Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Big Welcome to Zsofia Molnar and Design Team Recap!

We have a new addition to our Design Team!  

A big warm welcome to Zsofia!

We are so excited to have Zsofia Molna  joining our team! We've been admiring her work on our inky paws challenge inspiration team for quite some time now so when we had a spot open on our team - We knew she would fit right in! Zsofia will begin designing with us for our upcoming July release and we can't wait to share what she creates!

Here's a little more about her:

Zsfoia Molnar | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Zsofia Molnar 

Hello! My name is Zsofia Molnar and I am a card maker from Hungary. I am thrilled to join this amazing Design Team. I live in beautiful Budapest with my 2 kids (7 and 4 years old) and the most loving husband ever. We are a truly trilingual family as my husband is Egyptian and we communicate with each other in English. I started paper crafting more or less 4 years ago when I was fascinated by all the pretty scrapbook layouts. I have never even made a single one, but rather fell in love with making cards and sharing handmade kindness with my family and friends. I am an addict since then, I have to be crafty every day to feel good. This is my little escape. I love cute critters, florals and I really enjoy building scenes with layers. I am curious to try new techniques but my favourites are still Copics and Distress inks. You can follow my crafty journey on my blog: or on Instagram @safsafdesign2016.

 Zsofia has been using our stamps for quite some time and has a few favorites she'd like to share today today. Srcoll down to see her lovely work!

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to join the Newton’s Nook Designs Design Team as of July 2018, it is a dream come true. You might have seen my cards on the Inky Paws Challenges during the past year. As an introduction I brought you today some of my favourite cards.

Kitty Anniversary Card by Zsofia Molnar | Newton's Christmas Cuddles Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Wedding on the Beach

I love to stretch my stamps and find more and more occasions to use them. On this card I used the kitty couple from Newton’s Christmas Cuddles (one of my favourite sets), I placed them on the beach and added some accessories, so they look like getting married. Perfect for summer weddings!

Princess Birthday Card by Zsofia Molnar | Once Upon a Princess Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Princess Birthday

I am a huge fan of patterned paper and love to combine them on my cards. For my daughter’s 7th birthday I made this card using an Inky Paws Challenge sketch as a guide for the layout. The girl from Once Upon a Princess set was coloured to match the patterned papers, I do this often. I also love to use gems and crystals as a little extra bling.
Summer Cocktails Card by Zsofia Molnar | Cocktail Mixer Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Rainbow Cocktails
I love colours so much, they cheer me up. Usually my cards are bright, I enjoy including a rainbow whenever it is possible. The cute drinks from Cocktail Mixer were coloured in a rainbow order and got some extra shimmer and shine thanks to my favourite Shimmer Pen and Glossy accents. I believe these little details add a lot to card designs.
Unicorn card by Zsofia Molnar | Believe in Unicorns Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

I am falling for cute critters and I adore unicorns which is probably the effect of my daughter. I often make my own backgrounds using distress inks and I love to use colourful inks to stamp my sentiments. On this card I used the Believe in Unicorns stamp and die set, coloured with Copic markers which is my favourite colouring medium.
Kitties sharing a coffee card by Zsofia Molnar | Newton's Sweetheart Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Coffee addict
And last, but not least, I am a coffee addict. I love mine long with milk, from my favourite mug. I cannot imagine starting the day without it. The kitties from Newton’s Sweetheart are also sipping something like that instead of milk on this cheerful card. I also love to use tags as part of my card designs, they help setting the scene.

I hope you like my cards and I put a smile on your face. See you soon but till then happy crafting!
- Zsofi

And a Now we'd like to give a BIG shout-out to our AWESOME Current Design Team Members!

We just LOVE our Design Team! We are so thankful to have all these lovely ladies staying on our team for the rest of the year! They continue to amaze us each month with their incredible creativity!

Amanda Bodine | Design Team Member and Coordinator for Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Samantha Mann 
Designer & Design Team Coordinator
Hi, I'm Samantha Mann and I couldn't be happier to continue for another term with Newton's Nook Designs!! My husband and I have lived all over the US, from Washington State to Florida, but we're currently in hot, humid, coastal South Carolina! We have two little boys (who I usually call my little menn)! I have always been in love with school supplies (ever since elementary school when I would save my nickels to buy cute pencils or erasers!) and that love just grew and developed into my crazy obsession (read: passion!) of paper crafting! I love making cards and even dabble with the occasional scrapbook layout! I tend to lean towards clean and simple design, but not always! I am all about learning new techniques from fellow crafters! I'm definitely quirky, and love to make playful, humorous sentiments for my cards (and layouts)! I work full time for an advertising company and spend every other moment I can paper crafting, reading and enjoying the little moments in everyday family life.
Amanda Bodine | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Amanda Bodine
RutabagaPie Designs

Hi!  I’m Amanda Bodine.  I am so excited to be joining Newtons Nook Designs and their talented Design Team.  I’m married to Rob going on 21 years and we have a 19 year old son in college. We also have a dog named Scout and a kitty named Ashe who are loved and adored by all of us.  I’ve always been a crafty person.  From the time I was little, I loved to color and create fun little projects with arts and crafts supplies.  The year my son was born, I was introduced to scrapbooking.  10 years later I began making cards, and I’ve been passionate about it ever since.  I often travel with my Copics and pages of my favorite images to color.  I love creating in my studio on rainy days, with a tall pottery mug of tea, listening to podcasts or NPR.

Holly Endress | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Holly Endress
Hollybeary Creations

Hi I’m Holly Endress. I’m a Stay at Home mom to two Special Needs boys. My husband is retired Navy and after living all over the US we now live in PA just outside MD. I’ve been paper crafting for over 26 years and I love everything about. My favorite mediums right now are Watercolor, Copics and anything with Distress ink. I’m looking forward to working with everyone here on the Newton’s Nook Designs team and sharing Fun projects with you.

Ellen Haxelmans | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Ellen Haxelmans
Crafty Ellen

Hello! I’m Ellen and I live in Belgium with my boyfriend Davey and two chickens “Jip and Janneke”.  With the age of 25 I’m probably the youngest here in the team hihi...

I've always been artsy and even studied art. Because I don’t do anything creative it in my current job, I really like to paint, draw and of course create cards in my free time. As a fan from Newton’s Nook Designs I'm so happy to be a part of this awesome team! You can see more of my work on my blog:

Larissa Heskett | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Larissa Heskett
Larissa Heskett Designs

I’ve been married to my best friend Adam for almost 13 years, and we have two handsome boys, Beckett (11 yrs.) and Greyson (5 yrs.)!! We live on our Family Farm with an Entourage of Animals, and I enjoy EVERY aspect of living a rural life. I’m a Certified Surgical Technician, but I’m very blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy crafting in every way, jewelry making, baking/cooking, gardening, singing, nature and taking photos. I LOVE Spending time with my Family and Friends and meeting/crafting with other creative people I’ve found/met online and through other events! I also LOVE to try new techniques and experiment with my supplies!! I look forward to inspiring you with the AMAZING Newton's Nook Designs products!! I cannot even begin to explain how HONORED and EXCITED I am to have the opportunity to design with this AWESOME Design Team!! For More Info about my Designs you can Visit my Blog:

Juliana Michaels | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Juliana Michaels
17 Turtles

Hello! I'm Juliana Michaels. I grew up in a creative household loving art, design, and making things with my hands. I give all the credit for my creativity to my multi-talented Mom who loves to paint, sew and draw. Nearly 20 years ago I found my true passion in paper crafting and scrapbooking.

I've been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and I've been fortunate to work for many top manufacturers including: BoBunny, Bella Blvd, Elle's Studio, SRM Stickers, Provocraft, Pebbles, Therm O Web and Jillibean Soup. My projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books and I've had projects displayed at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. Most recently I started a new journey in my creative career and fulfilled a life long dream to create graphics and product design as a graphic artist for Jillibean Soup. When I'm not creating for work, I love to create cards, scrapbook pages and other craft projects. I've also recently journeyed more into the world of stamping and found a new passion with stamps, inks and coloring mediums.

On the personal side, I'm married to Danny, my best friend and the love of my life. I'm also mom to two Golden Retrievers named Lincoln and Shirley and an American Paint Horse named Woody. I have a fondness for coffee, Mexican food, turtles, Halloween and antiquing. In my spare time I love crafting, card making, scrapbooking, playing with Lincoln and Shirley, enjoying the outdoors, and reading science and historical fiction.
Nakaba Rager| Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Nakaba Rager
Notes from Naki

Hello Newton lovers! My name is Nakaba Rager but most people call me Naki. I am originally from Japan, came to the US to learn the English language in 1996. I met my husband in 1998 and got married 9 months later! we used to speak Japanese to each other because his Japanese was better than my English back then! Ha! We have 4 beautiful children together (2 boys and 2 girls) and we also have 2 boy cats! I met card making in 2012 but it was 2 years later that it became my true passion (AKA obsession) when I was introduced to many small companies including Newton's Nook Designs! I started to play many challenges, and here I am, on the NND DT for my second term! Jen's cute and sweet designs truly make me happy, and being on this DT is a dream comes true! I am so honored to be on the same team as these so-very-talented-ladies! Thank you Jen and Jeff!

Maria Russell | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Maria Russell

Hello stampers and crafters. My name is Maria Russell and I am so THRILLED to be a part of the Newton’s Nook Designs design team.  My husband and I have lived all over the world and we have two talented, beautiful children (now adults).

My love for paper crafting began in high school when my friends and I wrote each other letters, took photos, kept a journal and scrapbooks.  It kind of looked like a smash-book because I had everything in there from ticket stubs, to beautiful napkins, to candy wrapper.  Paper crafting is very therapeutic for me.  I only ventured into card making in 2013 and I am hooked!  I was really honored when one of my cards got published at Scrapbook and Cards magazine, Creative Cards Volume I in 2015.

I am so HAPPY to be a part of this amazing design team!  I’d be honored if you’d like to visit my blog:

Tatiana Trafimovich | Design Team Member for  Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
Tatiana Trafimovich
Tatiana Craft and Art

Hello! My name is Tatiana and I’m so excited and honored to be joining the Newton’s Nook Designs DT! I live in sunny Rome with my hubby, stepson and two sweet kitties, Tommy and Lilly.

I always loved everything handmade and crafty related and tried all kinds of hobbies from jewelry making to crocheting until I discovered and felt in love with a magical world of paper crafting. Cardmaking and coloring became my relaxing getaway.

I like getting inky, experimenting, stretching my supplies, learning new techniques and coloring with any medium, especially cat images which I often make look like my kitties.

That's a lot of amazing talent, don't you think!? We can't wait to see what everyone creates next!


  1. Happy Dance to all DT members - have a joyful ride on this journey! Blessings

  2. Zsofia- Good Luck! I am glad to see you are still with NN!! I really admire your art!!


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