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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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Kitty Birthday Slider!

Hey there!!
Welcome back to another awesome Inky Paws challenge!!  For the next 2 weeks, we're challenging you to use Polka Dots on your cards!  This is such a fun challenge!  Polka dots are always a great accent to any card and they work for nearly any topic!
So as you know, I'm addicted to interactive cards.  They make me smile, even in the midst of their complexity.  But I couldn't help myself from making another one.  These kitties in the Newton's Birthday Bash set are just so much fun!

So I started with a piece of polka dotted paper in some bright pinks and greens.  It felt like a great color combo for a birthday card.  I added a little banner strip of pink polka dotted paper down the middle as well.

For the focal frame, I colored up the kitty with the presents with some copic markers and trimmed him out to add to the front of my slider.  Then use a couple of die cuts to make my frame and sliding mechanism.

To add a fun little element to the slider, I added another image to the area that you pull up.
Hehe!  I just love the little kitty flying on the balloon!  As he floats up, your sentiment is revealed below.  So much fun!!!

I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Don't forget to use a Newton's Nook product!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Congrats Onesies!

Hey!!  Happy Monday!
Have you joined us for our current Inky Paws Challenge yet?  It's a totally gorgeous color combo and I don't want you to miss out!

I'm here with another inspiration piece for you to help get your creativity flowing.
This card was so much fun to put together!  How can you not love coloring up some absolutely adorable little onesies?  They are just so cute!
Here is the your inspiration image for the current challenge:
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For my card, I started off my coloring up some super cute onesies from the Loveable Laundry set.  I wanted them to be white onesies so I just used some light greys to add in the shadows.  Then took combos of the inspiraiton colors and filled in the details on each onesie.

I layered all of them onto an oval that I blended some soft clouds onto with some chalk.  To give these cute onesies a little motion, I used the Mama Elephant Celebration Balloons and attached strings to the bottom of each balloon to then attach to the onesies where the little clothes pins are.  I did a little 2 tone shading on the balloons before coating them in shimmer and glossy accents.

All of this is layered onto woodgrain paper and matted with a teal and magenta colored frame.  I scattered a few glitter dots around the card for just a bit more sparkle and shine. 

I hope you'll join us for this gorgeous color challenge! 
Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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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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