Another Boo to You

I don’t usually send out halloween cards but I couldn’t resist making another one using cute Taylored Expressions’ images.

this time I used a darker brown cardstock for the embossed brick and I actually finished the inside and created a matching envelope. all the images were watercoloured with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper; I used coloured pencils for the envelope.

cute halloween card copying right linda

inside of cute halloween card and envelope

I’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge create a card and matching envelope
Send a Smile for Kids September – Cute Fall/Halloween Cards 4 Kids
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge #312 Going Batty ( Halloween Creations)

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Merry Millie Rainbow Christmas Card

This is my third card for the Taylored Expressions 13th Birthday Toffee and Rainbows challenge. I love Kraft and I never would have thought of making a rainbow Christmas card, but it was so much fun.

rainbow Christmas card featuring Santa and millie mouse copyright linda

I painted these cute Taylored Expressions Merry Millie stamp set images with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped with TE foam sticky circles on a panel of the watercolour paper, using the deckle edge at the top for the snow drift. permanent markers were used to colour the gems for the Little Bits Christmas Treesand I painted each letter of the sentiment with tomboy markers from the bright set. i die cut the Little Bits Jingle Bells from hot press w/c paper too and painted them with twinkling H2Os; for extra sparkle, they were sprayed with sheer shimmer sparkle spray. finally, they were shaped with a stylus and popped up with the sticky circles. everything was attached to the Kraft, stamped with hero arts white ink with the TE Snow Day Background stamp.

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Boo To You!

this is another card I created for the Taylored Expressions’ toffee and rainbow challenge in celebration of their 13th birthday. 

the bright colour palette is my favourite so I used: pink, orange, yellow, green, teal and purple twinkling H2Os to watercolour the cute Spooktacular images, fussy cut from Arches hot press watercolour paper and attached with foam tape.

whimsical halloween card using taylored expressions spooktacular stamp set

the TE brick embossing folder and Kraft cardstock were used for the background with frayed burlap distress ink and black soot distress ink for shading and splatters; the same inks were used to create the woodgrain on Kraft. the sentiments are from the TE Pennant Parade – Halloween set and those strips were attached with some purple mini brads.

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Pink And Purple Poinsettias On Kraft

I’m happy I finally have some time to create! I’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions’ 13th Birthday Celebration Challenges.

first I sponged hero arts unicorn white pigment ink through the TE Poinsettia & Pine stencil on Kraft cardstock. this card is for the toffee and rainbow theme challenge, and it was a challenge, but I used all bright colours of distress inks: wilted violet, mustard seed, picked raspberry spiced marmalade, evergreen bough, twisted citron, and salty ocean.

pink and purple poinsettia Christmas card on Kraft cardstock

the happy holidays sentiment from the TE Baby, It’s Cold Outside stamp set was heat embossed in white and it fit perfectly in the rounded edge TE flag it die. the strip on the left was a leftover scrap from another project – the TE Snow Day Background was stamped in white.

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Peace For Rudolph Days March 2021

I’m sharing my DT creations for the Rudolph Days Challenge, hosted by Maureen at her blog.

Christmas cards featuring peace die cut sentiment with embossed holly background copyright Linda

I used this beautiful Penny Black peace die, a gift from Maureen for being a DT member, to cut green cardstock and sponged it with distress inks: shabby shutters, pine needles and chipped sapphire. I added red gloss gems, no longer available but they measure 3 mm. to finish the card, I used the taylored expressions holly embossing folder and lightly brayered with brushed corduroy distress ink.

like so many dies, I thought this one was versatile so I die cut with matte gold foil paper, coloured the berries with the only two spectrum noir markers I have and added the smallest Marianne design rhinestones that I coloured with permanent markers. the card stock is actually dark teal and I added a matte gold border to finish it off.

the rules are so simple and there’s a chance to win a generous prize from maureen so why not get a head start on holiday cards; or keep adding to your pile of cards so there’ll be no last minute rush.

I’m playing along with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for March and the Anything Goes option.

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Welcome 2021!

this taylored expressions’ big grumpy sentiment sums up how I feel about this year.

happy 2021 bear card copyright linda

the sentiment is one of several freebies to download; this is my favourite. I fussy cut the printed sentiment to add to the stamped grumpy that was painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper. I die cut a card base with a fold on the top between the ears so it can stand up. I added the confetti with fine tip markers – very therapeutic.

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Rudolph Days Challenge May 2020

it’s time for the May Rudolph Days Challenge, hosted by Maureen, where you are encouraged to create holiday cards/projects from the 25th to the last day of each month until November.

I used a new Penny Black image for my design team card, merry making, that i painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper;  i also painted the sky with my twinks. my purple background was created by sponging seedless preserves and chipped sapphire distress inks on Bristol smooth paper and then i sponged white gouache through a Taylored Expressions snowfall stencil.

be sure to pop by Maureen’s blog for the full set of rules to be eligible for a generous prize and have fun working ahead on your holiday cards!

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Freebie Fun With Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions is another company that is offering free digis and since i already had the big grumpy stamp/die combo, i downloaded some free Big Grumpy – COVID19 sentiments. Just login to your TE account, or create one if you haven’t already, then search download.

Taylor has a video to illustrate how to align the sentiment with acetate and stazon ink, which i don’t use, but i found vellum and versafine ink worked just as well. I also had to perform a bit of surgery to separate the sentiment so i could paint the images with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper. to finish the card, i stamped the neat and tangled dot background with broken china distress ink.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Allsorts  #571/2 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Animal Fun

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It’s Too Peopley Outside

This CNN article, Why some people just won’t stay home despite the advice, satisfied my curiosity about those who defy the guidelines.

i used the Taylored Expressions BIG GRUMPY STAMP & DIE COMBO and die cut the bear shape on a fold to create these little cards. as usual, i painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and added glossy accents to their noses. i’m playing along with the As You Like It Challenge Favourite – Animal Or People (& Why): i love adorable and humorous animal images that make me smile; they’re always fun to paint.

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Redesigning Designer Paper For Rudolph Days

it’s time for the first 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge, hosted by maureen, where we encourage you to create christmas cards/creations during the last week of every month until November. you only need to submit one entry to be eligible for a generous prize.holly christmas card copyright linda

for my DT card, i used a technique i am calling redesigning designer paper. i wanted to use the taylored expressions holly embossing folder but with something other than a plain background. see below for steps. I finished off the card with impression obsession die cut holly embellishment and a creative expressions die cut sentiment with red cardstock.

photo heavy tutorial:

step 1: choose paper

step 2: emboss
(if lightweight paper is used, avoid cutting through by placing copy paper behind DP)

step 3: choose inks, ink up brayer
(before brayering on paper, brayer on teflon sheet to evenly distribute ink)

step 4: brayer embossed paper with light pressure

step 5: brayer another layer, lightly

step 6 continue, lightly, until you’re happy with colour intensity

step 7: use marker to colour details

step 8: use leftover inks to splatter background

step 9: spritz leftover inks on teflon sheet

step 10: press watercolour paper onto spritzed inks

I’d love to see your creations using this technique. thanks for popping by.

12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 11

this is my tag for day 11 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

rudolph tag

 Lisa’s White Christmas tag  inspired me to create this. i love her pink background and layout. i painted this Taylored Expressions reindeer with Twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped him on foam tape. the background is sponged with distress inks and cut with Avery Elle bookmark. it might be a bit fuzzy but the mama elephant stamp says peace & love and is heat embossed with white ep, cut with altenew heart die.

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Bah Humbug

i was asked to make a christmas card for someone who shares the taylored expressions grumplings’ sense of humour.

bah humbug christmas card copyright linda

i die cut the circles, sponged them with distress inks and inlaid them after using the taylored expressions Holly embossing folder on the white card panel. i stamped the hum bug from the Calendar Grumplings stamp set and painted the cat from the Fluffy Friends – Holiday stamp set with twinkling H2Os. i added glossy accents to the lights before fussy cutting and die cut the Little Bits Christmas Tree with green glitter paper and inlaid red glitter dots.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Rudolph Days November christmas creation
Cardz 4 Galz #110 Get Ready For Christmas
Cutie Pie Challenge #141 ADD ANIMAL
Fab n Funky #459 – Christmas
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

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Happy 2019

we’re starting off the new year with a ‘New Beginnings’ theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge: (baby, wedding, new job etc)

the new year is about all that’s new for me so far so here’s my creation.

i’ve used a taylored expressions die to create this card and penny black stamps: cute mouse image from the bubbly set, coloured with laurentian coloured pencils, stars from the crystalline set, stamped in versarmark, and the happy new year from the winter magic set. i added red mirri numbers and a few sparkles.

playing along is simple: your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black and Swedish House Crafts.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Alphabet Challenge – U IS FOR USE SOME STITCHING – REAL OR FAUX; obviously mine is faux because i rarely sewed such a straight line
As You Like It Challenge Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts #278 Celebrations
Kleuren Met Potloden December – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers #27- Anything Goes

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It’s Your Day

the allsorts challenge is marking its 9th birthday with a big celebration so i’m joining in with a birthday card.

penny black it's your day copyright linda

i painted a couple of images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ clear set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper. all the images fit into the my favorite things die-namics die and i added some taylored expressions confetti and a waffle flower celebrate die, layered three times. finally, i added some nuvo crystal drops.

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Welcome Spring!

it finally feels like spring is here, complete with last night’s thunderstorm and hail.

welcome spring taylored expressions copyright linda

this is a cute taylored expressions image that i coloured with colour pencils and a taylored expressions die cut sentiment that i painted with twinkling H2Os.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #465 – All About Pets
Animal Friends Challenge #62 – Stitching
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Animal (&why): my favourite animals are bunnies; they’re too cute, very smart and extremely entertaining. it’s amazing to see rescue bunnies flourish once they are treated with love and kindness and realize at least some humans can be trusted.
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Magic
Star Stampz Challenge  Hand Coloured Image

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Bunny Box Treat

this is another treat box i made with the taylored expressions matchbox die that holds a mini kitkat bar.

memory box bunny plaid copyright linda

i painted the cute memory box bunny and background with twinkling H2Os, as usual, but this time i fussy cut the jacket.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Hippity Hoppity
Memory Box Challenge #35 – Color Challenge Green
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – INSIDE THE BOX
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers – #208  BUNNIES, CHICKS OR EGGS

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Easter Treats

i created two easter treat boxes using the taylored expressions matchbox die; a miniature kitkat bar fits perfectly inside.

easter treats copyright linda

i painted the sweet memory box bunny with twinkling H2Os and layered it up with some fun doodlebug papers.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Monday: Easter/Spring Inspiration
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday– March – All Creatures Great and Small
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #12 – Anything Goes with a Critter
My Time to Craft #366 – Easter/ Spring
Colour Crazy Challenge – No.10 – ANYTHING GOES
Papercraft Business Challenge  – #4 – Anything Goes + option of Easter

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Still Something New At Penny Black And More

just a reminder that there is still time to play along with us at the penny black and more challenge where we invite you to share something new this month – new supplies, home, job, you get it.

penny black bubbly copyright linda @

bubbly is the newest penny black stamp set i bought and this is another of the cute images that i painted with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from another new penny black stamp set party time.

i also used my new taylored expressions flap stacks rectangle die to make this little card interactive.

to play along, just be sure your focal point is hand stamped with any company’s image or large sentiment/quote but if you use  PB stamp or stickeroo, you’ll have a chance to be a future guest designer. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Rare Earth.

see what new items the rest of the team are playing with at the blog.

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Matchbox Snowman

i was happy to see the latest taylored expressions’ release included some coordinating stamps and dies for the TE matchbox die i bought when it was released earlier in the spring.

taylored expressions matchy snowman copyright linda @

i used the matchy snowman die set and of course the matchbox die to create this little treat box. i’m actually making four but it’s getting so overcast that i thought i best rush and get a photo of the one i finished so far.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Leftovers: i used leftover scraps of christmas paper and the nose was die cut from a leftover scrap of watercolour paper that i had painted with twinkling H2Os to use on my trick or treat tags.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – NOT A CARD
Happy Little Stampers Dies – Always Anything Goes with Dies 

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Penny Black And More Christmas Card

i’m still in christmas card mode, this time sharing my mid month DT card for our ‘get ready for christmas’ theme at the penny black and more challenge.

copyright linda @ penny black christmas mouse with stocking-1

this cute mouse is one of the adorable images in the penny black santa’s helpers stamp set that i painted with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from the penny black christmas every day set. i added some taylored expressions die cut jingle bells, one die cut snowflake and some stickles for snow.

it’s easy to play along – your focal point must be hand stamped with any company’s image or large sentiment/quote and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Rare Earth.

visit the blog to see the creative christmas cards made by my team mates.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

penny black Holiday Head Start Challenge
Happy Little Stampers Christmas September – Anything Goes + option : Sparkle.

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Ornamental Christmas Tree

i created one more card just in time for the Taylored Expressions birthday celebration and 9th year sketch challenge:

i made a christmas card for my husband using the tree from the TE baby it’s cold outside stamp set, painted with twinkling H2Os and covered the ornaments with glossy accents. i used a clear glitter pen on the tree garland dots and coloured the peel off sentiment and holographic dot stickers with permanent markers. the image circle was popped on foam tape for some added dimension.

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Let It Snow

i created a second card for Taylored Expressions birthday celebration and 9th year sketch challenge:

i made a christmas card this time to add to my stash. i painted this cute snowman from the TE baby it’s cold outside stamp set with twinkling H2Os, stamped the sentiment from the same set and popped the circle on foam tape. i added clear wink of stella to the white stripes on the scarf and the dots on the hat, glossy accents to the buttons and white flocking to the cuff of the hat.

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Easter Treat Boxes

i made some more treat boxes with the taylored expressions matchbox die and some cute memory box bunnies.

copyright memory box bunnies

i painted with twinkling H2Os and fussy cut the bow to attach to the pot and then covered it in clear wink of stella.

i’d like to submit these to the following challenges:

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Physio Fitness

first i’d like to apologize for not getting around to comment on all the creative cards that pop up in my reader. i knew i would have a physiotherapy routine to follow with my new knee (my christmas present), but i didn’t anticipate that my creating and computer time would be so limited as a result.

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as i previously mentioned, my physiotherapist is very happy with the results of all my work – so much so that she insists on increasing my time spent on rehab and the weights on my leg. i tried whining about the time it takes and how it interferes with my creativity; i don’t think she heard me. anyway, i made this card to thank her for all her encouragement and support.

after i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, i fussy cut this little taylored expressions exercise grumpling and attached a mini wobble to it.

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Egg-stra Special

i’m playing along with the simon says wednesday challenge theme of bit o’ green and to use taylored expressions products if you have them.

this cute taylored expressions matchbox die was just released and is exactly what i’ve been searching for since i love making 3D items like tags and treat containers. the stamps are from the ‘easter doodles’ set that i painted with twinkling H2Os.

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edited: the chick is from a taylored expressions 2013 release called ‘easter doodles’ but it must be retired.

Snow Globe Fun For Rudolph Days

it’s time for february’s rudolph days challenge and i had so much fun creating my design team card with this whimsical image from stampendous.


i love this christmas visions stamp set because it has a few images that fit inside the snow globe along with a few sentiments.

as usual, i painted it with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the ornaments and stickles to the snow; the background was created with a taylored expressions snow embossing folder.

the challenge runs until the last day of the month; visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired to create christmas cards on the 25th of every month so you’ll be well prepared. have fun!

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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 @ 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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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.

Field Of Pumpkins

our neighbour’s field is full of bright orange pumpkins right now so i was inspired to create today’s small card and play along with two challenges.

linda @ field of pumpkins

i painted the sky, grass, fence and pumpkins with twinkling H2Os, matted the ‘painting’ and attached it to a watercolour paper base. a very CAS fall card that wasn’t exactly quick.

i’m submitting this card to the Sugar Pea Design Challenge that is using this inspiration photo:18

and this is my second submission to the new CAS Watercolour Challenge:


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Fueling My Inspiration

i had just enough time to play along with the taylored expressions share joy challenge 50 and this one was a real challenge but i’m happy with the results.

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i wasn’t sure i’d be able to find papers that coordinated with each other but once i finally made my selection, the card came together quickly. this card is off to my brother for his birthday, who is an avid formula 1 fan. i’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll get it in time given the canada post negotiations. i die cut the TE little bits balloons, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added some yellow hemp cord and popped them on with foam tape.

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Cracking Me Up

i’m playing along with the taylored expressions’ share joy challenge 49: a sketch and colour combination.

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copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 49

i created this card for my husband; as a person with a disability, i rely on him for a lot of help. lately, i’ve been dealing with extra health issues and he always knows when i need a laugh. i used two different blue distress inks to paint the sky and i used twinkling H2Os and albrecht durer water pencils to watercolour the cute image from the easter doodles stamp set, no link found.

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Grumpy Penguin

i enjoy making christmas cards year round but i usually make cards for my family at the last minute. thanks to the share joy challenges i’ve been playing along with, i’ll be ready with cards featuring funny little grumpy characters.


copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 48

i chose the clean and simple challenge this time and watercoloured the sky and this little guy with two watercolour paints: sennelier and twinkling H2Os and used stickles on the star and for snow. thanks for popping by.

Grumpy Fox

i’m having fun with these little taylored expressions holiday grumplings; they’re so funny and i love the sentiments in the set. i created this card for my husband using the share joy challenge 47 sketch:


copyright linda @ taylored expressions challenge 47

i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the jingle bell and flower soft on the ground; the red dots are hologram peel offs.

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