please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, see the awesome inspiration that the Design Team has created, and leave them some love. Think Autumn, and try your hand at a quick make and link up your creation in the gallery for a chance to win. Have fun!

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Shiny gold "autumn" die cut, and over all shine on embossed panel.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let's Be Mermaids!


The August Anything Goes With Dies Challenge has begun at Happy Little Stampers. As always, anything goes as long as you use dies on your project. The winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop! Check out all the details HERE.


IT's no secret that I am in love with Ellen Hutson's MERMAID'S TAIL set by Julie Ebersole. I can't get enough of it. For this card, I embossed the tail with silver EP (SU), blended with distress inks and die cut. The background is stenciled with DOX inks using the stencil from the May 2017 Hero Arts Monthly Card Kit. I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and embellished with Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Design Team has created some wonderful die cut inspiration for you. Please head on over to the HLS AGWD Challenge, check out the DT projects and leave the DT some love. Break out some dies, create a project with them, and link up in the gallery for a chance to win!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

No Grit, No Pearl.


This Mermaid's Tail set from Ellen Hutson by Julie Ebersole is getting a lot of use in my craft room. I LOVE it. I made this card for a craft gathering where each participant created 2 similar cards to share. It was a wonderful day. I used some techniques that were new to me on this one.  If you look closely, you can see some feint embossing on the DOX background. I used the stencil from Hero Arts May Card Kit for the embossing. This is a new technique to me, and I am using it frequently right now. I also used water to stamp the sea bubbles (Designs By Ryn) on the DOX ink background. I LOVE the effect. There is so much wonderful color and texture on this card. It's a keeper... or maybe a sender...

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Inkspirational Challenge #140 - I chose the colors and sea theme as my inspiration.

Watercooler Wednesday #130 - Feminine Anything Goes

Friday, August 4, 2017

Pretty Poinsettias


August is already in full swing, and it is time for the Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge. The theme, as always, is Anything Goes with a twist. This month, the twist is to use a poinsettia(s) on your project.


The winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I went with Paper Smooches Poinsettia and Merry Christmas Wise Dies and some SU Designer Paper that has been sleeping in my stash for years. I used Gold Enamel Dots from Happy Little Stampers for the centers of the poinsettias.

December 25, 2017 is only 143 days away. Please head on over the the Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Come play with us and work on your Christmas/Holiday greetings so you can enjoy the Holidays when they arrive!

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Kraft background and top left to bottom right placement of image and sentiment.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Adventure


Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. This one is a Home Sweet Home Challenge: A photo inspiration challenge with a homey twist! Here is the inspiration:



Our Guest Desighner is Trinia from My Crafting Closet. Trinia's work is awesome. She has a wonderful CAS style. Take a stroll through her blog - you will love it.



Our wonderful sponsor is STAMPlorations. Challenge winner will receive a gift certificate to the Stamplorations store.



So for my card, the map in the inspiration photo caught my eye. I don't have map-themed stamps or paper in my stash, so I went on an internet search for ideas and found these wonderful free tag images on Call Me Victorian: Vintage Inspired Digital Content.



I stamped my kraft card base with an old Stampin' Up background stamp: "Sanded", with VersaMark ink. I punched holes in the tags, added some blue twine and glued them to my card base. I then heat embossed the word "adventure" from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold And Fun with SSS Rose Gold EP to finish off the card.



Please head on over to the Time Out Challenges Blog and see what our Guest Designer and wonderful Design Team has created for your inspiration. Then see where that inspiration takes you and join us for Time Out Challenge #89!



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Just Us Girls #404 - Something Old and/or Something New or you could use both.
The SU BG stamp has been in my stash FOREVER, and the Winnie & Walter "adventure" stamp is from a set that I have had for a couple of years, and never opened. The tags are new!


Muse – Anything Goes

CWS#17 - Masculine
          

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Mermaid To Be Friends


I have a thing about mermaids. They seem to be very popular in the crafting world these days, and I have collected a wonderful combination of mermaid-themed stamps and dies. I am having a blast with them. For this card, I created a background with DOX inks that was perfect for under the sea. I die cut it with the Memory Box Coral Collage die. Inside the die cut, I placed a gorgeous piece of tissue paper from the Hero Arts May 2017 monthly kit. I used the stencil from the same kit to dry emboss the wave background on the white cardbase. The mermaid tail and sentiment is from Ellen Hutson's Essentails by Ellen Clear Stamps Mermaid's Tail by Julie Ebersole. The tail is heat embossed on heat resistant acetate and die cut. It shows the gorgeous tissue paper behind it.  I just love this card.

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Turn Your Face To The Sun


Time Out #88 "Inspired By Words" Challenge has begun:
'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' From The Twits by Road Dahl.

These words immediately brought a few things in my craft stash to mind. I combined them using Distress Inks and VersaFine Onyx Black ink to create my card.
Sentiment from STAMPlorations TYPOGRAFIA
RAYS Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz

Toni Maddox of Frankie Helps Stamp is our Guest Designer for this challenge. Toni's blog is full of wonderful creativity and inspiration. You are sure to be inspired when you visit her blog, and you are sure to smile and chuckle a bit as well. Toni has as a good a sense of humor as she is a talented crafter!

This challenge runs until Wednesday, July 19th at 5:00 PM (BST)/Noon (EST). Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Think about the quote and see how it inspires you to create something of your own to link up nad play with us at Time out!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sending You Love & Hugs



A new month of challenges has started at Happy Little Stampers, and today is day one of the July Anything Goes With Dies Challenge. Yes! It's Anything Goes as long as you include die cuts on your project.

My card is a CASE of Cathy Zielske's (CZ Design) Polygon Watercolor Magic card for which she posted a tutorial on her blog HERE. I used Winnie & Walter's Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway for my project. Instead of spraying the back of the die cut with adhesive and gluing each watercolored piece into place, I cut a piece of Stick It the size of the die, peeled away the covering on one side, and adhered it to the back of the die cut. That created a glued surface for the watercolored cut outs. I ran the completed panel through my Cuddlebug, peeled the backing off, and adhered the whole inlaid die panel to my card base. 

The sentiment from SSS Sending And Wishing is embossed with white EP and die cut with Fishtail Flags from My Favorite Things.

Please head over to the Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes With Dies Challenge to see what wonderful inspiration the Design Team has for you. Get your dies out, create a project of your own, and share it in the HLS July Anything Goes With Dies Gallery for a chance to win a $20.00 gift voucher to the Happy Little Stampers Store! You can check out the challenge details for the Anything Goes With Dies Challenge, and all of the other Happy Little Stampers Challenges HERE.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Beginnings


Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! Challenge #87 is CASE challenge, and our wonderful and talented CASE designer is Cornelia of Stempel Spass. Cornelia's style is fresh, clean and fun. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a stroll through her blog. You can not help but be inspired!!

Here is Cornelia's piece for us to CASE:

I was very literal in my CASE of Cornelia's card. As soon as I saw it, I was reminded of Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy birds and and Dylusions sentiments, so I went that way. I so love the expression on this prticular bird's face. Cornelia's bird looks very confident. Mine looks a bit aprehensive, but he'll be OK.

Our Guest Designer for the challenge and the reminder post is  Pooja of Reusing Cards And Quilling. Pooja's work is awesome, and we are thrilled to have her joining us.

Happy Little Stampers is the challenge sponsor. The winner will receive a $15 gift voucher to the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Please check out the DT inspiration pieces on the Time Out Challenges Blog. I love to see the way CASE challenges awaken creativity. How will Cornelia's design inspire you?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Magical Christmas



A new month of challenges has started at Happy Little Stampers, and today is day one of the July Christmas Challenge with the theme of Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Die Cuts.

I broke out the October 2016 Hero Arts Monthly Card Kit that has been waiting patiently for some love since I got it. It's full of stamps and dies to create wonderful Christmas scenes. I went for the snow globe and made a shaker card. I used a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Christmas Joy set to complete my magical Christmas scene.

Please head over to the Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge to see what wonderful inspiration the Design Team has for you. Get your Fa La La La La on, create a Christmas project of your own, and share it in the HLS July Christmas Gallery for a chance to win a $20.00 gift voucher to the Happy Little Stampers Store! You can check out the challenge details for the Christmas Challenge, and all of the other Happy Little Stampers Challenges HERE.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Go Where Your Dreams Take You


I love the images and sentiments from Visible Image, and when I saw the current AAA Cards Challenge: Words Take Center Stage,


my card immediately came together in my mind. It's the fastest card I have ever made, and I love it. I still need a few graduation cards, and this is perfect for anyone celebrating the start of a new chapter in their life.

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Paper Players #351 - Class of 2017


Friday, June 30, 2017

An Ocean Of Thanks


I am honored to be Guest Designer at Happy Little Stampers July Watercolor ChallengeHappy Little Stampers July Watercolor Challenge which is:


My card has lots of colors, but it is an ocean scene, hence the blue. All of the elements are from the Hero Arts May 2017 Card Kit. I am in a mermaid state of mind these days, and I love this kit. So many wonderful images, dies, papers, inks, embellishments, etc. 

The background of the shaker is made with iridescent turquois silk liquid ink dropped on wet watercolor paper. The effect is awesome! The swirl tissue placed on top of it mutes the intensity of the background a bit, but I love the way it looks. I cut the coral and sea ferns from watercolored snippets. The rest of the images are watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Please head over to the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Grab your favorite watercolor medium(s) and create something fabulous for the HLS July Watercolor Challenge!

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