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Enjoy Your Day!

Happy Monday!
We're continuing our super fun Summer/Beach themed challenge at Inky Paws this week!  Be sure to swing by the blog to check out the amazing creations by the design team!!
For my card, I attempted a slider card, but somehow I got the layering wrong and my little floating kitty doesn't really slide all the well.  Fortunately, the design of the card still looks super cute with him just floating in the waves!

I stated by using the Sunscape Stencil to ink up my sunshine in the upper left corner.  I used a few shades of distress oxide and then added some shimmer pen over the rays.

Then I used the lower wave portion of the stencil on a separate piece of paper so that I could cut the waves apart and layer them all together.

I colored up an adorable image from Newton's Summer Vacation to look like my little Ezio floating on the waves and tucked him into the layers.

I finished the card off with a frame that I cut using the Flags and Frames die set.  It was the perfect way to encapsulate this super cute scene!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Mermaids!

Happy Monday!
We are starting a brand new fun challenge for you this week at Inky Paws!  It's all about those summer/beach themed cards!!  And the newest release from Newton's Nook is absolutely perfect for this theme!
I went a little crazy with the new release products on my card...but they were all just too much fun not to play with!  But of course...the whole thing took me a bit longer than normal with all that coloring and cutting...it was quite rough on my poor arms with this carpal tunnel.  But I got it done!

I took the shell images from Purr-Maid Newton and Manatee-rific and watercolored them in with some Gansi Tambi colors.  Then cut them all out and layered them onto a die cut oval.  I also stamped and watercolored cute little mermaid Newton and a seahorse to add to my card front.  One of the sentiments is white heat embossed right in the center!

For the background, I used white pigment ink through the Seashells Stencil and layered that onto some black cardstock.  I finished the whole card with a mighty scattering of some Simply White and White Blizzard Nuvo drops to fill in around my seashell frame.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Celebrate!

Hey there!
Happy Monday!
We are starting our second week for the current sketch at Inky Paws!  I hope you've had the chance to play along.  If not, don't miss out!
For my card this week, I pulled out the gorgeous Peony Blooms stamp set!  I was really feeling like making an elegant card and this set was the perfect choice!  I also flipped our sketch on it's side to fit my design a little better.

To make things easier on my hands while I still battle the carpel tunnel, I pulled out the watercolor pencils again to add my coloring.  I gave the flowers dimension by adding my shading to the parts of the petals that set down into the flowers, and kept the tips lighter.  Once everything was dry, I fussy cut out the peonies.

Using the Flags and Frames die set, I cut out a piece of light grey cardstock and used some platinum nuvo mousse through the Bubbly stencil to give some great texture and shine to my background.  I cut out a frame from vellum using the Frameworks die set and then layered my flowers and some coordinating ribbons over top of the vellum. 

The final touch was a sentiment banner embossed onto vellum and adhered right below my flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what you come up with for this fun sketch challenge!!

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Happy Freakin Birthday!

Hello!
Man I am so far behind!  Life is just too crazy and I can't ever seem to catch up!
We started a new challenge yesterday at Tuesday Throwdown called Heatwave where we want to see you use hot colors!  This theme seems ultra fitting right now as Seattle, and what seems to be the rest of the country, is in a major heatwave right now.  Being nearly 7 months pregnant...I'm dying!  I love my cooler weather...I am so not a hot weather type of person and being near 90 for almost the last week has just been brutal.  But it also makes me super thankful for air conditioners!!
Our awesome sponsor for this challenge is Winnie & Walter!  I decided to use the Scenery Stripes 2 set for the background of my card.  I started by doing some smashy type coloring on my background by pressing some distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and then dipping my paper into it.  The fun thing with oxide inks is you can smash the paper down, dry it, and then smash it again and the colors will layer on top of each other instead of mixing!  This allows you to get so much detail and depth in your background, I just love it!

When I had the background set the way I liked it, I did a little water flicking to get a few softer splatters and to help break up any solid colors I may have had.  Then pulled out 2 of the stripe patterns from my stamp set and white heat embossed them along the bottom half of the card.

I used The Big, The Bold, & The Happy for my main sentiment and white embossed that onto black cardstock before trimming it out.  I finished the sentiment with a Hero Arts set and then scattered a few star sequins around the card for some shine!

I hope you'll join us at Tuesday Throwdown for this fun challenge!  And sorry I'm a day late....rather late than never right?

Thanks for stopping by! <3
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Baby Thanks!

Happy Monday!
We are in for some crazy heat here in Washington this week...I am so incredibly not ready for it but I'm thankful we have a couple of window AC units to help around our little house.

We also have a fun new sketch challenge for you at Inky Paws this week!
I decided to try my hand at a clear card with this sketch.  I really love how it turned out, but it is difficult to photograph a clear card properly without it looking a little weird. 

Since we are just about at 2 months left before our little baby girl joins us, I've had baby projects on my mind and decided it would be great to make a baby card!  I couldn't resist using the Loveable Laundry set from Newton's Nook for my card, so I stamped out a few on the adorable onesies and colored them in with copics.  I went with a dark pink color which wasn't quite what I was looking for...but it's still very painful on my hands to do too much coloring so I decided I was going to stick with it instead of redoing it all...

I blended out a yellow/orange background with distress oxide inks and then "stamped" an embossing folder onto the ink using water.  The water reacted with the inks and then I just soaked it up with a paper towel to reveal the pattern in the ink.  It's super cool, subtle, but really adds just that bit of extra fun to the card.

I die cut out a thanks word die and did some ombre grey coloring on that to match the other greys on the card, and then layered everything together to fit the sketch!  Finished it all off with some white nuvo drops and some nuvo crystal glaze on the onesies so they look like balloons. 

A word of advice when using crystal glaze over copics...it does cause it to bleed!  I put a very thick layer on so maybe if you don't use quite so much, it won't be as bad...but just be warned!

I hope you'll stop by Inky Paws and join us for this fun sketch challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Hey There!!

Hello hello!
We're starting the second week of our color challenge at Inky Paws!  Have you stopped by to join in yet?  You could win a $20 gift certificate to Newton's Nook!!
For my card this week, I made a spinner card!  This super adorable panda from the newest Playful Pandas stamp set was just screaming at me to be on a spinner!  I thought about trying to have him tumbling down a hill, but decided to make him spin around a circle instead.

For the background, I used the new Sunscape Stencil, but just the sunrays portion.  I wanted a cute and bright burst behind my panda but not necessarily a sun.  So I used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide for that rich color and then splattered it with shimmer spray and water.

My panda is colored up with copics.  I also colored and cut out several of the little bamboo shoots that are in the set and lined them along the bottom of the card.  Then mounted everything with some foam tape, leaving enough room so my panda could spin, and that was it!

Just a few days left of this challenge, so I hope you'll join us!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Let's Chill!

Hello hello!!
Happy Monday!  Hopefully you've had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a fabulous week!  Let's start it off with a great new challenge at Inky Paws!!  This week it's a color challenge with a super yummy photo to draw inspiration from!
I decided to reference the photo to help pull my card together.  And I did something other than watercolor!  Amazing :)  I pulled out some of my copics.  It was a simple image so I didn't have to struggle too much with the pain in my hands.

For the background of my card, I've used the new Serene Stripes Stencil and applied white ink over black cardstock.  I cut this black base using the Frameworks die and also cut the scallop frame for the focal point of the card.

Then using the Summer Scoops stamp set, I stamped out the popsicle image 3 times and colored them in with my copics.  This panel was framed and then foam mounted onto my background.  I white heat embossed a sentiment to layer over the popsicles, and then layered everything onto my card base.

Finished the whole thing off with some white nuvo drops and shimmer!

I can't wait to see what you create with this fun summer color palette!  Be sure to stop by and say hello to our 2 new team members: Sue T. and Becky Noelle!!  We are thrilled to have them on the team to bring you some more extraordinary inspiration!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Pop Up Box Card!

Hello hello!
Happy 4th of July week!!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead!
We are back with week 2 of our current Cute Animals challenge at Inky Paws!!
I had a bit of fun with my card for this week.  While I'm still dealing with a lot of pain in my hands and arms from the carpal tunnel, I just couldn't give up on the idea of doing a fun box card.

So I pulled out Aloha Newton and chose this adorable hammock chillin kitty for my card!  I of course used my Inktense watercolor pencils since that is the easiest medium for me to use that doesn't require a lot of pressure to get good depth and detail in the image.  I also used the Toucan Party set for some of the leaves to add lots of details in my box.

I watercolored up a background sunset and then set to work fussy cutting everything out.  This took quite a bit of time since there were so many little images to cut out.  But after everything was cut, I assembled it all onto the layers created in my box.  And it looks so stinkin cute!!

I stamped a sentiment from Newton's Birthday Bash on my front flap to finish the whole thing off.  And of course, some shimmer pen on the flowers and sun.

I can't wait to see what sort of cute animal cards you'll create for our challenge!!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Pool Party!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!
We're starting a brand new challenge at Inky Paws!  So for the next 2 weeks, we want to see you use some cute animals on your projects!  This is super easy with the huge variety of animal stamps that Newton's Nook offers!  Any set you choose will have loads of cute animals for you to use!
I have been dealing with some pretty painful carpal tunnel the last couple of weeks...a lovely side affect of my pregnancy...but the pain and numbness in my hands has made crafting and coloring really hard.

So I decided to do something that wouldn't require a lot of pressure and would still give me nice shading on my image.  I pulled out my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils!  I haven't played with those in so long and I realized how much I missed them after making this card.  The stamp set I used was Newton's Donut.  He just looked like he was playing with a donut shaped floaty.  So I tried to create a pool type scene.

I die cut my patterned paper with the Flags and Frames die set, then used the rectangle die in that set to cut a corner piece out of blue cardstock.  The edges were inked up to give it a little dimension and then I used a white gel pen to add some water wave type detail.

I stamped a simple sentiment from Newton's Summer Vacation.  It seemed so perfect and honestly, I really wish I was joining Newton in that pool right now :)
Scattered a few black enamel dots around the sentiment and the card was done!

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this fun challenge!!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Faking an Acrylic Poured Background

Hello hello!
Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It was bright and sunny here in Washington and the temperatures have started to rise!  I'm not sure I'm ready for a heat wave, but it is nice seeing the sun :)

Are you ready for another round of gorgeous inspiration for our current Inky Paws color challenge?
I decided to play around with my card design a bit this week to try out something new.  I've been having a lot of fun with my acrylic pours, but they can take quite some time to dry and I sometimes struggle with getting them done with enough time to let them dry and complete my card.  So this week I used the technique that Jennifer McGuire used where she coated her paper with multiple layers of embossing powder and then used dye inks on top.

My first several layers were with a fine detail white embossing powder because I had a full jar of that which meant I knew I wouldn't run out.  But the fine detail of it didn't seem to give me the thickness I needed...so I ended up adding a couple layers of regular powder as well. 

Then used a couple of Lawn Fawn inks and smooshed them over the melted embossing powder.  Working in sections, I heated all the layers of powder up so they flowed really well, which moved the ink around into some cool patterns.  I did this several times until I got the coverage and intensity I wanted.  I love how soft the whole thing is!!  Once that was done, I ended up adding a single layer of clear embossing powder to seal all the ink in since it didn't really dry and I was smearing it.

I pulled out my Shades of Autumn stamp set and did some 2 tone stamping with one of the leaves.  Then trimmed them all out and layered them around my panel, which was cut with one of the pieces in the new Frameworks die set.

I added my white heat embossed sentiment from the Peony Blooms set to a circle cut piece of vellum and tucked that into the leaves.  Then layered it all onto another frame that was cut with the Flags and Frames die.  I love how the 2 die sets work perfectly together!!

To jazz it up a little more, I added nuvo crystal drops in Simply White around the edge in each of the scallops and scattered a few around the sentiment.

I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!  Just a few more days left to join us!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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It's Your Day!

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  We had a crazy hail storm roll through Sunday afternoon.  I'm a little worried about the veggies I have growing on my front porch...the leaves got quite damaged...but we'll see how they bounce back!

We're starting a brand new challenge today at Inky Paws!  It's a gorgeous color palette that I think you will love!  I hope you'll join in!
I decided to pull out a stamp set I've had in my collection for a while now but never got the chance to make a card with.  I love this Cocktail Mixer set...makes me want one of these yummy drinks so bad!  But I'll have to wait a few more months until baby girl is born :)

I stamped out 3 of the drinks and colored them up with my copic markers.  I added a bit of shimmer to the drinks.  Then stamped the images again in the same spot on my card front and cut them out with a bit of a border so that when this panel was layered over the colored images, they had a little frame.  Around these cut out openings, I did a little inking using the challenge colors and added a few water and shimmer splatters.

It felt like a good design to turn into a shaker card, so I added some acetate behind my windows and then added some tiny beads in each window.  For both panels I used the Flags and Frames die set, so it was easy to line them up together so that my drinks showed through each window properly.

I finished the card off with a sentiment banner that I white heat embossed several of the sentiments onto.  I also used the Bubbly Stencil on the background with some Antique Linen distress ink.  It's super light but the perfect amount of subtle detail for this card.  Love it!

Can't wait to see what you create with this fun color palette!!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Thinking of You

Hello hello and Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We participated in a waterfront festival!  While it didn't turn out quite as nice as we wanted it to, it was still a little fun.  But boy...we are tired!

So that gives us a good excuse to sit back and join in our current Inky Paws Sketch challenge!
For my card, I chose to use one of the brand new gorgeous stamp sets - Blooming Botanicals.  I started by inking up a piece of cardstock with Picked Raspberry Oxide ink.  Then misted my big botanical stamp with water and stamped it onto the oxide.  The ink reacts with the water and almost bleaches out the image.  It's a super cool affect and adds just a little bit of subtle detail to the card.

I also stamped a few of the lilies again to color and trim out to be the focal pieces of my card.  Using a circle die, I cut out a piece of my embossed background and layered it over the water stamped piece.  Colored up my lilies and fussy cut them out.

Then stamped and white embossed a sentiment from Peony Blooms onto some patterned paper and layered them around the circle window.  Scattered a few White Blizzard Nuvo Drops around my images and that was it!

You only have a few days left to join our challenge so don't miss out!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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You are Kind

Hello hello!!
Happy Monday!!
Are you ready for a brand new Inky Paws challenge!??  This time we have another fun sketch for you to follow!!  So pull out your supplies!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.
For my card, I've used the Little Lilies image as part of the frame around my sentiment.  I had colored this image up awhile ago to use on a different card, but ended up not liking it.  So I set it aside to hopefully get used later...and this sketch offered the perfect opportunity for that!

The overall design is super simple.  I stamped out a background with some tone on tone yellows and added some shimmer.  Then did a little ink blending on a die cut circle to stamp my sentiment on.  I framed everything in black for that bold pop against the yellow and then foam mounted my colored lilies along the edge of the frame.

Super simple and oh so cute!!

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!! <3
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I Believe In You

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for our second week with the Buttons challenge at Inky Paws!

I had a lot of fun making this card! 
I have loved seeing all the different cards come out using the Distress Resist Spray...but I don't own that so I wanted to try and see if I could recreate it somehow with what I do have.  It's not quite the same...but the effect is still really cool.

The cool feature of the resist spray is the varied texture it leaves on your paper.  So in order to replicate that, I decided to try splattering water all over my card front and then applying clear embossing powder and heat setting it.  The water splatters offer different size droplets in a completely unpredictable and random pattern.  I did this several times, I think about 4 times before I got the look and quantity of splatters I wanted.

Once it was all heat set, I took several colors of distress inks in a rainbow order and swiped them across my card front.  The embossing powder resisted the ink and the texture of the watercolor paper help give some great detail to the swipes.  I buffed off any ink that may have been sitting on top of the embossing powder and then cut that panel out with a stitched rectangle die.

Using the Believe in Unicorns set, I stamped and colored in one of the images and then trimmed it out.  I embossed a sentiment onto a piece of vellum and layered my unicorn on there as well.

Then came the mission of the buttons.  I have a serious lack of buttons in my stash so I decided to do what I always used to do and make them!  I used a 1/2 inch punch and inked up a bunch of papers in the same colors as the background.  Stacked 4 high and then used an eyelet punch to make the holes!  I clear embossed each button to get that shine and then tied a little string through the center of each button and lined them up across the middle of my card before layering my little vellum focal piece over top.

I hope you'll join us for this fun buttons challenge!  Just a few days left!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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