Warm Colours

i’m playing along with the My Favorite Things Color Challenge 38; the cool colours are my favourite to use, but i thought this was such a pretty palette!


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i watercoloured this sweet image with twinkling H2Os, mixing some of the colours to match as closely as possible to the challenge colours, and used the same twinks to create the mat; another CAS card for my stash.

i’m also playing along with kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge; this was coloured in stages over several days.

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Hugs And Love

it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and it’s a very easy one! we’d like to see anything goes with a stamp and a die(s).

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i watercoloured this cute hedgie from the penny black clear stamp set hugs! with twinkling H2Os and i used a couple of dies: my favorite things stitched circle, my favorite things scalloped border and spellbinders petite scallop circle.

i used my scor-pal and followed this flap fold card tutorial by Julie Davison on splitcoastampers; i changed the orientation of the images and added designer paper to the top fold.

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, Stix2 and Crafty Ribbons.
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Sweet Stampin all you need is love
Ellie’s Critters and Creatures #1 – Anything goes with an animal
Scor-Pal – “More Than One Score” #23 – Pink or Blue It’s Up to You!
Noor! Designs UK #15 Love
One Crazy Stamper Anything Goes (no digital images allowed)
kathy’s 30 day colouring
Simon Says Stamp – Have A Heart

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How I Now Roll

i’ve sometimes mentioned that i have severe RA (rheumatoid arthritis), an aggressive form that has had quite an impact on my daily life for almost 20 years now. initially, i resisted making any changes to my activity level, but in time i had no choice but to accept my limitations because of lack of mobility, deformed joints, pain, surgeries, etc.

while i enjoy my creative outlet/card making, there are some tools or techniques that are difficult to use and i wish the manufacturers would consider principles of universal access. i have to balance play with rest, which means i create and post when i can and sometimes i colour an image over the course of a few days. i also don’t comment as often as people expect me to or as much as i wish i could, even though i enjoy my reader updates.

today, i have a new assistive device that should make getting out and about easier; it’s a rollator that replaces my cane and since i had my choice of ten colours, i chose kiwi green – it matches my twinkling H2O kiwi. :)rollatorthanks for popping by.

You’re On My Mind

i made another card featuring this adorable wplus9 elephant for a special someone who really enjoyed the last one i made.

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i fussy cut the elephant, used a wplus9 heart balloon die, watercoloured them both with twinkling H2Os and popped them on foam tape. the wplus9 sentiment is from the same stamp set and the hello was die cut from coordinating old kaisercraft paper and attached to fun foam. to finish it off, i added some twine around the trunk and i hope this card will be as well received as the last.

i was inspired to play along with these challenges:
wplus 9 – Throwback Thursday #11
kathy’s 30 day colouring
Simon Says Stamp – Have A Heart
Sweet Stampin valentine

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Cupcake Card And Tag

it’s the first of the month so it’s time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge and this month we’d like you to shape up – create a card that is not square or rectangle.


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i created a cupcake card and matching tag by using one of Buddly Crafts’ free templates by owner and Artist Kim MacFarlane found in the online shop: Digi Templates.

be sure to visit the blog where you’ll find links to the rest of the talented design team’s creations. i hope you’ll come and play along!

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It’s A Good Day

sketch challenges, for me, are a real challenge; i usually literally follow sketches, but this time i was inspired to go way beyond my comfort zone and attempt a loose interpretation like some of the My Favorite Things designers did for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge – Sketch 265.

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i stamped images from the MFT sunflower sweetheart stamp set instead of using three separate elements and watercoloured everything with twinkling H2Os; glossy accents were added to the hearts and i attached a few pretty pink posh clear sequins – i only used half of the sentiment from the same stamp set.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge animals/birds
Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party Anything goes with something coloured; optional theme hearts
Sweet Stampin valentine
Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Colourarte Monthly Challenge – #8 – Color is the Heart of Art

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Christmas Trees

how’s this for cutting it close? i have under four hours to get this posted to the Jingle Belles christmas card challenge where the theme is oh christmas tree; rushed for time, i made a quick and easy CAS card.

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i saw this cute tree die on one of jingle belle stephanie’s fun cards in november so when i saw the impression obsession die set at my local stamp store in december, and it was 30% off, i quickly added it to my basket. you might recognize the merry sentiment that i’ve used quite a bit; it’s a Wplus9 die and everything was cut from green glitter paper. the background was created with distress inks on 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

scrappymo’s Rudolph Days Challenge – anything goes
addicted to stamps and more #178 – holiday
Simon Says Stamp – anything goes

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Birthday Balloons

i haven’t had much time this past week to create but i needed a masculine birthday card so i quickly made this card.

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i embossed some tim holtz paper with a marianne design embossing folder, lightly sanded and added a marianne design sentiment die cut from gold mirri paper. thanks for popping by.

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 ‘one for the girls’ theme.

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i watercoloured this cute mimi sweet dreams image with twinkling H2Os and used two penny black dies to die cut some coordinating papers: heart string, texting.

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, Crafty Ribbons, Be Creative. Visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

i’d like to submit this to these challenges:
bunny zoe’s january challenge – hearts

thanks for popping by.

Bloom And Be Happy

i had so much fun painting stripes on my card for last week’s My Favorite Things sketch challenge that i used the same technique on this week’s submission for both their sketch challenge 263 and colour challenge.263


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i mixed my own colours from twinkling H2Os to paint the stripes; unlike other watercolour paints, mixing colours with twinkling H2Os is a challenge because the shimmery mica added might interfere with the result you’re trying to create – but i love mixing colours anyway. after embossing the background, i sanded to reveal more white and painted the mat border.

the MFT die-namics blueprints 12 set was used for all the die cuts which were painted with twinkling H2O washes and i used a sentiment from the sunflower sweetheart stamp set.

i’m also submitting this to the simon says stamp ombre challenge.

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Sending You Sunshine

what a difference a day makes; we actually have sunshine today and it’s a perfect painting kind of day!

i’m playing along with My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge – Sketch 262:


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i painted the background and the MFT Die-namics Upsy-Daisy flowers and leaves with twinkling H2Os and added a sentiment from the sunflower sweetheart stamp set.

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Be Merry

it’s a struggle to be merry on this dull and snowy day, but i am glad that i made my first christmas card for 2016! i know it’s a long way off but the only rushing around i’ll do in november is adding sentiments to the insides because i might not be sure who i’ll send which card to yet.

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the jingle belles would like to see something old and something new so i used an image in a fancy pants paper pad that’s about three years old and is now discontinued, unfortunately; the new items on my card are the be sentiment stamp and the merry die.

i’d also like to submit this card to the simon says stamp wednesday challenge to use something new and they’re featuring Wplus9 Products so i used two new Wplus9 items: hand lettered holiday stamp set and the hand lettered holiday die.

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