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

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!

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©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

Winnie and Walter Share the love week – Ellen Hutson – Day 3

Hello there, and thanks for joining me for Day 3 of Winnie & Walter‘s Share the Love Week, featuring Ellen Hutson!

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The theme for today’s challenge is Background Building, and I really enjoy creating cards using some of the more neglected little stamps! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

I love the tiny stamps from Scenery: Rectangled and Triangled so I used one of them to create a large background panel. It didn’t take too long, as I’d chosen my ink colours in advance and had them ready to go between each colour change.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

Once I’d stamped the background, I trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base. I then stamped a sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Totally Awesome set with black ink and then adhered the complimentary die-cut piece below it. This Brushstroke Wonderful die is gorgeous and whimsical – perfect for any card!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

For a bit of dimension, I also added some die-cut vellum leaves around the sentiment – these were created with the In Bloom: Maggie’s Roses Cutaways and add such a delicate feel to the whole card.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

I hope you’ll see what stamps you can use to create amazing backgrounds, and play along with the challenge over at the Winnie and Walter blog.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

Two random commentors from the Share the Love Week posts on the Winnie & Walter blog will receive ‘Totally Awesome’ stamp set and ‘Brushstroke Wonderful’ die (Thanks Ellen!).

Each day one randomly drawn participant will receive a $25 credit to Ellen Hutson AND a $25 credit to the Winnie & Walter shop.

Ellen Hutson LLC will also be playing along with a post per day in the CLASSroom with giveaways! And she is going to have a special shopping code for a discount on in stock Winnie & Walter and Essentials by Ellen products in the Ellen Hutson LLC shop! So please go and check that out!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. February Belated Birthday Bash / Winnie and Walter

Winnie & Walter February ‘Belated’ 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 second birthday! Woohoo! And, it all kicks off with a different birthday challenge set by each member of the DT.

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The theme for my challenge is Inlaid die-cutting, and here’s a little sneaky peek at my card:

©Candles in the Garden. February Belated Birthday Bash / Winnie and Walter

You’ll be able to find more details on how to take part for a chance to win some awesome goodies over at the Winnie & Walter Blog!

Thanks for popping by!

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

Runway Inspired Challenge #94

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson!

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

This card came together really quickly – I used the model’s dress as a starting point and began by stamping the Lace Background from My Favorite Things with white pigment ink onto a panel of kraft cardstock. I then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

I foam mounted the panel to a white card base and then die-cut a butterfly from the Lace Flutter of Butterflies, also by My Favorite Things, out of black cardstock. I punched a smaller butterfly from the same black cardstock and adhered both to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

The sentiment was cobbled together from a cork shape out of the Elle’s Studio Thankful set and a sticker that I had in my stash. Both were adhered together before being mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

Runway Inspired Challenge #93

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a guest spot on the challenge itself!

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

So, this is a slightly less literal take on the challenge, although I have tried to stick to the general colour scheme. I’m always looking for ways to use stamps that I haven’t touched for a while and the Runway Inspired Challenge always helps me to do that!

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

I dug out the Waltzingmouse Stamps Fine Feathers stamp set and a really basic heart shaped mask that I’d cut out from a piece of paper. I secured the mask to a white card base and began stamping the feathers across the heart with a range of Distress Inks.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

I made sure to overlap the stamping with each impression, and removed the mask when I was done. I really liked the look of what was left on the card and almost wanted to leave it there! But, instead I moved on to create a subtle sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

I die-cut one of the sentiments from Penny Black’s Words of Gratitude out of black cardstock and adhered it to the card front, leaving the edges to curl up slightly.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC93 - Waltzingmouse Stamps and Penny Black Dies.

To finish, I added a wood veneer arrow, a gemstone, a sequin and an enamel dot, again in colours that matched the model’s dress.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

Runway Inspired Challenge #92

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson.

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

I took the colourways from the model’s dress and tried to echo them on this fabulous Etched Flower background stamp from My Favorite Things.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

I began by stamping the background onto a panel of white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink, sprinkling with clear embossing powder and heat setting.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

I used different shades of ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens to paint areas of the stamped image and adding a lot of water for a subtle wash – I also painted some areas in gold using No 90 from my Gansai Tambi watercolour palette.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and adhered to the front, only adding the adhesive to the centre so that the edges would curl up slightly.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC92 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using My Favorite Things Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Hello die.

To finish, I adhered a red die-cut piece created using the large Hello die from Simon Says Stamp.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

Runway Inspired Challenge #90

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson.

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

I chose to go for a really clean and simple take on this week’s challenge, though there are so many gorgeous ways that the model’s outfit can be interpreted! I was drawn to the colourways in the bottom half of the dress and began by tracing around an oval die onto a piece of white cardstock as a guide for stamping the floral wreath.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

I stamped a sentiment from Clearly Besotted’s Love Blossoms set in the centre of the oval guideline and then stamped images from Waffler Flower’s Loved set with Distress Inks.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and then foam mounted to the front. I also stamped the two roundest flowers with yellow dye ink onto a separate piece of cardstock and used the co-ordinating dies to cut them out.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

The flowers were then foam mounted to the card and I brushed with clear Wink of Stella before coating with Glossy Accents.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC90 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson, using Waffle Flower Stamps.

To finish, I added some gold and pink enamel dots!

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

Runway Inspired Challenge #89

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from FishScraps.

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

I used the Beach Typography Word Art and uploaded it in my Silhouette Design Studio software to turn it into something I could cut, rather than print. I had to add the little connectors to some of the words so that it could be one whole piece rather than lots of little ones…

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

For my background, I simply added droplets of reinkers onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water and transferred the inky goodness to a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

I heat set the panel before trimming it down to slightly smaller than my card base. I then adhered it straight down and foam mounted the die cut phrase on top.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

For a bit of interest, I flicked small dots of black ink onto the design and then added some black gemstones.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC89 - Sponsored by FishScraps.

To finished, I adhered two wood veneer people in the top right hand corner, painted on some gold Wink of Stella and sealed it with Glossy Accents.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

Runway Inspired Challenge #88

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson.

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

I love the colours on the model’s dress, from the stark black lines through to the maroony-reds and greeny-yellows. This is what I used as the inspiration for my card, which is super simple to create. I began by stamping the largest doily from Penny Black’s 30-237 Dazzlers set with black onto a piece of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

Then I cut the panel into two pieces, one wider than the other. On the wider one, I stamped a sentiment from the 30-105 Gratitude set. I then added a few ink droplets using Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint Distress Inks for some interest and then set both pieces aside.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

On a white card base, I masked off an area with postit notes and blended the same colour Distress Inks together from top to bottom. I didn’t need to do this across the whole card as I knew only a small slither of it was going to show through 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

I removed the postit notes and went over the blended ink area with a clear Wink of Stella pen for a bit of sparkle. I then foam mounted the two stamped panels onto the card base, revealing a bit of the colour through the middle of the doily.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC88 - Sponsored by Ellen Hutson. Penny Black Stamps.

To finish, I added so matching sequins!

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

Runway Inspired Challenge #87

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Simon Says Stamp.

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I was immediately drawn to the top half of the model’s outfit and tried to emulate that with some embossing paste and and a stencil 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I swiped some silver embossing paste through the Memory Box Flourish stencil onto a piece of lightweight vellum. After removing the stencil, I sprinkled the paste with a silver tinsel embossing powder and set aside to dry. Once the embossing paste had dried, I heat set the embossing powder that was sitting on top – I did this afterwards because I didn’t want the molten effect that you sometimes get when you heat set embossing paste.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I trimmed the piece of vellum down to slightly smaller than an A2 card base and foam mounted to the front. I used a Pierced Rectangle Frame die from My Favorite Things to die-cut a white frame and mounted that at an angle on top of the vellum piece.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I stamped the Watercolor Flowers with various dye inks from My Favorite Things, fussy cut them out and adhered them in a cluster at the bottom of the rectangle frame. The large die-cut sentiment comes from the Stars and Wishes set and the smaller one comes from Count The Stars.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC87 - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

To finish the card, I added some small pearls.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉