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 .......


  1. So many awesome elements to your sweet CAS card Linda. That's what makes it so special.

    Your tree is BEAUTIFUL! Wow ... that's a lot of ornaments. Each one is so special. And speaking of special ... so if your "little man"! Happy party! xx

  2. You are officially the queen of CAS cards Linda ! A really stunning card, love the little tree and the snow effect.
    Your Christmas tree is fabulous, 1,000 lights !! and all those gorgeous ornaments :)
    Hugs, Kaz xx

  3. Your card is beautiful Linda, loving the Frantaged snowy bits!

    As for your tree, it is fabulous, love those little boots. Little man is not so little any more.... Anne xx

  4. I am very impressed with your card. I love the splash of snow is wonderful with its additional dimension. I love its design. It is so gentle and yet has such a large message. Great card!

  5. Simply beautiful design Linda. I love your masked background, fussy cut tree, sentiment and esp. your added chunky snow :-) Stunning Christmas tree that is not CAS, but Gorgeous and filled with memories :-) TFS Hugs, Nancy

  6. This is an absolute sweetie of a card Linda and your pics are ace too!

  7. omg this is just adorable. I love the circle with the tree as the focal point. LOVE the chunky snow!! All those decorations looks so beautiful and festive xx

  8. Finally catching up on my December commenting! And squeeeeeeee....I was so lucky to receive this card from you, I LOVE it! Thank you so much. It's right up my street and the chunky snow is fabulous. Mr Buble helped me out with my tree too....and I have to say, those little boots are just adorable! xx


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