Newton’s Nook Inky Paws 100th Challenge

Hello Newton’s Nook fans! I’m back today with a project celebrating Newton’s Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #100! The rules for this challenge are, pick any of your favorite challenge or challenges from the previous Color, Sketch or Theme challenges and play it again!


It was quite challenging for me to pick a favorite but the one I’ve always wanted to try is Challenge # 34 – Summer Theme.  I used one of my favorite summer stamp set called Newton’s Summer Treats with its coordinating dies.  Ice cream is my favorite dessert and this stamp set is just adorable!



This was the challenge I chose, all you have to do is visit the Inky Paws Challenge page to choose your favorite and play along with us!  The challenge will run for two weeks from June 17-28, 2019.  You still have plenty of time to join.  For this special challenge, Newton’s Nook is hosting 4 link ups and will choose a random winner from each link up to win a $25 store credit (total of four winners!!!!)


Here’s what I made:



I started by stamping the images from the Newton’s Summer Treats stamp set and die-cut the same with its coordinating dies.


The background was ink-blended with Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin distress Oxide inks.  I used my distress sprayer to spray some water and dabbed it with some paper towel for added texture.


The palm tress and grass hills were die-cut from some dies from my stash.  I stamped the sentiment with versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat set with my heating tool.


I adhered the images on the front panel.  To finish my design, I used glossy accents and stardust stickles on the ice cream and popsicle for added dimension and interest.  Here’s a closer look:



Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope you like my project.  Have an amazing day and happy stamping!







Memo Board & Scrapbook Layout with 1Canoe2/American Crafts & Xyron

Hello my crafty friends! I am back today to share with you two projects that I recently created showcasing a collection of beautiful papers and ephemera from 1Canoe2 and American Crafts. A huge “thank you” to 1Canoe2American Crafts and Xyron for all of the amazing products we got to play with. They are extremely beautiful!

For my first project, I created a very simple (but useful) Dry-Erase Memo Board using an inexpensive frame from Ikea. Here are the items that I used:


I started out by cutting the paper to fit inside the frame. I particularly chose this frame because it has a magnetic closure inside so I can change the paper/photo for each season.    To decorate the inside and the outside of the frame, I chose the word Hello, the arrow, butterfly and the flowers from the Hazelwood Collection Cork Die-cut shapes and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite, using a repositionable adhesive. This is the best way to decorate a frame so that nothing is permanent and you can change the embellishments for every season.

To finish off the design, I decorated the outside of the frame using the washi tape and adhered the flowers. Here’s the first photo:


Here’s when I wrote my note using a whiteboard marker:


For my second project, I wanted to create a 12 x 12 page layout of my trip to The Maldives with my husband last July. I am showcasing the Sweet as Honey paper from the Hazelwood Collection, and my newly acquired Distress Oxide Inks.


I started out by cutting pieces of the honeycomb with my precision scissors. Using a plain 12 x 12 card stock and my blending foam tool, I distressed my background with the Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade distress oxide inks. I love this color combination on white background.

I used my watercolor brush to splatter some water on my card stock to get the distress look. Using a paper towel, I dabbed it onto the cardstock to lift the color. It turned out really beautiful! To add a little bit of whimsy and color, I used a stamp from my stash adding hot pink little dots to the distressed background.

To finish my design, I adhered the honeycomb paper to my layout with my Xyron mega tape runner. I then ran the cork embellishments through my Xyron Creative Station Lite using a permanent adhesive.  I love using Xyron adhesives to my scrapbook layout because they are acid-free.

Here’s my finished layout:


I hope you got inspired today and like my projects. I have listed and linked the supplies that I have used below.  Please visit the 1Canoe2 website to shop for amazing products.   Here’s the link to their shop:


Newton’s Nook Designs April Release – Lovely Blooms



Hello everyone!  I hope you were able to check out yesterday’s blog post.  It is the second day of the April release at 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 understanding and I apologize for the confusion.]

For today’s card, I am showcasing the Lovely Blooms stamp set and its coordinating dies. I absolutely LOVE this set.  You can use this for any occasion, especially for Mother’s Day (and let’s not forget our beloved Grandmas or beautiful daughters)!  I love the script fonts that Jennifer had added to the set as well.  This Lovely Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies will be available for purchase on Friday, April 14, at 8:00 a.m. CST.


I wanted to try out my new Distress Oxide Inks and so I started out by distressing my Neenah solar white card stock, combining the Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Oxide inks.   I LOVE THIS COLOR COMBO!  The inks were so creamy it was so easy to achieve the color that I wanted for my flowers!  I also used the same technique for my leaves, combining Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide with the Pine Needs Distress Ink.  I then stamped my images with Versamark ink and used my white embossing powder to heat set it.


I also wanted a little shaker element for my card and immediately thought about creating a mason jar shaker.  I used my exact knife to cut out a little window, and adhered acetate to my card using my liquid glue.  I adhered the little branches on my mason jar and used foam tape around the edges to create my shaker panel.  For my shaker elements, I used seed beads from my stash.


I finished off the design of the card by dry-embossing my card panel, and adhering the flowers and mason jar with my Xyron Mega Tape runner and foam adhesives.  I used a banner die to stamp my sentiment for the card.  I also used my Spectrum Noir Glitter brush markers to add glitter to my flowers.   I know you can’t really see the glitter on the photo but in real life, they are beautiful!

This card is for my Mother:


Would you like to win the “Lovely Blooms” Stamp Set?  This 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, April 13th at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 14th.


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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich


(For your convenience, I have listed and linked the supplies that I have used from different suppliers because some of the items sell out so fast i.e., the Distress Oxide Inks, etc.  Some affiliate links may have been used AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU)