Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Waffle Flower Crafts Tile Panel Die


You all know that I love a great cover plate.  This Tile Panel Die designed by my friend JJ Bolton for Waffle Flower Crafts fits that bill.

I really love the design, there are so may different patterns you can create with the tiles, and the space within the design for a sentiment means you can throw a card together quickly without have to think too much about the layout itself.

Normally for these kinds of dies I like to go the colored cardstock route, but I was in a coloring mood.

I went with two color families - greens (G00, G02, G09) and grays (C3, C5, C7, C9) and colored the pieces with the darkest points towards the center of the diamonds so that while this is a very flat card, there's some dimension to it.

I ended up having to use four grays because my C3 started to run out of ink and I don't have a reinker for that one yet, so I had to go a shade darker for two sets of diamonds.  It worked out OK, because I put those darker pieces to work around the sentiment.  This helps zero your eyes in and add some emphasis to that focal point....crisis averted!

The sentiment is from Altenew's Leaf Canopy set.  I thought the modern/mod font matched perfectly with the design.

That's all for me today.  Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Courage for Neat & Tangled


Hi everyone!  I'm sharing this card over on the Neat & Tangled blog today.  It features my Wonky Chevron cover plate and Have Courage stamp set. 

I had been plotting this card in my head for a while now. I love how bold the Wonky Chevron cover can be, but I wanted to do something very soft and pretty with it.  However, when I was looking through my papers, I couldn't find soft enough colors (this is shocking because I have so.many.papers).  

My solution was to create them for myself.  I cut several panels of watercolor paper and then using Kuretake Gansai watercolors in a light blue, and yellow gold (from the Starry Colors set), added a very light, soft wash to them.  Once they were dry, I die cut the cover plate from them as well as a plain piece of watercolor paper.


I used the soft gold for the outline/webbing, and then inlaid blue and plain pieces within the cover.  The cover plate is just a smidge smaller than A2 which I like sometimes because you get a really nice fine mat when you mount it to a card base, but for this card I wanted just the cover to show, so I trimmed the card base down accordingly.

The gingko branch from the Have Courage set was stamped and clear embossed on watercolor paper, and then I colored it using a Distress Marker (Forest Moss) and water brush.  I added just a bit of color to the leaves with the brush side of the marker, and then softened and spread the pigment out using the waterbrush.  

I also added a very light light wash of color around the branches/stems so that the clear embossing would stand out a little better.  Once the piece was dry, I die cut it and popped it up over my cover plate with some foam adhesive.  The foam adhesive was added only towards the center of the piece because I like the movement you get from the leaves when they aren't fully adhered.  They curl up a bit and it looks more natural.


The sentiment is also from the Have Courage set.  The large sentiment was stamped in Versafine on watercolor paper and clear embossed (mostly so I wouldn't accidentally smudge it), and then I fussy cut it.  The secondary sentiment is stamped on a banner from the Skinny Strips die set which I die cut from a scrap of watercolor paper that I had colored/painted using that same distress marker and water brush.

I used two layers of the foam adhesive on the courage sentiment for some extra dimension.

Incidentally, the Have Courage set is part of the March Madness sale going on now through Saturday in the Neat & Tangled store.  Everything in the March Madness category in the store is 30% off with code MARCHMADNESS!

Thanks for visiting, hope your week is going well!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Neat & Tangled March Release in Review

It's release day at Neat & Tangled!  The March release is now available for sale in the store.  Here's a look back at my projects for this week:





This is such a cute release.  If you need any of those bunny sets for Easter don't wait because if they sell out you'll be cutting it close for Easter!  Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Neat & Tangled March Release - Day 4


Hey all!  It's Day 4 of the Neat & Tangled March release.  This month's release is a little smaller than normal, so we don't have a reveal for today, instead the team is offering up a bit more inspiration with today.  I decided I wanted to show off some more of the All the Bunnies set.  

For this card I random stamped the bunnies on a panel of white cardstock, and then added some eggs and carrots.  The carrots are from the previously released Cottontail Cuties set.  The images were colored with Copics, and then I filled up the remaining white space with Copic dots in three colors.  


The panel was trimmed down and I added a blue mat.  The sentiments are also from the All the Bunnies set and were popped up for a bit of dimension.

Now it's time to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out some more inspiration from the team.

Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Release


Hi friends!  There's a new release that just went live over at Simon Says Stamp called Fresh Blooms.

I received this adorable Peeking Bunny die to play with and put together a quick, clean and simple card.

I started by die cutting the piece three times on a panel of white cardstock, overlapping the circles each time.

Then, I placed another piece of white cardstock beneath it and lightly traced around the circles.  I also used the die cut on a piece of scrap cardstock and trimmed out the bunny head so I had a full circle that I could use as a mask.

I used my pencil marks to line up the mask and inked the three circles with three different shades of Distress Ink:  Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Worn Lipstick.  


This inked piece was adhered to my card base and then I just popped up the panel with the bunny heads over it, slightly offset.

I finished things off with a sentiment from the new Neat & Tangled release (All the Bunnies) embossed on one of N&T's Skinny Strips dies which I trimmed off on one end.

That's all for me today.   Be sure to head over to Simon and check out the rest of the new release.  There are some really great items available, including a peeking chick!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Neat & Tangled March Release - Day 3


It's Day 3 of March release reveals at Neat & Tangled, and today we're showing off two new co-branded sets of stitching dies from Benzie.

I do love creating stitched pieces, but for today's card, I thought I would use paper.  I love how cacti have that kind of striped look, so that's what I was trying to recreate here.  I started by going through my pile of scraps and selecting a variety of greens.  Then I cut these into thin strips of random widths and adhered them to a scrap piece of what cardstock.  The cactus was then die cut from that piece.


I used the Stitched Slopes dies to create some sandy hills for my cactus to live in and added one pink flower (which is also part of the die set) for a pop of color.

The sentiment is from the Lovely Lotus set.

OK, it's time to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created, and to enter to win today's featured products.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Neat & Tangled March Release - Day 2


Time for Day 2 of the Neat & Tangled March release!  We're showing off another new set from Elena today called All the Bunnies.  I love how unique and fun this set is.  That big bear masquerading as a bunny is too cute.

For my card, I stamped, colored, and die the the main image and then popped him up over a simple background created using the Squares and Chevrons cover plate which was cut using both white cardstock and a simple patterned paper. 


A little pink banner cut using one of the Skinny Strips dies with a simple sentiment from the All the Bunnies set finished things off.

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog.  There are so many cute cards to see today and you can enter to win this set too!