Get Ready For Christmas at Penny Black And More

it’s never too early to get ready for christmas and that’s what we’re doing this month at the penny black and more challenge.

copyright linda @ penny black xmas snail-1

this is an older penny black stamp called 2993F xmas snail that i’ve painted with twinkling H2Os, mixing paint colours to coordinate with the paper and added flower soft to the hat.

you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, as long as it’s hand stamped – just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Rare Earth.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

i’m also submitting this to the penny black Holiday Head Start Challenge.

thanks for popping by.

Thanking A Vet

i’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge 29: Sketch and Color Challenge:


Taylored Expression bunny

i used three of the four colours and followed the sketch to create this thank you card for one of the vets who goes above and beyond in her excellent care of my daughter’s bunny. i watercoloured this little cutie from the Taylored Expressions Easter Doodles set with twinkling H2Os, added some flower soft to the tail and popped it on foam tape.

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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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Penny Black And More December – Special Occasions

it’s time for a new theme at penny black and more challenge and this month we’d like to see creations for those special occasions; i’m sticking with christmas. i used Penny Black ‘Snowy‘ wood stamp 2521K to make another set of cards.

i kept the layout simple without any embellishments for mailing purposes – and for me too just because i don’t like mass producing cards, but i did them in stages so it worked out well.

penny black snowy

i water coloured with twinkling H2Os, added flower soft to the hat, black stickles to the buttons, glossy accents to the nose and a bit of snow.

visit the blog for some beautiful creations by my team mates and for all the fabulous prizes and rules and remember, playing along is easy – just make sure your focal point is a stamped image from any company, except no digs allowed.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
sweet stampin christmas: snow people
mod squad challenge: frosty the snowman!
jingle belles: linkfest 2014 anything goes

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.

Holiday Bunny

card with bunny pulling sled holding reindeer on brown with white polka dot paper and red check paper trim; also a making spirits bright sentiment
i made this card for the sketch saturday challenge, and the jingle belles’ dashing through the snow theme. i coloured everything with distress ink pads, added stickles for the snow on the ground and flower soft for the tails and hat trim. i was inspired by stephanie’s card to use the red check with the kraft since i bought the simple stories handmade holidays paper during my last trip to my local stamp store. thanks stephanie and thanks for popping by.

Hoppy Holidays

christmas tag featuring frog with red and green trim
hoppy holidays seems like an appropriate greeting for everyone; it’s better than my bah humbug, right? i’ve had this cute penny black frog for almost two years; i coloured him with aquamarkers and distress inks, added flower soft to the hat and stickles for snow. i’m submitting it to the following challenges:
penny black saturday – make a tag
one crazy stamper – christmas/holiday
flower soft – happy holidays
crimbo crackers – snowflakes
oldie but goodie – christmas animals

thanks for popping by.


card with scared black cat hanging on to jack o lantern balloon with three bats nearby
i love these penny black critters that float around hanging onto a balloon string. as usual, the images are watercoloured with distress inks with black flower soft added to all the solid parts of the cat, black stickles on the bats and glossy accents on the balloon. the sentiment strip is actually ribbon. thanks for popping by.

i’m submitting this to the following challenges:
allsorts – halloween
flower soft – to use flower soft on cards that feature orange and black
paper sundaes – i chose black and sparkle from the sundae bar
penny black saturday – too cute to spook
ribbon carousel – halloween.

Teddy’s Fall Fun

teddy laying on his back playing in fall leaves it’s been a week since i posted, so i’m playing catch up again; i created this card for three challenges: allsorts bear with us; flower soft fall fun and, for the first time, iheart2stamp’s sketch for you to try (posted below). as always, teddy’s watercoloured with distress inks and i added autumn flower soft and punched leaves. it’s so gloomy today that it’s hard to take a brighter photo; maybe i need a new camera. thanks for popping by.

Guest Designer Card

i am so excited to be a guest designer for the penny black at allsorts challenge this month! not only do i love penny black stamps and the monthly pace, but then i found out it was for an inspiration challenge, which i also love.

photo of fall trees in a park with a red bench and fallen leaves on the ground
this beautiful inspiration photo captures the start of what is my favourite season – finally, cooler temperatures and those rich colourful landscapes.

teddy sitting under a fall tree with three bluebirds delivering cards to him for his birthday
i watercoloured the image with distress inks, added autumn flower soft to the tree, cut and popped the envelopes and of course i added stickles to the flower centres. so, ink up those penny black stamps and submit them by the 28th for a chance to win some lovely prizes. thanks to the penny black at allsorts team and thanks for popping by.

Daisy Chain Mice

a row of mice making a daisy flower chain with a pink border on rectangle card
this is my second post today; i’m trying to focus on creating so the pain from my tooth extraction is less noticeable. i made this for the flower soft challenge to create a rectangle card and for the touchy feely theme at the penny black saturday challenge. i watercoloured the image and sky with distress inks, used flower soft on the flowers and grass, yellow stickles in the flower centres and popped the matted image on foam tape. 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.

In Loving Memory

teddy holding bouquet of flowers with bright striped background, yellow bow and ribbon and yellow glitter dots
i made this card for my son, who passed away two years ago today and it just feels natural to me to continue to make cards to honour him, especially because he always encouraged me along my creative pursuits. besides, so much has changed since that horrific day that my card making is probably the only thing that feels natural; everything else just feels out of whack – maybe it always will.  i miss him and think of him daily, but with my birthday last saturday and father’s day tomorrow, it’s been an overwhelming week. teddy is watercoloured and i added flower soft to the flower centres and for the grass.  i’m submitting this card to the flower soft floral challenge.

thanks for popping by. i always appreciate everyone’s comments, but depending on what kind of day i’m having, i sometimes don’t get around to commenting as often as i should.

Fruit Punch

fruit punch in a glass with an orange slice edged with flower soft
this week’s flower soft challenge, #27,  is sweet treats (anything food related), so the orange slice is my taste of sweetness with flower soft on the edge. i also used white polar soft on the rim of the glass, which is full of fruit punch. i watercoloured the images and cut out and popped the orange. thanks for looking.

Hey, Ewe!

ewe covered in flower soft for texture with hey, ewe sentiment
this week’s penny black saturday challenge theme is recycling. the green plaid corners and border are leftover pieces from last week’s pbsc card; plus, wool is recycled from sheep.  :)  my friend, anne, knows how much i love penny black stamps, so she sent me this stamp at christmas – thanks, anne!  i watercoloured the ewe and covered it in flower soft. i stamped the head twice, popped it on top and added flower soft grass. the sentiment is hand printed with a marker.

i’m also submitting this to the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge and two Flower Soft challenges: the March monthly and the furry friends weekly. thanks for popping by.

Where Are Those Eggs?

teddy with bunny ears and chick walking under teddy in search of eggs
this month’s forever friends challenge is to create a card without using designer papers, which is how i started making cards; but i’ve been using papers more and more, so it actually was a challenge! everything in the image panel is watercoloured and flower soft was added to teddy’s tail. i’m also submitting this to the flower soft monthly and easter challenges and the spotted canary spring challenge at splitcoaststampers. 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.

Glowing Candles

three christmas candles surrounded by greenery
i made this for the flower soft challenge 15 – make a quick and easy card, which this was. i stamped the sentiment in green on the flower soft topper, added vintage flower soft to the greenery and stickles to the flame and surrounding glow. i matted the topper with a shimmery copper card stock, distressed the edges of a ready made folded card and attached the matted topper. thanks for popping by.