Fall Friends Die Cuts Only Card – Newton’s Nook Designs

Welcome friends to a bit of an extension from last weeks release fun at Newton’s Nook! Sometimes I have too many ideas to squeeze into that week and I keep them in my memory bank for later.

This time I really wanted to focus on using the “bonus” dies from the Fall Friends coordinating die set. Those little pumpkin and leaf dies were just too cute!

I started by selecting a fall palette from my cardstock scraps and cut both pumpkins and the leaf from each. I then added a little bit of shading using a Copic marker that was a bit darker than the cardstock. I didn’t worry to much about blending – just follow along the stitched detail that already exists in the die.

I then placed the die cuts on a panel cut to 3.75″X 5″ (leaving a space in the center for the sentiment from the Signs of Fall stamp set . Once I was happy with the design, I attached them using foam adhesive.

I finished up by adding the sentiment and some stamped “vines” to fill in any empty spaces.

Such a quick and colorful card with lots of possibilities of variations in color or design!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Newton’s Nook Designs August Release – Day 4

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook August release!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday August 20th!

My first project uses the new Signs of Fall stamp set and coordinating dies:

I love this series of sign stamps and this one is no exception! So much easier than trying to mask a bunch of different images to create your own grouping.

I started by ink blending a background (Speckled Egg and Scattered Straw). I actually used some leftover pieces from my Day 2 Count Newton card to create the hills in the same way.

I then stamped falling leaves with the small image included in the Signs of Fall set. Since the ink blending was relatively light, I was able to color over the leaves using Copic markers and still get good coverage.

Once I colored and die cut the focus image, I added to the scene using foam tape.

My last project for this release uses the Heartfelt Fall stamp set:

After so much precise coloring, I decided to go a little more loose for this card.

I started by heat embossing the image in gold. I then used various colors of Distress Ink to create the watercolor effect. Just smoosh the ink pads (I used mini size but either would work) on a glass mat and spray a small amount of water on each color. I used a slightly damp brush to add color to each leaf. Don’t worry about staying in the lines!

I added a sentiment from the same set on a banner from the Banner Trio die set and called it done! Nice and simple!

Would you like to win the “Signs of Fall” or the “Fall Roundabout” 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 August 19th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs August Release – Day 3

Hello friends and welcome to Day 3 of the Newton’s Nook August release! Today we switch to the cozy side of fall?

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday August 20th!

My first project uses the new Fall Friends stamp set and coordinating dies – spoiler alert, this might be my favorite product of the release!

I was so excited to see Newton together with his puppy friend in this image so I could color them to look just like my Finn and Ginger (although “friends” might not be a word I would use to describe their relationship):

I knew I wanted to create a “front porch” scene for this image. I started by die cutting a piece of white and a piece of kraft cardstock from the stitched rectangle die that is part of the Frames & Flags die set. To give the look of siding, I cut the white piece into strips that were about 3/4″ wide and added a little bit of gray ink blending along the edges. I then just reassembled the rectangle onto my card base.

I added a trimmed piece of the kraft die cut along the bottom (the image is large enough to cover the seam so no need to worry about how that looks).

After I stamped, colored and die cut the main image, I added it to the background using foam adhesive.

I finished the card with a sentiment placed in one of the “siding” sections using orange ink.

Next up is another really fun image to color, Heartfelt Gourds:

The bulk of the time taken to create this card is the coloring (the most fun part in my opinion). I selected shades of yellow, orange, green and a bit of teal for this image.

I then die cut the image using the Heart Frames die set. I wanted to do something a little different with this image so I used every ounce of courage I had, and I cut it in half! I then attached each side to my card front.

I finished by added my favorite sentiment from the set on a banner from the Banner Trio die set.

Would you like to win the “Fall Friends” or the “Heartfelt Gourds” 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 August 19th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs August Release – Day 2

Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of the Newton’s Nook August release! Cats and Halloween are such a perfect pair so today is Newton’s day to shine!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday August 20th!

My first project uses the new Count Newton stamp set and coordinating dies:

I was so in love with the color combination I used to ink blend yesterday’s card, I wanted to use it one more time for a little cemetery scene featuring Newton!

After blending, I die cut a panel using the Frames & Flags die set. I wanted to add a little more dimension on this card, so I also added some hills cut from the Land Border die set. I started by cutting cardstock with the stitched rectangle die I used for the blended panel and then cut the hills and grass so they would have the same stitching detail along the edges.

Now to add some fun elements to our scene:

I stamped and colored the Count Newton image and tombstones and then die cut them and also die cut the coffin shape from black cardstock (it was the perfect fit a few of the sentiments included in this set!). I attached the images to my background using a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive.

I finished by adding a few bats from the same set directly onto the blended background.

My next card uses Trick or Treat Kittens along with some of my left over stenciled panel from yesterday’s card:

I started by cutting a background from my leftover Candy Corn stencil piece using the Frames Squared die set. I also cut a banner from black cardstock using the Banner Trio die set to help the candy corn piece pop out from the card base.

After adding the background pieces, I used foam adhesive to attach the colored and die cut image from the Trick or Treat Kittens set.

I finished by tucking in a sentiment right along the bottom.

Would you like to win the “Count Newton”  or the “Trick or Treat Kittens” 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 August 19th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs August Release – Day 1

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook August release! Whether you like your fall images spooky or cozy, we’ve got you covered this week!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday August 20th!

My first project uses the Brooms & Boos stamp set and coordinating dies:

My first thought when I saw these images was that the three witches were getting together for a party so I decided to create that scene:

I started by ink blending the panel using Distress Oxide ink (mostly Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves – with a little Crushed Olive and Black Soot to darken up the top and bottom and a bit of Wilted Violet to brighten up the purple section). I then trimmed the ink blended panel to 3 3/4″ x 5″ to leave a small border after it is attached to my cardbase.

I then added a fence for them to gather around using the Fence Die Set cut from black cardstock.

After I colored and die cut the witches and moon, I started building the scene. The witch in the back is attached directly to the ink blended panel using liquid glue. I then used thin foam adhesive strips to attach the fence and trimmed off the excess. The remaining witches were added with liquid glue directly to the fence.

I finished the scene by adding the moon with foam adhesive and directly stamping the sentiment and bats onto the background (I would suggest a stamping platform just in case you need to stamp twice).

Next up is another card using the Brooms & Boos stamp set but this time the new Candy Corn stencil is the star of the show:

I started by creating my candy corn background using a 6×6 piece of white cardstock (I always use a piece the same size as the stencil so I can use the leftovers for other projects – see if you can spot the next project later this week!). I stenciled the yellow and orange sections using Distress Oxide ink (Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed). For the white section, I added Iridescent Glitter Glitz Gel from Gina K for a little sparkle.

After the glitter gel dried, I die cut a piece from the panel using one of the dies from the Frames and Flag die set. I also cut a piece of orange cardstock from the same die.

Now this is where things went a little off track – my intent was to create a portrait style card with an orange “hill” and a “sky” filled with candy corn. I used a die from the Land Border die set to cut the stenciled piece but the end of the die got caught on the edge of my Gemini Jr and shifted so it wasn’t the angle I was planning on. In hindsight, I should have cut the orange piece instead so don’t make my same mistake! I didn’t want to abandon my stenciled piece so I just flipped the orientation and rearranged some of the other elements.

I stamped and die cut a witch (I decided not to color her so the stenciled panel could remain the focal point).

After gluing the orange panel to my card base, I added the stenciled piece and witch with foam adhesive. I finished with a sentiment heat embossed in white.

Crisis averted!

Would you like to win the “Brooms & Boos”  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 August 19th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Smitten Kitten Birthday Tags – Newton’s Nook Designs

These bright and colorful birthday tags are so versatile and super easy to make!

The base is a simple white tag cut from the Fancy Edges Tag Die Set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I then chose a few colors of cardstock from my scraps and used the Birthday Roundabout stamp set and clear embossing powder to add a subtle birthday pattern to each color.

I then used the same tag die and one of the edge dies also included in that set to strategically cut out another tag from the center of the stamped embossed image.

I selected an ink color that closely matched the cardstock to add a sentiment along the bottom of the tag.

I then searched my stash for some basic cat images (the Smitten Kitten set was great for this but Newton’s Nook has so many to choose from!). I wanted to keep the look of these tags very light and bright so I decided to keep the kittens white and just added some light gray shadows. I used T0, T2 and just a smidge of T4 Copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut out the images.

To assemble, I just added white ribbon to hold the two tags together and used foam adhesive to attach the images to the front of each tag. Now these are ready to attach directly to a gift or to a card front!

This design would be so easy to change up! Try using different colors of cardstock or images to create tags for any occassion!

Thanks for stopping by!

Newton’s Nook Designs July Release and Giveaway

Hello friends! Today I am excited to be part of  the 8 year anniversary celebration with Newton’s Nook Designs! To celebrate this awesome milestone, Newton’s Nook Designs has released adorable new cupcake themed products, which I will be using on my projects today. There are prizes and a sale too! Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can win!

Let me tell you my very favorite thing about the Newton’s Cupcake set – each of the sentiments fit right inside the cupcake! I love little touches like that!

I started by stenciling the cupcakes on a 6×6 piece of cardstock. I blended rainbow shades of ink for the wrappers and used Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink for the fluffy vanilla frosting. The sprinkles and cherries were the perfect opportunity to use those tiny little blending brushes that I never knew what to do with!

Even though it was almost painful to do, I stuck with my original plan and die cut a circle from the stenciled panel. I then attached it to my card front. After I stamped and colored the images, I added them to the panel using foam adhesive.

I finished the card with a few sequin “sprinkles.

If you’re ready to “bake” your own super sweet cupcakes all of these products are available for purchase now!

Would you like to win a $50 store credit to the Newton’s Nook Designs Online Shop? We will choose 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 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, July 19th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Tuesday, July 20th.

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

Amanda Wilcox

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Hello friends and welcome to the final preview before the Newton’s Nook June release! Today is all about roundabouts!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday June 18th!

My first project uses the new BBQ Roundabout stamp set:

Even though there are a bunch of great sentiments that come with this set, I saw beer and meat and said – Father’s Day card!

I had so much fun coloring this image! Sometimes I really like coloring things where the color is known and I don’t have to pick – like what other colors would I choose for watermelon, hot dogs or hamburgers?

Once it was all colored, I die cut with the Circle Frames Die Set.

I wanted to create a background that looked like a red and white checkered tablecloth. I originally thought about using red gingham patterned paper but I didn’t have any. So I started looking through my stencils and thought this Basketweave Stencil from the Easter release might just work. And I think it did!

After I attached the circle using foam adhesive, I added a sentiment banner using the Banner Trio Die Set and the Mom & Dad Stamp Set.

Next up is the Seashell Roundabout (and I’m going to admit my favorite card of this release):

I love hunting for shells and this image reminded me of finding a cluster of shells just waiting to be found so I wanted this to look like shells on a beach! I also wanted to do something a little different then just a single stamped image for this one and get a little messy!

I’m going to do my best to give some tips on creating this card but I do want to give credit to the Distress Ink Techniques class created by Jenn Shurkus. I don’t think I would have created an effect like this before I took that class. I participated live, but you can still purchase a recording on her website and I highly recommend it!

I used Distress watercolor cardstock for my background and started by embossing with white (or clear) embossing powder along the bottom and top two corners.

Now for the fun part – let’s smoosh some ink! Since you can layer Distress Ink, I did this one color at a time. I started with the water section using Tumbled Glass (which you could probably skip as I don’t think you see much of it in the finished card), Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks. You use the same technique just cover a little less area each time.

Smoosh some ink onto a non-porous surface (a glass mat or Ranger craft mat would both work), spray the ink with water and then start dabbing your cardstock into it. Once you’re happy with the effect, dry it with a heat gun and then move on to the next color.

I did the same for the “sand” section using Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.

This is one of those techniques that looks complicated but is so fun and easy once you get the hang of it! And if you’re not getting the results you want, try Jenn’s class, it will be money well spent!

I obviously didn’t want to cover up much of this background so I just added a sentiment die cut with the Banner Trio Die Set and added a few iridescent bubbles to finish this card.

Would you like to win the “BBQ Roundabout” or the “Seashell Roundabout” 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 June 17th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 18th. 

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 June Release and Giveaway – Day 1

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook June release! I’m so excited for this release because it’s full of beach and summer images – my favorites!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday June 18th!

My first project uses the Newton’s 4th of July stamp set and Fireworks stencil – they are a perfect pair!

I started by creating the background. I used navy cardstock and stenciled first with white pigment ink. I wanted it to look like the fireworks were only in the sky so I only stenciled on the top half-ish of the card base. Next I added a few colors of Distress Oxide ink on top of the white (I would suggest using lighter, brighter colors for this like Twisted Citron or Mustard Seed).

Once the ink was dry (I may have helped it along a bit with my heat gun), I added a final layer of glitter gel (I used the Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel by Gina K/Thermoweb). Now set that aside to dry while you work on your images.

I really wanted to use this cute Newton with his sparklers but any of them would work great here. I just stamped and colored him and then die cut with the coordinating dies.

Once my background was dry, I added the die cut image with foam adhesive. It’s not easy to see in the pictures, but I also added a bit of iridescent Stickles to each of the sparklers to give them, well, a little bit of sparkle!

I finished this card with a simple sentiment from the same set that I embossed with gold.

Next up is a card using the new Buns Out stamp set and coordinating die:

As soon as my 15 year old daughter saw this one, she totally wanted a card for her best friends birthday made with it:

I wanted that little burger to take center stage! I created a sun background for him (because I’m literal like that). I used a circle stencil (but you could create your own by die cutting a circle from cardstock). I blended Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink in the circle until it was covered completely.

To make the sun look a bit more hazy, I removed the stencil and used the remaining ink left on my blender brush to continue blending over and around the sun. The key here is to know when to stop!

I then added the stamped and die cut burger with foam adhesive and the sentiment below it. For a finishing touch, I added glossy accents to his sunglasses.

Would you like to win the “Newton’s 4th of July”  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 June 17th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 18th. 

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 Retirement Sale/Get Cracking on Christmas – June 2021

Did you see that Newton’s Nook Designs is having a retiring sale on their website? It’s time to make room for new products so they are retiring select designs! These designs are available at up to 40% off while supplies last so hurry to get your favorites before they’re gone for good! 

All week the NND Design Team will be sharing inspiration using some of their favorite products from our retiring list! Check out what I created today and don’t forget to check the NND Blog each day this week for more fun inspiration!

Today’s card is kind of a two-for-one situation since it’s also time to get cracking on Christmas! With summer knocking on our door here in Ohio, I decided to use these sweet flamingos to create a Christmas card with a little more “tropical” feeling!

No dies necessary for this one! I just stamped the flamingos from Festive Flamingos onto a white panel and colored them in (I used R32, R20 and R00 for their perfect pink color). I then die cut a rectangle from the Frames & Flags Die Set and added snowflakes (these are from Holiday Post) and a sentiment.

For a little interest in my background I added cardstock in red and pink hues cut at an angle to my cardbase.

So simple! These wouldn’t even be to difficult to create in multiples!

Don’t forget to visit the Retiring Products Category at Newton’s Nook Designs to see what is going away and grab your favorites before they are gone for good! And be sure to check out more Christmas Card inspiration with Jenn Shurkus!

Thanks for stopping by!