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Inky Paws Challenge #78


Inky Paws Challenge #78

The theme this challenge is summer and I am glad NND is hanging onto summer as long as we can!  Some leaves are already changing for me here in Minnesota, and I am not ready!  For this challenge I chose to use the Summer Scoops stamp set to create a bright and fun birthday card.

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I went with a simple design and used:

Inside, I added a cute little ice cream with that amazing sentiment!

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Such a fun, bright and easy card to create!




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Inky Paws Challenge #76

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Inky Paws Challenge #76

Summertime at our house is all about the watermelon and this challenge was so fun to make a card that reminds me of my summers!

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To create this card I used:

To make this card, I started by repeatedly stamping the let’s chill from Newton’s Nook Designs Summer Scoop stamp set with memento black ink.  I trimmed it to fit a little smaller on the bottom right and adhered to my card base.  I angled the wicker pattern paper and trimmed to fit the card.  I then die cut the pattern paper with stitched die and adhered at a angle over the wicker paper.

I die cut the 4 black stitched squares from dies and heat embossed the sentiment with white.  I then stamped the ice cream bars, colored with copic markers, and added some small black nuvo drops. Next, pop dotted the squares and then pop dotted the watermelon ice cream bars on the squares.  For my embellishments, I added a variety of enamel dots to the top left corner.

Inside, I die cut a stitched rectangles from black cardstock and the wicker pattern paper.  I then stamped the sentiment on the wicker paper and then added an extra watermelon ice cream bar.

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Love the way this card came out with the watermelon ice cream bars and the angle of the paper!



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Inky Paws Challenge #75-Cute Animals


Inky Paws Challenge #75- Cute Animals

I almost didn’t enter this challenge because I don’t have (yet!) any of the adorable Newton stamp sets, but I decided this frog definately counts as cute!

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I had purchased this paper a few months back and knew I wanted to use it with the Newton’s Nook Design stamp sets: Knight’s Quest and Once Upon a Princess.  That saying is perfect for the pattern paper of crowns!

I decided to color the images bolder than the paper to help them stand out and popped them out of stitched circles.  The pattern paper is die cut from a stitched rectangle and pop dotted in the center of the card base.  I die cut the other side of the crown pattern paper from a cloud die and glued behind the castle.  The banner I stamped with the sentiment and heat embossed with black.  For my embellishments, I added some bright enamel dots in varying sizes.

Inside, I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock and trimmed to fit the scallop frame.  I die cut a second cloud from the pattern paper and added a colored tree.


I love how the images really pop against the paper and the non traditional colors of the castle, makes it very girly!



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Inky Paws Color Challenge #74

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Inky Paws Color Challenge #74

Really loved the softness of these colors and new I wanted to portray that in my card.

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To create this sweet card, I die cut two stitched rectangles and I softly inked the smaller one with light greens and blues.  I used the princess from Newton’s Nook Design Once Upon a Princess stamp set and colored with copic markers.  Next, I die cut a stitched banner, heat embossed the sentiment in white, and then inked with blue and pop dotted.  I then die cut the stitched cloud and added some blue sequins above.

Inside, I die cut another stitched rectangle, heat embossed my sentiment in white, and then inked with the green and blues.  I added a stamped princess that I colored with copic markers.  In the top corner I added a stitched cloud.


Cinderella is and always will be my favorite Princess and I love how this card reminds me of that!


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Inky Paws Sketch Challenge #73

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Inky Paws Sketch Challenge #73


I love sketch challenges, they always help me to try different things with my set of stamps!  For this sketch, I saw the banners as posts for royal flags and got to use my stamp set Knight’s Quest from Newton’s Nook Design.


Purple Onion Design Stamps have the best background stamps for laying scenes for cards.  I stamped the background in a very light grey and added the dragon on the road with black memento ink and colored with copic markers.  I then die cut the stitched yellow frame and pattern paper stitched banners and added the copic colored stamped knight and banners from NND Knight’s Quest stamp set.

Inside, I added another smaller stitched yellow frame with a stitched pattern paper banner.  I then colored a small royal banner stamp with copic markers and added it to the banner.


I love the story this little card tells, especially for little boys who need some encouragement sometimes!



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Inky Paws Challenge # 72-Add Buttons

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Inky Paws Challenge #72-Add Buttons

I am getting this card in by the skin of my teeth this week!  End of school year and high school sports games have been my evenings and weekends of late.

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I’ve had the idea to create the castle from Newton’s Nook Designs Once Upon a Princess stamp set on the end of this road from Purple Onion Designs stamps.  When buttons were suggested, I thought “a window with curtains” and I love how it came out!

I colored the images with copic markers and the window frame is from MFT stitched dome frames.  The sentiment is from Newton’s Nook Designs Knight’s Quest stamp set and goes perfect with the castle!

Inside, I die cut one more smaller frame and stamped the sentiment and the colored flower pot from Once Upon a Princess stamp set.


I enjoyed coloring this scene, it was a relaxing moment in a busy week.  Thanks!


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Inky Paws Challenge #71

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Inky Paws Challenge #71

Sometimes challenges are a bit more challenging to me and this was.  I didn’t want to use flowers, which go perfect with this color combo, and that made it more difficult to decide what to do.  I decided I wanted to go soft and use the ice creams from Newton’s Nook Designs Summer Scoops stamp set.

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To keep it soft I heat embossed the ice cream and sentiment with white and used oxide inks for the circles and the watercoloring.  I chose cracked pistachio for the green, broken china for the blue, shaded lilac and wilted violet for the purples.  To show off the colors I kept a lot of the white to bring the focus to the center watercolored ice cream.  I used the MFT inside & out rectangle die-namics and MFT stitched rectangle frame die-namics to add a frame for the white on white.

I tried adding sequins or enamel dots, but it just seemed to take away from the colors and focus, so I am keeping this simple.

Inside, I die cut a stitched rectangle, added the inked circles and heat embossed the sentiment with white.  I added a watercolored ice cream to tie it all together.


I really like how this card came out.  I was trying a new technique of coloring my images with watercolor and enjoyed creating it.