Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

It is my ultimate pleasure to be part of the annual Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop organised by Newton’s Nook Designs. It is a fun hop with a lot of talented designers and prizes too.

For my card I used older products which were released in 2019 and 2020.

I started with stamping the Holiday Fringe image and a cute dog from Christmas Puppies on alcohol friendly white cardstock and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I used the following colours: dog: EB4, RB2, RB1,BG2, BG1, AG4, AG2, DR3, DR1, CT3, CT1; fringe: DR5, DR3, DR1, RB2, RB1, CT3, CT1, AG5, AG4, AG2, DG4, DG2, BT9, BT7, BT5. I used the coordinating die to cut the puppy out. I also trimmed the fringe a bit, leaving a little white frame around the coloured image.

While I was die cutting I cut a few layers: a kraft scalloped square with the Frames Square die set, a scalloped white circle and a smaller stitched kraft one with the Circle frames die set. I also used a simple circle die from Pink and Main to cut a red circle as an in-between layer.

After assembling the layers and popping up the puppy with 3D foam squares I used a Sakura sparkle pen on the lights, some clear shimmer on the packages and emphasized the eyes and nose of the puppy with a black glaze pen. As a final touch I added glossy accents to the bulbs and ribbons. In real life it looks so beautiful with the different textures and raised, shiny look!

For the sentiment I die cut the word Ho Ho Ho from rec cardstock using the Ornament Shaker die set and stamped Merry Woofmas under it from the Christmas Puppies stamp set.

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 5th at 9 pm EST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 6th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop List:

Newton’s Nook Designs
Audrey Tokach
Thi Lam
Brenda Noelke
Channin Pelletier
Ellen Haxelmans
Tina Herbeck
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Zsofia Molnar – you are here!
Maria Russell
Farhana Sarker
Tatiana Trafimovich
Samantha Van Arnhem
Amanda Wilcox

SALE

In honour of this event, Newton’s Nook Designs are having a sale in their online shop.

I hope you enjoyed today’s holiday inspiration and will pop in again soon. I have a lot of fun Christmas cards planned to share with you in the next weeks, so if you don’t want to miss any, please subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram, where I also share my creations. Thank you so much, your kind support means a lot to me!

See you,

Zsofi

Coffee Card Series – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to my Coffee Card Series in honour of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Today’s card fills me with nostalgia as I used to be part of Pink and Main’s Design Team a few years ago. I love this brand ever since and I really enjoyed colouring their cute critters for today’s coffee card.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from the Pink and Main Cozy Critters stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB5, EB4, EB3, RB2, RB1, GB9, GB7, BT9, BT7, BT5, VB1, CT1, LY1, BO4, BO3. I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

I used the largest of the Pink and Main Stitched Rectangle Set 2 to cut a piece of a pretty patterned paper from their Pumpkin Season paper pad. I also die cut grass from a textured light yellow cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the patterned panel. I popped up the images with thin 3D foam tape, doubling it up under the squirrel in the middle.

For the sentiment I chose the Thanks word die from Pink and Main, cut the shadow from white cardstock and the word from teal. I also heat embossed a sentiment from the Cozy Critters stamp set on a thin brown cardstock strip and popped it up under the thanks die cut.

I gave the whole scene a teal mat before mounting it on a white card base. As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the thanks die cut and also on the scarves of the critters. I emphasized their noses with a black glaze pen and added a drop of glossy accent to the coffee cup and cupcake.

I will link this up to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cute critter card and will come back tomorrow for the last day of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I saved the cutest for last 😉

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Thanksgiving – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. 

Thanksgiving is approaching fast and I thought I bring you a cute woodland scene to celebrate the occasion. Scene cards are not necessarily complicated, with a couple of cute critters you can build up an adorable scene too. I mixed and matched some new stamps and older dies on this clean and simple Autum card. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Nuts about you and Deer to me. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB7, EB6, EB5, EB3, EB2, EB1, RB1, RB2, RB3, TN9, TN8, TN6, TN4, TN2, TN1, FS6, TB9, TB6, TB5, TB3, LY1, OR1. I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

As I had a simple design in mind, I die cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the largest Imperial Stitched Rectangle die, and also some grass with the Grassy Lass Border dies from grey cardstock. I made two heights of grass to ensure dimension. I added a touch of Black Soot Distress Oxide ink very lightly to the edges of the grass and assembled the scene.

I did not want to use 3D foam squares this time, you can achieve a dimensional look even if you use liquid glue. Just make sure to build up your scene in layers: I put the trees and the birdhouse in the background, some treetrunks and the deer in the middle and mushrooms and birds on the front panel.

As for the sentiment, I used the Oh Deer from Deer to me and another one from the Classic Sentiments stamp set. As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents on the mushrooms.

I hope you enjoyed this simple scene and will pop in again soon for more.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Purrthday – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am so happy to participate in the Cat Lovers Blog Hop organised by the lovely Janis. Heffy Doodle is one of the sponsors of this event so I created a card using Heffy Doodle stamps and dies. All details of the blog hop you can read here.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from the Purrfect Day and Mewniverse stamp sets using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are the following: EB5, EB4, EB3, RB2, RB1, DG2. BG2, BG1. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

I die cut a white stitched rectangle using one of the dies from Imperial Stitched Rectangles and lightly inkblended it from the sides with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. I also die cut a green rectangle and cut grass out of it with the Grassy Lass Border dies. I added a tiny bit of ink on the top of it just to add some shading.

Then I die cut 2 branched and a bunch of leaves from coloured cardstock scraps using the Tree-mendous Peekaboo Tree dies and assembled the scene. I used 3D foam squares to pop up the cats.

The sentiment is from the Purrfect Day stamp set and I stamped it directly on the sky with green and black inks. I gave the scene a dark red mat and adhered it to a kraft Woodgrain Texture Background.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen and drops of glossy accents on the noses of the cats.

I hope you enjoyed my card design and play along with us.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Happy Halloween – Cat Lovers Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

I have a fun Halloween card for you as my inspiration for the Cat Lovers Blog Hop organised by Janis. All details on how to participate you can find here.

Newton’s Nook Designs is also sponsoring this event every year, so here is whate I have created using their stamps, dies and stencils.

I created the background first: I inkblended Wilted Violet, Chipped Zapphire and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks on white cardtock and added some water splatters and white acrylic paint. I made sure it was all dry before I laid the Flying Bats stencil over the panel. I applied Therm O Web GLAZED PEWTER METALLIX Deco Foil Gel which I have coloured with some blank ink before. After removing the stencil I washed my supplies immediately in warm water and set the panel aside to dry.

Meanwhile I stamped and coloured the cute Batty Newton stamp using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are the following: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG4, BG2, BG1, FS7, HB3, HB2, HB1. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out.

I die cut a stitched white circle using the Circle Frames die set and a white banner using the Banner Trio die set. I blended the banner with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and stamped the sentiment on it in black. After assembling the card I popped up the banner with 3D foam squares.

As a finishing touch I used a generous amount of clear shimmer on the bat wings. I love the sparkle and the textured, pearly background is simply gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed my card and you are playing along with us.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Sending Happy Mail – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. 

When was the last time you sent out happy mail to your friends? I admit that I do it much less often than I would want to, but when I saw the Hot Air Balloon dies from the new release, I knew I needed to create a friendship card. I combined it with some older stamps ad stencils this time. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Hot Diggity Dog and Happy Yappy Mail. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB5, EB3, RB2, RB1, BG5, BG2, BG1, TB5, TB2, DR3, CG3, CG1. I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

Then I die cut the pieces needed to build my hot air ballon: for the balloon itself I used patterned paper, for tha basket I used kraft cardstock ad for the little accessories some specialty papers. Before adhering it together I added some texture to the basket itself with the Wonderfully Woven stencil and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink. I also added some shading to the balloon pieces with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink, and assembled it as on the picture.

As the balloon is quite big, I decided to go with the slimline format: my cardbase is 8,5*3,5 inches. I die cut a Stitched Slimline Rectangle with the Stitched Slimline Trios die set from white cardstock and created a cloudy sky with the help of the Cloudy Skies stencil. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and a blending brush. I also cut grass with the Slimline Sceenery die set and inkblended it with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink. On this little piece I stamped part of the sentiment from the More Classic Sentiments stamp set.

After assembling the scene I die cu the word Friend from green cardstock 3 times and layered them on top of each other. I adhered it on the balloon and covered it with clear shimmer.

As a finishing touch I used a white gel pen and glossy accents on the hearts and noses, and emphasized the pawprints and eyes with a black glaze pen.

I hope you enjoyed this all occasion slimline scene and will pop in again soon for more.

See you,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle New Release Inspiration Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Heffy Doodle New Release Inspiration Blog Hop!  We are so excited to share amazing cards from 9 Design Team members using the new release!  For today’s special Blog Hop, you can win a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store!

To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop before Sept 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.  The winner will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog on Sept 16th at 10:00 AM EST! Plus, if you order £30 worth of product, you’ll get a FREE STAMP!  If you spend over £45, you’ll get the coordinating die, too!  Head to the Heffy Doodle store to get your order in!  While supplies last.

My card today features a bunch of new stamps and dies from the new release, let’s just dive in!

First I stamped the cute critters from Bed Heads and Popping by. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them: EB5, EB3, RB2, BG9, BG7, BG5, BG4, BG2, BG1, FS4, FS3, FS7, PP4, GB9, BO4, BO3, BO1. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

I did some ink blending on a 2 inches wide piece of white cardstock with Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Oxide inks. I added a lot of paint splatter and also sprinkled the panel with water for a textured look. When it was dry, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Woodgrain Texture die. I love those stitches! As I wanted it to look like a giant bed, I needed a frame. So I used the 2 biggest Slimline Rectangle Frames, secured them with Heffy Memo tape so they don’t shift and cut it out all at once from an ink blended piece of cardstock. Here I used Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink. As I had the inner part of the ink blended panel unused, I die cut the sentiment from it with the new Get Well Soon Shadow Heffy cut die. The shadow I cut from white cardstock.

I chose a Lawn Fawn patterned paper to be my wallpaper, it is from the Let it shine paper pad. I adhered it on the front of an A2 sized card and popped up the bed and the curious critters with 3D foam squares.

I also stamped an additional sentiment from the Get Well Greetings stamp set, it really compliments the card. As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the critters and glossy accents on their noses.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration, it is time now to hop on! Here is the full list of participants:

Heffy Doodle Blog
Carrie Rhoades
Ashley Young
Cassie Trask
Zsofia Molnar
Claudia Mauri
Ali Farmer
Francesca Vignoli
Tatiana Trafimovich

Happy hopping and see you soon,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle and Therm O Web Collaboration Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to be part of a Blog Hop between two of my favourite companies: Heffy Doodle and Therm O Web. They both have fantastic products which can easily be combined for fun cards. Make sure to hop along with our Design Teams for a ton of inspiration. There are prizes too!

For my card I first stamped and coloured the images from the Little Shellfish and Oceans of love stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, here is the list of the colours I used: crab/star: DR5, DR3, DR1, plants: DG4, DG3, DG, AG1, turtle: DG4, DG3, LG3, LG2, LG1, ray: DP3, DP1, jellyfish: PP5, PP4, PP3, shell: AP3, AP1, stone: BG7, BG4, BG2, narwhal: BT7, BT5, GT3, GT1, crab with shell: PP5, PP4, PP3, GB7, GB4, GB2, shark: TB5, TB3, IB2, IB1. I cut them all out with the coordinating dies.

To set the scene I needed a fun water background. I did some ink blending first on a 8,5*3,5″ piece of white cardstock and added some water and diluted ink splatters to get some texture. When it was dry, I die cut it with a Slimline Trio die. Then I used the Tiny Waves stencil, masked off some areas to get only one wave showing and added Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel Brilliant Blue with a stencil pal in different places. I set it aside to dry for an hour. I love to stretch my regular stencils and use them on slimline cards too.

I needed a sand dune on the bottom of the sea which I cut from kraft cardstock with the Slimline Scenery die. I added some brown, black and white ink splatters to make it more realistic and arranged the sea critters. I used 3D foam squares to pop them up.

I wanted a custom sentiment so I used some black toner sheets and I used my laminator with the Gina K Designs Fancy Transfer Foil Brilliant Blue to make it super shiny. Then I die cut my sentiment using the Stitched Alphabet die, also 2 times from white cardstock and adhered them on top of each other. The last layer was the foiled letter, I adhered it tiny offset so I had a little white shadow. It makes the letters pop even more. The rest of the sentiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock strips and arranged them around the die cut one.

I wanted it to look like a postcard so I die cut the Slimline Mini Mail die from white cardstock and adhered it under my scene. I adhered the rest of the inked background to a white 3,5*8.5 inches slimline card base and added the focal panel.

For the finishing touches I used a black glaze pen, a white gel pen and some glossy accents, I love to emphasize some details that way.

GIVEAWAY

To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop!
Therm O Web will be giving away $35 and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on July 25th to be entered to win!Each company will post their random winner on July26th at 10AM EST!  Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Therm O Web Blog to see if you’re a winner!

Here is the full list of the participants:

Heffy Doodle Blog

Zsofia Molnar   –> you are here

Katrina Hunt

Ashley Young 

Rebecca Keppel

Julia Englich

Lynnea Hollendonner

Amanda Stevens

Ellen Haxelmans

Therm O Web Blog

I hope you enjoyed my project and will hop along with us! Have fun and see you soon,

Zsofi

Birthday wishes – Heffy Doodle

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. I have a cute birthday card for you which is quite unisex, could work for boys and girls too. I feel I never have enough birthday cards so I came up with a design which is easy enough to make a couple of it or alter it with tiny changes and get a different look. Let me guide you through the process and share some tips.

First I stamped the images from the Popping by stamp set and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

When I need quick cards I prefer using patterned paper than making my own backgrounds. If you like, you can easily exchange the patterned paper with a stenciled background too, it would look awesome! Heffy Doodle offers a whole bunch of wonderful stencils to choose from.

To add some instant dimension I die cut the Scalloped Imperial frame die 3 times from grey cardstock and the Happy Birthday sentiment 3 times from yellow. I layered them on top of each other, popped up the images with 3D foam tape and my design was ready.

The only thing left was to add finishing touches. I like to use a clear shimmer pen on balloons and glossy accents on the ribbons of the packaging. It makes it so festive and adds a lot to a simply design too. On the eyes I used a black glaze pen, it makes it shiny.

What I really enjoy about this card design is that you can easily alter it to be interactive: Just make the frame a shaker and fill it with clear sequins. The sky is the limit how to change it up a little and get a completely different look.

I hope I inspired you and you will check back later for more fun projects. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I also share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Have a blast! – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

It is my turn on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and I brought you a fun idea how to get more out of your Newton’s 4th July stamp sets after the memorial day is over.

I started with stamping and colouring the kitty on the rocket using Copic markers. I went with a grey-red-blue combo, simply because I love how it looks. I used the coordinating die to cut it out.

Then I created the background: on a piece of red cardstock I used the Fireworks stencil with Thermoweb Glitz Glitter Gel in red. It gives a gorgeous tone on tone look! And the sparkle! Heavenly.

My initial idea was to make a shaker in the middle of the card so I die cut the inside scalloped rectangles from Frameworks 4 times from navy cardstock and adhered them together. I made sure to add a piece of acetate under the last layer. The sentiment I stamped on a grey banner which I die cut with the Frames and flags die set, and adhered it to the bottom of the frame.

When I placed the frame on the glittery background I realized that it looks awesome on its own, so I did not fill the frame with sequins, but you can totally do it. As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the rocket and glossy accents on the red parts of it. Perfect birthday card for a boy!

I hope I inspired you and you will try to stretch your holiday stamps too.

Thanks for stoppig by and see you soon,

Zsofi