©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

MFT July Release – Countdown Day 3

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

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For Countdown Day 3, we’re showcasing the Be Mime and Clowning Around stamp and Die-namics sets from Pure Innocence; the Birthday Centerpieces Die-Namics; the Arrow Greetings Die-namics and the Hip Clips and Creative Clips Die-Namics from Laina Lamb Design. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

This card was really fun to make and as you can see, I haven’t used the Hip Clips dies as they were traditionally intended to be 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

I began by creating a fun background using the Split Diagonal stencil. First, I took an acrylic block and dotted some droplets of ink (from reinkers) all over. Then, I spritzed some watercolour paper with water and laid the stencil onto the wet surface.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

Moving quickly, I took the inky acrylic block and put it face down on to the stencil and watercolour paper – the inky pools react differently every time! I jiggled the block around a little to make the ink move and get into the nooks and crannies of the stencil.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

When I was happy and it looked like the acrylic block was dry, I lifted it away followed by the stencil. I quickly heat set the watercolour piece to try to maintain as much of the artistic look as possible! Once dry, I trimmed it down using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25 and adhered it down to a card base. For the panel on top, I simply took the Hip Clips Die-Namics as they were, still connected, and ran them through my die-cutting machine on a panel of white carstock. I then trimmed this piece down to slightly smaller than the card base and foam mounted to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT July Release Countdown Day 3. Hip Clips Die-Namics.

The sentiment, which comes from Birthday Bears, was stamped onto a piece of black cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. It was then trimmed and foam mounted to the card along with a sprinkling of sequins to finish!

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 May Release Countdown Day 4. Cow Print | The Whole Herd

MFT May Release – Countdown Day 4

Hello again!

Time to showcase some more goodies from the My Favorite Things May Release!

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For Countdown Day 4, we’re showcasing some Birdie Brown stamp sets (The Whole Herd and Green Pastures) a Cow Print co-ordinating background and stencil set, and some fabulous Barn and Rolling Hills Die-Namics. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT May Release Countdown Day 4. Cow Print | The Whole Herd

There are some really cute animals in The Whole Herd set and I chose to stamp the cow and colour it with Distress Inks before fussy cutting out.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT May Release Countdown Day 4. Cow Print | The Whole Herd

For the background on the card, I took the Cow Print stencil, laid it onto a kraft card front, and sponged some Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries Distress Ink through it. I then offset the stencil and used a white gel pen to trace the outlined of the pattern. While the stencil was still in place, I lightly misted with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls.

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I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink onto some black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set before trimming down and foam mounting to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT May Release Countdown Day 4. Cow Print | The Whole Herd

The cow was also foam mounted to the card above the sentiment. To finish, I adhered some matching sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT May Release Countdown Day 4. Cow Print | The Whole Herd

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. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

Neat and Tangled collaborates with The Cut Shoppe

Hey there,

Just popping by to share a couple of cards for the Neat & Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe and their awesome range of cut files. I made two cards, each using a different cut file and combining it with some Neat and Tangled stamps – here’s the first:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

I began by layering a piece of pattern paper with a piece of vellum – I’d stamped the Time Warp image onto the vellum with Delicata Golden Glitz ink. To make the gold stand out a little more, I brushed over it with Gold Perfect Pearls and misted lightly with water to set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

The star cut file was die-cut on my Silhouette Cameo out of cardstock, spritzed with some bright Dylusions ink sprays and adhered to one side of the paper layers. I added a wood veneer embellishment for a bit of interest too.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

The sentiment comes from Gifts for You and was stamped onto a scrap piece of pattern paper and heat embossed in gold. This was also adhered to the vellum along with a few sequins before foam mounting to the card base. Here’s the second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

I began by die-cutting the leaves on my Cameo out of some lightweight pearlescent paper and again spritzing with some Dylusions sprays. I heat set and then trimmed a section of this down to fit the front of a card, and adhered with dots of Glossy Accents.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

The sentiment comes from the Dala Horse stamp set and was heat embossed in white on black cardstock. I trimmed it down roughly and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with The Cut Shoppe.

I finished up with a scattering of sequins! Be sure to stop by the Neat & Tangled and Cut Shoppe blogs for more inspiration!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC72. Spray Misting and partial die-cutting.

Runway Inspired Challenge #72

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:

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I began by using one of my favourite techniques, where I partially die-cut and partially emboss a piece of cardstock and for this card, I used the Penny Black Delicate Wings die. I’ve demonstrated how I do this on this card and I think it works really well when you want just one focal element.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC72. Spray Misting and partial die-cutting.

In essence, one half of the butterfly is embossed, and the other half is die-cut – instead of using a piece of plain white cardstock, I chose to do the technique on a panel that I had sprayed with a range of homemade sprays (usually Distress Ink Reinkers, water and perfect pearls).

©Candles in the Garden. RIC72. Spray Misting and partial die-cutting.

To highlight the embossed area of the butterfly, I used a small sponge dauber and went over it lightly with some Delicata Golden Glitz and Festive Berries Distress Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC72. Spray Misting and partial die-cutting.

I mounted the panel onto a bronze card base (which you can see peeking through the die-cut part of the butterfly).

©Candles in the Garden. RIC72. Spray Misting and partial die-cutting.

To finish up, I stamped a sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps Fine Feathers set and dotted a few sequins.

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

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

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:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter OCT14 Release. Eat Drink Gingerbread Man.

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!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter OCT14 Release. Eat Drink Gingerbread Man.

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.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter OCT14 Release. Eat Drink Gingerbread Man.

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

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

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.

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

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!

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

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. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Winnie & Walter and Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop! Hopefully, you have arrived from Maureen’s blog and after me, you’re next stop is Nichol(This is my second post for today – please scroll down if you’re looking for my Neat & Tangled October Release Day 5 post – thank you!)

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Today, a bunch of us are combining products from both companies to provide you with a whole heap of inspiration! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

This was so unbelievably quick to create (after I’d spent hours thinking about what I was going to come up with!). I created a snow bank using the curved edge die from Stitched Borders 1 and used it as a template to draw a guideline on my card base. Then I took the solid, round image from A Tree for all Seasons and inked it up with some Distress Inks – I spritzed lightly with water before making an impression on the card, as I wanted to make sure I got good transfer…

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

I randomly stamped the circles in different colours and set aside to dry before stamping over them with the tree image from the same set.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

Finally, I stamped the small birds in the trees, again all from the same set. I went over all the black stamped areas with the Clear Wink of Stella – looks really sparkly in real life, but I couldn’t get a decent picture! To finish up, I took the snow bank and inked up the edge with some Tumbled Glass, and lined with Silver Wink of Stella.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

I stamped the sentiment on the snow bank and foam mounted it to the card base. Then I sprinkled a few Sparkling Clear and Metallic Gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

See?! Easy peasy! There are some fabulous goodies up for grabs from both Winnie & Walter AND Pretty Pink Posh. In case you missed a stop, here’s the entire blog hop list – thanks for stopping by!

Pretty Pink Posh blog
Amy Kolling
Gayatri Murali
Heather Pulvirenti
Joni Andaya
Kelly Griglione
Laura Sterckx
Lea Lawson
Leigh Penner
Lisa Elton
Maureen Merritt
Mayuri – << you are here!
Nichol Magouirk
Stacey Schafer
Vanessa Menhorn
Winnie & Walter blog

©Candles in the Garden. RIC58. Translucent embossing paste through stencilled background with inlaid die-cut hearts.

Runway Inspired Challenge #58

Hello there…welcome to another Runway Inspired Challenge. This week we’ve teamed up with Case This Sketch! to bring you an awesome combination of inspiration photo and sketch – be sure to play along!

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Here’s my take:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC58. Translucent embossing paste through stencilled background with inlaid die-cut hearts.

I don’t have many flower stamps in my stash but really liked some of the vibrant colours from the inspiration photo, so used them to create a background panel. I sprayed different coloured mists onto some white cardstock and heat set so that I could use an ink dauber to push some black ink through the Texture Flourish stencil from Memory Box.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC58. Translucent embossing paste through stencilled background with inlaid die-cut hearts.

Using the same stencil, but slightly offset, I went through with some translucent embossing paste on top of the black areas for some added shine and texture. I also added a few squiggles with a white gel pen. Once the whole thing was dry, I die-cut an aperture in the centre of the panel using the CAS-ual Fridays Heart Board Fri-Die, making sure to keep hold of all the pieces. I also die-cut the hearts out of white and black cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC58. Translucent embossing paste through stencilled background with inlaid die-cut hearts.

I drew a curved line on the back of my panel, cut around it and foam mounted to a card base. I also inlaid the die-cut hearts back in place, alternating between black, white and textured, and stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle’s Bright Days set.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC58. Translucent embossing paste through stencilled background with inlaid die-cut hearts.

Our sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson, but even more special, Deepti Malik is our Guest Designer…

Thanks for stopping by – check out the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and a chance to win an awesome prize if you play along!

Virginia | Jennifer | Taheerah | Joni | Kristen | Pamela | Aga | Tasnim

©Candles in the Garden. RIC 56. Spray misted background and stamped butterflies.

Runway Inspired Challenge #56

Hello and welcome to a new Runway Inspired Challenge!

This week, we’re being sponsored by Ellen Hutson and we have the awesome Karolyn Loncon joining us as Guest Designer! Our amazing inspiration pic comes from the Alice and Olivia Fall 2014 collection and it is another stunner…check out those butterflies on the skirt!!!

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Here’s my take:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC 56. Spray misted background and stamped butterflies.

As with a lot of my cards, I tend to create more than one background panel just in case something doesn’t turn out how I thought it would…that was the case here. The panel on the card was my last attempt out of three, believe it or not! I misted three pieces of white cardstock with a mixture of homemade sprays and Dylusions, heat set and put to one side.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC 56. Spray misted background and stamped butterflies.

I might share the other two ‘experiments’ some day, but for this card, I brought out every single butterfly stamp that I own and stamped onto the misted panel with Jet Black Archival Ink. I tried to be as symmetrical as possible, just like the pattern on the skirt…

©Candles in the Garden. RIC 56. Spray misted background and stamped butterflies.

I die-cut the Memory Box Vivienne butterfly from the panel giving me an aperture for creating a shaker card. I did this by creating a pocket out of some left over stamp packaging and filling with a few metallic turquoise sequins. The whole panel was then foam mounted to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC 56. Spray misted background and stamped butterflies.

I embellished with a few more of those sequins on the front of the card along with a sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Many Thanks stamp set, which was heat embossed in black on some orange vellum. 

Thanks for stopping by – check out the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Virginia | Jennifer | Taheerah | Joni | Kristen | Pamela | Aga | Tasnim

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC127 Over the Edge. Spray misting and die-cuts.

CAS-ual Fridays CFC127 – Over the Edge

Hello everyone! Its time for another amazing CAS-ual Fridays Challenge and this one’s sponsored by none other than CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ;-). The idea is to create a card that has elements that extend beyond the card base – how much fun can you have with this?!! Anyway, here’s my card:

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I started by using some home made spray mists and spritzing on a piece of white card stock, making sure the focal area was more saturated than the rest. Then I swiped some Distress Inks across scrap bits of card and once dry, I used the arrow die from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Heart Board Fri-Dies set to die-cut a bunch of coloured arrows! I also die-cut the hearts from the same set out of white card and coloured a couple of them up with Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC127 Over the Edge. Spray misting and die-cuts.

I stamped a sentiment from the Ali Edwards Incredible set onto the spray misted panel and foam mounted to a card base at an angle, chopping off the excess. Then I adhered the arrows to the right hand side of the card so they were hanging over the edge just a little bit…

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC127 Over the Edge. Spray misting and die-cuts.

Finally, I added the gold hearts and finished up the card! Lovely jubbly!

Thanks for looking – I hope you can take a look at what the rest of the DT have been up to! Our sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, and one lucky winner gets a wonderful prize – more details are on the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog!

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©Candles in the Garden. Cas-ual Fridays / Curtain Call. #Fri-Dies

CAS-ual Fridays CFC120 – Curtain Call

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another challenge for Cas-ual Fridays, this time in combination with the fabulous Curtain Call Challenge!

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And here’s the inspiration pic for this week’s challenge:

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Some unusual colours here, and let me tell ya, I tried all sorts of combos – kraft and green, or light blue and orange, or…I could go on, but I won’t ;-). Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Cas-ual Fridays / Curtain Call. #Fri-Dies

I can only apologise about the poor quality of the photo – the weather was not on my side yesterday morning! There’s a fine misting of Perfect Pearls on the white panel that looks great in real life, but doesn’t show up so well in the pic 😦

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I’m seriously loving the new Fri-Dies from Cas-ual Fridays – I used the curved square die to cut a window on my white panel, and then used the funky element die to create my ‘snowflake’ embellishment. Both are from the Funky Square Tag Fri-Dies set. Through the window, you can see strips of colour which were cut up from panels of cardstock that I’d first smeared with Distress Inks. I was trying to pick some of the harder to see colours from the inspiration pic…

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The strips were arranged and adhered to a white piece of scrap paper, and then stuck straight down on to a kraft card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Carols set onto the white panel, and then foam mounted it to the card. I used a small peg to hold my snowflake and then stuck it to the front with Glossy Accents.

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There’s a sequin in the middle, topped with a small red gemstone…ta-da!!!

**Generously sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps **

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Be sure to check out the rest of the team’s awesome projects – thanks for looking!