Monday, 30 April 2018

HLS May Watercolour Challenge - Make a Wish

I love CAS challenges (that would be "clean and simple").  How happy am I that this month's twist for the HLS Watercolour Challenge is exactly that?  Very happy.  And I'm happier still that I can use one of my Happy Little Stampers stamp sets for the challenge.  Bonus!




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

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE OUR RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!

I'm using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set for this challenge.  The single dandelion clock with some of the seeds lifting up into the breeze really appeals to me.  And so I used my Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp that and then also used it to stamp short blades of grass along the bottom to "ground" it.  Last, but not least, I used it to stamp my sentiment just to right of the top of the image.  

All that black on the white seemed a bit stark and so I took the splatter stamp from my new Stampin' Up! Artisan Textures set, some of the new Grapefruit Grove ink, and stamped it over a light wash of the same colour so that it appeared to be blowing out of the dandelion clock.  Love the effect!


To finish up I used a base of Heavy Whisper White and a matte of the Grapefruit Grove cardstock, attached the stamped piece and my card was done.


I love the simplicity of the card and those images and hope you do, too.  Check out the other awesome samples at our HLS May Watercolour Challenge.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

HLS April Watercolour Challenge - Wild Thing!

Time for the Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge already!  My goodness, how time flies!  This time our twist on the challenge is all about rainbows.  I knew I'd be having fun with that!


Ever since I bought the New Release Happy Little Stampers set, Born to be Wild, I've been imagining that wonderful image of the Zebra coloured in rainbow stripes.  With the optional twist of this month's challenge, I finally had an excuse to get out my watercolours and "go wild".  

Since I decided to use the "Wild Thing - you make my heart sing" sentiment, I thought the addition of some musical notes would finish my card off perfectly.  I carefully shaped the die-cut music around the zebra, leaving him free to flaunt his colours.

A narrow strip of Washi Tape with tiny hearts below the sentiment, and the card was done.


Check out the great samples created by the other Happy Little Stampers and then link your own creation up to our HLS April Watercolour Challenge.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter!

A few years ago I bought a stamp at Michael's.  I fell in love with the adorable image of the chick which had just hatched from its shell.  With Easter upon us, I thought it was about time to introduce the stamp to ink and created this sweet ATC.  For those who aren't familiar with that acronym, that means I've created an Artist's Trading Card.  The dimensions are set in stone:  2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  On the back the creator has his/her name, the name of the stamp and the date.


I hope you'll all have a very Happy Easter with family and happiness surrounding you. 

I'm entering this in the HLS March ATC Challenge - Anything Goes with a Twist of Sparkle

And in the CAS on Friday Challenge #129 - Easter

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Everything is Better With a Friend

When I found this wonderful House-Mouse Designs image by Stampendous in a darling little craft store in Calgary a couple of months ago, I fell in love.  What could be sweeter than the House-Mouse combined with a beautifully drawn image of a hummingbird?  Of course I bought it!  Now, finally, I've introduced the images to ink, thanks to the Addicted to CAS challenge and its theme of "birds". 

I stamped the image onto a piece of Watercolour paper using my Stamping Platform to ensure that the lines would be evenly stamped.  Before removing it from the platform, I took a sentiment from an old Hero Arts stamp set and added that along the bottom right.  After letting the ink dry completely, I commenced colouring.

Because a friend of mine introduced me to Prismacolors and Gamsol, I decided to use that colouring technique.  I loved the versatility of blending several colours together for my Hummingbird.  The House-Mouse was easy enough, as was the flower, but that brilliantly coloured bird was my challenge. 


When I had finally achieved the look for which I was striving, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the jewel-tones of the feathers and was done.


I can see myself enjoying many more hours, playing with this image.  

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:  



Double D Challenges - Just Wing It

Friday, 23 March 2018

Peace - CAS Christmas March Challenge

I was happily surprised to see the creation of this CAS Christmas Challenge.  CAS is one of my favourite styles.  Of course it helps to enter a number of Christmas Challenges throughout the year because it takes away the pressure of having to create a whole bunch of Christmas cards just before the deadline.  That, unfortunately, has too often happened in past years.

This month's challenge for the CAS Christmas Challenge is all about Holly.  I was surprised to see that I've kept a number of lovely retired stamp sets, all of which have various images with holly.  I even found a gorgeous stencil of holly and berries.  Making the card was far easier than deciding which image I would use.

In the end I chose the lovely sprig from the lovely (but retired) Watercolor Winter stamp set.  Instead of using the second stamp to add the colours, however, I decided to hand-colour the leaves and berries.  After adding colour with my Prismacolor Pencils, I used a paper stub and Gamsol to blend the colours.  Then, to add some dimension, I shaded in a very light shadow of green in areas, following the form of the image.  When it was completely dry, I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the highlight on each berry and also to the shadow behind the image.

For my sentiment, I turned to the retired Peaceful Wreath set and used the word "Peace", stamped in Green. 



I'm entering this card in the CAS Christmas March Challenge - Holly


And also in the Merry Monday #282 - Inspirational Photo Challenge

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Twofer (March 2018 - Blossoms)

Well, I finally feel well enough to attend to some obligations and to catch up on partly begun projects.  Of course I'm still not functioning at full speed (neither brain or physically).  For example, I knew I had created my two card for Darnell's Twofer Challenge and that I had taken photographs.  All that was done before I got ill.  For some reason I had it in my head that I had also partially written the post---this post right here.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the draft (titled "Twofer") and found nothing but the title.  *sigh*

Here I am, finally putting this post together.  The blossom stamp which I decided to use is by Altenew and is called "Extra Special".  I fell in love with the clean lines of the image, the fact that it was a "triple stamp" style with which one can actually stamp in the details and colours, and also the wonderful sentiments.  Of course it took me over a year to finally use it after I bought it.

For the first card, I  used Memento Tuxedo ink for the outlines and sentiment.  For the colours, I decided not to do the "triple stamping" but, instead, decided to use the brand new set of Chameleon alcohol markers which I had just bought.  I love the way the colours virtually blend and shade themselves.


After adding a very narrow matte of the same green as the leaves, I attached the layers to my base of Heavy Whisper White and the card was done.

Challenges:  Crafting With An Attitude #37 -  Anything Goes

For my second card, I used black pigment ink to stamp on Silver Foil.  Once that was perfectly set and dry (thanks to my heat gun), I used the matching die to cut out my image (did I mention that the Altenew stamp set came with a die?)

I know black is one of the first colours that comes to mind with a death or funeral but my decision to use it was based purely on its wonderful contrast to the silver foil.  Since I also intended to heat emboss the sentiment in silver, I knew the black background would make it "pop".


To finish up I added a matte of silver foil and then also added rhinestones to the centres of the flowers, once I had coloured them black.

Challenges:  HLS March Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Of course one has to show both cards together for the Twofer Challenge.  Are you ready?  They look fabulous together, don't they?


I don't know why I waited over a year to finally use this set.

I'm entering these cards into the Twofer Challenge #3 -  Blossoms


I'm also entering these cards into The Flower Challenge #18 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Little Stampers - New Release Blog Hop

This is so exciting!  As a member of the Happy Little Stampers Design Team I had the opportunity to get some of the New Release stamps ahead of time and also to take part in this Blog Hop, celebrating the stamp sets.  How awesome is that!

You have the chance to win amazing prizes just by hopping along with us. We, the Designers have prepared a feast of inspiration with the new sets and we can't wait to show you what we have come up with!


Let's take a look at the new sets - you are going to LOVE them!




How to win? You need to do the following -

1. Comment on this blog post
2. Follow the links below to our Designer's blog posts and leave them a comment.
3. The Blog Hop will run for 1 week from 12th March 2018 @ 6am to 19th March 2018 6am AEST.
3. That's it! Enjoy the show!

I've created four cards using the two brand new stamp sets which I bought, Born to Be Wild and Dandelion Wishes.

My first card features the stunning zebra from the Born to Be Wild set.  I kept the card simply black and white and used two sentiments from the set.  The first sentiment, I stamped vertically along the left side in black.  The second sentiment, I stamped horizontally along the bottom using red.  


My second card features the same stamp set but the wonderful image of the lion this time and a different sentiment.  I decided to use a number of different colours for this card to give the effect of a lush jungle and the warm colours of Africa.


For my third card I turned to the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and, again, decided to use black and white.  I heat embossed the image of the three dandelion clocks using white embossing powder on black cardstock.


My fourth and last card features the single dandelion clock from which some of the seeds are blowing away in the wind.  I decided to heat emboss it using white embossing powder as well, but this time on white cardstock.


I used a sponge dauber to apply the various inks, using the emboss-resist technique.  Then I stamped randomly with the dauber, using the same colours, to give the illusion of a bokeh effect.


I hope you've enjoyed the cards I've created using these beautiful new stamp sets.  

We have 10 prizes up for grabs. All our winners will be chosen at random and you MUST comment on ALL the blogs in the Hop.

Let's Go!

Comment on this post and then follow the links in the Hop.

                           Heidi - You are here    

GOOD LUCK :)

Friday, 2 March 2018

A Piece of My Heart

I love Penny Black stamps, especially the adorable cats and critters.  This one is all about the critters, hedgehogs, in fact.  Is there anything more cute than two little hedgehogs in love?

I decided to stamp the image from the Piece of My Heart set on Shimmery White cardstock.  I love colouring on this paper because it has a lovely surface and also allows a soft shimmer to show through the colours.  The results are really very satisfying.  After stamping the image, I used a stitched square die to cut it out, making sure I had a skinny border on two sides of the remaining cardstock.

I used my alcohol Stampin' Blends to colour the adorable little hedgehogs and that heart they share, adding a bit of sky and ground.  Then I added foam adhesive strips to the back.

I used a base of Heavy Whisper White, added a piece of Real Red cardstock and then added the negative piece of Shimmery White left from cutting out the image.  I carefully lined up the stitched square with the image and attached it to the spot from which I had cut it.  Because of the foam adhesive strips, you can see a bit of red border underneath.


As you can see, I also added a scattering of red foil hearts above the die-cut.

I'm entering this card into the PBSC February - Anything Goes

I'm also entering this card into the Double D Challenges: Woodland Creatures

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Back to the Beginning

Just about seven years ago, when I began my interest in paper crafting, I fell in love with an embossing folder.  It was a simple one.  Four trees of various heights stood to the left with a lot of empty space to the right.  Little did I know that what attracted me to this embossing folder, what compelled me to buy this embossing folder, was my love of simplicity.  Oh, I've done fancy.  I've done very fancy.  But in the end, I always find myself trying for simplicity.

This embossing folder, by Tim Holtz, a name which I didn't even recognize at the time, gives me that simplicity.  I was, therefore, thrilled to see that the second part of the "Less is More" 7th Birthday Celebration called for dry embossing.   This is, in effect, my 7th year celebration as well.

Except for the die-cut sentiment which I glued on with Tombow liquid adhesive, this is a one layer card.  I've used Heavy Whisper White as my single layer, embossing the three trees directly on it.  It's clean.  It's simple.  It showcases an embossing folder close to my heart.


I'm entering this card into the "Less is More" Challenge #365 - Dry Embossing

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

HLS March Watercolour Challenge - Welcome

It's time for our Happy Little Stampers March Watercolour Challenge.  This month our optional twist will be "Home".   There are so many possibilities, aren't there?

I decided to go with the twist.  I have a retired Stampin' Up! Hostess stamp set, Life's Adventure, which has the perfect image for this challenge.  It's a sweet sketch of an old fashioned house with all sorts of pretty trim, similar to houses which I've seen along the Oregon coast and also in areas along the ocean in Vancouver, BC.  With the hearts coming out of the chimney instead of smoke and all those details on the house, my fingers itched to begin watercolouring.

After stamping my image and letting it dry thoroughly, I used my Aqua Painter and several of my Stampin' Up! ink pads to begin colouring.  For the house, I layered the colours, making it easy to add shading that way.  For my background, I just gave it a "wash", adding a pale blue for the sky and pale sand colour to ground it.

I had centred the image on my Whisper White cardstock and it seemed a bit lost in all that white space and so I added a raised stitched frame set a-kilter.  That seemed the perfect "fix" and, once I had added a red matte and adhered the lot to my Whisper White base, I was happy with my creation.


I hope you'll check out the great cards over at the HLS March Watercolour Challenge post.


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

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE OUR RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!





Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Wishing You Happiness!

I've gotten a couple of stamp sets which have just been released by Kylie Purtell of Happy Little Stampers way down under in Australia.  I wish the sets had come with mini-passports because they've travelled around the world.

Of course I had to try them out and one in particular was really pleading with me to use it.  The Dandelion Wishes set has some lovely images of the dandelion "clocks", ready to be blown away with the breeze.  If you're like me, you probably love those images, too.  I know that I loved blowing the seeds away when I was a kid (and still do) and, of course, my daughter and now my grandsons also love doing the same thing.

I decided to combine one of those dandelion clocks with a fairy from the Fairy Celebrations stamp set.  It's sweet.  It's whimsical.  It was fun to create.  I kept it clean and simple and then added a sentiment at the bottom, stamped in Calypso Coral, from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.


I stamped the image of the fairy on white Mixed Media paper.  Then I heat embossed the image of the dandelion clock using white embossing powder, making sure it appeared to be in her left hand.  After the embossing was cold, I went over it with a sponge and Marina Mist ink, using the emboss resist technique.  Once that was done and I had coloured the fairy using my alcohol Stampin' Blends, I used a cross stitch rectangle die to cut it out.  Then I added a narrow Calypso Coral matte to the piece and mounted it above the sentiment. 

The paper which I've used as my base is actually a natural white.  It has all sorts of fibres and spots in it since it hasn't been bleached like the fancier cardstocks.  I like the effect and hope you do as well.

I'm entering this card in the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge #261 since I used the sketch as inspiration.

I'm also entering this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #281 - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Happy Easter

I love the Happy Easter Bunny stamp which retired a couple of years ago.  It was only featured in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue and then disappeared.  I kept it simply because of the exuberance which the bunny shows.  He reminds me of Snoopy doing his Spring dance.

The CAS Colours & Sketches challenge is featuring a colour challange which is perfect for Spring colours and, as a result, is perfect for this stamp set.  I stamped the large image onto a piece of Mixed Media paper and then cut it out using one of my oval dies.  Colouring didn't take long.  I used my Stampin' Markers for the flowers, eggs and the ribbon around the bunny's neck.  The colours wound up being very vivid.  For the bunny, although I didn't use any colours on him, I wanted something to make him stand out a bit.  I therefore used my clear Wink of Stella marker over his entire image, leaving a portion of the ears and his tummy.  For those I turned to my Aqua Painter and the Sweet Sugarplum ink pad.  I added a very light wash over those area plus the tail.  Isn't it incredible how the light wash winds up very pink in comparison to the same colour in the Stampin' Marker?

After mounting the oval on a base of Heavy Whisper White with Dimensionals, the card was finished.


I'm entering this card into the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #260


I'm also entering this card into the Cut It Up Challenge #142 - Anything Goes


Friday, 23 February 2018

What would I do without you?

Penny Black has created some wonderful stamp sets.  I love the variety.  When I found a challenge all about cats, I had quite a few designers from which to choose, but in the end, chose a set by Penny Black which I have had for quite a long time.  Not only does it feature a happy-go-lucky cat image which simply makes me smile, but it also features some other adorable critters such as mice and hedgehogs.  This time I'm using one of the cat images, of course.

While Valentine's Day is over, love happens year-round.  This cat carrying the lovely large heart-shaped box of candies is not only going to make someone special very happy, but is also making two mice very happy as well.  I wonder how many candies will actually be left in the box, don't you?

I kept my card clean and simple, colouring the images with a combination of markers and alcohol inks.  After cutting the images and sentiment out using my stitched rectangle dies, I chose a wonky square die to cut out a piece of scrap red textured cardstock to give a bit of a pop behind the white shapes. 


The image and sentiment are both from Penny Black's Piece of My Heart set.

I'm entering this card in the Addicted to CAS challenge #130 - CAT


I'm also entering my card into the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #518 - Cute Critters

Monday, 19 February 2018

Hang in There!

Sometimes a stamp set with dies comes along and you know you just have to have it.  That's what happened when I saw the monkeys.  And what luck to have a challenge come along that is asking for clean and simple with dies.  I can do that with this set.

I used a base of Heavy Whisper White and then added a die-cut piece of Whisper White.  I love the cross-stitch pattern along the perimeter of that die-cut!  Just to make a break between the base and this layer, however, I added a very narrow matte of Pear Pizzazz.  Then it was time to begin using those monkeys.

I stamped my images on Whisper White using Memento Black ink and then used the matching dies to cut them out.  Once they were cut out, I used my alcohol Stampin' Blends to colour them.  Since the card was supposed to be clean & simple, I just attached the image of the monkey hanging from a vine to the card using Dimensionals and then added the second vine by gluing it using Tombow.


Stamping on the sentiment using Memento Black finished up the card nicely, don't you agree?

I'm entering this card in the CAS on Sunday Challenge #126 - Use a die on your card

I'm also entering the card in the HLS February Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Turn Back the Clock

Creating ATC's is something to which I'm definitely becoming addicted.  Having to create something so small (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") and yet make a statement is really a challenge.  And, as you know, I love challenges.  The theme over at the HLS February ATC challenge is Hearts.  This was a fun ATC to create.

I began with a base of Berry Burst, added a lovely piece of Designer Paper which had the look of watercoloured paper and then stamped a few random semi-solid circles in gold ink.  Once done, I put that aside to dry properly while I got to work on the rest.

I used the fun, swirly heart shape from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits to cut a piece of slightly patterned Berry Burst paper from the Color Theory Memories & More pack and then also fussy cut two flowers from the same pack.  I used Tombow Mono Liquid glue to adhere the heart and flowers to the card, added a few random gold foil hearts which I had lying around, and then stamped the lovely sentiment from a set of Gina Marie stamps using Berry Burst ink. 


I absolutely love that sentiment, don't you?

This ATC is being entered into the HLS February ATC Challenge with the Twist of Hearts.


I'm also entering it into the 613 Avenue Create Challenge #201 which is Anything Goes with an optional twist of Love.

Time Out for Crafting

I have a lot of hobbies but of them all, crafting takes up the majority of my time.  One of the reasons, of course, is the weather which we experience in this area.  With a good 5 months of winter (sometimes more), the temperatures outside make working inside a real pleasure.  Papercrafting, wirecrafting and painting are among my favourties. 

I created a one-layer card to show off some of these hobbies.  The container of paint brushes could easily belong to my papercrafting or to my painting hobbies.  The scissors, well when don't we use scissors?

After creating a subtle background of Distress Oxide spotches, I stamped the container of brushes and then, after masking the container, stamped the scissors.  I used a combination of alcohol inks and metallic pens to colour everything.  Finally I added a bit of dimension with a "grungy" stamp and also the pencilled-in end to the work table.


I've created this card for the Time Out Challenge #103 which is all about Hobbies.  I chose to do their optional twist of a one-layer card.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Live With Passion


When I saw a friend's card for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, I knew I wanted to try the sketch for this week.  It's funny how sometimes a sketch or a combination of colours can "speak" to you and make you want to use them, isn't it?

This is the sketch to which I'm referring:


Very simple, right?  And the samples by the DT show such a variety of interpretations.  It simply made me want to try it myself.  And so I did.

First of all I took a scrap piece of Heavy Whisper White and played around with two Distress Oxide colours:  Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.  I kept the colours simple and didn't layer them very much.  After I had dried it well, I used the plain dragonfly thinlit from the set of Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to cut out my image.

For my base I used Heavy Whisper White.  After masking off a rectangle at the left of the front, I stamped the grass from the retired Inspired By Nature stamp set using the Tranquil Tide ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the same set using the same ink in the bottom right corner.  Once the ink was nicely dried, I attached the dragonfly which I had previously prepared to the grass using small dimensionals.


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Colours & sketches #259

HLS February Anything Goes With Dies Challenge