Newton’s Nook – Crafting is my Cardio

Hi everyone! I know there have to be at least a few of you who can relate to my card share today. I have discovered that my motivation to work out at home is less than stellar and with my gym closed, crafting is saving my sanity.

Given all of that, I totally reached for my Newton’s Crafty Cardio stamps because they were just too perfect!

The design of today’s card was inspired by a sketch I found while scrolling Pinterest the other night. I thought it was just perfect for this awesome image and the small supporting images that are just so perfect!

I started by stamping and coloring my Newton’s Crafty Cardio images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. Next, I set to cutting the pieces from the sketch. I used green for the cardfront and then an awesome textured polka dot purple for the strips. The top and bottom are .75×5.5 inches and the center strip is 2.25×5.5 inches. I popped these up with foam tape and die cut a 3 inch diameter circle from striped paper and popped it up too. Next, I adhered my images with foam tape and using my MISTI stamped the sentiment.

For finishing touches I added Stickles to the sweatband because a crafter works out in bling. haha! Not really but it’s funny. 😉 Then I added glossy accents to various places on the images and lastly, added some gumdrops from Your Next Stamp.

A really fun card that perfectly expresses how I’m feeling these days. I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy, and relatively sane given the circumstances. Crafty hugs to you all!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant – Stackable Cuties

Hello everyone! I’m still making cards to send to friends and family for a little break in the day. I hope it’s making them smile and as fun for them as it is for me to make and send. I recently pulled out my Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties to play with and made a couple of cards with them.

When I get an inkling like this, I usually stamp and color a bunch of images and make cards afterward. Here is the first one.

To make this card, I die cut the My Favorite Things Arched Window (the next to the largest) from a white cardstock panel that measures 4×5.25. I took the window it cuts out and used my Newton’s Nook clouds stencil to ink up some sky using my Trinity Stamps blending buddy brush and a blue dye ink. Then I die cut a second arch, inked it up with green and die cut it with my grass die from the Newton’s Nook land borders dies. I adhered these together, added my critters and glued it to my card front.

Using my MISTI, I added a couple of appropriate speech bubbles from the same stamp set and then popped my frame up around the scene with foam tape.

I finished this card off with glossy accents on the noses, kitty’s fish and puppy’s bone. Then I scattered some Your Next Stamp gumdrops across the design. Very last, I added black glaze pen to the eyes and white gel pen accents to the images.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Your Next Stamp – Challenge Take 2

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! I had so much fun with the Your Next Stamp challenge that I wanted to pull out the only other set I have from them – Snorkel Fun Penguin – and try another simple but fun idea I had for it.

For this card I inked up a panel with distress inks and spritzed it with water. Then I die cut some water from iridescent vellum using my sea borders dies from Newton’s Nook. Then I stamped my penguin and die cut him out. I thought it would be fun to put the sentiment in speech bubble like the penguin was saying it so I grabbed my Newton’s Nook Speech Bubble dies and chose the one that fit best.

The top of the card looked empty so I grabbed my sky scene builder dies and cut some clouds out. I needed a way to hide the adhesive under the vellum so I pulled out the largest of my stitched scalloped rectangle frames from Lawn Fawn, die cut one from white cardstock and set out to assemble all my pieces.

Once everything was adhered I moved to the inside of my card. I stamped my sentiment in two inks for added interest and then thought it would be fun to put some fish around it to bring the ocean feel from the front to inside too! These fish are from the Lawn Fawn Tank You stamp set.

Once those were glued in place I went back to the front for finishing touches!

Which happened to be simple white gel pen accents and glossy accents on the penguin’s goggles, snorkel and the polka dots on his floaty. The iridescent vellum adds some fun shimmer already so I didn’t think it needed much more.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Your Next Stamp – Inside and Out Challenge

Hello again! A little bit ago I shared a fun card featuring my very first stamps from Your Next Stamp. I love those little hammies and also had so much fun playing along with their challenge that I decided to play along again! Sooooo…guess who’s back??? 😉

Well, Hammie, of course! The challenge is “inside and out” which means you need to decorate the inside and outside of your card. Not difficult but I don’t typically do it so I thought it would be fun to give it a shot.

For this card, I used watercolor paper and my Tombow markers with the smooshing effect. I always love how this turns out. Then I used my largest Flags and Frames die from Newton’s Nook to cut the panel out. I temporarily adhered it to a gray cardbase and die cut a circle from both at the same time. Then I added foam tape to the watercolor panel and put it back in place so the windows lined up.

Then I grabbed my Hammie – Coffee and Tea stamps, inked them up and colored them with my copics. Once they were die cut I glued one inside the card peeking through the window and popped the other up with foam tape slightly overlapping the window.

Last, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment and die cut it with a flag from the same Frames and Flags die set I used earlier. This was also popped up with foam tape.

I opened up my card and stamped a second sentiment that I thought played off the first one quite well and then set to finishing touches.

For those, I added white gel pen accents throughout the images, glossy accents to the Hammie noses and scattered a few colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops throughout the design.

Making this card totally on a whim, I love how it turned out! It will be fun to mail to someone just to make them smile. Happy mail is the best! Don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Your Next Stamp – Let’s Par-tea!

Welcome back everyone! I’m over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with this soooo cute Hammie card!

I’ve been a bad girl shopping lately and picked up some new toys to play with. One of my mini sprees was at Your Next Stamp a few weeks ago where I picked up this fun Hammie – Coffee and Tea set. I just want to squish these guys. They’re so cute! 

Since I have issues making decisions, especially with new stamps, I used all the cute images from the set! And since it’s Valentine’s week I decided to go with a pink and red color palette for some extra fun! 

I stamped, colored and die cut my images and then switched over to the ink blended panel. For that I chose worn lipstick and abandoned coral distress inks. Then I splattered it with water and a little watered down black soot distress ink as well. Once it was dry I cut it down to 5.5×2.5 and popped it on my card base with foam tape.

I popped all my Hammies up with foam tape as well and then put my card in my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. I trimmed anything hanging off the edge and set to finish the last embellishing.

I added white gel pen accents to all of the images and gave each Hammie some glossy accents to their nose. Then I took some clay hearts from a special Creativation mix made by Trinity Stamps and scattered them about. I think this gives a perfect little love theme to the pink and red colors. Don’t you?

Are you giving Valentine’s out to anyone special this year?

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!