Happy Rudolph Days June

while i’m recuperating with my new hip, my crafting and computer time is limited so this is a scheduled post.

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this is my DT card for scrappymo’s rudolph days challenge in june where we make a card, or more, on the 25th of the month but the challenge runs until the end of the month. and, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize.

i love snowmen and i have quite a collection of stamps but i had to have this one because it’s a family of four. i painted this Wild Rose Studio Snowmen image with twinkling H2Os, added white flocking and some stickles for the snow on the ground.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: L & M are for Love and More than one
Simon Says Wednesday: Use Patterned Paper
Jingle Belles: Stars or Stripes or Both

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In Loving Memory

This is a scheduled post while I recuperate with my new hip.

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It’s now been eight years since my son passed away from cancer. so many memories, but i like to choose one every year and create a card around it.

when my son was four he decided he wanted to be a clown for halloween but there weren’t many choices in the remote area we lived in so i sewed his costume, ruffle and pointed hat from some very bright print fabric. needless to say, he loved it and, in retrospect, it suited his personality and sense of humour.

i painted these cute penny black clowns with sennelier watercolour paints and twinkling H2Os.

since we’re halfway through this month’s ‘anything goes’ theme at the penny black and more challenge you still have time to join us as we mark the 7th birthday of the challenge blog and be entered to win one of two amazing prizes.

visit the blog to see the prizes on offer this month and for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

Blogging Break

i’ll be off again for a bit while i get a new hip, but i managed to find time to make one more card to post before i’m off.

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i’m playing along with the as you like it challenge to share your Favourite Reason to make Cards (and why). it’s difficult to choose – i love making christmas cards and i love painting whimsical images that make me smile regardless of the occasion. i love finding images that i can use to personalize a card and i hope they make the recipients smile too.

i’m taking this one with me for the hospital physiotherapist; i think they’re close on the list to dentists that people do not want to see. :) painted with twinkling H2Os and the stamping bella sentiment comes with the stamp.

even though i was slow to comment and email because of my new knee, i’ll be behind again. as soon as i’m up to it, i hope to get around to visit.

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Penny Black And More Is 7 Years Old!

there are two very special prizes on offer this month as we celebrate the 7th birthday of the penny black and more challenge!

check out these prizes:

for a chance to win one of these two amazing prizes just create a project that adheres to this month’s anything goes theme and then leave a comment to let us know which prize you would like to have a chance to win.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com penny black birthday hedgie-1

i masked and used a couple of images from the penny black party time clear stamp set to create this long and narrow birthday card and, as usual, i painted with twinkling H2Os.

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.

visit the blog for full details and some creative inspiration by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

Product Review – Tonic Studios Scissors

Paper Crafting With RA

Cutting paper and fussy cutting images are tasks that I usually avoid because of the strain and subsequent pain in my hands so I was eager to test the scissors Tonic Studios USA sent to me.

For the past couple of weeks, I cut a variety of materials with each of the scissors as listed below.

Spring-Cut Multi-Purpose Scissors 10″

  • 9 sheets of 9″ x 12″ felt in half and in half again; also cut through two sheets at once
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper into smaller pieces
  • 140 lb. hot press watercolour paper sheets into smaller pieces
  • poster board
  • glitter paper
  • copy paper
  • fabric

I like these scissors! The blades are sharp, they fit comfortably in my hand and I love the spring action – it makes them easy to operate and they are perfect for when a longer scissor blade is needed. The locking mechanism opens effortlessly with my thumbnail and just as easily locks back in place. The protective blade cover is also easy to remove and replace.

Spring-Cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors 6.5″

  • 140 lb. hot press watercolour paper azalea petals and leaves
  • 90 lb. cold press watercolour paper doodle flowers and leaves
  • 170 gsm heavyweight printed cardstock paper doodle flowers and leaves

I like these scissors too! Like the larger scissors, they fit comfortably in my hand and the spring action is easy to operate so cutting is more enjoyable and less painful. I stamped the azaleas below twice on 140 lb. hot press watercolour paper, painted with sennelier watercolour paints, cut the leaves and attached them to the card base; then I cut the petals and adhered them. I also used these to cut the 90 lb. cold press watercolour paper flowers and the heavyweight printed cardstock that I stamped the flowers on. These will be my go to scissors for fussy cutting. The locking mechanism easily opens and locks back in place and the protective blade cover is easy to remove and replace.

copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com140 lb. hot press watercolour paper flowers

copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com90 lb. cold press watercolour paper flowers

170 gsm heavyweight printed cardstock flowers

Decoupage Scissors

  • 140 lb. hot press watercolour paper azalea petals and leaves
  • 90 lb. cold press watercolour paper doodle flowers and leaves
  • 170 gsm heavyweight printed cardstock paper doodle flowers and leaves

Because of the smaller size, these required more finger grip strength and dexterity than I have. Both the 140 lb. hot press and 90 lb. cold press watercolour paper flowers were difficult to cut through. Although they worked best when i cut the doodle flowers above from the 170 gsm heavyweight printed cardstock, I preferred the 6.5″ spring cut detail scissors.

Tim Holtz 7″ Non-Stick Titanium Scissors

  • double sided sticky paper
  • foam tape
  • cut ‘n dry foam
  • ez mount foam
  • wire edged ribbon
  • glitter paper
  • cardboard
  • chipboard
  • lightweight aluminum

I was pleasantly surprised with these scissors because I really like the spring action of the others. The blades are very sharp, the handles are comfortable and these scissors are especially useful when cutting double sided adhesive sheets and foam tape. In addition to the materials listed above, I also fussy cut some shapes from a cardboard box with ease. The blade cover snaps in place but i could only remove it with the use of a rubber gripper.

Try before you buy! My local stamp store owner lets me test a product to see if it suits my hands; she has opened brand new products for me to try but sometimes there’s a model that is used for classes anyway.

Thanks to Tonic Studios for allowing me the opportunity to discover useable products that make my paper crafting time more enjoyable and thank you for popping by.

Jingle All The Way

i’ve been a bit slow so far this year with my holiday card making so a couple of christmas card challenges provided me with the perfect inspiration.

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i painted with twinkling H2Os, which you probably already guessed, and i added the penny black jingle die and some Bo Bunny Christmas papers that have been discontinued; i should’ve stocked up.

these are the challenges i’m playing along with:

Rudolph Days at Maureen’s (scrappymo)
ABC Christmas Challenge – J – jingle bells

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Bear Hugs

i made another card using an adorable Reverse Confetti koala but this time i’m playing along with the Reverse Confetti sketch for you to try challenge:

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I painted this little cutie from the Reverse Confetti bear hug stamp set with twinkling H2Os and added two of the sentiments from the same set. i finished this card earlier in the week but my love/hate view on technology peaked: my camera kept acting up, bought a new one that won’t connect to my outdated modem so my provider will ship me a new one.

i’d also like to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Furry Friends.

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Happy Birthday

i made another tag with this mama elephant die, but this time using one of the cute penny black cat images.

i painted with twinkling H2Os and attached the front of the tag to some printed paper.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – Happy 8th Birthday!
Cutie Pie Challenge – #111 Cute + Ribbon and Rubber
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – LITTLE CRITTERS
Really Reasonable Ribbon – No.164 Anything But A Card with ribbon/trim
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Skin or Fur Color Combo (and Why); i love painting the penny black cat and hedgie images black/white/pink because the colours coordinate with any other colour.

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Penny Black And More Mid May Reminder

today i’m sharing the DT creation i made for the penny black and more challenge mid month post and this is the beautiful photo and/or colour inspiration we have for you this month:

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i used one of the penny black hedgie images from the party time clear set on a mama elephant die and coloured it with colour pencils. the inside sentiment is from the penny black special wishes sentiment set.

you have until may 31 to 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. as always, visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies and take a peek at the prizes from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix.

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Hi There

i’m playing along with this month’s ellen hutson mix it up challenge; they’re mixing it up with reverse confetti.

http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/05/ellen-hutson-may-mix-it-up-challenge-reverse-confetti.html

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com reverse confetti koala

i used one of the cute koala images from the reverse confetti bear hug stamp set, painted everything with twinkling H2Os and added the hi there sentiment from the essentials by ellen all inside stamp set. the image panel is popped on foam tape and i have another clean and simple card for my stash.

i’m also playing along with the little red wagon challenge #393 – punny projects.

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Penny Black And More May

oh my goodness, it’s may already! and since it’s the first sunday of the month, it’s time for me to share my DT card for the monthly penny black and more challenge. we have a beautiful  photo and/or colour inspiration for you:

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i was inspired to use this sweet Penny Black stamp, ‘A Tender Hug.’ i painted the sky and image with twinkling H2Os and added yellow stickles to the flower centres.

you have until may 31 to 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, Sizzix.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

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.
    twinkling H2Os paint pots
  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.

thanks for popping by.

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:

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com many thanks ellen hutson

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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