Twelve Tags – Day 8

the day 8 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 8 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1-1-1

Sharon’s tag inspired me; i love the bird image with the greenery and her fussy cutting is amazing. of course with my hands, that would pose a problem so i used a coordinating die for my stampendous bird image; the holly are die cut too. i painted with twinkling H2Os, sponged a background with distress inks and added some pink and gold frantage.

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Twelve Tags – Day 10

the day 10 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 10 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com-1-1

Julie’s tag inspired me; i love her mittens, the turquoise and the snowflakes added to the wrapping paper. i die cut these tiny poppystamps mittens from leftover alcohol ink backgrounds i made for my day 1 tag. i added snowflake stickers and stamped the sentiment. i might add white twine to the blue ribbon later when i have more time.

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Twelve Tags – Day 4

the day 4 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

Day 4 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Justine’s tag inspired me with the cute critters in a circle. i rarely heat emboss and never with images so i heat embossed the snowflake background and the sentiment. everything was painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and popped on foam tape.

i’m also playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 42 – Winter Holiday.

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Twelve Tags – Day 3

the day 3 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

kelly marie’s tag inspired me with all the glitter so i used plenty on my tag. i started by creating my northern lights, then die cut the lawn fawn stitched circle tag and with double sided adhesive i covered it in glitter. i added more glitter to the rooftops and trees and painted everything with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and used coordinating lawn fawn dies. all the windows, doors and clock were coated with a clear glaze pen and all the images were popped on foam tape.

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Twelve Tags – Day 2

i wasn’t able to start creating tags on day 1 because i wasn’t feeling well so i may have to double up on my posts if i’m to get them all done; i apologize in advance if you’re inundated with emails.

the day 2 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

be inspired by this Pinterest piece:

Day 2 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Carissa’s tag inspired me; i loved her white ink sentiment stamping on black, the sparkle gems and the greenery. i stamped the penny black text background, heat embossed with white embossing powder, added a poinsettia sponged with green distress ink and some green gems. i used a penny black stencil on the kraft edge which i accidentally sponged over when i tried to move the stencil but i liked it so it was a happy accident.

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Twelve Tags – Day 1

this is the fifth year i’ve created tags for the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge and it’s an event that i love playing along with.

the day 1 theme is:

Day 1 Twelve Tags Ellen Hutson 2018 copyright linda snailzpace.com

Carolyn’s tag inspired me; i love how she divided up her tag into sections and i really liked the pink so i started with pink alcohol ink on glossy white paper but then i added purple and gold so more of those show. the watercolour paper poinsettia was smooshed into gold twinkling H2Os on a craft mat and the sentiment finished it off.  i had to photograph this off to the side because of the purple mirri paper reflections.

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Autumn Shadow Box

i thought i better make another shadow box before i forget how.

autumn leaves inside.copyright linda snailzpace.com

the current impression obsession challenge is autumn colours so i used the Autumn Mosaic verse (D5529) on the front, and randomly stamped leaves and acorns in versamark from a clear stamp set, Wreaths & Garlands Fall & Winter (CL84).

i got a bit carried away with the inside but that’s what i see from my window; branches with squirrels scurrying up, down and all over.

The squirrels and acorns were die cut (DIE213-D), then painted with twinkling H2Os, attached to the picket fence (DIE206-V) and the leafy branches (DIE055-N) were added after they were sponged with distress inks.

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Christmas Shadow Box Card

i made my first shadow box card with my scor-pal and it was fun to create! i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 41 – SHAPED CARDS which ends in 7 hours.

i followed jennifer mcguire’s video tutorial and i kept the front of the card clean and simple, masking words from the say what? christmas critters to fit with the merry from the happy happy happy add on die cut from a piece of tree paper in the lawn fawn really rainbow christmas 6 x 6 paper; the thin dotted strip is from the same paper pad and it was attached to a lime green base.

i painted this cute teddy with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and die cut using the coordinating die; the stitched circle tag die was used to create an ornament window and i added a small bow. i used blue distress inks and oxide inks to create the sky, splattered with water.

i’m also playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #55 December Anything Goes Christmas.

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lawn fawn products used:
oh what fun stamp set & coordinating die
stitched circle tags
say what? christmas critters (sentiments)
happy happy happy add on die (merry)

Penny Black And More Snow Globe Snowy

oh my, it’s the first sunday of the month so it’s a new theme at the penny black and more challenge -Traditional Christmas (reds, golds, greens).

penny black snowy globe copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

I painted one of the cute images in the penny black under the mistletoe set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed paper; the background is Penny Black festive & frosty paper.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Heartfelt Creations stamps, and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Special Birthday Treat

i’m cutting it close to submit this to the More than One Score at Scor-Pal #54 – Special Birthdays challenge.

triangle candy holder copyright linda snailzpace.com

i love making these triangle boxes; no dies, just a rectangle and you can customize the size. the length is double the width, so i used my scor-pal to score a 3″ x 6″ rectangle in half and then four more scores. it’s probably easier to watch the video tutorial here.

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November Rudolph Days 2018

it’s the last 2018 Rudolph Days Challenge over at Maureen’s blog so by now you probably have a nice stash of holiday cards ready to mail.

Penny Black hedgie stocking copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

or maybe not, in which case you have until November 30 to be inspired and play along.

this cute penny black hedgie and presents were painted with twinkling H2Os; the coordinating hedgie die was a gift from Maureen for being a design team member. i was so happy that it allowed me to fit him in the window without having to fussy cut. i added a sentiment and two die cut frames were layered on top of my bokeh background that i created with sponges and distress inks; you could also use a circle stencil.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Do you prefer rubber or digis? I prefer rubber stamps because I enjoy the process from inking a stamp to painting it and trying to figure out how best to showcase the image. Besides, I watercolour almost all images and printing on 140 lb. watercolour paper is not practical.

Stamping Sensations  – Get ready for Christmas

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Penny Black stamp 30-448 merry delight
Penny Black die 51-387 merry delight cut out
Lawn Fawn Say What? Christmas Critters sentiment
Memory Box Love and Laughter stamp (large present), coordinating die
Memory Box Bunny Gift stamp (small present), coordinating die
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 29 (frame)

Making Someone Smile

there is still plenty of time to ‘make someone smile’ at the penny black and more november challenge.

penny black peekaboo front copyright linda snailzpace.com

i masked off the centre hedgie from the penny black wood stamp, a great surprise! and painted with twinkling H2Os to create my second peek a boo card, once again using my scor pal and following this tutorial.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Marianne Designs. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #54 – Special Birthdays

Die Cuttin’ Divas – #395 – Birthday

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Holiday Fun

the lawnfawnatics challenge is a colour inspiration using any theme but i chose to make a christmas card since i’m a little behind on those:

lawn fawn teddy copyright linda snailzpace.com

i masked off the snow with a free hand torn piece of paper and for the first time used distress oxide inks; after i sponged the sky i added water droplets and white gel pen dots. teddy was painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper; i added glossy accents to the sleigh rails, glitter to the hat and popped him on foam tape. the heart swirl and sentiments were stamped with versafine blue lagoon and it was finished off with die cut snowflakes.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Monochrome Or Rainbow (&why): colours brighten my day and i love to use a colourful palette, mix my own custom paint colours and coordinate colours.
Stamping Sensations  – Get ready for Christmas

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lawn fawn products used:
oh what fun stamp set & coordinating die
tiny tag sayings (with love)
say what? christmas critters (christmas)
winter penguin stamp (heart swirl)
happy happy happy add on die (merry)
mini snowflakes (die cut snowflakes)
stitched rectangle die

Christmas Thank You

i’m playing along with the new impression obsession challenge theme of So Very Thankful!

i stamped some of the images in the IO christmas minis clear set (MC199) on kraft, used coloured pencils and a sentiment from the IO thanks sentiments set (CL41), and matted it onto a shimmer green cardstock.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Monochrome Or Rainbow (&why): colours brighten my day and i love to use a colourful palette and mix my own custom paint colours.
Stamping Sensations  – Get ready for Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday – Thanks/Thanksgiving

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Make Someone Smile

it’s so hard to believe it’s november already! we have a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; we’d like to see projects that make someone smile.

penny black writing mouse copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this adorable penny black mouse with twinkling H2Os, scored the wall behind him and added a floral picture to create a cozy scene that i hope will make the recipient smile. i added the xo to his letter.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Marianne Designs. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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I’ll Be Back Soon

As you know, I’ve been away the last couple of months because my dad was in hospice with end stage kidney disease; he passed away October 21.

I’ll be back soon, even if it is just to post intermittently as I still have a lot to do.

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Autumn Splendour At Penny Black And More

this is my mid month card for the october penny black and more challenge where we’d like to see some autumn splendour.

penny black apple stickeroos flowers copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted the background with twinkling H2Os on cold pressed watercolour paper and attached one of the images in the penny black stickeroo sheet, garden poems.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Fantastic Ribbons, Chocolate Baroque. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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I Love Fall

i really miss creating and i feel like i’m rusty, but family comes first and i did manage to make this tag today.

lawn fawn fall fox copyright linda snailzpace.com

this cute fox from the lawn fawn into the woods stamp set was painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper; the sky, ground and speech bubble were sponged with distress inks. i flicked some water droplets into the sky. the sentiment is in the same set but the tag, speech bubble and eyelet were die cut with the new say what? gift tags die set – so cute!

i’m playing along with these challenges:
LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 38 – AWESOME AUTUMN
Addicted to Stamps (October) #167 Autumn Colours challenge
Back To Basics  #13 – Watercolours
Simon Says Wednesday Anything But a Card
Die Cut Divas October- Autumn and Halloween
Stamping Sensations – (October) Shades Of Autumn

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Autumn Splendour At Penny Black And More

it’s time for a new monthly theme at the penny black and more challenge and it’s perfect for october – autumn splendour.

penny black apple hedgies copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this sweet penny black wooden stamp image, hedgy gift, with twinkling H2Os and added some punched oak leaves and clear wink of stella to the apples.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Fantastic Ribbons, Chocolate Baroque. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

I’d like to submit this card to the Addicted to Stamps (October) #167 Autumn Colours challenge.

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Don’t Pink For Me

Charlotte Haley’s original peach ribbon was attached to a card that noted less than 5% of funds raised are allocated to researching prevention of breast cancer.

Charlotte resisted being swept up into the corporate world so a legal opinion was sought and, without her, pink was tested in focus groups and was chosen.

Personally, I like the colour pink; I just loathe corporations using it for a feel good promotional tool without actually contributing to the prevention and eradication of the disease.

Having been affected by cancer, along with a disproportionate number of family members, my feelings are strong. Like Charlotte, I support the grass roots movement of those not partnered with corporate sponsors like the Breast Cancer Action group who conducts the annual Think Before You Pink Campaign.

Happy Rudolph Days September 2018

it’s time for this month’s Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by scrappymo and as always it’s an anything goes theme that starts on the 25th and ends on the last day of every month until November when you’ll be mailing all those cards.

MFT snowman copyright linda snailzpace.com

for my DT card, i painted this adorable snowman from the MFT cooler with you set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper, added the MFT Die-namics Merry Christmas Circle Frame and some snowflakes. the sentiment and image panel is all popped on foam tape.

playing along is so easy – all you need to do is create one project to be eligible for 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 complete rules.

i’m also playing along with the september merry little christmas challenge of anything goes.

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Make It Feminine At Penny Black And More

this is my DT card for the penny black and more challenge and the september theme of make it feminine.

penny black teacup mice design linda snailzpace.com

i’ve used one of the images from the penny black ‘micey day’ set, painted with twinkling H2Os and attached two stitched circles; the bottom one is popped on foam tape.

playing along is so easy; the focal point of your creation must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Indigo Blue stamp, Tattered Lace. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Hugs For Hubby

while i’m caring for a loved one i don’t have much time to create but i did take a bit of a break to play.

IO lighthouse copyright linda snailzpace.com

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Pop Up Your Words! i’ve coloured the IO New England Lighthouse (G1286) with coloured pencils and popped the IO hugs (DIE516-A) on tiny bits of foam tape. i used the IO happy anniversary die (DIE627-G) and hearts from the IO looped heart border die (DIE128-C) on the inside for my husband’s anniversary card.

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Penny Black And More B Is For…

this is a scheduled post as I am caring for a family member, but I wanted to remind you that there is still plenty of time to join us for a game of ‘i spy’ at the penny black and more challenge.

penny black bunny and butterflies copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

since the theme is something that begins with the letter B, you might have guessed i would use a bunny. i also fit as many b’s as i could onto this card: bunny, butterflies, blue, blossoms and bow.

this sweet bunny is one of the images in the Penny Black garden critters 30-152 clear set; i painted with twinkling H2Os and die cut a blue mirri sentiment.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see what b’s my team mates are using.

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Sweet Snowman

i love snowmen and this larger sweet snowman, available at Frog’s Whiskers Ink, makes me smile.

frogs whiskers snowman.copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

edited: there is no direct link to this stamp so you have to search for Button Snowman J09027 at Frog’s Whiskers Ink to find him.

as usual, i painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Rudolph Days Challenge – July is extended until August 7 since Maureen she was off enjoying July in Britain.
Crafty Calendar – August – Dots and/or Stripes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #1 – Anything Goes

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I Spy At Penny Black And More

we’re playing a game of i spy at the penny black and more challenge this month; want to play along?

penny black balloon madness copyright linda snailzpace.com

i spy with my little eye something beginning with B so my card features bright, bouncing balloons.

i painted this penny black wooden stamp image, balloon madness, with twinkling H2Os and tombow markers, added the stars and sentiment from the sweet wishes clear stamp set and filled in the stars with sparkle pens.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love £15 voucher, Inkylicious stamps. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see how my teamies are featuring something beginning with B.

i’d like to submit this card to the As You Like It Challenge Favourite; Fur Or Feathers (&why). Furry friends make me smile, have entertaining personalities and their images are so much fun to bring to life with paint.

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Tiny Gift Boxes

these lawn fawn tiny gift boxes are just so fun and fast to make.

lawn fawn tiny box copyright linda snailzpace.com

i was lucky enough to win a lawn fawn gift card from the ‘as you like it challenge‘ so i couldn’t resist this cute die. a tiny bow is included in the set but because of my RA, my fingers just couldn’t manage that so i decorated with shaped and sponged flowers and buttons instead.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It: Favourite Ribbons or Buttons – and WHY? i like both but it depends on the project i’m creating so this time i used buttons just because i like them for flower centres.

LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 33 – FUN FOLDS!

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Snow Buddy

since i really liked the teal and brown colours together on a recent thank you card, i used the combination for this christmas card.

paper smooches snowman copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

jingle belle stephanie created a cute christmas card using the paper smooches snowman 2 die so i had to use the same die for my card. i cut him from hot pressed watercolour paper, painted with twinkling H2Os, paper pieced his hat and scarf and attached him with foam tape to a paper smooches gift tag 2 found at the PS website.

i’m playing along with these challenges:


Paper Smooches – Christmas in July 2018 challenge
Jingle Belles – Christmas and All Bundled Up; i have 4 layers.
Simon Says Wednesday – Die and/or Punch

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My Happy Colours

the current impression obsession challenge is to use happy colours (whatever colours make you happy), which i thoroughly enjoyed; i even used a bit of orange.

impression obsession beach copyright linda snailzpace.com

i created a small easel card to fit on my desk featuring some new impression obsession products i purchased when i was lucky enough to win a $25.00 IO gift card just for playing along.

i used the sentiment and sun from the IO ‘signs of summer‘ (CL873) by Peggy Jo Ackley, and painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper; i love the cool colour palette, but i tend to use brighter colours through the summer. i fussy cut the sun to pop it on foam tape and the IO beach chair and sandals (DIE190-C) were layered up five times to hold the card upright; the square panel measures 3 and 3/8 inches. to finish it off, i used the leftover bits from the chair to create my beach fence.

i’m also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday to use a Die and/or Punch.

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Cup Of Christmas Cheer

i’m slowly creating more christmas cards and this one was a lot of fun to make.

paper smooches coffee cup copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i used red card stock to die cut the paper smooches’ merry christmas die and cozy coffee die and cut the coffee die a second time from print paper to piece it back together before i popped it on foam tape. the heart die is included in the coffee die set so i cut it a couple of times and layered it with red glitter paper on top; all the supplies i used for this card can be found at the paper smooches website.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Paper Smooches– Christmas in July 2018 challenge
Jingle Belles – must be Christmas – All Bundled Up; i have four layers here.
Cardz 4 Galz #76 Food & Or Drink
Simon Says Wednesday – Die and/or Punch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Add A Little Sparkle

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Penny Black And More Mid Month Reminder

we’re halfway through the things with wings theme at the penny black and more challenge so you still have time to join in.

penny black bee bookmarks copyright linda snailzpace.com

i used scraps of watercolour paper backgrounds to die cut these avery elle bookmarks and watercolour pencils to colour these cute penny black bees from the every which way clear set; wink of stella was added to the wings.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped, any company, to be eligible to win one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Season’s Tweetings

i created a second card for the very challenging to me colour inspiration at the Lawn Fawnatics challenge 32.

lawn fawn christmas birds copyright linda snailzpace.com

i switched back to my hot pressed watercolour paper and i think i’ll stick to it for painting images. i used tombow markers to colour these cute lawn fawn ‘winter sparrows,’ but i used three different blue twinkling H2Os to paint the sky.

this is also my second entry to the As You Like It Challenge and the Favourite Celebration (&why) theme. as i previously mentioned, celebrations aren’t the same since my son passed away but i’ve always loved making christmas cards, especially whimsical ones that make me smile and relax while i paint them.

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