It’s OK

i created another card for the November Paper Smooches Challenge theme of anything goes but it’s also a Design Team Call.

Paper Smooches logo design team call

pink heart on white card base with 'it's ok to not be ok' and 'one day at a time' paper smooches stamps

i started this card by tapping and swiping a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper onto a craft mat sprayed with Dylusions ‘crushed grape’ ink spray and spritzed with water. i stamped the sentiments from the Paper Smooches Inhale Exhale clear stamp set and heat embossed with white embossing powder. to finish it off, i splattered with white paint, used a heart die and offset it on the side of a white card base.

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Best Buds Bouquet

i’m playing along with the November Paper Smooches Challenge theme of anything goes but it’s also a Design Team Call.

Paper Smooches logo design team call

floral bouquet card copyright linda

i painted this paper smooches Best Buds image with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and added some nuvo key lime jewel drops. i rounded the corners and popped the image on foam tape to a piece of studio light designer paper. i left off a sentiment and it’s blank on this inside because that’s what my daughter requested.

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i enjoyed browsing through the design team blogs in search of inspiration for the Paper Smooches October challenge theme so i made another card.

Jill Hawkins’ card inspired me: she featured this adorable cactus from the paper smooches Comforting Hugs clear stamp set and i love her CAS layout and her attention to detail; i basically cased her card. i painted the cactus with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped it on foam tape to a circle painted and splattered with watercolour paint. i stamped the hearts from the same stamp set and added glossy accents like Jill did.

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Bear Bookmark

i’m playing along with the October 2019 Paper Smooches Challenge to be inspired by the Design Team creations.


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karin’s bookmark inspired me because of the transition of colours and the comical bird at the bottom. i painted the cute paper smooches bear from the courteous cuties stamp set with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and fussy cut him. i used the same paper smooches bookmark die but i shortened it, sponged it with distress inks and splattered and stamped the sentiment from the same set.

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Sending A Big Hug

a sketch challenge is a great motivator for when i have difficulty designing a card so i used the Paper Smooches September 2019 SKETCH challenge layout.

puppy hug card copyright linda

i painted the dog from the Comforting Hugs stamp set with twinkling H2Os, fussy cut and attached it to a fun mini wobble. the paw hearts are from the Dinky Doodles 2 stamp set.

i’m also submitting this card to the Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes theme.

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Burgundy Bookmark

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Feminine with an anything goes option.

thank you bookmark copyright linda

i used a penny black wooden stamp called ‘kindness’ and the penny black petite blossoms stencil with  TCW champagne gold modelling paste to create this bookmark. i also used some crinkle burgundy ribbon, linen burgundy cardstock and the paper smooches bookmark die.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Snow Buddy

since i really liked the teal and brown colours together on a recent thank you card, i used the combination for this christmas card.

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jingle belle stephanie created a cute christmas card using the paper smooches snowman 2 die so i had to use the same die for my card. i cut him from hot pressed watercolour paper, painted with twinkling H2Os, paper pieced his hat and scarf and attached him with foam tape to a paper smooches gift tag 2 found at the PS website.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Paper Smooches – Christmas in July 2018 challenge
Jingle Belles – Christmas and All Bundled Up; i have 4 layers.
Simon Says Wednesday – Die and/or Punch

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Cup Of Christmas Cheer

i’m slowly creating more christmas cards and this one was a lot of fun to make.

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i used red card stock to die cut the paper smooches’ merry christmas die and cozy coffee die and cut the coffee die a second time from print paper to piece it back together before i popped it on foam tape. the heart die is included in the coffee die set so i cut it a couple of times and layered it with red glitter paper on top; all the supplies i used for this card can be found at the paper smooches website.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Paper Smooches– Christmas in July 2018 challenge
Jingle Belles – must be Christmas – All Bundled Up; i have four layers here.
Cardz 4 Galz #76 Food & Or Drink
Simon Says Wednesday – Die and/or Punch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Add A Little Sparkle

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Zinnia Bookmarks

welcome to some new followers! thank you for taking an interest in my creations.

i made some more bookmarks, colouring on kraft this time, still using a paper smooches bookmark die, and a retired flourishes stamp set but this time i coloured with laurentian colour pencils.

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i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANYTHING BUT A CARD
4 Crafty Chicks – #397 Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.13 – ANYTHING GOES
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – April – Say It With Flowers

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Make A Difference

i had fun getting inky again since i discovered the creative expressions sponges, reviewed here; now if only the distress ink pads were more useable for people with disabilities.

flourishes bookmarks copyright linda

i used a paper smooches bookmark die, a retired flourishes stamp set and three different stencils and distress inks to create these. my daughter has a lot of textbooks so i keep her well supplied with bookmarks; she likes these as they attach better and stay put because they are longer.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – A TRIO OF SOMETHING
Work It Wednesday March 2018 – distress inky technique

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Back To School Supplies

today i’m sharing a little card that holds some extra goodies.

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i die cut the paper smooches lights die from purple mirri, added some yellow twinkling H2O and stamped the sentiment from the christmas sampler clear set. i’m submitting this card to the Paper Smooches challenge where anything goes for July and August.

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i used the paper smooches bookmarks dies to create some coordinating bookmarks.

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i’m playing along with the August Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #40 to create 3D cards. i used my scor pal and my scor buddy to create this tent card and to custom design the box on the back to hold a small pencil and the bookmarks.

and, since this is for my daughter heading back to school, i’m also submitting this to the back to school challenge at simon says wednesday along with the anything goes theme at Dies R Us #79 

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Christmas Trees

i had some trees that wouldn’t quite fit on the christmas card so i used them to create a christmas tag.

copyright linda @ EH Avery Elle tag

i painted the sky and trees from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth die set by Julie with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Retro Ornaments set. to finish it off, i added stickles to the stars and centres of the snowflakes in the sentiment.

i’m also submitting this to the august mix it up challenge at ellen hutson to pair EH with Avery Elle products.

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Double Double, Eh?

if you follow me, you know that i got a new hip the first week of june so i have really missed playing and making a paper mess. it has taken me most of the week to do a little each day, but i managed to create this card for my husband and the Paper Smooches Challenge – men!

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i found this coffee cup die at and it’s perfect for thanking my hubby for bringing my timmys double doubles to the hospital. i die cut the red and white from a tims commemorative paper cup celebrating canada’s 150th with canadian icons, fussy cut the inukshuk, and die cut the corrugated paper from the tims commemorative sleeve.

i die cut the beans and painted them with twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer watercolour pencils.

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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.

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April Showers

the paper smooches april 2017 challenge is showers, something we’ve had a lot of lately. i know the farmers need it, but i need sunshine!

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last month i used the paper smooches paint palette die to create birthday candles for this tag. this month i’m using the same die set to create raindrops; everything is painted with twinkling H2Os.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
simon says work it wednesday – April showers bring May Flowers!
Little Red Wagon – #390 – April Showers

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Balloon Bunny

i had an idea after i finished yesterday’s tag so i made another one for the ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge with paper smooches.

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i cut the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die from cold pressed watercolour paper, stamped the bunny from the essentials by ellen bear ware set and painted the sky and bunny with Sennelier watercolour paints.

i thought the leftover circles from the paper smooches paint palette die would make balloons for the bunny so i painted them with twinkling H2Os, drew in the balloon strings and added twine.

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Wish Big

i’m playing along with ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge and this time they’re mixing it up with paper smooches.


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i used the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die for the base, splattered it with two different green twinkling H2Os, and added the sentiment from the essentials by ellen wish big clear set.

the candles and flames were created with the paper smooches paint palette die, all painted with twinkling H2Os, and i added clear wink of stella glitter to the flames.

to finish it off i added another tag in the back, painted and splattered with twinkling H2Os, and ribbon.

i’m also playing along with the paper smooches march challenge to use GREENERY (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year)! and my favourite colour.

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Anything Goes At Penny Black And More

it’s hard to believe it’s the first sunday of march already, but it’s time for a fun new theme at the penny black and more challenge blog and this month it’s ‘anything goes’ as long as the focal point is hand stamped.

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i used one of the cat images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ clear stamp set, painted with twinkling H2Os; i added pink stickles to the icing and cut the tags with a paper smooches 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, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, and Chalkola.

visit the blog for some creative inspiration by my teamies.

i’d like to submit this tag to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Tag You’re It.

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Sweet Wishes

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this week’s simon says stamp challenge theme is tag it! i love how my team mate ellie stitches on her cards, but sewing is another hobby i gave up because of my RA so i’ve invested in some stitched dies. i used a paper smooches die to create this tag with bits of kaisercraft papers, added stickles to the dots on the cupcake and pearls to the punched flower and cupcake on the front:


i added stickles to the flowers on the back, punched and attached a pink flower and stamped the penny black ‘sweet wishes’ sentiment.

i’m also submitting this tag to  these challenges:
Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge theme of anything goes
seize the birthday – anything goes
papertake weekly – anything goes

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