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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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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Pink Prezzie

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

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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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Penny Black and More Mid September Animals

i’m back with a reminder that there is still time to play along with the Penny Black And More Challenge and the September theme of animals.

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i painted this cute mouse from the Penny Black stamp set Especially Micey with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour 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 and Clever Cut.

i’m playing along with the Crafty Animals challenge #30 – Always Anything Goes.

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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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Happy 10th Birthday Allsorts!

wow, the Allsorts Challenge is celebrating ten years!

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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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Special Birthday Treat

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

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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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Owl Wish You A Happy Birthday

the Lawn Fawnatics challenge 32 is a colour inspiration that i found to be quite challenging because it uses one of my least favourite colours: orange.

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but i like blue and green so i persisted, although i’m not that happy with the results. for a change, i used cold pressed watercolour paper and i guess i’m too used to the hot pressed. anyway, i painted this cute owl from the new lawn fawn critter concert stamp set with tombow markers.

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i die cut a second lawn fawn stitched circle tag, painted it with tombow markers and attached it to the back; the sentiment is from the tiny tag sayings set and the twine was a free gift with my last lawn fawn purchase.

i’m also playing along with the As You Like It Challenge and the Favourite Celebration (&why) theme. i don’t really like celebrations of any kind since my son passed away, but i do like making birthday cards for others because it’s a happier occasion for them and usually whatever i colour makes me smile.

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Birthday Wishes

i need more masculine cards and the Impression Obsession challenge theme of I Sea You inspired me to create this card for my stash.

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i heat embossed the birthday from the IO Wishes (MC657) clear set on a piece of kaisercraft coastal escape paper; die cut the IO Wishes (DIE364-E) from blue shimmer paper and attached two other sections of paper from the same pad.

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Special Wishes

I mixed things up a bit and used alcohol inks on a masculine card.

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i blended alcohol inks on a piece of an elizabeth craft designs shimmer sheetz, embossed it with the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Flourish and then sanded it to reveal the silver core. i cut it into squares and matted each with black glossy cardstock. i masked off part of the impression obsession sentiment and i finished the card off with some designer paper and gold mirri.

i’m playing along with the As You Like It challenge: Favourite type of embossing and why. I love to emboss and sand watercolour paper or shimmer sheetz to reveal some highlights of texture; i am much more successful with this than heat embossing.

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It’s Your Day

the allsorts challenge is marking its 9th birthday with a big celebration so i’m joining in with a birthday card.

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i painted a couple of images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ clear set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper. all the images fit into the my favorite things die-namics die and i added some taylored expressions confetti and a waffle flower celebrate die, layered three times. finally, i added some nuvo crystal drops.

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Anything Goes At Penny Black And More

we’re into may already and since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme for you at penny black and more; i think it’s a big favourite – anything goes, as long as your creation features a hand stamped focal point.

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i made a free standing pop up card that folds flat using this cute hedgie from the penny black cheerful critters clear stamp set. everything is painted with twinkling H2Os; i added two extra balloons and some green stickles to the candle flames.

it’s easy to play along –  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, Crafts U Love, Rare Earth Stamps. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the fabulous creations by my team mates.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

International Art & Soul – #32 Interactive
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Magic
Crafty Animals #14 – Always Anything Goes

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Happy Birthday Surprise!

i went way outside of my comfort zone and created my first peek a boo card with my scor-pal.

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the penny black wood stamp a great surprise! consists of a series of three hedgies but i masked off the centre one since i only needed two for this card. i painted with twinkling H2Os, stamped the lawn fawn sentiment and used some colourful birthday papers for this fun card following this tutorial. as i was making it i thought i’d never do another but when it was finished i changed my mind.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #47 – April Fool Us
Simon Says Wednesday – Birthday
Cute Card Thursday #524 Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps  – Balloons/Bunting/Presents
Craftaholics R Us #14 – Birthday Cards
International Art & Soul  – #30 Card Type You Haven’t Tried Before

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Guest Designing At Challenge Up Your Life

i’m so excited that as a November winner i was invited to join Challenge Up Your Life as a guest designer for the two challenges in January.

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the theme for the next two weeks, for challenge #82, is to create a project using an embossing folder so i embossed this very shiny blue Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz and coloured with permanent markers. to finish off, i added a sentiment and matted it with the shimmer sheetz and some purple mirri. the biggest challenge was taking a good photo without my or my camera’s reflection.

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Happy Birthday

i made another tag with this mama elephant die, but this time using one of the cute penny black cat images.

i painted with twinkling H2Os and attached the front of the tag to some printed paper.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – Happy 8th Birthday!
Cutie Pie Challenge – #111 Cute + Ribbon and Rubber
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – LITTLE CRITTERS
Really Reasonable Ribbon – No.164 Anything But A Card with ribbon/trim
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Skin or Fur Color Combo (and Why); i love painting the penny black cat and hedgie images black/white/pink because the colours coordinate with any other colour.

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Balloon Bunny

i had an idea after i finished yesterday’s tag so i made another one for the ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge with paper smooches.

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i cut the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die from cold pressed watercolour paper, stamped the bunny from the essentials by ellen bear ware set and painted the sky and bunny with Sennelier watercolour paints.

i thought the leftover circles from the paper smooches paint palette die would make balloons for the bunny so i painted them with twinkling H2Os, drew in the balloon strings and added twine.

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Wish Big

i’m playing along with ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge and this time they’re mixing it up with paper smooches.


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i used the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die for the base, splattered it with two different green twinkling H2Os, and added the sentiment from the essentials by ellen wish big clear set.

the candles and flames were created with the paper smooches paint palette die, all painted with twinkling H2Os, and i added clear wink of stella glitter to the flames.

to finish it off i added another tag in the back, painted and splattered with twinkling H2Os, and ribbon.

i’m also playing along with the paper smooches march challenge to use GREENERY (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year)! and my favourite colour.

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Cool Kitty

it seems aqua is a colour i don’t use very often and i was so curious about the aqua ice cream that i was inspired to create another card for the Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge:



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i painted everything with twinkling H2Os on cold pressed watercolour paper. the cute kitty is from the mama elephant page huggers stamp set and was cut with the coordinating die set. i die cut the hill, stamped flowers from the EBE bear ware set and added aqua stickles to the flower centres.

to finish off, i stamped the sentiment from the EBE wish big set and added the fence made from the page huggers coordinating die set pencil; it’s popped on foam tape so the kitty can be removed and used as a bookmark.

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Celebrate Big

i found time to create a card for ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge.


i painted the Ellen Hutson ‘wish big‘ by Julie hippo and sky with twinkling H2Os and used Sennelier watercolour paint for the grass. i added the sentiment, using my precision press, and attached seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane ‘on lilac lane‘ and ‘hello, sunshine‘ jars.

to finish it off, i fussy cut the hat, attached a button, also from the ‘on lilac lane’ jar, added yellow stickles to her toenails and painted the background mat to match.

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Hello Love

i was inspired by the Essentials by Ellen January Pin-Sights Challenge to create a birthday card for my husband.



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the black in three of the photos really stood out for me, especially the gold lettering on black but i also love the pop of yellow next to the blue on the desk. i used stamps from the ‘ALL INSIDE BY JULIE EBERSOLE‘ clear set and heat embossed with wow embossing powder; then i painted a wash of twinkling H2Os for the background, painted in the outline hearts and filled the outline upper case words with a black marker.

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Fueling My Inspiration

i had just enough time to play along with the taylored expressions share joy challenge 50 and this one was a real challenge but i’m happy with the results.

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i wasn’t sure i’d be able to find papers that coordinated with each other but once i finally made my selection, the card came together quickly. this card is off to my brother for his birthday, who is an avid formula 1 fan. i’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll get it in time given the canada post negotiations. i die cut the TE little bits balloons, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added some yellow hemp cord and popped them on with foam tape.

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Colour Wheel Snail

i’m playing along with Lawnscaping Challenge #134: Rainbow Inspired Colours:


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i always have my colour wheel nearby so that was my inspiration for the rainbow coloured snail from the lawn fawn gleeful gardens set; a bit of artistic license because i added gold. fussy cutting is something i don’t do very often due to my RA, but i cut this little cutie out and painted everything with twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer watercolour pencils. the sentiment and banners are from the  lawn fawn birthday tags set.

i’d also like to submit this to simon says work it wednesday challenge: wafer thin dies.

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Birthday Prezzie

this little taylored expression present die is so cute that i created another birthday card with it; i used the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 44: a sketch and clean and simple theme.


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i painted the prezzie with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the dots and bow and popped it on foam tape; i used the sketch on the tag which was then attached to the card and the little flower from the little bits flip flop die fit nicely inside.

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Presents For You

since caring for a family member, i’ve not had much time to create, other than scheduled posts, so i had fun making this birthday card for my daughter. i’m playing  along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 42:


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i painted these cute taylored expressions present die cuts with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the dots, cut the bows with glitter paper, added pretty pink posh gold stars, popped them on foam tape and finished it off with a splattered background.

i’d also like to submit this to simon says work it wednesday challenge: wafer thin dies.

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Penny Black And More Mid Month Reminder – Birthdays!

i’m popping in with a reminder that we’re midway through the birthday theme at the penny black and more challenge blog, so why not get out those penny black stamps, ink them up and join us!

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i watercoloured this cute hedgie image from the penny black ‘wonderful’ set with twinkling H2Os and used a sentiment from the ‘sweet wishes’ set.

i hope you’ll come and 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, there are some fabulous prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Be Creative, Stix 2.
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.
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Make A Wish

the last time i used this adorable teddy image from the Buddly Crafts Birthday Wishes clear stamp set i used neutral colours, so i had fun creating a more feminine card this time.

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as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and used my favourite banner dies to pop the pennants on foam tape; i love these pretty papers from Studio Light by Janneke Brinkman #17. to finish off the card, i added clear glitter on teddy’s hat stars, glossy accents on the plate and punched stars to the border.

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Have A Beary Happy Birthday

i created this card for my dad, who will celebrate his 91st birthday in two weeks, following the MFT sketch challenge.259

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i think this MFT stamp set is adorable and i was so glad to see the birthday sentiment in it. i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and free hand cut the sentiment, attached MFT die-namics banners and some pretty pink posh gold star sequins.

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Toby Sleds

Today I’m sharing a card that features another adorable image from the Buddly Craft clear stamp set Toby Tumble’s Snowy Day; isn’t it cute?


i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, as usual, and used the following supplies, available online at Buddly Crafts:
Kim’s Digi Papers – Silent Night
Marianne Design Creatables Dies – Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings LR0225
Marianne Design Cutting Dies – Christmas Village Decoration Set COL1330

Visit the Buddly Crafts Facebook page and blog for some very creative projects and updates about new products.

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Birthday Balloon

i made this card for a very special someone who loves elephants – happy birthday! you might remember that i used the wplus9 bubble talk elephant on two previous cards and they were so well received that i *had* to get the unforgettable stamp set too.


i had so much fun watercolouring this adorable image; as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and i added clear wink of stella to the balloon for extra shimmer. the tiny stars were randomly stamped in green since the recipient’s favourite colours are purple and green.

i’d like to submit this to the wplus9 Throwback Thursday Challenge #8 – Fair Isle Backgrounds – not exactly the right stamps or colours, but i was inspired to make a CAS card.

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Little Poppet’s Birthday

i have another birthday card to share that i designed for Buddly Crafts using one of the cute images from the clear stamp set Little Poppets Birthday.


as usual, i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, used my favourite banner die to add the stamped candles at the top and added glass effect gel to the icing on the cake; the papers are Kim’s Digi Papers – A Patchwork of Papers – Plum.

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Birthday Wishes

i designed this card for Buddly Crafts using one of the adorable images from the clear stamp set Birthday Wishes.

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i watercoloured the image, embossed background (Marianne Design Embossing Folder – Balloons) and the die cut Marianne Design ‘Special’ Balloon with twinkling H2Os.

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Another Tiny Mouse Celebrates

Today I’m sharing a card that features another adorable little mouse image from the Buddly Craft clear stamp set, Tiny Mouse Celebrates, but this time I used the sentiment that is also included in the set.

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i watercoloured the sky and image with twinkling H2Os and watercolour paints. buddly crafts has quite a selection of digi papers so i used Kim’s Digi Papers – Pretty Mix – Pink with green cardstock and die cut the banners with my favourite Joy! Crafts Cutting Die – Labels & Tags.

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