17 July 2015

Newton's Nook Anniversary Hop

Welcome to Newton's Nook Designs Second Anniversary Blog Hop!
Newton’s Nook Designs is so excited to be celebrating their TWO Year  Anniversary 
 - two whole years of getting our  paws inky!  To celebrate we have an AMAZING blog 
 hop featuring our Design Team and some AWESOME Special Guests!
 You are going to love all the fun inspiration they're sharing using  Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Special Guests:
Jennifer Ingle
Tessa Wise
Shellye McDaniel
Simon Says Stamp

Design Team:
Lydia Evans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Jess Gerstner
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Nina-Marie Trapani
Kimberly Rendino
Yukari Yoshioka

 For my card, I used the new "Newton's Naptime" stamp set and
coloring pencils by Prisma.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then proceeded to color
in the image with a series of colored pencils, starting with the lightest shade and
then adding a darker color for the shading.
I used Gamsol and a blending stump to achieve a beautiful watercolored look!
The image was then carefully cut out and attached to the center of a die-cut
oval.  The papers are by Echo Park Paper.

Celebrate with us and enter to win!
Would you like to win a $20 Store Credit to spend at Newton's Nook Designs online shop? 

Here’s how to win:
Comment on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! One lucky winner 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, July 19th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Monday, July 20th. We are running a giveaway on our Facebook page too so make sure to enter there for another chance to win!!

Your next stop is Simon Says Stamp!
Have fun!

16 July 2015

So Rad Frame Album

Hello, everyone!  I shared a unique "So Rad" album yesterday at
 using an assortment of the collection's Chipboard Frames and other embellishments!

I started with the full pack of Chipboard Frames and the 6X6 paper pad from "So Rad". 
 I filled in each of the frame's windows with a piece of patterned paper that was 
glued into place.  A matching-sized frame was glued to the back of each.

 I used dies to cut small photos to fit the frames or just cut the photos down to size.

Stickers, enamel dots, brads and die-cuts were used to dress up the individual pages.

Two pockets from the SN@P! Card pack were also added to the album and a
 tag slipped inside for journaling.

 I left some of the smaller frames without any photos and simply embellished them
 with clear photo stickers and enamel dots.  You can also use the lined papers 
to create areas for journaling.

And don't forget those awesome Chipboard stickers and adhesive brads!

Once the pages were finished, I used the small punch of a crop-a-dile and punched
 holes into the tops of each frame.  Two strands of ball-chain were used to hold 
the pages together.  The perfect little keepsake!
So Rad- 
6527 Bradz
6538 Chipboard Frames

All of the newer collections include these style of frames, so have fun
creating your own to fit your theme :)

13 July 2015

Bokeh-On-Bokeh Layout

The “Selfie” Mini Theme by
is on point for anything preteen or teen related…
even if it’s not pertaining to a selfie!  
I have used the mini theme to showcase a photo strip taken of my
 son and his date at their Junior Prom.  The on trend colors and design of 
“Selfie” captured the moment perfectly!

 I started with a 12x12 base paper from “Side B” of the “Cameras” paper.  
 Next, I cut a black cardstock down to 8.5” square and machine stitched it to the 
center of the base paper.

 For the focal point paper (which was cut to 8” square) I wanted to expound
 on the bokeh look of the “Words” paper (side B), so I used a ¾” and 1” circle die to
 die-cut holes randomly throughout.  Next, I used strips of thin foam adhesive tape to
 attach the bokeh paper to the top center of the black cardstock.  This gave just
 the right amount of depth to the die-cut areas.

 Medium sized enamel dots were placed inside of the larger, 1” circles. 
 These take on their own shine and lend to the bokeh feel of the layout!

 I used one of the 4X4 journal cards found on the “Journaling Cards” paper and 
embellished it with various stickers before adding the photo strip to the side. 

Three blooms from the back of the “Journaling Cards” paper were trimmed out
 and colored with Prisma Colored Pencils. For a smoother finish, I used Gamsol 
(odorless mineral spirits) and a blending stump to create beautiful watercolor-like flowers.
Use this bokeh-on-bokeh trick on your cards or other crafting projects too!

See more product and ideas at www.echoparkpaper.com

30 June 2015

Simple Stories + Top Dog Dies

Hello!  I'm trying to play catch-up on my blogging and I wanted to start
 with a couple of sweet summer-themed cards using the brand new 
"Summer Vibes" Collection  from 
and adorable dies from Top Dog Dies!

First up is a "Fun Summertime" card featuring the cutest hippo:
I've used the Top Dog Dies Hippo Die Set TC112 and the grey woodgrain paper found in the 6X6 paper pad to create the hippo. 

I chalked around the edge of the face and body with a darker grey and black chalk.  For the feet I used a black watercolor pencil.  The cheeks were also given blush with pink chalk.  I cut one of the "O" sticker letters in half to make the mouth.  And the chipboard sunglasses are a perfect fit!

I made the card a 5X7 size to accommodate the large die-cut title.  The sides of the title were embellished with die-cut and chipboard flowers with enamel dot centers.

Next up is a layered card featuring waves and sand using Top Dog Dies Water Die Set:
At the top of the card I used the sunburst clear overlay and placed it on top of the multi dot paper.  The waves were die cut from the blue floral and bits of solid blue paper that I found throughout the 6X6 paper pad. 

All of the layers were pieces together to form a 5" square so that it could be added to the 5.5" yellow woodgrain mat.  One of the Top Dog Dies Mini Tags TC044 was cut from a solid paper and a clear sticker attached to the center.

Foam adhesive was placed just along the top edge of each layer, with the bottom edge simply glued in place.  I finished the card by embellishing with enamel dots and Bradz.

Simple Stories Products:
Summer Vibes-
6327 Bradz
Top Dog Dies:
TC113 Water Die Set
TC112 Hippo Dit Set
TC044 Mini Tags Die Set

Hope you're having a wonderful Summer so far!

16 June 2015

Prayer Request

Hello!  I was up on the Bella Blvd Blog yesterday with 
with my first Bella Blvd-Illustrated Faith assignment
. Even before I was asked to join the creative team, I had in mind to
 make a "Prayer Request" journal just for Facebook. A day doesn't go by that
 I don't have a handful of Facebook friends asking for prayer or a story in
 my newsfeed that grips my heart.

 For my project I have taken a spiral bound journal that was actually a freebie that
my hubby came home with. You can find many types of inexpensive journals and
 notebooks in most dollar stores, so I hope you'll be inspired to make your own!
 First, I cut the Color Chaos down just a bit smaller than the album cover. 
I used a Xyron Creative Station to adhere it in place. A strip of washi tape was
 placed along the side where the patterned paper meets the linen binding
 on the notebook.

 Next, I cut down one of the journal stickers and embellished it with sticker 
pieces from the Illustrated Faith Collection, as well as Enamel Dots and ribbon 
from my stash. Now I have a place to jot down all of the prayer requests...
I don't want to forget a single one!

Illustrated Faith: Label It stickers, Mini Mint to Be stickers, Fold It stickers,
Love It stickers, By Grace washi tape; Color Chaos: Pickle Juice Strandz, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Scattered Sprinkles: Treasures & Text; Enamel Dots: Ice

10 June 2015

Bella Blvd + Illustrated Faith

I'm beginning a new journey, while revisiting an old friend!

I was extremely excited at the offer to join the 
side of the Illustrated Faith Creative Team!
Having been with Bella Blvd as a card and altered designer
for a couple of years, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this new
endeavor that Stephanie and the Bella team was embarking upon.
While I do plan on sharing artwork in my own journaling bible, for
now I will be showing some other ideas for using the beautiful 
products: cards, altered books/journals, home decor, etc.

Here is a peek at what I'm working on:

I will be sharing my newest project at the Bella Blvd Blog next
Tuesday, so please come over and take a look :)
The Illustrated Faith team has been introduced on the blog
and they have some amazing peeks of their artwork!

05 June 2015

Pretty Girls Free Project Download

Happy Friday!
I wanted to let y'all know that I have a FREE project download up at

This sweet chipboard plaque was created with the Jack & Jill-Girl Collection!
And visit around...there are so many cute PDF project ideas that are FREE to you :)