Winnie & Walter – Tour of the Stars / November Release

Hello there,

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the Winnie & Walter November Release Tour of the Stars! Hopefully, you have arrived from Lydia’s blog and after me, you’re next stop is Vanessa!

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Today, the Winnie & Walter Design Team are showcasing more of the November Release on this awesome blog hop, and you have a chance to win $30.00 credit to the w&w shop! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

I created this really simple wreath design using the In Bloom: Frenchy’s Florals set by Angelica Suarez. I drew around an oval die on a panel of white cardstock to create a frame for my wreath, and then stamped the sentiment in the centre with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

Starting at the top of the oval, I then stamped some of the floral images all the way around the frame using Distress Inks. For a bit of dimension, I used the ‘Rock ‘n’ ‘Roll’ technique to pick up two ink colours onto the stamp.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

I stamped some of the smaller images to fill in the spaces once I’d stamped the entire wreath and then added a bit of sparkle with sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop. November 2016 Release.

To finish, I foam mounted the panel to a white card base.

For a chance to win a prize, follow along on the rest of the blog hop, leaving comments along the way by Monday, November 21, 2016 at noon CST- five randomly chosen commenters will receive $30.00 credit to the w&w shop. In case you missed a stop, here’s the entire blog hop list – thanks for stopping by!

Guest Star Virginia Lu
November Leading Lady Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Hoffman
Heather Pulvirenti
Kate M Capper
Kelly Griglione
Keren Baker
Lydia Evans
Mayuri << you are here😉
Vanessa Menhorn

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 4: May Your Holidays Be…

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the November release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with some fabulous stamp sets!

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I’m showcasing May Your Holidays Be, and its co-ordinating die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

There are a couple of cool sentiments in the set along with a large bauble – the centre of the bauble is blank so you can choose which sentiment you’d like to use.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I began by creating a background panel, using the image of a large sparkle. I stamped it repeatedly on a piece of white cardstock with Distress Inks, and the loosely added some water to get the ink moving.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I heat set and then went around the outside of each stamped impression with a black marker and quickly sketched some lines. I then stamped the large bauble along with one of the sentiment from the set in the centre of the panel and die-cut it out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. May Your Holidays Be.

I adhered part of the panel straight down onto a white card base and then foam mounted the bauble in the middle. To finish, I coloured the bauble in with some Gold Wink of Stella.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the November Release from Neat and Tangled this week! 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 😉

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 3: Star Coverplate and Stencil

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled November release, and we are showcasing some more fabulous products!

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Day 3 is for the Star Coverplate and Stencil, both equally as gorgeous as each other. I played with the coverplate to whip up a simple birthday card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I began by creating a Distress Ink background and heat set to dry. I then ran the Star coverplate through my die-cutting machine three times with white cardstock and glued each piece together to form a thicker embellishment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I then trimmed a section out of the centre and adhered it to the Distress Ink panel. I foam mounted this to a white card base and then used the Journalling Alpha Numbers to die-cut the 45 and adhered it down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

I also ran the coverplate through some Copper foil cardstock and used some of the pieces to fill in the design on the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Coverplate.

To finish up, I sprinkled with a few Merlot Mix sequins. Here’s my second card, this time using the Star Stencil:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

I taped the stencil down on top of a panel of white cardstock and simply sponged through two shades of Distress Ink, being careful not to take the ink all the way to the edges.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

I then adhered the panel down to a white card base and looked for matching pattern paper for the tree embellishments. These were die-cut using the Scandinavian Christmas Prints dies and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

The sentiment comes from the co-ordinating Scandinavian Christmas Prints set and was stamped with Versamark onto a piece of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Star Stencil.

The sentiment was trimmed down and also foam mounted to the card front. To finish, I added some Gold Mix 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 November at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew. Creative Technique using Stencils and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 2: Elfs and their Shelf

Hello there! Time to showcase another gorgeous stamp set for the Neat & Tangled November Release!

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Day 2 is for Elfs and their Shelf, designed by Elena Roussakis, and its such a cute stamp set – here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I went for a clean and simple look and only used one stamp from the set. I began by creating some coloured swatches by simply sponging various Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock. I then used the co-ordinating snow globe die from the set and repeatedly cut the shape out.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I stamped the matching snow globe image onto the die-cut pieces and arranged them on a white card base before stamping the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I then foam mounted all the snow globes to the card front to finish off.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I began by creating a background pattern by repeatedly stamping the largest, solid flower from Paper Cut Flowers with a rainbow assortment of Distress Ink onto a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I die-cut the panel down to the same size as my card base, adhered it straight down and moved on to the focal element – I stamped the presents from Elfs and their Shelf onto some white cardstock and simply coloured them in with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

I also used the gold metallic shades from the Finetec Mica Watercolour Paint set for a bit of interest. I then fussy cut the presents out, die-cut the shelf out of some kraft carsdtock and foam mounted both to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Elfs and their Shelf.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment below the shelf 😉

Be sure to check out 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, 11 November at 8am EST!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Neat & Tangled November Release, Day 1: Merry & Bright

Hello everyone!

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

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For Day 1, I’m showcasing the new Merry & Bright die – here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I began by creating a watercolour background using a flower shaped acrylic block. I covered the block with some spots of Dylusions Ink sprays and stamped straight down onto a panel of white cardstock. Before removing the block, I misted lightly with water to help the ink run a little.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

On lifting the acrylic block, the ink that was trapped underneath began to spread, so I quickly heat set the panel. I used a paper towel to mop up any excess ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

Once the panel was dry, I used the new Star stencil to create a subtle texture over the watercolour blob – I laid it down and pounced some Versamark Ink through to the panel underneath. I removed the stencil and the lightly brushed over some Gold Perfect Pearls.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

Once I was happy, I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a white card base. I then die-cut the Merry & Bright sentiment three times out of some white cardstock, adhered them together to create a thicker embellishment and adhered it to the card front. To finish, I added a couple of sequins from the Gold Mix selection. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I did a little double partial die-cutting with this one using a couple of circle dies to create the outer ring so that the sequins can peek through 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I partially die-cut the circle elements out of a panel of white cardstock before moving on to die-cutting the sentiment from the middle, holding on to all the small pieces within the letters.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

I then proceeded to turn the die-cut panel into a shaker card, filling it with the Gold Dust Sparkly Shaker Mix from Lucy’s Little Things.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2016 Release. Merry and Bright Die.

After foam mounting the shaker element to a white card base, I also added a few ink splats using some gold watercolour paint.

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, 11 November at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

Double stencilling

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using one of my favourite stencils – Hexastar!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I took a piece of kraft cardstock, laid down the Hexastar Stencil, and simply pounced some white pigment ink through the openings and onto the kraft.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I removed the stencil to reveal the pattern, and heat set the pigment ink. I then laid the stencil down, in exactly the same place as it was before, but slightly offset it.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

This time, I pounced through various shades of Distress Ink. I removed the stencil once more and allowed my kraft cardstock panel to dry before trimming down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I die-cut a banner shape out of the kraft piece once it had dried and then stamped part of the sentiment from Into the Woods straight down onto a white card base. I foam mounted the kraft piece on to the card front and stamped the additional part of the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versamark ink. I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

The sentiment was then die-cut out using the banner die from the Scalloped die set and foam mounted to the card front. To finish off, I added some of my favourite gold mix sequins 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 4: Big Hugs

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the October release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with a fabulous die and a couple of stencils!

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I’m showcasing the Big Hugs die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I can already see how versatile this die is going to be, just by how easily it can be added to a card, a scrapbook layout or whatever you like!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I created some background panels using other Neat and Tangled stencils along with a vibrant choice of Dylusions Ink sprays for this card – gave me the perfect backdrop to this cute sentiment!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

For the second card, I used another stencil but combined it with Cosmo Cricket’s Pixie Paint in the colour Harbor:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I spritzed a panel of watercolour liberally with water, laid down a stencil and then lightly dusted some of the Pixie Paint powder. To keep the paint moving, I spritzed more water and then slowly lifted the stencil away.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I quickly heat set the panel, trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base. The sentiment was die-cut out of some copper foil cardstock and foam mounted to the front 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Big Hugs

I was going to add sequins but decided to let the sentiment be the hero on these cards – hope you’ve enjoyed the October Release from Neat and Tangled this week! 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 😉

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 3: Please Deliver

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled October release, and we are showcasing some fabulous products!

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Day 3 is for Please Deliver and Cowbell, both equally gorgeous mini stamp sets. I played with Please Deliver to whip up some quick and easy tags:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I made a stack of these using some pre-cut tags and a good old Distress Ink technique. First, I chose a couple of inks, smushed them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and then loosely swiped a blank tag through the inky puddles.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I heat set the inky tags and then pounced them into the ink for a different effect. I heat set and repeated the process until I was happy.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

Once the tags were dry, I simply stamped the sentiment and lines from Please Deliver either with black dye ink or with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I could have made so many more tags using this technique, but at least for now, I have a few for Christmas 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

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, 14 October at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew. Creative Technique using Stencils and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 2: Beary Merry

Hello there! Time to showcase another gorgeous stamp set for the Neat & Tangled October Release!

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Day 2 is for Beary Merry, and its such a cute stamp set – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Beary Merry

I created the background by stamping some of the smaller images from the set onto a watercolour panel, using black dye ink. I then trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Beary Merry

I then stamped the large bear image from the set onto a piece of white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then coloured him in with Distress Inks. It took some time, but I’m happy with the result.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Beary Merry

Instead of using the co-ordinating dies, I fussy cut the bear out and set him aside. I wanted to create a snow bank for the bear to sit on so I roughly drew one on a piece of white cardstock, cut it out and sponged on some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the top. I then stamped a sentiment onto the snow bank before foam mounting it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Beary Merry

The snow bank was perfect for the fussy-cut, Distress Ink’d bear when I foam mounted him to the card front too! To finish up, I added a couple of sequins.

Be sure to check out 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, 14 October at 8am EST!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 1: Maple Thanks

Hello everyone!

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

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For Day 1, I’m showcasing the new Maple Thanks stamp set and co-ordinating dies – this is such a great set, and actually so very versatile – I created 2 cards because I had so much fun playing with them! Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I went for a slightly watercolour vibe on this card, and I began by stamping the large maple leaf several times with Versamark Ink onto a panel of white cardstock. I then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I then took a rainbow assortment of Distress Inks and painted the background loosely, starting with Seedless Preserves at the top, and ending with Picked Raspberry at the bottom.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

When the panel was dry, I took a soft graphite pencil and went around the edges of each leaf to help them stand out. I smudged the pencil lines a little with a paper stump, trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of dark coloured cardstock, again with Versamark Ink and heat set in white. I trimmed the sentiment into two strips and foam mounted it at a diagonal across the front. To finished, I added a mixture of sequins. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I did a little double partial die-cutting with this one – I’ve detailed this process on this card – its a favourite technique of mine 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I had an inky panel on my craft desk that was just waiting to be used, so I trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base, before foam mounting my double partial die-cut panel on top.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

I left some of the pieces intact so that I could add the foam pieces behind the panel without them being seen – it also makes for a great effect 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Maple Thanks

The sentiment was stamped with black dye ink and a few sequins were scattered across the front 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 available from Friday, 14 October at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉