Challenging times

I am waiting to go into hospital  to have some sense shocked back into my heart – again. Sometimes I think they would be better trying it out on my head! Anyway I have discovered another reason why I love colouring so much, it makes over-active, out-of-rhythm hearts slow down a bit, and that has got to be better than filling up with chemicals!

With this excuse in hand I have spent most of my ‘free’ time in the past two days surrounded by pens and away with the fairies. The result is the card I am going to share with you today which I think I can scrape into four challenges – I think that might be a record for me!

SAM_1387 (watermarked)

Materials used:
Watering can digi stamp – Sandi’s Samples (Outlawz Progressive Freebie stamp of the month)
Happy Birthday acrylic stamp
Neenah white card
Centura Pearl Snow White card
Spellbinders Labels 23
Britannia Dies – Leaf Strip
Mini Label punch
Copic and Spectrum Noir pens
small flower buttons

I printed the image out on the Neenah card and coloured it in with the pens. I then cut it out using the labels die and cut a length of green card using the leaf strip. I embossed the label and ran a purple pen along the embossed edge. I punched out a small label from a scrap of Neenah Kraft card (left over from the giraffe), wrote the greeting on, poked a small hole in the top and threaded through a length of brown paper twine. I cut a couple of slits in the image, one each side of the watering can handle, threaded the twine through and tied it off in a knot before trimming the ends. I then attached the image to the front of an A5 card made from the Centura Pearl. I arranged my buttons in the corner and added some leaves before sticking them down. Finally I stamped ‘happy birthday’ at the bottom of the card.

There are three challenges over at the Outlawz Challenges that I think this card is eligible for, so I am going to give them a try. Also there are a few snippets on it so I may just head over to Pixie’s Playground again, hopefully it will be warmer there than it is here today!

Thank you for visiting. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie – February
Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge – It’s a twine thing
Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge – Card for a friend
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 163

Thanks to Di from the Snippets Playground who says my card is also eligible for the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge – I{heart} you


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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14 Responses to Challenging times

  1. Di says:

    Wow Pippa, this is beautiful! And so clever to use those darling little flower buttons too!

    Do you know it’s also eligible for the current Cuttlebug Mania Challenge (I heart you) here:

    Hope the heart regulating goes well!


    Di xx

    • Pippa says:

      Di, thank you for you kind comment. I did not know about the Cuttlebug Mania challenge, I am not a great die user but since you mentioned it, it would be rude not to pop over and have a look! Thanks again.

  2. Brenda in IN says:

    This is so pretty and brings spring right onto your card. Your flowers are colored and shaded so well. I hope they can get your heartbeat regulated and you are back home soon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A very pretty card, and it makes me feel as though Spring is around the corner. Colouring is so relaxing – I hope your hospital stay goes well and that you are feeling much better and home again soon. Lynn x

  4. Sarn says:

    Hi Pippa . . . lovely Spring card. Great colouring. I agree it can be very therapeutic . . . as can tangling!

    Hope the heart therapy helps you.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Pippa, this is such a pretty card, lovely colours and I love the leaves made from the snippet of green card. Hope the heart procedure goes well and you will be back home and colouring before too long. Elizabeth xx

  6. jmhave44 says:

    Pippa, this is such a lovely spring watercan, with the sweet little heart. Your coloring is beautiful, and coloring can be very calming. Love the way you’ve lined the frame of the die cut, such an even handed look. (I can’t manage that! Can’t do the faux stitching well either). It’s very serene & I hope you are staying just as serene as you wait for the procedure to get done. Praying that all goes smoothly and that it will be soon in your past – that you’re home and ready to play in the next challenge. God keep you in His care. Hugs & TFS

    • Pippa says:

      Thank you Mary for your kind words. So far it is still on for the 19th, should have been tomorrow but was postponed for a week when the lab messed up the blood test.

  7. Belinda B says:

    Hello Pippa, sending get well wishes for your heart situation. You are so right about the relaxation of coloring good for our hearts.
    I really enjoyed your card. So soft and lovely. Thanks for playing along with us @ Cuttlebug Mania!
    Belinda Dt

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