Newton Loves Boxes – Newton’s Nook Designs

The fascination between cats and boxes is no joke! I love these images for a congratulations card like this but with the right colors you could easily make it a birthday or Christmas card too.

I started by stamping and coloring two images from the Newton Loves Boxes set (all of the kitties are colored with W0-W10 markers and the boxes were colored with E51-E55 markers). I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

To create the background, I started by blending clouds using the Clouds Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink. I blended Twisted Citron and just a touch of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to create the ground. I just let them gently blend together since I knew the stamped images would cover most of the transition.

I die cut the blended piece using the stitched rectangle from the Frames & Flags die set. My original plan was to use the entire rectangle but I thought about trying to cut the top using the cloud die from the Sky Borders die set. I was really happy with the little extra interest it gave the background piece!

I attached the background and larger kitty (with two boxes) using foam adhesive. I used an action wobbler to attach the kitty “hiding” in the box for a some extra fun!

Finally I tucked the sentiment between the images and this one is ready to go!

And to demonstrate the truth of “if I fits, I sits”, here is our kitty, Ginger:

I’m pretty sure she thinks that Finn can’t see her in that first picture! And it’s a little hard to see in the second picture but Ginger is a polydactyl cat (meaning she has “thumbs”)! And she has the softest, silkiest fur of any cat I’ve ever known.

Thanks for stopping by!

For You for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! Today I would like to share one of my most used card layouts – a “circle” as a small scene background with critters (it’s much less intimidating to me than creating an scene using the entire card front). You’ll see me use this often but I think changing up the specifics always gives it a different look. For example, there are lots of options for creating the scene background:

  • In this case, I used a die cut circle with a flat bottom. You could also try a full circle, oval, rectangle – pretty much any shape!
  • You could also use a stencil (or create your own with a die cut) and just stencil onto your card front.
  • Check your stash for stamps that might also make a good background (or use any background stamp along with a shaped stencil).

For this card, I started by creating an ink blending panel using Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks (no Blueprint sketch here – that’s just the awesome blue those colors create when mixed together!).

Next, I die cut that panel first using the Crafty Twinkle Slimline Die and then cut a semi-circle from that panel using a die similar to the Stitched Semi-Circle Die from Sunny Studio Stamps. I also cut a second panel from silver glitter cardstock from the same semi-circle die to layer underneath.

I glued both panels together using liquid adhesive and then attached to the card front using foam tape for added dimension.

Now to add some critters! I decided to use the Owl Yours stamp set from Crafty Meraki. I stamped the images using a Copic friendly ink and colored them with a combination of light gray markers (C00, C1, C3, W00, W1, W3, W5). I was going for the look of a white owl to pop on the bright background I had already created.

I then attached them to the background with foam adhesive and finished the card with a simple sentiment that would work for any occasion (I’m thinking I will use this for a baby card). This sentiment is from the Floral Hugs stamp set by Crafty Meraki.

If you find yourself overwhelmed at creating scene cards, be sure to give this simplified version a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 4

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook February release! These last projects are some of my favorites from this release and I’m so excited to share them with you!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

My first card uses the new Newton’s Rainy Day stamp set and coordinating die:

I started by visiting my color inspiration board on Pinterest and found this little gem of a combo that was a perfect spring color scheme for these kitties:

  • Yellow – Y35, Y08, Y02
  • Navy – B99, B97, B95
  • Pink – R32, R20, R00
  • Aqua – BG11, BG10
  • Neutrals are all a mix of warm and neutral grays

To create my stormy background, I used post-it tape to mask the edges of the card front and then used the Cloud Stencil to create the clouds. It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but I also embossed the raindrops from the set on top and added drops of glossy accents to each one.

I finished the card by attaching the die cut images with dimensional adhesive and adding a sentiment center right below it.

Next up is the Daffodils stamp set and an die:

These are so fun and easy to color (I may have gone a little overboard)! I decided to use all of them and create a whole little garden scene. I started with some “dirt” made by using the extra bumpy cloud die from the Sky Borders Die Set cut from dark brown cardstock. I also cut a small slit to tuck in one bunch of daffodils for some extra dimension:

I trimmed the daffodils even with the edge of the card front (don’t throw those pieces away though – I added them towards the top on each side!). I also added some light yellow ink blending at the top of the card for a sunny look.

Finally, I added an embossed sentiment in the dirt to finish this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Rainy Day Trio” or the “Daffodils” Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Get Cracking on Christmas – February 2021

If you’re finding yourself snowed it this week, it’s the perfect time to get cracking on Christmas!!

In honor of our cold temps this week, I decided to use this “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sentiment from the Season to Sparkle stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I also added this little bunny (an easy to miss stamp from the Snow Buddies stamp set – also from Honey Bee) – check it out now as it’s currently being retired and is on sale!

If finding time to work on a project like this is your problem, consider joining Jenn for the monthly Facebook Live that she will be hosting to try and help everyone set aside a little bit of creative time to Get Cracking on Christmas ! Check Jenn’s blog for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 3

Welcome back to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook Designs February release! Today’s release is a sweet addition to the farmyard collection of products.

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

Today’s card was made using an image (and coordinating die) from the new Baa stamp set:

I always like to see how I can mix old and new, so for this set I started with the Floral Fringe stamp set as a background. Even though the image is a square, it works will when die cut with a circle die from the Circle Frames Die Set and makes a great little frame for critter images!

I created a little patch of “ground” for my lamb to sit on using the same technique as yesterdays card (start with a circle cut with the Circle Frames Die Set and then cut down with the grass border from the Land Borders Die Set). I also used that spot for my embossed sentiment (also from the Baa set).

And don’t forget, this little lamb now joins an entire family of farm themed products!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Baa”  Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 2

Welcome back for another day of releases from Newton’s Nook! Today’s product release is going to help you get a “hop” on your Easter projects!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

Today’s first card was made using images the new Hoppy Greetings stamp set:

This is one of my favorite ways to create a small scene on a card! I start by creating a stencil using a circle die and masking paper – in this case, I used the die from the Circle Frames Die Set. I then paired it up with the Cloud Stencil to create the sky. Next, I used that same die to cut a circle from green cardstock and then cut that down using the grass die from the Land Borders Die Set. I added a little bit of ink blending at the bottom of the green circle and adhered it over the sky. Now my scene is ready for decoration!

I stamped the bunny image from the Hoppy Greetings set along with a number of eggs and flowers. I colored them using the following Copics:

  • W00, W1, W3, R20, R00 for the bunny
  • E51, E53, E55, E57 for the sign
  • BV02, BV31, BG23, BG11, R20, R00, RV14. RV13, YG17, YG23, YG21 for the eggs, flowers and grass

I finished the bunny image by adding a sentiment from the same set and adding to the card front with dimensional adhesive.

Next up is the sweet little Hare Mail stamp:

Small images like this are fun to use multiple times on a card front and the Slimline Frames and Windows Die Set provides the perfect home for three of them!

I started by blending the background using Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick distress ink. I also used the Worn Lipstick ink to add a postmark image under the bunny on the left. If you would like the sentiment to be a bit more subtle, you could have done them same there but I chose black this time.

I then stamped and die cut three of the bunny images. I colored each bunny a different color using Copic markers:

  • W00, W1, W3
  • E55, E53, E51
  • C00, C1, C3 (I also used C00 and C1 to add a bit of shading to each of the envelopes)

Finally, I attached each bunny using foam adhesive and did the same with the slimline frame die cut (if you don’t have skinny strips of foam adhesive, just try cutting a few frames and adhering them together with liquid adhesive to add a little dimension).

One other idea I had for this bunny was to fussy cut just the face from the image and use it to peek out from all kinds of places besides the envelope!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Hoppy Greetings” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 1

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook February release! Spring is in the air and I’m so excited to share all of the projects I’ve been working on!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

My first project uses the new Spring Roundabout stamp and Basket Weave stencil:

This image reminded me of a basket full of Easter goodies so I tried to create that look on my card:

I started by blending the background with the Basket Weave Stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. I blended through the stencil first and then after removing it, I blended over the entire panel (focusing a bit more on the edges). You could also just start with a tan or kraft colored cardstock to avoid the extra blending.

Next I stamped the Spring Roundabout stamp onto white cardstock and colored the images using Copic markers in a variety of spring tones. In hindsight, I could have also colored the bunnies dark brown to look like chocolate!

I die cut the image using the largest die from the Circle Frames Die Set. Before attaching it to the card front, I wanted to add something that looked like Easter grass behind it. And you’ll never guess what I used – that’s right, Easter grass! I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long I tried to think of something I could use from my craft room before that forehead slapping moment when I realized I could just get the real thing from my basement! I suggest using a strong, liquid glue to attach everything.

I finished with a sentiment from the same Spring Roundabout stamp set cut out using a banner from the Banner Trio Die Set.

Next up is a project using the other new stencil from this release, Bunny Tails:

Since my brain was already thinking Easter treats, the first thing that came to mind for this stencil was Peeps! All lined up in their little cellophane wrapped boxes. Now if I were being true to that idea, I would have stenciled them all in the same color, but I took a little liberty with a pastel rainbow of Peeps:

Next, I added a little “sugar” tail with clear glitz glitter gel. Once that was dry, I trimmed the panel down to fit on a standard A2 card (the 4×5 bunny grid fits perfectly – yippee!!).

I finished the card front with a sentiment from the Spring Roundabout set. Obvious choice, right?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Spring Roundabout” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Celebrate for Crafty Meraki

I have another “die cuts only” card to share today! Sometimes when I get new products to play with it’s fun to come up with unexpected ways to use them together. My initial thought was to make a scalloped background and cut the celebrate die from white – which probably would have worked too – but then I thought about flipping it and I ended up with something that was a little bit more “me”.

I started by cutting a number of the middle sized frames from the Timeless Frames die set in different shades of purple. For this project, I would suggest using thinner cardstock (this was 65lb weight paper). Patterned paper might be fun to try too! You can then trim the frames into strips to use for the next step.

Next, I cut a piece of thin copy paper slightly larger than the “celebrate” die cut from the Celebrate Tag Slimline Tag die set. I covered the copy paper with adhesive and added the scalloped strips to cover it completely.

I ran that entire piece through my Gemini Jr with the “celebrate” die – crossing my fingers that it would cut through the layers and it worked like a charm!

I attached the die cut to my card base using foam adhesive for a little dimension and finished with the die cut “you” from the same set cut from black cardstock.

Originally, I thought of this as a birthday card but really you could send this card to anyone you want to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

Products Used:

Love and Hugs for Crafty Meraki

Sometimes great products make you do crazy things – like me making a card with no white and no stamping! But in the end I had a card that was both super easy to create and eye catching.

Be sure to check the Crafty Meraki blog for details on how this was made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

Products Used:

Sweet Treats Blog Hop – Newton’s Nook Designs

Newton’s Nook Designs 7th Annual Sweet Treats Blog Hop!

The Newton’s Nook Designs Team is hopping along today to share some great Sweet Treats – just in time for Valentines day! Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the whole list and hop along and comment for a chance to win!

I love a good treat box (even more so when it’s super easy to make and it has a lab on it)!

I don’t remember where I originally saw the idea for this box but after I had made a few I started reciting “punch and score at two and four” each time and now that little rhyme sticks in my head and I can make these without having to worry about figuring out measurements or using any special dies.

All you need is a 6×6 piece of paper and an envelope punch board. And then just follow the rhyme and punch and score at two and four!

When you’re done with all the punching and scoring, just fold along all the score lines (or don’t – I’ve tried it both ways and either works). You’re paper should now look like this:

Now just trim flaps like the picture below. It’s pretty forgiving so if you happen to cut the wrong side, you won’t be able to tell once everything is put together. Now is also the time to round the corners of each top flap if you want to and add holes for ribbon. You don’t actually need holes on all four – just two will do. Add some strong adhesive to each flap and you’re ready to assemble!

Once you’re box is assembled, add a favorite image and a sentiment strip (mine are all from the Fetching Friendship set along with the coordinating dies).

And certainly don’t forget to fill it with some treats before you tie the ribbon on top! Anything chocolate is top on my list!

Sweet Treats Blog Hop Giveaway!

Would you like to win a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs online shop?

We are giving them out to TWO lucky winners!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 Monday, February 8th at 9pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Tuesday, February 9th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Newton’s Nook Designs
Ellen Haxelmans
Tina Herbeck
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Zsofia Molnar
Maria Russell
Farhana Sarker
Tina Smith
Tatiana Trafimovich
Samantha VanArnhemyou are here!
Amanda Wilcox

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha