Monday, June 1, 2020

She's a rainbow



Every once in awhile you make a card and you just sit back and think "Wow!!! I made that!" Well... that is exactly how I feel about this card. I just love the pastel rainbow of flamingos. It just makes me smile. besides, who doesn't love a rainbow?!!? Laura Bassen has made a career out of rainbows!!




That is why I expect lots of players this month at The Rainbow Card Challenge!! All month long we want you to use a pastel rainbow in your creations.


I used Rubbernecker's "Splash Party". Disclaimer here- this is a tricky stamp to use. It took me several tries to get the beaks in place. You all think we designers just whip out our cards, but you never see all the cards in the trash. This perfect sentiment is from Altenew's "Birds of a Feather"




Today's music inspiration is a classic from The Stones- The Rolling Stones: "She's a Rainbow".


You have all month to play along with our pastel rainbow card challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge. 

Bethlehem


It's time for another challenge at Christmas 24. We have a color challenge waiting for you.



How does blue and gold sound to you?!!? Sounded great to me. It gave me the opportunity to pull out a stamp that hasn't been shown any inky love. I picked up Bethlehem from Impression Impression at the Allentown rubber stamp convention. Because of that nasty virus, there was no convention. I have never missed one in the last 20 some years. Here's to next year!



You have two weeks to play along with our blue and gold challenge at Christmas 24!!


Sunny days ahead



Happy Monday Inky Paws peeps!! Looking forward to a sunny day, even if I have to work, I stil; lobe a sunny day.

Did you guys know that sunflowers always turn their heads to the sun, just like me!!



You still have a week to play along at our floral theme challenge at Inky Paws. We haven't had too many players- come on folks, I know you must love a good flower challenge.


Today's card features "Sunflower Days"  and "Sunscape stencil" from Newton's Nook.



Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the time at home crafting and join our flowery challenge at Inky Paws! You have two weeks to play along at Inky Paws! 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 June 5, 2020 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Party Animal(s)



Happy Friday everyone! Quick post- I am not feeling so hot. The Covid stress at work has caught up with me and I am nursing a migraine the size of Texas.

Today starts anew challenge at CAS on Friday. Today's theme is a crowd favorite:

ANIMALS

I think I have as many critter stamps as I do flowers. It was hard choosing, but I went with a set from Simon Says Stamp- "Critter Crowd"




Grab your cutest critter stamp and make a your CAS card. Be sure to share it with us at  CAS on Friday . You have two weeks to play along. Please make sure your card is CAS (see the rules if you are not sure) or you will not be considered for the top prize or a top three spot.

Our winner will be the guest designer for the next challenge at CAS on Friday!!



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Monday, May 25, 2020

Blooming friends


Happy Memorial Day everyone- the traditional kick off to summer. Hubby and I will be celebrating with the quintessential BBQ. Burgers, potato salad, corn on the cob and baked beans and I will be enjoying a day off from work.

Today starts a new challenge at Inky Paws. this one I expect lots of entries. Because what is better than a birthday challenge but a FLORAL CHALLENGE. I dare say most stampers have more flowers stamps than they do any other kind of stamp. I know I do!!





Today's card features a new to me stamp from Newton"s Nook called "Blooming Botanicals" and "Garden Mice". This was a pleasure to color in.



Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the time at home crafting and join our flowery challenge at Inky Paws! You have two weeks to play along at Inky Paws! 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 June 5, 2020 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.










Thursday, May 21, 2020

CASE your wardrobe


Things are very slowly returning to normal at the hospital where I work. The Covid numbers are dropping and we are beginning to return to a normal schedule in the endoscopy unit I run. And the best news is I get a day off this week. YAY!!! I was supposed to have two weeks off to go to the beach with family during the pandemic- which went right bout the window. Covid doesn't care about my need for family and sunshine. In fact it really doesn't like sunshine at all.

Anyway, I digress. Today is a REALLY fun challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. We want you to CASE your wardrobe and let a favorite item of clothing inspire your creation. Come on doesn'tbthat sound like an awesome challenge!!



I went to my closet and just started pulling things out and throwing them on the bed, until I came to this shirt. This is really not my style-it is so totally my SIL's style. But it looks adorable with leggings.


I think my card needs no explanations. What fun it was allowing my shirt to lead the way.


I even came up with a second design, based on the shirt, using similar stamp, but just a bit wonky and not quite as clean and crisp.





Thanks to everyone for playing along with my birthday challenge here at Cardz 4 Galz .We had quite a turnout and some awesome contributions. It was hard to pick the winners!!

Let's get going- start riffling through your closet and pick out an item of clothing to inspire you. Don't forget to show us the item that inspired you. Come and join us for this clever and fun challenge at Cardz 4 Galz . You have two weeks to enter the fun!



Monday, May 18, 2020

Tulip girl


When I am organizing my cards for my various challenges, I assign them quick titles so I can remember which card gets posted when. Today's card for Inky Paws was quickly tagged with "tulip girl". So, that was what I titled this post. I have a "tulip girl" at work. One of my GI fellows loves tulips and spent a morning at a tulip farm in NJ. She said it was gorgeous. She bought tons of tulips and can only imagine that this is what she looked like carrying all her tulips in to her apartment.


Today is our second week at Inky Paws for our sketch challenge. Not many peeps played along this past week. Perhaps this week's DT offerings will inspire you.

 



Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the time at home crafting and join our sketch challenge at Inky Paws! You have two weeks to play along at Inky Paws! 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 22, 2020 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.





Friday, May 15, 2020

Flowery holidays



Christmas cards on 80 something degree days!! Something seems wrong with this picture. Not if you want to get a head start on your holiday cards. I do not have many floral Christmas stamps, so when I saw this Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration with Gina K, I knew I had to buy this set. It is a perfect image to color in.

Today's challenge at Christmas 24 is:


A perfect opportunity to get this new stamp set inky. To color in my poinsettia, I used my Zig clean color brushes.


I embossed the image in gold to add elegance to this CAS card.

 
 You have two weeks to get Christmas flower stamps ink and to play along with us at Christmas 24!!


Hi friend!


Finally season appropriate weather. We had a warm winter and a cold spring, but today we are looking at temps in the 80s!! To bad I have to work.

Today is a new challenge at CAS on Friday. We are asking you to use a

DIE


For me this was a no brainer. I had this word die I have been wanting to use and the tulip stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I have wanted to try this technique which I am sure came from Jennifer Maguire. Stars in alignment. A beautiful thing.  


I sent this card to my bestie. I have not seen her for several weeks do to that nasty virus. ni wanted her to know how much I miss her.


 Time to riffle through your dies and make a your CAS card and share it with us at  CAS on Friday    You have two weeks to play along. Please make sure your card is CAS (see the rules if you are not sure) or you will not be considered for the top prize or a top three spot.

Our winner will be the guest designer for the next challenge at CAS on Friday!!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Aloha Newton


Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend and Mother's Day.  I don't have kids but I have my  sweet fur baby Pinkie. She is the love of my life. Almost 21 years old and going strong despite somw wonky hips. Kinda like her mom. I have some wonky hips these days. LOL!!! 


Today starts a new challenge at Inky Paws. I We have another challenging sketch for you all. But I know you are up to the challenge and if you are the least bit worried, check out what the designers came up with.


I went for a tropical theme, because I am wishing for warm weather and I haven't had a chance to use these stamp sets from Newton's Nook.

 
Today's card features  "Tropical Fringe" and "Aloha Newton" from Newtons Nook. This was so fun to color in.


Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the time at home crafting and join our sketch challenge at Inky Paws! You have two weeks to play along at Inky Paws! 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 22, 2020 at MN CST. The winners will be announced on the following Monday at Inky Paws.