Big Wishes Because You’re Worth It!

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  I don’t know about you but I seem to be always running out of birthday cards!  If you haven’t seen all of the new stamps and dies from last week’s March release, I think you should head on over to the Newton’s Nook online store to check out all of the amazing birthday-themed stamps, coordinating dies and stencils.

For my project today, I am showcasing the Newton’s Birthday Balloons stamp set and coordinating dies the Holding Happiness stamp set,  the Sky Borders die,  the Pines and Holly die set and the Newton Dreams of Paris stamp set.

I started out by stamping my image on Neenah solar white and colored it with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.

I used my handmade Sky Borders stencil and my distress oxide inks to color a piece of Bristol smooth card stock to create my pastel clouds background.  This is a really simple card but I love how it turned out.

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I finished my design by stamping the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink and added the white bow from the Pines and Holly die set.   I also added the hearts from the Newton Dreams of Paris stamp set.

Here’s my card:

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A little closeup:

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Don’t you just love this stamp set?  I love that I can mix and match my stamps to create my scene for my cards.  I hope you like it and got inspired today.  I have listed and linked the supplies I used below.  Have a great week!

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NND March Release – Birthday Essentials Stamp Set

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I’m kind of a bit bummed because it is the last day of the March reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today is also your last opportunity to leave comments on the DT’s blogs for a chance to win each stamp set during release week.  Please 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 WordPress is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you!]  

 

For my cards today, I am showcasing the Birthday Essentials stamp set, Newton’s Sweetheart stamp set and coordinating dies with the Bubbly stencil and the Lovely Blooms stamp set.  Here’s what the Birthday Essentials stamp set looks like and the Bubbly stencil.

For my first project, I wanted to make a first wedding anniversary card for a friend of mine.  She and her husband are cat-lovers as well so I thought the Newton’s Sweetheart stamp set would be perfect for this.  I started by coloring the images with my Copic markers and used the coordinating die to die-cut the piece.

 

On a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of smooth white card stock, I used the Bubbly stencil to add some color to my background, with some distress oxide inks and my sponge dauber.  I also hit embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder.  I finished the design by adding glossy accents to the bubbles.  Here’s my first card:

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For my second card, I wanted to do a simple Happy Birthday card.  I stamped my images onto Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I also stamped my sentiment with my Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I used a Double-stitched Square rectangle die by Kat Scrappiness to die cut a portion of my card front.  I adhered it back with foam adhesive to give it some dimension.  To finish my design, I added some green and white dots.  Here’s my second card:

 

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Here’s a close-up:

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Did you get inspired this week by all of the amazing projects by the design team?  I did!  I am so honored to be working with these beautiful and very talented ladies!

 

Would you like to win the “Birthday Essentials” 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, March 15th, at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 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

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NND March Release – Birthday Essentials Stamp Set

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Are you loving the release so far?  It is now the 3rd day of the March reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs.  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 WordPress is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you!]  

 

For my project today, the design team is showcasing the Newton’s Birthday Balloons and the Newton’s Birthday Balloons coordinating dies.

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As soon as I saw this stamp set, I immediately thought of creating a scene where Newton is floating up in the air with his balloons BUT I wanted the sky to look unique, than your regular blue and white!  I also pictured glitter dust, everywhere!

 

I started with die-cutting my 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Bristol smooth white card stock, using the Sky Borders die set.  I inked it up with Tattered Rose and Antique Linen distress oxide inks, with my mini ink blending tools.

 

To add the glitter dust on my background, I used my Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder in Perfect Gold and added it on a clear acrylic block with some water.  I used my watercolor brush to sprinkle the color onto the card stock.  This created some cute glittery-gold sparkle dust on my colored background.

 

To finish my design, I used my Clouds stencil that I created using the Sky Borders Die, and colored my card base using the Antique Linen distress oxide with my ink blending tool.  I also heat-embossed the sentiment on black card stock and added some details to the balloons with my Sharpie White paint pen.  Here’s my card:

 

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Here’s another photo to show you the gold glitter dust:

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Would you like to win the “Newton’s Birthday Balloons” 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, March 15th, at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 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

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NND March Release – Uplifting Wishes and Balloon Shaker Die

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Who’s been looking forward to day 2 of the March reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs?  Today’s reveal is AMAZING!  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 WordPress is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you!]  

 

For today’s cards, the design team is showcasing the Uplifting Wishes stamp set with the Balloon Shaker die. Yay!   I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shaker die.  It is so much fun and what’s good about this is the Uplifting stamp set will fit inside the balloon shaker!

 

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I started out by making my own clouds stencil using the Sky Borders die by Newton’s Nook.  I inked up my Neenah Solar White card stock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 with my handmade stencil with Broken China distress oxide ink and my ink blending tool to create the sky.  I also colored the hills with my Cracked Pistachio distress oxide ink.  I used my copic marker to create the grass.

 

I stamped my bunny and butterflies images using the Bitty Bunnies stamp set and colored them in with my copic markers.  I die-cut the images with the coordinating dies.

 

I die-cut the colored background using the balloon shaker die.  I colored my card base with my Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks to create a colorful balloon.

 

On a piece of heat resistant acetate sheet, I stamped my sentiment using versamark ink and heat embossed it with my white embossing powder.  I adhered the acetate sheet onto the die-cut piece to create my shaker balloon and added the butterflies and the hearts.  I used the sparkling clear sequins as my shaker element.  Here’s my card:

 

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For my second card, I used the Llama from the Llama Delivery stamp set and die cut the image using the coordinating die.  This Llama was released before the holidays last year but you can also use this set for a birthday card.

 

I wanted the balloon to be the focal point on this card.  I inked up a piece of white card stock with my Tattered Rose distress oxide ink and die cut it with the balloon shaker die.  I also die-cut different colors of card stock using the confetti die from this new set as my shaker element.   This balloon shaker die set is so much fun and a must-have!

 

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Here’s my second card.  Isn’t she a cutie patootie with that big balloon?  This card is so simple but I love how it turned out.

 

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Which one is your favorite?  I hope you got inspired today.  I also listed and linked the supplies I used below.  Have a wonderful day!

 

Would you like to win the “Uplifting Wishes” 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, March 15th, at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 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

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NND March Release – Holding Happiness Stamp Set and dies with 2 new stencils

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I get super excited each month as we start our reveals of the new stamp set, dies and stencils by Newton’s Nook Designs.  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!]  

 

Today, the design team is showcasing the Holding Happiness stamp set and coordinating dies with the Bubbly and Confetti stencils.   I know I probably say this every month but you are all going to love this month’s stamps, dies and stencils.

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For my first card,  I started by using my small sponge dauber and different inks to color my Bristol smooth white card stock and create a colorful background.  I also stamped my images with my memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.

 

Using a scallop border die from my stash, I die-cut two pieces of yellow card stock.  Since this card is meant for a birthday, I wanted to create a very happy and colorful card using pinks, blues and yellows.

 
To finish my design, I stamped my sentiment using my Versamark ink onto a piece of black card stock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  Here is the first card:

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Here’s a close-up:

 

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For my second card, I wanted the colorful balloons to pop and be the center of attention so I decided to go for a white on white background.  I die-cut 3 pieces of 100 lb. Neenah Classic Index card stock using my Hexagon dies.   I colored the images using my Copic markers.    Here is the second card:

 

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Here’s a close-up:

 

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Would you like to win the “Holding Happiness” 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, March 15th, at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 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

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Newton’s Nook DT Birthday Blog Hop

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Today is a super special day, we’re so glad you’re joining us!  All of the Newton’s Nook Designs DT members have gotten together to throw a surprise birthday blog hop for Jennifer, the owner, illustrator and all around wonderful person behind Newton’s Nook!
We are so honored to get to work with Jennifer, and we all just love her so much and wanted everyone to celebrate her birthday with you!   Jennifer, we hope you have the happiest birthday ever!  

 

For my simple card below, I am showcasing the Newton Loves Cake stamp set and coordinating dies with the Baked From Scratch stamp set.  I love mixing and matching stamp sets to create my cards.

 

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I started out by stamping my images onto Neenah solar white card stock and colored the images in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut my storybook window die with another 110 lb. white card stock.

 

I used the Tumbling Hearts stencil to ink-up my card panel.  I adhered my storybook window onto my card base, then used foam adhesives to adhere my colored images.  I finished my design by adding glossy accents to the candles, the collar and the little hearts.  Here’s my card:

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Since I colored more than one image, I decided to make another card.  Here’s my second one:

 

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Would you like to win the a $25 gift certificate to the NND store?  You could be the ONE lucky winner!

 

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below) with a birthday message for Jennifer!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective 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 Sunday, February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Monday, February 19th.

 

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

 

NND January Release – Deer Friend Stamp Set and Dies

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It is the third day of the January reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs and today we are showcasing the Deer Friend stamp set and coordinating dies.   [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.]  

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I stamped all of the images on Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.  I wanted to showcase the deer by creating a shadow box card.  This card can be folded flat and inserted in an envelope for mailing.  I followed a shadowbox tutorial on pinterest.  here’s what you need:

  1.  Cut two pieces of card stock measuring 4 1/4 X 6 3/4, and score 1 1/4 from each long edge.
  2. Die-cut a square window from the center of one of the panels (this is your front piece).  You will later on connect both panels to create your shadow box.
  3. Cut a 4 1/4 square panel of patterned paper and adhere to the center of the second card panel (this is your back piece).  (You can do your stamping here before you assemble the box).
  4. Cut two pieces of green card stock. One is measuring 1 1/4 x 5 and the other is measuring 1 x 5 and score from each long edge at 3/8″
  5. I used the Newton’s Nook Grass Border die to die-cut the green panels.
  6. Adhere some score tape on each scored panels.
  7. Fold the ground panels flat, flush to the card’s bottom edge. Fold right side flat over them to adhere.
  8. Attach the images you need to decorate your shadow box.
  9. Fold box flat and adhere right side flaps to close the card.

Here are some step-by-step photos:

Here is the card:

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You can also use acetate sheets to suspend some images inside your shadow box (i.e., birds, clouds, etc.)  I hope you got inspired today to create your own shadow box.

Would you like to win the “Deer Friend” 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 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich

Maria Russell Signature Logo

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NND January Release – Sending Hugs Stamp Set and Dies

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It is the second day of the January reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs and today we are showcasing the Sending Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies.  I love that the dies cut through the arms and it can hug the little images included in the stamp set. [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.]  

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I stamped all of the images on Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.

I die-cut a piece of white card stock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and used a die from my stash to cut out the window.  I also used another die to die-cut a branch for my Owl to perch on.  I finished my design my adding the pink hearts from the Love Bites die set (showcased yesterday).  Here’s my first card:

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For my second card, I wanted to create a non-Valentine project.  The stamp set is so versatile and you can use this for any occasion.  Here’s my birthday card:

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Would you like to win the “Sending Hugs” 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 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich

Maria Russell Signature Logo

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Xyron and Paper Smooches Collaboration

Hello my crafty friends!  I am super excited because today, the Xyron Design Team is collaborating with Paper Smooches.  Thank you Paper Smooches for the goodies that you have sent us.

 

For my cards today, I am showcasing the Chubby Chums stamp set and the Bunny Card Die .  This set is so adorable!  Please visit www.papersmooches.com to purchase cute stamps and dies.

 

I started out by stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock and colored the images in with my Copic markers.   I fuzzy-cut the images with my precision scissors.

 

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Halloween is fast-approaching and I wanted to show you that you can use any stamp set for pretty much any occasion.  I used a frame die from my stash for my little “chubbies” and used my favorite Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere it onto my card front.  I also used the tape runner to adhere the critters.

 

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Here’s the card:

 

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Aren’t they adorable?  I added a cute witch’s hat to my Owl and a trick-or-treat bag to my cat.

 

Since I colored so many of the images I wanted to create a birthday card.  I used dies from my stash and to adhere the intricate bow on my card front, I used my Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker.  When I adhere intricate dies, I always use either my sticker maker or my Xyron Creative Station Lite.

 

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Here’s the birthday card:

 

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Paper Smooches was very generous and also sent us the Bunny Card Die.  Here’s a little foldable treat bag that I made:

 

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I hope you like my projects today.  Have a wonderful day!