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just to let you know that there is still plenty of time to play along with this month’s penny black and more challenge theme of anything goes to have a chance of winning some fabulous prizes!

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for my DT card i used another of the cute bunny images from the garden critters clear stamp set that i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from the micey day set. be sure to check out the challenge blog for the design team’s inspiring creations and remember you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. thanks for popping by.

Bunny Thank You

one of my daughter’s bunnies had a couple of teeth pulled so i made this card for her to give to one of the vets; he’s a specialist. the impression obsession challenge is clean and simple which is perfect – a masculine CAS card is all i needed. i coloured the background and the IO resting rabbit (D8380) with twinkling H2Os, traced over the grass with a derwent inktense pencil and added flower soft to his tail.

i’m also playing along with 101: watercolour and this week’s theme is fun time; i always enjoy losing myself in my watercolouring.

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Impression Obsession Resting Rabbit

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Christmas Stocking

the current jingle belles prompt is to shape up for the holidays and create a shaped card. i found this stocking pattern from the very talented katherine frei, who made a christmas stocking gift card holder; mine is just the card with the fold at the top that i’ll give to my dad. you can see the inside which is covered in brown paper with a deer print.

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i’m so excited to be guest designing at the stick it down challenge for august; this card sketch was a lot of fun to work with.

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i die cut the MFT Die-namics daisies out of designer paper from basicgrey’s ‘out of print’ and lightly sponged them with yellow and pink distress inks just to make them a little more vibrant; the sentiment is from flourishes. thanks for popping by.

Salty Snow Globe

this week’s 101:water-color assignment is to use the salt watercolour technique in an embellishment/focus point.

 

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i kind of jumped ahead last week when i used my salt watercolour leaves as my focal point, but luckily, i had leftover twinkling H2O bits so i used them to create the trees for the snow globe. this week i created the sky and woodgrain trim with my caran d’ache water-soluble wax-pastels and sea salt, both die cut with the memory box snow globe die and popped on foam squares; the stars were die cut from a twinks/salt wash. i added some details to the tiny snowmen, also a memory box die and i added the ribbon and MFT Die-namics snowflake. thanks for popping by.

 

it’s time for a new challenge theme at penny black and more and it’s a very easy one this month – anything goes! as always, you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. visit the blog for some very creative creations by my teamies, the rules and to see what fabulous prizes we have. COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAILZPACE.WORDPRESS.COM i watercoloured this cute bunny from the penny black garden critters clear set with twinkling H2Os, sponged the edges with distress ink and popped it on foam squares. the sentiment is from the penny black every happiness cling set and stamped on a MFT Die-namics banner with a tiny butterfly from memory box. i hope you’ll play along. thanks for popping by.

Merry Christmas

i’m really cutting it close to the deadline, 1 hour from now, for the jingle belles prompt to use the challenge blog header, created by lauren, as your inspiration and sandra’s rudolph day challenge to create two or more christmas cards on the 25th of every month. i cased a card i made last year and used hologram and glitter paper for the poinsettias, cut the memory box merry christmas, layered it over glitter paper and added some pearls; a quick and easy card.

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A Dash Of Salt

i’m excited about a brand new weekly challenge called 101: watercolor :102 that will focus on watercolor techniques with weekly assignments so you can practice and submit your outcome.

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although i watercolour my images, i don’t always use the techniques, so this week’s assignment to use salt was a refreshing change; i sprinkled fairly coarse sea salt on my wash of three different twinkling H2O greens, let it dry and then die cut the leaves with a memory box die. unfortunately, i need a sympathy card so i used a sentiment from an impression obsession clear stamp set. thanks for popping by.

Coffee Comes First

i’m playing along with i {heart} card sketches w/ a tWiSt #no.74 at the from the heart stamps blog; the twist is to use paint.

here’s the sketch:

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and here’s my card: i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os and i used the same paints to create the splattered paper panel and the tab. this funny image reminds me of my plan every morning to have coffee before anything else. :) thanks for popping by.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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