Newton Loves Boxes – Newton’s Nook Designs

The fascination between cats and boxes is no joke! I love these images for a congratulations card like this but with the right colors you could easily make it a birthday or Christmas card too.

I started by stamping and coloring two images from the Newton Loves Boxes set (all of the kitties are colored with W0-W10 markers and the boxes were colored with E51-E55 markers). I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

To create the background, I started by blending clouds using the Clouds Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink. I blended Twisted Citron and just a touch of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to create the ground. I just let them gently blend together since I knew the stamped images would cover most of the transition.

I die cut the blended piece using the stitched rectangle from the Frames & Flags die set. My original plan was to use the entire rectangle but I thought about trying to cut the top using the cloud die from the Sky Borders die set. I was really happy with the little extra interest it gave the background piece!

I attached the background and larger kitty (with two boxes) using foam adhesive. I used an action wobbler to attach the kitty “hiding” in the box for a some extra fun!

Finally I tucked the sentiment between the images and this one is ready to go!

And to demonstrate the truth of “if I fits, I sits”, here is our kitty, Ginger:

I’m pretty sure she thinks that Finn can’t see her in that first picture! And it’s a little hard to see in the second picture but Ginger is a polydactyl cat (meaning she has “thumbs”)! And she has the softest, silkiest fur of any cat I’ve ever known.

Thanks 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

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

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

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook January release! I’m so excited to share the final projects I’ve been working on this month!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

My first project uses the new Newton’s Mug stamp set and coordinating dies:

Now since I’m new here, I’m going to warn you that I’m pretty much always going to color Newton just like this because that’s what my cat, Ginger, looks like. And yes, her name is Ginger but she isn’t orange – long story for another day!

Thank you card by Samantha VanArnhem using Newton's Mug stamp and coordinating dies, Caffeinated Cats stamp set, Frames and Flags die set, Furr-ever Friends stamp set
Products Used: Newton’s Mug stamp and coordinating dies, Caffeinated Cats stamp set, Frames and Flags die set, Furr-ever Friends stamp set (tiny heart on tea bag)

I wanted to provide some kind of subtle background for the image from the Newton’s Mug set and Caffeinated Cats seemed like a perfect fit!

I started by stamping that image in a very pale gray ink and then die cut it using the largest die from the Frames and Flags die set. I trimmed the scalloped edge from the stamped background but still left the stitching detail. I also cut a second frame with the same die from a bright yellow cardstock. Layered together they provided a perfect background!

I did include pieces of scrap cardstock under the stamped background (you could also use foam) before attaching it to the yellow frame to provide a little dimension. It would be fine without it though if you’re concerned about bulk when mailing.

After stamping the image from Newton’s Mug (and adding the little tea bag), I colored it using Copic markers:

  • W00, W1, W3, W5 for the kitty and a little shading on the tea bag
  • Y02, Y08, Y35 for the mug

Once the image was die cut, I attached it to the background with foam tape.

I finished with a sentiment from the same set (I love how it tucks right up next to the mug!) and a tiny little heart on the tea bag (this one is from the Furr-ever Friends stamp set – the first Newton’s Nook stamp set I ever purchased).

Next up is a project using the new Love Cafe stamps and die set:

If you happen to follow my friend Seeka on Instagram (and if for some reason you don’t, you totally should!) you’ve probably seen her kitty peeking around for pastry in her weekend stories. He was the inspiration for this card:

Hello card by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Cafe stamp and die sets, Smitten Kitten stamp and die sets, Circle Frames die set, Newton's Birdhouse stamp set (sentiment), Tumbling Hearts stencil
Products Used: Love Cafe stamp and die sets, Smitten Kitten stamp and die sets, Circle Frames die set, Newton’s Birdhouse stamp set (sentiment), Tumbling Hearts stencil

I started by die cutting two circles using the Circle Frames die set – one white, one my favorite shade of yellow/green. I trimmed the colored cardstock slightly more than halfway to create a “tabletop” for the mugs to sit on.

After stamping the images, I colored them using a combination of Copic and Sketchmarker Brush Pro markers:

  • E41, E42, E43, E44 for the kitty with R00, R20 for the ears and nose (Copic)
  • Y74, Y73, G135, G131, R61, R62 for the mugs (Sketchmarker Brush Pro)

The mugs were attached using foam adhesive with the kitty tucked behind them. I embossed a sentiment from the Newton’s Birdhouse stamp set.

I wanted to finish the card with something subtle in the background so I used the Tumbling Hearts stencil (with, ironically, Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink) to add a bit of pattern. I inked the darkest at the top and let the blending fade about half way down the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Mug” or the “Love Café” 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 blog 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

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

Welcome back to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook Designs January release! Today’s release is perfect for Valentine’s Day cards!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

I decided to use these images to make a set of 4-bar sized Valentine’s Day cards – they are a perfect fit for that size card:

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs
Products Used: Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set
Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

These were so quick and easy to make! I just used the Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set to add the heart to each card front (there’s no rule that says you have to use all three hearts!).

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

Any combination of red, pink and black markers would work to color these (kids would probably love to help!).

After coloring each image, I just die cut them and then added to the card fronts with foam adhesive along with a sentiment from the same set. Done!

Valentine's Day cards by Samantha VanArnhem using Love Emergency stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Hearts stencil set from Newton's Nook Designs

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Love Emergency” 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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’re here)

Amanda Wilcox

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

Welcome back for another day of releases from Newton’s Nook! I think you’ll be smitten with today’s products!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

Today’s card was made using images from the new Smitten Kittens stamp set:

Products Used: Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil

So these kittens look to have longer fur than the traditional “Newton” cat so I decided to color them like my friends Maine Coon cats. Is it just me, or do you have to color cats and dogs to look like pets you know in real life too?

Hello card by Samantha VanArnhem using Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil from Newton's Nook
Products Used: Smitten Kittens stamp and die sets, Slimline Masking Circle and Square stencil set, Land Borders die set, Cloud stencil

I started by using the new Slimline Masking Square stencils to create three little scenes. I layered the Cloud stencil over it for the sky portion and then added grass from the Land Borders die set to finish the squares.

I colored the kittens using E41, E42, E43 and E44 Copic markers.

I added foam adhesive to the kittens and attached them to the card front. I finished with a sentiment from the same set and a few hearts above the kitten couple.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Smitten 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

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’re here)

Amanda Wilcox

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

Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Newton’s Nook January release! I’m so excited to share all of the projects I’ve been working since joining the team!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday January 22nd!

My first project uses the new Heartfelt Roses stamp set and Heart Frame:

My instinct was to color the roses pink or red but I decided to try something different and went with purple:

Thank you card by Samantha VanArnhem using Heartfelt Roses stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set, Slimline Frames and Portholes die set
Products Used: Heartfelt Roses stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set, Slimline Frames and Portholes die set (butterfly)

After stamping the image from Heartfelt Roses, I colored it using Copic markers:

  • BV31, BV02, BV04 for the roses
  • YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17 for the leaves

I then used the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set to cut out the image.

I wanted to make this a shaped card, so I used the largest die from the set to create a card base.

The sentiment is also from the Heartfelt Roses set using a banner from the Banner Trio die set. The small butterfly from the Slimline Frames and Portholes die set was cut from iridescent velum and layered over another one cut from white cardstock. Two small gems make the butterfly’s “body”.

Next up is probably my favorite project from the whole release using the Heartfelt Love stamp:

My first thought when I saw that stamp was a box of Valentine’s Day chocolate candy!

Valentine's Day card by Samantha VanArnhem using Heartfelt Love stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set
Products Used: Heartfelt Love stamp set, Heart Frame die set, Banner Trio die set

After stamping the image from Heartfelt Love, I colored it using Copic markers:

  • E55, E57, E59, RV21, RV13, RV14

I then used the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set to cut out the image. I layered that over a pink heart cut using the largest frame from the same set. The “box of candy” was then glued onto a 5×5 card base with a layer of kraft cardstock.

The sentiment is also from the Heartfelt Love stamp set on a banner from the Banner Trio die set. The word MINE was colored with the same pink Copic markers used to color the hearts.

For a final touch, I added some white gel pen to each of the hearts to give it a little chocolate shine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Love” or the “Heartfelt Roses” 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Design blog post on Friday, January 22nd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Fetching Friendship – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello friends and welcome to my first official post as part of the Newton’s Nook design team!

Today’s card features the Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies:

Birthday card by Samantha VanArnhem using Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies, Birthday Roundabout stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs
Products Used: Fetching Friendship stamp set and coordinating dies, Birthday Roundabout stamp set

Newton’s Nook is known for their adorable kitty stamps but they have a great selection of dogs too! Our family has one of each so today I’m going to introduce you to our dog, Finn:

Finn knows how to celebrate a birthday for sure! The labs in the Fetching Friendship set reminded me so much of him, I had to get it.

I started this card by stamping the image from the Birthday Roundabout stamp set in red ink (red is kind of Finn’s official color!). The way I see it that is kind of the “cloud” of Finn’s imagination thinking of all the good things that go along with birthdays (especially focused on the cake).

I then colored the images with Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. The images were added to the card front with foam adhesive.

Finally, the sentiment also came from the Birthday Roundabout stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Samantha