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.

Winnie & Walter – Tour of the Stars / November Release

Hello there,

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the Winnie & Walter November Release Tour of the Stars! Hopefully, you have arrived from Lydia’s blog and after me, you’re next stop is Vanessa!

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Today, the Winnie & Walter Design Team are showcasing more of the November Release on this awesome blog hop, and you have a chance to win $30.00 credit to the w&w shop! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

I created this really simple wreath design using the In Bloom: Frenchy’s Florals set by Angelica Suarez. I drew around an oval die on a panel of white cardstock to create a frame for my wreath, and then stamped the sentiment in the centre with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

Starting at the top of the oval, I then stamped some of the floral images all the way around the frame using Distress Inks. For a bit of dimension, I used the ‘Rock ‘n’ ‘Roll’ technique to pick up two ink colours onto the stamp.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

I stamped some of the smaller images to fill in the spaces once I’d stamped the entire wreath and then added a bit of sparkle with sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

To finish, I foam mounted the panel to a white card base.

For a chance to win a prize, follow along on the rest of the blog hop, leaving comments along the way by Monday, November 21, 2016 at noon CST- five randomly chosen commenters will receive $30.00 credit to the w&w shop. In case you missed a stop, here’s the entire blog hop list – thanks for stopping by!

Guest Star Virginia Lu
November Leading Lady Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Hoffman
Heather Pulvirenti
Kate M Capper
Kelly Griglione
Keren Baker
Lydia Evans
Mayuri << you are here😉
Vanessa Menhorn

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 4: May Your Holidays Be…

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the November release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with some fabulous stamp sets!

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I’m showcasing May Your Holidays Be, and its co-ordinating die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

There are a couple of cool sentiments in the set along with a large bauble – the centre of the bauble is blank so you can choose which sentiment you’d like to use.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I began by creating a background panel, using the image of a large sparkle. I stamped it repeatedly on a piece of white cardstock with Distress Inks, and the loosely added some water to get the ink moving.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I heat set and then went around the outside of each stamped impression with a black marker and quickly sketched some lines. I then stamped the large bauble along with one of the sentiment from the set in the centre of the panel and die-cut it out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I adhered part of the panel straight down onto a white card base and then foam mounted the bauble in the middle. To finish, I coloured the bauble in with some Gold Wink of Stella.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the November Release from Neat and Tangled this week! Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we have showcased this week will be available in the shop tomorrow at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking😉

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 3: Star Coverplate and Stencil

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled November release, and we are showcasing some more fabulous products!

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Day 3 is for the Star Coverplate and Stencil, both equally as gorgeous as each other. I played with the coverplate to whip up a simple birthday card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I began by creating a Distress Ink background and heat set to dry. I then ran the Star coverplate through my die-cutting machine three times with white cardstock and glued each piece together to form a thicker embellishment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I then trimmed a section out of the centre and adhered it to the Distress Ink panel. I foam mounted this to a white card base and then used the Journalling Alpha Numbers to die-cut the 45 and adhered it down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I also ran the coverplate through some Copper foil cardstock and used some of the pieces to fill in the design on the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

To finish up, I sprinkled with a few Merlot Mix sequins. Here’s my second card, this time using the Star Stencil:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

I taped the stencil down on top of a panel of white cardstock and simply sponged through two shades of Distress Ink, being careful not to take the ink all the way to the edges.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

I then adhered the panel down to a white card base and looked for matching pattern paper for the tree embellishments. These were die-cut using the Scandinavian Christmas Prints dies and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

The sentiment comes from the co-ordinating Scandinavian Christmas Prints set and was stamped with Versamark onto a piece of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

The sentiment was trimmed down and also foam mounted to the card front. To finish, I added some Gold Mix sequins.

Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we are showcasing this week will be available in the shop from Friday, 11 November at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew. Creative Technique using Stencils and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 2: Elfs and their Shelf

Hello there! Time to showcase another gorgeous stamp set for the Neat & Tangled November Release!

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Day 2 is for Elfs and their Shelf, designed by Elena Roussakis, and its such a cute stamp set – here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I went for a clean and simple look and only used one stamp from the set. I began by creating some coloured swatches by simply sponging various Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock. I then used the co-ordinating snow globe die from the set and repeatedly cut the shape out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I stamped the matching snow globe image onto the die-cut pieces and arranged them on a white card base before stamping the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I then foam mounted all the snow globes to the card front to finish off.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I began by creating a background pattern by repeatedly stamping the largest, solid flower from Paper Cut Flowers with a rainbow assortment of Distress Ink onto a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I die-cut the panel down to the same size as my card base, adhered it straight down and moved on to the focal element – I stamped the presents from Elfs and their Shelf onto some white cardstock and simply coloured them in with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I also used the gold metallic shades from the Finetec Mica Watercolour Paint set for a bit of interest. I then fussy cut the presents out, die-cut the shelf out of some kraft carsdtock and foam mounted both to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment below the shelf😉

Be sure to check out the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – there’s also a giveaway! All the sets that we are showcasing this week will be released on Friday, 11 November at 8am EST!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 1: Merry & Bright

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the start of November release week for Neat & Tangled!

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For Day 1, I’m showcasing the new Merry & Bright die – here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I began by creating a watercolour background using a flower shaped acrylic block. I covered the block with some spots of Dylusions Ink sprays and stamped straight down onto a panel of white cardstock. Before removing the block, I misted lightly with water to help the ink run a little.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

On lifting the acrylic block, the ink that was trapped underneath began to spread, so I quickly heat set the panel. I used a paper towel to mop up any excess ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

Once the panel was dry, I used the new Star stencil to create a subtle texture over the watercolour blob – I laid it down and pounced some Versamark Ink through to the panel underneath. I removed the stencil and the lightly brushed over some Gold Perfect Pearls.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

Once I was happy, I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a white card base. I then die-cut the Merry & Bright sentiment three times out of some white cardstock, adhered them together to create a thicker embellishment and adhered it to the card front. To finish, I added a couple of sequins from the Gold Mix selection. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I did a little double partial die-cutting with this one using a couple of circle dies to create the outer ring so that the sequins can peek through😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I partially die-cut the circle elements out of a panel of white cardstock before moving on to die-cutting the sentiment from the middle, holding on to all the small pieces within the letters.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I then proceeded to turn the die-cut panel into a shaker card, filling it with the Gold Dust Sparkly Shaker Mix from Lucy’s Little Things.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

After foam mounting the shaker element to a white card base, I also added a few ink splats using some gold watercolour paint.

Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we are showcasing this week will be available from Friday, 11 November at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

Double stencilling

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using one of my favourite stencils – Hexastar!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I took a piece of kraft cardstock, laid down the Hexastar Stencil, and simply pounced some white pigment ink through the openings and onto the kraft.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I removed the stencil to reveal the pattern, and heat set the pigment ink. I then laid the stencil down, in exactly the same place as it was before, but slightly offset it.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

This time, I pounced through various shades of Distress Ink. I removed the stencil once more and allowed my kraft cardstock panel to dry before trimming down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I die-cut a banner shape out of the kraft piece once it had dried and then stamped part of the sentiment from Into the Woods straight down onto a white card base. I foam mounted the kraft piece on to the card front and stamped the additional part of the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versamark ink. I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

The sentiment was then die-cut out using the banner die from the Scalloped die set and foam mounted to the card front. To finish off, I added some of my favourite gold mix sequins😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 4: Big Hugs

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the October release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with a fabulous die and a couple of stencils!

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I’m showcasing the Big Hugs die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I can already see how versatile this die is going to be, just by how easily it can be added to a card, a scrapbook layout or whatever you like!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I created some background panels using other Neat and Tangled stencils along with a vibrant choice of Dylusions Ink sprays for this card – gave me the perfect backdrop to this cute sentiment!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

For the second card, I used another stencil but combined it with Cosmo Cricket’s Pixie Paint in the colour Harbor:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I spritzed a panel of watercolour liberally with water, laid down a stencil and then lightly dusted some of the Pixie Paint powder. To keep the paint moving, I spritzed more water and then slowly lifted the stencil away.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I quickly heat set the panel, trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base. The sentiment was die-cut out of some copper foil cardstock and foam mounted to the front😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I was going to add sequins but decided to let the sentiment be the hero on these cards – hope you’ve enjoyed the October Release from Neat and Tangled this week! Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we have showcased this week will be available in the shop tomorrow at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking😉

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 3: Please Deliver

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled October release, and we are showcasing some fabulous products!

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Day 3 is for Please Deliver and Cowbell, both equally gorgeous mini stamp sets. I played with Please Deliver to whip up some quick and easy tags:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I made a stack of these using some pre-cut tags and a good old Distress Ink technique. First, I chose a couple of inks, smushed them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and then loosely swiped a blank tag through the inky puddles.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I heat set the inky tags and then pounced them into the ink for a different effect. I heat set and repeated the process until I was happy.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

Once the tags were dry, I simply stamped the sentiment and lines from Please Deliver either with black dye ink or with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I could have made so many more tags using this technique, but at least for now, I have a few for Christmas😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we are showcasing this week will be available in the shop from Friday, 14 October at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew. Creative Technique using Stencils and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.