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Tic Tac Toe at Tuesday Throwdown

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!
This week we have a fun Tic Tac Toe board for you to play along with!  And our awesome sponsor is Sweet n Sassy Stamps who has provided us with some fun images to use.
I chose to use the Forget-Me-Not image and colored it up with m copics.  I printed it twice and cut out 3 of the blooms to pop up onto foam tape for some interest to the image.

That was layered onto an ink blended background that was splattered with some gold shimmer spray.  I cut out a frame in a soft yellow and layered that over my colored image before heat embossing a sentiment onto a die cut banner.

Some shimmer pen was added to the flowers and I added some black pearl dots along the side to help complete the card.

Here is the Tic Tac Toe board for you to follow!
I hope you'll join us!
Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Add a Doodle at Tuesday Throwdown

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful fun filled week so far!  It's a bit rainy here in Washington, but we've been trying our best to get outside for walks every day.  The fresh air definitely seems to help calm Gwen down.  She absolutely loves the outdoors!  Which is good since we now have a giant yard for her to play in :)

This week we have a new fun challenge for you at Tuesday Throwdown.  We want you to add a doodle to your cards!  Our awesome sponsor is Lawn Fawn and they kindly provided us with some new materials to use on our projects!
I....may have gone a little crazy with my doodle....I wanted something new and fun but everything I kept trying just didn't seem to hit the mark.  So I went outside my comfort zone and did some zentangle drawing for my sky.  Let me tell you...that is not a skill I have at all!  That was a ton of work which I wasn't entirely prepared for.  But I actually totally love the outcome!

Of course, I had to include mountains in my card because I just love mountains and am so blessed that we have a view of the Cascade mountains from our home.  I added in a sun peaking from behind the mountains and scattered some swirly clouds in the sky.  It was fun to create this background!  The painful part was getting it colored!!

If I had just used markers, it probably wouldn't have been so bad...but I wanted to do soft ink blending....which meant masking off every single thing in that background over and over again.  So much work!...but oh well.  This card is for my dad for his birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!) and I'm sure he will love it.  So all the extra work is worth it :)

The stamp set I used is the Really High Five set from Lawn Fawn.  Oh my goodness this set is so much fun to use!!  Lawn Fawn never gets it wrong but they really nailed it perfectly with this set!  I will be using it quite often now!

I wanted to put more critters on the card, but felt the fox fit perfectly by itself.  So I just cascaded some balloons through the sky for him to hang from and then white heat embossed my sentiment to scatter around the card front.  So cute!!

I hope you'll join us this week!

I'd love to enter this card into the Lawn Fawnatics Spectacular Skies challenge this week!

Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Include a Moving Part at Tuesday Throwdown!

Hello!  Welcome back to my little blog!
This week is a fun challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  We want you to include a moving part on your card!  Doesn't matter what it is, as long as it moves!
All Dressed Up is our sponsor this week and they provided some super cute images for us to use!  I chose to use the Cheeky Monkey image and put him on a little action wobbler so this crazy skateboarding monkey bounces around on my card front!

I've colored him up quickly with my copic markers and added him to some patterned paper with a zigzag cut border.  I embossed a thank you sentiment onto a flagged banner and stuck that under my image.

Super quick and easy but so cute!!

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!! <3
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Tuesday Throwdown's Anything Goes Challenge!!

Hello hello!
I'm a little late in getting my post up for our new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  Even though life is different now with all of us home...I still have not time to do anything :)

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy and not going crazy yet!

To help make your crafting a little more relaxing, we're having an Anything Goes challenge this week!  So you can make whatever you want to!  Our awesome sponsor is Colour of Love who has provided some adorable images for our team to use.
For my card, I chose to use the Wildflowers image and colored it up using my pencils.  It's been so long since I've done any real coloring that trying to make it pretty and show all the little fine details really made my hand hurt!!  But it was so fun!

I added this image to the corner of an acrylic poured background that I cut using a scalloped frame from Newton's Nook.  I stamped a simple sentiment in the corner of the image and scattered some Nuvo drops around the whole card.

Hope you'll join us for this simple challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Tuesday Throwdown's Good Luck Challenge

Hello hello!
Well...I had every intention of getting this post up in time for the start of our challenge last week.  But then...life....so I thought it would be perfect to post as a reminder yesterday for all of you so that you knew you'd still have until Friday to enter your cards!  But of course...Gwen wasn't feeling well and my whole day ended up being centered on her and nothing was accomplished...so..it's now Wednesday...and I'm finally posting my card for our Tuesday Throwdown challenge that started last week!  Lol...hopefully my team understands and will forgive me.

Our theme is Good Luck and the amazing Power Poppy is sponsoring us this week!  You still have until Friday to get your cards posted for the challenge!!
My image is from the Wish You Luck stamp set.  I've colored it up with my copic markers and fussy  cut it all out so that it would fit into the opening of my little frame window.  I added a piece of vellum in the window as well and colored it up with a shimmer brush so that it had a little bit of sparkle behind the image.

I printed off my sentiment from the Shamrock and Roll set and folded it to make a little banner across the base of my clover cluster.

I hope you'll be able to join us for this fun challenge!!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Tuesday Throwdown's Create Your Own Background

Hello Hello!
Welcome back!  So glad you stopped in today.  I'm excited to be back into making cards, though the process for me is much slower than it used to be.  But I'm working on trying to get it all back to normal!

This week at Tuesday Throwdown, we'd like to see you create your own background!!
Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights and they provided us with this adorable Sweetheart Felicia image to use on our cards.

I decided to give alcohol inks a try.  I've never used them before but I've had a few colors for quite some time and it's a medium that I always see so many other people create beautiful backgrounds with...so I wanted to try it.  My first attempt was not so successful....I'm not used to how the alcohol inks dry so quickly and with such harsh edges.  I kept adding more blending solution to keep it all moving and ended up with just one solid color with no details at all.

So for my second attempt, I tried really really hard to let go of some of the control and just played with what was created.  And that is what I used on this card.  I even managed to time it just right to get some silver foiling in there too!  I love it, but I'm definitely going to have to do a lot more practicing with these inks.

Felicia is colored up with copic markers and fussy cut so that she can sit within my frame.  I added some shimmer pen and a few white gel pen hearts around the background and called it good!

I hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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Tuesday Throwdown's Layered Die Cuts Challenge!

Well...it has been a while hasn't it?  My last blog post was in June last year....I seem to be on a 6 month rotation right now with managing to get a card made and posted!  I tell ya...life with a little one is totally different than what it was before!  Gwen is the most amazing little human I've ever known and my life is so complete with her in it.  But she is such an active little toddler now that I have a hard time finding "me" time anymore.  It's a struggle...but I'm working hard to make a comeback this year and get my crafting and creating back in order!

And that starts with today's new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  The challenge theme is to layer die cuts and our awesome sponsor is Newton's Nook!  I adore Newton's Nook so much, so of course I had to pull out my supplies and make something!
I started off by cutting a background using the Flags and Frames dies set.  I thought a white on white background would work really well since the rest of the card was going to have a lot of color to it.  For the rectangle background, I cut a portion of an acrylic poured piece that I had made awhile ago that was finally dry.  It looked a bit like rain and seemed to fit well with the umbrella kitties.

Once that was all adhered together, I die cut and colored up 3 of the Umbrella Pals kitties so they looked like the 3 cats we've had in our family.  Then arranged them so they cascaded up the card.  I used the Essential Alphabet Die to cut out the word Hello twice and layered that along the bottom of the card panel. 

There are a few enamel glitter dots scattered around the umbrellas.  And I coated the letters in glitter pen and a clear gloss after they were stuck onto my card.

The inside is stamped with a birthday message since this card has already been shipped off to my mom for her birthday today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will join in this fun challenge for your chance to win an awesome prize from Newton's Nook!!! <37
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A Whole Bunch!

Hello hello!!!
I hope everyone is doing fabulous!  It's been awhile since I've posted due to my wonderful little daughter joining our family!  She has been the most amazing being to ever be in my life and I'm so glad that I've allowed myself to take a break from crafting to enjoy every second with her.

But I'm here to stretch my crafty legs just a little bit to help Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge celebrate their 100th challenge!!!  How awesome is that!  100 challenges is a huge accomplishment!  Congratulations to Newton's Nook!!!  Being a part of the Inky Paws challenge team was a wonderful experience!  Such a wonderful team!

So for my creation, I went waaaaayyyy back to the challenge #13 sketch and played around with some new goodies.
For this card, I've used the new Dainty Daisies set, stamped and cut it out 3 times and then colored them in with my copic markers.

I layered them onto a striped and splattered background that I then layered onto a piece of light grey cardstock that I used the Tree Ring Stencil with some nuvo paste.

The whole background panel was cut with the Frames and Flags set.  I stamped out a sentiment from the Blooming Botanicals set onto a flagged strip and adhered that below my flower cluster.

This sketch was super fun!  Pretty basic which gives it so much room for a ton of creativity and imagination!!
I hope you get the chance to play along with this massive challenge at Inky Paws!!!  You just pick your favorite challenge and link up your creation.  Or play along with each of them!!  Your choice :)

Have fun and thanks for stopping by! <3
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Here's to You and Goodbye...

We are starting the second week of our current Silver or Gold challenge at Inky Paws!  Sadly, this is my last post as part of that team...and my last post on this blog for awhile.

I have greatly loved being on the Inky Paws Inspiration Team for the last several terms.  This team is so inspiring and filled with wonderfully creative ladies.  I constantly fall in love with their work and often find inspiration in what they create.  And the challenge participants are the best of the bunch!  This is truly an amazing community to be a part of and I'm sad to step away from it right now....but I have a beautiful little 3 month old daughter that devours my time and energy.  I am needed most with her right now and I find that she is where my energy is better spent.  I want to soak up every ounce of her that I can, which means putting the extra things in my life on hold for a little while.

I'll be back in the future...not sure when, but someday.  Thank you to those of you that continue to come back each week.  I've enjoyed blogging but I am also looking forward to watching my little miracle baby grow and discover the world around her :)
For my final card, I decided to give some foiling a try.  I've tried doing this in the past with printed images but never got good results.  So I was a little skeptical when I bought the Deco Foil Transfer Gel...

I used the Bubbly Stencil from Newton's Nook with the transfer gel.  Once it was clear and dry, I ran it through my laminator with a piece of silver foil.  And Ho-ly-cow!  It's gorgeous!!!!  There's no gaps in the foil, no missing pieces.  The bubbles are perfectly shiny and covered...and just stunning!

I wanted to keep the focus on that background since it was so perfectly pretty, so I simply colored an image from the Newton Celebrates set to look like my sweet Cloud kitty...she isn't doing so well health-wise now days and it saddens me to watch her fall apart...but I will love her for as long as she is with me...

I heat embossed one of the coordinating sentiments onto white cardstock and then layered them both onto a strip of vellum that I wrapped around the foiled panel.  And that was it!  Simple but striking.

Thank you again for visiting me over the years!  I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Blessed New Year, and many wonderful adventures!!! <3 <3
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Peace & Joy

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready for a brand new Inky Paws challenge!
This week we want you to use Silver or Gold on your projects!
I took a very simple approach to my card this week and started by die cutting 2 panels with the Flags and Frames die set.  On one panel, I cut the bottom into a V and then used the new Plaid Stencil set overtop to create a gorgeous soft background.  I used Evergreen Bough distress oxide ink with a super light hand, and some silver ink.

Then I silver heat embossed an image from the Poinsettia Blooms set and did some really simple watercoloring to create white flowers.  I stamped the large flower twice so that I could cut out some of the layers and pop them up for a bit of dimension on that flower.  Then I trimmed the whole thing out and layered it onto my stenciled panel.

I masked off one of the larger sentiments in Sentiments of the Season so that all I stamped was the peace & joy in silver ink, and that was it!

Really simple, but super elegant!  I am totally in love with this card!!

I hope you'll join us!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Fa-la-la-la Llama

Happy Monday!
Ready for week 2 of our current sketch at Inky Paws?
I started my card by ink blending 2 panels cut with the Flags and Frames die set.  One panel in reds and one in green.  On the red panel, I repeatedly stamped one of the sentiments from the Sentiments for the Season stamp set for a tone on tone look.

On the green panel, I die cut 4 banners using another piece in the Flags and Frames set.  Then layered the 2 panels with a little bit of dimension.

I cut a frame from the Frameworks set out of white cardstock and layered by sentiment banner and fun Llama over top.  Both are from the Llama Delivery stamp set.
I finished everything off with some white gel pen details and a few pearl dots.

Don't miss out on this fun challenge and your chance to win a gift certificate to Newton's Nook!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Holiday Cheer

Happy Monday!
We're starting a brand new challenge at Inky Paws today!  This time it's a super fun sketch!
I made a shaker card using the sketch design!  The panel is cut with my Silhouette and I layered it over a blue ink blended background.  Inside is a mixture of snowflake sequins, normal sequins, and beads.

Over top of the shaker background, I cut  piece of cardstock using the Frameworks dies to create a frame to go over my vellum.  On the vellum I stamped one of the Ornamental Wishes sentiments and white heat embossed it.  Then cut a snowbank from the Lands Borders and added my super cute snow-kitties!  These are from the Flaky Friends set which sadly is retired...but I'm just now getting the chance to use it.

A few more snowflake sequins and some white nuvo drops were scattered around my scene to finish it all off!

I hope you'll give this fun sketch a try!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Joy Wreath

Hello hello!
Are you ready for week 2 of our color challenge at Inky Paws!?  This is such a great color combo for the holidays!  Really makes the Christmas details pop :)
To start my card, I used the new Petite Snow Stencil with some embossing paste.  Then while that was still wet, I sprinkled some chunky clear glitter over top so the details would sparkle.

Setting that aside to dry, I worked on the wreath which was cut from the Pines & Holly Die Set.  I inked up my paper first with the greens and red, then die cut everything out.  It's all adhered onto my sparkly panel with foam tape.  For the ornament in the middle, I white embossed an image from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto an acrylic poured panel.  It's had to see the varied colors behind the embossing, but the subtle detail is gorgeous.

The sentiment from Sentiments of the Season is black heat embossed on some vellum and foam mounted at the base of the wreath.  The berries are coated with some glitter as well for just a little more sparkle.

I hope you'll join us if you haven't already!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Deck the Halls

Happy Monday!
Ready for a new challenge at Inky Paws!?  We have a festive color challenge for you this week!  We want you to use Red, Green, Black, and White on your projects!
I used a bunch of awesome Newton's Nook products on my card this week.
Starting with the Holiday Foliage Stencil.  I masked off just the holly leaves and scattered those around my card front, adding in a few extra red berries to fill in the empty spaces.

Then I pulled out the new Ornamental Wishes set and black heat embossed my sentiment onto a frame cut from the Frameworks die set.

I added some holly leaves cut from the Pines & Holly die set and topped the berries with some red glitter embossing powder and crystal glaze.  All this is mounted onto a black panel cut with the Flags and Frames die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll join us in this fun challenge!!

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