Field Of Pumpkins

our neighbour’s field is full of bright orange pumpkins right now so i was inspired to create today’s small card and play along with two challenges.

linda @ field of pumpkins

i painted the sky, grass, fence and pumpkins with twinkling H2Os, matted the ‘painting’ and attached it to a watercolour paper base. a very CAS fall card that wasn’t exactly quick.

i’m submitting this card to the Sugar Pea Design Challenge that is using this inspiration photo:18

and this is my second submission to the new CAS Watercolour Challenge:


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Christmas Robins

this month’s magenta challenge is anything goes so i decided to make a christmas card; i watercoloured the robins and sky with twinkling H2Os, added a ribbon and i have another CAS card for my stash. i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:

rudolph day – to make christmas cards on the 25th of every month
emma’s crafty challenge – birds
one crazy stamper – christmas
addicted to stamps and more – CAS
get inky! – song about the birds and the bees

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Jingle All The Way

recycled christmas card with tree and sentiment jingle all the way
this is my entry for sandra’s rudolph day challenge (to tackle those christmas cards on the 25th of every month), the jingle belles peace on earth(day) challenge and hazel let me know that it fits her Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge to use any sentiment without the word christmas. i cut out the tree from an old christmas card sent to me and then added the red dots and stand because i wanted a brighter red than what it came with. i cut the front half of a green card with the lettering already done and i added the red behind so the letters were red instead of white. the polka dot layer was added and everything was attached to a white base. there’s only seven more rudolph days before christmas! thanks for popping by.

Thank You, Anne

blue card with small pink and yellow flower and thank you sentimenti made this for the keep it simple theme at the allsorts challenge and the splitcoaststampers’ free for all challenge to make a card of gratitude for someone who has done a kindness for you and deliver it to them. this card is going to my friend, anne; it’s not to thank her for my early birthday present of penny black stamps, but to say thanks for all the intangible gifts she gives – compassion, patience and humour. take a browse through anne’s gallery and in between all the elegant creations, her funny cards are there, always bringing a smile. thanks anne! no surprise, it’s watercoloured with distress inks. thanks for popping by.

Every Leaf Is A Flower

autumn card in gold and rusty colours with leaves and sentiment
i was inspired by the maple and acorn pattern to make this card for the 300th inspiration challenge, which is my favourite at splitcoaststampers. stef is the hostess with the mostest; she always visits participants and leaves comments, which makes everyone feel welcome to play. i don’t always have the time or mojo, so i was happy i got to have fun today, watercolouring with distress inks and sanding the base. thanks for popping by.

Glittered Tulips

glittered yellow and orange tulips in bucket on clean and simple card
i haven’t been up to much while recovering from my tooth extraction, but i managed to participate in the the august flourishes bring back beautiful challenge to make a clean and simple (CAS) card. i watercoloured the image with distress inks, covered the flowers with stickles and the bucket with glossy accents – a very quick card. thanks for popping by.

Vellum Flower

white vellum flower on pink and blue card with thinking of you sentiment
i loved the inspiration photo at the ribbon reel challenge, but this card didn’t come together until i loosely followed splitcoaststampers’ sketch challenge. i sponged pink distress ink onto the patterned paper and attached a strip of scalloped shimmer card stock to one side and the lace to the other. to make the flower, i embossed some vellum, punched two flowers from it and one from blue paper, then attached the single pearl and finally, all the smaller ones.  i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge of free and easy. thanks for popping by.

Serene Scene

lighthouse in black and white against a blue wash on white square card base
i missed being creative this past week, but we were out of town enjoying a change of scenery and visiting family. it was relaxing to be unplugged, but it’s always good to be home. i had a couple of nice surprises waiting for me – i found out i was a top pick for two challenges and this magenta stamp that i won a couple of weeks ago arrived. this photo inspired me to ink up my new stamp and make this CAS card for the splitcoaststampers inspiration challenge because i think my mojo is still on vacation. :) thanks for popping by.

A Green Christmas

tiny punched green christmas tree in bottom right corner with green ribbon and bow at top left of card
this is part of a set of cards i made for my daughter; she loves green. i tied the bow on the card, which took longer than the entire card because i have three fused fingers on my left hand.  i should’ve known better and next time i’ll just use my bow-easy. (my emphasis).  the card is 4.25″ square and the tiny ornaments are peel offs.  i’m submitting this to the less is more challenge to use a ribbon or button. thanks for popping by.

Rudolph Day In July

santa teddy with sack and lantern
i joined sandra’s challenge to make christmas cards on rudolph day – the 25th of each month; it’s a great way to build up the card stash for the holidays. i watercoloured santa teddy with distress inks, although i don’t think the photo reflects the real colour and red is just one of those tricky colours to edit.  i’m also entering this into The Stamp Man challenge to use anything by tim and Winter Wonderland challenge to use holly.  thanks for popping by.

Sock Monkey Smiles

four sock monkeys in a square on square yellow card
i haven’t played along with the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers for a really long time, but this weekend i was inspired by one inspiration photo to make two cards. this was a quick and easy card that i started when the butterfly wasn’t working; it’s just printed paper matted and attached.  i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge which is ‘free and easy’ for all of july. thanks for popping by.

Bright Lanterns

card with three patio lanterns in bright pink, green and orange with celebration time sentiment
the flower soft challenge to use bright colours was a real challenge for me, since i tend to use pastels a lot. i cut the lanterns out of DP and added the ultrafine citrus flower soft to the two lanterns on the left and the peony pink to the one on the right. i may have created a new use for flower soft – the garland. the white base is covered in a bright pink foil paper.  i’m also submitting this to flutterby wednesday – open theme and wee memories – summertime theme.  thanks for popping by.

a fruitful thanks

watermelons stamped several times in a square and watercoloured, plus ribbon and a melon thanks sentiment
i needed a thank you card so i opened a cute fruit set from my friend sue for my birthday. this is also the first time i used the letraset aquamarkers i won from the penny black at allsorts challenge in march; very fun to play with – i’ll keep practicing. the ribbon reel  challenge is summer fruit and and use two ribbons/lace or twine, at least one brad and to include a summer fruit element. i used two brads; first i coloured a green brad red and inserted it into the white flower brad.  i’m also submitting this to the free and easy challenge at allsorts and the summer theme at the secret crafter.  thanks for popping by.

Framed Butterflies

wavy edge framed image with butterflies on summer coloured background
the less is more challenge this week is a one layer card with the theme of ‘in the frame.’ since i watercolour 99.9% of my cards, because of my hands, this was a real challenge for me.  the card base is watercolour paper; i inked the image with three different distress inks, lightly spritzed it and stamped it – done. i feel like i cheated; i didn’t actually paint an image. lol.  thanks for popping by.

More Or Less My Christmas Card

blue snowflakes on white with winter wishes sentiment
the less is more challenge this week is to pick one of 5 squares and leave the rest of the white space alone. my first card is still a work in progress; i really tried to fit the image in the lower right, but it just looked off balance. in my mind’s eye, it would work with a one layer, so in 5 minutes i made this. since i’m so far behind in the monthly christmas card challenge, you might see a lot more like this. thanks for popping by.

Colour Challenge Card

circle framed flowers on berry coloured square card basei never seem to have the right colours to play along with splitcoastampers‘ colour challenge, but i used substitute colours that i think are close enough. the base is a very dark boysenberry, which might explain why the photo looks a bit blurry? sometimes red card stock is tricky.  anyway, the image is watercoloured, die cut and popped on foam tape; of course i had to add stickles to the flower centres and dots on the frame. thanks for popping by.

Hey There!

two mice in garden with watering can and clay potthis is one of the cards i’ll be teaching at my next watercolouring with distress inks class on saturday.  i love the look of stitching on cards, but i’m afraid my old sewing machine isn’t up to the task, so i used a white gel pen instead.  thanks for popping by.

Spring Daze

hedgehog poking its head out of the ground surrounded by flowers
this week’s penny black saturday challenge is to say it with flowers and i love this little hedgie, which means a quick and simple card. i watercoloured the hedgie, sky and grass, and added stickles to the flower centres and the bee. the image was die cut, mounted on foam tape and done. i’m also submitting this to the stamping royalty spring has sprung challenge. it is spring, isn’t it? why do we still have cool weather?  thanks for popping by.

Spring Chicks

a pile of yellow chick with spring sentiment
this is as tiny as yesterday’s card; it measures 3.5″ tall. since lois, aka clownmom, is queen for the day at splitcoaststampers, i decided to case one of her scraplings. i watercoloured the chicks and sponged the sky and grass. thanks for popping by.

A Royal Hello

pink, orange and yellow flowers in a pot with hello sentimenti was inspired by splitcoaststampers’ queen for the day jill’s bright and colourful card that just popped off the screen; i tried to duplicate the colours, but my first case ended up in the trash so i changed the colours.  the image is watercoloured and a small punched butterfly was added. thanks for popping by.

Spring Is Almost Here!

spring bouquet square image on embossed square background with gold ribbon and gold pearls
the days are getting longer and spring is almost here; that’s what i’m wishing anyway.  this week’s flower soft challenge is ‘in the garden,’ so i watercoloured this floral image, added gold flower soft to the flower centres and popped it on an embossed piece of card stock that was distressed around the edges. the embossing folder and gold ribbon are part of a christmas gift from my friend, anne ryan – thanks anne!  i added the gold pearls to the ribbon and it was done – a quick and easy card. thanks for popping by.

Blue Christmas

white glittered trees stamped on navy blue
penny black saturday challenge 127
is to make a monochromatic christmas card, so this was the only stamp that came to mind. i stamped the trees and snow in white on navy,  added snow and stickles. the sentiment was heat embossed and the ribbon was tied on with a snowflake button glued on top. thanks for popping by. i’m also submitting this for the following challenges:

simon says challenge: let it snow
bah humbug: feeling the blues
paper pretties: clean and simple

Art In The Park

hedgie painting snail

wow! i feel so lucky to be a randomly selected winner of a prize in last week’s penny black saturday challenge blog – a 15% lifetime discount at PB Stamps as a big fan of Penny Black cute critters, it’ll be put to good use.  this week’s pbsc is to create any shape of card other than square, so i relied on a ready made rectangle; it’s so easy to think of ways to cut corners with a cast on my left arm.  this card represents what i love about cardmaking – watercolouring with distress inks, clean and simple and cute.  thanks for popping by.

Witch Will It Be?

witch with spider and halloween colours

the penny black blog’s first challenge was to scraplift a card made by Penny Black Designer Ashley Marcu; i used the layout.  this is the first year i purchased Halloween stamps; i rarely make cards for the occasion, but i couldn’t resist this set – it’s so cute!   i watercoloured the image, added floss, punched flowers and a spider brad.   of course i added stickles to the dots on her dress.  thanks for popping by.

Christmas Down Under

teddy watering window box flowers christmas card

the theme of lili of the valley’s Challenge 66 is Untraditional Christmas, so i was glad that i could participate as i’ve missed a few.  i’m particularly fond of this teddy stamp; i wish there were more. (hint, hint).  until i order some of the oh so cute Christmas stamps, this is the perfect image for a Christmas card for a friend in New Zealand.  i watercoloured the image, added fibres, dew drops and a peeloff sentiment.  i know some stampers refuse to use peeloffs, but it takes me just as much effort to align a sticker as it does to stamp with one hand. lol.  Thanks for popping by.

Little Witch

little witch with wand in halloween coloursi love seeing all the different interpretations of the sketches over at Card Positioning Systems.  i created this card using this week’s sketch, number 180; although i thought it might be a bit early for a halloween card, i see a couple there already.  besides, this is a new penny black stamp that i couldn’t wait to ink up and watercolour with distress inks. thanks for popping by.