Thursday, November 16, 2017

Adventure is Calling

I was moving things around the craft room the other day (one of my favorite pastimes) and I came across this panel that I colored during Kathy Racoosin's last 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

I figured I ought to put it to good use.

I didn't want to cover it up after all that work, so I opted for a simple matted sentiment embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Both the sentiment and background are from the Topography set.

I still have a couple colored background panels I need to do something with, but first, Christmas cards.....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Merry & Bright Bows

Hi all!  I'm continuing on my quest for Christmas cards.....the fact that Thanksgiving is next week has me a bit concerned a the height of my stack....

Today's card features a set I picked up earlier this year, but haven't had a chance to use yet, Holiday Bows from The Ton.  As I've mentioned before, I'm really not great at multi-step stamps, so I'm wary of purchasing them, but this one is definitely on the forgiving side, and I just LOVE how realistic these bows look.  There is so much dimension to them!

I went with a non-traditional color palate using Altenew inks (Rock Collection and Sea Shore sets).  

For the sentiment, I used WPlus9's Be Merry set.  The pop of red from the banner (colored with Copics) really gives it the Christmas feel I think.  Incidentally, this is my go-to red combination, I use it all the time (R22 Light Prawn, R24 Prawn, and R29 Lipstick Red).

That's all for me today...halfway to Friday!  

*Affiliate Links below to Ellen Hutson and in text to Altenew (I linked below to the mini Altenew ink cubes.  I have minis for colors that I use less frequently, but if you can swing it I prefer the ovals which are only available as sets through Altenew)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Best Wishes

I've got a fast easy card, and an equally short post today.  

This is one of my most favorite and underutilized background style stamps.  It's one of those where the stamp does all the work for you, and who doesn't need some of that in their stash.

For today's card I stamped the background on my panel and then did some coloring using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.  I wasn't being precise in my coloring, just getting some color in there.  I did do a little bit of color mixing with some of the yellows and greens.

The sentiment is from an older Mama Elephant set 

Super quick and easy!  Hope your week is going well!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

25 Tags of Christmas

Hi everyone!  Today I'm participating with Neat & Tangled in Tracey McNeely's 25 Tags of Christmas event.  You can read all about the event over on Tracy's blog, there are lots of ways to earn participate and be eligible for prizes from the sponsors, including Neat & Tangled.

I created a set of tags featuring my new Joyful Sentiments set and older Faceted background set.

I used the Classic Tag 1 die as my tag base.  They were cut from watercolor paper and then masked off at the top and bottom with Post It tape.  

The Faceted background was then stamped using WPlus9 Fairy Dust Ink, and each was painted with watercolors, using a different color scheme for each.  

The sentiments were then embossed with different metallic powders, I used Princess Gold for the gold tag, silver for the blue, and then regular gold embossing for the green and pink/purple tag.

I finished things off with some Whisker Graphics twine, natural with gold for the gold embossed tag and plain natural for the silver.

That's all for me  Be sure to head over to Tracey's to check out all the other tags for today and to get the details on how to win!

*Affiliate Links Below to Ellen Hutson and in text to Neat & Tangled

Friday, November 10, 2017

N&T Release Recap and Giveaway Winners

Hey everyone!  The Neat & Tangled November release is now available in the store.  Here's a recap of my projects this week:


I also have some winners to announce (with the help of!

@smilecards44 (from Instagram) wins the Tree Duo Stencil set

Karen B (from blog comments) wins the Radiating Star Stencil

mandalj (from blog comments) wins the Joyful Sentiments stamp set

@mypapercards (from Instagram) wins the Warm Winter Scene Cover Plate

Congratulations winners!  Please shoot me an email with your mailing information and I'll get your goodies out to you.

And if you must have something from the release, head on over to the store!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

N&T November Release Week Day 4 - Giveaways

It's the last day of our November release reveals and today I'm showing off my new Warm Winter Scene Cover Plate.  I love this one because it's another of those pieces that does double duty.  It makes a great background, but there are so many things that you can do with the little houses and trees too.  There are actually five different styles of houses and two sizes of trees so it's great for creating scenes like in this first card.

This card was actually inspired by this image I pinned over a year ago.  I thought it would be so much fun to recreate it in a card.

I cut the cover plate from both yellow and white cardstock, placed the houses and then inlaid the windows.  I added the snow accents using a white gel pen, and then embossed the sentiment from the Bright Baubles set on some red cardstock and popped it up to finish it off.

I had a devil of a time photographing my next card.  For this one, I dry embossed the coverplate right onto my card base.  This cover plate is actually a full A2 size so it covers the entire front of your card, no margin/mat. 

I die cut three of the happy holidays sentiments, adhered them together and applied them to the card, and then added the secondary sentiment, from the Happy Holidays stamp set, embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  Super quick and easy and one that you could definitely mass produce.

And that's a wrap!  It's our final release of the year and I really hope you like it!  Be sure to head on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out the rest of the team's projects for today and to enter to win today's featured products.

Remember, I'm giving away some prizes as well.  Be a follower and leave a comment here to be entered.  For extra chances head over to Instagram (@mprantner) and follow the instructions there.

I'll be back tomorrow to announce winners!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

N&T November Release Week Day 3 - Giveaways

Hey everyone!  Welcome back for Day 3 of Neat & Tangled's November release week.  Today we're featuring two of my new products:  Radiating Star stencil and Joyful Sentiments.

Obviously it's the holiday season, and the Radiating Star stencil works perfectly for that, but it's a design that I think will be useful throughout the year, a fun alternative to a sunburst stamp or stencil.  I am a big fan of Christmas music and I have been known to play it year round.  Joyful sentiments features some of my favorite Christmas hymns.  There are so many beautiful lyrics in those songs, and I tried to pull some of my favorites and ones that you might not already have in your stash.

OK, so let's talk about today's cards.  For the first one, using a sponge tool, I applied Distress Inks to a watercolor panel.  Then I spritzed the top corner of the panel with water, placed the stencil over top and with a paper towel removed some of the ink.  I did this a second time, but this time, I placed a piece of paper towel over top of the wet panel/stencil placed a jar on top and let it dry that way.  I love this technique, it's subtle, but with dark colors has a great impact.

The Joyful sentiments set comes with several sizes of stars, and I stamped the largest in the center of my stencil image and embossed it.  I did this twice to get a puffier look, and then stamped and embossed the rays.  Those I only did one embossing on.

The sentiment was initially embossed in silver, but it didn't have the pop I wanted, so I went ahead and embossed it twice more in white (thank goodness for the MISTI!).  There are a couple of areas where you can see a bit of silver beneath, I really like how this look turned out, almost like a hurricane glass look and I'll be experimenting with it a bit more I think.

The second card is quite similar in layout, but for this one, I used gelatos on plain white cardstock.  I basically colored the gelatos over the stencil (using a couple shades of yellow), and then rubbed it into all the nooks and crannies of the stencil with my finger, repeating as necessary.  If you have Distress Crayons this technique works with those as well.  For the outer parts off the stencil I mostly wanted color and not necessarily the texture you get towards the center of the star as there is a lot of product there since I knew I was going to be stamping the sentiment and didn't want too uneven a surface for that.

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine and then clear embossed.

You can see the texture/dimension you can achieve using gelatos in this close up.

Please head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the rest of the team created.  You'll be able to enter to win today's featured products there.

I also have some giveaways.  For a chance to win one of my new release products, be a follower and leave me a comment with your favorite Christmas song.  There are also extra chances to win on instagram (@mprantner), so you'll want to check that out too.

Come back tomorrow for our final day of reveals!