Fall Friends

the leaves are starting to change colour even though we still have hot and humid weather!

scarecrow and pumpkin card copyright linda snailzpace.com

i’m playing along with the My Favorite Things 2019 Card Design Superstar: Colouring Virtuoso challenge.

i started this card by stamping the centre pumpkin on Arches hot press watercolour paper and masking it to stamp the other two and the scarecrow. first i painted the sky with twinkling H2Os and then all the images from the My Favorite Things Fall Friends stamp set. i fussy cut the hat to add the plaid ribbon, the crow to pop him on the hat, and the leaves from the MFT Harvest Buddies stamp set. i attached the image panel to some purple cardstock and then to a beige base.

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Bunny Wishes In Pink

i made this card for my daughter to give to her general practice veterinarian who provides excellent care for her bunny.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com christmas bunny-1

i painted these adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, apparently retiring, with twinkling H2Os and die cut with the matching dies. the background was created with magenta nuance powder which was then embossed with the taylored expressions snow embossing folder.

i added the memory box jingle bell border across the top and some shimmery paper at the bottom, die cut with MFT snow drift dies.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Christmas With The Cuties: Challenge #1 Anything Cute and Christmassy Goes
The Cutie Pie: A Day in the Snow
ABC Christmas Challenge: Y for Yikes and Z for Zoooooom!
In The Pink: #109 Christmas (in pink of course)
Simon Says Stamp Work It November Challenge: use a die

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Warm Wishes

i’m creating christmas cards as quickly as possible; i can hardly believe how close the mailing deadline is.

i started this card by freehand painting a plaid on watercolour paper with winsor & newton watercolour paints and then die cutting the frame with the MFT blueprints 29 die set. the bear from the my favorite things cool day stamp set and die cut mittens were painted with the same paints; i stamped a snowflake from the same set on the mittens and added some stickles. the larger sentiment is from the my favorite things hand lettered holiday set.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
Virginia’s View: Watercolor/Stamp a Plaid
ABC Christmas – W for Wishes
Sweet Stampers #1 – Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Christmas Greetings
Noor! Designs UK Winter
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Watercolour

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Penny Black And More November – Anything Christmas

it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and this month we’d like you to create ‘anything christmas’ as long as the focal point is a hand stamped image or large sentiment/quote; the only exception are the penny black stickeroos.

i used the new penny black cones & berries cling stamp on kraft, coloured with faber castell albrecht durer watercolour pencils and added some snow. to finish it off, i used one of the sentiments from the my favorite things set.

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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Crafty Ribbons.

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

Santa’s Elf

i really should be mass producing christmas cards but i’m avoiding it so i coloured today for fun and relaxation; this time i followed the My Favorite Things colour challenge no. 55http://www.cardchallenges.com/2016/10/mft-color-challenge-55.html

i made a one layer christmas card with autumn colours using one of the cute MFT BB Santa’s Elves that i coloured with watercolour pencils. the sentiment is stamped in brown and the tiny buttons are brown so i was able to use all the inspiration colours. i added glossy accents to the ornament, jingle bell and berries.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
One Crazy Stamper October – Fall/Winter Fun
Let’s Color Linky Party 13  Anything Goes
Virginia’s View Challenge #24 Focal Point

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Fabulous Fun

i’ve been working on creating christmas card sets for family members but trying to create just for fun in between all the mass production. for today’s card i followed the My Favorite Things Sketch 302:http://www.cardchallenges.com/2016/10/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-302.html

linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com MFT challenge 302

i painted the background and the ‘fabulous’ with sennelier watercolour paints, heat embossed with holographic embossing powder and offset the word on white; all the die cuts were layered four times. thanks for popping by.

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:

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linda snailzpace.wordpress.com 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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Just A Note

it’s the first sunday of september and we’ve got a new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog; this month we’d like you to add a sentiment to your stamped focal point.

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i watercoloured this cute bunny from the penny black ‘garden friends’ clear stamp set and used two penny black sentiments: thank you from the salutations set and just a note from the tiny wishes set; i used a stitched MFT die-namics die to frame everything.

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, Sizzix, Sam, Marianne.

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

Hello Bunnies!

it’s the first sunday of a new month and we’ve got another very easy theme for you this month at the penny black and more challenge blog; it’s anything goes! but of course that means the usual rules apply – your focal point must be a hand stamped image from any company.

copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com august pbandmore

i watercoloured this adorable penny black bunny image with twinkling H2Os, added flower soft to the tail and stickles to the flower centres.

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,  Crafty Ribbons and Stix 2.
visit the blog for some inspiration by my teamies. thanks for popping by.

House of Cards July 2016

i’m happy to announce that House Of Cards challenge blog owner mynn has invited me back to the design team for another 6 month term. along with some other returning members, there are some new ones so you’ll have plenty of inspiration!

this month we have a very summery inspiration photo for you:

Fruit/Drink image and/or Colours

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copyright linda @ snailzpace.wordpress.com house of cards july 2016-1

i sponged distress inks onto a pre-embossed sheet of paper, added the white dots around the scrolls, added more colour to the butterflies with coloured pencils, attached the MFT Die-namics Hello There and used permanent markers to colour some clear hologram dot stickers green.

i hope you’ll come and play along! different groups will have their creative cards showcased on the challenge blog every five days, so check back for a variety of styles by the rest of the design team.

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Hello, Sunshine

finally, the sun’s been out a bit more lately and now we get an extra hour of daylight, which means better light for colouring; it’s about time! i’ve tried daylight lamps, but they’re just not the same.

i created this notecard with inspiration from these three challenges:

Colouarte’s Monthly Challenge #9 – Green Valley
http://colourarte.blogspot.ca/2016/02/monthly-challenge-9-green-valley.html
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 272:
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My Favorite Things Colour Challenge:
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i coloured everything with twinkling H2Os, mixing some to get colours close to the MFT swatches. i usually use my twinks to colour images, but i love using them to create backgrounds as well. the MFT die cut sun was popped on foam tape and i added a sentiment from the BB Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set, retired now.

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Stay Warm

i’m playing along with two of My Favorite Things Challenges: the Wednesday Sketch #268 and the Colour #39.

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i watercoloured this adorable bear with twinkling H2Os and gave her a bright pink scarf and hat and, as usual, i literally followed the sketch so it came together quickly. i added one of the sentiments from the same stamp set and a MFT snowflake.

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Warm Colours

i’m playing along with the My Favorite Things Color Challenge 38; the cool colours are my favourite to use, but i thought this was such a pretty palette!

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i watercoloured this sweet image with twinkling H2Os, mixing some of the colours to match as closely as possible to the challenge colours, and used the same twinks to create the mat; another CAS card for my stash.

i’m also playing along with kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge; this was coloured in stages over several days.

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It’s A Good Day

sketch challenges, for me, are a real challenge; i usually literally follow sketches, but this time i was inspired to go way beyond my comfort zone and attempt a loose interpretation like some of the My Favorite Things designers did for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge – Sketch 265.
http://www.cardchallenges.com/2016/01/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-265.html

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i stamped images from the MFT sunflower sweetheart stamp set instead of using three separate elements and watercoloured everything with twinkling H2Os; glossy accents were added to the hearts and i attached a few pretty pink posh clear sequins – i only used half of the sentiment from the same stamp set.

i’d also like to submit this card to these challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge animals/birds
Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party Anything goes with something coloured; optional theme hearts
Sweet Stampin valentine
Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Colourarte Monthly Challenge – #8 – Color is the Heart of Art

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Bloom And Be Happy

i had so much fun painting stripes on my card for last week’s My Favorite Things sketch challenge that i used the same technique on this week’s submission for both their sketch challenge 263 and colour challenge.263

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i mixed my own colours from twinkling H2Os to paint the stripes; unlike other watercolour paints, mixing colours with twinkling H2Os is a challenge because the shimmery mica added might interfere with the result you’re trying to create – but i love mixing colours anyway. after embossing the background, i sanded to reveal more white and painted the mat border.

the MFT die-namics blueprints 12 set was used for all the die cuts which were painted with twinkling H2O washes and i used a sentiment from the sunflower sweetheart stamp set.

i’m also submitting this to the simon says stamp ombre challenge.

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Christmas Treat

while i was waiting for my daughter to arrive christmas eve for her holiday visit, i still needed a gift card holder so i followed the MFT sketch challenge and used the MFT treat pocket die to quickly create one for her.

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copyright linda snailzpace.wordpress.com MFT treat pocket dec.2015

i popped these cute die-namics mittens on foam tape and did some creative die cutting to get the sentiment strip die to fit the sentiment. thanks for popping by.

Have A Beary Happy Birthday

i created this card for my dad, who will celebrate his 91st birthday in two weeks, following the MFT sketch challenge.259

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i think this MFT stamp set is adorable and i was so glad to see the birthday sentiment in it. i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and free hand cut the sentiment, attached MFT die-namics banners and some pretty pink posh gold star sequins.

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Thanks

i needed a couple more thank you cards so i die cut some more impression obsession leaves and coloured them with distress inks; the thanks sentiment is a memory box die and the rest of the pieces are my favourite things blueprint die-namics so it all came together quickly.

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i’d like to enter these challenges:

wags and whiskers: add some leaves
one crazy stamper – anything goes

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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.

Mini Ornament and Mid Month Reminder

miniature tree ornament with snowman
this month’s theme at the Penny Black & More Challenge is ‘it’s your choice’ so for my second DT creation i made this mini ornament (1 1/4″) from a snowman image in the christmas every day clear set. i coloured with distress inks and die cut the ornament and hanger with my favorite things die-namics. some of my team mates have created a variety of beautiful 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 submitting this to:
jingle belles – anything (holiday) goes
really reasonable ribbon – anything goes and ribbon (gold metallic thread used)

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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.

A Jar Of Gingerbreads

tag in red, green and brown with jar of gingerbread cookies, a season's greetings sentiment with a red check bow at the top with a white snowflake sponged brown on the edges and red gem in the middle
welcome to my new followers! thank you for taking an interest in my creations.

i made this tag with materials created by Clare from the Molly Blooms Christmas Carnival magazine and Card Making Kit that i was lucky to have won recently; the image is coloured with distress inks and layered up with papers and ribbon from the kit. i sponged the edges and added a ‘my favorite things’ die cut snowflake and dew drop. i thought the gingerbread cookies suited the last jingle belles prompt for this year (already?!), which is ‘christmas feast’.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:
really reasonable ribbon – anything but a card ends november 28
stamping sensations – traditional christmas ends november 28
addicted to stamps – tags ends november 24
pan pastel – red and green ends november 23
whimsy stamps inspirations challenge – traditional christmas colouring ends december 1

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Penny Black And More Any Die Will Do

pink and green birthday card with penny black mimi image
it’s the first sunday of november and time for a fun new penny black and more challenge; this month’s theme is ‘any die will do’ so for my DT card i used spellbinders edgeabilities and oval and my favorite things banner. this sweet penny black image, a gift from my friend, anne, is coloured with distress inks and i used a Flonz sentiment from a set. i hope you play along for some fabulous prizes plus a chance to be a guest designer; remember you can use any image, just no digis. the rest of the design team’s beautiful creations and all the challenge rules are here. thanks for popping by.