Saturday 27 August 2011

Welcome to Zetti Town by Annette Goatley

This is my final piece as August Guest Designer for Moira at Happy Daze and I want to thank Moira and her Designers for their great support.

The Background was created from Acrylic Squishings (see my blog post from 23 May for a demo). Stamps by Teesha Moore and are available at Happy Daze. Stamped the buildings twice onto card that had been brayered with the Big and Juicy Ink Pad. The arms and legs were stamped with Archival Ink. Cut them all out and created Zetti Town.

Have a great day, Hugs Annette x

Thursday 25 August 2011

Messing with Mistables by Ruth Philps

I have been playing with the new Mistables Range by Pink Paislee today.
 Each of the cards have a different background taken from the mistables 12x12 ink resist paper pack. These are a really heavy quality paper that will take a fair amount of abuse should you so desire..!!

I smudged Ranger Distress Inkpads on them to match the Websters Pages die cut shapes and simply added a pretty mistable journal tag to each.

This card has a detachable mistable fabric flower that comes attached to a hair slide.....the perfect colour for christmas and a cute present too!
I used Cosmic Shimmer Mists in bronze and then red, ensuring that the bottom petals were darker to create depth.


The versatility of these backing papers alone make them an all time favourite in my book. Yellow is such a hard colour for me to work with and yet I found that when I smudged it onto the bolder resist papers it worked fine.

Tip: when covering large areas of resist papers rub any excess inks off with a tissue to bring back the sheen. 
Happy misting
Ruth x

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Tuesday 23 August 2011

Naughty can be Nice By Paula Tidman

Not sure what these two lovely ladies have been up to. I'll leave that up to your imagination!
I used a wood jewellery box which I painted in white matt emulsion then I used Lost Coast Designs Naughty can be Nice stamped in archival ink. I used victorian velvet & dusky concord distress inks to rub over the box. The image was coloured in with water colours, but you could easily use distress inks. I finished the box using a a button and trim from my stash & a chain tassel.

Sunday 21 August 2011

by the seaside by Joanne Wardle

I made this piece for this month's challenge theme beside the seaside.
I've made a really simple piece using starfish and words by Jo Capper-Sandon for Stampotique, and mesh from Scrolls Work.

I finished it with a scrap of blue vellum, a scrap of sandpaper and a few dots of liquid pearls

Friday 19 August 2011

From Paris with love.... by Julie Dandy

I begged Moira at the trade show in February to buy these cute little bags and it took some convincing let me tell you LOL :D

I have been meaning to do something with it for ages but it has been playing hide and seek with me for a while, but I finally caught it :D

I used Claudine Hellmuth studio paints watered down in a mini mister to colour the bag to start with as it was very white!!

I stamped Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition stamps on to tissue paper with Archival ink and tore around the images before gluing them down with Claudines multi matte medium.

I built up the colour with different colours of the watered down paint drying in between each colour. The amazing thing about these paints is they are waterproof when dry.
I applied some of the archival ink with a sponge to distress the edges a bit then gave it two generous coats of the matte medium.

When dry I added distress stickles randomly with my finger then when dry glued on the lace with the matte medium (its not completely dry in the pic sorry!!!)

I added a Zazi flower and madrigal flower which I only had in white, so I spritzed it with the pink paint :D

I'm really pleased with the finished bag and will definitely be using it :D

Moira has some fab offers on the site at the moment so head on over to grab yours :D

Julie xx

P.S. Woopsie!! I missed off these fabby Glitz stamps!!

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Love Potion #9 By Carol fox

Using one of the lovely new Artistic Outpost plates, Apothecary I have altered a bottle to make a love potion bottle.
The bottle was coloured using Alcohol inks. I shaped some of the Filigree corners to fit around the base of the bottle glueing them to hold them in place. Once they were set in place I rubbed some Inca Gold over them.
I added charms, beads and chains to the bottle as shown.
Now for the yummy rubber stamps, I stamped the Witches potion image onto shink plastic, punching a hole and cutting it out just outside of the border before heating it, when shrunk I rubbed old paper distress ink over it. I attached it with a jump ring to the top of the charms.
I stamped the receipt image onto thin cream paper, adding the love potion #9 and the 60c images. I then inked the recipt with a pale yellow ink. I then screwed it up and inked it over the creases using old paper to give it a very aged and distressed look,like it had spent many years in a coat pocket.
Finally I added the love potion #9 image to a small tag to identify the contents of the bottle as it would never do to confuse the potion to win your true loves heart with a bottle of poison.

Monday 15 August 2011

"Dancing in the Dark" and "Freedom of the Dance" by Annette Goatley

'Dancing in the Dark' was created by painting on Photocard with Acrylics, which was an interesting experiment and I like the effect its given.

I stamped the Ballerina with Stars stamp by Lost Coast Designs twice, using Distress Inks on one, the other was stamped in Archival Black and painted with Glossy Accents which is attached to the background with foam pads.

I love this stamp so had to make another one which am calling 'Freedom of the Dance'..........

This time I used a Watercolour Postcard and painted a outdoor scene in Watercolours, a much softer effect than the dramatic 'Dancing in the Dark'. Then I got to thinking, as you do, this stamp would be perfect on some Christmas Cards and Tags, not to mention altered art..........but had better stop as my brain is working Oh if only there were more hours in a day.............

Hope you have a great week and take care, Hugs Annette x

Saturday 13 August 2011

Does my new hat make me look fat? by Annette Goatley

This time I smeared a Big and Juicy Ink Pad on my craft mat and squirted it with water, then laid my photocard over it and pressed lightly down.......Great effect don't you think.......... while this was drying stamped out this oh so vain Swimsuit Girl and Mr Carrot plus his Hat then coloured them with watercolour paints.

Glued it down onto one of my black journal pages after raising it all with foam squares. So a really nice easy project but I think it looks quite effective...........Mr Carrot is so cheeky you never know what he will get up to next do you..................

For detials of how to enter the current "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" challenge" click the link in the box in the right hand column.

Thursday 11 August 2011

Beside the Seaside - By Carol Fox

The perfect mirror for a little mermaid to use in her underwater kingdom.
The mirror is one of the lovely blanks that are in the shop in two shapes of a heart and an oval.
I crackled a background using a purple and a cream acrylic paint, when this was dry I over inked it with dusty concord distress ink. This already look pretty good, but I wanted a bit of texture to it, so using a mask and Croco Colour in Blackberry I added a pattern detail to it. I also did this all over the back of the mirror and you can see from the photo how lovely the Croco works through a mask.
I went around the sides of the mirror with a thick coat of gold embossing powder.
The jewels around the mirror are from the shop, I do love these and the great thing about them is that they can be coloured with alcohol inks. I had to do this as I had a random colour selection of them, so using Raisin alcohol ink I did them all the colour I wanted.
The little seahorse is made from a mould with utee melted in my heat pot and then given a bit of a rub over with Viva Inka Gold to make it all gold and shimmery.
The theme for the new challenge this month is I Do Like to be beside the seaside and there is the prize of a £15.00 shop voucher plus free P & P up for grabs. So do check out all the details of how to upload your items by having a look HERE. You Gotta be in it to win it.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Bathing Belles by Paula Tidman

I used a wooden curio house for my 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' challenge piece. I painted the house in matt emulsion paint and used a variety of stamps including Lost coast designs swimsuit girl and Scrolls work Julie & Sarah. The images were coloured in with promarkers and distress inks and highlighted with glossy accents


Sunday 7 August 2011

Housework by Joanne Wardle

I decided I needed to add some lost coast stamps to my collection and I had a browse of the happy daze shop and came across Housewife, which I knew I had to have.

I decided to make this card in chintzy housewife colours but with a not so housewife quote

Friday 5 August 2011

Beach hut basking by Julie Dandy

The current challenge is "oh I do like to be beside the seaside..." and what do you find beside the seaside??? Colourful beach huts so I decided to get a little bit creative with one of these cute mini birdhouses, Artistic Outpost "Beyond the sea" stamps and some Tim Holtz ideaology :D

I removed the dowel perch and then cut pieces of lightly striped pattern paper, stamped them with coffee archival ink and distressed them with a combo of Frayed Burlap and Fired Brick distress ink pads.

I glued a TH metal corner to the top of the house and the glued the paper in place with a little bit of glossy accents covering the holes, its fabby for glueing paper to this kind of project as it dries quickly.

I made the door by taking a lollipop stick that came with some rub-ons and cut it to the height I wanted with my TH scissors I then cut the three pieces length ways to make it look like old wood.
I coloured them with TH Broken China distress stain and when dry glued them to a smaller piece of paper.
When dry I glued them to the front of the house and coloured the base of the bird house with wild honey distress stain.
I didn't have any sand so I added some distress embossing powders (unmelted) inside my bottle before tying it to the house with garden twine.
To complete the project I added more seaside themed charms and Timmy embellies :D

The houses are so cute and could be used for so much more than just a cute birdhouse - I'm thinking little new home gifts, gingerbread houses, or something cute and Alice themed :D

Here's a few more pics of my ickle beach house :D

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher with free P&P in our August "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" challenge you can enter in one of 3 ways:
  • Blog your entry and use the Linky widget in the Blog post HERE
  • Load to the Happy Daze Facebook Page
  • Sent a pic by email to
Closing date is midnight 31 August.

Thanks for looking,
Julie xx

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Mr Carrot goes on Vacation by Annette Goatley

We have a special Guest Designer with us this month - Annette Goatley.   She has made this piece for our current challenge ''I do Like to be beside the Seaside''........great fun.
So here we have ''Mr Carrot goes on Vacation'', but he doesn't like to go alone so he asked Mr Octopus to go with him, well he would wouldn't he...........
This is how she created the Hanging.  First Annette alcohol inked a sheet of photocard, then while that was drying she did the same with the bottletop.  She I used Stampotique stamps for the images, coloured and then cut them out.

Other products used: Acrylic paints, Glossy Accents, Sepia Accents, The Ultimate Glu, Micra Beads (which are like Bedazzles) Pink Shells and

Corrugated and Black Card.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher with free P&P in our August  "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" challenge you can enter in one of 3 ways:
  • Blog your entry and use the Linky widget in the Blog post HERE
  • Load to the Happy Daze Facebook Page
  • Sent a pic by email to 
Closing date is midnight 31 August.

Monday 1 August 2011

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside by Ruth Philps

This stunning Layout features papers and ephemera from Pink Paislee's Butterfly collection and some divine sequin trim.

"Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" is the theme for our August challenge.  You can enter in one of 3 ways:
  • Blog your entry and use the Linky widget below to link to your blog entry
  • Load to the Happy Daze Facebook Page
  • Sent a pic by email to 

The current challenge ends at Midnight Wednesday 31 August 2011. Any type of work based on the theme is fine. One entry will be drawn at random to win a £15.00 Gift Voucher plus free P&P for the Happy Daze shop. Maximum of 3 entries per person. Entries must use at least one product which can be purchased in the Happy Daze shop.

A Winner is Announced

Congratulations to Sarah Engels-Greer whose entry was drawn at random and wins our July "Dangly Things" challenge.  Sarah could you drop me an email with your email and I'll get your £15,.00 Gift Voucher on it's way to you