Saturday, February 24, 2018

Baby chick

I almost didn't play this week over at Inky Paws. The challenge is a baby theme.
I really do not have many baby theme stamps. I looked through all my Newton stamps to see if there was anything that would work and alas nothing. BUT.... then my Simon Says Stamp order arrived with Newton's Easter Basket set and there was someting I could work with!!! Yay!!! 

The egg I just die cut and using a fine sharpie I outlined it and created the crack of the impending baby chick. The grass is Newton's wave stencil.   The "joy" of the impending birth is from Newton's Sentiments of the Season.

On the inside the baby chick has hatched. So glad that SSS order arrived!!

Head on over to Inky Paws and see what the DT has created and join in the fun!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine smooches

This has been a rough week for me. I am getting over the flu and pneumonia. One minute I was healthy and fine and the next I have a 103 degree fever and am as sick as a dog. No fun!!!

I am beginning to feel a bit better and I am tired of being in bed, so I bundled up and ventured into the studio to check out the challenge over at Inky Paws. I was hoping for a Valentine type challenge since I needed a reason to make a Valentine for hubby. The team did not disappoint. The challege is a color challenge with wonderful Valentine colors- pink, green, brown and white.
I wasn't completely on my game and this card took longer to come together than normal, but I am thrilled with the look. I am going to use the same layout for cards for my staff, if my strength holds up.

George loves all things teddys and so the kissing bears from "Holiday Smooches" was perfect. The sentiment was a combo of "Simply Seasonal" and "Holiday Smooches"

The challenge at Inky Paws inspiration to kick start your Valentine creativity. Be sure to link up and show us what you have created.

Think I may have to have a lie down now. Getting mighty tired.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Go Eagles!!

I am not a football kinda gal, but I can't help but be caught up in Philly's Eagles superbowl fever! I mean this is my home team!! Everywhere you go people are wearing green, they have their houses decked out in green lights. Everyone is friendly and saying"go Eagles" to one another. There are no barriers when it comes to the Eagles. We are all on the same team. 

 Philly has been deemed the underdog in this year's playoff. So I wanted to send out a bit of encouragement to them. That's why this week's sketch challenge over at Inky Paws was right on point. "Toucan do it!!" I used Newton's "Toucan Party" for the challenge. I do not have any eagle stamps, but Mr. Toucan was more than happy to don green feathers to support a fellow bird!

I kept this card very CAS, but within the confines of the sketch. Not always an easy thing to accomplish. 

Head over to Inky Paws and join in the fun, You still have five days left!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pinkie's challenge!!

The challenge over at Inky Paws is right up my alley!! The theme is "pretty in pink".

 Did the design team know that my sweet girl is name Pinkie?!!? It's Pinkie's challenge. I had to enter, otherwise she would have never purr for me again!

Pinkie wandered into my local stamp store when she was about 4 weeks old. The owner called me to see if I would take her. My husband said absolutely not! At the time we already had 6 cats and a dog. I lined up a home for this sweet girl, but needed to bring her home over night. When I picked the wee waif up, she was in a basket wrapped in a pink blanket with pink ribbons tied to the handle. I took her home, my husband took one look at her and said- "oh no, we are keeping her!!". It was a no brainer that she was named Pinkie. That was 18 years ago and Pinks is the only cat left and is the queen of the house. Life revolves around her.

Pinkie spends all her time in my studio. She used to try and help, but these days she is happy to just snooze away her hours in the studio.

At 18, I know Pinkie is living on borrowed time, so I cherish every moment with her.

For my entry, Pinkie suggested I turn Newton's Nook waves stencil around and use it as party streamers!! What a brilliant idea! I would have never thought of that. The old girl still has it in her!! 

Newton's Nook has some great new building dies, that I used today. I used the frames die and tag dies. My party girl is from the Birthday Bash set

Head over to Inky Paws for Pinkie's challenge and join in on the fun!! Pinkie can't wait to see what you all come up with too!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Challenge redo 2018

My card that I submitted to the Inky Paws color challenge last year (LOL) has been bothering me. Each time I look at it, I wasn't not happy with it but could not put my finger on what was bothering me. 

While spending 2 hours at the dealership today waiting for car maintenence I just decided I didn't like it. When I got home, I went up to my studio and tinkered around with several changes. I have to say I REALLY like this version. I mixed the colors up a bit and created demension. All of which seem to make this design stand out more.

Not sure if you can submit more than one card to the Ink Paws challenge, but I would like the design team to see my improved design.

I am getting this in just under the wire with only 17 hours left in the challenge.  Check out the challenge, there are many awesome submissions.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Snow day

As much as I love the holidays, I am glad they are behind me. This was a tough Christmas, I got a wicked cold and then when I should have been recovering, I got a GI bug. I am hoping to be on the mend from that soon. In the mean time, I took the opportunity of not being at work to join in the fun over at the Inky Paws challenge.

The challenge this week is a color challenge. Olive, lavender, cream and teal.
 The cream was a bit tough, so I cheated and just added a cream border on my card. I did try using some cream neuvo drops  on the snow stencil. it looked to busy, not to mention, I had this idea to use a snow marker too. What was I thinking?!!?

I restarted and kept the next very CAS. More my taste anyway. I used Newton's whispering pines set and  the snow stencil.

 I hope you all are having a great holiday, Happy New Year! Check out what the DT at Inky Paws came up with!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Foxy Holidays

Have you ever had a stamp set that you were absolutely jonesing to get? Last year to late to when I saw Newton Nook's "Sweater Weather". I had to have it but waited till this year and took advantage of all the sales over Thanksgiving.

I mainly got it for the cute little kitty that reminds me of my Pinkie. But the fox has captured my heart. So when I saw the challenge at Inky Paws I pulled out Sweater Weather.

Anyone who knows me, knows sketch challenges are the most difficult for me. I feel too boxed in and tend to take them to literally. But I stepped out and used a circle for the main element because I saw Diane on the DT didn't go with the rectangle. I felt I was given a license to switch it up. Thanks Diane!!!

Another first for me was using embossing paste with a stencil. I had to search for it in my studio! LOL. The first container was totally dried out, but I hit pay dirt on a second jar. Thank God us stampers have to have more than one of everything!!!

I embossed NN snowfall stencil and while it was wet, I sprinkled it with glitter. The snowflake element was a wooden shape that I just put some white ink on.

The sentiment is from the "Sentiments of the Season" set from NN.

Hope you are all having fun getting ready for the holidays! Take some time to check out the challenge at Inky Paws and join in.