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Sunny Smiles

Hello and Happy Monday!
Just swinging in to share a little reminder about our current Inky Paws Challenge at Newton's Nook!  You have until Friday to create something Tropical using your NND stamps!
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest NND release!  That stencil! ~swoon~
For my card, I started with a different layout in mind, which is why I created a background with Distress Oxide inks, putting blue in the middle and yellow on the edges.  But as I was assembling everything together, I didn't like covering up all that gorgeous blue!  So I put the image to the side instead.

But back to that background!  I started by blending on some Distress Oxide inks for a great tropical combo.  Then took the Tropical Leaves Stencil and added Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans to get a 2 tone pattern.  I was hoping the ink would stay wet long enough for me to add some embossing powder, but some it dried by the time I finished.  So I placed my stencil back over the design and used a mini blending tool to add some Versamark.

Once the Versamark was added, I covered the leaves with a sticky embossing powder.  You want to heat that just to melted, not any longer or it won't be sticky anymore.  Then I coated the whole thing in some clear rock glitter!!  I used my finger to rub the glitter into the sticky embossing powder really well and then I always go back over everything with my heat gun just to be sure it's all set.  Now the background is bright, colorful, and sparkly!!

I colored up an image from Aloha Newton with my pencils, fussy cut her out and layered her onto a little beach scene oval.  Paired her with a fun sentiment from MFT Stamps and that was it!

I hope you will join us this week before the challenge ends!!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Beach Day - Inky Paws Challenge #51

Hello and Happy Monday!
We're starting another 2 week challenge today at Inky Paws and it's something I dream off often.  We want to see your Tropical Themed cards!
I was in the mood for some watercoloring.  I love this medium but I do struggle with it a lot still and the only way to get better is to play with it!  To start, I did a washy sunset background with some Gansai Tambi watercolors.  There are 2 layers to the background to get the colors nice and vibrant.  Once it was completely dry, I went back over it with just some light streaks to mimic clouds and haze in the sky.  Then set that aside to dry while I worked on my image.

I chose a couple images from the Aloha Newton set for my card today.  First up was the sweet little kitty in the bed of flowers.  I wanted to do a no-lines watercolor so I stamped everything is Antique Linen distress ink before working on getting it all painted.

The palm trees are from another image in that set with Newton swinging in the hammock, but I just trimmed out the trees from that image so I had just an individual palm tree.

My shading's not perfect...and the painting is a little rough.  But overall, I think it's an adorable card and a scene that makes me wish I was someplace tropical right now :)

Be sure to check out the rest of the Inspiration Teams creations, they've done an amazing job with this theme!  Then crack open your Newton's Nook products and join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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One Layered Magnolia

Hello and Happy Tuesday!!
Time for another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week we want to see your One Layer cards!  This one can always seem so impossible...but I encourage you to give it a shot!  It doesn't have to be complicated!  Try some masking to get the look of layering with your images, or just keep it simple with one image and some embossing!

Our awesome sponsor this week is Sweet n Sassy Stamps and they've provided some images for my team to create with.
I chose to use the Magnolia Block because it's just so gorgeous!  And I thought it would be a great image to do some soft watercoloring on.

I started by printing this beauty onto some Tim Holtz watercolor paper on the textured side.  I don't normally use the textured side, but since this was a one layer card, I thought that added detail might be nice.

Then pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor dot sheets to pick out my color.  I purchased these dot sheets so that I had a ton of colors to work with and I could play around to find the colors I really loved and then purchase large tubes of just those instead of wasting a bunch of money on colors I don't want.  Seemed like the smarter choice for my bank account :)

I only used one color for the flower, but added shading in the darker parts of the flower by layering the color several times.  I also added little bits of shimmer to the darkest parts as well just for some extra detail.

The sentiment is stamped in black VersaFine ink and then clear heat embossed.  I also added some clear drops around the card for some extra shine.

I consider this card to be one layer, even though I did mount this panel flush onto a card base.  I think how you achieve your one layer is up to you and your style.  Me, I like to work on a card front and then mount it to the card base, but everything on that front is in one layer.  There's no extra bulk, no added layers, nothing.  Everything is on that card front :)

Be sure to swing by Tuesday Throwdown to see the awesome inspiration from our team!
Thanks so much for visiting! <3

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Welcome Baby Girl

Happy Monday!
I just wanted to remind you about our Inky Paws Challenge running right now!  You have one week left to play along with this gorgeous summer color challenge so don't delay!
Welcome baby girl by Emily features Winged Wishes by Newton's Nook, #newtonsnook
For my card today, I chose to use the Winged Wishes stamp set (which is retiring so don't miss out on getting your paws on this adorable set!).  I stamped everything out with Memento Tuxedo Black in since it is Copic safe, and then colored all the images in.

Leaving a slight white border, I trimmed everything out and arranged it onto my embossed stitched rectangle so I could black heat emboss the sentiment.

Lately I have found a major love for the new Distress Oxide inks and decided to see how they worked with some water stamping.  I know you can do this with the regular Distress Inks but I have never ever had any success with that....so I was really hoping the oxide inks would work better.  And holy smokes....it was amazing!  I did a few tests on a scratch piece of cardstock to see what it would look like and the difference was incredible!  The oxide inks actually turn more white so you can see the image you've stamped!  And some of the ink/water would pool up around the edges of the stamp creating a sort of border.  Ah, it was gorgeous!

So of course, I had to use that technique on my card!  I inked the whole paper up in Wilted Violet and then used a leopard print background stamp, misted it with some water and Perfect Pearls so the stamping would have some shine, and then placed my paper on top so that I could be sure I got even coverage and pressure.  I left the paper there for a few seconds (about 15...too much longer and my paper would start to stick)...then flipped it all over and pulled the stamp up off the paper to reveal the magic!  So - Gorgeous!!

Once that whole background was dry, I arranged all my pieces and mounted everything onto my card base!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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On My Mind - New Sami Stamps Release!!!

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone has had a fabulous week and is ready for the weekend!!
We went and saw Spiderman Homecoming last night and Oh-My-Gosh!  Go See It!!  I might be biased since we are a Spiderman loving family....but it was so darn good!  Don't get me wrong, I have loved all of the Spiderman movies that have come out in the past.  But there was something super special about this one.  I'm not sure what it was...maybe it was the meaning behind its title - Homecoming.  With Spiderman finally joining the Marvel/Avengers universe, it felt like he had finally made it home in this movie...I don't know.  Now I'm rambling about nerd stuff :)  Just go see it :)

So for today!  We have an adorable new release for you from Sami Stamps!  And we're starting a new Anything Goes challenge!!
This release is called Little Bumbles and I've used the Whiskers and Stingers image, which is so cute!
I actually took the time to create a card for a few challenges!  It's been so long since I've done anything like that and I kind of missed joining in on some of my favorites.

So I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and threw a sweet shimmery sunset in for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

I started with some yellow dotted patterned paper and used a sun ray stencil to add a little bit of Fossilized Amber to the rays as well as some Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Mousse.

Cut and colored a few little hills and then colored up my kitty with some Copics.  I layered him onto a vellum cut oval just to give a little frame around him from the scene behind him and then stamped a super cute sentiment from Newton's Nook.

I added a few Nuvo clear drops and that was it!  Super simple card and still so adorable!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #249-CAS
    Freshly Made Sketches #295

    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Summer Sunshine

I hope you will join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image! <3
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Newton's Nook Inky Paws Color Challenge!

Hello everyone and happy monday!
I'm so excited!! Today is my first challenge post as a member of Newton's Nook's Inky Paws Inspiration Team!!  AAHHAHHAH!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited for this?  I love this company, I love Jennifer, and I never tire of using their products, so I can't wait to bring you tons of inspiration for the next 6 months on this team!

The challenge for the next 2 weeks is a color challenge.  Here is what I created:
And here is the inspiration/color theme for the challenge:
This is such a nice summer color combo!  There are so many ways you can use these colors and I know the rest of the ladies on this new inspiration team have created some incredibly awesome projects for you to gaze in awe at!  Be sure to check each of them out on the Newton's Nook Inky Paws page.

For my card, I decided to make a bright and fun background with these colors.  Since I just got the first collection of Distress Oxide inks in the mail, I wanted to give them a try.  I loved all the examples showing how these inks could layer on top of each other and not muddy out.  That would have been a huge problem trying to use the yellow and purple together since those colors combined just make brown...but if they could stay true with the oxides..well why not try!  So I did a couple of tests and then worked on the final background.  And it turned out gorgeous!  I actually did the first layer with just the pink and purple.  Then went back in with the yellow for the second layer and dabbed it into the places I wanted it.  This allowed for the yellow to be a true color instead of mixing in weird ways with the other inks.

Once the background was done and dry, I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse through a stencil to get a really shimmery swirl background over top of all the colorful ink.  It really glitzed this card up and made it so sparkly and gorgeous!

Because of all that shimmer, I wanted to keep the other details soft and simple.  So I used more oxide inks and stamped out some of the leaves from Falling into Autumn onto some watercolor paper so I could do a little blending and shading with them before cutting them out and arranging them onto my card front around a dark grey frame.

I also stamped out and white embossed some butterflies from Beautiful Wings onto some vellum and trimmed those out to scatter around my card and over the leaves.

I white heat embossed my sentiment right onto the card front and then mounted it all onto a dark grey frame.  I also added some glossy accent dots here and there around the details...but I learned something interesting....embossing mousse creates a slick surface.  So the glossy accents just slide around on it...and end up moving into places you don't want it....keep that in mind if you ever use any sort of liquid over this mousse.  It will move a little bit!

Fortunately mine didn't move too far and still looked nice on the card :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find this card inspiring and will join us at Inky Paws for our color challenge!  You have 2 weeks to enter!  Just remember to also use a Newton's Nook product!! <3
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Daffodil Dreams!

Happy Tuesday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown - Creative Borders!  This can be any type of border...just do what makes you happy!
For my card, I used a border punch that I have had forever.  I wanted to use a scallop lace type border punch but turns out, that one is broken...guess I used it too much :)

I started by trimming my card base way down.  I wanted to make this card be "off the edge" so I needed to be sure my base was small enough to accommodate for the height of the daffodils.  Then I set to stamping my flowers using the Daffodil Dreams set from Sunny Studio who is our fabulous sponsor this week!  I used a couple of inks from Lawn Fawn for my flowers, doing a little bit of second generation to get different shades.  Then to enhance the shadows a little bit, I brought in a few colored pencils to do some shading.  Not much, but just touches here and there and I think it really added some nice depth.

I chose a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh and stamped it in black and then clear embossed it.  Scattered a few clear sequins around the card and put little black dots in the centers.  I should have stamped my sentiment a little bit higher on the panel...there's just a big empty spot in the middle that I really don't like...but I wasn't starting over so oh well :)

I hope you will join us this week for our Creative Borders challenge!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Exciting News to Share!!

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!
I don't have a card to share with you today...it has been way too busy and waaayyyyy too hot to be standing at my desk trying to craft with sweaty palms...just doesn't work.

But I wanted to swing by and share with you some really really exciting news! 
I have joined the new Newton's Nook Inspiration Team for their Inky Paws Challenges!!!!!!
There aren't enough words to explain how exciting this is for me.  Newton's Nook has been a game changer for me in card making.  When I started making cards oh so long ago...I remember being so disappointed that there weren't really any cat stamps.  While I loved all the other critters available, I'm a crazy cat lady and that was what I desired to put on cards.

And then along came Newton's Nook.  Their products are the perfect filler in the missing cat category and I find myself constantly reaching for them.  Of course, they have other amazing stamps too that I love to use...I'm just always drawn to the cats...it's who I am :)

I am so excited to work on this new team with some awesome crafters to bring you weekly inspiration using some of the products I have fallen in love with.

While you anxiously await my first inspiration piece, you can check out the retirement sale that Newton's Nook is having right now.  These products are while supplies last, so don't wait to snag them up and add them to your collection!  There are a lot of great stamps that I'm sad to see go, but it just means there will be more room for other awesome designs!!
http://www.newtonsnookdesigns.com/retiring-products/ 
You can find all the sale items in the Retiring Products section. 

Until next time!  Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Still My Hero

Happy Tuesday!
We have a great new challenge for you today at Tuesday Throwdown - For the Men!  Perfect time to get those Father's Day cards put together!

Our awesome sponsor is Doctor Digi!  I'm so glad to have this sponsor on our schedule this year!  They have the best humor images ever and so many of them are perfect for Father's Day!

When I saw this image, I knew I needed to use it...it's quite perfect if you know the type of interests my husband and I have.
This is Spider Stan from Doctor Digi.  My husband is a huge Spiderman fan and I know he will be till the day he dies...so this image just felt so perfect for me to have in my collection.  While he is still able to flip and jump and do crazy things like Spiderman, someday that may change.  But I know that even then, he will still be my hero :)

I started the card by creating a burst background with red and black distress inks and splattering it with some water and shimmer spray.  While that dried, I colored up my image with some Copic markers in the traditional Spiderman attire.

Then stamped and embossed a banner to write my sentiment on.  I'm still practicing my hand lettering, but after about a trillion attempts, I finally got one that I liked so I quickly traced it out with a lettering marker and added a little shading around the banner.

The final touches were some black enamel dots.

I hope you'll join us this week for our For the Men challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Father's Day Wobbler

Why hello there :)
It's been a while!  Can I just say that I don't even know what happened to May.  It started...then I blinked and it was gone.  But believe me...it was packed with adventure!  I got to spend a week in Georgia with my sister and niece, soaking up as many snuggles as I could while Matthew traveled off to Spain for work.  Then the week after that trip I took part in a 2 day street fair in Seattle.  That was only my second ever fair and it was FANTASTIC!  I really can't wait to get my little business into more street fairs now!

Then Memorial Day weekend and time spent with friends, and then here we are.  Already at June.  So lets kick this month off proper with a new challenge at Sami Stamps and some fun inspiration for ya!
I just love this little bow tie from Sami Stamps.  It's like my go-to image for Father's Day cards lately.  There are so many possible techniques and ideas to use with it.  I decided to challenge my coloring a little bit on this one and used an image of an actual bow tie as my guide.  Ultimately, I think it turned out amazing!  Best bow tie I've ever colored :)

Since it's a Father's Day card, I wanted to keep it relatively simple.  You can't really add a lot of bling and jazz to man cards...I think that's why they are so hard to make.  Nothing ever feels complete without shimmer and shine! (which I did sneak in there on the "rock" wording :) )

With the card being overall pretty simple, I needed to spice it up a little.  So why not add an action wobble!!!  I placed one of the mini wobbles behind the bow tie and stuck it down to my front panel.  It reminds me of those spinning bow ties that clowns wear to spray people with water.  But it's so cool!  Really jazzes this card up and makes it a ton of fun!

Our challenge this month is to add something glossy or shiny.  I hope you will join us!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image.

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!!!
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Sparkle! - New Sami Stamps Release

Happy Friday!
We have a super gorgeous release for you today from Sami Stamps as well as the start of a new challenge!

This release features some spectacular flowery mermaids that are just perfect to glitz up and put on a card!
I tried some new-to-me products on this card to try and make my mermaid all fancy and sparkly.  I used the Spectrum Noir sparkle pens.  Now, I've used the clear sparkle pen for quite some time and I love it, but I just picked up a bunch of the colored pens and wanted to give them a try.  There weren't many color options with the bunch that I picked up (no green) so I tried blending some of the colors together to get what I wanted.  It sort of worked...but I think maybe I need to use different paper to get them to blend better.  Regular card stock just doesn't allow things to mix well.

But she turned out gorgeous anyhow and full of sparkle!

I added her to a washy watercolored card front with an oval cut piece of vellum to help her stand out a little bit.  Then paired her with a fitting sentiment and a few clear droplets.

Our challenge this month is to Add Flowers!!  We'd love for you to join us!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Hello Kitty!

Whoops...Totally forgot to post my card for this weeks Tuesday Throwdown challenge!  Life has been a bit crazy lately...with releasing my new In Motion interactive card line last week, prepping for vacation, and trying to get a ton of stock ready for my first craft show of the year later this month...I've hardly had time to come up for air!

But, for this week at Tuesday Throwdown, we have a sketch for you!!  I always work better with a sketch...it just helps to ignite the inspiration!  And our fabulous sponsor is Kitty Bee Designs!
I used their Cat image and colored her up really simply with my markers.  Layered her onto a background I created by blending a few blue inks together, then laying a stencil over top and misting the whole thing with water.  The water reacted with the ink and lightened it up just a little bit so you can see the fun design.

I paired this with a sweet little strip of bee themed paper and an embossed Hi sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Check out the Tuesday Throwdown blog for more inspiration!!  <3
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Hello Lovely - New Sami Stamps Release!!!

Hello and Happy Friday!
Time for a super adorable new Sami Stamps release!!
Our release today is all about April the Giraffe!!!  These images are just the cutest!! Sami always gets it right!
For my card, I have used the Shy Flower Giraffe image.  I started by coloring the whole image with my markers to get a nice base color.  Then came back in with my pencils and added all the shading and details.  I love this combo of coloring mediums.  I have terrible control with my markers, but pencils work great...getting a nice even blend on larger areas can be challenging with the pencils though.  So having that solid base layer with the markers makes the blending out easier since the whole image is already colored.

Our new challenge for this month is to Emboss.  So I used a stencil and some embossing paste for my background.  I tried to be really loose and messy with it so that the edges were kind of rough and uneven...but I'm too clean and neat for that and it didn't totally turn out how I imagined.  But I still love it.  The soft texture is just enough detail to make the white on white background pop.

I finished off the card very simply with a couple sentiments from HoneyBee Stamps.  The Hello was black embossed onto vellum and trimmed out so that the Lovely flag could be tucked behind it.

I added a black glitter strip and a pinkish/red patterned paper under the sentiments and then a few black enamel dots for fun.

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see this fun release and all the DT's great projects!  Then join in our Embossing challenge!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
 
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Koala Cuteness!

Happy Tuesday!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week is all about those Tropical Critters!  Our fabulous sponsor is MyGrafico and they provided us with the adorable little Koala images!
This card ended up a lot more pink than I usually make, but I think it's just so adorable.  I started by embossing my background paper for some fun texture.  Then printed off my koala image and colored it in with my markers.

To give this card a little bit of life, I decided to put the heart on an action wobbler!  Those things have become a mini addiction for me!  They just make a card so much more fun when you have something that moves!

I finished off the card with some clear sequins for a little shine and coated the flower and heart with some shimmer pen.

Hope you will join us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  <3
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