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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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Piles of Pumpkins

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting our second week of the Burlaps and Twine challenge at Inky Paws!  If you haven't joined us yet, be sure to do so soon!!
For my card this week, I grabbed the adorable Newton's Pumpkin Patch stamp set.  But I didn't use the whole thing!  I decided to just focus on the kitty and bird in the upper left corner of the image.  I stamped and colored that in with my copics and then used a circle die to cut out the are I wanted to focus on.  I layered that onto a piece of burlap.

For the background, I dry embossed the Falling Leaves stencil onto my panel that I cut with the Frameworks die set.  Stamped my sentiment on a little banner and scattered a few glitter dots around and the card was done!  Super simple and adorable!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Snowflakes and Burlap

Hello hello!
Welcome to a new week and a new challenge at Inky Paws!  The theme for the next 2 weeks is Burlap and Twine!
This card was super quick to make which is nice because we have family visiting us now to see our sweet little baby girl.

I started with some dark blue cardstock and used the Snowfall stencil with some embossing paste.  I added some shimmer powder to the embossing paste before spreading it over the stencil in hopes that it would give it just a bit of sparkle, but it's really hard to see.

Once that was all dry, I wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon down the center and added my white heat embossed sentiment from the Sentiments of the Season set.  There's a little bit of twine spun around the back of the sentiment banner that I cut using the Frames and Flags die set.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!
Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Merry & Bright

Happy Monday!!
We are continuing our awesome sketch challenge this week at Inky Paws!  I hope you've had the chance to play along!
I was feeling a bit festive this week and wanted to make a Christmas card.  Ever since my little girl Gwen came along, I have been super excited for Christmas.  I hope that I can make her first one absolutely spectacular ;)

So I pulled out the amazing Beautiful Baubles set and stamped them in black, then clear embossed them.  I used a couple blue shades and the black from my Gansai Tambi watercolor set and colored them in.  I also mixed in the white shimmer to the colors so each of the baubles has a great shimmer.

The background was watercolored and then splattered with that same white shimmer.  I die cut a piece of silver glitter paper with the Frames and Flags die set, and then cut my watercolor panel with the Frameworks set.  Added a glittery strip across the top and then stamped my sentiment on a watercolored circle die cut.  That sentiment is from the Sentiments of the Season set.

Adhered everything down onto a black mat and then sprinkled some white nuvo drops around the baubles.  So sparkly and awesome!!

I hope you'll join in for a chance to win a gift card to Newton's Nook!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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The Best Wines

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!  Are you ready for a new Inky Paws challenge?  We've got a fun sketch for you this time!
For my card this week, I used the new Tree Rings Stencil over a piece of cardstock that I heavily inked up with Aged Mahogany distress ink.  I used some gold shimmer spray and misted over the stencil to get a gorgeous shimmer patter.  While that dried, I worked on the rest of my card.

I gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Wine A Little set onto some black cardstock.  I also edged that piece, which was cut with the Frameworks die, with gold embossing.  From the same wine set, I stamped and colored up a couple images on craft cardstock.  Then trimmed them out and layered them over some patterned paper and ribbon.

The background was die cut with the Frames and Flags die set.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Thankful For You

Hey everyone!
Happy Monday!  We're starting the second week of our current color challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you've had the chance to join us!
For my card, I did an acrylic poured background to start with.  I was worried the colors would mud together, and they did in a few spots, but for the most part I think the background turned out super awesome!

I kept the rest of the card really simple so that the background didn't get too covered up.  I stamped and embossed a few sentiments from the new Thankful Thoughts set and trimmed them out.  I also did some 2 tone stamping with some leaves from the Shades of Autumn set to layer behind the sentiment. 

Finished the whole thing off with some white nuvo drops!

Thanks so much for visiting!! <3
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Boo!

Hey!!
Happy Monday!
I'm so happy to back in the crafting world!  September flew by but it was so worth taking a few weeks off to spend with my brand new little baby girl!  She is the most precious being in the world!  I can't get enough of her!

We have a fun new color challenge starting for you today at Inky Paws!
I went pretty easy on my card for this week.  Since it's been awhile, my skills are a bit rusty...gotta take a little time to get back into the groove.  So I started by doing an ink blended background for a fun Halloween type night sky.  I added some bats from the new Flying Bats Stencil and splattered the whole thing with some shimmer mist.

Then I colored up the adorable Halloween Trio with my copics, trimmed them out and layered them onto my ground.  I outlined the whole image as well so that it has a little bit bolder lines and that helps make the wording on their little signs a bit easier to read.

This whole panel was cut with the Flags and Frames die set and mounted onto a white card base!

Hope you'll stop by and join in the fun!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Take Flight

Hello!!
I'm so sorry I'm late getting my Inky Paws card up this week!  It's been a little crazy around here since we just welcomed our little baby girl into the world on Sunday!! 

But I hope you are ready for a fun sketch challenge at Inky Paws!!
For my card, I did a little ink blending on a piece of blue cardstock and then used the Cloudy Sky stencil and some embossing paste to add dimension.  I also sprinkled some sparkle embossing powder over top while the paste was still wet so that when I heat set it, the clouds have some shine.

Then I stamped and colored up some balloons from Newton's Birthday Balloons and trimmed them out.  I layered those with some string behind a scallop cut circle with a sentiment from Uplifting Wishes.

I finished it all off with some white gel pens details and a black ribbon and bow!

Thanks so much for visiting!! Have fun with this challenge!! <3
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With Sprinkles on Top!

Hey hey!!
Happy Monday!  We're starting the second week of our color challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you have had the chance to join us! 
I really wanted to try something a little different for my card this week.  Since doing any sort of copic or pencil coloring has been way too painful with my carpal tunnel, I wanted to do watercoloring, but not with watercolors.  So I pulled out my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens.  Jennifer McGuire has done coloring with these many times in the past and I thought it would be fun to try.

Fortunately I had the right colors to match our challenge!  I used some Bristol paper and stamped my image from the Newton's Summer Treats set in some Versafine ink.  Once the ink was dry, I began coloring.  I tried to do a little shading on the kitty with a yellow and orange shimmer pen.  But the rest of the image I only added a blue and pink shimmer pen.  This whole kitty image sparkles like crazy!! 

I layered it onto an ink blended background.  The frame was dry embossed using the Bubbly Stencil and die cut with the Frameworks die set, as well as the frame in the center.  I embossed my sentiment on a flagged banner and layered that over my focal frame and that finished off the card!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Inky Paws inspiration team!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Ice Cream Solves Everything

Hello!  Happy Monday!
I hope your weekend was fabulous!
Are you ready for a new Inky Paws challenge?  This one is full of super bright happy colors!!
I decided to pull all the bright colors together and use them in my background for my card.  So I added some Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Peacock Feathers distress ink to some embossing paste, and then applied that through the Pawprints stencil from Newton's Nook onto my scallop cut background created using the Flags & Frames die set..  I also sprinkled it with some sparkle embossing powder so that once it was dry, I could melt that powder and the whole thing would sparkle.

While the embossing paste was drying, I worked on my focal images.  I took the mini Cat Treats set and stamped out the kitty cone several times.  Then used the same distress ink colors and watercolored the ice cream.  I fussy cut each one out and layered them all up so there was a mountain of ice cream on each cone!  Because...why not?!!

I layered these cones onto an oval cut circle and then stamped my sentiment from the Newton's Summer Treats set onto vellum and adhered that over the cones.  The card was finished with a scattering of nuvo drops in Simply White.

I hope you'll join us for this awesome color challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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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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