Monday, October 20, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 1 & Giveaways this week

Hey everyone!

I know we just had a release last month, but we're at it again.  This will be the last Neat & Tangled release of the year.  There's lots of holiday/winter goodness and I'm happy to be both releasing another set this week and helping out with the release week festivities.

Today we're revealing Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes.

I created that blue background using alcohol inks on glossy cardstock.  The houses and trees are a single stamp and were embossed in black.  Then I stamped the Falling Flakes on each sides of the central image and clear embossed the flakes.

At that point I decided I wanted a little more texture/richer color in the background so I went back over the entire thing with a little more of the alcohol inks.  To get the embossed images to shine again, I just reheated.

The Falling Flakes add a great texture/shine, but it's hard to see in the photo above, so here's a close up.

The card base is black and I added a little Versamark/clear embossing along the bottom edge for some extra shine.  The main panel is adhered directly to the card base and then the two white panels are popped up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out how the Design Team showcased these sets and to enter to win them.

In addition, be sure to leave comments here all week.  I'll pick one lucky commenter to win my new set, which will be revealed on Thursday.  Comments will close Friday and I'll announce a wine over the weekend.

See you back here tomorrow!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Ranger - Glossy Cardstock; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes; MFT - Hybrid Black Ink
Ink:  Ranger - Alcohol Inks; Versamark
Other:  CTMH - Black and Clear Embossing Powder and Dimensional Foam Tape; Hydrangea Hippo - Black Sequin trim; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Friday, October 17, 2014

Publication Share - Piecing

Thought I would pop in to share with you a card that was published in the November issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

Normally, I share a full card pic, but for this card I thought I would give you a close up so that you can see my piecing process a bit.

For this card I used a combination of piecing and coloring.

I try and plan it out a bit before I get started.  I want the piecing to make sense, so things that are in the front should be pieced on top of the others as opposed to all in one layer.

You can see from the photo that the arm is in front of the overalls as well as the pocket, which is pieced over top of the overalls like it would be in real life, same thing with the patch and heart on the knee.  Since the basket is in front of the arms, it's piece over top of the hands.

Now I'm not suggesting you have to do this with all your pieced images.  I've pieced tons of cards all in one layer, but if you're looking to add a special touch or make it a little more dimensional/realistic, this is one way to add it.

TGIF!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Add Color to My Life

Sharing another card from my crafty card bonanza last weekend.  I've been wanting to try out this Paper Smooches camera die for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to getting it, so I was excited to use it at JJ's.

I wanted the majority of the card, with the exception of the 'photo' to be black and white, so I pieced the camera together from black, white, and two shades of gray cardstock.  Then I created a 'photo' using the splotch stamp from Paper Smooches I Heart Art set.  The sentiment is from that set too.

I wanted it to look like the photo was shooting out of the camera towards you, so while I added to layers of foam adhesive at the top of the photo, there are six at the bottom.

My apologies, I don't have a full supply list since this was one of those 'just playing' cards that I put together, so I wasn't keeping track of everything I used in terms of papers/ink colors.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waffle Flower Crafts October/November Challenge

Hey everyone!  

I'm really excited about the new Waffle Flower Challenge.  As you know, every two months there are two challenges.  You can play along with one or the other or even combine them.

This month there is an inspiration photo:

And also a technique challenge:

I chose to play along with the inspiration photo challenge this month and this is what I came up with:

I am in love with the new Flower Circle dies and knew I wanted to use one as the focal point of my card.  The sentiment was embossed in gold on some woodgrain SC paper which is popped up above some May Arts burlap string as well as MME gold foil vellum.  

I also added some gold splatter using Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.  

OK, now it's your turn!  There are THREE chances to win, a winner in each category will be picked as well as a random winner from all entries.  Here are the details:

  • Use at least one of Waffle Flower Crafts products on each entry. List the product name in your blog post. If you use an online gallery (Flickr for example), list the name in the description. This is especially important when you used a product in a clever way that might not be obvious to people. Our team will be looking for them but please help make it easier for them.
  • Enter as many times as you want. If you have a blog, please include the graphic of the category you are entering in and link to the challenge post. This is to help your readers and crafty friends to find us and join the fun!
  • Combine up to 3 other challenges if you want.
Looking forward to checking out your projects!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Speckled Cardstock; Studio Calico - Woodgrain paper; MME - Necessities Vellum with Gold Foil Accents - Triangles
Stamps:  Waffle Flower Crafts - Holiday Labels Give Thanks Set
Ink:  Versa mark
Other:  Waffle Flower Crafts - Flower Circles Dies; May Arts - Burlap String; Heidi Swapp - Gold Lame Color Shine

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Winter for Waltzingmouse Pajama Party

I was so excited to see that JJ had some of the new Waltzingmouse stamps at her house over the weekend, and decided to create a card for this month's Pajama Party.

Super simple.  I just stamped the deer from the Little Deer set on some watercolor paper and then proceeded to color this simple scene with my Kuretake watercolors.

For the snow, I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, with some Liquitex paste.  I actually went back and added a light dusting of glitter, but it doesn't show in the photo.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed on some vellum.  I added a bit of red burlap string, and then adhered that to the panel with CoolTak adhesive.

OK, that's all for today!

Come back tomorrow to check out my new Waffle Flower Crafts Challenge card.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Kraft cardstock; Canson - Watercolor Paper; PTI - Vellum
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Little Deer and Warm Fuzzies
Ink;  Versamark
Other:  Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow Stencil; Liquitex - Paste; Kuretake - Gansai Watercolors; Stampin' Up - Glitter; May Arts - Red Burlap String; Cool Tak Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Adhesive

Monday, October 13, 2014

Peace on Earth

Hey everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I was lucky enough to be able to get together with some of my GI12 buddies (JJ, Tessa, Jocelyn, and Wida).  It was so much fun and I was able to get a lot done to boot!

This is the first card I made this weekend.  I was playing with Paper Smooches' Power Rays die.  I started by die cutting it from watercolor cardstock.  I adhered both pieces of the die cut to some printer paper, and then die cut the cityscape from the bottom of it.

The cityscape was colored with Kuretake watercolors.  Once it was dry, I went back with a wet brush and removed some of the color from the smaller rays.

I die cut the Power Rays again with some scrap cardstock and used removable adhesive to adhere it to the card base.  Then I used a sponge dauber to add color to the rays.

A thin strip of black cardstock that was clear embossed was adhered to the bottom of the cityscape and the entire piece was adhered with foam adhesive so that the rays of the cityscape lined up with the inked rays.

OK, that's all for today.  Thanks for visiting!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Black cardstock; Canson - Watercolor Paper
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - A Blessed Christmas
Ink:  Versafine; Versamark; Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed
Other:  Paper Smooches - Cityscape 1 and Power Rays Dies; Hero Arts - Clear Embossing Powder; Kuretake - Gansai Watercolors - Scotch - Foam Adhesive

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ellen Hutson Winner!!!

Hey everyone!

Just stopping in to announce the winner of the Bokeh Dots stamp from Ellen Hutson. has spoken and the winner is.......


Congratulations Kim!

Kim, please email me your address and Ellen will get this out to you in a jiffy.

The full list of winners will be up over at EH shortly, good luck everyone!