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!




Monday, April 8, 2019

Magic mushrooms



Good Morning all!! Hope you all were able to enjoy the bit of spring over the weekend. I think old mr. winter is finally heading out.


 The new challenge at Inky Paws is a sketch challenge. I had fun with this. I was able to use a new stamp set from Newton's Nook called "garden mice".  I loved the image of the wee mouse picking around from the mushroom. This particular mushroom is called the fly amanita and it supposedly has some hallucinogenic qualities.


I kept my card simple with using the colors of the mushroom and a pop of black. I added some glitter and my card was complete.


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 Friday, April 19, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.





 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Pink Dinos


My good buddy Margarita thinks pink is the "most beautiful color in the world". While I happen to love green, I am partial to pink also. Pink was my mom's favorite color. I was a change of life baby with two older brothers. My mom never expected to have another kid, let alone a girl. Needless to say I had almost exclusively pink wardrobe. 


So I was excited for the new pink color challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge. I decided to have fun with this challenge and go a bit crazy. I know most of you are thinking pink and flowers in the same breath, but I wanted to go in completely different direction. 





Like many of you, I have really downsized the wooden stamps I own, but there are a few that I cannot part with. This card fearurestwo of those "have to keep" wooden stamps. Both from Hero Arts. They are so old, I cannot even find them on the net anywhere.


This is a great card for anyone and the best thing is that it would look good in any color.

This month's music inspiration is a classic from John Mellencamp, "Pink Houses".

 

So get your pink on and join us for a perfectly pink challenge over at the Rainbow Card Challenge.  You have all month to play along!! 





That's why it's a challenge-take two




Last week you all had to listen to me whine about the color challenge at Inky Paws. I was crying the blues about how difficult the color challenge was. Waaaa waaa waa.... Time to grow up and get out the Catherine Pooler inks. 


I find myself reaching for Newton's Nook's "cottage garden". It has a great selection of stamps that I can use in a variety of situations.


I grabbed the bunny and stamped it in the required colors. How cute they look in these pastel colors.  I don't know about you but argyle is more spring than winter. Newton's Nook's argyle stencil was the perfect addition to the bunnies. the sentiment comes from Newton's Nook's "spring pile up" stamp set.


I love to use my dies in different ways. The scalloped border on my card was done with the "frames and flags" set from Newton's Nook.


Head on over to Inky Paws and join in this challenging color challenge. Stretch yourself and your creativity! 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 Friday, April 5, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.




Monday, March 25, 2019

That's why it's a challenge!




 Hey everyone!! I know a lot of you think those of us on various DT  have no problems when it comes to challenges- I mean that's why we were picked to be on the teams- right? Well even DT members have to struggle once in awhile. It's like exercise, sometimes you have to kick it up a notch to be the best you can be.


The new challenge at Inky Paws was kicking it up a notch for me. It is a color challenge that asks us to use pink, baby blue and mint green. I struggled and threw away a few cards before I was happy with today's entry.

I think the main thing that helped me was finding the right color inks. Thank you Catherine Pooler!!! I used "it's a boy", "it's a girl", and "mint to be" inks from her party ink collection. Just having the right colors got my mojo moving.


My card today used the new "bold blooms" stencil and "loads of blooms" stamp set. I have been having a blast with that stamp set and you will see it being featured quite a bit in the future. I added some clear dots to embellish the card with glossy accents and it pretty much put itself together.


I gotta say, it's good to push yourself further. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Head on over to Inky Paws and join in this challenging color challenge. Stretch yourself and your creativity! 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 Friday, April 5, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.





Monday, March 18, 2019

You're the best!


Happy Monday all!! Spring is only a few days away and what better way to usher it in than a "Think Spring" challenge going on over at Inky Paws this week.



My card today was inspired by all the signs of spring that surround me. For me, spring is about the sun warming us and the flowers are beginning to bloom. During my daily walk I see signs of spring everywhere. The daffodils and tulips are pushing up and will be blooming before you know it. The crocuses are blooming.




Head on over to Inky Paws and join in this springy theme 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 Friday, March 22, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.





Sunday, March 17, 2019

Go Green!!!



Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. As you all know, everyone is Irish today!!  It is one of my fav holiday's because it features my most favorite color in the world- GREEN!! I just love green.

It is also special since my guy is Irish- at least half Irish. That counnts right?

 St. Patrick's Day stamps are hard to find, I pick them up when ever I come across them. For awhile the only ones I could finsdwould be in the bargain bins of those big box craft stores. And that was before the MISTI so they never stamped right.

Today I have a tidy collection of  St. Patrick's Day stamps.



My card today features an adorable set from Pretty Pink Posh and the saying is from Impression Obsession.  For the sponging of the green I used my new brushes from Picket Fences. They are truly amazing and yes.... life changing. 



I am entering the challenge at Addicted to CAS, because... well....the code word is green!!! 


Hope you all have a magical St. Patrick's Day!! Top of the day to all of you!!

McSue T.