Easter Treats

i created two easter treat boxes using the taylored expressions matchbox die; a miniature kitkat bar fits perfectly inside.

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i painted the sweet memory box bunny with twinkling H2Os and layered it up with some fun doodlebug papers.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Monday: Easter/Spring Inspiration
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday– March – All Creatures Great and Small
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #12 – Anything Goes with a Critter
My Time to Craft #366 – Easter/ Spring
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.10 – ANYTHING GOES
Papercraft Business Challenge  – #4 – Anything Goes + option of Easter

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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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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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Silver And Gold

it’s Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge, a challenge i love playing along with; this is my fourth year.

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day 2 Tag Designers are Julia Stainton & Keeway Tsao and my inspiration for this tag was julia’s tag with the beautiful pink background. i painted the poinsettia with pink and gold twinkling H2Os, then coated it with shabby pink embossing enamel; it has a very fine gold glitter that doesn’t show. i used the debossed side and added a gold double ribbon bow.

i’m not necessarily creating my tags in order; i’m just going wherever my creativity takes me.

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Autumn Leaves

our trees are almost bare but just like some of the leaves i’m hanging on to my favourite season so i really enjoyed creating this card. besides, i need a break from mass producing christmas items.

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the IO maple leaves (DIE030-S) were cut, painted with twinkling H2Os and attached in a circle to paper that i swiped with distress inks to create the look of woodgrain. i cut the thanks from the IO greetings set (DIE174-W) five times in dark brown and attached it.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Impression Obsession – Falling Leaves (fall themed)
Allsorts  – Colours of Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks #376 Give Thanks
Come and Get It – Thank you/Thankful

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Flower Power At Penny Black And More

does time fly for you? it’s hard to believe we’re into november already but that means we have a new theme for you at the penny black and more challenge.

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this month we’d like to see ‘flower power’ so i’ve painted the Penny Black Gossamer 3865K stamp and background of the image with twinkling H2Os and added nuvo crystal drops to the centre.

it’s easy to play along; just hand stamp your focal point with any company’s stamp. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, you’ll love the prizes from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love and Marianne Designs.

visit the blog for some floral inspiration by the rest of the team.

finally, since i’m not using a critter this month, i can play along with The Flower Challenge; this month’s theme is CAS.

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EDITED: Diane asked about the background paper so i’m adding a link; it’s Studio Light #42 that I purchased at Buddly Crafts.


Christmas Greetings For Rudolph Days

this is my design team card for october’s Rudolph Days Challenge, which runs until the end of the month and is a great way to tackle those holiday cards.

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this adorable image is from a newer penny black clear stamp set called ‘snow much fun.‘ by the way, Buddly Crafts carries penny black stamps and has a page featuring PB Critters & Cuties Stamps here.

i painted the sky and image with twinkling H2Os, popped it on foam tape to a snow embossed background, added red pearls for the berries and glitter for the snow.

all you need to do to play along is make one christmas card; for more inspiration and to view the prize and simple rules, please pop over to scrappymo’s blog.

The Penny Black Holiday Head Start Challenge ends soon so i just have time to submit this card before the deadline.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge – U for Unlimited/V for Vibrant
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes for Christmas
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

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Pumpkin Tag

i had some leftover watercolour paper scraps that i painted for halloween tags so i used those scraps to create this tag.

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the tiny memory box pumpkin dies fit the scraps of watercolour paper perfectly and i die cut the ‘b’ from black glitter paper with the memory box typewriter alphabet die set. the die cuts were attached to some printed paper that was die cut with one of the memory box general store tags. to finish it off, i added some fuzzy black ribbon.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts  – Halloween
Make My Monday – #57 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
Memory Box Challenge #29- Color Challenge Black/Orange
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #174 – Anything Goes with Ribbon Theme

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Hedgie Is A Gift

i’m still creating christmas cards because one of a kind cards with watercoloured images take me a bit longer so i have to keep at it.

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this cute image is one of the adorable images in the penny black ‘snow much fun‘ stamp set that i painted with twinkling H2Os. i added flower soft to the hat, glitter on the ground and red glitter paper for the mat and trim.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp – Christmas

Winter Wonderland Challenge – Anything Goes

Make My Monday – #56 ANIMAL ANTICS

Penny Black Holiday Head Start Challenge

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Warm Fuzzies

finally, cooler temperatures are here and i’m so relieved to be rid of the heat and humidity!

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i think it’s cool enough for hot chocolate so that’s what this cute bear is drinking. i painted the gerda steiner designs bear clear stamp with twinkling H2Os, stamped the sentiment from the same set and added a heart die cut from the glitter paper.

i’m submitting this to the gerda steiner share your design challenge.

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CAS Flower

i’m playing along with inspired by all the little things #66 featuring Anita in France; such a pretty inspiration photo:

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i love how anita framed her flower on her lovely CAS card so i framed my flower, painted with twinkling H2Os, with some squares die cut from a leftover piece of watercolour paper that i stamped with a stencil.

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You’re Invited

i created this invitation for the Impression Obsession challenge and their ‘you’re invited’ theme.

i painted the background and image from the IO when life clear set with twinkling H2Os, stamped the sentiment from the IO Invitations/announcements clear set, and stamped the cobwebs, also from the when life set, around the border.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE (halloween or dark colours); this is as dark-sided as i get for halloween
HLS October Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes, optional twist gold

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Ornamental Christmas Tree

i created one more card just in time for the Taylored Expressions birthday celebration and 9th year sketch challenge:

i made a christmas card for my husband using the tree from the TE baby it’s cold outside stamp set, painted with twinkling H2Os and covered the ornaments with glossy accents. i used a clear glitter pen on the tree garland dots and coloured the peel off sentiment and holographic dot stickers with permanent markers. the image circle was popped on foam tape for some added dimension.

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Let It Snow

i created a second card for Taylored Expressions birthday celebration and 9th year sketch challenge:

i made a christmas card this time to add to my stash. i painted this cute snowman from the TE baby it’s cold outside stamp set with twinkling H2Os, stamped the sentiment from the same set and popped the circle on foam tape. i added clear wink of stella to the white stripes on the scarf and the dots on the hat, glossy accents to the buttons and white flocking to the cuff of the hat.

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Silly Squirrels

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and its ‘so very thankful’ theme.

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i used the IO Dies: leafy branch DIE055-N (pretend it’s a tree), and squirrel set DIE213-D and painted everything with twinkling H2Os. the squirrels and acorns are popped on foam tape and the sentiment is from the More Basic Greetings CL549 clear set. i attached the watercolour paper panel to an A2 card base and this card goes to my husband.

we have these silly squirrels racing around our back yard to find hiding spots for food only i’m not sure they’re the same squirrels that find it.

i’m also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp, where Anything Goes and Shopping Our Stash #318 Your Favorite Season – mine is fall for the cooler temperatures, the colours, hot chocolate and baking comfort food. :)

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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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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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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.


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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