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.

thanks for popping by.

Sunshine Wanted

well i’m very slowly making my way to my craft room while i’m recuperating and getting used to my christmas present – a new knee. my surgeon and physiotherapist are both quite pleased with my progress, but i admit i’m getting a little impatient with my recovery. and these gloomy days do nothing for my mood!

anyway, i managed to create a quick and easy CAS card for ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge.


copyright linda @ wordpress.com.sunshine

i stamped the ellen hutson ‘all inside’ by Julie sentiments with my precision press and die cut the avery elle sun icon (couldn’t find a link; maybe retired) from fun foam to stamp it. the lettering was coloured with faber castell albrecht durer watercolour pencils and wink of stella clear pen. finally, i added some yellow stickles to the sun.

thanks for popping by.

Spontaneous Fun

my colouring of images is usually controlled, but i was inspired by this week’s CASE Study challenge to play with my twinkling H2Os more spontaneously. i love the watercoloured panel of brightly coloured circles by muse shari carroll so i started by die cutting bubble wrap in three different circle sizes – not all of them popped through the big shot, which is how i ended up with solid and splotchy circles; besides, the plastic resisted the paint in spots. the circle edges were painted freehand.


i die cut and shaped two spellbinders rose creations flowers and splattered them with the twinks and went back to my controlled painting to create the lavender wash and die cut a rectangle. the memory box hello and the flower centre were die cut with yellow designer paper and everything was matted and layered. for me, it was more about the process than the end result. thanks for popping by.

Inspired By Colours

christmas card in maroon, green and ivory with sentiment as focus on front the colours in this print inspired me to create this very easy christmas card, which will start my stash for next year.

christmas cactus in bloomthis is a christmas cactus that i gave to my mother-in-law so many years ago that i can’t even remember; it came back to us after she passed away last spring. it didn’t bloom last christmas, which didn’t surprise me because my houseplants never seemed to last long, so i was shocked to see three buds this year.

anyway, thanks for popping by; i really appreciate it. wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.

Inspiration Challenge Guest Designer Card

blue and pink floral bouquet with pink bow and lace trim on bottom of card
i’m excited to be a guest designer for the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers this week. i’ve either been away on weekends or too busy to play, but i love the challenge; stephanie is the hostess with the mostest and always finds interesting sites for us to visit. this week we’re browsing the liberty london site, where i found my inspiration in the colours of this fabric i watercoloured with distress inks, added stickles to the flower centres, some lace and ribbon and sponging and i was done. thanks for popping by and hope you get a chance to play along.

Typographical Greeting

christmas text red and green

this is my second christmas without my son, so i’m losing myself in card making and having a very untraditional christmas. this was one of two cards i made yesterday. the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers took us to an album cover site; i loved the typography section so i finally found a use for this text paper. thanks for popping by.

Sparkling Snowflakes

white christmas card with purple snowflake wreath and silver glitter mats

i was inspired to use this penny black snowflake wreath and silver glitter mat because of this week’s moxie fab world: tuesday trigger. every dot of the image has been covered with stickles, although they’re not showing up in the photo; it’s overcast. i’ve been enjoying making purple christmas cards, so when i saw the colour, i just had to make another card for my stash. thanks for popping by. i’m also submitting this to the simon says challenge – christmas but no red or green, and the christmas theme at the paper players.

Scaled Down

i finally decided to participate in the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger.  sometimes i spend more time looking than creating, but not today. i used the inspiration photo to create this card. the colours and texture of the flowers inspired me because there are two koi ponds in the entrance to our favourite chinese restaurant.

the fish are peel offs that i watercoloured; i added their bubbles, sponged the edges and popped it onto mesh layered on black card stock. the blue card stock was embossed, lightly sanded and attached to the base, which was wrapped with floss and a charm.  i’m also submitting this to the simon says challenge to create a masculine card with a charm – this is for my husband, just because. thanks for popping by.