Christmas Elves

i made these treats for the good people at my local medical supply store.

MFT elves copyright linda @

they took such good care of me during my two joint replacements this past year and although i’ve already given them thank you cards, i wanted to give them a little something. i coloured with laurentian coloured pencils and added glossy accents to the ornament, buttons and jingle bell.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Box Or Bag (and Why): my favourite is this little treat bag because it’s so quick to put together and it’s the perfect size for the ghirardelli peppermint bark squares.
ABC Christmas Challenge Y for Yummy/Z for Zentangle; these chocolates are very yummy
Kleuren Met Potloden Coloured Pencils December – Anything Goes
The Rubber Buggy – #8 Christmas and/or Winter
Winter Wonderland
Anything Christmas Goes

thanks for popping by.

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.
    copyright linda @ magenta bird
  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.

Cool Kitty

it seems aqua is a colour i don’t use very often and i was so curious about the aqua ice cream that i was inspired to create another card for the Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge:



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i painted everything with twinkling H2Os on cold pressed watercolour paper. the cute kitty is from the mama elephant page huggers stamp set and was cut with the coordinating die set. i die cut the hill, stamped flowers from the EBE bear ware set and added aqua stickles to the flower centres.

to finish off, i stamped the sentiment from the EBE wish big set and added the fence made from the page huggers coordinating die set pencil; it’s popped on foam tape so the kitty can be removed and used as a bookmark.

thanks for popping by.

Jingle All The Way

it’s hard to believe, but it’s the last jingle belles prompt for 2016 – using this beautiful inspiration photo and the white christmas theme:


when i saw the prompt my mind went blank because i struggle with white on white themed cards but i looked at the photo again today and noticed other things so i stopped panicking. :) my inspiration came from the distressed noel, the raised panels behind and the row of hanging stockings. thanks for popping by.

MFT Camp Create Day 5

it’s very rare for me to post so often, but i managed to make it to day 5 of the my favorite things camp create challenge – the best kind of camping: staying indoors and creating.


copyright linda @ MFTcamp2016shaker

the theme for the last day is Camp Create – Spectacular Shakers. it was a good learning experience since i don’t make shaker cards very often; i should’ve used more colourful seed beads against a white background instead of mostly clear sequins against the purple, which barely shows. i used the MFT Die-namics Hello There and it was a fun card to make and i have another card for my stash. thanks for popping by.

MFT Camp Create Day 1

i’m a slow card maker, usually because i love losing myself during the painting of images, but i also love time sensitive challenges that force me to create cards more quickly.


copyright linda @ MFTcamp2016glitter

i made this notecard for the my favorite things day 1 challenge: Camp Create – Glitzy Glitter. i die cut the flower and leaves from Die-namics Blueprints 12 with double sided paper, covered them in loose glitter and popped it on foam tape. a fun and messy card. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More April 2016 – Birthdays!

it’s the first sunday of april and i know i say this all the time, but where does the time go? we have a new theme this month at the penny black and more challenge blog – we’d like you to create a birthday project!

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i used this cute hedgie image from the penny black ‘wonderful’ clear set, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and used some MFT dies to create a tag card with a pocket in the front.

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, Lets Create, ‘be Creative!’ and Sizzix.
visit the blog for some fabulous creations by the rest of the design team. thanks for popping by.

Text Tree

it’s unusual for me to post daily but i was determined not to wait until the last minute to play along with the jingle belles for a change. the prompt this time is all about “celebrating fab fonts, lovely lettering and all things terrifically typographic with a prompt we’re calling, “Text Me“.

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i used an older kaisercraft stamp inked with versa color on a background i created by brayering distress inks and splattering with twinkling H2Os; of course i had to add yellow stickles to the stars. i made three of this design just because it was a quick and easy card since i didn’t use a coloured image. thanks for popping by.

Spring Flowers

spring seems to be taking so long to arrive this year. in the meantime, i can create with spring flowers; this is another card i made for our march penny black and more challenge theme of blossoms and bows.

i used another image from the penny black clear stamp set chick to chick; they’re adorable and perfect for spring and easter.

penny black flowers

i water coloured with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints.

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 so i hope you’ll come and play along. visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
penny black saturday – spring blooms
Card Mania # 66 Spring
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge #30 Flowers
One Crazy Stamper Anything goes
Addicted To Stamps and More anything goes
30 Day Colouring Challenge – The Daily Marker/Kathy Racoosin (day 15 and my third entry)

thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – February 2015

it’s the first sunday of the month and the penny black and more challenge theme for february is any easy one – anything goes!

for my DT card, i stepped outside my comfort zone of coloured images and used sentiments from two penny black clear stamp sets: just a note…from tiny wishes (30-026) and it’s your special day from sweet wishes (30-104).

penny black.february.2015

the notebook edge was cut with MFT die-namics and i added some pink gems.

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 so i hope you’ll come and play along. visit the blog for some fabulous creations by my teamies.

thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Mid August

just to let you know that there is still plenty of time to play along with this month’s penny black and more challenge theme of anything goes to have a chance of winning some fabulous prizes!


for my DT card i used another of the cute bunny images from the garden critters clear stamp set that i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from the micey day set. be sure to check out the challenge blog for the design team’s inspiring creations and remember you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. thanks for popping by.

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.

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.

In Loving Memory

copyright linda @ and made in memory of my son

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.

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.

Penny Black And More Mid February Card

penny black hedgies

i made another DT card for the penny black and more february challenge theme of ‘make it sparkle.’ with a record amount of snow here, i thought i’d use these sledding hedgies – i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and distress inks and added stickles on their hats, flowers soft for snow and some green gems. to play along for some fabulous prizes, remember you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point (just no digis please); check out what my talented team mates have done and read all the rules at the challenge blog here.

i’d like to submit this card to your next stamp challenge; i rotated their sketch.

thanks for popping by.

Bundled Up


it’s tuesday and time for a new theme at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge – use lace and it’s sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs. this is my last GDT card and i’d like to thank laura love, owner of Loves Rubberstamps, for inviting me and holly flores for being a great DT Coordinator; it was a lot of fun, i was challenged and it was a great learning experience.

Supplies i used on this card:

My Favorite Things Die-Namics Dainty Lace Border Die
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Let It Snowflake Die
Polar White Diamond Range Flower Soft
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Kit Vintage
Distress Ink pads
Twinkling H2Os (coming soon!)
Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Kaisercraft paper

i watercoloured this cute Crafty Sentiments Designs image with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os and lightly sponged the green dotted paper with distress inks. i added flower soft, frantage and my favorite things die-namics dainty lace border and let it snowflake dies. there are some fabulous prizes on offer, plus a chance to be a guest designer for a month – just put GDT if you’re interested. you can read all the rules and find some amazing inspiration by the DT at the challenge blog – i hope you’ll play along! thanks for popping by.

DTC’s Birthday Bash

mouse blowing bubbles with a balloon and a celebrate sentiment in aqua with glitter on her dress
i was fortunate to have been published twice last year in designed to color magazine, which is celebrating its first birthday with challenges and prizes. i made this card for their tic tac toe Crafty Challenge and i chose balloon, banner and aqua plus this cute penny black mouse image – coloured with distress inks as usual, along with plenty of stickles. thanks for popping by.

Candy Canes For A Cause

box of red and green candy canes with gold snowflakes
i’ve been keeping busy, just not with cards this time. i die cut gold snowflakes to dress up sixty candy canes to donate to an outpatient mental health clinic; the clients are an often overlooked population and the staff are so appreciative – they love playing santa. last year i coloured and attached snowmen, so i wanted to do something different this year.  i’m submitting this to these challenges: tuesday alchemy, anything but a card and the paper players. happy holidays and as always, thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More December – It’s Your Choice

christmas card in green and white with three ornaments dangling from two die cut snowflakes
it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new penny black and more challenge; this month it’s your choice! for my DT card, i chose to heat emboss the ornaments from a bright tomorrow, colour with distress inks, cut out and pop them on foam squares; they’re hanging from my favorite things die-namics let it snowflakes. i also added stickles to the ornament tops. the rest of the design team have created a variety of beautiful inspirational projects, which you can find on the blog and i’d love for you to play along too. there are some fabulous prizes and remember, you can use any company’s image, just no digis please.

i’m also submitting this to the jingle belles – anything (holiday) goes theme. thanks for popping by.