Monday, May 20, 2019

Cake and eat it too!


Happy Monday everyone. I just got back from a week at the beach. I lucked out and it did not rain at all. Needless to say I am a bit burnt- no, I am a lot burnt.

It's a new week and Inky Paws is having a sketch challenge this week. Unlike me, Newton's cake came out perfect and is not burnt.


My card is a very literal interpretation of the sketch and I used "Newton loves cake" from Newton's Nook. This CAS card with it's bright colors and glittery frosting makes me happy.


Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our new sketchchallenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, May 31, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.






Monday, May 13, 2019

Just chillin'


This card has me so excited, because it reminds me I am heading to the beach right after work today! Yay!! While it is still a bit to cool to spend anytime in the ocean or pool, I know that hot sunny summer days are just around the corner.
My card was inspired by the ongoing color challenge over at Inky Paws. The challenge is to use  yellow, teal, green and white in your creations. I used a variety of Newton's Nook product to make my card today. I love to mix and match my stamp sets, dies and stencils. 
 
 
 


Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our new color challenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, May 17, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.






Monday, May 6, 2019

Sandi's birthday




My sister-in-law Sandi is one of my best friends and is the sister I don't have. She loves dogs, whereas I am a cat person. I buy dog stamps with her cards in mind. She just celebrated her birthday last week and the new stamp set "pawsome birthday" by Newton's Nook was just the ticket for her birthday card this year.


Inky Paws is having a favorite color challenge of mine- yellow, teal, green and white. You can't get anymore springy than that!!


I used my new go to die from Newton's Nook called "framed squares". When you have good product creating something good is a no-brainer.  I will admit it was nice to be able to go back to my copic markers to color with after the last challenge of using colored pencils!! 


Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our new color challenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, May 17, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.







Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Monster rock


Happy May Day everyone!! Yay!! I think we can finally put winter behind us and enjoy spring and the summer to come. May means my anniversary to the big guy- 32 years this year! He loves music and I love green! So I had to put them together for an anniversary card.


That's why I was so happy the color this month at The Rainbow Card Challenge is green! The most beautiful color in the world.



I have a very cute little set of monsters called Rock Monster from Mama Elephant for Hampton Arts. 

I grabbed a bunch of music related stamps and went to town.


I even stamped the inside of the card, something I rarely do. I am usually scrambling to stamp a sentiment at the last minute. hey that's a good question. How many of you plan the inside of your card when you are creating it? Or are you like me- last minute Nellie.


Now for this month's musical inspiration- Simon and Garfunkle's Leaves that are Green.


Remember- the beauty of the monochromatic card is you can easily switch up the colors. this card can easily be done in any color of the rainbow.

Join us at The Rainbow Card Challenge for this best color ever challenge of green!! You have the month of May to create a gorgeous green cards!!




Monday, April 29, 2019

Peony Blooms


Happy Monday all! I am hoping that I have a much better week this week than last. I just have to give you all a quick recap. I run an endoscopy unit and last Monday, I found that our unit had been broken into and all my colonoscopes that are used for colonoscopies had been stolen!! 18 scopes!!  

How crazy is that!! It seems there is a huge black market for scopes. Third world countries and drug cartels. Who knew! I was grateful to be able to borrow 5 scopes from my sister hospitals, so I was able to get my procedures done. It was hairy when I am used to having 18 scopes and had to make do with 5.


Anyway, it's a new week and I am happy to be sharing another card for the Inky Paws colored pencil challenge this week. Last week I talked about using my besties colored pencils because I really do not have a full set. This week I used her Farber Castell watercolor pencils.





Today I used the Peony Blooms from Newton's Nook for my delicate watercolored card. To get the soft watercolor look I wet my brush and take the color off of the tip of the pencil directly rather than color the image and then watercoloring it. I find when I do that I get all kinds of lines. The splatter is fun and easy to do. I get the tip of the pencil really wet and pigmenty with a thick brush and just start banging on the pencil with the brush to create the splatters.



Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our new colored pencil challenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, May 3, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.






Monday, April 22, 2019

Colored pencil twofer


Happy Easter Monday all!! Hope you all had a blessed and sweet Easter holiday. Mine was very low key. The holidays are done for a while, so I can get back into my routine.  I love routine!



This week's challenge at Inky Paws is sometinh completely different! We are hosting a colored pencil challenge. Now that's a challenge for this girl! I only use copics for coloring. But Haven't I always said that's why it's a challenge!


I do not have a full set of any colored pencils, so I was off to my bestie who has a number of colored pencil sets.  For today's card I used her Inktense pencils. I had heard they work well on dark paper.

They worked like a charm on the floral fringe stamp set from Newton's Nook. Newton has the best new die set that I used for my card today.

I had such fun with thisstamp set and the colored pencils that I decided to try it on kraft paper.



I will let you decide if the Inktense work well on kraft also.

Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our new colored pencil challenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, May 3, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.







Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter fun


Hey everyone! One week to an egg-stra special day! I am talking about Easter. That hip hoppity kinda day, where the bunny leaves behind all kinds of sweet goodies.

My husband loves Easter. he is a big kid when it comes to holidays. He gets a basket every year and I have to hide it. After 31 years in our house, I am running out of places to hide a basket!! LOL!! 

You still have another week to play along at Inky Paws for our awesome sketch challenge. Today's card features Newton hiding out behind all the Easter eggs. I used Newton's Easter Basket for my main image. I actually had this piece in my stash. I pulled it out and it went perfectly with the sketch. This card was easy-peasy.



Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our sketch challenge. We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 Newton's Nook store gift certificate. Our favorite entries from each challenge will be highlighted the following Monday, so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog.

The deadline to enter today's challenge is this Friday, April 19, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.

Wishing all of you an Easter filed with egg-stra special fun!