In Loving Memory

I know I say this every year, but it’s hard to believe it’s now 12 years ago today that my son passed away from brain cancer and every year I’ve made a card in his memory with a memory of mine.

this year, I’m focusing on the closeness of big brother and his little sister. as a homeschooling family, we had more time for creative outlets and embracing our imagination. oh my goodness, the adventures they had and the stories they would tell were always entertaining and so detailed! for a long time there was a fascination with woolly mammoths, so as soon as I saw mama elephant’s mammoth love set, I had to grab it – I feel like it depicts my two children so well. I’m not a big fan of realism, but my memories took me there and I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the process of painting while I created this card.

mama elephants mammoth love copyright Linda snailzpace.com

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Have A Good Sleep

it’s world sleep day, “an annual, global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep.”

I don’t think these little guys have any sleep issues.

painted sloth bookmarks

I fussy cut the mama elephant sloth agenda characters, painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper. they were attached to green striped bases, cut with the mama elephant bookmark dies and stamped sentiments from the mama elephant good reads stamp set. the stack of books images is from the book worm set.

I’m playing along with these challenges:

Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #303 Itty Bitty
As You Like It Challenge Favourite Way To Cut Your Image (& Why) I like to fussy cut, but only if I use my arthritis-friendly tonic spring loaded scissors and because I can decide how much of a border I do or do not want to have.

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Snow Bun Fun

this is the card that I made a set of eight for my daughter to send to her fellow animal lovers for the holidays.

santa and snow bunnies card 👮‍♀️ right Linda snailzpace.comy

I have to thank Keeway for this design; I loved her card but i made mine a bit smaller so i could just focus on bunnies. the sky was sponged and the bunnies were painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped on foam tape.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 9

my tag for Day 9 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 9 – Holly Jolly Christmas with Carly Tee Minner. Carly’s bold ‘holly jolly’ tag reinforced the lyrics already staying in my head: ‘say hello to friends you know and everyone one you meet.’

snowman tag in green and violet copyright linda snailzpace.com

so I used the mama elephant hello die, layered to make it look like snow on the top edge, added a Penny Black sticker (retired) and I used the same green card stock to cut the hanger, once again from the Ellen Hutson snow globe die. I finished it off with some Lawn Fawn hemp.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 1

this is the sixth year i’ve played along with the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas, an event i look forward to.

as a bereaved parent, the holidays are challenging so i like to immerse myself in a creative mess and be inspired by fabulous designers who take me outside my comfort zone. this week was difficult because i had to say goodbye to my sweet grandbunny after 11 years.

rudolph the red nosed reindeer tag

this year’s tags focus on christmas carols and day 1 starts with rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. THERESE CALVIRD’s tag inspired me with her attention to detail, pretty colours and i love the layered tag.

instead of holly, i used trees to frame rudolph; i painted the mama elephant reindeer with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, adding a glow to his nose. i found a white shimmery paper at my favourite art store, currys, that i die cut with a lawn fawn circle tag die and discovered it takes distress ink sponging very nicely. i also learned i could paint on it so i used twinks for the ice, added liquid pearls for snow and popped rudolph on foam tape so he’s flying. finally, i added a small cheery lynn tag die stamped and white heat embossed with mama elephant sentiment and tied with doodlebug twine.

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So Thankful

it’s now been one month since my new hip and for the first time since surgery, i got out today! even if it was only to my follow up doctor’s appointment. :)

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com mama elephant mouse bookmark-1

i wanted to thank the home visiting nurse who followed up with my unexpected severe reaction to adhesive so i created this card for her, mostly in blues just like her uniform.

i painted the adorable mouse and envelope with twinkling H2Os, both from the mama elephant page huggers stamp set, die cut with the coordinating dies, and popped the die cut box on foam tape; both it and the sentiment were die cut from blue corrugated paper. finally, i die cut the scallop frame and attached it to a white base.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – RED WHITE AND/OR BLUE
Cut it Up Must have Die Cuts No. 125 – Patriotic Red, White, and Blue

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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:

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com penny black hedgie tag-1

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com 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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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:

copyright linda@snailzpace.wordpress.com penny black hugs

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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