Otterly Adorable

Joey, the world’s most famous otter, provided entertainment through a live stream of his growth at the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver last summer; he has his own youtube channel and now a special edition face mask featuring his image.

A friend gave me mini wobbles for Christmas so Joey came to mind – he sure can wriggle!

three cards featuring lawn fawn otter copyright Linda

I started with painting the die cut Lawn Fawn stitched simple wavy borders, taped to a circle, and added a mat that was attached to some stonework paper. I painted the Lawn Fawn Winter Otter with twinkling H2Os, stamped the heart from the same stamp set, fussy cut and mounted them on mini wobbles. the sentiment is from the same small set and I added die cut Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes.

I’m submitting these cards to the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 94 – WHAT’S THE WEATHER? It’s sunny, which will hopefully melt all the snow. If you need something to warm your heart, check out Joey.

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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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Snow Hearts

the current lawn fawnatics challenge theme is LOTS OF LOVE!

lawn fawn penguin hearts copyright linda

i painted these cute lawn fawn Snow Cool penguins with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, die cut from coordinating dies, and popped them on foam tape to a distress ink sponged background. i did stamp the snowflakes with white ink and attached hearts from the Say What? Gift Tags die set and snowflakes from the mini snowflake die set. i stamped the sentiment from the Snow Cool set in purple ink and added glitter to her hat.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Cute Card Thursday – Challenge 567 – Valentines
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Shape or Fold; my favourite shape is the rectangle because it is easily divided into thirds and i usually use two thirds for an image and one third for a sentiment – that’s my comfort zone.

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Winter Wonderland

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 43 – WONDERFUL WINTER and this inspiration image and colour palette:

i painted these adorable snow people from the lawn fawn ready, set, snow set with my new winsor & newton watercolour markers on hot pressed watercolour paper. the trees from the same stamp set were stamped in grey ink, die cut with coordinating dies and some were popped on foam tape.

i painted the snow cones from the lawn fawn snow cool set, glued them together to form a heart and popped them on foam tape too.

i sponged the sky with distress inks and added glitter to the cones, pom pom and trees.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon #478 Hey Newbie! Something New: the coordinating dies for this lawn fawn stamp set and the nuvo glitter
Simon Says Wednesday Something New: the coordinating dies for this lawn fawn stamp set and the nuvo glitter

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Guest Designing At Challenge Up Your Life With Downhill Snowman

i had a lot of fun creating my second card as a guest designer for Challenge Up Your Life and the snowman theme for challenge #83.

penny black downhill snowy copyright linda @

i love snowmen! i have so many snowmen stamps but i used an older penny black wood stamp, new to me but never used, called skiing snowman from 2004.

i painted everything with twinkling H2Os, watercolour pencils and, for the first time, i played with some of my new Schmincke watercolour paints. definitely a learning curve because i’m so used to my twinks; they have different qualities – transparency, staining and lifting that i’ll eventually get used to.

i finished off this card by adding white flocking to the hat and a glitter mat around the image panel.

so pop over to the challenge to play along with a snowman of your choice!

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Guest Designing At Stamping Sensations

i was so excited to have won the Stamping Sensations Challenge for November and receive an invitation to be a guest designer this month.

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i couldn’t have wished for a better theme – cold and frosty colours of blues, purples, silver and white. since i LOVE the cool colour palette, i got a bit carried away and made two cards, both painted with twinkling H2Os, using four different blues and one purple.

the first card features an older Marianne Design Stamp, Snoesjes Freezing Cold and the second is a Magenta ‘Snow Bird‘ with an Impression Obsession sentiment.

here is the prize on offer from sizzix. to play along, just be sure your card’s focal point is hand stamped. for all the rules and to see what the design team has created, click here to visit the blog.

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Matchbox Snowman

i was happy to see the latest taylored expressions’ release included some coordinating stamps and dies for the TE matchbox die i bought when it was released earlier in the spring.

taylored expressions matchy snowman copyright linda @

i used the matchy snowman die set and of course the matchbox die to create this little treat box. i’m actually making four but it’s getting so overcast that i thought i best rush and get a photo of the one i finished so far.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Leftovers: i used leftover scraps of christmas paper and the nose was die cut from a leftover scrap of watercolour paper that i had painted with twinkling H2Os to use on my trick or treat tags.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – NOT A CARD
Happy Little Stampers Dies – Always Anything Goes with Dies 

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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 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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Grumpy Fox

i’m having fun with these little taylored expressions holiday grumplings; they’re so funny and i love the sentiments in the set. i created this card for my husband using the share joy challenge 47 sketch:


copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 47

i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the jingle bell and flower soft on the ground; the red dots are hologram peel offs.

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Freezin’ Season

with record high temps and humidity, i wouldn’t mind if it snowed right now to cool everything down; i think just colouring a winter card helped.

this is the inspiration photo for the taylored expressions share joy challenge 46.

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copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 46

i used the fruit colours and this holiday grumplings snowman that i chose with the $20.00 gift certificate i won in april.  i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the ground, glossy accents on his buttons and flower soft on his hat.

i’m also submitting this card to the jingle belles’ prompt since it was one of stephanie’s cards (ingenious inkling) that made me laugh when she used this grumpy guy. my three of something: i used red and white stripes on the image and two borders.

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Stay Warm

i’m playing along with two of My Favorite Things Challenges: the Wednesday Sketch #268 and the Colour #39.


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i watercoloured this adorable bear with twinkling H2Os and gave her a bright pink scarf and hat and, as usual, i literally followed the sketch so it came together quickly. i added one of the sentiments from the same stamp set and a MFT snowflake.

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Snowy Cottage

with the cooler temperatures, i feel like winter is just around the corner and i’m increasingly focused on creating christmas cards – in about six weeks they’ll need to be mailed already. so, today I’m sharing a card using an image from the wintery Buddly Crafts clear stamp set, Snowy Cottage.


i watercoloured the sky and image with twinkling H2Os, attached it to a glitter paper mat and then popped it on foam tape to the embossed Background Snowflakes.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge
virginia’s view challenge 19 – all things coloured

Visit the Buddly Crafts Facebook page and blog for some very creative projects and updates about new products.

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Hop To Stop Card

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i made this card to join Becca Cruger’s Hop To Stop – a campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue affecting 33% of women. but, as Becca points out, “women aren’t the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender – gender doesn’t matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.”



i’m also playing along with the lawnscaping challenge no. 115 to make sentiments the focal point of your creation. i used my new lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies, one of the hearts from the lawn fawn hearts die set, cut from glitter paper, and an impression obsession peace die, also cut from glitter paper.

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Snowflakes Are Kisses

the Noor! Design UK challenge #10 is shaped cards so i made a mitten card, but the design team are showcasing some adorable owls and pumpkins.


i was lucky enough last month to win the Noor! Design Store voucher so i purchased dies from my wish list including this winter wishes ice crystal no. 3, covered in blue frantage and layered on brown shimmer cardstock. i cut two mittens and attached the back to the front so it stands up from the bottom.

i’m also playing along with the jingle belles who are Shopping Our (Jingly!) Stash! from my stash i used designer paper on this card that is almost two years old; since this is a joint challenge with shopping our stash, i’m linking my card up there too.

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Wrap It Up Twice

the jingle belles’ ‘wrap it up’ prompt is to create with wrapping paper or tags; yesterday i shared a tag and today i have these 3 inch cards that came together very quickly with wrapping paper. i love goofy snowmen. just because i felt guilty about no stamping and colouring, i stamped a blue snowflake on the inside.

jingle belles gift wrap

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You Warm My Heart

i was inspired by this lawnscaping challenge winter themed mood board to play along with my new craft supplies:


here’s my tag:

lawn fawn warm my heart

i created the background by sponging and stencilling with distress inks and spritzing with mr. huey’s shine mist.  the heart and bunnies were die cut and coloured with twinkling H2Os and i added stickles to the tails, heart and snow drifts and stamped the sentiment. i fussy cut the trees and sponged the edges with distress inks.

the seam binding and string are new too so i’m submitting this to the really reasonable ribbon challenge #109: Looky What I Got with Ribbon or Trim Theme.

i’m also playing along with the jingle belles’ ‘wrap it up’ prompt to create with wrapping paper or tags.

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Penny Black And More Mid February Card

penny black hedgies

i made another DT card for the penny black and more february challenge theme of ‘make it sparkle.’ with a record amount of snow here, i thought i’d use these sledding hedgies – i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and distress inks and added stickles on their hats, flowers soft for snow and some green gems. to play along for some fabulous prizes, remember you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point (just no digis please); check out what my talented team mates have done and read all the rules at the challenge blog here.

i’d like to submit this card to your next stamp challenge; i rotated their sketch.

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Penny Black And More Make It Sparkle


we’re into february already and that means a new challenge theme at penny black and more; this month we’d like to see some sparkle. for my DT card, i chose to watercolour this cute penny black penguin from the ‘cold nose warm heart’ clear set with twinkling H2Os and i painted the sky with distress ink pads. the glitter on the snowballs is stampendous flocking mixed with stampendous ultra fine glitter.

there are some fabulous prizes on offer from our generous sponsors, so come and play along! remember, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point (just no digis please) and if you’d like to be considered as a guest designer, use a penny black stamp. for all the rules and some more inspiration from my talented teamies, visit the challenge blog.

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Snow Friends

i couldn’t resist the kraftin’ kimmie stamps boxing week sale where i found this cute snowman image and i’d like to enter this card into the wonderful wednesday challenge where anything goes and the krafty guest contest that has a sparkle theme. i painted the sky with distress ink pads and watercoloured everything else with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the hat, falling snow and snow on the ground, black stickles to the buttons, flower soft on the bunny’s tail and glitter paper for the dark blue mat and memory box die ribbon slide – finally, i added sequins to the snowflakes and used a beige shimmer paper for the base and second image mat. 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.

Rudolph Day In January

forever friends teddy with a bird perched on its mug in the snowit’s the first rudolph day for 2012! for the past couple of months, i’ve joined my friend sandra on the 25th of every month to make a christmas card(s). i’ve been seeing some adorable forever friends bear cards, so i inked up this neglected stamp and coloured it with distress inks. i’m submitting it to these challenges:

gingerloft challenge – let it snow
house of gilli – winter
crafty bloggers network – distressing
card crafter’s circle – bears
heidi’s hobbystugga – winter with shades of blue

The Beauty Of Winter

blue greeting card featuring red cardinal in tree branches and snowflakes
i created this card for the flourishes december bring back beautiful challenge and for my dad, who turns 87 next week. we don’t have any snow yet, so i enjoyed creating this wintery scene, but it’s so dull today that the extra lighting i used makes the glitter paper look silver instead of gold. anyway, thanks for popping by.