Thursday, April 18, 2019

Simply Ear-resistable!


hey there!
today, I have this card up on the Newton's Nook Designs Blog!  I was at Target and I saw a shirt in the kids section of a sloth with Easter bunny ears, and I was like - YES! ha!!

You are Ear-resistable Card by Samantha Mann - Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Inks, Easter #inkblending #sloth #cards #handmadecards

right?! isn't that so fun! ha!! I love it!
I used the sloth from In Slow Motion Stamp Set and combined it with JUST the ears from one of the images from Newton's Easter Basket Stamp Set. I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then fussy cut everything out! 
oh yeah, and I added leaves from    to the tree to tie in the background!

You are Ear-resistable Card by Samantha Mann - Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Inks, Easter #inkblending #sloth #cards #handmadecards

and that background is soooo fun!
I used the Tropical Leaves Stencil with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio! and then removed the stencil and ink blended a little on top of it.

You are Ear-resistable Card by Samantha Mann - Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Inks, Easter #inkblending #sloth #cards #handmadecards

I finished the card off by heat embossing the sentiment from Bitty Bunnies Stamp Set onto a banner of black cardstock. and then I added some glitter to the to the ears! so fun!
be sure to check this out on the Newton's Nook Designs Blog, too!

enjoy!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #51 - Sketch

happy Monday!
let's start this week off with a NEW challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog!



yay!



eeeeeep!!

isn't this just the best and most inspiring sketch?! I really, really love it, and I'm SO excited to make more cards with this sketch!

I used the adorable Mermaid for You stamp set for my card!


Waving Hello Card by Samantha Mann - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, distress ink, mermaids, #lawnfawn #lawnfawnatics #mermaids #distressink #handmadecards #cards

I colored all of the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then fussy cut them out!

for the background, I used Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers for some ink blending. 


Waving Hello Card by Samantha Mann - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, distress ink, mermaids, #lawnfawn #lawnfawnatics #mermaids #distressink #handmadecards #cards

to create the 'waves', I die cut various pieces of cardstock using the Stitched Hillside Borders Dies to create the makeshift stencils! then I used them to ink blend the 'waves'! then I sprinkled some water, ink color and white acrylic paint on top of everything! so fun!

I really can't WAIT for you to play along! you could win a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn!!!!

enjoy!




Saturday, April 13, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

Create a Smile Stamps April 2019 Release

hi again!!
I'm soooooo excited to share my cards for the new Create a Smile Stamps release!!



I created 4 cards, so let's get to it!

my first card is a sweet, unique wedding card!


Best Wedding Wishes Card by Samantha Mann - Create a Smile Stamps, distress ink, wedding, rainbow #wedding #cards #inkblending #createasmile

I combined the new Floral Decorations stamp set with the older beaaauuuuuutiful Decorated Wishes stamp set!
I masked off the off-set strip with masking tape, and then ink blended with Distress Inks! once that was done, I stamped the various floral images in the same colors, looooooove that look!! 


Best Wedding Wishes Card by Samantha Mann - Create a Smile Stamps, distress ink, wedding, rainbow #wedding #cards #inkblending #createasmile

once that was done, I sprinkled some white acrylic paint on top!
the sentiment was then heat embossed in black! the banner was heat embossed onto vellum, and then attached under the card!
and I finished off the card with some Pretty Pink Post clear sequins.

my second card is a birthday card, with perhaps, the cutest little candy pieces, ever!


Sweetest Birthday Wishes Card by Samantha Mann, Create a Smile Stamps, candy, zig clean color real brush markers, Birthday, distress inks #inkblending #createasmile #birthday #cards

aren't they SO cute!?
I colored all of the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then fussy cut them out! They are from the new Little Treats stamp set! I popped some of them up with foam tape!


Sweetest Birthday Wishes Card by Samantha Mann, Create a Smile Stamps, candy, zig clean color real brush markers, Birthday, distress inks #inkblending #createasmile #birthday #cards

the background was ink blended with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet! then I sprinkled some water on top!
the background was then die cut with the new, SUPER COOL, Focal Die!

my next card is keeping with the birthday theme!


You Still Look Scrumptious Card by Samantha Mann, Create a Smile Stamps, handmade cards, ice cream, stencil, die cut, #createasmiles #icecream #cards, #distressoxide #birthday

but this time, I used the new Birthday Sampler set, combined with the newly RE-released Soft Serve die!
I die cut the ice cream image with white, and then used Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo (waffle cone) and Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold (ice-cream) and sprinkled some water on top! I attached the die cut pieces on top of the ink blending and then cut around it! I popped the whole thing up with foam tape! 


You Still Look Scrumptious Card by Samantha Mann, Create a Smile Stamps, handmade cards, ice cream, stencil, die cut, #createasmiles #icecream #cards, #distressoxide #birthday

the background was created by tinting some white embossing paste with grey ink, and then using it with the Waves Stencil to add some wonky lines!
I heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum, attached it to the card and finished it all off with the Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins!

my last card uses another newly RE-release product: the Sending Sunshine mini-stamp set!


Pinch Me Card by Samantha Mann - Create a Smile Stamps, lobster, ocean, stencil #createasmiles #cards #stamps #inkblending

looooove it! those little lobsters are just darling!! (and I can't help but think of the quote from Friends, check that out here!)
I colored all of the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then fussy cut them out! aren't they so adorable?


Pinch Me Card by Samantha Mann - Create a Smile Stamps, lobster, ocean, stencil #createasmiles #cards #stamps #inkblending

for the background, I used Distress Inks to ink blend with Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet and combined it with the Curved Lines Stencil!
I finished off the card with some clear droplets!

So, those are my cards! 
Be sure to check out the rest of the cards the Design Team created....you're going to have your socks blown off!! 

thanks for sticking around to the end, and for checking out my cards!! 
enjoy!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Newton's Nook Designs April Release-Newton's Birdhouse + coordinating Die, Mother's Day, Father's Day

wow!!
I can't believe it's already the last day of Newton's Nook Designs April release!


I am super in love with this release, it's FUN and happy and so exciting!
oh how I love all of these new stamps, stencils and dies!! just wait until you see it all! but in the mean time, check out what we're working with today: Newton's Birdhouse + coordinating Die, Mother's Day, Father's Day
you can totally create a project life type spread, gift tags and, of course, cards! all of the new sets will be available for purchase on April 12th, right here

my first card uses the new Newton's Birdhouse set along with the new Speech Bubbles Die Set!!

Find Your Happy Place Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Deisgns, handmade cards, distress ink, cats, bokeh #inkblending #newtonsnook #cards

this was so fun to make! 
I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the images, along with the coordinating dies to die cut it out! 
and the sentiment!! ha ha ha! still makes me laugh!
I also used the Bokeh Stencil to create the fun background, which I highlighted with sequins!
the Distress Ink colors I used are Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn!

Find Your Happy Place Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Deisgns, handmade cards, distress ink, cats, bokeh #inkblending #newtonsnook #cards

it's hard to tell in the photos, but the sentiment was heat embossed in black onto a vellum speech bubble!

my 2nd and 3rd cards use the new Mother's Day and Father's Day mini sets!

Mother's & Father's Day Card Duo by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Designs, distress inks, stencil, handmade cards #cards #inkblending #newtonsnook #fussycut

love them!!
I used the new Hardwood Stencil for both backgrounds - I used it with white embossing paste for the Mother's Day card, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink with ink blending for the Father's Day card!

Happy Mother's Day Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Designs, distress inks, handmade cards, #inkblending #mothersday #newtonsnook #stencil #embossingpaste

both cards have the sentiment heat embossed in black onto a strip of vellum! then I stamped, colored and fussy cut out the little images and glued them to the sentiment!

Happy Mother's Day Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Designs, distress inks, handmade cards, #inkblending #mothersday #newtonsnook #stencil #embossingpaste

for the Mother's Day card, I combined it with the Bold Blooms Stencil and Seedless Perserves, Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold Distress inks! then I used the Frames Squared Die Set to cut it out!

Happy Father's Day Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Designs, fussy cut, plaid, distress ink,  handmade cards, #cards #fathersday #newtonsnook #distressink

the Father's Day card uses the Plaid Stencil Set! and this time, I used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn!

Happy Father's Day Card by Samantha Mann, Newton's Nook Designs, fussy cut, plaid, distress ink,  handmade cards, #cards #fathersday #newtonsnook #distressink

oh! and the vellum was attached with foam tape under the colored images, for both cards! I used the Frameworks Die Set to cut out the plain panel!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Birdhouse” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 11th at 9pm EST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 12th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2nd Annual Cutest Video Hop Ever - honest!!

Hi hi hi!!

Hello and welcome to the 2nd Annual Cutest Video Hop Ever! My little Menn (Jackson and Nolan!) and I are excited to be joining Emily Leiphart for this fun hop, crafting with our kids (or in Simon’s case, with mom) and inspiring the next generation of crafters! We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids (mom), as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you.

yes, that's right...I made a video with my little Menn!! I'm still a rookie, so be kind!! Be sure to check out the video by clicking hereWe hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids, as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you. (All of the information can be found on Emily's blog!)





All of the artists' YouTube links are below. Please remember that comments here on the blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.

VIDEO HOP LIST

  1. Catherine Pooler   https://youtu.be/oCEuvP63KaM
  2. Ardyth Percy-Robb   https://youtu.be/HYyEA1_Iw6U
  3. Jill Dewey Hawkins   https://youtu.be/IibysQA5s4o
  4. Marie-Pierre Capistran   https://youtu.be/4TGcsw4-C6I
  5. Natalie Elphinstone   https://youtu.be/xhjWKx73jH4

All of the giveaway and ways to win are below, be sure to check it out!!

My little Menn were super excited to play with my alcohol inks...and they loved it! here are their cards!


be sure to check out the video on YouTube! 

but here are some closeups, too:



Jackson knew right away that he wanted to use the panda from the Be Him stamp set by Waffle Flower!...it's his favorite animal, he knows practically everything about them!




and Nolan used the kitty from Be Her, because...well in his words: he "wanted to make George Washing-cat"...!?! ha ha!


I also joined in the fun and made a card just like theirs! but, of course, I had to add a rainbow!




love it!





SPONSORS + PRIZES



We're incredibly grateful to Ranger Ink and Simon Hurley for sending Simon Hurley create. products to several of our designers, and also to Catherine Pooler Designs for sending her inks to several of our designers.

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated over 30 prizes for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 17, 2019 and winners will be announced on my blog on April 24, 2019.

Ranger Ink, 2 Simon Hurley create. Goodie Bags
Jennifer McGuire Ink, 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags
Catherine Pooler Designs, 2 ink pads per video
Scrapbook.com, $75 gift certificate + ColorCase 2-pack*
Simon Says Stamp, $50 gift certificate
Avery Elle, $50 gift certificate
Studio Katia, 2 x $25 gift certificates
Winnie & Walter, $50 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh, $30 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson, $25 gift certificate
Hero Arts, $25 gift certificate
My Favorite Things, $25 gift certificate
Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches, $25 gift certificate
The Stamp Market, $25 gift certificate
Waffle Flower, $25 gift certificate

Enjoy!!