Monday, December 21, 2020

Welcome Amy Tollner to our Inky Paws Challenge Inspiration Team!

A NEW member is about to get Inky Paws!

We are excited to be adding in a NEW inky paws challenge team member! Amy Tollner will be joining our Inspiration team and we are excited to have her sharing her talents with us! She will begin helping inspire you on starting with Challenge #139 on Monday, Jan. 4!

 Here's a little bit more about Amy below:

Amy Tollner
Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am very honored and so excited to be joining Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge Team! I have been making cards for about 5 years now. I really enjoy making bright, fun, and happy cards. I like coloring stamped images with Copic markers, and I love using glitter and glossy accents for finishing touches on my projects!

When I'm not crafting, I am usually at work taking X-rays, volunteering for our local animal shelter, or hanging out with my family, which includes many adopted pets!

I love Newton's Nook Designs products and hope to inspire you to join us in the fun of the Inky Paws Challenge!

Returning... four amazing Designers! 

We are also happy to announce that these fantastic designers will be continuing on the team! We know you've been enjoying their work so far and we can't wait to see what they create next! They will be sharing their lovely creations with you each Monday for Inky Paws Challenge Start and Reminder posts! We can't wait to see what they create in the new year!
Debbie Owens 
Inky Paws Challenge Lead
Hi, my name is Debbie, aka Indy. I live in Washington with my hubby and two fur babies--Catapult and Velcro. I have several passions in life--cats, card making, clay ornaments, coffee, chocolate, and camping! I began card making back in 2010 and reached out to the Internet for inspiration and ideas! In 2013, I discovered Newton's Nook Designs and completely fell in love with Newton and his gang of whimsical friends, so I am thrilled to be part of the Inky Paws Challenge team!
Diane Morales

Hello Newton’s Nook fans I’m Diane Morales. My motto is “do what you love and share it with others”.
I live in West Columbia, Texas with my Husband and the tribe of FOUR cats!

Like most, I started in scrapbooking and merged into card making. I have a very experimental style that is based on color and texture. Stencils and Dies are my happy place!

I first fell in love with Newton’s Nook when I was looking for a stamp set that best reflect how my cats acted.  “Newton’s Antics” was my first set, and it has been LOVE ever since. When I am not “procraftinating” you can find me with a cup of coffee, cooking, or gardening.

You can find me on Instagram and social media as  Diane Morales or 2.sistersproject  
My hashtag is #dianeiscrafty

Sue T. 
Hi, I am Sue T. - yes that is what everyone calls me. I have been stamping since 1996. It truly became an obsession when a stamp store opened 5 minutes from my house. I love making cards. There isn’t a holiday that I don’t send them out. I have dabbled in just about every style over the years, but have found my niche with CAS cards.

I have worked in several stamp stores, had my own business teaching paper crafts and designed for challenge sites and stamp companies. I love to share my knowledge and creativity.

In the real world, I am a FT endoscopy nurse. I have a wonderful husband who is my best cheerleader and critic. My muse in my studio is my sweet kitty, Pinkie.

I love whimsical stamps, especially those cute little critter stamps. That’s why I am so excited to be part of the Inky Paws challenge for Newton’s Nook!!

Becky Noelle 
Hi! I'm Becky and I'm super excited to be here! I'm a stay-at-home mom to two little princesses and wife to a big kid. We live in Virginia and I sneak away upstairs to my studio during naptime, whenever the girls are watching a movie, and as soon as they go to bed. I'm a cardmaker, Project Lifer, and general practitioner of crafty pursuits. I can't seem to stop fussy cutting all of the things and I love to color. I'm a lover of Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, the Wizarding World, kindness, and sarcasm. You can find me at my blog or over on instagram as beckynoelle I can't wait to start sharing my projects with you!

Hope you are excited to see what everyone creates! 
We definitely are excited for a new crafty year in 2021!

Inky Paws Challenge #138 Winners

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our last
Inky Paws Challenge at here at the Newton's Nook Designs blog! 

This Biweekly Challenge was a Sketch Challenge.

Inky Paws Challenge #138 Winner!

We've chosen one RANDOM winner using to receive a $20 Store Credit to Newton's Nook Designs!

Sending joyful wishes by Priscella Joseph features Holiday Post by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
Priscella Joseph designs this darling card using several festive papers! Her two critters from the Holiday Post stamp and die set steal the show as they mail their holiday cards. Someone is going to be ecstatic to receive this gem in her mailbox! 

Congrats to Priscella Joseph!  Don't forget to send us an e-mail at to claim your $20 store credit! (It's easiest if you already have an account set up in our shop)

Inky Paws Challenge #138 Favorites

Our Inky Paws Challenge Inspiration team has chosen a few of their favorite challenge entries from this challenge! If you see your card below, contact us if you'd like to get a "favorite" badge for your blog!

Diane's FAVE
Merry Christmas by Helen F. features Newton's Christmas Kittens by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #christmas, #cardmaking
Helen F.'s card will fill your heart with feline happiness!  She stamps the Merry Christmas sentiment down her card alternating in chartreuse and red.  She uses stars as two of her sketch elements.  Don't you love the star die cut out with starry paper in the background?  Then she adds the feline family from the Newton's Christmas Kittens stamp set and colors them spectacularly!  So much fun!

Sue's FAVE
'Tis the season to be nutty by Tmschultz5 features Nutcrackers and Music by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
Be prepared to burst out singing!  Tmschultz5's amazing card is filled with music!  She sets the stage with her music score background created using the Music stencil. She adds two circles with the heads of nutcrackers using the Nutcrackers stamp set. The third circle holds the punny sentiment.  She adds a bright red vertical strip with the Little Drummer Boy refrain (Nutcrackers die set) running down it. Are you singing yet?

Becky's FAVE
Warm winter wishes by Ildi features Sweater Weather and Holiday Foliage by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #winter, #cardmaking

Ildi uses tan, brown, and a pop of pink for her lovely card. She starts with a tan card bases and uses the Holiday Foliage stencil and brown ink to create her background. She repeatedly stamps the sentiment down the vertical strip for an ombre effect. She uses the darling fox in her little pink sweater from the 
Sweater Weather stamp set and cut using the coordinating die set.  She adds playful, pink clouds.  Fabulously done!

Crystal's FAVE
Oh, Snap! by Meghan K. features Ginger Snap by Newton's Nook Designs;#newtonsnook, #christmas, #cardmaking
Oh, snap!  Meghan K. makes this delightful gingerbread card--decorated with all kinds of red and white goodies--a sweet treat to behold!  She stamps two gingerbread people from the Ginger Snap stamp set and places them on the circular sketch elements.  Her vertical strip is a red and white gingham paper.  All is placed on a kraft paper with white circles.  The splattering of red pearls look like cinnamon dots.  Just too cute!

Debbie's FAVE
Happy holi-dogs by Sunshine HoneyBee features Christmas Puppies and Pawprint by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
Sunshine HoneyBee uses a big pawprint and two holiday puppies to represent the sketch, and they look darling together. She uses the Pawprint Shaker die and two puppies from the Christmas Puppies stamp and die set.  The plaid strip behind them add a nice holiday touch!  Fabulous way to send Christmas greetings to your canine-lovin' friends!

Thank you for playing throughout 2020.  Seeing everyone's NND cards and projects each week brought smiles to all of us!  We love seeing your creativity and interpretation of each challenge!   We will be taking some time off to relax and enjoy the holidays, but we will be back on January 4, 2021 with a new fabulous theme challenge! 

We wish everyone good holiday tidings! 

Inky Paws Design Team

(You can always find our most current challenge here.)

Monday, December 14, 2020

Inky Paws Challenge #138 Reminder

Don't forget - There's still time to play along with our latest Inky Paws Challenge!

Have you had a chance to make a card for our latest Inky Paws Challenge
Today I'm sharing some more inspiration for our current challenge! 

Here'a a refresher.

Create a project using the sketch below:

    We are sad to announce this will be Crystal Komara's last card as a DT member.  She has truly been inspiring with her amazing creativity, and hopefully we can have her back for a surprise guest appearance.  We wish her much happiness in 2021!  
If snowflakes were kisses by Crystal features Houndstooth, Beautiful Blizzard and Frames & Flags by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #winter, #cardmaking
Crystal Komara's white and teal colors make for a beautiful winter card! Her teal scallop-edged layer is die cut using the Frames & Flags die set. She adds a light-teal gingham paper and uses the Houndstooth stencil to create her vertical panel.  She embosses the large snowflakes from the Beautiful Blizzard stamp and die set and adds a gem in each center.  A bit of matching twine finishes her soft and lovely card!  

Puppy and plaids, oh my!  Diane Morales uses grays, black and red that are a perfect combination for this puppy from the Christmas Puppies stamp set in his red boot!  She uses the Circle Frames die set for her circle elements. Don't you just love the little bone and the gingham bow! A wonderful way to send holiday greetings to your dog-lovin' friends and family!

Baby it's cold outside by Sue T. features Frozen Friends and Snowfall Roundabout by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #winter, #cardmaking
Sue T. uses creams and neutrals for this amazing winter card! She adds a cream layer die cut using the scallop-edged frame die from the Frames & Flags die set on a Kraft card base. She then embosses all those snowflakes using the Snowfall Roundabout stamp set and die cuts the circles using the Circle Frames set. Paper with a musical score sets you up to begin singing when you see the sentiment "Baby, it's cold outside!"  The snow couple from the Frozen Friends stamp set adds a fabulous playful touch to this elegant setting. 

Wishing you a happy holiday by Becky features Christmas Trimmings by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #christmas, #cardmaking
 Becky Noelle turns the sketch to create this scene of holiday "chaos!"  On a white card base, she embosses a white brick wall. The stripe on the sketch becomes the floor created using pattern paper.  For her trio of circles, she uses the three ladies from the Christmas Trimmings stamp and die set. A fun way to interpret the sketch and bring holiday smiles!

Dashing by with holiday cheer by Debbie features Festive Fawns and Frames & Flags die set by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #christmas, #cardmaking
Debbie Owens coordinates winter-themed papers with the sleigh-pulling deer from  Festive Fawns stamp set. She uses the Frames & Flags die set on the snowflake paper to create the scallop edges.  Using dies from the Circle Frames set, she creates a trio of circles in coordinating papers.  A bit of jute twine and silver dots embellish this delightful card!

I hope these projects have inspired you to play along!  Remember, you have until this Friday, December 18, 2020 to enter. There's a prize involved too, so don't delay - view all the entries and see more inspiration on our Inky Paws Challenge here

Monday, December 7, 2020

Inky Paws Challenge #138

This biweekly challenge is a:
Sketch Challenge

Create a project using this sketch.

Are you ready to get your paws inky with us and play along to win a prize? We will chose a RANDOM entry to win a $20 store credit to our Newton's Nook Design online shop! We will also highlight our favorites from each challenge the following Monday so all entries have a chance to be featured on this blog! 

You have TWO WEEKS to play along - Deadline to enter is Friday, December 18, 2020 at Midnight CST. The winners will be announced on the NND blog the following Monday. 

Are you ready to play along and get your paws inky? Make sure you check the challenge rules page before you link up your project. 

Here's some inspiration!

Need to get inspired? See what our Inspiration Team created with this challenge! 

A happy holiday note by Diane features Holiday Post and Circle Frames by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
Diane Morales creates a mini slimline card measuring 3 3/4"x6 3/4" that showcases the 
Holiday Post stamp and die set purr-fectly! She then adds circles using the Circle Frames die set which includes the sentiment and snowflakes. The striped, colorful paper coordinates wonderfully with Diane's coloring!  

Noel by Sue T. features Naughty or Mice and Frames & Flags by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #christmas, #cardmaking
Sue T.'s card is oozing cuteness with her rainbow-colored paper and assortment of mice! The white scallop-edged frame was die cut using the Frames & Flags die set.  Those sweet mice in their long caps are from the Naughty or Mice stamp and die set.  She adds the Noel sentiment from the Sentiments of the Season stamp set on one of the sketch circles.  The metallic bow is a perfect shiny touch!

Wishing you joy by Becky features Beautiful Baubles, Poinsettia Blooms, and Pines & Holly by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
Becky Noelle uses the ornament images from the Beautiful Baubles stamp and die set to represent the circles in the sketch!  How creative!  She die cuts pine branches in white using the Pines & Holly die set adding beautiful texture behind the ornaments.  She adds a brick embossed panel in light pink. Her sentiment is from the Poinsettia Blooms stamp. Gorgeous!

Meow to the World by Crystal features Caroling Newton and Sentiments of the Season by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
In bright, brilliant colors, Crystal Komara creates a darling card featuring the Caroling Newton stamp and die set. Those kitties are just so sweet in their red and pink outerwear with the lime green papers in the background. She adds big circles and adds the sentiment from the Caroling Newton and the Sentiments of the Season stamp sets. The lime green twine ties it all up so nicely!

Feline Frosty by Debbie features Newton's Snowman, Speech Bubbles, and Framework by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #winter, #cardmaking
 Debbie Owens brings a fun snowy scene. She uses the Snowfall stencil and paint to create a subtle snowy background. Her vertical stripe is a laminated pouch filled with glitter atop a dark blue foil which creates the illusion of falling snow.  The backdrop is die cut using the postage-edged die from the Framework die set. She adds the trio of felines from the newly released Newton's Snowman stamp set. She adds a speech bubble for the sentiment die cut using the Speech Bubbles die set. She finishes up with some silver snowflakes and some gems.  Darling! 

Create a project using the above sketch.
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Inky Paws Challenge #137 Winners

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our last
Inky Paws Challenge at here at the Newton's Nook Designs blog! 

This Biweekly Challenge was a Color Challenge.

Inky Paws Challenge #137 Winner!

We've chosen one RANDOM winner using to receive a $20 Store Credit to Newton's Nook Designs!

Joy by Gail features Newton Loves Coffee and Sea-sons Greetings (retired) by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas
  Gail designs this fun Christmas tag featuring a coffee-lovin' kitty from the Newton Loves Coffee stamp set. Gail adds fun polka dots on the latte cup and a bit of holiday paper at the top!  That fun sentiment is from the Sea-sons Greeting stamp set (retired).  

Congrats to  Gail!  Don't forget to send us an e-mail at to claim your $20 store credit! (It's easiest if you already have an account set up in our shop)

Inky Paws Challenge #137 Favorites

Our Inky Paws Challenge Inspiration team has chosen a few of their favorite challenge entries from this challenge! If you see your card below, contact us if you'd like to get a "favorite" badge for your blog!

Debbie's FAVE
Claire L. amazing city=scape is a purr-fect backdrop for her trio of carolers.  Those sweet felines are from the Caroling Newton stamp set and cut using the coordinating die. They look so cute in their challenge-colored clothing, Claire uses the Frames Squared die set for her stitched circle die with the sentiment as well as to make a rounded-edged square card.  So sweet!

Diane's FAVE
May your days be furry and Bright by Bhavya features Ornamental Newton by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #christmas,
Bhavya blends a beautiful lime background and and adds a bough of pine at the top of her card.  She adds Newton from the Ornamental Newton stamp set hanging on her wonderfully colored ornament.  Don't you love how his little Santa hat has slipped off?  Such a fun, festive card!

Sue's FAVE
Meowy Christmas by Dandi features Newton's Candy Cane by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking, #Christmas
 Dandi zooms in on her Christmas tree and has a candy cane perched on a tree's bough. And look who's on the candy cane?  Yep, it's our beloved Newton from the Newton from  Newton's Candy Cane stamp.  A wonderful CAS card celebrating Christmas! 

Becky's FAVE
It's a hot cocoa kind of day by Meghan K. features Mugs and Cup of Cocoa by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #cardmaking,
Oh look at all those mugs!  Meghan K. combines the Mugs stencil and 
Cup of Cocoa stamp and die set for this delicious card!  Her crisp and pretty background looks amazing as do her prettily colored cups!

Crystal's FAVE
Happy Holidays by Terra features Frosty Folks and Evergreens by Newton's Nook Designs; #newtonsnook, #winter, #christmas, #cardmaking
Terra sets this snow family from the Frosty Folks stamp set in a beautiful evergreen forest created using the Evergreens stencil. Don't they look amazing all decked out in their finest?  

Hope everybody is doing good, can't wait to see what you guys do for the next challenge.

Thank you for playing!

Thanks again to everyone who entered - It's really so much fun to look through all the entries and see everyone's ideas! If you didn't win this time, we hope you'll play along again next time! You can always find our most current challenge here.