Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – DAY 1

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to say that we are starting the Newton’s Nook Designs January Release reveals today! YAY! Get ready for a love-filled week! Today our wonderful team is showcasing the new Heartfelt Love and Heartfelt Roses stamp sets with a matching die set which totally coordinates with the previously revealed Banner Trio die set!

All products will be available on Friday, 22/01/2021!

CARD 1

For my first card I have stamped the Heartfelt Roses with a light hybrid ink so I could do no-line colouring with my Copics. I don’t do this often but it was such a lovely time spent!

When I was happy with how it looked I cut it out with the scalloped heart from Heart Frames, and used the biggest heart die from the set to create my own red card base: I die cut it twice, scored on of them half an inch form the top and glued that little flap to the back of the other heart. So easy and looks so special!

I white heat embossed a sentiment on a green stitched banner which I cut with the Banner Trio die set. I popped it up with 3D foam suares and adorned the card with a few clear gemstones.

CARD 2

For my second card I simply white heat embossed the image from Heartfelt Love on Bristol Smooth cardstock and applied Distress Oxide inks over it: Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmelade. When it was dry I die cut it with the scalloped heart from Heart Frames. I used a clear shimmer pen to add a bit of extra bling to the little hearts.

On a fog cardfront I adhered a big dark grey stitched heart from the same die set and laid two pieces of organza ribbon over it before popping up the focal image. The ribbon I secured on the back of the fog card front with scotch tape and mounted it on a white card base.

I somehow felt that the plain grey background is a bit too simple, so I simply grabbed the XOXO sentiment and stamped it several times with an acrylic block and Fog ink. It gives a very subtle tone-on-tone look.

The sentiment I heat embossed in white on a purple banner from Banner Trio. I adorned it with two white pearls and it was all finished.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Love” or the “Heartfelt Roses” Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set! 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 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 2nd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspirations and reveals. Make sure to return tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Inktense pencils – winter scene

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today with something new. In my latest order from Simon Says Stamp I had a pack of Suzy Plantamura’s watercolour prints with Winter Gnomes. I am fond of gnomes lately and I wanted to try to zone out and colour these with different mediums. The first one I coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I started with the cap: I chose a darker red colour and drew some lines next to the outline. Then scribbled a little lighter one over it and spread the colours out with a wet paintbrush. Thanks to the pigments in this type of pencil the colours are really vibrant even with just a tiny scribble from the pencil.

I made sure to let it dry and meanwhile coloured another part of the image which was not connected to avoid mixing colours. For the snow I used light blue and for the background I mixed blues, violet and some darker purples.

I left the beard and moustache for the last: I tried to add light stokes with my pencils and then fade them out a bit with the waterbrush. It was fun and I like the result even though it was the first time!

When it was all dry I cut it down with a Wonky rectangle and stamped a sentiment (MFT stamps set) in black. I sprinkled white acrylic paint all over it with a toothbrush: it gives smaller dots than when I do this with a thin brush. I also added clear shimmer to the Moon, glossy accents to the skate and some fluffy texture to the cap and overall with my Marvy Snow Marker. It puffs up when I heat it up with my heat tool. So fun!

I hope you liked today’s inspiration, and will return soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Winter Birthday Wishes – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As I need to boost up my birthday stash, I created a slimline winter birthday card mixing up a few stamps and dies and stencil. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Happy Yappy Mail and Wanna Build a Snowman. I used Copic markers and cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

I also die cut a white rectangle with a Slimline Stitched Trio die and another one from white glitter cardstock. Then I used the partial die cutting technique to cut a snowbank from this with the Breaking Waves Border dies. It is easy to line it up with the stitches so it works perfectly for slimline cards too.

On the white panel I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks fadin it out toward tthe bottom. I spritzed it with water, added some white acrylic paint splatters and let it dry. Ok I was impatient and helped a bit with my heat tool too. When it was dry enough not to smear it, I added white texture paste through the First Snow stencil. Even though it is 6 inches long only, I could simply move it where the pattern has finished and add more snow drops. With this stencil it is very easy, you do not need to line anything up!

While the paste was drying I die cut a scalloped slimline rectangle from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and also the word Birthday from orange glitter cardstock. The rest of the sentiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock and cut it out with its coordinating die. I love the look of a stamped and die cut sentiment!

When it was all dry I assembled the winter scene popping up the dogs with thin 3D foam sqquares. I finished them off with a black glaze pen on the eyes, noses, buttons and the pipe and added a bit of shimmer to the scarves and collars before sealing it with glossy accents.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Hug in a mug – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello everyone,

Today is my turn on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog with this warm and wintery coffee card. In this chilly weather we are all longing for our favourite hot drinks and good talks. Now that we are all socially apart from our friends, it is so important to send a little love in other ways. That feeling inspired my card today.

I created a colourful background first on Bristol Smooth paper with the Mugs stencil: I used Distress Oxide inks with a small blending brush which allowed me to add colour to each mug individually. I used Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers with Cracked Pistachio. Before removing the stencil I carefully spritzed it with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz and let it dry.

I cut it down with my favourite die from Frameworks and added some black and blue splatters. Then I cut my sentiment letters with the Essential Alphabet dies from coloured cardstock and adhered them on a piece of vellum. I adorned it with some pine leaves and a purple glittery bow (Pines and Holly die set).

After popping the panel up on a light grey cardstock I added glossy accents to some details on the mugs and also on the bow.

I hope it made your heart warm and I inspired you.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Cacti Christmas – MFT stamps

Hello my dears,

I was scrolling through my photos the other day and found a few cards I did not have time to show you at the end of last year. Even though they are Christmas themed I know many of you like to make holiday cards throughout the year and it might be a good inspiration, so I have decided to share these from time to time.

For this card I used the adorable Cacti from MFT Let’s Stick Together: I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers and cut everything out with the coordinating dies. I wanted them to wear santa hats and have presents, which I found in the MFT Beast Friends stamp set (retired): perfect fit.

Then I moved on to the background: I used Distress Oxide inks to create the sky (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean) and when it was dry I used the MFT Confetti stencil with white texture paste to make it wintery. I love the texture!

When it was all dry I die cut the bold setiment from the background and cut it once more from red glitter paper and 2 more times from scrap heavy weight cardstock. I love to recycle old packaging for that. I stacked the letters together and used the one cut from the background as a guide to pop the glittery ones on top.

I used 3D foam squares to add the die cut images and adhered a small cacti directly on the “i” to add more pun. A bit of clear shimmer on the caps, black glaze pen n the eyes and Mavy Snow marker for the extra fluffiness made it complete.

I hope you liked today’s inspiration and you will be back tomorrow. I have something cute and cozy planned.

See you,

Zsofi

Last card in 2020!

Hello Everyone,

It is the last day of the year and I wanted to pop in to tell you: THANK YOU so much for all your support, all the comments, all the love. It means so much to me! It was a tough year for all of us and crafting really helped me to go through without losing my sanity. It is my therapy and my joy in hard times. I have a lot of plans for 2021, I wish I can realize them step-by-step. What I know for sure is that my love for paper is gonna stay and I will keep crafting until I can. And I would love you to share this journey with me.

My last card of the year was born as a little sister to my yesterday’s card. I used the same Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn STAMPtember collaboration stamp/die set with the same aqua colours. Just this time I built a Bird House (Magic Iris Add-on) from woodgrain cardstock, chose a pretty patterned paper in the background and opted for a different Winter Scripty Sentiment. To build dimension I die cut the house, roof and the bottom part 3 times and adhered them on top of each other. It makes a huge difference!

I hope you enjoyed this card, I will insert here a few more close ups.

I will upload this project to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge 15 (New Year) and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine and Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge Celebrate.

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Thanks for being here today with me and I wish you a much happier New Year! See you in 2021!

Zsofi

Happy New Year – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

I had a day off yesterday, just for myself and crafting so I finally had time to indulge in my Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn STAMPtember Exclusive set from 2020. I cannot get over the cuteness of these birds! I made 2 cards, the first one is a slimline one:

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Season’s Tweetings (it was a limited edition set, no longer available unfortunately). I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Then I die cut the new Scallop Slimline with hearts die from white cardstock, masked off the scalloped parts with Purple Tape and used the Music stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink to create a background.

Then I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the panel from Season’s Tweetings and added a red one above from Winter Scripty Sentiments. I love the look of the two fonts together!

While I still had the edges masked off I stamped the string of lights from Season’s Tweetings 3 times at a diffenet angle directly on the stenciled background and coloured the lights with Copic markers.

After popping up the birds with 3D foam tape, I stamped the Fa-la-la-la sentiments above the birds with teal ink for a tone-on-tone look.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the lights and accessories and covered the bulbs and beaks with glossy accents. To make it more festive I scattered a few clear sequins all around. Before adhering the panel to a white slimline card base (3,5*8,5 inches) I cut a dark red mat for the scalloped panel. It gives a nice frame to my little scene.

I will upload this project to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge 15 (New Year) and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine and Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge Celebrate.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and will check back tomorrow for my last post this year.

See you,

Zsofi

Warm Hugs – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Dears,

It is so late here in Hungary but I needed a break from playing board games and lego. I miss crafting but when I feel my mojo is lost, I enjoy simply die cutting. Simon Says Stamp has the most gorgeous dies and I was playing with a couple of snowflakes, a pretty filigree cup and a lovely sentiment. Let me guide you through the process.

First I die cut the SSS Filigree Teacup die from heavy weight white cardstock and backed it with green glitter cardstock. As it does not cut around the cup shape, I used my scissors to cut it out.

Then I die cut the Warm Hugs sentiment from green cardstock 3 times and layered them on top of each other. The shadow die I cut from white cardstock. While I was at die cutting I also made 2 snowflakes with the Daphne snowflakes die using pearlescent white cardstock from my stash.

For the background I used a simple stitched rectangle which I cut from Fog cardstock, I love how it balances the cool tone of the green I chose.

I assembled the card using 3D foam squares behind the cup to make it pop and scattered a few white pearls all around. Such an easy design but still so pretty. I hope you like it!

I am uploading this to the Coffee Loving Papercrafters International Tea Day Challenge and also to SSS Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you will try to make a fully die cut card too.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Merry Christmas – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

Life was a but busier than expected thanks to a quarantine in my kids’ school before the winter break and I had no time to post the cards I still wanted to share. So you may still see some Holiday cards from me in the next few weeks, I hope you don’t mind.

On today’s card I used mostly Lawn Fawn and Newton’s Nook Designs stamps and dies. First I stamped the cute critters from the LF Cheery Christmas set and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I die cut the postage stamp die (NND Frameworks) from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and white heat embossed the NND Snowfall Roundabout stamp in the upper part. I also die cut a circle from white glitter cardstock and trimmed it down to look like a snowbank. I assembled the little winter scene.

The sentiment is from LF Winter Scripty Sentiments, stamped in red. I added red twine above it before adhering it to a white A2 sized note card.

Of course I had to cover the ornaments with clear shimmer and glossy accents, I just love the dimension and shine I get this way.

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine.

I hope you enjoyed this clean design and will pop in to see more of my creations. I have ambitious plans for 2021 and I want you to be part of my crafty journey. Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate and have a relaxing time for those of you who don’t. Let the love fill our days!

See you,

Zsofi

Perfect Combos – Magical holidays

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Christmas is so close and I am sure most of you are busy with wrapping presents and planning the menu. It may turn out that you need a tag or a little card still, and today’s design is perfect for both: quick and easy and looks cute. Let me show you.

First I stamped and coloured one of the angels from My Little Angel. I went with purples this time but it would look pretty in any colour. I used the coordinating dies to cut her out.

Then I created my card base: I die cut 3 stars with the largest Stitched Stars die: 2 from heavy weight white cardstock and one from a pretty patterned paper (Whimsy Stamps Blurry Flurries). On one of the stars I die cut a window with a Fancy Nancy Frames die. I adhered the patterned paper star under the one with the window and created a fold line half an inch from the top on the other white star. I added glue to that little flap and adhered it to the front panel. In this way I have my own star shaped card base. So easy and eye-catching.

The sentiment is from Holiday Sentiment Duos, heat embossed in silver on a purple cardstock strip. Before adhering the sentiment and popping up the angel with thick 3D foam strip, I went over the edges of the star and the window cutline too with Stardust Stickles. It gives a festive look and takes this simple design to another level. I used the same glue on the glory too. A touch of clear shimmer on the wings finished it off.

TIP: If you want to create a tag, just punch a hole on the top and use sparkling twine. You can also turn this design into a shaker card if you adhere the patterned paper star with foam strips. That would look awesome too.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi