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!

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Get Cracking on Christmas – April 2021

Welcome to April’s edition of Get Cracking on Christmas!

How about combining seasons this month and using some spring/pastel colors on a Christmas card?

I started creating the background with the Bokeh Layering Stencil set from Taylored Expressions using pastel colors of Distress Oxide Inks. To add a little “sparkle”, I heat embossed the Star Fall Background stamp with white embossing powder (to make it look like it was fading from both sides I just stamped twice from the center of the card front).

With the background ready, I stamped and die cut a snowman from the Frosty Background Cling & Clear stamp set and coordinating dies along with the “HAPPY” sentiment from the On the Block – Happy stamp and die set. I glued the body directly to the card but the snowman head and happy were attached using foam adhesive for a little bit of dimension. The “holiday” portion of the sentiment is from the On Repeat – Holidays stamp.

I finished the card with a few Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes.

Another one ready for this holiday season! How are your cards coming along so far? If you’re looking for some time and inspiration, be sure to join Jenn on Saturday April 17th at 4p ET on YouTube for this months live!

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Get Cracking on Christmas – March 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Get Cracking on Christmas! I still have green on my mind (it is my favorite color after all) so that was my focus for this months card:

I started by blending my background with a combination of Pine Needles, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio. There is just a touch of Black Soot at the top and Speckled Egg at the bottom too). Once I was sure the background was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment and a few snowflakes from Season to Sparkle by Honey Bee Stamps.

I then added a stitched hillside (you could easily cut your own if you aren’t concerned about the stitching or just blend out to white on your background and not worry about adding the extra layer at all).

This snowman is from one of my favorite snowman sets, Snow Buddies (also by Honey Bee Stamps). This set is currently retiring so if you don’t already have it in your inventory, now is the time to get it! Whenever I purchase a new set with images to color, I always stamp all of them out at least once. That gives me images ready to be colored whenever I have a few extra minutes. I can then just pull from those images when I’m creating a card and focus on the design instead of taking the time to color too!

If you can, be sure to join Jenn this today at 8p ET on YouTube for this months live!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Merry Christmas for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with one of those smaller, often forgotten about, images from a larger set. This little gift is included in the Christmas Miracle set from Crafty Meraki (along with some beautiful poinsettia and holly images).

Quick Tips:

  • Smaller images like this are perfect for a grid layout! You can approach this a few different ways – I chose to lightly pencil in the grid lines and stamped the images using a block (just make sure you erase the lines prior to coloring).
  • Other options might include using a stamping platform or just totaling winging it and embracing a more “wonky” grid!
  • I had to go rainbow colors for these but any color scheme could work here! I colored these with Copics but any coloring medium would work here.
  • And this little image also works year round – just change the bottom sentiment to Happy Birthday!

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Joy for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! I wanted to share a few tips on creating this card using the new Stitch-a-Cross Slimline die from Crafty Meraki that I posted during last months blog hop.

Quick Tips:

  • First of all, this die provides a wonderful amount of space for stitching! I went a little crazy pinning ideas (see my board here). I had to stop myself but Pinterest and Etsy are great sources of patterns to use on this die.
  • If stitching the entire die is a little overwhelming, consider die cutting simple shapes (like a circle) from it and stitching a pattern on a smaller canvas. (That’s next on my list to try!)
  • Once I saw the buffalo check pattern, I knew that was The One. Squares that are 5×5 stitches fit well on this die (it will take a little more than one skein of DMC embroidery floss to complete the squares on this pattern). It was a nice, simple pattern to work one while watching TV!
  • It was Pinterest to the rescue again to fine a sample font to spell out “Joy” – just search for cross stitch alphabets and find one that you like.
  • As a final touch, I wanted to add a little bit of green so I winged it with a few sprigs of greenery. Here’s a close up to get an idea of how those were added:

Final step – decide who you love the most of everyone on your Christmas card list! This is definitely not a card you would want to mass produce and you’re going to want to send it to someone that will really appreciate it. Or just keep it for yourself as a sweet display piece for the holidays every year!

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Joy to You from Me – Get Cracking on Christmas

Time for another installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! I was a little tight on time this month so I took advantage of some “card parts” I had been playing around with and was so happy with the way they worked together (I guess I have a secret obsession with pink and red for holiday cards!).

And if there’s one thing I love more than pink and red when it comes to holiday decorating, it’s vintage Christmas ornaments!

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