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

Neat & Tangled April Release, Day 1: Have Courage

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for a stamp set with lovely ginko leaf images and co-ordinating sentiments – Have Courage – here’s my card:

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

I began by creating the watercolour style background using all the solid ginko leaf images from the set. I took a piece of watercolour paper and stamped the images repeatedly with Dylusions ink sprays, making sure to overlap some impressions.

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

I applied the ink using the applicator from the bottle, and swiping it across the stamp. I dampened the part of the watercolour panel that I was going to stamp on with a bit of water first, and then stamped the image – this gave me lovely results, as I wasn’t looking for a clean, sharp impression.

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

I heat set the stamped ginko leaf panel and then added detail with a black fine line marker. I also added flicked on small dots of gold paint and then heat set once more. I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted to the front.

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

I stamped a sentiment from the set onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

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

I foam mounted the sentiment strip to the card front and tucked in a few yellow and green 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 released on Friday, 6 April at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

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©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

Neat & Tangled March Release, Day 1: Hello Spring

Hello everyone!

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

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Day 1 is for the spring themed Hello Spring stamp set and co-ordinating die. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

I began by creating the floral background using the smallest flower stamp from the set. I took a piece of watercolour paper and stamped the image repeatedly with Dylusions ink sprays, making sure to leave a large enough space in the middle for the largest sentiment from the set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

I applied the ink using the applicator from the bottle, and swiping it across the stamp. I dampened the part of the watercolour panel that I was going to stamp on with a bit of water first, and then stamped the image – this gave me lovely results, as I wasn’t looking for a clean, sharp impression.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

I even made sure to blend some of the inks to get a third, transitional colour. This brought the whole piece together – I heat set the stamped flowers and then mounted my panel into my MISTI so that I could stamp the large block of sentiments from the set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

I stamped this with Versafine Onyx Black ink a couple of times to get a rich black. I then trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. Hello Spring

I white heat embossed ‘Hello’ from the same set onto a small strip of black cardstock and foam mounted it to the front. I sprinkled a couple of sequins to finish off.

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 March at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

Winnie and Walter November Release – Day 2

Hello again!

Time to showcase some more goodies from the Winnie & Walter November Release!

For Day 2, we’re premiering Sentimental: Gift stamp set; Tagged: Holiday Cheer stamp set; Warm Wishes to You stamp set (free with qualifying purchase stamp set); Tagged: Holiday Cheer Cutaways; Scenery: Buffalo Check Creative Screenings; Scenery: Grand Trellis Creative Screenings; Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings and Scenery: Ticking Stripe Creative Screenings. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

I began by stamping the tag images from the Tagged: Holiday Cheer stamp set on a panel of white cardstock to look like houses on a street. First I stamped a layer in a light colour and then I stamped again towards the bottom with different coloured dye inks.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

To make the houses stand out, I outlined them with a black fineliner and added windows and doors.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

I stamped a sentiment from In a Word: Merry stamp set with black dye ink, trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

To finish, I adhered some sequins.

Be sure to check out the Winnie & Walter blog for giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team members!

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. April 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Scandinavian Prints and Dylusions Inks.

Watercolour plumes using Scandinavian Prints

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using one of my favourite stamp sets from the March Release – Scandinavian Prints!

©Candles in the Garden. April 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Scandinavian Prints and Dylusions Inks.

I’m always looking for different ways of using my supplies, and for this card, I wanted to see if I could achieve a watercolour effect by stamping with lots of water and Dylusions Inks – I love the intensity of the colours in this range, even if they are meant to be used as sprays 😉

©Candles in the Garden. April 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Scandinavian Prints and Dylusions Inks.

I began by putting some droplets of various Dyslusions Inks onto my craft mat and adding a bit of water to each colour to create a large enough surface area for me to ink up my stamps. I then liberally spritzed a panel of white cardstock with water and stamped some of the solid images from the set.

©Candles in the Garden. April 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Scandinavian Prints and Dylusions Inks.

I stamped with the red first, allowing the impressions to bleed a little before heat setting. Then I repeated with the pink and yellow, heat setting in between. To add some depth, I inked up the edges of the same stamps and stamped over the original impressions. I went in with some black ink for a bit of dimension to the plumes of colour.

©Candles in the Garden. April 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Scandinavian Prints and Dylusions Inks.

To finish up, I heat set the whole panel before foam mounting it to a card base, adhered some sequins from the Gold Mix and a sentiment from Scandinavian Prints.

Thanks for stopping by!

©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. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

The world is full of ‘faceted’ things

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Faceted stamp set along with one of my favourites, Origami Map.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I began by heat embossing the faceted image in white onto a panel of white cardstock. I then added droplets of reinkers onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water and transferred the inky goodness to the embossed panel. I repeated the process to get the right amount of coverage…

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I trimmed the panel down with a rectangle die once it had dried, and foam mounted to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

I ran the Origami Map die through my die-cutting machine with some vellum and foam mounted that to the card front, strategically placing the foam squares behind a heat embossed sentiment strip.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

To finish, I added some sequins from the Mermaid Tail mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2015 Monthly Post.

The sentiment comes from Origami Map – combining sentiments and images from different stamp sets means you can stretch them and get so much more mileage from them! I hope you’ll give it a go too!

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUL2015. Cross-Stitched Wreath

Cross-Stitched Wreath

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card that uses a couple of stamps from one of the new July Release sets to create a simple, quick and easy card! (If you’re looking for my Runway Inspired Challenge card, please scroll down).

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUL2015. Cross-Stitched Wreath

I created the wreath by stamping the line of cross-stitches from Hand Stitched around a circle, with a rainbow assortment of Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUL2015. Cross-Stitched Wreath

I then used the single cross-stitch to stamp the heart in the middle of the wreath. I think I’m really gonna enjoy creating lots of other images just with this one, tiny stamp!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUL2015. Cross-Stitched Wreath

I stamped a sentiment from the same set and foam mounted the panel to a white card base. I added a twine bow at the top of the wreath and a couple of sequins from various mixes, also available in the Neat & Tangled store.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUL2015. Cross-Stitched Wreath

Quick, simple and effective! 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 😉