Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Happy Wednesday to you,

Or if you're in the land of the Happy Little Stampers (Australia) then Happy Thursday!

How's your week going? .... good I hope.  I'm having a fab time here in the UK.  So far this week we've made a bag in a bag ..... or rather Susan has made the bags.  She did all the sewing bit ..... I was in charge of the iron!
I spotted the design on a show on one of the craft channels, showed it to Susan, we worked out the sizes etc., and voila! ..... two bags made before the afternoon was over (she's good!)

The idea is the large bag folds up and goes into the smaller bag then it goes into your handbag.  No more paying for carrier bags when out shopping!  Sounds good to me.

Next on the list was cushions ....... inspired by the lovely Jenny Marples from IndigoBlu,  I wanted some calico cushion covers to stamp onto.  Susan worked her magic again and there's now two lovely cushion covers (well 4 actually ..... two for Susan) cut out and ready to sew (first job on the list for tomorrow!)

And then yesterday we had a lovely lunch out in one of my favourite places when I'm across in the UK ..... The Sanctuary.  The food is delicious ...... all made fresh on the premises, all organic and the desserts are yummeeee!!
We finished off the day with a Stampin Up! workshop run by my good friend Sally-Jo ..... always fun ..... and there was cake!
Anyway ..... enough of me enjoying myself ........ it's time to launch this month's Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge ..... Ho! Ho! Ho!

The theme for May is ..... GIFT

The challenge is sponsored by the HLS store ...... and the lucky winner will receive a $15 discount voucher to spend in the store.

Have you started thinking about your Christmas cards yet?  I know it's only May but ..... just saying!!
What about this little guy .....

So cute, sat in the snow with his little Christmas gift.
He's from Penny Black and he's simply been stamped in the middle of a piece of white card and coloured using Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn)

I then made a mask and covered him over whilst I stamped the trees to create the background .... those favourite Clarity Christmas trees are out already!

A touch of glitter adds a bit of festive sparkle .......

And I finished off the front with one of the sentiments from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments

Oh look .... more of those trees inside!

Feeling all festive and inspired?  Not quite ....... need a little more?  Then pop over to the HLS Blog and see what the rest of the Design team have created for you, along with this months Guest Designer.

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

And for any football fans out there ....... a little late I know but ..... Congratulations! to Leicester City Football Club who won the Premiership on Monday night this week ..... without even kicking a ball. Well done to them .... they've played brilliantly all season and deserve to be crowned Champions!
My boys in blue (Chelsea FC) ..... not the best season for us but, we managed a 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Monday (yeah!!! well done lads!) and put an end to the title race.  The season's not over yet though ... there's still 2 games to go!

Cheerio until next time



  1. That's a really cute snowman, and I love how you stamped the trees around him. The inside is as festive as the front! Cute card!

  2. Sounds like you're having a great time! The bag is so cute & I adore that snowman image--love the card!

  3. I adore your cute PB snowman Linda and the Clarity trees work beautifully in the background. A really pretty and fun card. I've really enjoyed being GD for the month too. x

  4. Hmm, you made me hungry talking about cake! I love the bag in a bag idea, it looks amazing. The snowman is such a little cutie and you have framed him beautifully. Hope you enjoy the rest of your visit to the UK! Anne xx

  5. Such a cute card Linda. Sounds like you're having a blast over here. Carol x

  6. One of my favorite Snowies, and colored so well. He looks so pleased with his gift tucked there in the snow. You've made him very special with the addition of the forest behind the snowhills, and it's lovely the way you've carried the design over into the inside of this card. TFS (and so glad you had such a fun day. The bags are lovely too! How handy these will be).

  7. Hi Linda, great card. I love the color image of a snowman against the black silhouettes of trees. Great design.

  8. Hi Linda, great card. I love the color image of a snowman against the black silhouettes of trees. Great design.

  9. Oh I love that cute snowman having a sit down in the snow and I love how you created the tree scene around him! Sounds like you are having a fun and productive week Linda!

  10. Sorry to be so late adding my comments to my fellow HLS Christmas DT's cards. I love your adorable snowman and his gift stuck in the snow! Such a beautiful winter scene with the sparkly trees!


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