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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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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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