Thursday, May 19, 2022

Get Cracking on Christmas - Welcome to the North Mole

hello!!!

today I'm joining Jenn Shurkus as she continues to Get Cracking on those Christmas cards!! I'm sooooooooo excited to be joining her since I just love building up my stash all year long! ha!!

be sure to join in the Christmas fun!!
if you create a project, share it on social media with the tag: #getcrackingonchristmas and comment on Jenn's blog!
as an added bonus...Jenn will be doing a live event on her YouTube!

LIVE on YouTube Friday, May 20th at 8p ET

ok, let's get onto my card!
I used these amazing and CUTE and fun stamps from Create a Smile Stamps!



so cute!
I colored all of the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then fussy cut them out! I also added some details with a white gel pen! I used the mole from Light Up the Dark, the trees from Incredible, and the sign and present from Christmas is Coming!


I used Distress Oxide Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron to ink blend the background. then I used the Leafy Stencil from Create a Smile Stamps to add the leaves in the same colors!
I also used the Wave of Snowflakes Stencil with some white embossing paste to add some snowy texture to this jungle scene!


the sentiment was created by using both the Letters and Tiny Letterings.

don't forget to comment on Jenn's blog post and play along, too! 
enjoy!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Newton's Nook Designs & Therm O Web Collaboration Week 2022!

**this is my 2nd post of the day. to see my Lawn Fawantics Challenge card, scroll down or click here**


This week Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web are partnering for a fabulous inspiration week! 

All week long both design teams will be sharing ways to use Therm O Web products with Newton's Nook Designs stamps!
There are prizes too!
Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can win!

I made two cards for this fun occasion!

Summer Cards for Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration Week, Deco Foil, Flock, heat embossing, slimline card, card making, Handmade Cards, stencil #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thermoweb #decofoil #flock #stencil #diecuts

my first card uses foil and flock along with the Pineapple Stencil Set!
for the background, I used 2 different yellow alcohol inks - LOVE that fresh summery feel!

I used the Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo through the first layer of the stencil, and then used my new favorite foil - OPAL!! love how that looks for the pineapples! once that was all dry and foiled, I used the same gel with the second layer of the stencil - then I used Enchanted Rose Foil and Pink Carnation Flock for the tops! so fun!

Summer Cards for Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration Week, Deco Foil, Flock, heat embossing, slimline card, card making, Handmade Cards, stencil #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thermoweb #decofoil #flock #stencil #diecuts

I used the Essential Alphabet Dies to accentuate part of the sentiment! part of some pinks and purples in alcohol inks are popped through! so summery!

Summer Cards for Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration Week, Deco Foil, Flock, heat embossing, slimline card, card making, Handmade Cards, stencil #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thermoweb #decofoil #flock #stencil #diecuts

lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment rest of the sentiment from Tropical Fringe stamp set!

my second card also uses Opal Foil, Enchanted Rose Foil as well the Wild Cherry Foil and Spring Green Foil!


so fun! and the colors of the foil pop!
I used the same gel onto some white cardstock, then used the foil sheets! once it was all transfered, I die cut out the various shapes with the Hibiscus Die Set!

Summer Cards for Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration Week, Deco Foil, Flock, heat embossing, slimline card, card making, Handmade Cards, stencil #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thermoweb #decofoil #flock #stencil #diecuts

I popped up the flowers with foam tape to add some dimension! but first I used the Tropical Leaves stencil and white embossing paste to add texture!

Summer Cards for Newton's Nook Designs and Therm O Web Collaboration Week, Deco Foil, Flock, heat embossing, slimline card, card making, Handmade Cards, stencil #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thermoweb #decofoil #flock #stencil #diecuts

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Seashell Roundabout stamp set onto black cardstock, then used the Banner Trio die set to die cut it out!

There are more amazing projects today over on the Therm O Web blog so pop over there for more inspiration!
Would you like to win a $40 store credit Therm O Web or to Newton's Nook Designs? Visit the Newton's Nook Designs blog and the Therm O Web Blog for a chance to win!
Both companies will be giving away a prize this week!

enjoy!

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #125 - Dies Only

happy Monday!

let's start this week off with a NEW challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog!
and this is the last one of the YEAR!!! eeeeep!



yay!
 
 
now this is a fun new challenge!
I love this idea and it totally pushed me out of my comfort zone!

Rainbow Graduation Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Die Cuts, Distress Inks, Ink Blending, Rainy Sky Stencil, Rainbow, #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #distressinks #graduation #graduationcard #diecuts #handmadecards #cardmaking

my good friend has a daughter graduating high school, so I had to make a card for her, and I love how it came out!
I stamped the graduation cap from Smart Cookie and colored it in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Rainbow Graduation Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Die Cuts, Distress Inks, Ink Blending, Rainy Sky Stencil, Rainbow, #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #distressinks #graduation #graduationcard #diecuts #handmadecards #cardmaking

I used Distress Inks in pinks, oranges and yellows to add color to the Rainbow! then I splattered some water and white acrylic ink on top.
I die cut out the clouds from white cardstock, using the Puffy Cloud Border dies
 
 
Rainbow Graduation Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Die Cuts, Distress Inks, Ink Blending, Rainy Sky Stencil, Rainbow, #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #distressinks #graduation #graduationcard #diecuts #handmadecards #cardmaking
 
the background was blending with Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio. then I used the Rainy Sky Stencil and some Fairy Dust paste for the sparkle! 
lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment from Wavy Sayings in white onto black cardstock, and then die cut with the Fancy Wavy Banners.
 
I really can't WAIT for you to play along! you could win a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn!!!!
enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

overload of thanks!

hi there!
today I have this card up on the Newton's Nook Designs blog!

Overload of Thanks Card by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Thank You Card, Robots, Distress Oxide Inks, Ink Blending, Stencil, #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thankyoucard #distressinks #robots #cardmaking

it's so cute! I forgot for a hot minute just how cute the robots from Love Bots are! I looooooove them, especially that cute little robot kitty!
of course, I had to color them in with a nod to rainbows! once it was all dry, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies!

Overload of Thanks Card by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Thank You Card, Robots, Distress Oxide Inks, Ink Blending, Stencil, #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thankyoucard #distressinks #robots #cardmaking

I heat embossed the sentiment in black and then used the A7 Frames & Banners die set to die cut it out!

Overload of Thanks Card by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Thank You Card, Robots, Distress Oxide Inks, Ink Blending, Stencil, #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #thankyoucard #distressinks #robots #cardmaking

for the background, I used Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch to ink blend! then I used the Sunscape Stencil with some sparkly paste to add texture and shine to this card!

be sure to check this card out on the Newton's Nook blog, too!
enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2022

National Scrapbook Day Mini Release with Newton's Nook Designs

Happy National Scrapbook Day!
Today Newton's Nook Designs is celebrating with NEW dog and cat themed papers and dies! These new products are available NOW in their shop! Plus, there is a FLASH SALE TODAY! Save 20% off today only with code SCRAP22 at newtonsnookdesigns.com

and now on to my TWO scrapbook pages!
my first page uses the BRAND NEW A Cat's Life Paper Pad and Cat Silhouettes dies!

Little Balls of Fur Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Kittens, Cats, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

LOOOOOVE it!
I added some watercolor in teals that match the papers perfectly! I have two photos, one of each of my sweet furry kitties in their little cat tree cave!
I used 5 different papers form the new pad in the same width as the photos - LOVE those pops of color!

Little Balls of Fur Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Kittens, Cats, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

I usually do my titles in white...it's hard to see in photos, but I love the subtle-feel of it!
I also die cut out the sweet new cat silhouettes from some scrap paper. then I used that as a stencil and used white embossing paste to add texture throughout the layout!

Little Balls of Fur Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Kittens, Cats, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

I also used a bunch of stickers from my stash to accent and accentuate the colors of the papers!

Little Balls of Fur Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Kittens, Cats, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbookingLittle Balls of Fur Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Kittens, Cats, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

and I especially love the peeks of the paper from the cut out edges on the layout!

my second layout uses the cute as can be A Dog's Life paper pad and Dog Silhouettes dies!

Puppy Love Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Puppies, Dogs, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

and yes - more watercolor!! ha! this time in yellows and greens!!
I love how those colors pop, especially with the red of my oldest little Mann's shirt! lol! this photo was taken a while ago, but I love how it shows the love they have for their Nana and Papa's goldendoodle! lol! so sweet!

Puppy Love Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Puppies, Dogs, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

I die cut out all of the puppies from some of the patterned paper! I also used some patterned paper to back the photo, and to back the torn edges!

Puppy Love Scrapbook Layout by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Mixed Media, Puppies, Dogs, Watercolor, Scrapbooking #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #watercolor #mixedmedia #scrapbooklayout #scrapbooking

I used more stickers from stash around the title, and popped up the dies with foam tape!

be sure to check out the SALE going on at Newton's Nook Designs - 20% off!

Check out the blogs of these Design Team Members for more inspiration:

coffee springtime card!

hi there!
today I have this card up on the Newton's Nook blog as part of the 2022 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

A Big Cup of Thanks Card by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Spring, Tulips, Cards, Handmade Cards, Card Making #thankyoucard #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #tulips #cardmaking

I used the cute Newton's Mug stamp set and selectively stamped the image without stamping the paws on the cup!

then I used the Tulips stamp set to add the adorable spring time freshness to the mug! the images were all colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then fussy cut out!


instead of stamping the sentiment as is, I masked off the sentiment, line by line, and heat embossed it on some pink cardstock. then I used the Banner Trio Die Set to die cut it out!

A Big Cup of Thanks Card by Samantha Mann for Newton's Nook Designs, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Spring, Tulips, Cards, Handmade Cards, Card Making #thankyoucard #newtonsnook #newtonsnookdesigns #tulips #cardmaking

I used some light kraft carstock for the front, and then used white embossing paste and the Tree Rings Stencil to add texture. I also splattered some white acrylic ink on top!

be sure to head over to the Newton's Nook blog to read all about the details of the 2022 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and to hop along!
enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2022

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #124 - Masculine Inspiration Board

 

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



yay! 


I love this inspiration photo and colors!!

Caught a Bug Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Distress Inks, Get Well Card, Card Making, Paper Crafts, #distressinks #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #lawnfawnaticschallenge #getwellcard

masculine cards are often hard for me to make, but this one came so easy! I just chose the bugs! lol!! and the colors - swoon - totally FUN and exciting!
I stamped all of the images from A Bug Deal and then colored them in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
once they were dry, I fussy cut them all out!

Caught a Bug Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Distress Inks, Get Well Card, Card Making, Paper Crafts, #distressinks #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #lawnfawnaticschallenge #getwellcard

for the background, I die cut out the back panel with the Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop with white cardstock. then I used Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber to add the color! I splattered some white acrylic paint and ink to it, as well!

Caught a Bug Card by Samantha Mann for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, Lawn Fawn, Distress Inks, Get Well Card, Card Making, Paper Crafts, #distressinks #lawnfawnatics #lawnfawn #lawnfawnaticschallenge #getwellcard
 
lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment in white, onto some Black Licorice Cardstock.

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

Friday, April 29, 2022

Create a Smile Stamps - April 2022 Release

hello!
today is release day with Create a Smile Stamps and I'm so excited to share my cards!


my first card uses the adorable new Butterflies stamp set!

Miss You Butterflies Card by Samantha Mann for Create a Smile Stamps, Distress Inks, Ink blending, Oxide Inks, Card Making, Cards, Paper Crafting, 3D, Butterflies, #createasmile #createasmilestamps #butterflies #cardmaking #cards #handmadecards #3dcard

and they're so cute!
I decided to give these butterflies double wings! so I stamped and colored the base with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! then I stamped and heat embossed the image again on vellum and colored it in with Copic Markers. then I layered them all on top and only glued the vellum down by the middle portion!

Miss You Butterflies Card by Samantha Mann for Create a Smile Stamps, Distress Inks, Ink blending, Oxide Inks, Card Making, Cards, Paper Crafting, 3D, Butterflies, #createasmile #createasmilestamps #butterflies #cardmaking #cards #handmadecards #3dcard

for the background I used Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon. then I used the Cloud Pattern Stencil and some white embossing paste for texture!


Miss You Butterflies Card by Samantha Mann for Create a Smile Stamps, Distress Inks, Ink blending, Oxide Inks, Card Making, Cards, Paper Crafting, 3D, Butterflies, #createasmile #createasmilestamps #butterflies #cardmaking #cards #handmadecards #3dcard

lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment in black onto vellum and fussy cut it out, using the Miss You stamp set

my second card uses the super adorable Llamazing stamp set and Desert Stencil!

You're Llamazing Card by Samantha Mann for Create a Smile Stamps, Create a Smile, Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Card Making, handmade cards, Birthday, Speech Bubble, Llama, #cardmaking #createasmile #createasmilestamps #papercrafts #llama

soooo cute!
I loooooove those llamas!!
they were all colored in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then fussy cut out! so cute!!

You're Llamazing Card by Samantha Mann for Create a Smile Stamps, Create a Smile, Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Card Making, handmade cards, Birthday, Speech Bubble, Llama, #cardmaking #createasmile #createasmilestamps #papercrafts #llama

for the background, I ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks in Pine Needles, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio! then I used new stencil to create the desert scene in the background!! LOOOOOVE the subtle cacti!

I also added the balloon from Crazy Chick! my favorite accessory for a birthday card!
the sentiment was heat embossed onto some back cardstock that was die cut with the Speech Bubbles dies!

be sure to check out the entire rest of the release and grab your favorites!!
and don't be intimidated if you don't live in Germany...international shipping is only $5!!
enjoy!