Deck the halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop


Hello Everyone,

I am super excited to be part of the Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop this year! I love Newton’s Nook Designs’ products and they have so many holiday themed ones! It is hard to choose, so i decided to use and older set which is new to me: Winston’s Home for Christmas.


For the holidays when i give a present, i love to have a card and a matching tag to put on the wrapped present. When i designed my card, I made sure the design allows me to create a matching tag too.


I started with a piece of Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock, which i die cut with the scalloped rectangle die from the Frameworks die set and another piece with Fancy Edges tag die. I wanted to do some watercolouring which is totally out of my comfort zone 🙂


I stamped Winston and a matching sentiment on each panels using a waterproof black ink (my favourite is the Gina K Designs Amalgam ink). The sentiment on the tag is from the gorgeous Sentiments of the Season stamp set.


I used Altenew watercolours and a waterbrush to colour the images. It looks so dreamy after it got dry, even if i am at the very beginning of my watercolouring journey.


For the card i trimmed a dark red cardstock slightly larger than the scalloped rectangle and mounted it on a pretty patterned paper piece (Doodlebug Milk and Cookies) with 3D foam tape. For the tag i used the same patterned paper and red cardstock to embellish it. I am so happy that the Fancy Edges Tag die set has all sorts of dies to customize your tags. I added a bit of green too to make it really fancy. A piece of chunk red/white twine finished it off. 


I hope you got inspired to make your own Christmas cards with matching tags. And to step out of your comfort zones to have some extra fun!

 Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Exclusive! 

Newton’s Nook Designs is also releasing a NEW mini 2×3 stamp set today called Ginger Snap!! This fun new stamp set will only be available at Newton’s Nook Designs online shop and you can get it for FREE this week with a $30 purchase! Offer is valid until Friday, December 14, 2018 or while supplies last. This new stamp set is also available for purchase for $4.99.


Enter to Win! Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Hop Prizes! 

We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $25 store credit for Newton’s Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 9th at 9 pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 10th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop List:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Keeway Tsao

Alix Davis

Katie Gehring

Caly Person

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Zsofia Molnar (you are here)

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Happy hopping and see you soon!

Inky Paws Challenge #63

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Hello Everyone,

Today is the start of a new Inky Paws Challenge and it is all for the pink lovers out there 🙂

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For my card I created a watercolour background using Zig Color Real Brush markers, just scribbling some on Bristol Smooth cardstock and swiping it with a wet baby wipe. I love the ease and beauty of this technique. I also distressed it with water droplets and dabbed it off with a paper towel. When it was all dry, I die cut a stitched rectangle from it and used the Mama  Elephant starry backgrounds cover plate to cut the little stars. I backed this with some silver glitter paper.

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I then stamped and coloured the kitties from the Newton’s Christmas cuddles stamp set using Copic markers and simple shading. I used the coordinating dies to cut my couple. I also die cut a stitched snowbank and a picket fence (Lawn Fawn dies) from white cardstock.

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The sentiment is partly die cut from vellum and pink foil cardstock (Simon Says Stamp die) and stamped on the bottom of the snowbank (MFT You are a star stamp set).

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I assembled the card, I used 3D foam tape to pop up the kitties. As a finishing touch I used glossy accent on the scarves and a mini pompom on the cap. Prefect for Valentine’s Day.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to play along with us on the Inky Paws Challenge. You have 2 weeks to link up your project and you might be the lucky one to win the 20USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Design online store.

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I will also link this project up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Wednesday Challenge Something New (as the die cut sentiment is new to me).

Have a wonderful week,



Bokeh technique with distress inks

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday and it is still the time of relaxation. For us it is the winter break for the kids so we spend a lot of time together playing. The end of the year did not go as planned crafting-wise, I am still going to the post office to send out my belated holiday wishes. I have made a lot of cards which I did not manage to blog, this card set was one of them. But as the Paper Smooches Winter Holiday Challenge is still open, I will share it now.

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A couple of weeks back I attended a lovely course on Online Card Classes and learnt a great background technique with distress inks from the gorgeous Kristina Werner. I started with stamping the cute snowman couple on Bristol Smooth cardstock and masked them off using masking paper and the coordinating dies. I also added a strip of post-it tape to create snow.

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Then I applied some distress ink  and lifted some of it with a wet paintbrush. I heat set it and repeated again. After I felt ok with the result and it was all dry, I white heat embossed some beautiful snowflakes (SSS)  all around the snowmen.

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After removing the masks, I coloured the couple with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and glued it on a gold or silver mat. The sentiment is a stacked die cut for more dimension, it is also a Paper Smooches die.

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When the cards were done, I added some google eyes or eerie eyes from Doodlebug. A little Spectrum Noir shimmer, glossy accent and a tiny pearl finished off these cute cards. Which one is your favourite?

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Hope you don’t mind some more holiday themed cards till the new year. Please pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you,




Happy Halloween – last card

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Hello Everyone,

The day has come, it is Halloween and I am showing you my last card this year in the Last Minute Halloween Card-series. It was a fun week full of cards and bright colours 😀 I cannot deny myself 🙂

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For the last card I used Lawn Fawn and Clearly Besotted images, coloured with Copics and fussy cut.

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To build my scene I made a galaxy background first with watercolours and white acrylic paint. It is not showing much, only when you take a closer look. I also die cut a birch tree die (SSS) within a wonky stitched rectangle, which I popped up on the background using 3D foam tape. I die cut a large stitched rectangle from a purple plaid paper (Lawn Fawn) and adhered my scene on this.

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The sentiment is from the Happy Howl-o-ween Lawn Fawn set, I white heat embossed it on a stitched black banner.

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I used Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen (a bit less sparkly than the Spectrum Noir one) on the ghosts and the dress of my cute witch. I also emphasized some details with a black glaze pen and glossy accents.

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

I hope you enjoyed my card series, I am thinking of doing the same soon for Christmas. Let me know in the comments below if you were interested! I appreciate your feedback so much!

Have a lovely fright night and Happy Halloween!


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,




Last minute Halloween card series – #1 watercolour with Love Cynthia digis

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Hello Everyone,

I have been busy in the last few days catching up on Halloween cards. Personally I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I love all the cute stamps and dies available. And I also have some crafty friends who celebrate at the end of the month. So I put together a mini series of Halloween cards made in the last minute. Every day from today till Halloween I will post one spooky-cutie card. Hope you will like this and get inspired, it is never too late to make a card 😀

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For Day1 I made a card with the newly released digi stamps from Love Cynthia. If you are not familiar with the Happy Girls, you have to check out her website. I printed and coloured the cute witch with Copics, fussy cut it and added some extra details: black glaze pen on the eyes, Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the hat and dress and some glossy accent on the pompom and broomstick.

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I created a simple watercoloured background with a twist I learnt from Jennifer McGuire: after applying the watercolour (Gansai Tambi in my case) I sprinkled it with different types of salt crystals and let it dry. After drying I rubbed off the salt and I was left with a gorgeous textured background.

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I die cut a spooky fence from black shimmer cardstock (MFT farm fence die) and a white circle as the moon. I also ran the background through the Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die. Before adhering the moon, I sponged some white pigment ink in the area where I wanted to glue it to get a halo effect.

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The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set, white heat embossed on a stitched black banner. I mounted this on a white card base.

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Relatively simple and fast card, with not many layers.

I hope you like it and will pop in tomorrow again for the next card.

See you,


World Cardmaking Day

Hello Everyone,

Today is a special day, World Cardmaking Day 🙂 What else shall I do than making a bunch of cards? Meanwhile I cooked lunch and made the laundry and played with the kids…multitasking as always. The best card I made although today was the one I made in silence and peace 😀 But this one I will show in a separate post.

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So let me make this a different post: here are my cards, 3 with the same stamp and die set (all from SSS), coloured with Zig Clean colour real brush markers after heat embossing. I changed the colours and a little bit the design n the last one, but they are very similar.

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And as Newton’s Nook Designs is having my heart, I had to make a card using my all time favourite NND sunflower image from the retiring Flower Garden stamp set. Simple design, coloured with Prismacolor pencils. The beauty of it is the added prills in the middle of the sunflower and that pretty golden strip on the side.

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I hope you like my creations and that you also have time to craft today. It is so relaxing and fun!

Be sure to pop in tomorrow, when I plan to share some more cute cards.

See you,