Sunday, May 19, 2019

These Lttle Piggies IPC 98

Welcome to a NEW Inky Paws Challenge.
Check out this AMAZING sketch we have for you! 

I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets this sketch!
As for me, staring at the sketch, while sipping a cup of coffee, I came up with this idea!

My card features the OINK STAMP SET.
This stamp set has such a playful nature and I wanted
to make sure that it came through in my card.
For my background element, I chose to use bold geometric paper.
This makes the background stand out a bit from all that is
going on in the front element of the card.

The front element is basic square dies that I die cut out and embossed
with the ARGYLE STENCIL SET and a rubber embossing mat using my Cuttlebug.
As you can see, I colored my piggy’s in the classic pink color, with
a bright green bow to bring your attention to the front element.
For a finishing touch, I added grass from the MOO STAMP SET
and my sentiment!

As I said above, I CAN’T WAIT to see how everyone interprets this sketch!
So…don’t be shy, just dive in and share your creations with us using
 the link in the challenge picture above.

I hope you have a wonderful week.
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

What the Cluck ! IPC 97

Welcome to the second half of our current
Inky Paws Challenge!
Here are the challenge colors.

This card came about one late night in the studio.
I had a bunch of hodgepodge creations that I had
 lying round my desk using the challenge colors.
I was trying to come up with an idea,
when the idea was in front of my face,
Those bits became this card.

What the Cluck! a card by Diane Morales| Cluck Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs

The background circles were fun.
The started out as just the challenge colors and the
Hardwood Stencil inked onto cardstock.

I ended up using the circles from the 
This gave me the perfect mix of challenge colors for the background.

Bright yellow chickens… WHY NOT!
Blue and green feathers… SURE!
These cuties came from the Cluck Stamp Set.
The sentiments come from that stamp set as well.
The blue banner is cut from everyone FAVORITE die set.
I LOVE the results on this card!
It is bright and vibrant like the challenge colors.
I hope this inspires you to just GO FOR IT.
You might surprise yourself like I did.

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Glad We Are Friends IPC 97

It’s color challenge time here at the Inky Paws Challenge!
Check out these AMAZING COLORS
we have for you to work with!

These colors made me think of one stamp set.

Check out how I used my colors!

Glad We Are Friends a card by Diane Morales | Newton's Birdhouse Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs

Using the Sunscape Stencil I created my sunny yellow
and white background for Newton and his Friends.
The blue became the bold color for my birdhouse.

The green was chosen to be Newton’s parrot friends
I placed all this cuteness on a shaped card.
Now it is your turn!
How will you break down the colors!
Make sure you use the challenge picture to link up your creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a great week.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Farmyard Friends IPC 96

We are at the halfway point of the current Inky Paws Challenge!

For my second half inspiration I used the MOO and OINK Stamp Sets
and came up with this fun farmyard card!

Farmyard Friends a card by Diane Morales| Moo and Oink Stamp Sets by Newton's Nook Designs

 I love a shaped card!
This one was so simple.
 Stamp and die cut the Cow, Pig and Hay.
Color in the images using colored pencils.
Next, create a round card from whatever die or machine you have in your stash.
For my background “sky” I chose to use a light blue cardstock
that I colored in with my watercolor pencils.

I mixed the colors together with my finger and a little water.
Then, die cut out the fence from the FENCE DIE SET.
 Trim down the fence to the correct size for your card.
Finally, assemble all the elements on the card and added a sentiment!

I had a great time creating this card and
 I hope it inspires you to take some time
and create something fun to share!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Cosmic Newton IPC 96

Today starts a NEW Inky Paw’s Challenge!
Are you ready for this one?

Colored pencils are not an art item that I use often.
This challenge gave me an opportunity to purchase a more professional
set of watercolor pencils.
To really give colored pencils a try and learn something new.
I also had an idea for a project using a technique that I learned as a kid.
I think we used to call it scratch art.

Cosmic Newton a card by Diane Morales | Cosmic Newton Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs

This all starts with the background.
Place your paper on TOP of your stencil.
My stencil of choice is the Cloudy Sky Stencil.
Tape the stencil and the paper down with washi so there is no lateral movement
Then, just start coloring over the top of the stencil with your pencil.
When I first thought of this idea to use the stencil this way I was so
hoping this idea would turn out the way I planned.
 The reveal of clouds was better that I expected!

I tried different types of colored pencils from Crayola and Michaels.
Those worked well but left more pencil lines.
To finish my project, I chose the Cosmic Newton Stamp Set
For the clouds that the space ship is bursting thru comes from the

All my images on this card use watercolor pencil from Arteza.
I had a great time crafting this card and I hope this inspires you to get crafty!
 Don’t forget to link up your projects on the Inky Paws website
Just tap the challenge picture above and hashtag us using

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Friends Fur-ever IPC 95

We are at the halfway point of the current Inky Paws Challenge!
What a fun sketch we have for you to work with!

For my inspiration I just went all in!

Friends Fur-ever a card by Diane Morales | Puppy Pals Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs

When I’m in a crafty rut, I create backgrounds.
This helps me to wake up my creativity.
  I created this background using 
the PLAID STENCIL SET and Texture Paste.

 I felt that this would be the perfect background for the idea I had in my head.
 THE PUPPY PALS STAMP SET is my set of choice for this card.
This set would add a fun touch to the 
masculine card I was going for.

With two of the elements in place, I turn my attention to the banner element.
For this, I chose the FANCY EDGES TAG DIE.
I cut out the banner used the pointed bottom edge that came with the die.
Then, I just chopped off the top!  Instant banner!

The background element of the sketch was a happy accident!
I was playing with the FRAMEWORKS DIE SET.
I noticed that the off cut of the Large Postage Edge Rectangle was interesting.
In my mind, I thought it would make an interesting edge.

Turns out that was a YES!
 I stamped my sentiment at the top of my banner.
 Assembled my card together and added in the two hearts at the bottom for flair.

Now that my card is done, I can’t wait to see what everyone else come up with!
 Use the link in the challenge picture to show us your projects.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.
 Have a great week.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Have a Mice Day IPC 95

Time for a NEW Inky Paws Challenge!

We have a such fun sketch for you to play with.
OK… full disclosure. I did have to stare at this sketch
for a while to figure out how to work with it.

Have a Mice Day a card by Diane Morales | Garden Mice Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Deisgns

I stamped out and colorized the mouse from the Garden Mice Stamp Set.
 That is when the whole card came together.
I love the way the flower color came out, so I decided to
base my colors for this project on this flower.
I went into the paper stash came out with this amazing patterned paper for the background.
I also matched burnt orange and sand colored cardstock to go with the patterned paper.
With the paper choices made, it was all about the assembly.
The sand colored cardstock was cut out using the
Large Postage Edge Rectangle from the Frameworks Die Set
The inside element printed paper was die cut from the Curved Edge Rectangle
Burnt orange cardstock became the across element behind the banner.
The main element is piece of white cardstock that is hand cut into a banner.
When I assembled the whole card, I thought the white banner
was just… plain!
Then I noticed the flowers on the printed paper closely matched
the flowers on the Bold Blooms Stencil.
 I ran the banner and stencil thru my die cut machine using
my embossing pad and was very happy with the results!

 For a final touch, I added twine and a tag with my sentiment to the top of the banner.

I had a blast figuring out all the different elements of the card.
I am SUPER excited to see what everyone is going to create with this sketch.

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great week.