Friday, October 12, 2018

Neat & Tangled Release Week Recap and Giveaway Winners

Hey everyone!  The Neat & Tangled October release is now live in the store!

Here is a look back at my projects for this release:



Hope you liked them as much as I like creating them! 

I also have a few winners to announce:

Sue D (from the blog) wins the Card Front Dies
@cupcakecards_nz (from IG) wins the Lotus stamp set
Cynthia Cole (from the blog) wins the Cubic Stencil
@kiwimeskreations (from IG) wins the Cubic Cover Plate

Congratulations winners!  Please shoot me an email and I will get these sent out

If you didn't win, don't worry, the November release is literally around the corner...just three weeks away and there are lots more chance to win then. 

Have a great Friday, and if there's something from the release you need, head on over to the store.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Neat & Tangled October Release and Giveaways - Day 4

It's the last day of Neat & Tangled October release reveals and today we're featuring a mini set from Elena called Darling Dreidel. 

This set has both a little boy and girl dressed up as dreidels.  I colored the little girl dreidel with Copics, die cut her and set her aside.

For the background, I inked up my Cubic stencil twice, once with a Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and once with Broken China Distress Ink.

I cut two strips of the Chipped Sapphire inking to frame the softer inking, adhering both to my card base and then adding thin strips of silver glitter paper as accents.  I could have achieved this with one inking and some masking, but I was kind of winging it with this card without a real plan.

I thought I would have some fun with the sentiment, using one from my older For the Record set, and then added the little dreidel girl beside it.

And that's a wrap for the October release!  Everything will be available in the store tomorrow morning at 8 AM EST.

But for now, head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to be entered to win this set, and don't forget to leave comments on my release week posts as well as I'll be drawing some winners for my new release products and announcing them tomorrow morning.  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Neat & Tangled October Release and Giveaways - Day 3

It's Day 3 of the Neat & Tangled October Release and today we are showing off my newest cover plate and stencil design - Cubic.

As you may have gathered, I love geometric designs, and this is one of my favorites to date.  There are so many ways you can play with the the openings varying the colors used and the arrangement to get very different looks.

For this first card, I cut the cover using four different shades of blue cardstock as well was from white.  I did use a shim after the first cut and found this really helped.

Then it was just a matter of deciding on a pattern and completing the inlay.  A little fiddly, but really these pieces are pretty decently sized and not a lot of trouble.

The sentiment is from my Art Deco set and was embossed with a sparkly silver embossing powder.  A silver glitter mat added sparkle as did some gems placed at the corners of the squares.

I had lots of leftover pieces from this first card, so I put them to use in my second card.

For this card, instead of creating an allover pattern, I created a sort of diamond shape by just using a portion of the cover plate, and graduating the colors in solid layers around the center.

A lot of times for a card like this, I'll have the cover plate 'webbing' in place to help place the pieces, but this time I thought I would wing it, and it worked reasonably well. 

The pieces were popped up with foam tape which was the most time consuming part of the process, but really once I had decided on the pattern/layout, it was just a matter of putting it together.

The sentiment is from the Lovely Lotus set that we showcased yesterday.

As I mentioned above, there is also a stencil available in this same pattern.  You'll see it in my card for tomorrow, but many of the girls have been using it all week as well. 

OK, head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team made and to be entered to win today's products.

Leave a comment here as well.  I'll be picking some commenters at the end of the week to win some of my new release comments.  You'll want to head over to Instagram as well (@mprantner) to get some more chances.

See you back here tomorrow for our final day of reveals!

Simon Says Stamp Fun & Festive Release

Hi all!  I'm popping in to share a card I created using one of the new dies from Simon Says Stamps' latest release - Fun & Festive.

My card features the new You're So Kind die.  It's a great die in it's own right as a sentiment, but I thought I would flip things around a bit and use it to create a background.

The die was cut seven times from white cardstock, and I adhered it to a panel of white cardstock to get a textured tone on tone look.  This piece was then adhered to a black mat.

For the actual sentiment, I used Cathy Zielske's Great Things stamps and dies for Simon.  I kept everything black and white for a really clean, modern, graphic look.

There's all sorts of good things in the new release.  As the name suggests, the majority of the release has a holiday focus, but this is one of those dies that you can use all year round and is easy on the wallet too!

Be sure to stop by Simon to check out the full release!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Neat & Tangled October Release and Giveaways - Day 2

Hi everyone!  Today we're showing off my newest stamp set from Neat & Tangled, Lovely Lotus, along with a new set of versatile dies called Card Front Dies.  

Lotuses are such beautiful delicate flowers that can have a very translucent look.  For this first card I was trying to recreate that translucency.  

The flower was stamped with WPlus9 Fairy Dust ink and then colored with Copics - C1, C3, and C5.  The coloring is a little less 'smooth' than I was hoping for because my C1 marker needs a new tip, but I think it turned out OK.  

The color I chose for the stem ended up being a little too saturated, so I went over it a couple times with my colorless blender and then with the C1 marker to soften and mute it.  

I kept things very clean and simple with some simple patterned papers that read almost as solids, and a sentiment from the set that was embossed on a black  die cut from the Card Front Dies set.

For this next card I focused on the lotus leaves.  I love how big and showy these are, such a contrast to the kind of compact beauty of the flowers.  I've included two leaves in the set, and used both of them here.

The leaves were colored with Copics - YG01, YG13. and YG17.  

Using the card front dies I cut a panel with an oval in the center from some Ellen Hutson patterned paper, and popped that up over my black card base.

The leaves were also popped up and positioned.  I did cut and colored an extra stem to extend that large leaf stem down.

The sentiment is also from the Lovely Lotus set.

OK, I'm going to send you over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created.  Danielle is giving away a set of stamps and dies on the blog, so be sure to leave a comment.

Leave a comment here as well - I'll be drawing some winners for my new release products at the end of the week.  You can earn extra chances on my IG page too (@mprantner).  See you back here tomorrow for something fun and geometric!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Neat & Tangled October Release and Giveaways - Day 1

Hey everyone!  It's time for the Neat & Tangled October release!  Today we're showing off two new sets from Elena, a 4x6 set called Nativity Play and a 3x4 set called Angel Wings. 

The sheep from the Nativity Play is are my absolute favorite, so I paired two of them with the shepherd who doubles as Joseph as well for the scene where the angel appears to the shepherds in the fields.  

The shape behind the angel was created using a couple of dies from a new set we'll be revealing later this week, and the sentiment is from the new Angel Wings set.

That's all for me today, but you'll want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created and to leave a comment - Danielle is giving away a set of today's featured products to one lucky commenter.

Leave a comment here as well - I've got several items in this release and will be drawing some winners at the end of the week.  See you back here tomorrow for Day 2!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Let Us Gather and Give Thanks

I'm sharing this card over on the Neat & Tangled blog today featuring the Birch Leaf stamp set.  

The shape of this leaf is perfect for stamping a medallion type pattern, which was exactly what I did here.  I wasn't trying to be overly precise and stamped it by hand vice with a MISTI or alignment guide.

The leaves were then colored with Copics.  No shading, just straight coloring using 7-8 fall shades.  I did color the leaves in the exact same manner though, the same spaces are red/yellow/orange on each of the leaves.  In the negative spaces I colored in a dark brown.

For a bit of sparkle and interest, I went over my lightest shade of yellow with a gold Wink of Stella pen.

The sentiment is also from the same set, and was stamped and embossed in gold and popped up over a cardstock mat that I embossed in gold as well.

This is a really easy card to create.  It's a little time consuming to color all the spaces, but it's not 'thinking' coloring, and I love the stained glass look you get.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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