Winnie and Walter June Release (in July)

Hi there,

Just stopping by to share some sneaky peeks of the projects I created for Winnie & Walter’s June Release – I’m sharing the full projects over at their blog!

©Candles in the Garden - Winnie and Walter June 2017 Release Sneaky Peeks

Pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog for more details, and thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Anniversary

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Triangle Pattern Builder and Art Deco sets;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

For this card, I changed up the colour palette to something more muted and combined it with a favourite technique of mine – rotational stamping. Whenever I do this, I always try to put some guidelines down for when I actually stamp the image.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

This helps with the end result, but you can always try to go by eye instead for a less measured look! I took the largest triangle from the set and began stamping it in the four ink colours I’d chosen onto a white card base, ensuring one impression overlapped the next. This creates the additional colours in between 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I used a MISTI tool for the stamping, though a large acrylic block would also work. Once I’d completed the stamping, I erased the guidelines and stamped a sentiment from the Art Deco set with onyx black Versafine ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I set the card base aside and die-cut a circle out of a panel of white cardstock and foam mounted to the card front, revealing the stamped triangles and sentiment through the aperture.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

To finish, I adhered a few sequins from the Sherbert Mix and the Fairy Garden Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

You are amazing

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Triangle Pattern Builder and Art Deco sets;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

There are so many different ways you could use the Triangle Pattern Builder set, and I opted to go for a simple, geometric look for my background panel. I began by choosing a colour palette, ranging from a light blue through to a dark purple.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

Starting with the lightest shade of ink (light blue), I stamped the largest triangle from the set onto a panel of white cardstock. Then I took a slightly darker shade (cyan) and a slightly smaller triangle image from the set, and stamped over the first impressions.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I repeated this step a couple more times, each time with a darker shade of ink and a smaller triangle – the end result was definitely worth the effort, however, I felt like it needed another layer…so I stamped the large background image from Art Deco on top of the whole pattern in the light blue shade of ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I trimmed the panel down to the same size as my card base and the stamped part of the sentiment onto it with black dye ink. The rest of the sentiment was stamped onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

To finish, I adhered the panel down to a card base and foam mounted the heat embossed sentiment to the front, along with a few sequins from the Fairy Garden Mix and the Ocean Waves Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thank you for always being there

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Polygon Stencil 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I took out my Dylusions Ink Sprays and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain for a cool effect, with minimal effort! I began by adding droplets of blue and green Dylusions to a large acrylic block until the whole things was covered – the more droplets you add, the richer the end result.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I then heavily misted a piece of watercolour paper with water until it was fairly saturated before laying the stencil on top, and stamping the inky acrylic block straight down into the watery puddles. I jiggled the block around a bit to help spread the colour through the stencil.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I gently removed the acrylic block and while the stencil was still in place, I smooshed the Distress Stain sporadically through it and onto the damp watercolour piece. I slowly removed the stencil, mopped up any excess moisture and quickly heat set the panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Once dried, I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Scandinavian Prints set with black dye ink onto a strip of white cardstock and foam mounted it to the card front with a few vellum, die-cut leaves underneath. To finish, I added some sequins from the Ocean Waves sequin mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Shine Bright!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Scalloped Cover Plate 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

The intricate nature of this die really made me want to pull out my laser transfer foils and double-sided adhesive sheets for a technique I’ve used before. I began by covering a piece of cardstock with the adhesive sheet and then running it through my die-cutting machine with the coverplate.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I separated the cardstock from the die very carefully as I didn’t really want the pieces to fall out – thankfully, they stayed put, but to be on the safe side, I also applied some packing tape on the back to hold everything together. I carefully peeled away the liner paper from the smaller shapes only, leaving the border intact and exposing the adhesive just in those areas. Then I laid down some silver laser transfer foil over the sticky areas and gently burnished with my fingers.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I lifted the foil sheet away leaving the silver to adhere to the shapes and I couldn’t believe how quick and easy the process was! I repeated this using copper coloured foil for the border to complete my background. I then foam mounted the piece to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

For the sentiment, I went back to an oldie but a goodie – the Sparkle and Shine stamp set! I stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto some navy cardstock, sprinkled with Silver embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed it out and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

To finish, I added a mixture of sequins 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Just Because

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Flower Medallion Builder set;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I had a whole other idea for this card, and as such began by stamping some of the images from the set with white pigment ink onto a panel of white cardstock. I heat set the panel and then blended three different Distress Inks over the inked areas, hoping that the pigment ink would act as a resist. No such luck!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

My card then had to take a different turn as I wasn’t seeing the results I was hoping to, so after I’d finished blending the Distress Inks, I spritzed some water droplets and noticed the white pigment ink beginning to run. I didn’t mind the effect so I quickly heat set the panel, and spritzed a little more water and heat set again.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I then re-stamped the images but this time with black dye ink, and while it was still a little damp, I brushed over some Perfect Pearls – you can’t see the effect so well in the photos, but it looks great in real life!

I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base, stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock and heat set in white. I foam mounted that to the card front and to finish, I 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 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 😉