Happy Rudolph Days And Twinkling H2O Tips

it’s the 25th so i’m sharing my DT card for the monthly rudolph days challenge, which runs until the last day of the month. visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired and have fun!

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as usual, i painted the sky and this adorable Darcie’s reindeer with twinkling H2Os, added some snow, a snow drift and a die cut sentiment covered in stickles.

i’ve painted most of my images with twinkling H2Os for years; i love these shimmery watercolour paints! if you haven’t tried them yet, i’d like to share some tips to show you just how easy they are to use.

Twinkling H2O Tips:

  1. Activate: spritz the paint pot(s) to activate.
  2. Wait: put the kettle on and wait at least 5 minutes for the paint to get to a syrup consistency.
    twinkling H2Os paint pots
  3. Stamp: heat embossed images will help contain the paint in each section of an imagefor best results, use watercolour paper and a waterproof ink although twinks do blend well on kraft cardstock with a damp brush; too much water and the kraft paper will pill. the small image below measures 1″ wide by 2 1/4″ long and i painted it from dried palette paints that i reactivated.
    copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com magenta bird
  4. Mix: the paint in the pot needs to be evenly blended with the water.
  5. Paint: either direct from pot method for more intense colour or from a palette where you can add water and/or mix colours. A little goes a long way!
    twinkling H2O paints on watercolour paper Any unused paint on a palette (disposable palette paper, plastic, or my preference – a white corelle sandwich plate used solely for my paints) can be covered (with a paper towel, wax paper or teflon sheet) when dry and reactivated later with a damp paint brush. twinkling H2O watercolour paints on a palette
  6. Store: if you do want to keep the lids on for storage, let the paint completely dry in the pot; otherwise the lids will glue shut.

Twinkling H2Os Sale at Colourarte: 20% off small jars for the month of April. No coupon required; discount will be applied at checkout.

Twinkling H2Os videos at Colourarte.

if you have any questions, let me know. thanks for popping by.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 11

the day 11 tag inspiration is a really challenging one for me, but i love that this 12 tags challenge forces me to create outside of my comfort zone.


copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com day 11 twelve tags ellen hutson 2016-1

i love designer Anna Wight’s tree shaped tag; although i don’t have any similar tree dies, i think this Darcie’s tree stamp works for the theme. (must be retired) i die cut with the paper smooches stitched tag die, coloured with albrecht durer watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the heart. i die cut a second layer and attached it with twine.


i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

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Holiday Hugs

the Jingle Belles prompt this time is to make cards for people who don’t celebrate Christmas. as a bereaved parent, i know that people who have experienced a loss may not agree that ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year.’


in 2008, a couple of weeks before christmas and my son’s birthday, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away in june 2009. since then, we’ve changed how we observe the season. paradoxically, i enjoy making christmas cards year round; i just don’t look forward to the actual holiday.

i’m more sensitive to how people might feel about certain sentiments so i think sending holiday hugs will be welcomed.

i watercoloured this cute daricies snowgirl with twinkling H2Os; isn’t she cute? i made this for a family member who loves silly snowmen as much as i do.

i’m also playing along with:
kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge
simon says wednesday – clean and simple christmas
one crazy stamper – Christmas/Halloween/Fall (i submitted a halloween card already)

thanks for popping by.

Candy Cane Wishes

the current jingle belles prompt is Christmas Feast and i love candy canes! jingle bell rudolph i used the poppy stamps candy cane die for the antlers, black gems for the eyes and a jingle bell for the nose. the darcie’s clear stamp sentiment is intentionally wonky and not a result of my hands for once – another quick and easy card. thanks for popping by.

The Warmest Nests

i coloured this cute darcie’s stamp with derwent inktense pencils, but i stamped the umbrella twice so i would have a pink one to cut and cover the black one. i lightly sponged around the edges, added white gel dots to the raindrops and cut the sentiment in half to work with papertake weekly sketch #86.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:

the cutie pie – #68 april showers bring cute may flowers
divas by design – april showers
crafty little fairies – in the garden

thanks for popping by.

Winter’s Butterfly

copyright linda @ snail's space and described here solely for people with disabilities; christmas card with bright red, green and blue papers with a snowman wearing a jacket, hat and scarf and a tiny green butterfly nearby
this was a fun christmas card to make; i coloured the image with letraset aquamarkers, painted the sky with twinkling H2Os, added flowersoft to her hat and coat trim and stickles to the snow drifts i created. i’m submitting this to a couple of challenges: i used the layout at the sweet sketch wednesday, played bingo with the jingle belles (snowman/woman, stamping, red or green) and this is my august rudolph day card.

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christmas card with snow woman in red, green and orange with a cardinal and happy freezin season sentiment
i am so excited to be a guest star with the jingle belles for the current prompt – thank you lauren and stephanie; they welcome ideas for prompts so i submitted my idea of HO HO H2O, based on my LOVE of colouring with water based products. so, for the next two weeks participants will be challenged to “create a card which features icicles, snow, frozen ponds, or any water-related image; OR use water-based products on your project, such as watercolors, water-based markers or sprays, etc.”  i coloured this snow woman with a paintbrush and both distress ink pads and letraset aqua markers and added stickles to her snowflake hair, which i love. i hope you’ll play along too and as always, thanks for popping by.