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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!

Woodland Duos Owl Card by Jen Timko | Woodland Duos Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnookI 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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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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Happy Little Wreath

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I have a quick post for today because I want to share a set of cards I created (and am creating more of).  Not sure how it happens that I’m behind on making cards given that I started in August.  But here we are.  So I’m pulling out the Misti and putting the sweet elves (translated kids) to work and cranking out some cards.  In bulk.  Which I never really do.  Did I mention that the Misti makes it possible??  My 10 yo was die cutting with the Stitched Rectangles and then stamping when he commented how he was impressed with his CPM rate (that would be cards per minute).  Yep.  He made 12 while I made 1/2 card (on another project).  And everyone single one was perfect.  When I get home from this trip, I have them all ready to finish into final cards.  These were his model and we liked them enough to make more.

The key is this pretty wreath.  I got it on sale from Newton’s Nook over the Thanksgiving holiday and what a good get!  The set is called Happy Little Thoughts and it has such pretty elements.  This wreath though….I just knew it would be great for my Christmas cards and I was right!  I colored some Basic Rhinestones with a Copic and added them on along with a twine bow.  The sentiment is from the retired Santa’s Gifts (SU).  All the stamping was done in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake card stock.

Ok….like I said.  Quick post but I thought you might like a great last minute, I’m really late getting my cards done idea.  *smile*  Hope your day is fantastic!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps:  Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook), Santa’s Gifts (SU retired); Ink: Early Espresso, Copic Red Marker; Paper: Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Rhinestones, Twine

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CTS #181 – Day Filled with Sunshine

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CTS#181 - Day Filled with SunshineI have  fun card to share with you today!  I have been trying to play along with the 30-day Coloring Challenge again.  I miss some days but I like that I think about taking time (even just a few minutes) to color….just because.  It also pushes me to look for inspiration and find some fun challenges in which to play.  I was able to do just that for this card.  I started using the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge for the week as my sketch and also decided to join the Simon Wednesday Challenge.  The sketch is a wonderfully clean one that I hope I didn’t stretch too far.  The Simon challenge is to create a scene with a focus on Newton’s Nook stamps.

I used the adorable stamp set Newton’s Day Dream to create this little scene.  As usual for all cat things, my cat muse is my sweet little calico Kate.  I think in her perfect world she would nap with all these fun things flying about.  Or so she tells me when she tried to sneak outside and is caught.  *smile*  I colored using my Zig Clean Color Pens in the following colors:IMG_3591I really do love coloring with these pens so much!!  I cut the image panel out using my Wonky Stitches die to add a little more fun detail.  Just a quick post today.  I hope you have a lovely Saturday filled with sunshine.

CTS_181Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Basic Black(SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Dimensionals

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Kate’s Day Dream

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Kate's DaydreamWith my youngest on Easter break this week, my stamping time has still been a little limited but I have been able to sneak down to the stamp room some.  And I even got my son to join me for a few minutes!  Mom win!  What tempted him away from Legos and his iPad??  Well, a cute cat stamp of course!  I just got this little adorable set from Newton’s Nook called Newton’s Day Dream.  I have been infatuated with the Newton images for a while but always had a hard time choosing which one I wanted.  I knew that this was one I had to have because my, um, “muse” tends to look a lot like this a lot of the time.  My kitty Kate (the little princess calico) is such a sweet girl.  She is an inside cat so I suspect being out amongst the flowers and grass is in her day dreams.  But we have loads of pictures of her just like this curled up on book bags, toys, chairs, stamp tables, and everywhere in between.IMG_1685Here is one at Christmas.  Like all calicos she has the most unique markings and it was fun to be able to mimic them on this sweet image.  I stamped in black using WPlus9’s Dye Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper and then used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color Kate in (Bright Yellow, Light Brown and Black).  I added a sentiment from the February Paper Pumpkin kit and then cut the image using the Stitched Mats Circles from Lil’ Inker.  The background paper is retired SU DSP.

I mentioned that my son came down to stamp with me after seeing this adorable image and he decided to use a Minecraft Lego cat (yes…..the perfect storm of toy greatness for a 10yo = Legos + Minecraft) for his coloring choices.  Here are our cards together.Kate and FriendHe used some of my retired Blendabilites and colored on Thick WW card stock.  He liked the red polka dots behind the kitty so we just used the same layout as mine.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Blendabilities (SU retired); Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Dimensionals

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