©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 🙂

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Neat & Tangled February Release, Day 4: S’more Fun

Hello, hello!

It’s the fourth day of the Neat & Tangled February release, and we are showcasing another cute stamp and die set!

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Day 4 is for the S’more Fun stamp set and dies – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. S'more Fun

I began by creating a quick background by blending Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks on a panel of white cardstock. I then flicked some water for a bit of interest.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. S'more Fun

I used a paper towel to mop up any excess water and trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base before stamping a sentiment from the set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. S'more Fun

I foam mounted the panel to the white card base and then moved onto the focal element. I stamped the pair of crackers with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a piece of white cardstock and then coloured them in with copics. I used the co-ordinating die to cut them out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. S'more Fun

I also ran the Interlocking Geo die through my die-cutting machine with some copper foil cardstock and trimmed a small portion of it to act as a layered piece for the crackers to sit on. I adhered the die-cut copper piece to the card front and then foam mounted the crackers on top.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. S'more Fun

To finish up, I added a few 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, 9 February at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©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!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

Winnie and Walter January / February Release, Day 2

Hello there! Time to showcase another awesome group of stamp and die sets for the Winnie & Walter January / February Release!

Day 2 is for the premiere of Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses, Sending You with Evelin T Designs, Sentimental: Endearments, Sentimental: Love and Essentials: Lana Cutaways. We’re also showcasing From the Bottom of My Heart, which you can get for free with a qualifying purchase over $25, for a limited time! Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I began by stamping the back of the Bed of Roses stamp with a combination of Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock, and spritzing with water to get the inks moving. I then flipped the stamp the right way around and stamped the roses with black dye ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

The panel was heat set, trimmed down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted to a white card base. The sentiment comes from Sentimental: Love, was heat embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock, and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

To finish up, I added a few gold sequins. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I really love the bold nature of the focal sentiment, so wanted the background to be fairly neutral. I used a panel that I’d created by stamping images from In Bloom: Anna’s Flora with Dylusions Ink Sprays and spritzing lightly with water.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

I trimmed the panel down to a square and foam mounted it to a white card base. I then stamped the large sentiment from From the Bottom of My Heart with black dye ink, and then again with some Delicata Golden Glitz. This gives you a nice rock ‘n’ roll effect 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Jan / Feb 2017 Release / Day 2

Again, I added the gold sequins to finish up the design.

I hope you get a chance to check out the projects from Julie on the Winnie & Walter blog, along with the rest of the Winnie & Walter talent. The new release will be available at 22.00 CST on Friday, 3rd of February!

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

Let your heart be light

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Scandinavian Prints Christmas set in a non-seasonal way!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

This set has got to be one of the most versatile ones I have ever used, especially when paired with non-seasonal colours – I opted to go back to my trusted Distress Inks and stamp one of the outline tree images with rainbow colours.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I began by die-cutting an aperture out of a panel of white cardstock using the Pixelated Heart die and stamping a sentiment from the same set with Versafine Onyx Black ink underneath it. I then marked up some guidelines on a white card base for where I would stamp the tree in rotation in rainbow colours.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2017 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

Once the stamping was complete, I foam mounted the die-cut panel to the card base, allowing the design to show through. To finish, added some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

Filled with Love

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the a couple of stamp sets from the November Release!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

If like me, you like to make patterns with your stamps, then this is a great card for you! I took just one stamp from the Scandinavian Prints Christmas set and repeatedly stamped it on a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I began by making a few guidelines on the panel to make it easy to follow as I stamped the circular pattern with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and die-cut a small aperture in the bottom right corner.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I lined up a white card base and the die-cut panel in my MISTI and marked out where I would need to stamp the sentiment, so that it could show through the aperture. The large sentiment comes from May Your Holidays Be and was stamped with Festive Berries Distress ink straight onto the card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 - Scandinavian Prints Christmas.

I foam mounted the die-cut panel to the card base and moved on to the sentiment banner, which was from the same set. I stamped it onto a piece of pattern paper with Versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I used the co-ordinating die to die-cut the banner out and then foam mounted to the card front.

To finish, I added some die-cut hearts and some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

A shaker shower of love…

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Fractal Cloud stamp and die sets from the May Release!

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I created a watercolour background using a piece of acetate and some reinkers and then stamped the fractal raindrops onto the panel for some depth.

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I then die-cut the cloud aperture out of the panel using the Fractal Cloud die and stamped a sentiment from the coordinating set with black dye ink. I set this aside and moved onto the actual card base, where I stamped the large fractal cloud and then coloured in all the tiny segments with some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I turned the card into a shaker by filling the aperture with sequins and foam mounting the watercolour on top, sandwiching the sequins between a piece of acetate and the card base.

I usually try to create a few watercolour panels in advance for cards like this, because you never know when you might need one!

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
©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. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Stenciling with Perfect Pearls

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the gorgeous Hexastar Stencil from the May Release!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I love the geometric design of this stencil and can see myself reaching for it again and again to create awesome backgrounds! This card took no time at all to put together – I began by laying the stencil down onto some dark coloured cardstock and stamping all over with the Versamark Ink pad.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I lifted the stencil away and brushed some gold Perfect Pearls over the sticky areas – I didn’t mind the unevenness of my stamping (near the edges), as it give the overall look a sense of depth.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I gently wiped any excess Perfect Pearls with a dryer sheet and trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base. Before foam mounting the panel, I swiped the Versamark Ink pad along all four edges of the card base, and again brush with the Perfect Pearls. This gave me a nice matching border…

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple so that the focal panel could really be the star of this card, so I stamped one from the Origami Map set onto a strip of the same dark cardstock with Versamark, sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed the sentiment piece down and foam mounted it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

To finish, I added a selection of Summer Sun and Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

Neat & Tangled May Release, Day 4: Stitched Starburst

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the May release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with two fabulous die sets!

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I’m showcasing the Stitched Starburst dies:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I love the simplicity of this die set – you get two dies, one that allows you to die-cut the sunburst and one that allows you to add some stitched detailing. I simply die-cut the starburst out of some yellow cardstock and placed it behind a circular aperture.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I then stamped the large sentiment from an older set, My Sunshine – I thought the two elements combined worked together perfectly! I added a little strip of washitape to the bottom of my panel before foam mounting the whole thing to a card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I splattered some gold paint onto the front and finished up with some sequins. Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we have showcased this week will be available in the shop tomorrow at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 😉