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Showing posts with label HLS Christmas challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HLS Christmas challenge. Show all posts

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Do you fancy feeling festive .......

Happy Sunday evening ......

I hope you've enjoyed the weekend. 
Today sees the start of the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

As always the theme is Anything Goes, with this month's optional twist ..... Hearts

I've used this cute little stamp from the ever growing mountain of NBUS in my craft room (Never Before Used Stuff!) 

This cute little guy is from Unity Stamps ..... I'm sorry I can't give you the name of the stamp as it's currently sat somewhere in this mountain of stash, in what is going to be my new craft room ...... I'm not looking forward to sorting all that lot out ........ and that's not all of it!! 

Anyway ...... he's been stamped onto white card, using black versafine ink and then I add a touch of colour with ZIG markers

A touch of fine crystal glitter to add a bit of sparkle

And a sprinkling of Chunky White Embossing Powder to give the look of falling snow

A  simple sentiment to finish off .....

And a little something on the inside ......

Our challenge winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store  and ....... if the winner has used Happy Little Stampers stamps on their project then the prize will be doubled!!

Happy stamping folks!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and a have a great week.

We've been moving boxes all weekend ....... I'm sick of looking at bubble wrap and packing tape! Never mind, only one more day to go before the removal men arrive on Tuesday.
For now though, I have a date with a  G&T and a  large bag of popcorn ..... I've earned it!

Until next time .....

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Just when you thought Christmas was over .......

Hello again, happy Thursday evening .......

I've spent most of the day packing away the Christmas decorations .... there's glitter everywhere .... again!  I'm still working on the tree ...... did I really hang soooo many baubles on there!

Anyway ..... just when you were maybe thinking of putting all those Christmas stamps and festive craft stash away ...... don't do it!!! 
January's Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge gets underway today ..... Ho! Ho! Ho! (Sorry)

As you can see the theme is still Anything Goes ..... with an optional twist of ...... CAS (Clean and Simple)

Here's one of my favourite little snowmen ...... and you couldn't get more CAS. 
(I do love black and white with just a hint of colour)

He's been stamped in black Versafine ink, and then just his hat and scarf coloured ..... oh and his nose!

The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold underneath ......

And then a few dots of white enamel accents have been added here and there, to give the look of falling snow.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a prize for the winner ...... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store.  And guess what ..... it the winner has used HLS products on their winning project then the prize will be DOUBLED!! ....... WOW!

Happy Stamping folks.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to finish taking the tree down ..... I've had enough now, I just want everything put away and the house tidy again.

Cheerio until next time ......

Monday, 4 December 2017

Merry everything .......

Happy Monday evening .......

It's the 4th day of December and guess what ...... I think I've finished the Christmas shopping! Well, the gifts anyway.
Lauren and I hit the town this morning and I think we're all done ...... with just a couple of little extras.  Everything that was on the list was crossed off by the end of the afternoon plus we picked up a couple of bargains in the 3 for 2 offers! 
I even remembered to buy the wrapping paper.  Guess what I'll be doing later!

First things first though ..... it's time to get this month's Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge started
As always the theme is Anything Goes ...... with an optional twist for December of ....... a Stencil

The gifts may be bought but, I've still got most of my Christmas cards to make so quick and easy, with stunning results is the way to go I think, and stencils are a great way of doing just that.

I love this stag don't you ..... he's a perfect size to make him the focal point on your card with just a simple greeting underneath (my finished card is 7x5 inches).  You don't get much more CAS!

I used white texture paste through the stencil and then sprinkled over with a fine gold glitter ..... love how he sparkles

I added a dot of red glitter glue for his nose and suddenly you've got Rudolph!

A few dots of white Enamel Accents here and there, and a festive sentiment, heat embossed in gold, and we're done

As always the challenge is sponsored by the HLS store, and the winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on fabulous craft goodies. Why not join in the festive fun!

As we were out Christmas shopping today and, the festive menu was launching at the Prospect, Lauren and I thought it was only right we should go and check out the delicious festive baguette ......

Hubby joined us too, for a Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings, on a crusty baguette ...... yummee!!  We'll be having one of those again!!

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

Cheerio until next time ......

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fancy a festive challenge ........

Happy weekend folks .......

I hope you're having a good one.
I think the festive season has started early here ........ I was out last night at a lovely event ..... a bit of a girlie evening.  It's not often that Lauren and I get to go out together so it was extra special. We had a great time ..... cocktails and canapes at the event, then we met up with hubby and his crew for pizza and pasta, and we finished the evening off in Chris's place.
And ..... this is a scheduled post as I'm out again this evening ....... party animal or what!  I'll suffer for it tomorrow no doubt!

Anyhow .... enough about my galavanting, it's time to get November's Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge underway (only a little over 7 weeks to go until the big day .... just saying!)

It's an Anything Goes theme with the optional twist this month of ....... TAG!

Now you know me .... I do love my tags.  And I do really need to get started on my festive makes so here we are ...... a cute little gift tag (just need to make a start on buying the gifts to put it on now!)

A simple black tag spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mica spray to create the wintry sky

I then cut two pieces of white cardstock for the snowy hills, stamped my greeting onto one of them and attached them to the bottom of the tag ....... I did use foam pads to add some dimension

The trees have been stamped onto some coloured card from my stash and then fussy cut and added to the tag to create my little winter scene ......

A few glitter glue baubles to decorate the trees ....

And some holly alongside of the sentiment to finish off .....

All the stamps I've used are from the HLS Christmas Joy set.

Now it's over to you ...... happy Christmas crafting!
And don't forget, there's a prize for the challenge winner ..... a $20 gift certificate to spend in the HLS store

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your weekend.
I'm currently at one of my favourite bar/restaurants on the island ..... The Seven Kingdoms.  We're out with some friends so it'll be good food, nice wine and great company ........ with the odd G&T no doubt. Well it is a gin distillery after all!!

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Twice in one day ........

Hello ..... me again!

What am I talking about twice ..... this is actually the third post today!  You'll have to excuse me .... it must be this cold that I've got!  Yes ..... I've the sniffles!  They must have sneaked into my suitcase on the way home.

It's Blog challenge time again though, and we're staying in the festive mood from earlier, with the Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge ...... mince pie anyone?  I'm being serious we've actually bought our first mince pies of the year!!! ..... OMG!!! Blame M&S .... they were there on the self and I couldn't resist!

Anyway ....... as the challenge theme says it's Anything Goes ...... with an optional twist.  For October that twist is .....

I've used the CUTplorations Winter Landscape die to create my silhouette .....

Simply cut from black cardstock and then layered on top of a piece of white cardstock embossed using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder from Stampin Up! ..... instant snowy sky!

A really quick and easy design but very effective I think ..... great if you're making a whole load of cards and easy to post too!

A simple festive greeting stamped along a strip of white card with one embossed in gold finishes off the card nicely.

Well I think that's enough festive inspiration for today don't you .... there's still 81 days to go!!

As always there's a prize up for grabs for the challenge winner ...... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS Store.  Is it time you started thinking about Christmas!?

Thanks for popping by again ...... it's been a long day today.
Time for a glass of red I think .... another one!

Cheerio until next time .....

Monday, 4 September 2017

Time to sparkle ........

Happy Monday .......

I hope your week is off to a good start.  It's a busy one in the old craft room ..... blog challenges, DT stuff, and a workshop to prepare for.

I've got another blog challenge for you this evening and it's time to get a little festive.  It's the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge .... Ho! Ho! Ho!

As you can see the theme is Anything Goes, with this month's optional twist ...... SPARKLE
We all like a touch of sparkle now and then ........ and especially on those Christmas projects!

I've gone for lots of sparkle on this CAS design ...... although it's not easy to photograph!!

I've used a Sweet Poppy stencil for the wreath, with white paste stencil paste through it.  Whilst the paste was still wet I sprinkled over the top with fine crystal glitter in a beautiful festive green shade

Just look at the detail.
I then added some dots of white enamel accents over the top of the berries, and then sprinkled these with fine crystal glitter

A simple festive greeting on the bottom ..... from HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments ...... heat embossed in gold is the perfect finishing touch

I've shaped the stamp so that it follows the curve of the wreath ...... something which is so easy to do with clear stamps.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, to spend in the HLS store

I look forward to seeing your designs in the challenge gallery ..... Happy Stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great week.
I'll be spending most of mine in the craft room ....... projects to finish, deadlines to meet.  And, there's less than 3 weeks now before we go away on holiday so I'm trying to get everything done for the start of next month too!

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 4 August 2017

Christmas is coming .......

Hello again .....

I know, I know ......... some of you haven't had your summer holidays yet and here's me going on about Christmas.  I do have a good excuse though .... it's time for this month's Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge ..... Ho! Ho! Ho!

The theme is Anything Goes .... anything Christmas that is ..... with an optional twist of using a Poinsettia

I love poinsettias at Christmas time but I do struggle to keep them alive past the end of December ..... it's not just poinsettias, plants in general really. I'm definitely not green fingered ..... I had a cactus that died!!!
That's why I have a beautiful fake poinsettia ..... comes out every year and goes away with the decorations in January ..... easy!

I have a few poinsettia rubber stamps too ....... here's one of my favourites, Scarlet Majesty from Penny Black

Speaking of Penny Black ..... that's where I spotted this idea of using black ink on this style of stamp along with the Kraft card.  One of their Design Team ...... Heather Hoffman, created some beautiful designs, I just had to give it a go.   A totally different look from the traditional red, but quite elegant I think. I love it with the touch of gold too.

I did use the MISTI, and quite an old Onyx black Versafine Ink pad as I didn't want the colour too dark. I also stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock from Stampin Up ...... this is a lovely smooth card and a great Kraft colour.   I love how you still get all the detail from the stamp, the veining in the petals and the shading ...... gorgeous!

The sentiment ..... one of the HLS Christmas Sentiments, has been heat embossed using a gold powder

And I finished off the design with a sprinkling of Fran-tage Chunky White embossing powder, to give the look of falling snow ...... sprinkled randomly on the top and gently heated from underneath, so as not to blow it all away.

I do love how this turned out ....... it's so different.   In fact this might just be one of the designs I use for my Christmas cards this year. What do you think?

Check out the HLS Blog for all the challenge details along with more festive inspiration from the rest of the Design Team

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy your weekend.

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A little Christmas in July ........

Happy Tuesday evening folks .......

Did you know there's only 173 days left before Christmas ........... that's just 24 Mondays before the big day ... WOW!!
Why not join in the fun with this month's Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge and make a start on all those festive makes.

The theme is Anything Goes, and there's an optional twist too ....... using Die Cuts.

I've added another card to my Christmas stash and hopefully given you a bit of inspiration to start yours.  I've used the optional twist too ...... the trees are a die cut as is the sentiment

I took a piece of black cardstock and spritzed the top part with a pearl mica spray (Perfect Pearls) and left it to dry ..... doesn't it make a fab snowy sky

I then die cut the trees from a piece of plain white cardstock and gave them a quick spritz with the mica before attaching them onto the black card

Love the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls spray ......

I added the sentiment to the bottom .... again a die cut ..... cut from a piece of card found in my bit box, that had been previously coloured with distress ink and also spritzed with mica

A nice quick and easy design .... perfect when you've got lots to make.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 gift certificate for the winner to spend in the HLS store.
Check out all the challenge details on the blog and see what the rest of the Design Team have been creating.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I hope the weather's a little better where you are, we've had rain all day today and I got soaked ... twice!!  But .......guess what .... the BBQ is in place. Whoo hoo!!!
Yes, the guy turned up this morning, with his crane and lifted the huge box, in the rain, down onto the patio area in front of the house .. easy!
We haven't had chance to take the packaging off yet but hopefully that will be all sorted tomorrow.
It's a Bank Holiday here because it's Tynwald Day .... the islands national day. Hubby's off work so let's hope the sun shines and we can celebrate with a Tynwald Day BBQ.  At least it means I won't have to cook!

Cheerio until next time .....

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