Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Birthday with Newton's Nook Designs

Good morning!  Hope those of you getting buried with snow are staying warm & cozy.

Today I am featured on the Newton's Nook Designs blog.  Since I never to seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash, I decided to go with a birthday theme using Simply Sentimental 


and a color combination that would work well for both genders (a nice happy yellow!):


Personally, I think yellow is such a bright, cheery, happy color, and I don't think it is used nearly enough these days.  I thought the black matting made the yellow POP that much more.  I also tend to be drawn to bold vertical stripes for some reason, so I really like this patterned paper.  It might not be clear from the photograph, but I added yellow rhinestones between each flourish from my Fiskars border punch (I love that scrolly design!)

Thanks so much for stopped by and seeing my creations!  I hope you have a terrific day!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Friday, January 23, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #17

Hello everyone!  Today is the first Inky Paws Challenge of 2015.  For Inky Paws Challenge #17, Jen challenges us to use something heart-shaped in your creation featuring Newton's Nook Designs:


(Don't those cookies make your mouth water?  YUM!)  I met the challenge using Flirty Flamingos, which I honestly believe is the cutest flamingo set I have seen anywhere!!

Flirty Flamingos | 3x4 photopolymer Stamp Set | Newton's Nook Designs
to make this card:


I used various sizes of heart-shaped Nestabilities dies by Spellbinders to create this heart-shaped card with a window in the middle for the flamingos to peek out of.  

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's 'Have a Heart' Wednesday Challenge (did you know Simon Says Stamp carries Newton's Nook Designs sets too?  They do!!).

Won't you take the Inky Paws Challenge and play along with us?  You have until Friday, February 6th to play along and you must use a NND image (though there are some freebies on the NND blog)on a new creation.  Check out the Newton's Nook Designs blog for all the details - including how you could WIN a $10 store credit to NND (and if there are more than 15 participants, Jen will pick TWO winners!  WHOOP!)!

And if you happen to have some extra valentines lying around - I hope you will consider donating them to Winter Sims' Cards from the Heart Card Drive - she is collecting valentines for distribution to children spending valentine's day in hospitals.  You get to do a good deed, spread a little love, and even have a chance to win some fun crafty prizes in the process!  Visit HERE for more information.


Have a great day and a wonderful weekend crafty friends!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs January Release ~ Day 2


Welcome back for the second day of Newton's Nook Designs January Release!  Today 'Newton Dreams of Paris' makes its debut, with lots of images and sentiments perfect for valentines day, anniversaries, any expression of love, scrapbooking trips to Paris or even just saying hello - how's that for versatility?!!


Just seeing the images in the package gave me the impression that little Newton in the lower right corner was looking up at the Newton kitty in the air balloon, so I went with it with this card:


(please click on the photo for a larger image).  The background is from Echo Park's 'Be Mine' stack - lots of great pinks, greys and black & white in that collection (lots of Parisian elements to coordinate with this stamp set as well!) so I did a bit of paper piecing here with both Newton's and all four air balloons.  I don't know if it shows up in the photo, but I added some glitter glue to the hearts on the card for an added touch of sparkle, cards are more festive with a little sparkle, right?

Would you like to win 'Newton Dreams of Paris'?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  Two winners 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, January 15th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 16th.

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

Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Evans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick <--- (you're here!)
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Kimberly Rendino 
Yukari Yoshioka 
Tracy Mae (Guest Designer) 

Good luck!  Jess Moyer is the next stop on the hop, I am sure she has something spectacular for you to see, enjoy!


PS - I really don't send many valentine's other than to my husband (from me and one from Ty as well, LOL!) and to my Mom & MIL, so I will be donating the majority of the valentine-themed cards I make to Winter Sims' Cards from the Heart' Card Drive - she collects valentines to distribute to children in hospitals - if you'd like to participate you can read all about the details HERE.


~ Crafty Math Chick


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs January Release ~ Day 1


Welcome!  Today we are showing off Newton's Nook Design's soon-to-be-released set: Wild About Zoo:


As you can see, the set has several images of adorable animals with sentiments perfect for valentine's day, anniversaries, and other fun expressions of love!  I decide to use little lion Newton and wrapped the twine Jen wrapped around the sets when she shipped them to create a fun texture mane:


(please click on the image for a larger picture).  I converted Newton from Newton's Day Dream into a lioness to snuggle with placed over this perfect background scene from a sheet from DCWV's 8" x 8" Safari stack.  

Would you like to win 'Wild About Zoo'?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  Two winners 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, January 15th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 16th.

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


Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Evans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick <--- (you're here!)
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Kimberly Rendino
Yukari Yoshioka
Tracy Mae (Guest Designer)

Good luck!  Jess Moyer is the next stop on the hop, I am sure she has something spectacular for you to see, enjoy!


PS - I really don't send many valentine's other than to my husband (from me and one from Ty as well, LOL!) and to my Mom & MIL, so I will be donating the majority of the valentine-themed cards I make to Winter Sims' Cards from the Heart' Card Drive - she collects valentines to distribute to children in hospitals - if you'd like to participate you can read all about the details HERE.

~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs Flash Challenge: Thank you!

Happy 2015 Friends & Followers!  I hope you had a happy new year and that 2015 will also be a healthy & crafty one for you!  Jen decided it would be fun to begin the new year reflecting on what we are thankful for and is having a Flash Challenge with a Thank you theme and even created a new freebie digi on the blog just for you!


For this specific challenge she is even lifting the requirement that NND images be used - that's right, you can use ANY image and play along this time!  However, this is also a SHORT challenge - you only have through Saturday, January 10th to play along and the winner will be drawn randomly.  So I hope you will join us and play along!

I certainly have a LOT to be thankful for, especially at this time.  A lot has happened since my last post - our sweet furbaby Ty was in a lot of pain, we discovered he had a damaged cervical disc and he needed ventral slot surgery.  The vet called last night and said the surgery went well, so now I just have to hope he has a smooth recovery with no complications.  So, any prayers or positive thoughts you care to offer on his behalf are most appreciated.  Anyone who knows me knows he means the world to me.  

Newton's Nook Designs has son many great sets with images and sentiments that are perfect for expressing gratitute, I selected Sweet Summer (which happens to be on sale right now as well - bonus!)


and used some retired patterned paper by Imaginisce that I LOVE to create this card:


I used a corner rounder to give the card more of a watermelon-slice-feel (when I die cut circles and fold them in half and cards are so small it is difficult to write much on the inside).

SInce The Mod Squad Challenge was also having a 'thank you' theme, I am submitting this card for that challenge as well!  

I know I never have enough thank you cards in my stash - hope you will join us and play along!  Happy 2015 and thanks again for your prayers for our furbaby.

~ Crafty Math Chick

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge for Dr. Cameron, Veterinarian


I love Paper Smooches stamps and don't use them nearly enough, so I was determined to play along with this week's Paper Smooches Sparks 'Picture Perfect' Challenge. When I saw this inspiration photo:


I decided to use all those vertically piled stones and use lots of cute pet images from Kim's Woofers & Tweeters, Nine Lives & Santa Paws sets along with some festive red paw print patterned paper by American Crafts to create this Christmas card for her:


I colored the doxie in the middle like my Ty Baby.  I hope Dr. Cameron likes it.  I honestly believe she is the best veterinarian in the world - she always went above & beyond to take extra special care of my Ty baby, and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciate it even though we have moved away and we can't visit her any longer. 

Speaking of Ty Baby, he is not doing very well right now.  We are not sure what is wrong.  There were no masses or fractures in the x-ray our local vet in our new location took, so he suspects it is referred nerve pain for a swollen cervical disc but that can't be diagnosed without an MRI and he doesn't have that machine.  So Ty is on a course of steroids, muscle relaxers and meds for nerve pain, but he seems to be getting worse rather than better.  I had hoped we could avoid an MRI and potentially another back surgery, but I don't know what the future holds.  If you happen to know me at all you know Ty means the world to me and that thought of him in pain and me unable to help him destroys me.  If you are the praying type, it would mean SO Much to me and to little Ty if you could offer up a prayer or two, positive energy and good thoughts, that he get well and feel better SOON!  Please?!!  Yes, I am so desperate for him to feel better I am begging for prayers on the internet.  :'(

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my card and for prayers offered for Ty Baby.

~ Crafty Math Chick



Friday, December 19, 2014

Barbie's Christmas Card with Newton's Nook Designs

Hello!  Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish visitors and can you believe it is less than a week until Christmas?!!  Such a fun & happy time of year!  If you have visited my blog before you know I am a HUGE dog lover.  Several of my friends are as well and I LOVE making dog themed holiday cards for them!  Here is one I made using 'Canine Christmas':


for my friend Barbie, who has been a doggie Momma to many a black Labrador Retriever over the years:


Black is challenging to color with Copics IMHO!  LOL!  But I did my best with Black 100, W9, W7 and W5.  I love the traditional bold bright colors in Doodlebug's 'Northpole' collection and used some big rhinestones to complement the bold polka dots in this paper.  I hope Barbie likes it...


Challenges in which I entered this card:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes (did you know that Simon Says Stamp sells Newton's Nook Designs too?  They do!!), 
A Random Fan Challenge 21: anything goes (with a hand colored image) (I used Copics), and
SugarPea Designs Challenge 12: Anything goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

~ Crafty Math Chick