Newton’s Nook Designs – Back to Basic Card-making with Embossing Folders

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  Were you able to check out last week’s March release?  Which one was your favorite?  I am back today for Newton’s Nook Designs sharing some simple, “back-to-basic” card-making designs using some cute embossing folders.

For my projects today, I am showcasing the Newton’s Birthday Trio stamp set and coordinating dies, Garden Mice stamp set and coordinating dies, Balloons Stencil and the Grass Border die with the Cats Border Embossing Folder and the Leafy Tree Trunk Embossing folder.

If you are a beginner in card-making and you don’t have a lot of dies to create scenes, you can always check out your local paper crafting stores and purchase some embossing folders.  They are pretty inexpensive and will add some great dimension to your card.

Here’s my first card:



  • Stamp the images on smooth white card stock and color the images in with Copic markers (or any coloring medium of your choice).
  • die-cut the image using the coordinating die
  • cut a piece of some 110 lb. card stock and use the Cats Border Embossing folder to dry-emboss the card stock.
  • use BG-0000 and R-00 Copic markers to lightly color the embossed images.
  • use the balloons stencil to ink up the background with distress oxide inks.
  • adhere the colored image using foam adhesive.

Here’s a closer look:


I think adding some color to the embossed images made them pop a little.  I simply ADORE this Newton’s Birthday Trio stamp set!  This card is perfect for any cat-lovers out there!  Here’s another look:


For my second card, I used the Garden Mice stamp set and coordinating die, with the grass border die and the Leafy Tree Trunk Embossing folder.  The clouds are from the Newton Scoots By stamp set.



  • Stamp the image on smooth white card stock and color the image in with Copic markers (or any coloring medium of your choice).
  • die-cut the image using the coordinating die
  • cut a piece of some 110 lb. card stock and use the Leafy Tree Trunk Embossing Folder to dry-emboss the card stock.  Cut about a 1/4 inch using your paper trimmer.
  • cut a 1/4 inch piece of patterned paper and adhere to an A2 size card base.
  • Adhered the embossed card stock onto the card base.
  • using the grass border die, cut a piece of patterned paper to create the grass.
  • using the clouds from the Newton Scoots By stamp set, stamp a couple of clouds on the foreground.

I finished my design by adding some Champagne jewels on the card and Nuvo crystal drops on the butterfly.


It’s been awhile since I used my embossing folders and I really love both cards.  Here’s another look:


I hope I have given you some inspiration today.  Please visit Newton’s Nook Designs to purchase the stamps, dies and stencil that I used today.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have a wonderful day!



Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans!  I wanted to create a cheerful card for those of my crafty peeps out there still covered in snow!  For my project today, I am showcasing the Serendipi-tea stamp set and the Tea Pot Fri-Dies.  Here’s what they look like:

I started out by inking up my Bristol smooth white card stock using distress oxide inks (Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber), with a sun stencil.  I cut a gingham patterned paper with some black card stock and adhered it onto my colored background.  I run this piece through my die-cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die.

On a piece of Neenah solar white card stock, I die-cut the tea pot and the cup using the Tea Pot Fri-Dies.  I used the negative piece and aligned it on my stamping tool so I can stamp my images from the Serendipi-tea stamp set.  I colored the images in with Copic markers, and adhered these on my card.

I adhered some cloud silhouette die-cuts and stamped the sentiment on my card.  To finish my design, I added the Sparkling Clear Jewels.  Here’s a closer look:

I think this card is so cheerful and can definitely brighten someone’s day!  The sparkling clear jewels looked so pretty against the background.

I hope you like my card and got inspired to create something beautiful today!  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIASENTME” for 15% off your order.  I hope you have an amazing day, and happy crafting!

I’ll Always Be Your Angel with Kindred Stamps

Hello Kindred fans!  Are you still swooning over the August stamp release or just in-love with everything that Kindred stamps has to offer?  To be honest, the stamp set that I used for this card is probably one of my top five favorites by Kindred.


For today’s project, I am showcasing the Slay stamp set.  I can’t even begin to express how much I LOVE this set.  When this stamp set was released in July, I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t assigned to me but of course there’s no stopping me from ordering this set.  I sent a couple of messages to Audra to reserve this stamp for me because I just NEED this in my life, haha!


I started out by stamping my images on some Copic friendly paper and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I had to color my Vampire with different gray inks to give him dimension because I knew that I was going to create a night scene and the background will mostly be black.   I fuzzy-cut my images using my precision cut scissors.



I cut an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock, and inked it up with my Distress Oxide inks –> Black Soot, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans.  To add the stars in the sky, I used my Copic white paint and added some water, then used my watercolor brush to splatter it onto my colored background.  I also die-cut the other elements I needed to create my scene.



I adhered the die-cuts onto my colored background and added the big hill, then adhered this piece on my card base.  I used my powder tool to get rid of some static and stamped my sentiment onto the card with some white embossing powder and heat-set it with my heating tool.  I adhered my stamped images onto the card.  To finish the design, I used my black glazed pen to give the eye a little more dimension.



I really love that even though the background is quite busy, the images just managed to stand out!  Here’s a little close-up:



I just simply adore the stamp set.  It is definitely in my top five favorites by Kindred stamps.



What do you think?  I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  Please visit Kindred Stamps to purchase this stamp set.  I hope you have a wonderful day and happy crafting!


Kindred Stamps – Magic Show

Welcome to the August release by Kindred Stamps! I am so lucky to be a part of this blog hop.  For my projects today, I am showcasing the Magic Show stamp set.

We have six new stamp sets, new shaker packs, and a couple new stencils coming out Friday, August 24th at Kindred Stamps, that we think you’ll fall in-love with as much as we have! Come join us on our team’s blog hop for a chance to win a $10 store credit; make sure you leave comments on each blog to be entered. Join our Facebook Fan Club to be kept in the loop about giveaways, share your projects, and see all of ours!

For my first card, I stamped the images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using my Scan N Cut 2 Machine.  I die-cut my Stitched Scalloped Collage die with some black card stock and adhered this to my card base.  I adhered my images and stamped the sentiment.  Here’s my first card:


I also added some white dots on the card with my Sakura Gelli-roll pen.  This stamp set is so adorable!


My second card is very simple.  I did a little bit of masking so that the girl can stand up on the small table.  Here’s my second card:


Here’s a little close-up:


Here’s the order of the hop:

Thanks for joining us today.  Have an amazing day!

Crafter’s Essentials 1 Die Set by Kat Scrappiness

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far! Maria here with you today sharing some cards, showcasing the new Crafter’s Essentials 1 die set and a lot of products available at the shop.  This Crafter’s Essentials 1die-set is a must-have!  This set contains 12 steel-rule dies that you can use for all of your paper crafting projects!  Here’s what it looks like:

For my first card today, I stamped some images on some white card stock with my Lawn Fawn Jet black ink using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform tool.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers and die-cut them using the coordinating dies.

I also die-cut another piece of white card stock using the storybook die from the set.  I wanted to create a birthday card.  I stamped the small images on the card stock and assembled my card.

I really love how this card turned out.  There are so many possibilities using this Crafter’s Essentials 1 die-set.  I also love all of the stitching details! Here another look:

For my second card below I wanted to use some new sequin and confetti mixes from the Shop and some Nuvo crystal drops.  I also used the new My Tribe stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps.   Here’s my shaker card:

This shaker card is actually going to a friend of mine who is also crazy about crafting!  I am so thankful that she is a part of my tribe!

I hope you got inspired today.  The Crafter’s Essentials 1die set is sold out at the moment but more are coming in the next 7 days or so.  You can RESERVE the dies so you don’t miss out again.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and happy crafting!


Clean and Simple Cards with Punny Snacks Stamp Set

Last week, I talked to a crafty friend and she told me that she was so sad because the card she gave to a co-worker was thrown out.  She said that she has put so much work and effort on making the card and she was expecting the co-worker to appreciate it and at least keep it!  I know how she feels!  Which is why sometimes, you just need to work on clean and simple cards to give out to other people.  I only really give my “special cards”  to friends and family who I know will appreciate them a lot.


For todays card, I am showcasing the Punny Snacks stamp set, with Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle Dies and a bunch of other supplies available at the shop.


The Punny Snacks stamp set is perfect to create some clean and simple cards.  Don’t get me wrong, I also used this stamp set to make some very elaborate (special) cards but these images are so cute and simple and you can even create just a one-layer card.  It’s good to have a bunch of these cards in your stash for “just-because” kind of days.


I have a process video for you below.  I hope this inspired you to create some clean and simple cards!   I also listed and linked the supplies I used below.  Have a wonderful day!


Here’s the process video:

Here are the cards:





Chocolate Shaker Card with Kat Scrappiness

Are you looking for a simple Valentine’s Day card without all the hearts and romantic stuff? Or just a simple “just-because” card to brighten someone’s day?  For my project today, I am showcasing the Layered Chocolate Bar 6″ x 8″ stamp set, the Chocolate Lover’s Sentiment stamp set, Sparkling Manhattan sequin mix, Distressed Edge Rectangle dies and the Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle dies.

I started out by stamping the layered chocolate bar stamp using my Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform with my memento tuxedo black ink.  I used my precision-cut scissors to fuzzy-cut the images.


I also cut the little chocolate squares to add to my project.


It has been awhile since I made a shaker card so I thought I’d make them today.  I die-cut my 110 lb. white card stock with the wonky wavy stitched dies.  I die-cut the middle using the second of the largest piece of the distressed edge rectangle dies to create the window.

I cut a piece of acetate to cover the window and adhered the chocolate bar at the bottom left side corner.  I added some 3M foam tape.  I decided to use my Cinnamon Swirl Mix sequins for my shaker element and the chocolate squares but since the sequin mix I used is not available anymore at the store, you can also use the Sparkling Manhattan sequin mix.  to finish the design, I stamped my sentiment using my Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to give it a little bit of color.

Here’s the close-up of the card:


I love this stamp set because the chocolate image looks so realistic!  There are so many possibilities using this stamp set.


I hope you all got inspired to create this simple “Just-Because” card, or a “non-romantic” Valentine’s Day card that you can give to a friend to brighten up their day!  I have listed and linked the supplies I used below.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

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