Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs April Release - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Newton's Nook Designs' April Release.  Today we are revealing 'Versatile Vases' - a fun floral set.

The 'best buds' sentiment spoke to me and made me think it would be perfect to use for a small 3"x 4" journal card to use in a pocket page album:
I am the red-yellow-white vase & flower and one of my besties, whose favorite colors are purples & blues - is the flirtier vase on the right.  

Would you like to WIN 'Versatile Vases'?
Here's how to WIN:

Comment on the NND Blog and Guest Team and Guest DT blogs (see list below!)  TWO winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure to 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, April 17th at 9 pm Central Standard Time (CST) to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 18th.  

NND is also having a giveaway this week on their Facebook page so make sure to head over there and enter that too!!

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


Good luck!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs April Release - Day 1


Welcome to the first day of Newton's Nook Designs' sneak peeks for April and we begin today featuring a pretty floral set just in time for Mother's day - Love Grows:
I think the roses are just lovely - don't you?  I stamped them in a very of colors that mimic my favorite colored roses for a CAS Mother's Day card:

I like the way it looks with all the outlines in different colors overlapping like that.

Would you like to WIN 'Love Grows'?
Here's how to WIN:

Comment on the NND Blog and Guest Team and Guest DT blogs (see list below!)  TWO winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure to 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, April 17th at 9 pm Central Standard Time (CST) to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 18th.  

NND is also having a giveaway this week on their Facebook page so make sure to head over there and enter that too!!

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

Good luck!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Sunday, April 6, 2014

PTI Make It Monday #158: Stamping with Watercolor Mediums

Hello Friends & Followers!  I hope you have had a good weekend!  Those of you who follow my blog know I tend not to use watercolors much, but when I saw Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge 158 to stamp with watercolor mediums I broke out my watercolor crayons, Out on a Limb- Revised & Out on a Limb Sentiments sets and gave it a whirl with this sympathy card:

I used watercolor crayons in chocolate chip for the branch and pale plum & perfect plum for the blooms but I think I used a little too much water in my watercolor brush and washed them out a bit too much, they have a pretty soft quality IRL, but they are a little difficult to even see in this picture.  I really like how this came out though, I think I am going to make a bunch more, perhaps in other colors, so that I have them on hand in the unfortunate event they are needed as sympathy cards can be difficult to make on the spot if you know what I mean.
     Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'Knitting Pretty' with Inky Paws Challenge #8 & Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

Hello my Friends & Followers!  Today I have another creation for you from Newton's Nook Designs!  I used the current Inky Paws Challenge Sketch #8 
 
and the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Baby Booties picture (NND is sponsoring the challenge this time, more on that in a moment!):
and Newton's Antics to create this card:
I used some sweater themed patterned paper in the background and colored Newton kitty to match with Copic markers (E42 and W00 I believe).  I thought this swirly loop punch I have from Martha Stewart matched the knitted pattern in the background nicely and wove some coordinating embroidery floss in and out of the loops for some fibers to match Newton's 'ball of yarn' - which was simply the stamped yarn ball that I punched with a circle punch and then added the 'knitting needle' pins and wrapped more embroidery floss around and around and around...  I masked Newton so I could make it look like he was holding the end of the yarn as he took a cat nap.
     Hope you will be able to play along with our Inky Paws Challenge and the Curtain Call Baby Booties Inspiration Challenge - you could win a gift certificate to Newton's Nook Designs in each one!  Newton's Nook Designs images are required for the Inky Paws challenge, but Jennifer generously provided some freebies on the NND Blog that you can use so you can still participate even if you haven't had the opportunity to snag any of her adorable sets yet.
     Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you will play along with us!~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Day 3

Welcome to the third and final day of Newton's Nook Designs' March Release.  Today we are revealing 'Basket of Wishes' - a set perfect for so many occasions with its variety of images you can fill the pretty basket with.  

Don't you just love versatile sets like this?  I sure do!  For me, the gardening insert drew me in and I knew I wanted to use that image and make a seed packet using THIS easy tutorial from Dollar Store Crafts and some pretty kraft designer paper from Recollections' Garden Harvest collection (I know you can't tell from the photo, but the tomatoes and carrot in the DP are actually sparkly!):
(Please click on the photo for clearer resolution).  Can you tell I paper pieced the gardening gloves with a scrap of floral patterned paper that I used for the duckie's umbrella on Day 1?  (you know how gardening gloves always seem to have bright floral patterns on them, right?)  Every Day is Earth Day after all - reduce, reuse, recycle!!  I can't wait to plant that basil - did you know even after you pick basil it can live up to a month in a vase of water in your window sill and continue to make your house smell delicious?  And I LOVE cooking with fresh basil too.  What is your favorite thing to grow?  Are you more of a vegetable, herb or floral gardener?  Would love to hear in your comments!  Speaking of comments...

Would you like to WIN Basket of Wishes?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and the Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below).  TWO WINNERS will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure to 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 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog on Friday, March 21st.  

Check out all these AWESOME Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Christine Drogt
Samantha Mann
Larissa Heskett
Crafty Math-Chick (<-- you are here)
Danielle Pandeline
Valerie Ward
Tessa Wise
Katie Brooks  - Guest Designer
Michelle Lupton - Guest Designer
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Day 2

Welcome back!  For day 2 of Newton's Nook Designs sneak peeks we are previewing the new mini set 'Easter Scramble':  

(Jennifer pointed out that the 'egg bottom' doubles as a tulip - boy, am I embarrassed that I missed that!!  Luckily, lots of my talented teamies didn't!)  I paired the cute little chick with some bright, springy patterned papers by Doodlebug (I seriously adore their papers!)
(please click on the photo for clearer resolution).  The sentiment is stamped on a speech bubble punched from EK Success' speech bubble punch (which I use a lot).  I decided to keep it simple today.

Would you like to WIN Easter Scramble?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and the Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below).  TWO WINNERS will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure to 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 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog on Friday, March 21st.  

Check out all these AWESOME Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Christine Drogt
Samantha Mann
Larissa Heskett
Crafty Math-Chick (<-- you are here)
Danielle Pandeline
Valerie Ward
Tessa Wise
Katie Brooks  - Guest Designer
Michelle Lupton - Guest Designer
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs March Release - Day 1

Hello again!  Today the March release for Newton's Nook Designs begins!  YAAY!  Today Jennifer is introducing Spring Showers:
Spring Showers is a 3x4 stamp set that includes 10 stamps (4 images & 6 sentiments) and is perfect for a variety of get well soon cards, baby & bridal shower cards, and anytime you want to shower someone with kindness or love!  I never seem to have enough get well cards in my stash, so that was direction I went with my sneak peek creation today:
(please click on the photo for clearer resolution).  I created a cloud template and sponged some grey ink to create the stormy skies and cut out a freehand grey cloud and stamped the tiny white cloud from the set.  The cute duck was colored with Chromatix markers and then I added a little Studio G glitter glue (which is just as sparkly as Stickles IMHO, even flows a little bit better) to the raindrops and puddles to make them sparkle.  I paper pieced the umbrella with some springy flowers from a stack by the Paper Studio.  Here is the inside (I wanted a transition from the grey clouds lifting to reveal sunny skies):


Would you like to WIN Spring Showers?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and the Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below).  TWO WINNERS will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' release posts.  Make sure to 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 20th at 9 pm Central Standard Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog on Friday, March 21st.  

Check out all these AWESOME Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Christine Drogt
Samantha Mann
Larissa Heskett
Crafty Math-Chick (<-- you are here)
Danielle Pandeline
Valerie Ward
Tessa Wise
Katie Brooks  - Guest Designer
Michelle Lupton - Guest Designer
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
~ Crafty Math Chick