I’m so excited to be joining in with Newton’s Nook Designs for the Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop. So many designers are in on the fun so make sure you check the list below to see all the projects. If you came over from the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog, welcome!
I created a tag some of the same products as I used on my card for Monday’s post. This Holiday Heights set is just so cute! I let my girls off the hook and colored some other kitties in this fun pink tree.
I used my Karin Markers for this easy watercolor look and had some fun using non-traditional colors. I used the Christmas Time paper pad for this great green polka dot print and chose a sentiment from the stamp set to put on a flag made with the Frames and Flags die set. I plan to use this on a kraft gift bag so the happy colors will be just right for brightening it up.
Make sure you click through to see all the designers and see below for your chance to win. Next up is the incomparable Jenn Shurkus!
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Enter to Win! Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Hop Prizes! We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $25 store credit for Newton’s Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. 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 Sunday, December 11th at 9 pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 12th.
I’m super excited to be sharing for this year’s Deck the Halls with Inky Paws over at Newton’s Nook Designs. I have a card using the super fun Holiday Heights stamps set and dies that may or may not resemble two cats I know. Kate and Meg, I’m looking at you…
Using my Copic Markers, I colored this sweet image and added some details to match the colors on my girls. The background paper is the Christmas Time paper pad and I like how much texture it adds.
The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and all I needed to do was add a bit of ribbon from my stash. They have inspiration all week so make sure you check out the different designer features each day!
Three posts in a row! Don’t faint! It has been fun to be able to share different things with you and today I’m back to my standard Wednesday with Freshly Made Sketches. I am the sketch designer this week.
I started coloring these images over the weekend (and shared on Instagram) from the new Superhero Scrubs stamp set by Erin Lee Creative. Erin’s husband is one of these superheroes so the set is near and dear to her! I was really hoping that I could make them work for my sketch this week and I love how they turned out. I stamped them onto XPress-It Copic Coloring Paper. This paper is made just for Copic and it makes blending easy. I fussy cut them out and then went to work on the rest of the card. For the top, I decided to use the Tumbling Hearts Stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs for textured embossing. It is really easy with the right sandwich. I often say that stencils are a cost effective workhorse in your crafting and this is an example why. I stamped the bottom portion with a sentiment from the same stamp set. To add extra dimension, I glued the red card stock to the base and then popped up the white pieces. Red sequins seemed like a good addition so on they went.
The design team has created all kinds of wonderful takes on the sketch. What amazing talent they have! Hope you will join in and share with us too. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!
I continued to be inspired by the thought of fall. Not actual fall since that seems to be eluding us in Virginia. But I’m going to keep making cards with leaves to see what I can do. I pulled out these wonderful Autumn Leaves Dies by Newton’s Nook Designs and used a sentiment from the Cottage Garden Stamp Set. I popped them onto some stitched squared with the entire base of Neenah Desert Storm.
Come on over and join us for this fun sketch! And make sure you go see all the inspiration from the design team too. Always a joy to see the takes on the sketch and this week is no exception. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Glad you are here to visit today as I share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. The always brilliant Cécile has created a unique and wonderful sketch for us this week. Such fun when you get to stretch your brain with something truly new.
I will admit that those triangles had me a bit confounded at first so I reverted to another shape. Circles! You’d think I’d have had my fill of those last week but nope. So I pondered what stamp set to use and how to make this work. And I came across this Hey There set by Lawn Fawn that had gone uninked….how is that even a thing?! Every image in this set is totally adorable. I stamped the barn, the cow and the fence (in my brain this would be the leaf element) and of course the speech bubble. Because why shouldn’t a cow send Valentine’s sentiments? I colored them with my Copics and started playing with the layout. Originally I started with no background shapes at all but quickly found that not to work. So I cut a landscape border for “grass” and then cut it out with a circle die (and cut whole circles from blue card stock while I was at it). That worked much better! It seemed for me that a square card worked better so I cut a square from some Lawn Fawn plaid and then layered my elements. I kind of love this quirky cow card and DH will surely chuckle. He thinks cows are hilarious so I think he will like it. I’m back in FL this week to work on my mom’s house….so off I go back to organizing. I hope your day is wonderful! See you tomorrow with the latest release info from Picket Fence Studios!
Another week has flown by and it is time for the newest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. The amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is fantastic.
I thoughts I’d pull out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this one and create a bit of a wash for the rounded corner square. But what image to use as a focal point? After scanning through, I came upon the Little Lilies set from Newton’s Nook Designs and I thought it would be perfect for the job. I painted it and cut it out using the coordinating dies and then decided it would be nice to add a wash of color to the crossing panel too. So a little more painting (and waiting to dry). Finally, I found this sweet sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Ride that seemed just right for the little flowers. A quick little card for a sweet sketch!
Short and sweet today. Out on a trip and then back to finish up some details for the big January/Creativation Release from Picket Fence Studios. Hop over and check out all the great cards from the DT this week at FMS and I hope you’ll join us. Have a great rest of your week and see you soon!
I cannot even tell you how happy I am to bring you the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week. Why?? First of all, the sketch is super clever and amazingly unique, just like its designer Cécile. Second, we are announcing a Design Team Call. Yes, we are looking to add to our team and we are so happy to see who is ready to join us. All the details are on the challenge blog.
But I’ll start with my card for today’s challenge. I was so in awe of this sketch and could not wait to use it. I started off knowing I wanted to use embossing paste for the striped detail but which stencil? After a few false starts I settle on this brick style that I had from Stampin’ Up. And I also used their Silver Embossing Paste that hadn’t been opened (seriously, why?). I love the effect for a holiday card! Next up, what to use for the images. I settle on the gorgeous Poinsettia stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (always a coloring favorite for me. The images were stamped on Shimmery White paper (SU) which has a subtle sparkle to it and still works for Copics. I stamped using the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence Studios since it is Copic friendly. I used my Misti and left the stamp in place for later. Then using my red family of Copics, I colored the flowers and then added some gray centers. After the coloring was done, I put my panel of flowers back in the Misti and overstamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. Finally, I cut the images out with the coordinating dies.I hope you will jump right over to the the challenge site and consider playing along this week. This sketch is sure to be a hit! I’m so glad you dropped in today. Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your time with me. See you soon!
Happy National Coffee Day!! If ever there was something worth celebrating, it is definitely coffee! I am thrilled to be part of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop today. So many Super Sponsors! So many prizes!!
I decided I should pull out the adorable Cup of Cocoa set from Newton’s Nook Designs today. It so happens that Newton’s Nook Designs is one of the Super Sponsors today and I will be giving away $25 Store Credit to shop with them! Make sure to comment here and around the hop for chances to win. Also, the Newton’s Nook Designs team is doing a hop too with another chance to win.
I colored these fun cups with my Copic Markers and then created a shaker card with the Storybook Dies. The sequins from Picket Fence Studios were perfect to match the cups. I think the sentiment from the stamp set is fantastic for today’s hop theme!! Lots of cups of cheer all around blogland!!
I’m so happy that Newton’s Nook Designs allowed me to feature their prize! Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win! Now on to the rest of the hop. Next up is Maria Peters over on Instagram.
Here are all the links to the Coffee Lovers team (click the blue button):
And here are the links to all the Super Sponsors (click the blue button):
I have two more cards to share with you today that I created for the Picket Fence Studios new release. I have had such fun with the new sets and will be sharing more with you over the next weeks too. Today, I’m focusing on Santa and his reindeer. Two adorable sets! And don’t forget my GIVEAWAY….see my post from Sunday to enter.
I love all the Santa images in the Santa’s mischief set and the sentiments are awesome too. Lots of possibilities for fun cards! I fell in love with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #289 and thought it wold be fun to use for this card. I stamped Santa in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with my Copics. I thought the Framework Dies were a great shape for the sketch and used it to cut some of the Festive Farmhouse paper (SU). I added a sentiment from the set onto some Wood Textures paper (SU) and then layered on the elements.
For my second card, I chose three of the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Ride and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Pens. Using a mask that I created with the Land Borders Dies I added a distress ink background with my Life Changing Blender Brushes. And yes, they really are THAT good!! Super smooth and absolutely zero brush or blending lines! I put the panel on a base of School House Red card stock and added the sentiment onto a banner. It is embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder.
I hope you enjoy these cards and don’t forget to enter for my giveaway!! See you soon!
So today is a day that I have really mixed feelings about. A year and half ago, I was given the amazing opportunity to become a design team member for Newton’s Nook Designs. Jen and Jeff Jackson took a chance on me and I am forever grateful! Being on this team has allowed me to stretch creatively with the support of an incredible group of designers. What a privilege! But today, it is time to say goodbye as a team member. Making the decision to leave was a tough one but it is the right one for me right now. I’m going to breathe, create for me and see what stamping adventure comes next.
But first, I want to let you know what I have learned being on this team. I always knew that small business owners were important to our country. Now I know for sure that small business owners are the heart of it. Especially in our creative world, I’m grateful for entrepreneurs like Jen and Jeff. They run Newton’s Nook Designs with love and caring. You see this in their art and humor. And as a design team member, you get to see behind the curtain, so to speak. What did I find?? More love and caring. The design team becomes family. The communication and organization is so impressive. I can hardly find enough compliments for how I feel about the entire experience working with Newton’s Nook.
When I needed to ponder a “farewell” card, I was a bit overwhelmed. I finally decided to create a card with my very first NND stamp. You have seen me return to it often and it remains an all time favorite. In the end, I created something clean, because I guess that is really who I am creatively. I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I pulled out my Daniel Smith paints and just painted for fun. I tried to create some color variations on the flowers and just create a pretty summer wreath. I added this sentiment from the stamp set (all of them in the set are fantastic). But I thought that is was perfect for all of you who have supported my work while on the DT. For all the kind and encouraging comments, I cannot tell you how much they mean. Thank you, all of you, for your sweet words!
So over at the Newton’s Nook Blog today, they have posted some cards that are my faves from the last year and a half. I hope you’ll go over to visit and see them. And as with all change, you will find out some fun news over the next few days about who will be joining the team to inspire you. You are sure to be thrilled! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’m grateful you shared some time with me. See you soon!
Stamps: Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Bermuda Bay; Accessories: Misti, Daniel Smith Palette (Debby’s Set – Simon Says Stamp), Silver Paint Brush, Sequins (SU)
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