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! 


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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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A Holiday Hello – Inky Paws Reminder!

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Hello and welcome back!


There is still time to join the current Inky Paws Challenge! If you haven’t joined yet, you have until Friday night to enter a project based off of the sketch for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! (And if you haven’t looked yet, Newton’s Nook has a super adorable new holiday release!


Speaking of holidays, my card today uses a beautiful set from Newton called Whispering Pines. This is an older set that I’ve had for a while, but it is the perfect stamp set for holiday cards, sympathy cards, or if you are watercolor-challenged like me! 

To start my card, I stamped the smallest set of trees onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock. To make the images look a little more watery, I inked my stamp with Pine Needles Distress Ink and then sprayed a light mist of water onto the stamp. After I let that dry, I masked the trees and stamped the large section of trees using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Lastly, I masked and stamped the same trees once again using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.


After letting that dry, I stamped the snow flurry from the set on the top part of my card, directly above the trees, and heat embossed it with a clear sparkle embossing powder. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment “Let it Snow” with black embossing powder. I decided I wanted a little more going on in the background, so I splattered some watered down Speckled Egg Distress Oxide around the trees.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! And be sure to check out the new release from Newton’s Nook! 

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Birds of Autumn – New Inky Paws Challenge!

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Today is the first day of a new Inky Paws Sketch Challenge! Though I can be intimidated by sketch challenges, I had a really fun time playing around with this sketch! 


I have always loved the Winter Birds Stamp set from Newton’s Nook – I love the cute birds and the flurry of snowflakes – but I wanted to try to make a fall card with this set. I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but in Ohio it still feels like summer. I am so ready for fall, so I had to bring fall to me with this card!
To start, I colored the small finch (I think it’s a finch? I’m not an ornithologist) (Yes I did look that up) using a few of my Copic markers. I wanted to keep the finch in a brown-ish hue, so I used the colors E17, E15, E13, E11, and E50. After coloring, I cut the bird out using the coordinating dies


I knew I wanted to make a bunch of leaves for my bird to be sitting in, so I took a piece of white card stock and randomly ink blended using Seedless Preserves, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed Distress Oxides. Then, I took the leaf die from the Winter Birds Set, the stitched leaf from the Fall Friends Die Set, and the little leaf from the Forest Scene Builder Die Set and cut a bunch of leaves out of the ink blended paper.

To fit the sketch, I cut a stitched rectangle and a few birch trees from the Forest Scene Builder Die Set out of white card stock. I glued the trees in a group in the left side of the rectangle, then started to organize my leaves to figure out how I wanted them to be arranged. When I was happy with the arrangement, I glued the leaves to each other, then I popped all of the leaves up with foam tape and adhered it to my card. I tucked the bird behind a couple leaves and glued him to the leaves.


To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “I love fall most of all” from the Fall Fringe Stamp Set and added a few sequins around the focal point. 


I hope you are inspired to join the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift 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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Hello and welcome back!


Today marks the start of a brand new Inky Paws Challenge! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for fall, and this challenge made me even more excited for fall to begin!


I started my card by stamping a few of the images from the new Count Newton Stamp Set onto a piece of Hammermill 110# paper. Then, I colored my images using my Copics in these colors:


Newton: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Gravestones: C6, C4, BV34, BV23, BV11

Cape: V09, V17, V15, V01


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


To build my spooky graveyard scene, I made a purple night sky by blending Distress Oxides in the colors Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord onto a piece of white card stock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Next, I cut two hills using the Land Borders Die Set and ink blended those with Rustic Wilderness and Black Soot Distress Oxides. 


I wanted to add a little more to my scene, both to fill the space and to add a little more spook, so I cut a few birch trees from the Forest Scene Builder Die Set out of white card stock. Instead of inking the trees up in a “traditional” manner, I splattered some watered down Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, as well as some silver glitter ink. 


To put my card together, I glued the trees, the hill farther back in the scene, and the gravestones on that hill directly onto the background. The front hill, Count Newton, and gravestones were all popped up with foam tape to create a little more depth. To finish it off, I heat embossed the sentiment “You can count on me!” right next to the vampire kitty.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Halloween Challenge! Create a project and link it to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store


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Ready for Fall! – IPC 156 Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!

If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to join the Inky Paws Challenge! You have until Friday night to link a project up, using the sketch below as your inspiration, to the Newton’s Nook Challenge blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

To help give you a little more inspiration, I am sharing another card I made using the sketch for inspiration. To start my card, I stamped the image from the Fall Friends Stamp Set and colored the image with my Copic markers in the following colors:

Dog: E44, E42, E41, E50, E30

Cat: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Rocking chair: C5, C3, C1

Pumpkins: YR07, YR14, YR12, E33, E17

Flowers: YR07, YR15, Y15, Y13

Gourd: G19, YG67, YG63, YG61, Y11

After coloring, I cut the image out using the coordinating dies.

To create my background, I first cut a piece of white card stock down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Next, I used the Falling Leaves Stencil to ink blend some leaves onto my background. To create the leaves, I used Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, and Barn Door Distress Ink. After I ink blended my leaves, I left the stencil in place and put some VersaMark ink over the leaves, then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the inked leaves and heat set it. I thought heat embossing the leaves would give them some texture and help them stand out.

To ground my scene, I cut a piece of wood grain kraft card stock so it measured .75 x 5.5 inches. On that piece, I stamped the sentiment “hello fall” using a black ink, then adhered that panel to the bottom of the background panel. Lastly, I popped up my colored image and placed it in my happy fall scene.

I hope you take some time to get your paws inky and join us in the current Inky Paws Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Fin-tastic New Challenge! – Inky Paws 156

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Hello and welcome back!


Today is the start of a brand new Inky Paws Challenge over on the Newton’s Nook Blog! This time, we have a clean and simple sketch challenge that is sure to inspire you to get inky! 


I recently got my hands on the adorable Shark Bites Stamp Set, and when I saw this sketch, I thought it was perfect to combine the two. I started by stamping the image of the shark jumping out of the water onto a piece of white Hammermill card stock. I colored the image using my Copic markers in the following colors:


Shark: W8, W6, W5, W3, W2

Water: B00, B21, B24, B28


After coloring, I cut my image using the coordinating dies. Next, I took another piece of white card stock and cut three panels using one of the dies from the Sky Borders Die Set. On each of the pieces, I ink blended Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, and Salty Ocean. On another piece of white card stock, I used the Sunscape Stencil and ink blended over the stencil using Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide. Leaving the stencil on the paper, I splattered some yellow glitter ink from Brea Reese to add a little sparkle to the background. 


I decided I wanted to create an interactive element to my card, so I used a small oblong die to create a slit in the background panel. Behind the opening, I put a strip of yellow card stock to create a pull tab. I attached the shark to the pull tab with a pop dot, putting the background panel between the pieces so the tab was behind the background and the shark was in the front. 


To assemble the rest of my card, I stamped the sentiment “hope your day doesn’t bite!” onto the Salvaged Patina ink blended panel. I glued the three water pieces together, going from lightest to darkest. Then, I popped up the waves with foam tape and attached them to the back panel, leaving space for my shark to move around. 


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!

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! 


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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


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