Hello readers and welcome back from the weekend! I hope you found a little time to do something crafty. I frequently hear from friends and fellow stampers that they aren't creative enough to design something on their own, or that they don't know what colors to use. They feel frustrated before they even begin because they don't know where to begin. I understand! Yes, I've been there too! That's the concept behind a card challenge. It can help to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing by giving you a place to start. Challenge #123 by Newton's Nook is a sketch challenge. Let the image below be your inspiration for creating a card (or scrapbook page) and see where this challenge takes you!
I'm not going to lie, I really struggled with this sketch layout! All I could see in those three tall blocks were Christmas trees, but it's FAR too early for Christmas designs! I tried many different design ideas before I came up with an idea I was happy with:
The base of this A2 sized card is made from 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I lined the card base with a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of light blue gingham paper. I die cut three scalloped rectangles from Balmy Blue cardstock and adhered those to the top half of the card. I adhered a small strip of yellow polka dot paper below the rectangles. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo black ink on a 4 1/4" x 1/2" strip of white cardstock. I stamped the Newton's Nook Dainty Daisies in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. I colored the daisies with Copic markers and die cut them using the coordinating Dainty Daisies die. I adhered the daisies to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to the daisies for added sparkle. Lastly, I tied a piece of linen thread around the card for texture.
Will this sketch inspire YOU to create? Are you ready to get your paws inky with us and play along for a chance to win?! We will randomly select one linked entry to receive a $20 store credit to the Newton's Nook Designs online shop!
We will also highlight our favorites from each challenge the following Monday, so that all entries have a chance to be featured on the Newton's Nook Designs blog.
Please make sure you review the challenge rules page before you link up your project!
The deadline to enter is Friday, May 22nd, at midnight CST.
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Today I am humbled to share two cards with you in honor of healthcare workers. This beautiful and very relevant digital stamp set called "Angels in Disguise" is from Graciellie Design. The elegant scripted sentiments and powerful images convey the profound gratitude and appreciation we all wish to convey to these selfless and dedicated essential workers.
Meet Graciela Chavez:
My name is Graciela Chávez, but my crafty friends call me Gracie. The name Graciellie (Gracie Ellie) is actually a nickname given to me by my family in Brazil. I was born in Brazil, nevertheless I have lived most of my life in Central America. I speak three languages fluidly: Spanish, Portuguese and of course English, but I decided to write and share my content in English.
Both my parents were very creative, and they influenced me greatly. I dedicated the first part of my life to music, at the same time that I studied Laws and Business Management. These majors had nothing to do with art but I’ve always been a creative person and so, without planning it, I found myself starting this new creative venture.
I’m married, and I have the privilege of being the happy mom a bright and loving 6 year old boy and a sweet baby girl. Spending time with family is what truly makes me happy.
I love cardmaking but once in a while I like to make mixed media and art journaling projects. I started making cards since I was a child, and I used to collect stickers, diaries, notebooks and stationery papers. Around 2010 I discovered stamping and little by little cardmaking became my hobby. I’ve had crafty hobbies before, like jewelry making, but cardmaking stole my heart from day one.
I have always loved paper, so it was no surprise to my family that I started a papercrafting blog. Since I opened my blog I’ve felt even more captivated by this craft. This blog has allowed me to connect with other artists and has given me so many opportunities for which I’m thankful.
I order all my crafting supplies online, since there aren’t any major craft stores where I live. I love every kind of style but I find myself working mostly on Clean & Layered and Mixed Media designs. Dies, white cardstock, stamps, inks, glue, Deco Foil, stencils, sequins and anything mixed media are must-haves in my craft room, but of course, I can never have enough arts and craft supplies! Lately, technology has played a big role in my arts and crafts too. Also, I’ve surrounded myself with lots of art supplies -from paints to pastels and such-. More than ever my work is becoming very technique driven…
"Angels in Disguise" digital stamp set:
You can click on the logo below to see more of Gracie's designs, read her blog and admire her beautiful art.
Thank you for visiting!
Stay healthy and stay home. You just might be saving the life of someone you may never know.
Hello readers, I hope you are all enjoying a pleasant Sunday. I am sure the weekends also look like most weekdays do right now, there is not a whole lot going on and you are forever forgetting what day of the week it actually is! Today I have a beautiful large new digital stamp to share with you from RG Avenue called "Bloom Book." What I love most about this stamp set is the detail already in the lines of the image that make it easy to color because you need less blending and shading. The image is so large, it becomes the focal point of the card and doesn't need much to embellish it, but this lovely lattice background is a perfect accompaniment.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Black Taffy cardstock. Using the Whimsy Stamps Lattice A2 die , I cut the lattice frame from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I printed out the large beautiful Bloom Book stamp on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I ran the colored image through my Scan and Cut 2 electronic cutting machine, so it cut the stamp out for me. I adhered the bouquet of flowers to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment in Black Taffy ink on a 4 1/4" x 1 1/2" strip of Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I wrapped a piece of black lace ribbon below the sentiment before adhering it to the card. Lastly, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the flowers for added sparkle.
Here is the "Bloom Book" digital stamp set from RG Avenue that I used to create this card:
I just absolutely LOVE this large stamp! Thank you for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Hello readers! Today I am on the Birch Press Design blog sharing another way to use the beautiful Butterfly Garden Layering dies. If you recall, just last week I shared these two cards created using these same dies, yet they look vastly different when they are done in a completely different color scheme! I can't decide which one I like better, can you?!
I have created this fairly short video for you to watch to see how I put this A2 sized card together. This will guide you though step-by-step each process of this card - and it's all under five minutes long! I'm a fan of keeping things short and sweet!
There is also a list of supplies used (with clickable links) conveniently located at the end of this post.
I hope you have enjoyed this card and video tutorial. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative weekend!
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Hi, I'm Crystal!
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