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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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Woof Pack

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

We're starting a new challenge at Inky Paws today!  Use some buttons on your projects!
This one was a struggle for me...mostly because while working out my card design, I quickly realized that I don't really have any buttons in my possession!  Apparently moving thousands of miles several times resulting in all of those little gems being discarded...but I worked with what I could find for this week.
I decided to do a magic slider card with the awesome and totally adorable Woof Pack stamp set.  This collection of doggies is just the cutest and I have been dying to get it colored up!  But I never realized just how much work coloring all these cuties would be.  Wowzers...that took a long time!  I need to do a little better planning of my schedule next time I got to colors these guys up!

To incorporate my button, I decided to use that as the object that gets pulled to reveal the magic underneath.  So I also stamped and stitched on a little Pull Here tag so people knew what to do.
Check out those puppies!!  So cute!  It looks a little fuzzy only because there is dimension between the acetate and the colored image and I took the photo on an angle.  But they do line up, I promise!!

I finished the card with a simple stamped sentiment from that set and called it good!  So cute!!

I hope you'll join us for this fun buttons challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Thinking of You

Hello hello!  Happy Monday!
We're back for the second week of our gorgeous color challenge at Inky Paws and I hope you've had the chance to play along!
For my card this week, I combined a bunch of products from different companies, but ultimately I think they worked out perfectly together!  This card took several attempts to get right.  I really wanted to make sure the colors in our challenge were the star so I had to make a few designs before I found the one that I just loved.

The main focal point of the card is that gorgeous die cut heart in the center from Concord & 9th called Heartstrings Die.  I love this die cut but don't use it very often, so this card ended up being the perfect way to pull it back to the top of my stash.  I die cut several layers and then used one of the layers to watercolor in all the little middle parts with the colors from the challenge.

I layered the "frame" pieces up and then did some inlaying with the watercolored pieced so there is dimension around all that color.  I also made sure to spritz the watercolor pieces with some shimmer mist so they sparkle.

The background is a new die cut from Lawn Fawn called the Quilted Backdrop.  It's so gorgeous!  It's subtle so perfect to add some simple detail to the background of a card, but perfect to help pull a lot of different elements together.  I layered that over some lavender cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.

Then to pull in my Newton's Nook products, I used one of my all time favorite sets, Beautiful Wings (I know..not a cat set!  What is wrong with me??)
I white embossed a few butterflies onto some vellum and then inked them up with a dark purple ink before trimming them out and layering them onto my heart with a simple stamped sentiment banner.

I finished the card off with some White Blizzard Nuvo drops and that was it!!

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

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Happy Couple!

Happy Monday!
We are starting a brand new challenge today at Inky Paws!  It's a gorgeous color challenge, I hope you will join us!!
I decided to use some of the amazing new products from Newton's Nook for my card.  The colors in this challenge just felt so romantic and perfect for a wedding card.  So I pulled out some Lavender paper from Simon Says Stamp and added some Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, and Salty Ocean distress inks to some embossing paste.  Then smeared each color across the new Floral Lace Stencil from Newton's Nook, giving the background a nice ombre coloring.  While that dried, I worked on figuring out what I wanted to add on top.  The background turned out so gorgeous, I didn't want to cover too much of it up.

So I took one of the lacy frames from the Wedding Frills set and embossed it onto a piece of cardstock that I had colored with Dusty Concord.  It's embossed with a pearl embossing powder so it has a nice shimmer to it.  Then cut out the center and layered a piece of vellum behind it with the sentiment white heat embossed.

I stamped a few leaf sprigs from the Falling into Autumn set and cut them out to layer behind my sentiment frame.  Then scattered a few clear sequins around the card and put it on a card base!  Love it!!

Be sure to check out the Inspiration Teams creations!  You will be amazed, they are gorgeous as always!!


Thanks for visiting! <3
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Best Wishes

Hello hello!  Happy Monday!
It's time for week 2 of our current Inky Paws sketch challenge!!  Have you had the chance to join in yet?  I love this sketch and I'm sure you will too!
For my card today, I decided to do a wedding style card with cute little scenes in the openings of the sketch.  I chose a couple of sweet images from the Newton's Sweetheart set and colored them up with my pencils before fussy cutting them out.

I also used a gorgeous wreath from the Happy Little Thoughts set.  I colored that up with pencils and then fussy cut it as well so it could be the focal ring around my sentiment.  I did some ombre style ink blending on my background panel and then stamped my sentiment and layered my images into their openings.

I added little tiny black glitter paper strips to the top and bottom of my windowed panel and then foam mounted the whole thing to my card front.  Added a simple and sweet light pink ribbon and bow and then a few scattered nuvo drops around the wreath and the card was done!  Absolutely love these adorable little kitty couples!!

Hope you will join us!  You only have a few days left!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Hello Peony

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
My post is a little late, but we are excited to start a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown!  Our theme for this week is Glimmer and Shine and our wonderful sponsor is Studio Katia!!!
I was able to get a few new products from Studio Katia for this challenge and I'm thankful for that!  This peony is so breathtaking!!  And I can tell that the Mandala stencil will be getting a lot of use from me!

To start my card, I did some really simple washy watercoloring on a piece of watercolor paper and set that aside to dry.  I really wanted it to be soft and fade off at the edges so I made sure to concentrate my color in one area and then add lots of water around the edges to keep it moving so it would fade. 

Once the watercolor was dry, I took the Mandala stencil and applied some Glass Bead Glitter Gel through it right over top of my watercolor.  This gel dries clear but gives tons of sparkle so I knew my watercolored background would show through it.  Set that aside to dry and worked on my peony from the Japanese Peony set.

I used some Daniel Smith watercolors for the flower and did some really simple painting on it.  I thought about doing more detail, but I was running out of time and really just wanted it to be a simple flower.

After everything was dry, I adhered it all together.  Foam tape behind the flower with a simple white embossed sentiment and everything is framed with a black mat.

I hope you'll stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in this fun challenge for your chance to win an awesome prize from Studio Katia!!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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You are Pawesome!

Hello hello!
Welcome to a new challenge at Inky Paws!!  It's time for a super fun sketch!!  I had a lot of fun coming up with a card design using this sketch.  I hope you love it too!
When I saw the sketch, I got this super fun idea to make a shaker card using one of the images from Newton's Birthday Bash, so that Newton would be floating up through each of the openings in the card.  But as I was developing the idea in my mind, I got an even better thought to turn it into an underwater scene and add the adorable shark costume to the image!!

It was really easy to stamp together.  I stamped the shark costume from Newton's Costume Party first, then masked off the mouth area where the kitties face would go and stamped down my balloon hugging kitty.  I stamped that image a second time so I could adhere the balloon section separately on top of everything.

The images are all colored in with my copics before I fussy cut them out.  I have been playing around with acrylic pouring a lot lately and had a fun blue piece sitting on my desk that felt like the perfect background for this card.  So I trimmed it out and got it all set to be the background to my shaker.  Put the card together using the Flags and Frames die since I love that set and then added my sentiment!

I got my pictures taken and then disaster struck as the whole shaker window opened up and all my little bits fell out....Turns out the glue didn't really hold to the acrylic paint so I never actually had a good seal on my shaker window...I'm so bummed!  I haven't had the chance to tear it all apart and try again...but hopefully I can find a way to get it adhered securely!  But at least I got the pictures taken!!

I hope you'll join us for this fun sketch challenge!!

Thanks so much for visiting!! <3

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Birthday!!

Hello hello!
Welcome to week 2 of our Birthday themed challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you've enjoyed this theme!  I know I have!  You can never have enough birthday cards on hand, and the inspiration picture provided is just phenomenal!  I totally pulled my inspiration from it again this week since I had a very hectic/stressful week and can to my craft table with zero ideas!
For my card, I pulled the colors from the cake layers again!  It just looks so delicious!  Who wouldn't love cutting into a gorgeous cake like that for their birthday?!

I started by blending some oxide inks onto the background and then went back over those colors using the Radiating Rays stencil from MFT Stamps to get some fun tone on tone detail.  I also colored in those rays with some sparkle pen so the whole background has a nice shimmer.

Then using a tiny stamp from Newton's Birthday Bash, I did some grey tone on tone repeat stamping for my bottom panel and adhered that to my colorful blended panel.  I did some multi colored stamping with the same inks I used on the background using the Uplifting Wishes set.  Then die cut that into an oval and gave it a scallop frame.

I cut a background frame with the Flags and Frames scallop frame die and then mounted everything onto a white card base.  I finished the whole card off with some clear sequins and a few vellum flags!!

I can't wait to see what you create for this awesome challenge!


Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Eat Glitter!

Happy Tuesday!!!.....errr...I mean Wednesday....
What a week!  Total madness and it's only Wednesday?!  I'm so sorry this post is late for our new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown!  Sometimes these things happen...

But lets turn this post around and get to the challenge!!  We want to see rainbow colors!!  Our awesome sponsor is Your Next Stamp and I managed to get my hands on a few of their adorable sets that fit this theme so perfectly!!
Check out those super cute trolls!!!  I love these little guys!  They are from the Insanely Happy set and that name just totally fits them!  Anyone getting a card with these cuties on it can't help but be happy :)

I really wanted to make a shaker card to go along with my rainbow of trolls so I cut out several of these stripe windowed panels with my Silhouette and glued them all together to get some great solid dimension.  The stamped out and colored up my trolls with my copics before fussy cutting them out to add to the front of my card.

And here is where I found my mistake.  In order to make a shaker card, you have to remember to add some sort of clear acetate in there to hold all your shaker bits in.  And I didn't...I just glued all 5 of my layers together and set it aside!  Now, I know I could have just added another layer on top with the acetate behind it...but I'm lazy and decided to go a different route.

I tucked the feet of my little trolls behind some of those openings and then did a gorgeous rainbow ink blended background with the following Oxide colors:  Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet.  Then to mimic the look of sparkly sequins and shaker bits, I did some splattering with both water and shimmer spray, and then scattered a bunch of clear nuvo drops throughout each opening!  I love it!!

Then, using a sentiment from the Whatnot Sentiments set, I stamped that onto some black cardstock and white heat embossed it.

How awesome is that sentiment?  I just love it!!  I can't wait to make a ton of other birthday cards with that sentiment because it's just so perfect!!

Anyhow, hope you enjoyed this card and will stop by Tuesday Throwdown to join in our fun Rainbow Colors challenge!!

Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Purr-ty!!

Happy Monday!
Are you ready for a new challenge at Inky Paws this week?  It's all about birthdays!!!
Newton's Nook has so many fabulous birthday themed products.  You have to be sure to check out their newest release, which contains all the products that I used in my card today.

Starting with that super fun confetti looking stencil, the Bubbly Stencil.  I laid that onto my piece of black cardstock and added a couple of layers on white pigment ink before using Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber, and Picked Raspberry Oxide inks.  I was hoping the white would help make the colors a little brighter, but it didn't work quite as well as I was hoping.  While the stencil was still in place, I misted the whole thing with some shimmer spray so the bubbles have some sparkle to them.

While the background dried, I worked on coloring up my sweet kitty and balloons from the Newton's Birthday Balloons stamp set.  I colored the kitty like my little Cloud and then tried to match the balloons to colors used in the background.  I coated those with glossy accents once everything was adhered down to my card panel.  Then added a little sentiment banner using one of the sentiments in that same set.

I can't wait to see your super fun birthday cards!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <37
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