Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Just prance



Well this a first for me,  a holiday card in July! I never start them before November. AAA Cards is hosting a cool challenge to leave lots of white space with a twist for a Christmas card.





I had to dig out my holiday stamps and then find a set I wanted to play with. I decided to go with Clearly Besotted's "Let's Prance". I could just picture a reindeer flying across the top of my card.


I kept it very simple making it a one layer card. 


A little stickles later and this CAS white space dominant card was done. 

Head over to AAA Cards and play along!


Monday, July 15, 2019

Believe



I have been so behind with the unicorn rage. I didn't own any unicorn stamps. Now all of a sudden I decided yes. I have to jump on the carousel and ride a unicorn. There are a gazillion unicorn stamp sets out there, and the one I got was from Newton's Nook- "Believe in Unicorns". It is adorable. 
Inky Paws  is having a sketch challenge this week and I immediately decided to get my new unicorn set inky. I used the pattern paper as my coloring guide. Of course what is a unicorn with out a sparkly mane, tail and horn!!



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, July 26, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.






Sunday, July 14, 2019

Five weeks in a balloon


The challenge over at The Library Challenge is hosted by visiting librarian, Martina. She chose "Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne. I gotta say I never read this book, but I am pretty sure I saw the movie as a kid.



But the idea of a ride in a hot air balloon does sound awesome- but.....five weeks not so much!!


I don't have many hot air balloons, but I do have this cute one from Lawn Fawn. So I pulled it out and started playing around. After tossing a few cards in the trash, I came up with this idea. It appeals to my CAS heart.


Head over to The Library Challenge and play along! 


Monday, July 8, 2019

up, up, and away....


Hey everyone! I hope you are enjoying a great summer. It has been quite hot here in Pa. but it's summer- right? It is supposedtobe hot. Newton decided to get away and his mode of transportation? Hot air balloons of course.

 
There is still another week to play along at the color challenge at Inky Paws. Red, pink, lime, and light brown. Great summery colors.


I went with bolder colors than last week's post. After all Newton is bold kinda cat. Only newton would travel with balloons!



I used Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Balloons" and to create a bigger bunch of ballons, I used NN's balloons stencil and traced balloons with a sharpie to fill out the bunch.


Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our rainbow 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, July 12, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.







Saturday, July 6, 2019

just floatin'



Who said cats don't like water? Clearly, Newton loves the water. He is just hanging out, floatin'.





This card was inspired by the new challenge at CAS(E) this sketch. I have to say this one had me stumped at first. But I went through my stamps and while I was checking them out this idea came to me. 



All the supplies for this card are from Newton's Nook. Head on over to  CAS(E) this sketch and see what the DT has to inspire you. Join in the fun!


Friday, July 5, 2019

berry much, thank you!



Oh those  small sweet, sweet strawberries! Have you ever noticed that the sweetest berries are the tiny ones, not those supersized genitically modified ones.


Today's card is inspired by- yes the Inspired By challenge. Another new one to me. I am thanking Michelle at "I Card Everyone" for turning me on to some cool new challenges.


I had to dig deep into my stamp stash to find a strawberry stamp. I found the very first Papertrey Ink set I ever bought. "Green Thumb". Gotta be about a 100 years ago!! Needless to say, it is no longer available.


I kept my card super simple. I loved the rows of berries. Very clean and graphic. Ardyth would be proud!

Head over to Inspired By and check what the DT has come up with and play along. 


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Yay USA!!




Happy birthday America!! Yay USA!!

Wishing all of you a wonderful 4th of July filled with parades, barbeques, and fireworks!!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Blue birthday fishes


When you think of July- I think of July 4th, and of course my birthday, but I also think of hot sunny days at the beach, sunning and swimming. Not sure if I would want to run into these guys while jumping waves!




This month's color challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge is blue. Blue is a good one. Blue seems to go with just about every other color in the rainbow, but this month we want you to showcase blue.
This really should be a no brainer, so I hope to see lots of participation. Who doesn't like blue.



 I have had these funny little fish for years, but rarely used them because I didn't have those "fishy" sentiments to go with them. Waffle Flower came out with the perfect set and these snappy fishes have been getting a work out!



Today's music inspiration was tough. There are lots of great songs with the color blue in them. I went with an old fav. Blue Moon. Blue Moon has been done by lots of folks, but today I am featuring the Marcels version.


Join us at The Rainbow Card Challenge for this blue challenge!! You have the month of July to create your most awesome blue cards!!



Bird in wreath


How about the 100th challenge we just had at Inky Paws?!!? How much fun was that?!!? I hope you all had time to participate and perhaps win a prize. 


This week starts a whole new challenge. Today Inky Paws is having a color challenge. Red, pink, lime, and light brown. Great summery colors.


Today's card features "Happy Little Thoughts" from Newton's Nook. This is a versatile wreath building set. The sentiment is from NN's "Birthday Essentials". The wee bird is from NN's “Newton’s Birthday Flutter”. I love mixing and matching my stamp sets. 





Head on over to Inky Paws and join in our rainbow 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, July 12, 2019 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.






Saturday, June 29, 2019

Here's to the red, white, and blue!


Despite it being about 102 degrees in my studio, I have been getting in some quality crafting time. I was checking some of the various challenges out there and decided to play along with CAS(E) this Sketch. 


They always have very clean and simple designs that I gravitate towards. As soon I saw this week's sketch, I knew what I was going to create. After all it is the birth of our Nation this week. 

I used a very old set from Lawn Fawn called "Happy 4th". Unfortunately it is sold out and retired. There are not many patriotic stamps out there, so this one gets a work out every year. 


Head over to CAS(E) this Sketch and see what the DT came up with and play along!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Live life in the meow!


There is a new challenge posted over at one of my new favorite challenges- The Library Challenge. If you are a reader this is a great challenge for you, but even if you aren't the book covers are so inspiring!


This week the challenge is based on the book "The Rainbow" by D.H. Lawrence. D.H. wrote very racybooks for the times. If you don't recognize "The Rainbow", you might know "Lady Chatterly's Lover" one of Lawrence most famous books.


What struck me about this cover was the bold primary colors and how they played off of each other. I decided to use the same colors and the layout. I am definately a cat person, so I pulled out an incredibly old stamp set from Inkadinkado. It was a give away at a Michael's opening. I go for this set time after time. We all have sets like that. What's yours?


To jazz it up I had to add some gems to the flowers on my kitties. The sentiment is from  a brand new set at Newton's Nook called "Cat-itude".

Go check out The Library Challenge.