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!

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 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!

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!

Newton’s Nook Designs April Release and Giveaway – Day 1

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook April release! This is such a cute release 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 April 23rd!

My first project uses the new Gnome Garden stamp set and Petite Clouds stencil (plus a little sneak peak at a sentiment set coming later this week):

This is where I have to admit that gnomes aren’t usually my thing, but sometimes when you stretch yourself and try something you normally wouldn’t, you end up with some of your favorite cards!

I started by creating a background for my little gnome friend – I used a masking stencil but you could just as easily cut a round or oval shape with a die set from masking or printer paper.

I used the new Petite Clouds stencil and Versafine ink to stencil the cloud pattern on the top half of the oval. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Once the clouds were ready, I ink blended using Distress Oxide inks (Speckled Egg for the sky gently blended into Vintage Photo for the ground).

Now that the background was ready, I stamped, colored and cut out one of the gnomes from the Gnome Garden set (any of them would work with this same layout – or you could even make a card set). I attached him to the background using foam adhesive.

I finished this card with a sentiment created with a set coming later this week on a banner from the Banner Trio die set.

Next up is a card using the new Bleeding Heart stamp and die sets:

I love how unique this stamp is – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bleeding heart stamp before (at least I certainly didn’t have one in my collection)!

Since I created a Father’s Day card first, I thought this would be perfect for a Mother’s Day card.

I chose to create the background in the same way just using different products – I used a circle mask rather than an oval and stamped the hearts (from the Heartfelt Love stamp set) with Versafine ink. I embossed with the same white embossing powder and ink blended (this time with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink):

I finished the card by adding a stamped, colored and die cut image from the Bleeding Heart set and a simple sentiment (from that same set you’ll see later this week).

Would you like to win the “Gnome Garden” or the “Bleeding Heart” 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 so much for stopping by!