Friday, September 20, 2019

Sunflower Happy Birthday Card

Happy Friday! We have finally received a brief break from the summer heat and that makes me happy. The start to Fall is only a few days away, so I'm hoping for cooler days to come.

This time of year in Oklahoma you can see Sunflowers along the side of the road. I think they are a happy flowers! When Newton's Nook released this Sunflower Days stamp set I knew it was a must have. Copic markers were used to color the image and the coordinating die to cut it out. Last week the lever on my Fiskar's grass punch broke, so I replaced it with the Land Borders Die Set by Newton's Nook. The blue paper strip was made with mixed media paper along with Distress Oxide inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. Some water was sprayed onto the panel and lifted with a paper towel, then it was then sprayed with white Dylusions ink. The birthday sentiment is from the Newton Loves Cake stamp set by Newton's Nook. That's it! Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trick or Treat Card

Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week and the month of September. That means I need to make a couple of Halloween cards every week to have enough to send to family and friends. This year my family might be a little shocked to see dogs on my cards instead of cats. It was time to do something different and the Happy Howl-oween image by Newton's Nook is super cute. Copic markers were used to color the image then the coordinating dies were used. The patterned paper is from the Bootiful Night paper pad by American Crafts (2016). For easy shipping everything was adhered flat and that's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Challenges entered: Crafty Creations (Anything Goes) and Inky Paws (Halloween Theme). 🎃

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Heartfelt Sympathy Card - TMS #521

Greetings fellow crafters! It's time again to challenge you to another sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by Debbie Foster and I think you're really going to like it. To join the fun just create a card using the provided sketch and link it to the challenge by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Click HERE for all the details and design team inspiration. Hope you will play along!

This Heartfelt Sympathy Card will be going to my cousin. Her husband suddenly passed away last week and I know her heart is broken. To make this card I dug through every paper pad I had to find the perfect papers. I finally settled on papers from the So Sophie paper pad by My Mind's Eye (2011). It's one of the first paper pads I bought when I started making cards and I've hoarded it because I love the colors. The yellow butterfly was stamped using one of my retired favorites Watercolor Wings by Stampin' Up! and the sentiment was positioned to extend from the butterfly wings. I know a card can't fix the hurt when a loved one passes, but I hope it helps in some way. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sketch #521:

Monday, September 16, 2019

Green Monochrome Sympathy Card

Hello! Last week the husband of one of my cousins unexpectedly passed away. They are young and had only been married a couple of years. I know her heart is broken and her world has turned upside down. This Green Monochrome Sympathy Card is one I made to send to my Aunt and Uncle who live next door to my cousin. They are all very close and it's been such a shock to all of them. There isn't a lot I can do, but I can make them cards to show my support.

This card was made using various colors of green inks. I started with a piece of white cardstock and used a brayer to add a light green ink all over then added a slightly darker green to the edges. Then the Blossom layering stencil by Tim Holtz was used with Peeled Paint distress ink. The flowers are from the Bloom Brighter stamp set by Verve Stamps and were stamped with Mossy Meadow ink by Stampin' Up!. Three leaf sprigs were stamped from the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamp set using Garden Green ink by Stampin' Up! and the stenciled panel was adhered to a piece of Garden Green cardstock. A butterfly was added for more detail next to the sympathy sentiment from the Forever in Our Hearts stamp set by Verve Stamps. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Autumn Mice Fall Card

Hello! There are 11 days left until the arrival of Fall. That means I need to make a few more cards for my family. This card features the Autumn Mice stamp set by Newton's Nook along with patterned papers from the Fall Market paper pad by Carta Bella. To add more stamped detail I used a Hero Arts stamp with Memento rich cocoa ink to make a background for the little mouse. Copic markers were used to color the images and the coordinating die cuts to cut them out. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: Cardz 4 Galz (Welcome Autumn/Fall), Crafty Gals Corner (Fall Colors), Cute Card Thursday (Autumn!), Southern Girls (Anything Goes) and Watercooler Wednesday (All About Occasions).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Autumn Critters Card - TMS #520

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're ready to play along with this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. It has some fun angled panels which I always enjoy. The design team has a variety of inspiration for you this week and we are lucky to have two guest designers joining the fun. Click HERE for our inspirational creations and challenge details. To play along with the challenge you'll need to link your creation by 8 pm on Sunday.  😊

To create this Autumn Critters Card I decided to rotate the sketch. I've had this critter image by Bugaboo Stamps printed for awhile and thought it was a good opportunity to use it. The plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn and the leaves are from the Fall Break paper pad by Carta Bella. To finish off the card nine glimmer stickers were adhered to follow the sketch and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

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Sketch #520:

Monday, September 9, 2019

Butterfly Blossoms Card

Good day! Mondays are usually my laundry and errand day. The one good thing about doing laundry is there is some down time to get some crafting done while the washer and dryer do their thing. This Butterfly Blossoms Card is what I made today. I've been wanting to use this butterfly for awhile, it's so pretty. It's from the Butterfly Blossoms stamp set by Reverse Confetti and Copic markers were used to color the image. For the background paper I've used my favorite color purple it provides a nice contrast to the orange butterfly. A little black gingham paper along the side for extra detail and three sequins were added for some sparkle. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

Challenges entered: Dare 2 B Artsy (Favorite Color), Simon Says (Stamp It) and Stamping Sensations (Anything Goes with Flowers). 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Extra Hugs Card with Bunny

Hello! We are having a lazy Sunday at our house, so while my hubby is napping I made this Extra Hugs Card with Bunny. The image is called Hug a Bunny by Unity Stamps and I absolutely adore it. Several years ago I rescued a Holland Lop rabbit who was on my back porch eating the critter food I leave out for our cottontails. The poor thing was in desperate need of rescue. I named him Snickers and he went to live at my parent's farm. When I found this image it reminded me of him. To color the image I used Copic markers and the floral paper is from the Spring Fling paper pad by Pebbles (2015). Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Photo of Snickers:

Friday, September 6, 2019

Life's a Picnic Card

Happy Friday! Although I'm counting down the days until fall arrives, I couldn't resist using the Newton's Picnic stamp to create this Life's a Picnic Card. The layout is from the Inky Paws sketch challenge that ends today. All images were stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. The coordinating dies were used to cut out the images. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and a small white twine bow was added for detail. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Challenges entered: Addicted to Stamps and More (Make Your Mark), Brown Sugar (Anything Goes), Inky Paws (Sketch) and Simon Says (Stamp It).

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Note Card with Fox

Hello! Yesterday was the launch of the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog and there are lots of great new products. I'm trying to use good self control, but it's hard. I definitely have a new favorite and it's the Nature's Beauty stamp set. It has some darling critters and for every stamp set sold $3 will be donated to mental health organizations. For this card I stamped the Fox and grasses with Memento black ink and colored them with Stampin' Blends and Copic markers. The Just a Note sentiment is retired, the paper is from the Come To Gather dsp and Mint Macaron twine is from the Nature's Twine set. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Baby Girl Card - TMS #519


Welcome back and happy Tuesday! Are you ready to join the fun with a new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches? I hope you will join us this week and share your interpretation of the sketch designed by Debbie Foster. I made a baby card for a family friend who is expecting a girl. To enter your creation just make a card following the sketch and link it HERE by 8 pm EST on Sunday. The design team created some lovely inspiration and we can't wait to see what you make. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sketch #519:

Friday, August 30, 2019

Nature's Beauty Sneak Peek

Happy Friday! August is almost behind us and that means the new holiday Stampin' Up! catalog will be debuting on September 4th. Today I have a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Nature's Beauty and for every set sold $3 will go towards mental health organizations. The set includes images of a rabbit, fox and deer with wonderful grass and tree accents. I made a tag using the rabbit with some grasses and paired it with new patterned paper from the Come To Gather designer series paper. Copic markers were used to color the images and a pair of deckle Fiskar's scissors were used to cut the edges. When adding a sentiment I prefer to have them fit into a shape that can be matted but that doesn't always work. The sentiments seem to stand out better which I like. Luckily I found a For You sentiment in the retired Birthday Blooms stamp set that fit into a 1 1/4" circle and I matted it with a scalloped circle. That's it! Everything was adhered flat and a ribbon added to the top. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

One in a Melon Card

Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful week. Our weather is cooler which has been nice but it's still summer. This time of year you can find watermelon abundantly in the markets. It's a great summer treat to help cool off. I recently purchased the Newton's Melon stamp and was inspired to make this One in a Melon Card as a thank you card. Copic markers were used to color the image and the coordinating die to cut it out. It was paired with some fun patterned papers from my stash. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and three sequins added for some sparkle. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Trick or Treat Card -TMS #518

Happy Tuesday! August is almost over and each day we get closer to Fall which also means Halloween is near. Using this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches I made this Trick or Treat Card. I send out several cards for Halloween to family and friends, so it's always a good idea to start early. Over the last couple of weeks I've seen several Halloween cards entered into our challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches and that helped inspire me to get a head start. We would love for you to play along with the sketch challenge and join us this week. Click HERE for all the details and design team inspiration. You have until 8 pm EST on Sunday to link your creation. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.


Sketch #518:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Newton Autumn Greetings Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share my latest card. It's an Autumn Card to play along with the color challenge at Inky Paws. Are you ready for Autumn? I know I am!!! I'm much happier when there is a cool breeze in the air. For those of you counting down the days there is 33 days until the official start to Fall/Autumn here in the United States.

This Newton Autumn Greetings Card uses two different stamp sets by Newtons's Nook. The main image is from the Autumn Newton Stamp set and the sentiment and gourd image is from the Harvest Tails stamp set. Copic markers were used to color the images and the coordinating dies to cut them out. Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint were used on the focal panel using the ink smooshing technique. The patterned papers are from the Happy Camper paper pad by We R Memory Keepers and that's it. This card is also entered into the animal challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Don't Be Sad Card - TMS #517

Happy Tuesday! The weeks keep rolling by and each week we have a new challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by Debbie Foster and I decided to turn it to accommodate the image I wanted to use. The image is called Sad Stymie by Unity Stamps and it was stamped with black Memento ink. So how will you use this sketch? I can't wait to see your card in the gallery. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Don't forget to link your card by 8 pm EST on Sunday.

This Don't Be Sad Card was made for my hubby in an attempt to cheer him up. Challenges entered: Alphabet Challenge (K for Kind Thoughts), Krafty Chicks (Masculine) and Southern Girls (Father's Day/Masculine).

Sketch #517:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Drumming Rabbit Card

Happy Friday! It's back to school time and my niece is in the drum line of her high school band. So I searched for the perfect image and finally found this cute drumming rabbit by LilooboxShop on Etsy. Even though it was meant to be an Easter image it was exactly what I wanted. The image was colored with Copic markers using her school colors and then die cut with a frame die by Taylored Expressions. The patterned papers were gathered from my scrap bin and the Woohoo! sentiment by Paper Smooches added. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful and crafty weekend!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Beautiful Day Card

Hello crafty friends! I hope all is well with you. Last week our air conditioning unit of fifteen years had to be replaced and we are still working out the kinks with the new one. It's supposed to be more energy efficient and it runs completely different than our old one. The whole ordeal has my hubby very stressed and when he is stressed I feel the affects.

Anyway, when I saw the challenge title at Simon Says Stamp was Midsummer Blues it really captured how I'm feeling. Even though I may be a little depressed I wanted to make a pretty uplifting card. I think it would make a wonderful birthday or anniversary card. The stamps used are from the Doodle Buds set by W Plus 9 Designs, the background paper is from the Tutti Frutti paper pad by My Mind's Eye (2019) and the pinked frame is by Avery Elle. That's it! So glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ginger Kitty Thanks Card - TMS #516

Welcome back! It's time for the start of another sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this weeks sketch is designed by me. I would love for you to play along! As always, the design team has created some wonderful inspiration. To play along just make a card using the sketch and link back to the challenge by 8 pm EST on Sunday. All the challenge details can be found HERE. I hope to see your card in the gallery!

To make this Ginger Kitty Thanks Card I used a stamp set by Unity Stamps called Cat's Meow. Copic markers were used to color the image. I colored the kitty to look like one of the rescued cats at a local shelter called Animal Aid of Tulsa. They are dedicated to helping sick, injured and abused stray dogs and cats in the Tulsa area. Next time I take them a donation I'll include this card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sketch #516:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Birthday Bird Card - TMS #515

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're staying cool during these hot summer days. If you need an excuse to stay in your craft room then you're in luck because today is the start of another sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. The sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and I love the angled square behind the image. We would love for you to join us this week! You have until 8 pm EST on Sunday to link your creation. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

This Birthday Bird Card features a digital image by Bugaboo Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. All patterned papers are from the Birthday Wishes paper pad by Echo Park (2015). The birthday sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts and was stamped with Memento black ink. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Sketch #515:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Penguin Watermelon Card

Thanks for stopping by to check out this Penguin Watermelon Card. Watermelon is a loved summer treat here in Oklahoma. My grandparents used to grow them in their garden and sell them in their farm stand. I have many fond memories of summer that involves watermelons. I guess that's why I love this penguin digital image from Whimsy Stamps designed by Crissy Armstrong. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with a stitched square die. The sentiment says "Today calls for something sweet" and it's from the retired More Than Words stamp set by Stampin' Up!. All patterned papers are from the Summer Lovin' paper pad by Carta Bella (2014) and that's it. Wishing you a happy and crafty day!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Happy Place Card

It's time to say good-bye to July! Each day we get closer to Fall and that makes me happy. The sunshine is great but I prefer the crisp breeze of Fall.

This Happy Place Card was made using the new Newton's Birdhouse stamp along with the Frames and Flags die set by Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the image and the coordinating die to cut it out. I did a little ink smooshing using Tumbled Glass distress ink and added some green grass punched with a Fiskars grass punch. A piece of patterned paper from the Sunshowers paper pad by Heidi Grace Designs was used and that's it. This Happy Place Card is entered into the following challenges: Addicted to Stamps (Make Your Mark), Inky Paws (Summer Theme), Simon Says Stamp (Anything Goes), Tuesday Throwdown (Furry Friends) and Watercooler Wednesday (Anything Goes). It makes me happy that you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Grow with Love Card - TMS #514

Hello and happy Tuesday! This weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches by Melissa Craig is really open for your creativity. It's been awhile since I used watercolor, so I decided to watercolor an image by Unity Stamps called Angie's Tree for this Grow with Love Card. The design team has some wonderful inspiration and we all took a different approach to this sketch. I sure hope you will join us this week and link your creation. You have until 8 pm EST on Sunday to play along. There is always a great prize for one lucky winner and it could be you. Click HERE for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!



Sketch #514:

Monday, July 29, 2019

Newton Ice Cream Card

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! A part of me does believe Ice Cream solves everything or at least it should. Anyway... I'm being silly, I guess that's what happens when I'm sleep deprived. We have a cat that's been waking us up at 4 am and it's starting to make me crazy. So, after several cups of coffee I made this Newton Ice Cream Card for the Bright and Cheerful challenge at Simon Says Stamp using the colors from Coloring in Scrapland's photo inspiration (see below). The image is from the Newton's Summer Treats stamp set by Newton's Nook and it was colored with Copic markers. All patterned papers are from the Summer Days paper pad by Echo Park (2010). I got a little creative with the layout and I really like how it turned out. To finish the card three sequins were added for sparkle and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day. 😊

Friday, July 26, 2019

Merriest Wishes Card

Good day! I have a quick post to share this Merriest Wishes Card. It was inspired by the Christmas in July photo/movie challenge at Catch The Bug. The movie is White Christmas and the photo is a wonderful snow woodland scene (see below). So, I used more white than normal with some fun foil polka dot paper. It looks silver and when light hits it there is a rainbow look. It's by DCWV pastel foils mat stack and it was paired with a Bugaboo image called Winter Birds - Snowman. The image was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a Taylored Expressions scalloped frame. On my craft desk was this cute squirrel from a retired Newton's Nook set that I colored months ago and I decided it was perfect next to the Merriest Wishes sentiment. That's it! Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas. So glad you stopped by and enjoy the rest of your day! 

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Newton Santa Paws Card


Happy Thursday! We got a subtle break from the summer heat the last couple of days and it's been nice. I mowed the lawn yesterday and pulled a few weeds, but there are still plenty of outdoor chores that need to be done. It's seems there is never enough time or energy to get everything accomplished.

Making Christmas cards in July is a wonderful idea! It helps me add to my stash and it's a nice break from summer colors. Although, this Newton Santa Paws Card is the first one I've made this month. I've had a harder time finding ideas than usual. Luckily the sketch at Inky Paws helped to inspire this card. The Santa Paws stamp set by Newton's Nook was used and the images colored with Copic markers. Three different patterned papers were used, plaid by Lawn Fawn, polka dots by Stampin' Up! and snowflakes by Recollections (Fireside paper pad). I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On My Mind Card - TMS #513

Another week has come and went and it's time to start another sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks layout was designed by Debbie Foster and my card features a digital image called Bunny by Di's Digital Stamps. The sweet bunny was colored with Copic markers and die cut with a stitched square die. A sentiment was added where the butterflies are featured on the sketch with some twine in place of the rick rack element. A small butterfly was added for detail and that's it. I sure hope you will join us this week! For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click HERE. Don't forget to have your card linked by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Sketch #513:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Otterly Amazing Card

Hello! I hope all is well in your world today. This afternoon I read the challenge at Simon Says Stamp was to make your own background, so I decided to play along. After finding a couple of masculine challenges at Watercooler Wednesday and Use Your Stuff this Otterly Amazing Card was in the works. The stamp set used is called Otter Friends by Hello Bluebird and I totally feel in love with it the minute I saw it. After coloring the images with Copic markers they were die cut with the coordinating dies. To make the background I used distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. The outer paper started with Sahara Sand cardstock by Stampin' Up! and it was inked with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap distress inks. Water was spritzed onto the inked papers and some color dabbed away. The heat gun was used to help speed the drying process. A Memory Box die called Underwater Collage was used and the images positioned onto the card. The final addition was the heat embossed sentiment and that's it. I'm also entering this card in the anything goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Here is a closer look at these adorable otters:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Caring Card - TMS #512

The weeks keep flying by and it's Tuesday again! That means the start of another sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This weeks sketch was designed by Melissa Craig and I really enjoyed using my patterned paper on this Caring Card. It's a great sketch to use a sentiment as the focal point and I used a sentiment by Print Works called Caring is Everything. The design team has created some wonderful inspiration and we would love for you to join us this week. For all the challenge details click HERE and don't forget to link your card by 8 pm EST on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges entered: Crafty Friends (2 or More Patterned Papers), Creative Fingers (Anything Goes) and Just Us Girls (Sentiment as Focus).

Sketch #512:

Monday, July 15, 2019

Welcome Spring Card

It may be Summer but I'm thinking Spring. I send out more cards in Spring and Fall, so I thought I would work on cards for those seasons. I'm also trying to use the digital images I already have printed and this Spring Friends image by Bugaboo Stamps was perfect to go with the current Stella Says Sketch challenge. After selecting the patterned paper from the Hoppy Easter paper pad by Doodlebug Design the image was colored with Copic markers to coordinate. Some scraps were used for the three banners and the sentiment is from the Woodland Spring stamp set by Newton's Nook. For easy shipping everything was adhered flat and that's it. So glad you stopped by and I hope you come back again soon.


Stella Says Sketch #712:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Newton You're Cool Card

Happy Friday! There are only minutes left to enter the Inky Paws color challenge #101 using red, pink, lime green and light brown. Even though I started my card days ago, it was just finished. There were lots of distractions this week at my house!

To make this card I did some ink smooshing using worn lipstick distress ink and mixed media paper. The green patterned paper is from the Tutti Frutti paper pad by My Mind's Eye and it was die cut using the Newton's Nook Frames and Flags die set. After stamping the image from the Newton's Summer Treats stamp set it was colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Three sequins were added for sparkle and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. So glad you stopped by!

This Newton You're Cool Card is also entered into the following challenges: