©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Hello Summer

Neat & Tangled May Release Review

Hi there! Just popping by to let you all know that the Neat & Tangled May 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 May 2018 Release. Hello Summer

Day 2

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Paint Night

Day 3

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

Day 4

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

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

🙂

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©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

Neat & Tangled May Release, Day 3: Layered Landscapes

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled May release, and we are showcasing another fabulous stamp set!

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Day 3 is for the Layered Landscapes stamp set – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

There are so many ways to use this stamp set, but I gravitated back towards my rainbow range of Distress Inks and stamped the mountains randomly across an imaginary horizon on a panel of white cardstock – I made sure to overlap the colours for more variation.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

I loosely watercoloured a sky behind the colourful mountains and a deep blue sea underneath them. I then restamped the reflections of the mountains in the sea area followed by some darker mountains in the foreground.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and stamped part of the sentiment into the top right hand corner with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then foam mounted the panel onto my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark, sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set. I foam mounted it just below the stamped sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

To finish, I adhered 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, 11 May at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©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 February 2018

Free Hugs Given Daily

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the cute Koalifications stamp set 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018

I’ve been experimenting recently with YUPO paper and watercolours after watching several videos on YouTube by the amazing Patti Tolley Parrish – she demonstrates different types of watercolour and other medium on YUPO paper and the results look phenomenal! I used one of the backgrounds I’d created as the backdrop to this card 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018

I brushed various colours from my Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Pocket set onto a piece of YUPO and watched the colours bleed. While the panel was still wet, I added further colour from the Finetec Pearl Metallics Palette – the effects are mesmerising, but the photos don’t do it any justice! Here’s a little snippet from my Instagram feed.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018

I put the panel aside to dry overnight and moved onto the focal element. I stamped the koala from the Koalifications set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a panel of white cardstock and coloured him in using Copic markers. I then stamped a sentiment from the same set into the banner area.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018

Once the YUPO piece was dry, I adhered it to the front of a white card base, fussy cut the koala out and foam mounted him to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018

I hope you’ll experiment with watercolours on YUPO 😉

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 February 2018 Release. Panda die

Neat & Tangled February Release, Day 2: Panda Die

Hello again!

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

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Day 2 is for the Panda die and the So Many Sentiments stamp set – both can be used in so many ways – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Panda die

I knew I wanted to pair a happy, positive and bright sentiment from the set with the Panda die, and decided to stamp it with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a panel of white cardstock. I had curved it a little so that it would follow the contour of the die-cut the Panda face that was above the sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Panda die

I set the panel aside and moved on to the card base. I adhered strips of coloured paper directly onto the card base at a diagonal for some interest. I trimmed the excess paper off the sides of the base and then foam mounted the die-cut panel on top.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Panda die

The bright colours showed through the Panda apertures and matched the sentiment perfectly!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Panda die

But I didn’t leave it there…the card looked a little bare, so I added some enamel dots and sequins to finish it off.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Panda die

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 released on Friday, 9 February at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

Neat & Tangled February Release, Day 1: Ride With Me

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for a lovely little stamp and die set called Ride With Me, which features some cute critters! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

I began by repeatedly stamping the bicycle image from the set onto my card base with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then set it aside to work on the focal imagery.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

I repeatedly stamped the pram image from the set onto a panel of white cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I then blended various Distress Inks over the prams and die-cut each one out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

I cut out a piece of vellum that was slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted the prams onto it. I also heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of black cardstock and foam mounted that to the vellum too. I then foam mounted the vellum to the card front, strategically placing the adhesive only behind the prams and sentiment strip.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

To finish off, I also added some sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Ride With Me.

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 released on Friday, 9 February at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

You’re a good friend

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Dazzling stamp set 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

I began by creating a mask from some postit notes of the main image from the set, so that I could stamp it round an imaginary circle in the centre of my panel of white cardstock. I fussy cut the mask out, and then stamped the image repeatedly on the panel, masking off the last impression each time.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

I used a waterproof black ink so that I could colour each area using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I brushed colour towards the bottom of the crystals and used a waterbrush to stretch the colour out towards the top.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

I coloured the tops of the crystals with a silver Wink of Stella pen and stamped a sentiment from Beavers Eh in the centre. For some interest, I flicked some silver paint onto the panel too…

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my kraft card base before foam mounting it to the front. To finish, I adhered some sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018

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 January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

Neat & Tangled January Release, Day 1: A-Mazing

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for a cute little Maze die and the supporting A-Mazing stamp set. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

This was unbelievably quick to create, as I knew I wanted a simple background from which to die-cut the maze. I turned to my trusty Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and roughly brushed a selection of them onto a panel of white cardstock before spritzing with just enough water to make the colours blend and bleed.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

I heat set the panel and then die-cut the maze shape from the coloured area, leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment, which was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also trimmed the panel down so that it was slightly smaller than my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

I then adhered a piece of clear plastic behind the maze shape for the beginnings of a shaker card – once this was secure, I added foam tape all the way around the back of the panel and inserted a selection of sequins into the maze grooves before adhering it down to the card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

To finish off, I also added a die-cut heart to the front of the card.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled January 2018 Release. A-Mazing Stamp set and Maze Die.

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 released on Friday, 5 January at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using a combination of stencils, stamps and dies 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

I created this vibrant background using the Radiating Star stencil and some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens – I simply taped down a panel of white cardstock to my work surface and then laid the stencil down on top, again securing with a bit of washitape.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

I picked some vibrant ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and very roughly brushed through the stencil and onto the cardstock. While the stencil was still in place, I heavily misted the the panel with water until the colours started to blend and bleed. After a few seconds, I carefully lifted the stencil away revealing this awesome background, heat set the panel and trimmed down to slightly smaller than my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

I foam mounted the background panel to the card base and moved on to the next step. Using the Stitched Slopes dies, I created a couple of snow banks – I added a touch of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the hill tops so that they would stand out against the vibrant coloured background. I foam mounted one snow bank straight down onto the card front and stamped a couple of sentiments from Christmas Pageant onto the other.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

I foam mounted the second snow bank onto the card front and then die-cut some house and tree elements using the Warm Winter Scene Cover Plate. I adhered these between the snow banks and finished with some sequins from the Snowfall Sequin Mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled December 2017

I hope you have as much fun as I did combining stencils, stamps and dies!

Thanks for stopping by!

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