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.

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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.

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Happy Rudolph Days And Twinkling H2O Tips

it’s the 25th so i’m sharing my DT card for the monthly rudolph days challenge, which runs until the last day of the month. visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired and have fun!

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as usual, i painted the sky and this adorable Darcie’s reindeer with twinkling H2Os, added some snow, a snow drift and a die cut sentiment covered in stickles.

i’ve painted most of my images with twinkling H2Os for years; i love these shimmery watercolour paints! if you haven’t tried them yet, i’d like to share some tips to show you just how easy they are to use.

Twinkling H2O Tips:

  1. Activate: spritz the paint pot(s) to activate.
  2. Wait: put the kettle on and wait at least 5 minutes for the paint to get to a syrup consistency.
    twinkling H2Os paint pots
  3. Stamp: heat embossed images will help contain the paint in each section of an imagefor best results, use watercolour paper and a waterproof ink although twinks do blend well on kraft cardstock with a damp brush; too much water and the kraft paper will pill. the small image below measures 1″ wide by 2 1/4″ long and i painted it from dried palette paints that i reactivated.
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  4. Mix: the paint in the pot needs to be evenly blended with the water.
  5. Paint: either direct from pot method for more intense colour or from a palette where you can add water and/or mix colours. A little goes a long way!
    twinkling H2O paints on watercolour paper Any unused paint on a palette (disposable palette paper, plastic, or my preference – a white corelle sandwich plate used solely for my paints) can be covered (with a paper towel, wax paper or teflon sheet) when dry and reactivated later with a damp paint brush. twinkling H2O watercolour paints on a palette
  6. Store: if you do want to keep the lids on for storage, let the paint completely dry in the pot; otherwise the lids will glue shut.

Twinkling H2Os Sale at Colourarte: 20% off small jars for the month of April. No coupon required; discount will be applied at checkout.

Twinkling H2Os videos at Colourarte.

if you have any questions, let me know. thanks for popping by.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 8

the inspiration for day 8 is my favourite technique of all and one that i use almost every time i create:


i love the colourful inspiration by artist Margaret Berg, who paints outside the lines beautifully, and designer Carly Tee Minner’s interpretation of it so that was my inspiration for my tag.

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i painted the lawn fawn stitched circle tag with winsor and newton watercolour paints and added snow. after i die cut the lawn fawn trees i painted them with twinkling H2Os, added stickles and finished it off with two ribbons.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 4

i’m up to day 4, which is another technique challenge: felt. store bought felt shapes are the only ones i’ve ever used since i’ve not had much success die cutting it myself – until now.


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Jennifer McGuire used die cut felt embellishments on a textured background so that’s what inspired me.

i die cut the tiny hero arts trees from green felt, added garlands of hologram stickers and attached each to a watercolour background that was die cut and embossed.

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Anything Christmas at Penny Black And More

we’re halfway through this month’s ‘anything christmas’ theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and my DT creation is a shaker tag using a penny black stickeroo.

i was inspired by Ardyth Percy-Robb’s cute tag on day 10 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

i coloured the background with distress inks, embossed with taylored expressions snowflake embossing folder, added some stampendous snow and finished it off with a blue ribbon and some silver twine. the blue glitter paper was cut with a lawn fawn tag die.

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, Crafts U Love and Crafty Ribbons.

i’m also submitting this to the blue theme challenge at crafty ribbons.

visit the blog for some fabulous holiday inspiration by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

Snail Mail

i had fun watercolouring this happy little hedgie delivering snail mail, although it looks like some of it might take even longer to be delivered.


i created the pink background with ken oliver powder then i painted the hedgie, sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and stamped the lawn fawn sentiment.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:
Allsorts #389 Feature a Creature
Critters and Creatures – Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature
Lawnscaping Challenge #141 CAS for popping by.

Krafty Fox

i love fall and had a lot of fun creating this fall themed card that was inspired by the leaves, the woman’s scarf and the beautiful colours in this board for lawnscaping challenge #139:


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i stamped this cute fox, tree trunk and clouds, all from the lawn fawn ‘into the woods’ stamp set on kraft and coloured them all with dry albrecht durer watercolour pencils; the leaves were punched and painted with twinkling H2Os.

i’ve been watercolouring for about seven years now and it’s nice to see a new challenge dedicated solely to watercolouring so i’m submitting my card to the CAS Watercolour October Challenge:


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I Love Fall At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of the month and we have a beautiful photo to inspire you to play along with us this month at the penny black and more challenge blog:


linda penny black halloween mouse

i watercoloured the sky and this little cutie from the penny black halloween critters clear stamp set with twinkling H2Os. the my favorite things grass border and banner, stamped with a lawn fawn sentiment, were all attached to the darice fall leaf embossed background that was coloured with distress inks.

remember, you can use any company’s stamp for your focal point, or penny black stickeroos, 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, Crafty Ribbons, Stamp Addicts.

visit the blog to see some fabulous creations by my teamies and how they were inspired by the photo.

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Cork Board Reminder

i created this little cork board reminder for someone special who needed a gentle reminder to keep going regardless of how long it takes.

magenta cork board reminder

the sentiment is a magenta stamp i purchased when i won a gift certificate to the store and, for the first time, i used the magenta nuance powders to create the background. so much fun! the pom pom ribbon was also purchased with a gift certificate i won for the ribbon girl.

i think i’ll make myself one of these for those times when i need to create more slowly because of my health issues. thanks for popping by.

Colour Wheel Snail

i’m playing along with Lawnscaping Challenge #134: Rainbow Inspired Colours:


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i always have my colour wheel nearby so that was my inspiration for the rainbow coloured snail from the lawn fawn gleeful gardens set; a bit of artistic license because i added gold. fussy cutting is something i don’t do very often due to my RA, but i cut this little cutie out and painted everything with twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer watercolour pencils. the sentiment and banners are from the  lawn fawn birthday tags set.

i’d also like to submit this to simon says work it wednesday challenge: wafer thin dies.

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Layers From Leftovers

i used some leftover papers from my last card to create this quick and easy christmas card that is a bit different for me since i usually watercolour images; this tree was included in the paper pad.

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i had to colour something though so i used permanent markers to colour peel off dot stickers and covered up all the printed tree ornaments; i also die cut lawn fawn snowflakes from white glitter paper and added a few more.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
jingle belles: All Bundled Up – cards that have at least three layers!
rudolph days: anything goes from the 25th to the end of the month
simon says – anything goes

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Bag Of Tags

wishing you happy holidays and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2016.

i’m sharing a project that i designed for Buddly Crafts using some of the smaller images in the Toby Tumble & Robins clear set along with the Jolly Santa set.

i used a pre-made treat bag and decorated it and the tags with watercoloured images using twinkling H2Os and added some white flocking to santa’s bear.

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Visit the Buddly Crafts Facebook page and blog for some very creative projects and updates about new products.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day 11

the theme for day 11 of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Challenge is ’twas the night before christmas.


i was inspired by the warm yellow lighting that both Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis, Day 11 designers, used so i painted a yellow glow around this indoor creature, a penny black mouse, and watercoloured with twinkling H2Os. i used a bright pink permanent marker to change the gold peel off sticker to pink and added some ribbon.

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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.

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

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day 4

i managed to create another tag today; this is for day 4 of the ellen hutson’s 12 Tag of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015.


i was inspired by Kay Miller’s tag; i love the colours, the snowflakes and how she layered anther tag behind the first.

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i die snowflakes from glitter paper using the lawn fawn mini snowflakes die and attached them to a turquoise tag die cut with the lawn fawn tag you’re it die. the background was stamped in white with the penny black Christmas Story stamp. thanks for popping by.

Hop To Stop Card

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i made this card to join Becca Cruger’s Hop To Stop – a campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue affecting 33% of women. but, as Becca points out, “women aren’t the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender – gender doesn’t matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.”



i’m also playing along with the lawnscaping challenge no. 115 to make sentiments the focal point of your creation. i used my new lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies, one of the hearts from the lawn fawn hearts die set, cut from glitter paper, and an impression obsession peace die, also cut from glitter paper.

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Watercolouring On Kraft

Aileen asked if I used any water or just watercolour pencil on this card, posted yesterday, and i did use a damp brush. i’ve also used twinkling H2Os on kraft but she wondered about inktense pencils so i did an experiment today and wanted to share my results. disclaimer: this is my personal opinion only and is just for fun.

i used three different brands of kraft paper: neenah desert storm, the paper cut and recollections, all cut to A2 size (4.25 x 5.5″) and all coloured on this very overcast rainy day.

here is the amount of inktense pencil i used on each of the three:COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAILZPACE.WORDPRESS.COM



this is the result of blending with a damp brush:

inktense wet desert storm



here i’ve used similar colours of twinkling H2Os:




i found the recollections paper did pill, probably because it’s a darker shade and needed more colouring to show. my favourite is the desert storm for the opposite reason; it shows the intensity of the colours better. you still can’t blend, layer or lift colours as in traditional watercolouring and both watercolour and inktense pencils blend well dry, but if you want to use a damp brush on kraft, it’ll work with small images.

my favourite watercolouring medium, no surprise, is twinkling H2Os; i found they blended more easily, even though the recollections still pilled.

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Snail Mail For You

i was really challenged by the one layer theme at the Lawnscaping Challenge No. 114!


COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAILZPACE.WORDPRESS.COMwhen i first started making cards, they were CAS and a lot were one layer, but then i fell in love with patterned papers so i kind of shifted my style. my cards still focus on watercoloured images, but they usually include some pretty papers. after several failed attempts, i ended up with this card featuring this cute snail, coloured with faber castell albrecht durer watercolour pencils – the best in my opinion. i added clear stickles to the shell and embossed with a lawn fawn stitched rectangle die.

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Forest Friends

i’m so glad i found time to have some fun creating this card for the Lawnscaping Challenge No. 113 – TEXTURE!



i painted the sky and images with twinkling H2Os, die cut and popped them on foam tape. the hand cut grass and die cut trees were embossed with the tim holtz woodgrain embossing folder and then coloured with distress inks. i finally got the lawn fawn rectangle stitching dies and i added an elizabeth craft hello.

i’d also like to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the STAMP AND PUNCH/DIE CUT theme and the Time Out Challenge #39 to Make Your Mark.

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House Of Cards September

it’s hard to believe, but it’s the first of september so time for a new theme at the house of cards challenge; we’d like you to stitch it up and use either real or faux stitching on your creation.



i watercoloured this cute hedgie from penny black’s clear stamp set ‘tiny wishes’ with twinkling H2Os, used stitched circle dies and a stitched rectangle die for the lawn fawn sentiment; sewing is a hobby i gave up because of my RA. just because my husband appreciates my sense of humour, this card is for our anniversary.

be sure to visit the blog to see some creative projects from the rest of the team and remember – tutorials will be posted throughout the month for even more inspiration.

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Back To School Sticky Note Holder

i’m playing along with the back to school theme at the lawnscaping challenge.


my daughter and her two bunnies are moving so she can attain her second degree at a new university so i thought she might need a sticky note holder for her new desk, along with some words of encouragement.


i die cut 8 bunnies to layer and watercoloured them with twinkling H2Os, along with the wood veneer apple. the letters were die cut with the impression obsession alphabet, coloured with distress inks and attached with a glue pen.

i’d also like to submit this to the kraft journal Challenge # 236 – Take Your Pick: i used four items from the board – red, apple, ribbon and die cut.

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Shiny Ornament Tag

i’m playing along with the lawnscaping challenge, No. 109, sparkle and shine, which i thought was perfectly suited to a christmas tag.


some of the sparkle and shine is not showing up in the photo, but i covered the ornaments with glossy accents, edged the top tag layer with stickles and painted the background with a gold twinkling H2O that really shimmers.

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lawn fawn ornament tag

i was also inspired by this just add ink challenge no. 270 inspiration photo:



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Supplies used:
Stamps: winter gifts, joy to the woods
Dies: tag you’re it, joy to the woods
Paper:  snow day
peel offs
ribbon, twine

Snail Bookmarks

i’m playing along with Lawnscaping Challenge 107 – calling all critters!




i didn’t think i’d have time to play today, but i managed to watercolour these cute and comical garden critters from the lawn fawn gleeful gardens stamp set with twinkling H2Os and die cut as bookmarks. the night time photos are a bit dull, but the shimmer shows up better.

i’m also playing along with kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge, day 9.


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Holiday ATC

i’m playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge theme to try a new technique. the limited space of ATCs (artist trading cards) intimidate me; they’re 2.5″ by 3.5″ and can be purchased in packages as seen at the strathmore site or you can cut your own.


christmas ATC

i used the strathmore 400 Series Watercolor ATCs for my new technique – to create a holiday ATC.

i painted the sky and die cut trees (lawn fawn snow day) with twinkling H2Os, popping the front row with foam squares; i added red, yellow and green stickles to the trees and clear stickles for falling snow. the snow day sentiment fit perfectly across the bottom to finish it off. i think i conquered my fear of ATCs and might make more of these now.

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Watercoloured Sentiments Part 3

this is my third submission to the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours.

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i spritzed the leftover twinkling H2Os that i used on the first and second card and pressed the watercolour paper on to the fine droplets; then i dragged a yellow ink pad across the paper, spritzed it and stamped different sentiments from the lawn fawn ‘so much to say‘ clear stamp set. i coloured the hat with a watercolour pencil.

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Watercoloured Sentiments Part 2

this is my second submission to the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours.

lawn fawn watercolour 2

i used the same twinkling H2Os as the first card; i spritzed them and then pressed the watercolour paper on to the large droplets until it was covered. while it was still wet, i pressed it with a damp paper towel, which gives it the illusion of texture. i used different sentiments from the lawn fawn ‘so much to say‘ clear stamp set.

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Splattered Sentiments

i’m playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge theme of watercolours. although i have a collection of watercolour media, i usually use my twinkling H2Os to watercolour images because that’s my favourite thing to do.

lawn fawn sentiments

but today, i created something different – a quick and easy card. i used a red and yellow twinkling H2O, combing them to make an orange, and painted washes over the stamped sentiments from the lawn fawn clear stamp set ‘so much to say.’ i splattered the same colours both when my paper was wet and dry to get different splats/splatters. thanks for popping by.

Lawnscaping’s 100th Challenge

the lawnscaping challenge is having a 100th birthday celebration with extra inspiration on the blog. i didn’t think i’d have time to join in, but i created a CAS and quick and easy card.


i heat embossed the multi-coloured sentiment from the ‘so much to say’ stamp set and used coloured pencils to colour the randomly stamped star from the same set. i added fine glitter, matted it onto a black card base and i have another birthday card for my stash.


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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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In Loving Memory

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i made this card in memory of my son who passed away five years ago today. i don’t know where the time went, other than i’ve been lost in a world of papercrafting that has helped me to have something to focus on and feel somewhat productive. my husband used to make up adventurous stories about a snail when our son was young, so i sewed him a snail from blue and white striped flannel that was well loved. as i coloured this image with twinkling H2Os, i recalled the many hours my artist son would colour with coloured pencils, usually colouring his hand drawn comical characters – he had quite an imagination. and, even though he teased me, he was just as picky about colouring his images. thanks for popping by.