Black And White Plus One At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of december and we’ve got an easy theme for you this month at the penny black and more challenge blog; we’d like you to use black and white plus one other colour while, as always, using a stamped image or large sentiment/quote as the focal point – the only exception is penny black stickeroos.

i created a birthday card to send to my dad who will be celebrating his 92nd birthday in early january.

the Penny Black Christmas Park wood stamp was heat embossed with black embossing powder and then i sponged the sky with blue distress inks and added some falling snow.

i hope you’ll come and play along – remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Marianne, Crafty Ribbons and a stamp from teamie Sam.

visit the blog to see how the rest of the design team has interpreted this challenge.

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Bunny Wishes

this is a card i made for my daughter to give to one of her veterinarians, a specialist in the care of bunnies among other exotic animals.

i painted all the images from the memory box/simon says stamptember love and laughter stamps set with twinkling H2Os and die cut them with the matching dies. the background was created with distress inks and i painted the ice with twinkling H2Os too and then added some falling snow. to finish it off, i stamped the memory box bunny wishes sentiment on a poppystamps general store tag die and added a snowflake, also from the love and laughter set.

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

Poppy – Plaid is Rad
ABC Christmas – W for Wishes
Sweet Stampers #1 – Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Christmas Greetings
Noor! Designs UK Winter
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Watercolour

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Cracking Me Up

i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 49: a sketch and colour combination.

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copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 49

i created this card for my husband; as a person with a disability, i rely on him for a lot of help. lately, i’ve been dealing with extra health issues and he always knows when i need a laugh. i used two different blue distress inks to paint the sky and i used twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer water pencils to watercolour the cute image from the easter doodles stamp set, no link found.

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Pretty Peridot Leaves

i was inspired by Magenta Designer  and her stencilling with gesso technique on this card so i played with stencils today – something different for me.

copyright linda @ memory box leaves

i watercoloured the memory box die cut leaves with ‘pretty peridot’ twinkling H2Os. after the gesso dried, which didn’t take long because of the small design, i painted yellow twinkling H2Os onto the cold press watercolour paper, then sponged dried marigold distress ink on top, splattered with both pretty peridot twinks and some water. to finish it off, i sponged shabby shutters distress ink through the diamond stencil.

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

Memory Box Challenge #15- Yellow Challenge
Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday July 2016! use august birthstone peridot
4CC #312 – LEAVES

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Just Peachy

i’m playing along with the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 274 and, as usual, mine is a literal interpretation.


MFT flower copyright linda

i did change one thing though – instead of my usual watercoloured image, i used an MFT blueprint flower die as the focal point. i’ve been practicing making crinoline flowers, thanks to the very talented Tammy Tutterow and her step-by-step tutorial.

the square and this flower are coloured with pink and yellow distress inks that mixed together to create a nice orange, which is my least favourite colour, but this one’s more peachy so i like it. i added flower soft to the die cut centre; i used the Die-Namics Dainty Lace Border Die and decided to not discard the remaining piece and use it to offset the lace. to finish it off, i attached the flower to a MFT stitched circle and added the sentiment.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day 12

last but not least, and the one that took the longest, is my tag for day 12 of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Challenge.


i was inspired by day 12 designer sandy allnock’s ornaments made with yupo. i tried watercolouring on yupo over a year ago and found it to be quite challenging; however, when i saw sandy’s creations i thought i’d give it another go – i’m still not a fan, but it was something different for a change. yupo is a plastic surface used in the printing industry and adopted by artists; it’s water resistant, will not absorb a wet medium and needs to air dry. after two days of drying time, as sandy suggested, i covered the green bracts with glossy accents, which is difficult with my RA and hands so the pink ones got tossed and i replaced them with watercolour paper and twinkling H2Os.

the memory box grapevine wreath and stems with berries were also coloured with twinkling H2Os and i added a mirri gold wplus9 die cut merry sentiment, inspired by Dawn Woleslagle, a bow, some string and i have a tree ornament or a present tag.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day 10

i made up for lost time yesterday and created a tag for day 10 of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Challenge.


my tag is a literal interpretation of the sketch and was inspired by Kelly Alvarez’s tag; i like how she created a scene inside the circle so i did that too, but with a setting sun. i used lawn fawn dies and white glitter card stock for the trees and mini snowflakes and coloured with distress inks.

copyright linda twelve tags feminine twist day 10.2015-1

the sentiment is an inky antics stamp. thanks for popping by.

Autumn Is Here

i’m sharing another CAS card as i’m just making the deadline for the magenta september challenge and the autumn theme. our leaves are starting to change colour and i’m so looking forward to the full range of colours and the cooler temps.


i used distress inks to ink the Magenta Clover Silhouette stamp and spritzed with water before stamping onto watercolour paper; i sponged the edges of the card with the same inks and the splatters were made with a yellow twinkling H2O. the left strip was also sponged and stamped with the Magenta Script stamp.

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Case-ing A CAS Card

one of my house of cards challenge teamies, monika, is celebrating her birthday throughout april by asking participants to case one of her cards displayed in her post and join her LINKY PARTY for a chance to win the prize of a 25$ gift voucher to a store you like.

of course i had to case this cute bunny card:

z Easter Bunny 1

impression obsession bunny thanks

i used impression obsession dies for the bunny, flowers and sentiment, created the background with distress inks, painted the flowers with twinkling H2Os and added yellow stickles to the centres.

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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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i needed a couple more thank you cards so i die cut some more impression obsession leaves and coloured them with distress inks; the thanks sentiment is a memory box die and the rest of the pieces are my favourite things blueprint die-namics so it all came together quickly.


i’d like to enter these challenges:

wags and whiskers: add some leaves
one crazy stamper – anything goes

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Colours of Summer

i created this card for the impression obsession challenge – colours of summer and i was inspired by IO design team member kittie; she creates beautiful scenes with so much dimension and attention to detail.


i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os and also painted some swatches of twinks to die cut the small bird set DIE154-A and the flowers and leaves using the petals from the hydrangea set DIE044-Y. i lightly sponged two of the bunnies from the rabbit set DIE168 and used some woodgrain paper to die cut the birdhouse set DIE156-H. i added colour to the bunnies with derwent inktense pencils, yellow stickles to the flower centres and strips of green corrugated paper. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More July – Dies And Punches

it’s the first sunday of july already and time for a new penny black and more challenge theme; this month, we’re challenging you to use those dies and punches. as always, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point, just no digis. there are some fabulous prizes on offer from some generous sponsors so i hope to see you join in. visit the blog to view some beautiful creations by my team mates and to find complete details.

penny black and more strawberry mice

i watercoloured this sweet image from the Penny Black homemade clear set with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os. i used a couple of die cuts on this card: the Marianne Design button flower, cut with chipboard and white card stock; My Favorite Things Die-namics banners; nestabilities squares for the image and mat and i used an EK Success eyelet punch for the borders. i created the tablecloth with a stencil and a paintbrush.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
addicted to stamps – #102 make your mark

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Lemonade Mice

i’m playing along with the “More Than One Score” Scor-pal Challenge #5 and this month’s theme of bright and sunny. I searched for quick and easy cards since i was short on time and i found this cute card by Diane Zechman so i used my Scor-pal and cased the design; i tried to change the pointed edge with a die cut shape, but none would fit.


i watercoloured these Penny Black images with Twinkling H2Os, Derwent Inktense Pencils and Distress Ink pads; i cut the lemons out since i used watercolour paper and used a velcro closure on the flap; this was a fun card to make.

EDIT: i was lucky enough to be a top three and last month’s scor-pal challenge winner for this card and my prize arrived just after i posted this today – thanks so much scor-pal for the Scor-Buddy and roll of tape!

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Birthday Bird




i’m playing along with this week’s i {heart} card sketches w/ a tWiSt #no.70. the bird is coloured with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and both the image and hearts are popped on foam tape; i coated the candle with glossy accents. i reached a milestone birthday this week and i was kind of dreading it, but someone reminded me that it’s just a number – maybe i feel older than the number. lol. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Favourite Stamp

penny black painting hedgehog

it’s hard to believe that it’s june already and time for a new penny black and more challenge. it was difficult to choose one favourite stamp, but i love this penny black portraiture stamp because hedgie is doing what i love to do – paint; i watercoloured everything with distress inks but i added a twinkling H2O to the snail’s shell.

check out the blog to see the lovely creations by my team mates and the fabulous prizes on offer. Remember, you can use any company’s stamp as a focal point, just no digis. So, what’s your favourite stamp? Come and play!

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Peaceful Holiday Wishes

wishing you i’ve missed playing along with some of my favourite christmas card challenges, but thanks to my favorite things die-namics blueprints sketches, this one didn’t take much time, something i don’t seem to have enough of lately. the jingle belles are celebrating PEACE …incorporate a Peace Symbol or the word PEACE into your design … or you can create a card that evokes Peace for you and these soft and muted colours do that for me; the sentiment is computer generated. i did a lot of sponging and added stickles to the flower centres. sandra’s rudolph day challenge is to create two or more holiday cards so the photo below shows the two together. i’d also like to submit this card to one crazy stamper – anything goes and an embellishment. thanks for popping by.

wishing you two

Chef Teddy

Wild Rose Studio Chef Teddy

i needed to add a birthday card to my stash so i watercoloured this cute wild rose studio teddy clear stamp with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and used a wild rose studio sentiment. the looped heart border is one of the impression obsession dies that i chose when i recently won a gift certificate by playing along with their challenges.

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

papertake weekly – ohhh so cute
creative knockouts – colouring show off
feeling crafty – one for the girls/ladies
always something creative – birthday
natalie and amy’s challenge – rubber stamping
papercrafting challenges – my faves are watercolouring cute and whimsical images, dies, minimal embellishments
allsorts – happy birthday as they celebrate their 5th bday
one crazy stamper – anything goes and an embellishment

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Penny Black Botanical Notes

i created a z-fold card with my scor-pal for my mid month DT creation; this month’s penny black and more challenge theme is anything goes.

i love this penny black ‘botanical notes’ cling stamp because of the collage image that i always seem to have trouble creating. i watercoloured with distress ink pads, then stamped the flower twice more to cut and layer it. the thank you was die cut from my new penny black creative die set and a marianne design leaf flourish die. be sure to check out the beautiful creations from my team mates and the fabulous prizes on offer at the penny black and more challenge blog and remember, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point, just no digis.

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

Scor-pal – more than one fold with a stamped image
Crafty Little Fairies – In the Garden
A Little Bit Crafty – Flower Power
Country View Craft’s Challenge – Nature’s glories
One Crazy Stamper – Anything Goes & an Embellishment

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