Welcome Baby

there were a few hiccups with the october crafter’s companion challenge theme of baby, so the october challenge has been re-posted and now i can post my guest designer card. i coloured the mice from the ‘celebration parade‘ set with distress inks, made all the paper buttons, added a memory box die cut banner and some stickers to spell baby; the papers are all from echo park.

so, now you can play along with the october baby challenge AND the november christmas/winter theme challenge for some fabulous prizes. thanks for popping by.

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.

Memory Box Baby Card

baby card with line of baby clothes, upper case letters spelling baby in browns and blues with animal print on the bottom third and three yellow buttons on the side
this is my june DT card for papercraft cafe and it was fun to use some new memory box dies; i’ve mentioned before how marie, the store owner, keeps a good stock of MB dies, so i couldn’t resist the typewriter upper alphabet and the tiny baby clothes dies. the cute papers are from echo park’s bundle of joy collection and i love that the blue and pink pads coordinate with each other. 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.

Penny Black And More – For The Boys

teddy sleeping in a chair with an open book and a take it easy sentiment
it’s the first sunday of march so this is my DT card for the penny black and more challenge; this month’s theme is ‘for the boys.’ i used Penny Black ‘a bear of all trades’ 30-108 and stamped it three times – once to paper piece the chair, then to cut out teddy and attach him to the chair and to cut out, colour and pop the book. i coloured with distress inks, added faux stitching and a chipboard button covered with matching paper. finally, the checked paper was made by sponging through some drywall tape.

want to play along? you can use any company’s image (just no digis) for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Pretty Little Ribbons, Crimson Cloud – plus, one of the lucky participants will be a Guest Designer. visit the challenge blog for some creative inspiration from the DT and to link up – i’d love to see what you make for the boys in your life.

thanks for popping by.

Poinsettia Card For Papercraft Cafe

christmas card in red and green with red poinsettia and merry christmas circular sentiment
when i started designing my october DT card for papercraft cafe, my local stamp store, i thought that this new penny black winter magic stamp set was perfect for those 3″ x 3″ cards i love to make, but then i found the tuesday morning sketches blog. this little stamp can be the focal point of any size card; and, because of the sentiment, it still looks ok if you accidentally photograph the card upside down. (not shown, lol) i stamped the poinsettia twice on watercolour paper and just sponged with distress inks, cut some of the leaves away and layered it. thanks for popping by.

An Easy Christmas Tag

very easy christmas tag in green and red with merry christmas sentiment
i made what i’m calling a QAE (quick and easy) tag for sandra’s rudolph day challenge to create christmas cards on the 25th of every month. CAS refers to the layout, but it’s not always QAE if you spend a lot of time colouring images like i normally do. this time, i just stamped the sentiment on a pre-made tag from echo park, layered it up, rounded the corners and added a ribbon. thanks for popping by.