Rudolph Reindeer Treat Box

i’m playing along with the poppy stamps challenge #31; the theme is ‘gift it’.

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design team member Pam Simpson created a beautiful and elegant pillow box, so i was inspired to make one too only mine is much simpler; and, if you know me, i chose a cute and whimsical image. i painted the poppy stamps rudolph reindeer with twinkling H2Os, cut it with the matching die and attached it to a tiny pillow box made from birch tree print christmas paper.

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Happy Rudolph Days And Twinkling H2O Tips

it’s the 25th so i’m sharing my DT card for the monthly rudolph days challenge, which runs until the last day of the month. visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired and have fun!

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as usual, i painted the sky and this adorable Darcie’s reindeer with twinkling H2Os, added some snow, a snow drift and a die cut sentiment covered in stickles.

i’ve painted most of my images with twinkling H2Os for years; i love these shimmery watercolour paints! if you haven’t tried them yet, i’d like to share some tips to show you just how easy they are to use.

Twinkling H2O Tips:

  1. Activate: spritz the paint pot(s) to activate.
  2. Wait: put the kettle on and wait at least 5 minutes for the paint to get to a syrup consistency.
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  3. Stamp: heat embossed images will help contain the paint in each section of an imagefor best results, use watercolour paper and a waterproof ink although twinks do blend well on kraft cardstock with a damp brush; too much water and the kraft paper will pill. the small image below measures 1″ wide by 2 1/4″ long and i painted it from dried palette paints that i reactivated.
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  4. Mix: the paint in the pot needs to be evenly blended with the water.
  5. Paint: either direct from pot method for more intense colour or from a palette where you can add water and/or mix colours. A little goes a long way!
    twinkling H2O paints on watercolour paper Any unused paint on a palette (disposable palette paper, plastic, or my preference – a white corelle sandwich plate used solely for my paints) can be covered (with a paper towel, wax paper or teflon sheet) when dry and reactivated later with a damp paint brush. twinkling H2O watercolour paints on a palette
  6. Store: if you do want to keep the lids on for storage, let the paint completely dry in the pot; otherwise the lids will glue shut.

Twinkling H2Os Sale at Colourarte: 20% off small jars for the month of April. No coupon required; discount will be applied at checkout.

Twinkling H2Os videos at Colourarte.

if you have any questions, let me know. thanks for popping by.

April Showers

the paper smooches april 2017 challenge is showers, something we’ve had a lot of lately. i know the farmers need it, but i need sunshine!

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last month i used the paper smooches paint palette die to create birthday candles for this tag. this month i’m using the same die set to create raindrops; everything is painted with twinkling H2Os.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
simon says work it wednesday – April showers bring May Flowers!
Little Red Wagon – #390 – April Showers

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Still Celebrating Spring At Penny Black And More

just a reminder that you still have plenty of time to play along with the ‘spring’ theme this month at the penny black and more challenge blog.

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i thought i’d use this adorable Penny Black wood stamp known as Plimsoll Pete wearing some cute boots. everything is painted with twinkling H2Os and i added a sentiment from the penny black clear set, garden friends.

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 and Stix 2.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

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Product Review – Ink Pads

Paper Crafting With RA

this month i’m reviewing ink pads. i usually use black ink to stamp images to watercolour but regardless of ink colour, an ink pad must be useable.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.comthe first ink pad i bought ten years ago remains my favourite: Tsukinenko’s Versafine onyx black.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.2i like the thumb indent and the hinged lid easily flips to the bottom so it’s one unit; the depth of the lid and bottom are equal, which makes it easier to hold a larger surface that measures just under 3/4″.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.6the overhanging lid of Tsukinenko’s memento luxe ink pad is easy to remove and the curved design, allowing for finger placement, helps somewhat ease the pressure and grip strength needed to hold the 1/8″ surface.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.3Tsukinenko’s smaller dew drop ink pads require more pinching and grasping, which becomes painful with frequent use so i don’t use these very often.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.4the thumb/finger indents on Ranger’s archival ink pads make it easy to open and remove the lid.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.5but the straight edged design of the bottom requires more grip strength to hold its 1/8″ edge surface.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.7the lids and bottom surfaces of the smaller cubes that i have are equal; most have a 3/8″ bottom surface to hold so there is less pinching and grasping required than the 1/8″surface of some of the larger pads.

ink review snailzpace.wordpress.com.9the recessed lids of Ranger’s distress ink pads are very difficult to grasp and remove; i can’t open most of them so i rarely use them now.

in 2010, i let tim holtz know that due to severe rheumatoid arthritis the distress ink pads are difficult to open and any plans to change the design to make them more accessible to people with disabilities would be greatly appreciated.

tim holtz responded: “sorry linda, the design of the pad has been the same for the past 5 years. the 2 part ink pad we’ve found is the easiest to open in fact. hinged lids are the most difficult to handle. the lid has to be somewhat snug in order to keep the ink pad airtight or it would dry up too quickly. perhaps you should open your pads, and store them in air tight zip bags to make it easier to access.  hope this tip helps!”

no, zip bags would not help since they are always difficult for me to open.

as i mentioned, the hinged versafine ink pad is my favourite so i’ll just purchase those paper crafting products that are useable by me.

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Easter Treat Boxes

i made some more treat boxes with the taylored expressions matchbox die and some cute memory box bunnies.

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i painted with twinkling H2Os and fussy cut the bow to attach to the pot and then covered it in clear wink of stella.

i’d like to submit these to the following challenges:

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Green And Gold

i’m cutting it close to the deadline for the Essentials by Ellen March Pin-Sights Challenge but that’s because i scrapped my first card – an idea that only looked good in my mind’s eye.

this is the beautiful collection of photos for inspiration:

and here’s my quickly made card, inspired by all the green and gold:

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i splattered with twinkling H2Os, die cut the pretty pink posh border and added the essentials by ellen many thanks die cut sentiment.

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All Things Spring At Penny Black And More

wow, it’s the first sunday of april already but that means it’s time for a fun new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog; this month we’d like to see all things spring.

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i love this happy bunny, a penny black wood stamp called spring joy! as usual, i painted with twinkling H2Os, stamped the spring sentiment from the penny black clear set, garden friends, and added the die cut wishes from the penny black die set of the same name.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration from the team and to welcome our newest team member, Daniela.

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 you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace, Stix 2.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
happy little stampers watercolour challenge: anything goes with an optional twist- rainbows
Sweet Stampers #5 – Easter or Spring
Little Red Wagon – #387 – Something that Hops
Alphabet Challenge – B for Bunnies
Simon Says Work it Wednesday March 2017 – Spring Has Sprung
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Colouring Medium (and Why): my favourite are watercolour paints, especially twinkling H2Os; i love the shimmer, i love mixing colours, and i love losing myself in the painting process.

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Physio Fitness

first i’d like to apologize for not getting around to comment on all the creative cards that pop up in my reader. i knew i would have a physiotherapy routine to follow with my new knee (my christmas present), but i didn’t anticipate that my creating and computer time would be so limited as a result.

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as i previously mentioned, my physiotherapist is very happy with the results of all my work – so much so that she insists on increasing my time spent on rehab and the weights on my leg. i tried whining about the time it takes and how it interferes with my creativity; i don’t think she heard me. anyway, i made this card to thank her for all her encouragement and support.

after i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, i fussy cut this little taylored expressions exercise grumpling and attached a mini wobble to it.

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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.

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.

thanks for popping by.