Anything Goes Continues At Penny Black And More

we’re halfway through this month’s anything goes theme at the penny black and more challenge blog so i created an easter card for my daughter and of course it had to feature bunnies.

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i painted these cute penny black ‘egg hunting’ bunnies with Twinkling H2Os and painted the stripes with Sennelier watercolour paints.

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, and Chalkola.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

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

HLS March Watercolour Challenge – anything goes
Card Mania #90 – Pastel Colours
Deep Ocean Challenge #150 – Dots and/or Stripes

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Egg-stra Special

i’m playing along with the simon says wednesday challenge theme of bit o’ green and to use taylored expressions products if you have them.

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this cute taylored expressions matchbox die was just released and is exactly what i’ve been searching for since i love making 3D items like tags and treat containers. the stamps are from the ‘easter doodles’ set that i painted with twinkling H2Os.

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edited: the chick is from a taylored expressions 2013 release called ‘easter doodles’ but it must be retired.

Product Review – Paper Cutters

Paper Crafting With RA

due to ongoing physio rehab for my new knee, i fell behind on my product reviews but i’m back at it.

because of severe RA (rheumatoid arthritis), i have limited grip strength and grasping motion, which means not all paper crafting tools are universally designed and useable by me.

for years i used two tonic guillotine cutters: the 6 by 12 inch which i’m still happy with for large paper cutting tasks, especially heavy watercolour paper, and the 6 inch tonic guillotine cutter. however, following wrist and finger fusions and deformities, it became difficult to apply pressure on the plastic finger guards meant to steady the paper. i was also frustrated with the small tab used to raise the arm.

when the tim holtz 8 inch comfort guillotine/trimmer debuted in 2016, i wondered if it might be a good  replacement for my small cutter and it is – i love it!

i can place my fingers anywhere on the plastic guard, i can easily use the arm and i really like the raised edge on the bottom so i can cut better when i’m seated. i also love the easier to read contrasting black measurement markings in inches and centimetres and it even seems lighter than my old 6 inch cutter.

the only negative, which has nothing to do with usability, is that when i use the 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, the plastic edges inside the arm leave indents when they hit the blade.

why not other cutters?

other cutters require replacement blades and pinching and sliding motions that are painful and subject my joints to further wear and tear so i avoid those that have not been universally designed.

Balloon Bunny

i had an idea after i finished yesterday’s tag so i made another one for the ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge with paper smooches.

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i cut the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die from cold pressed watercolour paper, stamped the bunny from the essentials by ellen bear ware set and painted the sky and bunny with Sennelier watercolour paints.

i thought the leftover circles from the paper smooches paint palette die would make balloons for the bunny so i painted them with twinkling H2Os, drew in the balloon strings and added twine.

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Wish Big

i’m playing along with ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge and this time they’re mixing it up with paper smooches.

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i used the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die for the base, splattered it with two different green twinkling H2Os, and added the sentiment from the essentials by ellen wish big clear set.

the candles and flames were created with the paper smooches paint palette die, all painted with twinkling H2Os, and i added clear wink of stella glitter to the flames.

to finish it off i added another tag in the back, painted and splattered with twinkling H2Os, and ribbon.

i’m also playing along with the paper smooches march challenge to use GREENERY (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year)! and my favourite colour.

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Anything Goes At Penny Black And More

it’s hard to believe it’s the first sunday of march already, but it’s time for a fun new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and this month it’s ‘anything goes’ as long as the focal point is hand stamped.

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i used one of the cat images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ clear stamp set, painted with twinkling H2Os; i added pink stickles to the icing and cut the tags with a paper smooches tag die.

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, and Chalkola.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

i’d like to submit this tag to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Tag You’re It.

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Snow Globe Fun For Rudolph Days

it’s time for february’s rudolph days challenge and i had so much fun creating my design team card with this whimsical image from stampendous.

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i love this christmas visions stamp set because it has a few images that fit inside the snow globe along with a few sentiments.

as usual, i painted it with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the ornaments and stickles to the snow; the background was created with a taylored expressions snow embossing folder.

the challenge runs until the last day of the month; visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired to create christmas cards on the 25th of every month so you’ll be well prepared. have fun!

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Cool Kitty

it seems aqua is a colour i don’t use very often and i was so curious about the aqua ice cream that i was inspired to create another card for the Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge:

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i painted everything with twinkling H2Os on cold pressed watercolour paper. the cute kitty is from the mama elephant page huggers stamp set and was cut with the coordinating die set. i die cut the hill, stamped flowers from the EBE bear ware set and added aqua stickles to the flower centres.

to finish off, i stamped the sentiment from the EBE wish big set and added the fence made from the page huggers coordinating die set pencil; it’s popped on foam tape so the kitty can be removed and used as a bookmark.

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Many Thanks

i’m playing along with the Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge and this month’s inspiration is an aqua mood board:

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my card was inspired by the ice cream cones; i wonder what aqua tastes like.

the swirled texture made me think of stripes so i painted twinkling H2O stripes on cold pressed watercolour paper and painted opposite stripes on the many thanks die cut sentiment which was layered three times. i also liked the swirls of the die cut bold blossoms, which i painted to match and covered them in glitter. to finish off, i added pearls from the 28 Lilac Lane Party On embellishment kit and attached some gold mini prills.

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Favourite Stamps At Penny Black And More

we’re halfway through this month’s challenge to use your favourite stamps at the penny black and more challenge blog; i have too many favourites but i do love the mice and especially this one.

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i watercoloured the background and sweet penny black 1652J cheesecake wish image with twinkling H2Os and popped it on foam tape.

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Stamp Addicts and Sizzix.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

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Celebrate Big

i found time to create a card for ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge.

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i painted the Ellen Hutson ‘wish big‘ by Julie hippo and sky with twinkling H2Os and used Sennelier watercolour paint for the grass. i added the sentiment, using my precision press, and attached seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane ‘on lilac lane‘ and ‘hello, sunshine‘ jars.

to finish it off, i fussy cut the hat, attached a button, also from the ‘on lilac lane’ jar, added yellow stickles to her toenails and painted the background mat to match.

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Favourites At Penny Black And More

it’s hard to believe it’s the first sunday of february already, but it’s time for a fun new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog; this month we’d like you to use your favourite stamps.

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i have so many but i narrowed it down to this bunny from the penny black 30-021 garden friends clear stamp set. i created a 3 inch card, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and drew in the spots of my adorable rainbow bridge grand bunny; such a big personality in that sweet little bunny!

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Stamp Addicts and Sizzix.

visit the blog to see which stamps are my teamies’ favourites.

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Love Never Melts

i’m still progressing with my new knee, which has to be a priority, although spending almost three hours daily on rehab doesn’t leave me a lot of time to create.

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so i really enjoyed losing myself in painting this sweet image from impression obsession: Eskimo Kisses F6884 for the impression obsession challenge – love is in the air! i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os, created the background with magenta nuance powders and added stickles to the hats and the snow heart.

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Hello Love

i was inspired by the Essentials by Ellen January Pin-Sights Challenge to create a birthday card for my husband.

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the black in three of the photos really stood out for me, especially the gold lettering on black but i also love the pop of yellow next to the blue on the desk. i used stamps from the ‘ALL INSIDE BY JULIE EBERSOLE‘ clear set and heat embossed with wow embossing powder; then i painted a wash of twinkling H2Os for the background, painted in the outline hearts and filled the outline upper case words with a black marker.

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Designing For Rudolph Days Challenge – January

it’s time for the first rudolph days challenge of 2017. i was so excited when maureen (scrappymo) invited me to stay on as a design team member; i love making christmas cards year round. i’ll actually be designing every other month beginning in February, but i’m playing along for fun this month.

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i painted this cutie with twinkling H2Os and used some red marianne design paper on the right and my own watercoloured background paper on the left that was embossed and sanded.

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. have fun!

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Penny Black And More Mid January

we’re halfway through this month’s ‘anything goes’ theme at the penny black and more challenge blog; my DT creation is a valentine card for my husband.

 

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i watercoloured this cute hedgie from the penny black hugs! stamp set, stamped the sentiment from the penny black ‘every which way’ set and added the border, die cut with the penny black creative die, heart string. i added stickles around the edge of the image panel.

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

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Sunshine Wanted

well i’m very slowly making my way to my craft room while i’m recuperating and getting used to my christmas present – a new knee. my surgeon and physiotherapist are both quite pleased with my progress, but i admit i’m getting a little impatient with my recovery. and these gloomy days do nothing for my mood!

anyway, i managed to create a quick and easy CAS card for ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge.

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i stamped the ellen hutson ‘all inside’ by Julie sentiments with my precision press and die cut the avery elle sun icon (couldn’t find a link; maybe retired) from fun foam to stamp it. the lettering was coloured with faber castell albrecht durer watercolour pencils and wink of stella clear pen. finally, i added some yellow stickles to the sun.

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Good News!

It’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and we’ve got a really easy one for you this month – it’s anything goes! As long as your focal point is a hand stamped image, large sentiment/quote or a penny black stickeroo.

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I water coloured these cute hedgies from the good news! Wood Stamp in twinkling H2os and added stickles to the bees and flowers.

i hope you’ll play along for fun and a chance to be a future guest designer or win a fabulous prize from: Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, tattered lace.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

This is a scheduled post as I am recuperating from surgery so it may take me time to get around to commenting.

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A Wish For Peace

every year i make a set of cards for my dad to send out; sometimes he’s specific about what he’d like and this year it was a peace sentiment so he was quite pleased.

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i kept it clean and simple for mass production; i covered the card base with designer paper, die cut the ornaments, and hubby stencilled the snowflakes with distress inks while i die cut and layered the impression obsession peace.

i’ll be taking a bit of a break due to surgery but the minute i’m able to, i’ll be back to my craft table to create.

wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a happy 2017!

thanks for popping by and for all your support and kind words.