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Best Wishes

Hello hello!!
Welcome back to another awesome challenge for Newton's Nook's Inky Paws!!  This week is an absolutely gorgeous color combo!  You are going to love these colors.  They were so much fun to create with.
How pretty is that!?  *swoon!
Here is your inspiration image:
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For my card, I blended shades of teal and magenta with some black and then did a little shimmer splattering for some fun detail.  Then layered up this gorgeous die cut from Papertrey Ink with about 4 layers so it had some nice solid dimension to it.  Adhered that to my blended panel and then worked on the rest of the details.

I think I spun in circles over how to get the butterflies to look nice on this card panel.  White embossing didn't look very nice...they just didn't pop all that well.  So I tried adding color on top...coloring in the back with copics...using pearl embossing powder...nothing seemed to work. 

Usually I avoid black embossing powder because it can be pretty messy and not give a crisp result.  But I decided to give it a shot because I just needed to find a solution.  And it worked!  It was so stunning, I had to use them!  So I embossed up a couple more butterflies in black and trimmed them out.

I cut out a heart to be my focal point for the sentiments.  From the same Beautiful Wings set, I took out the little flower and used a 4th generation stamping with some Worn Lipstick Oxide ink.  I wanted it to be super light but since it was black cardstock, I needed to use a pigment ink.  So it took the 4th generation to get it light enough to be just noticeable but not take over the whole card.  I did mist it just a little with some water to help brighten it a tiny touch.

Then I layered up my sentiments and arranged my butterflies.  Love this card so so much!!!

I hope you will join us for this challenge!  Give this gorgeous color combo a shot.  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Hello hello!!!!  Happy Friday!!!
Who loves unicorns?  Pshh...everyone loves unicorns!  You are going to love the new Sami Stamps release then!  Cuz it's all about unicorns!!

We're also starting a new challenge for this month to Use Bright Colors, which is perfect with these adorable images!
I always think of swirling clouds high up in the sky when I think of unicorns, so I went with that idea for my card today.  I used some pinkish purple distress inks and blended them out around a cloud stencil until my entire card front was covered with bright clouds.

Then I layered a few vellum clouds over top and a scallop cut piece of cardstock to help ground my sentiment strip.

I colored up my Rose Unicorn with some pencils and added a ton of shimmer to her mane and tail.  Foam mounted her onto my panel and that was it!

I hope you'll join us this month!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Reach for the Stars

Hello hello and Happy Tuesday!
I hope the beginning of your week has been fabulous!  We're still dealing with some pretty bad air here in Washington...lots of smoke coming down from different wild fires in the state and British Columbia.  While I've wanted to work in the yard since the weather has been nice, my lungs have told me not to...so what better than to spend it working on cards!

We start a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown, and it's one of my favorites!  We want to see your Interactive Cards!  This can be any sort of interactive style from a slider, to a wobble card, anything you can think of!

And our most amazing sponsor this week is Newton's Nook!!!!!
(pppssssttt... Newton's Nook is having a flash sale for International Cat Day (August 8 only).  Use code CATDAY17 to get free shipping on US orders!!  Woot woot!!! )
I can never get enough Newton's Nook..and being on their Inky Paws Inspiration team right now means you see a lot of their stamps on my blog.  But they are just too cute, so I'm happy to flood my feed with Newton cards :)

For today's card, I actually had created this background for one of the Inky Paws challenges, but it ultimately didn't work with what I needed, so I set it aside to use for something else.  And then today's Tuesday Throwdown challenge showed up and it just seemed to fit perfectly.  I pulled out the Cosmic Newton set and colored up the cute little Rocket Kitty.

That background...I can't get over how awesome it turned out!  I used some distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot to blend out a deep dark spacey sky and then used the same colors minus the black to add in Earth.  I brought in some white pigment ink to help give the look of clouds around Earth and that also helped to add the atmosphere halo.

I stenciled on a few little star bursts in the white pigment ink, and then did a little splattering of white shimmer paint before die cutting out my slider track.
And my little kitty can rocket out into space!  The sentiment is heat embossed with a black sparkle embossing powder.

I hope you will join us this week for your chance to win an awesome prize from Newton's Nook!!

I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Splatter It challenge.

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Let's Hang Out!

Hello hello and happy Monday!!
Stopping in to share a little reminder card for our current Inky Paws sketch challenge!  You have just a couple of days left to enter, so don't miss out!
For my card today, I've used the Hanging Around set.  This set is retiring and I've been told there are only a few left, so be sure to snatch yours up soon before it's gone!

I started by embossing my background panel and cutting it apart into 3 different sized stripes.  Then applied a very light blend of color from the bottoms fading up to white at the tops, and adhered all of those down onto a light grey cardstock.

Then, to make this card a little fun, I decided to have my koala swinging along the card!  So I cut a little track in my front panel, stamped my branch a couple of times, and hung the koala onto one of them!  So now he slides back and forth!

So super fun!  I'm addicted to making interactive cards right now and this one just fit so perfect with the stamp set!  To finish it all off, I stamped a coordinating sentiment and a few little lines to mimic ribbon and then clear embossed them.  Added a few white Nuvo drops and that was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Birthday Cupcakes!

Hello hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome to another new Inky Paws Challenge!!!  This one is super fun!  I'm always inspired by sketch challenges.  It's such a great way to have a starting block for your card when your mind just can't pull an idea together.  Some people can totally be inspired by an image, and that is wonderful!
But for me...the sketch is always what helps wrap my head around an idea.

Since my birthday was this weekend, I wanted to make something for myself :)
I absolutely adore the Newton Loves Cake stamp set, so decided to pull one of those images out and put it into a shaker card!
Now, I interpreted the sketch a little different from what it should be.  Here is the sketch:
But instead of doing 3 separate panels on the background, I used 3 different sizes of striped stamps.  It was an idea that popped into my head while I was working on coloring, and I just couldn't shake it out.  So I ran with it instead :)

I did a simple watercolor wash with some Tempting Turquoise and once that dried, took the Scenery Stripes set from Winnie & Walter, inked them up with Black Soot, misted them generously and stamped them down on my card base.  On a couple of them, I lightly tapped the acrylic block to get little splatters to shoot out the top and bottoms.  It was a really cool effect to add!  Once everything was dry, I went back over the stripes super quick with a glitter brush just to add some shimmer without moving any of the ink.

I colored in my kitty to look like my little Ezio, and of course gave him a giant chocolate cupcake.  There are also some candles sprinkled into the shaker window.  I wrapped some sparkly thread around the bottom and added a couple sentiment tags before tying it all off!

Hopefully you've found some inspiration here and are ready to join in this super fun sketch challenge!  Be sure to use a Newton's Nook product and join in!!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Funky Birthday Flowers

Thanks for dropping by today!
We have a brand new challenge starting for you at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we want to see your projects that feature black, white, plus 1 other color!  Our fabulous sponsor is MHK Designs and they have provided us with some amazing images to use.
I did things a little different than I normally do for my card.  Usually I stick to the same boring rectangle shape with the same detailed layers.  But for this card, I decided to cut it down a bit and have my flowers flowing off the top.  And I majorly rounded the opposite corner!  Definitely not my typical style, but I really love it!

I colored up the Funky Flowers from MHK Designs in black and red.  Then fussy cut them out and mounted them with some foam tape along the left edge of my card, which I did a little bit of soft ink blending with a shade of red to help add some more detail to that corner.

Heat embossed my sentiment and mounted it onto a black mat and then scattered some enamel dots around everything!  Pretty simple, but I love it!

Hope you will join us this week!
Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Sunny Smiles

Hello and Happy Monday!
Just swinging in to share a little reminder about our current Inky Paws Challenge at Newton's Nook!  You have until Friday to create something Tropical using your NND stamps!
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest NND release!  That stencil! ~swoon~
For my card, I started with a different layout in mind, which is why I created a background with Distress Oxide inks, putting blue in the middle and yellow on the edges.  But as I was assembling everything together, I didn't like covering up all that gorgeous blue!  So I put the image to the side instead.

But back to that background!  I started by blending on some Distress Oxide inks for a great tropical combo.  Then took the Tropical Leaves Stencil and added Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans to get a 2 tone pattern.  I was hoping the ink would stay wet long enough for me to add some embossing powder, but some it dried by the time I finished.  So I placed my stencil back over the design and used a mini blending tool to add some Versamark.

Once the Versamark was added, I covered the leaves with a sticky embossing powder.  You want to heat that just to melted, not any longer or it won't be sticky anymore.  Then I coated the whole thing in some clear rock glitter!!  I used my finger to rub the glitter into the sticky embossing powder really well and then I always go back over everything with my heat gun just to be sure it's all set.  Now the background is bright, colorful, and sparkly!!

I colored up an image from Aloha Newton with my pencils, fussy cut her out and layered her onto a little beach scene oval.  Paired her with a fun sentiment from MFT Stamps and that was it!

I hope you will join us this week before the challenge ends!!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Beach Day - Inky Paws Challenge #51

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting another 2 week challenge today at Inky Paws and it's something I dream off often.  We want to see your Tropical Themed cards!
I was in the mood for some watercoloring.  I love this medium but I do struggle with it a lot still and the only way to get better is to play with it!  To start, I did a washy sunset background with some Gansai Tambi watercolors.  There are 2 layers to the background to get the colors nice and vibrant.  Once it was completely dry, I went back over it with just some light streaks to mimic clouds and haze in the sky.  Then set that aside to dry while I worked on my image.

I chose a couple images from the Aloha Newton set for my card today.  First up was the sweet little kitty in the bed of flowers.  I wanted to do a no-lines watercolor so I stamped everything is Antique Linen distress ink before working on getting it all painted.

The palm trees are from another image in that set with Newton swinging in the hammock, but I just trimmed out the trees from that image so I had just an individual palm tree.

My shading's not perfect...and the painting is a little rough.  But overall, I think it's an adorable card and a scene that makes me wish I was someplace tropical right now :)

Be sure to check out the rest of the Inspiration Teams creations, they've done an amazing job with this theme!  Then crack open your Newton's Nook products and join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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One Layered Magnolia

Hello and Happy Tuesday!!
Time for another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week we want to see your One Layer cards!  This one can always seem so impossible...but I encourage you to give it a shot!  It doesn't have to be complicated!  Try some masking to get the look of layering with your images, or just keep it simple with one image and some embossing!

Our awesome sponsor this week is Sweet n Sassy Stamps and they've provided some images for my team to create with.
I chose to use the Magnolia Block because it's just so gorgeous!  And I thought it would be a great image to do some soft watercoloring on.

I started by printing this beauty onto some Tim Holtz watercolor paper on the textured side.  I don't normally use the textured side, but since this was a one layer card, I thought that added detail might be nice.

Then pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor dot sheets to pick out my color.  I purchased these dot sheets so that I had a ton of colors to work with and I could play around to find the colors I really loved and then purchase large tubes of just those instead of wasting a bunch of money on colors I don't want.  Seemed like the smarter choice for my bank account :)

I only used one color for the flower, but added shading in the darker parts of the flower by layering the color several times.  I also added little bits of shimmer to the darkest parts as well just for some extra detail.

The sentiment is stamped in black VersaFine ink and then clear heat embossed.  I also added some clear drops around the card for some extra shine.

I consider this card to be one layer, even though I did mount this panel flush onto a card base.  I think how you achieve your one layer is up to you and your style.  Me, I like to work on a card front and then mount it to the card base, but everything on that front is in one layer.  There's no extra bulk, no added layers, nothing.  Everything is on that card front :)

Be sure to swing by Tuesday Throwdown to see the awesome inspiration from our team!
Thanks so much for visiting! <3

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Welcome Baby Girl

Happy Monday!
I just wanted to remind you about our Inky Paws Challenge running right now!  You have one week left to play along with this gorgeous summer color challenge so don't delay!
Welcome baby girl by Emily features Winged Wishes by Newton's Nook, #newtonsnook
For my card today, I chose to use the Winged Wishes stamp set (which is retiring so don't miss out on getting your paws on this adorable set!).  I stamped everything out with Memento Tuxedo Black in since it is Copic safe, and then colored all the images in.

Leaving a slight white border, I trimmed everything out and arranged it onto my embossed stitched rectangle so I could black heat emboss the sentiment.

Lately I have found a major love for the new Distress Oxide inks and decided to see how they worked with some water stamping.  I know you can do this with the regular Distress Inks but I have never ever had any success with that....so I was really hoping the oxide inks would work better.  And holy smokes....it was amazing!  I did a few tests on a scratch piece of cardstock to see what it would look like and the difference was incredible!  The oxide inks actually turn more white so you can see the image you've stamped!  And some of the ink/water would pool up around the edges of the stamp creating a sort of border.  Ah, it was gorgeous!

So of course, I had to use that technique on my card!  I inked the whole paper up in Wilted Violet and then used a leopard print background stamp, misted it with some water and Perfect Pearls so the stamping would have some shine, and then placed my paper on top so that I could be sure I got even coverage and pressure.  I left the paper there for a few seconds (about 15...too much longer and my paper would start to stick)...then flipped it all over and pulled the stamp up off the paper to reveal the magic!  So - Gorgeous!!

Once that whole background was dry, I arranged all my pieces and mounted everything onto my card base!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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On My Mind - New Sami Stamps Release!!!

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone has had a fabulous week and is ready for the weekend!!
We went and saw Spiderman Homecoming last night and Oh-My-Gosh!  Go See It!!  I might be biased since we are a Spiderman loving family....but it was so darn good!  Don't get me wrong, I have loved all of the Spiderman movies that have come out in the past.  But there was something super special about this one.  I'm not sure what it was...maybe it was the meaning behind its title - Homecoming.  With Spiderman finally joining the Marvel/Avengers universe, it felt like he had finally made it home in this movie...I don't know.  Now I'm rambling about nerd stuff :)  Just go see it :)

So for today!  We have an adorable new release for you from Sami Stamps!  And we're starting a new Anything Goes challenge!!
This release is called Little Bumbles and I've used the Whiskers and Stingers image, which is so cute!
I actually took the time to create a card for a few challenges!  It's been so long since I've done anything like that and I kind of missed joining in on some of my favorites.

So I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and threw a sweet shimmery sunset in for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

I started with some yellow dotted patterned paper and used a sun ray stencil to add a little bit of Fossilized Amber to the rays as well as some Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Mousse.

Cut and colored a few little hills and then colored up my kitty with some Copics.  I layered him onto a vellum cut oval just to give a little frame around him from the scene behind him and then stamped a super cute sentiment from Newton's Nook.

I added a few Nuvo clear drops and that was it!  Super simple card and still so adorable!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #249-CAS
    Freshly Made Sketches #295

    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Summer Sunshine

I hope you will join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image! <3
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Newton's Nook Inky Paws Color Challenge!

Hello everyone and happy monday!
I'm so excited!! Today is my first challenge post as a member of Newton's Nook's Inky Paws Inspiration Team!!  AAHHAHHAH!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited for this?  I love this company, I love Jennifer, and I never tire of using their products, so I can't wait to bring you tons of inspiration for the next 6 months on this team!

The challenge for the next 2 weeks is a color challenge.  Here is what I created:
And here is the inspiration/color theme for the challenge:
This is such a nice summer color combo!  There are so many ways you can use these colors and I know the rest of the ladies on this new inspiration team have created some incredibly awesome projects for you to gaze in awe at!  Be sure to check each of them out on the Newton's Nook Inky Paws page.

For my card, I decided to make a bright and fun background with these colors.  Since I just got the first collection of Distress Oxide inks in the mail, I wanted to give them a try.  I loved all the examples showing how these inks could layer on top of each other and not muddy out.  That would have been a huge problem trying to use the yellow and purple together since those colors combined just make brown...but if they could stay true with the oxides..well why not try!  So I did a couple of tests and then worked on the final background.  And it turned out gorgeous!  I actually did the first layer with just the pink and purple.  Then went back in with the yellow for the second layer and dabbed it into the places I wanted it.  This allowed for the yellow to be a true color instead of mixing in weird ways with the other inks.

Once the background was done and dry, I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse through a stencil to get a really shimmery swirl background over top of all the colorful ink.  It really glitzed this card up and made it so sparkly and gorgeous!

Because of all that shimmer, I wanted to keep the other details soft and simple.  So I used more oxide inks and stamped out some of the leaves from Falling into Autumn onto some watercolor paper so I could do a little blending and shading with them before cutting them out and arranging them onto my card front around a dark grey frame.

I also stamped out and white embossed some butterflies from Beautiful Wings onto some vellum and trimmed those out to scatter around my card and over the leaves.

I white heat embossed my sentiment right onto the card front and then mounted it all onto a dark grey frame.  I also added some glossy accent dots here and there around the details...but I learned something interesting....embossing mousse creates a slick surface.  So the glossy accents just slide around on it...and end up moving into places you don't want it....keep that in mind if you ever use any sort of liquid over this mousse.  It will move a little bit!

Fortunately mine didn't move too far and still looked nice on the card :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find this card inspiring and will join us at Inky Paws for our color challenge!  You have 2 weeks to enter!  Just remember to also use a Newton's Nook product!! <3
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Daffodil Dreams!

Happy Tuesday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown - Creative Borders!  This can be any type of border...just do what makes you happy!
For my card, I used a border punch that I have had forever.  I wanted to use a scallop lace type border punch but turns out, that one is broken...guess I used it too much :)

I started by trimming my card base way down.  I wanted to make this card be "off the edge" so I needed to be sure my base was small enough to accommodate for the height of the daffodils.  Then I set to stamping my flowers using the Daffodil Dreams set from Sunny Studio who is our fabulous sponsor this week!  I used a couple of inks from Lawn Fawn for my flowers, doing a little bit of second generation to get different shades.  Then to enhance the shadows a little bit, I brought in a few colored pencils to do some shading.  Not much, but just touches here and there and I think it really added some nice depth.

I chose a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh and stamped it in black and then clear embossed it.  Scattered a few clear sequins around the card and put little black dots in the centers.  I should have stamped my sentiment a little bit higher on the panel...there's just a big empty spot in the middle that I really don't like...but I wasn't starting over so oh well :)

I hope you will join us this week for our Creative Borders challenge!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Exciting News to Share!!

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!
I don't have a card to share with you today...it has been way too busy and waaayyyyy too hot to be standing at my desk trying to craft with sweaty palms...just doesn't work.

But I wanted to swing by and share with you some really really exciting news! 
I have joined the new Newton's Nook Inspiration Team for their Inky Paws Challenges!!!!!!
There aren't enough words to explain how exciting this is for me.  Newton's Nook has been a game changer for me in card making.  When I started making cards oh so long ago...I remember being so disappointed that there weren't really any cat stamps.  While I loved all the other critters available, I'm a crazy cat lady and that was what I desired to put on cards.

And then along came Newton's Nook.  Their products are the perfect filler in the missing cat category and I find myself constantly reaching for them.  Of course, they have other amazing stamps too that I love to use...I'm just always drawn to the cats...it's who I am :)

I am so excited to work on this new team with some awesome crafters to bring you weekly inspiration using some of the products I have fallen in love with.

While you anxiously await my first inspiration piece, you can check out the retirement sale that Newton's Nook is having right now.  These products are while supplies last, so don't wait to snag them up and add them to your collection!  There are a lot of great stamps that I'm sad to see go, but it just means there will be more room for other awesome designs!!
You can find all the sale items in the Retiring Products section. 

Until next time!  Thanks for stopping by! <3

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