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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Masculine holiday

I am getting in that holiday mode. The carols are going to tuning up on Paandore the day after Thanksgiving.

I am working on my prototypes for my cards this year. I usual have 5-6 designs because I get bored easily mass producing the same cards. At Inkspirational that had a great challenge that got my juices flowing. You are to make a Christmas card using neutral colors.

BAM!!! I ran and grabbed my Tim Holtz treeline die and BAM, this card came together. I added the star because it just needed something else to make it stand out. I have quite a few guys to send cards to and this is going to be the go to card for that gender.

Head on over to Inkspirational for this fun challenge. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

That bites!

It's Monday and that means another Inky Paws Challenge over at Newton's Nook. Today's challenge is to add sparkle to your design.

Well.... I suppose the obvious is to go with a holiday theme card, but I decided to up the ante on the theme by randomly picking a NN stamp set and challengeing myself to use that set.

Rut ro! I pulled Shark Bites!! How was I to bedazzle a shark? Well..... by doing just that sparkling the shark itself.

I kept the card very CAS to really make the shark stand out. I gotta say, I think it is effective. What about you?

I know just who is geeeting this card and won't he be surprised by the sparkle and shimmer! Head on over to Inky Paws and check out the DT sparkle!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Santa Paws

It's that time of the year when I become the most creative- the holiday season!! I am starting to work on my holiday card designs and Newton's Nook is playing a starring role this year.  I have been messing around with this design concept. Originally the element was a rectangle, but I justwasn't feeling it- this is after I made about 6 cards!! I tried it with a circle and loved it.

I am entering this card over at the Inky Paws challenge. This week's challenge is a color challenge using Holly red, pine cone tan, fir green, and black. A color challenge certainly takes the stress out of figuring out colors! And I think Santa Paws looks awesome!! I loved this color combo and will definitely be using it again.

If you look close you can see that I glitterized all the snow. As usual it is much more impressive in person.

I am entering this in the color challenge over at House of Cards. HOC was the first challenge blog I was on, so it's kind of nostalgic to be joining in the fun as a spectator. 

I hope you will go check out the awesome challenges at Inky Paws and House of Cards join in.