Treat yo’ self – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a super cute ice cream card because summer equals ice-cream, don’t you think? I used Newton’s Nook Designs stencils, stamps and dies to create this fun little one.

First I stamped ad coloured the image from the Newton’s Summer Treats set, I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The list of colours I used is the following:

  • CAT: EB5, MB4, MB3, MB1,
  • ICE CREAM: GB4, GB2, MB1, PP5, PP4, PP2, DR5, DR3, DR1, CT1, LY1, EB5, EB3, LG4, LG2, LG1

I used the coordinating die to cut the cat out and focused on the background. I had the idea of using the new Cupcake layering stencil set to make an ice cream background. So I used the first layer with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink on kraft cardstock and poured clear embossing powder on it until it was wet. I heated it with my heat tool to give it some shine. Then for the second layer I used white pigment ink, it looks like cream on kraft! So delicate and yummy!

It was time to set the scene: I die cut the background with the scalloped rectangle from Frames and Flags and die cut a big vellum circle and a smaller pink one with the Circle Frame dies. I also cut 2 hearts wit the same set from pink cardstock. For my sentiment I needed a mint green banner for the message, I used the Banner Trio for that.

I stamped the sentiment on the pink circle from the Newton’s Summer Treat stamp set and another one from the Birthday Roundabout stamp set on the green banner. Then I assembled the card, I used 3D foam squares to pop up the banner and the focal image. As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to the hearts and ice cream toppers.

I hope you liked my card for today and will pop in again soon.

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

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

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

Happy Bird-day – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I have a fun little shaped birthday card which I created with dies and stamps from Newton’s Nook Designs. It is perfect for summer birthdays.

First I die cut the scalloped heart from the Heart Frames die set using alcohol ink friendly cardstock and stamped the flamingos from the retiring Flirty flamingo stamp set in the middle. This stamp set is available only until stocks last and now it is only 5,99USD!

I used Spectrum Noir Triblend markers to colour the birds. The colours I used are the following:

  • flamingo: Magenta Blend
  • water: Blue Turquoise Blend and Blue Turquoise Shades
  • sky: Citrus Blend, Orange Blend, Bright Pink Shades, Pink Violet Blend, True Blue Shades, True Blue Blend

I used a colourless blender to help the colour transitions and make the lines smoother. When it was done I covered the water with Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen and added some white gel pen highlights. I also stamped the birds on the sky with black ink.

I added a white heat embossed sentiment on a thin black strip to the bottom and adhered the scene on a pink stitched heart (Heart frames die set)

To make it a card, I die cut another pink heart, creased it quarter of an inch from the top and adhered that little flap to the bottom of the front heart. In this way I have enough space for a message. I finished it off with a drop of glossy accent on the beaks.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will pop in tomorrow for some more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Enjoy the waves – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am so happy to be on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog with a real summer card! I have some tips along so make sure to read till the end!

I started with colouring this cute surfing kitty from Newton’s Perfect Waves stamp set with my Copic markes and used the coordinating dies to cut it out.

To build the scene I used the Frames and Flags die set to cut the rounded rectangle from white cardstock. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink to add a bit of colour in the middle to be the sky. Then I used the Sea Border dies to cut the waves from blue cardstock and the sand from kraft cardstock. I used again Distress Oxide inks to give some shading and some splatters: Saly Ocean for the sea and Antique Linen / Walnut Stain to the sandy beach. On the latter I also added some dots with a white gel pen: it is more controlled and whiter than diluted acrylic paint for me.

The sentiment I decided to incorporate in the scene, so I used the Sky scene builder set to cut the sun from yellow cardstock and vellum for the clouds which I adhered to Stick-it double sided adhesive sheets beforehand. In this way the whole cloud was covered with Stick-it like a transparent sticker.

I used black Staz-on Pigment Ink to stamp the sentiment on the vellum, it gives a really crisp result and stays permanent. After assembling the background I popped up the surfing kitty with 3D foam squares and drew a few flying birds on the sky.

I found the perfect patterned paper in the Doodlebug Designs Fun in the sun paper pad and cut it down with the Framewoks postage stamp die – my all time favourite. The card base is made from simple heavy weight white cardstock. As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer and glossy accents to the hibiscus flowers on the board.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will come back soon for more inspiration!

See you,

Zsofi

Oceans of love – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here, welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As we are heading into summer (even if the weather does not agree) I brought you a fun underwater scene today. I was plaving with the Oceans of love stamp set and paired it with the Bubble waves stencil and some fun dies. Let’s dive in the details!

First I stamped the critters with black ink which is alcohol marker friendly. Then I used my Copics to bring these cuties alive. I chose bright colours and coloured a lot of accessories from the set to fill my scene. It is always good to have some extras. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

Then I worked on the background. On a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I applied a thin layer of Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks in a random order. It looked splotchy and not perfectly blended but it was not important at all as I laid the stencil on top of it and went back with the same inks. After removing the stencil I added water splatters and diluted some Blueprint Sketch distress oxide with water to add some dark splatters too with a small brush. I love texture so I decided to add some white and clear shimmer sprinkles too.

For my scene I needed some sort of sand too. There are many ways to achieve a sandy look, for today’s card I chose the easiest one: I die cut a slope with a Slopey Joes die from kraft cardstock and dabbed it with clear embossing ink directly from the ink pad. I poured Hero Arts Sand embossing powder on it. After heat setting it looks like sand thanks to the different granules in the powder. I love it for summer cards.

To make the focal point stand out more I die cut a thin white frame with the Skinny Imperial Rectangle frames die set 2 times, layered them on top of each other and gently applied some Distress Oxide ink over it. I just used the inks I had on the previously used brushes, I did not ink them up again.

When I assembled the scene I made sure to have a lot of dimension: some seeweeds and shells I adhered flat and some with 3D foam squares. The sea critters were adhered the same way too. The sentiment is partly heat embossed on black cardstock with white embossing powder and die cut with the coordinating die. The rest of the sentiment I stamped on teeny tiny cardstock strips.

I finished this cute underwater scene with a couple of Studio Katia Ice Sparkle crystals and used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the critters.

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!

“Sea” you soon,

Zsofi

You are cool – LDRS Creative

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a very cool and refreshing card for all of us enjoying a heatwave. I promise you that you will feel the chill looking at these card details 🙂

I started with partial die cutting some cardstock using one of the Practically Oval dies from LDRS Creative.

I love the dotted details!

First I cut it only from white heavy weight cardstock, but then I thought it would look so good with layering some ice cream colours under it. So I did the same with pink, yellow and light blue cardstocks too.

In the summer I love to eat ice cream and I enjoyed building my own deserts with the Ice cream party stamp set. With a bit of masking I created this yummy arrangement. When I create a scene like this, I always stamp each element on a scrap paper to see how they look best together.

When I have the final arrangement I can decide which image to stamp first and which ones next. It just makes it easier for me to build a collage and also helps if I want to make a copy of the card.

For all my stamping, even for the sentiment I used Raven Hybrid ink. I coloured the ice creams with alcohol markers, added some dotted details and some white gel pen highlights too.

When I was done with the colouring, I added the sprinkles to the pink scoop using the stamp from the set and Lipstick Jungle Hybrid ink. The chocolate syrup I stamped with Coffee Bean Hybrid ink first and then with clear embossing ink to be able to heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. I love the shiny texture I get like this.

For the background I used a pretty striped patterned paper from the Puddle Jumper paper pad (my favourite of all times). I also added some glossy accents to the fruits and sprinkles and finished this cool card with some iridescent jewels.

I hope you feel the chill now and got inspired. In the comments below let me know if you are craving ice cream now 😉 Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi