Newton’s Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration

This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Therm O Web are partnering for a fabulous inspiration week! All week long both design teams will be sharing ways to add use Therm O Web products with Newton’s Nook Designs products! There are prizes too! Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can win!

I have two cards to share with you today – as this ended up being a “two for one” situation:

My favorite thing in the amazing box of goodness I received from Therm O Web was the Prince Periwinkle Deco Foil Transfer Sheets! It’s hard to capture the beautiful color and iridescent effect of this foil in pictures but it’s so unique!

Now a little confession – I own a laminator but it’s still in the box (insert sad face). But the good news was, I also had some Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo to try and it doesn’t require heat! I had my doubts if it would work as well without heat but I was thrilled with how well it turned out and how easy it was!

To start out, I decided to use the new Petite Clouds Stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs. I used a pallet knife to spread the gel over the stencil and let it dry overnight (the directions suggested not waiting more than 12 hours but it still worked fine at closer to 24 hours). I just ran it through my Gemini Jr as instructed and voila!! No heat, all the shiny goodness!

I really didn’t want to cover any more of the clouds than I had to, so I just created a simple sentiment banner (from the Banner Trio die set and the Birthday Roundabout stamp set).

I attached the cloud panel to my card base with foam adhesive and did the same with the banner.

My second card happened because I couldn’t imagine throwing away the “leftover” foil after I transferred the clouds onto my original piece. So instead, I just wrapped the foil around a scrap piece of white cardstock gift wrap style. t gives a fun and unexpected texture to your card!

I finished by attaching the wrapped piece to my card front using foam adhesive and just used the same sentiment stamp along the bottom.

I’m a clean and simple creator at heart so I’m fine with these just as they are but these could also serve as fun backgrounds for almost any stamped and die cut images!

There are more amazing projects today over on the Therm O Web blog so pop over there for more inspiration!

Would you like to win a $40 store credit Therm O Web or to Newton’s Nook Designs? Visit the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and the Therm O Web Blog for a chance to win! Both companies will be giving away a prize this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook April release! These last projects are so fun and full of spring images and I’m so excited to share them with you!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday April 23rd!

My first card uses the new Heartfelt Butterflies stamp set (which coordinates with the previously released Heart Frames die set):

Believe me, the pull was *very* strong to color these butterflies in with rainbow colors. Very strong. But I also thought about Blue Morpho butterflies. True blue like that seems to be a pretty rare color to find in animals, so I wanted to make it the star of this project.

I started by heat embossing the Heartfelt Butterflies stamp onto Bristol Smooth cardstock (either white or clear embossing powder would work). I then blended over it using Distress Oxide inks (this time a blend of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch).

I then die cut the image using the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set.

I kept debating about where to place a sentiment and finally decided to create my own space by trimming out a section of the heart just wide enough to fit it.

I attached the heart to my card base using foam adhesive and the added the sentiment using the same Blueprint Sketch ink.

Next up is another new set to coordinate with the Heart Frames die set, Heartfelt Blooms:

Since I ink blended my first card, I decided to color this one in springy shades of pink, purple and yellow. I then die cut the image the same scalloped heart die. This time I added the largest heart die from the same set as a backing in a shade of green.

To add a little texture to the front of the card, I embossed the front card panel using the new Petite Hearts stencil (you’ll need to figure out what is the right sandwich for your particular die cut machine for that technique).

I then attached the heart to the card front slightly off center and trimmed off the edge that was hanging over.

I finished it with a banner created with a sentiment from the same set a banner trimmed from pink cardstock (you could also use a banner from the Banner Trio die set in it’s place).

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Butterflies” or the “Heartfelt Blooms” 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)! 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 April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

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 VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Welcome back to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook Designs April release! Today’s release is another great addition to the dog themed collection of products!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday April 23rd!

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

I was immediately drawn to the image of the puppy holding the flower in his mouth! Having a lab, I know a think or two about dogs that like to eat and hold things in their mouth! He always likes to come over to “show me” the sock he found so I think if he could pick flowers, he might peek in to give me a look (before he ate it).

I started by creating my blended background – this time I blended an area large enough to fill the die cut scalloped circle (this is the negative space from one of the dies in the Circle Frames die set). I intentionally blended it a little bit darker around the edges. I then layered the Petite Cloud stencil on top and stenciled the clouds on top (all blending was done with the same color Distress Oxide ink – Speckled Egg) .

I attached the die cut panel to the blended card base using foam adhesive.

I then stamped, colored and cut the the puppy and tucked him behind the circle. Don’t be too worried if you have to trim a little bit off of his feet to make him fit!

I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the same Puppy Friends set in the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Would you like to win the “Puppy Friends” 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 April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

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 VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Welcome back for another day of releases from Newton’s Nook! I think you’ll be *captivated* by today’s product release!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday April 23rd!

Today’s card was made using images from the new Captivated Kittens stamp set and Petite Clouds stencil:

My usual go-to design is to create a small scene background on my card front (like yesterday’s cards) but sometimes I just want to fill up the whole card front with color!

I started today’s card by creating a “sunset” background on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. First, I blended the entire background (without the stencil) using just two Distress Oxide colors (Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed). The middle color is created by just letting the two blend together. I also let it fade back to white on the bottom

I then used the stencil to add clouds over the blending using the same ink colors. I trimmed the long sides of the panel (about 1/4″ on each side) and then added it to my card base.

I then stamped, colored and die cut this cute kitten image and added it to my card using foam adhesive. The “happy birthday” sentiment is from the Birthday Essentials set (doesn’t his little kitty bum fit perfectly on the right end of that sentiment?).

Would you like to win the “Captivated Kittens” 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 April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

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 VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook April release! This is such a cute release 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 April 23rd!

My first project uses the new Gnome Garden stamp set and Petite Clouds stencil (plus a little sneak peak at a sentiment set coming later this week):

This is where I have to admit that gnomes aren’t usually my thing, but sometimes when you stretch yourself and try something you normally wouldn’t, you end up with some of your favorite cards!

I started by creating a background for my little gnome friend – I used a masking stencil but you could just as easily cut a round or oval shape with a die set from masking or printer paper.

I used the new Petite Clouds stencil and Versafine ink to stencil the cloud pattern on the top half of the oval. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Once the clouds were ready, I ink blended using Distress Oxide inks (Speckled Egg for the sky gently blended into Vintage Photo for the ground).

Now that the background was ready, I stamped, colored and cut out one of the gnomes from the Gnome Garden set (any of them would work with this same layout – or you could even make a card set). I attached him to the background using foam adhesive.

I finished this card with a sentiment created with a set coming later this week on a banner from the Banner Trio die set.

Next up is a card using the new Bleeding Heart stamp and die sets:

I love how unique this stamp is – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bleeding heart stamp before (at least I certainly didn’t have one in my collection)!

Since I created a Father’s Day card first, I thought this would be perfect for a Mother’s Day card.

I chose to create the background in the same way just using different products – I used a circle mask rather than an oval and stamped the hearts (from the Heartfelt Love stamp set) with Versafine ink. I embossed with the same white embossing powder and ink blended (this time with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink):

I finished the card by adding a stamped, colored and die cut image from the Bleeding Heart set and a simple sentiment (from that same set you’ll see later this week).

Would you like to win the “Gnome Garden” or the “Bleeding Heart” 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)! 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 April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

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 VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Get Cracking on Christmas – April 2021

Welcome to April’s edition of Get Cracking on Christmas!

How about combining seasons this month and using some spring/pastel colors on a Christmas card?

I started creating the background with the Bokeh Layering Stencil set from Taylored Expressions using pastel colors of Distress Oxide Inks. To add a little “sparkle”, I heat embossed the Star Fall Background stamp with white embossing powder (to make it look like it was fading from both sides I just stamped twice from the center of the card front).

With the background ready, I stamped and die cut a snowman from the Frosty Background Cling & Clear stamp set and coordinating dies along with the “HAPPY” sentiment from the On the Block – Happy stamp and die set. I glued the body directly to the card but the snowman head and happy were attached using foam adhesive for a little bit of dimension. The “holiday” portion of the sentiment is from the On Repeat – Holidays stamp.

I finished the card with a few Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes.

Another one ready for this holiday season! How are your cards coming along so far? If you’re looking for some time and inspiration, be sure to join Jenn on Saturday April 17th at 4p ET on YouTube for this months live!

Thanks for stopping by!

Get Cracking on Christmas – March 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Get Cracking on Christmas! I still have green on my mind (it is my favorite color after all) so that was my focus for this months card:

I started by blending my background with a combination of Pine Needles, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio. There is just a touch of Black Soot at the top and Speckled Egg at the bottom too). Once I was sure the background was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment and a few snowflakes from Season to Sparkle by Honey Bee Stamps.

I then added a stitched hillside (you could easily cut your own if you aren’t concerned about the stitching or just blend out to white on your background and not worry about adding the extra layer at all).

This snowman is from one of my favorite snowman sets, Snow Buddies (also by Honey Bee Stamps). This set is currently retiring so if you don’t already have it in your inventory, now is the time to get it! Whenever I purchase a new set with images to color, I always stamp all of them out at least once. That gives me images ready to be colored whenever I have a few extra minutes. I can then just pull from those images when I’m creating a card and focus on the design instead of taking the time to color too!

If you can, be sure to join Jenn this today at 8p ET on YouTube for this months live!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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