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 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!

Shell-fies – Lawn Fawn for Crafty Meraki

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This is one of those times that the idea that popped into my head when I saw these products actually worked out just as I envisioned it! Don’t you love it when that happens?!

In my head, the scene was a camera that someone had dropped into the ocean and this little group of underwater friends came upon it and started taking selfies with it.  Because obviously that is what an octopus would do, right?

Quick Tips:

  • This slimline card base is 3 3/4″ X 8 1/2″.
  • I started by blending the background with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and the Ocean Motion Stencil wavy border stencil by My Favorite Things. I also added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink along the edges to give it that “green-ish” underwater look.
  • Once I had the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Camera add on die cut, I added a light blending along the top with Twisted Citron and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink to give the impression that the camera had been underwater for awhile and was starting to grow some moss!
  • The ocean floor sand base was created using the Lawn Fawn Slimline Stitched Hillside Border dies – even when you’re using it on the narrow side of the card, it’s nice to have options of where you want the “hills” to fall.
  • I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and splatters to give the ocean floor a sandy look.
  • I masked the smaller images of the octopus and his friends from the Ocean Shell-fie stamp set to create the “selfie” and die cut the larger images to add around the camera while they waited to see their picture!

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Gus & Gertie – Taylored Expressions

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The adventures of Gus & Gertie continue! Now they are riding through a flower bed on Gus’ scooter!

Quick Tips:

  • I used the Doodle Flowers background to fill in the scene but masked off the top flowers.
  • You might want to color in the flowers to add a little more pop, but I liked leaving Gus and Gertie as the stars of this show! (Plus it’s quicker)
  • Some soft blue and green blending give the impression of sky and grass but still keep things light and bright!

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A-roar-able Friends – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

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Images that are just the right size to hold their own on a simple card front with a sentiment are some of my favorites!!

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Quick Tips:

  • These dinosaurs are simple enough to fussy cut – just use a black marker to run along the edges for a finished look.
  • Adding a very faint shadow under each image (I used C1 and C00 markers) and popping up the fussy cut images, gives just enough dimension to make these cards special.
  • My go to color scheme is usually pretty bright but I wasn’t sure if that was the direction I wanted to go here so it was Pinterest to the rescue! In this case, I tried searching for “dinosaur images” and found a perfect muted color scheme. Sometimes I also try searches like “illustrations” or “cartoons” depending on the look I’m going for.

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