August Guest Designer: Joy Taylor

Our sweet friend Joy Taylor is back today with her last post as our August guest designer.

It is NEVER too soon to start your Christmas cards! And this card from Joy using Winter Trees is simply magical.  I love the greens and blues.  It gives the card such a soft and serene feel.

Thank you so much Joy for joining us this month!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday :)


Gardenia Bloom Thank Yous

Hey everyone!  It's Miriam here today with a little tutorial for you.  I needed a quick set of Thank You notes this week.  This is Carina's last week at preschool!  It's hard to believe, she's spent almost five years there, and Ellie was there for two years as well.  

These cards are for the girls special teachers that we're leaving behind.  They feature the Gardenia Blooms Journaling Card Die and a sentiment from Paper Cut Flowers.

I thought I would provide a little tutorial for you:

I had an old Gardenia Blooms die cut that I used as a guide.  

Then I used Derwent Inktense pencils to lightly trace along the inside edge of the blooms and leaves. I didn't trace all around the openings just toward the center of the flowers.  

This is what it looks like when you remove the guide.

I normally don't watercolor directly on my cardstock because it will warp, but this requires very little water.  This is also why I'm using a real paintbrush as opposed to a waterbrush, it's easier to control the amount of water in a paintbrush as opposed to a waterbrush.  

I use the guide to make sure I'm on the right track and then (totally optional) I add a bit more pencil for additional color/dimension.

After those additional details are softened with water, you can put the die cut you will actually use over top and see what the card will look like.

To adhere the die cut I like to use liquid adhesive as I think it works best on those delicate details.  I swipe the adhesive on the solid portions of the die cut and just tap it over the intricate areas.

I created both Grout Gray and Primitive White cardstock versions of the card, I think it would look great in any neutral.  It looks complicated but the coloring portion is actually very quick and these were easily mass producible.  They are also perfect for mailing since they are so flat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Kraft & Gold Happy Birthday

Hey Neat & Tangled fans! It is Rachel here today sharing a quick birthday card for when you need something in a pinch. I love simple cards with elegant color schemes and it doesn't get much better than white, gold & kraft for me.

I created a subtle background using a variety of stamps. The solid circles are the reverse side of the sequin & button stamps from Crafting is My Jam, Everyday Circles  and the back side of the ball of yarn from Meowww. The flower and large circle are from Dala Horse, the heart is from Jump Start my Heart and the tiny stars are from Blog Planner.

The lovely sentiment is from the Photo Booth set. The kraft panel is mounted onto a piece of white woodgrain paper for a little touch of something extra. 

That is all from me today. I hope you're inspired to flip over your stamps and get the most out of the solid side as well - it gives them a whole new life! Have a great day!


Have a pawesome day

Hello dear readers!

During last days of summer I'm dreaming about the beach and the sea more and more. It's strange because I live near the sea) I don't like city beaches with crowds of people during the season, my time - September, when vacations will be over and children will go to school!
 I've used sleeping doggy from a Woof stamp set that I colored with dye inks, A lot to Say die and Sailmates stamp set to create a "dream".

Hope you liked my card today!
Have a pawsome day ;)


The world is full of 'faceted' things ;-)

Hello there!

Mayuri here to share a card using the Faceted stamp set along with one of my favourites, Origami Map

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I began by heat embossing the faceted image in white onto a panel of white cardstock. I then added droplets of reinkers onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water and transferred the inky goodness to the embossed panel. I repeated the process to get the right amount of coverage...

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I trimmed the panel down with a rectangle die once it had dried, and foam mounted to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I ran the Origami Map die through my die-cutting machine with some vellum and foam mounted that to the card front, strategically placing the foam squares behind a heat embossed sentiment strip. 

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

To finish, I added some sequins from the Mermaid Tail mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

The sentiment comes from Origami Map - combining sentiments and images from different stamp sets means you can stretch them and get so much more mileage from them! I hope you'll give it a go too!

Thanks for stopping by!


August Guest Designer: Joy Taylor!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to share that Joy Taylor is our guest designer for August! We were so lucky to have her join us last week for our Birthday blog hop, and she is back again today with another amazing card!

Today she used Woof to create this fun card!  Joy is so talented, and her coloring skills always blow me away! This card is no exception.

 I hope this card put a smile on your face, and is a great start to your weekend!

See you next week!


Party Time

Hello everyone! AmandineC here today, how are you doing?

I am delighted to share with you a card in which I had fun altering the TURKEY TALK set.

I stamped the image twice on the same paper, and then I cut the tail to create a crazy hat for my turkey.

The speech bubble is also from the Turkey Talk set, and I used a sentiment from PHOTO BOOTH, as well as some sequins on a background created using distress inks as watercolors.

Have you ever played with your images to create new ones?  I'd love to see!


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