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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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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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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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Forever Remembered

Hello and happy Monday!
We're continuing our color theme challenge at Newton's Nook this week with some more awesome inspiration!  I hope you'll stop by Inky Paws to check out what the team has made!
For my card, I chose to go with a feline sympathy card.  I work at a boarding facility for cats and we have lost several of our long time feline friends over the last couple of months.  I always feel it can bring a little extra comfort to those families to receive a little handmade card letting them know how much their kitty meant to us too.

I decided to do a simple washy watercolor background on my card with the colors from our challenge.  So I pulled out the Pawprints Stencil and added some embossing paste through it onto my watercolor panel that was cut with the Flags and Frames die.  Once the paste was dry, I added my watercolor.  I love that the embossing paste soaks up a little bit of the pigment and darkens just a little bit to add some fun extra detail to the background.

While that panel dried, I cut out a few clouds to add to the corner.  Then stamped and clear embossed my kitty and sentiments from the Furr-ever Friends stamp set.  I trimmed everything out and added it all onto my panel in the lower corner and then framed the whole thing with a black mat.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll join us for this fun color challenge!! <3
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Hey!!  Happy Tuesday!
It has been forever since I've had the time to participate in Tuesday Throwdown!  I can't believe I've missed so many of their challenges...but I am putting my best foot forward and working hard not to miss so many going forward!

So that starts now with our newest challenge starting today which is Seeing Stars!  We want to see you feature a bunch of stars on your project!!  And our awesome sponsor is Bugaboo!!
For my card, I decided to pull out my Gansai Tambi watercolors which I haven't played with in months!  I realized while making this card how much I've missed watercoloring!  Need to do that more often.  But with my paints, I did a very washy galactic type background using various shades of blue and a little purple.  I did 2 layers just to get a good vibrant color and depth.

Once that was dry, I pulled out my Big Bang Classic Stars Creative Screening from Winnie & Walter and applied some Pure Platinum Nuvo Mousse to my background so I'd have some shimmery silver stars!  It's so gorgeous!!  I'm in love!

While all that dried again, I die cut a bunch of clouds with my Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies in both white and vellum.  I layered these onto my starry background and then added my little Chibi Unicorn image from Bugaboo that I had colored up in coordinating colors with my copics.

Next to my sweet unicorn, I added a great sentiment from the Paper Smooches Magical Sampler stamp set that I white heat embossed onto some black cardstock and then used the same star stencil and nuvo mousse to add a few more accent stars on the clouds.

I love it!!  So colorful and starry!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Sending Hugs

Hello hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome back to a new challenge at Inky Paws!!
We have a gorgeous spring color palette for you to use for this challenge!  Perfect to go with all those super cute little flowers poking up in some of your yards :)
For my card today, I stuck with a simple design, only using the adorable little kitty from Newton's Costume Party.  But to start my card, I first created that circle in the background by doing an acrylic pour!  I'm still learning how to do this, and I'm not entirely that good at it...but I've been practicing for awhile and trying to find ways to use this technique on my cards.  So this card design felt like a good way to use it.  I mixed some blue, yellow, and white paints in a cup and them poured them onto my circle die cut....and they all mixed massively together to make green!  You can see a little bit of the other colors behind the kitty...but the green really took over.

So while that dried, I cut out a couple layers of vellum with a Hugs word die and also a simple white background for some extra fun detail.  I stamped and colored up my kitty image and then trimmed him out.

When the circle die was finally dry...it took forever!!  I adhered everything together onto my die cut background and added a few clear nuvo drops for a little extra shine.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! <3
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Always on my Mind

Hey!!  Happy Monday!
Have you had the chance to check out the newest sketch challenge at Inky Paws??
I say this ever time, sketches are a great way to kick-start your creativity if you are struggling to come up with an idea.  And this sketch is fabulous!
For my card this week, I pulled out the adorable Newton's Birdbath stamp set.  I colored this sweet image up with my copics and then trimmed it all out so I could layer the image onto a little scene.

Then I created my background by blending a couple of distress oxide colors together and used the Radiating Rays stencil from MFT Stamps for some extra detail.  I splattered the whole background with water and perfect pearls and set that aside to dry before cutting it out using the scallop frame from the Flags and Frames die set.

I layered my scallop framed oval onto the background and embossed my sentiment onto some vellum banners that I tucked behind everything.

I hope you'll give this sketch a try!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3
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Love You Deerly

Happy Monday!
Are you ready for a new sketch challenge at Inky Paws!?
Don't forget to check out the inspiration teams creations!!
For my card, I chose to use one of the newer sets, Deer Friend.  This is such a sweet little set with all the adorable little dear images!  I just love it!

I decided it had been a while since I watercolored, so I used some distress inks to color up both the background and my cute little deer.  Once everything was dry, I trimmed out my deer and layered it up onto my tag.

I placed the tag onto a background that I embossed with the Cloudy Sky Stencil and then did some light inking through that stencil onto the clouds.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Excited For You

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're continuing our Baby Theme this week over at Inky Paws!  I hope you've had the chance to join in or at least stop by and check out the inspiration teams awesome creations!
For my reminder card this week, I used the super adorable set Newton's Sweetheart.  I started by using the Tumbling Hearts stencil and dry embossing my background for some fun heart texture.

Then I stamped and colored up my image before fussy cutting these cuties out and layering them onto some grassy hills on a vellum circle.

I took out the Furr-ever Friends stamp set and using the paw print heart, I selected a few varying sized prints and stamped three of them out to look like the mom, dad, and baby prints.

Finished the card off with simple sentiment banner!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Hello hello and Happy Monday!!
We're starting a new challenge over at Inky Paws today where we want to see your baby themed cards!
There are so many stamp sets from Newton's Nook that would work wonderfully for this theme, so I decided to use Loveable Laundry on my card.

I really wanted it to feel like a cute country scene where the backyard had a great view of the mountains.  You can't really tell there are mountains behind my onesies though... 
But I started with cutting the scallop frame from the Flags and Frames set and then cutting a white panel to layer on top of that.  I ink blended some clouds onto that from panel.

Using the Land Borders die set, I cut a few layers of grass and shaded them so there was some variation in the layers.  Then cut out some "posts" and string for my clothesline.

I colored up 2 of the cute onesies in Loveable Laundry and then trimmed them out to hang on my clothesline.  The final touch was stamping and clear embossing my congratulations sentiment across the top and adhering all the layers together.

I hope you will join us for this super cute challenge!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Amazing You

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting the second week of our current color challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you've had the time to join in!
I still haven't been feeling well, but I managed to pull together a quick little card for you.

I started with a dark brown frame using the Frames and Flags die set.  I cut another piece of cardstock to fit inside of that frame and inked it up with various shades of pink oxide ink as well as splattered it with some water and shimmer mist.

To go on top of this background, I stamped one of the wreaths from Happy Little Thoughts and colored it up quickly with my copics before trimming it out and adhering it to my card front with foam tape.  I also embossed part of one of the sentiments in that set onto vellum with white embossing powder, trimmed it into a banner and wrapped it around the sides of the wreath.

I finished the card off with a scattering of white nuvo drops.

Be sure to stop by the Inky Paws challenge to check out the rest of the inspiration teams creations!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Inky Paws Challenge #65

Happy Monday everyone!
We're starting a new challenge today at Inky Paws!  I don't have an inspiration card to share with you unfortunately...I've been way too under the weather to be able to pull anything together...but I wanted to share the challenge theme with you anyhow and encourage you to stop by Inky Paws to check out the incredible creations by the inspiration team!

So it's a color theme for the next 2 weeks and the colors are so perfect!!
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Isn't that image just yummy!!??  Makes me want some strawberries now!!

You have 2 weeks to enter for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Newton's Nook so don't miss out!! <3
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