©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018

I like you ever so much

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Geometric Circles stencil, the Get Yeti stamp set and the So Many Sentiments stamp set 😉

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I began by stamping the yeti image from the Get Yeti set with Versafine Onyx Black ink on to a piece of white cardstock, and then coloured him in using some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

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I then fussy-cut him out and set him aside to work on my card base. I laid down the Geometric Circles stencil onto a white card base and roughly passed some embossing paste through it onto the surface. I lifted the stencil away to reveal the lovely pattern and before the embossing paste dried, I quickly flicked some gold paint onto the card base for some added interest.

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I stamped a sentiment from So Many Sentiments onto a strip of black cardstock, and foam mounted it and the yeti to the card front.

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To finish off, I adhered a mixture of sequins from the Like Magic Sequin Mix and the Mermaid Tail Sequin Mix.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

Neat and Tangled – July Release projects

Hello there! Just popping by to share some cards for the Neat & Tangled July Release – there’s a great selection from this month’s release, and I’ve experimented with a few techniques that I hope will inspire you!

I’ve seen the watercolour trend showing up more in more in the card making world, and so I wanted to try a technique using Distress Inks and water.

For this first card, I stamped the shapes from Hello You in Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean all over a panel of white cardstock. I left a blank space in the centre for the sentiment.

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I then took a damp brush and went over the stamped areas with water, sometimes using a light touch and sometimes slightly heavier. I liked how quickly the water seemed to dry in some areas, allowing me add more colour and more water to create a sense of movement.

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I heat set the panel and then stamped the large sentiment from the same set with Versamark Onyx Black ink in the centre. I trimmed the panel down to the same size as my card base and adhered it straight down.

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I added a few sequins and some gold splatters to finish up. For my second card, I took the speech bubble die from Square Thoughts and die-cut it several times from a panel of white cardstock.

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I held on to all the centre pieces that get cut out with the die so that I could adhere them all back in place. First, I took an inky panel from my stash and adhered it down to a white card base, and then I foam mounted the die-cut panel in place.

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I also die-cut the fractal heart shape using the Heart of Gold die and adhered that to the front of the card. The sentiment comes from the matching Square Thoughts stamp set and was white heat embossed onto a strip of black cardstock before being foam mounted to the front.

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For my last card, I took the Geometric Blooms stencil, laid it onto a panel of white cardstock and swiped through some embossing paste. While the stencil was still in place, I also spritzed some Funky Fuschia Dylusions Ink spray.

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I removed the stencil and set the panel aside to dry while I worked on the focal element. I stamped the cat from Kitty’s Favorite Things onto a piece of white cardstock and coloured him in with Copic markers.

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After my embossed panel had dried, I trimmed it down and foam mounted it to a card base. I die-cut the cat out using the matching die and also foam mounted it to the card front. I had added a little slit beneath his right paw so that I could tuck the sentiment banner underneath.

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The sentiment banner was die-cut using the die from Kitty’s Favorite Things and a sentiment from Succulent Journaling Card was heat embossed in white. To finish, I added a few gold sequins.

Thanks for looking!

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©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2016 Release.

Belated March Neat and Tangled Release Projects

Hey everyone, just stopping by to share my cards for the Neat and Tangled March Release!

First up is a card using the new Scandinavian Prints set – I experimented with stamping the images using Dylusions Ink Sprays, and absolutely loved the result:

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I began by spritzing a piece of watercolour paper with water and then carefully adding a couple of drops of Funky Fuchsia ink spray to my craft mat. I then tapped the largest solid stamp from the set into the ink and stamped onto the damp paper.

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The ink plumed in some areas, whilst staying solid in others. I also did the same thing with one of the smaller circular images but this time with Pure Sunshine ink. I heat set the panel, and then stamped over the inky plumes with black ink and some of the outline images for a dramatic result! The sentiment was heat set in white on a strip of black cardstock and adhered to the front to finish off.

For my second card, I used the Hexastar Cover Plate to create a clean and simple, layered paper effect.

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I die-cut the pattern out of three different coloured pieces of cardstock, and then trimmed each one apart at various points of the design. I then layered them on top of each other to create what looked like a mountain scene.

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I applied Glossy Accents in small areas to adhere the pieces together, as well as to a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from Scandinavian Prints below the die-cut piece and added some sequins from the Gold Mix sequin collection.

For my last card, I used the Hexastar Cover Plate again, but this time as a stencil. I die-cut it out of some slightly thicker cardstock, and swiped through some Chartreuse Iridescent Creative Medium (Imagine Crafts) onto a dark navy panel and set aside to dry.

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I stamped the image of the boy and teddy from Better Together with Archival Jet Black ink onto a piece of white cardstock and then coloured them in with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. I fussy-cut them out and set aside to work on the sentiment.

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I trimmed the stenciled panel down to slightly smalled than the card base and foam mounted to the front. The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock, trimmed and also foam mounted. To finish, I adhered the focal image next to the sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 5. Trim the Tree stamp set and Die-Namics.

MFT October Release – Countdown Day 5

Hey everyone!

Thanks for joining me at the start of October release week for My Favorite Things!

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For Countdown Day 5, we’re showcasing the Lisa Johnson Designs’ Trim the Tree Stamp Set and Die-Namics, the Gift Tag Greetings Stamp Set and finally, the Tag Builder 4 Blueprints Die-namics! Here’s my first card:

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I love a good old, one layer card once in a while, especially when you can create the illusion of dimension with embossing paste! I began by stamping the tree image from Trim the Tree first with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, and then with a range of rainbow coloured Distress Inks along the bottom of the card base.

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I quite like the mottled, uneven look to the stamping – adds to the feeling of something that’s been hand made 😉 I stamped a sentiment from the same set with black ink and set the card aside to dry. I then reached for the Snowfall Stencil (being showcased tomorrow), laid it on top of the card and masked off the sentiment area before swiping through some embossing paste.

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I removed the stencil, gave it a quick wash and while the paste on the card was still a little wet, I sprinkled some iridescent embossing powder all over, tapping off the excess. After about an hour, I heat set the powder, and the card was complete!

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Here’s my second card:

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This one is pretty quick, clean and simple. Oh and that background? That’s created using the new Basic Stitch Lines Die-Namics, being showcased on Tuesday!

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I ran those dies several times across a card base to create a bit of interest. For the christmas tree, I wanted to go for non-traditional colours, and ran the tree die from Trim the Tree Die-Namics out of some pink, purple and grey cardstocks, scoring the pieces down the middle to make them easier to fold in half slightly.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 5. Trim the Tree stamp set and Die-Namics.

I then adhered all the tree pieces together, applying glue only in the centre and popping the sides up for a little dimension.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 5. Trim the Tree stamp set and Die-Namics.

I foam mounted the tree to the card base and stamped a sentiment from Trim the Tree beneath it with black dye ink.

Pop by the My Favorite Things Blog for today’s full product reveal, giveaways and links to lots of gorgeous projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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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:

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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 😉

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JAN15 Release - Day 5. All My Heart.

Neat & Tangled January Release, Day 5: All My Heart

Hey everyone!

Today is the fifth and final day of the January release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with another fabulous stamp set!

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Day 5 is for All My Heart, a 3×4″ stamp set includes some cute handwritten sentiments.

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Here’s my card:

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I began by laying down some tinted embossing paste onto a card base, passing it through a Punchinella stencil. I used two shades of paste for a bit of variety.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JAN15 Release - Day 5. All My Heart.

While this was set aside to dry, worked on the sentiment. The large ‘Thank you’ was stamped onto vellum with black dye ink, covered with clear embossing powder and then heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JAN15 Release - Day 5. All My Heart.

This was then fussy cut out and adhered to the card front with glue dots (after the embossing paste had dried first!). The supporting sentiment was stamped on the bottom with black ink and Orange Peel dye ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JAN15 Release - Day 5. All My Heart.

To finish up, I added a few sequins! Visit the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – there’s also a giveaway! All the sets that we have showcased this week are now available in the shop!

Thanks for looking! 😉

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Winnie and Walter October Release, Day 1

Hey everyone! Welcome to the start of October release week for Winnie & Walter!

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Day 1 is for a couple of cute stamp 3×4 sets: Eat Drink Gingerbread Man and Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone. The DT and I are also showcasing the new line of stencils from Winnie & Walter called Creative Screenings! Here’s my first card:

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I took the little peppermint sweet image from Eat Drink Gingerbread Man and randomly stamped it with Versamark ink across a piece of white cardstock. Then I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heat set.

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I flipped the stamp over and used the back of it to stamp on top of the embossed areas with Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I repeated this process on a scrap piece of cardstock too and but additionally stamped with Festive Berries Distress Ink. These were die-cut out with the smallest circle die in my stash!

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I partially stamped the greeting from the large sentiment in the stamp set and then foam mounted the panel onto a matching white card base. The die-cut circles were then foam mounted on top.

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To finish, I adhered a few sequins with Glossy Accents 😉 For my second card, I used the Scenery: Persuasion Script Creative Screenings stencil:

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I began by spritzing various coloured mists onto a piece of cardstock. Once dry, I secured it to a craft mat and laid the stencil on top. I very carefully swiped some Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold embossing paste over the stencil through the the misted panel below.

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I lifted the stencil away and quickly washed it under the tap. Once the panel was dry, the gorgeous colours from the mist were starting to show through the gold embossing paste – the technique is beautifully explained in Britta Swiderski’s video tutorial here!

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I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted to a white card base. On a piece of brown pattern paper, I stamped some greetings from the You’ve Got Mail set with Versamark Ink and brushed lightly with Gold Perfect Pearls. This piece was matted to some gold foil metallic cardstock and then foam mounted with some twine to the card.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter OCT14 Release. Scenery: Persuasion Script Creative Screenings.

The possibilities are endless with the new line of stencils from Winnie & Walter – I am already thinking about a Gelli printing session that I want to try and hopefully share with you at a later date 😉

Be sure check out projects from Julie and Shay on the Winnie & Walter blog, along with the rest of the Winnie & Walter talent.

More details can be found here for the chance to win all of the Winnie & Walter October Release!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

© Candles in the Garden. Baby Blog Hop for Danielle. Neat and Tangled stamps.

Special Delivery

Hello and thank you for joining me on this leg of the blog hop for Neat & Tangled’s Danielle Walls, who is welcoming her third child into the world!

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Hopefully, you’ve arrived from Heather Ruwe’s blog, but be sure to hop along and see all the other cards made by some wonderfully, talented crafters! Here’s my card:

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Apologies for the bad lighting in the photograph – I’ve been experimenting with background papers and sometimes it casts horrible shadows 😦 . I began by swiping some silver embossing paste through a stencil I created using the Memory Box Piestra Tile die onto a white card base.

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While waiting for the paste to set, I moved on to creating the focal panel. I used a combination of Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean Distress Inks to make a background by smushing the ink pads onto a craft sheet, spritzing with water and laying down a panel of white cardstock. I heat set the panel and repeated the process until I was happy.

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I inked up the Diamonds stamp from Neat & Tangled in both the Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean in a sort of ombré effect, and stamped onto the inky panel. Then I stamped the A lot to Say speech bubble in Versafine Onyx Black ink and trimmed around the edge, leaving a slight border. You can now buy the coordinating die to go with A Lot to Say to make it so much easier to cut out!

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I partially inked up the So Very Blessed image, stamped it into the speech bubble and foam mounted to the front of the card. The ‘new baby’ sentiment comes from Clearly Besotted’s A Little Sentimental stamp set. I finished off with a sprinkling of Neat & Tangled sequins and a couple of small die-cut hearts and stars – there’s also some clear Wink of Stella to help the whole thing sparkle and come to life more!

Congratulations to Danielle and her family on their newest addition! Your next stop is the fabulous Christine, who organised the blog hop and prepared the cute little graphic! Here’s the full list of all the other blogs to visit in case you missed one:

Amy Kolling
Jessica Pascarella
Evgenia Petzer
Ashley Marcu
Yana Smakula
Linda Trace
June Houck
Bettina Juchum
Amy Tsuruta
Anna Kossakovskaya
Barb Murphy
Tracy Ercole
Mary Dawn Quirindongo
Heather Ruwe
Mayuri – < you are here 😉
Christine Drogt
Ren-Yi Lo
Miriam Prantner

Thanks for looking!