Monday 5 August 2013

Holiday Closure

The On-line shop is shut for two weeks for a holiday break. It will re-open  later this month for a short time to clear the rest of the sale stock.
I wish to thank all my customers over the years for their support. 


Sunday 21 July 2013

40% closing down sale

It is with great regret that Happy Daze is closing down.  My health has been poor for some time now and continues to deteriorate and I am no longer able to keep operating successfully.  

I have slashed 40% off all stock.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my lovely customers and the fabulously creative people who have contributed to the design team over the past few years.

I wish everyone luck, happiness and good crafting. 


Friday 5 July 2013

Paperbag Single images still available in the sale

Lots of Single cling left in the Paperbag Stamp section. Some of the most popular images from the sheets available as a single image. Including Addison used on this tag.

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Grow where you are planted

I was so sorry to hear the  sad news that Moira is closing the Happy Daze shop. I am sending positive vibes to you Moira and hope you feel better soon x

For this card I used an Artistic Outpost stamp set called Lovely Day which is still available on the 40% off closing down sale! Well worth a gander. ALL items in the shop are 40% off.  head over there now for some true bargains!

Mandy x

Friday 28 June 2013

Vintage Halloween 40% off in store.

A reshare of a lovely item by Mandy, showing the Vintage Hallowe'en plate that is still available in the sale. There is also a lovely halloween Quote and a few other goodies with this theme left in the Stampotique sections (Jo Capper-Sandon especially has a few lovely ones for this theme). 

This week, I decided to have a play with my new stamps.... this wonderful Hallowe'en plate from Artistic Outpost. It's so delightful. I love Hallowe'en, and I envision lots of Hallowe'en inky goodness to come.

I have several house shape templates for ATC size houses, I chose this one to use for this hanging piece and enlarged the template to around a postcard size. I wanted the Hallowe'en girl to fit on nicely. Once I decided on the size, I then cut a house out of this background I made a while ago... it's made by tearing pieces of masking tape and sticking them randomly over the card, then swiping with distress inks. 

I stamp all my images in Black Archival as I really love the blackness of it. It's a good idea to set the archival with a blast from the heat tool. I usually colour my images with watercolour pencils using a water brush

Mandy x

Thursday 27 June 2013

Jane's Countryside 40% off in the sale

(I just wanted to share this lovely item by Mandy again which shows the Plate Jane's Countryside in great use)

Good Morning Campers! (wet as per usual is sunny Blighty!)

This week I wanted to use these Jane Austen images from Artistic Outpost to create a card for a friend of mine who is having a bit of a hard time.

 The background was made using a selection of the cosmic shimmer vintage colour misters. I love this palette of colours ~ very muted but lush.
The background script stamp is one from viva decor  and is stamped in Midnight Blue stazon

All the images are stamped using Versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils.

Have a wonderful week!
Mandy x

All Paperbag Rubber Stamps 40% off in the Sale

This week I have used a couple of stamps from the Paperbag set of stams Addison.
I coloured my background  using the wrinkle free distress technique, this was done directly onto my tag. I then stamped my image in black archival ink and masked it off.

The alphabet from the sheet was stamped with one of the distress inks used for the background. Then using an old strore card I applied gesso thinly through a stencil. Finishing it off with a black dabber and some lines drawn with a pen.

I used

Paperbag Studio Rubber stamps
Distress inks
Black dabber
white gesso

Carol x

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Artistic Outpost Rubber Stamps 40% off

This box has been decorated using the set French Flight

This door hanger has used the set Fortune Teller

This shows the Huck Finn Set

See the full range available HERE

Saturday 22 June 2013

The Beautiful Miranda - An Altered Domino

I have used the smaller image of the Chapel Road plate on a domino, it is a lovely size for this.
I painted my domino white. applying the paint with a piece of cut and dry foam, once this was dry I stamped my image in achival ink. I painted the dress with blue paint, added stickles to the background and perfect pearls to the neckline. Added a small stamped quote and covered the whole thing with resin to seal it.

I used

Chaple Road Art Stamps - Mirand
Acrylic Paint
Cut and Dry Foam
Perfect Pearls

Thank you for visiting today, Carol x

Wednesday 19 June 2013

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A very simple card today using some gorgeous and unusual stamps from Artistic Outpost starring Huckleberry Finn - a lovely bit of childhood reminiscence I think! I have used a very large card and simply stamped all of the images and text from the set in different shades of blue, making Huck the focal point.

Monday 17 June 2013

Sounds like a Drag

infamous words sung by Rizzo in Grease.  Ideal for the title of this tag! The stamp is called Drag Queen and is from Lost Coast Designs

The tag is size 8 and began life with a coat of orange acrylic. I used cerise paint through a stencil/mask and sprayed through a normal alphabet stencil (that you can get from a stationers or a poundshop) The words in the corner are my minds eye

a little bit of ribbon and some beaded trim finish it off

Mandy x

Saturday 15 June 2013

Huckleberry Finn Tag Card By Carol Fox

I have made a tag card with my Dad in mind for Fathers Day tomorrow. Huck Finn is one of his favourite books and I thought being a tag it can double up as a bookmark when his done with standing it on the mantlepiece.
I used the Huck Finn set by Artistic Outpost. The main image is stamped onto water colour paper and coloured with a combination of Distress Markers and ink pads.
The background on the tag was done with copper paint and Broken China distress stain. All the stamping was done with Black archival ink.

Carol x

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Think and Wonder Card using Masks and Acrylic Paints

I made this card using a Gelli plate and acrylic paint background. Happy Daze have a great selection of masks you can use if you have a Gelli plate. Have a look here. I have used Artistic Outpost stamps from the Think and Wonder plate (the little Girl), Flower Market (the Butterflies), and Whimsical Melange (the frame).

Monday 10 June 2013

Father's Day Tag

This week I've gone all masculine for Father's Day next Sunday.

I started with a size 8 tag, added a bit of torn text from a book. Then used Distress Stains to make a background. I added some acrylic paint through a mask for the next layer.
Then I did some stamping with Timber Brown Stazon with the 7gypsies venice set of stamps
 I stamped the steampunk balloon onto some white card with black archival, cut it out and coloured with watercolour pencils. Once dry I glued into position with some glue and seal 
Finally I edged the tag with some chalk ink and added a ribbon :-)

Have a great week

Wednesday 5 June 2013

The Golden Age of Ballooning - Shower Gel Bottle

Today I have decorated another plastic shower gel bottle! I painted the bottle first with a selection of green and blue shades of acrylic paint.

I then used text stamps from the Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition and French Flight sets in the same shades of inks to create some depth before adding the main images from the sets in black.

I finished off with some glittering tiny beads around the neck of the bottle, applied with Glossy Accents.

Monday 3 June 2013


Morning all! What a glorious day here in Blighty

Today, I've got an altered note book for you. Not a 'to do' book but a 'CAN CAN DO' notebook ;-)

The background was made with a variety of spray inks and masks 
I've used the showgirls from Lost Coast and a flourish from lost coast also
 I've done a lot of shading with a watercolour pencil and edged with chalk inks  and added lots of stickles!

Have a wonderful week!
Mandy x

Monday 27 May 2013


Good Bank Holiday morning! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine (if you are in England) If you are elsewhere in the world hope your weather is as nice as ours!

This week I've used the Victoriana set from Lost Coast to make a couple of ATC's for a change

I also used:

Thanks for Looking.... have a great week!
Mandy x

Saturday 25 May 2013

Buzzin Bees By Carol Fox

I have used my favourite Bee stamp again on a box.

I used

Stampotique Stamps : Bee
Bee's coloured with stickles and alcohol inks
stamped in black archival ink
box painted with acrylic paints

The word "dream" is also by Stampotique but it unfortunately is not one that Happy Daze stocks.

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Live in the Sunshine - A Box with Splatted Distress Stains

I have just got The Outpost plate by Artistic Outpost and I love it! I made this box by splatting Distress Stains hard onto a box using the dabber tops, then stamping the main image on the box lid and some of the text around it. I used a white pen on the house to highlight it.
I used the remaining text around the sides. I used the small square house and tree image inside a square pendant charm/bezel, and filled it with Glossy Accents. I tied the charm with ribbon coloured with more Distress Stain in Evergreen Bough to match the rest of the project.
In this photo you can see the splats inside the box - it's fun to do!

Saturday 11 May 2013

Fairy Door By Carol Fox

Made using half of a wooden arch which are now sadly out of stock.  A Wood Nymph Charm  and a key was adding into a hole I drilled in the side.

Painted with acrylic paint and finished with some Inca gold. The clock face, hands and cogs are die cuts. The hands have been finished with glossy accents.

Carol x

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Tulips from Amsterdam

I decorated this heart shaped box using stamps by Artistic Outpost from the Lovely Day set mainly, but also from Bloom and Grow. I also used the small text stamp from The Outpost as a fill-in and the words Live in the Sunshine, and covered the top and sides of the box using a mixture of green and blue shades of distress ink and Black archival.

I coloured the images using distress inks and a wet brush.

I finished off with a little windmill charm.

Monday 6 May 2013

All Stars!

Good Bank HolidayMonday!

This week I've made a couple of tags (ranger size 5 ~ i think) and I've used the Picture Star set from Artistic Outpost.

 The backgrounds were made using spritzers and masks
Mandy x

Sunday 5 May 2013

Forget me Julie Dandy

As soon as I saw the Graphic 45 Secret Garden I had to have it...I'm sure it was made just for me LOL

I decided to finally use the giant peg I got from Happy Daze, which I had already sprayed purple with cosmic shimmer agggggeesssss ago - it was a failed Halloween project (never throw anything away!!!)

So to start with I covered the front panels with my paper, sanded and inked the edges lightly and added lace, buttons, seam binding ribbon and distress stickles in Victorian Velvet.All the pieces were glued down with Claudine's Matte Medium.

The frame is some chipboard shapes I already had and matched the panels in the G45 paper perfectly (which was a happy accident rather than planned LOL)
I used Inka gold on all the edges then covered with the paper, sanded and lightly inked with Frayed Burlap.

I decided to make a little blackboard on one side of the frame with some self adhesive black board material I had picked up in The Works ages ago, so stuck it on a piece of plain chipboard.

I covered the other side in the patterned paper with a little bit of layering and tearing to age it, then cut out the panel from the paper pad and glued on.

I added my Forget me not message with Tiny type clear stickers and  highlighted with blobs of glossy accents.

I added some lace to the reverse of one of my frames around the edge then  glued the sandwich together with glossy accents, which dries quickly and really holds the chipboard nicely - just don't get it on your pp.

I glued on the buttons and Prima flowers but it just didn't look finished, so I made some holes with my trusty pokey tool and embroidered through the sandwiched frame.

 The cross stitch looked pants on the reverse side so I covered a chippy heart and glued over the yucky stitching ;-)

The little dangly is a scrap piece of chippy covered in paper and die cut with a sizzix jewellery die with buttons added on jump rings.

To finish it off I added more distress stickles and rock candy stickles because I just have too add sparkle (it's the inner magpie in me ;-) ).

So now I have a cute little memo Blackboard that I can write my important messages on, that looks really pretty just sat on my desk :D

Hugs'n'snogs, Julie xx

Saturday 4 May 2013

Road Trip Postcard By Carol Fox

 I used gesso and inks for the background. All the images are from the Artistic Outpost Set, Route 66. Coloured using distress inks.

Carol x

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Gatsby Altered Bottle

I have made this altered bottle using the Gatsby plate by Artistic Outpost but also the background stamp from the Jane's Countryside plate, and the Creme de la Creme text stamp from French Flight. It was a transparent plastic shower gel bottle so I painted it first before stamping the text and images. The two men in the frames are from the Gatsby plate and are stamped onto shrink plastic.

I have used different shades of Distress Ink to co-ordinate with the pink of my background colour, with black Archival for the images I wanted to be more prominent.

Monday 29 April 2013

Not all who Wander are Lost

Good Monday Morning to you all.

Here is my project for this week. I've used the girl in the frame (cut out) from the AO set Lovely Day. The peripheral stamps are all Tim Holtz ones.

I haven't made an arch for ages, so I begin by cutting an arch shape out of card. I layered the background stamps on the arch and then used a selection of  sprays  to create the background. I overstamped using gesso and a decorative stamp. Then stamped on the harlequin stamp.
Cut and coloured the girl stamp, added the words and some washi tape.

Mandy x

Saturday 27 April 2013

Huck Finn By Carol Fox

I have used the set of Huck Finn Stamps by Artistic Outpost for my blog post today.

The background on my canvas was done using a stencil and clear embossing powder over a painted background.  The images were coloured using distress markers.

A skull charm and a bit of string finished the little assemblage.

Carol x

Wednesday 24 April 2013

It's Such a Perfect Day

It's been a lovely Spring day here today, perfect for Simple Pleasures such as a bike ride or picking flowers so I picked up the Lovely Day plate by Artistic Outpost for this little hessian 'canvas'. I coloured all the images with Distress Inks using the wrinkle free distress technique but removing some of the ink from the girl's face with bleach. The header above the image of the girl is from Whimsical Melange but I have overlaid it on one of the pediments from the new Tim Holtz die. I added a paper doily for a touch of white.