Wednesday, 2 March 2016

It's challenge time at Happy little Stampers ......

Happy Wednesday evening

Or it might already be Thursday if you're popping over here from the Happy Little Stampers Blog!

Well March is definitely making an entrance over here .... we had snow this morning!!!  Not too much here in Douglas, it soon changed to that cold, sleety rain. But in other parts of the island, especially up on the mountain it was a different story .....

pictures courtesy of the Isle of Man Webcams

Enough of the weather ....... Are you ready for a new Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge?  I hope so ..... we've got a fun one this month.
It's all about using  the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique .....

If you're not familiar with this technique or you would like a reminder on how to do it, then pop over to the HLS blog ..... there you'll find links to some fab tutorials, as well as lots more gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the DT.
We also have a fab Guest Designer for the March challenge ...... the lovely Anita (My Papercraft World) is joining in the fun. Please pop over and say HI!

So .... Faux Mother of Pearl ........ a great little technique with different results every time.
You can use it for backgrounds .... stamp on to it, stencil over the top of it, use it with your embossing folders or ...... like I've done today use it to paper piece your stamped images to add colour.

All you need is some cardstock, white pearlescent paint (I used the IndigoBlu's Snow White acrylic paint) and some ink.

Using a piece of scrunched up cellophane, clingfilm or waxed paper works well too,  dab the pearlescent paint onto a piece of white cardstock.  Apply randomly all over the card remembering to leave some white spaces for the ink to colour .... check out the tutorials on the HLS Blog

I then used Distress Inks to add the colour ...... Mustard Seed/Spiced Marmalade/Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry.
Polish off any excess colour on the acrylic paint ..... and there you have it ..... Faux Mother of Pearl.

I cut a strip of the coloured card and gave it a fancy edge before attaching it to the front of my card
...... see how the pearlescent paint catches the light ..... pretty!

I then stamped my birdies from the HLS Whimsical Friends above the coloured strip and added a sentiment (Bold Birthday Sentiments)
ooops!  Those birds get everywhere!!

I then stamped the birds again, this time onto the Faux MOP card and embossed them with a clear powder before cutting them out and paper piecing onto my card

I still had a little bit of my MOP card left so I added another of the birds to the inside .....

And finished off by die cutting some matching stars.

The challenge is sponsored as always by the Happy Little Stampers Store

And the challenge winner will receive a voucher for $15 (that's Australian dollars) to spend in the store

Happy stamping folks!

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

At least the snow's gone ..... we've just got rain now .... lots of rain, and wind.  And it's COLD ..... brrrrrrr!!  Luckily I don't have anywhere to go so I can stay cosy and warm in the old craft room. Sounds good to me!

Cheerio until next time


PS ....... I'm also going to enter this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #6.  

So what exactly is NBUS? .... well if you're already familiar with the lovely Darnell you'll know all about NBUS.  If not ..... where have you been!!?  Pop over there now and all will be revealed .... you'll find full details of the challenge,  the theme, the rules ..... the lot!

It's as it says on the button above ..... Never Before Used Schtuff!  Come on .... admit it, we've all got an ever-growing mountain of it ..... so now's the time to use it ..... dig deep girls (and boys), all those forgotten craft purchases are just waiting to be used!

I've just realised that my HLS Whimsical Friends stamp set is a piece of NBUS ...... first time they've seen an ink pad but it probably won't be the last!!  They're so cute!!

I'm hoping to join in the fun again before the closing date (March 10th) ...... I'm sure there must be something else in my stash that's crying out ..... USE ME please!

Have a good evening .......



  1. Love these fun colors and funky birds, Linda! Great use of this technique!

  2. Such a fun design Linda and I love that you paper pieced those little birds and with your faux mother of pearl technique piece! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
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  3. Mother of pearl birdies, Linda ... how adorable ... fabulous sitting on the scalloped border ... and so cute atop the sentiment! Love how you took the design to the inside of the card! Delighted to be designing alongside you at HLS this month! Anita :)

  4. Great tutorial Linda and what a fabulous and fun card! I visit regularly but am often too busy chasing round the Snippets Playground to stop and comment - slap my wrists!


    Di xx

  5. I enjoyed seeing how you put this fun card together and those birds are too cute! Fun card!

  6. I must try that faux mother of pearl technique, is looks lovely and I just adore those quirky and fun little birds!

    We had heavy snowfall for about two hours and then it disappeared when the sun came out... I am so looking forward to Spring now! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Your creativity is inexhaustible. So beautiful you used set of stamps HLS. Beautiful and funny card.

  8. I love how you used your MOP to make the birds and border, fabulous card! x

  9. You are too clever by half, Linda! I read all the way through and then couldn't wait to click on the close-up of the birdies to enlarge and see how you managed to cut out those whimsical feathers and feet so perfectly. AHA!! You stamped and then added the cut-out bodies. When I think of all the intricate fussy-cutting I've done over the years that prolly could have been avoided! Slap! In all other ways, like the "shelf" and the inside, you have made a delightful card which will bring someone much birthday happiness! (And speaking of, I hope you had lots of birthday happiness today!!)

    I am loving the cards I've seen around Blogland using the MOP and I can't wait to try my hand at it! Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for your wonderful words of introduction, your friendship, and your support! And, of course, thank you for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Such a wonderful card, Linda! Love how you use technique and those tiny birds, lovely design!

  11. omg, look at all that snow! Thanks for the images because I am sweltering here lol. Your faux mother of pearl is gorgoeous using the Whimsical Friends. Great card!! xx

  12. Beautiful and fun card Linda! Loved how you used the faux mother of pearl and paper piecing


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