Waiting For Christmas

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i won a guest designer spot for the crafter’s companion challenge blog for october to december, but there were a few hiccups with the blog; this is my november card for the christmas/winter theme. i watercoloured this makey bakey mouse with distress inks and twinkling H2Os, added red glass beads to the holly, flower soft on the coat and stickles around the edge of the image rectangle. the red star was die cut from glitter paper and the december 25 star sentiment was stamped from the makey bakey mouse festive fun & frolics set and cut out by hand. the papers are doodlebug’s home for the holidays. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Mid October Post

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; a halloween card with a cat in a pumpkin, dark night sky and six bats flying overhead

this is my mid month DT card for the penny black and more challenge theme of anything goes! i coloured the penny black ‘be very scared’ image with distress inks, twinkling H2Os and coloured pencils and stamped some cobwebs from the ‘trick or treat’ clear stamp set. there are some fabulous prizes to be won and remember, you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis; i hope you’ll play along.

i’d like to submit my card to these challenges:
papercraft star: inspiration photo
simply create too #48 – halloween
crafty calendar – halloween

thanks for popping by.

Autumn Colours

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we’re starting to see the leaves changing colours and they’re just so pretty, vivid and inspiring; perfect for the colours of fall impression obsession challenge theme. i stamped the I.O. quote, D5529, onto white cardstock and sponged it and the patterned paper with distress inks. all the leaves, DIE030-S and DIE095-D were die cut from leftover watercolour paper that was already coloured with twinkling H2Os for another fall card i made; i just sponged the edges.

i was lucky enough to be the random winner of the $25.00 gift certificate from impression obsession just by playing along with their challenge last month so i chose something for spring because i saw some very cute cards by the design team…

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something for fall because i love the larger leaves die i already have and i’m impressed with how deeply they emboss, even the tiniest…
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and something for winter because i love snowmen and this snowman on the ground has been on my wish list for some time.

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thanks for popping by.

Apple Season

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE and described here solely for people with disabilities; an autumn card with orange, red and green background papers, some banners at the top with a sentiment, "mmmmm! apples" and a watercoloured image of two hedgies with apples, one hedgie in a basket
it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge and this month it’s anything goes! for my DT card, i chose this cute penny black ‘hedgy gift’ image because it’s fall, it’s apple season and we just made some apple crisp – yum! i coloured with distress ink pads, cut out the apples, heated with versamark and clear ep and popped them on foam tape. there are some fabulous prizes to be won and you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. you’ll be impressed when you check out what the rest of the design team did at the blog; i hope you’ll play along.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:
one crazy stamper – autumn
simply create too – fall/autumn
papercraft star – inspiration photo – fall

thanks for popping by.

Thanks

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED HERE SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; a card with fall colours and leaves in the background with one die cute maple leaf in the centre and black die cut letters on the bottom spelling thanks
welcome to a new follower! thank you for taking an interest in what i create.

i haven’t had much time lately to create or comment: DH has been on vacation and we’ve had day trips, out of town visits to family, i’ve had volunteer work, commissions, taking classes, and prepping a class to teach. there are never enough hours in the day and since fatigue is a big part of my RA, i can’t always accomplish as much as i’d like.

anyway, this is my DT card for papercraft cafe; i used the same impression obsession die cut stencil i made for a recent card, but i added the memory box die cut letters instead of stamping on this one and the colours are a bit different. thanks for popping by; i hope to find time soon to pop by all those bloggers who inspire me, make me smile, and take time to comment.

A Happy Twirl

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED HERE SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: a card with a twirling koala in a pink and green leotard with pink slippers, pink dots on white background, a strip of pink paper at the bottom and a green bow

i’m playing along with the ‘circles’ challenge theme at stamping bella this week; i used circle dies, the dots embossing folder and coloured with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os.

this happy koala is one of  two stamps i bought when stamping bella introduced illustrator christine grove’s characters in june; i was lucky enough to recently win a $20.00 gift certificate, so i bought a third character that i still have to colour and some general use stamps. thanks for popping by.

Make Lemonade


the less is more challenge this week is to use a rubber stamp and watercolour (my favourite technique) so i used three different watercolour media to colour this penny black image: watercolour crayons, twinkling H2Os and distress ink pads. i cut out one lemon, added stickles to the edge and popped it on foam tape. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More September

Penny Black Sunflower
i don’t know where the time goes, but it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; this month we’d like to see fall colours or a sketch by the talented Brenda or both, so you have several options. i stamped this ‘sunny’ penny black cling stamp with twinkling H20s, added some splatters and used permanent markers to colour the peel off corners to match the distress ink i used to sponge the background paper.

there are some fabulous prizes to be won, along with a chance to be a guest designer so i hope you’ll play along. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – Mid Month In The Garden

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com gardening mouse
this is my DT card just to remind you that you still have plenty of time to play along with our ‘in the garden’ theme this month at the penny black and more challenge; and remember, you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis please.  as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won plus a chance of being a guest designer.

i coloured this cute mouse from penny black garden critters with distress inks and twinkling h2os, added stickles to the butterfly, die cut the sun with MFT die-namics and added a sentiment from penny black micey day clear stamp set.

i’d like to submit this to these challenges:
little red wagon #198 – use a sun
kreativeinkauf – summer, sun, beach
heck of a challenge – summer holidays
a little bit crafty – summer sun
just for fun #1 – anything goes
aud sentiments – anything but a birthday card with sentiment
whimsy inspiration #62 – clean and simple
animal friends #5 – summer

thanks for popping by.

Lemonade With Friends

i was commissioned to make a card for someone who wanted bright, cute, cheerful and with mice; it was so much fun to colour these penny black mice images from the ‘homemade’ set. as usual, i coloured with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and i masked the sentiment to stamp half on the first panel and the other half on the second; i added a blank white panel to the the final section of the s-fold as requested for a hand written note after i took this photo. i lightly sponged the image panels with distress ink and used patterned paper from pink pettitcoat; i was inspired by sally’s adorable lemonade card.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
crafty ribbons challenge – three of something
a little bit crafty – summer sun ends august 30
animal friends #5 – summer ends august 31
crafting when we can – lemon and lime ends august 17

Penny Black And More August – In The Garden

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it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; this month we’d like to see ‘in the garden’ creations. i coloured this penny black ‘break for cake’ image with distress ink pads and die cut the sentiment from the ‘in the garden’ clear set. i made my own flowers again with dies and punches and used my memory box ribbon slide die and added stickles to it.

i’d love for you to play along and remember – you can use any company’s images as your focal point, just no digis please. for some fabulous prizes and inspiration from the rest of the design team, visit the challenge blog here.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:
one crazy stamper – birthday
a little bit crafty – summer sun
just for fun – anything goes
penny black – beat the heat
Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World – birthday
seize the birthday – anything goes birthday linky party

thanks for popping by.

Sleigh Bells Ring

copyright linda @ snail's space and described here for people with disabilities; christmas card with red sleigh, driven by a mouse and two other mice with reindeer antlers on a green background with gold jingle bells at the top on a red background

the current jingle belles prompt of ‘Sleigh Belles Ring’ was suggested by talented guest star jessi fogan; we could make a card with a sleigh, or bells or sheet music, but i challenged myself to use all three. i coloured this penny black sleigh image with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os, added some clear embossed musical notes from penny black’s clearly in love set and added a row of memory box jingle bells.

i’m also submitting this card to:
sandra’s rudolph day challenge
penny black’s beat the heat challenge – the thought of snow has a cooling effect
penny black saturday – christmas in july
stamp and create – christmas in july
winter wonderland – ding dong merrily on high; use bells

thanks for popping by.

Happy Birthday!

copyright linda @ snail's space and described here for people with disabilities; birthday card in pinks and greens featuring a stamped and coloured cute elephant carrying some presents plus a die cut white heart border at the bottom
i created this birthday card for a very special someone who loves elephants; this is my first bella stamp by wild rose studio and i think she’s just so cute. i followed the sketch at a die for a sketch challenge #14 (flipped vertically), coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2Os, made my own flowers with dies and punches and of course added stickles wherever i could.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:
Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World
stamp with fun #217 celebrate
the cutie pie – pretty in pink
a little bit crafty ‘die-ing for it’
the paper girls – watercolours
wordplay saturday july – birthdays
seize the birthday – anything goes

thanks for popping by.

Keeping Cool

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com and described here for people with disabilities; a christmas card featuring a snowman wearing red and green mittens and scarf with three glittered snowflakes and print paper
whew, such a busy week – it was so nice to be able to sit and create this christmas card that i’m giving to my daughter to add to her stash; besides, during this heat wave, snow sounds good to me. i coloured the snowman with twinkling H2Os and distress inks, added stickled snowflakes and followed the your next stamp july sketch challenge.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:
sweet stampin’ – christmas in july
christmas at sweet stampin’  – snowman
a little bit crafty – “die-ing for it!”
stamp and create – christmas in july
christmas card challenges – christmas cards with the option of snowflakes

thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More July – enjoy!

card with two hedgehogs carrying a present, a die cut enjoy sentiment and two die cut pennant borders at the top
it’s the first sunday of the month, so it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; we’d like to see dies and punches on your creations. for my DT card i coloured these cute hedgies with distress ink pads and used the memory box lower case alphabet and banner dies, while the little butterfly is a MS punch. there are some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Whiff of Joy, Flonz, and Stix2 and remember that you can use any company’s images to play along, just no digis please. check out the challenge blog for some inspiration from my teamies and the rules – hope you’ll play along. thanks for popping by.

ETA: i’m submitting this card to the Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Free To Be Me

copyright by linda @ snail's space and described here for people with disabilities; a thinking of you card in red and white with a ladybug holding a white daisy
happy canada day to my fellow canadians and independence day to my friends south of the border.

this is my first time playing along with CAS-ology and the cue word is FREE; i learned a new philosophy after the loss of my son so the first thing that comes to my mind is free to be – which includes sad, happy, silly, whatever mood i’m in, i’m free to be in it and i won’t apologize for it. i’m also free to express myself politically, artistically, or however i want because i live in a free country, thanks to the many veterans who fought to keep it this way.

i coloured the image with distress ink pads, added black stickles to the ladybug’s dots and yellow stickles to the flower centre. i’m also submitting this to the simply create too #40 challenge to use the colours of your country’s flag, which are red and white and the addicted to CAS challenge of take flight. thanks for popping by.

My First Digi Christmas Card

three inch square christmas card in red and white with four snowmen and a die cut snowflake border across the top
i love to watercolour everything and since my printer just chews up my watercolour paper, i don’t do digis. but the talented gina cunningham is the jingle belles‘ guest star who wants us to make a “hybrid” holiday card which utilizes at least one digital element – yikes. i did win a digistamp boutique gift certificate last year and printed one of the images onto 90 lb. watercolour paper that pills with too much water so i made a tiny 3″ card and carefully coloured with distress ink pads and a tiny brush. i cut away some of the memory box frosty border to fit and added stickles. this is also for my friend sandra’s rudolph day challenge – there are only 5 more rudolph days before you need to send out your holiday cards – just thought i’d mention it. thanks for popping by.

Colours Of Summer

card with resting bunny in grass and clover with blue, green and burgundy papers and a sentiment of enjoy a relaxing day
this is my entry for the impression obsession challenge – the colours of summer; i went with blue skies, green grass, the colour of crabapple blossoms and the colour of our backyard bunnies that hide under a shrub. i coloured the D8380-CLING resting rabbit with distress inks and added flower soft to the tail and to create clover and added a sentiment from the CL255 riding pretty set. the sheer blue flower is from my stash and i punched the centre from the matching paper and sponged the edge with distress ink. i couldn’t take a photo of this card yesterday because those other dark gloomy colours of summer appeared, along with a thunderstorm. when i checked my updates last night, i read that impression obsession is having a blog hop with flower soft; honestly, my DH will verify that my card was done yesterday – too funny. anyway, gift certificates will be given out for Impression Obsession and Flower Soft so you might want to check that out.

i’m also submitting this card to a little bit crafty challenge where the theme is something sweet; i know, sweet treats and candy come to mind, but bunnies are the sweetest creatures. thanks for popping by.

Memories Of The Beach

card with beach scene and sea shells in burgundy on a beige mesh ribbon with water and sky in the background
before i get to my card, i want to thank those of you who left kind and comforting words on my last post of the card i made in memory of my son. pushing myself to create keeps me going and i appreciate your taking the time to offer your compassion and support.

the ranger ink seasonal colour palette challenge looked so challenging that i just had to play along. my fondest summer memories are going to the beach and cottage when i was much much younger. i coloured the shells with a brush and distress ink pads in aged mahogany and pumice stone, but stamped the starfish with aged mahogany and cut them all out; i popped them on foam tape on a piece of mesh ribbon. i used a paper towel for the water and sky by soaking up adirondack stonewashed and denim blue inks and i used walnut stain and antique linen DI to create the frame, which i brushed and used direct to paper technique. thanks for popping by.

In Loving Memory

card with teddy in blue coveralls sitting on the ground with a turtle and a miss you sentiment
i made this card in memory of my son, who passed away four years ago today. being the artist he was, he always encouraged me with my colouring skills when i started card making with stamped images. there are so many memories but this card honours him for his curiosity, love of nature and a scruffy teddy we rescued from a store shelf. i coloured this penny black teddy with distress inks and used my memory box alphabet die.

i’d like to submit my card to these challenges:
twisted tuesday – create a masculine card with clothes ends june 23
creative creations – masculine ends june 22
totally papercrafts – ends june 20

thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Mid Month Reminder – CAS

card with teddy bear in golf clothes with golf equipment and a you're the best sentiment
this is my mid month card for our CAS theme at penny black and more challenge. i stamped teddy three times: once on watercolor paper, which i coloured with distress inks, once on the white check paper and once on the red to paper piece his sweater. i cut out teddy and his golf bag and attached everything to the check paper. there are some fabulous prizes to be won and you still have time to come and play! you can use any stamp company’s image for the focal point of your creation, just no digis please.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:
aloha friday challenge – #1 masculine/father’s day ends june 20
pan pastel uk challenge – male theme ends june 22
joanna sheen – father’s day or a male card ends june 26
ready-teddy-go – who’s the daddy? ends june 30

thanks for popping by.

For Dad

father's day card with stamped black wildflowers surrounded by orange, pink and red sponged ink
this CAS card is on its way to my dad for father’s day. i stamped and sponged with distress inks and i used my new memory box alphabet dies, which i love; they’re the perfect size for cards. thanks for popping by.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

floral thank you card in pink, green and ivory
i’ve been very busy with volunteering so i haven’t had much time to create lately, but i managed to make this card for the impression obsession challenge to ‘bloom where you are planted.’ i coloured the image from the Spring Medley CL465 set with twinkling H2Os, distress inks and stickles; the sentiment is from the Thanks Sentiments CL41 set. i rounded the corners, added a bow and it’s another thank you card for my stash. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – CAS

card with sweet wishes sentiment, red trim and a hedgehog balancing a strawberry on his nose
this is my DT card for the penny black and more challenge; this month, we’d like to see your clean and simple cards. i masked the ‘strawberry jam’ image 4254J, coloured with distress inks and cut out the strawberry to pop it on foam tape; the sentiment is from the ‘sweet wishes’ clear set 30-104.

you’ll be inspired by the rest of the design team’s beautiful creations and you can also check out the fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Crimson Cloud, Stamp Addicts and All that Scraps; just use a stamped image from any company as your focal point, no digis please, and upload by july 3. i hope you play along and have fun with this theme. thanks for popping by.

Happy Birthday

birthday card with yellow background, pennants at the top and featuring a circle of hedgehogs dancing around a birthday cake
welcome to some new followers; i appreciate your interest in my blog.

i’m still slowly easing back into creating so it was fun to colour this cute penny black hedgie image; as usual, i used distress inks. i used my new memory box pennant die to cut two and join together and used papers from the bo bunny surprise! collection – i love the bright colours and patterns in this 6×6 pad.

i’m submitting this card to the following challenges:
allsorts challenge – celebrating their 4th birthday
one stop craft challenge – furry friends
613 avenue create – anything goes
red carpet studio – 16 candles
songbird challenges – all creatures great and small

thanks for popping by.

The Bee’s Knees

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i made most of this card on sunday, but i wasn’t able to finish it, take a photo or type until now because of a severe RA flareup that i’m still recuperating from. i’ll probably slow down a little bit, if it’s even possible to go slower, but it’s so difficult not to create; i fell behind in everything again and hope to stop by soon and get caught up on some commenting.

anyway, i’m playing along with the sketch n stash challenge with the option of wings – items from my stash include one and a half year old stamps and papers, four year old punches and brand new memory box precious heart dies. i coloured with distress inks and used plenty of stickles.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
try it on tuesday challenge – feminine and fancy theme
one crazy stamper – flowers
whimsy inspirations challenge – anything goes
natalie and amy’s – things with wings

thanks for popping by.

Yummy Cookies

card in blue and chocolate brown with jar of heart shaped cookies and hope your day is delicious sentiment
i’m playing along with the Your Next Stamp Tasty Tuesday Challenge, which provided an inspiration photo full of beautifully decorated chocolate/blue/vanilla cookies that look so yummy. i coloured the image with a paintbrush, distress ink pads and tombow marker, added stickles to the chocolate chips and border of the image, and popped it on foam squares. i stamped the sentiment and added a couple of gems to complete this CAS card. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – Sew Special

card with girl sitting on ground holding an umbrella with a bird standing on her shoe holding a pink tulip for her with hearts gently falling next to it
it’s the first sunday of the month so it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge; it’s sew special – create a card or gift for someone special to you with the option of adding sewing, real or faux. sewing was one of my hobbies i gave up because of RA, so i used an image that already had stitching on it, plus i pierced some holes around the edge. i coloured with a paintbrush, distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and i used marianne design dies to make the rolled flower, leaves and my favourite tag. you’ll want to visit our challenge blog for inspiration and rules, which are pretty simple – use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis.

i’d like to submit this to the going girly theme this month at marianne’s design divas.

ETA: i’m also adding this to the moxie fab world wonder of watercolor challenge. thanks for popping by.

Impression Obsession Challenge Card And Prize

orange card with two yellow and orange daisies
i created this card for the current impression obsession challenge of ‘flowers for you.’ i heat embossed the double daisies E88925 stamp in white, coloured with distress inks and added the wish you sunshine sentiment B5536 on the side panel.

i was very lucky to have won a prize during the impression obsession blog hop last month so i thought i’d share a photo of my choice of three dies:

photo of three impression obsession dies

of course i had to get the hydrangea stamp set to go with the matching die…

impression obsession hydrangea cling rubber stamp set

and then some bird dies to go with the house…

impression obsession bird die

and some miscellaneous stamps to go with all of the above. thanks for popping by.


Magnolias

this feels like the longest winter and it seems to be taking forever for spring blossoms to appear, so i decided to colour my own flowers while i’m waiting.

card with pink magnolias, green leaves and pink and green paper with two lacy punched borders
i coloured the flourishes magnolia image with twinkling H2Os in my favourite pink/green combo; i also punched some eyelet borders with my favourite ek success punch and added a 1/8″ green ribbon next to it. i’m playing along with the moxie fab world tuesday trigger, which provided an inspiration photo of magnolias. i’m also submitting this to the pretty little ribbon challenge – spring is in the air and the papercraft star challenge to use a stamp.

ETA: i’m also submitting this to the moxie fab world wonder of watercolor challenge. thanks for popping by.

Springtime Fun

card with bunny planting carrots and sentiment with oh happy day!
i’m playing along with the ‘springtime fun’ challenge at impression obsession; i thought this gardening bunny having fun in his carrot garden suited the theme – i’m still trying to decide if he’s planting or digging up. i coloured the image, Easter Bunny CL212, with distress ink pads and added a sentiment from Mini Messages MC176. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – Blossoms And Bows

card with white bunny in a clay pot of purple pansies with green and purple print patterned paper and a purple bow
this is my DT card for penny black and more and april’s theme is blossoms and bows. i coloured the penny black pansy bunny (40-066) with a brush, distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os. edited: i made the double bow with my bow easy and seam binding. you can find some amazing inspiration from the rest of the design team at the blog and i’d love for you to play along – you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis and you have until may 1. as always, there are some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Classy Crafts, Crafty Ribbons plus a chance to be a guest designer.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
crafting by designs – it’s all about the animals ends april 9
crafty ribbons challenge – anything goes with ribbon ends april 10
simply create too – animals ends april 10
Kreativeinkauf – spring ends april 14
that craft place – animals ends april 13
crafting for all seasons – floral delight ends april 15
joanna sheen – spring into spring ends april 17

thanks for popping by.

Take Note

card with teddy bear sitting at computer desk with mug and stationery print background paper along with a mug and sentiment that says i heart dad
this is my DT card for papercraft cafe and i chose to use doodlebug’s ‘take note’ paper and an image from the penny black ‘a bear of all trades’ clear stamp set, which is a great set for father’s day or any time you need a masculine card. as usual, i coloured with distress ink pads and brush and i popped the memo and arrow which were both cut out from the paper pad. i’d also like to submit this to the following challenges:

stempelsonne – fur and tail ends april 4
ladybug crafts ink
– anything goes ends april 7
papertake weekly – anything goes ends april 8
simply create too – animals ends april 11
a little bit crafty – first challenge of anything goes – ends april 28
ready teddy go – anythings goes ends april 30

thanks for popping by.