Party Like Animal – Birthday Card Series

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Hi all!!!

I haven’t planned to make more cards this week or to post something on my blog due to a very busy schedule, but guess what happened… yesterday Simon Says Stamp announced a new challenge on their Wednesday Challenge Blog and it’s all about furry friends and Newton’s Nook Design’s stamps (yes, my favorite cat images 😉 ). I was so so so excited and just can’t help myself from making something with the cutest furry friends I ever saw. So I put my other plans aside, took out my copics and started coloring.

I selected three kitties from NND Naughty Newton, Newton’s Birthday Bash and Newton’s Antics and colored them, of course, one like my furry baby Tommy, one like Newton and one like Kristina Werner’s cat Mannie. Here are copic colors I used:

my kitty Tommy (Sacred Cat of Birman): E41-E43-E44-E47-W0-W1

Newton (orange tabby cat): Y32-YR21-YR24-YR27-W0-W1

Mannie (black and white): C0-C3-C4-C7-C10.

Then I went crazy with all the colors for the banners inspired by the photo of NND Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday.


Maybe even too crazy…. so I was not really happy with my first attempt. Since I spent all that time on coloring I didn’t want to throw away my card and start all over again so I did some fixing!!! I decided to make the birthday hat and the balloon match the colors I used on the scalloped edge. I colored only these little pieces, fussy cut them and glued on the top of previous ones. Here’s the picture of the original card.

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Which one do you like more?

As always thanks so much for stopping by and hope you’ll have a great week-end!!!




Enjoy Your Day – Birthday Card Series

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Hello everyone!!!

I’ve just popped up at my blog to share what I created after a few week pause. I’ve been on vacation and on my return found 35º C (95º F) in the city. We are literally melting!!!  I wish I could turn back on the sea shore… so my today’s birthday card is all about summer and it’s heavily inspired by my journey and by my new furry friend I met at the the hotel where we were staying.

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I’ve never thought that cats love staying in the pool, but I was wrong. Besides this picture finally brought me the inspiration on how to use funny kitty images from Newton’s Nook Design Summer Vacation stamp set.

I did a little bit of watercoloring using no-line technique and partial die-cutting. I’m still experimenting with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and  Strathmore watercolor paper so I will let you my opinion later. Here’s the up-close look on the watercoloring… and, of course, the little mischief is colored like my cat Tommy.

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Hope you like the card! I’m posting it as my entry to the Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday. Here’s the inspiration photo of the challenge.


As always thanks so much for stopping by!




Not Feline Well? – Get Well Card Series

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Hello guys!!!

I’m back with another card inspired by the Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #21 – Color Challenge. I received my new NND stamps just in time for the challenge and how could I resist not to give them a try?! The result is… this cute kitty card for my Get Well Card Series.

I’m going to leave a few words about some new products in my stuff that I was testing on this card: new colors of distress markers in Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral, and new for me Strathmore watercolor paper. I was so glad that the inspiration photo allowed me to use the new distress marker colors, I find them just perfect for spring and summer time. As for the watercolor paper, I like that it’s completely  white. When you use it keep in mind that it’s a cold press watercolor paper so it gives you the lovely texture, but at the same time makes difficult to stamp your images neatly.

On this card I used a spot coloring technique. I hand draw a talk bubble around the sick Newton with a pencil to help me keep the shape while I was making watercoloring. To emphasize the spot area I brought a lot of Wink of Stella to the colored parts of the card (it’s hard to show in the photo all the shimmer that Wink of Stella gives to the card, but in real life it’s just gorgeous!)

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When I did the sketch of this card I though it would be nice to color the kitty in the center of the spot in order to put the focal point on him. But to be honest, once I finished watercoloring I changed my mind. If I remade this card, I would leave the hole spot area in gray tones. I suppose it will give more contrast and more impression that the Newton is sick that’s why he and the world around him has no color.

Here’s the inspiration photo of the challenge.


As always thanks so much for stopping by!



Bonjour Card – All Occasion Card Series

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Bonjour readers!!!

Inspired by the Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #21 – Color Challenge – I made this unusual, at least for me,  card. I like coloring so often you can see a big image in the center of my cards. This time I decided to use only the small stamps from the NND Newton Dreams of Paris stamp set and created a sort of my own pattern paper in Coral, Peach and Mint colors.

This card is almost a one layer one as I used some masking and inlaid die-cut techniques to put everything together. Once I finished stamping the cute “parisienne” images, I accentuated the area by blending a very light gray ink. At last to tight everything together I brought some colors to the circle area where I stamped my sentiment. As a final touch I put some black drops of Ranger’s Enamel Accents.

Here’s the inspiration photo with such pretty and cheerful spring colors.


As always thanks so much for stopping!




These Were Fur You Card – Mother’s & Father’s Day Series

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Happy Tuesday!!!

I’m so excited to share this special card because it’s for me from my furry baby Tommy on Mother’s Day (yes, I’m mom to a kitty 🙂 … you can find his pictures here).

The layout was inspired by the Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #20 – SKETCH Challenge.


No need to tell you how I adore kitties and love putting them on my cards. But among all kitty stamps I have in my stash, the cute mischief images from Newton’s Nook are my favorite as they remind me my cat. I just love playing with them. So for today’s card I used a non-traditional Mother’s Day stamp set called Naughty Newton and turned it into a Mother’s Day card.

To color the cat I played with new to me Prima Flowers Watercolor Pencils. They are very inexpensive, but seem to be a good quality. In some areas I applied pencils directly to the paper and then brought water with a brush, coloring other spots I picked the color straight from the pencils. What I don’t like about them is that the packs contain the same colors. I bought only two packs as I wished to try them (basic colors and skin/hair colors) and already found some doublets like black and one of the brown tones.

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Ok… I don’t want to make this post too long describing how I put everything together. Only a few words about the background. Instead of leaving the card base white as I didn’t like how it looked, I repeatedly stamped with a very light ink the word “oops” from the same stamp set forming diagonal stripes. Just to add some interest, but not to distract from the main scene.

Stay tuned as I made another non-traditional Father’s Day card using the same Naughty Newton stamp set. Can’t wait to share it with you!

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