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Neat & Tangled July Release, Day 1: Faceted

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for the gorgeous stamp set ‘Faceted‘ and a new line in the Neat & Tangled store – vellum circles! The stamp is a 6×8″ set, and pairs some cute sentiments with a large, faceted background – great for cards or, like I’ve done, for decorating art journals 😉

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Here’s my project:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

I had so much fun doodling on the front covers of these journals, and the large, faceted image makes it so easy! I began by masking off an area on the covers with some postit notes, and stamped the design on three small Moleskin journals (two with black dye ink, and one with Delicata Golden Glitz ink).

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

On one of the journal covers, I simply filled in the open areas of the design with some simple doodling and shading, finishing with a white gel pen – the sentiment comes from Faceted:

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On the second one, I coloured the open areas with coloured pencils, going over them with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle – the sentiment comes from My Plate is Full:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

On the last one, which had been stamped with the gold ink, I lightly brushed with Gold Perfect Pearls, and then coloured the open areas with a mixture of the perfect pearls with water – the sentiment comes from a stamp set being showcased tomorrow:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

I can see myself giving these journals away, because they make such a quick, easy and personal gift! Or, I might use them myself for art journaling, as a planner, doodling or even sketching 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

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, 17 July at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUL14 Release - Day 2. Sailmates.

Neat & Tangled July Release, Day 2: Sailmates

Hello again! (This is my second post for today – please scroll down if you’re looking for my Runway Inspired Challenge post – thank you!)

Time to showcase another awesome stamp set for the Neat & Tangled July Release!

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Day 2 is for the Sailmates stamp set and there are some fun, nautical images and sentiments in this one…

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUL14 Release - Day 2. Sailmates.

I drew a circle on a watercolour card base lightly in pencil and then painted in a sun using Dylusions Ink Sprays. Once dry, I went over the sun with some clear Wink of Stella.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUL14 Release - Day 2. Sailmates.

I stamped the wavy lines with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and used a wet paint brush to draw over them to help the ink move around. Once dry, I stamped over the lines again, but with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink – there’s also a line of clear Wink of Stella here too!

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I masked off the wavy lines before stamping the cute little sailboat image with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I paper pieced the sails in with some pattern paper. The base of the boat was coloured with Intense Pencils.

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Finally, I stamped the sentiment and added some Crystal Clear sequins (my new favourite embellishment :-)).

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 Thursday, 17 July at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUL14 Release - Day 1. Gifts For You.

Neat & Tangled July Release, Day 1: Gifts For You

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for a stamp set called Gifts for You, and lemme tellya, you are going to LOVE IT! Its been designed by the enormously talented Pamela Ho and there are some really cute images.

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Here’s what I came up with:

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This stamp set had me smiling from ear to ear because of its cute, comic style illustrations – those little faces are adorable and means you can create a birthday card for either a girl or a boy!

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I used a technique that the lovely Laura Bassen demo’d here and stamped the tiny images from the set around a circle mask. I used Hero Arts Neon Inks and then Versafine Onyx Black for the tiny hearts and the sentiment.

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After I peeled away the mask, I stamped the image of the girl and added the outline of the crown on her head. I coloured her cheeks, ponytail clasps and crown with Intense pencils.

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This card is almost one layer except for the twine bow added to the side of the stamped image. I like the idea of switching out the colours to make it more masculine if needs be – this set is perfect with its all-round sentiments and cutsie images!

Pop by 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 Thursday, 17 July at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

Little Tangles Challenge 19. Neon stamping and paper pieced cupcake, with a sentiment from WPlus9. ©Candles in the Garden

Little Tangles Challenge #19 – Let’s Eat Cake

Hey everyone…

Just popping by to share a card for the Little Tangles Challenge #19 – Let’s Eat Cake.

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Here’s my card:

Little Tangles Challenge 19. Neon stamping and paper pieced cupcake, with a sentiment from WPlus9. ©Candles in the Garden

I started by repeatedly stamping a sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Sparkle and Shine set, in three of the Hero Arts Neon inks. This gave me a base to stamp a cupcake image from the Inkadinkado It’s Your Birthday set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I’m really loving the contrast of neon and black – its perfect for birthday cards!

Little Tangles Challenge 19. Neon stamping and paper pieced cupcake, with a sentiment from WPlus9. ©Candles in the Garden

I stamped the cupcake again on another piece of cardstock and coloured the frosting in using an orange Inktense watercolour pencil – I took an aquabrush to blend the colour out. Then I smushed some Stardust Stickles onto the frosting, let it dry and cut it out.

Little Tangles Challenge 19. Neon stamping and paper pieced cupcake, with a sentiment from WPlus9. ©Candles in the Garden

I stuck the frosting paper piece onto my card base, where the previous cupcake had been stamped and then grabbed the ribbon image and a sentiment from the Wplus9 Written on Ribbon set. Combining the sentiment and ribbon image was a bit fiddly, but I think that’s more down to my lack of practice rather than the stamp set (which is totally awesome by the way!).

Little Tangles Challenge 19. Neon stamping and paper pieced cupcake, with a sentiment from WPlus9. ©Candles in the Garden

I cut the longest banner from the ribbon image out, stamped the sentiment, and then foam mounted to my card base.

Thanks for looking!

CASology Cue Card Dessert. Smallest cupcake stamp, colouring and paper piecing. Star embellishments. ©Candles in the Garden.

CASology Cue Card – Dessert

Hello and happy Sunday everyone!

Today’s post is for a card that I’m putting forward for the CASology Cue Card – Dessert challenge. Lots of fun inspiration from the DT using fruit and cupcakes!

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I found the smallest cupcake stamp in my stash and did a bit of colouring and paper piecing – its from the Hero Arts Birthday Sayings set.

CASology Cue Card Dessert. Smallest cupcake stamp, colouring and paper piecing. Star embellishments. ©Candles in the Garden.

I stamped the cupcake repeatedly in a grid on the front of my card base using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also stamped on some kraft paper that I had in my stash, so that I could paper piece them back onto the cupcake liners.

CASology Cue Card Dessert. Smallest cupcake stamp, colouring and paper piecing. Star embellishments. ©Candles in the Garden.

I used my Inktense pencils to colour the frosting and used a water brush to do a bit of light shading. There’s also a bit of Wink of Stella brushed over, but I couldn’t get a great pic showing it…

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I embellished with some little die-cut stars in colours matching the frosting – I thickened the stars up by mounting the coloured paper on kraft cardstock before I die-cut the stars – just about went through my machine, but meant my stars had a bit of dimension without foam adhesive.

CASology Cue Card Dessert. Smallest cupcake stamp, colouring and paper piecing. Star embellishments. ©Candles in the Garden.

The sentiment comes from the WPlus9 Pile it On stamp set and was just the right width to go under my cupcakes.

Thanks for looking!

Lawnscaping One Layer challenge. Wink of Stella and coloured pencils. ©Candles in the Garden

Lawnscaping Challenge 63 – One Layer (second card)

Hello again!

This is a post to share my second card for the One layer challenge over at Lawnscaping. See my first attempt here.

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I started by stamping a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars set in the middle of my card base, and then stamping the three butterflies from the Flutter By set around it.

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I filled in the spaces with some of the smaller stamps from the Flutter By set. Then I grabbed three of my favourite Inktense coloured pencils and laid down a small amount of colour in some areas of all the butterfly wings.

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I went in with my Wink of Stella pen, and this time used it to blend out the colour that I’d just used. This created a sense of depth, and just enough interest (I think!).

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Hopefully, you can see it sparkling a little in the photo above! This was a fun technique, and the Wink of Stella pen didn’t seem to contaminate either – you could use it just like a water brush and it cleaned itself out when I got to the outer parts.

Lawnscaping One Layer challenge. Wink of Stella and coloured pencils. ©Candles in the Garden

I added some gemstones just to lift the card a bit more as the glitter is so fine.

Thanks for looking!