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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook January release! I’m so excited to share the final projects I’ve been working on this month!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

My first project uses the new Newton’s Mug stamp set and coordinating dies:

Now since I’m new here, I’m going to warn you that I’m pretty much always going to color Newton just like this because that’s what my cat, Ginger, looks like. And yes, her name is Ginger but she isn’t orange – long story for another day!

Thank you card by Samantha VanArnhem using Newton's Mug stamp and coordinating dies, Caffeinated Cats stamp set, Frames and Flags die set, Furr-ever Friends stamp set
Products Used: Newton’s Mug stamp and coordinating dies, Caffeinated Cats stamp set, Frames and Flags die set, Furr-ever Friends stamp set (tiny heart on tea bag)

I wanted to provide some kind of subtle background for the image from the Newton’s Mug set and Caffeinated Cats seemed like a perfect fit!

I started by stamping that image in a very pale gray ink and then die cut it using the largest die from the Frames and Flags die set. I trimmed the scalloped edge from the stamped background but still left the stitching detail. I also cut a second frame with the same die from a bright yellow cardstock. Layered together they provided a perfect background!

I did include pieces of scrap cardstock under the stamped background (you could also use foam) before attaching it to the yellow frame to provide a little dimension. It would be fine without it though if you’re concerned about bulk when mailing.

After stamping the image from Newton’s Mug (and adding the little tea bag), I colored it using Copic markers:

  • W00, W1, W3, W5 for the kitty and a little shading on the tea bag
  • Y02, Y08, Y35 for the mug

Once the image was die cut, I attached it to the background with foam tape.

I finished with a sentiment from the same set (I love how it tucks right up next to the mug!) and a tiny little heart on the tea bag (this one is from the Furr-ever Friends stamp set – the first Newton’s Nook stamp set I ever purchased).

Next up is a project using the new Love Cafe stamps and die set:

If you happen to follow my friend Seeka on Instagram (and if for some reason you don’t, you totally should!) you’ve probably seen her kitty peeking around for pastry in her weekend stories. He was the inspiration for this card:

Hello card by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Cafe stamp and die sets, Smitten Kitten stamp and die sets, Circle Frames die set, Newton's Birdhouse stamp set (sentiment), Tumbling Hearts stencil
Products Used: Love Cafe stamp and die sets, Smitten Kitten stamp and die sets, Circle Frames die set, Newton’s Birdhouse stamp set (sentiment), Tumbling Hearts stencil

I started by die cutting two circles using the Circle Frames die set – one white, one my favorite shade of yellow/green. I trimmed the colored cardstock slightly more than halfway to create a “tabletop” for the mugs to sit on.

After stamping the images, I colored them using a combination of Copic and Sketchmarker Brush Pro markers:

  • E41, E42, E43, E44 for the kitty with R00, R20 for the ears and nose (Copic)
  • Y74, Y73, G135, G131, R61, R62 for the mugs (Sketchmarker Brush Pro)

The mugs were attached using foam adhesive with the kitty tucked behind them. I embossed a sentiment from the Newton’s Birdhouse stamp set.

I wanted to finish the card with something subtle in the background so I used the Tumbling Hearts stencil (with, ironically, Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink) to add a bit of pattern. I inked the darkest at the top and let the blending fade about half way down the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Mug” or the “Love Café” 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 blog 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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

Get Cracking on Christmas – January 2021

It’s time to start a new year of Get Cracking on Christmas! Even though the Christmas season is just behind us, let’s keep that little bit of spirit alive and continue to create all year long for Christmas 2021! Hopefully, the one we get to spend with our family again!

I thought I would start by sharing some of the Christmas cards I actually made for last year (since a friend in Canada just received hers this week I *think* it’s safe to assume they have all made it to their recipients?). I made these cards in bulk (in total over 100) and I really appreciated the products that helped to make “mass-produced” cards look like they would have taken much longer than they did to finish.

Starting out with the slightly more complicated version:

This card was made with products from The Greetery (which definitely falls into my top five “if I could only buy from these companies for the rest of my life” catagory).

This particular card is 5×7 in size but I also made a very similar version in A2 and it worked just as well. I started by stenciling the greenery from the Banner & Bough Stamp and Stencil set. Such a well thought out product! I then used the coordinating stamp to add the pine branches and finished by adding some gold splatters. Backgrounds done!

I then added a wood slice using the Wood Slices die and a sentiment from the Written in Ribbons Holiday Stamp Set (both from The Greetery). It helps things go a bit quicker because there are four sentiments included in the Written in Ribbons set so they can be stamped and die cut together.

I finished with a few pine boughs from the BotaniCuts Pine Bough die set.

The card fronts were trimmed a quarter of an inch smaller than the card base before they were attached.

The second card was a bit simplier:

These cards were started with the layered pine tree stamp (Most Wonderful Time of the Year) from Picket Fence Studios. It’s a very simple, two-step stamp that was easy to line up. I then just added the same sentiments from The Greetery’s Written in Ribbons Holiday Stamp Set.

I added more gold splatters (my craft room was covered in gold splatters by the time I was done with these!) and again trimmed the card fronts down to 1/4″ smaller than the base.

Super simple!

If you’re interested in mass-producing Christmas cards, you can break down the steps and just complete a little bit each month to have them done by December.

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 January Release and Giveaway – Day 3

Welcome back to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook Designs January release! Today’s release is perfect for Valentine’s Day cards!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

I decided to use these images to make a set of 4-bar sized Valentine’s Day cards – they are a perfect fit for that size card:

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs
Products Used: Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set
Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

These were so quick and easy to make! I just used the Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set to add the heart to each card front (there’s no rule that says you have to use all three hearts!).

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

Any combination of red, pink and black markers would work to color these (kids would probably love to help!).

After coloring each image, I just die cut them and then added to the card fronts with foam adhesive along with a sentiment from the same set. Done!

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Love Emergency” 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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’re here)

Amanda Wilcox

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

Welcome back for another day of releases from Newton’s Nook! I think you’ll be smitten with today’s products!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

Today’s card was made using images from the new Smitten Kittens stamp set:

Products Used: Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil

So these kittens look to have longer fur than the traditional “Newton” cat so I decided to color them like my friends Maine Coon cats. Is it just me, or do you have to color cats and dogs to look like pets you know in real life too?

Hello card by Samantha VanArnhem using Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil from Newton's Nook
Products Used: Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil

I started by using the new Slimline Masking Square stencils to create three little scenes. I layered the Cloud stencil over it for the sky portion and then added grass from the Land Borders die set to finish the squares.

I colored the kittens using E41, E42, E43 and E44 Copic markers.

I added foam adhesive to the kittens and attached them to the card front. I finished with a sentiment from the same set and a few hearts above the kitten couple.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Smitten 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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’re here)

Amanda Wilcox

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook January release! I’m so excited to share all of the projects I’ve been working since joining the team!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

My first project uses the new Heartfelt Roses stamp set and Heart Frame:

My instinct was to color the roses pink or red but I decided to try something different and went with purple:

Thank you card by Samantha VanArnhem using Heartfelt Roses stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set, Slimline Frames and Portholes die set
Products Used: Heartfelt Roses stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set, Slimline Frames and Portholes die set (butterfly)

After stamping the image from Heartfelt Roses, I colored it using Copic markers:

  • BV31, BV02, BV04 for the roses
  • YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17 for the leaves

I then used the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set to cut out the image.

I wanted to make this a shaped card, so I used the largest die from the set to create a card base.

The sentiment is also from the Heartfelt Roses set using a banner from the Banner Trio die set. The small butterfly from the Slimline Frames and Portholes die set was cut from iridescent velum and layered over another one cut from white cardstock. Two small gems make the butterfly’s “body”.

Next up is probably my favorite project from the whole release using the Heartfelt Love stamp:

My first thought when I saw that stamp was a box of Valentine’s Day chocolate candy!

Valentine's Day card by Samantha VanArnhem using Heartfelt Love stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set
Products Used: Heartfelt Love stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set

After stamping the image from Heartfelt Love, I colored it using Copic markers:

  • E55, E57, E59, RV21, RV13, RV14

I then used the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set to cut out the image. I layered that over a pink heart cut using the largest frame from the same set. The “box of candy” was then glued onto a 5×5 card base with a layer of kraft cardstock.

The sentiment is also from the Heartfelt Love stamp set on a banner from the Banner Trio die set. The word MINE was colored with the same pink Copic markers used to color the hearts.

For a final touch, I added some white gel pen to each of the hearts to give it a little chocolate shine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Love” or the “Heartfelt Roses” 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Design blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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

Fetching Friendship – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello friends and welcome to my first official post as part of the Newton’s Nook design team!

Today’s card features the Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies:

Birthday card by Samantha VanArnhem using Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies, Birthday Roundabout stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs
Products Used: Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies, Birthday Roundabout stamp set

Newton’s Nook is known for their adorable kitty stamps but they have a great selection of dogs too! Our family has one of each so today I’m going to introduce you to our dog, Finn:

Finn knows how to celebrate a birthday for sure! The labs in the Fetching Friendship set reminded me so much of him, I had to get it.

I started this card by stamping the image from the Birthday Roundabout stamp set in red ink (red is kind of Finn’s official color!). The way I see it that is kind of the “cloud” of Finn’s imagination thinking of all the good things that go along with birthdays (especially focused on the cake).

I then colored the images with Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. The images were added to the card front with foam adhesive.

Finally, the sentiment also came from the Birthday Roundabout stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Samantha

Rainbow Butterfly for Crafty Meraki

It had to be done! The minute I saw the Meraki stamp set there was no doubt that someday I would be coloring that butterfly in rainbow colors.

I started by picking some favorite Copic combinations to color in the butterfly and then added just a little bit of sparkle to the pink parts of the wing. Because rainbow and sparkle go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?

I then fussy cut the butterfly. A little tip on the antennae – I initially just cut them clean off of her head, and then trimmed them out separately and glued them back on behind her head (you might be able to tell they are a little bit shorter than the original image). I always use a black felt tip pen to run along the edges of images that I fussy cut – I think it makes it look a little more finished.

I initially tried placing the butterfly on a plain white card front which wasn’t bad but I knew I had the Shine On stamp set with the perfect floral border backdrop for her. I wanted to keep the focus on the butterfly so I chose to heat emboss the background in gold rather than color it.

Finally, I added the sentiment from the Meraki set (also embossed) and added the card front panel to a base.

I’ve been so deep into Christmas card making lately, it was nice to change it up! Hope you enjoy it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Products Used:

Christmas Round the Block for Crafty Meraki

This was one of those times where an original idea morphed into something different and pretty interesting. I knew I wanted to use the Round the Block die with some of the smaller images from the Magical Christmas and Christmas Miracle stamp sets. The snowflakes and ornaments fit perfectly in the circles.

The ornament card was the first one I made:

I traced the circles from the Round the Block die onto the white background paper so that I could stamp all of the ornaments. I erased the circles and added the kraft circle die along with the yarn and tag.

I was planning on making a second card with the snowflakes in exactly the same way but realized I could just use the die itself as a template and avoid tracing and erasing the circles at all:

If you’re worried about the die moving, use a little low tack tape to hold it in place.

After I had the snowflakes stamped, I realized there was enough space to add more snowflakes in between the first ones I stamped so I just shifted the die and used the edges of the first snowflakes I stamped to line it up:

Add a sentiment and viola – a perfectly spaced grid of snowflakes! And if there is one thing I love it’s a perfectly spaced grid that came together that easily! This just made the Round the Block die a really handy tool – different images or only use some of the circles for smaller grid.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Happiest of Holidays for Crafty Meraki

Today I wanted to share an idea to add a little more versatility to your Crafty Plaid Slimline Die by Crafty Meraki! Instead of using the entire plate, use another die or punch to create patterned shapes like these ornaments.

I started by die cutting the Crafty Plaid Slimline Die from red cardstock. I then used a circle punch to create three circles from pink and green cardstock and then punched the same shape from the red plaid die cut.

After gluing those pieces together, search your stash for a bow or ornament topper shape to each circle. Place them on your card front with dimensional adhesive with gold or silver cord.

Finally, add a sentiment of your choice (this one is from the Crafty Meraki Magical Christmas stamp set.

Additional Ideas:

  • Try die cutting the plaid die from glitter card stock – it would look great against a dark navy or green cardstock!
  • Simple shapes work best – even basic squares and rectangles could be made to look like Christmas gifts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Superstar for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing two 4 bar sized cards made with the Superstar Heffy Doodle collaberation set! In my opinion, the sentiments are the very best part of this set so I wanted to keep them the main focus.

For this card, I first heat embossed the small star images and sentiment with white (clear would work too) embossing powder. The best part of this white on white technique is that you can’t really see where you are stamping so the stars truly end up with a random placement! Just make sure you don’t overlap the sentiment.

After the embossing cooled, I ink blended using Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks.

Finally, I attached the panel to the card base using foam tape.

For my second card, I randomly stamped the same small stars around the border of the card panel using a dark aqua ink – just pick you’re favorite blue! Each star would get stamped three times before reinking to create the variation in color.

I then ink blended the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks and added the sentiment with black ink.

The final touch was one single gold embossed star near the sentiment (it kind of worked with the sentiment to me – only one gold sparkly star in a sea of blue stars!).

You could use these same techniques with the diamond or sparkle images from this set for more variations!

Products Used: