In Loving Memory

It’s now been nine years since my son passed away from cancer.

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this year’s card reflects the countless hours my son spent at the drafting table perfecting his art. back then, while he was illustrating, i was trying to learn how to use a computer and i was lucky he was close by. i needed a lot of guidance, not to mention assurance that i really didn’t break it. i always enjoyed my son’s choice of music while we both worked intently to achieve our goals; his art was in demand and was published and i learned to use the computer independently. i also learned to paint better when he offered me a brush to try.

i painted this penny black ‘designed by me’ wood stamp with a few watercolour media: twinkling H2Os, markers and watercolour pencils. i added the blue lines because my son used blue line paper to work on.

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In The Garden

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge so we’re spending time ‘in the garden.’

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i painted this adorable bunny, a penny black wooden stamp image called garden slumber, with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and added a sentiment from the penny black every happiness cling stamp set.

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, Swedish House Crafts, Crafty Ribbons. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the lovely creations by my team mates.

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Guest Designing For Addicted To Stamps

i’m excited to be guest designing for the Addicted To Stamps Challenge and i had a lot of fun creating this card.

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the theme for the current challenge is black and white plus one other colour, not counting skin and hair.

i painted this cute inky antics image from the bumbly bees set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and stamped one of the sentiments from the same set. i added clear wink of stella to her wings, a MFT daisy, and yellow stickles on her anklet and sandals. all the papers are from doodlebug.

be sure to pop over to the blog to see the lovely creations from the design team.

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Ducks In A Row

creating this card made me smile. the new impression obsession challenge is ‘send a little humour’ and i hope it makes the recipient smile too.

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i created a z-fold card to feature the impression obsession darn ducks stamp (D17214) on the front panel, painted the sky, grass and water on cold pressed watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os, and also painted the IO duck set (DIE398-F) with twinks. to finish it off, i stamped a sentiment from the IO more basic greetings (CL549), which might be retired since i couldn’t find a link.

i’m also playing along with:

Back To Basics – #4 – Fold Back Card
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
HLS June Watercolour Challenge – anything goes optional twist smile

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Happy Rudolph Days May 2018

it’s time for this month’s Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by scrappymo and it’s always an anything goes theme that starts on the 25th and ends on the last day of every month except December.

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for my DT card, i painted this adorable snowman from the penny black merry delight set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper. i used the my favourite things flop circle die to create this fun fold card featuring the taylored expressions prezzie and a MFT sentiment on the inside.

playing along is easy – all you need to do is create one project to be eligible for a fabulous prize on offer so pop over to the blog to be inspired by the rest of the design team and to read the complete rules.

i’m submitting my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Use More than One stamp
Crafty Catz – Challenge #418- Anything Goes with optional Extra – Chistmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas April – Anything Goes + option: Stars
Happy Little Stampers Dies April – Always Anything Goes with Dies

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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.

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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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Spring Bloom

i’m back with a post to remind you that you still have time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and this month’s anything goes theme.

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i’m impatiently waiting for spring blooms so i painted this sweet chick from the penny black chick to chick clear set with twinkling H2Os and added a sentiment from the penny black cling set called every happiness.

visit the blog to see what my team mates created and to see the fabulous prizes on offer from: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for a prize and a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a Penny Black image.

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Anything Goes At Penny Black And More

we’re into may already and since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme for you at penny black and more; i think it’s a big favourite – anything goes, as long as your creation features a hand stamped focal point.

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i made a free standing pop up card that folds flat using this cute hedgie from the penny black cheerful critters clear stamp set. everything is painted with twinkling H2Os; i added two extra balloons and some green stickles to the candle flames.

it’s easy to play along –  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, Crafts U Love, Rare Earth Stamps. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the fabulous creations by my team mates.

i’m also submitting this to these challenges:

International Art & Soul – #32 Interactive
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Magic
Crafty Animals #14 – Always Anything Goes

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Mid Month Reminder At Penny Black And More

just popping in with a reminder that there is still time to play along with the penny black and more challenge and this month’s black and white plus one theme.

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i used the dog from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set, painted him with twinkling H2Os and used the mama elephant die to frame him; the inside sentiment is from the same set.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

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Bunny Border

i created a second card for the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green but this time i’ve used the adorable new bunny border die (IO DIE664-T).

i die cut the bunnies with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, painted green and pink washes with twinkling H2Os, and used some leftover hydrangea petals (IO DIE044-Y) with pink stickles in the centre.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
Dies R Us Challenge #95 – Springtime
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s so relaxing and i love making whimsical characters come to life.

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Pink Hydrangeas

welcome to some new followers! thank you for joining me on my creative journey!

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge theme of pink and green – one of my favourite colour combinations.

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after the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) was die cut with 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, i painted the leaves with twinkling H2Os, used the small end of a creative expressions mini smoothie (reviewed here) to colour the petals with distress ink and added pink stickles to the centres. i stamped the sentiment (IO CL465) and splattered the same pink twink onto watercolour paper and attached it to a green base.

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for the second card i sponged the edges of the petals with distress ink and added stickles to the centres as well.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Texture
As You Like It Challenge- Favourite Colouring Medium (&why): watercolour painting with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed w/c paper is my favourite; it’s relaxing and i love making my own colours.

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Spring Wishes

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge and the Pick a Holiday (any holiday!) theme.

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maybe spring isn’t a holiday, but it should be! what better way to celebrate the end of all that snow, cold temperatures and dreary skies. one of the IO design team members used a spring card, so i thought it was ok to use the spring wishes sentiment. i started this card by painting the sky and grass with twinkling H2Os and painted the chicks and eggs; each is an individual stamp (Sarah Phelps CL212). i finished it off by stamping the spring (MC657) and painting the die cut wishes (DIE364-E).

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Allsorts – #461 – New Beginnings, technically, it’s spring
Dies R Us Challenge #94 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – anything goes, option rainbow

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Black And White Plus One At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so it’s time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge.

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this was very challenging for me since i usually activate my twinkling H2Os to have a colourful palette ready to paint with. i thought the kitty from the penny black ‘bubbly’ set would be a good starting point with the black and white; i used three different pink twinks and added some clear wink of stella to the balloons, some pink sequins, striped washi tape and finally, i stamped the sentiment onto a flower die.

it’s so easy to play along! your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see the crafty creations by my team mates.

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Make Mine Chocolate Too!

i’ve been seeing so many adorable bunny images but i’d like to raise awareness that chocolate bunnies are more appropriate to give for easter than real bunnies; i support the make mine chocolate campaign.

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bunnies are precious and until my daughter adopted two of my furry grand bunnies, i never knew how sweet and smart they were. unfortunately, real bunnies are given as easter presents only to be returned to shelters or worse because it was an impulse buy without any thought about their care and long term commitment.

i painted this cute inky antics image with twinkling H2Os and popped on foam tape to an embossed brick background using a taylored expressions embossing folder.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It: Favourite Easter Character (&why): bunnies! after getting to know my two grand bunnies, i realize how cute, sweet and smart they are.
Sweet Stampers: #18 Spring or Easter
The Cutie Pie: Challenge No #121 Theme: SPRING CUTIES
The Paper Girls – #148 EMBOSSING
Always Fun Challenges – #51 EASTER
Gem of a Challenge
– Easter Time
Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday March – All Creatures Great and Small

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Happy Rudolph Days March 2018

it’s time for the Rudolph Days Challenge at scrappymo’s blog and it’s always an anything goes theme for christmas cards.

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i started this card by painting the sky with twinkling H2Os, then painted the cute stampendous snowman and added a sentiment with a die i first noticed on a card by my penny black and more teamie, lynn.

all you need to do is create one card every month on the 25th and you have until the last day of each month to play along. pop over to the blog to be inspired by the rest of the design team, to read the rules and see the fabulous prize on offer.

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Spring Chicks At Penny Black And More

just a little reminder that there’s still plenty of time to play along with the ‘feature a creature’ theme this month at the penny black and more challenge.

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i made a small card featuring the cute chicks from the penny black ‘chick to chick’ clear set, painted with twinkling H2Os, added stickles in yellow, clear and black and popped the image panel on foam tape.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty. a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image.

visit the blog to see what creatures my team mates are featuring.

I’m playing along with these challenges:

Papercraft Business Challenge  – #4 – Anything Goes + option of Easter
Noor! Designs UK March – Spring
Sweet Stampers  #18 Spring or Easter

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Buzzing By At Penny Black And More

oh my goodness, i have missed creating but my shoulder is still pretty sore so my creating and computer time is somewhat limited. but i do have a DT card for our new monthly theme at the penny black and more challenge and for march, we’d like to see you ‘feature a creature.’

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i’ve used this cute penny black image, a wooden stamp called ‘good news!’ and painted with twinkling H2Os. i’ve used brighter colours because i’m so tired of dreary overcast days and can’t wait for more sunshine. and we just got hit with more snow!

remember 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, Marianne Designs, Bee Crafty.

visit the blog to see what creatures are featured on my teamies’ cards.

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Love-ly Birds At Penny Black And More

i haven’t been creating as much as i’d like due to an RA flare; my shoulder will eventually need replacing. I did make a mid month DT card just to remind you that there’s still time to play along with the penny black and more challenge.

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this month’s theme is all about romance: ‘love, hearts and flowers.’ i painted this sweet image from the penny black woodland friends stamp set with twinkling H2Os, added some stickles and painted an ombre background.

remember, there must be a hand stamped focal point: any company’s image can be used and the design team will be on the lookout for a future guest designer from those who use a Penny Black image. as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Little Claire and Crafts U Love.

visit the blog to see the rest of the team’s love-ly creations.

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Love Graffiti At Penny Black And More

i covered all the ‘love, hearts and flowers’ of the february theme at the penny black and more challenge in my DT card.

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i painted the penny black love graffiti image with twinkling H2Os and added yellow enamel dots to the flower centres. this cute hedgie is a 2007 wood stamp but like a lot of Penny Black stamps, i think it’s timeless.

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, Little Claire and Crafts U Love.

visit the blog to see the love-ly cards created by the rest of the team.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Love
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour February – Anything Goes + option: Hearts
Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

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Snow Love Like Your Love

this tiny card, just under three inches square, was fun to make even if it did take me a while to complete; if only there were more hours in the day.

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i stamped the poppystamps snowman twice, die cut with coordinating dies and added the sentiment from the same stamp set. i added pink and red stickles to the hearts and popped the snow couple on foam tape over a twinkling H2O painted background; i stamped snowflakes from the holiday bunnies set and added clear stickle dots.

i’m submitting this card to the poppystamps challenge 40 – snow day and the memory box challenge 32 – snow and winter.

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