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Triple Embossed Leaves

Hey there!  Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had an incredibly fabulous weekend!  Are you ready for our second week in the Fall Themed challenge over at Inky Paws?

I couldn't put the Falling Leaves stencil down so I created another card with it :)
I started with a grey piece of cardstock and added various fall colors in distress oxide ink over my stencil.  The colors muted back a lot on the dark cardstock, but you can still see the different tones shining through the embossing.  Once they were all inked, I coated the whole stencil with versamark and added some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat set that.  Then repeated the inking process a second time but used ultra thick embossing powder for 2 more layers.  The leaves now have great dimension and shimmer with all the layers of embossing powder.

Since the background turned out so awesome, I didn't want to cover it completely up.  So I opted to use a sentiment from the Shades of Autumn stamp set and embossed that on vellum with some liquid platinum powder.  Then layered the vellum onto some black cardstock and scattered a few sequins for a little extra shimmer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Grateful

Hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome back to a new challenge at Inky Paws!  The challenge for the next 2 weeks is Fall Theme!  Which is perfect because man is it chilly outside!
I had a little stencil fun with this card.  I used the Falling Leaves Stencil and first inked up the smaller leaves in some fall colored distress inks.  Once they were all colored, I covered them in clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then went back over top of the same area and inked up the larger leaves.  This gives me a ton of detail and leaves!  I went back over top of the smaller leaves with some glittery embossing powder just to help them stand out a little bit more.

Paired this panel with some patterned paper and then colored up some snuggling kitties from Newton's Antics.  Trimmed them out and mounted them along the top border of my leaf panel.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto some acetate and added that behind my kitties.  The finishing touch was a few clear drops.

I hope you will join us for this fun Fall challenge!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products!!  <3
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Magic - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Hi hi!!  Happy Friday!
I'm so excited!  Sami has created yet another fabulous release for you all this month!!  I'm sure you will absolutely love it...and these images are perfect for the fall holidays or just anything in general really!  Go check them out!
My card features the Halloween Magic unicorn and I love this girl so much!!  She is just so lovely in her wonky way!

We're also starting a new challenge for October to use brown or kraft paper.  So I printed my image onto kraft paper and used my Prismacolor pencils to color her in.  That was so much fun!  I've never colored on anything but white paper before, so the challenge of the brown base was unique and different.  And I love how it turned out!!

I kept the whole card simple because I wanted that image to shine!  So I matted it with some black glitter paper with a fun little die cut edge on the bottom and some woodgrain stamped paper underneath.  Then white heat embossed my sentiment and added just a few black enamel dots.

I hope you'll join us this month for our challenge!  Be sure to check out this new release and then join in the fun!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image on your project!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Fall Leaves

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting the second week of our fabulous Halloween color challenge at Inky Paws!  I hope you have taken the time to join in for your chance to win some goodies from Newton's Nook!!
I decided to try something a little different for my card.  Instead of doing a wet on wet watercolor background, I applied my ink right to an acrylic block.  I really wanted a full background but didn't want to fuss around with it to much by painting it.  Applying the ink to the block allowed my to just press it into the paper and set it aside while the colors mixed and dried.  And it turned out so cool!  I love that the edges have a bit of dry texture to them still! 

For some extra detail, I splattered a bit of water, shimmer mist, and white shimmer mist onto the background and set that aside to work on the leaves.

These leaves are just gorgeous!  They are from the new Shades of Autumn set and I love all the detail in them!  I put the stamps into my Tim Holtz Stamping Tool and then used several orange and red shades of ink to stamp them out and get all that fun color variation.  The stamping tool made quick work of all that!  Love that thing!

I trimmed all the leaves out and also added a little pumpkin from the Newton's Perfect Pumpkin set before head embossing my sentiment onto some vellum and adhering everything down to my dry background.  Finished it all off with a sprinkling of some black enamel dots. 

I love this card so much!  I think the background really steals the show, but the leaves are that perfect touch.  Be sure to swing by the Inky Paws challenge to see the rest of my teams inspiration and the join in!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your card!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Costume Party Spinner

Hey!! Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle this new week!!  We have an fun new challenge for your at Inky Paws starting today!  It's a gorgeous Halloween photo inspiration!

For my card, I decided to use one of the new sets from Newton's Nook - Newton's Costume Party.  This set is so much fun!  I can't believe all the awesome costume designs you can use to dress up little Newton!!  There were so many...I just couldn't decide which to choose...so I went with all the hats!!
This card was quite interesting to put together.  I knew I wanted to have an interactive element in it so that the hats could spin around and fit on top of my kitties head.  But this sort of formed an issue with dimension since you need enough height for the elements to be above my kitty, but also below my background...I think I learned a few things that I can change to make it work out a little better next time.  But this card works pretty well, so I'm happy with it.  You just have to guide everything as your spinning it.
The bottom part of the card is layered up with some fun foam and a few extra border pieces to give it just a little bit extra height.  And then all the hats have foam tape just along the tops so that they slide right over top of my little Ezio kitties head.
I used a piece of acetate for the spinner so you can see the full background, and repeat stamped Eek! on the bottom panel for a bit of tone on tone detail.
This card is so much fun!  I just love all the hats on this adorable little kitty!!
I hope you will join us for this fun challenge over at Inky Paws!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Flying Star Fairy

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!
I'm a bit late, but happy to tell you we have started a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week it is all about Fantasy!!  Our fabulous sponsor, Alicia Bel, has some amazing images that fit this category perfectly and they have kindly provided my team with some to use.
I have chosen to use Flying with the Stars for my card.  This sweet little fairy is just so adorable on her happy little star!

I started my card by first applying some embossing paste through a star stencil and letting that dry.  Once it was dry, I applied a bunch of distress oxide inks over it to create a galaxy background.  The dimension on the stars give it some great texture and fun.  I also splattered the whole thing with some white and shimmer paints.

After the background was done, I colored up my cute fairy with some markers and added some shimmer and white gel pen to a few highlight areas.  Then fussy cut her out and arranged her, along with some die cut clouds to my galaxy.

The finishing touch was some Little Things by Lucy Candy Bright Pearls.  These matched so perfectly!  I loved scattering them around my card!!

I hope you will join us this week!
Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Meow-oween Fun!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!
Welcome to the second week of our sketch challenge at Inky Paws!!  Are you enjoying this sketch?  It is quite fabulous!  If you haven't joined us yet, you have just a few days left.  So check out the Inky Paws blog and join in!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook Designs products!

This week I decided to pull out the Halloween stuff!  It's finally a bit cooler here in Washington...and we got rain!!  We haven't seen rain all summer...it's been a rough one for sure!  So with the rain, I needed to do something fall related.
This card was so much fun to put together!  As are most cards...but this super sweet image just makes me smile!  He's so proud of that pumpkin!

I decided to turn the sketch into a scene by making the circle in the center a spooky Halloween moon.  It's cut out separately so I could do some simple washy watercolor on it to get some fun details that I can't get very well with any other medium.  Around the moon though, I used several distress inks to blend out the deep sky and used some gold and white shimmer spray to add some splatters.

My sweet kitty from the Newton's Perfect Pumpkin set was colored up with my markers and fussy cut out.  I also colored and cut out several additional pumpkins to fill in the patch behind him, layering everything into the grass that I cut with the Land Borders Die.

The background mat was stamped with the little spiderweb image in the set and embossed with some clear sparkle powder.  And I wrapped some cord around the middle of the card to coordinate with the purple in his hat.

I hope you'll stop by and join us for this fun challenge!!
Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Toucan Hello!

Hi Hi!!  Happy Monday!!
We have a fabulous new challenge for you starting today at Inky Paws!!  It's an awesome new sketch!  I love working with sketches...they help to jump start the creativity.  So I hope to see lots of your creations using this fun sketch!
For my card, I started by stamping some stripes across the background with a really light grey ink and then trimmed that panel out with a stitched rectangle.

On a black die cut rectangle, I used the new Tropical Leaves Stencil and inked it up with some Distress Oxide inks.  Oxide's work great on black paper because they have a pigment property, so they sit on top of the paper and hold their color better.  While the stencil was still in place, I misted it with some shimmer mist so that the leaves have a bit of sparkle to them.

While the leaves dried, I stamped and colored up my images from the Toucan Party stamp set.  I loves these sweet toucans cuddled up next to each other!  Their so adorable!!  I fussy cut them out along with a few extra leaves and layered them onto a circle die cut that I had added a few really soft blended clouds to.

I flagged both ends of my little banner strip and stamped a simple Hi sentiment on each end, then layered that behind my images and placed that onto my leaf panel.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook products on your projects!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Golden Hello

Hello hello!!
Welcome back!  Have you joined our Polka Dot Inky Paws challenge yet???  You totally should!

How about a little inspiration?
This card...was quite the process to make!  I had the idea in my head and it turned out pretty close to that vision...but it was a lot of steps to get it done!

I started by cutting a piece of heat resistant acetate to use as my front panel.  Then applied some embossing paste through a zig zag polka dot stencil and coated that with some gold embossing powder.  While that dried, I worked on my leaves.

To get some gorgeous coloring on those leaves, I did a washy watery background with some oxide inks, layering up a bunch of colors and splattering it with some water.  Once that was all dry, I clear embossed some leaves from the Falling for Autumn set.  I wanted to preserve all that fun oxide coloring but still add a bit of extra detail.  So clear embossing them worked out well.

Once I had them cut out, I did a little rock and rolling with the leaf stamps again in some Versamark ink so that just the edges were inked up and I could add some gold embossing powder.  They are so stunning!  The multi colored tone they have with the gold flecking around the outside...stunners!

I cut out my sentiment and gold embossed that as well as embossed the acetate panel that had now dried.  Assembled everything together with a black card base.  So gorgeous!!!

I hope you'll join us!  You only have a few days left so don't wait!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Kitty Birthday Slider!

Hey there!!
Welcome back to another awesome Inky Paws challenge!!  For the next 2 weeks, we're challenging you to use Polka Dots on your cards!  This is such a fun challenge!  Polka dots are always a great accent to any card and they work for nearly any topic!
So as you know, I'm addicted to interactive cards.  They make me smile, even in the midst of their complexity.  But I couldn't help myself from making another one.  These kitties in the Newton's Birthday Bash set are just so much fun!

So I started with a piece of polka dotted paper in some bright pinks and greens.  It felt like a great color combo for a birthday card.  I added a little banner strip of pink polka dotted paper down the middle as well.

For the focal frame, I colored up the kitty with the presents with some copic markers and trimmed him out to add to the front of my slider.  Then use a couple of die cuts to make my frame and sliding mechanism.

To add a fun little element to the slider, I added another image to the area that you pull up.
Hehe!  I just love the little kitty flying on the balloon!  As he floats up, your sentiment is revealed below.  So much fun!!!

I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Don't forget to use a Newton's Nook product!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Congrats Onesies!

Hey!!  Happy Monday!
Have you joined us for our current Inky Paws Challenge yet?  It's a totally gorgeous color combo and I don't want you to miss out!

I'm here with another inspiration piece for you to help get your creativity flowing.
This card was so much fun to put together!  How can you not love coloring up some absolutely adorable little onesies?  They are just so cute!
Here is the your inspiration image for the current challenge:
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For my card, I started off my coloring up some super cute onesies from the Loveable Laundry set.  I wanted them to be white onesies so I just used some light greys to add in the shadows.  Then took combos of the inspiraiton colors and filled in the details on each onesie.

I layered all of them onto an oval that I blended some soft clouds onto with some chalk.  To give these cute onesies a little motion, I used the Mama Elephant Celebration Balloons and attached strings to the bottom of each balloon to then attach to the onesies where the little clothes pins are.  I did a little 2 tone shading on the balloons before coating them in shimmer and glossy accents.

All of this is layered onto woodgrain paper and matted with a teal and magenta colored frame.  I scattered a few glitter dots around the card for just a bit more sparkle and shine. 

I hope you'll join us for this gorgeous color challenge! 
Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Best Wishes

Hello hello!!
Welcome back to another awesome challenge for Newton's Nook's Inky Paws!!  This week is an absolutely gorgeous color combo!  You are going to love these colors.  They were so much fun to create with.
How pretty is that!?  *swoon!
Here is your inspiration image:
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For my card, I blended shades of teal and magenta with some black and then did a little shimmer splattering for some fun detail.  Then layered up this gorgeous die cut from Papertrey Ink with about 4 layers so it had some nice solid dimension to it.  Adhered that to my blended panel and then worked on the rest of the details.

I think I spun in circles over how to get the butterflies to look nice on this card panel.  White embossing didn't look very nice...they just didn't pop all that well.  So I tried adding color on top...coloring in the back with copics...using pearl embossing powder...nothing seemed to work. 

Usually I avoid black embossing powder because it can be pretty messy and not give a crisp result.  But I decided to give it a shot because I just needed to find a solution.  And it worked!  It was so stunning, I had to use them!  So I embossed up a couple more butterflies in black and trimmed them out.

I cut out a heart to be my focal point for the sentiments.  From the same Beautiful Wings set, I took out the little flower and used a 4th generation stamping with some Worn Lipstick Oxide ink.  I wanted it to be super light but since it was black cardstock, I needed to use a pigment ink.  So it took the 4th generation to get it light enough to be just noticeable but not take over the whole card.  I did mist it just a little with some water to help brighten it a tiny touch.

Then I layered up my sentiments and arranged my butterflies.  Love this card so so much!!!

I hope you will join us for this challenge!  Give this gorgeous color combo a shot.  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Wishing...

Hello hello!!!!  Happy Friday!!!
Who loves unicorns?  Pshh...everyone loves unicorns!  You are going to love the new Sami Stamps release then!  Cuz it's all about unicorns!!

We're also starting a new challenge for this month to Use Bright Colors, which is perfect with these adorable images!
I always think of swirling clouds high up in the sky when I think of unicorns, so I went with that idea for my card today.  I used some pinkish purple distress inks and blended them out around a cloud stencil until my entire card front was covered with bright clouds.

Then I layered a few vellum clouds over top and a scallop cut piece of cardstock to help ground my sentiment strip.

I colored up my Rose Unicorn with some pencils and added a ton of shimmer to her mane and tail.  Foam mounted her onto my panel and that was it!

I hope you'll join us this month!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Reach for the Stars

Hello hello and Happy Tuesday!
I hope the beginning of your week has been fabulous!  We're still dealing with some pretty bad air here in Washington...lots of smoke coming down from different wild fires in the state and British Columbia.  While I've wanted to work in the yard since the weather has been nice, my lungs have told me not to...so what better than to spend it working on cards!

We start a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown, and it's one of my favorites!  We want to see your Interactive Cards!  This can be any sort of interactive style from a slider, to a wobble card, anything you can think of!

And our most amazing sponsor this week is Newton's Nook!!!!!
(pppssssttt... Newton's Nook is having a flash sale for International Cat Day (August 8 only).  Use code CATDAY17 to get free shipping on US orders!!  Woot woot!!! )
I can never get enough Newton's Nook..and being on their Inky Paws Inspiration team right now means you see a lot of their stamps on my blog.  But they are just too cute, so I'm happy to flood my feed with Newton cards :)

For today's card, I actually had created this background for one of the Inky Paws challenges, but it ultimately didn't work with what I needed, so I set it aside to use for something else.  And then today's Tuesday Throwdown challenge showed up and it just seemed to fit perfectly.  I pulled out the Cosmic Newton set and colored up the cute little Rocket Kitty.

That background...I can't get over how awesome it turned out!  I used some distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot to blend out a deep dark spacey sky and then used the same colors minus the black to add in Earth.  I brought in some white pigment ink to help give the look of clouds around Earth and that also helped to add the atmosphere halo.

I stenciled on a few little star bursts in the white pigment ink, and then did a little splattering of white shimmer paint before die cutting out my slider track.
And my little kitty can rocket out into space!  The sentiment is heat embossed with a black sparkle embossing powder.

I hope you will join us this week for your chance to win an awesome prize from Newton's Nook!!

I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Splatter It challenge.

Thanks for visiting! <3
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