Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wishing you a Purr-fect day!

Purr-fect Day Cat Card using Newton's Antics

I just love this card- Who wouldn't love to get this in the mail? The "wishing you a purr-fect day" sentiment from the stamp set Newton's Antics is so nice because you could use it for anything... birthday, celebration... or just to say hello!  I also had fun coloring the kitty image on this card. I used copic markers and just layered on the different colors until I achieved a look I liked... I really love working with those markers! And then I gave the kitty a ball of yarn... just for fun.  Since I colored the yarn green I searched around my patterned paper scraps and found some that would go with the yarn and based my color combo off that!

Purr-fect Day Cat Card using Newton's Antics

Do you have any stamps from Newton's Nook Designs yet? If you do, make sure to enter our first Inky Paws challenge to win a prize! You can see all the details on our Inky Paws Challenge Page. If you don't have any sets yet you can use our free digital download or check to get some for yourself! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Time to go fishing!

Fishing Bear card using Campfire Friends Stamp set

Another cute project today using the fishing bear  from the Campfire Tails set by Design Team Member Tessa Wise! What I love about Tessas cards is her use of vibrant colors and this card is no exception! Look how cute that bright red fishing hat is? So adorable! And the pop of colored paper really coordinates well with the bear! Check out her blog, Crafty Girl Creations to see all the details for this project and say hello to Tessa. 

Don't forget - our Inky Paws Challenge is going on until Friday, August 9. Make sure to enter! You can find details on the Inky Paws Challenge page. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet me by the Campfire!

Meet me by the Campfire Card

Hello there! Happy Monday! How did the weekend go by so fast? They always do, don't they? I was able to spend a bunch of time working on our holiday release (I know, Christmas in July, right?) It's crazy to work so far ahead but that's how it goes :)

For now, let's get back to summer with a camping Card. I made this card using the Campfire Tails stamp set. This was one of the very first cards I made with this set but I haven't had a chance to share it yet so thought I would do that today!  I colored the fire with copic markers and punched it out using a circle punch.  Then I mounted that onto a piece of dark brown card stock  - makes it really pop off, don't you think? Then I layered that on top of a piece of light yellow card stock and sponged the edges. I added the sentiment "Meet me by the campfire" with black ink.  Then I used a woodgrain embossing folder to create the big woodgrain background and also sponged the edges of that. Then I mounted the whole thing on a bright orange base card. I really love how this turned out. I think it's one of my favorites that I've made with this set! 

What do you think? Love this campfire as much as I do? You can purchase your very own Campfire Tails set in the Newton's Nook Designs online shop

Meet me by the Campfire Card-close up

Don't forget - the Inky Paws Challenge is going on until Friday, August 9. Make sure to enter! You can find details on the Inky Paws Challenge page. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Introducing our Inky Paws Challenge!

I told you I had something special planned for today - yep, that's right!
Today I'm announcing our very first Inky Paws Challenge!
Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #01 Logo
Inky Paws Challenge #01  - Card Sketch
Are you ready to get your paws inky with us and play along to win a prize? The Challenge winner will receive a $10 store credit to our online store and a Inky Paws Challenge Winner Badge to add to your blog! If we get more than 15 participants, we will choose two winners so be sure to tell your friends to play along! 

Are you ready to play along and get your paws inky? 

  • Create a NEW project (card or other paper craft item) based on the sketch above.
  • Your project MUST use at least one Newton's Nook Designs stamped image (or free digital stamp -see below at the bottom of this post).
  • Post your project to your blog or to an online photo gallery such as Flickr. 
  • Link back to this challenge (if posting in an online gallery copy the link into the photo description). 
  • Submit your project to this challenge using the Inlinkz widget below. You must submit a DIRECT link to your post page.
  • Have more than one great idea? You can enter more than once! Just link up each card separately. 
You have two weeks to play along. Deadline to enter is Friday, August 9, 2013 at Midnight CST. The winner will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, August 12th.

Ready for some Inky Paws inspiration?  

Read the descrption below each card to see who made it!
Card using Newton's Antics Stamp set
Check out the hello friend card that Design Team Member Tessa Wise created from our sketch! So pretty and feminine! Her card uses the kitty from the stamp set Newton's Antics and the hello from Winged Wishes

Kitty thank you card using Newton's Antics stamp set
Design Team Member Samantha Mann also decided to play along using Newton's Antics. She also used the "thanks" banner from Winged Wishes.  I love all the different patterns she used and how she colored the kitty two-toned!  

Kitty card using Newton's Antics Stamp set
What a cute card made by Guest Designer Jean Martin using the stamp set Newton's Antics. The navy and lime green color combo are stunning and the little dots she added are so pretty! 

Card using Just Say Cheese Stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs
Of course I had to make a couple cards too! For my first card I used the set Just say Cheese to create a fun, bright and colorful card! 

Card using digital stamp by Newton's Nook Designs
Then - turned the sketch sideways (crazy, right?) and made this card using the digital freebie - If you don't have a Newton's Nook Designs Stamp of your own to use in the challenge - check out the freebie below! 

Free Digital Stamp! 

Because you might not have a stamp from Newton's Nook Designs yet (or it's still in the mail), we thought it would be fun to offer a FREE digital stamp so everyone can participate and get their paws inky! To use this stamp, simply right click on the image below and save it to your computer desktop. Print it out and enjoy! Image will look best actual size or smaller. 

You're Tweet Digital Image by Newton's Nook Designs

Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you create - Link your projects up below:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

hello card with Winged Wishes

Today I'm sharing one of the first cards I made with the stamp set Winged Wishes.  When I designed this stamp set I set out to make a set that was very versatile. If you love having sets that can be used for multiple occasions and this one definitely fits the bill.  Let me show you the full stamp art again so you can see what I mean: 

Winged Wishes

This set has a ton of cute little words that can be paired with the larger words to create ton of different messages. Here are just a few ideas: 
so much love •  love you  •  hello friend  •  hello there  •  happy hello  •  hello baby  •  happy birthday  •  party time  •  birthday party •  happy baby

I could go on... but here's what I made today- I used "hello there" and the two birds and clouds. 

Hello there card using Winged Wishes Stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs

I hope you like this set as much as I do! It's so much fun to play with all the words!

Make sure to check back tomorrow- we're going to be doing something special!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lovely Cards by Jean Martin!

Hello there and happy Wednesday! Today featuring some additional cards by launch guest Jean Martin. Jean was kind enough to make two cards for each stamp set for our launch. If you were here during the launch party and clicked through all the blogs you may have seen these over on Jeans blog already but I thought it would be fun to showcase the rest here today for those of you who may have missed them! 

First up is a card using the set Just Say Cheese! I love how the sun rays add that bright pop of yellow and draw your eye into the focal image. Plus it's super cute how she used the thought bubble with the cheese grater!  

Next is this super cute card featuring the naughty raccoon from Campfire Tails.  I love the little scene she created with the fire and the tree in the background! The polka dots give it a really modern feel.

This darling card features the baby clothes on the line from the stamp set Winged Wishes.  This would be such a cute card to give a little one for their birthday. I love how she paper pierced the clothes and the colors really pop off that white background!

And lastly, another Newton's Antics card. This one shows the kitty paper pierced! I just love how simple and clean this card is. The patterns in the papers really give it so much pop!  

Thanks again to Jean for making such awesome cards for our launch! Make sure to go over to her blog and say hello :)

If you are interested in purchasing any of these sets, they're all available for sale in our online shop - check it out here!  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dryer Sheet Tutorial with Newton

So this weekend I was doing some laundry and as I changed loads and pulled out the dryer sheet I thought to myself "I haven't made a dryer sheet card in awhile.... hmmm that would be really cute on the Kitty stamp,wouldn't it? I should do a tutorial!"  I know I'm not the only crazy one who thinks about stamping while doing houshold chores, right? So here it is! Our first tutorial. 

Step One: Stamp image.  This will work with any image. Of course, we'd love it if you used one of our images from the Newton's Antics stamp set.  (you can buy it  here) I picked the sleepy kitty image. 

Step Two: color image. It doesn't matter what you use to color it. You could use markers if you'd like. I decided to use my Inktense colored pencils. At this point in my card-making process I had a special guest at my craft table - naughty Newton!  It was hard to color with him sitting on my project.... but he's so cute and since he's the kitty our stamp was based on I couldn't really tell him to go away!!
 Here's what my image looks like all colored in. I used a blender pen to blend the Inktense pencil colors:

Step Three: Smear glue stick over image. This is easy- and it reminds you of art class in grade school, right? Just cover that whole image with glue.... but don't eat any! 

Step Four: smoosh dryer sheet over glued area. Yes, "smoosh" is a technical term!  You could do this to the edges of your paper but I'm going to cut him out so I just covered the kitty. Note: this needs to be a USED dryer sheet. A new one is too stiff.

Step Five: cut out your image. At this point you could use a trimmer and cut a square but I wanted to just have the kitty image be fuzzy so I cut right up to the edges of the stamped image:

Step Six: Step back and admire your kitty! Yep - the fuzzy stamped one and the fuzzy real one! Newton has been there this whole time. He was getting bored with the card making and decided to take a nap.

That's all there is to it! You're done! Now you can take the cute fuzzy image and add it to a card. Here is what I made with mine ... and yes, Newton napped until I was done with the whole card!!

For the card I used the words "happy birthday to" from the stamp set Winged Wishes and added the "mew" from Newtons Antics! What a fun birthday card!

Here's a close-up: Can you see how soft and sweet it is? 

So... let me know what you think!  Do you like the tutorials? Would you like to see more? It was fun to make and so funny that Newton had to come and help!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hooked on You!

Happy Monday! 
Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was fun! It has been so fun to see orders coming in for our designs from all over the states and some international too! We really appreciate your business and are super excited to see what you make with our stamps!!

Today I'm sharing an idea using the Campfire Tails set which you can now order in the store here. This set has been a lot of fun for me to work with - I really love this fishing bear. I think he's definitely going to be a "go-to" stamp for making masculine cards since I have a lot of guys in my family who love to fish!  

For this card I paper-pierced the bear's vest and hat.  If you aren't familiar with this term it basically means you stamp it on a patterned paper and cut it out. It's hard to tell that the hat was from patterned paper since the pattern is so small but here's a close-up so you can see a little better :) The plaid vest turned out pretty cute, I think:

So what do you think of paper-piercing? I think it's fun but it does take some time to fussy-cut out the pieces and glue them back on so I'm not sure how often I'll do it. But if you're not great at coloring it's a cool way to add some color to an image as well.

If you want to see some more paper piercing, check out the first post for the Newton's Antics stamp set here - several of the samples show cute kitties paper pierced. In fact, Emily Leiphart even did a little tutorial on her site on how she paper-pierced the kitties. You can check that out on this post on her blog Art from the Heart.

Come back tomorrow - I have a fun little "tutorial" for you!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Neon Newton!

Before I show you my project today I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who ordered yesterday and made our first day in business so great! Also thanks to everyone who participated in the blog launch party this week. It was so much fun to read everyones comments about our new products! We are so excited that everyone likes them! All the winners from yesterday have responded so we will be getting those freebies out in the mail to you! I can't wait to see what you make! 

If you haven't ordered yet, there's still time to get the shipping special! Use code NNDLAUNCH in your shopping cart for $3 off shipping (that means FREE shipping to US and $3 off everywhere else!)

Ok - now I'm ready to show you what I made. If you follow me at all on instagram you might remember this image of some neon colored pencils I posted awhile back. These are  called Koh-I-Noor Astra Neon FX. I found them at a local craft shop but I think dick blick has them online too. 
Now I can show you the cutest card I made with them! A little white kitty with neon pink ears! For this  ard I used our stamp set Newton's Antics which you can now purchase in our online shop here! 
I stamped the kitty on white paper with black and colored his little ears with the neon pink pencil. Then I added some neon green grass around him.  I stamped the sentiment "loves mew"  - which is normally straight but I curved it on the stamp block so that it curved around his butt!  That is another cool thing you can do with photopolymer stamps, just bend them the way you like.. .and after you're done they bend right back! 

I added some little hearts above his head and colored them in with the other neon pencils - yellow pink and orange. I also stuck on a few cute little colored sequins I had that matched pretty closely as well. 
Isn't it so sweet? I really love how this one turned out. It looks so much more vibrant in person - it's hard to capture the neon on camera.

Hope you're having a lovely Saturday!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Winners Announced & Store is open!

Happy Friday- Are you excited? We are! Our store is NOW OPEN! Make sure to take some time to go shopping at

And use the code NNDLAUNCH for free shipping to US and $3 off orders to Canada/International!

Thank you to everyone for participating in our blog hop. Readyto see who won?
Here are the winners, the blogs and the comments were chosen using

Note to winners: you have 7 days to contact us with your full name and shipping address.

For the stamp set Newton's Antics:
From Newton's Nook Designs Blog:
And from Jennifer Ingles Blog:

For the stamp set Just Say Cheese:
From Newton's Nook Designs Blog:
And from Emily Leipharts Blog:

For the stamp set Winged Wishes:From Newton's Nook Designs Blog:
And from Chari Moss Blog:
And finally for the set Campfire Tails:
From Newton's Nook Designs Blog:

And from Audrey Tockahs Blog:

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

If you didn't win- you can shop online now - our store is open for business!