Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lucky to know you!

I am finally getting round to the sketch challenge at Inky Paws. This card has taken me several days to make. Work has been crazy for me. I normally work four 10 hour days, but this week I was in at 5am and home around 6 for five days. If you are in healthcare you know about the push for electronic medical records. My health care system started EPIC our new EMR this week. So I was busy while my staff and I got used to it.

I normally sit down and figure out a card in one sitting, but this card was worked on for a few found minutes each day; usually when I was waiting for my bath to fill. I finally finished it yesterday.

I was very literal with the sketch this time. I was too whipped to be very creative. I went with a St. Patty's theme. This card will go to George the DH since he is half Irish. Usually my kitty is colored like my Pinkie girl, but I wanted the contrast of the orange and green and heck aren't orange and green, St. Patty colors?

I used a bunch of NN stuff for this card. I used Newton's Pot of Gold stamp set. There are not many good St. Patty stamps out there and this one is a winner!! The tag is from the fancy edges tag die set and my banners are from the frame and flag die sets. Lastly, I filled Newton's pot of gold with "real gold".

I decided to enter this card in a new challenge site I just discovered. Stamp, ink, paper. They are having a challenge with four-leggedd friends" as the theme. Newton certainly applies here.

Working on this card each day relaxed me during this very stressful week. Head on over to Inky Paws and Stamp, ink, paper and see what everyone is doing for the challenges. There are some very creative cards there. Let the DTs inspire you to join in the fun!!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Yellow splendor

Gosh!! I am having the best weekend!! I just finished a HUGE project for school and decided I am taking this weekend off until the next big project is due. I watched videos, read blogs, perused Pinterest and caught up on the latest trends. The coolest thing I saw was the new wreath building kit from Gina K. It is so popular, it is sold out everywhere. I watched a few videos but Jennifer Maguire had the best video on the versatility of this product. I watched it a few times and I thought I think I can make the wreath builder stencil myself. 

I pulled out some acetate and created my own stencil. I am sure it is not perfect like the one I am waited listed for, but it worked for me!! 

 I made three sizes, 4X4, 3 3/4X3 3/4 and an added size of 3 1/2X3 /1/2. 

My card today was inspired by the monochromatic challenge at Less is More. I used my homemade wreath builder stencil and an old Avery Elle stamp set- "blossoms and blooms". 

I chose yellow for my color because I am so in the need of sunshine and springtime. I CASED Jennifer Maguire with the layout. This card made smile! 

Head over to Less is More and check out what everyone did. There are some very cool cards.

Got to get back to making more wreaths!! It is addicting!!

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.