Simply Thanks

i need more thank you cards so i thought this might be one to easily mass produce; it would be, it’s just a bit time-consuming.

memory box floral copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i die cut everything from 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper and sponged the memory box thanks die and lavish branch leaves with green distress inks, the flowers with pink and yellow distress inks and added pink stickles to the centres.  i die cut the poppystamps honeycomb curve in the centre of the panel but decided i wanted a border instead so i cut some away and attached it to some w/c paper also sponged with distress inks.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Memory Box Challenge #36– Floral Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Flower Power

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Mid Month Reminder At Penny Black And More

just popping in with a reminder that there is still time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and this month’s black and white plus one theme.

penny black dog tag copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i used the dog from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set, painted him with twinkling H2Os and used the mama elephant die to frame him; the inside sentiment is from the same set.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

thanks for popping by.

Bunny Border

i created a second card for the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green but this time i’ve used the adorable new bunny border die (IO DIE664-T).

i die cut the bunnies with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, painted green and pink washes with twinkling H2Os, and used some leftover hydrangea petals (IO DIE044-Y) with pink stickles in the centre.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
Dies R Us Challenge #95 – Springtime
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s so relaxing and i love making whimsical characters come to life.

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Pink Hydrangeas

welcome to some new followers! thank you for joining me on my creative journey!

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green – one of my favourite colour combinations.

IO hydrangea copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

after the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) was die cut with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, i painted the leaves with twinkling H2Os, used the small end of a creative expressions mini smoothie (reviewed here) to colour the petals with distress ink and added pink stickles to the centres. i stamped the sentiment (IO CL465) and splattered the same pink twink onto watercolour paper and attached it to a green base.

IO hydrangea 2 copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

for the second card i sponged the edges of the petals with distress ink and added stickles to the centres as well.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s relaxing and i love making my own colours.

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Happy Birthday Surprise!

i went way outside of my comfort zone and created my first peek a boo card with my scor-pal.

penny black hedgie surprise copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

penny black hedgie surprise inside copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

the penny black wood stamp a great surprise! consists of a series of three hedgies but i masked off the centre one since i only needed two for this card. i painted with twinkling H2Os, stamped the lawn fawn sentiment and used some colourful birthday papers for this fun card following this tutorial. as i was making it i thought i’d never do another but when it was finished i changed my mind.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #47 – April Fool Us
Simon Says Wednesday – Birthday
Cute Card Thursday #524 Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps  – Balloons/Bunting/Presents
Craftaholics R Us #14 – Birthday Cards
International Art & Soul  – #30 Card Type You Haven’t Tried Before

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Zinnia Bookmarks

welcome to some new followers! thank you for taking an interest in my creations.

i made some more bookmarks, colouring on kraft this time, still using a paper smooches bookmark die, and a retired flourishes stamp set but this time i coloured with laurentian colour pencils.

flourishes.bookmarks.copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

flourishes.bookmarks.2.copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-2

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANYTHING BUT A CARD
4 Crafty Chicks – #397 Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.13 – ANYTHING GOES
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – April – Say It With Flowers

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Make A Difference

i had fun getting inky again since i discovered the creative expressions sponges, reviewed here; now if only the distress ink pads were more useable for people with disabilities.

flourishes bookmarks copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i used a paper smooches bookmark die, a retired flourishes stamp set and three different stencils and distress inks to create these. my daughter has a lot of textbooks so i keep her well supplied with bookmarks; she likes these as they attach better and stay put because they are longer.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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Spring Wishes

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and the Pick a Holiday (any holiday!) theme.

impression obsession wishes die copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

maybe spring isn’t a holiday, but it should be! what better way to celebrate the end of all that snow, cold temperatures and dreary skies. one of the IO design team members used a spring card, so i thought it was ok to use the spring wishes sentiment. i started this card by painting the sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and painted the chicks and eggs; each is an individual stamp (Sarah Phelps CL212). i finished it off by stamping the spring (MC657) and painting the die cut wishes (DIE364-E).

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #461 – New Beginnings, technically, it’s spring
Dies R Us Challenge #94 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – anything goes, option rainbow

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Black And White Plus One At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge.

penny black kitty copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

this was very challenging for me since i usually activate my twinkling H2Os to have a colourful palette ready to paint with. i thought the kitty from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set would be a good starting point with the black and white; i used three different pink twinks and added some clear wink of stella to the balloons, some pink sequins, striped washi tape and finally, i stamped the sentiment onto a flower die.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

thanks for popping by.

Product Review – Ink Blending Tools

paper crafting with RA means i create more slowly and, because of loss of function, some techniques are avoided because products are not useable by people with disabilities and they exacerbate pain.

sponging is one of those techniques that i stopped doing but i’ve discovered a helpful tool – the creative expressions mini smoothies:

i love these sponges! they are easy to grasp, dense, and hold more ink so less effort is required and the task is completed more quickly which means less pain. the smaller tip can be used for small areas like sponging paper while it is still in a die.

note: price above is canadian dollars and allergy alert: they are latex.

while not being completely scientific, i did use the same supplies for each test:

  • 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper
  • only one of each tool for two distress ink colours: picked raspberry and mustard seed and
  • penny black patina stencil.

as you can see from the examples above, they’re very similar; the difference was that the blending foam with handles took longer and required more pressure.

these are the picked raspberry and mustard seed distress inks blended together. i used the same sponge for both colours on each sample, deliberately not swiping the sponge on paper towels in between since i wanted a blend of the two. the colour in the bottom sample is slightly more intense because the sponge is easier to use so i spent more time blending. also, because i could hold the sponge close to the bottom i had more control and more success.

the daisy on the pink box, posted earlier today, was coloured in picked raspberry ink with a mini smoothie sponge:

MFT daisy box copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

why not other tools?

the wooden handle is difficult to hold, the velcro requires a pinching and grasping motion to remove and since the foam holds less ink, it requires more time holding it in an awkward and painful position.

thanks for popping by and if you try these, let me know what you think.

Pink Daisy Treat Box

this cardstock is very bright pink, which i love, but i think it looks more intense in the photo.

MFT daisy box copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i used my scor pal and followed the tutorial at pootles’ blog to create this little 2 inch box; the challenge is to find tiny treats to fit inside – maybe a couple of chocolate kisses. i sponged the my favorite things daisy with picked raspberry distress ink, using a creative expressions ‘mini smoothies’ blending sponge, and added flower soft to the centre; the box closes with a magnet.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #46 – All things bright and beautiful
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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Bunny Box Treat

this is another treat box i made with the taylored expressions matchbox die that holds a mini kitkat bar.

memory box bunny plaid copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i painted the cute memory box bunny and background with twinkling H2Os, as usual, but this time i fussy cut the jacket.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Hippity Hoppity
Memory Box Challenge #35 – Color Challenge Green
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers – #208  BUNNIES, CHICKS OR EGGS

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Make Mine Chocolate Too!

i’ve been seeing so many adorable bunny images but i’d like to raise awareness that chocolate bunnies are more appropriate to give for easter than real bunnies; i support the make mine chocolate campaign.

inky antics bunny copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

bunnies are precious and until my daughter adopted two of my furry grand bunnies, i never knew how sweet and smart they were. unfortunately, real bunnies are given as easter presents only to be returned to shelters or worse because it was an impulse buy without any thought about their care and long term commitment.

i painted this cute inky antics image with twinkling H2Os and popped on foam tape to an embossed brick background using a taylored expressions embossing folder.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It: Favourite Easter Character (&why): bunnies! after getting to know my two grand bunnies, i realize how cute, sweet and smart they are.
Sweet Stampers: #18 Spring or Easter
The Cutie Pie: Challenge No #121 Theme: SPRING CUTIES
The Paper Girls – #148 EMBOSSING
Always Fun Challenges – #51 EASTER
Gem of a Challenge
– Easter Time
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday March – All Creatures Great and Small

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Happy Rudolph Days March 2018

it’s time for the Rudolph Days Challenge at scrappymo’s blog and it’s always an anything goes theme for christmas cards.

stampendous snowman. copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i started this card by painting the sky with twinkling H2Os, then painted the cute stampendous snowman and added a sentiment with a die i first noticed on a card by my penny black and more teamie, lynn.

all you need to do is create one card every month on the 25th and you have until the last day of each month to play along. pop over to the blog to be inspired by the rest of the design team, to read the rules and see the fabulous prize on offer.

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Spring Chicks At Penny Black And More

just a little reminder that there’s still plenty of time to play along with the ‘feature a creature’ theme this month at the penny black and more challenge.

penny black chicks copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i made a small card featuring the cute chicks from the penny black ‘chick to chick’ clear set, painted with twinkling H2Os, added stickles in yellow, clear and black and popped the image panel on foam tape.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see what creatures my team mates are featuring.

I’m playing along with these challenges:

Papercraft Business Challenge  – #4 – Anything Goes + option of Easter
Noor! Designs UK March – Spring
Sweet Stampers  #18 Spring or Easter

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You Come To Mind

if you follow me, you know my shoulder has been sore; it needs to be replaced but i’m putting that off for as long as i can because of the rehab time. creating and computer use are limited but when i saw the impression obsession challenge theme was clean and simple, i thought i could manage it and i did.

IO verse copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i sponged distress inks onto cold press watercolour paper, spritzed, stamped the IO sentiment, you come to mind (D9772) and attached it to a white card base measuring 3.5 by 5 inches.

i’m also playing along with the just add ink challenge #399 theme of just add water.

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Easter Treats

i created two easter treat boxes using the taylored expressions matchbox die; a miniature kitkat bar fits perfectly inside.

easter treats copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i painted the sweet memory box bunny with twinkling H2Os and layered it up with some fun doodlebug papers.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Monday: Easter/Spring Inspiration
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday– March – All Creatures Great and Small
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #12 – Anything Goes with a Critter
My Time to Craft #366 – Easter/ Spring
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.10 – ANYTHING GOES
Papercraft Business Challenge  – #4 – Anything Goes + option of Easter

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Buzzing By At Penny Black And More

oh my goodness, i have missed creating but my shoulder is still pretty sore so my creating and computer time is somewhat limited. but i do have a DT card for our new monthly theme at the penny black and more challenge and for march, we’d like to see you ‘feature a creature.’

penny black buzzing by copyright inda snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i’ve used this cute penny black image, a wooden stamp called ‘good news!’ and painted with twinkling H2Os. i’ve used brighter colours because i’m so tired of dreary overcast days and can’t wait for more sunshine. and we just got hit with more snow!

remember your focal point must be hand stamped with any company’s image or large sentiment/quote and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty.

visit the blog to see what creatures are featured on my teamies’ cards.

thanks for popping by.