we’re half way through july so you still have plenty of time to play along with the dies and punches theme this month at the penny black and more challenge. remember, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point, just no digis. visit the blog to view some beautiful creations by my team mates and to see the fabulous prizes on offer from some generous sponsors.


i watercoloured this sweet image from the Penny Black tiny wishes clear stamp set with Twinkling H2Os, added yellow stickles to the flower centres and used a MS eyelet punch for the borders. the sentiment is die cut from the Penny Black wishes die set. thanks for popping by.

the jingle belles are holding a special crossover event with the shopping our stash challenge so i went digging through my holiday stash and found this 3 year old molly blooms gingerbread stamp that, shamefully, i’ve not used yet.


i watercoloured him with distress ink pads and tombow markers, painted the sky and added snow and i edged the shape with stickles. i found this 1 year old paper to pair him with and i have a christmas card for my husband.

i’d also like to submit this card to the sweet stamping – christmas in july theme. thanks for popping by.

Colours of Summer

i created this card for the impression obsession challenge – colours of summer and i was inspired by IO design team member kittie; she creates beautiful scenes with so much dimension and attention to detail.


i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os and also painted some swatches of twinks to die cut the small bird set DIE154-A and the flowers and leaves using the petals from the hydrangea set DIE044-Y. i lightly sponged two of the bunnies from the rabbit set DIE168 and used some woodgrain paper to die cut the birdhouse set DIE156-H. i added colour to the bunnies with derwent inktense pencils, yellow stickles to the flower centres and strips of green corrugated paper. thanks for popping by.

Spontaneous Fun

my colouring of images is usually controlled, but i was inspired by this week’s CASE Study challenge to play with my twinkling H2Os more spontaneously. i love the watercoloured panel of brightly coloured circles by muse shari carroll so i started by die cutting bubble wrap in three different circle sizes – not all of them popped through the big shot, which is how i ended up with solid and splotchy circles; besides, the plastic resisted the paint in spots. the circle edges were painted freehand.


i die cut and shaped two spellbinders rose creations flowers and splattered them with the twinks and went back to my controlled painting to create the lavender wash and die cut a rectangle. the memory box hello and the flower centre were die cut with yellow designer paper and everything was matted and layered. for me, it was more about the process than the end result. thanks for popping by.

Simple Thank You

i needed another thank you card and i was inspired by the sketch at the stick it down challenge blog to create this one. i got brave and stamped the flourishes sentiment directly on the paper for a change; there’s a coordinating thank you sentiment on the inside. i applied a bit of gesso to the marianne designs flower and leaves and i was done in record time. i might just have to make a set of these.

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it’s the first sunday of july already and time for a new penny black and more challenge theme; this month, we’re challenging you to use those dies and punches. as always, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point, just no digis. there are some fabulous prizes on offer from some generous sponsors so i hope to see you join in. visit the blog to view some beautiful creations by my team mates and to find complete details.

penny black and more strawberry mice

i watercoloured this sweet image from the Penny Black homemade clear set with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os. i used a couple of die cuts on this card: the Marianne Design button flower, cut with chipboard and white card stock; My Favorite Things Die-namics banners; nestabilities squares for the image and mat and i used an EK Success eyelet punch for the borders. i created the tablecloth with a stencil and a paintbrush.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
addicted to stamps – #102 make your mark

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One Lucky Chick

you might remember that i recently purchased some from the heart digital birdbrain images and this little cutie was free with a purchase. since i need a birthday card for someone who loves all things irish, it’s perfect. this week’s twist is to not use designer paper/just cardstock. i tried. it’s funny that when i first started making cards about six years ago, almost all of my cards were clean and simple and designer paper intimidated me – so many patterns and colours; and now i’m challenged by CAS.

i {heart} card sketches w/ a tWiSt #no.73:



i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os and literally followed the sketch. thanks for popping by.

Thank You

i created this card for the june magenta challenge: school’s out so i thought the magenta thank you sentiment would be appropriate, along with the apple themed papers that i’ve had in my stash for quite some time. the darker apples in the bottom row are pink foil, although the shine doesn’t show in this photo.

Magenta Thanks

the card measures 4 1/4″ square and it’ll be added to my stash. thanks for popping by.

thinking of you

i’m playing along with cardabilities for the first time. i just love this sketch, although i knew it would be a real challenge and it was; it took me way out of my comfort zone. i usually spend up to a couple of hours watercolouring images and then more time planning layouts that are pretty basic with minimal embellishments.


i used a jar lid and gesso to create the circles, which you can barely see and then i built the layers with some new dies. i sponged the flower edges, added stickles to the tiny green flower centres and added the sentiment. i really enjoyed the process and i’ll be sending this card to someone who will undergo surgery next week. thanks for popping by.

Lemonade Mice

i’m playing along with the “More Than One Score” Scor-pal Challenge #5 and this month’s theme of bright and sunny. I searched for quick and easy cards since i was short on time and i found this cute card by Diane Zechman so i used my Scor-pal and cased the design; i tried to change the pointed edge with a die cut shape, but none would fit.

Penny Black Lemonade Mice 1


Penny Black Lemonade Mice 2

i watercoloured these Penny Black images with Twinkling H2Os, Derwent Inktense Pencils and Distress Ink pads; i cut the lemons out since i used watercolour paper and used a velcro closure on the flap; this was a fun card to make.

EDIT: i was lucky enough to be a top three and last month’s scor-pal challenge winner for this card and my prize arrived just after i posted this today – thanks so much scor-pal for the Scor-Buddy and roll of tape!

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In Loving Memory

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com and made in memory of my son

i made this card in memory of my son who passed away five years ago today. i don’t know where the time went, other than i’ve been lost in a world of papercrafting that has helped me to have something to focus on and feel somewhat productive. my husband used to make up adventurous stories about a snail when our son was young, so i sewed him a snail from blue and white striped flannel that was well loved. as i coloured this image with twinkling H2Os, i recalled the many hours my artist son would colour with coloured pencils, usually colouring his hand drawn comical characters – he had quite an imagination. and, even though he teased me, he was just as picky about colouring his images. thanks for popping by.

Birthday Bird




i’m playing along with this week’s i {heart} card sketches w/ a tWiSt #no.70. the bird is coloured with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and both the image and hearts are popped on foam tape; i coated the candle with glossy accents. i reached a milestone birthday this week and i was kind of dreading it, but someone reminded me that it’s just a number – maybe i feel older than the number. lol. thanks for popping by.

Pig Out

from the heart piggy

i’m playing along with this week’s i {heart} card sketches No. 69 with a twist – one for the kids. hamlet is one of the cute digi stamps i recently bought and i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and added stickles to the cupcakes. i’m also playing along with the just add ink challenge to just add cupcakes/cake/dessert and the cute card thursday challenge 324 perfectly pink! thanks for popping by.

penny black painting hedgehog

it’s hard to believe that it’s june already and time for a new penny black and more challenge. it was difficult to choose one favourite stamp, but i love this penny black portraiture stamp because hedgie is doing what i love to do – paint; i watercoloured everything with distress inks but i added a twinkling H2O to the snail’s shell.

check out the blog to see the lovely creations by my team mates and the fabulous prizes on offer. Remember, you can use any company’s stamp as a focal point, just no digis. So, what’s your favourite stamp? Come and play!

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Under The Feather

Sketch068-387x500 DSC01360 i just bought some of these cute birdbrain chick digi images and i had so much fun watercolouring this poor sick chick with my twinkling H2Os. i followed this week’s from the heart stamps challenge no. 68, (i rotated it) and used one of two sentiments that came with the image. i’d also like to submit this to addicted to stamps challenge 97 make your mark and paper crafting challenges – my favourites are watercolouring cute and whimsical images. thanks for popping by.

Peaceful Holiday Wishes

wishing you i’ve missed playing along with some of my favourite christmas card challenges, but thanks to my favorite things die-namics blueprints sketches, this one didn’t take much time, something i don’t seem to have enough of lately. the jingle belles are celebrating PEACE …incorporate a Peace Symbol or the word PEACE into your design … or you can create a card that evokes Peace for you and these soft and muted colours do that for me; the sentiment is computer generated. i did a lot of sponging and added stickles to the flower centres. sandra’s rudolph day challenge is to create two or more holiday cards so the photo below shows the two together. i’d also like to submit this card to one crazy stamper – anything goes and an embellishment. thanks for popping by.

wishing you two