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Gift Card Holder!!

Hey there!  Happy Monday!
Are you ready to see some more inspiration for our current sketch at Inky Paws?
For my card, I really wanted just a simple little kitty in a santa hat.  But I didn't have anything like that in my stash...so I had to scratch my brain a little bit and try to figure out a way to finagle one together.   What I ended up doing was using the head of the chimney kitty in Santa Paws Newton and adding it to the body of the kitty in Newtons Costume Party...and it worked!  I have a simple kitty I can color however I want, and he's wearing a santa hat!  Love it!!

To create my elements to fit the sketch, I started with a bright blue piece of cardstock and added some embossing paste through a snowflake stencil.  I had tried this with the snowfall stencil from Newton's Nook...but I didn't apply the paste very well and it smudged and squished through the stencil in a few places...I'll have to try that again later.

I cut a tag from some vellum and then made a little pocket in the front using another piece of the patterned paper I used in the background.  I stamped and heat embossed a fun sentiment onto a piece of shimmer cardstock and adhered that right over the seam where my pocket starts.

Here's how it looks without the gift card in it.  Still super cute and fun!!
I hope you've been inspired to check out this sketch challenge and join in the fun!
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Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your creations!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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All I Want for Christmas...

...is Mew!
Lol!  Happy Monday everyone! 
It's a good day today!  Matthew gets his cast off, we might finally get our Christmas tree!  I'm super excited!
So lets jump right into our newest Inky Paws challenge for you!  It's a sketch this time!  I love sketches!  It's a great starting point to really get the gears churning for an idea.  Sometimes I stall out on the design of a card...I'll have all my elements figured out but how to arrange them can be challenging.  So having a sketch handy makes the design part super easy!  I know you'll love this sketch challenge!
For my card, I've used an older set from Newton's Nook - Newton's Christmas Cuddles.  I think this set is so adorable and I couldn't stop myself from using this sweet little present kitty.  I've colored him up to look like my little Ezio...climbing into a present seems like just the thing he'd do :)

I stamped a tone on tone background just to give the card some texture and detail but I kept it subtle because I wanted my images to shine.

After coloring in my image, I die cut a little stitched rectangle and stamped a few extra presents on it to fill in the scene.  I added a little flagged banner behind my image and wrapped a little piece of twine around the whole card front.  To that twine, I attached a little tag that I had stamped the remainder of my sentiment on.  So combined the whole thing reads:  All I want for Christmas is mew!  Makes me smile :)

I hope you'll join us for this awesome sketch!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products on your projects!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Merriest Wishes - New Sami Stamps Image!!

Hey there!  Happy Friday! 
Is everyone ready for the weekend!?  I know I am!
There is one image in this release and she is adorable!!  This Little Holly Unicorn will be so cute on Christmas cards this year!  You'll love her!
So our challenge for you this month at Sami Stamps is White on White.  This one is always such a challenge because I love color.  And often my whites will just mush together and lose all detail.  So I decided to just keep my card super simple.

I took out a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and covered it with embossing paste.  Then sprinkled on a bunch of Silver Pearl embossing powder.  I know the name says silver, but when it's melted, it gives a really great whiteish pearl shine, as you can see from my card.  While the embossing paste dried, I worked on coloring up my image.

To stick with the white on white theme, I colored up my sweet unicorn to be white with a grey mane, and then colored the berries and leaves their traditional colors.  To give her a resting spot, I cut 2 layers of vellum to match the inner design of the stencil and layered them together, white embossing my sentiment on the top layer.

Then just foam mounted everything down and added a few white sequins!

I hope you'll join us for this White on White challenge at Sami Stamps!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image on your project!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Simply Wonderful

Hello hello!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!!  We are enjoying our time with family this week...but are ready to get home and snuggle our little kitties!!

Are you ready for a little inspiration reminder for our current Inky Paws challenge to add sparkle?
I kept this card really simple by using one of the silhouette cat images from Furrever Friends and clear embossing it before fussy cutting the kitty out.  The background was stamped with the paw heart from that set and then white heat embossed.  I used Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks and did some really washy watercoloring just to get color in the background.  Then stamped a few of the hearts from the same set and coated those in glossy accents.

The sentiment is from Beautiful Wings, black embossed onto some coordinating patterned paper.  I also added a little strip of glitter paper and lots of shimmer to the watercolored background.

You still have a few days to enter our challenge at Inky Paws!!  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!! <3
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So Much Sparkle!

Hey hey!!  Happy Monday!
Are you ready for a new challenge at Inky Paws??  This week is all about that sparkle!  The perfect addition to any card!!  And boy do I have a sparkler for you today! :)
I decided to go with a holiday card this week.  It seemed fitting for this challenge :)
To start, I took the Snowflake Stencil and placed it over a piece of cardstock that I had covered in double sided tape.

Now let me take a moment to rave about the Newton's Nook stencils!  I am a rough crafter...if it can't hold up to my abuse, I can't have it in my office...it's just how I work.  But these stencils!  They have passed the test!  I've coated them in versamark, and run them through a scrubber..and now I've fully adhered them to cardstock with scor-tape and this stencil is still perfect!  I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are ready to put some elbow grease and heat into getting it back off...but it was so worth the work in the end!!

Once the stencil was placed where I wanted it, I coated the whole thing with some clear glitter.  This glitter clung to the open snowflake areas.  I then worked the stencil off with my heat gun to loosen the adhesive a little, and then coated what was left exposed with 2 tones of blue glitter.  This gave me a gorgeous ombre snowfall background that sparkles to boot!!

I decided to turn this into a shaker card, so I laid a piece of acetate over the top and stitched it on, adding my shaker bits when I had just one side left to stitch.  Then sealed it up!

I embossed some tag images from the Joyful Tags set and turned them into ornaments that hung from some pine boughs cut from the Pines and Holly Die Set.

The photos don't do this card justice.  There is so much sparkle and shine!  It's amazing and I absolutely love it!  I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook Products on your card!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Santa Paws!

Hello hello and happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  I'm here with a new card for our current color challenge over at Inky Paws!  You still have a few days left to enter so don't delay!
For my card today, I started by taking one of the new stencils from Newton's Nook - Snowfall - and blending over it with some white pigment ink onto black paper.  I let the first layer dry and then did it again.  This helped get a nice bright image.  While that second layer was still wet, I sprinkled on some glittery embossing powder and heat set it so now the snowflakes provide some great sparkle on this card!

I set the background aside and worked on coloring up my images from the new Santa Paws Newton set with my ShinHan and copic markers.  Once they were colored, I trimmed them out and added them to some rolling snow hills that I did a little soft blue coloring on.  I also added a little bit of shimmer to the hills since snow always seems to have a bit of sparkle to it.  Then I foam mounted my images and added some glossy accents to the snow bits and parts of the hats as well as a little clear glitter.

This card turned out so stinkin cute!  I love that sweet little kitty popping up out of the chimney!
I hope you will join us for this challenge!  Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product on your card!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Kitty Wreath

Hello hello!  Happy Monday!
We're starting another fabulous challenge for you at Inky Paws and this time it's a fun festive color challenge!  Perfect to get a jump start on your holiday cards!
I have been obsessed with the Pines and Holly Die Set from Newton's Nook lately.  They are the perfect shapes and so wonderful and easy to use on holiday cards!  So I decided to pull them out (or open them because they haven't left my desk since I bought them :) ) and cut out a whole bunch of the pine branch and holly leaf.  I kept the pine branches white with just a little bit of grey to them to help mute them down a little bit. 

Then I pulled out the new and fabulous Santa Paws Newton and chose the adorable image with the gift bag to add in the center of my wreath.  I colored her up like my little Cloud with some colored pencils and then trimmed her out.  The wreath was all layered together and then I added some red glitter stickles to represent berries and foam mounted my kitty in the center.

To the background, I die cut my black panel and inked up the edges with some white pigment ink.  Then used some white shimmer mist to add some flecks and splatters for a little more interest.  White heat embossed my sentiment and the card was done!

I hope you will join us for this awesome challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nooks products!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Welcome Baby Tilly! - New Sami Stamps Challenge

Hello and Happy Friday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Sami Stamps to help welcome Sami's new little girl - Tilly Darlene!  Isn't that the sweetest name ever!  I'm so happy for Sami and her husband...they truly have the cutest family!
For my card, I chose to use Snuggling my Sweet.  This image was totally adorable and I couldn't resist adding it to my card.
I started by doing some tone on tone stamping for the background.  I wanted to keep it soft with just a little bit of detail so using shades of pink felt appropriate. 

My image is colored in simply with copics and then fussy cut out to be placed onto a white panel that I repeat embossed the word Congratulations across the whole panel.  I printed off a super cute sentiment onto vellum and then added everything to my card, accenting it all with some pink and white pearls.

We're also starting a new challenge for November to add a sentiment!  I hope you will join us!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image.

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Black and White Christmas

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday!
It's time to remind you about our current sketch challenge happening at Inky Paws right now!  You only have a few more days to enter, so don't miss out!
For my card, I used some of the absolutely amazing new products from Newton's Nook.  I started with my background and took a piece of black cardstock and ran in through my cuttlebug using the new Holiday Foliage Stencil.  I absolutely love the new line of stencils Newton's Nook has released!  They are perfect for any background or card you decide to make!  So awesome!  While the stencil was still in place, I used my versamark ink pad and pressed it over the whole thing so I could then heat emboss all the details with white so everything is double embossed!  It's not really that noticeable..but it does give everything some really cool dimension.

After the background was embossed, I used my stardust glitter pen to add little dots to fill in all the spaces between the foliage, and then added little tiny dots of glossy accents over top.  Then I set to work on my focal point for the card.

I used the Pines and Holly Die Set to cut out a few branches and leaves and then did some quick watercolor washes over them to get them colored up.  Once they were dry, I layered them together behind a red bow cut from the same die set.

I double layered some vellum, giving the back layer a scalloped edge.  Then stamped and black embossed my sentiment from the Sentiments of the Season set before flagging the end and adding that behind my little foliage cluster.

Be sure to see the rest of the awesome inspiration put together by my team!  Then join in to win a Newton's Nook gift card!  Just remember to use Newton's Nook products!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Sparkling Unicorn

Hey hey!!
Happy Monday everyone!!
We are starting a brand new Inky Paws Challenge today and this time it is a fabulous sketch!
I seem to be on a unicorn kick right now because there have been a lot of them on my blog lately :)  But hey, that's okay.  One can never have too many unicorns in their life right? :)
This sweet little unicorn is from the Believe in Unicorns set.  I love everything about that stamp set, which is why I purchased it.  But then I never got the chance to play around with all the fun images!  So this sketch felt like the perfect opportunity to do just that.

I started with my background.  A few months ago I did a background where I smooshed my ink onto my acrylic block, misted it and then just placed it onto my watercolor paper and let the water and pressure do all the work.  I loved that technique so much, I decided to do it again for this card.  This time though, I did the smooshing twice, heat setting the ink in between to try and keep them from mashing together and turning to mud.  I love that the texture of the paper creates some super fun designs in the coloring and that the results are different every time!

Once the background was dry, I took that little star in the stamp set and silver heat embossed it randomly across the panel.  Then set that aside to work on my images and the rest of the scene.  I used some Inktense watercolor pencils on my unicorn for some quick and bright coloring.  Then cut some stripes of glitter paper to create a super sparkly rainbow.  I also die cut some clouds and embossed one of the sentiments onto the largest one.  It just barely fit, but I was able to line it up in a way to squeeze it on there!

Then it was just a matter of putting everything together to fit the sketch!  I absolutely love how it turned out!  I hope you will join us for this months challenge!  Just remember to use some Newton's Nook products on your card!!
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Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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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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