©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Have Courage

Neat & Tangled April Release Review

Hi there! Just popping by to let you all know that the Neat & Tangled April release is now available from Neat & Tangled!

And here’s a reminder of some of the cards I created with this release:

Day 1

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Have Courage

Day 2

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Mommy Daddy and Me

Day 3

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Day 4

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

Do stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration and shop if you’d like to purchase any of the products from the April release!

🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Neat & Tangled April Release, Day 3: Happiness

Hello, hello!

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

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Day 3 is for the Happiness stamp and die set – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I began by stamping the ginko leaf images from Have Courage in rainbow order, onto a panel of white cardstock. This would be the background for the focal sentiment and die-cut piece.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Once the background panel was complete, I flicked on some small gold ink splats and then heat set. I then trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and stamped a sentiment from the set with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I foam mounted this piece to my card front and moved onto the focal die-cut piece. This was created using the co-ordinating Happiness die by running it through my die-cutting machine three times – once with white cardstock, then with gold cardstock and finally with red cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I popped all the tiny die-cut elements out of the white piece, applied some tape to the back and inlaid all the gold and red die-cut bits back in place to create a unique embellishment that was foam mounted to the card front above the stamped sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

To finish, I adhered some green and yellow 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, 6 April at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

Neat & Tangled March Release, Day 4

Hello there!

Today is the fourth day of the March release from Neat & Tangled, and its a beauty!

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Day 4 is for the Squares and Chevrons Cover plate and here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

For this card, I did a little bit of inlaid die-cutting, by running the Squares and Chevrons coverplate once through a watercolour background and once through some copper foil cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

I adhered some parts of the watercolour background die-cut pieces straight down onto the card base, while other parts were foam mounted. The copper foil pieces were all foam mounted in place.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

I flicked a few gold ink drops onto the card front once everything was in place and moved onto the sentiment. This comes from the Hello Spring set that was showcased earlier in the week.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

I white heat embossed the ‘Hello’ onto a strip of black cardstock and adhered it to the card front and then die-cut the co-ordinating ‘Spring’ sentiment several times from white cardstock and adhered them all together to make a thicker embellishment. Once dry, this was also adhered to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Squares and Chevrons Coverplate

To finish off, I added some colourful sequins.

I hope you’re enjoying the March Release so far! Be sure to visit 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 released on Friday, 9 March at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Neat & Tangled February Release, Day 3: Interlocking Geo Stencil and Die

Hello there!

Today is the third day of the February release from Neat & Tangled, and its a beauty!

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Day 3 is for the Interlocking Geo stencil and die, and they are absolutely fabulous, especially if you like creating geometric looking cards!

Here’s my card using the stencil:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I used one of my favourite techniques for this one – I added droplets of yellow and blue Dylusions ink sprays onto a large acrylic block, then heavily spritzed a piece of watercolour cardstock with water. Whilst the panel was wet, I laid the stencil on top, then flipped the acrylic block on top very quickly, allowing the ink to seep through to the damp watercolour panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I slid the block up and down while it was face down on the stencil to get the inks to move and blend. When I was happy, I removed the block and the stencil, and heat set the watercolour panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Once dry, I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base. I added a wood veneer cupcake and a sentiment from the So Many Sentiments set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I also added some wood veneer stars to finish off the design 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Here’s my card using the die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I’ve always enjoyed inlaid die-cutting but I wanted to try something a little different using the Interlocking Geo die for this card. So I began by adhering some double-sided tape to a panel of white cardstock and then running it through my die-cutting machine with the die.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

While all the pieces were in place, I carefully removed the die-cut panel from the die and adhered it down to a white card base. This gives the impression of an embossed panel without embossing anything!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I then ran the die through again with different coloured sheets of paper so that I could make the pattern in the centre of the card pop. I did this by adding small dots of glue to the pointed areas of the tiny shapes and adhering the coloured pieces in place. I curved each piece up to create a 3D look.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I added a sentiment from So Many Sentiments and finished of the design with some matching gemstones.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I hope you’re enjoying the February Release so far! Be sure to visit 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 released on Friday, 9 February at 8am EST in the shop!

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. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

Neat &Tangled January Release, Day 3: Pixelated Heart

Hello, hello!

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

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Day 3 is for Pixelated Heart Dies – a unique design, that allows you to create your own, origami style pop-up heart!

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

The dies come in two parts – one to create the pop-up element, and one to create a large pixelated heart – that’s what I used for my card design. I created a background using the Tiny Triangles die first, by inlaying some of those triangles into a coloured panel.

©Candles in the Garden. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

I then used the die to cut the large heart from this inlaid panel and set aside. I created the watercolour background panel simply by transferring some Distress Ink using a piece of acetate onto a piece of white cardstock – I find this to be such a wonderful technique for creating quick backgrounds!

©Candles in the Garden. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

I trimmed the watercolour piece down to the same size as my card base and adhered straight down to the front. I then foam mounted the large heart on top and moved on to the sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

I stamped a sentiment from Perfect Blend with Versamark onto a piece of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed the sentiment down and foam mounted just below the heart.

©Candles in the Garden. January 2016 Neat and Tangled Release. Pixelated Heart dies.

To finish up, I added some gold 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, 22 January at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

MFT November Release – Card 3

Hello there!

Just sharing one more card using the My Favorite Things November Release…

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

I used the Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up to die-cut the patchwork style shapes from a panel that was previously watercoloured.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

Then, I foam mounted the shapes onto a square card base, whilst flush mounting the frame – I coloured this gold with a Wink of Stella pen to help it stand out.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

To finish, the sentiment strip was foam mounted to the card front!

Thanks for looking!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

MFT August Release – Countdown Day 5

Hey everyone!

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

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For Countdown Day 5, we’re showcasing the Lisa Johnson Designs’ Scribble Roses stamp set and Die-Namics, the Encouraging Words stamp set and finally, the Double Stitched Circle, Oval, Rectangle and Square STAX Die-namics. Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

I had soooo much fun creating the inlaid die-cutting effect with the Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics! I trimmed a panel of white cardstock down to 4.25″ x 5.5″ using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25, and drew some guidelines to help with alignment and positioning the dies accurately.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

I started by die-cutting the circles, beginning on the left hand side and working my way to the right – with each pass, I left the die-cut piece intact before cutting the next circle.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

Also, I replaced the white die-cut circles with coloured die-cut circles as I ran the dies through my die-cutting machine – needless to say, I had a lot of crescent shaped paper scraps to piece back together for the inlaid effect.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

The sentiment was heat embossed on white onto a strip of black cardstock and foam mounted to the card front. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

Again, another fun card to create, though not as complex as the first! I blended Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks in the centre of a card base to act as a kind of holding area for the floral clusters.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

I then created coloured panels using a mixture of Distress Inks and water, and from these, I die-cut the base layers of the roses. I die-cut the overlays from some black cardstock and adhered them to the bases with small dots of Glossy Accents.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

The roses were foam mounted to the card front allowing the ink blended halo to peek through – to finish up, I stamped the leaf outline images with black ink onto green inky panels and die-cut them out before adhering them behind the roses.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

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 😉