It’s Your Day

the allsorts challenge is marking its 9th birthday with a big celebration so i’m joining in with a birthday card.

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i painted a couple of images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ clear set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper. all the images fit into the my favorite things die-namics die and i added some taylored expressions confetti and a waffle flower celebrate die, layered three times. finally, i added some nuvo crystal drops.

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Spring Bloom

i’m back with a post to remind you that you still have time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and this month’s anything goes theme.

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i’m impatiently waiting for spring blooms so i painted this sweet chick from the penny black chick to chick clear set with twinkling H2Os and added a sentiment from the penny black cling set called every happiness.

visit the blog to see what my team mates created and to see the fabulous prizes on offer from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for a prize and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a Penny Black image.

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Anything Goes At Penny Black And More

we’re into may already and since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme for you at penny black and more; i think it’s a big favourite – anything goes, as long as your creation features a hand stamped focal point.

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i made a free standing pop up card that folds flat using this cute hedgie from the penny black cheerful critters clear stamp set. everything is painted with twinkling H2Os; i added two extra balloons and some green stickles to the candle flames.

it’s easy to play along –  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, Crafts U Love, Rare Earth Stamps. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the fabulous creations by my team mates.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

International Art & Soul – #32 Interactive
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Magic
Crafty Animals #14 – Always Anything Goes

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Welcome Spring!

it finally feels like spring is here, complete with last night’s thunderstorm and hail.

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this is a cute taylored expressions image that i coloured with colour pencils and a taylored expressions die cut sentiment that i painted with twinkling H2Os.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #465 – All About Pets
Animal Friends Challenge #62 – Stitching
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Animal (&why): my favourite animals are bunnies; they’re too cute, very smart and extremely entertaining. it’s amazing to see rescue bunnies flourish once they are treated with love and kindness and realize at least some humans can be trusted.
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Magic
Star Stampz Challenge  Hand Coloured Image

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Sea Sponge Stamping

i created a second card for the Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters!

the very talented pam at expressions with heart used a stamp shammy with distress ink blending technique that reminded me of how much fun colouring with a sea sponge is or as i call it, sea sponge stamping.impression obsession umbrella glitter copyright linda snailzpace.worpdress.com

i ‘stamped’ salty ocean distress ink onto 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, die cut the Impression Obsession umbrella (DIE049-A) three times and covered with glitter, which rarely shows on camera. i took another photo of the umbrellas in the sun just to show the sparkle. using the same sea sponge, i stamped mustard seed distress ink on CP w/c paper to create the background. finally, i stamped the Impression Obsession sentiment (B5536).

i’m also playing along with:

Challenge Up Your Life – #90 Watercoloring
Cardz 4 Galz – #70 April Showers

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All That Glitters!

i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters! and now i have glitter everywhere!

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i die cut three of the impression obsession ornaments (DIE476-Y) twice, once from gold mirri for the bows and again with designer paper and adhesive paper that i covered in crystal glitter ritz; i did the same to the strip of paper on the bottom using scor-pal tape. everything was attached to burgundy suede paper that i took a sticky roller to and i still couldn’t remove from all of it. oh well, it adds to the shimmer.

i’m also playing along with maureen’s rudolph days challenge since it’s my month off as a design team member.

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Happy Birthday Masculine Version

this is my second QAE (quick and easy) card but i was aiming for a more masculine style.

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i coloured the same poppystamps freida wreath with the same distress inks as the feminine version, but i added versa mark and a verdigris embossing powder; i used the same sentiment from the memory box birthday bunnies stamp set.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Poppystamps Challenge – #43 Framed
4 Crafty Chicks #400 Less Is More (CAS)

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Floral Happy Birthday

when i’m short on time or energy i like to make QAE (quick and easy) cards, preferably more than one at a time.

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to create this card i used the poppystamps freida wreath die, memory box floral delights die and the sentiment from the memory box birthday bunnies stamp set. everything was coloured with distress inks using my new creative expressions mini smoothies and i added some nuvo white crystal drops to the flower centres.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Poppystamps Challenge – #43 Framed
Memory Box Challenge #36– Floral Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Flower Power
4 Crafty Chicks #400 Less Is More (CAS)

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Simply Thanks

i need more thank you cards so i thought this might be one to easily mass produce; it would be, it’s just a bit time-consuming.

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i die cut everything from 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper and sponged the memory box thanks die and lavish branch leaves with green distress inks, the flowers with pink and yellow distress inks and added pink stickles to the centres.  i die cut the poppystamps honeycomb curve in the centre of the panel but decided i wanted a border instead so i cut some away and attached it to some w/c paper also sponged with distress inks.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Memory Box Challenge #36– Floral Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Flower Power

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Mid Month Reminder At Penny Black And More

just popping in with a reminder that there is still time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and this month’s black and white plus one theme.

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i used the dog from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set, painted him with twinkling H2Os and used the mama elephant die to frame him; the inside sentiment is from the same set.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

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Bunny Border

i created a second card for the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green but this time i’ve used the adorable new bunny border die (IO DIE664-T).

i die cut the bunnies with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, painted green and pink washes with twinkling H2Os, and used some leftover hydrangea petals (IO DIE044-Y) with pink stickles in the centre.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
Dies R Us Challenge #95 – Springtime
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s so relaxing and i love making whimsical characters come to life.

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Pink Hydrangeas

welcome to some new followers! thank you for joining me on my creative journey!

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green – one of my favourite colour combinations.

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after the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) was die cut with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, i painted the leaves with twinkling H2Os, used the small end of a creative expressions mini smoothie (reviewed here) to colour the petals with distress ink and added pink stickles to the centres. i stamped the sentiment (IO CL465) and splattered the same pink twink onto watercolour paper and attached it to a green base.

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for the second card i sponged the edges of the petals with distress ink and added stickles to the centres as well.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s relaxing and i love making my own colours.

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Happy Birthday Surprise!

i went way outside of my comfort zone and created my first peek a boo card with my scor-pal.

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the penny black wood stamp a great surprise! consists of a series of three hedgies but i masked off the centre one since i only needed two for this card. i painted with twinkling H2Os, stamped the lawn fawn sentiment and used some colourful birthday papers for this fun card following this tutorial. as i was making it i thought i’d never do another but when it was finished i changed my mind.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #47 – April Fool Us
Simon Says Wednesday – Birthday
Cute Card Thursday #524 Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps  – Balloons/Bunting/Presents
Craftaholics R Us #14 – Birthday Cards
International Art & Soul  – #30 Card Type You Haven’t Tried Before

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Zinnia Bookmarks

welcome to some new followers! thank you for taking an interest in my creations.

i made some more bookmarks, colouring on kraft this time, still using a paper smooches bookmark die, and a retired flourishes stamp set but this time i coloured with laurentian colour pencils.

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i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANYTHING BUT A CARD
4 Crafty Chicks – #397 Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.13 – ANYTHING GOES
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – April – Say It With Flowers

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Make A Difference

i had fun getting inky again since i discovered the creative expressions sponges, reviewed here; now if only the distress ink pads were more useable for people with disabilities.

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i used a paper smooches bookmark die, a retired flourishes stamp set and three different stencils and distress inks to create these. my daughter has a lot of textbooks so i keep her well supplied with bookmarks; she likes these as they attach better and stay put because they are longer.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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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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Black And White Plus One At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge.

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this was very challenging for me since i usually activate my twinkling H2Os to have a colourful palette ready to paint with. i thought the kitty from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set would be a good starting point with the black and white; i used three different pink twinks and added some clear wink of stella to the balloons, some pink sequins, striped washi tape and finally, i stamped the sentiment onto a flower die.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

thanks for popping by.

Product Review – Ink Blending Tools

paper crafting with RA means i create more slowly and, because of loss of function, some techniques are avoided because products are not useable by people with disabilities and they exacerbate pain.

sponging is one of those techniques that i stopped doing but i’ve discovered a helpful tool – the creative expressions mini smoothies:

i love these sponges! they are easy to grasp, dense, and hold more ink so less effort is required and the task is completed more quickly which means less pain. the smaller tip can be used for small areas like sponging paper while it is still in a die.

note: price above is canadian dollars and allergy alert: they are latex.

while not being completely scientific, i did use the same supplies for each test:

  • 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper
  • only one of each tool for two distress ink colours: picked raspberry and mustard seed and
  • penny black patina stencil.

as you can see from the examples above, they’re very similar; the difference was that the blending foam with handles took longer and required more pressure.

these are the picked raspberry and mustard seed distress inks blended together. i used the same sponge for both colours on each sample, deliberately not swiping the sponge on paper towels in between since i wanted a blend of the two. the colour in the bottom sample is slightly more intense because the sponge is easier to use so i spent more time blending. also, because i could hold the sponge close to the bottom i had more control and more success.

the daisy on the pink box, posted earlier today, was coloured in picked raspberry ink with a mini smoothie sponge:

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why not other tools?

the wooden handle is difficult to hold, the velcro requires a pinching and grasping motion to remove and since the foam holds less ink, it requires more time holding it in an awkward and painful position.

thanks for popping by and if you try these, let me know what you think.

Pink Daisy Treat Box

this cardstock is very bright pink, which i love, but i think it looks more intense in the photo.

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i used my scor pal and followed the tutorial at pootles’ blog to create this little 2 inch box; the challenge is to find tiny treats to fit inside – maybe a couple of chocolate kisses. i sponged the my favorite things daisy with picked raspberry distress ink, using a creative expressions ‘mini smoothies’ blending sponge, and added flower soft to the centre; the box closes with a magnet.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

More than One Score at Scor-Pal #46 – All things bright and beautiful
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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Bunny Box Treat

this is another treat box i made with the taylored expressions matchbox die that holds a mini kitkat bar.

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i painted the cute memory box bunny and background with twinkling H2Os, as usual, but this time i fussy cut the jacket.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Hippity Hoppity
Memory Box Challenge #35 – Color Challenge Green
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers – #208  BUNNIES, CHICKS OR EGGS

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