Monday, September 15, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs' September Release - Day 1


Yaay!  Let the sneak peeks for Newton's Nook Designs' new sets begin!  Today we are revealing 'Newton's Perfect Pumpkin' - an adorable set with Newton showing off his pumpkin for you to decorate for him with all kinds of creative options:


Since there were so many cute ways to decorate Newton's pumpkin I figured, 'Why choose?' and used ALL of the in this interactive card:


See the orange & purple dial on the right side of the card?  Turn it and you can decide which of the faces you like best!  Pretty cool, huh?  I made a short video demonstrating how the interactive card works if you'd like to check it out HERE.  

I always enjoiy making fun Halloween treats to give away, so I also decided to make a festive little Tic Tac holder using this set as well:




Would you like to win 'Newton's Perfect Pumpkin'?
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, September 18th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th.

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


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Shellye is next on our hop, I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see!  Enjoy!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Electric Tea Light Luminary Tutorial with Newton's Nook Designs


Welcome back friends & followers!  Today I am going to show you how to make a cute little luminary using an electric tea light and Newton's Nook Designs' 'Boo Crew' set:


Step 1: Assemble your supplies:


  • Boo Cream set by Newton's Nook Designs,
  • 5" x 2 1/2 " piece of black cardstock,
  • 5" x 1/2" piece of orange cardstock,
  • 2" x 1 3/4" piece of vellum,
  • border punch (I used this 'Boo' one by EK Success),
  • adhesive (I use Tombow Mono Adhesive tape),
  • Scotch tape (to adhere vellum and secure back of luminary),
  • markers to color in kitty (I used Bic Mark Its in Peach Parfait & Summer Melon),
  • black & white inks (not pictured - I used Memento Tuxedo Black & Palette New Canvas),
  • craft knife & mat (not pictured), and
  • an electric tea light.


Step 2: punch border from orange cardstock strip:


Step 3: Stamp 'ghost kitty' image from Newton's Nook Designs 'Boo Crew' set on vellum using black ink (I have this step early so it has a little time to dry and won't smudge):


Step 4: Color in ears, feet & tail if desired.  I used Bic Mark Its in Peach Parfait for a light orangey color like the real-life Newton kitty, and peach parfait for the ear spaces:


Step 5:  Attach orange 'Boo' border to black strip of cardstock:


Step 6: Using a white ink, stamp the ghost kitty image again above the Boo border (in retrospect, I wish I had stamped a bit higher so the tea light would not be visible at the bottom - to avoid this you could measure the height of the tea light and make sure you stamp higher than that measurement from the Boo border on your cardstock, for mine, it would have been just another 1/4" higher):


Step 7: Once you are sure the white outline image is dry, cut the image out around the edges; this will create your opening for the vellum image.  I personally chose to leave a border so the black outline image of the ghost kitty would show through.  I used a craft knife & mat underneath:


When you are done it will look like this:


Step 8: Flip your strip of black cardstock over to the side that does not have the border attached and align the vellum stamped ghost kitty image over the opening - note, the stamped side will face down or away from you (I personally hold the strip and vellum piece up to a window or light source during alignment).  When you are satisfied with the position tape in place with Scotch tape - make sure you are taping on the side without the border, that is that back, which will be inside your luminary.


Step 9: Wrap your cardstock, border side out, around the tea light (note - it helps if you curl the cardstock with your fingers a bit so the paper curves better).  Secure in place with really strong tape (if you don't want it to show) or Scotch tape (which is what I did, it is in the back and no one will see it anyway).  And.... VOILA!  Electric tea light luminary complete!


(As a safety precaution, I would not recommend you leave these on when you are not home or unattended)

Easy peasy right?  And cute huh?  YOu could make a bunch of these and put them in the windows of your house on Halloween!  How fun & festive would that be?!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you liked my tutorial.  Would you like to see more of these from me in the future?  I'd love to know your thoughts.

Have a crafty day!


~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs August Release - Day 2


Welcome back for Day 2 of Newton's Nook Designs' August Release.  Today Jen has 'Simply Sentimental' - a versatile sentiment set for you:


Even though this set coordinates with SO many of Jen's adorable NND sets, I really wanted to try to create a card that focused on the sentiments themselves and let them shine.  So first I created this brad-laden masculine birthday card (I got through those quickly in my family!) using some Making Memories papers that remind me of men's shirts:


Additional Challenges for which I am submitting this card:
I was ready to stop there but wanted to give you guys more, and I was in a colorful mood so I created this card:


These fun rainbow stripes were also from the DCWV Flower Shower mat stack I used for paper piecing my 'hanging Around' critters yesterday.  I created the boxes by punching a 1/4" square from a scrap of vellum (so I could see through it to line it up with the different occasion choices) and tracing the edges inside the negative part that remained.  At first I was going to check off 'birthday' but then I thought 'You know, if I leave it blank I can wait until I need it and just check off the appropriate occasion....'  Isn't that a cool idea?!!  I am going to make a BUNCh of these with different patterned papers and just check off the occasions as they arise!  LOL!


Additional Challenge for which I am submitting this card:

Then I wanted to get a little playful with this set.  So I created this last card which I have entitled "Happy Around You" (hopefully you will 'get' the title when you see the card...):



I used a ruler and found the center of the 4.25" x 4.25" card and placed a 1/2" circle that I punched from a Post It notes in the center.  I used another post it to cover the half of the card I was not stamping on so the tail on the 'y' wouldn't continue to the other side.  Then I just kept stamping 'happy' in a spectrum of rainbow colors, moving the post it each time, and when I was finished I removed the post its and inked up the 'you' in the set, punched it out with the same 1/2" circle punched and popped it up in the middle.  Cute huh?  I like it!


Additional Challenges for which I am submitting this card:
Country View Challenge for August: Word Play (I call this one 'Happy Around You'),  

Would you like to win 'Simply Sentimental'?
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 Tuesday, August 19th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th.

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


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope at least one of my cards has inspired you to see the versatility of this pretty sentiment set.  Shellye is next on the hop list, I am sure she has created something fabulous for you to see!  Happy hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Monday, August 18, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs August Release - Day 1



Hello Everyone!  Time for another adorable release from Newton's Nook Designs!  WOO HOO!  Today we are revealing a set featuring several cute critters called "Hanging Around":



See?  Told you they were cute!  I couldn't decide which to feature so I decided, 'why choose?' and used 'em alllllll:



I've seen card in the past that have critters stamped on patterened papers and I always think it looks so nice so I decided to give it a try with a bunch of coordinating prints from DCVQ's Flower Shower mat stack (they were a bit thinning than their 12 x 12 stacks and easier to fussy cut, and there was a whooooole lotta fussy cutting going on on this card!) and most of the critters have two different prints on them.  They all have popped up sections and were designed to look like they were grabbing on to that pretty piece of Twinery Twine 'held' in place by the shiny little clips (though capturing their shine without glare was difficult).  So, you likey?

Would you like to win 'Hanging Around'?
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 Tuesday, August 19th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th. 


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


I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Shellye is next on the hop list, I am sure she has created something fabulous for you to see!  Happy hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Grateful Peacock

Hello again!  Today I wanted to show off a card I made for one of the DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.com.  I used 'Pretty as a Peacock' by my friend Asela for Gina K. Designs along with some colors that I think look terrific together:


The pretty peacock image panels & sentiments were heat embossed in black on Bermuda Bay cardstock along with Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, and Eggplant Ency accents and lime colored rhinestones.  The peacock square was cut out and popped up, and that lime accent under the sentiment?  It was a strip of cardstock that I double punched on both sides with a fiskers border punch that didn't center in an asthetically pleasing way, so I snipped off a symmetrical piece and positioned it under the sentiment, I think it looks pretty there!  I think the peacock feather background paper was by Recollections...

Since a peacock is featured I am also entering it in 2 Cute Ink's Challenge #112 - to feature an animal.

I made this card for a dear friend who has been SUPER kind, patient and generous to and with me as I am attempting to learn how to crochet from videos on the internet.  I am extremely grateful and wanted her to know it.  I hope she won't mind that I shared it here with all of you as well (I am guessing not, she is pretty awesome!)

Have a great day!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Little Tangles Challenge 42


Hello everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  While playing along with the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com I decided to play along with Little Tangles' Challenge 42: Happy Birthday using their Party Dots set:


I was really happy with how this came out - gold embossed on white with gold sequins scattered about, but I do have to give props to Chari Moss who made a card with this set with a very similar layout but different colors, she is such an inspiration to me!


Additional Challenges in which I am entering this card:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!  :)

~ Crafty Math Chick

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My First Peachy Keen Card!

Happy weekend everyone!  I recently purchased my first stamp sets from Peachy Keen Stamps (dog themed of course, really, any surprise there?  Did you know that the Peachy Keen stamps are actually peach colored?!!  So cool!  Really nice quality too!) and was happy to break them in when I saw the Peachy Keen Challenge 14-11 sketch:


I used my PK-1333 Faceless Puppy outline alone with the PK-442 Happy Go Lucky Dog Face Assortment (largest face) with this sketch to create this card:


I had so much fun coloring this little puppy with my Copic markers (I like that you can change the faces and their expressions, so cool!).  The patterned paper is by Imaginisce that I found recently at Tuesday Morning and I just matched the colors in them (Hello Honey, Tangelo, Chocolate Chip, Ridinghood Red, Night of navy and Pear Pizzazz by Stampin Up!).  The rhinestones are by the paper studio.  Creating that array was a little tricky, used some blue painter's tape on the back side to hold it in place.

Additional Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'In the Family' (anyone who knows me knows that my furbaby Ty IS family, not 'just a dog'), 
in addition to one of the DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.com.  

Hope to have more for you later this weekend, until then, hope you are out there enjoying it!

~ Crafty Math Chick