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

Hello You!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the gorgeous Scandinavian Prints Christmas set from the November Release!

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

I used all of the solid triangle images from the set to create this random background, concentrating the stamping mostly towards the bottom of the panel. I began by stamping the images with lighter colour inks, and then with darker colours to create a sense of depth.

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

I left enough of a clear space on the upper part of the panel for a sentiment – this one comes from Hello You and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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

To finish up, I added some Gold Mix and Merlot Mix sequins.

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 4. Santa's Elves stamp set.

MFT October Release – Countdown Day 4

Hello again!

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

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For Countdown Day 4, we’re showcasing Birdie Brown’s Santa’s Elves stamp and Die-Namics sets; the Candy Stripes Background Builder; the Santa Suit Die-namics; the Fireplace Die-namics; the Hand Lettered Holiday Stamp Set and the Stitched Arch STAX Die-namics. Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves stamp set.

I began by stamping the large Candy Stripes Background onto a kraft card base with black dye ink. I then brushed over the stripes with Perfect Pearls, tapping away the excess.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves stamp set.

I stamped one of the cute elves from Santa’s Elves with Jet Black Archival Ink onto watercolour paper, and coloured him in with some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and Distress Inks.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves stamp set.

I fussy cut the elf out and set him aside. The sentiment comes from the same set and was stamped onto some black cardstock with Versamark ink and heat set with white embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment piece down, snipped one side off at an angle and foam mounted to the card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves stamp set.

I then foam mounted the elf and a couple of presents, again from Santa’s Elves to the card. To finish, I added some Christmas Red Stickles on the bauble and some Glossy Accents on the little bell at the end of his hat!

Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves, Trim the Tree and Hand Lettered Holiday stamp sets.

This clean and simple card uses a number of smaller images from Trim the Tree, Santa’s Elves and Hand Lettered Holiday to create a wreath on a one layer card.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves, Trim the Tree and Hand Lettered Holiday stamp sets.

I began by masking off a circular area in the centre of a white card base, and then stamping all the smaller images, randomly, along the edge.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves, Trim the Tree and Hand Lettered Holiday stamp sets.

Once I was happy, I removed the mask and stamped a sentiment from Hand Lettered Holiday in the centre of the wreath.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 4. Santa's Elves, Trim the Tree and Hand Lettered Holiday stamp sets.

To finish, I added a small twine bow and a few gemstones.

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 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:

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

Here’s my second card:

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

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!

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

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 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

Neat & Tangled July Release, Day 1: Faceted

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the start of July release week for Neat & Tangled!

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Day 1 is for the gorgeous stamp set ‘Faceted‘ and a new line in the Neat & Tangled store – vellum circles! The stamp is a 6×8″ set, and pairs some cute sentiments with a large, faceted background – great for cards or, like I’ve done, for decorating art journals 😉

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Here’s my project:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

I had so much fun doodling on the front covers of these journals, and the large, faceted image makes it so easy! I began by masking off an area on the covers with some postit notes, and stamped the design on three small Moleskin journals (two with black dye ink, and one with Delicata Golden Glitz ink).

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

On one of the journal covers, I simply filled in the open areas of the design with some simple doodling and shading, finishing with a white gel pen – the sentiment comes from Faceted:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

On the second one, I coloured the open areas with coloured pencils, going over them with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle – the sentiment comes from My Plate is Full:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

On the last one, which had been stamped with the gold ink, I lightly brushed with Gold Perfect Pearls, and then coloured the open areas with a mixture of the perfect pearls with water – the sentiment comes from a stamp set being showcased tomorrow:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

I can see myself giving these journals away, because they make such a quick, easy and personal gift! Or, I might use them myself for art journaling, as a planner, doodling or even sketching 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JULY15 Release - Day 1, Faceted.

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 from Friday, 17 July at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Scandinavian Flowers.

Neat & Tangled March Release, Day 2

Hello again!

Time to showcase some more goodies from the Neat & Tangled March Release!

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Day 2 is for the coordinating Dala Horse stamp set and dies, along with the gorgeous Scandinavian Flowers stamp set. These sets work so well together – the possibilities for making beautiful, floral backgrounds is endless!

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Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Dala Horse.

I wanted to do something fairly clean and simple using the Dala Horse set, so began by creating a coloured panel with my Distress Inks. I smooshed a couple of ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and laid a panel of white cardstock into the inky puddles. I lifted the panel and heat set whilst the inks were mixing! I repeated the process until I was happy.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Dala Horse.

I stamped the Dala Horse image from the set with black dye ink onto the coloured panel and cut out with the coordinating die. For a bit of something extra, I used a white gel pen to add some details and colouring to the image and then set aside to work on the card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Dala Horse.

I flicked some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain over the card base for some interest before foam mounting the horse to the front and stamping a sentiment from the same set beneath him. Clean, simple and fast yet effective, I think 😉 Here’s my second card:

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The original idea behind this card changed a few times while I was creating it, but I’m happy with the end result. Took me a lot longer to make than the first one though! I began by tracing around an oval die onto a card base to act as a guideline for my stamping.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Scandinavian Flowers.

I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the oval with black dye ink and then used the various branch and flower images to create a border around it. I coloured these in with my Gansai Tambi Watercolour set but decided I needed to pop some of the flowers off the card too. So, I stamped and coloured on another piece of cardstock, fussy cut out some of the flowers and adhered to the card. Its a small detail, but I like it 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Scandinavian Flowers.

To finish, I added some gemstones to the flower centres and left it at that! I think I must have been channelling my inner Laura Bassen when I was making this card…reminds me of so many of her beautiful cards!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled MAR15 Release - Day 2. Scandinavian Flowers.

Be sure to check out 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 on Friday, 13 March at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

Runway Inspired Challenge #71

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! With the passing of Oscar de la Renta, we thought we’d do something different for this week’s challenge. To honour his memory, we took a look at his latest collection and each DT member has chosen their own inspiration photo. Here’s mine:

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I really liked the look of all those delicate flowers on the dress and created this card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

I began by masking off an area with a postit note in the centre of a white card base, and then stamping various images from Paper Smooches Botanicals 1 set. The colours in the dress inspired the colour palette.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

I removed the postit note to reveal the space to stamp a sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday set with black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

To help the masked area stand out, I drew lines around the edges with a black marker. I also stamped some butterflies from the Botanicals 1 set in black and went over them with some clear Wink of Stella.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

Finally, I added some sequins and small dabs of Diamond Stickles in some of the flower centres.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC71. Stamped florals around a masked area.

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 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

Neat & Tangled September Release, Day 3: My Plate is Full

Hello, hello!

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

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Day 3 is for My Plate is Full and it is perfect for all your cardmaking, scrapbooking and journaling needs! (I used a sentiment from here on yesterday’s card) 🙂

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

I gravitated towards the cutlery shapes and began by stamping with the backs of these images in Distress Inks. This creates a kind of a halo for the next step, which is to stamp the images the right way round, but in black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

I love this technique, because you can stretch your stamps so much further! I used the more muted, autumnal colours to echo the theme of the stamp set, but again, they can be changed up quite easily to suit different types of cards.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

In the above photo, you can see where I went over the images with a thick coat of Glossy Accents – I didn’t think the card needed much more than this and actually makes a really effective one layer card.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

The sentiment was also stamped in the same black ink and finished up the card!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEP14 Release - Day 3. My Plate is Full.

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, 26 September at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉