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!


Newton’s Nook and Xyron Inspiration Week Collaboration

Welcome to the Fun Collaboration Blog hop with Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron! I am extremely excited to share this blog post because I belong to both design teams. There are prizes too!  Newton’s Nook is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the shop and Xyron is giving away a Mega Tape runner.  Please read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win the prizes!


I am sure most of you know that I am still away from home taking care of my very sick father-in-law and I currently have very-limited crafting supplies with me.  This is why my card is going to be very simple.


For our collaboration, I am showcasing the Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin stamp set and my Xyron Mega-Tape Runner.  I know it is a little too early for Halloween but I wanted to create something fun for you and give you an idea of what’s to come from NND’s fall stamp release.  Stay tuned for next month’s release because you will absolutely love all of them!


I started out by stamping the images on Neenah solar white card stock using my new (favorite) Tim Holtz Stamping platform and color the images in with my alcohol markers.  I purchased these alcohol markers from Amazon and they are comparable to Copic markers (but a lot cheaper).  To be honest though, I still prefer my Copics but these markers are good enough when I am crafting from my home away from home.  I fuzzy-cut the images using my precision scissors.  I also stamped the spider web, bats, spider and sentiment on my card front.




To finish my design, I die-cut the clouds with my clouds border dies on black card stock.  To give the clouds a little dimension, I used my black fun foam and adhered them with my Xyron Mega Tape Runner (also my favorite).




Here’s the final card – simple and fun:



{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 (July 31 – Aug 4) 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 August 4th at midnight CST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, August 7th.

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






Tiki Brentwood Owl Hawaiian Vacation by JessicaLynnOriginal – Project #1

Hello everyone. I am guest designing today at Jessica Lynn Original stamps and we are showcasing this adorable Tiki Brentwood Owl Hawaiian Vacation. This stamp set is now available for pre-order and will ship for free until release day on Saturday, March 17th.



I will be sharing a total of 3 projects showcasing this stamp set and today is my first post.  Here is the card:


Don’t you just love the images on this stamp set?  That Banner is so adorable as well!  The sentiments are perfectly sized to fit this banner.


Here are the links to all of JessicaLynnOriginal’s Design Team members as well as guest-designers.  Everyone will be sharing her projects in the next few days until March 17th, 2017. Please check them out and get inspired!  Have a wonderful day!





Newtons Nook Designs – January Release Day 3 ~ Pug Hugs


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.



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:


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.




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

Winter Scene Christmas Card

Is everyone ready for Christmas? To tell you the truth, I’m not. This year, I am way behind the shopping and all the other things that I need to do before Christmas. The only thing I was able to do last weekend was to at least take the fall décor down and put the Christmas décor up. I am waiting for my kids to arrive so we can all decorate the tree. But enough about my procrastination!

I was listening to some Christmas music today and got inspired to create this Winter Scene Christmas card, showcasing the Winter House Scene Die and Merry Christmas script die by Gina Marie Designs, available at Kat Scrappiness. This die is a must-have! You can easily mass-produce the card below. I promise you, it’s really easy. Please watch the process video below to see how I made the card.


Here’s the process video:



I hope you got inspired today. Supplies are listed and linked below in case you are interested to purchase them.

Have a wonderful day!



The Greeting Farm – Let’s Mingle

I am super excited to finally be able to share my projects! I am guest designing again for The Greeting Farm.  I have shared these two adorable Christmas cards with a process video below, showcasing Let’s Mingle stamp set and dies by The Greeting Farm.  I love these little mice!   Aren’t they adorable?


Here are the cards:





Here’s the process video:



I hope you got inspired today! Have an absolutely, amazing day!


I love Mermaids!

The new mermaid stamp sets from The Greeting Farm just captured my heart! The images are so adorable, I just had to order them all.  Here are the two cards that I designed yesterday using Maisea and Trishell stamps, with dies from Diemond Dies.  This is also my last post as a guest designer for Diemond Dies.


Here are the photos, and I am also sharing a process video on how I made the card.






Have an amazing weekend!

You’re My Honey

One of the reasons why I love jet lag is the fact that when I am wide-awake at 3:00 a.m., I can make some really strong coffee, go to my craft room and work on my cards in peace. Everything is just so peaceful at dawn. It really helps my creativity. The only downside is I am already fading by 4:00 p.m.

The card below turned out to be so stinkin’ cute! To be honest, I didn’t picture this card to look like it does now because I changed my mind quite a few times while I was creating it.  I wanted to fuzzy-cut the image but I was worried about the Antennae.  I decided in the end to cut it out and replaced it with a die-cut piece using a butterfly die. I almost gave up at one point, but decided to keep going until I was happy with the results.

Processed with Moldiv

Materials used:

Honey Bee Stamp Set from

Gray card stock – cut at 8 ½ by 5 ½ scored at 4/14

Pink Card stock – cut at 5 ¼ by 4, also used some to diecut the flowers

Beige Card Stock (for the Deco Label in the front of the card)

Green Card Stock – to diecut the grass die

Honeycomb Die

Deco Labels Die

Spellbinders Banner Die

Magnolia Doohickey Grass and flower die and butterfly die from Le Jardin Collection Vol. 4

Copic Markers – W0, W1, W3, W7

Copic Markers – E77

Copic Marker – B00

Copic Marker – R11, toned down with Copic Blending Ink 00

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Glossy Accents

Scotch Foam Adhesive

Ranger Multi-medium matte adhesive

I hope you like this card.  Please note that Jessica was kind enough to offer a 10% discount for all of my YouTube subscribers, Instagram followers and Blog followers. If you are interested to purchase her amazing stamps, please go to and use code: save10.  This code is valid until September 1, 2015.