Newton’s Nook – Love Bites – Cards for the Children’s Hospital

I was requested to donate some cards at the local Children’s Hospital where I live.  I was supposed to make it very simple, kid-friendly with no sequins or glitter.  Since Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, I decided to use the new Love Bites stamp set by Newton’s Nook Designs.

The Love Bites stamp set is so versatile, you can create so many different projects using this set.  It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s-related.  You can also use it to make cute little notes to your kids to add to their lunchboxes, or just leave them notes to brighten their day.

I have a video tutorial for you creating 3 projects so I will keep this blog post short.  Here are my projects:

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Here’s the video:

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have listed and linked all the supplies below.  Have a great day!

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Valentine’s Day Card

Hello everyone! I’m back today to share with you a cute Valentine’s Card, showcasing products available at Kat Scrappiness, i.e. stamp sets by Lawn Fawn – Love Letters, Cheery Christmas and Mom & Me stamp sets, Stitched Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Dies, Inkadinkado masking paper and Gina Marie Designs ribbon bow dies. I apologize that I don’t have a process video today as I am currently traveling for a few days.

I wanted to create a very simple card with some masking technique.  I started out by die-cutting my watercolor card stock using the stitched fancy scalloped die. I stamped my two squirrels on Inkadinkado masking paper and fuzzy cut them with my precision scissors.

Using my stamping tool, I laid out my scene and stamped my squirrels twice with Versafine vintage sepia pigment ink.  I heat-set it with some clear embossing powder.  Using the mask I created, I covered the squirrels so I can stamp the wood stump on top of the squirrel. Removing the mask, I also set the tree stump with clear embossing powder.

I colored the images using my Zig clean color real brush markers.  I used my heating tool to dry them out a little, and covered the images with my mask.

I smudged some spun sugar and shaded lilac distress inks on a clear acrylic block, sprayed it with water, and used my flat watercolor brush to carefully start brushing the color onto the paper.  [Since the images are already covered with my masking paper, I was not afraid to do this technique.] I removed the mask and set it aside to dry.

I finished off the design by using a patterned paper by Crate Paper design, and die-cut a bow using a ribbon bow die by Gina Marie Designs.

Here is the final card:

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I hope you got inspired today. The supplies I have used are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

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Kissing Birds Shaker Card

Hello crafty peeps! I am back for Craftin Desert Divas and today, I am sharing with you this adorable kissing birds shaker card.

I started out by printing the kissing birds digital stamp by CDD with Neenah solar white card stock on my laser printer.  I wanted this image to pop so I adjusted the size to make it slightly bigger.  I fuzzy-cut the image with my cutter-bee precision scissors  and set it aside.  I stamped my card panel with some images from another CDD stamp and distressed the background with my spun sugar distress ink.

To create the sentiment, I used the Flag Banner dies and stamped “Love You” showcasing the Elegant brush script stamp set.  This set is a must-have for any stamper.

To create the shaker part of the card, I die-cut the tag using my Banner Dies from CDD with my doodlebug paper, with the acetate sheet and foam adhesive.  For my shaker element, I used my new favorite, shimmer sequins also available at the shop.  They are so sparkly and beautiful!  I also added the red and white twine to finish the design. Here is my card.

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I hope you all got inspired today.  The supplies I have used are listed and linked below if you’re interested. Please do join us on the CDD Facebook Gallery page.  We have a challenge every month that you can participate in and you can win some amazing prizes.  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1428163220758119/

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Inky Paws Challenge # 40

There’s a new Inky Paws Challenge on the blog (http://www.inkypawschallenge.com) and this time it is a sketch challenge. I love sketch challenges! It gets me out of my comfort zone to try and design something that I’ve never done before.

Here is the sketch:

 

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I started out by stamping the images on Canson watercolor card stock with my Versafine Onyx Black Ink and colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. For this card, I am showcasing a couple of stamps from Newton’s Nook Designs. The mixer, spoon and measuring cup are from the Made From Scratch stamp set and the doodle design is from the Love A La Carte stamp set.

I finished my design by using some Doodlebug patterned paper. Instead of using twine, I decided to use the bow from a Christmas die-set by NND called Pines and Holly Die Set.  Here is my version of the challenge.

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What do you guys think? I hope you got inspired today and join us for this challenge. For more information, please visit http://www.inkypawschallenge.com. You have two weeks to join the challenge.  Winner will get a $10 gift code for the Newton’s Nook Designs shop.

The supplies that I have used for today’s card are listed and linked below if you are interested. Have an amazing day.

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Sweet Treats Blog Hop ~ Message in a Bottle & Paper Coffee Mug Treat Holder

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Hello stampers and crafters! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Welcome to the sweet treats blog hop hosted by Newton’s Nook Designs. I have a special treat for you today. I am sharing two Valentine’s D.I.Y projects.

The first project is a unique holder for your love letter. I call it, Message in a Bottle. I made this project a few years ago and posted it on my YouTube channel.  Back then, I wanted to give my husband something unique on Valentine’s Day so I made this cute, shabby chic message in a bottle project that housed a music sheet by Led Zeppelin, called “Thank You”. This was the very first song that my husband played for me on the guitar when we were still dating many, many years ago. However, the Message in a Bottle project that you see below is a lot simpler. If you are looking for a unique project this Valentine’s Day, the possibilities are endless using this idea!

I started out by cleaning up a small empty wine bottle and set it aside to dry. For my example below, I used a music sheet patterned paper  (Note: You can write your own love letter instead)   I rolled the patterned paper using a pencil to make it easier for me, then tied it with a bow.

 

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To add interest to the message holder, I added the love die-cuts using Newton’s Nook Designs Darling Hearts Die. There is a small “love” script die that is included in this set and is perfect for this project. I also used some of my favorite sequin mixes to further decorate the bottle.

 

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This is like a shaker card, without having to use foam adhesive. I think it turned out so cute!  To finish off the design, I die-cut the heart tag using the Darling Hearts Die on pink patterned paper. I used the sentiment and the heart from the Holiday Smooches stamp set. I used my crop-a-dile to turn the die-cut into a tag. I tied it on the bottle with my silver twine. Don’t you just love this unique love letter holder?

 

 

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The second project is an adorable paper mug treat holder idea, using the We R Memory Keepers Punch Board. This Punch Board is one of my all-time favorite crafting tools because of its versatility. You can make your own envelopes, treat boxes and treat holders.

I followed a video tutorial on YouTube on how to create this Paper Coffee Mug. Since this project is for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to use White, Pink and Gold for my project. I used a beautiful patterned paper that I got from Michael’s to decorate my paper mug.

 

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I then stamped this cute Newton image (from the Newton Loves Coffee stamp set) on Neenah solar white card stock and colored him in with my Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to die-cut the image and adhered him to a pink circle card stock. I die-cut the scallop circle with my stitched fancy scalloped circle die to further decorate my tag. I love the pink and gold color combination.

 

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I bought some of my favorite Keurig coffee pods and I put them inside this clear cellophane bag.  To finish wrapping up my package, I used my sweetheart twine to close the bag, and stamped my sentiment on this pink heart tag die, and tied a bow. I love this paper mug treat holder to package up some favorite coffee pods.

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Here is the paper coffee mug treat holder:

 

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Would you like to win a $10 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 6th at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Tuesday, February 7th.

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

 

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New Tag Dies at Kat Scrappiness Plus Project Share

I have made some projects today showcasing the new Heart Stitched Tag Dies and Stitched Scalloped Nesting Dies available at the shop.

 

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I have also shared them on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see the card and tags.  Supplies are listed and linked below:

 

 

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Valentine’s Luminaries [or Treat Bags]

 

 

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It’s Maria here with you again today to share some cute Valentine’s craft projects. I am showcasing the new adorable Snowman Die, Double-stiched Heart Dies and the Snowflake Kisses Script Dies from Kat Scrappiness.  There’s a ton of new products now.  Check out the Valentine’s section at the shop: https://www.katscrappiness.com/collections/valentines-day…

Here is the process video. Have a great week and happy decorating!

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Newtons Nook Designs – January Release Day 3 ~ Pug Hugs

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Oh my goodness! Are you ready for today’s total cuteness?  Today is release day (Day 3) at Newton’s Nook Designs.  I hope you have been checking out the daily posts since Monday.  The whole design team at NND has been busy creating wonderful projects to give you some daily inspiration. You also have a chance to win each stamp set during release week so check out the details I have indicated at the end of this blog post.

 

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For my cards, I used this cute Pug Hugs stamp set and Pug Hugs coordinating dies, stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock with my memento tuxedo black ink. I colored the Pugs using my Copic markers and die-cut the images with its coordinating dies with my die-cutting machine.

 

Here is my first card:

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Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I just had to make a Valentine-themed Pug card!  I created my own patterned paper by combining the hearts from the Pug Hugs stamp set and the Flirty Flamingos stamp set.

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Don’t you just love those cute Pugs?  This stamp set will be available for purchase on January 20 at 8:00 a.m. CST.

 

Would you like to win this “Pug Hugs” stamp set?  This set will be given away to ONE (1) 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 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog post on Friday, January 20th.

 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you’re here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich

Newton’s Nook Designs – January Release Day 2 – Love & Chocolate

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Hello stampers and crafters! Thank you for stopping by.  Today is release day (Day 2) at Newton’s Nook Designs.  If you haven’t checked out yesterday’s post, please do so to see the amazing projects created by our design team members.  Please also check out our Instagram photos to get more inspiration.

For my card below, I stamped my images on Neenah solar white card stock with my memento tuxedo black ink. I colored the images using my Copic markers (I opted for pastel colors), and die-cut my stamped images with its coordinating dies.   To give my macaroons a little bit more detail, I used my liquid appliqué and heating tool to puff up the white liquid and make it look like icing.

At this point, I decided to make this a shaker card. I used my 3M Scotch foam adhesive to adhere it on my card stock to create my window panel for the card. I wanted the macaroons to be the main focal point on this card so I created a white on white background, and used some clear sparkling sequins for my shaker element.

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I also used this stamp set for my planner layout this week.  I really love stretching my stamps and using them to decorate my planner.

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I hope you like my card and my planner layout and somehow got inspired today. This Love & Chocolate stamp set and Love & Chocolate Dies will be available for purchase on January 20 at 8:00 a.m. CST.

Would you like to win this “Love & Chocolate” stamp set?  This stamp set will be given away to ONE (1) 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 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog post on Friday, January 20th.

 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you’re here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich