Friday 3 April 2015

HLS April CAS Challenge

Hi everyone.  Time for the April CAS challenge - YAY!!

The winners from the March CAS Sponging challenge will be announced here next week.  We had over 120 wonderful and creative entries!!!  To see them up close and personal, click HERE to see the Pinterest Board we've created for the March Sponging entries.

Here's our new challenge ...

There are lots of ways to use stencils.  And lots of techniques using stencils as well.  We hope you'll pull out your stencils, create a CAS card, and join us for some fun!  Don't have any stencils??  You can create your own using die-cuts, punches and even hot glue.  See tutorials below on how to make your own stencils, as well as videos on some fun stenciling techniques.

At Happy Little Stampers, CAS  (clean and simple) is defined as:

- one main focal point
- lots of white or open (no pattern) space
- minimal layers
- minimal embellishments

We would love for your to share your tips for stenciling ... or how you used stenciling on your card.

This month, we welcome Nancy as our Guest Designer.  Nancy LOVES to make CAS cards ... check out her gallery of cards HERE.  She has all her cards posted on a forum (no blog), so if you don't belong to the forum, please leave a message for Nancy here.

We're thrilled to have you with us this month, Nancy!! :)

Here are the CAS Stenciled cards for this week ...

Nancy - Guest Designer

The card above has sponged stenciling onto a watercoloured Bokeh background.


The card above has a sprayed frost background with embossing paste stenciling over top with a sponged and shaped die-cut flower.

Here are links to some wonderful stenciling tutorials on YouTube to help inspire you ...

Video Tutorials on making your own stencils:
Make your own Stencils from Die-cuts (2:24)
Make your own stencil with glue gun (7:15)

Video Tutorials on Stenciling techniques:
Coloured Embossing Paste Background (8:09)
Dry Embossing with Stencils (6:56)
Gesso Texture Stencil Technique (6:48)
Ink Blending over Intricate Stencil (7:47)
Layered Stencil Technique (4:41)
Off-set Stencil to create pattern (7:23)
Embossing Paste & Embossing Powder with Stencils (7:02)
Stencils, Gels, and Sprays Backgrounds (7:30)
Watercolouring with Stencils (8:45)

Written Tutorials:
Homemade Texture and Glitter Pastes

Come and join the fun and link up your Stenciled CAS card below.

As an added bonus, for those that also link up their cards at the Happy Little Stampers Forum, your name is automatically entered into a random draw for a prize pack.  Come play along for a chance to win!


  1. I am Thrilled Loll to see your HLS April CAS Challenge: Stenciling up and going. It has been So much fun preparing along with you Loll for a month of creative playing :-) I can't wait to see all the beautiful creations in your challenge gallery:-) Thanks again for asking me to be your guest designer. Such an honor my friend! Hugs, Nancy

  2. P. S. Your stenciled background is stunning and really shows off your Gorgeous daisy. TFS Loll.

  3. Just enjoyed Loll's beautiful card over at her blog, and zipped over to enjoy Nancy's wonderfully bright bokeh & chevron card. Loving that beautiful background...it's very dramatic. Great choice for a GD too. TFS the links on the stencils too. Hugs

  4. Wow, what inspiration Loll and Nancy.

  5. I love the inspiration card from Loll and Nancy adorable made...I will join again if I have time...how many time can I play miss Loll? thanks so much for the nice challenge I luv this theme

  6. Gorgeous inspirations Loll and Nancy! Thanks for sharing this challenge with us! :)

  7. Beautiful inspiration card!! Excellent challenge!! I've been wanting to try out my stencils!


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