Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Big Welcome to Amy Tsuruta + Design Team Recap!

We have a new addition to our Design Team!  A big warm welcome to Amy!

We are so excited to have Amy Tsuruta joining our team! We have always been big fans of Amy's work and are so happy to have her sharing and creating with our team on the Newton's Nook Designs blog! Her cards are filled with gorgeous color combos and creative layouts that will surely make you smile! Amy will begin designing with our team with the new Release in August and we can't wait to share what she creates!

Here's a little more about her and a fun project by her today!

Amy Tsuruta
Tsuruta Designs

Hey there, my name is Amy and I'm thrilled to be a new designer on the awesome Newton's Nook Designs' team!  I'm a Canadian living in Washington State.  I work part-time for a biotech company and the rest of the time you can usually find me in my craft room drinking coffee and designing cards. I remember being crafty when I was in elementary school but I feel like things really started when I signed up to be my youngest's co-op preschool's Scrapbook Coordinator. Honestly, I had never scrapbooked at that point but I had so much fun managing it and we still have that scrapbook from 19 years ago [wow].  My style has changed so much over the years, these days I'm smitten with pastels but I still love designing with bright and bold colors too.  You can find me on my blog or IG.

We even have a fun new project created by Amy to share with you today! She used our Lemon Twist Stamp Set to create a fun citrus themed card! She stamped the image of the lemon slice three times and colored it in orange, pink and yellow. She cut the slices out using the coordinating Lemon Twist Die Set. Then she added them to a beautiful slimline card!
Citrus Slimline card by Amy Tsuruta  | Lemon Twist Stamp Set, Slimline Frames & Portholes Die Set and Essential Alphabet Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

She used our Slimline Frames & Portholes Die Set to create the fun slimline die cut shape with the trio of holes and for the background with the scalloped edge. She placed a slice of citrus over each circle cut out and then used our Essential Alphabet Die Set to add in the custom sentiment, "You are the zest" placed between the citrus slices! So clever!
Citrus Slimline card by Amy Tsuruta  | Lemon Twist Stamp Set, Slimline Frames & Portholes Die Set and Essential Alphabet Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

We hope you enjoyed this project today by Amy! She will be back with us in a couple of weeks to help share our new August release! Until then, you can find more of her work over on her blog, Tsuruta Designs.

And a Now we'd like to give a BIG shout-out to the rest of our AWESOME Design Team! 

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

Amanda Bodine | Design Team Member and Coordinator for Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnookSamantha 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 boys (who I usually call my little Menn, even if they're not-so-little anymore)! 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! You can always find me with some inky fingers and lots of ink blending! 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.

Ellen Haxelmans
Crafty Ellen

Hello, I’m Ellen and I live a little further from the USA; I come from Belgium with my husband Davey.

I've always been artsy and even studied art. In my current job I don’t do anything creative and that’s why I really like to paint, draw and of course create cards in my free time. Even till Davey gets nuts of it haha! As a big Newton’s Nook Designs fan, I'm so blessed and happy to be a part of this awesome team for another term! I’m so curious what the next release will look like, so bring it on!

You can see more of my work on my blog: crafty ellen

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 15 years, and we have two handsome boys, Beckett (13 yrs.) and Greyson (7 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:

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 (9 and 6 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 6 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.
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:

Andrea Shell
Blissfully Scrappy

Hi, NND friends!  My name is Andrea, and I live in the beautiful state of Tennessee.  I'm wife to a wonderful, supportive man and mama to two human babies and two fur babies.  I originally got into papercrafting with scrapbooking, but a few years ago, I fell hard for cardmaking (I still scrapbook because I want to preserve my family's stories, but I spend way more time making cards!).  One of the first stamp companies I discovered when I started this hobby was Newton's Nook Designs.  I just love their adorable, whimsical images!  To be joining their Design Team is truly a dream come true, and I can't wait to share my love for NND with you!
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.

Amanda Wilcox
Twiddler's Nook
Hi crafty friends! My name is Amanda and I'm so thrilled to be joining the design team for Newton's Nook. I've been married to my best friend for 13 years, but together for almost 20! We have one daughter who is 13, and three fur babies at home, 2 cats and a pup. 

My day job doesn't have anything creative about it so I really enjoy my time in the craft room. I've been making cards for over 20 years but really took things to another level just in the last few. I look forward to the adventures this amazing opportunity brings! You can follow my crafting journey on my blog at

Tina Smith
YouTube Video Contributer

Cards and Coffee Time
Hello crafty friends! My name is Tina and I am so happy to meet you here at Newton's Nook. Happy dance alert!! I am super excited to be part of this Incredible and Talented Design Team. I am a wife, married to the love of my life. I am also a mother of three children super creative and wonderful kids that more often than not drive me crazy but keep me young at heart My passion is baking and creating anything papercraft:) My first memory of creating was in grade school, they handed out glue, scissors and construction paper, I knew it would turn into a love. Same goes with baking, in fact the hubby and I own a Bakery & Cafe in Oklahoma. My online paper crafting journey started a few years ago and now, with the help of staff, I am able to break away from work early and create until my hearts content. That's when I started my Blog & YouTube Channel called Cards and Coffee Time. Be it a cupcake or a card, creating something that is handmade and to give it with someone with love, makes me happy. I encourage you to do what you love and to love what you do!! I am honored to be part of the Newton's Nook Design Team and can't wait to create for you all! Crafty Hugs!
We are so honored to have all these amazing and talented ladies create with us and we can't wait to see what everyone creates next!


  1. I'm so thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing team!!!!

  2. Such a happy and talented bunch of ladies, Its so good to know them more!! Welcome Amy,your work is so beautiful and inspiring !!


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