Monday, September 24, 2018

Where's Pinkie?


Well fall arrived on Saturday at 9:54 and the weather turned chilly. I am sitting here typing this with a warm leggings, a long sleeve tunic, and a sweater, drinking a cup of very hot tea. It seems like yesterday I was sweating in shorts and a tank. How is that possible?

Do you remeber as a kid one of the best things about fall was jumping in piles of leaves? Tell me, you all did that didn't you? Well Miss Pinkie my old girl, isn't too old to play in the leaves. She might not be jumping around, but she will bat a few around. Can you see her? She's hiding behind that pile of leaves.

You still have time to join in the fun over at Inky Paws, for the "Fabulous Fall" challenge.


For my card I used the "Autumn Newton"  set. The background is the "Serene Stripes" stencil and turned it around create a"plaid " background. My base card used my go-to die set "Frameworks".

 
Head onto over to Inky Paws and join in this fun 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 September 28, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Falling for autumn


We are halfway through September and I am ready for for some crisp cool weather. I am done with the hot, humid and rainy summer we have had in Pennsylvania. It's time to feel the fall breeze and see the autumn leaves covering the ground.

Inky Paws challenge this week is a theme. Fabulous fall.That sure conjures up lots of images huh?
My card today is CAS but with lots of textures. It kinda reminds me of that baby book- "Pat the Bunny". I used just the dies from Newton's Nook's "shades of autumn" and I die cut them from various types of papers and materials. 


I layered them onto an embossed panel cut from the "frameworks" die set. The sentiment is from "autumn Newton"


Head onto over to Inky Paws and join in this fun 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 September 28, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Cottage Garden




I stepped outside my comfort zone with this card. For one thing the card is all embossed. I rarely emboss anymore, even though that was what sucked me into stamping. How many of you got sucked in by embossing? I know its just about all of you. That moment when you heat the powder and it bubbles and raises up!! Wow! It was just magic.


Today's card inspiration is a reminder to play along with the sketch challenge over at Inky Paws. There still is plenty of time to join the fun.


This card reminds me of a sort of cameo. I love the white embossed images on the blue cardstock. Do you have a special white embossing powder that you prefer.How about your favorite white ink pad? I am still searching for them. Usually I use a mix of Newton's Nook stamps. Todays card features just one set, the very versatile stamp set - "Cottage Garden"


This was my test card that I ending up completing just cause it was green (the most beautiful color in the world!) and i liked the contrast to the embossed card.


Head onto over to Inky Paws and join in this fun 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 September 14, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Pinkie screams for ice cream!


Happy Labor Day everyone!! To me the Labor Day signifies the end of summer. The leaves are already starting to fall, and it is beginning to become darker earlier. It also means the weather will be getting cooler. I don't do ice cream in the cold weather. Only in the summer. I know I am weird. But it's helpful for my diet!! Miss Pinkie though, will eat ice cream any old time, just like her daddy George. It could be minus 10 degrees and they will be slurping down an ice cream cone. 

Inky Paws  is having a sketch challenge this week. 
 
 
Come on guys! Play along! Half the work is done for you! The design is there to copy! Take it literally or think outside the box.

I had fun with this one. I had been wanting to try this technique from Jennifer Maguire for a popup window card. I don't usually do this complicate interactive cards, being a CAS gal, but this technique looked like so much fun and I could keep it reasonable CAS.


How is it that I found the perfect ice cream pattern paper in my stash! I used "Newton's Summer Treats" and "Summer Scoops" for today's card. 


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

The deadline to enter today's challenge is Friday September 14, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Time to trade in the flip flops


It's that time of the year. Time to trade in the flip flops for school shoes. Shoes that don't fit between your toes. I think flip flops are so much fun. They come in so many colors and fun designs. They can be utiliterian or dress up. They are cheap, so you can have multiple pairs.

The problem for me is the the thong between my toes. I have never been able to get use to that feeling. It just irritates me. I have been told it's like scotch or beer, it's an acquired taste. I have tried. I have spent money over the years on on flip flops and thong sandels, trying to get used to them. A few months ago, I had a pair of adorable flip flops in my hand to purchase for my trip to the beach. I looked at them and thought, "What are you doing? You know you will never wear them!" I reluctantly put them back.

Hey, that doesn't mean I don't subscribe to the whole "life is better in flip flops" idea. It's a sentiment that evokes, hot summer days, walks on the beach, vacations, a general slowing down of life for a few months.

For this last week of summer, I want to remind you that even though Labor Day looms, and the seasons move on, there is still time to "flip flop" and there is still time to join in the fun at Inky Paws  their summery color challenge.


My card today uses one of the new 2X3 mini sets, "flip flop life".  These new minis are economical and come in fun and whimsical designs. I kept my card very CAS. I didn't even try to do precision coloring on the flip flops because that is what flip flop life is all about. Keeping it loose and random. This card features a super easy design that you can easily use with different stamps. So if you are having trouble coming up with an idea for the challenge this week, copy my sketch and show me your interpretation with the color inspiration.  I can't wait to see what you might come up with!  
 

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

The deadline to enter today's challenge is Friday August 3, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.

Lastly let me know what you all think of flip flops?



 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Classic Peonies



Generally, I am a whimisical and cute kinda girl. So, a classy card is a leap for me. The "peony blooms set" from Newton's Nook makes classy easy.

The new challenge at Inky Paws is a color challenge.

Look at these bright summery colors! Fushia, orange, yellow and turquoise. These are happy colors that make me smile.

For my card today.  I pulled out my zig clean color pens. I tend to forget about them. Using cold press water color paper I created a watercolor wash with my zig pens using water to spread the colors around. I let the piece dry and I stamped the peony bloom. 


I die cut the peonies and layered them onto a tag  die cut from "fancy edges tag die set".  I layered the tag onto an embossed "framework die set". I kept the base of the card all white so the peonies would pop. A good tip for all of you stampers.

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

The deadline to enter today's challenge is Friday August 3, 2018, at MN CST. the winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Last hurrah.....


 Just sending a creative reminder about the awesome challenge over at Inky Paws. The theme is summer/ beach.


Todays card was soooo much fun to make, maybe not the most original but I love it!1 I created the waves with the seaborders die set, the sun (a reoccurring theme  for all my cards the summer!) was from the sunscape stencil and of course Newton relaxing in the waves is from the Newton's summer vacation. The contrasting colors of the aqua blue water and orangey, red, yellow sun just is so striking.

For those who follow me on Instagram (user name stampinsue) You know I spent the last weekend in the Poconos. One of my buddies has a house on the lake (think this stamp set and you arent far off!) and every August I head to the Nos for a stamping weekend with my best peeps. Its always a blast.


Here is the view from the porch:


We spend the weekend crafting with a long walk around the lake or up the mountain each day. It is so much fun to craft with others- you feed off of their creative energy.


The empty chair is where I sit. I get the whole long side of the table since I cannot stay in my own space. 

While I was there I worked ahead on some up coming challenges for Inky Paws.  Sneak Peek!!


There is still time to get your paws inky and to play along with this fun challenge at Inky Paws!
We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20.00 store credit to our Newton's Nook online shop! We will also highlight our favorites from each challenge the following Monday so all entries have a chance to be featured on the blog! 
 


 Deadline to enter  this fun challenge is Friday, August 17, 2018 at Midnight CST. The winners will be announced on the NND blog the following Monday.