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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge


Hello!  Here is a card I made for one of the DTGD challenges at Splitcoaststampers.com and Paper Smooches' Anything Goes Sparks Challenge using some fun stamps from Paper Smooches' 'I Heart Art' set:


I punched out a circle from a Post It note and put it in the center of the card to make sure the colored pencils were centered around it evenly (I am not good enough to eye ball it without a guide).  Figured this would be perfect for popping into a RAK I send one of my crafty friends sometime.

Well, that is it for me for the evening, hoping to have a few more to post for you tomorrow or Sunday.  Until then, have a terrific weekend!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Hope this isn't too 'Cheesy'...

Welcome back!  That's right, two posts from me today!  At least, so far...  ;)

I wanted to share a fun card I made for another DTGD challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com using 'Just Say Cheese!' by Newton's Nook Designs:


SQUEEE!  Isn't it cute? (if I do say so myself).  I used different sized circle punches and the EK Success Swiss Cheese border punches to create the 'Swiss Cheese' top layer.  Here is a close up on the little mousie who was stamped twice - once on the yellow cheese slice and once on white paper to be cut out and colored (preserves the tail that way), then masked to stamp the cheese wedge over him so it looked like he was sitting on top, then colored with Copic markers, cut out and paper pieced back onto the yellow cheese slice.  


Isn't he just darling?  LOL, oh I love him!

Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown #207: Mellow Yellow (yellow is the predominant color used),

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my card.  I hope you like it as much as I do and have a great day!  Off to stamp some more!

~ Crafty Math Chick