Cat and dog lovers’ birthday – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

It is my turn on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and I created 2 adorable birthday cards for today which are perfect for either cat or dog lovers. mixed and matched older and brand new products from the latest release.

First I played with the new Meow and Woof stencils: I applied distress oxide inks through the stencils making sure not to cover the full card panel.

Before removing the stencils I added some Transparent Gloss Texture Paste from Ranger.

For the cat card I used Candied Appple, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed inks, for the dog card I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers inks.

I washed the stencils immediately after use and set the backgrounds aside to dry.

Meanwhile I stamped and coloured some images from the Sending Hugs stamp set using Copic markers. I also stamped the balloon from Fabulous Frenchies and used the coordinating dies to cut them all out. I am still amazed how thoughtful it is that the coordinating dies for the Sending Hugs critters cut around the paws so they can hold anything there!

I die cut some cross stitched circles (MFT dies) from yellow and aqua cardstocks and matted them with a slightly bigger die cut vellum circle (SSS die set).

I arranged the images on the circles and popped up the dog an the kitty with 3D foam squares. I also stamped the sentiments around the images using colourful inks (Gina K Designs).

I added a dark red and blue violet cardstock mat to the dry backgrounds, adhered the focal panels and finished the cards with some sparkle pen dots on the cupcakes and glossy accents on the balloons, ribbon and the heart.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and will check back tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Floral birthday with Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a pretty floral birthday card featuring the new Daisy dies from Pink and Main. I am a huge fan of flowers and love to make card with die cuts only. Well, this one has a bit of stamping but it comes together so fast and easy.

First I started with die cutting the Daisy 3 times from white cardstock and layered them on top of each other tiny offset for a full look. I also die cut 2 leaves from pastel green cardstock and the middle of the flower from yellow cardstock (both layers).

While I was at die cutting, I cut the biggest tag from the Arch tag die set from a green patterned paper (Back to basics paper pad). I also die cut the word Wishes from heavy weight white cardstock.

After assembling the flower and placing every element on the tag, I decided to white heat emboss the rest of the sentiment above the die cut word.

I kept the embellishments to the minimum to allow the pretty daisy to be the star of the card. I added some glitter Nuvo drops to the holes in the middle of the flower and tied a yellow twine around the card on the top.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy birthday card and will try this design yourself. If you vary the sentiments and the colours of the flowers, you can create a bunch of clean and simple cards to add to your stash.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi

Happy birthday Mom!

Hello Everyone,

May is full of birthdays for us, also my mom has hers in this month. I wanted to make her something super special to express how much I love her.

This card was heavily inspired by the current Lawnfawnatics #53 Challenge Spectacular skies. And by the current weather in Budapest: so unpredictable with lots of rain.

I started with creating the smiley flower: i die cut all the elements of the Stitched Flower frame die from Bristol Smooth cardstock and used Distress inks to add colour to it: Mowed Lawn for the stem and leaves, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar for the flower. The middle of the flower I die cut with the Outside in stitched flower and added Squeezed Lemonade distress ink to it.

I also die cut grass with a grassy hillside border die and coloured it with Mowed Lawn Distress ink again.

Then I worked on the background: on a piece of Bristol Smooth paper I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress inks, sprayed it with water and dabbed it off with a paper towel. When it was all dry, I die cut it with the Rainy Backdrop portrait die and backed it with silver glitter paper.

I stamped and coloured with Copics the fairies from my favourite stamp set: Fairy friends. I die cut them with the coordinating dies, added some clear shimmer to their wings and a little gem in their buns.

I assembled the scene, adhered everything flat apart from the fairies which I popped up with 3D foam squares, I die cut the Happy birthday border sentiment from white cardstock and the Mom from pink cardstock 2 times and stacked them together.

I will link this project up to the Lawnfawnatics #53 Challenge and also to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Bright Colors Moodboard.

I hope you liked my card (my mom definitely did!) and will pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Tiffany style birthday – Pink and Main Sneak Peek

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with a Sneak Peek at the upcoming May Release from Pink and Main (available on the 20th May). I was so eager to try the Flower Cover die with the faux glass technique. I love the Tiffany lamps so much and wanted to get a similar look just on a card and with soft colours.

So I die cut the Flower cover die 3 times from heavy weight white cardstock. I adhered the first layer to a white card base using drops of liquid glue.

Then I added colour with my Copics, using 3 shades for each colour family: yellow, pink and blue. I wasn’t very careful with the colours running out of the lines as I knew I would cover it with another layer of the cover die.

When the colouring was done, I went over the petals with a clear shimmer pen for a subtle sparkle. I adhered the other 2 layers and filled all the petals with glossy accents. I set it aside to dry for a few hours.

Meanwhile I created the sentiment: I white heat embossed the Happy Birthday one from Vertical greetings on pink cardstock and cut it down to a very narrow strip. I matted it with yellow and finally with a blue strip, to get more dimension and play with the colours I used on the background.

When everything was dry and in place, I added some gold glossy dots to the middle of the flowers. Looks so elegant! And it seems like glass in real life!

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. Make sure to subscribe, not to miss any of the sneak peeks!

Happy crafting!

Zsofi

What the cluck? Herd it’s your birthday!

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a really funny card I created with the latest release from Newton’s Nook Designs. All these farm sets are absolutely adorable on their own, but i was itching to combine them and get the whole herd on one big party scene.

I started with stamping and colouring some of the farm animals from the Oink, Cluck and Moo sets with my Copic markers. I used their coordinating dies to cut them out.

To set the scene I die cut a Fence from white woodgrain cardstock and some grass using the Land Border dies.

As I used warm tones, I decided to build the scene on kraft cardstock instead of blue. When I was happy with the arrangements, I adhered all the critters with either liquid glue or 3D foam squares.

I love the sentiments in these farm sets, I stamped a bunch of them on vellum die cut Speech Bubbles using StazOn black ink. I placed them around the critters, so it looks like they are having a conversation šŸ™‚ Isn’t it cute?

As a finishing touch I added some glossy accents here and there.

I will link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

I hope you liked my card today and will return soon for more.

Until next time,

Zsofi

Pink and Main April Release Sneak Peek – My Universe

Hello Everyone,

I am here with a sneak peek of the My Universe stamp/die set which is part of the fabulous April Release from Pink and Main. All new products will be available on 20/04!

As always I started with stamping and colouring the cute astronaut and the balloon bunch on alcohol marker friendly cardstock and used my Copic markers to add colour. I kept the colours in the purple-blue-aqua range, this is my favourite colour combo and matching so well the paper I chose as a background from the new Galaxy Foil paper pad.

If you are short on time but love galaxy backgrounds with a foil accent, this paper pad is for you. A wide range of pretty skies in beautiful colours – all having rose gold stars as foiled accents. The most beautiful paper pad I have ever seen!

I cut a piece to cover an A2 sized card front, heat embossed a sentiment from the My Universe stamp set on a strip of black cardstock and popped it up with 3D foam tape.

To make it really dimensional I mounted the balloons with 3D foam tape too and doubled the foam tape up when I adhered the little guy.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the balloons and covered the glass of the helmet and the accents on the costume with glossy accents. I also added some shine to the clouds and the some parts of the planet-balloons too to make it even more special.

I hope you liked today’s sneak peek and will check back later for more inspiration!

See you,

Zsofi



Just for you – MFT Sketch & Color Challenge

Hello Everyone,

When I saw the Sketch Challenge #432 and the Color Challenge #115 I knew I want to make a card which fits both. I like to challenge myself and combine the tasks, it is definitely more fun!

So I started with making my own background by white heat embossing the Roses all over background stamp on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock.

I don’t have many MFT inks, but I happened to have the 2 blue shades in mini cube format: Cornflower and Blue Breeze. I used a stencil brush to apply the colours and make an ombre background. I usually use Distress inks for ink blending so I was totally surprised how easy and well the hybrid inks blended.

Then I chose a cute stamp set, the Birthday Bear and friends, which I have never used before. I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers, cut them out with the coordinating dies and added some extra detail with a white gel pen. I also used my black glaze pen on the eyes and noses to make them shiny. Of course the balloon and the party hats needed some clear shimmer too. I coated the candles with glossy accents and worked on the sentiments till it was drying.

I die cut thin banners from a peach cardstock using the Blueprints 31 die set. Then I took one long sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it on 3 banners with partially inking the sentiment.

When assembling the card I used the grid lines of my Tim Holtz glass mat, it helped me to attach everything straight. I used 3D foam squares, sometimes doubled them up, to achieve a very dimensional result with the critters.

I will also link this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge No designer paper.

I hope you liked my card and will pop in again later today for another inspiration. I promise it will be out of this world šŸ˜‰

See you,

Zsofi