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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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Black and White Christmas

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday!
It's time to remind you about our current sketch challenge happening at Inky Paws right now!  You only have a few more days to enter, so don't miss out!
For my card, I used some of the absolutely amazing new products from Newton's Nook.  I started with my background and took a piece of black cardstock and ran in through my cuttlebug using the new Holiday Foliage Stencil.  I absolutely love the new line of stencils Newton's Nook has released!  They are perfect for any background or card you decide to make!  So awesome!  While the stencil was still in place, I used my versamark ink pad and pressed it over the whole thing so I could then heat emboss all the details with white so everything is double embossed!  It's not really that noticeable..but it does give everything some really cool dimension.

After the background was embossed, I used my stardust glitter pen to add little dots to fill in all the spaces between the foliage, and then added little tiny dots of glossy accents over top.  Then I set to work on my focal point for the card.

I used the Pines and Holly Die Set to cut out a few branches and leaves and then did some quick watercolor washes over them to get them colored up.  Once they were dry, I layered them together behind a red bow cut from the same die set.

I double layered some vellum, giving the back layer a scalloped edge.  Then stamped and black embossed my sentiment from the Sentiments of the Season set before flagging the end and adding that behind my little foliage cluster.

Be sure to see the rest of the awesome inspiration put together by my team!  Then join in to win a Newton's Nook gift card!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Sparkling Unicorn

Hey hey!!
Happy Monday everyone!!
We are starting a brand new Inky Paws Challenge today and this time it is a fabulous sketch!
I seem to be on a unicorn kick right now because there have been a lot of them on my blog lately :)  But hey, that's okay.  One can never have too many unicorns in their life right? :)
This sweet little unicorn is from the Believe in Unicorns set.  I love everything about that stamp set, which is why I purchased it.  But then I never got the chance to play around with all the fun images!  So this sketch felt like the perfect opportunity to do just that.

I started with my background.  A few months ago I did a background where I smooshed my ink onto my acrylic block, misted it and then just placed it onto my watercolor paper and let the water and pressure do all the work.  I loved that technique so much, I decided to do it again for this card.  This time though, I did the smooshing twice, heat setting the ink in between to try and keep them from mashing together and turning to mud.  I love that the texture of the paper creates some super fun designs in the coloring and that the results are different every time!

Once the background was dry, I took that little star in the stamp set and silver heat embossed it randomly across the panel.  Then set that aside to work on my images and the rest of the scene.  I used some Inktense watercolor pencils on my unicorn for some quick and bright coloring.  Then cut some stripes of glitter paper to create a super sparkly rainbow.  I also die cut some clouds and embossed one of the sentiments onto the largest one.  It just barely fit, but I was able to line it up in a way to squeeze it on there!

Then it was just a matter of putting everything together to fit the sketch!  I absolutely love how it turned out!  I hope you will join us for this months challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook products on your card!!
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Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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Triple Embossed Leaves

Hey there!  Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had an incredibly fabulous weekend!  Are you ready for our second week in the Fall Themed challenge over at Inky Paws?

I couldn't put the Falling Leaves stencil down so I created another card with it :)
I started with a grey piece of cardstock and added various fall colors in distress oxide ink over my stencil.  The colors muted back a lot on the dark cardstock, but you can still see the different tones shining through the embossing.  Once they were all inked, I coated the whole stencil with versamark and added some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat set that.  Then repeated the inking process a second time but used ultra thick embossing powder for 2 more layers.  The leaves now have great dimension and shimmer with all the layers of embossing powder.

Since the background turned out so awesome, I didn't want to cover it completely up.  So I opted to use a sentiment from the Shades of Autumn stamp set and embossed that on vellum with some liquid platinum powder.  Then layered the vellum onto some black cardstock and scattered a few sequins for a little extra shimmer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome back to a new challenge at Inky Paws!  The challenge for the next 2 weeks is Fall Theme!  Which is perfect because man is it chilly outside!
I had a little stencil fun with this card.  I used the Falling Leaves Stencil and first inked up the smaller leaves in some fall colored distress inks.  Once they were all colored, I covered them in clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then went back over top of the same area and inked up the larger leaves.  This gives me a ton of detail and leaves!  I went back over top of the smaller leaves with some glittery embossing powder just to help them stand out a little bit more.

Paired this panel with some patterned paper and then colored up some snuggling kitties from Newton's Antics.  Trimmed them out and mounted them along the top border of my leaf panel.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto some acetate and added that behind my kitties.  The finishing touch was a few clear drops.

I hope you will join us for this fun Fall challenge!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products!!  <3
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Magic - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Hi hi!!  Happy Friday!
I'm so excited!  Sami has created yet another fabulous release for you all this month!!  I'm sure you will absolutely love it...and these images are perfect for the fall holidays or just anything in general really!  Go check them out!
My card features the Halloween Magic unicorn and I love this girl so much!!  She is just so lovely in her wonky way!

We're also starting a new challenge for October to use brown or kraft paper.  So I printed my image onto kraft paper and used my Prismacolor pencils to color her in.  That was so much fun!  I've never colored on anything but white paper before, so the challenge of the brown base was unique and different.  And I love how it turned out!!

I kept the whole card simple because I wanted that image to shine!  So I matted it with some black glitter paper with a fun little die cut edge on the bottom and some woodgrain stamped paper underneath.  Then white heat embossed my sentiment and added just a few black enamel dots.

I hope you'll join us this month for our challenge!  Be sure to check out this new release and then join in the fun!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image on your project!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Fall Leaves

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting the second week of our fabulous Halloween color challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you have taken the time to join in for your chance to win some goodies from Newton's Nook!!
I decided to try something a little different for my card.  Instead of doing a wet on wet watercolor background, I applied my ink right to an acrylic block.  I really wanted a full background but didn't want to fuss around with it to much by painting it.  Applying the ink to the block allowed my to just press it into the paper and set it aside while the colors mixed and dried.  And it turned out so cool!  I love that the edges have a bit of dry texture to them still! 

For some extra detail, I splattered a bit of water, shimmer mist, and white shimmer mist onto the background and set that aside to work on the leaves.

These leaves are just gorgeous!  They are from the new Shades of Autumn set and I love all the detail in them!  I put the stamps into my Tim Holtz Stamping Tool and then used several orange and red shades of ink to stamp them out and get all that fun color variation.  The stamping tool made quick work of all that!  Love that thing!

I trimmed all the leaves out and also added a little pumpkin from the Newton's Perfect Pumpkin set before head embossing my sentiment onto some vellum and adhering everything down to my dry background.  Finished it all off with a sprinkling of some black enamel dots. 

I love this card so much!  I think the background really steals the show, but the leaves are that perfect touch.  Be sure to swing by the Inky Paws challenge to see the rest of my teams inspiration and the join in!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your card!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Costume Party Spinner

Hey!! Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle this new week!!  We have an fun new challenge for your at Inky Paws starting today!  It's a gorgeous Halloween photo inspiration!

For my card, I decided to use one of the new sets from Newton's Nook - Newton's Costume Party.  This set is so much fun!  I can't believe all the awesome costume designs you can use to dress up little Newton!!  There were so many...I just couldn't decide which to choose...so I went with all the hats!!
This card was quite interesting to put together.  I knew I wanted to have an interactive element in it so that the hats could spin around and fit on top of my kitties head.  But this sort of formed an issue with dimension since you need enough height for the elements to be above my kitty, but also below my background...I think I learned a few things that I can change to make it work out a little better next time.  But this card works pretty well, so I'm happy with it.  You just have to guide everything as your spinning it.
The bottom part of the card is layered up with some fun foam and a few extra border pieces to give it just a little bit extra height.  And then all the hats have foam tape just along the tops so that they slide right over top of my little Ezio kitties head.
I used a piece of acetate for the spinner so you can see the full background, and repeat stamped Eek! on the bottom panel for a bit of tone on tone detail.
This card is so much fun!  I just love all the hats on this adorable little kitty!!
I hope you will join us for this fun challenge over at Inky Paws!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Flying Star Fairy

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!
I'm a bit late, but happy to tell you we have started a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week it is all about Fantasy!!  Our fabulous sponsor, Alicia Bel, has some amazing images that fit this category perfectly and they have kindly provided my team with some to use.
I have chosen to use Flying with the Stars for my card.  This sweet little fairy is just so adorable on her happy little star!

I started my card by first applying some embossing paste through a star stencil and letting that dry.  Once it was dry, I applied a bunch of distress oxide inks over it to create a galaxy background.  The dimension on the stars give it some great texture and fun.  I also splattered the whole thing with some white and shimmer paints.

After the background was done, I colored up my cute fairy with some markers and added some shimmer and white gel pen to a few highlight areas.  Then fussy cut her out and arranged her, along with some die cut clouds to my galaxy.

The finishing touch was some Little Things by Lucy Candy Bright Pearls.  These matched so perfectly!  I loved scattering them around my card!!

I hope you will join us this week!
Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Meow-oween Fun!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!
Welcome to the second week of our sketch challenge at Inky Paws!!  Are you enjoying this sketch?  It is quite fabulous!  If you haven't joined us yet, you have just a few days left.  So check out the Inky Paws blog and join in!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook Designs products!

This week I decided to pull out the Halloween stuff!  It's finally a bit cooler here in Washington...and we got rain!!  We haven't seen rain all summer...it's been a rough one for sure!  So with the rain, I needed to do something fall related.
This card was so much fun to put together!  As are most cards...but this super sweet image just makes me smile!  He's so proud of that pumpkin!

I decided to turn the sketch into a scene by making the circle in the center a spooky Halloween moon.  It's cut out separately so I could do some simple washy watercolor on it to get some fun details that I can't get very well with any other medium.  Around the moon though, I used several distress inks to blend out the deep sky and used some gold and white shimmer spray to add some splatters.

My sweet kitty from the Newton's Perfect Pumpkin set was colored up with my markers and fussy cut out.  I also colored and cut out several additional pumpkins to fill in the patch behind him, layering everything into the grass that I cut with the Land Borders Die.

The background mat was stamped with the little spiderweb image in the set and embossed with some clear sparkle powder.  And I wrapped some cord around the middle of the card to coordinate with the purple in his hat.

I hope you'll stop by and join us for this fun challenge!!
Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Toucan Hello!

Hi Hi!!  Happy Monday!!
We have a fabulous new challenge for you starting today at Inky Paws!!  It's an awesome new sketch!  I love working with sketches...they help to jump start the creativity.  So I hope to see lots of your creations using this fun sketch!
For my card, I started by stamping some stripes across the background with a really light grey ink and then trimmed that panel out with a stitched rectangle.

On a black die cut rectangle, I used the new Tropical Leaves Stencil and inked it up with some Distress Oxide inks.  Oxide's work great on black paper because they have a pigment property, so they sit on top of the paper and hold their color better.  While the stencil was still in place, I misted it with some shimmer mist so that the leaves have a bit of sparkle to them.

While the leaves dried, I stamped and colored up my images from the Toucan Party stamp set.  I loves these sweet toucans cuddled up next to each other!  Their so adorable!!  I fussy cut them out along with a few extra leaves and layered them onto a circle die cut that I had added a few really soft blended clouds to.

I flagged both ends of my little banner strip and stamped a simple Hi sentiment on each end, then layered that behind my images and placed that onto my leaf panel.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook products on your projects!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Golden Hello

Hello hello!!
Welcome back!  Have you joined our Polka Dot Inky Paws challenge yet???  You totally should!

How about a little inspiration?
This card...was quite the process to make!  I had the idea in my head and it turned out pretty close to that vision...but it was a lot of steps to get it done!

I started by cutting a piece of heat resistant acetate to use as my front panel.  Then applied some embossing paste through a zig zag polka dot stencil and coated that with some gold embossing powder.  While that dried, I worked on my leaves.

To get some gorgeous coloring on those leaves, I did a washy watery background with some oxide inks, layering up a bunch of colors and splattering it with some water.  Once that was all dry, I clear embossed some leaves from the Falling for Autumn set.  I wanted to preserve all that fun oxide coloring but still add a bit of extra detail.  So clear embossing them worked out well.

Once I had them cut out, I did a little rock and rolling with the leaf stamps again in some Versamark ink so that just the edges were inked up and I could add some gold embossing powder.  They are so stunning!  The multi colored tone they have with the gold flecking around the outside...stunners!

I cut out my sentiment and gold embossed that as well as embossed the acetate panel that had now dried.  Assembled everything together with a black card base.  So gorgeous!!!

I hope you'll join us!  You only have a few days left so don't wait!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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