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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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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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