Pink Prezzie

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

Penny Black hedgie copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

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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Have A Mice Day

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme for you at the Penny Black And More Challenge – Pretty in Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Penny Black mice copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

having lived through cancer, my feelings are strong; i like pink but i loathe corporations using pink ribbons for a feel good promotional tool without actually contributing to the prevention and eradication of the disease. sure, mammograms can detect the disease but if more than 5% of all the millions of dollars raised went into researching prevention, maybe less women and men would be diagnosed in the first place.

on to my card – i painted this penny black image, especially micey, with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper; i thought the lawn fawn quilted background die paired nicely with the embroidery. remember the focal point has to be hand stamped to play along for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Lost Coast Designs and Visible Image Stay Strong stamp.

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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.

card featuring penny black mouse in envelope copyright linda snailzpace.com

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 Animals

we have a new theme for september at the Penny Black And More Challenge: this month we’d like to see animals.

penny black bunny with bees card copyright linda snailzpace.com

if you follow me you might have guessed i’d use a bunny; this penny black wood stamp 2305H bees & bunny was painted with daniel smith paints on hot pressed 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.

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Make A Wish – Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month, august already, so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: For Boys and Men.

birthday card with spotted dog

i coloured this cute dog from the penny black birthday party set with caran d’ache luminance colour pencils on a light grey card stock this time; i’m testing them out on different papers. i used the avery elle wonky stitch die and added the sentiment.

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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Strawberry Hedgies

this was a quick and easy card and fun to colour.

hedgies on kraft card with strawberries copyright linda snailzpace.com

i stamped the penny black wood stamp ‘strawberry jam’ on kraft and coloured with caran d’ache luminance coloured pencils.

i was inspired by these challenges:

 

 

 

 

 

Colour Throwdown –  Colours
Kleuren Met Potloden (Coloured Pencils) July – Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #29 Always Anything Goes

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More Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

we’re about half way though july so there’s still time to join this month’s Penny Black and More Challenge: Summer colours theme.

card with mouse in hot air balloon masked throwing flowers

i painted this cute penny black mouse (30-020 hugs!) with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and used summery pink and yellow papers from lawn fawn.

remember your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: show us your Summer Colours.

penny black summer copyright linda snailzpace.com

my summer colours are green grass and blue skies so i carried the sky in the image circle out to the front of the card. i painted this cute penny black mouse from the ‘critter fun’ set with twinkling H2Os and used the impression obsession die cut sentiment. the wonky stitches rectangle dies are new to me; i really liked them on my teamie’s cards; thanks ellie.

just a reminder that your focal point must be hand stamped, although you can use any company’s image to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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In Loving Memory

today’s card was created in memory of my son, who passed away ten years ago; it’s hard to believe so much time has passed while at other times it seems to stand still.

wizard card in grey and purple

every year i focus on one memory and create a card around it. this penny black mo manning wizard resembles my son’s art, especially his comic book art and his colouring. gandalf came to mind; my husband took our son and daughter to see lord of the rings nine times when it first hit theatres in december 2001. yes, big tolkien fans so i had to use gold mirri for one of the mats.

i painted the sky and image on hot press watercolour paper with custom colours i mixed of twinkling H2Os. to this day, i thank my son for sharing his art supplies with me, especially a watercolour paint brush and some of the ‘rules’ along with a lot of encouragement. i got messy and created the background with alcohol inks.

i’m sharing my card with these challenges:

Challenge #280 Anything “Mo” Goes (Optional Theme: “For the Boys/Guys”)

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Stamp Brand (& why): if i could only pick one brand, i’d choose penny black as it was my first clear stamp set. i love the quality of the illustrations and the cute critters make me smile while i’m painting them – sometimes, they’re a bit mischievous which makes them all the more entertaining. also, i like that a lot of the images are generously sized so that my style allows them to be a major part of the card’s focus. i’m fortunate to be a design team member for the penny black and more challenge where we all share our love of penny black stamps.

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Floral Notecards

wow, we’re into june already! since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Blooms, Butterflies and Bugs.

penny black floral notecards copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i created a set of flat note cards using Penny Black 30-029 ‘wonderful’ and used Laurentian coloured pencils.

playing along is simple: your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image, remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Stix 2.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Happy 10th Birthday Allsorts!

wow, the Allsorts Challenge is celebrating ten years!

penny black mice birthday copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

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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May Flower

just a reminder that there is still plenty of time to play along with the Penny Black and More Challenge and the feminine or anything goes theme.

i used this sweet image from a new penny black clear stamp set, 30-553 it’s your day, painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and die cut with one of the dies in the mama elephant bookmark it set.

penny black mouse tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

to finish it off, i used the lawn fawn stitched rectangle die for the print paper.

you can use any company’s image to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, as long as your focal point is hand stamped.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Stitches
Cute Card Thursday – #582 Stitching

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Burgundy Bookmark

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Feminine with an anything goes option.

thank you bookmark copyright linda snailzpace.com

i used a penny black wooden stamp called ‘kindness’ and the penny black petite blossoms stencil with  TCW champagne gold modelling paste to create this bookmark. i also used some crinkle burgundy ribbon, linen burgundy cardstock and the paper smooches bookmark die.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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It’s Spring!

this is my mid month post and reminder that we’re celebrating spring at the Penny Black and More Challenge, isn’t it about time spring-like weather arrived?

penny black easter bunny copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

this is the easter card i made for my daughter. i painted the penny black wooden stamp bunny image, bunny talk! with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment, also a penny black wooden stamp called happy.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Spring Is Here!

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Springtime.

penny black pete copyright linda snailzpace.com-2

i used a wooden penny black wooden stamp called plimsoll pete, coloured with coloured pencils, stamped the sentiment from the PB garden friends set and attached him to a background created with penny black stencil petite blossoms and distress ink.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Colouring Medium (& why) coloured pencils are my favourite colouring medium for coloured cardstock; they’re quick and easy and great to travel with.
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANIMALS
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Antics

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More Circles At Penny Black And More

it’s time for my mid month DT post for the Penny Black and More challenge where we are going in circles.

Penny Black mice dandelions copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted these little mice from the penny black ‘make a wish’ set with twinkling H2Os and added glitter to the dandelions. the designer paper is memory box from my stash that i really need to start using up.

remember, to play along, the focal point has to be hand stamped and incorporate circles to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors.

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Going In Circles At Penny Black And More

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More challenge: Going In Circles.

Penny Black kitties umbrella copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted these cats from the penny black Furry Affection clear stamp set with twinkling H2Os, attached the panel to a marianne design circle and layered it up.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Three Tags For Penny Black And More

just a little reminder that there is still time to play along with us at the Penny Black and More challenge and the february theme of anything goes with the option of a tag.

i made three tags since they were quick and easy. i used coloured pencils and the cupcake and sentiment from the penny black party time clear stamp set, die cut with the lawn fawn say what? critter tag die set and added glitter to the icing.

remember, you can use any hand stamped image as your focal point to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love; if you do make a tag you’ll be entered twice.

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Tag It At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme for you to play along with at the Penny Black and More challenge: Anything goes with the option of Tags.

i’ve painted a cute mouse from the penny black santa’s helpers stamp set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper; i also painted the purple ombre on the frame and the ribbon.

remember, you can use any hand stamped image as your focal point to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love.

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New Beginnings At Penny Black and More

we’re continuing into the new year with a ‘New Beginnings’ theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge and there is still time to join us.

penny black glasses copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

my new beginnings are a change in optometrists and new glasses that i needed but kept putting off since i wasn’t happy with my last pair. i’ve used a new to me mouse image from the penny black ‘especially micey’ clear stamp set that i painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed 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 Swedish House Crafts.

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Happy 2019

we’re starting off the new year with a ‘New Beginnings’ theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge: (baby, wedding, new job etc)

the new year is about all that’s new for me so far so here’s my creation.

i’ve used a taylored expressions die to create this card and penny black stamps: cute mouse image from the bubbly set, coloured with laurentian coloured pencils, stars from the crystalline set, stamped in versarmark, and the happy new year from the winter magic set. i added red mirri numbers and a few sparkles.

playing along is simple: 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 Swedish House Crafts.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Alphabet Challenge – U IS FOR USE SOME STITCHING – REAL OR FAUX; obviously mine is faux because i rarely sewed such a straight line
As You Like It Challenge Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts #278 Celebrations
Kleuren Met Potloden December – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers #27- Anything Goes

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Traditional Christmas At Penny Black And More

this is my mid month creation for the penny black and more challenge where the theme is Traditional Christmas (reds, golds, greens).

penny black snow man ornament copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this cute tiny snowman from the Penny Black christmas every day set with twinkling H2Os, added some glitter and snow.

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, Heartfelt Creations stamps, and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Penny Black And More Snow Globe Snowy

oh my, it’s the first sunday of the month so it’s a new theme at the penny black and more challenge -Traditional Christmas (reds, golds, greens).

penny black snowy globe copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

I painted one of the cute images in the penny black under the mistletoe set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed paper; the background is Penny Black festive & frosty 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, Heartfelt Creations stamps, and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Making Someone Smile

there is still plenty of time to ‘make someone smile’ at the penny black and more november challenge.

penny black peekaboo front copyright linda snailzpace.com

i masked off the centre hedgie from the penny black wood stamp, a great surprise! and painted with twinkling H2Os to create my second peek a boo card, once again using my scor pal and following this tutorial.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Marianne Designs. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #54 – Special Birthdays

Die Cuttin’ Divas – #395 – Birthday

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Make Someone Smile

it’s so hard to believe it’s november already! we have a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; we’d like to see projects that make someone smile.

penny black writing mouse copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this adorable penny black mouse with twinkling H2Os, scored the wall behind him and added a floral picture to create a cozy scene that i hope will make the recipient smile. i added the xo to his letter.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Marianne Designs. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Autumn Splendour At Penny Black And More

this is my mid month card for the october penny black and more challenge where we’d like to see some autumn splendour.

penny black apple stickeroos flowers copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted the background with twinkling H2Os on cold pressed watercolour paper and attached one of the images in the penny black stickeroo sheet, garden poems.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Fantastic Ribbons, Chocolate Baroque. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Autumn Splendour At Penny Black And More

it’s time for a new monthly theme at the penny black and more challenge and it’s perfect for october – autumn splendour.

penny black apple hedgies copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i painted this sweet penny black wooden stamp image, hedgy gift, with twinkling H2Os and added some punched oak leaves and clear wink of stella to the apples.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Fantastic Ribbons, Chocolate Baroque. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

I’d like to submit this card to the Addicted to Stamps (October) #167 Autumn Colours challenge.

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Make It Feminine At Penny Black And More

this is my DT card for the penny black and more challenge and the september theme of make it feminine.

penny black teacup mice design linda snailzpace.com

i’ve used one of the images from the penny black ‘micey day’ set, painted with twinkling H2Os and attached two stitched circles; the bottom one is popped on foam tape.

playing along is so easy; the focal point of your creation must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Indigo Blue stamp, Tattered Lace. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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Penny Black And More B Is For…

this is a scheduled post as I am caring for a family member, but I wanted to remind you that there is still plenty of time to join us for a game of ‘i spy’ at the penny black and more challenge.

penny black bunny and butterflies copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

since the theme is something that begins with the letter B, you might have guessed i would use a bunny. i also fit as many b’s as i could onto this card: bunny, butterflies, blue, blossoms and bow.

this sweet bunny is one of the images in the Penny Black garden critters 30-152 clear set; i painted with twinkling H2Os and die cut a blue mirri sentiment.

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, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see what b’s my team mates are using.

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I Spy At Penny Black And More

we’re playing a game of i spy at the penny black and more challenge this month; want to play along?

penny black balloon madness copyright linda snailzpace.com

i spy with my little eye something beginning with B so my card features bright, bouncing balloons.

i painted this penny black wooden stamp image, balloon madness, with twinkling H2Os and tombow markers, added the stars and sentiment from the sweet wishes clear stamp set and filled in the stars with sparkle pens.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Crafts U Love £15 voucher, Inkylicious stamps. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see how my teamies are featuring something beginning with B.

i’d like to submit this card to the As You Like It Challenge Favourite; Fur Or Feathers (&why). Furry friends make me smile, have entertaining personalities and their images are so much fun to bring to life with paint.

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Penny Black And More Mid Month Reminder

we’re halfway through the things with wings theme at the penny black and more challenge so you still have time to join in.

penny black bee bookmarks copyright linda snailzpace.com

i used scraps of watercolour paper backgrounds to die cut these avery elle bookmarks and watercolour pencils to colour these cute penny black bees from the every which way clear set; wink of stella was added to the wings.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped, any company, to be eligible to win one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

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A Simple Thank You

i was asked to make a thank you card for a male so here’s my design, although i think this would be ok for any recipient.

PBthank you copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i love the colours; a combination i rarely use. since the design is clean and simple, it was also a quick and easy card to make. the sentiment is a penny black die and the papers are from an older basicgrey 6 x 6 pad, hello luscious, from my stash that i really need to use up.

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Things With Wings At Penny Black And More

it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge and this month we’d like to see ‘things with wings’ – so many options.

penny black pixie copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

this sweet penny black ‘garland pixie’ was a generous gift from maureen for being on her Rudolph Days design team. i had so much fun painting it with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper; it’s popped on foam tape and attached to some pink christmas 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, Stamp Addicts, Marianne Designs. the design team will select a future guest designer from those who do use a penny black image.

i’d like to submit this card to the Addicted to Stamps and More – #298 – Holiday challenge.

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In Loving Memory

It’s now been nine years since my son passed away from cancer.

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this year’s card reflects the countless hours my son spent at the drafting table perfecting his art. back then, while he was illustrating, i was trying to learn how to use a computer and i was lucky he was close by. i needed a lot of guidance, not to mention assurance that i really didn’t break it. i always enjoyed my son’s choice of music while we both worked intently to achieve our goals; his art was in demand and was published and i learned to use the computer independently. i also learned to paint better when he offered me a brush to try.

i painted this penny black ‘designed by me’ wood stamp with a few watercolour media: twinkling H2Os, markers and watercolour pencils. i added the blue lines because my son used blue line paper to work on.

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