Halloween Inspiration Week – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

This week Newton’s Nook Designs is getting ready for Halloween with a fun Inspiration week! All week the NND Design Team will be sharing inspiration using some of their favorite Halloween products to get you in the mood for tricks and treats! Check out what I created today and don’t forget to check the NND Blog each day this week for more fun inspiration!

I have a cute home decor instead of a card this time. The size is 5,25*7,25 inches without the frame.

As always I started with stamping the dogs and candies from the Happy Howl-oween set on Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink. Then I clear heat embossed them all and coloured them with Karin Brush markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

For the background I used some Altenew watercolours on Arches Watercolour paper. Just a light wash of purple and blues. I dried it with my heat tool before adding the clouds with the Cloudy sky stencil and white texture paste.

While the clouds were drying, I did all the die cutting: Fence from woodgrai cardstock, grass with the Land border dies from black cardstock. I also die cut the letters to spell out Happy Halloween using the Essential Alphabet dies. And I found the perfect bats in the Halloween Trio die set, I cut a bunch from black glitter cardstock.

I assembled the scene, popped up the dogs with 3D foam squares and used a silver metallic brush pen on the candies and hat to add some metallic shine.

I wish you enjoyed my Halloween inspiration today and will check out all the Halloween goodies from Newton’s Nook Designs. They are all so cute!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs STAMPtember Exclusive set

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to be part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember celebration with an Exclusive stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. Talk Turkey is a hilarious set which is only available on the Simon Says Stamp website until stocks last, so if you like this set, it is better to hurry! These exclusive sets run out of stock so fast every year!

For my card I stamped and coloured the images with Arteza pencils – I wanted to try something I use rarely. It was so relaxing to colour with pencils, I need to do it more often! I fussy cut the images leaving a little white border like they were die cut. I am usually not a fussy cutter, but it was fun too!

For the background I inkblended some Crackling Campfire, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks and added a lot of splatters: diluted ink, black and white acrylic paint too. When it was dry, I cut it down with a rectangle die from the NND Frameworks die set. I die cut another piece of this rectangle and cut it down with the grass die from NND Land Borders and used Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks to add colour. I added splatters on this piece too and assembled my Fall scene.

The sentiment I stamped on a white circle which I die cut with the NND Circle Frames die set and added a bit of shading to the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink. for a layered look I die cut a ticket shaped rectangle from brown cardstock (NND Frameworks die set) and a yellow banner (NND Banner Trio die set). I adhered them on top of each other and added it to the top of the card.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pe ont he eyes, a Sakura sparkle pen on the hat and coller and also use drops of glossy accents on the noses and the beak of the turkey. I really believe that these little accents take a card to the next level.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and don’t forget: if you like this stamp set, buy it right now! When it is gone, it is gone for good, it will not be restocked!

Wishing you a lovely day,

Zsofi

You are llamazing! – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

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

With the school year starting and having 2 kids in elementary school, I am in constant need of cute encouragement cards. For today’s card I used a couple of stamps, dies and a fun stencil from the new release. Let me lead you through the process.

First I have stamped the images from the Llamazing llamas stamp set on alcohol friendly cardstock and used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them. The colours I used: LLamas: BG5, BG2, BG1, FS8, FS7, FS4 cactus: LG4, LG3, LG2, LG1. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

To set the scene I first die cut a Stitched Rounded Metric Rectangle from black and one white cardstock and blended it with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink on the bottom. I used BG markers to add some dot details, I love texture! I layered the black rectangle under it so it looks like shadow an arranged my scene. I popped up the llamas with 3D foam squares for a dimensional look.

For the background I first inkblended Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks with a light hand and then used the new Fiesta Time stencil with the same colours just this time I added more ink. Before removing the stencil I lightly spritzed it with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz which makes the pattern sparkly. This tone-on-tone look is great on its own, but I went further and added some black and white acrylic paint splatters.

For the sentiment I chose a die cut word: I cut the Awesome from blue cardstock once and adhered it to the top of the scene. I stamped another sentiment under it in black from the Llamazing llamas stamp set.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and covered the awesome with glossy accents. It gives a shiny dimensional look, so gorgeous!

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

Trick or Treat – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

It is my turn today on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and I want to introduce you to the sweetest vam-purr ever. Even though we do not really celebrate Halloween here (of course my kids love the chocolate part), I love to make Halloween cards. I could not help using Count Newton from the latest release again, just this time I mixed and matched it with an older set to create this night scene.

First – as always – I started with stamping and colouring the vampire cat and a couple of gravestones using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I used almost only greys this time: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG1, FS7, BO4, BO2, BO1. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Then I worked on the background: on a stitched rounded rectangle which I cut with a die from Frames and Flags, I blended Blueprint Sketch and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks. I splattered the background with water, black and white acrytic paint and dried it with my heat tool. Then I used the Cascading Stars stencil over it with Gina K Designs White Glitz Glitter gel from Thermoweb to add the stars.

While the starry sky was drying, I cut another rounded rectangle from grey cardstock and used a Land Border die to cut the ground. I added a little bit of white pigment ink to the edges to make it spooky. I white heat embossed a sentiment from Count Newton (it was hard to choose, all the lines are so punny) in the middle. I also die cut a Trick or Treat sentiment from the Halloween Trio die set, 3 times to stack them together for a dimensional look.

I found a pretty patterned paper to go with my scene in The Rabbit Hole Designs Galaxy paper pad, cut it down with the scalloped rectangle die from Frames and Flags and assembled my scene. As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the pumpkin and glossy accents on the gravestones.

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween inspiration today and will check back later for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle New Release Reveals – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

I am back with Day 2 of the new release reveals of Heffy Doodle, if you are curious of all the stamps/dies and stencils revealed today, please visit the Heffy Doodle blog. I am showcasing a couple of stamps and dies: Flying High, Slimline Quartet, Big Stitched clouds, Get Well Soon Shadow Heffy cuts, Get Well Soon Greetings stamp.

The new items will be available for pre-orders from 1st Sept, the release goeas live on the 8th Sept. And don’t forget that there is a free stamp set with every preorder!

For my card I stamped and oloured a couple of birds from Flying High, I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are the following: TB5, TB3, TB1, IB2, IB1, CT3. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

While I was die cutting I also cut the other elements for my sky scene: the Big Stitched Clouds from vellum and the HUGS word from the Slimline Quartet die set from black cardstock. I also die cut the Get Well Soon word from blue cardstock and a stitched white frame with the Slimline Quartet set.

Now it was time to make the sky backgrund. On a 3,5*8,5 piece of white cardstock I blended Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks. I added a lot of splatters: water, diluted ink, black distress ink and white acrylic paint. I love the texture I achieve like this. I made sure the panel was dry before I die cut it with another new die set called Silly Slimline Slants.

I assembled the card on a slim card base using the frame, birds and the letters to hold the vellum clouds. I also added the hand written die cut sentiment over the big letters, it looks so cool.

I embellished the card with some sparkly stars from Studio Katia and also stamped an extra sentiment from the Get Well Greetings set on the inside of the card and added a little bird there too with a couple of stars.

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

See you,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle New Release Reveals – Day 1

Hello Eveyrone,

I am so excited to share with you that Heffy Doodle is having an awesome new release, you may have seen sneak peeks on their blog in the last couple of days. As of today we reveal the new stamps and dies, which means I have some fun planned every day here on my blog. For the product details please visit the Heffy Doodle Blog. The new items will be available for pre-orders from 1st Sept, the release goeas live on the 8th Sept. Isn’t it wonderful news?

Today’s inspiration showcases the Zig-a-zig Ah Chevron dies, the new Woohoo Shadow Heffy Cuts and the new incentive set called Mole Lotta Love. It is a gift with every pre-order, and if you spend more than 45 GBP, you get the coordinating dies too.

First I stamped the little moles and the rose from Mole Lotta Love and also the little heap from Hot Diggity Dog on alcohol friendly cardstock. For the heap, I masked off the dog with Heffy Tape, inked the stamp, removed the tape and stamped the heap only. It is a fun way to get more out of your stamps. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them. The list of colours I used: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG1, FS8, FS7, DG4, DG2, DR5, DR3, DR1, EB5, EB3, RB2.

I cut everything with the coordinating dies ad while I was at die cutting I also cut a Stitched Heart to hold my scene. I inked it with Picked Raspberry and Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide inks and sprinkled them with water and diluted ink. I adhered the moles, they look super cute!

I wanted to build a nice chevron pattern on my card base so I took 2 dies from the Zig-a-zig Ah Chevron die set and cut them from Heffy Cardstock. I used only greys and black to match the moles. I adhered them on a white A2 card base and popped up the heart with 3D foam squares.

For the sentiment I die cut the Woohoo Heffy cuts from light grey and white cardstock. The word itself I cut 3 times and adhered them together for instant dimension. I inked it with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink before adding the shadow. I also heat embossed the sentiment from the Mole Lotta Love set and popped it up under the die cut sentiment.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents on the woohoo.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and will pop in for more fun tomorrow!

See you,

Zsofi

Long time no sea – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Here in Hungary we have a super hot summer so when we cannot spend the day at our favourite lake, I enjoy crafting sea-themed cards to cool me down. On this cutie I used the Little Shellfish stamp set wih a couple of scene building dies to get a fun background. Let me lead you through the process.

First I have stamped the images on alcohol friendly cardstock and used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them. The colours I used: lobster: DR5, DR3, DR1, PP4, houses & pinwheel: TB5, TB3, TB2, IB2, IB1, BG4, BG2, BG1. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

To set the scene I die cut a Stitched Rectangle die 3 times from white cardstock, and also from Oyster Shell and Simply Teal-licious cardstocks. Then I used the Silver Lining Cloud border dies to make the sky from a white rectangle, and the Breaking Waves Border dies to cut the sand and sea waves. The other 2 white rectangles I used to give instant dimension to my scene by layering them behind the die cuts. I love this little trick, instead of using foam tape and it is perfect for using up some scraps/recycled white packaging.

I used Distress Oxide inks to add some shading and texture to the sand and waves: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Peacock Feathers and some white acrylic paint. While the splatters were drying I made my card base: I used the Broad Brushstrokes stencil with Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks on a white note card. With mixing the two colours I got the same shade as on the houses, so cool!

After assembling the background I adhered the houses with Glubert and popped up the little lobster with 3D foam squares. I added a dark red mat to it to make it stand out even more. The sentiment I white heat embossed on a thin strip of black cardstock and stamped an extra on the waves from the Close at heart stamp set. They match so well, don’t you think? As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the life savers and door knobs.

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

Summertime fun – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

If you are looking for the NND 8 anniversary blog hop, click HERE.

It has been a while since I managed to play along any challenges, but I could not resist the current Lawn Fawnatics one: Summertime fun. As all my summer cards, this was inspired by our favourite lake near Budapest.

I stamped and coloured images from several Lawn Fawn sets: On the beach, Really High Five and Butterfly kisses. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them in and the coordinating dies to cut them out. The colours are used are the following:

  • umbrella: BT9, BT7, BT5, CT4, CT3, CT1
  • bear: EB5, EB4, EB3, RB2, RB1
  • rabbit: BG5, BG2, BG1, FS7
  • fox: BO4, BO3, BO1, BG2, BG1
  • ball: BT7, BT5, BT1
  • butterflies: GT3, GT1
  • drink: EB5, EB4, EB3, RB2, CT4, CT1, BT5

I also used a couple of dies and coloured cardstocks to set the scene: Stitched Waves for the water, Leafy Tree Backdrop, Cattail border and Grassy Hillside border for the landscape and the Sunburst Backdrop for the bakground.

I used Distress Oxide inks to add some shading and depth. I also added some diluted ink sprinkles, it adds so much texture.

I framed the scene with the largest Stitched Rectangle Frames.

The sentiment I stamped directly on the background and used glossy accents and a black glaze pen to emphasize some details.

I will upload this card to the current Lawnfawnatics Challenge #104, Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge (Color with us) and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Lazy Days of summer).

I hope you enjoyed this fun summer card and will come back for more inspiration soon.

See you,

Zsofi

Perfect Combos – Lake time

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. I am sure you all have a memorable vacation, a place where you would love to return to. For me it is Austria, we spent a wonderful couple of days in the Alps with the kids and friends 2 years ago in June. This place inspired my card for today, where I combined several older and new sets. Let me guide you through the process, and share some tips.

First I have stamped the mountains from Highland Honeys and the ducks, sun and clouds from Quack me up on alcohol friendly cardstock. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them, the colours I used: mountains & clouds: BG7, BG5, BG4, BG2, BG1, sun&ducks: CT4, CT3, CT1, BO4, BO3. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

Then I worked on the slimline scene. First I die cut 2 stitched rectangles from white cardstock with the Stitched Slimline Trio dies. From one of them I die cut the waves (Slimline scenery dies) and the Little Town border. I added colours with Distress Oxide inks. The water I inkblended with Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers, added some sprinkles of diluted ink and also used some Finetec Pearlescent watercolours for some shimmery splatters. It looks so cool in real life with all the sparkles!

To colour the town border I used Heffy Memo Tape to mask off the houses and trees and applied Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink for the grass. I added some diluted ink splatters here too, also a bit of Rustic Wilderness and Twisted Citron for a textured look. Then I removed the masks and coloured the trees with Ground Espresso. On a scrap of white cardstock I added some Candied Apple, Mustard Seed and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxides using a small blending brush. Then I die cut the little dies from the Little Town border die set and adhered them in place. It gives a fun layered look, gorgeous on its own. After blending a little bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide for the sky, I asssembled the scene using Glubert. Using a liquid glue allows a little playing time when creating a scene. I stamped the sentiment from the Close at heart sentiment set.

I die cut a dark grey scalloped rectangle as a mat using the Sweet Scalloped Slimline die set and added a bit of glossy acccents to the beaks of the ducks. The finished card measures 3,5*8,5 inches.

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 also share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

It is the third day of the June Release Reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs! We have the sweetest littl critters for you today, favouring both cat and dog lovers! Kitten Beach and Beach Barks both come with coordinating dies.

All new products will be available on Friday, 18/06/2021!

CARD 1

I stamped and coloured all the kitties from the Kitten Beach set with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours used are the following – cats: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG1, FS3, castle: EB4, EB3, MB3, MB1, shell: TN8, AP3, AP1, sand: MB4, MB3, MB1, bucket: DG4, DG3, DG2, CT4, CT1, laddle: BT9, BT7, BT5, BT1, crab & star: DR5, DR3, DR1, chair: EB4, EB3, MB3, MB1, BT9, BT7, BT5, BT1. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

I die cut a slimline scalloped rectangle with the Slimline Frames and Portholes die set and blended it a bit with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink for the sky. Then I used the Land and Sea border dies with the partial die cutting technique to cut the waves and sand. I blended them with Antique Linen, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks, added water and diluted ink splatters for a textured look.

After assembling the scene on a kraft slimline cardbase I stamped two sentiments in black and popped up the images with 3D foam squares. I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents to emphasize some details.

CARD 2

As always I started with stamping and colouring the dogs from the Beach Barks set with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours used are the following – big dog: TN9, EB5, EB4, EB3, TN3, TN1, LG4, LG3, LG1, BP3, BP2, BP1, TB5, TB3, TB1, small dog: TN3, TN2, TN1, LG4, LG3, LG1, TB5, TB3, TB1, CT3. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

For the background I took a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and used the Hills & Grass stencil to create the sandy beach with Antique Linen Distress Oxide. Then I masked off approximately in the middle with purple tape and blended the sea with Peacock Feather Distress Oxide, the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.

Then I used the Retro Palms stencil to create the trees: I used purple tape to cover the not used trees, in this way I could create the trees one by one. I used Ground Espresso for the trunk and Mowed Lawn for the leaves.

When it was done, I stamped the sentiment in black and popped up the dogs with 3D foam squares. I added glossy accents to the sunglasses, flowers, noses and the lifesaver too. I finished the card with a Marwy Snow marker to create the foam. I added dots with it and heated it with my heat tool until it puffed up. So fun!

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Kitten Beach” or the “Beach Barks” 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 17th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 18th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the third day of the summer release reveals, come back tomorrow for the last day of the reveals!

See you,

Zsofi