Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wild About Mom with Newton's Nook Designs

Hello everyone!  Today is my day to be featured on Newton's Nook Designs' blog!  YAAY!  I decided to share a Mother's Day card I made using NND's 'Wild Child' set:


My Mom loves giraffes so I used the Mother & baby giraffe image paired with a 'Happy Mother's Day' sentiment created using NND's Simply Seasonal and some giraffe patterned paper by DCWV's Safari Stack and a few flowers and rhinestones from WAY back in my embellishments:

Giraffe Mom & Baby Mother's Day card by Crafty Math Chick | Wild Child & Simply Seasonal by Newton's Nook Designs

I hope Mom likes it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a GREAT day!

~ Crafty Math Chick




Friday, April 29, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs' Inky Paws Challenge #31 - it's a Sketch!!

Welcome back Crafty Peeps! Time for another Inky Paws Challenge by newton's Nook Designs!  And this one is a SKETCH CHALLENGE!  YAAY!  My favorite!  Here is the sketch we are playing with this challenge:


Those of you who know me well know I have issues with slanted elements (I find them very off-putting for some reason - visually I prefer symmetry and slanted pieces tend to defy that), so you will know it was a little bit of a challenge to make this card:

Handmade with Love Crochet Tag Card by Crafty Math Chick | Tag Sampler & Newton Unwinds by Newton's Nook Designs

I used some cable knitted (I have not learned cable knitting yet, someday though!) sweater patterned paper for the background and used the yarn ball image from 'Newton Unwinds'  to decorate the center strip.  The tag was created using the newly released 'Tag Sampler' stamp set and Tags Times Two die set.  I figured it is time to start building up my stash of cards that can accompany all the fun things I make with yarn these days, and these sets are 'PURR' fect for just that (YAAY!  Thanks Jen!).  I still say that little crochet hook is just the sweetest thing!

Are you ready to get your paws inky with us and play along to win a prize?  The Challenge winner will receive a $10 store credit to Newton's Nook Designs' online store and an Inky Paws Challenge Top Pick Badge to add to your blog!  AND IF there are more than 15 participants, Jen will choose TWO winners, so be sure to tell your friends and to play along too!  Please visit the Newton's Nook Designs' blog HERE for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you will play along with us!  Can't wait to see what you create!

~ Crafty Math Chick



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs' April Release ~ Day 2: Tag Sampler


Welcome back to the second day of Newton's Nook Design's April Release!  I am TOTALLY in LOOOOVE with the set Jen is revealing today, because it combines ALL my favorite hobbies rolled into one -- Introducing 'Tag Sampler':


Don't you just LOVE the little banners for CROCHET (SQUEEEE!  I have seen other sets that mention knitting or sewing but NEVER CROCHET and crochet is one of my FAVORITES!  If you haven't tried it, you don't know what you are missing out on people!  LOOK at the sweet little crochet hook image!!  Thank you so much Jen!  THANK YOU!!), knitting, sewing (which includes quilting), and stitching covers all you folks who embroider and needlepoint out there!  So even though I knit and sew (and did needlepoint and embroidery too in my earlier days) I am paying homage to CROCHET in my creations today:

Here is a little card I made to accompany a blanket I crocheted for my niece:

Crocheted border Card by Crafty Math Chick | Tag Sampler by Newton's Nook Designs

I crocheted a single crochet border ('sc chain 2 sc' repeated and 3 sc in the corners - for my crocheting friends) around a series of holes I punched using a 3/16th inch hole punch - trying to achieve spacing was a little tricky I must admit.  I used size 3 yarn with an E hook for this project.  Originally I envisioned using a B hook and embroidery thread, but it was splitting horribly (I have a new found respect for folks who do that teenie tiny amigurumi crochet!) and was difficult to see even with magnifying glasses and it was torturing my trigger thumb, so I should best leave tiny scale crochet for my friends with better eyesight and younger hands. I tried to match the colors in the blanket, which are deep purple, fuchsia and light pink.  The blanket is done with two strands of chunky yarn (size 5) and a Q hook according to this great tutorial by Melanie Ham if anyone is interested.  

I also tried to crochet a double crochet shell border around the main panel, but that looked... clunky? on paper - paper is not as forgiving as yarn, and in order to have holes that were big enough to fit five double crochet stitches left gaping semicircles that just weren't pretty, especially the anchoring single crochet stitches in between the shells to hold them down; I though the sc border was MUCH prettier!

I also wanted to show a little love to knitting, as I do enjoy it as well, with this photo of tags accompanying projects I completed last year (thought they acted as good props):


Handstamped Knitting & Crochet Tags by Crafty Math Chick | Tag Sampler by Newton's Nook Designs

The bone was a crocheted amigurumi toy I created in just 2 1/2 hours (which is available as a free pattern from amigurumipatterns.net, but you have to be a member - membership is also free) for my little Ty baby when he was sick using white Caron Simply Soft yarn and the payer blanket is simply knitted stockinette stitch with a fancy crocheted border using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Tea Leaf and Buff.  

If any of my stamping visitors would like to see knitting and crocheting related tutorials and posts in the future - please let me know in the comments!  Likewise, if any of my yarn enthusiast friends would like to see introductory stamping tutorials or videos - please let me know that in the comments as well!  

Ooops - in my excitement over this set I forgot to mention is coordinates purr-fectly with NND's Tags Times Two dies:


Pretty neat, huh?

Would you like to win a 'Tag Sampler' stamp set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and the Designs 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 the 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, April 21st at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 22nd.  Note: If you have already ordered this stamp set and you win, you may replace it with any in stock item of equal value. 

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



Jess Gerstner is next on the hop, I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs' April Release ~ Day 1: Winston's Honeybees


Welcome to the first day of Newton's Nook Design's April Release!  Jen sure has some cute ones picked out for you this month, starting with today's 'Winston's Honeybees':


Isn't it adorable?  It is a new size too!  These sweet little Honey bees are perfect for dozens of occassions - thank you, hello, I love you, even just 'bee' cause!  ;)  Jen even included some puffy clouds and a sweet little hive too!  Here is my card using this set:

Honey bee Thankzzz Card by Crafty Math Chick | Winston's Honeybees stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs

I love any opportunity to use honeycomb paper and thought this fun Acanthus border punch from Fiskars provided a complementary way to make it pop with black cardstock.  Winston bear is thanks the honey bee for the yummy honey he is enjoying, but if he isn't careful he is going to lose some!

Would you like to win a 'Winston's Honeybees' stamp set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and the Designs 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 the 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, April 21st at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 22nd.  Note: If you have already ordered this stamp set and you win, you may replace it with any in stock item of equal value. 

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



Jess Gerstner is next on the hop, I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Thankzzzz so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

~ Crafty Math Chick


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sports Enthusiast Birthday Card with Newton's Nook Designs

Hello everyone!  Today it is my turn once again to be featured on the Newton's Nook Designs' Blog - yaay!

I decided to use the opportunity to make a card for my BIL who loves sports using NND's Touchdown Tails set:

Bulldog Ref Birthday Card by Crafty Math Chick | Touchdown Tails by Newton's Nook Designs

I used some referee looking stripes from an 8"x8" stack from a 'CHAMPS' American Crafts (I think) which I thought would pair purr-fectly with the bull dog ref's uniform, and added some sentiments from the set using my Pennant punch from Stampin' Up!  

Hope he likes it - hope you like it too!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Welcome to the last day of Newton's Nook Designs' March Release!  Today everyone's favorite kitty returns sporting some international flair -- introducing 'Newton Dreams of London' and it's purr-fectly coordinating dies:




Seriously - HOW adorable are these images?!!  And didn't Jen really outdo herself with Big Ben (am I the only one who hears 'Parliament' afterwards from the National Lampoon movie?) and the phone booth and bus and the Guard hat?!!  OMG!!  

I decided to keep it CAS and have some fun with Memento Markers and the 'I {Heart} London' stamp and made this birthday card: 

London Lovers Birthday card by Crafty Math Chick | Newton Dreams of London by Newton's Nook Designs

I hope the recipient likes it - I know she loves London even more than Newton kitty does!

Would you like to win a 'Newton Dreams of London' stamp set?
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 the 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 17th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 18th. 


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




Jess is the next stop on the release hop - I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!  Have a great day - and thanks for stopping by!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs' March Release ~ Day 2


Welcome to the second day of Newton's Nook Designs' March Release.  Today another pretty faux quilling set joins the NND Family - introducing 'Beautiful Wings' and it coordinating dies!



I love the elegance of quilling, so I decided to make an elegant card in black with gold embossing:

Gold Embossed Butterflies by Crafty Math Chick | Beautiful Wings by Newton's Nook Designs

A word of advice - I used reverse tweezers to hold the die cut butterfly pieces as I hit them with the heat gun - make sure your fingers are on the plastic part of the handle and not the metal - OUCH!  LOL!  I do love the effect though.  Inside I used the 'fluttering by to say... Happy Birthday!' and will use this as a birthday card for my MIL.  I hope she likes it, I know my hubby loves the look and feel of heat embossing.  

Would you like to win a 'Beautiful Wings' stamp set?
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 the 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 17th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- the winner will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 18th. 


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




Jess is the next stop on the release hop - I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!  Have a great day - and thanks for stopping by!


~ Crafty Math Chick