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A Whole Bunch!

Hello hello!!!
I hope everyone is doing fabulous!  It's been awhile since I've posted due to my wonderful little daughter joining our family!  She has been the most amazing being to ever be in my life and I'm so glad that I've allowed myself to take a break from crafting to enjoy every second with her.

But I'm here to stretch my crafty legs just a little bit to help Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge celebrate their 100th challenge!!!  How awesome is that!  100 challenges is a huge accomplishment!  Congratulations to Newton's Nook!!!  Being a part of the Inky Paws challenge team was a wonderful experience!  Such a wonderful team!

So for my creation, I went waaaaayyyy back to the challenge #13 sketch and played around with some new goodies.
For this card, I've used the new Dainty Daisies set, stamped and cut it out 3 times and then colored them in with my copic markers.

I layered them onto a striped and splattered background that I then layered onto a piece of light grey cardstock that I used the Tree Ring Stencil with some nuvo paste.

The whole background panel was cut with the Frames and Flags set.  I stamped out a sentiment from the Blooming Botanicals set onto a flagged strip and adhered that below my flower cluster.

This sketch was super fun!  Pretty basic which gives it so much room for a ton of creativity and imagination!!
I hope you get the chance to play along with this massive challenge at Inky Paws!!!  You just pick your favorite challenge and link up your creation.  Or play along with each of them!!  Your choice :)

Have fun and thanks for stopping by! <3
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Here's to You and Goodbye...

Hello!
We are starting the second week of our current Silver or Gold challenge at Inky Paws!  Sadly, this is my last post as part of that team...and my last post on this blog for awhile.

I have greatly loved being on the Inky Paws Inspiration Team for the last several terms.  This team is so inspiring and filled with wonderfully creative ladies.  I constantly fall in love with their work and often find inspiration in what they create.  And the challenge participants are the best of the bunch!  This is truly an amazing community to be a part of and I'm sad to step away from it right now....but I have a beautiful little 3 month old daughter that devours my time and energy.  I am needed most with her right now and I find that she is where my energy is better spent.  I want to soak up every ounce of her that I can, which means putting the extra things in my life on hold for a little while.

I'll be back in the future...not sure when, but someday.  Thank you to those of you that continue to come back each week.  I've enjoyed blogging but I am also looking forward to watching my little miracle baby grow and discover the world around her :)
For my final card, I decided to give some foiling a try.  I've tried doing this in the past with printed images but never got good results.  So I was a little skeptical when I bought the Deco Foil Transfer Gel...

I used the Bubbly Stencil from Newton's Nook with the transfer gel.  Once it was clear and dry, I ran it through my laminator with a piece of silver foil.  And Ho-ly-cow!  It's gorgeous!!!!  There's no gaps in the foil, no missing pieces.  The bubbles are perfectly shiny and covered...and just stunning!

I wanted to keep the focus on that background since it was so perfectly pretty, so I simply colored an image from the Newton Celebrates set to look like my sweet Cloud kitty...she isn't doing so well health-wise now days and it saddens me to watch her fall apart...but I will love her for as long as she is with me...

I heat embossed one of the coordinating sentiments onto white cardstock and then layered them both onto a strip of vellum that I wrapped around the foiled panel.  And that was it!  Simple but striking.

Thank you again for visiting me over the years!  I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Blessed New Year, and many wonderful adventures!!! <3 <3
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Peace & Joy

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready for a brand new Inky Paws challenge!
This week we want you to use Silver or Gold on your projects!
I took a very simple approach to my card this week and started by die cutting 2 panels with the Flags and Frames die set.  On one panel, I cut the bottom into a V and then used the new Plaid Stencil set overtop to create a gorgeous soft background.  I used Evergreen Bough distress oxide ink with a super light hand, and some silver ink.

Then I silver heat embossed an image from the Poinsettia Blooms set and did some really simple watercoloring to create white flowers.  I stamped the large flower twice so that I could cut out some of the layers and pop them up for a bit of dimension on that flower.  Then I trimmed the whole thing out and layered it onto my stenciled panel.

I masked off one of the larger sentiments in Sentiments of the Season so that all I stamped was the peace & joy in silver ink, and that was it!

Really simple, but super elegant!  I am totally in love with this card!!

I hope you'll join us!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Fa-la-la-la Llama

Happy Monday!
Ready for week 2 of our current sketch at Inky Paws?
I started my card by ink blending 2 panels cut with the Flags and Frames die set.  One panel in reds and one in green.  On the red panel, I repeatedly stamped one of the sentiments from the Sentiments for the Season stamp set for a tone on tone look.

On the green panel, I die cut 4 banners using another piece in the Flags and Frames set.  Then layered the 2 panels with a little bit of dimension.

I cut a frame from the Frameworks set out of white cardstock and layered by sentiment banner and fun Llama over top.  Both are from the Llama Delivery stamp set.
I finished everything off with some white gel pen details and a few pearl dots.

Don't miss out on this fun challenge and your chance to win a gift certificate to Newton's Nook!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Holiday Cheer

Happy Monday!
We're starting a brand new challenge at Inky Paws today!  This time it's a super fun sketch!
I made a shaker card using the sketch design!  The panel is cut with my Silhouette and I layered it over a blue ink blended background.  Inside is a mixture of snowflake sequins, normal sequins, and beads.

Over top of the shaker background, I cut  piece of cardstock using the Frameworks dies to create a frame to go over my vellum.  On the vellum I stamped one of the Ornamental Wishes sentiments and white heat embossed it.  Then cut a snowbank from the Lands Borders and added my super cute snow-kitties!  These are from the Flaky Friends set which sadly is retired...but I'm just now getting the chance to use it.

A few more snowflake sequins and some white nuvo drops were scattered around my scene to finish it all off!

I hope you'll give this fun sketch a try!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Joy Wreath

Hello hello!
Are you ready for week 2 of our color challenge at Inky Paws!?  This is such a great color combo for the holidays!  Really makes the Christmas details pop :)
To start my card, I used the new Petite Snow Stencil with some embossing paste.  Then while that was still wet, I sprinkled some chunky clear glitter over top so the details would sparkle.

Setting that aside to dry, I worked on the wreath which was cut from the Pines & Holly Die Set.  I inked up my paper first with the greens and red, then die cut everything out.  It's all adhered onto my sparkly panel with foam tape.  For the ornament in the middle, I white embossed an image from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto an acrylic poured panel.  It's had to see the varied colors behind the embossing, but the subtle detail is gorgeous.

The sentiment from Sentiments of the Season is black heat embossed on some vellum and foam mounted at the base of the wreath.  The berries are coated with some glitter as well for just a little more sparkle.

I hope you'll join us if you haven't already!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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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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