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Coffee Makes You Sharper!

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Coffee Makes You Sharper by Jen Timko | Cuppa Cactus Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Sea Borders Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic ColoringToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog and I wanted to share a fun card with this adorable Cuppa Cactus set.  It is such a fun set for coloring and I love this sentiment!

I tried a new color combination for today and I really like this pale yellow with the purple.  I chose the purple for coloring the cup and then mimicked it with the Sea Borders Dies to add a little scallop edge on the bottom of the image panel.  I think it adds an interesting pop of color but it is super easy to create.  I pulled out a button, which somehow seemed to be just the right touch for the twine.

Now I know this is a pretty clean card but I wanted just to spend a few minutes on the coloring.  Seems like time is at a premium but the coloring was just what I needed for a little “mom break”.  Only one more week until school is ready to start and then I’ll have lots more time for more complicated cards.  Until then, less layers, pretty colors…yep, totally a summer vibe. I can’t wait until tomorrow.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see what we have up for you to celebrate Freshly Made Sketches 300th Sketch Challenge.  Until then, have a great day!

Stamp: Cuppa Cactus (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Elegant Eggplant (SU), Lemon (Simon Says Stamp); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cuppa Cactus Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Sea Border Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, White Baker’s Twine, Elegant Eggplant Button (SU)

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Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron Inspiration Week

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Welcome back for a special post today.  I’m so excited to share that Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron have partnered for an amazing inspiration week.  Each day this week there are fresh ideas using Newton’s Nook Designs stamps and Xyron adhesives on both the NND blog and the Xyron Facebook page.Toucan Do It by Jen Timko | Toucan Party Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Window Card, Xyron Permanent Mega Runner, Copic Coloring, Tutorial, Window CardAs I thought about how to best show you both the stamps and the adhesive, I realized that a window card would be perfect for both!  I chose the Toucan Party stamp set (it really is fun, don’t you think?!) and created this fun window that depends on the strength of a good permanent adhesive.  I colored the images using Copic markers to coordinate with this Color Theory DSP from Stampin’ Up.  Want to see the inside?

Toucan Do It by Jen Timko (open) | Toucan Party Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Window Card, Xyron Permanent Mega Runner, Copic Coloring, Tutorial

Because it is easier to explain “in person”, I created a video to show you how I colored the images and created the card.

Here is the direct link:  Toucan Window Card on YouTube

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 4th) 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!

Stamps: Toucan Party (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Color Theory DSP (SU); Accessories:  Xyron Mega Runner Permanent Adhesive, Big Shot, Toucan Party Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Window Sheets (SU)

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Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 4

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Today is the last day of reveals for the 4 year celebration with Newton’s Nook Designs.  But fear not…we are back tomorrow with a bonus hop to complete the celebration!!  But first, I get to share with you my very favorite set from this release!  It is called Cosmic Newton.  Oh my goodness is it fantastic!

Out of this world by Jen Timko | Cosmic Newton Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Starfield Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs, Watercolor, Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Perfect PearlsFor this card, I thought it would be fun to play with watercolor paints.  So I started with the background.  On a piece of watercolor paper, I painted on some blues and even a little purple to create a sky that would be right for the new Starfield stencil.  After letting my panel dry, I used the stencil as an embossing plate but running it through my Big Shot with an Impressions Pad and a Silicone Rubber Pad.  It gives a subtle embossing look that I was really happy with.  You can see me more of the detail here:Closeup by Jen Timko | Cosmic Newton Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Starfield Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs

But then I returned to using the stencil as just a stencil.  I kept it in place and the sponged on some white craft ink on the stars toward the top of the card.  Then I brushed a bit of Perfect Pearls on top of that to add some shimmer.  I have to confess that I’m pretty in love with the whole effect!!  For my friend Newton, I thought he needed a really special rocket to stand out against the sky, so I chose purple for his ship.  It is hard to tell here but I added some more Perfect Pearls on the window around Newton and also on the banner.

I hope you have enjoyed all of the release projects this week!  The team has certainly provided a ton of inspiration!!  And this release has been simply spectacular!  And now…your chance to win one more time!

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win!

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 July 13th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 14th.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for one more day of celebration.  We are holding a 4 year celebration blog hop with some pretty special guests joining forces with the design team!
Stamps: Cosmic Newton (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Craft White (SU); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Accessories:  Starfield Stencil, Big Shot, Cosmic Newton Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Impressions Pad and Silicone Rubber Pad for Big Shot, Perfect Pearls, Winsor and Newton Paints, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder

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Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 3 (and FMS)

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Back with day 3 of the 4 year celebration with Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today we are showing off one set that I just think is adorable.  It is called Toucan Party…such fun!  I combined the reveal with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (where I am the sketch hostess this week).

Toucan Do It by Jen Timko | Toucan Party Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tropical Leaves Stencil by Newton's Nook DesignsThe first thing I did for this card was pull out the awesome new Tropical Leaves stencil and create this background with Distress Ink (Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn).  Just look at what a great foundation it gives a card.  Can I tell you how happy I am for these new stencils??  And it seems like all of you are loving them too!  Then I stamped the toucan and some leaves and flowers using Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored using more Distress Ink.  Want to see my “muse” for this one?

Just look at his amazing coloring!!!  Nature certainly does it best so I just mimicked his colors.  And I LOVE them!!  Check out his little blue feet!!!  Yeah…I know.  Who can resist that?!  Clearly not me!  I colored some of the leaves as a background for him and then the flower as a balance element.  I used the small panel of the sketch to show off part of the sentiment (and the puns in this one are super fun).  Here is the sketch if you want to join in this week…I’d be thrilled to see you!

 

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win!

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 July 13th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 14th.

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 4 of this great celebration and you can start looking forward to a fun extra on Friday!
Stamps: Toucan Party (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Accessories:  Tropical Leaves Stencil, Big Shot, Toucan Party Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool

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Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 2

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Are you ready for another day of celebration with Newton’s Nook Designs?  Yesterday was quite the reveal, don’t you think?!  Well, today you get to see two more stamp sets!  It keeps getting better!

Can I Stow Away by Jen Timko | Stowaway Newton Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic Coloring, Pawprints Stencil by Newton's Nook DesignsThe first stamp I am going to show you is called Stowaway Newton.  Now I don’t know about you, but I know a certain cat (a calico who shall remain nameless, haha) who likes to pack herself in my bag.  And when I come home from trips, if I keep the bag closed she simply sleeps on top of it.  So when I saw this set, I fell in love.  I created the luggage I wish I could carry around airports by coloring with Copic Markers.  Behind the image, I used the new Pawprints Stencil and some Distress Ink.  This stencil is going to become a go-to with all my Newton stamps!  The sweet little sentiments in the set are fabulous and I stamped this one with Versafine Onyx Black.  I added a little bit of washi tape along the edge to finish this bright, happy card.

Cheers by Jen Timko | Cocktail Mixer Stamp by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress InksApparently bright and happy was on my mind for today’s release cards because I chose a similar palette for this great set called Cocktail Mixer.  I played around with my Distress Inks to created this pair of tropical drinks.  Don’t they look tasty?!  And what better sentiment than the one from the coordinating die set!  I cut the sentiment from Bristol Smooth paper and then colored it using the same inks as the drinks.  Kind of a tropical rainbow!  Then I did the same rainbow effect for the side border.  This is such an easy technique but it creates such a wow effect.

 

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win!

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 July 13th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 14th.

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 3 of this great celebration and I also have a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where I’ll be the sketch hostess.  See you then!
Stamps: Stowaway Newton (Newton’s Nook Designs), Cocktail Mixer (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Thick Whisper White(SU); Accessories:  Pawprints Stencil, Big Shot, Stowaway Newton Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Washi Tape (SU retired)

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Freshly Made Sketches #295

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FMS295 by Jen Timko | Quirky Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Copic ColoringSo remember in my post last Friday (for Fancy Friday) where I talked about some of my favorite things from the new Stampin’ Up catalog??  Well, yesterday I showed you a bit of why I love the Color Theory paper and today I’ve got the narwhal!!  I love him!!  The incredibly talented Narelle Farrugia is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I thought her sketch this week gave me the perfect chance to show you this fellow.

He comes from the stamp set called Quirky Critters and actually has a sentiment attached to him.  I could not seem to make the sentiment work for the sketch but I really wanted to use him.  So….I just cut him out by hand and added another sentiment from Newton’s Nook instead (Beautiful Plumage).  I think this one is super fun and perfect for this guy.  I stamped the narwhal using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic Markers.  He seemed to fit better on a little square than a circle so I hope Narelle doesn’t mind the switch.  For the horizontal element I tried something new.  A few weeks ago, my mom was here to visit.  She is an amazing quilter and believes in supporting local quilt shops wherever she travels.  Hmmm….that may explain where I get that from! As we were looking around (and the shop here in Warrenton is called Kelly Ann’s Quilting…a gorgeous shop!), I was falling in love with all the prints and patterns, wishing they were all paper.  Then I spied this tiny rickrack trim (in multiple colors no less!).  Needless to say, I grabbed it right up.  Isn’t it fun???  Ok, well, I’m completely off track for my post but seriously, shops like that are so inspirational!  Since this rickrack matched the narwhal perfectly, it was clearly meant to be.  I match the bling elements of the sketch, I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  They are clear but have a bit of gray tint to them so I love them on cards with gray.

Well, I hope you love this little guy as much as I do.  Not sure why, but he really does crack me up.  I showed the card to my husband and he said it was just like the narwhal from the movie Elf.  So on that note….”Bye Buddy”! Thanks for stopping in today!  Hope your week is great!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Quirky Critters (SU), Beautiful Plumage (NND); Paper:  Smoky Slate (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Rickrack

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Lovely Yellow Blooms

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Lovely Yellow Blooms by Jen Timko | Lovely Blooms Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chameleon Pens, Color Theory DSP by Stampin' UpToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog and I just had to continue with making pretty summer cards with this Lovely Blooms stamp set.  This flower set really is awesome for coloring!

Is there such thing as a yellow hydrangea??  I’m not sure but I created one in any case.  Using my Chameleon pens, I colored the flowers and the leaves to coordinate with this new Color Theory DSP from Stampin’ Up.  I LOVE this paper!  It is the perfect background for almost any image but it really shows off this flower.  The sentiment is a go-to for me lately and it comes from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set (NND).  I colored some Basic Pearls with the Olive Chameleon pen and added those fora little more detail.  The whole image panel is on a Crushed Curry card base.

For those of you in the US, I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!  So glad you stopped in today.  See you tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp: Lovely Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens (Y03 Warm Sunset, OL3 Olive Green); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Color Theory DSP (SU), Crushed Curry; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lovely Blooms Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Basic Pearls

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton Rides West

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Today is last day of the June release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I have to say, this one has been quite amazing (by the already high standards of previous releases).  I’m simply in awe of the creativity of design and the ability of these sets to appeal to so many.  I know, I know…I’m gushing…but really….based on the lovely comments I have received this week (for which I’m incredibly grateful), you agree with me!  So now, onto the last set.  Our week would not be complete without our friend Newton, now would it?!

Howdy by Jen Timko | Newton Rides West Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic ColoringOur little buddy gets to go on an adventure and the team gets to have some fun with this western theme!  The hardest part of the card??  Choosing which image to color first!  There are so many great choices…and take note of the little mustache.  I mean, seriously!!  So much fun (my oldest told me that all the Newtons need a mustache from now on, haha).  I pulled out my Copics and got to work coloring.  Something about him popping out of the boot just cracks me up.  After I had him colored, I wanted to continue the western theme with the elements of the card.  I used this brand new designer paper from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures.  The whole pack of 6″x6″ paper is full of wood prints in different colors.  I added a bit of burlap ribbon on the edge and some twine under the sentiment panel.  The wood paper is simply perfect for showing off Newton!  I know you will love all the other designers’ work so off you go with the hop.  But before you go….make sure to be eligible to win the sets from this week by commenting on the team’s pages.

Would you like to win the “Newton Rides West” 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 June 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th. 

 

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Your kind words mean so much to all of us and we are thrilled that you share our excitement over these fabulous products!
Stamp: Newton Rides West (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU), Kraft (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon (SU ret), Twine, Big Shot, Newton Rides West Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU)

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Cuppa Cactus and Cultivated Cacti

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Today is Day 3 of the release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I’m super excited that we have not one but TWO sets to share (and matching dies!).  Yeah….this is awesome!!!FMS292 by Jen Timko | Cuppa Cactus Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chameleon Pens ColoringI’m starting with a card that I created for the release but also for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  Our hostess is the lovely and amazing Cécile Ribon and she created this fun and clever sketch!  I loved using it to show off the Cuppa Cactus stamp set.

I colored these adorable images using my Chameleon Pens.  These are such fun to color!!!  I sponged some stitched circles with Distress Ink in the coordinating colors and they are perfect to show off these fun image, don’t you think?!  I stamped the “caution” sentiment to follow the sketch and then put the actual caution inside the card.  *smile*Super cute, right??  All of you coffee fans will totally need this one.  Not sure how to take it but my boys commented about this being perfect for me when I showed them the card.  Hmmmm…..

Stuck on You by Jen Timko | Cultivated Cacti Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsThis second card used the Cultivated Cacti set and I had such fun with it.  I love that you can stamp quickly with solid image stamps and get such a cute little scene!  I did a mix and match of inks and colors to created my scene.  And oh, this sentiment (and the others in the set)….such fun little puns!  While I think these are hard cards to make, having a stamp that says exactly what you need it to is invaluable.  And, you can get the set for free!

Would you like to win the “Cuppa Cactus” or “Cultivated Cacti” Stamp Set?
Each of these sets 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 June 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 4 of release week.  You don’t want to miss it!
Stamps: Cuppa Cactus (Newton’s Nook Designs), Cultivated Cacti (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Berry Burst (SU), Fresh Fig (SU), Powder Pink(SU), Evergreen (Altenew), Frayed Leaf (Altenew), Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz), Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz); Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Audrey Blue (SSS), Berry Burst (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), White Baker’s Tiwn

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Furr-Ever Friends

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Today is Day 2 of the release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Our reveal today is a set that anyone owned by a pet will appreciate.Forever In Our Hearts by Jen Timko | Furr-Ever Friends by Newton's Nook DesignsThe set is called Furr-Ever Friends and it is one that made me happy and nostalgic all at the same time.  The sentiments in this set are really simply perfect to reflect how so many of us feel about our dear furry family members.

After debating how to show this set, I opted for simple.  Because when someone loses one of their dear friends, I feel like simply is best.  I created a watercolor wash with my Winsor and Newton paints and then added the black silhouette of the kitty.  This reminds me of my old friend Pito who was a part of my life for 19-1/2 years (I’ll confess his silhouette was a little “stouter”, lol).  He was a solid black kitty and one of the most special friends…I was his human and he will always be a part of me.  So I chose this sentiment which says exactly how I still feel about him.  While I think these are hard cards to make, having a stamp that says exactly what you need it to is invaluable.  And, you can get the set for free!

Would you like to win the “Furr-Ever Friends” 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 June 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 3 of release week and I will have double the fun to share with you.
Stamp: Furr-Ever Friends (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Midnight Muse (SU ret); Accessories:  Newton and Winsor Paints, Silver Paint Brush, Sequins (SU), Misti

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