Sunday, December 31, 2017

JOY and a Happy New Year. IPC 62

One week left on the current
Inky Paws Challenge
Check out the great colors we are working with.

For my final card of the year I decided to go simple.
Just a simple card with a simple envelope.

 The sentiment is what's important. For me 2017 was all about the JOY.
So many good things happened including my first design team.
 That the sentiment pretty much sums up the year for me.
 For this card I used the “Happy Little Thoughts” Stamp Set.
The JOY in the center of the wreath is from the “Snow Globe Shaker” Die Set.
I use the challenge colors to color in the flowers as accents for the card.
I did some clear embossing with flowers from the stamp set in the background,
 just to give it a little something. 
The envelope was just a simple stamp and color.
I want to take this opportunity to give a HUGE thanks to Jeff and Jennifer from Newton’s Nook.
 Thank you (SO MUCH) for chosing me, and trusting me with your designs.
 The last 6 months and grown so much as a card designer.
Most important, I have learned a lot about myself and I am eternally grateful for all the support.
 It is amazing to see from the first card I made (in 2006) to one of
the cards I currently created. (which you’ll see in 2018).
I love to inspire people to get just get out and try it, 
no matter if you fail, just get out and try it.
 Let all of us continue to grow and enjoy what we do.
Have a wonderful New Year!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Trio of Tags IPC 62

Hello everybody
  Welcome to a new Inky Paw’s challenge.
I can't believe that this is the last challenge of the year.
For this challenge we have some real cool colors. 

For this challenge I went ALL IN.
I created a Trio of holiday tags.

A trio of Tags |  Tags by Diane Morales | Snow Globe Scenes Stamp Set by Newton Nook Designs

The original idea was to create one tag.
But… I die cut a whole lot of extra die cuts, so I make two more tags!

I started out by making the snow globe from the “Snow Globe Shaker” Die set.

 I had the idea for the snow globe rolling around in my head for some time.  
 The snow globe features the houses from the“Snow Globe Scene” Stamp Set
These are colored using the challenge colors.
 The “wavy bottom”, that makes up the “hills” are from the “Fancy Edges Tag” Die Set.
To this, I added some glitter snow, and a sentiment from the “Winter Tails” stamp set.

The second tag starts with paper from my stash.

   I created the backround for the tag 
 using base tag from the “Fancy Edges” Tag Die Set.
To this, I added the Village from the “Snow Globe Scenes” Stamp Set.
I colored the village using the challenge colors, added a sentiment and Santa.

For the third tag, I started a piece of scrap from a card that is going to be on my Instagram.

The background features the “Snowfall Stencil” 
The snow flakes are spackled onto white paper with Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste. 
To this, I added the snowmen from the “Snow Globe Scenes” Stamp Set,
with the scarfs colored using the challenge colors.
 The sentiment is from the “Winter Tails” Stamp Set.

Three tags, from one very cute stamp set!
I hope this inspires you to take some time and get your Paws Inky!
Use the challenge picture above to link up your projects.
I hope that everyone has an amazing holiday, however you celebrate.
Thanks for stopping by.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Let It Snow IPC 61

 Super pumped for the new Inky Paws Challenge.
For this challenge we have a Sketch Challenge!

I love sketch challenges because it allows me to think outside the box.
A recent cleaning and downsizing of my office,
 I discovered some cool paper, I had forgotten.
 This lead me into the color story of the card.

Let It Snow a card by Diane Morales| Snow Globe Scenes Stamp Set by Newtons Nook Designs

 Using the printed paper as a color guide, I cut and colored trees
and the deer from the Snow Globes Scenes Stamp Set.
I am in LOVE with all the little elements in the stamp set, so many ways to stamp with all the pieces.
 To set the scene for the card, I die-cut out a piece of white paper.
 Using Distress ink and a little water, I painted in the top part of blue, 
and the bottom green.
Does not have to be perfect. Most of the background is covered by elements.
Next, layer on all the elements, once again using your best judgement.
For this card I used the layer effect to match the sketch.
Just because I wanted the card to have a winter wonderland look.
 I added in the snow on the tree and ground.  This did not go as planned.
 I should have added more of the paint and white glitter to the snow mix.
MY winter wonderland looks like a heavy frost warning.
I let that go, and added on a sentiment.

When I finished the card, I noticed the excessive amount
 of leftover die cuts littering my desk. 
SO… why not make another card!

For this card, I made a little Mini-Me shaker card of the large card.
AND… this time my snow looks cool!

I hope that this inspires you to create your own Winter Wonderland.
When you done, use the link in the Challenge picture to link up your creations.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
All the best



Friday, December 1, 2017

Llama LOve CTD471

Occasionally, when you see something that inspires you,
 you know exactly what card you're going to make.
This is the case with the current Color Throwdown.
When I saw the lovely metallic colors, this card popped into my head.

For this card I use the new llama Delivery Stamp Set from Newton's Nook Design.
I started with craft paper, a die from my stash, and decided to reverse-engineer the card.
  Stamping my stamp on the craft paper, 
I used the colors in the challenge to color in my llama first.
Moving on to the background, I use the Starfield Stencil
from Newton's Nook Design with some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.
 Although the color says its Brass it looks gold in the light or when photographed.
I did things a little different, I covered the stencil with paint and pressed paper on the stencil.
When I pulled the paper slowly from the stencil,
I discovered the cool distressed background it created.
I assembled all the pieces of the card onto some gray cardstock, added a sentiment, and I was done!
I am in love with the final look of the card,
and I hope that it encourages you to try something different.
Thanks for stopping, link to the Throwdown below.