Love-ly Birds At Penny Black And More

i haven’t been creating as much as i’d like due to an RA flare; my shoulder will eventually need replacing. I did make a mid month DT card just to remind you that there’s still time to play along with the penny black and more challenge.

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this month’s theme is all about romance: ‘love, hearts and flowers.’ i painted this sweet image from the penny black woodland friends stamp set with twinkling H2Os, added some stickles and painted an ombre background.

remember, there must be a hand stamped focal point: any company’s image can be used and the design team will be on the lookout for a future guest designer from those who use a Penny Black image. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Little Claire and Crafts U Love.

visit the blog to see the rest of the team’s love-ly creations.

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Love Graffiti At Penny Black And More

i covered all the ‘love, hearts and flowers’ of the february theme at the penny black and more challenge in my DT card.

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i painted the penny black love graffiti image with twinkling H2Os and added yellow enamel dots to the flower centres. this cute hedgie is a 2007 wood stamp but like a lot of Penny Black stamps, i think it’s timeless.

it’s easy to play along – 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, Little Claire and Crafts U Love.

visit the blog to see the love-ly cards created by the rest of the team.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Love
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour February – Anything Goes + option: Hearts
Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

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Heart Bouquet

i had just enough time to create this card for the impression obsession challenge theme of i adore you.

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i used an IO stamp set CL254 ‘celebrate’ that i found for 50% in the clearance section of their site and i stamped the ‘i heart you’ sentiment on the inside. i’ve coloured with koh-i-noor coloured pencils, or pencil crayons as we say in canada, but i’m not happy with how they lay down colour or blend. it’ll have to do.

i’m also playing along with the rubber buggy challenge #10 theme of Valentines, Love, Wedding or Anniversary.

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Snow Love Like Your Love

this tiny card, just under three inches square, was fun to make even if it did take me a while to complete; if only there were more hours in the day.

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i stamped the poppystamps snowman twice, die cut with coordinating dies and added the sentiment from the same stamp set. i added pink and red stickles to the hearts and popped the snow couple on foam tape over a twinkling H2O painted background; i stamped snowflakes from the holiday bunnies set and added clear stickle dots.

i’m submitting this card to the poppystamps challenge 40 – snow day and the memory box challenge 32 – snow and winter.

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Happy Rudolph Days January 2018

i’m so honoured that maureen at scrappymo’s blog invited me back as a design team member for another term at the Rudolph Days Challenge.

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i know, you probably just put away all that holiday stuff and here i am asking you to bring it back out. but think about good you’ll feel to have a stash of cards ready to be mailed out on time this year.

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. and hey, if you want to make more than one, go for it! as always, there’s a fabulous prize on offer so pop over to the blog to be inspired by the rest of the design team and to read the rules.

a special prize: maureen will continue this year with a special prize draw she started in december 2017; you can enter to win a prize in december if you played along every month. how’s that for another incentive?

on to my card – have i mentioned i love snowmen? i painted this cute whipper snapper image called scratch my nose with twinkling H2Os as usual and added a liquid pearl dot to the bird’s hat and kept it CAS.

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Guest Designing At Challenge Up Your Life With Downhill Snowman

i had a lot of fun creating my second card as a guest designer for Challenge Up Your Life and the snowman theme for challenge #83.

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i love snowmen! i have so many snowmen stamps but i used an older penny black wood stamp, new to me but never used, called skiing snowman from 2004.

i painted everything with twinkling H2Os, watercolour pencils and, for the first time, i played with some of my new Schmincke watercolour paints. definitely a learning curve because i’m so used to my twinks; they have different qualities – transparency, staining and lifting that i’ll eventually get used to.

i finished off this card by adding white flocking to the hat and a glitter mat around the image panel.

so pop over to the challenge to play along with a snowman of your choice!

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Still Something New At Penny Black And More

just a reminder that there is still time to play along with us at the penny black and more challenge where we invite you to share something new this month – new supplies, home, job, you get it.

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bubbly is the newest penny black stamp set i bought and this is another of the cute images that i painted with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from another new penny black stamp set party time.

i also used my new taylored expressions flap stacks rectangle die to make this little card interactive.

to play along, just be sure your focal point is hand stamped with any company’s image or large sentiment/quote but if you use  PB stamp or stickeroo, you’ll have a chance to be a future guest designer. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Rare Earth.

see what new items the rest of the team are playing with at the blog.

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Warm Wishes

well i’m off to a slow start this year aren’t i?! and i’m sneaking this card in just before the deadline.

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the impression obsession challenge ‘shiny new year’ inspired me to start creating some QAE (quick and easy) cards that don’t require a lot of painting, which i love, but i also need to build up my stash; not a new year’s resolution, just a goal.

i stamped the sentiment from the IO wishes clear stamp set on some designer paper, used teal foil paper for the wishes die and added a die cut heart from the IO birdhouse die set to make this notecard.

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Guest Designing At Stamping Sensations

i was so excited to have won the Stamping Sensations Challenge for November and receive an invitation to be a guest designer this month.

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i couldn’t have wished for a better theme – cold and frosty colours of blues, purples, silver and white. since i LOVE the cool colour palette, i got a bit carried away and made two cards, both painted with twinkling H2Os, using four different blues and one purple.

the first card features an older Marianne Design Stamp, Snoesjes Freezing Cold and the second is a Magenta ‘Snow Bird‘ with an Impression Obsession sentiment.

here is the prize on offer from sizzix. to play along, just be sure your card’s focal point is hand stamped. for all the rules and to see what the design team has created, click here to visit the blog.

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Using Something New For Penny Black And More

well it’s the start of a new year and since it’s also the first sunday of the month, it’s time for a new monthly theme at the penny black and more challenge.

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we’ve got a very easy theme for you – we’d like you to use something new.

‘bubbly’ is my newest penny black stamp set; it was on my wish list for quite some time so i finally decided to just get it.

i painted everything with twinkling H2Os and i used some new pretty pink posh clear sequins and a new waffle flower celebrate die that i layered a couple of times and slightly offset it on watercolour paper.

it’s easy to play along – 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, Swedish House Crafts and a Tonic die.

visit the blog to see the creative new cards made by my team mates.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday – Something New

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Guest Designing At Challenge Up Your Life

i’m so excited that as a November winner i was invited to join Challenge Up Your Life as a guest designer for the two challenges in January.

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the theme for the next two weeks, for challenge #82, is to create a project using an embossing folder so i embossed this very shiny blue Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz and coloured with permanent markers. to finish off, i added a sentiment and matted it with the shimmer sheetz and some purple mirri. the biggest challenge was taking a good photo without my or my camera’s reflection.

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Last Christmas Treats

this will be my last post for this year. thank you all for visiting and for taking the time to leave such kind words that always brighten my day.

i die cut over 100 of these cute Impression Obsession Christmas Icons for my daughter’s not for profit volunteer christmas get together where participants played with paper crafts. apparently, these were a really big hit with some making several for stocking stuffers.

i’m submitting these to the New Impression Obsession Challenge – Anything Goes!

wishing you a peaceful holiday, a happy new year and as always, thanks for popping by.

Christmas Elves

i made these treats for the good people at my local medical supply store.

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they took such good care of me during my two joint replacements this past year and although i’ve already given them thank you cards, i wanted to give them a little something. i coloured with laurentian coloured pencils and added glossy accents to the ornament, buttons and jingle bell.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Box Or Bag (and Why): my favourite is this little treat bag because it’s so quick to put together and it’s the perfect size for the ghirardelli peppermint bark squares.
ABC Christmas Challenge Y for Yummy/Z for Zentangle; these chocolates are very yummy
Kleuren Met Potloden Coloured Pencils December – Anything Goes
The Rubber Buggy – #8 Christmas and/or Winter
Winter Wonderland
Anything Christmas Goes

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Penny Black And More CAS Reminder

just to remind you that there’s still plenty of time to take a break during this busy month to create a card for the penny black and more challenge and the december CAS theme.

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this is the card i created for my daughter so while CAS usually means clean and simple, today it means cute and sweet. i painted a wash and this adorable penny black image (a gift for you) with twinkling H2Os and added glossy accents to the knitting needles.

remember, your focal point must be hand stamped 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, Tattered Lace, and Fantastic Ribbons.

visit the blog for some creative CAS inspiration by my teamies.

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Decorating The Tree?

this is my last tag. i promise. if i weren’t sick all week i probably would’ve made more.

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i created a second tag for day 9 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

Day 9 Designers Heather Meeson & Nichol Spohr made such cute tags with mama elephant’s yeti images; i was inspired by Nichol’s tag with the red accents so i used another of the cuties from the mama elephant ‘wooly winter’ set. i stamped the trees with iced spruce distress ink and painted with red twinkling H2Os.

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Merry Knitmas

it’s a new colour challenge for day 9 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

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Day 9 Designers Heather Meeson & Nichol Spohr used mama elephant’s yeti images on their cute tags and Heather’s 3D snowballs are too cute; Nichol’s tag with the red accents inspired me. i stamped all of the images from the adorable mama elephant ‘wooly winter’ set, die cut with coordinating dies and painted with red twinkling H2Os. the background was created with iced spruce distress ink.

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A Bit Sketchy

i’m rushing now to finish off the last of my tags; this is for day 8 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge which is a sketch challenge.

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Day 8 Designers Lisa Adametz & Jill Foster both used a cute penny black critter on their tags, which inspired me to also use a penny black cat. i loved Jill’s pink background so i painted mine with twinkling H2Os; i also liked how Lisa stencilled in some snowflakes so i used a snow embossing folder for mine and sanded it down after painting.

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Hedgie’s Ornament

another fun technique for day 12 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

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Day 12 Designers Carly Tee Minner & Kelly Marie Alvarez shared some adorable interactive tags! i was inspired by Carly’s opening door – how fun.

i used one of the dies from the taylored expressions flap stacks – rectangle set for this tag. i stamped the penny black hedgie, coloured with colour pencils, stamped the snow around the border and added extra snow around the hedgie. the sentiment and holly were stamped and coloured on the inside, and i added glossy accents to the berries.

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