National Coffee Day – Newton’s Mug by Newton’s Nook Designs

Happy National Coffee Day friends!! I decided to break out my somewhat unloved brown range of distress inks for today’s card.

To create the blended ink panel, I started with a piece of Distress Heavystock and blended a variety of Distress inks to create a background that looks like one of those fancy coffee drinks my daughter orders (shhh…don’t tell but I don’t actually drink coffee).

To give it a little extra something, I splattered a little bit of water on the panel and used a jar I keep at my desk to create the “ring” (just add a little water to the rim and let it set on top of the panel for a minute).

I wanted to use one large image so I chose Newton’s Mug and colored the mug in yellow green colors. Once I die cut it, I added it to the card front with foam adhesive.

The ring created the perfect spot for a heat embossed sentiment (from the same set).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release and Giveaway – Day 4

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook February release! These last projects are some of my favorites from this release and I’m so excited to share them with you!

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

My first card uses the new Newton’s Rainy Day stamp set and coordinating die:

I started by visiting my color inspiration board on Pinterest and found this little gem of a combo that was a perfect spring color scheme for these kitties:

  • Yellow – Y35, Y08, Y02
  • Navy – B99, B97, B95
  • Pink – R32, R20, R00
  • Aqua – BG11, BG10
  • Neutrals are all a mix of warm and neutral grays

To create my stormy background, I used post-it tape to mask the edges of the card front and then used the Cloud Stencil to create the clouds. It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but I also embossed the raindrops from the set on top and added drops of glossy accents to each one.

I finished the card by attaching the die cut images with dimensional adhesive and adding a sentiment center right below it.

Next up is the Daffodils stamp set and an die:

These are so fun and easy to color (I may have gone a little overboard)! I decided to use all of them and create a whole little garden scene. I started with some “dirt” made by using the extra bumpy cloud die from the Sky Borders Die Set cut from dark brown cardstock. I also cut a small slit to tuck in one bunch of daffodils for some extra dimension:

I trimmed the daffodils even with the edge of the card front (don’t throw those pieces away though – I added them towards the top on each side!). I also added some light yellow ink blending at the top of the card for a sunny look.

Finally, I added an embossed sentiment in the dirt to finish this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Rainy Day Trio” or the “Daffodils” 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)! 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

Note of Thanks – Taylored Expressions

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Cling and Clear backgrounds and this is one of my favorites!

Quick Tips:

  • Make space for a large sentiment by trimming a section out of your background.
  • Now you’re left with a section of background that you could either use for another card or…
  • Since these shapes are so simple, I fussy cut a few of the flowers and popped them up along the edges of the sentiment section for a little interest.

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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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Thankful for You – Brutus Monroe

BM Thankful for You

There are so many ways to use the branch image from the Feathered Homes stamp set from Brutus Monroe! I especially liked using just a portion of the stamp off the edge of my card panel to create an all-over pattern.

There is something about the way the image is drawn that reminds me of toile fabric patterns so keeping this card very simple with black and white stamping was my first thought.

The sentiment panel covers the center so I only stamped around the edges and it filled in perfectly.

The sentiment is from the Tree of Thanks set – so many well designed sentiments in that one!  I added a small pop of color behind the sentiment panel – just find a scrap of your favorite color cardstock!

BM Thankful for You close up

If you don’t want to stamp the entire border, you can just try a few at the top of a panel to give the impression of a canopy of trees.

For this card, I embossed the branches and sentiment with Alabaster embossing powder and ink blended over top with green and blue Distress Oxide inks using a blender brush.

BM Thank You Enough

I popped this smaller panel on top of a white card base that had been embossed with a woodgrain pattern (any pattern would work to just give a little texture here).

BM Thank You Enough close up

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tree of Thanks – Brutus Monroe

BM Thank You

There is something so delicate and graceful about this tree image from the Tree of Thanks set by Brutus Monroe.  White embossing and soft ink blending seemed like the perfect fit for it!

I stamped both the tree and sentiment on bristol smooth cardstock using VersaMark ink and coated it with Alabaster embossing powder.

After the embossing powder cooled off, I started ink blending with a variety of Distress Oxide inks (Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral and a tiny bit of Aged Mahogany).  I started at the bottom and worked up to only cover the tree at the top.

Finally, I wiped the embossed images with a dry cloth to remove the excess ink and added a few clear sequins for a bit of shimmer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!