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Sunday, 10 December 2017

The last ATC of the year ........

Happy Sunday evening .....

I hope you've had a nice weekend ..... although it's probably been a white one for some of you. 
We had quite a bit of snow here on Friday ...... this was what we woke up to .... so pretty 

And it gradually got worse as the day went on ......

Schools were closed for the day. Flights and ferries were delayed.  There were no cabs, no buses running and all the shops closed early .... but all that didn't matter ........ it was SNOWING!!!!

It did stop snowing for a while ........ Meet Frosty,  Alex's snow day friend

The only downside was I had to cancel the Christmas workshop yesterday.  It wasn't a good idea for everyone to travel with the weather conditions as they were.  It's all been re-arranged and fingers crossed, it will go ahead next weekend.
The snow has nearly all gone here now .... sigh.  It would have been nice to have a white Christmas

Anyhow ...... it's the 10th of December (only two weeks to go before the big day ..... eeek!) and it's time to launch the last of the Happy Little Stampers Challenges for this year ..... the ATC challenge

The theme is Christmas ....... and oh look! ..... it's a snowy one

I do love white on Kraft card. 
I've stamped and heat embossed some small snowflakes onto the background

Added in a few dots with a white gel pen and brush around the edges with Picket Fence Distress ink

A simple strip of white card, cut to create a snowy hillside, then heat embossed with the greeting using Liquid Platinum powder.  A touch of glitter adds a little sparkle.

To finish off I die cut a pretty snowflake from glitter card and a piece of white, layered the two together to add dimension and then attached it onto my ATC ...... all done!

The last ATC of the year!

Thank You to everyone that has played along with all of this years Happy Little Stampers challenges ..... your support means a lot.
Have a very Merry Christmas ..... and a Happy and Healthy New Year.  And we'll see you all in 2018 for more challenge fun!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day. And if you've got snow, stay safe and warm.
We were out and about today, and it was a little on the chilly side!  We went for a lovely Sunday lunch with the whole family ....... it's always nice when someone else does the cooking, and there's no washing up to do!  And this evening hubby and I are staying cosy and warm in front of the TV.  It's movie time and a little Christmas spirit I think ...... Cheers! 

Cheerio until next time .....

Friday, 8 December 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .......

Happy Friday folks ......

Well I didn't expect to be waking up to snow this morning ......

Roads are closed and full of abandoned cars apparently, the mountain is full of snow, schools are closed, and there's no cabs or buses!  Guess I'm staying in the craft room today.  Although the little man is here, so if this keeps up I think a snowman will be on the to do list!

I hope it doesn't get any worse ..... I have a workshop planned tomorrow!!!

Before all that though it's time to remind you about this month's Craft Stamper Challenge

The theme is Anything Goes .... as long as there's rubber stamping on your project somewhere.

It's all about Christmas in the craft room at the moment.  There's glitter everywhere ...... and I mean everywhere, not just in the craft room ......  I love it!!

I've got a Christmas card for you today ..... with a little something extra.

Very CAS in design.   Snowflakes stamped at the top of the card in silver metallic ink, then I've stamped one of the new Tim Holtz snowflakes over the top and heat embossed in gold (I love these new designs .... they're so delicate)

The stylish reindeer is from a stamp set by Unity Stamps, and he's been simply stamped and heat embossed in gold to match the snowflake (I did use my MISTI to stamp him a couple of times to make sure I had enough ink on him before I embossed)

A festive sentiment and a few splatters of gold and silver ink finish off the design

Now for the magic ...... see the hole at the end of the reindeer's nose, well it's there for a reason.   If you press gently on the sentiment, this happens .....

I love it!!!
It's got a little copper tape circuit underneath, with a battery and a tiny red LED light ...... they're called Chibitronics I think, and they're so much fun.  When you press on the sentiment it completes the circuit and lights the bulb .... clever eh!
This was something we covered on the HLS Craft Retreat I was on a few weeks ago and I must say, I will be doing this again.

Our sponsor this month is ........ Stampin Unicorn from Polkadoodles
and there's a great prize for the challenge winner.  A fabulous THREE stamp sets and two gorgeous paper packs .....

Check out the Craft Stamper Blog for full details and you'll also find lots more inspiration on there from the rest of the Design Team.

Speaking of the DT, we've grown a little over the last week.  There's some very talented new Designers joining in January and, I'm proud to say I'm going to be part of this fabulous team for another year.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
And if you've got any of this snow that's falling ....... stay safe and warm.

Cheerio until next time .....

Thursday, 7 December 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge .......

Happy Thursday .......

It's the 7th day of December and on the blog today ........ is the launch of the final STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge of the year

Usual theme of Anything Goes, and the perfect optional colour twist this month is ........ GOLD

I do like these Typografia stamps, they're perfect for making CAS cards ..... quick and easy too. 
Use the phrases on their own on your cards, they're a great size and look fab, or add a little more detail to the background as I've done here .......

I stamped the snowflakes first using Gold and Silver metallic inks .......

then I stamped the phrase over the top, and heat embossed it in gold

The Christmas phrases are lovely with gorgeous detail.  This is one of my favourites from the range ........Like Christmas

Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for all the challenge information and details of the prizes. You'll also find more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there today too.

Don't forget ..... there's a great Holiday Sale going on in the STAMPlorations store ..... Dec 1st to 31st.
Grab yourself some bargains while you can ..... call it an early Christmas present! 

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

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 .......

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

TAG! You're it ......

Happy Tuesday ........

It's the 5th of December, and it's time for a festive tag for this months TAGplorations Challenge.

The theme this month is All About Christmas ...... with an optional twist of ....... Glitter!  A touch of sparkle is perfect for the festive season. 

I've used Kraft card (again!) for the base of my tag, cut using the CUTplorations Tags #1 Nesting dies. 
I edged the tag with a little bit of Pocket Fence Distress Ink and sprinkled a touch of Chunky White Embossing Powder

The word 'Merry' is from the Merry Christmas Phrase Die, cut from Kraft card, covered with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using red and sparkly green embossing powders.

The present is cut from snippets of leftover card using the Gift Builder #2 die and then layered

The pretty bow has an extra layer of plain white cardstock to add a little dimension

Now I just need to find a gift for this to go on!

Why not join in the fun and create your own Christmas tags.
You can enter as many projects as you want, just remember only 1 project per blog post please.
Your entry doesn't have to be a tag, it can be anything you like but it must feature a TAG ....... a card with a tag on it perhaps, or a journal/scrapbook page featuring a tag. 
You don't have to use STAMPlorations products either ....... although it's great if you do!

There's been a little change to the challenge prizes this month, just for December.
To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is .....

  • comment on the December TAGplorations challenge post AND the posts on the Design Team's Blogs for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in the STAMPlorations store
  • also,one randomly drawn player from all the challenge entries will win a $20 Gift Certificate
  • and 1 player, again randomly drawn from all the entries, will win their choice of a set of CUTplorations Tag Dies from the store
TAG! .... now it's your turn

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

Oh .... almost forgot ..... there's a mega Holiday Sale on at the STAMPlorations store.

A massive 30% off Stamps, Stencils and Dies (terms apply)
Just use code ..... HOLIDAY2017 at the checkout ...... see the website for full details.

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 ......

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