Say It Big

the impression obsession challenge is to say it big, but since i don’t have a lot of large sentiment stamps, i featured one i really like on a smaller card.


i chose the IO ‘you come to mind‘ stamp, added a small IO leaf, coloured with twinkling H2Os and adhered the panel to shimmer brown cardstock and then an ivory base.

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Sending Love

i’ve been working on organizing my stamps and in the process i found this older but adorable Christy Croll for Stamping Bella image that was waiting to be inked up.


i thought it was perfect for the tiddly inks Challenge #164 – Have Heart so for the first time i get to play along.  i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the mailbox flag and two red pearls to the sentiment tag.

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Winter Bunny

i’m playing along with the Magenta Challenge and the august theme of anything goes. i’m not very happy with my inked up stencil designs yet, so i went back to my comfort zone and coloured an image.


i watercoloured this magenta bunny with twinkling H2Os and i did use the magenta dots stencil on the red cardstock and added a magenta peel off sentiment sticker; i used the magenta markers to change it and the little snowflakes from silver to red.

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Special Delivery

this week the jingle belles are celebrating all things POSTAL so i inked up this older stamp for the first time to create a card.


i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and watercolour pencils, added a peel off sentiment that was silver, but i coloured it red and attached everything to a layer of shimmery silver cardstock. i’m also playing along with the August Rudolph Days Challenge at scrappymo’s blog.

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Little Poppet’s Birthday

i have another birthday card to share that i designed for Buddly Crafts using one of the cute images from the clear stamp set Little Poppets Birthday.


as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, used my favourite banner die to add the stamped candles at the top and added glass effect gel to the icing on the cake; the papers are Kim’s Digi Papers – A Patchwork of Papers – Plum.

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Birthday Wishes

i designed this card for Buddly Crafts using one of the adorable images from the clear stamp set Birthday Wishes.

birthday bear.linda

i watercoloured the image, embossed background (Marianne Design Embossing Folder – Balloons) and the die cut Marianne Design ‘Special’ Balloon with twinkling H2Os.

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Cookies 4 Santa

i’m playing along with the jingle belles who are using this inspiration photo for their prompt:



the colour combination is not one i would’ve thought to use, but it grew on me and now i really like it; the snowman even has aqua stickles on his buttons. my intention was to make a couple of cards incorporating some of the cookie designs; somehow i ended up using them all on one card and i added snow dots all over. my brand new camera battery gave out for the third time, so i’ve taken this photo with my iPad – not bad, but not the sharpest.

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i’m playing along with the back to school theme at the lawnscaping challenge.


my daughter and her two bunnies are moving so she can attain her second degree at a new university so i thought she might need a sticky note holder for her new desk, along with some words of encouragement.


i die cut 8 bunnies to layer and watercoloured them with twinkling H2Os, along with the wood veneer apple. the letters were die cut with the impression obsession alphabet, coloured with distress inks and attached with a glue pen.

i’d also like to submit this to the kraft journal Challenge # 236 – Take Your Pick: i used four items from the board – red, apple, ribbon and die cut.

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Four Calling Birds

i think this Crissy Armstrong Four Calling Birds techie take is too funny.


this was so much fun to colour and, as usual, i watercoloured the sky and birds with twinkling H2Os and added stickles to their hats and around the edge of the image panel.

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

Whimsy Inspiration -#85 Christmas In July
Stampavie and More #243 Christmas in Summer
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge  Must be Christmas  Feathered Friends
Moving along with the Times – Snow In Summertime (monthly for summer ends 1st Sept)
Winter Wonderland – must be Christmas – Christmas Carols/Songs – ends Aug 27 (twelve days of christmas)
Noor! Designs UK (M,P1) #9 Christmas
Creative Card Crew #93 – Sparkle! – glitter or anything that sparkles

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Round Christmas Card

the marianne design divas’  theme is round cards or use circles; this circle card was so much fun to create – there’s a fold at the top, hidden by the seam binding.


i watercoloured the poinsettias, seam binding and the inlaid sentiment with twinkling H2Os and used these marianne design products, available at buddly crafts:

Marianne Design Embossing Folder – Anja’s Decorative Border DF3405
Marianne Design Craftables Die – Circles CR1201
Marianne Design Creatables Die – Poinsettias Miniature LR0142
Marianne Design Creatables Dies – Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings LR0225
Marianne Design 6″x6″ Paper Bloc – Classic Christmas PK9113
Marianne Design Jingle Bells

i’d also like to submit this to these challenges:
Marianne’s Design Kreadiva’s Challenge #12 Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration #85 Christmas In July
Simon Says Tie It Up

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Bright Floral Notecards

my daughter has been visiting and had a lot of fun with a stencil from magenta’s new release; since she doesn’t have a blog, i’m posting them here so she can submit them to the magenta challenge anything goes theme for august. i love these! my card did not turn out very well so i’ll have to start over and post later. COPYRIGHT LIANNE she used a foam blending tool and distress inks to create this set of one-layer cards. COPYRIGHT LIANNE thanks for popping by.

Rudolph In A Snow Globe

i had fun creating this shaker card, probably the third one i’ve ever made. now that my stash of sequins is growing, i might make more; i just need to figure out how to not have the camera reflecting back in the window.


i stamped the poppy stamps rudolph, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, die cut the memory box snow globe for the window and added some pretty pink posh clear sequins and seed beads.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – must be Winter Holiday (July) OH DEER!
Memory Box Challenge #3- Cool Thoughts for Warm Days
Little Red Wagon Challenge #301- Shake It Up!
Whimsy Inspiration #85 Christmas In July

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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 some summer flowers.

penny black hedgie with flowers

i watercoloured this cute little hedgie from the penny black ‘tiny wishes’  clear stamp set with watercolour pencils, watercolour paints and twinkling H2Os; the marianne flowers were die cut and sponged with distress inks.

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
All Occasion Dies
Crafts U Love
Marianne Design
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by the rest of the design team.

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it’s the first of august so time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge; this month we’d like to create a card with using this word cue~



i had a lot of fun creating this card. i started by embossing silver mirri paper and painted it with ColourArte silks acrylic glaze, black ice. the flower and leaves were coloured with metallic rub-on paint and i used the inlaid die technique for the penny black thank you sentiment. be sure to visit the blog throughout the month for tutorials and creative inspiration from the rest of the design team.

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Hello There

i’m playing along with the Noor! Design UK Challenge #8: something old, something new.


i created another small card for my stash using an image from my new Joy! Crafts spring clear stamp set, new Joy! Crafts sun die and new elizabeth craft design hello die; the old items are the papers (watercolour, black glossy and matting) and my twinkling H2Os to watercolour with.

i’d also like to submit this to the summer theme at bunny zoe’s crafts july challenge.

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Art For The Soul

this month’s magenta challenge is to use your favourite stamp, but i have too many favourites, so i stamped this quote and played with some of my new stash from their latest release – fun!


i used the new diamond stencil as a stamp and then sponged distress ink through the butterflies stencil and around the edges. i usually lose myself in watercolouring images, but every now and then it’s fun to just get inky and create backgrounds.

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Snail Trail

i’m playing along with the memory box monthly challenge which, in honour of july, is red, white and blue. since canada’s flag is red and white, i didn’t make a patriotic card – instead i created a festive one.


the snail trail is the memory box corner die, cropped, that the popped memory box snails are traveling on and the snails and poppy stamps banner dies were decorated with white polka dots.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #154 CAS
Creative Card Crew #92 Banner/Flag
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #33 Red, White & Blue
Simply Papercrafts #9 anything goes
Brown Sugar No. 156 Anything Goes  

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A Ton Of Hearts

i’m playing along with the WPlus9 Challenge – Get Sketchy with Joni #2 and here’s her sketch:

wplus9 sketch 02



i watercoloured this cute elephant from the clear stamp set ‘bubble talk’ with twinkling H2Os, masked him and stamped the hearts border. to finish it off, i added red stickles to the tiny stamped hearts and one of the sentiments from the same set. this card will be sent to a family member who loves elephants.

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i’m sharing a card i made just to remind you that you still have plenty of time to play along with us at the  penny black and more challenge blog – all you need to do is add a sentiment to your stamped focal point.

penny black garden criter

i usually struggle with sentiments and where to put them so i stamp them inside. this time, i really went outside my comfort zone and decorated the die cut sentiment from the set ‘sweet wishes’ and added a stampendous grasshopper and a memory box butterfly.

i watercoloured this cute mouse from the penny black ‘garden critters’ clear stamp set with watercolour paints and 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
All Occasion Dies
Marianne Designs
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

Shiny Ornament Tag

i’m playing along with the lawnscaping challenge, No. 109, sparkle and shine, which i thought was perfectly suited to a christmas tag.


some of the sparkle and shine is not showing up in the photo, but i covered the ornaments with glossy accents, edged the top tag layer with stickles and painted the background with a gold twinkling H2O that really shimmers.

lawn fawn ornaments close up

lawn fawn ornament tag

i was also inspired by this just add ink challenge no. 270 inspiration photo:



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Supplies used:
Stamps: winter gifts, joy to the woods
Dies: tag you’re it, joy to the woods
Paper:  snow day
peel offs
ribbon, twine