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!


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!


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!

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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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Superstar for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing two 4 bar sized cards made with the Superstar Heffy Doodle collaberation set! In my opinion, the sentiments are the very best part of this set so I wanted to keep them the main focus.

For this card, I first heat embossed the small star images and sentiment with white (clear would work too) embossing powder. The best part of this white on white technique is that you can’t really see where you are stamping so the stars truly end up with a random placement! Just make sure you don’t overlap the sentiment.

After the embossing cooled, I ink blended using Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks.

Finally, I attached the panel to the card base using foam tape.

For my second card, I randomly stamped the same small stars around the border of the card panel using a dark aqua ink – just pick you’re favorite blue! Each star would get stamped three times before reinking to create the variation in color.

I then ink blended the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks and added the sentiment with black ink.

The final touch was one single gold embossed star near the sentiment (it kind of worked with the sentiment to me – only one gold sparkly star in a sea of blue stars!).

You could use these same techniques with the diamond or sparkle images from this set for more variations!

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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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Hello for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with a combination of a few of the new Crafty Meraki stamp sets – Shine On for the floral border and Little Things for the sentiment. I love the Shine On stamp set because the floral images look masked but the work is all done for you!

Quick Tips:

  • I started by embossing the image and sentiment with gold embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock (my favorite paper for blending). This would also look great embossed in white.
  • Using blender brushes, I added color using distress oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire.
  • Once dry, be sure to wipe the embossing using a clean, dry cloth to remove any extra ink.
  • The “hello” die cut from Heffy Doodle is just the right size to fit in the center and anchor the stamped sentiment.

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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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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!)

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