Thursday, August 16, 2018

Spellbinders Rose By Another Name, Watercolored Two Ways

Today I'm showing off some of Stephanie Low's latest collection for Spellbinders, Inked Messages.  I am totally smitten with this rose image from the A Rose By Any Other Name set.  

For this first card I stamped the image with Versafine and then colored it with Spectrum Noir Aqua Watercolor Markers.  

The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled's No Words set. 

This is such a pretty image and really holds it's own.

My next card is kind of the opposite of the first.

I again stamped the rose with Versafine, but instead of coloring the flower, I watercolored around it creating a color blocked background.

The sentiment is from the True Love set, also in the Inked Messages collection.  The image itself has some dots in the rose, so I added some black splatter to mimic that and soften the background a bit.

So two very different cards using the same image and medium.  Would love to know which is your favorite!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Be True to Yourself - Pinkfresh Studio

I had a little time to just play the other day and pulled out some new Pinkfresh goodies.  I started by using the gorgeous Geo Floral cover plate with some patterned paper from the Escape the Ordinary collection.  I trimmed it down so it looks less like a cover plate and more of a kind of fragment or piece from a digital die cutting machine.  

I wanted something really subtle to go behind it and found an extra panel that I had misted with Distress Stain and the stencil used in this card.  

For the sentiment panel I used a bit of another piece of paper from the Escape the Ordinary collection and stamped it with the corner floral from the Always Flowers set as well as a sentiment from that set.  

I added a couple mats and then stitched them together and popped them up over the die cut panel.

A few clear sequins with Nuvo drops over top of them finished this one off.

That's all for me today.  Come back tomorrow, I have some fun Spellbinders projects to share.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stash Busting with the Build A Tag dies

Hey everyone!  I've got a whole slew of tags to share today using the new Build A Tag dies

I got to thinking after I created this tag I shared last week, that this is a perfect set of dies for stash busting, so I set out to prove it.

I used one of my older paper collections (Amy Tangerine's Stitched collection for AC), cutting a 6" x 12" piece from eight different sheets.  Then I ran all the pieces from the Build A Tag set as well as the diamond die from the Gift Card Box Additions set through the die cut machine. 

Full disclosure I have extended cutting plates, so I could do this in one pass.  If you have standard sized plates you'll have to cut a piece off and run it through separately, but that is easy enough to do.

Here's a look at one of my cardstock sheets with all the pieces cut out.

Once I had all my pieces cut out, I basically lined up all the main tag pieces and then distributed the rest of them to each tag, mixing and matching the different patterns. 

I tried very hard to make this a quick set, not to over complicate things.  Normally if I was making just one tag, I'd probably add some stitching or embellishments, but here I limited myself to just adding a bit of foam tape for dimension.

All the sentiments are from the Thanks So Much stamp set.

There are so many different combinations and possibilities.  I'm planning to do this again, but with some old Christmas papers so I can knock out all the Christmas tags I need.

I hope this gives you some ideas and that you're able to make a dent in your pile of patterned papers too!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Winner Announcement

Hi friends!  Just popping in to announce some winners from last week's Neat & Tangled Birthday festivities.

Congratulations to:

@amykolling who wins the Gift Card Box die

Kim Heggins who wins the Thanks So Much stamp set

@mrsvrose who wins the Build A Tag die set.

Ladies, please shoot me an email with your mailing details and I'll get your goodies sent out!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August Neat & Tangled Release - Just Your Basic Card

Hi everyone!  I've got one last project to share with you using this month's release.  Just your basic card using the Thanks So Much stamp set and Gift Card Box Additions die set.

This was a super quick and easy card and one you could easily mass produce.  I started by stamping and embossing one of the frame images from the Thanks So Much stamp set in gold on some cream cardstock, and then die cut it using the mat piece from the additions set.

I also stamped/embossed the diamond shape and the Bless Your Heart sentiment.  When I die cut that, I managed to not do a good job because I was rushing and didn't tack the die down and it shifted a bit.  So, I swiped my Versamark pad over the edges of the diamond shape and embosssed with gold to cover up my whoops.

I cut a mat for my frame piece from gold mirror board cardstock, and then used some foam adhesive to add a bit of dimension to the card and the layers.

Such an easy card, but I love the look of it!

Don't forget to stop by the Neat & Tangled blog to check out today's hop stops!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Neat & Tangled August Release - Build A Tag

Hi all!  I'm back with another project featuring the August birthday release.  Today I"m sharing a tag using my new Build A Tag set.

This is a great basic tag set.  The tag itself measures 2 3/4" x 5" and comes with several additional dies - a rectangular mat, several circles, and a reinforcer for the top of the tag as well as for the hole.  If you're a tag person this is a great addition to your collection as a standalone die set.

Of course it also works perfectly with the rest of this month's releases.  For my tag I used the diamond and scored rectangle pieces from the Gift Card Box Additions die set, and a sentiment from the Thanks so Much set.

I am using an older Crate Paper 6x6 pad for most of the layers, although the rectangular scored piece and the circle reinforcer were cut with cream cardstock.

I also added some stitching to the diamond piece and then teased the edges up a little for some extra dimension.

I love all the layering possibilities with this set.  You could mass product a bunch of tags by just running various patterned pieces through your die cut machine and then matching them up together in different combinations - a great way to use up some scraps!

Also, just a heads up.  The Gift Card Box was so popular it sold out on Monday.  We put a rush on a new order, but they won't be here until the week of the 20th.  You can still order it on reserve, but your order won't ship until it arrives.  Alternatively, many of your know I'm an affiliate with Ellen Hutson.  Their order of goodies just arrived in the store, so you order through them while supplies last and get it in your hot little hands very quickly - EH shipping rocks! 

Don't forget to stop by the Neat & Tangled blog - remember there are some BIG prizes up for grabs and WOW, if you haven't been hopping along this week you've missed out on some seriously amazing projects!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Neat & Tangled August Release - Floral Frame

Hey friends!  I'm sharing another project featuring Neat & Tangled's August birthday release today.  I'm using Elena's Floral Frame stamp set.  

I didn't have a great plan when I started this card - I just stamped the floral frame on a panel and colored it with Copics.  Once I was done coloring, I realized I used Chiristmassy colors and since I've been totally slacking on the Christmas card front, I decided to go with it.

The sentiments are from my Art Deco set.

This is definitely a design that you could mass produce, and it's nice and flat for mailing too.

That's all for me today.  I've got a couple more release projects to share with you guys, so I'll see you back here tomorrow!