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.

A Teeny Tiny Wish

there’s still plenty of time to join the december penny black and more challenge where we’d like you to use black and white plus one other colour this month.

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i coloured this cute cat from the penny black ‘in the garden’ clear stamp set with twinkling H2Os, not a lot of colouring needed, stamped a sentiment from the penny black ‘tiny wishes’ stamp set and added glossy accents to the ladybug.

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, Marianne, Crafty Ribbons.

visit the blog to see the rest of the team’s fabulous creations.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 10 Second Edition

i couldn’t resist making one more tag for the day 10 colour palette that i love:

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my inspiration for this tiny tag was both designers, Heather Meeson and Kryssi Ng, who created scenes with some greenery and an animal.

i coloured on kraft with albrecht durer watercolour pencils, used adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, die cut with a lawn fawn tag die and finished it off with twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 12

i made it to day 12 and the inspiration is a different colour palette that i found very challenging but now that i finished my tag i might use these colours again.

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i was inspired by both day 12 designers to create this tag: i loved the stripes, greenery and focal point on Carolyn Peeler’s tag and i also loved the die cut joy sentiment that Angie Backman used.

i painted the stripes with a blue twinkling H2O and mixed my own colours of twinks to paint the poinsettias and added some tan coloured pearls; the wplus9 joy sentiment was die cut from kraft and layered.

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Bunny Wishes In Pink

i made this card for my daughter to give to her general practice veterinarian who provides excellent care for her bunny.

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i painted these adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, apparently retiring, with twinkling H2Os and die cut with the matching dies. the lbackground was created with magenta nuance powder which was then embossed with the taylored expressions snow embossing folder.

i added the memory box jingle bell border across the top and some shimmery paper at the bottom, die cut with MFT snow drift dies.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Christmas With The Cuties: Challenge #1 Anything Cute and Christmassy Goes
The Cutie Pie: A Day in the Snow
ABC Christmas Challenge: Y for Yikes and Z for Zoooooom!
In The Pink: #109 Christmas (in pink of course)
Simon Says Stamp Work It November Challenge: use a die

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 11

the day 11 tag inspiration is a really challenging one for me, but i love that this 12 tags challenge forces me to create outside of my comfort zone.

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i love designer Anna Wight’s tree shaped tag; although i don’t have any similar tree dies, i think this Darcie’s tree stamp works for the theme. (must be retired) i die cut with the paper smooches stitched tag die, coloured with albrecht durer watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the heart. i die cut a second layer and attached it with twine.

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i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

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Product Review – Die Cutting Machines

for my second monthly product review, i’d like to mention a machine many of us paper crafters use every time we create.

i first started die cutting with a portable machine but die cutting became painful with my hands so i stopped embossing and using dies. after some research and considering online reviews, i bought a sizzix big shot that was so much more comfortable to use; it enabled me to use dies and embossing folders more frequently.

the handle alone made a big difference; the larger size with rounded edges are easy to grip and crank. i also like the longer platform to place the sandwiches on and i actually like the weight of the machine – it stays put.

portability doesn’t concern me because i wouldn’t be able to carry any machine around.

why not other machines?

suction is lost, allowing for movement of the machine, handles are small, have squared off edges that are difficult to grasp, and some have no platforms so the weight of the ‘sandwich’ must be borne by my hands and i would have to manipulate it entering and exiting the machine. i considered an electric machine, but a push button requires constant pressure that may cause further damage to already damaged joints.

one manufacturer demonstrated the ease of its machine online, so i telephoned to explain the risk of further joint damage but the rep was dismissive and insisted that if a young child could operate it, i should be able to.

making assumptions about one’s abilities is a stereotypical attitudinal barrier; what i need might be different for someone else, even another paper crafter with RA.

dismissing constructive and helpful feedback that would improve usability and universal access is just poor customer service.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 10

the tag inspiration for day 10 is a colour palette that i love:

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my inspiration for my tag is both designers, Heather Meeson and Kryssi Ng, who created scenes with some greenery and an animal.

i coloured on kraft with albrecht durer watercolour pencils, used adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, die cut it with a paper smooches tag die and finished it off with ribbon and twine.

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i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 9 Second Edition

i used the colour palette for the day 9 tag and leftover bits of my larger tag to create a small set of tags:

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my little tags were inspired by designer Sharon Harnist, who challenged participants to combine frosty white with beautiful metallic gold and/or silver, to create a classic elegant holiday tag! Sharon included a tree with a present on her tag and she also provided a couple of lovely inspiration photos of trees and presents so that’s what i went with. i die cut taylored expressions presents from gold and silver mirri and attached them to a white paper with gold threads.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 9

it’s a different colour palette for the day 9 tag and one that i usually find very challenging:

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my tag was inspired by designer Sharon Harnist, who challenged participants to combine frosty white with beautiful metallic gold and/or silver, to create a classic elegant holiday tag! Sharon included a tree with a present on her tag and she also provided a couple of lovely inspiration photos of trees and presents so that’s what i went with. i die cut taylored expressions presents from gold and silver mirri and attached them to a white paper with gold threads.

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