Christmas Holly Birds

I’m playing along with this month’s magenta challenge2 products of your choice from Magenta, 1 tree pattern (bark, branch etc.).

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i used the Christmas Holly Birds stamp, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and i added a magenta peel off gold sticker in the corner. while i was colouring this image, Ellie Knol – DT Magenta, posted an easy christmas card on the magenta blog using this same stamp; how striking to not colour it.

i was lucky enough to win a $25.00 certificate to the store last month and i must say how impressed i am with their fast shipping; no, i didn’t waste any time going shopping – thank you magenta!

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Toby Sleds

Today I’m sharing a card that features another adorable image from the Buddly Craft clear stamp set Toby Tumble’s Snowy Day; isn’t it cute?


i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, as usual, and used the following supplies, available online at Buddly Crafts:
Kim’s Digi Papers – Silent Night
Marianne Design Creatables Dies – Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings LR0225
Marianne Design Cutting Dies – Christmas Village Decoration Set COL1330

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

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Jingle All The Way

my parcel of crafty MFT goodies arrived just in time for me to play along with the my favorite things color challenge #33:


and also the MFT sketch challenge 255:


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the mittens are in a die set that came free with my purchase, and since they’re so cute i had to use them. this card came together quickly, thanks to the sketch and because there’s no stamping and colouring! even the sentiment is a sticker, so it’s fun to sometimes make cards that don’t take me so long.

i’d also like to submit this to the simon says wednesday challenge: christmas.

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i’m popping in just to remind you that you still have plenty of time to play along with us at the penny black and more challenge blog for the ‘anything christmas’ theme.

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i watercoloured this tiny snowman image from the penny black clear stamp set called christmas every day with twinkling H2Os.

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.
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.
i’d also like to submit this tag to these challenges:
One Crazy Stamper – November Challenge — Christmas/Winter
Sweet Stampin’ – WRAP UP WARM
Simon Says Stamp – Christmas
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Bunnies Are Precious Pets

i’m a dog person, even though i grew up with dogs, cats, fish, and a cat that tried to catch the fish.

but then my daughter adopted a baby bunny and later rescued another from a shelter named skippy; it was amazing to see him transform from a shy bunny not wanting to venture much beyond the security of his cardboard box to the sweetest little ‘goofball,’ so happy to entertain us and make us laugh.

i knew bunnies were cute, but i had no idea how smart they are. when i called to video chat, skippy would put his face right up to the web cam and sit and listen to my boring stories about the projects i was working on; it was funny how responsive he was.

unfortunately, skippy passed away last week and i will miss him terribly.


CAS Christmas Card

whew, i just made the deadline. the  jingle belles prompt this time is a sketch by the very talented stephanie, which i’ve not included here because i ran out of time. the camera batteries gave out, so i’ve taken this with the iPad; then wordpress froze and had to restart because i have yet to figure out how to post from the iPad.

anyway, here’s my card: a one layer card with a retiform design and a sanded die cut snowflake.

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i’d also like to submit this to the noor! design uk november challenge – anything goes!

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Soft Flakes Of Snow

the impression obsession challenge is Feeling Blue so i created a blue background with my twinkling H2Os and added some blue and white frantage around the edges.


i stamped the IO ‘peaceful season wishes’ in blue ink and i have another christmas card for my stash. thanks for popping by.

it’s time for a new monthly challenge at the House of Cards Challenge and it’s a technique for you to try this time. you can watch a video over at the blog by challenge owner mynn to see how she’s made this pretty card:

Technique Challenge: Stamped Punch Window

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and here’s my card:


i used a sizzix die to create my window and frame and the only stamping on this card is the impression obsession sentiment. i watercoloured clear resist watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os and attached the panel with foam tape.

be sure to visit the blog for other tutorials throughout the month and some more inspiration by the rest of the design team.

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edited: the paper pad i used is Cosmo Cricket’s ‘Just Add Water’ pad – from their website it’s “Printed watercolor paper features clear and gold foil resist that comes to life as watercolor is added.”

i know i keep saying this, but i don’t know where the time goes! it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog – this month we’d like to see anything christmas with stamping.


i used this fun image from the penny black stamp set ‘jolly follies’ that was a birthday gift – thank you so much anne! as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os.

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
Crafty Ribbons
 visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

Holly Tag

as i mentioned yesterday, i was so challenged by this month’s magenta challenge that i wanted to create another project. i love watercolouring images, so using one colour is really outside my comfort zone but i think i’m getting the hang of it.

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the challenge is to create a project using:
1 Magenta stamp, 1 or more other Magenta product(s), and 1 colour (other neutrals allowed).

magenta products used:

  • a wood mounted holly stamp that i love at a garage sale years ago (it now comes in cling foam)
  • another new stencil for the background
  • permanent markers
  • silver peel off sentiment coloured green.

the seam binding was dyed green with twinkling H2Os and i made an embellishment to finish it off.

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Paper Pieced Poinsettia

i was really challenged by this month’s magenta challenge to create a project using:
1 Magenta stamp, 1 or more other Magenta product(s), 1 colour (other neutrals allowed).

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i used a magenta poinsettia stamp, heat embossed in white on magenta turquoise paper and again on the blue stripes of the reverse side to paper piece; the little dots in the corner were sponged on with a new magenta stencil.

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Birthday Balloon

i made this card for a very special someone who loves elephants – happy birthday! you might remember that i used the wplus9 bubble talk elephant on two previous cards and they were so well received that i *had* to get the unforgettable stamp set too.


i had so much fun watercolouring this adorable image; as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and i added clear wink of stella to the balloon for extra shimmer. the tiny stars were randomly stamped in green since the recipient’s favourite colours are purple and green.

i’d like to submit this to the wplus9 Throwback Thursday Challenge #8 – Fair Isle Backgrounds – not exactly the right stamps or colours, but i was inspired to make a CAS card.

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