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 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!

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

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Woofing You a Happy Birthday – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! Hope you’re doing well. I really did try to make a card using just one or two pups from the Woof Pack set by My Favorite Things but I just couldn’t leave any of them behind!

Quick Tips:

  • The My Favorite Things Photo Booth Strip Die-namic is a perfect way to fit lots of images on one card without it becoming too busy.
  • I used the die cut to trace around each image to decide which portion of the image I wanted to use (and avoid coloring the parts that would eventually be trimmed off anyway).
  • If you don’t have enough images to fill all of the openings, use one for the sentiment or a smaller image (the cake would have been another option for that open spot).
  • I always try to be mindful of the way an image is “looking” when I place it on a card – like the begging puppy looking up at the cake or the sad pup looking down at it (I think he’s sad because he’s so far away from it!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Sealiously Awesome Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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I just had to create one more card with these super sweet seals!  This time they are having a pool party!

Quick tips:

  • There are two seal images in the Sealiously Sweet stamp set that are a view of them lounging from overhead – perfect for this kind of scene!
  • I lightly blended some Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink along the edges of my card base to give the impression of water.
  • For this card, I fussy cut the seals and popped them up with foam tape for some dimension – you could also keep it simple and make this a one layer card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Wild Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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This Savanna Safari stamp set from Sunny Studio makes me think of the Madagascar movies (I really should have found a spot for the hippo!).

Quick Tips:

  • Adding some faint ink blending gives the hint of scene while still keeping the card light and bright.
  • I chose to mask the lion for this scene but you could also use the coordinating dies to add an extra layer of dimension.
  • Try turning the border stamp from the Sunny Studio Tropical Scenes set and stamping in sections to fit around your animals and sentiment – you don’t have to use the entire image!
  • I added small dots with the tip of my Copic markers (the same colors I used for the lion) to create “dirt” to ground each of the animals in the scene.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

 

Happy Birthday – Three Room Studios

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So excited to be celebrating the 5th birthday of Three Room Studios today!! Sandy Boone is as talented of an artist as she is a wonderful human being! It’s been an honor to work with her so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one – get your masking paper ready!!

Quick tips:

  • I start scenes like this by stamping on a piece of copy paper cut to A2 size.  I don’t worry about masking, just getting the placement right.
  • I then place that “sample” in my Misti to line up the stamps, starting in the front (in this case the cat and plant).
  • For the “desk”, I used the bottom half of the cubicle – to get a clean stamp, I put tape over the top half, ink it and remove the tape before stamping.
  • See product list below for details on stamps used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And if you didn’t arrive here from Instagram, be sure to check out my account there for a hop of super talented artists celebrating the big day!

Products Used:

MFT New Best Friend – October Use My Stuff Challenge

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I consider this card a bit of a self-portrait – me holding our lab Finn (who is too big to be holdable now but, you know, artistic license) and our cat Ginger (making her “what the heck is that?” face).

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I don’t usually go for the “all over” scene card front (love them when other people do it but mine always look too busy).  This one I am good with!

The little sprigs of grass were just made by flicking a Copic marker – for sure, the most stressful part of making the card.

Products Used:

MFT BB New Best Friend Stamp Set

MFT BB New Best Friend Die-namics

MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil

Skull and Cross Buns Brush Heart Pattern Stencil