Sending you sunshine – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

The new June release from Pink and Main is almost in the shops, only one more sleep! Are you excited? So many gorgeous inspiration so far! I have one more for you using the fabulous The Shore paper pad and the fun Summer Wreath Decor dies.

Summer means flip flops and sunglasses and water for me. I am actually just preparing for a mini vacation in the Alps in Austria with my kids and friends and imagining the crystal clear lakes there inspired my card.

I started with creating the lake scene: I cut an A2 sized piece from the water patterned paper and a small strip from the wooden one. I used 3D foam tape to pop up the wooden panel on the background as if it was the pier.

I die cut the flip flop base from blue fun foam and added the topper from white cardstock. I embellished it with a flower sequin. The sunglasses I die cut 3 times from peacock cardstock and once from black to inlay as a glass.

I cut a corner of a special fun foam which is furry and reminded me of a fluffy towel. On this I adhered the sunglasses, the glass part I filled with glossy accents for extra shine and tuck a seashell under it which I die cut from Desert Storm cardstock and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

On the water I adhered a die cut Sunshine sentiment and stamped the rest from the coordinating stamp set above it with black ink. A few iridescent jewels finished this cool card.

I hope you like today’s sneak peek and inspiration. Get your shopping lists ready as all the new release products will be available tomorrow!

Sea you soon,

Zsofi

Inky Paws Challenge #100

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with a very special post on the occasion of the #100 Inky Paws Challenge. YAY! What a gorgeous number! The task is easy: you choose any of the previous Colour, Sketch or Theme challenges and play it again. And there is a bonus link up: you can choose your favourite NND product to create with and enter it in the challenge too. All details you can read on the Inky Paws Challenge blog.

If you follow me for a while you may know that I started my crafty career with Newton’s Nook Designs as part of their Inky Paws Challenge Design Team. I was always a big fan of the theme, colour and sketch challenges they came up with and the year I spent on the team was such a fun one!

For today I chose the Colour Challenge #50 which was my very first one as a DT member. Here are the colours and my card from back then.

And now the replay:

I chose the beautiful Peony Blooms stamp set, stamped all the images with black ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I used Seedless preserves, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade distress oxide inks to make an ink blended background and distressed it with water splatters. I also used one of the Argyle stencils to add a bit of texture to it using the same inks.

When it was dry, I die cut the panel with the postage frame die from the Frameworks die set. I stamped the sentiment in the top middle part using the rocking technique and Seedless preserves and Worn Lipstick Oxide inks. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it stand out more.

I adhered it to a white note card and placed the peonies on the bottom part. I used liquid glue to adhere them and popped up the middle bunch with thin 3D foam tape. I finished the card with orange jewels scattered around the sentiment and drops of glossy accents in the middle of the flowers.

I hope you like my card and you got inspired to play along. There are many chances to win, so this is the challenge you should not miss! Don’t forget to check the Inky Paws Challenge blog for extra inspiration from both Design Teams. Fabulous projects, I promise you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Starfish wishes with Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

Iam back again with a sneak peek of the gorgeous new release coming on the 20th June from Pink and Main. My card features a few of the new items: the Mermaid Tail stencil, the Starfish wishes stamp/die set and also the Reverse Scallop Circle dies!

I started with creating an alcohol inked background on Yupo paper using purple, pink and teal shades. I applied the inks with a little felt applicator using a dabbing motion. It really looks like deep see for me!

Then I stamped and coloured the cute seahorses with Copic markers, and used the coordinating die to cut them out. I added some extra details with a white gel pen and a sparkle pen and also used glossy accents to make them look shiny.

For the background I laid the Mermaid Tail stencil on a peacock cardstock and applied Peacock feathers distress oxide ink. Before removing the stencil, I sprayed it with an iridescent sparkle spray for a subtle tone-on-tone shine. When it was all dry, I heat embossed a sentiment on the bottom of this panel using white embossing powder.

I cut the alcohol inked background with a Stitched circle die and framed it with a purple and a white Reverse Scallop Circle die. I layered them on top of each other a bit offset, I love the look and dimension I got this way! I popped up the seahorses with 3D foam tape and my card was all done.

I hope you got inspired and enjoyed this sneak peek. Check back later for more inspiration with the new release.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi

My sunshine – LDRS Creative

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here today with a cute and sunny card created with stamps from the latest release of LDRS Creative.

I started with stamping Holly from the Chirpy Chirp stamp set on alcohol friendly white cardstock with Raven Hybrid ink. I coloured her with alcohol markers and cut the panel down. 

I chose 3 patterned papers from the Puddle jumper paper pad with the same pattern just in different colours. The yellow one I cut down to 4,25*5,5 to cover and A2 sized note card. The dark purple I used as a mat for the focal panel and from the blue I cut quarter inch strips.

After assembling the card and popping up the coloured image with 3D foam squares, I started to look for the perfect sentiment. I found it in the Puddle Jumper stamp set: on a small piece of white cardstock I stamped the word sunshine with the rocking technique using Dan-d-lion and Lantern yellow hybrid inks. I repeated it a few times and as a last layer I stamped it again with clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. For a more dimensional and shinier look you can repeat the clear embossing a few times (I made it 3 times for this smooth and raised look).

Above the heat embossed sentiment I added another one using Mrs Periwinkle hybrid ink and added a layer of the dark purple patterned paper. As embellishment I used the 2 little butterflies from the Chirpy Chirp set and added little confetti sequins on the stripes. I used a clear shimmer pen on the wings of the butterflies and covered them all with glossy accents, just as the ribbons and the middle of the flowers. I love to add these details, they make a big difference to an already pretty card.

I hope you got inspired on mixing up your stamp sets and giving them a new look. Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 4

Hello Everyone,

We reached the final day of the June release reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs, and as always the cutest is saved for last! I am in love with the Woodland critter series, and now our favourite wildlings are going on a picnic!

For my first card I created a forest scene using Bristol Smooth cardstock and Distress Oxide inks. For the grass I used Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and a bit of Lucky Clover to add contrast. I cut it with the Land Border dies. I used the same colours for the tree crowns, just more of the dark colours and cut that with a Sky border die.

For the trees I used the Forest scene builder and Antique linen/Walnut stain Distress Oxides.

The sunny background is made with Squeezed Lemonade and I Sponged Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink through the Sunscape stencil. Before removing it I sprayed it with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for a subtle sparkle.

I stamped and coloured all images with Copics and cut them ou with their coordinating dies. I popped them up on the scene using 3D foam squares.

I stamped a sentiment from the set in black in between two trees, directly on the background. I also stamped a couple of ants on the grass and made them pop with a black glaze pen. I added some white gel pen highlights and some dots with my clear sparkle pen for more interest.

For my second card I had to use the cute bear holding the watermelon on its own, I think he deserves full attention.

I kept this card very simple, just added some stitching texture to a piece of kraft cardstock using a Reverse Confetti die, cut a strip of green gingham paper where I black heat embossed some ants and a sentiment.

I popped up my favourite bear with 3D foam squares and matted the strip with a green cardstock before adhering it to the card.

A drop of glossy accents on the nose and a black glaze pen on the seeds finished this card off.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Woodland Picnic” Stamp Set? This stamp 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)! The winner 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 13th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 14th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar -> you are here!

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

All new products will be available tomorrow, 14/06, so only one more sleep till you can start shopping. I cannot wait to see what you all pick up and please share your creations in our Facebook group.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 3

Hello Crafty friends,

We are halfway through the June release reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs and still there is so much cuteness we need to show you! Today is all about Newton, our favourite naughty kitty, with 2 stamp/die sets:

Here is my card for the Newton Hangs out set:

I really wanted to create a naughty scene, where poor kitty is in trouble. So I placed the tree on the river bank and added a lot of birds teasing the kitty.

As always I coloured the image first and also added the birds from Newton’s Birdhouse to increase the crowd 🙂 I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

To create the scene I used the land border dies to cut the grass and the river bank from coloured cardstock and I cut the river with the sea border dies. I also cut the crown of the tree with a sky border die.

I assembled the scene on a stitched blue square panel and ran it all through again with the same die to get the stitching details consistently everywhere. I also white heat embossed the mini clouds from the Newton Hangs out stamp set on vellum and adhered them to the card with dots of liquid glue.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a black banner (Frames an Flags die set) and adhered it to the card sticking out from the scene for more interest. As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to Newton’s collar and the bird beaks, emphasized the birds’ eyes with a black glaze pen and added a bit o sparkle with a clear shimmer pen to the clouds and waves.

My second card is a scene one too, featuring the Newton’s picnic set.

I love this image so much, I coloured it with Copic markers again and cut it out with the coordinating dies along with a lot of ants.

I adhered a red gingham patterned paper on a grassy border and then on a light blue panel. I ran this through my die cutting machine with the 2 biggest dies from the Frames and flags set, so I got a frame and an inner piece.

I stamped the sentiment in black, mounted the basket with 3D foam squares and adhered all the little bugs around.

I stamped another sentiment on a small white stitched circle and added it to the side of the frame which is popped up with 3D foam squares too for more dimension.

A bit of sparkle on the wings, glossy accents here and there and a black glaze pen on the ants and seeds made this card super cute.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Newton Hangs Out” or the “Newton’s Picnic” 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)! The winner 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 13th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 14th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar -> you are here!

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and you will pop in again tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

It is Day 2 of the June reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs and we continue with some great sentiments for dog lovers! †

And look at that stencil too, isn’t it the cutest?

All new products will be available on 14/06 Friday.

For my card today I played mostly with die cuts. I started with creating the focal panel by die cutting the Paw print shaker base from dark grey cardstock and the second layer from Peacock cardstock.

I adhered them together and white heat embossed a sentiment from the new Say woof stamp set in the middle.

I also die cut the woof sentiment few times from white cardstock and once from Peacock cardstock. I stacked them up and adhered the coloured one on top tiny offset. To make it even more special, I covered it all with a good amount of glossy accents.

For the background I applied white texture paste on a white notecard through the Woof stencil for a textured look. Until it was drying I die cut the pawprint shaker add-ons from Peacock and Audrey Blue cardstock scraps and also from white glitter cardstock. I inlaid them on a thin strip of dark grey cardstock and popped up the big pawprint on it using 3D foam squares.

I mounted it on the textured card base and my card was all done. So many sparkly, shiny and raised details but it is still a very simple design.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Say woof” Stamp Set? This stamp 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)! The winner 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 13th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 14th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar -> you are here!

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and you will pop in again tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi