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Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Love & Chocolate

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Welcome back for Day 2 of January Release Week at Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today we have a set that all of you with a sweet tooth are sure to love.  And even if you don’t love candy, I know you will have a great time coloring these little treats from the darling set called Love & Chocolate!  You can see more information over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog!

Now I will warn you…do not even think about starting to work with this set on an empty stomach.  I can tell you that the more I colored, the more I wanted chocolate!  Although in fairness, I generally will be happy to have chocolate when I’m stamping (or any time)!  I had such fun deciding what ‘flavors’ to make each little treat.  A dark chocolate, a little milk chocolate, some white chocolate thrown in for good measure and then that lovely macaron!  I have a list at the end of my supply list with the specific Copic Markers that I used.  After getting all the treats colored it was quick work to cut out the images with the coordinating Love & Chocolate Dies.  All I had to do was stack them on the little platter for presentation.  I picked a sentiment from the set and stamped onto the DSP.  In a nod to bakeries that have pretty doilies for their goodies, I added one under the platter and tied on some baker’s twine.

Would you like to win the “Love & Chocolate” 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 January 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 20th. 



Thanks you for stopping back in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 3 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!Stamp: Love & Chocolate (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black,  Copic Markers; Paper:  All is Calm DSP (SU ret), Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Love & Chocolate Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Doily (SU ret), Dimensionals. Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (SU)

Copics:  Chocolate – E31, E33, E35, E57, E59;  White Chocolate – E50, E51 with RV02, RV04 accents; Macaron – Y11, Y21, Y17, Y06, YR68; Treat Wrappers – Y00, Y11, Y06, RV00, RV02, RV21; Platter – BG11, BG13, BG15

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Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Woodland Duos

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for!  It is the first day of January Release Week at Newton’s Nook Designs and I finally get to share with you some of what I have been working on.  Today the design team is showing you the set called Woodland Duos and it is simply wonderful.  The adorable images are designed to coordinate with the existing Darling Hearts Dies.  You can see all the information about this set over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog!

I thought the two little owls just called out to be colored so I started with them.  In my first go at coloring, I chose actual owl colors but somehoww I felt like I needed to brighten them up.  So brighten is what I did!  Using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, I chose greens to color first and I thought it showed the fun art well.  So I continued with oranges and yellows!  I am super happy with the whimsical feel.  I used the big heart from the dies set to cut out the image and then added a panel of coordinating DSP.  For the sentiment, I used the dies again and cut out ‘love’ three times from my card stock.   I layered them together to get a nice dimensional feel.  Finally some little sequins to match the image.

Would you like to win the “Woodland Duos” 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 January 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 20th. 


So glad you stopped through today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 2 of Release Week.  I hope you have a great day!

Stamp: Woodland Duos (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink,  Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Print Poetry DSP (SU ret), Thick Whisper White (SU), Pumpkin Pie (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Darling Hearts Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh, SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #270

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Glad to see you on this lovely Wednesday!  At least I hope it is lovely where you are.  Just like in yesterday’s post, I am working to resist the winter weather with another pretty spring image.  This time I’m using this awesome sketch by the incredible Kim Singdahlsen.  Something about this sketch really spoke to me and it is going right into my “use again soon” favorites.

Last week I showed you a card with one of my gifts from Santa and this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea was in the same package.  I think Santa has my number when it comes to picking stamps!  I had to admit that stamping cards like this with aligned images used to put me off because I knew they would never be quite aligned.  No more!  The Misti tool makes short work of this and the line up is perfect every time!  I stamped onto SU Shimmery White paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink for the base.  Then laid the little piece of DSP down and stamped again.  I figured out the spacing for the top layer, moved the others out of the way and stamped one more time onto Shimmery White.  While the Shimmery White paper is not true watercolor paper, it does watercolor nicely if you don’t need to add lots of color (or water).  I love it for effects like this.  And the added bonus is the subtle sparkle!  I used Light Blue and Peacock Blue Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and my Zig BrusH2O for a quick coloring of the rectangle part of the flower.  A little bit of Light Green and Yellow for the stems and centers.  I thought the sentiment from yesterday’s card was perfect for this one too so I used the Happy Little Thoughts set from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black to keep it crisp and clear.  I popped the colored panel up on Dimensionals for a little more wow and then added some of my hoarded beloved sequins from the SU Watercolor Wishes set.  They really are just the right colors!

I do hope that you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did.  Now I have to admit that as I just added the sketch in to my blog writeup, I realized that my sentiment is in the wrong place.  Sigh.  My computer issues have addled my brain.  Good thing the team has exceeded their normally fabulous creative work!  Yes, I am still facing computer issues so I’ll be a bit quiet still this week (it has gone in to the professional Apple people to see what they can do….perhaps a graphics driver) but I’m working busily in my stamp room creating projects for the upcoming Newton’s Nook Designs January release.  I can’t wait to share!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs)Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper:  Shimmery White (SU); Accessories: Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit – SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals

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Celebrate Today Wreath – Newton’s Nook Designs

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I know that many of you in the US are feeling the effects of winter weather.  I definitely am!  My trip last week was full of snowy walk arounds, de-icing and really cold temperatures.  So naturally, I found refuge in my stamp room and started thinking about spring.  I’m so thrilled to share my first project as a design team member for Newton’s Nook Designs!

I suspect that you can see exactly why I was drawn to this beautiful wreath from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set!  I just love the pretty little flowers and I chose this coordinating sentiment from the set too.  It is meant to fit perfectly inside the wreath.  I inked the wreath and sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped on Ranger Watercolor Paper.  Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I colored the background and the wreath using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Broken China.  It takes a little patience when you start since it is white embossing on white paper but just take your time.  Totally worth it!  I did a light layer of the blue (Broken China) around the edges of the wreath to start and then filled in the flowers and leaves a bit at a time.  You will have to layer the colors to get them like you want them.  Once I had the coloring right, I cut the image down using a Stitched Rectangles Die and added some sequins in coordinating colors.  As a final pop of color, I layered the image on this pretty DSP print from Pop of Pink (SU).

Coloring this definitely helped me chase away the winter blahs!  I hope that you find a little bit of spring happiness today no matter what the weather is outside!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  See you then!


Stamps:  Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Ranger White Watercolor, Pop of Pink DSP (SU); Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU), BrusH2O Watercolor Pen, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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The Card Concept #64

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Welcome back to a new year of challenges from The Card Concept.  I am so happy to share the first one with you!  The inspiration piece is really pretty!

I was inspired by the gold and the flowers in the background plus the sentiment on the note.  I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful stamp set from Santa.  It is called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th.  I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment.  I added just a touch of color with my Zig markers to mimic the pink in the flowers.  All I added was a few gold sequins to finish.  I chose the Clean and Graphic style for this week.

I hope you will join us for this one.  I’m sure you will see something in our inspiration that you love!  This is my second post of the day so don’t forget to check out the latest from Freshly Made Sketches too.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, Versamark; Paper: StrathmoreWatercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Freshly Made Sketches #269

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!!  It was nice to have a little break but great to be back too.  I have been busy creating for some upcoming projects and I look forward to sharing those with you!  Word of warning…..part of my holiday fun is a computer that has decided to give me fits.  I will probably have to send it in for repairs so I apologize in advance for any late posts or gaps in posting.  You just don’t realize how much you rely on these silly things until you don’t have them!

My friend Linda Callahan has created just the right sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches and I know you will have fun with it.  I kept it simple (because, well, the computer….) and I stuck with just the gold and the kraft.  I used this sweet sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Butterfly Kisses and embossed it in gold.  Then I added the gold glitter tape and the gold thread and a few sequins to finish.  You can dress you version of the sketch up or keep it simple….your choice!

This is my first post of the day and the second one will be out soon.  A great inspiration piece from The Card Concept!  See you soon!


Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Kraft; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Glitter Tape (SU retired), Gold Thread (SU), Gold Sequins

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Newton’s Nook Design Team!

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As I told you on Wednesday, I have a fun announcement to make!  I am finally able to share with you that I have been selected to be part of the Newton’s Nook Design Team.  This is such a tremendous opportunity and I’m thrilled to be joining an amazing group of designers!  Take a look!
I know you will be as excited as me when you go check out their blogs!  If you don’t already know about Newton’s Nook Designs, please take a minute to hop over to the Newton’s Nook Blog where you can read more.  There is a link to the online store there too!  You might want to start making a list for your post holiday shopping…..just saying!

I can’t wait to start sharing my creations with this fantastic products line!  You can expect to start seeing projects in January.  Now that the “cat is out of the bag” so to speak, you can be sure I’ll be stamping away over the holidays to get ready!  I hope that you all have a very happy holiday season.  Thanks for stopping in today and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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Freshly Made Sketches #268

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Wow….the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year.  Can you believe it??  I know, it snuck up on me too.  Good thing my friend the amazing and talented Jen Mitchell created one that is good for last minute holiday cards or ready for your post holiday crafting.  Hopefully with some new toys from Santa!!!

I could not do another Christmas card.  Done, complete, no more!  But I did need a birthday card for a special family member whose birthday is near the holidays.  So the only rule was nothing at all holiday-like!  Out came Pop of Pink DSP and this adorable little kitty from Newton’s Nook Designs.  The stamp set is Newton’s Day Dream.  And oh, this fellow is adorable!  I colored him with my Zig Clean Color Markers to look like this certain someone’s kitty and I love how he turned out!  I have to say that taking a short break from holiday madness to create this was EXACTLY what I needed!

Today I’m off for a trip so if you are going through Chicago O’Hare (or other parts of the country) keep an eye out for me.  And please remember to pack your patience at the airport.  This is a crazy time of year for us all.  Many travelers are super stressed and, I promise, we really really want to get you (and us) there on time….safely!

I have some fun news coming up in the next few days that I look forward to sharing with you.  But you can expect that I’ll be away a bit more over the next couple of weeks.  I am off after Friday (like winning the lottery for an airline pilot) but will be spending time with family.  I hope to fit in some bonus stamping too!

The team has such fun inspiration for you this week!   It is sure to get you on your way to creating.  Plus, this sketch is open until Jan. 2 so that the team can take a bit of a holiday too.  Stop in to visit us though…we’ll see you in the gallery!!



Stamp:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink:  WPlus9 Black, Versafine Black; Paper:  Pop of Pink DSP (SU), Watercolor Paper (Ranger); Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Pens (48 pack), Zig BrusH2O Pen

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Fancy Friday – Winter White

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Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from the amazing Allison, welcome to the next stop.  For December, we are bringing out our winter white – projects that are white and one neutral.

I chose to use gold as my neutral and pull out some sparkle.  I will admit that there is no way to get a picture of all the shimmer on this card.  Believe me, I tried.  So please trust when I tell you that it is a stunner in person.  I started with a base of Shimmery White card stock.  The subtle sparkle in this is so elegant.  I used my Merry Tags framelits and cut the front ornament from the Shimmer White too.  Then I cut the backing piece from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Yep….it is a wow!  I added a gold embossed sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings and some pretty elements that I had left over from my Stitched with Cheer card kit.  The gold twine and the gold “pearl” are so pretty with the embossing.

I tried here to capture all the shine but, well, I only sort of got it.  But you get the point.  Just try combining these elements and you will pat yourself on the back!  *smile*

Fancy-Friday-08Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be happy you hopped!  Now off to my dear friend Jeanna Bohanon.  As always, she has created something fabulous!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Shimmery White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

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Freshly Made Sketches #267

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Guess what??  I get to be the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I’m pretty excited about this one because I think everyone will be able to find fun ways to use it.  I first designed it as a panel to have colored images but then I realized it was great for DSP or sentiments too.

I went the sentiment route and springboard off my Fancy Friday card from a few weeks ago.  I had one extra stitched star from the Stitched with Cheer kit and thoughts it would be good to use it here.  To get the coordinating plaid on the bottom of the chalkboard panel, I cut a piece from the envelope insert.  It will be tucked down in the envelope so no one will know it is missing.  The sentiment comes from the same set as yesterday’s card (Santa’s Gifts).  I think it is going to stay a go-to for me as I finish up my cards.  I added the striped embossing on Kraft card stock to give a little more texture and the gems come from the kit.

I hope you are having a great week so far.  After seeing all that the design team has done to inspire this week, I just know the gallery will be fabulous.  I hope you will sneak down to your craft rooms and take a little time to create!  Back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday.  See you then!


Stamp:  Santa’s Gifts (SU ret); Ink:  Craft White; Paper:  Basic Black; Accessories:  Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponges, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF (ret)

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