Spring Wishes

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and the Pick a Holiday (any holiday!) theme.

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maybe spring isn’t a holiday, but it should be! what better way to celebrate the end of all that snow, cold temperatures and dreary skies. one of the IO design team members used a spring card, so i thought it was ok to use the spring wishes sentiment. i started this card by painting the sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and painted the chicks and eggs; each is an individual stamp (Sarah Phelps CL212). i finished it off by stamping the spring (MC657) and painting the die cut wishes (DIE364-E).

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #461 – New Beginnings, technically, it’s spring
Dies R Us Challenge #94 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – anything goes, option rainbow

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You Come To Mind

if you follow me, you know my shoulder has been sore; it needs to be replaced but i’m putting that off for as long as i can because of the rehab time. creating and computer use are limited but when i saw the impression obsession challenge theme was clean and simple, i thought i could manage it and i did.

IO verse copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com

i sponged distress inks onto cold press watercolour paper, spritzed, stamped the IO sentiment, you come to mind (D9772) and attached it to a white card base measuring 3.5 by 5 inches.

i’m also playing along with the just add ink challenge #399 theme of just add water.

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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 snailzpace.wordpress.com

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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Candy Cane Treat

I wanted a festive way to present a candy cane so I came up with this:

impression obsession holly.copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i stamped the IO holly leaves (retired) and sentiment from the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp with versafine olympia green ink, coloured with watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the berries.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects, the Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green and the last Rudolph Days Challenge for 2017.

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Christmas Chickadee

i’m rushing now to complete my holiday to do list since a number of doctor appointments are interfering with my creative play time.

impression obsession chickadee.copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com-1

i’ve had this beautiful IO Holly Chickadee (E7024) for eight years now and don’t use it as often as i should. it really is quick and easy to colour; this time i coloured with watercolour pencils and stamped the IO Enjoy the Splendour (D6165) in black ink. a perfectly flat card to mail.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and also these challenges:
Happy Little Stampers CAS November – Christmas – must be Clean and Simple
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Anything Goes + option : Tag
Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green.

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Christmas Tree Notecard

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and i’ve been working on plenty of those.
impression obsession trees.copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com

this is a notecard made with the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp set; i bought it for 50% so maybe it’s retired because i couldn’t find a link to the IO shop. i coloured with watercolour pencils, added red and yellow stickles and covered the trees with clear wink of stella.

i’m also playing along with these christmas themed challenges:

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Autumn Leaves

our trees are almost bare but just like some of the leaves i’m hanging on to my favourite season so i really enjoyed creating this card. besides, i need a break from mass producing christmas items.

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the IO maple leaves (DIE030-S) were cut, painted with twinkling H2Os and attached in a circle to paper that i swiped with distress inks to create the look of woodgrain. i cut the thanks from the IO greetings set (DIE174-W) five times in dark brown and attached it.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Impression Obsession – Falling Leaves (fall themed)
Allsorts  – Colours of Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks #376 Give Thanks
Come and Get It – Thank you/Thankful

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You’re Invited

i created this invitation for the Impression Obsession challenge and their ‘you’re invited’ theme.

i painted the background and image from the IO when life clear set with twinkling H2Os, stamped the sentiment from the IO Invitations/announcements clear set, and stamped the cobwebs, also from the when life set, around the border.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE (halloween or dark colours); this is as dark-sided as i get for halloween
HLS October Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes, optional twist gold

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Trick Or Treat Tags

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and its ‘harvest hellos’ theme where they would like to see Fall or Halloween (or even those colors) projects.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com. impression obsession trick or treat-1

i die cut the IO Trick or Treat Die (DIE342-A) to create these tags, using both the negative cuts and the positive. the backgrounds were made with distress inks and splattered with black twinkling H2Os – quick, easy and fun.

i’m also playing along with Scrapy Land Challenges #73 Anything with a Die and they also carry the IO die.

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Silly Squirrels

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and its ‘so very thankful’ theme.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com. impression obsession squirrels

i used the IO Dies: leafy branch DIE055-N (pretend it’s a tree), and squirrel set DIE213-D and painted everything with twinkling H2Os. the squirrels and acorns are popped on foam tape and the sentiment is from the More Basic Greetings CL549 clear set. i attached the watercolour paper panel to an A2 card base and this card goes to my husband.

we have these silly squirrels racing around our back yard to find hiding spots for food only i’m not sure they’re the same squirrels that find it.

i’m also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp, where Anything Goes and Shopping Our Stash #318 Your Favorite Season – mine is fall for the cooler temperatures, the colours, hot chocolate and baking comfort food. :)

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Love Never Melts

i’m still progressing with my new knee, which has to be a priority, although spending almost three hours daily on rehab doesn’t leave me a lot of time to create.

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com impression obsession love snow couple

so i really enjoyed losing myself in painting this sweet image from impression obsession: Eskimo Kisses F6884 for the impression obsession challenge – love is in the air! i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os, created the background with magenta nuance powders and added stickles to the hats and the snow heart.

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Case-ing A CAS Card

one of my house of cards challenge teamies, monika, is celebrating her birthday throughout april by asking participants to case one of her cards displayed in her post and join her LINKY PARTY for a chance to win the prize of a 25$ gift voucher to a store you like.

of course i had to case this cute bunny card:

z Easter Bunny 1

impression obsession bunny thanks

i used impression obsession dies for the bunny, flowers and sentiment, created the background with distress inks, painted the flowers with twinkling H2Os and added yellow stickles to the centres.

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Penny Black And More September – Autumn Colours

it’s the first sunday of september and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge. this month, we’d like to see autumn colours. for my DT card, I stamped the penny black autumn tree cling stamp and watercoloured it with derwent inktense pencils; i used twinkling H2Os for the sky, ground and the die cut letters, which are impression obsession.

penny black fall tree

be sure to visit the blog to see what my talented team mates have created and to check out the prizes on offer. remember, you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. thanks for popping by.

Bunny Thank You

one of my daughter’s bunnies had a couple of teeth pulled so i made this card for her to give to one of the vets; he’s a specialist. the impression obsession challenge is clean and simple which is perfect – a masculine CAS card is all i needed. i coloured the background and the IO resting rabbit (D8380) with twinkling H2Os, traced over the grass with a derwent inktense pencil and added flower soft to his tail.

i’m also playing along with 101: watercolour and this week’s theme is fun time; i always enjoy losing myself in my watercolouring.


Impression Obsession Resting Rabbit

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Colours of Summer

i created this card for the impression obsession challenge – colours of summer and i was inspired by IO design team member kittie; she creates beautiful scenes with so much dimension and attention to detail.


i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os and also painted some swatches of twinks to die cut the small bird set DIE154-A and the flowers and leaves using the petals from the hydrangea set DIE044-Y. i lightly sponged two of the bunnies from the rabbit set DIE168 and used some woodgrain paper to die cut the birdhouse set DIE156-H. i added colour to the bunnies with derwent inktense pencils, yellow stickles to the flower centres and strips of green corrugated paper. thanks for popping by.

Twinkling Hydrangea

the impression obsession challenge is ‘favourite technique’ and mine is watercolouring. i used twinkling H2Os to create a wash on some watercolour paper to die cut the petals with the IO hydrangea die (DIE044-Y); i painted the leaves and using the same twinks, i painted the edges of watercolour paper to create the mat and had fun splattering the leftovers on cardstock. finally, i added blue stickles to the petal centres.

i’m also submitting this card to these other challenges:
stamp and create – ready for spring
little red wagon – #226 yearning for spring!
virginia’s vew challenge #1 – watercolouring
loves rubberstamps – anything goes

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Autumn Colours

we’re starting to see the leaves changing colours and they’re just so pretty, vivid and inspiring; perfect for the colours of fall impression obsession challenge theme. i stamped the I.O. quote, D5529, onto white cardstock and sponged it and the patterned paper with distress inks. all the leaves, DIE030-S and DIE095-D were die cut from leftover watercolour paper that was already coloured with twinkling H2Os for another fall card i made; i just sponged the edges.

i was lucky enough to be the random winner of the $25.00 gift certificate from impression obsession just by playing along with their challenge last month so i chose something for spring because i saw some very cute cards by the design team…


something for fall because i love the larger leaves die i already have and i’m impressed with how deeply they emboss, even the tiniest…

and something for winter because i love snowmen and this snowman on the ground has been on my wish list for some time.


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COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED HERE SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; a card with fall colours and leaves in the background with one die cute maple leaf in the centre and black die cut letters on the bottom spelling thanks
welcome to a new follower! thank you for taking an interest in what i create.

i haven’t had much time lately to create or comment: DH has been on vacation and we’ve had day trips, out of town visits to family, i’ve had volunteer work, commissions, taking classes, and prepping a class to teach. there are never enough hours in the day and since fatigue is a big part of my RA, i can’t always accomplish as much as i’d like.

anyway, this is my DT card for papercraft cafe; i used the same impression obsession die cut stencil i made for a recent card, but i added the memory box die cut letters instead of stamping on this one and the colours are a bit different. thanks for popping by; i hope to find time soon to pop by all those bloggers who inspire me, make me smile, and take time to comment.

Gift Card Pocket Card

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED HERE SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; gift card pocket card in blue and rust with a thanks so much sentiment
i haven’t had much time for papercrafting lately, but i thought i could make a quick and easy project for the impression obsession die challenge this week; the paper looked like denim so this is what i came up with. i used the house die DIE009-Z, trimmed a bit off the bottom and flipped it to make a pocket, then i cut another one, trimmed it, scored along the edges and popped it on foam tape to hold a gift card. i stamped the sentiment from clear set CL41 and added some gold dots that were die cut from the largest of the snowflake die set DIE024-X because i didn’t have just the right size punches. i added the faux stitching with a fine marker. thanks for popping by.

Colours Of Summer

card with resting bunny in grass and clover with blue, green and burgundy papers and a sentiment of enjoy a relaxing day
this is my entry for the impression obsession challenge – the colours of summer; i went with blue skies, green grass, the colour of crabapple blossoms and the colour of our backyard bunnies that hide under a shrub. i coloured the D8380-CLING resting rabbit with distress inks and added flower soft to the tail and to create clover and added a sentiment from the CL255 riding pretty set. the sheer blue flower is from my stash and i punched the centre from the matching paper and sponged the edge with distress ink. i couldn’t take a photo of this card yesterday because those other dark gloomy colours of summer appeared, along with a thunderstorm. when i checked my updates last night, i read that impression obsession is having a blog hop with flower soft; honestly, my DH will verify that my card was done yesterday – too funny. anyway, gift certificates will be given out for Impression Obsession and Flower Soft so you might want to check that out.

i’m also submitting this card to a little bit crafty challenge where the theme is something sweet; i know, sweet treats and candy come to mind, but bunnies are the sweetest creatures. thanks for popping by.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

floral thank you card in pink, green and ivory
i’ve been very busy with volunteering so i haven’t had much time to create lately, but i managed to make this card for the impression obsession challenge to ‘bloom where you are planted.’ i coloured the image from the Spring Medley CL465 set with twinkling H2Os, distress inks and stickles; the sentiment is from the Thanks Sentiments CL41 set. i rounded the corners, added a bow and it’s another thank you card for my stash. thanks for popping by.

In The Air

card with two chickadees on a branch, a hanging birdhouse and a home is where the heart is wording
i created this card for the Impression Obsession challenge; this week’s theme is in the air. i used the chickadee stamp, C8589, die cut with the matching birds die, DIE003-A, made branches out of the stems of the hydrangea set die, DIE044-Y, and also used the hydrangea set die for the flowers. i stamped the birdhouse from the winter cardinal set CL301, (very cute and half price!) cut it out and popped it on foam squares; everything is coloured with distress inks, twinkling H2Os and watercolour pencils and of course i added green stickles to the flower centres after i sponged the edges of them. the paper sections on the bottom were cut from some DP. thanks for popping by.

I’m Thankful For

house shaped card in beige, red and turquoise with front door and two windows die cut, a row of flowers at the bottom of the house and a rolled up newspaper at the front door
while i have many things i’m thankful for, i’m focusing on just one for this week’s impression obsession challenge. as i’ve mentioned before, i have severe RA, which makes daily living activities difficult, not to mention how the fatigue slows me down; however, DH is a tremendous help around the house and he always supports my need to create and encourages me along my card making journey. so, even though he has a stash of my cards, i made this shaped card for him. i used two impression obsession dies from my recent IO blog hop win: DIE009-Z the house and hydrangea for the flowers, which i sponged. i also used the door and window die, added a gold pearl for the doorknob and a rolled up piece of text paper for the newspaper. thanks for popping by.

Impression Obsession Challenge Card And Prize

orange card with two yellow and orange daisies
i created this card for the current impression obsession challenge of ‘flowers for you.’ i heat embossed the double daisies E88925 stamp in white, coloured with distress inks and added the wish you sunshine sentiment B5536 on the side panel.

i was very lucky to have won a prize during the impression obsession blog hop last month so i thought i’d share a photo of my choice of three dies:

photo of three impression obsession dies

of course i had to get the hydrangea stamp set to go with the matching die…

impression obsession hydrangea cling rubber stamp set

and then some bird dies to go with the house…

impression obsession bird die

and some miscellaneous stamps to go with all of the above. thanks for popping by.

Springtime Fun

card with bunny planting carrots and sentiment with oh happy day!
i’m playing along with the ‘springtime fun’ challenge at impression obsession; i thought this gardening bunny having fun in his carrot garden suited the theme – i’m still trying to decide if he’s planting or digging up. i coloured the image, Easter Bunny CL212, with distress ink pads and added a sentiment from Mini Messages MC176. thanks for popping by.

My Favourite Technique

copyright linda @ snail's space and described here for people with disabilities; christmas card with large pink poinsettia on green background with pink border and pink, orange and green striped strip along the right hand side of the card
the impression obsession challenge is your favourite technique – mine is colouring with any dye or water based products; i coloured this impression obsession poinsettia H8301 with distress inks and twinkling H2Os and i also used some of my other favourites: pink and green, stickles, texture and making christmas cards. the sentiment, enjoy the splendor D6165, is also an impression obsession stamp. thanks for popping by.

What’s Your Hobby?

butterflies in spring colours with a pink rose at the bottom right
in response to the current impression obsession challenge question, my one and only hobby is card making, specifically, stamping and colouring. severe RA (rheumatoid arthritis) forced me to give up all of my creative outlets until i discovered i could stamp and colour, which is my favourite technique. i love colouring with a traditional paint brush and anything dye based, especially distress inks, which is how i coloured this impression obsession Butterfly Group F8123 stamp. thanks for popping by.

Shades Of Green

card in green with flowers and wishing you many lovely tomorrows sentiment
welcome to my newest follower and thank you for taking an interest in what i do! i created this card for the impression obsession challenge of shades of green. i don’t usually put sentiments on the fronts of my cards – they’re crooked (stamp positioner won’t work with curved blocks), they smudge because of my hands and uneven pressure or they just don’t fit in. this impression obsession stamp, #C8559, is so pretty that i wanted it to be the focal point. after i die cut the flowers, i sponged the edges with shabby shutters distress ink and added some stickles and punched leaves. thanks for popping by.

Winter Cardinals


i created this card for my husband’s birthday at the end of the month; we’re lucky enough to see cardinals year round and no matter what season it is their beautiful colours stand out. i coloured the impression obsession cardinals, K7017, with distress ink pads, as usual, and i’m submitting it to the impression obsession challenge of ‘your choice,’ the hotshot craft CAS challenge, and also the allsorts CAS challenge.  thanks for popping by.

Pink Daisies For Class

this is the other card that i taught yesterday in my watercolouring with distress inks class at papercraft cafe.  i only had two participants this time, but it allowed for more individual attention.  it was a lot of fun; the ladies were so enthusiastic and it was nice to see how happy they were with their cards. the impression obsession daisies were over stamped with the penny black text background and the punched border is made with my new ek success punch; i love it.  thanks for popping by.