Penny Black And More Reminder – Masculine

i’m back with a reminder that you still have plenty of time to join the Penny Black and More Challenge where we’re focusing on cards For Boys and Men this month.

birthday card with cat in gray and blue

once again i used caran d’ache luminance colour pencils on a light grey card stock; this happy cat is from the penny black birthday critters clear set and the sentiment is a penny black die called sweet wishes. i sponged distress ink around the edges of both the image panel and the card.

our rules are easy – the focal point must be hand stamped and must follow the theme to be eligible for a prize from one of the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love plus A Clarity Art stencil.

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Interactive Mini Album

it was so much fun to create this little album even if i did make a big mess. the current LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 58 is INTERACTIVE so i had to be creative with their products since i don’t have many of their interactive dies.

mini album

i used lawn fawn’s spring fling papers, the LF Stitched Gift Card Pocket to create the pocket fronts and the front flap shape and a variety of embellishments all listed at the end of this post.

i used the LF Tag You’re It die to cut the pages, trimming off the top portion and turning them upside down. i used random cute images and painted them with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper.

the lemons were fussy cut and the chipmunk masked to allow for splatters.

i used a silver glitter pen on the flute and a clear gloss pen on the horn.

the floral card opens up and this is the inside:

the flap was sponged with distress ink and opens to reveal these little cuties, fussy cut, along with the log and two yellow flowers cut from the paper:

the album closes with a small magnet.

i’m also playing along with Scrapy Land Challenge #119 and its anything goes theme using dies sold at their store.

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Lawn Fawn Products Used:

Stamps:
Make Lemonade-pitcher and lemons
Tiny Tags Sayings- to, heart for the mini card, just for you for the pocket
Joy To The Woods-the log
Love Letters-Envelope
Pick of the Patch-Fall
Into the Woods-chipmunk
Say What? Christmas Critters-happy, sending love on the pocket
Critter Concert-bear, raccoon
Smooth Sailing for the little bunny and bear

Lawn Cuts:
Stitched Gift Card Pocket – pockets and the hugs
Tag You’re It – pages
Happy Mail – the envelope
Into the Woods – fall leaves
Hello Border
Tiny Giftbox heart
Peekaboo backdrop flap on the card
Hearts – heart on flap

PAPERS:
Spring Fling

Product Review – DYMO Label Writer

if you follow me you know i have posted about products that are useable by me along with reasons why others are not. in addition to having severe RA i’m still trying to find the right balance between playing creating and working staying organized but my new label printer has been a big help.

i’ve been using the DYMO LabelWriter Wireless Label Printer since i bought it during boxing week specials at staples.ca last year and i love it:

  • it’s wireless
  • it’s a thermal printer so no ink or toner is used
  • i can use the software on my mac with my full keyboard
  • and an app on my iPhone and iPad with my apple keyboard and/or dictate
  • it’s fast! according to the advertising, it prints about 71 labels per minute
  • the labels are easy to separate from the backing paper
  • no batteries
  • easy touch buttons

why not other machines?

my first labeller was the Brother p-touch 90, but i wasn’t using it very much. any task that requires fine motor skills is difficult and sometimes painful, not to mention very time consuming – it took me just over 3 minutes to create one label. in that time, the DYMO LW would have printed over 200. the keyboard is so small, there is not enough of a contrast on the view screen, and separating the label from the backing paper was extremely challenging.

i did try label sheets but aligning portions of sheets was difficult, also very time consuming and used ink and/or toner.

i want to spend my time and energy doing what i love so for me this is the ideal label printer.

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Make A Wish – Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month, august already, so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: For Boys and Men.

birthday card with spotted dog

i coloured this cute dog from the penny black birthday party set with caran d’ache luminance colour pencils on a light grey card stock this time; i’m testing them out on different papers. i used the avery elle wonky stitch die and added the sentiment.

our rules are easy – the focal point must be hand stamped and must follow the theme to be eligible for a prize from one of the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love plus A Clarity Art stencil.

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Sending Little Smiles

you never know where that little bunny might pop up.

happy mail card

i painted the chick and bunny with twinkling H2Os and sponged the background with distress inks; everything is popped on foam tape. the mail box was cut from grey card stock and the envelopes from lawn fawn hearts paper and doodlebug designer paper. a fun note card to make and it came together quickly.

lawn fawn supplies used:
stamps: love letters, smooth sailing
dies: happy mail

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 57 – LITTLE THINGS
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #593 Anything Goes
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Christmas Tree Trio

it’s my month off so i’m playing along with Maureen’s Rudolph Days Challenge just for fun.

christmas tree trio card

i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os on cold press watercolour paper and painted the yvonne creations trees with twinks too. i added glitter to the branches and stamped the sentiment from a tri-colour ink pad.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenges  #117- Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells: tree die 

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Back To School

the previous post featured the tiny images on a bookmark but i used the larger images from the same set to create this card.

hippos going back to school card copyright linda snailzpace.com

these cute hippos from the clearly besotted being schooled clear stamp set were painted with daniel smith watercolours on hot press watercolour paper that i custom mixed and then fussy cut. i used the sunny studio staggered circles die and layered the piece over another white card stock piece that i sponged with mustard seed distress ink. i also sponged the left border of the white base. the sentiment is from the clearly besotted mini calligraphy stamp set.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL
Simon Says Wednesday Back to School
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #351 SCHOOL
As You Like It Challenge Favourite  Bird Or Beast: i love birds but i have more beast images, mostly the adorable kind that make me smile.

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Smiling Kites

since i had my Impression Obsession  ‘signs of summer’ stamp set out, i used the smiling kites to create another card for the Impression Obsession challenge theme of Things That Fly (not just birds and butterflies!)

IO kites copyright linda snailzpace.com

i painted again with tombow markers on hot press watercolour paper and added nuvo shimmer pen to the kites on this small notecard. the shimmer pen seems to have lifted some colour so i added more colour after this photo was taken. the sentiment is from the IO ‘more basic greetings’ (CL549) clear stamp set.

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Flying Frisbees

it is way too hot to be outdoors so i’m keeping cool while i create summer cards.

card with colourful frisbees

the current Impression Obsession challenge theme is Things That Fly (not just birds and butterflies!) i painted the frisbees and sentiment, both from the Pink Ink for Impression Obsession ‘signs of summer’ stamp set (CL873) with tombow markers on hot press watercolour paper.

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More Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

we’re about half way though july so there’s still time to join this month’s Penny Black and More Challenge: Summer colours theme.

card with mouse in hot air balloon masked throwing flowers

i painted this cute penny black mouse (30-020 hugs!) with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and used summery pink and yellow papers from lawn fawn.

remember your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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Hello Sunshine

the current impression obsession challenge is Sending Sunshine! and it’s so nice to have such sunny skies lately!

summery card in yellow and blue copyright linda snailzpace.com

i sponged three yellow distress inks onto cold press watercolour paper and spritzed it and used a leftover scrap of watercolour paper created with turquoise nuance powder to cut the impression obsession sandals (DIE190-C) and the IO hello sunshine (DIE691-C). the chair, part of the same die set as the sandals, was just cut from plain watercolour paper.

i added a beach ball that i painted free hand. i used the dot of the i to cover the beach ball valve and i added a drop of glossy accents to it.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Allsorts  #527 – Summer Fun/Sports
Crafting Happiness Challenges #4 SUMMER
Dies R Us Challenge #124 – Anything Goes

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Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: show us your Summer Colours.

penny black summer copyright linda snailzpace.com

my summer colours are green grass and blue skies so i carried the sky in the image circle out to the front of the card. i painted this cute penny black mouse from the ‘critter fun’ set with twinkling H2Os and used the impression obsession die cut sentiment. the wonky stitches rectangle dies are new to me; i really liked them on my teamie’s cards; thanks ellie.

just a reminder that your focal point must be hand stamped, although you can use any company’s image to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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Camping Critters

i made another card for the current LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 55 MOOD BOARD & COLOUR INSPIRATION:

look who’s peeking out! i cut around the door with a kraft knife and added a piece of paper from the lawn fawn spring fling paper pad behind the door opening.

i’ve been having fun with the lawn fawn happy trails stamp set so this time i created a 3 inch card, painted with twinkling H2Os and added these cute little critters from the LF smooth sailing stamp set. everything was fussy cut, a challenge in itself with my RA hands so after i finished the card, i ordered the coordinating die set. then i’ll be a happy camper. i know.

i sponged distress inks: peacock feathers for the sky and twisted citron for the grass, cut with LF stitched hills die set. i stamped the sentiment from the LF oh what fun stamp set and stamped two suns from the LF so much to say stamp set so i could layer it.

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You Drive Me Happy

the current LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 55 MOOD BOARD & COLOUR INSPIRATION is full of summer items and bright colours.

summer camping card in bright colours

i painted the car and trailer from the Lawn Fawn happy trails stamp set with tombow markers bright set on hot press watercolour paper, cut with coordinating dies and added glossy accents to the windows. i stamped the line markings on grey cardstock and masked the two sentiments from the happy trails set to create this one. the sky was created with nuance powders and cold press watercolour paper and die cut clouds from the into the woods die set. to finish my card, i popped the vehicles on foam tape.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Little Red Wagon  #503 – Not About a Specific Event (this is an everyday card for my husband)
Addicted to Stamps and More #347- Make Your Mark (tombow markers)
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Traditional And Non Traditional Christmas Colours

it’s my turn to post my design team card for the Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by maureen at scrappymo’s blog.

snowman and bird in traditional colours

snowman and bird in non traditional colours

i used this adorable Neat and Tangled snowman stamp set and coordinating die set to create traditional and non traditional cards. all images were painted with daniel smith watercolour paints on hot press watercolour paper but both skies were sponged with distress inks. everything is popped on foam tape and i finished them off with a touch of glitter on the hats.

anything christmas themed is all that you need to play along with a limit of one entry that you can submit up until june 30 for a chance to win a generous prize.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Jingle Belles must be Christmas – SNOW
My Time to Craft #399 Watercolor;
daniel smith paints
As You Like It Challenge Favourite Summer or Winter Colors (& why): the cool colour palette of winter is my favourite as i find it more calming.

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In Loving Memory

today’s card was created in memory of my son, who passed away ten years ago; it’s hard to believe so much time has passed while at other times it seems to stand still.

wizard card in grey and purple

every year i focus on one memory and create a card around it. this penny black mo manning wizard resembles my son’s art, especially his comic book art and his colouring. gandalf came to mind; my husband took our son and daughter to see lord of the rings nine times when it first hit theatres in december 2001. yes, big tolkien fans so i had to use gold mirri for one of the mats.

i painted the sky and image on hot press watercolour paper with custom colours i mixed of twinkling H2Os. to this day, i thank my son for sharing his art supplies with me, especially a watercolour paint brush and some of the ‘rules’ along with a lot of encouragement. i got messy and created the background with alcohol inks.

i’m sharing my card with these challenges:

Challenge #280 Anything “Mo” Goes (Optional Theme: “For the Boys/Guys”)

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Stamp Brand (& why): if i could only pick one brand, i’d choose penny black as it was my first clear stamp set. i love the quality of the illustrations and the cute critters make me smile while i’m painting them – sometimes, they’re a bit mischievous which makes them all the more entertaining. also, i like that a lot of the images are generously sized so that my style allows them to be a major part of the card’s focus. i’m fortunate to be a design team member for the penny black and more challenge where we all share our love of penny black stamps.

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Hip Hip Hooray!

i couldn’t be more proud of my daughter for earning her second degree; this is a spinning graduation cap tag i created to attach to a gift for her graduation party.graduation spinning cap tagi painted the lawn fawn smart cookie stamp graduation cap with my favourite black watercolour paint from sennelier and purple paint for the tassel then used the coordinating die.

i die cut two lawn fawn stitched circle tags: one from the spring fling paper pad and one white cardstock for the back that i stamped with ‘you’re one smart cookie’ from the smart cookie stamp set.

the slide on over circle die set was used for the interactive element; i stamped the sentiment from the tiny tag saying birthday stamp set, and layered with three pieces of yellow foam to create the channel. some of the foam needs to be trimmed from the edges to allow room for the penny/disc to move and spin the cap as it travels along the channel.

i’m playing along with the current LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 54 – PERFECT FOR PARTIES.

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Numbered Thank You

i needed a masculine thank you card for a number cruncher so i kept it clean and simple.

mama elephant thanks copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i die cut the mama elephant thanks from black cardstock using stick it to layer it twice and attach it to the numbered paper.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Masculine

Crafty Calendar June – Masculine

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What A Hoot!

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Feathered Friends!

IO owls copyright linda snailzpace.com

i chose a couple of owls from the IO Zenspirations What A Hoot set (CL339) and tested out my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils on kraft; they work great. i sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge His & Hers (& why): i like making both but i usually create more feminine than masculine cards – it depends on the recipient. today’s card is for my husband.
Addicted to Stamps – #175 For a Boy/Man
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Floral Notecards

wow, we’re into june already! since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Blooms, Butterflies and Bugs.

penny black floral notecards copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i created a set of flat note cards using Penny Black 30-029 ‘wonderful’ and used Laurentian coloured pencils.

playing along is simple: your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image, remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Stix 2.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Are We There Yet?

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 53 – SPECTACULAR SKIES.

lawn fawn happy trails copyright linda snailzpace.com

campers at dusk; remember those long road trips?

i used 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper for lawn fawn’s stitched hillside border and sky; i swiped wild honey and worn lipstick distress inks on craft mat, spritzed with water and pressed the paper into it to create my background. lawn fawn’s happy trails images were stamped on 140 lb. hot press w/c paper and painted with my new daniel smith watercolour paints that i treated myself to; for years i’ve painted with twinkling H2Os so i need more play time to get used to these.

the hill was popped on foam tape, as were a couple of the trees and the vehicles. to finish it off, i cut a strip of paper that was sponged with black soot distress ink and i added the lines with a white gel pen.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Tis The Season

i’m playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge just for fun this month, to build up my christmas card stash.

tis the season copyright linda snailzpace.com

this was a very quick and easy card so i made a set of four. i cut a 12 x 12 paper to A2 size to cover the card bases and attached the holly jolly music border die (Yvonne Creations) cut from shimmery white gold card stock.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Happy 10th Birthday Allsorts!

wow, the Allsorts Challenge is celebrating ten years!

penny black mice birthday copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

naturally, the current theme is birthday so i got to use two more cute images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ stamp set. this is my first project coloured with my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils. i will need to practice because they’re heavily pigmented compared to other coloured pencils i have so they require less effort, which is good.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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My First Hero Arts Stamp

Hero Arts is 45 years old and is inviting everyone to a SHOW & TELL CELEBRATION – SHARE TO WIN!

my first Hero Arts stamp was this dandelion (G4917) that I purchased in 2009 and it’s still available today.

Hero Arts dandelion stamp-1

i used it to create a thank you card for those who showed kindness when my son passed away from brain cancer in 2009.

today i’ve used the image on a clean and simple card. the sentiment (LL165 Happy Everything Greetings) is from a Hero Arts wooden set of sentiments that i bought shortly afterward but i can’t find a link.

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Some Birdy

i was really challenged by the current Impression Obsession Challenge – Yellow and Blue but i eventually came up with an idea.

impression obsession birds front copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

impression obsession birds inside copyright linda snailzpace.com

i die cut the birdhouses (IO DIE156-H) from a leftover piece of watercoloured wash, used yellow cardstock and mustard seed distress ink for the birds (IO DIE154-A), and painted the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) with blue twinkling H2Os ranging from turquoise to a red blue.

all the die cuts, including the fence (IO DIE206-V), were popped on foam tape and attached to a background sky that i sponged; and of course i sponged yellow and blue to create the green bottom. the inside sentiment (IO A5418 Some ‘Birdy’ Loves You) was stamped and i sponged around the edges with mustard seed distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:

Little Red Wagon – Happy Bird-day challenge
Scrapy Land Challenges – #114 Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells

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May Flower

just a reminder that there is still plenty of time to play along with the Penny Black and More Challenge and the feminine or anything goes theme.

i used this sweet image from a new penny black clear stamp set, 30-553 it’s your day, painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and die cut with one of the dies in the mama elephant bookmark it set.

penny black mouse tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

to finish it off, i used the lawn fawn stitched rectangle die for the print paper.

you can use any company’s image to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, as long as your focal point is hand stamped.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Stitches
Cute Card Thursday – #582 Stitching

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Bunny Boxes

i had so much fun creating these little bunny boxes.

lawn fawn bunny boxes linda snailzpace.com

bonus, i had to get some Lindt chocolates, because they each hold one. i used the lawn fawn bunny add-on die and sponged some pink distress ink onto the cheeks.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 52 – PET LOVE, which of course is for my grand bunnies.

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Non Card Project (& why): i love making 3D items like this cute lawn fawn tiny gift box; people love the treat inside but also love hanging on to the box to use or to give to someone else. i’m always surprised how something so little can bring such happiness to the recipients.

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Burgundy Bookmark

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Feminine with an anything goes option.

thank you bookmark copyright linda snailzpace.com

i used a penny black wooden stamp called ‘kindness’ and the penny black petite blossoms stencil with  TCW champagne gold modelling paste to create this bookmark. i also used some crinkle burgundy ribbon, linen burgundy cardstock and the paper smooches bookmark die.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Bunny Love

a combination of my disabilities and demands on my time have kept me away from creating lately but i had to play along with the Impression Obsession challenge and it’s bunny love theme; bunnies are so sweet.

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after i created the white easel base with my scor-pal, i sponged the sky with blue distress inks; the impression obsession fence (DIE206-V) and impression obsession bunnies (DIE664-T) were cut with kraft paper, also sponged with DI.

i sponged green corrugated paper and attached the bunnies  to the back and the picket fence  to the front with strips of foam tape; i usually paint woodgrain so i love that this die embosses it for me in one pass through the die cut machine.

i stamped the spring (MC657) in versafine deep lagoon onto a strip of white cardstock and added the die cut wishes (DIE364-E), also sponged with DI – thank goodness my tear drop sponges are easy on my hands. to finish it off, the sentiment strip was attached with foam tape.

i’m also playing along with:
Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge April #58 – Texture
Simon Says Wednesday  – Anything Goes

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Pair of Penguins For Rudolph Days

it’s time for the monthly rudolph days challenge at maureen’s (scrappymo) blog, where we encourage you to create christmas projects.

penguin christmas card in blue

i used two different colour schemes to create two similar cards but made a feminine and masculine version.

i painted the elizabeth craft designs penguins with twinkling H2Os, used the coordinating die, and finished the card with these lawn fawn products: merry die, mini snowflakes die and christmas sentiment stamped in white.

the deadline to enter your christmas project is the end of the month, plus you’d be entered in a draw for a fabulous prize so why not play along?

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It’s Spring!

this is my mid month post and reminder that we’re celebrating spring at the Penny Black and More Challenge, isn’t it about time spring-like weather arrived?

penny black easter bunny copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

this is the easter card i made for my daughter. i painted the penny black wooden stamp bunny image, bunny talk! with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment, also a penny black wooden stamp called happy.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Spring Is Here!

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Springtime.

penny black pete copyright linda snailzpace.com-2

i used a wooden penny black wooden stamp called plimsoll pete, coloured with coloured pencils, stamped the sentiment from the PB garden friends set and attached him to a background created with penny black stencil petite blossoms and distress ink.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Colouring Medium (& why) coloured pencils are my favourite colouring medium for coloured cardstock; they’re quick and easy and great to travel with.
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANIMALS
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Antics

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More Circles At Penny Black And More

it’s time for my mid month DT post for the Penny Black and More challenge where we are going in circles.

Penny Black mice dandelions copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted these little mice from the penny black ‘make a wish’ set with twinkling H2Os and added glitter to the dandelions. the designer paper is memory box from my stash that i really need to start using up.

remember, to play along, the focal point has to be hand stamped and incorporate circles to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors.

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