Floating By – Inky Paws 175


Hello and welcome back!

Today is the beginning of a new Inky Paws Challenge, and I am SO excited about this one! This challenge is all about creating a one layer card. Don’t be intimidated! There are lot’s of ways to do a one layer card.

For my card, I wanted to create a scene with the Delightful Doxies Stamp Set. This is an older stamp set, but I absolutely love it! I started by cutting a piece of white card stock to 3.5in x 6.5in. On that panel, I stamped the doxie with the string on his tail towards the bottom of the panel. I wanted a bunch of balloons to be attached to his tail, so instead of using the balloon stamp in the set, I stamped the cluster of balloons from the Holding Happiness Stamp Set by masking off the girl and only stamping the balloons. I stamped the first cluster of balloons in the upper center of my card, masked those off, and stamped two more clusters to make a large arrangement of balloons. Leaving the masking on, I stenciled in some clouds using the Clouds Stencil.

To color my card, I used a rainbow of Copic markers in these colors:

Doxie: E18, E17, E15, E13, E11

Pink Balloons: RV29, RV25, RV13, RV21

Orange Balloons: YR07, YR04, YR12, YR21

Yellow Balloons: Y38, Y35, Y13, Y02

Green Balloons: YG17, YG45, YG23, YG11

Teal Balloons: BG49, BG45, BG32, BG11

Blue Balloons: B28, B26, B24, B21

Indigo Balloons: BV08, BV34, BV23, BV01

Purple Balloons: V17, V15, V12, V01

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “You Lift Me Up” from the Delightful Doxies Stamp Set in black ink by the doxie.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Purrfect Beach Day – Inky Paws 150 Reminder


Hello and welcome back!

I have another card to share with you for the current Inky Paws Challenge! As a little refresher, the current challenge is a sketch challenge which you can see below!

If you haven’t looked at my previous blog post, I talked a little bit about how I approach sketch challenges. I, personally, don’t love sketch challenges. I tend to overthink the sketch instead of letting my creativity flow. So, I came up with a few ways to approach sketch challenges that help me keep my creativity, while still using the sketch.  

For my card today, I decided to use one of my tips from the previous post and flip my sketch so instead of a portrait style card, it’s a landscape style card. 

To start my card, I stamped the cute bikini-clad kitty from the Newton’s Perfect Wave Stamp Set. To color my image, I used Copic markers in the following colors: 

Siamese: E18, E17, E15, E13, E11, E30, and E50

 Bikini: V09, V06, V04, and V01

Surfboard: G43, G12, G40, V06, V04, and V01

After coloring, I cut my image out using the coordinating dies. Next, I cut out a white piece of watercolor paper to 4.25in x 5.5in. Using the beautiful new Salvaged Patina Distress Ink, I ‘stamped’ ink on to my Waffle Flower Media Mat, sprayed the ink with water, and then smooshed (is that a word? Sure.) my paper in the ink. I did this a few times, letting the ink dry between each layer. When I was happy with the ink smooshing, I let the panel fully dry, and die cut waves using the Sea Borders Die Set. 

Next, I cut a beach sand panel using a piece of brown cardstock and the hill die from the Land Borders Die Set. To make the panel look more like sand, I splattered white acrylic paint and brown watercolor onto the panel. 

To emulate the sketch, I cut a white cardstock panel down to 4.25in x 5.5in to create my card front. In the upper middle of the panel, I used the Sunscape Stencil with Gina K Wild Dandelion Ink to create rays. Next, I glued together the waves and the sand to build my scene. I adhered the beach scene to the stenciled panel using liquid glue, and adhered the colored cat image in to the beach scene. 

To finish my card, I cut a circle out of white cardstock using the larger circle from the Frames Squared Die Set. Using the same Wild Dandelion ink, I ink blended around the edge of the circle, leaving the middle white. In the middle of the circle, I stamped the sentiment “Catch the purr-fect wave!” in black ink. Then, I glue the circle behind the waves to create a sun and finish the sketch. 

Remember to join the Inky Paws Challenge by Friday night for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! They are currently having a huge retirement sale, so be sure to stop over and check it out! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Howdy! There’s a new wild sketch challenge! – Inky Paws 150


Hello and welcome back!

We have an awesome new sketch for the Inky Paws Challenge to share with you today! To join in on the fun, create a project using this sketch as your inspiration, then upload a picture to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Newton’s Nook currently has a huge retirement sale happening right now, and there are so many cute stamps and stencils that are going away for good. If you haven’t looked yet, check out the retiring products and grab them before they are gone! 
On my first card for the challenge, I am featuring one of the retiring stamp sets, Newton Rides West. It is such an adorable set, I highly recommend snatching one for yourself! 

To start my card, I stamped the image of Newton on a play horse and a few cacti, and colored them with my Copic markers. The colors I used for the cat were E18, E17, E15, E13, E11, E30, and E50. For the horse, I used E18, E17, E15, and E13. For the bandana I used R29, R08, and R05, as well as 100, W8, and W6. Lastly, for the cacti, I used G07, YG45, YG23, and YG01. 
I cut my colored images out with the coordinating dies and moved on to my background. 

For my background, I cut two panels out of Hammermill 110# white cardstock. The first panel measured 2.5in x 4in, and the second was 1.75in x 3.5in. On the panels, I created a desert sunset using Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide. After blending, I spritzed a little bit of clean water on to the panels to add a little bit of texture. 

Next, I cut another piece of white cardstock down to 4in x 1.5in. I then used the Land Borders die set to create a stitched hill on the top of the panel. After that, I used Old Paper, Tea Dye, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the panel. To make the panel look more like sand, I flicked more Walnut Stain Ink and white acrylic paint on to the panel using a stiff paintbrush. 
I cut the sand panel in to two pieces, one 2.5in long, and the other 1.75in long. Then, I adhered each to the respective sunset panels. Following the sketch, I glued the smaller panel slightly overlapping the larger. Then I glued my colored images on to my scene, to complete the sketch. 

To finish my card, I cut a speech bubble out of white cardstock using the Speech Bubbles die set. In the bubble, I stamped the sentiments “Yee-Haw” and “Saddle Up and Celebrate!” in black ink. I glued the speech bubble above the cat to finish everything off. 

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! And be sure to check out the retiring products from Newton’s Nook! They are going fast, so get your favorites before they are gone! 

Thanks for stopping by!