Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Clearly Besotted, Papertrey Ink and MFT Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to my final post with the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge.

I've really learned a lot about mixed media over the past year, and have enjoyed trying to adapt it to my style of cardmaking, but I want to try something else for 2017. Thank you to Kylie and the Design Team for all the helpful tips you gave me! The theme this time is anything goes, and as I'm still trying to add to my Christmas card pile, I came up with this card.

I was inspired by a demonstration that Sheena Douglas gave to try this technique. I began with a square of kraft card, and glued several My Favorite Things die cut leaves in one corner.

I then painted some coats of Gesso over the whole thing, allowing it to dry in between coats. I was going for some texture on the surface rather than getting it smooth.

My Gansai Tambi watercolours came out and I used a couple of shades of green and some brown paint to cover the whole surface, finishing off with some dry brushing to keep the texture. When it was dry, I stamped the Papertrey Ink sentiment and added some gilding wax around the edge of the card. I stamped, die cut and shaped a Clearly Besotted Ponsettia, arranged it on top of some more white foliage, and  added some gold micro beads to the centre of the flower.

I matted the panel with some black card and added it to the base card, before scattering some little dots of gilding wax to finish off.

Why not head over to the Happy Little Stampers Blog to see some more inspiration from my talented team mates and join in with us this time. Kylie, the owner of Happy Little Stampers is welcoming the festive season with a 12 Days of Christmas Challenge and you can enter your Christmas cards over there too!

I'd also like to play along at

AAA cards challenge - Christmas

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge - anything goes

Stamps and Stencils Challenge - Christmas Wishes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

WPlus9 wreath Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the December Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge where our theme this time is 'wreath'.

 I expect that by now we are all on the last push to get our Christmas cards finished, and I set up a little assembly line to make several copies of my wreath card. Once you have the the materials out it is really easy to repeat each stage and it feels so good to see the little pile of cards you have assembled at the end. This is the card I made:-

I started by stamping and white embossing the foliage wreath from the wonderful WPlus9 Woodland Wreaths stamp set onto Papertrey Ink Ripe Avocado card. This stamp set has a matching berry stamp, and I stamped and embossed this with red glitter powder to add some sparkle, on top of the white foliage. I also stamped several of the leafy boughs and red bows. The stamp set has a coordinating die set which would make the next step much easier, but I decided earlier this year to not get the dies for every stamp set I buy ( in a sadly futile attempt to reduce my craft spending!), so I then took all my wreaths, boughs and bows and spent a happy 20 minutes fussy cutting them out.

I mounted my wreath onto some pretty PTI paper and stamped the red greeting from PTI Think Big Favourites #20 underneath before layering it up on the base card. To finish off, I stamped and die cut the banner from Simon Says Stamps Holiday Folded Banner set and adhered it across the wreath, and although it hasn't photographed well, I added some glitter to the stars on the patterned paper for some extra sparkle. By the way, the red layer on the card isn't actually a layer but thin strips of card butted up to the patterned paper. I love the PTI pure poppy card but it is very expensive to post card from the USA so I have to conserve my supplies!

Why not head over to the HLS blog to get some more inspiration for those last minute cards. You'll also get some inspiration if you jump over to Kylie' blog where she is hosting a 12 days Christmas Cards Challenge.

I'd like to play along with

I do love wreaths and if you do too, here is a link to the more modern wreath card I made for our June Christmas Challenge in case you missed it

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers Sending Hugs card

Hello and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have the ever popular Anything Goes challenge.

Our Sponsor this time is

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I came up with this simple card

I made a background using Brushos and cut it with a Sizzix postage stamp die.  I then stamped the flower and leaves from the Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers, in a permanent ink before watercolouring them. I fussy cut them all and layered them before adding them to the Brusho panel.

I then added the panel to the card, stamped the sentiment next to it and added an Enamel Glitter Dot to the centre of the flower to finish it off.

Why not head over to the ATSM blog to see some more inspiration and join in with us this time.

Carol x

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Happy Little Stampers Cards for the New Launch Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Happy Little Stampers new release Blog Hop! Why not grab a cuppa and settle down with us for a while.

We are celebrating the release of 6 gorgeous new stamp sets from Happy Little Stampers and a whole host of designers have tons of inspiration to share with you.

By joining us throughout our blog hop, you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the HLS shop! Wow! All you have to do is work your way through the hop list and comment on each of the blogs. A random winner will be drawn from all those that comment. Make sure you visit ALL of them because that's the only way to be assured you are in the draw. You have 1 week (until the 28th of November 12pm AEST) to complete the hop.

I am going to be highlighting a couple of the sets - so let's get down to it.

My first card uses Especially For You

I used the beautiful flower from the set and embossed it a couple of times with white embossing powder before colouring them with my new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.

The sentiments are from the previously released Everyday Sentiments set, and I cut the panel out with a stitched rectangle die before layering it up, and finishing it off with a few glitter gems.

My next card used the spray of flowers from the Especially For you set. This time I cut an oval shaped mask and and placed it on a panel of card which I cut with a stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the flowers round the edge of the mask with black ink, then removed it and coloured the flowers with the same markers. I die cut a thin oval frame of yellow card to highlight the centre of the oval and stamped the greetings which came from the Rainy Days stamp set.

I used the pens to add little dots around the sentiment, then layered up the card on some fun foam and used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in the flower centres to finish it off.

Next I used the cute cloud and sun stamp from the Rainy Days stamp set. I stamped the cloud onto a stitched rectangle of card and also stamped and cut a mask from a full stick post it note.

I masked off the cloud and then used my Clarity stencil brush to brush on a few colours of blue distress ink over the entire panel. I removed the mask and coloured using the Illustrator pens, before stamping a few raindrops which I covered with a glaze pen to make them look like water.

The sentiment is from the same set, and I simply finished off by using some sparkle pen on the sun and layering the panel up with fun foam.

My final card used the butterfly from the Especially For You set. I took black card and added some Pixie Powders in Firework Burst and Silver Dream, before spraying with water to create a background.

Once the card was dry, I cut a postage panel with a Sizzix die and stamped and embossed a rectangle in the centre with silver embossing powder. On another piece of the card, I stamped and embossed the large butterfly and also a small one from the previously released Thinking of You set, and I fussy cut and shaped them.

I stamped and embossed a couple of the sentiments from the set, added the butterflies and then layered the panel on to some silver mirri card, before placing it onto the base card.

Well that's it from me, but if you are following the hop in order, you now need to visit the fabulous Susan Renshaw

Don't worry if you get lost because here is a list of all the participants

Carol Steedman you are here

and you have a full week to visit everyone.

Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 11 November 2016

Thanksgiving turkey card

Hello everyone and welcome to the last challenge of the year from Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

and the theme this time is Gobble gobble - we need to see a turkey!!!

I have to confess that I have never had call for a card with a turkey on it before, so as I had no appropriate supplies, I turned to my trusty Silhouette Cameo and found a cute turkey image there. This card was the result!

I began by cutting the Papertrey Ink You've Been Framed: Oval die from orange card and then again from some patterned paper, and attached it to a white base card.

Then I cut my turkey in white card and coloured it with Distress Inks. I took a stamp from PTI Happy Trails and gave Drumstick (well he had to have a name don't you think?) some fancy feathers because he wanted to look handsome in time for Thanksgiving. I coloured his beak, legs and comb (had to look that one up!)with a Copic marker, and then added some googly eyes, before mounting him onto the card.

To finish off, I used the Avery Elle Lovely Letters stamps to spell out Happy Thanksgiving. I'm ashamed to say I've had these stamps for at least three years but I'd forgotten I had them. They are so easy to join up as long as you stamp one letter at a time, and I'm going to put them with my more loved stamps so I don't overlook them again. 

I do hope you will pop over to the SCT blog for some more inspiration and join in with us this time. We'll be be back in January when we will be changing to a monthly challenge.

I'd like to go and play at

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Papertrey Ink celebration card using Bitty Bouquets

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

and there is a prize of 2 digital images for the winner.

I came up with this card using Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquets

I started by stamping, colouring and fussy cutting the flowers, and die cutting one of the Scene it: celebrations dies, along with a plain circle to back it onto.

I stamped the greeting on the banner and used a Copic pen to outline the circle in the same colour. I then cut a rectangular panel and stamped the celebration greeting from PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments before using the Canvas Impression Plate to give the panel some texture.

To finish off I simply layered up the card and gave the flowers a coating of Wink of Stella glitter before slotting them behind the banner.

There is a lot of great inspiration over on the ATSM blog and I hope to see you over there.

I'd like to go and play at

Muse Challenge - I was inspired by Anita's sentiment banner and the  position of the focal panel.

Addicted to Stamps - Banners/flags/pennants

CAS on Sunday -  flowers

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Favorite Things and Happy Little Stampers alcohol ink birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to the Mixed Media challenge at Happy Little Stampers where the challenge this month is to get out those alcohol inks.

I began by making some backgrounds using the shaving foam and alcohol ink technique

I selected one of the backgrounds and used the My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background to stamp over it and emboss the image with white embossing powder. I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and matted it onto a scalloped black mat.

Next, I cut a black banner and stamped and embossed the Happy Birthday stamp from Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash stamp set. I love how crisply this stamp comes out even when it is embossed!

I added the final sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Delightful Day stamp set, but the card was still lacking something. After looking through my bits and pieces of leftovers, I found a piece of a PTI Paper Clippings die cut, so I trimmed that and added it to my banner, curling the swirl over the edge. I really loved how this worked - how simple hearts are easily pleased lol!

I bet you have some alcohol inks or alcohol pens in your stash, so why not pop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see inspiration from the team, and join in with us this month.

We are delighted to have Pooja from Reusing Cards & Quilling joining us as Guest Designer this month, so I hope you will give her a warm welcome.

I'd like to go and play at

Morgan's Artworld - embossing wet or dry

Pattie's Creations Challenge - birthday

Perfectly Created Chaos Challenge - heat embossing

Stay safe and have a Happy Bonfire Night and thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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