Inky Paws Challenge – Glitter

Hello Everyone,

Today is the start of the new Inky Paws Challenge #60 and it is all about sparkle.

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Here is my card as inspiration:

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I wanted to make a very dimensional scene, therefore I cut several Scalloped stitched rectangle frames from Pretty Pink Posh. I love to recycle packaging materials, like the backing of the stamp and die sets when building a dimensional frame. Noone will ever see and it is thicker a bit than any of the cardstock I have. The last layer is cut from silver glitter paper.

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Before adhering the background scene, I also die cut some Lawn Fawn Birch trees and 2 stitched hillside borders from white cardstock. I also heat embossed in white the snowfall background stamp from MFT on vellum. I cut a blue rectangle as a background and built my layers. My “sandwich” is: blue background, 3 birch trees, 2 frames stacked, vellum, snowbank, birch trees again, frame, snowbank, frame, glitter frame. I get a lot of dimension this way without using foam tape.

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The images are from the adorable Santa Paws Newton set, coloured with copics and die cut with the coordinating dies. I also stamped the sentiment from the Snow globe scenes with Versamark and white heat embossed it on a piece of dark red cardstock.

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I adhered my shadow box style scene on a piece of metallic dark red cardstock and this went on a white A2 sized card base. A bit of my usual finishing touches I could not leave out: Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the snowbanks and the Santa costume, some glossy accent on the belt and noses and the pole.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired. You have 2 weeks to create a project with some sparkle and link it up on the IPC website. You might be the random winner of the 20USD gift certificate to the NND online store!

I will link this up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Its a stitch up and on the SSS Wednesday Challenge Furry friends, where they are featuring Newton’s Nook Designs this week.

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See you soon with another cute holiday card.

Have a lovely day,

Zsofi

 

 

 

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Holiday Card Series 2017 – #4 window card

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

It is Monday and time for a new Inky Paws Challenge #59 inspiration.

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The colours are gorgeous, so cozy for me. That gave me the thought to make a cozy inside scene which we see through a window.

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I started with die cutting the MFT window die in the middle of a white heavy weight card base. After that I took an MFT brick stencil and sponged some brown shades of distress inks. I die cut the window frame twice from dark brown cardstock and a piece of acetate to go in between. I also die cut a sentiment from red foil cardstock (DCWV).

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After assembling the outside of the card, I stamped the cute image from the Newton’s Nook Designs Fireside friends in the inside. I coloured it with Prismacolor Pencils.

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When it was all coloured I added Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the fire and the bow and a little glossy accent to make the image even more special.

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I hope you got inspired and will return soon for more holiday fun. You can play along the IPC 59 until this Friday so hurry! You may be the lucky winner of the 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

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See you soon,

Zsofi

 

 

Holiday Card Series 2017 – #1

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Hello Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend. Welcome to my Holiday Card Series 2017. It is Monday again, a new Inky Paws Challenge is starting today with beautiful Christmas colours which inspired my very first card in this series.

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For my card today I knew I wanted a chalkboard effect. So I took a piece of black cardstock and die cut a stitched rectangle from it. I used a sponge dauber and dabbed some white pigment ink on the edges. I made sure it is dry before I stamped my sentiment and heat embossed in white.

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I also stamped and coloured the kitty with a striped scarf from the Newton’s Holiday Mischief stamp set using Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I die cut some pine tree branches (MFT die) from dark green and apple green cardstocks, and a bow (Studio Katia) from red glitter fun foam. I assembled my scene, gave the chalkboard panel a green mat and adhered it to a red-white striped patterned paper (Doodlebug design).

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As a finishing touch I used a white gel pen to add some freckles to the kitty, some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents on the scarf.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to play along at the Inky Paws Challenge #59. You have 2 weeks to upload your project to be eligible to win a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

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I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Calling all critters great and small

See you soon with more holiday cards and tags,

Zsofi

 

Last minute Halloween card series – Day 7 – costume party

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Hello Everyone,

This is my second post today, as I promised you Halloween cards until Halloween. So this is the last but one.

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I had the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Costume Party set and didn’t have the chance to use it before. I wanted something rather simple, but could not decide which costume to feature. So I came up with a design which fits 3 in one card.

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I started with stamping and colouring the kitties and costumes, I used Copics and the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I took a black stitched strip of cardstock and added a stitched scalloped green mat to it. After that I die cut 3 windows and placed my kitties in them. I backed it with a piece of vellum to mute down the background as the paper I chose was very vibrant.

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I white heat embossed a sentiment on a piece of bold coloured patterned paper (Doodlebug Booville collection still) and gave it a light blue stitched at before I adhered it to an A2 sized card base.

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A little bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents were needed to make this cute card even more special. I also used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the ghost costume.

I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge All creatures great and small.

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I hope you like it and will return for the last card in my series tomorrow.

See you,

Zsofi

Christmas card and tag set

Good morning,

As it is Monday, I will have a little break from Halloween cards now and show you something special I made for Jana’s pulmonologist. It was totally inspired by the current Inky Paws Challenge #58 , that sketch gave me the idea of putting a circle tag on a card.

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I made a gift set, including 2 cards and 4 tags:

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I started with stamping the pretty ornament from the Newton’s Nook Designs Beautiful Baubles stamp set along with a circle sentiment from Simon Says Stamp on Copic friendly cardstock. I die cut it with a circle die and put it aside. I made several of these (more than I show here as I want to try more colour combos later), my stamp positioner was a great help with this.

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Then I looked for patterned paper. I am addicted to Doodlebug Designs paper pads and still have plenty sheets from last year too. I chose one in colder colours and one more pinky-red. I cut them down to fit the front of an A2 sized card. I also chose coordinating cardstock scraps and die cut a stitched strip.

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Then I coloured the ornaments in coordinating colours. It is much easier for me to select the patterned paper first and the colour accordingly, I almost all the time do this. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer and glossy accent on the top.

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While it was drying I made some scalloped circle mats in coordinating colours, and backed them with a white one. I like to have my tags sturdy, the look more high quality this way. I poked a tiny hole on the top of the stand-alone tags and threaded through some silver string.

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I adhered the cards together using 3D foam tape under the tags. I also die cut tiny bows (Pretty Pink Posh) from silver cardstock and glued them on the ornament with a drop of Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

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A tiny little gemstone in the middle finished this cute set off.

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I will link this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

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I hope you like my project, and got inspired. Come and play along with us at the Inky Paws Challenge till Friday 3rd Nov for a chance to win a 20 USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Designs online store.

Hope to see you there,

Have a lovely week,

Zsofi

 

Last minute Halloween card series – Day #4 with Newton’s Nook Designs

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Hello Everyone,

Today I brought a card which needs a bit more time to prepare but a lot of parts can be easily replaced with less technique oriented solutions which can save some time.

I definitely wanted to use the adorable Halloween set from Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Boo-tiful night. I could not decide though which pumpkin image to use so I created a design which fits them both 🙂

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I started with stamping the images on Bristol Smooth cardstock and used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush marker to colour them in. Then I fussy cut them (no coordinating dies unfortunately) and ran a Memento black marker around the edges for a more finished look.

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I had another piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock, I created a circle mask for the moon and sponged Wilted Violet and Black soot distress inks on it. When it was all done, without removing the mask I applied silver glitter  embossing paste through the Starfield stencil. I set it aside to dry, meanwhile I inked up a scrap piece of cardstock with Black soot distress ink and die cut 2 grass borders. I sprinkled them with water for a more textured look. I also die cut a white picket fence (Lawn Fawn die) to add more dimension to my scene.

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When the background was dry, I removed the mask and used Black soot distress ink (really watered it down) to add texture to the moon. I was impatient and dried it with my heat tool, so I could stamp the sentiment and the bats on it with black ink.

After I assembled the card, I added some glossy accent to the eyes and mouth of the pumpkins.

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I will upload this project to the Cat Lovers Blog Hop and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

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I hope you like my card and will come back tomorrow for more Halloween fun.

See you,

Zsofi

 

 

Masculine Christmas card

Hello Everyone,

It is a really rainy Monday here, the beautiful leaves started to fall, some trees are almost bold. A clear sign that winter is close and Christmas is coming. For the new Inky Paws Challenge #58, I created a bit more masculine card, using the given sketch:

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Here it is:

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I started with selecting a pretty patterned paper from the Echo Park Hello Winter collection. It has my favourite blues. I cut it with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp and gave it a dark teal mat.

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I stamped and coloured the cute Winston the bear from the Newton’s Nook Designs Sweater weather set. I used Copics and fussy cut the image when it was done.

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I have a beautiful stitched snowflake die from MFT which is big enough to make a proper backdrop behind the bear. I cut it 3 times and stacked them together for more dimension. I still needed a stitched strip to go across the card and make Winston pop. I chose SSS Audrey blue cardstock for this.

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At this point I assembled the card, gave the whole panel a silver metallic mat and adhered it to a top folding A2 sized white card base.

The sentiment is cut with an MFT die, several times from dark blue cardstock, layered on each other and coated with glossy accents. I also had to add my finishing touches: clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the sweater and cap, black glaze pen on the nose and eyes, and a bit of glossy accents to emphasize some details.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to make sg awesome for this lovely sketch challenge. You have 2 weeks to link up your project to the Inky Paws Challenge site. You might be the randomly selected winner of a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

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Be sure to check back again, I have some fun Halloween cards to share this week.

See you soon,

Zsofi