Today is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog. I had not pulled out these fun little cacti to color in a while and I thought they might be perfect for a post today. So Cuppa Cactus it is!
I colored the image using Copics and tried to use colors that had a bit of a southwest feel to them. I decided that the “sticking by me” sentiment was perfect (from the Cultivated Cacti set). I took a piece of the Wood Textures DSP (SU) and added some splatters of white craft ink then used a doily to ground the cactus. I found this ribbon in my stash that matched the blue perfectly that I thought was a fun extra detail. Finally, I added this sentiment and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
I hope you like this fun card today. Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!
Stamp: Cuppa Cactus (Newton’s Nook Designs), Cultivated Cacti (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Cuppa Cactus Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Doily (SU), Ribbon (SU retired), Heat Tool, WOW White Embossing Powder
Welcome back for our last day of the January Release from Newton’s Nook Designs. I know you have been waiting to see him and here he is! Newton! And his sweetheart!! Did you know he had one??
This Newton’s Sweetheart stamp set could not be cuter! I love the sweet images and the wonderful sentiment choices too. When I asked if the sweetheart had a name, I was told no so I am officially petitioning to name her Kate. I might be biased. But let’s face it, orange tabby kitties are so cute when paired with little calico girls, aren’t they?? From the mom point of view, I love the idea of Kate finding a nice fellow from a good family who has a solid “in” with a company. When the company is named after him, all the better!! The long distance relationship might become an issue but we’ll get to that problem later, haha!!
After I colored this cute pair using my Zig Clean Color Markers, I thought they might look great with some woodgrain and kraft texture behind them. I used two of the prints from the Wood Textures paper pack and then added a heart cut from Corrugate Kraft cut with the Darling Hearts die. I love this sentiment for Valentine’s but also for anniversaries! So another amazing release is revealed and the shopping starts tomorrow. But one more time, a chance to win!!
Would you like to win the “Newton’s Sweetheart” Stamp Set?
Each 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)! Thewinner 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 18th at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Yes, I finally did it. I took a break from making Christmas cards. Yes, I still have some to finish and all of them to address but I needed a brief reprieve. So I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch designed by the amazing Jen Mitchell to show off some new things.
Alright, alright, the sketch is actually a square. And I really love square cards! But I wanted to use this lavender image so badly and it just fit better on a rectangle. The flower is from the new Sale-a-bration set called Lots of Lavender and it will be available on January 3rd for free with a $50 US purchase. I actually heard it calling to me the second I saw it. I used some soft Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Bristol Smooth paper to color it and the background. Such a pretty one to work with and it hardly takes any time to color. I wanted to use this sentiment from the new Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set (Occasions 2018, available on Jan 3rd too) but didn’t want to lose any of the image. Vellum to the rescue. I added a small piece of Elegant Eggplant behind the image panel to try to keep with the sketch. The whole panel is popped up on foam (I find this helps keep the panel smooth after watercoloring) and then put on a base from the Wood Textures DSP. These woodgrains are so pretty and can be used in so many ways.
I hope you like this pretty little look at spring! Now off I go, back to the Christmas card production line! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’m back tomorrow with a fun card for Newton’s Nook. Until then, have a great day!
Happy middle of the week to you!! I hope you are having a great one so far. Today’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch is one that is sure to inspire. The lovely Amy O’Neill has given us one that can be used in so many ways! Love it!
When I saw the oval in the sketch, my brain immediately went to this sentiment from WPlus9. I love it as a focal point and it gets to be the star of the show. I stamped it in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder. The coordinating dies make quick work of cutting it out. The little flower and foliage images are super fun to use as accents. I stamped them in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and the colored using Chameleon Pens. I thought the black sentiment would be great against a wood grain background so I turned to this Wood Textures DSP by Stampin’ Up. I cut it using the Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangles Dies. Finally I added some Basic Pearls to the flower centers after coloring them with a Sharpie marker.
I hope you have a great time with the sketch this week. I’m working hard to finish up my holiday cards. Christmas card-a-palooza, if you will. I’ll share some of those in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for dropping in today. See you again soon!
Today is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog and I’m still in love with all things fall! Apparently my little friend Newton is too and I pulled out Autumn Newton to color today.
Fall in Virginia is my favorite season and we are finally really entering the season. About time! It seemed late to arrive this year. I love apples and pumpkins and oh do I love the leaves! I used some of the local fall things as inspiration for my colors (See the spotty gourd? My friend had a picture of one like that so I had to include it!) The leaves next to the card are from my yard and I used those colors as a start for my leaf coloring.
I thought that using my Winsor and Newton watercolor paints would be the perfect way to color this. Something about how the paints layers that ink doesn’t makes it great for blending colors and layering texture. I used Fabriano Extra White Watercolor Paper….one of my favorites. While the stamp set has wonderful sentiments, I leaned on one of my go-to phrases from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set. I thought it fit this sweet image wonderfully! I cut a the image layer shape with the Snow Globe Shaker Dies for a fun and different look.
I’m also linking this in to the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge….more gorgeous fall loveliness. I hope you enjoy this autumn extra today! Make sure to stop by the Newton’s Nook Designs blog for daily inspiration!! See you tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.
Stamp: Autumn Newton (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Verafine Onyx Black; Paper: Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Wood Textures DSP (Stampin’ Up); Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Newton Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Snow Globe Shaker Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, Silver Paint Brush, Winsor and Newton Paints, Daniel Smith Paints, Burlap Ribbon (SU ret)
Happy Wednesday to you! I took a little bit of a break last week to catch up on home things and to even clean my stamp room. Seriously, it was out of control and I needed to reorganize before I could work in there anymore. I’m sure you have been there!
I’m the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I wanted to make a sketch that could be interpreted in a few different ways. I chose to go with it “as is” and made a little frame using my Stitched Shapes Framelits. If you follow the Newton’s Nook Designs newsletter, you saw how I created these leaves for yesterday’s “Designer’s Nook”. They use the Autumn Leaves Dies and are so pretty!! The background is the fabulous Wood Textures paper by Stampin’ Up (a go-to for fall, don’t you think?!). I added a piece of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon as another layer of texture. The sentiment strip was cut from the same paper that I used for the leaves (where I had splattered ink) and this stamp is from the July Paper Pumpkin. Don’t forget how much those add to your sentiment repertoire! I found a few sequins in coordinating colors so of course I had to throw them on!
I hope you enjoy this sketch. The design team has tons of inspiration, as always, and I would love to see you in the gallery! Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!
Stamp: July Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Paper: Arches Watercolor Paper, Wood Textures DSP (SU); Ink: Early Espresso, Tim Holtz Oxide Ink; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Autumn Leaves Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (SU), Sequins (Honey Bee Stamps, Pretty Pink Posh)
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?!
Our 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)! Thewinner 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.
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
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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