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Toucan - Inky Paws Challenge #64

Hello hello!
Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a brand new Inky Paws challenge!!
This week we have a wonderful sketch for you which is always a great way to get an idea rolling when you're making a card!
For my card this week, I decided not to do a bunch of layers like the sketch indicates, but instead try to include the different elements in unique ways.

So I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and die cut it with the Frames and Flags die set.  I just picked this set up and absolutely love it!!  Can't wait to keep playing around with that fun scallop panel!!

To represent the large rectangle in the background, I took a very thin mixture of black watercolor so that I could get really light grey stripes.  I felt this was a nice subtle background for my toucan's while also fit that element into the sketch.

Then I stamped and colored up my toucans from the Toucan Party set.  I layered them up with a bunch of the leaves and flowers from the same set and then placed them onto a die cut and layered heart.

My sentiment is from the same set.  I white heat embossed the Toucan sentiment onto a strip of black that was cut with the same Frames and Flags die set, and then stamped the rest of the sentiment below.

Placed the whole thing onto a blue colored mat and added some clear droplets for extra shine, and the card was done!

I hope you will join us for this fun sketch challenge!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
Thanks so much for visiting!! <3
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Mane Squeeze

Hey hey!!!
Happy Monday!
I hope everyone is enjoying our Pretty in Pink challenge at Inky Paws!  You have one more week to join us and be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to Newton's Nook!!
For my card, I made a sweet little shaker card using the lion from the Wild About Zoo set.  I adore all the images in that set and this little lion just screamed to be used.  While cleaning up our house in preparation for new flooring, I found a bag to tulle from our wedding!  So I figured it would be cool to use that for the front of my shaker!

I stamped the background with one of the hearts in white pigment ink for a soft subtle look.  Then finished it off with one of the punny sentiments that was perfect for this card!

I hope you'll join us for this Pretty in Pink challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Love Mew

Hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome to a new challenge at Inky Paws!  Our theme of the next 2 weeks is Pretty in Pink!
For my inspiration card, I've used the Newton's Christmas Cuddles set to create a love themed card.  I can never resist putting the Seattle skyline into a card when it fits the layout.  What can I say...I love my city :)

So I started my card but doing a watercolor washed background with a bright pink color.  I did several layers to get the nice vibrant color.

While that dried, I white heat embossed some vines from the Falling into Autumn set and fussy cut them all out.  I also did a green wash for the hill that my little love kitties will be sitting on.

Once it was all dry, it was as simple as arranging everything together.  I wanted the vines to frame around my kitties so I varied their lengths and layered them up a bit and also decked them up a little with some Sparkling Clear Sequins.

My kitties were colored in with copics and fussy cut out.  I added a little bit of sparkle to the collars and then layered it all up with my Seattle skyline, grassy hill and kitties.

I hope you will join us for our Pretty in Pink challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for visiting! <3

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Cool Cat

Hello and Happy Monday!!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year!
We have one more week for our Inky Paws color challenge!  Be sure to join us for your chance to win a $20 certificate to Newton's Nook!
I started my card by cutting out some circles into my card front.  Behind those, I created a blended background with some of the colors from our inspiration piece.  They turned out a bit brighter than I anticipated, but I think they work perfectly for my cream colored kitties!

The kitties I chose to use are from the Newton's Birdbath and Newton's Costume Party sets.  I added a few little costume hats and some sparkly drops around the card front.

Super simple card but so adorable!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3

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Inky Paws Challenge #62 - Watercolored Background

Hey!  Happy Monday!
One more week till Christmas!!  AHAHHAH!!!  Is everyone ready?  I'm pretty sure we are!  Matthew has been playing every Christmas movie known to man lately...he is always so excited about Christmas.   Makes me smile :)

So, it's time to start a new challenge this week at Newton's Inky Paws!  We have a gorgeous color scheme for you to use!  I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to make with these colors.  They are completely different than anything I ever use so I struggled a little bit.  And then lost track of time, got confused on what day it was, and ended up forgetting to get a card put together in the first place.  But I think ultimately that worked out.  It put me under pressure and I managed to whip something up that I am absolutely in love with!
For this card, I decided to do some simple dry brush washes across the background of my card with the challenge colors.  This card was really inspired by a recent card from Laura Bassen where she used alcohol markers to create a similar background and then white heat embossed flowers and leaves on vellum for the focal point.  It was such a gorgeous card, I really wanted to recreate it and these colors gave me that perfect opportunity.

So I pulled out my Daniel Smith dot chart and used (from top to bottom) Carbazole Violet, Verona Gold, Green Gold, and Ultramarine Turquoise.  Gorgeous colors and I think they work really well together!

I splattered that with some shimmer in clear and white and then set that aside to dry.  I pulled out my Shades of Autumn stamp set and white heat embossed one of the leaf branches onto some vellum several times.  Then cut them out and arranged them on my dry background so that they created a focal point in the center for my sentiment.  I white heat embossed that onto black, since I think having that dark contrast works great for simple colorful cards like this. 

The finishing touch was just a few clear confetti sequins scattered around the card!  Love this card so much!!

I hope you'll join us for this gorgeous color challenge!
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Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!  You have 3 weeks to enter this card since we're extending it over Christmas!  Plenty of time!!  Have fun!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Cheerful Blessings

Well check it out...I finally had time to make a card for Tuesday Throwdown!  It's been a rather long time!  I'm so thankful for the patience that team has given me during my absence...

So are you ready for our challenge?  It's an easy one!  Anything Goes!  And our awesome sponsor is Sparkle n Sprinkle!  They have provided us with some great images for this challenge.
I chose to use Winter Blue Jay because I thought this birdie was just so stinking cute.  He's colored up with my copic markers and then fussy cut out so I could adhere him to my card with some foam tape.

I used some Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and did a gradient blended background so the color was concentrated in one corner and then faded out to white.  That was splattered with water since oxide inks react to water and give that really cool droplet look.  I also splattered some white shimmer mist on the background and the image to try and represent falling snow.  It really gave the card some shine.

The finishing touches were just a few Nuvo drops in Simply White and a simple sentiment.

I hope you'll join us this week for our fun Anything Goes challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!! <3
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Gift Card Holder!!

Hey there!  Happy Monday!
Are you ready to see some more inspiration for our current sketch at Inky Paws?
For my card, I really wanted just a simple little kitty in a santa hat.  But I didn't have anything like that in my stash...so I had to scratch my brain a little bit and try to figure out a way to finagle one together.   What I ended up doing was using the head of the chimney kitty in Santa Paws Newton and adding it to the body of the kitty in Newtons Costume Party...and it worked!  I have a simple kitty I can color however I want, and he's wearing a santa hat!  Love it!!

To create my elements to fit the sketch, I started with a bright blue piece of cardstock and added some embossing paste through a snowflake stencil.  I had tried this with the snowfall stencil from Newton's Nook...but I didn't apply the paste very well and it smudged and squished through the stencil in a few places...I'll have to try that again later.

I cut a tag from some vellum and then made a little pocket in the front using another piece of the patterned paper I used in the background.  I stamped and heat embossed a fun sentiment onto a piece of shimmer cardstock and adhered that right over the seam where my pocket starts.

Here's how it looks without the gift card in it.  Still super cute and fun!!
I hope you've been inspired to check out this sketch challenge and join in the fun!
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Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your creations!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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All I Want for Christmas...

...is Mew!
Lol!  Happy Monday everyone! 
It's a good day today!  Matthew gets his cast off, we might finally get our Christmas tree!  I'm super excited!
So lets jump right into our newest Inky Paws challenge for you!  It's a sketch this time!  I love sketches!  It's a great starting point to really get the gears churning for an idea.  Sometimes I stall out on the design of a card...I'll have all my elements figured out but how to arrange them can be challenging.  So having a sketch handy makes the design part super easy!  I know you'll love this sketch challenge!
For my card, I've used an older set from Newton's Nook - Newton's Christmas Cuddles.  I think this set is so adorable and I couldn't stop myself from using this sweet little present kitty.  I've colored him up to look like my little Ezio...climbing into a present seems like just the thing he'd do :)

I stamped a tone on tone background just to give the card some texture and detail but I kept it subtle because I wanted my images to shine.

After coloring in my image, I die cut a little stitched rectangle and stamped a few extra presents on it to fill in the scene.  I added a little flagged banner behind my image and wrapped a little piece of twine around the whole card front.  To that twine, I attached a little tag that I had stamped the remainder of my sentiment on.  So combined the whole thing reads:  All I want for Christmas is mew!  Makes me smile :)

I hope you'll join us for this awesome sketch!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your projects!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Merriest Wishes - New Sami Stamps Image!!

Hey there!  Happy Friday! 
Is everyone ready for the weekend!?  I know I am!
There is one image in this release and she is adorable!!  This Little Holly Unicorn will be so cute on Christmas cards this year!  You'll love her!
So our challenge for you this month at Sami Stamps is White on White.  This one is always such a challenge because I love color.  And often my whites will just mush together and lose all detail.  So I decided to just keep my card super simple.

I took out a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and covered it with embossing paste.  Then sprinkled on a bunch of Silver Pearl embossing powder.  I know the name says silver, but when it's melted, it gives a really great whiteish pearl shine, as you can see from my card.  While the embossing paste dried, I worked on coloring up my image.

To stick with the white on white theme, I colored up my sweet unicorn to be white with a grey mane, and then colored the berries and leaves their traditional colors.  To give her a resting spot, I cut 2 layers of vellum to match the inner design of the stencil and layered them together, white embossing my sentiment on the top layer.

Then just foam mounted everything down and added a few white sequins!

I hope you'll join us for this White on White challenge at Sami Stamps!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image on your project!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Simply Wonderful

Hello hello!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!!  We are enjoying our time with family this week...but are ready to get home and snuggle our little kitties!!

Are you ready for a little inspiration reminder for our current Inky Paws challenge to add sparkle?
I kept this card really simple by using one of the silhouette cat images from Furrever Friends and clear embossing it before fussy cutting the kitty out.  The background was stamped with the paw heart from that set and then white heat embossed.  I used Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks and did some really washy watercoloring just to get color in the background.  Then stamped a few of the hearts from the same set and coated those in glossy accents.

The sentiment is from Beautiful Wings, black embossed onto some coordinating patterned paper.  I also added a little strip of glitter paper and lots of shimmer to the watercolored background.

You still have a few days to enter our challenge at Inky Paws!!  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!! <3
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So Much Sparkle!

Hey hey!!  Happy Monday!
Are you ready for a new challenge at Inky Paws??  This week is all about that sparkle!  The perfect addition to any card!!  And boy do I have a sparkler for you today! :)
I decided to go with a holiday card this week.  It seemed fitting for this challenge :)
To start, I took the Snowflake Stencil and placed it over a piece of cardstock that I had covered in double sided tape.

Now let me take a moment to rave about the Newton's Nook stencils!  I am a rough crafter...if it can't hold up to my abuse, I can't have it in my office...it's just how I work.  But these stencils!  They have passed the test!  I've coated them in versamark, and run them through a scrubber..and now I've fully adhered them to cardstock with scor-tape and this stencil is still perfect!  I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are ready to put some elbow grease and heat into getting it back off...but it was so worth the work in the end!!

Once the stencil was placed where I wanted it, I coated the whole thing with some clear glitter.  This glitter clung to the open snowflake areas.  I then worked the stencil off with my heat gun to loosen the adhesive a little, and then coated what was left exposed with 2 tones of blue glitter.  This gave me a gorgeous ombre snowfall background that sparkles to boot!!

I decided to turn this into a shaker card, so I laid a piece of acetate over the top and stitched it on, adding my shaker bits when I had just one side left to stitch.  Then sealed it up!

I embossed some tag images from the Joyful Tags set and turned them into ornaments that hung from some pine boughs cut from the Pines and Holly Die Set.

The photos don't do this card justice.  There is so much sparkle and shine!  It's amazing and I absolutely love it!  I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook Products on your card!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Santa Paws!

Hello hello and happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  I'm here with a new card for our current color challenge over at Inky Paws!  You still have a few days left to enter so don't delay!
For my card today, I started by taking one of the new stencils from Newton's Nook - Snowfall - and blending over it with some white pigment ink onto black paper.  I let the first layer dry and then did it again.  This helped get a nice bright image.  While that second layer was still wet, I sprinkled on some glittery embossing powder and heat set it so now the snowflakes provide some great sparkle on this card!

I set the background aside and worked on coloring up my images from the new Santa Paws Newton set with my ShinHan and copic markers.  Once they were colored, I trimmed them out and added them to some rolling snow hills that I did a little soft blue coloring on.  I also added a little bit of shimmer to the hills since snow always seems to have a bit of sparkle to it.  Then I foam mounted my images and added some glossy accents to the snow bits and parts of the hats as well as a little clear glitter.

This card turned out so stinkin cute!  I love that sweet little kitty popping up out of the chimney!
I hope you will join us for this challenge!  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product on your card!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Kitty Wreath

Hello hello!  Happy Monday!
We're starting another fabulous challenge for you at Inky Paws and this time it's a fun festive color challenge!  Perfect to get a jump start on your holiday cards!
I have been obsessed with the Pines and Holly Die Set from Newton's Nook lately.  They are the perfect shapes and so wonderful and easy to use on holiday cards!  So I decided to pull them out (or open them because they haven't left my desk since I bought them :) ) and cut out a whole bunch of the pine branch and holly leaf.  I kept the pine branches white with just a little bit of grey to them to help mute them down a little bit. 

Then I pulled out the new and fabulous Santa Paws Newton and chose the adorable image with the gift bag to add in the center of my wreath.  I colored her up like my little Cloud with some colored pencils and then trimmed her out.  The wreath was all layered together and then I added some red glitter stickles to represent berries and foam mounted my kitty in the center.

To the background, I die cut my black panel and inked up the edges with some white pigment ink.  Then used some white shimmer mist to add some flecks and splatters for a little more interest.  White heat embossed my sentiment and the card was done!

I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nooks products!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Welcome Baby Tilly! - New Sami Stamps Challenge

Hello and Happy Friday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Sami Stamps to help welcome Sami's new little girl - Tilly Darlene!  Isn't that the sweetest name ever!  I'm so happy for Sami and her husband...they truly have the cutest family!
For my card, I chose to use Snuggling my Sweet.  This image was totally adorable and I couldn't resist adding it to my card.
I started by doing some tone on tone stamping for the background.  I wanted to keep it soft with just a little bit of detail so using shades of pink felt appropriate. 

My image is colored in simply with copics and then fussy cut out to be placed onto a white panel that I repeat embossed the word Congratulations across the whole panel.  I printed off a super cute sentiment onto vellum and then added everything to my card, accenting it all with some pink and white pearls.

We're also starting a new challenge for November to add a sentiment!  I hope you will join us!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image.

Thanks for visiting! <3

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