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

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.
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©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

MFT October Release – Countdown Day 3

Hello, hello! It’s the third day of the My Favorite Things October release, and you’re in for another treat!

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For Countdown Day 3, we’re showcasing the Dashing By stamp and Die-namics sets from Pure Innocence; the Winter Wonderland stamp and Die-Namics sets; the Snow Drifts Cover-Up Die-namics; the Stitched Mountain Range Die-namics and the Snowfall Stencil. Here’s my card:

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I created the background by stamping one of the tree images from Winter Wonderland backwards, using a combination of two green Distress Inks. I drew some vertical and horizontal guidelines on a piece of cardstock, attached the small stamp to an acrylic block with the back side facing up and began stamping!

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This technique is a really quick way to create a filled background in a matter of minutes. Now that I had my base colour down, I flipped the stamp the right way round on the acrylic block and began stamping with a bronze, metallic ink.

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At first, I wasn’t too happy with the result, so I stamped the image again with black dye ink. In between the trees, I stamped some of the stars from Hand Lettered Holiday with red and gold ink.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

I applied some clear Wink of Stella to the trees and a small splattering of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain before using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25 Die-Namics to die-cut the panel down to the same size as my kraft card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

I adhered the panel to the card base and moved on to create the sentiment. This comes from the same set, was stamped with Versamark ink onto some black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed banner ends on either side and foam mounted to the front.

Be sure to check out the My Favorite Things Blog for today’s full product reveal, giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch - Wonky Chevron Background.

MFT August Release – New Product Launch

Hey there! Thanks for joining me for the My Favorite Things August Release New Product Launch!

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Today, I am sharing two cards with you – one featuring the Fringe Die-Namics and one showcasing the Wonky Chevron Stencil – both of them are really versatile products to play with! As you might know by now, I like to take a product and see how far I can stretch it 😉 – here’s the card that features the Fringe Die-Namics:

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I began by creating some ombré inky panels and then die-cut the Fringe Die-Namics several times out of them. But then, I die-cut those pieces again with the Double Stitched Oval STAX Die-Namics, to give me these half-oval fringe-y shapes 😉

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I then clustered all the pieces together to form a sort of flower, overlapping one piece on top of another.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

I added a large gemstone in the middle, followed by a die-cut ring to complete the flower. The sentiment comes from the Encouraging Words set and was stamped with black dye ink below the flower. A few sequins were dotted around for a bit of sparkle!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

Here’s the card that features the Wonky Chevron Stencil:

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I love creating bold, dynamic backgrounds and stencils are a great way of achieving some awesome effects. I laid the stencil down onto a piece of white cardstock and simply swiped some tinted embossing paste through. I used the vibrant MFT dye ink refills to tint the paste – one little droplet of this stuff goes a very long way!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

I removed the stencil and quickly sprinkled the panel with some iridescent embossing powder while the paste was still wet, and then set aside. After about an hour, I heat set the powder and trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

At this point, I felt like something was missing, so I blended some Persimmon and Festive Berries Distress Inks onto the panel, filling in all the white areas of the cardstock. I spritzed with a Perfect Pearls solution and flicked on some Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain before letting it air dry.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

Again, the sentiment comes from Encouraging Words and was heat embossed in white onto some black cardstock. I wrapped black twine around the inky panel, adhered it straight down to a card base and foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. A few clear sequins finish up the design!

Thanks for joining me this week while we showcased the August Release products! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members for more inspiration on the My Favorite Things blog 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

Runway Inspired Challenge #82

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. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

I began by creating an inky panel using Distress Inks to emulate the background behind the model. I took Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean Inks and smooshed them onto a craft mat, spritzed with water and laid down a piece of white cardstock into the puddles.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

I lifted the panel out, heat set and repeated the process until I’d reached the desired effect. Once dry, I die-cut a rectangle out using the smaller frame from Avery Elle’s Finished Frames. I added a few ink splats onto a white card base using a mixture of Tarnish Brass Distress Stain and Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

I foam mounted the blue inky panel to the card base once the ink splats had dried and then die-cut the Memory Box Bella Bouquet floral cluster from some black cardstock. This delicate piece was adhered to the inky panel with a few small dots of Glossy Accents.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

On a scrap piece of vellum, I stamped a sentiment from Waffle Flower’s Bowtiful set with Delicata Golden Glitz ink, and then pounced some Gold Perfect Pearls onto the area while the ink was still wet. I brushed away the excess powder and set with a fine misting of water. This enhanced the look of the gold ink.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC82 - Distress Inked panel, die-cut floral from Memory Box and Gold Perfect Pearls on Vellum.

I attached the vellum to the panel with a few dots of Glossy Accents. I then adhered some wood veneer stars to cover the spots where the glue was starting to show through. The wood veneer was first dipped into the Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad and then into the Gold Perfect pearls. Again, this was set with water.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members!

Jennifer | Taheerah | Kristen | Aga | Tasnim | Gayatri | Lindsay | Karolyn

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 3. Warm Wishes.

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 3: Warm Wishes

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled October release, and we are showcasing another holiday season stamp set.

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Day 3 is for Warm Wishes and features another beautiful, hand lettered sentiment.

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Here’s the quick and easy card set I whipped up with this:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 3. Warm Wishes.

I began by die-cutting some large circles out of watercolour paper, and prepping the surface with a powder tool to reduce static cling. I then stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat set with white embossing powder.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 3. Warm Wishes.

Then the fun bit! I sponged various Distress Inks over the image, adding the darkest shade around the edge – I used a baby wipe to clean away any excess ink left on the embossed area.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 3. Warm Wishes.

I flicked some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain onto the card bases for some added interest and then foam mounted the inked circles. The sentiment comes from the Winter Wishes stamp set, showcased on Monday.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 3. Warm Wishes.

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 Friday, 24 October at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by  😉

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Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 2: Little Santa Girl

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 October Release!

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Day 2 is for the Little Santa Girl and she is such a cutie – perfect for colouring in any type of media, from Copics to colour pencils…

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 2. Little Santa GIrl.

I decided to keep this fairly simple, and though I don’t do a lot of colouring myself, I found the process quite relaxing. I began by stamping the image of the girl in black ink and then used a range of Distress Inks to colour her in. Its not perfect, by any means, but hopefully, practice will make perfect!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 2. Little Santa GIrl.

For her face I used Tattered Rose and Wild Honey, for her dress I used Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles and for her hat I used Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany. I pressed each ink pad onto an acrylic block to create a sort of palette and then watercoloured the image, building up with layers of colour.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 2. Little Santa GIrl.

Once dry, I went over the hat and present with some clear Wink of Stella. I trimmed the whole image out and used a black brush tip marker to go around the edges to cover up any exposed area of the image. I stamped the Sunburst image in Frost White ink on a kraft card base and while it was still damp, I sprinkled some gold Perfect Pearls in the centre of the stamped area.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled OCT14 Release - Day 2. Little Santa GIrl.

I flicked some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain onto the card base for some added interest and then foam mounted the Little Santa Girl. The sentiment was stamped onto some brown pattern paper, trimmed out and foam mounted. To finish, I added a few sequins and gemstones!

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, 24 October at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

Runway Inspired Challenge #63

Hey everyone – its time for another Runway Inspired Challenge and another gorgeous inspiration photo:

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And here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

This was so much fun to create! I began by dabbing some Distress Stains on to my craft mat and spritzing with water – I used Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and Antique Bronze. Then I laid a piece of white cardstock into the coloured puddles and as I lifted it out, I noticed that the result was very different to when I do this technique with Distress Inks.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

You can’t see it so well in the photos, but the background is a lot softer with the stains, and adding the metallic bronze gave it just enough character. I heat set the panel and then stamped the Hero Arts Blooming Meadow image twice in Versamark ink and sprinkled with white embossing powder. I heat set the powder and foam mounted the panel to a white card base measuring 6.5 inches wide and 4 inches high.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

I used a couple of square framelits to create the frames out of 3 different coloured pieces of cardstock and adhered them together slightly offset from one another. This was then foam mounted to the card.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

The sentiment comes from a combination of Winnie & Walter’s The Big, the Bold, and the Happy and The Big, the Bold and You, and was embossed in gold on some brown cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC63. Distress Stains and Inks background with embossed flowers.

The words were cut into strips and adhered to the card front. I added some pink and blue gemstones to some of the flower centres to finish up the card!

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp and there’s a fabulous prize up for grabs – I hope you have a chance to play along!

Check out the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members!

Jennifer | Taheerah | Kristen | Aga | Tasnim | Gayatri | Lindsay | Karolyn

Thanks for stopping by 😉