Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inky Paws Challenge #19

Hello Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your start to spring!  Have you had a chance to play along with Newton's Nook Designs' Inky Paws Challenge #19 - Watercolor yet?


I decided to dust off my watercolor crayons and pencils and create this 'I'm Sorry!' card using NND's Holiday Hounds (pup), Naughty Newton (sentiments), and Newton's Antics (paw prints):

Ooops Doxie muddy paw prints watercolor card by Crafty Math Chick | Holiday Hounds and Naughty Newton from Newton's Nook Designs

First I colored the solid paw print images in brown watercolor crayon and swirled the wax around with a waterbrush and stamped on the WC cardstock to give the impression of muddy paw prints tracked across the floor.  I thought they needed a little more definition so I stamped the outline paw print image over them.  Then I stamped the doxie and colored him in using WC pencils & a waterbrush and added the sentiments.  Then I created a mat with my favorite paw print border using an EK Success edger punch.  I can't recall whether the background DP came from Michaels or HL, sorry!

Hope you like my card, and hope you will get a chance to play along with NND's Inky Paws Challenge - it runs until April 9th and you could win a gift certificate to the NND store too if you're lucky - good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!


 ~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs March Release ~ Day 3

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the last day of sneak peeks for the March release of Newton's Nook Designs!  Today everyone's favorite kitty returns with another birthday set, Newton's Birthday Flutter:



As a bird lover/watcher with lots of feeders around my property, the idea of Newton even trying to hurt the birdie upset me (LOL!  Jen assured me the 'keep missing you' sentiment meant that Newton DIDN'T catch the birdie, LOL!), so this one little birdie just spoke to me and I decide to let him & his balloon take center stage in this CAS card:

CAS birdie birthday balloon card by Crafty Math Chick | Newton's Birthday Flutter by Newton's Nook Designs

I added some glossy accents to the balloon and a twine string for a little pop & touch of texture.  

Would you like to win 'Newton's Birthday Flutter'?
This set will be given away to one lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure you 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, March 19th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 20th.

Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:




Jess is the next stop on the hop - I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Day 2

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the second day of sneak peeks for the March release of Newton's Nook Designs!  Today's set will appeal to all you animal lovers out there, welcome 'Farmyard Friends:


This set is extremely versatile, with lots of great sentiments covering thank yous, belated & on time) birthdays and just a plain old 'hello.  I wanted to try to squeeze as many of the cute critters into a single card as possible, so I went for a 'selfie' look using the frame from NND's 'Around the House' which I heat embossed using brown EP:


Farmyard Friends selfie card by Crafty Math Chick | Farmyard Friends by Newton's Nook Designs

A whole lotta masking went into this card, LOL!!  I thought the gingham paper gave it a county feel and decide to add the sentiments via little faux 'signs' created using stamped edges of the same picture frame from Around the House contained with a white picket fence I created using a Fiskars punch.  

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Lions & Lambs Oh my! to feature animals (and I actually have a lamb in my card too!  WOOT!)  Just a reminder - Simon Says Stamp also carries NND sets, sweet right?  ;)

Would you like to win 'Farmyard Friends'?
This set will be given away to one lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure you 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, March 19th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 20th.

Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:




Jess is the next stop on the hop - I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Day 1

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the first day of sneak peeks for the March release of Newton's Nook Designs!  If you love the look of quilling and liked NND's Beautiful Blizzard set you are going to LOVE Jen's new quilled set for spring - Beautiful Blossoms:


I decided to use the chalkboard technique to show off one of Jen's pretty flowers in this card:

Chalkboard sunflower card by Crafty Math Chick | Beautiful Blossoms by Newton's Nook Designs

Would you like to win 'Beautiful Blossoms'?
This set will be given away to one lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure you 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, March 19th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 20th.

Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:



Jess is the next stop on the hop - I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Yipes! Stripes! With Newton's Nook Designs

Welcome!  I have to admit, the day Jen sneaked 'Wild About Zoo':


That little zebra instantly reminded me of the colorful zebra from Fruit Stripe gum.  Don't remember Fruit Stripe Gum?  Curious as to what it is?  Here are some links to fill you in: 1970's commercial & 1990's commercial (you have that in your head now, don't you?).  It is difficult to find in stores, but you can find it at specialty candy stores online if you do a google search for it.  One of these days I will buy a brick of it and come up with some cute treat holder for it.

Anyway, that was my inspiration for today's card:


The cute little zebra's tails was difficult to fussy cut around, so I gave him a rainbow one instead created by 6 strands of embroidery floss twisted together in shades that matched the brightly striped paper.  I think this will be a perfect card for Operation Write Home for a deployed service member to send to his or her daughter back home.  

I am also submitting this card for Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Anything Goes (did you know Simon Says Stamp also sells Newton's Nook Designs?  They do!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a bright & colorful day!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Friday, February 20, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #18: One Layer Cards

Hello Everyone!  I hope everyone in cold corners if the world is warm & safe today.  Time for a new Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge!  This time Jen has chosen: 'One Layer Cards'!


Easy peasy right?  So you have no excuse not to play along!  I decided to use the cute koala bear from 'Hanging Around' for a support card for a recovering friend:

Flocked koala card by Crafty Math Chick | Hanging Around set by Newton's Nook Designs

I added flock to the koala bear (and his tail and the leaves) to make him extra soft, see?

Flocked koala card by Crafty Math Chick | Hanging Around set by Newton's Nook Designs

To create the illusion of another layer I punched an oval shape from a piece of scrap paper and sponged some Pool Party ink in the cut-out center and then stamped the sentiment in the middle of it - pretty cool huh?  

Additional Challenges:



Check out the Newton's Nook Designs Blog for the details of you how can play along with our challenge, how you can WIN a gift certificate to NND, and for more inspiration from my talented NND teamies.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
~ Crafty Math Chick 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

Good morning!

Today is a special day! And in honor of this special day - the Newton's Nook Design Team is throwing a surprise birthday blog hop in honor of our fearless leader (also known as the creater, owner, designer and heart of Newton's Nook Designs) Jennifer!

Jennifer is one of the kindest, talented and most considerate person ever, and because of that (and a million other reasons!) we wanted to help make her day as special as she is!


I still remember the day I received the email from Jennifer being invited to join the NND team - I stared at it in disbelief, over and over, double and triple checking to see if it was really meant for someone else and was sent to me by accident.  She is such a sweet, fun, kind, WONDERFUL person to work for!  I feel so blessed to have the honor of working with her - Jennifer, I hope your birthday is as FABULOUS as you are!

I thought I would honor Jen's birthday revisiting a card made with the first NND set I ever purchased, before I was even a member of the design team, 'Just Say Cheese!'




So, without further ado, please follow along on this Birthday Hop and leave some love and birthday wishes for Jennifer! Who knows, there may even be a GIVEAWAY to one lucky person who comments along!*

*Spoiler alert - there is a giveaway! Ha! One lucky person will a stamp set of their choice from Newton's Nook Designs!  :D

Be sure to head over to the 
Newton's Nook blog where you will find all of the details! And check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Happy Birthday Jen!

~ Crafty Math Chick