Just Peachy

i’m playing along with the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 274 and, as usual, mine is a literal interpretation.


MFT flower copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com.

i did change one thing though – instead of my usual watercoloured image, i used an MFT blueprint flower die as the focal point. i’ve been practicing making crinoline flowers, thanks to the very talented Tammy Tutterow and her step-by-step tutorial.

the square and this flower are coloured with pink and yellow distress inks that mixed together to create a nice orange, which is my least favourite colour, but this one’s more peachy so i like it. i added flower soft to the die cut centre; i used the Die-Namics Dainty Lace Border Die and decided to not discard the remaining piece and use it to offset the lace. to finish it off, i attached the flower to a MFT stitched circle and added the sentiment.

thanks for popping by.

Rudolph Day – March 2012

christmas card featuring a penguin holding a red poinsettia
i know it’s a bit early to think about christmas cards, especially with all this summer-like weather we’ve been having, but Sandra’s Rudolph Day Challenge is the perfect reminder to set one day a month aside to work on your holiday cards. by november, you’ll have a nice stash and you won’t panic; well not about cards anyway. i’m also submitting this to the ABC Christmas Challenge – ‘F is for Furry and/or Feathered Friends.’ i coloured the image with distress inks, added flower soft to his hat and layered up the poinsettia. thanks for popping by.

Hoppy Holidays

christmas tag featuring frog with red and green trim
hoppy holidays seems like an appropriate greeting for everyone; it’s better than my bah humbug, right? i’ve had this cute penny black frog for almost two years; i coloured him with aquamarkers and distress inks, added flower soft to the hat and stickles for snow. i’m submitting it to the following challenges:
penny black saturday – make a tag
one crazy stamper – christmas/holiday
flower soft – happy holidays
crimbo crackers – snowflakes
oldie but goodie – christmas animals

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card with scared black cat hanging on to jack o lantern balloon with three bats nearby
i love these penny black critters that float around hanging onto a balloon string. as usual, the images are watercoloured with distress inks with black flower soft added to all the solid parts of the cat, black stickles on the bats and glossy accents on the balloon. the sentiment strip is actually ribbon. thanks for popping by.

i’m submitting this to the following challenges:
allsorts – halloween
flower soft – to use flower soft on cards that feature orange and black
paper sundaes – i chose black and sparkle from the sundae bar
penny black saturday – too cute to spook
ribbon carousel – halloween.

Teddy’s Fall Fun

teddy laying on his back playing in fall leaves it’s been a week since i posted, so i’m playing catch up again; i created this card for three challenges: allsorts bear with us; flower soft fall fun and, for the first time, iheart2stamp’s sketch for you to try (posted below). as always, teddy’s watercoloured with distress inks and i added autumn flower soft and punched leaves. it’s so gloomy today that it’s hard to take a brighter photo; maybe i need a new camera. thanks for popping by.

Guest Designer Card

i am so excited to be a guest designer for the penny black at allsorts challenge this month! not only do i love penny black stamps and the monthly pace, but then i found out it was for an inspiration challenge, which i also love.

photo of fall trees in a park with a red bench and fallen leaves on the ground
this beautiful inspiration photo captures the start of what is my favourite season – finally, cooler temperatures and those rich colourful landscapes.

teddy sitting under a fall tree with three bluebirds delivering cards to him for his birthday
i watercoloured the image with distress inks, added autumn flower soft to the tree, cut and popped the envelopes and of course i added stickles to the flower centres. so, ink up those penny black stamps and submit them by the 28th for a chance to win some lovely prizes. thanks to the penny black at allsorts team and thanks for popping by.

Daisy Chain Mice

a row of mice making a daisy flower chain with a pink border on rectangle card
this is my second post today; i’m trying to focus on creating so the pain from my tooth extraction is less noticeable. i made this for the flower soft challenge to create a rectangle card and for the touchy feely theme at the penny black saturday challenge. i watercoloured the image and sky with distress inks, used flower soft on the flowers and grass, yellow stickles in the flower centres and popped the matted image on foam tape. thanks for popping by. 

Bright Lanterns

card with three patio lanterns in bright pink, green and orange with celebration time sentiment
the flower soft challenge to use bright colours was a real challenge for me, since i tend to use pastels a lot. i cut the lanterns out of DP and added the ultrafine citrus flower soft to the two lanterns on the left and the peony pink to the one on the right. i may have created a new use for flower soft – the garland. the white base is covered in a bright pink foil paper.  i’m also submitting this to flutterby wednesday – open theme and wee memories – summertime theme.  thanks for popping by.

In Loving Memory

teddy holding bouquet of flowers with bright striped background, yellow bow and ribbon and yellow glitter dots
i made this card for my son, who passed away two years ago today and it just feels natural to me to continue to make cards to honour him, especially because he always encouraged me along my creative pursuits. besides, so much has changed since that horrific day that my card making is probably the only thing that feels natural; everything else just feels out of whack – maybe it always will.  i miss him and think of him daily, but with my birthday last saturday and father’s day tomorrow, it’s been an overwhelming week. teddy is watercoloured and i added flower soft to the flower centres and for the grass.  i’m submitting this card to the flower soft floral challenge.

thanks for popping by. i always appreciate everyone’s comments, but depending on what kind of day i’m having, i sometimes don’t get around to commenting as often as i should.

Fruit Punch

fruit punch in a glass with an orange slice edged with flower soft
this week’s flower soft challenge, #27,  is sweet treats (anything food related), so the orange slice is my taste of sweetness with flower soft on the edge. i also used white polar soft on the rim of the glass, which is full of fruit punch. i watercoloured the images and cut out and popped the orange. thanks for looking.

Hey, Ewe!

ewe covered in flower soft for texture with hey, ewe sentiment
this week’s penny black saturday challenge theme is recycling. the green plaid corners and border are leftover pieces from last week’s pbsc card; plus, wool is recycled from sheep.  :)  my friend, anne, knows how much i love penny black stamps, so she sent me this stamp at christmas – thanks, anne!  i watercoloured the ewe and covered it in flower soft. i stamped the head twice, popped it on top and added flower soft grass. the sentiment is hand printed with a marker.

i’m also submitting this to the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge and two Flower Soft challenges: the March monthly and the furry friends weekly. thanks for popping by.

Where Are Those Eggs?

teddy with bunny ears and chick walking under teddy in search of eggs
this month’s forever friends challenge is to create a card without using designer papers, which is how i started making cards; but i’ve been using papers more and more, so it actually was a challenge! everything in the image panel is watercoloured and flower soft was added to teddy’s tail. i’m also submitting this to the flower soft monthly and easter challenges and the spotted canary spring challenge at splitcoaststampers. thanks for popping by.

Spring Is Almost Here!

spring bouquet square image on embossed square background with gold ribbon and gold pearls
the days are getting longer and spring is almost here; that’s what i’m wishing anyway.  this week’s flower soft challenge is ‘in the garden,’ so i watercoloured this floral image, added gold flower soft to the flower centres and popped it on an embossed piece of card stock that was distressed around the edges. the embossing folder and gold ribbon are part of a christmas gift from my friend, anne ryan – thanks anne!  i added the gold pearls to the ribbon and it was done – a quick and easy card. thanks for popping by.

Snow Fun

snow couple with christmas tree and present
i made this card for flower soft challenge #16 – think snow! i watercoloured the snow couple, added flower soft snowflakes and snow on the ground and popped it onto a swiss dot embossed piece that i sponged with distress inks. the snowflake circle was popped on the circle sentiment and the ribbon was tied on. this is a small card that measures 3 1/2″ by 4 1/4″. thanks for popping by.

Glowing Candles

three christmas candles surrounded by greenery
i made this for the flower soft challenge 15 – make a quick and easy card, which this was. i stamped the sentiment in green on the flower soft topper, added vintage flower soft to the greenery and stickles to the flame and surrounding glow. i matted the topper with a shimmery copper card stock, distressed the edges of a ready made folded card and attached the matted topper. thanks for popping by.

Candy Cane Teddy

teddy with candy cane and bird
i created this card for a couple of challenges. this week’s penny black saturday challenge is “all my favourite things.”   i love to watercolour my images, i used stickles on the berries and for snow, glossy accents on the candy cane and holly leaves (i love holly), ribbon, flower soft, textured paper, punches and peeloffs. whew! i don’t normally use them all in one card, but it was fun trying to see if i could.  the penny black at allsorts monthly challenge is “it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas,” and the penny black designers showcased cards on the inside and outside this week, so i was inspired to do that too.  finally, this is for the flower soft challenge at splitcoaststampers.inside of teddy card with holly punched border
i used my new MS holly punch around the page and continued the peeloffs on the inside, which came in handy after several failed attempts to stamp a sentiment.  thanks for popping by.