Heartfelt Holiday – Inky Paws Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!


Have you joined the Inky Paws Challenge yet? There are only a few more days left to join for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!


I was so inspired by the beautiful Heartfelt Holidays Stamp Set from Newton’s Nook and I thought it was the perfect stamp to use for the current color challenge! To start my card, I stamped and die cut the heart image from the Heartfelt Holidays Stamp Set and colored it with my Copic markers. 


Dark reds: R29, R08, R05

Light reds: R05, R14, R02

Dark greens: G29, G19, G17

Light greens: YG05, YG23, YG01


Next, I took two pieces of kraft card stock that were cut to 5.5 x 8.5 inches, and scored both on four and a quarter inches and two and an eighth. Next, I folded the flaps to create a double gate fold, and used the slightly smaller heart die from the DIES to cut a window in the front. To add a little more depth to the kraft, I used the heart and created a pattern with white ink all around the card stock.


To finish the card, I glued the colored heart into the middle of the back panel of the card. Then, I cut a strip of red card stock to 1 x 9 and cut the bottom with one of the dies from the Sky Borders Die Set. I folded the strip around my closed card and glued the strip closed, so my card would stay closed when the belly band was on. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment “Peace, Love, & Joy” on to a .75 inch strip of white paper and attached that to the belly band.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! It really is so much fun to join and expands your creativity! 


Thanks for stopping by!

A Snowy Christmas Scene – Inky Paws 161

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Hello and welcome back!

Are you ready for the holidays? I’m definitely not, but this new Inky Paws Challenge had me feeling a little more festive!

When I saw the colors for this challenge, I knew immediately I wanted to use the new Holiday Home Stamp Set from the most recent Newton’s Nook release! To start, I stamped and colored a couple of the images from the Holiday Home Stamp Set using my Copic Markers in these colors:

Dark Reds: R29, R19, R08, R05

Light Reds: R08, R05, R02, R00

Dark Green: G29, G17, G15

Light Green: YG17, YG23, G12, YG11

Brown: E15, E13, E11, E50

Grey: W8, W6, W5, W3, W2

Next, I cut out my images using the coordinating dies, as well as cutting a few hills out of white card stock using the Land Borders Die Set. To add some depth to the hills, I ink blended a little bit of Salvaged Patina Distress Ink at the tops of the hills. I also ink blended Salvaged Patina onto a 4 x 5.25 inch white panel to create my sky. To create some snow in the sky, I splattered some Perfect Pearls mixed with water.

To assemble my card, I stamped the sentiment “wishing you peace and joy this holiday season” in black ink on the bottom hill. Then, I popped up my images with foam tape and adhered it to my scene. Lastly, I added a little glitter to the snow of the stamped images.

If you are inspired by the Inky Paws Challenge, you can enter through November 19 for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice – IPC

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Whether it feels like it where you are, or not, it’s fall! Fall is my favorite season – I love the cooler weather, Halloween, and, of course, anything pumpkin flavored! My love of pumpkins and fall gave me the inspiration for my first card for the new Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge!

I absolutely love the images from the Pumpkin Latte Stamp Set, and I thought it would be cute to make a one-layer scene using the girl holding the pumpkins standing in a pumpkin patch. To create my scene, I stamped the image of the girl in the middle of a 4.25×5.5 inch piece of cardstock. I masked the image using some Masking Magic from Gina K and stamped and masked a few pumpkins from the same set as well as the pumpkins from the Signs of Fall Stamp Set. Keeping the stencils on, I ink blended a sky using Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch. 


I removed my masks and colored my images using Copic markers in the following colors:

Pumpkins: E17, E33, YR07, YR04, YR12

Jacket: E57, E44, E42, E41

Dark Brown: E59, E57, E55, E53


To finish off my card, I heat embossed the sentiment “happy pumpkin spice season” using white embossing powder. Then, I splattered some Perfect Pearls mixed with water over the background.


You can join the Inky Paws Challenge for the next two weeks for a chance to win a $20 gift voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! All you have to do is create a project using the challenge colors and a Newton’s Nook product, then link your project up to the Inky Paws Blog.


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Meowing in the Rain – IPC 155 Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!


There is still time to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! The challenge is open until Friday night. Enter a project using the challenge colors for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!


The stamp set I used today might just be my favorite stamp set of all time. I have a love for any stamp set that has animals or people with umbrellas. I can’t explain it. I don’t love the rain, I don’t even really like the rain, but there is something so adorable about a little critter in a raincoat! 


For this card, I did a technique I have only done a couple times before – reverse stamping. (Well, I don’t know if that’s actually what it’s called, but we can just pretend, right?) To do this, I used a stamping pad from Stampin’ Up, but you can do the same technique with a Waffle Flower Media Mat, or anything with that somewhat rubbery texture. For my reverse stamping, I stamped the bottom half of the Newton’s Rainy Day Trio Stamp Set onto the stamping pad using a black ink. Then, I pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the stamping pad, so the reverse of my original image would transfer to my cardstock. I stamped only the bottom part of my image because I only needed the cats’ paws to create my reflection in the water. 


Next, I stamped the normal orientation of my stamp onto the same piece of paper, lining up the image with the reverse, so the toes of the cats were touching the reflection of their toes. I made a mask of the image, and covered it with the mask so I could do some ink blending. To make my sky look rainy, I blended Salvaged Patina Distress Ink over the entire panel. To add layers of rain, I first took a stamp that is four solid lines and stamped those horizontally across the panel using Gina K white ink. The white ink kind of blended with the background color, so I decided to try the new (to me) Ink on 3 Altier White Ink and stamp a few dashed lines toward the center of my panel. (And, OMG. BUY THAT INK! It is by far the most pigmented white ink I have ever used.)


To color my image, I used my Copics in the colors:

Cats: W5, W3, W1, W00

Raincoats/Umbrella: YR24, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11


To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “meowing in the rain” and a few music notes onto the panel.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! It is such a fun and easy way to get your creative juices flowing! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Simply the Zest – Inky Paws 155

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It’s the first day of a brand new Inky Paws Challenge and I am so excited to see all the amazing creations that come from these fabulous colors! 


When I saw this color palette, I knew I wanted to use the lemons from the Lemon Twist Stamp Set. This stamp set is a silent favorite of mine – I don’t think to use it often, but when I get around to using it, I always love the results! 


To start my card, I stamped three of the lemon images onto white card stock and then colored them with my Copic markers. To color the lemons, I used: 


Lemons: YR24, Y38, Y35, Y13, Y11

Leaves: G07, YG05, YG03, YG01


After coloring, I cut my images out using the coordinating dies. Next, I decided I wanted my background to be pretty simple, so I started to make it by cutting a piece of white paper down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. On that paper, I ink blended Salvaged Patina Distress Ink, starting at the top and moving down, creating an almost U-shaped area of ink. Next, I wanted some sparkle so I mixed some Perfect Pearls in the color Confetti White with water and splattered it across my inked area. 
Next, I adhered the lemons to the background panel using some foam tape. For my sentiment, I stamped “when life gives you lemons…” from the Lemon Twist Stamp Set. 


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store


Thanks for stopping by!

Cupcakes and Confetti – Inky Paws 154 Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!


Have you joined the stripes themed Inky Paws Challenge yet? If you haven’t, don’t worry, there are still five more days left to join! Join the challenge by Friday night for a chance to win a $20 gift voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!


For my second stripe card, I used the adorable Newton’s Cupcake stamp set and the coordinating dies. To start my card, I stamped the cupcake image on a piece of white paper using a Copic-safe black ink, and colored the image with my Copics in the following colors:


Cat: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Frosting: R08, R14, R22, R83

Cupcake Liner: BG09, BG05, BG13, BG02


After I colored the image, I cut it out using the coordinating dies. Next, I cut a panel of white watercolor paper using the stitched rectangle from the Frames and Flags die set. On the watercolor paper, I painted the lower right corner using some Gina K teal inks – I used Blue Lagoon and Turquoise Sea, but any inks would work for this. After the watercolor was dry, I used the Confetti Stencil and blended Versamark ink over the stencil. I sprinkled some clear glitter embossing powder over the embossing and heat set the confetti.


While my watercolor was drying, I cut out a stitched circle from the Frames Squared Die Set and stamped the sentiment “Happy Purr-th day” on it with black ink. I adhered the circle slightly behind the cat cupcake image, then popped both up using foam tape and put them on the watercolor background. 


To add in some stripes, I found a piece of teal and white striped paper from my stash that I thought worked well with the colors I used on my image. I cut that piece down to 4.25×5.5in and then adhered the watercolor panel to the striped piece. 


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge this week! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Kitten Beach Day – Inky Paws 152 Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!


If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to join the current Inky Paws Challenge! You have until Friday night to create a project using the colors red, pink, yellow, and white. Then, link your project up to the Newton’s Nook Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!


For my second challenge card, I used the absolutely adorable new set, Kitten Beach.  I love the cute kittens in this set, and they look like they are having so much fun playing in the sand!


To start my card, I stamped the sandcastle kitten image and the kitten with a bucket image onto a piece of Copic safe white card stock. To color these little kittens, I used Copics in the following colors:

 Black Cat: 100, W8, W5, W3, W2, W1

White Cat: W5, W3, W2, W1, W00

Sandcastle: E43, E42, E30, E50

Crab: R29, R08, R05, R14

Pail: Y17, Y15, Y13, Y00

Shells/Shovel: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21

After I finished my coloring, I cut my images out using the coordinating dies.


To create a beach scene for the kittens to play in, I cut a strip of white cardstock out with the Land Borders die set. On that piece, I ink blended Distress Inks in the colors Old Paper and Tea Dye. I then spattered more Tea Dye ink, as well as some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and some white acrylic paint onto the panel to give it the look of sand. 


For my background, I cut another piece of white paper out using the scalloped square from the Frames Squared die set. On the scalloped square, I ink blended using Distress Oxides in the colors Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Festive Berries. I thought those colors would match the challenge colors, but would also create a beautiful sunset. 


To finish my card, I adhered the sand piece to the sunset panel. Before adhering my cats, I heat embossed the sentiment “sanding you a sunny smile” in the upper middle of my card using black embossing powder.  I then popped up the kitten images by stacking multiple die cuts together, and gluing them to my beach scene. To finish my card, I cut a white square card base and glued the scene to the front panel. 


I hope you have fun joining us in the Inky Paws Color Challenge! I had such a fun time playing with these colors, and I think you will, too!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Summer Scenes – Inky Paws 152

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Hello and welcome back! 


We are kicking off a brand new Inky Paws Challenge today, and it is a fun one! This time, we have a color challenge featuring the colors RED, PINK, YELLOW, and WHITE. I had so much fun coming up with cards for this challenge and I think you will, too!


For my first card, I decided to make a one layer scene card. I hadn’t done one in a while, but when I saw the new Summer Moments Stamp Set, I knew I just had to put those cute little ladies on a beach!


To start my card, I cut a piece of Hammermill 110lb white cardstock down to be 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Then, I took out the stamps I wanted to use and played around with where I wanted to place them. I decided I wanted the polka dot beach bag slightly behind the girl sitting in the beach chair, so I stamped the bag first and then masked it before stamping the chair. I also stamped the girl reading to add more to my scene. 


Next, I moved on to the beach scene. Before I began coloring, I decided where I wanted the sand line to be, as well as where the ocean meets the sky. For the sand, I lightly penciled a sort of squiggly line right about midway up my card. For the water, I used a ruler and lightly penciled a line a little bit above the sand line. Since I was using Copics, it was important that my pencil line was super light. Once you color Copic over pencil, you cannot erase the pencil – trust me, I’ve learned this the hard way!


After planning where everything would be, I began coloring. For the sand, I created the edge and the raised areas using E50, E30, E42, and E43. To add a little bit of depth to the sand, I took E42, E43, E44, and E55 and dotted them on the edge and raised areas. 


For my water, I colored the entire area using BG0000. Then, starting from the “back” of the water, I flicked B26, B24, B21, and B00 coming down until I reached the front of the water (where it meets the sand). 


For my sky, I started in the center with my darkest yellow, Y17, working my way out with Y15, Y13, and Y00 to create a half circle shape. Then, I filled in the rest of my sky with BG32, B00, and BG0000.


The other Copic combos I used on my card were:

Reds: R29, R08, R05, and R14

Pinks: RV29, RV25, RV23, and RV21

White: W5, W3, W2, and W00


To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “wishing you oceans of happiness” in the middle of the sun, and added some glitter to the water using my Nuvo Shimmer Pen.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! And be sure to check out the adorable summer release, which includes the fun set I used today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Celebratory Cats – Inky Paws 149

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Hello and welcome back!

Today I am sharing my second card for the Inky Paws Color Challenge! There is still time to join the challenge, and it is so easy to join!

For my second card, I decided to use the adorable birthday cats from the Newton’s Birthday Trio Stamp Set. I started by stamping the image on a piece of Copic safe white paper (I used Hammermill 110# white). To color my image, I used:

Mint: BG09, BG05, BG11

Lime Green: G07, YG45, YG23, YG01

Pink: RV66, RV55, RV32, RV11

Plum: V06, V04, V12, V01

White Cat: C3, C1, C00

Siamese Cat: E17, E15, E13, E11, E30, E50

Gray Cat: W6, W5, W3, W1

After coloring my image and cutting it out with the coordinating dies, I cut the smaller stitched square from the Frames Squared Die Set from another piece of white paper. On the stitched square, I ink blended from left to right with the Gina K ink colors Innocent Pink, Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, and Lovely Lavender. After my ink blending was dry, I glued my colored cat image onto the square.

For my background, I cut a white card base to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Next, I used the Speech Bubbles Die Set to cut out a bunch of white speech bubbles. After cutting everything out, I laid my speech bubbles out and figured out how to best cover my card panel with as many bubbles as I could. When I was happy with my background, I glued my speech bubbles down.

To finish my card, I adhered the ink blended square to the upper middle area of my card using white foam tape. Using my Nuvo glitter pen, I added a little sparkle to the sentiment bubbles, as well as some Glossy Accents for dimension.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Color Challenge! You have until Friday night to enter your project on the challenge blog for a chance to win a $20 store credit to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!

Books and Cats – Inky Paws 149

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Hello, again!

There is a new Inky Paws Challenge and I am so excited about it! This time, we have a color challenge inspired by the beautiful colors of succulents.

One of my favorite stamp sets from Newton’s Nook is the Newton’s Book Club Stamp Set, so I decided to use it for my first card for the challenge.

To begin, I stamped the image of the cat reading, the cat sleeping on the stack of books, as well as multiple stacks of books, using the books under the sleeping cat. To color my image, I used Copic Markers in the following colors:

Black Cats: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3, W1

Purple: V04, V12, V01

Teal: BG09, BG05, BG13

Green: YG45, YG23, YG01

Magenta: RV66, RV55, RV32

After coloring, I cut out my images using the coordinating dies. I also cut out a white panel with a scalloped mini slimline die. On the slimline panel, I heat embossed a background text stamp using a white embossing powder. When my embossing powder was set, I splattered a pink and a teal watercolor on to my background panel.

Next, I created two stacks of books by gluing the die cut book images together, making sure one stack is shorter than the other. On the smaller stack of books, I glue the cat with the open book. On the taller stack, I glued the sleeping cat. I glued the smaller stack in front of the taller stack, and then adhered both to my white panel.

To finish my card, I die cut the “I Love Books” sentiment using the die that comes with the coordinating die set for Newton’s Book Club. I glued the sentiment on to my card and finished off by using Glossy Accents on the glasses.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift code to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!