Sunday, 4 December 2016

On the fourth day of December .......

it's challenge number 3

Happy Sunday .....

Yes it's challenge time ....... we're getting into the festive spirit again (oh no! so soon.  Still recovering from the Friday night party.  Only joking ...... we had a great night.  A few too many G&Ts maybe .... but hey! ...... it's Christmas!!!)

It's time for the Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge ..... Ho! Ho! Ho!

As always the challenge is sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers store

and the winner will receive a fab $15 discount voucher to spend on HLS goodies.

This theme this month is all about ........ the Wreath

I love a festive wreath on the front door .... it always looks so welcoming.

Here's a little inspiration for you ........ using one of my favourite combinations,  white on Kraft card ..... love it!!

I stamped the wreath in Versamark ink and then embossed with a white, fine detail powder.

I added a touch of colour using red and green sparkly gel pens ..... very festive ....... for some of the berries I used a white gel pen and then added more sparkle with some crystal glitter ......

The bow I stamped again and fussy cut before attaching with foam pads to add dimension

And I added some glossy accents to the large red berries to give a little shine

The sentiment is from the brand new HLS Christmas Joy set ....... again embossed in the white

And to finish off I softened around the edges of the card by brushing a touch of white ink, and added a few dots of 'snow' here and there using a white gel pen.

I'll be out this week, hunting for the perfect wreath for our front door .... have you got yours yet?

I'm also linking this up to the 12 Days of Christmas Cards Challenge with Kylie and Friends.

Hosted by the brains behind Happy Little Stampers .... the lovely Kylie and 12 talented friends are sharing Christmas cards for the next 12 days .... so if you still haven't made a start on making yours why not join in the fun.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy whats left of the weekend.

Cheerio until next time .....

Friday, 2 December 2016

Oh .... Christmas Tree

Hello again ......

Time to get another December challenge underway.  This time it's the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge.
The theme for December is ......

That's right ....... all you have to do is pick your favourite technique, or product, you used from the past eleven Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenges.  Please share why it's your favourite, or any tips that you've learnt whilst doing it.

Here's a list of the previous challenges ......

One of my favourite techniques is Masking.  I love how you can create depth and the look of layers on your projects just by masking off areas as you work.

You don't need expensive tools or gadgets either ....... simple masking tape or paper will do.
Here's a really simple example of masking ......... using a piece of copier paper with a circle punched out ....

I placed the mask onto a piece of white card, slightly over the edge at one side.  Then using Stormy Sky Distress ink I brushed colour over the circle.

Another thing I like to do when I'm using Distress Ink is to sprinkle water over the ink, let it sit for a couple of seconds, then mop up the excess with a paper towel, removing some of the ink giving a Ghosting effect ....... I like to do this with the mask still in place so my colour doesn't run over the edge.  I think this technique makes the perfect snowy sky look for your Christmas designs.

I stamped my sentiment (from HLS Christmas Joy ...... love this set of stamps from the latest release)

The cute little Christmas Tree is from the same set of stamps (and the little heart too!) ....... simply stamped onto white card, coloured using Distress Inks and fussy cut

I added a touch of glitter to the heart and sprinkled on some Chunky White Embossing Powder (favourite product ..... one of the many!) in the background for an even more snowy look.
The Chunky White is an easy way of adding 'snow' to your designs ..... simply sprinkle onto your project, no need for embossing ink, and then heat gently from UNDERNEATH so that the powder doesn't fly away.

As with all the Happy Little Stampers challenges, the CAS challenge is sponsored by the HLS Store

And the winner will receive a $15 discount voucher to spend in the shop

What are you waiting for ....... happy stamping!

Whilst we're on the subject of trees ..... the Walmsley Christmas tree 2016 is up and decorated.
We went from this last night .......

to this ...... in just a little under four and a half hours!!!!! with the help of Mr Micheal Buble of course!

1000 lights and goodness knows how many baubles ...... and I only broke 2 which was good.

The well loved favourites are on there ..... love this little guy, he came all the way from Germany a few years ago.

And these ....... soooo cute!

And of course this years new additions ....... so pretty

It all got the seal of approval this morning when the little man arrived ..... and the Christmas elf!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day/evening.
This is actually a scheduled post .... by the time this goes live I'm probably well into the Christmas spirit (Cheers!) at the Poker Stars Christmas bash.
Yes ... the party season gets underway this evening, so the Christmas shopping tomorrow will be starting a little late no doubt ....... we'll see how the head is!

Cheerio until next time .......

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ........

Happy Friday folks .......

On the second day of December ...... it's this month's Take It Make It Challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog.
This month it's Take a Theme ....... and it's all about

Snow and Ice ....... brrrrrr 
(have you had any yet? We've been lucky so far .... just a little snow on the mountain)

We'd like you to create seasonal makes ..... not necessarily Christmas but more Winter.  Use lots of white product ..... think gesso, embossing paste, white paint.  Embossing powders, shimmery mica and lots of glitter! 

Here's a little something to get you started ........ the last of my Christmas baubles or, the snowball as I'm calling it!

It's from the workshop last weekend ....... and perfect for this months challenge.
These MDF baubles from Calico Craft Parts are great little items to decorate. They make gorgeous Christmas decorations and fabulous little gifts, or as I mentioned yesterday, why not make them into actual gift tags for those really special presents.
I simply added a pretty little kraft tag, stamped to co-ordinate and then attached to the back of the bauble ..... simple!   You could even stamp directly onto the bauble  if you didn't use the embossing paste.

I gave the MDF a thin coat of white gesso then painted the bauble using Hickory Smoke Distress paint.  Next came the Crackle Glaze which I dried using a heat tool, and then finished with a layer of Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paint

A spritz with Perfect Pearls then some texture paste over the top using Tim Holtz Layering Stencils ....... Speckles on the front and the pretty Festive on the reverse

I painted the snowflake with gesso and then using my finger, I added a little white texture paste over the top leaving a rough finish to it to add a bit of texture

Fine crystal glitter gives a really pretty sparkle.

I added a little festive foliage to the top ...... a few berries and some die cut leaves

And then attached the tag to the back.  Now I just need a gift to put it on!

Our challenge sponsor this month is ..... Craft Box

and there's a fab prize for the winner ......

Don't forget we also have our Design Winner too .... chosen by the DT.  You could have your winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine ..... be a Guest Designer on a future challenge and have a winners profile on the Craft Stamper Blog ... what are you waiting for .... get creating!

Speaking of the Craft Stamper magazine .... there's an article in there this month all about the blog challenge

And guess who did the artwork ....... me!! and my lovely Design Team-mate Shirley ....

A full page spread in this month's Craft Stamper magazine ..... whoo hoo!!
Sorry ... but I'm a little bit excited to be there!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.  Christmas shopping are we by any chance!

Cheerio until next time

Thursday, 1 December 2016

On the first day of December .......

Happy Thursday ......

And welcome to December!!!  Only 23 sleeps until the big man in the red suit pays us all a visit.  I love Christmas .... can you tell!

There's a lot to get done before the festivities can begin though ..... and I don't mean all the shopping, the gift buying, and the wrapping!  The cleaning, the cooking, the cards to send ...... not forgetting decorating the tree!!!
No ..... I'm talking about this month's Blog Challenges.  Let's get December underway with the STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge.
As always the theme is Anything Goes ..... with an optional Colour Twist.  What else could it be for this month but ..... RED and GREEN ..... very festive!

Have you got all your Christmas cards done? ..... or is time running out and you're thinking you'll have to actually buy some this year.  Well ..... how about this ..... a nice CAS, fun design using the CUTplorations Jingle All The Way die along with the Warm Hands Warm Hearts stamp set.

I die cut the saying first from a piece of white cardstock, then again from green card, and finally once from red glitter card ......

I then inlaid the green version into the white card ..... cut the bottom section off the sparkly red one and layered that on the top ..... easy, but very effective

I stamped the Christmas stocking from the Warm Hand, Warm Hearts stamp set onto a scrap of white card, coloured it using Copic markers and then fussy cut around it, before attaching it to the card front using foam pads

A few dots of glitter glue here and there for some added sparkle and you're done!

Now it's your turn ..... don't forget you don't have to use the colour twist, and it doesn't have to be a Christmas design ..... anything goes.

Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for all the Challenge details and you'll also find more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there too.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

I've had a lovely girlie afternoon out with my daughter.  A bit of shopping in town, didn't spend too much!  Then a nice, long lunch out before picking up the little man from school.
Hubby's not home until late, so no need to cook dinner.  He's out on a work's thing this evening so ....... it's just me, a nice glass of red (or two) and Mr Michael Buble!  Yes .... it's time to get the festive tunes playing, get the baubles out, and decorate the Christmas tree.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ........ come on, sing along!

Cheerio until next time

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Quick catch up .....

Happy Wednesday .....
I think I made it before midnight!

Where has this week gone ......... it's nearly Thursday already ...... and what happened to November!!! Only 24 days to go before the BIG day that's all ..... help!!

It's all go in the old craft room too.  New Blog Challenges will be getting underway in the next few days.  I've still got Christmas cards to make ..... never mind write and send!  And, I've got a huge class to prep for next weekend.  The ladies are all getting very excited about this one ..... it's the last one of the year and it's going to be a busy one!!  More about that later.

Speaking of workshops we had a lovely one last weekend.  There was only a few of us this week so it was a little more relaxed shall we say ...... quieter too!!! (Sorry if any of my regulars are reading this ..... we did miss you!)

We decorated MDF baubles ........ very festive (there was even mince pies .... yum!!)
Here's a couple of the designs that I made to give them a little inspiration ......

The baubles and all the MDF shapes came from a company called Calico Craft Parts.  They produce fabulous wood shapes and craft items all ready to alter and decorate.

I used the large plain bauble shape as the base and then gave them the crackle treatment ..... a thin coat of white gesso ..... a layer of paint in a dark colour, for this one I used Ground Espresso Distress Paint. A thin layer of PaperArtsy's Crackle Glaze followed by a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

I love how this works ..... you never get the same results twice.

Once it was all dry I gave it a spritz with Perfect Pearls mist to give a nice shimmer to it and then added a little bit of texture paste over the top through Tim Holtz Speckles stencil.
You can just about see I added some fine crystal glitter over the paste whilst it was still wet for a touch of added sparkle ..... you can never have too much sparkle at this time of year!

I then painted one of the cute little reindeer with a brown paint and added glitter to his antlers before attaching him on to the bauble

I added a die cut sentiment ..... cut 3 times and layered, then the top layer was painted with a red pearlescent paint

Some festive foliage finished everything off ..... a few berries, some die cut and punched leaves and a mini pine cone along with a pretty satin bow.

Here's another version .... you can only have a little look at this one for now ..... all will be revealed later in the week on a Blog Challenge ......

Again .... I used the same techniques .......different shape.

We even decorated the back of the baubles ........ crackled paint again only this time stenciled with texture paste over the whole thing ...... this is so sparkly in real life

This was another option I gave them ..... I made this last year and I still love it.  The mistletoe is my favourite I think

Just look at all the detail you get in some of the shapes .....

These are great for hanging on the tree, but why not use them as gift tags.  Those special presents for the important people in our lives deserve an extra special gift tag!

Speaking of tags .... remember the 12 tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends event from earlier this month ..... you do, well, the winners have been announced today and guess what ...... one of my tags was chose in the Top Tags ....... yeah!! and one got an honorable mention too!!  Thanks guys .... it was a pleasure to be part of the event.

Thanks for popping by ..... especially if it's still Wednesday!!!
I'm off to bed now ..... an early start tomorrow.  I'm off into town with Lauren, lunch out then I've an appointment with the optician.  Nothing major, just a check up.

Cheerio until next time ...... see you in December!

Night night!
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