Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday

Hi everyone! One of my favorite companies, Newton’s Nook, is having another Inky Paws Challenge! The theme of the challenge is birthday, which is perfect since I only have 2 birthday sets from them. My goal is to have all the cute cat sets but for now I just have 2.

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I decided for the challenge to utilize both of my sets which are Birthday Bash and Birthday Flutter. Also, I used a die set from Taylored Expressions called Color Block Cutting Plate. This die set comes with 11 dies! Don’t let the number scare you! I only used 3 of the dies from the set; the large main die and 2 of the smaller dies.

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To make the card I ran the large main die through my Sizzix Big Kick twice, once with yellow card stock and once with Copic quality card stock. Then I used the scallop die with green paper and the smaller die with white card stock. I stamped my images using Memento Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. For the balloons, I stamped several balloons onto Post-it Tape and cut them out to create masks. I used the masks to create the layers look of the balloons. Also, I used my clear Wink of Stella Marker to add some sparkle to the balloons. Unfortunately, you can’t see it in the picture but I promise it is there! To stamp the greeting, I used Versafine Black ink because it makes a nice crisp impression. Assembling the card is the easy part! First, I adhered the yellow frame to my white card base using my Zig Glue Pen. Be careful that everything is straight so that your pieces will fit in their spots. Next, I adhered all the pieces into the their spots using my ATG gun.

I loved making this card! I hope that it inspires you to combine stamp sets together and even companies together to create awesome cards!

Sheldon Came Home 2 Years Ago Today!

Hi Everyone! Today Facebook reminded me that 2 years ago today my husband and I brought home a little kitten!  He was only 4 weeks old when we brought him home. My husband’s coworker found a litter of 3 kittens under his house and my husband, for some reason, thought it would be safe to send his kitty loving wife a picture of the little kittens. He was wrong! I was only allowed to have one of the kittens. I controlled myself only picked out one but I wanted to take all 3. It was hard to pick one because they were all the same, 3 little orange male kittens. Because we didn’t know if he had any diseases we had to keep him locked in our bathroom of our apartment to keep him separate from our other kitty, Baby Girl. This picture was taken after the first night with him and he kept us up all night with his little meows. 943087_4587086447021_1888573506_n

It’s amazing how time flies! Now he is 2 years old and weighs 12 pounds. To say the least he is a big boy! Much bigger than Baby Girl who is only 7 pounds. It took us a few days to come up with name for him but we named him Sheldon Cooper Gunn. The other choice was Bazinga. Any fans of Big Bang Theory know where we got these names. I do have days when I think to myself that we should have named Bazinga!

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When I am not feeling well he is my nurse kitty and will lay with me or come check on me. On this day I was home with a migraine and he came to check on me and I managed to get a picture.

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For some reason Sheldon doesn’t like to lay in the sun. He likes the dark much better. He actually avoids the sunlight in the sun room but he does love the pouf. It just doesn’t make any sense to me! Just to give you a sense of how big he is, the pouf measures about 25″x25″x25″. He easily takes up the whole thing!

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For our Christmas cards I managed to snap a picture of him in the Christmas collar that I got him. Let me tell you, I took about 30 pictures before I got one that he was sitting still and didn’t have my husbands hand in the shot. We also took pictures of Baby Girl but she behaves and sits still more than Sheldon. I didn’t try to get both of them in the same shot because that would have been impossible!

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He also likes to sit in my craft room with me while I am making cards. Now why he chose a small tight area to sit in instead of one of the empty cubes on either side, I will never know.

Well I think that is enough about Sheldon for now! I will do another post in the future about Baby Girl. Now it is time for me to go back to creating some cards.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Newton’s Nook Design: Inky Paws Challenge #20

Hi Everyone! This week I am participating in the Newton’s Nook Design Inky Paw Challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card based off the sketch that they provide. You have to use at least one of their stamp designs in your card. For my card I decided to make a birthday card using the Newton’s Birthday Bash Set. Below is the picture of the sketch to follow. Click here for more information on the Inky Paws Sketch Challenge.

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To start the card I cut a 2.5″ square from 110lb Michaels white card stock. I have a lot of scraps so I try to use those first. After picking out my image and greeting, I stamped them on the square using Memento Black ink because I used Copic Markers for coloring. Both of my cats are orange so I colored the kitty to be orange. To get the lighter orange on the chest, I used my colorless blender being careful not to apply to much. When using the colorless blender I recommend going over the area once then letting it dry before going over it again. Repeat this until you get desired color. The colorless blender is is also great if you accidentally go outside to the lines while coloring because you can push the color back. For the cheeks I used a white Signo Uniball pen and made three little dots.

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After coloring I cut the rest of the pieces that I needed to make the card. All of the paper is from my stash but I did find the pattern online and provided a link for it. I was shocked to find the paper because I bought it from a store before it went of business 2 years ago. The solid card stock is all from Michaels. I decided that I want the card to be a top folding card so I cut the card base to be 4.25″x11 and scored it at 5.5″. The main panel of card is the pattern paper which I cut to 4.0″x5.25″. For the banners I found some scraps that coordinate with the pattern paper. The twine is also from my stash but I have no idea where I got it. You can use any color twine that will go with your card.

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Now it’s time to assemble your card! First I adhered the banner pieces to pattern paper using my ATG gun. Next, I tied my twine in a bow around the pattern paper and made sure the bow was over the banners. I decided to leave the tails of the bow long instead of trimming them to be short. After that I adhered the square panel using the Scotch Foam Tape to give some dimension. The last step is to adhere the panel to the card base using the ATG gun.

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Your card is complete! I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t forget to visit Newton’s Nook Design Blog for more information about the Inky Paws Challenge.

Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Todays card is one that I have been wanting to make since I got this stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love cats, so I am always looking for cute cat stamps and Newton’s Nook is one of my favorite. They have so many cute sets featuring Newton the cat. I plan on buying many more stamp sets from them in the future. As always the list of materials is below with links. Let’s get started!

I started off by stamping the 2 images onto the smooth side of white watercolor paper. I recommend using Archival Ink from Ranger because this ink is waterproof and will not bleed while you are watercoloring your images. The watercolor paper that I used is from Michaels that came in a pad and then I cut it down. After I stamped my images, I adhered my panel to an Epicurean cutting board using low tack painters tape. The reason I do this is that it will help reduce the warping of the watercolor paper as we paint on it.

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Next I watercolored the image using Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I chose to color my cat in orange because both of my cats are orange. I have a small collection of colors but now that they have released the mini ink pads I am working on increasing my collection. To use the Distress Ink, I smooched them onto my craft sheet. If you don’t have a craft sheet you can also use an acrylic block or a piece of acetate. Also, I used a water brush that holds water but if you don’t have one you can use a paint brush that will do detail work and a small container of water. I do recommend keeping a paper towel next to you to wipe off you brush when you switch between colors so that you won’t mix color together. You can let panel air dry in between colors or to speed up the process you can use a heat gun to dry the ink. I like to work quickly so I used my heat gun. This is also another reason to tape the watercolor paper to the cutting board. Below is a picture of everything colored in and the colors that I used.

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Next remove the panel from the cutting board carefully. If you tear off a little of that paper off the sides it will be fine because next we are going to die cut the panel to the desired size. I used a set of rectangular stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamps and my Big Shot. After I cut the panel to the size I wanted I also cut a thick white border using the same set of dies. The card stock was 110lb card stock from Michaels. I used the same die for the inside of the frame that I used to die cut the panel so that the panel will sit inside the frame. For the outside edge of the frame I used the largest die. The picture below shows the pieces cut out.

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Now to finish the card! First I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the white frame. Then I stamped my sentiment and the feathers on the inside of the card base. I used black Memento ink for both of the sentiments and the feathers. The card base for this card is a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ yellow card stock from Michaels that I cut in half the long way and made the card a top folding card. After stamping, I adhered the white frame to the front of the card and then watercolor panel inside the white frame using my ATG gun.

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Your card is complete and ready to give a cat lover or anyone else! As always the list of supplies is listed below with links.