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Showing posts with label HLS Mixed Media Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HLS Mixed Media Challenge. Show all posts

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

We have moved ....... (again!)

Happy Tuesday evening .....

It was moving day today.  The removal men arrived first thing this morning and it's been non-stop all day.
We've got boxes everywhere ..... can't find a thing ..... I'm tired ..... and I'm hungry!  But hey .... we're in!  It won't take me long to make it home!

Today sees the start of this month's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge .....

As you can see the theme for February is ...... Butterfly
Here's a little inspiration for you ..... an ATC block

It's the size of an ATC ...... just made from a block of wood.
I simply painted it black and then heat embossed my butterflies in gold, before adding some colour using metallic paints

I added butterflies to the two large surfaces of the block ......

And also splattered on some gold and silver ink

Down the sides,  I added some pretty leaves .... stamped in Verasmark and embossed in clear, and then added more ink splatters.

The sentiment was stamped onto white card and then cut into pieces, before attaching to the front of the block

And to finish off I added feet on the bottom ...... simple wooden beads painted gold, and a decorative metal embellishment on the top

I love how this turned out .... it's going to sit on my craft desk I think .... when I remember which box it's in!!

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner .... which will be doubled if the winning project has been created using HLS stamps.

What are you waiting for ..... Happy stamping!!

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

Cheerio until next time .....

Saturday, 6 January 2018

How does your garden grow ......

Happy weekend .......

Well .... that's the first week of 2018 over .... it wasn't so bad.
Back to normal now though .... the tree and all the decorations are down and put away for another year, and the house is nearly tidy but hey! ..... I'm not too bothered about all that, seeing as we're moving again at the beginning of February! I'll be starting to pack boxes again soon ...... whoopee!!
There's never a dull moment at the Walmsley's ....... life is always an adventure.

I've got another Blog challenge for you this evening .... it's the turn of the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge

As you can see, the theme is ...... GARDEN
Now I'm not much of a gardener myself ...... I can't even keep a cactus alive!  But .....I do love a nice garden, that's why I usually pay someone else to look after it.
For the last three years we haven't actually had a garden as such because we've been in the centre of Douglas .... we have had the rather large square outside though which has been lovely .... all the benefits, none of the work.
When we move though, that will change.  There's a huge garden at the new place, with a patio area to put garden furniture, and I think it gets the sun all afternoon.  Better start looking for that gardener!

Anyway ..... back to the challenge.  One of the lovely things from a garden are the beautiful blooms that grow ......

I used the large bloom from the HLS Especially for You set, stamped it a few times onto white cardstock and then fussy cut the flowers, before colouring each one using ZIG Markers

The background is the faux wood grain technique.  There's a great step by step tutorial over on the Snippets Blog by Karen Dunbrook.  Check it out and give this a go ..... it's so much fun.

It's a really easy technique to do and depending on what colour of Distress Ink you use, you will get a different looks ..... I've used Weather Wood on mine.

Simply apply PVA glue onto a piece of white cardstock.  Don't cover the card completely, and apply the glue in lines, down the card.  This gives the best wood effect when the ink is applied.
When the glue is dry, turn the card over and score down the card at quarter or half inch intervals, depending on the size of your finished card (I think mine are quarter inch)

Turn back to the glue side of the card and apply Distress Ink ...... rub the ink directly from the pad down the cardstock.  You will begin to see where the glue was ...... continue applying the ink until you get the finish you are looking for.  I used just the one colour here, but you can use as many as you like .... depends on the look you want.

I attached the flowers over the top .... some flat and some with foam pads for dimension ....

A simple stamped sentiment ......

and a few dots of glossy accents finish everything off.

I also added a couple of the flowers to the inside of the card ......

How will you interpret the challenge theme? I can't wait to see.

There's a prize for the challenge winner ..... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store and .... if the winner (randomly chosen) has used HLS stamps on their winning project then the prize will be doubled!!
You might want to check out the HLS store ...... Kylie has been busy designing and there's some fabulous new stamp sets available for pre-order.  There's an amazing offer on them too .... if you order all six sets then there's 20% off the price! 

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your weekend.
I'm off to grab a take away, put my feet up, and catch up on some TV.  No G&T tonight though, not even a small glass of wine ..... I've decided I'm having a dry January.
So far it's been sparkling water with my lunch out yesterday, and then just a Fever Tree Aromatic tonic with ice and pink grapefruit when we popped into the Prospect.
Hubby is trying too ..... although he's going for more of a damp January rather than dry ..... no will power!!

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year .......

Happy Wednesday ......

It's the 6th of December and it's time for a touch of Festive Mixed Media for the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

As you can see it's a nice easy theme to end the year ....... Anything Goes!  What will you create?

I've recycled a simple little frame into a fun festive coloured Christmas decoration using a rubber stamp and some acrylic paint.

The frame was given two coats of the gorgeous red shimmery Starlight paint and when this was dry I rubbed over the corners with gold gilding wax, to bring out the detail of the flourishes

I stamped the words onto a piece of white cardstock ....... Most Wonderful Time from the Typografia range by STAMPlorations ...... and then heat embossed in gold.

To finish off I attached one of the Tim Holtz Mini Christmas trees ...... coloured with Distress Spray Stain and white texture paste for the snow .......

and a jolly little MDF snowman which I found in my Christmas stash .....

How cute is this little guy!  He's been painted with white acrylic, coloured with markers and then sprinkled with glitter ..... perfect!

As with all the HLS challenges there's a prize for the winner ..... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store ..... wouldn't that be nice in the New Year!

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

Hubby's out this evening with work so, I'm finally making a start on my Christmas cards .... yeah!
I might even wrap some presents too.

Cheerio until next time .......

Monday, 6 November 2017

Why use one tag when you can use four ......

Happy Monday .....

Brrrr ..... it was a bit chilly here this morning.  Glad we finally switched the heating on last night ...... still can't believe we lasted this long without it!   Could be something to do with me having my own personal summers .... you know what I mean!!!

I hope you all had a good weekend ..... ours was fab! Lots for great food, nice wine, the best company ever and lots of laughs.  I won't go into details but ...... I'm now known as Lola!!!  Don't ask!

It's the start of a new week and it's a short one for me ..... I'm off across to the UK on Thursday (whoo hoo!!)  More about that later though ..... I've still got lots to do before I close the craft room door.

First up this week is ....... November's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

As you can see, this month's theme is ..... Tag!
Now you know me I love making tags ..... and I seem to have done quite a few recently, so when I saw this month's theme I decided why stop at one .... why not use lots of tags ...... so here we are with four of them ..... on one card!

The tags all started out the same size ..... approx. 4.5 x 10.5 cm and they were cut from red cardstock, black, kraft card, and a manila tag.
Let's start at the top ..... with the red one

Simply stamped using a grey ink and Black Versafine and a couple of the layers from an Altenew stamp set.

Next up was the Kraft tag ....... covered with patterned paper and then stamped over the top with a gorgeous flourish stamp, heat embossed in white ......

One of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps next .... the gorgeous Jane

Stamped onto the manila tag using Black Versafine ink with a tiny bit of colour added using Zig Markers for the eyes, and Distress Ink for the cheeks and lips.
I then masked off the face before I stamped the script in the background

Last but not least .... the black tag

Stamped with the gorgeous flourish again and heat embossed in gold.

I took some red, black and white inks and splattered a piece of Kraft card

The edges were brushed with Aged Mahogany Distress ink, and the sentiment stamped and heat embossed in gold across the bottom

Each of the tags was cut to a different size before attaching them to the card and a little piece of lace knotted on one of the tags adds the finishing touch.

Now it's your turn ....... don't forget, there is a prize for the challenge winner ......  a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS Store
Happy stamping!!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I've been busy in the craft room trying to get through the To Do list. As I said earlier we're off to the UK on Thursday.  Hubby and I are having a few days away ... he's off to spend time with his buddies whilst I'm off the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat ..... can't wait. 
I am keeping my eye on the weather though ...... we're on the boat!!!  Last week, the sea was like a mill pond everyday.  It's been a little bit on the choppy side today but ......... that can all change by Thursday ......... it could get worse!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a smooth crossing.

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 6 October 2017

Deck the Halls ........

Hello again ......

The weekend is almost here ... yeah!!  Or has yours already started!

We're still in the festive spirit I'm afraid ........ for this month's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

This month's theme is ....... Crackle and I've used it here to paint an MDF Christmas bauble

I love the crackle effect and it's so simple to do.
I gave the bauble a quick coat of gesso followed by a coat of acrylic paint.  You need to put a colour down first so that it shows through once the crackle has done its magic ..... I chose a bluey grey shade here

There's quite a few Crackle paints or glazes on the market ..... I used the 2 step Cracking Paint from Sweet Poppy Stencils, it works really well and dries reasonably quickly.  Another one of my favourites is the PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze.

OK ...... so I've gessoed and painted my bauble.  Next comes Step 1 of the Cracking Paint ....... the Primer.  Simply painted over the bauble and left to dry ...... it dries clear.  Then comes the magic ..... Step 2 painted over the top and left to dry.  I like to leave it to dry naturally but, you can heat it to speed up the process.  As it dries, the cracks appear.

I then used a stencil and texture paste to add my design followed by a covering of fine glitters to add the colour ..... very sparkly!

I stamped the words and heat embossed with gold powder, both on the front of the bauble and the back ....... adding more of the stencil design too

To finish off  I added a festive bow along with some seasonal foliage

What will you design?

As with all the HLS challenges there's a prize up for grabs ..... a $20 gift certificate to spend in the HLS Store.
You can check out all the challenge details HERE and why not pop by and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to ...... Happy Stamping!

Well that's me done for this week ..... it's time I had some of that Christmas spirit.  I think there's a glass of something chilled waiting with my name all over it ..... Ho! Ho! Ho!

Thanks for popping by ........ have a great weekend.

Cheerio until next time .....

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Time for a tag I think .......

Happy Wednesday folks ......

How are you? ...... Fancy another Blog Challenge?
Well ...... it just so happens that September's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge gets underway today, and the theme is ......... Collage

I thought it was time for a tag ..... haven't made one in a while.

Collage can be a piece of art created by using lots of different bits and bobs to make up the finished piece ...... papers, fabrics, ribbons.  Newsprint, paints, texture paste ..... you name it, you can use it.

I've gone for the look of collage and layers using my stamps and stencils.

I started out by colouring a manila tag with some Distress Oxide inks ...... smooshing the colours (Worn Lipstick and Fossilised Amber) onto the tag and then letting them dry

I stamped the beautiful Jane from IndigoBlu, onto the tag using black Versafine ink and also created a mask to cover the image

With mask in place I added some fine script to the background to create the look of another layer

The mask was removed and a layer of texture paste was then added over the top of the stamping using one of the pretty floral stencils from Tim Holtz

I then stamped the sentiment cut each word individually and arranged them onto my tag

To finish off I used the same Distress Oxide inks to colour a piece of white seam binding .....

Simply swipe the inks onto a craft sheet, spritz with water and then drag the ribbon through the ink to pick up the colour.
No more searching through your stash for that piece of ribbon that's just the right colour ...... create your own perfect match!

The challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers .......

and the winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the store.  Happy stamping!

I've had a lovely day in my craft room, busy with DT stuff.  I'll give you a sneaky peek when everything's finished ..... lots of glitter again so you can guess what the theme is, and not much went into the rubbish bin which was a bonus!!
It was a little quiet though ....... no little man today.  It was his first day back at school after the summer break ...... he's in Year 2 this year .... bless him.
No doubt I'll hear all about it tomorrow.  He keeps reminding us that it's his birthday this month ... 2 weeks tomorrow in fact!!  Better start thinking about making a card!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm going to put my feet up and catch up on some TV tonight ..... we've got our Sky TV back - yeah!! The engineer came today ...... new dish, new boxes, and we've now got SkyQ.  Apparently we can record up to 6 different channels at once, and still watch another one!  And ..... one of the remote controls is soooo cool ..... you just tell it what you want to watch and it finds it for you. Doesn't take much to impress me does it!!!
I think a re-run of the last two episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 is on the cards .... seeing as we had to watch them on hubby's PC .... not quite the same as seeing it on the BIG screen.  And then its the brand new series of Doctor Foster for me ...... not forgetting that Strictly starts at the weekend too ..... Christmas must be coming!!

Cheerio until next time .......

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