Thank You Ellen Hutson Twelve Tags 2019

i was absolutely shocked to see that i was the random winner of the Ellen Hutson Twelve Tags 2019 challenge! i had to get hubby to check to see if i was reading the winners’ post correctly and yes, one of the tags i entered was posted so it was true.

if you follow me you know that Christmas is challenging for me because of my son’s brain cancer diagnosis in early december and his birthday at the end of december right after christmas. the 12 tags challenge has been a tradition for 6 years now; it gives me something to focus on and feel productive during the holidays.

thank you card for ellen hutson copyright linda snailzpace.com

so, this is the card I sent to Ellen Hutson. i painted the poppy stamps wreath, die cut with hot press watercolour paper, with twinkling H2Os and added glossy accents to the berries. the WPlus9 sentiment fit perfectly.

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You Can Do It!

i’m posting my first card of 2020 – happy new year. this is my DT creation for the January Penny Black and More Challenge and we’d like you to make it feminine this month.

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this cute cat is from a sheet of Penny Black stickeroos called So Cute! #10-163 that i attached to some pretty paper and added a ribbon. i finished off the card with a Clearly Besotted sentiment popped on a rectangle that was sponged with distress ink.

remember to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors, Penny Black and Blade Rubber Crafts, the focal point has to be hand stamped although it can be any company’s; the only exception are the PB stickeroos.

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Warm Winter Wishes

every year i make a set of cards for my daughter to send out to the vet and other animal lovers so this is the 2019 design.

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i painted the small stampendous image with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and attached it to a green vellum-like circle mat. the sizzix tim holtz holly die separates pieces so i die cut through the white cardstock, attached a green shimmery vellum-like rectangle behind it and then taped that piece to the card base. i thought it would be faster than inlaid holly because i made 12 cards. to finish it off i stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment. i added glossy accents to the buttons but resisted adding glitter to the cuffs and pom pom because some bunnies like paper and touch their noses to it.

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Mid Month Reminder Penny Black and More

i’m sharing another design team card for the november Penny Black and More Challenge theme of flowers all over.

i coloured the penny black centrepiece cling stamp with coloured pencils and the inside with a sentiment from the smile today set.

remember to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors Penny Black and Bee Crafty, your focal point has to be hand stamped but can be from any company.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 12

this is my tag for day 12 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas. down to the wire but i did it.

santa, elf and rudolph tags

inspired by Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, i love Julie’s creative tags. i ran out of time to fussy cut but i’d like to try tags like hers another time. all the painting i did took up most of my time and then computer problems yesterday so i couldn’t upload. then today i went to upload and the link expired too early but thank goodness i could email them in. that’ll teach me for creating at a snail’s pace. anyway, it was a lot of fun and i always learn something new.

as usual, i painted these clearly besotted images with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, die cut with mama elephant bookmark die, lawn fawn sentiment and lawn fawn red sparkle twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 11

this is my tag for day 11 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

rudolph tag

 Lisa’s White Christmas tag  inspired me to create this. i love her pink background and layout. i painted this Taylored Expressions reindeer with Twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped him on foam tape. the background is sponged with distress inks and cut with Avery Elle bookmark. it might be a bit fuzzy but the mama elephant stamp says peace & love and is heat embossed with white ep, cut with altenew heart die.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 10

this is my tag for day 10 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

critter christmas tag

Lisa’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree tag is so cute featuring adorable animals with a decorated tree. i painted the mama elephant critters with Twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut them and popped on foam tape. these little guys decided my tree needed more ornaments so they’re each going to add one.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 8

this is my tag for day 8 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

snowman snow globe tag

Jessica’s tag for Let It Snow it so pretty; she used pink/purple/blue and created a shaker tag.i also loved the dark walnut on the wood base. i’ve been using those colours quite a bit so i switched to traditional colours and stamped this Stampendous snowman in the globe, painting with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper. i finished it off with a dark pink and green twine and sprayed it with a clear shimmer.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 6

this is my tag for day 6 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

polar bear tag

Lisa’s tag for Midnight Clear is gorgeous; she created a background with Daniel Smith indanthrone blue, and added cute animals. i need to check out that paint since i like staining and non-granulating watercolours. i painted a wash with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot pressed watercolour paper and added some hologram peel off stars. i painted the Hello Bluebird bear with twinks, cut with coordinating die and popped him on foam tape; i like using this sizzix die shape for tags.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 5

this is my tag for day 5 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

penguin tag

Adelina’s Jingle Bells tag is so adorable with a sweet penguin scene so i was inspired to create a penguin scene too. i painted these cute Clearly Besotted penguins wth twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped them on foam tape. i also liked Adelina’s extra tag and cute jingle bells so i added a mama elephant sentiment.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 4

this is my tag for day 4 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

holly tag

today’s carol is Deck The Halls. i love everything about Lisa’s tag; she used such pretty colours and the layout was so creative. i painted impression obsession holly with twinkling H2Os die cut from Arches hot press watercolour paper, added red seed and green seed beads from the home spun holidays sparkletz. the mama elephant sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of watercolour paper that was leftover from another project. i finished it off with lawn fawn twine in pink and green.

that’s it for today. i need a rest and your inbox probably does too; until tomorrow anyway.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 3

this is my tag for day 3 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

dog couple under mistletoe tag

Kelly’s tag inspired by I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus! featured a very cute bear couple and my stash of santas is limited so i used the penny black under the mistletoe image. i painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, added stickles to their hats ad liquid pearls to the mistletoe. after attaching to red glitter paper, i enlisted my husband’s help to punch a hole and threaded it with lawn fawn gold glitter twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 2

this is my tag for day 2 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

penny black mouse tag

Ardyth’s tag inspired me with her favorite Christmas Carol, Joy To The World! featuring an adorable and very happy yeti. i started by painting the background with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper die cut with a lawn fawn stitched circle tag die; then i painted this happy penny black mouse. the image had snowflakes already so i just filled them in with stickles.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 1

this is the sixth year i’ve played along with the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas, an event i look forward to.

as a bereaved parent, the holidays are challenging so i like to immerse myself in a creative mess and be inspired by fabulous designers who take me outside my comfort zone. this week was difficult because i had to say goodbye to my sweet grandbunny after 11 years.

rudolph the red nosed reindeer tag

this year’s tags focus on christmas carols and day 1 starts with rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. THERESE CALVIRD’s tag inspired me with her attention to detail, pretty colours and i love the layered tag.

instead of holly, i used trees to frame rudolph; i painted the mama elephant reindeer with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, adding a glow to his nose. i found a white shimmery paper at my favourite art store, currys, that i die cut with a lawn fawn circle tag die and discovered it takes distress ink sponging very nicely. i also learned i could paint on it so i used twinks for the ice, added liquid pearls for snow and popped rudolph on foam tape so he’s flying. finally, i added a small cheery lynn tag die stamped and white heat embossed with mama elephant sentiment and tied with doodlebug twine.

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Flowers All Over At Penny Black and More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so it’s time for a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: flowers all over.

For my design team card, I painted the penny black slapstick cling stamp ‘unfolding’ with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper. The challenge rules are simple – the focal point can be any company’s image as long as it’s hand stamped and fits the theme. There are prizes from generous sponsors Penny Black and Bee Crafty.

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Christmas Kisses

i gave these cute Lawn Fawn tiny gift boxes to one of my specialist’s office staff; they hold one chocolate Lindt truffle or in this case, they’re stuffed with four Hershey kisses.

christmas treat boxes copyright linda snailzpace.com

the papers are doodlebug and i white heat embossed a tiny tag sayings sentiment on the circle die that comes with the die set.

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 65 – FUN WITH DIES! and the Scrapy Land Challenges #126 – Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells; Lawn Fawn.

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Bah Humbug

i was asked to make a christmas card for someone who shares the taylored expressions grumplings’ sense of humour.

bah humbug christmas card copyright linda snailzpace.com

i die cut the circles, sponged them with distress inks and inlaid them after using the taylored expressions Holly embossing folder on the white card panel. i stamped the hum bug from the Calendar Grumplings stamp set and painted the cat from the Fluffy Friends – Holiday stamp set with twinkling H2Os. i added glossy accents to the lights before fussy cutting and die cut the Little Bits Christmas Tree with green glitter paper and inlaid red glitter dots.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Rudolph Days November christmas creation
Cardz 4 Galz #110 Get Ready For Christmas
Cutie Pie Challenge #141 ADD ANIMAL
Fab n Funky #459 – Christmas
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

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A Toast To You

i’m playing along with LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 65 – FUN WITH DIES! and i had a lot of fun creating this card.

i used lawn fawn’s let’s toast stamp set and coordinating dies and followed kelly’s video which was great because i’m a visual learner; first she shows how to create the basic mechanism and then a card. i did find that i had to double up on my foam tape to allow room for movement.

everything was painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and i used lawn fawn’s spring fling 6 x 6 paper pad.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges #126 – Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells; Lawn Fawn
Little Red Wagon #524 – Birthday
Mix It Up Challenge #31 – Anything Goes + Watercolour

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It’s OK

i created another card for the November Paper Smooches Challenge theme of anything goes but it’s also a Design Team Call.

Paper Smooches logo design team call

pink heart on white card base with 'it's ok to not be ok' and 'one day at a time' paper smooches stamps

i started this card by tapping and swiping a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper onto a craft mat sprayed with Dylusions ‘crushed grape’ ink spray and spritzed with water. i stamped the sentiments from the Paper Smooches Inhale Exhale clear stamp set and heat embossed with white embossing powder. to finish it off, i splattered with white paint, used a heart die and offset it on the side of a white card base.

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Mid Month Reminder for Penny Black and More

i’m sharing another design team card for the november Penny Black and More Challenge theme of Christmas.

penny black snowman stamp with hedgie in teal copyright linda snailzpace.com

i custom mixed some twinkling H2Os so i could match the penny black festive and frosty paper and painted this sweet Penny Black wood stamp image, ‘Snowy & Hedgy’ using hot press watercolour paper. i added glitter snow dots, around the image panel and snowy’s hat.

to play along your focal point has to be hand stamped to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Cute or Traditional for Xmas (& why): cute is my favourite just because all those adorable creatures make me smile and they’re fun to colour
Bastel Traum Challenge– Winter/Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz – #109 Let It Snow 
Christmas Crafts All Year Round November – Stockings or other Winter Clothing (hat and scarf)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper November – Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Daisy Chain Challenges – #36 Christmas/Winter
Jingle Belles – must be Christmas – BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE  – MITTENS, SCARFS AND SWEATERS
Little Red Wagon #523 – Use More Than Two Words

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Best Buds Bouquet

i’m playing along with the November Paper Smooches Challenge theme of anything goes but it’s also a Design Team Call.

Paper Smooches logo design team call

floral bouquet card copyright linda snailzpace.com

i painted this paper smooches Best Buds image with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and added some nuvo key lime jewel drops. i rounded the corners and popped the image on foam tape to a piece of studio light designer paper. i left off a sentiment and it’s blank on this inside because that’s what my daughter requested.

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HAPPY GRADUATION!

i just attended my daughter’s graduation ceremony and i am so proud of her; this is the card i created to congratulate her for earning her second university degree.

graduation 2019 card in white and purple copyright linda snailzpace.com

all of the products are from Impression Obsession: numbers (DIE282-T), mini mortar & scroll (DIE281-D) and happy (DIE669-N).

i’m linking this up to: Scrapy Land Challenge #125 where the theme is always ANYTHING GOES using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells (Impression Obsession).

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Sweet Dreams For Penny Black and More

november already – how did that happen? since it’s the first sunday of a new month, it’s time for a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge.

penny black mice dreaming of christmas copyright linda snailzpace.com

if you celebrate christmas, we’d like to see your christmas creations.

i painted this sweet image, a Penny Black wood stamp called ‘dreaming of a white christmas,’ with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper; i fussy cut it to pop on foam tape over the Penny Black die cut floor, coloured with distress inks. to finish it off, i added glossy accents to all the bed posts and i fussy cut the stockings for dimension.

remember your focal point has to be hand stamped to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love. have you started making holiday cards?

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Jingle Belles YETI OR NOT (ANIMAL)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #16 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #606 Christmas/Holidays
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #269 Holiday Cards
Your Next Stamp Challenge #126 – Holiday Wishes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes

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My Sentiments Exactly

it’s time for the October Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by Maureen and I’ve created something different this time for my design team cards.

As a bereaved parent, I searched for years for sentiments that were sensitive to people dealing with grief during the holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to hear that the holiday season is the merriest, most wonderful time of the year because we’re grieving and missing our loved one(s). It can also be hard to keep up with sentimental family traditions because they make us too sad.

I found a few stamps and one die that I felt were suitable; these Christmas cards are a great way to show extra sensitivity towards people who have experienced a loss.

Memory Box Holiday Greenery stamp set:
thinking of you at christmas greenery card copyright linda snailzpace.com

I painted this image with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment, added a thin Burgundy linen cardstock mat and attached it to a matte gold foil yardstick that covered the white base. I spritzed with gold sheer shimmer spray.

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs – Die Thinking Of You At Christmasthinking of you at christmas die cut sentiment floral paper copyright linda snailzpace.com

I used the same burgundy linen cardstock to cut the sentiment and inlaid it on the green dotted holiday paper so it’s nice and flat for mailing.

Visible Image Sentimental Christmas: did not arrive in time to use on a card for this post but I love that it has a ‘thinking of you’ sentiment for the front of a card in a lovely typeface and a verse for the inside as well.

Hero Arts HOLIDAY MESSAGES AND ICONS: also did not arrive in time but I like the ‘thinking of you this time of year’ sentiment.

if you know of any others, please let me know.

visit maureen’s blog for the simple rules to play along.

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Hugs

i enjoyed browsing through the design team blogs in search of inspiration for the Paper Smooches October challenge theme so i made another card.

Jill Hawkins’ card inspired me: she featured this adorable cactus from the paper smooches Comforting Hugs clear stamp set and i love her CAS layout and her attention to detail; i basically cased her card. i painted the cactus with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped it on foam tape to a circle painted and splattered with watercolour paint. i stamped the hearts from the same stamp set and added glossy accents like Jill did.

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Bear Bookmark

i’m playing along with the October 2019 Paper Smooches Challenge to be inspired by the Design Team creations.

 

paper smooches bear bookmark in pink and purple copyright linda snailzpace.com

karin’s bookmark inspired me because of the transition of colours and the comical bird at the bottom. i painted the cute paper smooches bear from the courteous cuties stamp set with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and fussy cut him. i used the same paper smooches bookmark die but i shortened it, sponged it with distress inks and splattered and stamped the sentiment from the same set.

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Pink Prezzie

i’m back with a mid month reminder of the pretty in pink theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge.

Penny Black hedgie copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i used this cute hedgie from the penny black party time stamp set, painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper cut with lawn fawn tag die and added some glitter dots and pink ribbon.

i’m submitting this tag to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ALL THINGS PINK
Scrapy Land Challenges #123 – Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells (lawn fawn)
Daisy Chain Challenge # 35 Pink or Halloween
Craft Rocket Challenge # 64 Pink
Cute Card Thursday #604 Spots & Dots
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #268 Tags or Ornaments

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Blooming Pink

there are a number of challenges using pink for breast cancer awareness this month. i’ve mentioned before that i love pink but i’d like to raise awareness of the think before you pink campaign that “calls for more transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast cancer fundraising, and encourages consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions.” as one who has lived the experience i ask more questions and check more labels; i hope you do too.

on to my card.

pink flower thank you card

i painted the marianne design die cut flower with twinkling H2Os, added a marianne design branch and die cut sentiment from penny black. the dark green card stock and pretty background papers were included in the simon says kit of the month for may but these pretty papers are still available.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ALL THINGS PINK
Scrapy Land Challenges #123 – Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells (penny black)
Daisy Chain Challenge # 35 Pink or Halloween
Craft Rocket Challenge # 64 Pink

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Floral Birthday Card

i needed a birthday card but i wanted to step outside of my comfort zone for a bit of a surprise.

pink floral birthday card copyright linda snailzpace.com

i usually paint images for focal points but this time i cut the memory box verona bouquet from watercolour paper and sponged with distress inks. i also used distress ink for the magenta stencil background and stamped a clearly besotted sentiment.

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Have A Mice Day

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme for you at the Penny Black And More Challenge – Pretty in Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Penny Black mice copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

having lived through cancer, my feelings are strong; i like pink but i loathe corporations using pink ribbons for a feel good promotional tool without actually contributing to the prevention and eradication of the disease. sure, mammograms can detect the disease but if more than 5% of all the millions of dollars raised went into researching prevention, maybe less women and men would be diagnosed in the first place.

on to my card – i painted this penny black image, especially micey, with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper; i thought the lawn fawn quilted background die paired nicely with the embroidery. remember the focal point has to be hand stamped to play along for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Lost Coast Designs and Visible Image Stay Strong stamp.

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin

i’m cutting it close to the deadline for the new Impression Obsession Challenge – Pumpkin Spice!

pumpkin thank you card copyright inda snailzpace.com

i painted the background and pumpkin (CL980 holiday icons) with daniel smith watercolour paints on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment (CL549 more basic greetings) in versafine clair acorn ink and added some brown gingham ribbon. to finish off i sponged the edges of the kraft base with brushed corduroy distress ink.

our canadian thanksgiving is october 14 so this small card will be used then.

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