Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You are Loved - for Where Creativity Meets C9

I've got one more card for this month's Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge.

This one is pretty straightforward.  I stamped the outline image with Versafine.  For the color on the flower, I inked the stamps with Distress Ink, misted it with water and stamped.  I didn't get as watery a look the first time, so I ended up doing this twice.  Confession - I also went in with a water brush and deepened up some areas because apparently I'm a control freak.

Then I added a gray wash around the flower and some black splatter, and finally finished up with the sentiment.

I really love how bold and striking this flower is.  It's great to find those images that really command attention and don't need much else, makes for easy cards with big impact!

Thanks for coming by!  Hope your week is going well!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

From Our Family to Yours

I'm on a Christmas card roll (hopefully, because my grand plans to make some each month was a colossal failure).

I love this new City Sidewalks set from Mama Elephant.

At first it looked like a lot of stuff to color, but watercoloring makes everything easier!  And here I didn't even color everything, just the buildings themselves.

This was such an easy card to create, it's nice and flat for mailing, and with a MISTI, perfect for mass producing.  In fact, I actually stamped several panels, so I'll have a few extras of these when it comes time to mail out the Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Joy to the World Snowglobe

This snowglobe die was one of the items I specifically asked my friend Cheiron to bring to our crafty get together.

I can't tell you how much I love this die set, even though it requires cutting a gazillion tiny little items, I love it.

The good thing about the die cutting a gazillion tiny little items part is that this card was basically made with scraps.  I'll also mention that this required no independent thinking.  I just copied the design that was on the packaging.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

Short and sweet today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You've Got This

Over Columbus Day weekend some of my favorite crafty people and I got together for what had become an annual gathering.

It's a BLAST, and I get to use lots of stuff I don't own.

I had really been wanting to try out this die from Concord and 9th, and I'm totally sold.  It's really all you need for a card - it can carry the whole thing.

I added a simple wash to a panel of watercolor cardstock, and then die cut the sentiment after it was dry.

Then I just popped it up over my card base.

You could churn out a whole card set in no time flat.

I'm linking this up over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, the theme is watercolor.

Hope you are all having a great week!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ruby's Bridal Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Today I'm taking part in a celebratory blog hop for Rubeena Ianigro (Ruby Naz).  One of the great things about this community is all the people and friendships you make, and how we celebrate achievements as well as life events together.

Ruby got married a few weeks ago, and we're keeping the celebration rolling.

Our theme/inspiration for the hop is Ruby's inspiration photo for her wedding cake:

Here's my take on it:

I loved the idea of the layers, so I created a panel of cream cardstock and gold mirror board and then used my Hooray die from Neat & Tangled to cut it.  The negative cuts were inlaid into a pink cardstock die cut.

I wanted the hooray to stand out a bit more, so I ended up cutting the whole thing once more from dark gray cardstock, snipping the hooray out and then adhering it on top of the pink.

That whole piece was then popped up over some patterned paper that I added a bit of dark gray and gold splatter to.  A couple additional pattered paper mats added some extra texture and interest.

It's hard to see the full impact of the card because that gold mirrorboard can be a bear to photograph, but this close up gives you a better idea:

 I'm keeping it short and sweet because this is a fairly lengthy hop and there is so much good stuff to see.  I'm actually the last stop on the hop.  Here's the full hop list if you're just getting started:

Now no decent hop is complete without a few prizes, right?  And there are some generous sponsors who have stepped up to help us with our celebration:

Mama Elephant $25 Gift Card
Winnie & Walter $30 Gift Card
Kennedy Grace Creations $20 Gift Card

Winners will be selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop!  Commenting will close on Saturday, October 22 at 11:59 pm pacific.  Winners will be posted on Amy's blog on Sunday, October 23rd.

Happy Hopping and huge Congrats to Ruby!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Neat & Tangled October Release Recap & Winners

It's release day!  All of the new products are now available in the Neat & Tangled store.

Here's a recap of my cards this week.  This was really such a fun release to work with!




And I have three lucky winners to announce too!

Denise Bryant wins the Maple Thanks stamp set,

BunnyD wins the Cowbell stamp set,

and TK wins the Scoops and Polka stencils!

Congratulations ladies!  Please shoot me an email with your mailing address and we'll get these right out to you.

Thanks so much to everyone for your comments this week, they are so appreciated!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Neat & Tangled October Release - Day 4 - Giveaways

Have you been enjoying release week so far?  Today is our final day of reveals and I'm really excited about today's products.

Today I'm showcasing my two new stencils, Polka and Scoops.

These are great basic stencils, but I actually designed them to be used in conjunction with my Scandinavian Prints set.

When I designed the Scandinavian Prints stamp set, I really wanted to be able to use it for just that, creating prints.  And I've definitely done that, but this makes it so much easier!  Instead of eyeballing, the stencil does the hard work of spacing for you.  It really makes it easy, and you can quickly create much larger prints for say, layouts or giftwrap.

I'm using Altenew inks for each of these cards.  This first one features the Scoops stencil.  I used a basic ink blender to color the scoops and then added the details through stamping.  I cut a panel using my new Scalloped dies and then stamped, fussy cut, and foam mounted our Hello You sentiment.

A few sequins finished it off.

Of course I needed to use Polka too.

This time I kept the colors very soft and then added this Big Hugs die cut sentiment from Danielle (which was cut three times and adhered for dimension).

These are so easy and fun to create, I could seriously stencil/stamp prints for hours.

I did throw together one more card though, this time just using Polka as a basic stencil.  I love that the openings are far enough apart that you don't have to do any masking or be particularly careful when using multiple colors.

Just a super quick card featuring our Awesome stamps and dies that I'm planning to mass produce for Carina's birthday thank yous (that are SO overdue it's embarassing).

OK, that's all for me today.  Don't forget to leave comments and here and on the Neat & Tangled blog.  I'll announce some winners tomorrow!