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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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Marble Cocktails!

Hey!  Happy Monday!
Just dropping in to remind you of our current Inky Paws sketch challenge!
You have one more week to enter!
For my card today, I chose to work with the Cocktail Mixer set.  I started by white heat embossing the marble background from My Favorite Things, and then ink blending over top of it with several shades of blue.

I layered a piece of vellum over that to layer my details onto.  The Hello is die cut from some paper that I colored the same blue as the background.  I colored up a few of the cocktail drinks, cut them out and layered them onto a plain white heart to help separate them from the busy background.  I also added some star dust stickles to the drinks to give them shine.
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Thank you so much for stopping by! <3
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Adore! - Sad Farewell to Sami Stamps...for now :)

Hello and Happy Friday!!!
Are you ready for the weekend??  I am!  It's going to be a fun time of laying some new flooring in our house!  Such a huge project but it looks so good!!

Normally today would be my turn for a Fun Friday post over at Sami Stamps.  But sadly, Sami has decided to close up shop temporarily.  It's sad to see the store close, but it's for the all important reason so she can spend time with her new baby girl and son.  I'm a firm believer that real life comes first in crafting, and if your kids need you, you have to be there for them.  I will greatly miss Sami and her adorable images each month!  But I look forward to her return someday down the road!

So with that, I still wanted to create one more card to honor Sami.
I searched through my stash of images to find one that fit the current holiday theme, but was also one that I didn't think I had used, and I found this super cute Valentine Rose Feathers birdie.  So I got to work on my card.

I started by inking up the background with the Radiating Rays stencil in Spun Sugar distress ink.  I am addicted to this stencil right now!  Anyone else??

To help make the image pop out a bit more, I added color around the center of the rays as well and let it all fade out to white.  Then did a little die cutting with the Simon Says Stamp Sparkling Snowflakes Breeze die, but I didn't want it to have snowflakes.  So I cut out a few hearts that fit over the snowflakes and layered them over top.  I loved the stitching and swirls in the whole design and felt they still fit with a love themed card as long as I could alter the snowflakes to something else :)

This whole breeze cut panel is layered onto some Fog cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and adhered down over the rays.  I printed off my little birdie and cut him into a circle before coloring him up with a mixture of copics and colored pencils.  I layered him onto a scallop cut circle and mounted him onto the card, being sure to center him in the rays as well.

Then finished everything off with some shimmer and nuvo drops and the most fitting sentiment from the My Favorite Things From the Heart stamp set, embossing in Liquid Platinum.

I want Sami to know that I do simply adore her and have loved every second of my time on her design team! <3
You have until January 31 to make any final purchases you wish to from her Etsy shop before it closes so don't miss out!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamp and More #276-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Layer it Up

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wild for You!!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
Let me tell you...I am ready for some sunshine around here!  The never ending rain and gloom is just depressing...sheesh.  I mean, it's great because it keeps me inside where I get to play with all my crafty supplies...but I also would like to work in the yard and get ready for spring!  Because that will be upon us before you know it.  But I guess for now, I'll just keep stamping!

We have a fun Anything Goes challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week our awesome sponsor is Lawn Fawn and they have kindly provided my team with products to use!
I got to use the super cute Wild For You set and drew some inspiration from the current challenge over at LawnFawnatics (yes I actually participated in a challenge for once!!  It's been like...a year!) where the mood board is all about love and shades of red.

So I took a piece of bristol cardstock and inked it up with Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, and a tiny bit of Black Soot to deepen the red at the top.  Then splattered the heck out of that panel with some water and white shimmer paint.

Once that was all dry, I use the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts die cut to get that great heart detail in the background, which was backed with just a simple piece of black cardstock to make the hearts stand out.

Then I set to coloring my images with colored pencils, blending them with gamsol for a smooth finish.  I die cut several heart layers with my Silhouette and cut a scallop layer out of vellum.  The white layer was ink blended with the Radiating Rays stencil from My Favorite Things, and then I used the Land Borders Die from Newton's Nook for some grassy layers.

Once that was all cut out, I layered all my sweet animals up on the heart and added a coordinating banner with the heat embossed sentiment. 

It's so adorable!  I love this fun set!

I hope you will join us at Tuesday Throwdown!!

I'd like to enter this into the Lawn Fawnatics Inspiration Board challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Add a Sentiment challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting!! <3

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Toucan - Inky Paws Challenge #64

Hello hello!
Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a brand new Inky Paws challenge!!
This week we have a wonderful sketch for you which is always a great way to get an idea rolling when you're making a card!
For my card this week, I decided not to do a bunch of layers like the sketch indicates, but instead try to include the different elements in unique ways.

So I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and die cut it with the Frames and Flags die set.  I just picked this set up and absolutely love it!!  Can't wait to keep playing around with that fun scallop panel!!

To represent the large rectangle in the background, I took a very thin mixture of black watercolor so that I could get really light grey stripes.  I felt this was a nice subtle background for my toucan's while also fit that element into the sketch.

Then I stamped and colored up my toucans from the Toucan Party set.  I layered them up with a bunch of the leaves and flowers from the same set and then placed them onto a die cut and layered heart.

My sentiment is from the same set.  I white heat embossed the Toucan sentiment onto a strip of black that was cut with the same Frames and Flags die set, and then stamped the rest of the sentiment below.

Placed the whole thing onto a blue colored mat and added some clear droplets for extra shine, and the card was done!

I hope you will join us for this fun sketch challenge!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
Thanks so much for visiting!! <3
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Mane Squeeze

Hey hey!!!
Happy Monday!
I hope everyone is enjoying our Pretty in Pink challenge at Inky Paws!  You have one more week to join us and be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to Newton's Nook!!
For my card, I made a sweet little shaker card using the lion from the Wild About Zoo set.  I adore all the images in that set and this little lion just screamed to be used.  While cleaning up our house in preparation for new flooring, I found a bag to tulle from our wedding!  So I figured it would be cool to use that for the front of my shaker!

I stamped the background with one of the hearts in white pigment ink for a soft subtle look.  Then finished it off with one of the punny sentiments that was perfect for this card!

I hope you'll join us for this Pretty in Pink challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Love Mew

Hello and Happy Monday!
Welcome to a new challenge at Inky Paws!  Our theme of the next 2 weeks is Pretty in Pink!
For my inspiration card, I've used the Newton's Christmas Cuddles set to create a love themed card.  I can never resist putting the Seattle skyline into a card when it fits the layout.  What can I say...I love my city :)

So I started my card but doing a watercolor washed background with a bright pink color.  I did several layers to get the nice vibrant color.

While that dried, I white heat embossed some vines from the Falling into Autumn set and fussy cut them all out.  I also did a green wash for the hill that my little love kitties will be sitting on.

Once it was all dry, it was as simple as arranging everything together.  I wanted the vines to frame around my kitties so I varied their lengths and layered them up a bit and also decked them up a little with some Sparkling Clear Sequins.

My kitties were colored in with copics and fussy cut out.  I added a little bit of sparkle to the collars and then layered it all up with my Seattle skyline, grassy hill and kitties.

I hope you will join us for our Pretty in Pink challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for visiting! <3

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Cool Cat

Hello and Happy Monday!!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year!
We have one more week for our Inky Paws color challenge!  Be sure to join us for your chance to win a $20 certificate to Newton's Nook!
I started my card by cutting out some circles into my card front.  Behind those, I created a blended background with some of the colors from our inspiration piece.  They turned out a bit brighter than I anticipated, but I think they work perfectly for my cream colored kitties!

The kitties I chose to use are from the Newton's Birdbath and Newton's Costume Party sets.  I added a few little costume hats and some sparkly drops around the card front.

Super simple card but so adorable!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3

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Inky Paws Challenge #62 - Watercolored Background

Hey!  Happy Monday!
One more week till Christmas!!  AHAHHAH!!!  Is everyone ready?  I'm pretty sure we are!  Matthew has been playing every Christmas movie known to man lately...he is always so excited about Christmas.   Makes me smile :)

So, it's time to start a new challenge this week at Newton's Inky Paws!  We have a gorgeous color scheme for you to use!  I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to make with these colors.  They are completely different than anything I ever use so I struggled a little bit.  And then lost track of time, got confused on what day it was, and ended up forgetting to get a card put together in the first place.  But I think ultimately that worked out.  It put me under pressure and I managed to whip something up that I am absolutely in love with!
For this card, I decided to do some simple dry brush washes across the background of my card with the challenge colors.  This card was really inspired by a recent card from Laura Bassen where she used alcohol markers to create a similar background and then white heat embossed flowers and leaves on vellum for the focal point.  It was such a gorgeous card, I really wanted to recreate it and these colors gave me that perfect opportunity.

So I pulled out my Daniel Smith dot chart and used (from top to bottom) Carbazole Violet, Verona Gold, Green Gold, and Ultramarine Turquoise.  Gorgeous colors and I think they work really well together!

I splattered that with some shimmer in clear and white and then set that aside to dry.  I pulled out my Shades of Autumn stamp set and white heat embossed one of the leaf branches onto some vellum several times.  Then cut them out and arranged them on my dry background so that they created a focal point in the center for my sentiment.  I white heat embossed that onto black, since I think having that dark contrast works great for simple colorful cards like this. 

The finishing touch was just a few clear confetti sequins scattered around the card!  Love this card so much!!

I hope you'll join us for this gorgeous color challenge!
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Just remember to use a Newton's Nook product!  You have 3 weeks to enter this card since we're extending it over Christmas!  Plenty of time!!  Have fun!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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