Hello There

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Topography stamp set!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

That large topographical background is soooo versatile, and you can do so many different techniques with it, as demonstrated by the DT during release week! I chose to white heat emboss it onto a panel of white cardstock before applying a wash of colour 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

I took various ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and roughly scribbled each colour at the top of the embossed panel before spritzing with water. The water allowed the colours to blend with each other, but also run down to the bottom of the panel, creating streaks of colour…

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

Before the colours became too watered and blended with each other I heat set the panel and trimmed it down to the same size as my card base. I adhered it straight down and set it aside to work on the next element, which was the die-cut sentiment. This was created using the Hello There die, and cut from some black cardstock a few times and adhered together to make a thicker embellishment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

I adhered the die-cut element to the card front and finished off with some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Winnie and Walter Third Birthday Challenge!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for stopping by on what I can only describe as the beginning of a very exciting month of celebrations for Winnie & Walter’s third birthday! Woohoo! And, it all kicks off with a different birthday challenge set by each member of the DT.

The theme for my challenge is Pattern-Making – you can use your dies or your stamps to create patterns of any sort – its a favourite technique of mine! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Third Birthday Challenge 2017

To me, patterns can be random and they can also be symmetrical. They can be calculated or they can simply be achieved by going with the flow – my most successful ones tend to be when I haven’t thought too hard about them. For this card, I first wanted to create each impression with the backs of the stamps. I laid out each of the gems images from My Precious onto the door of my MISTI, making sure the back was facing up.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Third Birthday Challenge 2017

I then used a combination of four different ink shades to create a graduated look and then stamped down onto a panel of white cardstock. I repeated this a few times until the panel was full. Where I had gaps, I stamped smaller dots using the rubber tip end of a pencil 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Third Birthday Challenge 2017

I wiped the stamps clean, flipped them over an remounted them so that they were the right way around on the door of the MISTI. I inked them up with black dye ink and stamped over the previous impression.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Third Birthday Challenge 2017

This technique works well with symmetrical stamps, but you could try it with anything you have… I die-cut the panel down to the same size as my card base and adhered it straight down to the front. I die-cut the ‘hugs’ sentiment from some black cardstock using a die from The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways and adhered it to the card front. The second part of the sentiment comes from the new Sentimental: Love set and was stamped onto a strip of white cardstock and foam mounted below the ‘hugs’.

To finish up, I added some gold sequins! I hope you’ll play along with this challenge and all the other ones set by the rest of the DT – you’ll find more details over at the Winnie & Walter blog – you’ll need to use at least one Winnie & Walter product. Winners of each challenge will be chosen randomly by Winnie & Walter.

Thanks for popping by!

Winnie and Walter January / February Release, Day 4

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth and final day of the January / February release from Winnie & Walter, and it ends with another fabulous mix of stamp and die sets!

Day 4 is the premiere of Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs (stamps and cutaways, Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways and Typecast: Cary Numbers Cutaways. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 4

I began by creating a background panel, using a piece of acetate and some reinkers. First, I added a couple of purple and yellow ink droplets onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water and then smooshed it onto a piece of white cardstock. I did this a couple of times until I’d reached the desired effect.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 4

I heat set the panel, die cut it to the same size as my card base and then adhered it to the card front. I then stamped a sentiment and some small hearts from Welcome to the Family with black dye ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 4

I stamped the elephant critter and the box from the same set onto patterned paper, adding some shading with copic markers before fussy cutting each element out. I foam mounted them to the card front to finish off!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 4

I hope you enjoyed the inspiration from myself, Julie and the rest of the Talent for the January / February release from Winnie & Walter – do check out what everyone has produced for the last day over at their blog! The new release will be available today at 22.00 CST!

Thanks for looking 😉

Winnie and Walter January / February Release, Day 3

Hello, hello! It’s the third day of the Winnie & Walter January / February release, and you’re in for another treat!

Day 3 is for the premiere of Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamps and cutaways, and Sketchy Thoughts stamps and cutaways – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 3

I stamped the various speech bubbles from the Sketchy Thoughts set with Distress Inks and then stamped some co-ordinating sentiments from the same set, but with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 3

The stamped panel was then trimmed down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 3

For a bit of interest, I added some cork and wood embellishments along with a sprinkling of sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 3

Don’t forget to check out the projects from Julie on the Winnie & Walter blog, along with the rest of the Winnie & Walter talent. The new release will be available at 22.00 CST on Friday, 3rd of February!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

Winnie and Walter January / February Release, Day 2

Hello there! Time to showcase another awesome group of stamp and die sets for the Winnie & Walter January / February Release!

Day 2 is for the premiere of Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses, Sending You with Evelin T Designs, Sentimental: Endearments, Sentimental: Love and Essentials: Lana Cutaways. We’re also showcasing From the Bottom of My Heart, which you can get for free with a qualifying purchase over $25, for a limited time! Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I began by stamping the back of the Bed of Roses stamp with a combination of Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock, and spritzing with water to get the inks moving. I then flipped the stamp the right way around and stamped the roses with black dye ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

The panel was heat set, trimmed down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted to a white card base. The sentiment comes from Sentimental: Love, was heat embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock, and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

To finish up, I added a few gold sequins. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I really love the bold nature of the focal sentiment, so wanted the background to be fairly neutral. I used a panel that I’d created by stamping images from In Bloom: Anna’s Flora with Dylusions Ink Sprays and spritzing lightly with water.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I trimmed the panel down to a square and foam mounted it to a white card base. I then stamped the large sentiment from From the Bottom of My Heart with black dye ink, and then again with some Delicata Golden Glitz. This gives you a nice rock ‘n’ roll effect 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

Again, I added the gold sequins to finish up the design.

I hope you get a chance to check out the projects from Julie on the Winnie & Walter blog, along with the rest of the Winnie & Walter talent. The new release will be available at 22.00 CST on Friday, 3rd of February!

Thanks for stopping by!

Winnie and Walter January/February Release, Day 1

Hey everyone! Welcome to the start of the January / February release week for Winnie & Walter!

Day 1 is the Premier of The Big, the Bold and Baby stamp set / cutaways, Scenery: Stripes 2, In a Word: Baby Cutaway, In a Word: Congrats Cutaway and In a Word: Precious Script Cutaway – as usual, there are some really lovely sentiments in these sets! Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 1

I took one of the border stamps from Scenery: Stripes 2 and mounted it onto the door of my MISTI, with a bit of a curve rather than straight on. I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the image in different colour using Distress Inks. The gridded paper that comes with the MISTI really helped me to keep each impression equally spaced apart.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 1

Once I’d stamped the whole background, I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted it to the card front. The sentiment comes from words in The Big, the Bold and Baby stamp set and was heat embossed in white onto black cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 1

I foam mounted the sentiment onto the card front and finished off with some wood veneer embellishments. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 1

I began by creating a colourful background simply by swiping a range of Tombow markers onto a piece of white cardstock and then spritzing with water to blend them together. After heat setting the panel, I then stamped each of the borders from Scenery: Stripes 2 with black dye ink onto the panel.

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The panel was trimmed down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted to the front. I then used the Welcome die from an older release (The Big, the Bold and Blessings cutaways) and die-cut it out of the copper foil cardstock and adhered it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 1

The second part of the sentiment comes from The Big, the Bold and Baby and was heat embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock.

Be sure check out projects from Julie and the rest of the Talent on the Winnie & Walter blog. The new release will be available at 22.00 CST on Friday, 3rd of February!

Thanks for stopping by!

Let your heart be light

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Scandinavian Prints Christmas set in a non-seasonal way!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

This set has got to be one of the most versatile ones I have ever used, especially when paired with non-seasonal colours – I opted to go back to my trusted Distress Inks and stamp one of the outline tree images with rainbow colours.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I began by die-cutting an aperture out of a panel of white cardstock using the Pixelated Heart die and stamping a sentiment from the same set with Versafine Onyx Black ink underneath it. I then marked up some guidelines on a white card base for where I would stamp the tree in rotation in rainbow colours.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

Once the stamping was complete, I foam mounted the die-cut panel to the card base, allowing the design to show through. To finish, added some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Hello You!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the gorgeous Scandinavian Prints Christmas set from the November Release!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I used all of the solid triangle images from the set to create this random background, concentrating the stamping mostly towards the bottom of the panel. I began by stamping the images with lighter colour inks, and then with darker colours to create a sense of depth.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I left enough of a clear space on the upper part of the panel for a sentiment – this one comes from Hello You and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

To finish up, I added some Gold Mix and Merlot Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Winnie & Walter: Black Friday!

Hi there – just popping by to sharing a card showcasing the limited edition stamp set In Bloom: Julie’s Roses. If you spend over $35 during the Black Friday sale, you get the set free! Here’s what I came up with:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Black Friday, November 2016. In Bloom: Julie's Roses.

The large, solid images in this stamp set made me want to take out my Dylusions Ink Sprays again, but this time to stamp with, rather than spray. This is a technique I’ve used before and its great fun, because within a matter of minutes, you can whip up a super cool floral background!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Black Friday, November 2016. In Bloom: Julie's Roses.

I began by lightly spritzing a piece of watercolour paper with water and then stamping straight into the damp areas with the solid images, first with Postbox Red and then with Dirty Martini. As you can imagine, the ink moves around quite quickly once it touches the water – the aim here is not to get the perfect impression of the stamp, but rather a loose interpretation of it.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Black Friday, November 2016. In Bloom: Julie's Roses.

I heat set the panel and then stamped over the colourful areas with the actual rose images using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. This helped to add definition to the vibrant watercolours underneath. I also took a white gel pen to add a little highlight to some of the areas before trimming the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Black Friday, November 2016. In Bloom: Julie's Roses.

I foam mounted the panel to the white card base and moved onto the sentiment. I stamped the small greeting onto a piece of black cardstock with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I then adhered the sentiment strip to the card front and finished up with a few gold sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

Filled with Love

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the a couple of stamp sets from the November Release!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

If like me, you like to make patterns with your stamps, then this is a great card for you! I took just one stamp from the Scandinavian Prints Christmas set and repeatedly stamped it on a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I began by making a few guidelines on the panel to make it easy to follow as I stamped the circular pattern with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and die-cut a small aperture in the bottom right corner.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I lined up a white card base and the die-cut panel in my MISTI and marked out where I would need to stamp the sentiment, so that it could show through the aperture. The large sentiment comes from May Your Holidays Be and was stamped with Festive Berries Distress ink straight onto the card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I foam mounted the die-cut panel to the card base and moved on to the sentiment banner, which was from the same set. I stamped it onto a piece of pattern paper with Versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I used the co-ordinating die to die-cut the banner out and then foam mounted to the card front.

To finish, I added some die-cut hearts and some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.