Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thank You for Altenew Challenge

I have been dying to use my new (meaning I've had it for at least six months and haven't used it yet) Floral Drape stencil from Altenew and when I saw this month's Inspiration Challenge figured it was the perfect time.

For this card I traced a portion on the stencil onto some watercolor paper with a pencil, and then painted it with watercolors.  Then I used a Versamark pen to add some accents which were embossed in gold.

My original plan had been just to use watercolors, but I didn't get the intensity I wanted, so I ended up going back in with my Prismacolor pencils to pump up the volume so to speak.  I really love the combination of watercoloring and pencil coloring.

The sentiment is from the Floral Shadow stamp set.  Normally I don't emboss on embossing, but I actually started this card over at my friend JJ's house.  This is her Judikins gold embossing powder, it's a little thinner and lighter and has a bit of texture to it.  For the sentiment I used regular Ranger gold, which is a bit darker, so I thought the contrast would be OK.  I also used my MISTI and embossed twice to give it a puffier look.  Finally, to make sure it stood out enough, I added a bit of gray pencil around it to give it that pop.

To finish the card off, I added a bit of AC glitter paper and popped the panel up over it.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blooming Box

I'm back with another card featuring my new Open Box Die.

This time I chose to fill the box with flowers from the Bloom set.

The flowers were colored with Copics and placed in the box with varying layers of foam adhesive to get a more dimensional look.

That big bold sentiment is also from the Bloom set.

Short and sweet today!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CAS Open Box Christmas Card

Hey everyone!  Today I thought I would share a quick and easy, interactive, Christmas card featuring my new Open Box die.

The box was cut from kraft paper and then assembled.  Unlike the cards I created in this post, for this card, I adhered the box putting those little triangular flaps on the inside of the box since I knew the flaps would be closed.

The box was adhered directly to my white panel and I tied it closed with some twine.

As you can see the box flaps don't completely come together when closed, there's a little sliver of space between the flaps, but it still works as a closed box.

When you open the box, here's what you see inside, a bunch of those cute little coordinating images from Beary Merry that I colored with Copics.  So fun, right?

The sentiment is from Elfs and Their Shelf.

That's all for me today, hope your week is going well!

Breaking news - just wanted to let you guys know that there's a pretty good sale going on over at Ellen Hutson right now.  A bunch of items are 50% off (no code required, just put them in your cart and the discount will show).  One of my favorite EH dies (silver linings) is included along with a bunch of other Essentials by Ellen products as well as a lot of Concord and 9th and other goodies, definitely worth a look!  Affiliate link:

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Friday, August 11, 2017

N&T Birthday Gift Card winner

Happy Friday!  I'm just popping in quickly to announce the winner of the $15 store credit for the Neat & Tangled store.

According to, the winner was chosen from Instagram and is @sparkliie

Congrats!  Please shoot me an email with your address and I'll send you your code!

And if you didn't win, no worries, the September release is right around the corner!  Have a great weekend all!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Essentials by Ellen August Release

Today I'm sharing some projects created using Ellen Hutson's latest stamp/die release.  This was such a fun release to work with, and I had a great time creating these projects.

My focus was the Rustic Botanicals stamps and dies.  As soon as I saw the set, I knew I wanted to do some stitching.

For this first card, I used stitching to accent the lines in the stamps.  So, just simple stitched accents on the leaves and the flower itself.  For this look you must stitch before you die cut, it's much too hard to stitch a die cut piece because it's so delicate and flimsy.  Because of that, you need to take care to stitch in such a way where you're not crossing the line where the die will cut because you don't want to cut your thread.  Because these images were pretty compact and self contained, this was easy to do.

Once the stitching was done, I die cut the pieces and then it was time to assemble the card.  I loved the folk art look of the florals and stems, and thought a black background would really make them pop.  Note I did change the orientation of the stem for the flower in the middle for some variation.

The sentiment is from the Lovely set.  I popped it up and added a strip of red cardstock underneath for an accent.

I was still in the mood to stitch, so I stamped up another flower and went to town.  For this one I went with a more embroidered/crewel look.  This can be pretty tricky to achieve.  The petals were pretty easy, but the flower itself gave me fits.  Still, I really like how it turned out.

The sentiment is from the newly released Plant Ladies Say set, and I thought it was just right for the image.

I got my stitch itch out of my system on that last card, and went for something completely different on this next card.

I really love this leaf image from the Rustic Botanicals set.  Before I stamped those though, I added a little bit of gold watercolor on the watercolor panel.  Then the image was stamped three times with Versamark and heat set.  Next, I went in with a Versamark pen and randomly wrote over some of the lines in the leaves and embossed in gold.

The sentiment is from that Lovely sentiment set again (love that set!).

Finally I added a few droplets from Pretty Pink Posh adhering them with mini glue dots.

I really enjoyed working with these sets, and there are so many more ideas percolating for those flowers!  Hope you will swing over to the Ellen Hutson blog as they are showcasing cards from some other designers as well and I know you'll be inspired!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Neat & Tangled Birthday Release - Balloon Duo Stencil

Hey everyone!  Today I'm showing off my other new product in this month's Neat & Tangled birthday release, the Balloon Duo stencil.

This product was inspired by two of my most frequently pinned cards from this post.

That card was stamped, but I know not everyone is comfortable random stamping in layers, so I wanted to provide a way for folks to recreate the look more easily.

For this first card, I went with some yellows and oranges, moving my way up the panel from light to dark.

The sentiments are from the new Hooray mini set that is part of the birthday release.

I also wanted to try covering a whole panel and to go with a rainbow look, here's how it turned out:

On this one I paired the smaller sentiment from the Hooray set with the previously released Celebrate dies.

I love how easy it is to create with these.  If you took part in the birthday hop yesterday (and I hope you did because there are some big prizes up for grabs - it's going on all week so you have plenty of time to hop) there were some great samples where there was more white space between the balloons which is another great look.

That's all for me today, hope you enjoyed this look at the Balloon Duo stencils.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Neat & Tangled Birthday Release - Open Box - Giveaway

Hey everyone!  It's release week over at Neat & Tangled, and because it's our birthday month we're doing things a little differently.

Instead of our normal daily reveal, all the products are being revealed on the blog today AND they are available to purchase in the store!  But you definitely still want to swing by the blog each day as there is a big birthday blog hop happening all week with new stops each day featuring.

I'm not part of the official hop, but I have some new products releasing this month which I'll be showing off today and tomorrow.

Today I'm featuring my new Open Box die.  

Fun story, this die was inspired by this card by Rubeena Ianigro who was inspired by the original box die.  I loved that card and have been wanting to create an open box for a while.  

The box is 1/4" deep, so definitely dimensional, but not insanely so.  When cutting it I wouldn't use your heaviest weight cardstock, I use Papertrey Ink cardstock or heavy patterned paper and the folds work really well.  To secure it, I just used some mini glue dots on the little flaps.

So first up, a baby card.  Wouldn't this card be perfect tucked into a box with a baby gift?  

The bear is from Lumberjack Love and colored with Copics, and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee.  I added a bit of tissue paper in the box and popped the bear with two layers of foam tape.

Next, a card for a crafty friend.  This time I cut the box from some Studio Calico cardstock, then added craft glue inside and dumped some sequins over top.  I let the box sit overnight so the glue could dry and set.

After adhering the box, I added some additional sequins on the flaps and around the box.  The sentiment is from Fairy Dust.

I'll be back tomorrow to show off my other new product.  For now, though, I have a giveaway!  

I have a $15 credit to the Neat & Tangled store for a lucky someone.  To enter to win, be a follower and leave a comment.  There are additional chances to win over on my instagram page (@mprantner).   I'll announce a winner on Friday.

And don't forget, the release is live in the store now (affiliate link).  See you tomorrow!