Friday 31 August 2012

August Challenge and Septembers Guest Designer

Just a little reminder that this months challenge of Circles ends at midnight today. There is still time to enter and be in the random draw for the £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. The full details of the challenge including how to enter can be seen on the original blog post HERE.

Also to let you all know of the treat we have in store for you next month, Our guest designer for the month is Martina Fuchs, do please pop over to her BLOG to have a look at her fabulous work and come back over the course of the month to see the lovely things she has to share with us all.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Round Altered Box By Carol Fox

I have altered a smaller sized cheese box using Copper Viva ferro paint through a mask to give some texture to the box lid. It was then painted with Verday paints. The "fly" word is by Stampotique.

As this is round it fits perfectly in with the challenge theme this month. For full details of the challenge have a look at the blog post HERE.

Monday 27 August 2012

It's a Zetti world!

This week I've made 2 zetti ATC's using .... Zetti Stamps!  I've used acrylic paints, masks and distress inks for the backgrounds.
When I make backgrounds, I usually do an A4 size of card and then I can cut it down to size as and when I want to use it. It's a great excuse (not that we need one) to get inky and messy!

Have a great bank holiday Monday!
Mandy x

Sunday 26 August 2012

Tea For Two By Moira Sutton

I have used Verday Paints on these two ceramic cups. On the Bluey one I used mainly copper and brass which go blue, and on the rusty one I have used mainly brass and Iron which give this lovely rusty effect.

You can achieve lot of interesting results with these paints by using the different colours on the same piece. If you don't like the colour just add more layers, but wait until the first one is dry or it will not give you the lovely effect you want.

I thought these cups fitted in well with out Olympic Circle theme this month, for full detail is this months challenge and details of how to enter see the challenge blog post HERE.

Saturday 25 August 2012

Play it again Sam . . .

. . . maybe not, I think this altered CD is no longer going to be able to play music. 
As soon as I saw the theme and got the tuna tin idea out of my head my thoughts turned to CD's, firstly I covered the CD with white card, giving me a blank canvas. I then drew the border and painted it using Studio Paints. I stamped the Suzi Blu stamp, coloured her face with Prisma color pencils and other details with Studio Paints. For her dress I stamped a white flourish. On the CD I stamped the fourish in black and the flower in white from the Artistic Outpost stamp sheet, Serentiy. I then attached the angel/fairy, pierced a hole at the top and bottom of the CD, threaded some white ribbon for hanging and made some shrink plastic charms using the tickets from the Prima Songbird stamps and attached them with some twirled wire and beads. Finally I added some pearls to the center of the flowers and distressed with some beeswax. 

The challenge for this month is 'Circling The World' and you still have time to play with a chance to win a £15 voucher, here are the details.

Thanks so much for looking, wishing you a happy, creative day, Sam xxx

Friday 24 August 2012

Love, all the days jar.... by Julie Dandy

The Happy Daze current monthly challenge is, inspired by the Olympic rings, so I thought I would alter a cute round glass jar I picked up in Matalan for just £2!!

I used this amazing Paperbag Studios stamp on to kraft cardstock with black archival ink.
The sentiment reads "May you love... all the days of your life" - I stamped the first part on to a scrap of Tilda fabric, then glued it over the stamped image and highlighted with a TH fragment.
I used Picket Fence distress stain and distress marker to grunge it up a little and highlight areas, then added distress stickles and glossy accents to highlight the words.

The lace was stained with a spritz of distress reinker in a mister with water and the TH foliage was coloured with TH distress embossing powders.and I added a small piece of tissue tape coloured with distress stain.
The lid of the jar was coloured with Viva decor Inka gold, alchol inks in willow, pink sherbert and snowcap mixative, then splodged with distress stickles, I then added some fabric, buttons and a Philosophy tag.
I then added some lace and an TH adage ticket to the base in a memo pin.

The lace around the top was also coloured with the distress reinker and distress stickled.
I added some fabric and buttons in to the bottom of the jar, glue a piece of lace to the back of the jar, then added the stamped image.

Pretty cute huh :D
Julie xx     

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Up, Up, and Away!

For the 'Circling the World' challenge, I wanted to represent a British man travelling the globe in a hot air balloon. I used a round scalloped card blank and covered it with crown paper and edged it in red. I stamped the man in the balloon from Artistic Outpost French Flight in Sepia Archival and added red to his trousers for my British red, white, and blue theme. I stamped a globe and die cut the two images with a circle die and edged in blue. I flattened a Union Jack bottle cap so that the frilly edge was hidden so it looked more like a plaque, and finally added some Made in Britain ribbon.

Monday 20 August 2012

Follow the Yellow brick Road

Our challenge this month on Happy Daze is 'Circling the World' ~ I've used one of my infamous circle cards and I decided we should follow the yellow brick road!

I've used Mustard Seed Distress Ink, Black Cherry Stazon for the ruby slippers then stickled them up. The stamp plate I used is the wizard of Oz one from Artistic Outpost.

If you want a chance to win £15 to spend in the online shop then you can see details and enter here with your circles creation!

Happy Monday!
Mandy x

Sunday 19 August 2012

' Having a Ball ' by Annette Goatley

Hope you are Having a Ball with the challenge this month, circles can be so much fun.

The Background Stamp and Ball are by Scrolls Work, the other stamps are by Lost Coast Design, Stampotique and Stampendous

Am loving this colourful and happy postcard although Carrot doesn't look to pleased does he.....perhaps he doesn't like heights.............and that lady is a bit of a poser isn't

Seeing you soon and enjoy the challenge, hugs Annette x

Saturday 18 August 2012

No longer something fishy

This empty tuna tin was really well washed before being decorated.
I was inspired by the night sky for this creation and just trying to capture a moment in time when all seemed really peaceful.
I began by painting the inside of the tin with Studio Paints, I pva'd some glitter and star sequins for some detail and texture on the back and stamped with white paint a flourish around the outside of the inside. The base for the houses is made of balsa wood, just painted black. The moon, stars and houses are all shrink plastic and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. There are some idea-ology cogs and a light bulb for extra details, and the wire is simply threaded with some pearl beads and suspended between two holes I made with a crop-a-dile. Finally I added two wooden beads so it wouldn't roll around.

Shopping List:
Artistic Outpost, Serenity (for the flourish)

There is still plenty of time to enter this months challenge with a chance to win £15 to spend at Happy Daze, details are here, good luck!

Wishing you a happy day, Sam xxx

Friday 17 August 2012

Altered Beer Mat By Carol Fox

A quick and simple make from me this time. A bit of random paper from my scrap box stuck onto a Beer mat. I stamped the image from the Artistic Outpost plate Serenity, masking it so the quote on the top of the stamp was not stamped as I wanted to add my own quote. This is a quote I use a lot and I made it up my self with an image-pak kit.
I added some german scrap along the bottom that I had coloured with some Inka Gold, The little dragonfly was made with a mold and some Pardo Clay, I also added Inka gold to this once it was baked to age it a bit. Finished with bead trim and a hanger.

Don't forget to enter the challenge this month, with a random draw for a £15.00 voucher to spend in the shop. Full details can be seen HERE on the challenge post.

Thursday 16 August 2012

Paddy and Minnie play with the quoit - A canvas by Moira Sutton

There are a good selection of canvas's available from the shop in a variety of sizes, also canvas items including shapes and journal books.

For this canvas spray inks and crackle paints were used on the main background, various rubber stamps were used to create interest finishing off with acrylic paints.

Wednesday 15 August 2012

August Challenge -Circles

Dont forget to enter the current challenge to be in with a chance of winning the £15 gift voucher to spend in the shop. All the details of the current challenge can be seen on the post from the 1st of August here.

Make anything using a circle or with a circle on it, upload it to the original post

Good luck with your entries.

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Think and Wonder Notebook

I have been having a play with the Spring and Summer Distress Inks which are a very good price at Happy Daze. I've always loved Distress Inks but I like vibrant colours so these suit me better than the normal earthy tones. I used a piece of glossy card and Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean from the Summer set, and Peacock Feathers from the Spring set. I dabbed each pad on my heat proof mat and spritzed with water and pressed the card into it, but drying between each colour. I did a batch of these pieces of card to try out the different colours, which all combined really well, so that I could make some cards. For this make, though, I have made a notebook. First of all I stamped the card with the little girl from the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder stamp set:-

I covered an aperture notebook with texture paint and then covered it with Inka Gold in Rose and Gold. I then added some fusible fibres using a little gel medium and overlapped the aperture slightly, and then blasted with the heat gun. I then placed the image behind the aperture, and tidied up the inside of the front cover with Porcelain paper.

Monday 13 August 2012

Stock Taking and a 10% Discount


Birds of the Feather

This week, I have used the template in this month's Craft Stamper and made this library card with tag. I've had a play with Artistic Outpost's Bird's of a Feather set and also added a Lost Coast swirl.

Thanks for looking ;-)
Mandy x

Sunday 12 August 2012

' Le Jardin ' - Embossing on Vellum by Annette Goatley

Hi,  have to say am loving my new stamp by Teesha Moore and am really having great fun with it.  The best £2 have ever spent.

I am probably the only crafter left on the planet that has never run an embossing folder through, but am loving the results.

Keeping with the theme this month of Circles I created this quirky flower card with its posh title, well its posh to me.............. the vellum is attached to the card with dabs of Silicone Glue and I dare you to spot where..............mmmmm    bet somebody

OK, so nobody is perfect............... looking forward to seeing your designs for this fab challenge.  Have a smashing Sunday and take care of yourselves.  Hugs Annette x

Saturday 11 August 2012

Feeling Blue

I had been looking at these torsos for quite a while wondering what on earth would I do with one of those,  so I decided to find out! I began by reaching for fabbytastic Suzi Blu stamps and seeing which stamp would fit on the torso, the house stamp was perfect for this. So I stamped it, traced it and transferred the image to the torso. The other decorative drawings are hand drawn and the whole thing was coloured with Prismacolor pencils. Next came the sentiment, 'create your own reality', stamped on to tissue paper and applied with pva glue.

I used:

Suzi Blu stamp
Catslife Press stamp

Wishing you a happy day, Sam xxx

Friday 10 August 2012

Dream a little dream.... by Julie Dandy

I have been thinking about this project for a while and it is still ongoing , so keep watching this space :D

I am using vintage doileys and embroidery hoops to create a pretty, shabby chic, vintage style dream catcher to hang over my bed.

The largest frame is 12" and has a doiley stretched over it and buttons sewn on.
The embroidered one is made from tilda fabrics, which are soooooo lush!!! I taped the fabric on to copy paper with masking tape then put it through my printer, then backstiched over the printed words :D

My project section for Happy Daze uses a vintage doiley that had a fabric circle in the centre which had a little hole in. It was pretty before, but I love it now :D
I coloured the frame with Inka gold, then stretched the doiley over the frame.
I used Claudines matte medium to stiffen the outer edge.

 I found this gorgeous rose image on the internet and printed it on to Claudines sticky backed canvas. I cut it out, scruffed up the edges with my TH distresser,  inked around the edges with broken china distress ink and added some distress stickles.
I used buttons, press studs,ribbon, lace and  pins to embellish the main part of the frame.

The crystal dangles were edged with inka gold after sticking a section of a vintage sewing pattern to the back with the multi medium.
My other dangles were made with wooden spools spritzed with TH distress re-inker in a mini mister, wrapped in ribbon and fabric scraps, along with buttons and feathers.
I will share more pics when the whole project is complete, but here are a few close ups to keep you going :D

Julie xx

Thursday 9 August 2012

Altered Domino Necklaces By Moira Sutton

The Ice Resin that is now being stocked in the shop is the perfect medium for your jewellery making. It domes easily on your hand made jewellery pieces and gives a crystal clear non yellowing finish that not only gives your jewellery a professional finish, it also protects and seals it against knocks and chips.
Here are a two of Jewellery pieces made using Vintage Domino's and Ice Resin.

Don't forget to enter the challenge this month, there is a random draw for a £15.00 gift voucher to spend in the shop for one lucky entrant. Full details of the challenge and how to enter can be seen on the original post HERE

Tuesday 7 August 2012

A Summer's Garden by Lucy Edmondson

Today I have made a card using the Bloom and Grow Artistic Outpost set and faux washi tape to achieve a summer's garden look. I covered a card blank with pale orange paper and cut the edge with a Tim Holtz On the Edge Die. I stamped a selection of the phrases from the stamp set in black and also shades of orange and yellow distress inks. I cut a white On the Edge picket fence, embossed it, and added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink, which I also added to the edge of the card. I stamped the little girl with the wheelbarrow in black.

For my washi tape, I used the microporous tape you buy in chemists for adhering dressings. I coloured some strips with StazOn in Mustard and Pumpkin. Happy Daze has a good range of colours of StazOn and I found it was the best ink to use on this surface. Whilst I was preparing the pieces I stuck them down to the backing sheet you get when you buy stamp mounting foam, as it's easier to keep it on this for future occasions rather than using your heat proof mats. I then stamped the bees using Jet Black StazOn and adhered a strip to my card.

Monday 6 August 2012

Dolly plays Bingo

This little doll has decided to go and play Bingo! Looks like she called house. 

I've used the Vintage Games set by Creative Expressions (I love this set it's so handy and versatile) and this lovely ART doll from Lost Coast just fits onto the bingo card.
I've used my fave colour combo on this card. Turquoise/Yellow/Orange. It's such a happy combo!

Mandy x

Sunday 5 August 2012

' Circle of Life ' an ATC by Annette Goatley

The focus this month is on The Olympic Rings, actually anything with Circles works for us here at Happy Daze.  It got me thinking about the Circle of Life, not the song from The Lion King although thats a fab song but the actual journey of life from beginning to the end.

 Products used:  Distress Inks, Stickles, Paint Dabber and a Bottle Top.   Stamps  by  Teesha Moore and Scrolls Work.

We are so lucky that we can express ourselves through the crafting/art medium which reveals many layers of our character.  Oooh am getting a bit deep here, but believe me if I was to explain all my reasons for creating this ATC you would drop off to

Anyways we want to see how you  use circles in your projects, whether its journal pages, circle shaped cards etc, as long as theres a circle in it you have a chance to win a £15 voucher.

Wishing you a very Happy Sunday and take care of yourselves, hugs Annette x

Saturday 4 August 2012

The Circus Is In Town By Carol Fox

For this I have used the Artistic Outpost Stamps, Send In The Clowns, Vintage Circus and Whimsical Melange.

I did originally start by just making a set of ATC's then I decided to make them up into a circus tent shape, which fits in with this months challenge theme as it's circular.

To colour the ATC's I used Distress Inks and on the roof I used Gesso as a base and then coloured it with Red Pepper Colour Wash Ink.

The details of this months challenge can be seen on the original post here.

Thursday 2 August 2012

July Challenge Winner

There were 14 entries for the challenge this month. The Random Number thingie chose number 4, which is Happy Days, So Claire if you would like to email Moira at the shop she will arrange for your gift voucher and give you details of how to get free shipping on your order.

Details of this months challenge can be seen on the Blog Post HERE

Wednesday 1 August 2012

August Challenge - Circling The World

It's been a big year for the UK. With lots of major events happening across Britain, and this month its the Olympics, we wanted to include this into a theme without giving it to much of a sporty approach, so we came up with the theme " Circling the World". Incorporate rings, circles and the colours of the world into your projects and share them on the blog. It can be as simple as a circular card, or a hard as an origami folded item with all the maps of the world ( joking, but if anyone wants to try it I would love to see it ). Just do whatever the title makes you think of, personally it makes me think of round clock faces, so we may see a spot of steampunk from me later in the month. But the main thing is to have fun and enjoy the challenge.

As usual, use any item available from the Happy Daze Shop to be eligible for the prize draw, upload it using the linky widget at the bottom of this post. You can also upload to the facebook page or email your entry directly to Moira at the shop.

While were mentioning the facebook page, we would love it if our customers shared  their makes using Happy Daze items on the page, and it would be lovely to see what you have all been making, so if you have something you would like to share please feel free to upload to the page.

Now here are a few inspirational makes from members of the DT

By Netty

Stamps by Stampoptique and Scroll Works

By Mandy

Artistic Outpost Rubber Stamps, Distress Inks, Stazon and Stickles

By Sam

Altered Tuna Tin using Stampotique and Paperbag Studio Rubber Stamps

By Lucy

Stamps by Artistic Outpost