Cacti Christmas – MFT stamps

Hello my dears,

I was scrolling through my photos the other day and found a few cards I did not have time to show you at the end of last year. Even though they are Christmas themed I know many of you like to make holiday cards throughout the year and it might be a good inspiration, so I have decided to share these from time to time.

For this card I used the adorable Cacti from MFT Let’s Stick Together: I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers and cut everything out with the coordinating dies. I wanted them to wear santa hats and have presents, which I found in the MFT Beast Friends stamp set (retired): perfect fit.

Then I moved on to the background: I used Distress Oxide inks to create the sky (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean) and when it was dry I used the MFT Confetti stencil with white texture paste to make it wintery. I love the texture!

When it was all dry I die cut the bold setiment from the background and cut it once more from red glitter paper and 2 more times from scrap heavy weight cardstock. I love to recycle old packaging for that. I stacked the letters together and used the one cut from the background as a guide to pop the glittery ones on top.

I used 3D foam squares to add the die cut images and adhered a small cacti directly on the “i” to add more pun. A bit of clear shimmer on the caps, black glaze pen n the eyes and Mavy Snow marker for the extra fluffiness made it complete.

I hope you liked today’s inspiration and you will be back tomorrow. I have something cute and cozy planned.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy New Year – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

I had a day off yesterday, just for myself and crafting so I finally had time to indulge in my Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn STAMPtember Exclusive set from 2020. I cannot get over the cuteness of these birds! I made 2 cards, the first one is a slimline one:

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Season’s Tweetings (it was a limited edition set, no longer available unfortunately). I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Then I die cut the new Scallop Slimline with hearts die from white cardstock, masked off the scalloped parts with Purple Tape and used the Music stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink to create a background.

Then I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the panel from Season’s Tweetings and added a red one above from Winter Scripty Sentiments. I love the look of the two fonts together!

While I still had the edges masked off I stamped the string of lights from Season’s Tweetings 3 times at a diffenet angle directly on the stenciled background and coloured the lights with Copic markers.

After popping up the birds with 3D foam tape, I stamped the Fa-la-la-la sentiments above the birds with teal ink for a tone-on-tone look.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the lights and accessories and covered the bulbs and beaks with glossy accents. To make it more festive I scattered a few clear sequins all around. Before adhering the panel to a white slimline card base (3,5*8,5 inches) I cut a dark red mat for the scalloped panel. It gives a nice frame to my little scene.

I will upload this project to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge 15 (New Year) and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine and Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge Celebrate.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and will check back tomorrow for my last post this year.

See you,

Zsofi

Merry Christmas – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

Life was a but busier than expected thanks to a quarantine in my kids’ school before the winter break and I had no time to post the cards I still wanted to share. So you may still see some Holiday cards from me in the next few weeks, I hope you don’t mind.

On today’s card I used mostly Lawn Fawn and Newton’s Nook Designs stamps and dies. First I stamped the cute critters from the LF Cheery Christmas set and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I die cut the postage stamp die (NND Frameworks) from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and white heat embossed the NND Snowfall Roundabout stamp in the upper part. I also die cut a circle from white glitter cardstock and trimmed it down to look like a snowbank. I assembled the little winter scene.

The sentiment is from LF Winter Scripty Sentiments, stamped in red. I added red twine above it before adhering it to a white A2 sized note card.

Of course I had to cover the ornaments with clear shimmer and glossy accents, I just love the dimension and shine I get this way.

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine.

I hope you enjoyed this clean design and will pop in to see more of my creations. I have ambitious plans for 2021 and I want you to be part of my crafty journey. Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate and have a relaxing time for those of you who don’t. Let the love fill our days!

See you,

Zsofi

Perfect Combos – Magical holidays

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Christmas is so close and I am sure most of you are busy with wrapping presents and planning the menu. It may turn out that you need a tag or a little card still, and today’s design is perfect for both: quick and easy and looks cute. Let me show you.

First I stamped and coloured one of the angels from My Little Angel. I went with purples this time but it would look pretty in any colour. I used the coordinating dies to cut her out.

Then I created my card base: I die cut 3 stars with the largest Stitched Stars die: 2 from heavy weight white cardstock and one from a pretty patterned paper (Whimsy Stamps Blurry Flurries). On one of the stars I die cut a window with a Fancy Nancy Frames die. I adhered the patterned paper star under the one with the window and created a fold line half an inch from the top on the other white star. I added glue to that little flap and adhered it to the front panel. In this way I have my own star shaped card base. So easy and eye-catching.

The sentiment is from Holiday Sentiment Duos, heat embossed in silver on a purple cardstock strip. Before adhering the sentiment and popping up the angel with thick 3D foam strip, I went over the edges of the star and the window cutline too with Stardust Stickles. It gives a festive look and takes this simple design to another level. I used the same glue on the glory too. A touch of clear shimmer on the wings finished it off.

TIP: If you want to create a tag, just punch a hole on the top and use sparkling twine. You can also turn this design into a shaker card if you adhere the patterned paper star with foam strips. That would look awesome too.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

All the trimmings – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

It is my turn on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog today and I brought you a fun Christmas slimline card. I love to mix and match my favourite sets, on this one I took a girl from Christmas Trimmings (this set is ON SALE now!) and another from Christmas Haul. They match perfectly!

After stamping and colouring the images with Copics, I used their coordinating dies to cut them out. I added a ton of shimmer to the presents with a clear shimmer pen and covered the light bulbs and bows with glossy accents for a shiny 3D look.

While it was drying, I added Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink through the Tiny trees stencil directly on a white slimline card base. It measures 3,5*8,5 inches. Even though the stencil is 6*6 inches, due to the geometric pattern it was very easy to line it up and continue the pattern.

I used both slimline die sets to create a frame: the green mat I cut with the die from Slimline Frames and Windows and the white piece I cut with the Slimline Frames and Portholes die. I added vellum on the back of the white layer before adhering it to the frame, it mutes the stenciled background a bit.

I stamped the sentiment in the middle window using Stazon Black ink and popped up the images with 3D foam squares. I finished the scene with a couple of clear sequins, it adds to the festive feeling.

I hope you enjoyed my newest slimline project and will check back later. I have a lot to share still before the holidays.

See you,

Zsofi

Magical Christmas – Perfect Combos

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Christmas approaching super fast I thought I will bring you another fun idea  for a sweet holiday card. I combined Santa’s village and Wanna build a snowman and Holiday Sentiment Duos stamp/die sets with some Heffy cuts.   Let me show you how I created this card!

As always I stamped and coloured the images first using Copic markers and Heffy Doodle’s Alcohol marker friendly cardstock. I love this cardstock for its smooth surface, it is so easy to get a perfect blend with my alcohol markers. I cut all images out with their coordinating dies.

Then I die cut a Stitched Oval horizontally from a white card front. This die is so unique as it leaves the stitching details both on the inside and outside of the cut line. I backed it with a patterned paper from Doodlebug designs (Here comes Santa Claus). I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Sentiment Duos in green and popped up the images with Heffy Doodle Foam tape. It is super thick and gives a lot of dimension instantly.

To balance the design in the upper part of the card I die cut the word Magical from red and from red glitter cardstocks, layered them on top of each other and adhered it to the patterned paper.

There is no Christmas card without shimmer and shine so I used a Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen on the presents and Santa’s clothes and added glossy accents to the tree decoration, ribbons, candy cane, belt and boots. It makes everything so festive!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to be part of the 8th annual Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop along with amazingly talented guest designers and our lovely Design Team for Newton’s Nook Designs! I hope you enjoyed the last couple of weeks full of holiday inspiration and will hop along with us today.

Newton’s Christmas Cuddles is one of my all time favourite sets and I wanted to use the kissing kitties on a Christmas scene. For my card as always I stamped and coloured the images and cut them out with their coordinating dies.

On a white top folding cardbase I applied a bit of Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and adhered a piece of Doodlebug pattered paper on the bottom of the card. I added a thin strip of green glitter cardstock and popped up the images.

To complete the scene I die cut the leaves and berries from white cardstock using the Pines and Holly die set. I added Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink to make the leaves green. I also cut the bow from dark red cardstock. and arranged them above the kitties.

For the sentiment I chose one from the Christmas Roundabout set and stamped it directly on the patterned paper with green ink. I cut the word Kissmas with the Essential Alphabet dies from dark red cardstock and arranged the letters a bit wonky under the stamped sentiment for a playful look.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the bow and presents and used a lot of glossy accents to emphasize some details and make the letters shiny.

SPECIAL SALE

To celebrate this pecial event, Newton’s Nook Designs is having a wonderful sale: $5 off every $30 you spend!
That means $5 off $30, $10 off $60…up to $25 off $150!* No Coupon Needed. Now through Sunday, December 6th! *Maximum $25 discount per order.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to Win! Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Hop Prizes!
We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $25 store credit for Newton’s Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. 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 Sunday, December 6th at 9 pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 7th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop List:

Newton’s Nook Designs 

Tammy Stark

Tina Herbeck

Dana Kirby

Angelica Conrad

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you’re here

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you got inspired and sent some love to my fellow crafters too. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow my blog and also on Instagram where I share my happy creations. Thank you so much, your support means the world to me!

Big hugs,

Zsofi

Christmas Fairies – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

We are celebrating family birthdays this weekend but I wanted to pop in with a cute little card I made for the ongoing Lawnfawnatics #89 challenge and for the Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge. I used Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.

I started with stamping the fairies from the Frosty Fairy Friends stamp set and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

While I was at die cutting I cut a pine tree (Outside In Stitched Christmas Tree) from white Bristol Smooth cardstock. I also cut the Merry Christmas Line border sentiment from red cardstock and the Mini String of Lights from silver foil cardstock. I cut a bunch of light bulbs from red, yellow and green glitter cardstock scraps. I also needed a snowbank from pearl white cardstock and a tree trunk which I cut with a small rectangle die from brown cardstock.

I applied Pine Needles and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks on the pine tree with a blending brush. I added water and diluted ink splatters and a bit of white paint too for texture.

On another piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I added Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks and when it was dry I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Snowy Backdrop die. I added Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz droplets and some water sprinkles too before adhering it to a white card base.

I popped up the tree with 3D foam squares and assembled the card as on the pictures.

As a finishing touch I added white gel pen details to the scarves and glossy accents to the head bands. I made the wings sparkly with a clear shimmer pen. I topped the tree with a die cut glittery star and my card was all finished. I love the shimmer and shine so much!

I will also upload this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration, I have so many more holiday ideas to share so come back soon!

See you,

Zsofi

Christmas Unicorns – Heffy Doodle

Hello everyone,

I am back today with a super sweet holiday slimline idea as part of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle.

The Fluffy Puffy unicorns are one of my favourite stamp sets and I really wanted to make a Christmas card with them. I found the perfect accessories for them in the Santa’s Village stamp set: Santa’s hat fit them so nicely. I stamped all the images and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinatig dies to cut them out and just trimmed off the not necessary parts with my scissors.

For the background I die cut the scalloped rectangle from the Slimline Pull Tab die set from pink cardstock. I also cut a stitched rectangle using the Stitched Slimline Trio set from Bristol Smooth cardstock. I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks with a blending brush. I sprinkled it with water and added some Liquid Pixie Dust and white acrylic paint splatters too. When it was dry I die cut 3 Stitched Stars from the panel. I inlayed 3 yellow stars instead of the blue ones for a fun background.

I needed a snowbank so I cut a long one using a Breaking Waves border die from white glitter cardstock. To make it long enough I used the partial die cutting technique. While I was at die cutting I also cut the Merry and Christmas sentiments from red glitter cardstock.

I assembled the card on a white 3,5*8,5 inches card base. The unicorns I popped up with 3D foam squares. To make them even more festive I used Stickles on the Santa hats and the packages. I also added glossy accents to the horns and ribbons.

I wish you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will come back soon for more inspiration. If you like my cards, follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations.

See you soon,

Zsofi

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am back with a fun set of tags as part of Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. It is a fun initiative to share with you tag ideas throughout a whole month, focusing on a specific brand each day.

Today is all about Heffy Doodle and I created some classic looking ones, perfect for last minute crafting too.

For the base I used the new Essentials Mini die set which is available individually or part of the Heffy Doodle Die cutting Machine Bundle too and the Heffy Doodle shop. I die cut the cute little tag die from kraft cardstock, 10 times so I could have a bunch of tags at once.

While I was at die cutting I cut some pine trees from olive green cardstock and the tree trunks from dark brown using the Forest Builder die set. I used my mini die cut machine for this, it is so much easier and faster when I am cutting plenty of small parts. I love it!

I assembled the tags using liquid glue. For the sentiment I used the Classic Sentiments stamp set and stamped Merry Christmas with red ink on white cardstock. I cut it down to a very thin strip and adhered them under the trees.

To bring these tags to another level I adorned them with Gold and Scarlet Red Crystals from Studio Katia and added green or red twine to them. Aren’t they lovely?

I hope you enjoyed today’s tag inspiration and will pop in again soon for more holiday fun!

See you,

Zsofi