12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 2

the Day 2 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist theme is glitter; i love the look but not the mess, which is why i usually use stickles even if the bottles are hard to squeeze with my hands.

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both talented designers Julia Stainton & Kay Miller used circle shapes to either feature a glittery image or as a tag shape so i was inspired to create a tiny simple circle tag. i die cut a house from the back of the teal designer paper from my day 1 tag and covered it with double sided adhesive paper and crystal ritz glitter.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 1

i created another tag for Day 1 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist using the colour palette of red, teal, green and pink:

http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2016/12/12-tags-of-christmas-with-a-feminine-twist-2016-meets-mix-it-up-challenge-day-1-by-laurel-beard-and-.html

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i was inspired by both Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock, who coloured images for their festive tags.

this time i painted a cute penny black image (love at xmas) with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints. the background is painted with teal and i used a teal paper for the base; of course i added stickles for the snow and around the edge of the image and i added white flocking for the fur trim. the sentiment is a gold peel off that i coloured with a red permanent marker.

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It’s Snowing!

i just finished this card in time for the inspired by all the little things challenge; this week the talented silke ledlow is featured and this is the adorable inspiration photo:

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i was delayed at a doctor’s appointment and by the time we left it was like a blizzard with our first snowfall. of course it was too dark to take a photo so i used my daylight lamp which is almost too bright; on the upside, less editing to brighten it up.

i painted everything with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints and i added stickles for the snow. this was one of the first snowman images i bought; the set is still available through a different company here in canada at frog’s whiskers (scroll to page 2 since i can’t isolate the link).

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Jingle All The Way – Mixing It Up And Day 1 Tag

i’m off to a slow start, but i managed to create a tag for both Ellen Hutson’s December Mix It Up Challenge and Day 1 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.

http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2016/12/12-tags-of-christmas-with-a-feminine-twist-2016-meets-mix-it-up-challenge-day-1-by-laurel-beard-and-.html

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com day 1 2016 twelve tags ellen hutson

since both Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock used coloured images on their festive tags, i was inspired to do the same.

i painted everything with winsor & newton watercolour paints, using a light wash of teal in the background and it’s also used to create an ombre sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, All Inside by Julie Ebersole. i love Maude, an older Art Impressions cling stamp; i added pink stickles to her curlers and glossy accents to the smiley face.

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Black And White Plus One At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of december and we’ve got an easy theme for you this month at the penny black and more challenge blog; we’d like you to use black and white plus one other colour while, as always, using a stamped image or large sentiment/quote as the focal point – the only exception is penny black stickeroos.

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i created a birthday card to send to my dad who will be celebrating his 92nd birthday in early january.

the Penny Black Christmas Park wood stamp was heat embossed with black embossing powder and then i sponged the sky with blue distress inks and added some falling snow.

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 Black, Marianne, Crafty Ribbons and a stamp from teamie Sam.

visit the blog to see how the rest of the design team has interpreted this challenge.

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House of Cards Holiday Blog Hop And DT Call

to celebrate the end of another six month term at the House Of Cards we’re having a blog hop that ends december 15 with some fabulous prizes from these sponsors:

MHKDesigns
Prize: Choice of 3 products

Great Impressions
Prize: Stamp Package

Beccy’s Place 
Prize: Choice of 1 Stamp Set or 3 Single Images

Cute As A Button
Prize: Choice of 3 Single Images

comment along the way for a chance to win and play along for another chance by creating a project using this inspiration photo:

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my inspiration was the row of white vases on the shelf. i used twinkling H2Os to watercolour the snow fence digi image from the Snowfolk Set, courtesy of artist Beccy Muir at Beccy’s Place and i used some festive digi papers from the Simply Seasonal Digital Paper Pack, courtesy of artist Mynn at MHKDesigns.

i’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a design team member for the past two years, and i’d like to thank Mynn, house of cards challenge blog owner for the opportunity to create outside of my comfort zone. however, it’s been a rough year health wise and with upcoming surgeries i’ll be stepping down.

DT CALL!!! We’re looking for crafters comfortable in any card making style and it might just be YOU!  You will be contacted by December 20th  to know if you’ve made the team. :)   Each DT member will just be in charge of one card/project per month plus commenting.  If you’re interested in working with us a HOC for a six month term from January through June of 2017, please email Mynn at onastampageATgmailDOTcom with the following information:

  • A link to your blog.
  • Attached cards showing your style–3 maximum.
  • A brief description as to why you’d like to join the team at House of Cards.
  • Any major life happenings you KNOW you have coming up in your life from January-June 2017 that might interfere with your DT responsibilities.

Please email Mynn at onastampageATgmailDOTcom if you have any other questions!

now, for the hop, you should have arrived here from Leslie’s blog so your next stop is Merethe!

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Jingle All The Way

it’s hard to believe, but it’s the last jingle belles prompt for 2016 – using this beautiful inspiration photo and the white christmas theme:

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when i saw the prompt my mind went blank because i struggle with white on white themed cards but i looked at the photo again today and noticed other things so i stopped panicking. :) my inspiration came from the distressed noel, the raised panels behind and the row of hanging stockings. thanks for popping by.

Happy Holidays Tags

i created four tags using an older hero arts image and sentiment from one of the first sets i bought when i started card making and i still love it.

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i coloured with derwent inktense pencils, added yellow stickles to the stars, some snow and finished them off with green ribbon. thanks to my new precision press, which i love, i added a sentiment and used it to stamp the to and from on the back.

i’d like to submit this tag to these challenges:
November Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo’s: this year’s last monthly on the 25th
Crafty Ribbons – Christmas with Ribbon
Crafty Catz – #348 – Anything Goes with twist: Christmas Tags
4 Crafty Chicks W #326 Winter Wonderland
The Pencil Case #33 Anything Goes + DT Call
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed

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Anything Christmas at Penny Black And More

we’re halfway through this month’s ‘anything christmas’ theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and my DT creation is a shaker tag using a penny black stickeroo.

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i was inspired by Ardyth Percy-Robb’s cute tag on day 10 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

i coloured the background with distress inks, embossed with taylored expressions snowflake embossing folder, added some stampendous snow and finished it off with a blue ribbon and some silver twine. the blue glitter paper was cut with a lawn fawn tag die.

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 Black, Crafts U Love and Crafty Ribbons.

i’m also submitting this to the blue theme challenge at crafty ribbons.

visit the blog for some fabulous holiday inspiration by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

Warm Wishes

i’m creating christmas cards as quickly as possible; i can hardly believe how close the mailing deadline is.

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i started this card by freehand painting a plaid on watercolour paper with winsor & newton watercolour paints and then die cutting the frame with the MFT blueprints 29 die set. the bear from the my favorite things cool day stamp set and die cut mittens were painted with the same paints; i stamped a snowflake from the same set on the mittens and added some stickles. the larger sentiment is from the my favorite things hand lettered holiday set.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Virginia’s View: Watercolor/Stamp a Plaid
ABC Christmas – W for Wishes
Sweet Stampers #1 – Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Christmas Greetings
Noor! Designs UK Winter
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Watercolour

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Bunny Wishes

this is a card i made for my daughter to give to one of her veterinarians, a specialist in the care of bunnies among other exotic animals.

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i painted all the images from the memory box/simon says stamptember love and laughter stamps set with twinkling H2Os and die cut them with the matching dies. the background was created with distress inks and i painted the ice with twinkling H2Os too and then added some falling snow. to finish it off, i stamped the memory box bunny wishes sentiment on a poppystamps general store tag die and added a snowflake, also from the love and laughter set.

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

Poppy – Plaid is Rad
ABC Christmas – W for Wishes
Sweet Stampers #1 – Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Christmas Greetings
Noor! Designs UK Winter
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Watercolour

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Product Review – Stamping Tool

as mentioned in a previous post, i’ll be reviewing products that help rather than frustrate me as a paper crafter with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

i thought i’d start my first monthly product review with a brand new product – the we r memory keepers precision press.

up until now, if i needed one, i used an L-shaped stamp positioner and i wasn’t convinced i needed any more tools, especially ones that might be useful to others but not useable by me.

luckily, my favourite local stamp store brought in the precision press at the end of october and although i’ve only used it a couple of times, i’m happy with it.

finally, an easy to tear open package that doesn’t require cutting all around the edges!!

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i like many features of this tool: the thumb indent, grid markings, size and weight, rounded corners and the fact that both clear and cling stamps can be used on the same surface without having to add or take away a shim. additionally, the colours are pleasing to the eye, and provide a good amount of contrast between them.

why not others?

other tools have colours that would strain my eyes, lack enough contrast and require fine motor skills to pick up, place and remove magnets or change stamping surfaces. another tool would require grip strength to hold, align and press throughout the stamping process. i want a tool to work for me, not the other way around.

completely by coincidence, we r memory keepers are having a precision press giveaway on their blog.

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Snail Mail

i had fun watercolouring this happy little hedgie delivering snail mail, although it looks like some of it might take even longer to be delivered.

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i created the pink background with ken oliver powder then i painted the hedgie, sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and stamped the lawn fawn sentiment.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:
Allsorts #389 Feature a Creature
Critters and Creatures – Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature
Lawnscaping Challenge #141 CAS

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.ca/2016/11/challenge-141-cas-sponsored-by-ellen.htmlthanks for popping by.

Snow Bird

i’m still working on christmas cards and trying not to think about the fast approaching date to send them out. i was inspired by a new to me challenge, inspired by all the little things, to create today’s card.

this is the beautiful inspiration graphic:

http://inspiredbyallthelittlethings.blogspot.ca/2016/11/inspired-by-all-little-things-featuring.html

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i watercoloured the background and this cute stampendous snow bird with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the berries and some stickles for snow.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
simon says monday – shine bright like a diamond
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Watercolour
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ glitter and sparkle

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Penny Black And More November – Anything Christmas

it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and this month we’d like you to create ‘anything christmas’ as long as the focal point is a hand stamped image or large sentiment/quote; the only exception are the penny black stickeroos.

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i used the new penny black cones & berries cling stamp on kraft, coloured with faber castell albrecht durer watercolour pencils and added some snow. to finish it off, i used one of the sentiments from the my favorite things 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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Crafty Ribbons.

visit the blog for some holiday inspiration by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

House of Cards November

i know i say this all the time, but it’s hard to believe that it’s the first of a new month and that means we have a new theme for you to play along with at the house of cards challenge blog; it’s a beautiful inspirational photo:

Lots of Layers and/or Colors

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i chose the colours and layered up as best i could but i still wanted a fairly flat card. i’m pleasantly surprised with how much i like this colour palette because i usually choose cool colours.

i hope you’ll come and play along with this very easy theme! different groups of design team members will have their creative cards showcased on the challenge blog every five days, so check back for a variety of styles and inspiration.

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Krafty Christmas Bird

can you tell i’ve been enjoying colouring on kraft? takes me back to my childhood when i would colour for hours with coloured pencils.

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today i coloured this cute image from inky antics, ornament birdy, with inktense pencils. i added stickles to the stripes and pom poms on the hat, glossy accents to the ornament and beak and black enamel dots to the eyes. another clean and simple card to add to my stash and a style that suits me when i’m short on time and energy.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks W #322 Colouring on Kraft
Jingle Belles Holiday Cards with Animals
ABC Christmas Challenge – V is for Vertical
Simon Says Stamp – – Anything Goes
Allsorts -Let’s make a start on Christmas

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Designing For Rudolph Days October

are you ready for this month’s rudolph days challenge? i had a lot of fun creating this christmas card to add to my stash and i hope you’ll be inspired to work ahead on your cards.

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i used valentine papers to create a pocket card featuring this sweet angel image and added a poinsettia that were all watercoloured with twinkling H2Os. i added stickles to her wings, ruffle and around the edge of the frame and a pretty pearl to the poinsettia centre.

the challenge runs until the last day of the month; be sure to visit scrappymo’s blog to view the rest of the team’s inspiring cards and the challenge rules to join.

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Mixing Up CAS

i was curious about the CAS Mix Up Challenge because, to me, mixed media is a collage with layers of, obviously, different media; then i realized i’ve made cards like this before.

i’m playing along with this month’s theme of stamping + ghosting + your choice from a list of mixed media techniques and products.

http://casmixup.blogspot.ca

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my choices were gesso, stencilling and nuance powders.

i started by creating all the backgrounds with magenta’s nuance powders and watercolour paper and adding the butterflies with gesso and a magenta stencil. then i randomly stamped magenta silhouette leaves all over the background. i stamped the sentiment, also magenta, die cut it and layered it four times.

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Happy Halloween

i’m popping in just to remind you that you still have time to play along with us at the penny black and more challenge blog using this photo:

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linda snailzpace.wordpress.com penny black halloween mouse and cat

this is another of the cute images from the penny black halloween critters clear stamp set that i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os.

remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, or penny black stickeroos, 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 Black, Crafty Ribbons, Stamp Addicts.

visit the blog to see some fabulous creations by my teamies and how they were inspired by the photo.

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Santa’s Elf

i really should be mass producing christmas cards but i’m avoiding it so i coloured today for fun and relaxation; this time i followed the My Favorite Things colour challenge no. 55http://www.cardchallenges.com/2016/10/mft-color-challenge-55.html

linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com MFT elf

i made a one layer christmas card with autumn colours using one of the cute MFT BB Santa’s Elves that i coloured with watercolour pencils. the sentiment is stamped in brown and the tiny buttons are brown so i was able to use all the inspiration colours. i added glossy accents to the ornament, jingle bell and berries.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
One Crazy Stamper October – Fall/Winter Fun
Let’s Color Linky Party 13  Anything Goes
Virginia’s View Challenge #24 Focal Point

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Fabulous Fun

i’ve been working on creating christmas card sets for family members but trying to create just for fun in between all the mass production. for today’s card i followed the My Favorite Things Sketch 302:http://www.cardchallenges.com/2016/10/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-302.html

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i painted the background and the ‘fabulous’ with sennelier watercolour paints, heat embossed with holographic embossing powder and offset the word on white; all the die cuts were layered four times. thanks for popping by.

Field Of Pumpkins

our neighbour’s field is full of bright orange pumpkins right now so i was inspired to create today’s small card and play along with two challenges.

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i painted the sky, grass, fence and pumpkins with twinkling H2Os, matted the ‘painting’ and attached it to a watercolour paper base. a very CAS fall card that wasn’t exactly quick.

i’m submitting this card to the Sugar Pea Design Challenge that is using this inspiration photo:18

and this is my second submission to the new CAS Watercolour Challenge:

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