Thursday, August 31, 2017

You Are Loved

The new Time Out Challenge is up and running. Challenge #91 is to CASE Beverley Brown, owner and designer of Uniko clear stamps and paper crafting products. Uniko is also our challenge sponsor. Challenge winner will receive a gift certificate for the Uniko Store.

Here is Bev's gorgeous card:

Lucie G of LucieG Cards is Guest Designer for this challenge. Her blog is full of awesome creativity. Treat yourself to a visit and prepare to be inspired!

Please head on over to the Time Out Challenges Blog, learn more about our CASE artist, Bev Brown, and check out the awesome inspiration pieces the Design Team has created for you. Hopefully you will be inspired to take TIME OUT and CASE Bev With your Own Twist. The main thing is to be inspired and have fun, that's what the "Own Twist" is all about -feel free to use completely different colours for example. Enjoy!

This challenge runs until noon (EST), Wednesday,  September 13th.

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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


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