HAPPY GRADUATION!

i just attended my daughter’s graduation ceremony and i am so proud of her; this is the card i created to congratulate her for earning her second university degree.

graduation 2019 card in white and purple copyright linda snailzpace.com

all of the products are from Impression Obsession: numbers (DIE282-T), mini mortar & scroll (DIE281-D) and happy (DIE669-N).

i’m linking this up to: Scrapy Land Challenge #125 where the theme is always ANYTHING GOES using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells (Impression Obsession).

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin

i’m cutting it close to the deadline for the new Impression Obsession Challenge – Pumpkin Spice!

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i painted the background and pumpkin (CL980 holiday icons) with daniel smith watercolour paints on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment (CL549 more basic greetings) in versafine clair acorn ink and added some brown gingham ribbon. to finish off i sponged the edges of the kraft base with brushed corduroy distress ink.

our canadian thanksgiving is october 14 so this small card will be used then.

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Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: show us your Summer Colours.

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my summer colours are green grass and blue skies so i carried the sky in the image circle out to the front of the card. i painted this cute penny black mouse from the ‘critter fun’ set with twinkling H2Os and used the impression obsession die cut sentiment. the wonky stitches rectangle dies are new to me; i really liked them on my teamie’s cards; thanks ellie.

just a reminder that your focal point must be hand stamped, although you can use any company’s image to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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What A Hoot!

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Feathered Friends!

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i chose a couple of owls from the IO Zenspirations What A Hoot set (CL339) and tested out my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils on kraft; they work great. i sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge His & Hers (& why): i like making both but i usually create more feminine than masculine cards – it depends on the recipient. today’s card is for my husband.
Addicted to Stamps – #175 For a Boy/Man
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Some Birdy

i was really challenged by the current Impression Obsession Challenge – Yellow and Blue but i eventually came up with an idea.

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i die cut the birdhouses (IO DIE156-H) from a leftover piece of watercoloured wash, used yellow cardstock and mustard seed distress ink for the birds (IO DIE154-A), and painted the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) with blue twinkling H2Os ranging from turquoise to a red blue.

all the die cuts, including the fence (IO DIE206-V), were popped on foam tape and attached to a background sky that i sponged; and of course i sponged yellow and blue to create the green bottom. the inside sentiment (IO A5418 Some ‘Birdy’ Loves You) was stamped and i sponged around the edges with mustard seed distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:

Little Red Wagon – Happy Bird-day challenge
Scrapy Land Challenges – #114 Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells

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Bunny Love

a combination of my disabilities and demands on my time have kept me away from creating lately but i had to play along with the Impression Obsession challenge and it’s bunny love theme; bunnies are so sweet.

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after i created the white easel base with my scor-pal, i sponged the sky with blue distress inks; the impression obsession fence (DIE206-V) and impression obsession bunnies (DIE664-T) were cut with kraft paper, also sponged with DI.

i sponged green corrugated paper and attached the bunnies  to the back and the picket fence  to the front with strips of foam tape; i usually paint woodgrain so i love that this die embosses it for me in one pass through the die cut machine.

i stamped the spring (MC657) in versafine deep lagoon onto a strip of white cardstock and added the die cut wishes (DIE364-E), also sponged with DI – thank goodness my tear drop sponges are easy on my hands. to finish it off, the sentiment strip was attached with foam tape.

i’m also playing along with:
Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge April #58 – Texture
Simon Says Wednesday  – Anything Goes

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Happy Thoughts

i either haven’t been well or haven’t had much time lately to create so i made a quick and easy note card.

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i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge theme of flowers for friends and i’ve used these impression obsession stamps:  sentiment A8169 and riding pretty CL255, coloured with coloured pencils and some pink glitter.

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In The Pink Note Cards

i finally have a bit of time to create, although my project is a quick and easy one.

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the current impression obsession challenge is In The Pink! i made a set of note cards featuring this adorable IO bunny (B20551), painted with twinkling H2Os on hp watercolour paper, and a sentiment from the IO More Basic Greetings (CL549) clear stamp set. to finish them off, i sponged the circle edges with distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Black, White and one Colour
Stamping Sensations – All Things Bright & BEAUtiful

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More Monster Hugs

i created a second monster hugs card for the current Impression Obsession challenge theme: It’s All About Love!

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i painted a different monster from the Impression Obsession Monster Mash stamp set (CL886) with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and brayered the embossed background with distress inks; i painted the hugs sentiment too (DIE516-A).

i’m also playing along with:
The Paper Players – #427 Love is in the Air
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes – use Impression Obsession as an option
Challenge Up Your Life – #105 – Love
Allsorts – #505 Love

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Monster Hugs

the current Impression Obsession challenge theme is: It’s All About Love!

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i bought this impression obsession Monster mash stamp set (CL886) after halloween but i really wanted to use him so i paired him with the IO hugs DIE516-A. i painted the monster and sentiment with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, but i brayered the embossed background with distress inks.

i stamped the inside with a heart from the Handmade (MC146) set, typically used to stamp the back of cards. i forgot to take a pic of that.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes and use Impression Obsession as an option
Always Fun Challenges – #95 MONSTERS OR FAIRIES

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Very Quick Christmas Cards

happy 2019! i don’t make new year resolutions; do you? i keep an ongoing list of attainable goals so i can feel a sense of accomplishment, like creating, staying focused, and eating more healthy foods.

since i’m one who enjoys making christmas cards year round, i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge theme of Holiday Greetings!

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this is a clean and simple design and very quick to make so i created a set of eight cards. the IO tree image (E7724) and the IO sentiment (winter trees CL98) were stamped on the front with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane, which i love, and i used another sentiment from the winter trees CL98 set on the inside.

i’m also playing along with the Alphabet Challenge where T IS FOR TREES

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Autumn Shadow Box

i thought i better make another shadow box before i forget how.

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the current impression obsession challenge is autumn colours so i used the Autumn Mosaic verse (D5529) on the front, and randomly stamped leaves and acorns in versamark from a clear stamp set, Wreaths & Garlands Fall & Winter (CL84).

i got a bit carried away with the inside but that’s what i see from my window; branches with squirrels scurrying up, down and all over.

The squirrels and acorns were die cut (DIE213-D), then painted with twinkling H2Os, attached to the picket fence (DIE206-V) and the leafy branches (DIE055-N) were added after they were sponged with distress inks.

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Christmas Thank You

i’m playing along with the new impression obsession challenge theme of So Very Thankful!

i stamped some of the images in the IO christmas minis clear set (MC199) on kraft, used coloured pencils and a sentiment from the IO thanks sentiments set (CL41), and matted it onto a shimmer green cardstock.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Monochrome Or Rainbow (&why): colours brighten my day and i love to use a colourful palette and mix my own custom paint colours.
Stamping Sensations  – Get ready for Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday – Thanks/Thanksgiving

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Hugs For Hubby

while i’m caring for a loved one i don’t have much time to create but i did take a bit of a break to play.

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the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Pop Up Your Words! i’ve coloured the IO New England Lighthouse (G1286) with coloured pencils and popped the IO hugs (DIE516-A) on tiny bits of foam tape. i used the IO happy anniversary die (DIE627-G) and hearts from the IO looped heart border die (DIE128-C) on the inside for my husband’s anniversary card.

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My Happy Colours

the current impression obsession challenge is to use happy colours (whatever colours make you happy), which i thoroughly enjoyed; i even used a bit of orange.

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i created a small easel card to fit on my desk featuring some new impression obsession products i purchased when i was lucky enough to win a $25.00 IO gift card just for playing along.

i used the sentiment and sun from the IO ‘signs of summer‘ (CL873) by Peggy Jo Ackley, and painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper; i love the cool colour palette, but i tend to use brighter colours through the summer. i fussy cut the sun to pop it on foam tape and the IO beach chair and sandals (DIE190-C) were layered up five times to hold the card upright; the square panel measures 3 and 3/8 inches. to finish it off, i used the leftover bits from the chair to create my beach fence.

i’m also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday to use a Die and/or Punch.

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Birthday Wishes

i need more masculine cards and the Impression Obsession challenge theme of I Sea You inspired me to create this card for my stash.

impression obsession birthday copyright linda snailzpace.com

i heat embossed the birthday from the IO Wishes (MC657) clear set on a piece of kaisercraft coastal escape paper; die cut the IO Wishes (DIE364-E) from blue shimmer paper and attached two other sections of paper from the same pad.

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Special Wishes

I mixed things up a bit and used alcohol inks on a masculine card.

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i blended alcohol inks on a piece of an elizabeth craft designs shimmer sheetz, embossed it with the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Flourish and then sanded it to reveal the silver core. i cut it into squares and matted each with black glossy cardstock. i masked off part of the impression obsession sentiment and i finished the card off with some designer paper and gold mirri.

i’m playing along with the As You Like It challenge: Favourite type of embossing and why. I love to emboss and sand watercolour paper or shimmer sheetz to reveal some highlights of texture; i am much more successful with this than heat embossing.

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Birthday Bookmark

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge foodie fun!

impression obsession food bookmark copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i was going to mat this and attach to a narrow card base but as i was painting my husband asked who the bookmark was for. naturally, i said ok it’s done; quick and easy and perfect for when i’m short on time and energy.

the cakes image is from Celebrate (CL254), painted with twinkling H2Os and the sentiment is from More Basic Greetings (CL549).

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Ducks In A Row

creating this card made me smile. the new impression obsession challenge is ‘send a little humour’ and i hope it makes the recipient smile too.

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i created a z-fold card to feature the impression obsession darn ducks stamp (D17214) on the front panel, painted the sky, grass and water on cold pressed watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os, and also painted the IO duck set (DIE398-F) with twinks. to finish it off, i stamped a sentiment from the IO more basic greetings (CL549), which might be retired since i couldn’t find a link.

i’m also playing along with:

Back To Basics – #4 – Fold Back Card
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
HLS June Watercolour Challenge – anything goes optional twist smile

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Sea Sponge Stamping

i created a second card for the Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters!

the very talented pam at expressions with heart used a stamp shammy with distress ink blending technique that reminded me of how much fun colouring with a sea sponge is or as i call it, sea sponge stamping.impression obsession umbrella glitter copyright linda snailzpace.worpdress.com

i ‘stamped’ salty ocean distress ink onto 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, die cut the Impression Obsession umbrella (DIE049-A) three times and covered with glitter, which rarely shows on camera. i took another photo of the umbrellas in the sun just to show the sparkle. using the same sea sponge, i stamped mustard seed distress ink on CP w/c paper to create the background. finally, i stamped the Impression Obsession sentiment (B5536).

i’m also playing along with:

Challenge Up Your Life – #90 Watercoloring
Cardz 4 Galz – #70 April Showers

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All That Glitters!

i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters! and now i have glitter everywhere!

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i die cut three of the impression obsession ornaments (DIE476-Y) twice, once from gold mirri for the bows and again with designer paper and adhesive paper that i covered in crystal glitter ritz; i did the same to the strip of paper on the bottom using scor-pal tape. everything was attached to burgundy suede paper that i took a sticky roller to and i still couldn’t remove from all of it. oh well, it adds to the shimmer.

i’m also playing along with maureen’s rudolph days challenge since it’s my month off as a design team member.

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Bunny Border

i created a second card for the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green but this time i’ve used the adorable new bunny border die (IO DIE664-T).

i die cut the bunnies with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, painted green and pink washes with twinkling H2Os, and used some leftover hydrangea petals (IO DIE044-Y) with pink stickles in the centre.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
Dies R Us Challenge #95 – Springtime
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s so relaxing and i love making whimsical characters come to life.

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Pink Hydrangeas

welcome to some new followers! thank you for joining me on my creative journey!

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green – one of my favourite colour combinations.

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after the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) was die cut with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, i painted the leaves with twinkling H2Os, used the small end of a creative expressions mini smoothie (reviewed here) to colour the petals with distress ink and added pink stickles to the centres. i stamped the sentiment (IO CL465) and splattered the same pink twink onto watercolour paper and attached it to a green base.

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for the second card i sponged the edges of the petals with distress ink and added stickles to the centres as well.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s relaxing and i love making my own colours.

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Spring Wishes

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and the Pick a Holiday (any holiday!) theme.

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maybe spring isn’t a holiday, but it should be! what better way to celebrate the end of all that snow, cold temperatures and dreary skies. one of the IO design team members used a spring card, so i thought it was ok to use the spring wishes sentiment. i started this card by painting the sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and painted the chicks and eggs; each is an individual stamp (Sarah Phelps CL212). i finished it off by stamping the spring (MC657) and painting the die cut wishes (DIE364-E).

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #461 – New Beginnings, technically, it’s spring
Dies R Us Challenge #94 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – anything goes, option rainbow

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You Come To Mind

if you follow me, you know my shoulder has been sore; it needs to be replaced but i’m putting that off for as long as i can because of the rehab time. creating and computer use are limited but when i saw the impression obsession challenge theme was clean and simple, i thought i could manage it and i did.

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i sponged distress inks onto cold press watercolour paper, spritzed, stamped the IO sentiment, you come to mind (D9772) and attached it to a white card base measuring 3.5 by 5 inches.

i’m also playing along with the just add ink challenge #399 theme of just add water.

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Warm Wishes

well i’m off to a slow start this year aren’t i?! and i’m sneaking this card in just before the deadline.

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the impression obsession challenge ‘shiny new year’ inspired me to start creating some QAE (quick and easy) cards that don’t require a lot of painting, which i love, but i also need to build up my stash; not a new year’s resolution, just a goal.

i stamped the sentiment from the IO wishes clear stamp set on some designer paper, used teal foil paper for the wishes die and added a die cut heart from the IO birdhouse die set to make this notecard.

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Guest Designing At Stamping Sensations

i was so excited to have won the Stamping Sensations Challenge for November and receive an invitation to be a guest designer this month.

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i couldn’t have wished for a better theme – cold and frosty colours of blues, purples, silver and white. since i LOVE the cool colour palette, i got a bit carried away and made two cards, both painted with twinkling H2Os, using four different blues and one purple.

the first card features an older Marianne Design Stamp, Snoesjes Freezing Cold and the second is a Magenta ‘Snow Bird‘ with an Impression Obsession sentiment.

here is the prize on offer from sizzix. to play along, just be sure your card’s focal point is hand stamped. for all the rules and to see what the design team has created, click here to visit the blog.

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Candy Cane Treat

I wanted a festive way to present a candy cane so I came up with this:

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i stamped the IO holly leaves (retired) and sentiment from the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp with versafine olympia green ink, coloured with watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the berries.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects, the Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green and the last Rudolph Days Challenge for 2017.

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Christmas Chickadee

i’m rushing now to complete my holiday to do list since a number of doctor appointments are interfering with my creative play time.

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i’ve had this beautiful IO Holly Chickadee (E7024) for eight years now and don’t use it as often as i should. it really is quick and easy to colour; this time i coloured with watercolour pencils and stamped the IO Enjoy the Splendour (D6165) in black ink. a perfectly flat card to mail.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and also these challenges:
Happy Little Stampers CAS November – Christmas – must be Clean and Simple
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Anything Goes + option : Tag
Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green.

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Christmas Tree Notecard

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and i’ve been working on plenty of those.
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this is a notecard made with the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp set; i bought it for 50% so maybe it’s retired because i couldn’t find a link to the IO shop. i coloured with watercolour pencils, added red and yellow stickles and covered the trees with clear wink of stella.

i’m also playing along with these christmas themed challenges:

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Autumn Leaves

our trees are almost bare but just like some of the leaves i’m hanging on to my favourite season so i really enjoyed creating this card. besides, i need a break from mass producing christmas items.

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the IO maple leaves (DIE030-S) were cut, painted with twinkling H2Os and attached in a circle to paper that i swiped with distress inks to create the look of woodgrain. i cut the thanks from the IO greetings set (DIE174-W) five times in dark brown and attached it.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Impression Obsession – Falling Leaves (fall themed)
Allsorts  – Colours of Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks #376 Give Thanks
Come and Get It – Thank you/Thankful

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