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Holiday ATC

i’m playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge theme to try a new technique. the limited space of ATCs (artist trading cards) intimidate me; they’re 2.5″ by 3.5″ and can be purchased in packages as seen at the strathmore site or you can cut your own.

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christmas ATC

i used the strathmore 400 Series Watercolor ATCs for my new technique – to create a holiday ATC.

i painted the sky and die cut trees (lawn fawn snow day) with twinkling H2Os, popping the front row with foam squares; i added red, yellow and green stickles to the trees and clear stickles for falling snow. the snow day sentiment fit perfectly across the bottom to finish it off. i think i conquered my fear of ATCs and might make more of these now.

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Hybrid Holiday Card

the current jingle belles prompt is to create a hybrid holiday card and there’s a free festive digi kit available from one of their sponsors; visit their blog for more details.

Buddly Crafts Penguin

i watercoloured this cute penguin from a buddly crafts clear stamp set, christmas buddies, but it is also available as a digi. my printer doesn’t like the heavier watercolour paper so i don’t use a lot of digis; besides, there’s just something about the old fashioned process that i like.

my digi elements are papers from buddly crafts, both created by owner Kim: Pretty Classic Christmas (trees) and Cottage Collection (yellow).

the tab is die cut from my favourite new banner die – Joy! Crafts Cutting Die – Labels & Tags; the foam on the die makes the banners pop right out on their own, which makes me happy. i finished it off with a self adhesive red gem.

the sentiment, from the same set, is stamped in green and i added stickles to the snow on it, the tree and to create dots to the scarf and present.

i’m also playing along with:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin – cute
Cutie Pie Challenge – challenge #87 layer it up…but keep it cute
Top Tip Tuesday – animals
Wags ‘n Whiskers – No. 154 Lots of Layers

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we’re half way through may already, but you still have plenty of time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and our theme of punches and dies. visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

hedgies hello

i water coloured this cute penny black hedgie image from the hugs! clear stamp set with twinkling H2Os; here’s my tip for Top Tip Tuesday – use unexpected colours; a clay pot doesn’t have to be coloured in rust tones.

i used marianne designs dies for the flowers and leaves, a punch for the tiny flowers and die cut the hello with the memory box typewriter alphabet lower case set.

i hope you’ll come and play along – remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won from: Penny BlackCrafts U LoveAll Occasion Dies and Stix 2.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Great Impressions – Celebrate Spring
Top Tip Tuesday – Animals; my second submission
One Crazy Stamper  Anything goes
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Tiny Mouse Celebrates

This adorable little mouse was so much fun to colour; he’s one of the images in a clear stamp set from the Cuddly Buddly Crafts Spring Collection called Tiny Mouse Celebrates.

Tiny Mouse Celebrates

I watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and watercolour paints and used some Buddly Crafts digi papers called Soft Spring, matted with kraft.

I’m playing along with Mynn’s Birthday Bash Giveaway  that she’s holding for the month of May.

I’d also like to submit this to:
Top Tip Tuesday Animals 
Pile It On #68 – Cute Animal
Graph It Colouring –  week 19 square

Visit the Cuddly Buddly Crafts Facebook page and blog for some very creative projects and updates about new products.

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this is my third submission to the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours.

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i spritzed the leftover twinkling H2Os that i used on the first and second card and pressed the watercolour paper on to the fine droplets; then i dragged a yellow ink pad across the paper, spritzed it and stamped different sentiments from the lawn fawn ‘so much to say‘ clear stamp set. i coloured the hat with a watercolour pencil.

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this is my second submission to the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours.

lawn fawn watercolour 2

i used the same twinkling H2Os as the first card; i spritzed them and then pressed the watercolour paper on to the large droplets until it was covered. while it was still wet, i pressed it with a damp paper towel, which gives it the illusion of texture. i used different sentiments from the lawn fawn ‘so much to say‘ clear stamp set.

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Splattered Sentiments

i’m playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours. although i have a collection of watercolour media, i usually use my twinkling H2Os to watercolour images because that’s my favourite thing to do.

lawn fawn sentiments

but today, i created something different – a quick and easy card. i used a red and yellow twinkling H2O, combing them to make an orange, and painted washes over the stamped sentiments from the lawn fawn clear stamp set ‘so much to say.’ i splattered the same colours both when my paper was wet and dry to get different splats/splatters. thanks for popping by.

Rose Garden

I created this card with one of the images in a clear stamp set from the Cuddly Buddly Crafts Spring Collection called Rose Garden that I watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and Winsor & Newton watercolour paints.

Rose Garden

Here are the links to all the supplies I used on this card. I love the stamping linen paper; i sponged around the edges with green distress inks and then lightly sanded to reveal the texture.

Cuddly Buddly Clear Stamps – Rose Garden
Eline’s House Digital Papers – In the Meadow 2
Eline’s House Digital Papers – In the Meadow 1
Marianne Design Creatables Dies – Anja’s Vintage Swirls LR0271
Leane Creatief Cutting Dies – Small Flowers & Leaves 450331
Joy! Crafts Stamping Linen – A5

Visit the Cuddly Buddly Crafts Facebook page and blog for some very creative projects and updates about new products.

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PEACE

the current jingle belles’ prompt is a sketch by stephanie; i had so many ideas of ways to use it, but i only had time for this one for now. one idea was to make a one layer card, but i had to trim off a flaw so i ended up matting it to make an A2 card. IO.PEACE i painted twinkling H2O watercolour washes, embossed with a leane creatief embossing folder that i love and sanded it to reveal the w/c paper. i added the impression obsession peace sentiment die cut from black mirri paper that i found easier to attach using my xyron sticker machine than a glue pen. the tiny dots are also cut with the mirri. one more christmas card for my stash.

i’d like to also submit it to these challenges:
crafty cardmakers & more – make your own background
merry monday #157 embossing
use your stuff #182 embossing
v’s sweet ideas – #34 emboss it! thanks to karen for letting me know about the challenge.

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it’s the first sunday of the month and the penny black and more challenge theme for may is punches and dies!

i watercoloured this baby hedgie image from the penny black bundle of joy clear set with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints. the onesie is a memory box die that i cut apart to pop on foam tape; i made the buttons with a circle die.

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to play along, remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, there are some fabulous sponsors offering stamps/dies/gift certificates as prizes. i hope you’ll come and play along. visit the blog for some inspirational creations by my talented teamies.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
the ABC challenge – i is for inspire us, show us your style: my style is to showcase watercoloured images with pretty papers and minimal embellishments
my time to craft – new baby
Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! challenge 278 a baby shower
little red wagon – Challenge # 287 – “B”elieve It! i used baby hedgie

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Twinkling Bokeh

it’s the first of the month and time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge – we’d like you to use the bokeh effect on your creations. if you haven’t already tried it, you can make interesting backgrounds imitating this photography technique.

HOC bokeh

i created my bokeh with twinkling H2Os and sponge daubers on 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper and simply attached the balloons and die cut sentiment.

mynn has provided a written tutorial on the blog today and movies, tips, and more from other DT gals later this month! i hope you’ll try this fun technique and play along! different DT creations are featured every monday so be sure and check them out for more inspiration.

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Christmas Shopping

i made this card for my daughter and even though she’ll get a sneak peek of it here, she’ll have to wait to see what kind of gift card goes with it. this was such a fun image to colour – i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints.

christmas shopping

christmas shopping inside

all the marianne design items used on this card were purchased from cuddly buddly crafts – check out the new website: christmas shopping image, poinsettia, leaves, merry christmas, just for you, classic christmas papers.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
marianne design divas – use a stamp or decoupage sheet from Marianne Design
Marianne’s Design Kreadiva’s Challenge – everything goes with marianne design
rudolph days challenge at scrappymo’s – create a christmas card on the 25th of every month
challenge up your life – watercolour
papertake weekly – cute as a button

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Case-ing A CAS Card

one of my house of cards challenge teamies, monika, is celebrating her birthday throughout april by asking participants to case one of her cards displayed in her post and join her LINKY PARTY for a chance to win the prize of a 25$ gift voucher to a store you like.

of course i had to case this cute bunny card:

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impression obsession bunny thanks

i used impression obsession dies for the bunny, flowers and sentiment, created the background with distress inks, painted the flowers with twinkling H2Os and added yellow stickles to the centres.

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Birthday Cupcake

i’m back to share a card i made mid-way through the month to remind you that you still have plenty of time to join us at the penny black and more challenge blog for our birthday theme this month that is open until april 29.

penny black cupcake mice

for my DT card,  i used twinkling H2Os to colour this cute penny black image from the clear stamp set, critter party, and stamped the sentiment from the salutations set.

remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won so i hope you’ll come and play along. visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

i had every intention of avoiding a last minute creation for the jingle belles prompt, but time and energy have not been abundant enough; better late than never should be my motto.

bells

the current jingle belles prompt is to create cards that:

  • incorporate music
  • are inspired by a holiday song or
  • include a holiday song title

i started off with silver bells (the song was stuck in my head) but that looked kind of blah so i pieced the memory box bells together using different colours of mirri paper. i attached the vellum music piece to some light blue card stock and then to the mirri.

because of the reflective nature of the mirri, my camera kept appearing and of course then my battery had to be recharged so this is from my cell phone, taken on an angle so you won’t see it or me in there. this card looks much better in real life and now i have my dad’s christmas card done.

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Birthday Hedgies

it’s the first sunday of the month and the penny black and more challenge theme for april is birthdays!

for my DT card, i water coloured this penny black cling stamp, cake dance Product #40-060, with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints; the balloon was painted and cut using a die that was a gift, thank you daniela!

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to play along, remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won so i hope you’ll come and play along. visit the blog for some inspirational creations by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

Spring Bunnies

this is another card I designed for Cuddly Buddly using one of the stamps from the new spring release; this adorable image is another in the Country Church set.

Cuddly Buddly Country Church Bunnies.Linda

i used twinkling H2Os and Winsor & Newton watercolour paints to paint the sky, grass and bunnies. the flowers were die cut with marianne design flower set; i lightly sanded off the edges of the paper and attached them to a marianne design branch forest. the papers are brand new studio light #11 and also available at the cuddly buddly shop.

i never knew, until my daughter rescued two bunnies, just how intelligent, animated and sweet they are; but they do require maintenance and time, a consideration that is, sadly, often not part of a decision to obtain a bunny, especially at easter. chocolate bunnies are preferred, and welcome, yum, unless there is a strong commitment to follow through with a long range plan to raise a pet one. make mine chocolate!

check out the Cuddly Buddly blog for some very creative projects that feature a range of products available at Cuddly Buddly shop and visit the Cuddly Buddly facebook page for more news.

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Take Time

wow, it’s april 1st already so it’s time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge; this month we’d like you to add a butterfly and/or use the colours in this inspiration photo:

butterfly-1

for my DT card, i used different colours and i added a die cut butterfly. the smaller butterflies were already there but they were an ivory colour so i coloured them with colour pencils to match mine. visit the blog to see what my talented teamies have created and then i hope you’ll play along!

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Country Church

This is another card i designed for Cuddly Buddly using one of the new stamp sets from the spring release called Country Church.

Cuddly Buddly Country Church Linda

i stamped directly onto a 6 x 6 sheet from the Studio Light Paper Pad #11 and just coloured with colour pencils.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:

30 Day Colouring Challenge – the daily marker/kathy racoosin
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check out the Cuddly Buddly blog for some very creative projects that feature more Cuddly Buddly stamps and visit the Cuddly Buddly facebook page for more news.

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Christmas Ornaments

the current jingle belles prompt, which i’m playing along with at the last minute once again, is embossing – dry and/or heat. this was one of the fastest cards i’ve ever made – i dry embossed and added a gold peel off sticker that looks copper in the photo.

dry embossed ornaments

i’m also playing along with rudolph day, hosted by scrappymo, since i missed last month; there just aren’t enough hours in the day. thanks for popping by.