Friday, 2 December 2016

Happy Little Stampers December 2016 CAS Challenge

Hi there

And welcome to a new CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  For this challenge we would like you to revisit your favourite technique or product from any of the previous 2016 CAS Challenges.

This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers and as always there's a prize for one lucky winner...

Over on the main challenge blog, here, we have included a list of all the previous challenges to refresh your memory, together with links if you need help with the techniques.

One of my favourite techniques is Ghosting.  Stencils are inexpensive so are great to add to your stash without breaking the bank. Here's my DT card, I decided to add another to my Christmas card collection and used one of the stamp sets from the lastest HLS release, Christmas Joy... 

On a piece of white cardstock I blended an area with Distress Ink in Festive Berries.  I then laid the holly stencil over it, spritzed with water, removed the stencil before leaving for a few moments and blotting away the colour with the paper towel.  I then flicked some splatters over it with a mix of perfect pearls and water.  Once completely dry I die cut a section of the red panel with a stitched tag die.  I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  I stamped the holly images onto the card base in silver pigment ink and coloured the berries with a coloured pencil.  Finally, I tied some ribbon and thread through the tag before adhering the tag using some fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Festive Berries; VersaMark; Versa Color - Silver
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Festive
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Traditional Tag Stax
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy
  • Accents: Perfect Pearls - Pewter; Derwent Coloursoft pencils; ribbon and thread from stash

Challenge entries:

Time Out - Challenge #71 - Christmas with Optional twist of Glitter/Shimmer
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #34 - Anything Christmas
Uniko - Challenge #38 - Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #222 - Make Your Mark (sponging and stencilling)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #263 - Christmas Creations
The Crafter's Cafe - Challenge #162 - Christmas and/or Birthday

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of these great techniques in the gallery, so why not join in!  The challenge will run until the end of December, and don't forget to check out the rest of the HLS challenges, all starting in the next few days.


  1. WOW! What a beautiful design. I love how there is a pattern on a red tag. Wonderful card.

  2. Whoa! Just stunning Anita and beautiful technique. I need to try that one as it's something I've never tried yet seem to have a fair few stencils ... including this one! HeeHee. Thanks for playing along at Uniko in our Christmas challenge this month. Sarah x

  3. Stunning ghosting, I really admire you for this. I am too scared to try it. Thanks for joining us at Time Out

  4. Hi Anita,
    what a very lovely tag card and your design is very fab.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. for Christine DT as blogger won't let her comment at the mo.

  5. So pretty, love how you've used this technique on your tag card. Thanks for playing along at Uniko.

  6. A beautiful Christmas creation! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations this fortnight! xxx

  7. Simply gorgeous Anita! Great technique, I can't wait to try it. So glad you shared your work with us at the Crafters Café, CarolG

  8. Simply gorgeous! I can't wait to try that technique. So glad you joined us at the Crafters Café, CarolG

  9. Stunning x awesome, Anita! LOVE this technique! Going into my 'must CASE' file!

  10. love that ghosting technique tag - thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More

  11. So striking, Anita ... with a lovely dose of soft and delicate ... this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  12. Gorgeous tag and awesome ghosting,you did it perfectly and LOVE your background with the holly images...thank you for joining us at ATSM
    Željka DT xo

  13. Pretty card love the clean lines with pretty holly detail. Thanks for joining us at MAWTT

  14. beautiful card Neet, a lot of work has gone into it and its been worth it. thank you for joining us at creative inspirations,
    Suzanne xx

  15. The ghosting on this is so effective Anita, it's a fabulous design!

  16. What a brilliant card using that technique! I love the colours and the holly! xx

  17. Gorgeous Anita - love the rich Xmas red & the ghosting technique x

  18. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing with us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!

  19. Beautiful Anita, I really need to give this distress ink/water technique a go. Thank you so much for inspiring and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. My apologies for my lateness in commenting. Hugs Bev x


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