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Fueling My Inspiration

i had just enough time to play along with the taylored expressions share joy challenge 50 and this one was a real challenge but i’m happy with the results.
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i wasn’t sure i’d be able to find papers that coordinated with each other but once i finally made my selection, the card came together quickly. this card is off to my brother for his birthday, who is an avid formula 1 fan. i’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll get it in time given the canada post negotiations. i die cut the TE little bits balloons, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added some yellow hemp cord and popped them on with foam tape.

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Bring On The Cake!

i’m playing along for the first time with the ellen hutson Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge to be inspired by this photo:

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my inspiration came from the bright pink and yellow flowers in the vase next to the two glass bottles with the out of focus background. i used four stamps from the WISH BIG stamp set to create this tall thin card, painting the sky and image with twinkling H2Os. finally, i matted it with some plaid memory box paper. thanks for popping by.

as you know, i love making christmas cards year round so i was excited to be invited to design for scrappymo’s rudolph days challenge to create holiday cards on the 25th of every month.

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i watercoloured this cute inky antics image with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the ornaments and white flocking to the pom pom; to finish it off, i layered the wplus9 die cut merry sentiment.

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

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Red All Over

i made this very quick and easy card for two christmas challenges and my stash.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com magenta poinsettia paper

the current jingle belles’ prompt is rudolph the red nosed reindeer, with the emphasis on red, predominantly red.

the ABC christmas challenge is Q for Quick layout.

i cut a 12 x 12 sheet of magenta poinsettia paper to make a set of cards but i only got one made so far. i usually spend hours watercolouring an image so whenever i make a quick and easy card, i feel like i cheated so i added a bit of shading with a colour pencil and then i added yellow stickles to the centres. i stamped the penny black sentiment with versafine crimson red ink and it was done.

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Cracking Me Up

i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 49: a sketch and colour combination.

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i created this card for my husband; as a person with a disability, i rely on him for a lot of help. lately, i’ve been dealing with extra health issues and he always knows when i need a laugh. i used two different blue distress inks to paint the sky and i used twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer water pencils to watercolour the cute image from the easter doodles stamp set, no link found.

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Pretty Peridot Leaves

i was inspired by Magenta Designer  and her stencilling with gesso technique on this card so i played with stencils today – something different for me.

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i watercoloured the memory box die cut leaves with ‘pretty peridot’ twinkling H2Os. after the gesso dried, which didn’t take long because of the small design, i painted yellow twinkling H2Os onto the cold press watercolour paper, then sponged dried marigold distress ink on top, splattered with both pretty peridot twinks and some water. to finish it off, i sponged shabby shutters distress ink through the diamond stencil.

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

Memory Box Challenge #15- Yellow Challenge
Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday July 2016! use august birthstone peridot
4CC #312 – LEAVES

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Cuddly Mice

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 goes with a stamp’ theme.

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as usual, i watercoloured these sweet mice (30-020 hugs!) with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the flower centre and painted the die cut sentiment (51-036 wishes) .

i hope you’ll join us and 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, Stix.

visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

i’d like to submit this to these challenges:
simon says stamp: Work it Wednesday July 2016! use august birthstone peridot

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Trick Or Treat

i know it’s a bit early for halloween, but i can’t wait wait for the cooler fall weather and colours so i thought i’d create some fall cards only to discover i have more halloween stamps than actual ‘fall’ ones so that’s what i used.

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for this clean and simple card, i watercoloured this cute penny black cat with twinkling H2Os, stamped the cobwebs and the sentiment and added yellow stickles to the dots and stars on his hat.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Critters and Creatures – Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature
One Crazy Stamper – Fall/Halloween
Cutie Pie Challenge – Cute + Work Rest Or Play

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Grumpy Penguin

i enjoy making christmas cards year round but i usually make cards for my family at the last minute. thanks to the share joy challenges i’ve been playing along with, i’ll be ready with cards featuring funny little grumpy characters.

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copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com taylored expressions challenge 48

i chose the clean and simple challenge this time and watercoloured the sky and this little guy with two watercolour paints: sennelier and twinkling H2Os and used stickles on the star and for snow. thanks for popping by.

Grumpy Fox

i’m having fun with these little taylored expressions holiday grumplings; they’re so funny and i love the sentiments in the set. i created this card for my husband using the share joy challenge 47 sketch:

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i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the jingle bell and flower soft on the ground; the red dots are hologram peel offs.

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Wild Rose

i ordered this beautiful Magenta Wild Rose stamp when it was released this spring but it’s been waiting for me to watercolour; being the caregiver of a family member and my own health issues has meant i create when i can and i really appreciate when i get to do so.

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i enjoyed losing myself in watercolouring with twinkling H2Os and matted the image since i didn’t feel like it needed anything else; clean and simple.

i’d like to enter this card into these challenges:

Simon Says: Fabulous Florals
Paper Creator – Keep It Simple
Just Add Ink #323…. Just Add F
Just Us Girls #355 – Word Week; watercolouring
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Hello Bunnies!

it’s the first sunday of a new month and we’ve got another very easy theme for you this month at the penny black and more challenge blog; it’s anything goes! but of course that means the usual rules apply – your focal point must be a hand stamped image from any company.

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i watercoloured this adorable penny black bunny image with twinkling H2Os, added flower soft to the tail and stickles to the flower centres.

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 and Stix 2.
visit the blog for some inspiration by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

Freezin’ Season

with record high temps and humidity, i wouldn’t mind if it snowed right now to cool everything down; i think just colouring a winter card helped.

this is the inspiration photo for the taylored expressions share joy challenge 46.

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copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com taylored expressions challenge 46

i used the fruit colours and this holiday grumplings snowman that i chose with the $20.00 gift certificate i won in april.  i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the ground, glossy accents on his buttons and flower soft on his hat.

i’m also submitting this card to the jingle belles’ prompt since it was one of stephanie’s cards (ingenious inkling) that made me laugh when she used this grumpy guy. my three of something: i used red and white stripes on the image and two borders.

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it’s hard to believe that it’s the first of august already! it’s time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge blog and we’ve got an inspiration photo for you so you can choose to use either Twine and/or the Colours:

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copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com avery elle bookmark-1

i was inspired to use some of the colours and twine to create this bookmark for my daughter, who is continuing her university studies. the avery elle die set also comes with some smaller bookmarks so i used one of those and the coordinating cute owl stamp to create these bookmarks; all were coloured with coloured pencils.

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i hope you’ll come and play along! 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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Skywriting

i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 45: a sketch and/or colours that are just so pretty!

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i’m a cloud watcher and i love painting skies; this one was painted with my twinkling H2Os and i used all the inspiration colours – the orange is in the flower centres on the flip flops.

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