Handmade Christmas with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello my crafty friends.  It’s a double-whammy kind of day for me at Newton’s Nook Designs.  I not only have this blog post, but there is also an exclusive Designer Nook’s newsletter where I featured another project today.  The Designer Nook newsletter is only available for subscribers so if you haven’t signed up for that, please head on over to the Newton’s Nook Blog.

For my projects today, I am showcasing the Naughty or Mice stamp set, Naughty or Mice die set, Festive Forest stamp set and Festive Forest die setSweater Weather stamp set and sweater weather die set, with the Fancy Edges die set.  We all have our stash of stamps and dies and making some handmade gift boxes and tags is what I always love to do during the holidays.

For my Hexagon gift box, I started by die-cutting the box with a die from my stash.  I used liquid glue to assemble the box.  I would not recommend doing this if you are mass-producing but for the special people in your life, I think it’s wonderful to create something unique and special during the holidays.


I also die-cut another piece of the hexagon with some Bristol smooth white card stock and used my cutter-bee scissors to cut out the piece.  To create my scene, I ink-blended the background with some Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress oxide inks.  These are my favorite color-combo to create a blue sky.



I stamped my images on some Neenah solar white card stock and used the coordinating dies to die-cut the images.  Before adhering the focal image to the box, I stamped my sentiment using some Red Lobster ink.  Here’s a photo of my cat Phoebe supervising me and making sure I was doing it right!  She loves crafting with me during the day.



I adhered the focal image to my box.  Here’s what it looks like:


To finish my design, I added some crystal lacquer to the star and also adhered some snowflakes to adorn my scene.  Here’s a closer look:



I LOVE being able to create special gift boxes and tags with the supplies I have on hand.   I also added some cute Washi tape on the side of the box for some stability.  Doesn’t it look so unique?



For my second project, I wanted to create some Christmas tags to go with my presents this year.  I used the Fancy Edges Tag die set and the Sweater weather stamp set.  Here are my tags:



For more texture and dimension, I added some crystal lacquer and jewels to adorn the tags.  Here’s a closer look:



I hope I inspired you today to create handmade gift boxes, cards and tags for the holidays.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing week and happy stamping!



You’re Sassy, Classy & Pretty Bad Assy!

Hello Cas-ual Fridays stamp fans!  I was pretty giddy creating this card I’m sharing with today showcasing a LOT of products from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  I used one of my all-time favorite stamp set called Frankly’isms with the Cup of Coffee stamp set and Coffee Cup Fri-Dies and the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies.

Here’s what I used:


I started out by stamping the Coffee Cup image on a gingham patterned paper and die cut the same with the Cup of Coffee Fri-Die.   I die-cut the tags using the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies with vellum and patterned paper. I ran the vellum tag on a hearts embossing folder to give it more dimension. I adhered both tags using mini glue dots.

On a piece of Bristol smooth white card stock, I used a stencil from my stash to add some color to the background with distress oxide inks.  I sprayed it with water to get the oxidize effect.

I adhered the tags onto my colored background.  I stamped the sentiment onto the “coffee cup” and adhered this piece on top of the tags.


To finish the design, I added the bow on top of the tag and also added some brown jewels to make them look like coffee bubbles.

Here’s a closer look:


Don’t you just LOVE the sentiment?  If you love coffee as much as I do, I think that sentiment is perfect!  I also added some white highlights using my Sakura gel pen.  I LOVE those brown jewels! They just added a little bit more “oomph” to the whole card design, don’t you think?!  Here’s another look:


I hope you like my card today.  Don’t forget that you can use my coupon code below to get 15% off your order.  Check out the $5 or less stamps and dies available now before they get sold out.  Happy crafting!


Love is in the Air with Newton’s Nook

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  I hope your holidays went perfectly well and you’ve managed to spend a lot of time with your loved ones.  2019 is here and it is time to start this month to welcome the season of LOVE!  You will probably see a lot of love-themed projects on the blog this month.

For my project today, I am showcasing the Newton’s Christmas Cuddles stamp set and its coordinating dies (sssh! this stamp set is also perfect for Valentine’s Day projects or an anniversary-themed card), the Tumbling Hearts stencil the Sky Borders die, and the Uplifting Wishes stamp set.

I started out by stamping the image on Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating die.  On a piece of Bristol smooth white card stock, I colored my background with distress oxide inks and used my Tumbling Hearts stencil to add the hearts.  I die-cut the rest of the elements that I needed to assemble the card.  Here’s what it looks like:


To finish my design, I used my home-made clouds stencil using the Sky Borders die and colored the frame to make it look like sky.  I also stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and used white embossing powder and my heating tool to heat set it.  Here’s a little close-up:


I added the Heart Sprinkles Embellishment mix from Kat Scrappiness.


I hope you like my card today.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and happy crafting!

maria russell signature logo





25 Days of Christmas Tags with CAS-ual Fridays



Today the CAS-ual Fridays Ink Squad is joining Tracey McNeely of  www.inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  


For my tag below, I am showcasing the Somebunny stamp set, the Naughty-isms stamp set and the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies.   


somebunny stamp set


Naughtyisms stamp set


I stamped my image on Neenah solar white card stock and colored him in with my Copic marker.  I fussy-cut the image and adhered it on my tag.  




To finish my design I stamped the sentiment from the Naughtyisms stamp set and added the pine boughs with the red jewel.  Here’s a little close-up:




I hope you like my Christmas tag!  Before I end this post, I just wanted to let you all know that CAS-ual Friday is having a Black Friday sale.   We are also launching this mini-stamp set called “Most wonderful”.  If you placed an order of $50, you will get this stamp set for FREE.  In addition, all of the Retiring sets are marked 40% off and all of the Christmas and Hanukkah sets will be marked 15% off from today, November 20 to November 26th.  




Thanks so much for joining me.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Happy Thanksgiving!




Newton’s Nook & Xyron Inspiration Week Collaboration


This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron are partnering for a very awesome inspiration week!  Each day there is fresh inspiration using Newton’s Nook Designs products with Xyron adhesives on the NND blog and on the Xyron facebook page!

For my project today, I used the new Loveable Llama stamp set by NND, a Sizzix step-up die from my stash and my all-time favorite Xyron Mega Tape Runner.

I started out by die-cutting some white 110 lb. card stock using my Sizzix Basic Step-up dies.


I stamped my Llamas from Loveable Llamas stamp set on some Neenah solar white card stock, using memento tuxedo black ink.  I colored them in with my Copic markers, and used the coordinating dies to die-cut the images.

I used a patterned paper from my stash to die-cut the pieces to decorate my step-up card and adhered them with my Xyron Mega Tape Runner.  This is my favorite adhesive to use on my projects.


I adhered all of the images on the card and finished the design by stamping the sentiment on a banner strip die, and added the yellow bow.  Here’s the card:



I really love how cheerful this card turned out.  The cacti images from the stamp set went perfectly with the theme of this card.




Here’s another look:



Would you like to win a Prize pack including a Mega Runner from Xyron and a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?

Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Xyron products all week (June 25-29) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, June 29th, at midnight EST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, July 2nd.

Xyron will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit the Xyron facebook page each day this week for inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win! Have an amazing week and happy crafting!


Patriotic Card with Everyday Brush Strokes Stamp by Kat Scrappiness

The time has finally come and Kat Scrappiness has just released the Everyday Brush Strokes stamp set!  I was looking forward to showcase this set because it is just simply beautiful.  You can create a lot of projects with this set.  You can even use it to decorate your planner pages, traveler’s journals, scrapbook layout and project life.  The possibilities are endless.
For my projects, I used the Everyday Brush Strokes stamp set, the Cross-stitched Rectangle dies by Kat Scrappiness and a bunch of other supplies available at the shop.  I also listed and linked the supplies below.

I have a process video for you today at the end of this blog post.  Here are photos of the cards I’ve made using this set.





Here’s the process video:

I hope you got inspired day!  Have an amazing week!


Bitty Bunnies Spring Card

Ahh! Spring is almost here and I am ready for all things “pastel”, haha!  I am back today to share with you a Spring card, showcasing the Bitty Bunnies stamp set and coordinating dies, with some squeezed lemonade, shaded lilac and tattered rose distress oxide inks.

I have a process video for you today so I will keep this blog post short.  I hope you got inspired.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below. Have a wonderful day!

Here’s my card:


Here’s a close-up:


The process video:


NND February Release – Woof Pack


It is the last day of the February release by Newton’s Nook Designs and the design team is showcasing the Woof Pack stamp set.  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.  [Just a little important note:  I know some of you had difficulties finding the comments section.  If you would like to leave a comment to participate in the giveaway, the “comments section” will only be ever visible when a single post on Word Press is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you for understanding and I apologize for the confusion.]  

Here’s what the stamp set look like:


I die-cut a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock using the Scallop Rectangle from the Frames and Flags die set.  I stamped my images on this die-cut using memento tuxedo black ink and colored my images in with my Copic markers.   To finish my design, I stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo black ink and stamped the hearts with for lipstick distress oxide.  Here’s my card:


Here’s a close-up photo of the cute dogs:


I absolutely adore the dog images!    Would you like to win the “Woof Pack” 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 15th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 16th.

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

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich


Kat Scrappiness Large Alpha Dies with Lawn Fawn

Hello my crafty friends.  I am back today to share with you a simple Valentine’s Day card, showcasing the new Large Alphabet dies and Christmas Red Sequins by Kat Scrappiness,   Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends stamp set and Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends coordinating dies, plus other supplies available at the shop.

I started out by stamping my images on Neenah Solar white card stock and I colored the images in with my Copic markers.   I cut another 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Bristol Smooth white card stock and used my Tumbling Hearts stencil to create my background, with my Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink and the ink blending tool.


I wanted to create a Valentine’s Day shaker card and also use the new Large Alphabet Dies.  I chose the letters, X and O and used my die-cutting machine to cut my background.  I covered it with my acetate and used my foam tape to create my shaker window.  I have been meaning to use the Christmas Red sequins and thought that this was the perfect color to use as my shaker element.


To finish my design, I added my little Froyo images and stamped my sentiment.  I also added the little strawberries to the Froyo and covered it with glossy accents.  Here is the card:


Isn’t this adorable?  I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  Please visit www.katscrappiness.com for inexpensive dies and craft supplies.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day!