Christmas Trees

i had some trees that wouldn’t quite fit on the christmas card so i used them to create a christmas tag.

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i painted the sky and trees from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth die set by Julie with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Retro Ornaments set. to finish it off, i added stickles to the stars and centres of the snowflakes in the sentiment.

i’m also submitting this to the august mix it up challenge at ellen hutson to pair EH with Avery Elle products.

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Christmas Lights

i’m working on my christmas cards; i know it’s a bit early, but i’m a slow card maker.

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i’m playing along with the august mix it up challenge at ellen hutson – this time the challenge is to pair EH with Avery Elle products. i used the lights and sentiment from the Avery Elle Retro Ornaments stamp set and the houses and stars from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth die set by Julie.

i was inspired by the colourful houses in newfoundland and of course i painted the sky, houses and lights with twinkling H2Os and added some stickles to the stars.

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Painted Poinsettia

it feels so good to have a bit of time to relax, paint and create.

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i used one of my favourite poinsettia stamps for the christmas in july theme for the Impression Obsession challenge : i love this IO Poinsettia (H8301) because it’s so open and i paired it with a new IO sentiment stamp Warmest Wishes (D14682).

the image was stamped three times, painted with twinkling h2os, fussy cut and attached to a splattered background, sponged with distress inks; to finish it off i added some nuvo crystal drops.

i’m also playing along with:
Little Red Wagon – Use Favorite Products: twinkling H2Os, my favourite red twink, paint brushes, watercolour paper, poinsettia stamp.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Splatter it
Happy Little Stampers Christmas August – Poinsettia
Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge – Anything Goes

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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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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 8

the inspiration for day 8 is my favourite technique of all and one that i use almost every time i create:

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i love the colourful inspiration by artist Margaret Berg, who paints outside the lines beautifully, and designer Carly Tee Minner’s interpretation of it so that was my inspiration for my tag.

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i painted the lawn fawn stitched circle tag with winsor and newton watercolour paints and added snow. after i die cut the lawn fawn trees i painted them with twinkling H2Os, added stickles and finished it off with two ribbons.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 7

the challenge for the day 7 tag is a sketch:

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i was inspired by Melania Deasy’s elegant gold glitter tag.

this was a quick and easy tag and i finally used some of this gold/brown printed mirri paper that’s been in my stash for some time; it was already cut in strips so i just attached five of them to a base cut with a paper smooches tag die and added ribbon and twine.

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

any tips for taking photos of creations with mirri would be greatly appreciated.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 6

the day 6 theme is a beautiful colour palette:

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both Day 6 designers Lisa Adametz & Jill Foster used the colours and focused on outdoor wintery scenes so i was inspired to create a wintery look with this cute penny black image.

i painted the sky and this cutie with twinkling H2Os and added snow, glossy accents to her nose and berries and stickles to her hat; the mat is a shimmer purple paper.

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