Penny Black And More October Candy Event

as promised, it’s time to share the details about the exciting penny black and more challenge october candy event.    

There is one main Penny Black prize for one lucky winner but there are more prizes from some of our regular sponsors All Occasion Dies,  Crafty Ribbons and Stix2 and another prize from Penny Black on our challenge blog.


PB Christmas candy

We have some wonderful prizes to be won and entering couldn’t be easier; all you need to do is:

  • Be a follower of our Penny Black Challenge blog.
  • Add the candy logo above to your own blog with a link back to the Penny Black and More blog to help us spread the word.
  • Register for free with the Penny Black Club – essential for all us Penny Black fans as we are among the first to know about new releases, news from Penny Black and so much more.
  • Leave us a comment on the challenge post.
  • And to be eligible for a further bonus prize ‘Like’ Penny Black on Facebook  here  and leave a comment. And if you would like to share as well that would be wonderful, here is the bonus prize…….
  • In addition some of the Design Team have extra goodies to give away on their own blogs and a winning name will be selected from each on 26th October. Here are the links to their blogs so please do pop along to visit them to be in with a change of winning their prizes as well as those on this post. Plus they all have a card to share as well for this month’s challenge to ‘get ahead for christmas.’ 
Linda (me)
This is my giveaway to one commenter to help you get those christmas cards done; the winner will be selected at random from comments left on this post on October 26.
This is my DT card; I watercoloured this cute image from the penny black holly day critters clear set, popped it on foam squares and added the memory box jingle bell die.
penny black caroling mice

to play along with our challenge, remember that you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. visit the blog for some inspiring christmas creations by my team mates and to join in the candy fun! thanks for popping by. This candy is now closed.

Salty Snow Globe

this week’s 101:water-color assignment is to use the salt watercolour technique in an embellishment/focus point.




memory box snow globe

i kind of jumped ahead last week when i used my salt watercolour leaves as my focal point, but luckily, i had leftover twinkling H2O bits so i used them to create the trees for the snow globe. this week i created the sky and woodgrain trim with my caran d’ache water-soluble wax-pastels and sea salt, both die cut with the memory box snow globe die and popped on foam squares; the stars were die cut from a twinks/salt wash. i added some details to the tiny snowmen, also a memory box die and i added the ribbon and MFT Die-namics snowflake. thanks for popping by.


Anything Goes At Penny Black And More – August

it’s time for a new challenge theme at penny black and more and it’s a very easy one this month – anything goes! as always, you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. visit the blog for some very creative creations by my teamies, the rules and to see what fabulous prizes we have. COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAILZPACE.WORDPRESS.COM i watercoloured this cute bunny from the penny black garden critters clear set with twinkling H2Os, sponged the edges with distress ink and popped it on foam squares. the sentiment is from the penny black every happiness cling set and stamped on a MFT Die-namics banner with a tiny butterfly from memory box. i hope you’ll play along. thanks for popping by.

Merry Christmas

i’m really cutting it close to the deadline, 1 hour from now, for the jingle belles prompt to use the challenge blog header, created by lauren, as your inspiration and sandra’s rudolph day challenge to create two or more christmas cards on the 25th of every month. i cased a card i made last year and used hologram and glitter paper for the poinsettias, cut the memory box merry christmas, layered it over glitter paper and added some pearls; a quick and easy card.




thanks for popping by.

Spontaneous Fun

my colouring of images is usually controlled, but i was inspired by this week’s CASE Study challenge to play with my twinkling H2Os more spontaneously. i love the watercoloured panel of brightly coloured circles by muse shari carroll so i started by die cutting bubble wrap in three different circle sizes – not all of them popped through the big shot, which is how i ended up with solid and splotchy circles; besides, the plastic resisted the paint in spots. the circle edges were painted freehand.


i die cut and shaped two spellbinders rose creations flowers and splattered them with the twinks and went back to my controlled painting to create the lavender wash and die cut a rectangle. the memory box hello and the flower centre were die cut with yellow designer paper and everything was matted and layered. for me, it was more about the process than the end result. thanks for popping by.

thinking of you

i’m playing along with cardabilities for the first time. i just love this sketch, although i knew it would be a real challenge and it was; it took me way out of my comfort zone. i usually spend up to a couple of hours watercolouring images and then more time planning layouts that are pretty basic with minimal embellishments.


i used a jar lid and gesso to create the circles, which you can barely see and then i built the layers with some new dies. i sponged the flower edges, added stickles to the tiny green flower centres and added the sentiment. i really enjoyed the process and i’ll be sending this card to someone who will undergo surgery next week. thanks for popping by.

Easel Card Calendar

easel calendar card

you might remember that i won daniela’s blog candy (stempelbavaria) in february and these mini calendars were included. my creativity schedule usually depends on my RA, but i was voluntold to be on a committee with a very aggressive project timeline until the end of june so my fun time is limited and i apologize for not keeping up with my commenting. i did finally manage to create an easel card calendar and i don’t think the recipient will mind that it’s april already. i die cut the tiny green memory box birds to put at the top and stamped the thanks from the impression obsession hydrangea set on the tab from MFT die-namics blueprints 9.

i’d like to submit this to these challenges:
loves rubberstamps – challenge #100 fancy folds
papercrafting journey  easel card
a little bit crafty – the birds and the bees
crafty hazelnut’s patterned paper – anything goes
crafty sentiments design – fancy folds
craft your passion challenges – pretty pastels

thanks for popping by.

Traditional Christmas

this is the card i made for my dad. i used two memory box dies: the grand merry christmas, perfectly sized for an A2 card, and the winterberry sprig along with the spellbinders poinsettia die and of course i added stickles.

i’d like to submit it to these challenges:
little claire’s designs – christmas theme
a creative romance – sparkle at christmas
creative corner – traditional christmas
papercrafting journey – it’s christmas time!
DRS Designs – glitter it up
songbird – die another day
ladybug crafts – christmas/winter
jingle belles – linkfest

thanks for popping by.

Blue Hydrangea

i was commissioned to make a card for someone who saw my pink calla lilies card and wanted something similar but in different colours. the hydrangea is in the same stamp-it australia set as the calla lilies and available at crafter’s companion; they stamp beautifully and i love the detailed thin lines. i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the centres and die cut the embellishments out of gold mirri.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
city crafter – #181 give thanks
cards galore – flowers
stampin’ for the weekend – anything goes
one crazy stamper – thankful/autumn

thanks for popping by.


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.

Penny Black And More August – In The Garden

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.


copyright linda @ and described here for people with disabilities; a card with a pirate cat holding a bag of gold on an orange base with blue torn paper strips on the bottom, banners at the top, along with an ahoy sentiment in die cut letters.

this is my july DT card for papercraft cafe; marie, store owner, asked me to make a pirate themed card for the town of kingsville’s annual sidewalk sale this weekend when the tall ships 1812 will be visiting. this penny black halloween cat is the only pirate i have and the sentiment on his bag read ‘mice treats’ so i cut that out and made a mini shaker with gold glitter in its place. i coloured with distress inks, added memory box banners and alphabet dies that i love, and added some torn strips of paper. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dogwood Blossoms

card with bird in a blooming dogwood shrub with a birdcage accent and pink ribbon bow
i’ve had this stamp for quite some time, but just inked it up to make another spring card. i coloured with twinkling H2Os, used the memory box bird cage die and a MS punch around the page; of course i added stickles to the flower centres and the edge of the sentiment circle. i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
make my monday – anything that flies ends may 11
moxie fab world – the wonder of watercolor ends may 13
crazy amigo – birds ends may 13
simon says stamp  – things with wings ends may 14
no matter which – things with wings ends may 30
crafty calendar – blooms and blossoms ends may 31

thanks for popping by.

Christmas Joy

christmas card in red green and gold with mouse flying through the air with gold bells
a warm welcome and thank you to a new follower.

i made this card for the jingle belles prompt, which is holiday things that fly: angels, doves, cardinals, sparrows, Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh… you name it!. i did try to use a bird, several times, but it just wasn’t working, so i switched to this hang gliding mouse which fits the ‘you name it’ category. i coloured the image with twinkling H2Os and i used sketch #63 for the ‘sketchie free for all’ for this week’s papertake weekly. thanks for popping by.

Best Wishes

card in bronze and green with diecut birdcage, bird and flowers with best wishes sentiment

this is my May DT card for papercraft cafe, where owner marie keeps well stocked in memory box dies and i used three on my card: the antique birdcage was coloured with antiqued bronze distress stain to match the bo bunny little miss papers; i used matching paper to die cut one resting bird and the tiny flowers from the floral delights die. of course i added yellow stickles to the flower centres. this was a fun card to make and came together very quickly.

i’d like to submit it to these challenges:

die cuttin divas: anything goes ends may 5
really reasonable ribbon: sparkle, bling and ribbon ends may 12

thanks for popping by.

Recycled Christmas Cards

christmas card in purple and gold with a penguin and jingle bells

another christmas card in purple and gold with a penguin and jingle bells

christmas card in burgundy and gold with a penguin and jingle bells

i’m just making today’s deadline for the jingle belles earth day special to create a card that includes a recycled element.  a family member sent me a very large card last year with three adorable and fuzzy little penguins on it; i die cut all three and created these 4 and 1/4″ square cards with them. i stamped the penny black christmas text in gold, added the memory box die cut jingle bells and added some more glitter to each image. and, just because i have trouble stamping straight sentiments, i used a gold peel off. thanks for popping by to view my 400th post.


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.

Winter Scenery

christmas card with deer in snow around trees with a scallop frame surrounding the image
welcome to some new followers; thank you for taking an interest in what i create.

i’ve been a little under the weather and running out of time, so i created this CAS card with dies and stamps and combined a couple of challenges:

jingle belles – neutral noel and it’s due in 2 hours so i’m really just getting it done in time
rudolph day – my friend sandra encourages everyone to create cards on the 25th of every month
brenda – at floral fantasies is celebrating her blogaversary and almost 4000 followers – congratulations! i would never attempt to replicate one of brenda’s beautiful cards, but she does create some gorgeous outdoor scenes so that’s what i was thinking of when i made this card.

thanks for popping by.

What’s Your Hobby?

butterflies in spring colours with a pink rose at the bottom right
in response to the current impression obsession challenge question, my one and only hobby is card making, specifically, stamping and colouring. severe RA (rheumatoid arthritis) forced me to give up all of my creative outlets until i discovered i could stamp and colour, which is my favourite technique. i love colouring with a traditional paint brush and anything dye based, especially distress inks, which is how i coloured this impression obsession Butterfly Group F8123 stamp. thanks for popping by.

HO HO H2O! Part 2

penny black caroling mice christmas card with jingle all the way sentiment and gold jingle belles
this is my second card as a guest star for the jingle belles – lauren and stephanie welcome ideas for prompts so i submitted HO HO H2O, based on my LOVE of colouring with water based products; i challenged myself on a long car ride to come up with an idea. so, you have one more week to “create a card which features icicles, snow, frozen ponds, or any water-related image; OR use water-based products on your project, such as watercolors, water-based markers or sprays, etc.” 

i coloured this penny black image with a paintbrush and distress ink pads and added stickles to the snow. the jingle bells were made with the memory box jingle bell border die, coloured with distress stain and shaped with a stylus. i hope you’ll play along too and as always, thanks for popping by.

Grapevine Wreath Card

christmas card with grapevine wreath, poinsettia, greenery and red ribbon loops
some of the challenges i play along with want to know about new toys, so i made this card with my new memory box grapevine wreath die and added some loops of new ribbon i bought with the gift certificate i won from the really reasonable ribbon challenge. you’ll want to visit the RRR blog to have a chance of winning one of three Blogoversary Giveaway gift certificates. i’m also submitting this to the jingle belles – look what santa brought me prompt (ok, i couldn’t wait for santa and bought it for myself) and the christmas cards all year round – anything goes. thanks for popping by.

Polar Bear Snow Globe

polar bear in snow globe with merry christmas sentiment
it’s been a whirlwind two weeks with out of town conferences and volunteer work, but things are starting to settle down and it felt so good to have a bit of crafting time; now i have to get caught up on some commenting and blog viewing. i made this CAS card for: the jingle belles who are celebrating all living creatures, sandra’s rudolph day challenge and the circle theme at christmas stampin all year long. thanks for popping by.

Trying Vintage

card in vintage style with dogwood flower in neutrals
welcome to my new followers! i appreciate your taking an interest in what i do.

i’ve been playing along with magenta’s 20th anniversary monthly challenges all year and this month’s theme is vintage, which i keep saying i can’t do but it’s fun trying. i stamped the magenta flower twice, heat embossed it and sponged it a bit and layered it. i’ve had this memory box corner die for a while, but just couldn’t find a way to fit it onto a card until now and i’m glad i have it. the edges are all distressed and sponged and i added some lace, although i feel like i should’ve added more – can vintage be CAS?

i’m also submitting it to these challenges:
the brand new vintage stamping challenge sponsored by flonzcraft – anything goes ends October 31
sweet stampin’  – vintage ends October 5
card crafter’s circle – vintage ends October 4

thanks for popping by.