Saturday, 29 September 2012

Steampunk Box By Carol Fox

This box began its crafting journey as one of these pencil boxes. By adding die cut cogs and Verday paint it has become old and battered looking.

Finishing it off with some rusty chain and a mixture of found and newer objects it now looks completely different.

There is still time to enter this months challenge of Steampunkery, all the details can be seen on the original BLOG post.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Gilded cage by moira Sutton

Main Image is by Scrolls Work
Background is Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain
The leaves are using an Emboss it Dabber through Dylusions Luscious Leaves Stencil and then embossed with Antiquities Embossing powder.
The Bird and the Flower have both been coloured using Verday Paints.

Dont forget this months challenge is Steampunkery, full details of how to enter can be seen on the blog post HERE.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

September Guest Designer Martina Fuchs

Martina was our guest designer for this month and shared some lovely steampunk themed pieces with us. Just in case you missed any of them here is a quick resume. To see more of Martina's work have a look at her personal BLOG. Thank you for sharing your work with us this month Martina, it has been a treat.

Steampunk Telegraph full details can be seen HERE

Wooden Chunky ATC full details can be seen HERE

Steampunk Card full details can be seen HERE

This month's challenge theme is Steampunk : Remember to use at least one item that is available from the Happy Daze shop to be eligible for the prize draw to win a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The winner will be announced on the 2nd of October.  Check out this blog post for details

Monday, 24 September 2012

Trick or Treat....

smell my feet, give me something good to eat.

This week, I've again used the Vintage halloween set from Artistic Outpost

This time, I've used the little boy from it to make two projects.... firstly, an ATC 

 secondly, a card :-)
I've made the backgrounds with a selection of spritzers and stamped with black Archival.

Mandy x

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Diesel Punk Card by Annette Goatley (nettyscraftings)

Hi, am still hanging in there with Steampunk.  This time with a card, boring I know but its the best I can come up with.

Using the Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk Rubber Stamps, plus Paint Dabber and various Distress Inks.  I applied both the Dabber Resist  and Overstamp Techniques.

It doesn't look too bad does don't answer  Am sure you can do better.
Take care of yourselves, Hugs Annette x

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Domino Jewellery By Carol Fox

I wanted to try the Verday paint on some dominoes. I then sealed the images under a layer of resin. before I applied the Verday paint around their sides.

I aged some of the charms from the shop with the paint too, once the patina was dry I gave them a polish and this removed some of the patina gave them a lovely finish.
I added a small bale to the back for hanging.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Steampunk Card By Guest Designer Martina Fuchs

For her last piece to share with us this month Martina has made this lovely steampunk card.

She has used Ten Seconds Studio metal, Craft paper, Distress Inks and Idea-ology, a full list of items used are at the end of this post.

Martina Used

Glassine Stash Advantus
Ten Seconds Studio Metal
Idea-ology:  Time Pieces, Game Spinners, Word Bands
Distress Inks 
Ranger Glossy Accents

This month's challenge theme is Steampunk : Remember to use at least one item that is available from the Happy Daze shop to be eligible for the prize draw to win a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The winner will be announced on the 2nd of October.  Check out this blog post for details

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Golden Age of Ballooning

I made this card for this month's Steampunkery challenge. I used a selection of stamps from the Artistic Outpost French Flight and Paris Exposition sets, using different shades of ink to co-ordinate with the background paper. I stamped the man in the hot air balloon in the darkest shade of blue, as I wanted him to be the focal point. I finished it off with an Eco Green Chipboard Propeller, covered in gold embossing powder. I am sending this card to my brother for his birthday as I think it would be a good style for a man.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

'Wheels of the Mind' by Annette Goatley (nettyscraftings)

Hi, am still struggling with the Steampunk theme but was not going to let it beat me.......armed with a Pizza Box and my mind in a whirl.....when wham inspiration hit me.......

Here are the results.  'Wheels of the Mind', using the Pizza Box as a base I designed this collage using Gesso, Distress Inks, Gold Paint Dabber, Viva Gold, Copper, Kobalt Blu and Masks, plus some doodling.   Stamps by Stampendous (Wonderland) and Suzi Blu, plus odds and ends from my stash.

Yep am pleased with the results.  (Just in case you don't recognise the Suzi Blu stamp its called La Belle, only I chopped her hat off)

Am sure you are all brilliant at Steampunk/Mechanical and look forward to seeing your creations.
Take care, hugs Annette x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Chunky ATC by Guest Designer Martina Fuchs

For her 2nd Design team piece to share with us this month Martina has altered one of the Wooden ATC Blocks available from the Shop.

It has been altered using Glassine Stash Advantus, Idea-ology pieces including : Time pieces, Mini Gear, Game spinner and Clock keys.

Idea-ology Box corners have been added to the top and Game Pieces have been used on the base for feet.

List of items Martina used from the shop

Glassine Stash Advantus
Wooden ATC Block
Tim Holtz Idea-ology : Time Pieces, Game spinners, Mini gears, Clock Keys, Game Pieces, box Corners.
Ranger Crackle Accents

This month's challenge theme is Steampunk : Remember to use at least one item that is available from the Happy Daze shop to be eligible for the prize draw to win a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The winner will be announced on the 2nd of October.  Check out this blog post for details

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Butterfly Girl Canvas

I made this canvas using the butterfly girl stamps from Lost Coast Designs which is a favourite of mine! I coloured the canvas with pink, peach, and turquoise acrylic paints and added text using the En Francais stamp by Prima. I finished it off with a couple of flat backed pearls and a homemade lace flower.

Monday, 10 September 2012

You are never alone with a Book

Good Monday greeting to y'all.

Meet Albert... he's a zetti stamp.... but not JUST a zetti ~ one of my all time fave zetti's. He's such a sweetheart and I'm sure you'll love him as much as me. Albert and I decided to make a bookmark this week, using a Dr Seuss quote.

The background of this bookmark is just watercolour that has been literally scribbled onto a piece of watercolour paper, water added , and then stamped on with this lush stamp I got in my DT package this month. yum-my!
Mandy ♥

Sunday, 9 September 2012

No Glue Tag Pocket Book by Annette Goatley (nettyscraftings)

Hi, Happy Daze theme for this month's challenge is Steampunkery, something Mechanical or Steampunk themed.  Have to tell you this challenge really got me worried as all of you who know me...know I am rubbish at Steampunk and avoid it like the plague..............Mechanical.........avoid this as well.  So  armed with a few steampunk stamps from the Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk collection, cardstock from a Tim Holtz collection and my mechanical pencil went about making this Pocket Tag Book.

The Tags
Used the Dabber Resist Technique and over Stamping for the Tags.

 If you would like to make one of these here are the instructions.

 (a) Fold card in quarters (b) then unfold and fold in 1/4" from right and left edges (c) fold in each corner to the first fold - do not go over the fold (d) fold each side to the centre, (e) flip paper over and fold 1/2" down towards you to from the top (f) fold paper in half and tuck the bottom corners into the top pocket corners (g) crease flat with a bone folder and fold in half to create a book.

Now am sure you can do a whole lot better than me with this steampunky theme so get those entries in as Moira is giving away a £15 voucher to the winner.  Take care and thank you for looking, Annette x

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Body Clock

'Steampunk. Steampunk. Steampunk.', that's what has been going round in my head. 
Steampunk things do not come naturally to me so thank goodness inspiration struck yesterday. When I think of Steampunk I think of cogs and then I think of clocks, so I thought of my body clock and how young my brain is even if the rest of me is starting to stop working, going grey or falling off!
I ended up making this ATC, hope you like it!
I started off with some white card and swooshed some purple and blue colour on with some Derwent Inktense pencils, added the die cut vintage lace at the bottom for some texture and to give my little lady something to stand on. Then applied a thin layer of gesso all over. I then stamped the Daisy and coloured, gesso'd again and stamped the checkerboard and gesso'd again. I stamped Lavendar Sprig, Butterfly, and Flying Girls, coloured and cut. For the body I melted some clear embossing powder and stuck some watch parts in. I then glued everything in place and wrote the sentiment.
Steampunk is the theme for the our challenge this month, here are the details, I hope you can join in with a chance to win £15!
Wishing you a happy day, Sam xxx

Friday, 7 September 2012


Here is a Steampunk-ish card I've made using this Zetti image. Technically it's not Steampunk but definitely looks like it's mechanical.
I've made my own background using sptritzers, I've added a couple of cog charms to the corner and I came across this 'thingamajig' stamp and thought it more than appropriate for this strange creature ;-)

This month's challenge theme is STeampunk  ~ Remember to use at least one item that is available from the Happy Daze shop to be eligible for the prize draw to win a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The winner will be announced on the 1st of October.  Check out this blog post for details


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Ten Second Studio News

We are pleased to be able to let you all know that a member of our Design team, Carol Fox is the guest designer for the Ten Seconds Studios this month. She will be sharing her makes using the lovely Verday paint both on their Blog and on her own Blog.

The Happy Daze shop is the Uk retailer for the Ten Seconds Studio Verday Paints ( and their other products) and to see the range in the shop please follow this LINK.

Dont forget to enter the challenge Steampunkery this month, full details can be seen on the blog post HERE

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Steampunk Telegraph by Martina Fuchs

Today we are sharing the first piece made by our Guest Designer this month Martina Fuchs. YOu can see more of Martin's work on her blog HERE.

She has made this stunning contraption using recycled items and goodies from the shop. The list of shop supplies are at the end of this post.

Supplies Martina used

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A Lovely Day

I made this card with the Lovely Day stamps by Artistic Outpost. I used Spring and Summer limited edition distress inks using the wrinkle free distress technique, stamped the two images and cut them out. I used a piece of patterned paper on my card blank and picked out the colours within it to stamp some of the sayings from the stamp set in distress inks. Finally I added a die cut embossed flourish.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Hanging Beer Mat with Stampotique By Carol fox

An altered Beer Mat made into a little hanger by adding eyelets and a chain.

For the background I used The new Viva product from the shop through one of the crafters workshop masks. It was all then spritzed with color wash inks before I gave it a swish with Picket fence Distress stain, this makes all the colours go muted and very dreamy looking. I then gave it a coat of Glue and Seal. I added a tiny rub of inca gold to highlight the raised mask area.

The lavender sprig was stamped and coloured directly onto the background and the flower bits highlighted with stickles. The Dragonfly is stamped and then layered onto the background, again stickles were used on the wings. The word fly is stamped directly and then covered in Glossy Accents to make it pop a little bit. Trim was added to the bottom.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August challenge Winner

The winner this month chosen by the Random Number  thingie is No 1, which is sam21ski.  You can see Sam's entry here.
If you would like to email Moira at the shop Sam, she will arrange your gift voucher for you.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

September Challenge - Steampunkery

The theme for September is Steampunkery, share your steampunk or mechanical themed items using the linky widget at the bottom of this post.

Remember to use at least one item that is available from the Happy Daze shop to be eligible for the prize draw to win a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The winner will be announced on the 1st of October.

Have a look in the Steampunk stash section at the shop to give you some great ideas of items you can use on your makes for this months challenge.

Here are a few examples from the DT to give you some inspiration.

Carol Fox

Jewellery using Resin , Bazels and Verday Paint.

Lucy Edmondson 

 Card using Artistic Outpost Stamps French Flight and Paris Expostition and a chipboard Propeller

Mandy Chilvers