Saturday 29 December 2018

A Mixed Media 'Dream'

Christmas is over and goodies put to bed for a while at least.
Time to relax and just play  - in my case to use some new goodies.

I didn't know where this project would lead to so just 
went with what took my fancy!
Funny enough I started two projects and nearly
put this one in the bin as I wasn't happy with the background
but came back to it today and pressed on.
The other item landed in the bin.
I started by adding a couple of patches of Sand Paste
then stenciling the background with
texture paste sprayed with 
Tim's Dusty Concord Distress Stain.
Wet my page then added Lindy's Magical's
in Witches Potion Purple/Freaky Franken Lime 
and Nuvo Solar Flare Shimmer Powder.
That is where I left it overnight.
I decided it needed a little more so
stenciled the middle using Nuvo Mousse 
in Aloe Vera then just  kept adding
different coloured mousses
 some Inka Gold and random script.
Inked water colour paper with 
the same Magical's above and
Starburst Spray in Tiffany Lou Blue.
Stamped my butterflies with 
Black Archival ink then heat embossed
in black. Fussy cut them after blinging them up 
with Nuvo Blue Lagoon Crystal Drops. 
Attached some lightly coloured dry wall tape and a 
flourish before adding the butterflies.
Finished with a popped sentiment cut from
MFT die and distressing some of the edges.

A few close ups!

I am going enter this at 
for their current Challenge Here
It's an Anything Goes so the sky's the limit!

Thanks for dropping in today.
Only a few days till the New Year.
Hoping yours will be a Happy Healthy one.

Monday 17 December 2018

Life is a Beach at Art and Soul Studio Challenge

Time for my latest project  as Ambassador for
Art and Soul Studio over at their Blog.
It's a very Tropical Mood Board for December 
as we are in our Summer Season in Oz
 and it depicts just that! 

The heading says it all. 

I started by adding Gesso to my 5"x 7" canvas
then crumpled up tissue paper for texture.
and DecoArt White Crackle Paint,
 adding colour
with Art /Alchemy Emerald Green/Mermaid Sparkle
and Glitter Gold Colour Craft Lustre Powder
Now to add my sea shells
Nice variety to choose from here.
Cut the mesh bag and thought it only right that
I would use a portion to help add more texture
and painted part of it with
Art Alchemy Gold Rush with a baby wipe.
Now to add those sea shells and some Calcined Bauxite
Then some painting,waxing -
pearls, mica flakes, beads and prills.

and a few close ups
finishing with the required sentiment word (Life)
from Inkadankado

I know December is a busy month and it would be
fabulous if you can join our   Art and Soul December Challenge.
 There are $50 Gift Certificates on offer & we have a stunning mood board every month
There's so much beautiful inspiration from my Talented Team Mates.
 All the details about the December Challenge can be found Here

Items purchased from Art and Soul Studio - 
Art Alchemy Paints
Nuvo Mouse
Derivan Matisse Calcined Bauxite
Josonja's Texture Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Derivan Matisse Mica Flakes

Hope you enjoyed checking out my project.
Thank You for coming by today.
Till next time - Cherrio from

A CAS Reminder for CUTplorations

Christmas is just about here and I have a
really quick easy card to share just in case you
haven't entered our CUTplorations December Challenge
Check out what my Team Mates from our other Challenges
have made Here.

I used the following on my card - 
(just the Merry) cut with gold paper
heat embossed in gold
Christmas-Elf sentiment also heat embossed.
Attached to red card stock and on to
gold card base.
Finished with some gems to the centre of the poinsettia.


Thanks for popping in.
Hope you get time to join us for our last
CUTploration Challenge for the year.
I'll be back with the Girls in January
for more fun. 
PS - you are going to love our Inspiration Photo.

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Simply 'Merry Christmas'

Christmas is just around the corner and I was still in need
of more Christmas cards so...
I got out my old Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil
to use as a background for my CAS card.

It's the last Challenge of the Year at
and it's our
This is where you use pencils,markers,watercolours,brushes, inks
anything that Makes a Mark. You get the drift!
I used White Texture Paste on my stencil background
  and some Arctic White Lustre Powder (Thanks Kylie)
on white card stock shadowed by red 
on my Merry Christmas Die from
CUTplorations and attached to vellum.

Hope you get time to play with us this week
and I see you in our Gallery.
Thanks for dropping in and a 
Big Thank You for all your kind comments
you made on my posts for Addicted to Stamps and More. 
I'll be back in the New Year with 
more inspiration for your pleasure.

Sunday 9 December 2018

A 'Sweet' Sundae

I have a bit of time up my sleeve as I wait for my granddaughter
to arrive tomorrow to continue her nursing studies. 
She is driving down from Cairns and is half way here.
I have just a few house chores in the morning 
and am excited to have her rest up here for a day.
She will continue on to stay at my sister's 
(a 4 hour drive) for a wee while but will be back
to spend Christmas here.

Now on to a card I made this afternoon for the
I wanted to try out a new stamp for the
emboss resist technique and this wee stamp
from Carabelle Coup de Glace
was just perfect.
I used a mix of products for my resist - 
Tim's Distress Festive Berries and
Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry.
Also Brusho's in Brilliant Red/Leaf Green,
a touch of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for the ice cream
and of course you have to have sprinkles (from Martha Stewart)
on top and falling beside the parfait glass.
Did a wet wash with H2O's around the stamp
which by the way is heat embossed in white.
My sentiment is from my stash and unknown.
I cut my sweets from a postage stamp die
popped on to the next size up and again
adhered to the bigger one and on to
basic white card base.

My mix is Emboss Resist, Stamping, Glitter,
Water colouring and Die Cutting.

Thanks for dropping in

It's a Christmas 'Deer'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for

It's time for our Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
and as it is December - a Christmas card is called for.
I went CAS here choosing Kraft card stock.
I painted a white background with texture paste
then added some big grungy snowflakes
from STAMPlorations Art Marks
 with smaller snowflakes with the rubber end 
of a pencil and a few tiny splats using
Hero Arts White Pigment Ink.
Added some coloured snowflakes from SU
in Memento Teal Zeal.
My deer is from Crafts4U cut from
brown card stock and then
heat embossed clear.
Sentiment is from
inked in Marvy Timeless Sepia also clear heat embossed.
This was all cut from a stitched die and attached
to Kraft card stock.

Pop over and see how my Team Mates
used their dies and come join us for our last
Die Challenge for the Year.

Kylie is kindly giving the Winner a $20 Coupon to spend at the Shop  HERE.

Signing off here for Happy Little Stampers
Anything Goes with Dies  by wishing you all a
Merry Christmas and a Safe Happy Healthy New Year
and a Big Thank You for your encouraging comments.

Thursday 6 December 2018

It's a 'Onefer' for 2 CAS Challenges

It's nice to put Christmas card making aside 
and play with a few of my favourite challenges at

I started my emboss resist with SU Bliss
heat embossed in silver. My background resist is
from Nuvo Solar Flare Shimmer Powder
mixed with water. I then added some texture with a
hexagon stencil with white crackle paste.
I heat embossed my STAMPlorations
Trendy Butterfly 2 then added colour from
Lindy's Tiffany Lou Blue Spray
Colour Blast Deep Water Shimmer
and a touch of the Nuvo Shimmer Powder.
Added a sprinkle of WOW Midas Touch
Embossing Glitter to the middle of the butterfly
and here's a close up -

fussy cut and slightly popped
to my stitched background.
Attached to white card base.
My Thanks a Million stamp
(for the CAS Watercolour Challenge)
is from STAMPlorations Fluttery
heat embossed in Silver.
My Mix for the CAS Mix Up Challenge is
Emboss Resist, Stamping, Texture, Heat Embossing.

Thanks for dropping in
Love reading your comments!

Tuesday 4 December 2018

A Christmas Themed CUTploration Challenge

December is here and Christmas is just
a few weeks away. Just in case you are running late
with your Christmas cards the CUTplorations Gals
have added their makes Here to inspire you to
finish them off with this photo below.

Here is my take.

The first thing I noticed was the poinsettia's 
and have made a card using that flower but
as I had a new Christmas stamp I had not inked
I went with that for this post. 
You will see the other one a little later.
I knew when I decided to use Kraft card stock I wanted
texture on my Large Christmas Candles
Here's a close up so you can get a
good look at how it turned out 
After heat embossing them with Lawn Fawn
White Embossing Powder I coloured them with
Tim's Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn/Crushed Olive
Carved Pumpkin and Festive Berries.
The texture I used on my candles was
DecoArt White Crackle Paste.
(Love the result I got)
The lit candle and berries were painted with
Fresh Orange Metallic Paint from
Finnabair Art Alchemy
The sentiments are from  Homespun Christmas.
Of course I had to add falling snow which was
splattered using white paint.
This was then cut with the
to finish my card.


Would love to see your creation over at
STAMPlorations and you could be
a Lucky Winner by following these Rules.

  • Create a project inspired by the inspiration photo for the current month. You can create any type of project -- card, ATC, altered project, mixed media, art journal page, scrapbook page, etc. -- but make sure you use die cuts (any brand) and at least one STAMPlorations product. (A STAMPlorations product can be a stamp, stencil, thin metal die, or even a page from our coloring book. If you don't own a STAMPlorations product, you can still join by using the free digital stamp we are offering here.)
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post (if linking from your blog) and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
Thanks so much for dropping in
Your comments are so encouraging.

Saturday 1 December 2018

Season's Greetings for Happy Little Stampers

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
Happy Little Stampers and it's our
Watercolour Challenge
Our Optional Twist is a favourite of mine.
I just love using STENCILS!

I had this background and stencil done quite some time ago
and wasn't sure how to finish it off.
I decided to break down the background slightly by
inking up the same Lindy's Magical's in Screamin' Banshee Black
and adding a frame.
My Christmas tree is from ARTplorations
made by mixing texture paste, silver and blue paint.
While wet sprinkled it heavily with glitter
giving it quite a bit of depth.
My Season's Greetings is  from CUTplorations.
After I had glued it down I realized it was 
too hard to see so got out my white Uniball pen
and went around the edges. 
Unfortunately it is still hard to see in the photograph
but is clearer IRL.
This was all attached to white card base.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates
have produced. We would love to see you
in our Gallery this month.

Don'r forget - 
Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop!
 Check out all the details HERE.


Thanks for dropping in today.