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

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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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:

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

Spring Fling

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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In The Pink Note Cards

i finally have a bit of time to create, although my project is a quick and easy one.

impression obsession bunny notes copyright linda

the current impression obsession challenge is In The Pink! i made a set of note cards featuring this adorable IO bunny (B20551), painted with twinkling H2Os on hp watercolour paper, and a sentiment from the IO More Basic Greetings (CL549) clear stamp set. to finish them off, i sponged the circle edges with distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Black, White and one Colour
Stamping Sensations – All Things Bright & BEAUtiful

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Guest Designing For Addicted To Stamps

i’m excited to be guest designing for the Addicted To Stamps Challenge and i had a lot of fun creating this card.

bumbly bees copyright linda

the theme for the current challenge is black and white plus one other colour, not counting skin and hair.

i painted this cute inky antics image from the bumbly bees set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and stamped one of the sentiments from the same set. i added clear wink of stella to her wings, a MFT daisy, and yellow stickles on her anklet and sandals. all the papers are from doodlebug.

be sure to pop over to the blog to see the lovely creations from the design team.

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Sea Sponge Stamping

i created a second card for the Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters!

the very talented pam at expressions with heart used a stamp shammy with distress ink blending technique that reminded me of how much fun colouring with a sea sponge is or as i call it, sea sponge stamping.impression obsession umbrella glitter copyright linda

i ‘stamped’ salty ocean distress ink onto 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, die cut the Impression Obsession umbrella (DIE049-A) three times and covered with glitter, which rarely shows on camera. i took another photo of the umbrellas in the sun just to show the sparkle. using the same sea sponge, i stamped mustard seed distress ink on CP w/c paper to create the background. finally, i stamped the Impression Obsession sentiment (B5536).

i’m also playing along with:

Challenge Up Your Life – #90 Watercoloring
Cardz 4 Galz – #70 April Showers

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Pink Daisy Treat Box

this cardstock is very bright pink, which i love, but i think it looks more intense in the photo.

MFT daisy box copyright linda

i used my scor pal and followed the tutorial at pootles’ blog to create this little 2 inch box; the challenge is to find tiny treats to fit inside – maybe a couple of chocolate kisses. i sponged the my favorite things daisy with picked raspberry distress ink, using a creative expressions ‘mini smoothies’ blending sponge, and added flower soft to the centre; the box closes with a magnet.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #46 – All things bright and beautiful
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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Warm Wishes

well i’m off to a slow start this year aren’t i?! and i’m sneaking this card in just before the deadline.

impression obsession warm wishes copyright linda

the impression obsession challenge ‘shiny new year’ inspired me to start creating some QAE (quick and easy) cards that don’t require a lot of painting, which i love, but i also need to build up my stash; not a new year’s resolution, just a goal.

i stamped the sentiment from the IO wishes clear stamp set on some designer paper, used teal foil paper for the wishes die and added a die cut heart from the IO birdhouse die set to make this notecard.

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Warm Fuzzies

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

copyright linda @ fuzzies

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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Cute Koala

i had fun creating this card for the reverse confetti challenge and its august sketch for you to try:reverse confetti sketch challenge august 2017copyright linda @ reverse confetti koala-2

i painted the background, cute koala and tree branches with twinkling H2Os and then fussy cut the branches and popped the image on foam tape. i stamped the small flowers from the same set, die cut with circle dies and also painted them with twinks. i finished it off with stickles to the flower centres.

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IO Sailboats and IO Sale

i’m playing along with  the Impression Obsession challenge and this was a tough one for me: orange and turquoise. wow. after a couple of failed attempts, i managed to complete a card.

copyright linda @ IO sailboats

i painted washes with orange and turquoise twinkling H2Os, cut and painted the IO sailboats and stamped the IO take time sentiment.

i was happy to have won the gift certificate from the last challenge and i found some fabulous sentiment sets in the 50% clearance sale; it’s worth checking out.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add a Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – NAUTICAL
Dies R Us #79 – Anything Goes

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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:

copyright linda @ reverse confetti koala-1

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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Penny Black And More Mid May Reminder

today i’m sharing the DT creation i made for the penny black and more challenge mid month post and this is the beautiful photo and/or colour inspiration we have for you this month:

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copyright penny black hedgie tag inside-2

i used one of the penny black hedgie images from the party time clear set on a mama elephant die and coloured it with colour pencils. the inside sentiment is from the penny black special wishes sentiment set.

you have until may 31 to play along – remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point – just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image. as always, visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies and take a peek at the prizes from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix.

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Hi There

i’m playing along with this month’s ellen hutson mix it up challenge; they’re mixing it up with reverse confetti.

copyright reverse confetti koala

i used one of the cute koala images from the reverse confetti bear hug stamp set, painted everything with twinkling H2Os and added the hi there sentiment from the essentials by ellen all inside stamp set. the image panel is popped on foam tape and i have another clean and simple card for my stash.

i’m also playing along with the little red wagon challenge #393 – punny projects.

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Penny Black And More May

oh my goodness, it’s may already! and since it’s the first sunday of the month, it’s time for me to share my DT card for the monthly penny black and more challenge. we have a beautiful  photo and/or colour inspiration for you:

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i was inspired to use this sweet Penny Black stamp, ‘A Tender Hug.’ i painted the sky and image with twinkling H2Os and added yellow stickles to the flower centres.

you have until may 31 to play along – remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point – just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

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Mixing Up CAS

i was curious about the CAS Mix Up Challenge because, to me, mixed media is a collage with layers of, obviously, different media; then i realized i’ve made cards like this before.

i’m playing along with this month’s theme of stamping + ghosting + your choice from a list of mixed media techniques and products.

linda @ cas mix media1

my choices were gesso, stencilling and nuance powders.

i started by creating all the backgrounds with magenta’s nuance powders and watercolour paper and adding the butterflies with gesso and a magenta stencil. then i randomly stamped magenta silhouette leaves all over the background. i stamped the sentiment, also magenta, die cut it and layered it four times.

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Cracking Me Up

i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 49: a sketch and colour combination.

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copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 49

i created this card for my husband; as a person with a disability, i rely on him for a lot of help. lately, i’ve been dealing with extra health issues and he always knows when i need a laugh. i used two different blue distress inks to paint the sky and i used twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer water pencils to watercolour the cute image from the easter doodles stamp set, no link found.

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i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 45: a sketch and/or colours that are just so pretty!


copyright linda @ taylored expressions sketch45

i’m a cloud watcher and i love painting skies; this one was painted with my twinkling H2Os and i used all the inspiration colours – the orange is in the flower centres on the flip flops.

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Happy Hello

i’m playing along with the Wplus9 Get Sketchy Challenge #3:

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i started this card with the washi tape on the bottom and painted cold press watercoloured paper with a yellow twinkling H2O. the stars from the wplus9 whole lotta happy dies were die cut with hot press watercolour paper and also painted with twinkling H2Os with some wink of stella for extra sparkle. the wplus9 hand lettered hello was die cut four times and i used scor pal tape and glitter for the top layer. finally, i added some pretty pink posh clear sequins and seed beads.

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Thinking Of You

the colour combination at the wplus9 Pure Color With Kara: #3 Stamping Text Over Stamped Images is one i rarely use so i had to try it. besides, i don’t have enough wplus9 stamps yet to try the technique; will have to fix that.

you might remember seeing this adorable wplus9 elephant before and you’ll probably be seeing more of him since one family member loves elephants.


i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and Sennelier watercolour paints, die cut both images and popped them on foam squares.

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House Of Cards September

it’s hard to believe, but it’s the first of september so time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge; we’d like you to stitch it up and use either real or faux stitching on your creation.



i watercoloured this cute hedgie from penny black’s clear stamp set ‘tiny wishes’ with twinkling H2Os, used stitched circle dies and a stitched rectangle die for the lawn fawn sentiment; sewing is a hobby i gave up because of my RA. just because my husband appreciates my sense of humour, this card is for our anniversary.

be sure to visit the blog to see some creative projects from the rest of the team and remember – tutorials will be posted throughout the month for even more inspiration.

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