Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 3

Welcome back to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook Designs February release! Today’s release is a sweet addition to the farmyard collection of products.

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

Today’s card was made using an image (and coordinating die) from the new Baa stamp set:

I always like to see how I can mix old and new, so for this set I started with the Floral Fringe stamp set as a background. Even though the image is a square, it works will when die cut with a circle die from the Circle Frames Die Set and makes a great little frame for critter images!

I created a little patch of “ground” for my lamb to sit on using the same technique as yesterdays card (start with a circle cut with the Circle Frames Die Set and then cut down with the grass border from the Land Borders Die Set). I also used that spot for my embossed sentiment (also from the Baa set).

And don’t forget, this little lamb now joins an entire family of farm themed products!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Baa”  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 February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

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 VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 2

Welcome back for another day of releases from Newton’s Nook! Today’s product release is going to help you get a “hop” on your Easter projects!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday February 19th!

Today’s first card was made using images the new Hoppy Greetings stamp set:

This is one of my favorite ways to create a small scene on a card! I start by creating a stencil using a circle die and masking paper – in this case, I used the die from the Circle Frames Die Set. I then paired it up with the Cloud Stencil to create the sky. Next, I used that same die to cut a circle from green cardstock and then cut that down using the grass die from the Land Borders Die Set. I added a little bit of ink blending at the bottom of the green circle and adhered it over the sky. Now my scene is ready for decoration!

I stamped the bunny image from the Hoppy Greetings set along with a number of eggs and flowers. I colored them using the following Copics:

  • W00, W1, W3, R20, R00 for the bunny
  • E51, E53, E55, E57 for the sign
  • BV02, BV31, BG23, BG11, R20, R00, RV14. RV13, YG17, YG23, YG21 for the eggs, flowers and grass

I finished the bunny image by adding a sentiment from the same set and adding to the card front with dimensional adhesive.

Next up is the sweet little Hare Mail stamp:

Small images like this are fun to use multiple times on a card front and the Slimline Frames and Windows Die Set provides the perfect home for three of them!

I started by blending the background using Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick distress ink. I also used the Worn Lipstick ink to add a postmark image under the bunny on the left. If you would like the sentiment to be a bit more subtle, you could have done them same there but I chose black this time.

I then stamped and die cut three of the bunny images. I colored each bunny a different color using Copic markers:

  • W00, W1, W3
  • E55, E53, E51
  • C00, C1, C3 (I also used C00 and C1 to add a bit of shading to each of the envelopes)

Finally, I attached each bunny using foam adhesive and did the same with the slimline frame die cut (if you don’t have skinny strips of foam adhesive, just try cutting a few frames and adhering them together with liquid adhesive to add a little dimension).

One other idea I had for this bunny was to fussy cut just the face from the image and use it to peek out from all kinds of places besides the envelope!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Hoppy Greetings” 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 February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

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 VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook February release! Spring is in the air 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 February 19th!

My first project uses the new Spring Roundabout stamp and Basket Weave stencil:

This image reminded me of a basket full of Easter goodies so I tried to create that look on my card:

I started by blending the background with the Basket Weave Stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. I blended through the stencil first and then after removing it, I blended over the entire panel (focusing a bit more on the edges). You could also just start with a tan or kraft colored cardstock to avoid the extra blending.

Next I stamped the Spring Roundabout stamp onto white cardstock and colored the images using Copic markers in a variety of spring tones. In hindsight, I could have also colored the bunnies dark brown to look like chocolate!

I die cut the image using the largest die from the Circle Frames Die Set. Before attaching it to the card front, I wanted to add something that looked like Easter grass behind it. And you’ll never guess what I used – that’s right, Easter grass! I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long I tried to think of something I could use from my craft room before that forehead slapping moment when I realized I could just get the real thing from my basement! I suggest using a strong, liquid glue to attach everything.

I finished with a sentiment from the same Spring Roundabout stamp set cut out using a banner from the Banner Trio Die Set.

Next up is a project using the other new stencil from this release, Bunny Tails:

Since my brain was already thinking Easter treats, the first thing that came to mind for this stencil was Peeps! All lined up in their little cellophane wrapped boxes. Now if I were being true to that idea, I would have stenciled them all in the same color, but I took a little liberty with a pastel rainbow of Peeps:

Next, I added a little “sugar” tail with clear glitz glitter gel. Once that was dry, I trimmed the panel down to fit on a standard A2 card (the 4×5 bunny grid fits perfectly – yippee!!).

I finished the card front with a sentiment from the Spring Roundabout set. Obvious choice, right?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Spring Roundabout” 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 February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

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 VanArnhemYou are here!

Amanda Wilcox

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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Love and Hugs for Crafty Meraki

Sometimes great products make you do crazy things – like me making a card with no white and no stamping! But in the end I had a card that was both super easy to create and eye catching.

Be sure to check the Crafty Meraki blog for details on how this was made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

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Sweet Treats Blog Hop – Newton’s Nook Designs

Newton’s Nook Designs 7th Annual Sweet Treats Blog Hop!

The Newton’s Nook Designs Team is hopping along today to share some great Sweet Treats – just in time for Valentines day! Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the whole list and hop along and comment for a chance to win!

I love a good treat box (even more so when it’s super easy to make and it has a lab on it)!

I don’t remember where I originally saw the idea for this box but after I had made a few I started reciting “punch and score at two and four” each time and now that little rhyme sticks in my head and I can make these without having to worry about figuring out measurements or using any special dies.

All you need is a 6×6 piece of paper and an envelope punch board. And then just follow the rhyme and punch and score at two and four!

When you’re done with all the punching and scoring, just fold along all the score lines (or don’t – I’ve tried it both ways and either works). You’re paper should now look like this:

Now just trim flaps like the picture below. It’s pretty forgiving so if you happen to cut the wrong side, you won’t be able to tell once everything is put together. Now is also the time to round the corners of each top flap if you want to and add holes for ribbon. You don’t actually need holes on all four – just two will do. Add some strong adhesive to each flap and you’re ready to assemble!

Once you’re box is assembled, add a favorite image and a sentiment strip (mine are all from the Fetching Friendship set along with the coordinating dies).

And certainly don’t forget to fill it with some treats before you tie the ribbon on top! Anything chocolate is top on my list!

Sweet Treats Blog Hop Giveaway!

Would you like to win a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs online shop?

We are giving them out to 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 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 Monday, February 8th at 9pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Tuesday, February 9th.

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
Tina Smith
Tatiana Trafimovich
Samantha VanArnhemyou are here!
Amanda Wilcox

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

Rainbow Butterfly for Crafty Meraki

It had to be done! The minute I saw the Meraki stamp set there was no doubt that someday I would be coloring that butterfly in rainbow colors.

I started by picking some favorite Copic combinations to color in the butterfly and then added just a little bit of sparkle to the pink parts of the wing. Because rainbow and sparkle go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?

I then fussy cut the butterfly. A little tip on the antennae – I initially just cut them clean off of her head, and then trimmed them out separately and glued them back on behind her head (you might be able to tell they are a little bit shorter than the original image). I always use a black felt tip pen to run along the edges of images that I fussy cut – I think it makes it look a little more finished.

I initially tried placing the butterfly on a plain white card front which wasn’t bad but I knew I had the Shine On stamp set with the perfect floral border backdrop for her. I wanted to keep the focus on the butterfly so I chose to heat emboss the background in gold rather than color it.

Finally, I added the sentiment from the Meraki set (also embossed) and added the card front panel to a base.

I’ve been so deep into Christmas card making lately, it was nice to change it up! Hope you enjoy it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

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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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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