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

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