Thursday, July 20, 2017

Miss You and a Sale



Sometimes you find a stamp or die that goes perfectly with a cut of paper.  That's what happened with this card.

I really wanted to use this die cut from Waffle Flower crafts and as I was flipping through some patterned papers, this print from Pinkfresh just jumped out.  Perfect, right?

I did add a tiny stamped image to balance things on the right side of the card.  It was a little image from Altenew's Floral Shadow set as there was a space in the print that needed a little something in it.  I stamped it with some light ink and then used some cool gray Copics to soften/blend it.

The sentiment is also from that Floral Shadow set.



I could have left the card at that, but I added a couple strips of patterned paper at the bottom and some stitching.

I love it when the products do the work for you!

I also wanted to let you know that Danielle is running a big sale this weekend over at Neat & Tangled.  She doesn't often put the whole store on sale, but right now it's all 25% off.  If you've been eyeing something, it's a great time to pick it up!  And if you're inclined, this is my affiliate link to the store.  Happy shopping!



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hooray Cats



When we were on vacation I was able to get together with my friend Jocelyn.  We hung out with our families and also snuck in a little crafting time.

I really wanted to use this set from Mama Elephant, but there are so many cats and I was feeling lazy about the coloring, so I opted to color just their accessories and stripes and the one cat.

There is a coordinating die, but I wanted a crisp edge, so I fussy cut the piece.



The sentiment die is also Mama Elephant and the stamped sentiment is from Neat & Tangled's Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee set.

Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

True Friends



Hey everyone!  I'm sharing this card over on the Neat & Tangled blog today.

I am just back from vacation, our family went out to South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, a totally different part of the country.  We saw the Ingalls Homestead, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the Black Hills, Little Big Horn, Devil's Tower, caves, rocks, trees, lots of climbing and hiking.  It was a great time, and I'm still in an outdoorsy soft of mood which spilled over into today's card.

I pulled out my Calathea set for today's card, I created a similar card a while back for the A Blog Named Hero Anniversary hop, with softer more nontraditional colors, but today I went with the greens.  Just random stamping, trying to balance things, using a mix of first and second generation stamping.

One little trick, when using inks that are good for solid stamps because they will kind of soften and blend a bit (think Altenew or Hero Arts), I will run my heat gun over my panel after each layer of stamping.  I feel like this gives you a crisper image so that the layers don't bleed into one another.

I wanted a softer, more earthy and warmer look to the card, so I used a cream rather than white panel.



Once my stamping was done, I used the recently released Together stamp and my MISTI for the sentiment.  I love a good one layer card and the Calathea set is perfect for this.

A cream mat and kraft based finished this off.  Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Giveaway Winners Take Two

Hey folks, I'm actually on vacation this week, so all my posts were pre-scheduled, but somehow I couldn't edit the winners section of my last post, so here are the winners for you.

@greenwdgirl (from IG) wins the Together stamp set

mandalj (from the blog) wins the Modern Triangles Cover Plate

@peppermintpatty42 (from IG) wins the Modern Triangles Stencil

Congrats to everyone, shoot me an email with your mailing address,  and I'll get your goodies sent out.

If you didn't win, but you must have something from the release head on over to the store, everything is now available.

Happy Friday!

Neat & Tangled July Release Recap and Giveaway Winner

Hey everyone!  The Neat & Tangled July release is now available in the store!  Here's a recap of my projects for this week:

 

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I also have some winners to announce!

____ wins the Together stamp set

____ wins the Modern Triangles cover plate

____ wins the Modern Triangles stencil

If you didn't win, never fear, August is just around the corner and there will be more chances to win.  If there's something you must have, head on over to the store, Danielle is going to be doing some discounted stamp/die bundles this month, so you'll definitely want to check that out!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Neat & Tangled July Release and Giveaways - Day 4



Today is the final day of our July release reveals!  All products will be available tomorrow at 8 AM EST in the Neat & Tangled store.  Today we're showing off my new cover plate and stencil, Modern Triangles.

I teased the cover in one of my Monday cards and I have a couple more cards to share with you featuring the cover plate.

For this first one, I cut the cover from cream cardstock, and then randomly inlaid some of the gold pieces I saved from my Monday card into the triangle shapes.



The sentiment is from the You're a Gem set and was embossed using Princess Gold embossing powder.



For this next card, I dry embossed the cover plate, I love this look, it almost looks like one of those WRMK 3D embossing folders.  Normally, I take my photos head on, but this angled view gives a much better look at the dimension from the embossed piece.



I finished this one very simply using my Together stamp/die set that we highlighted on Monday.



There's also a stencil in this design.  For this card, I first inked over the stencil with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  Then I used three Prismacolor colored pencils to add a bit of shading to the three parts of the triangles.  This is not fancy shading, just to give the parts a bit of dimension, but as a whole it really makes those triangles pop.

I wanted to keep the focus on the background and stick with a one-layer look, so I added another sentiment from the You're a Gem set which was stamped in Versafine and then clear embossed a few times to give it a puffier/glossier look.  I thought the sentiment needed some grounding, so I added those dots from the Good Vibes set.



OK, 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.

I'm also going to be choosing some winners from comments this week here on the blog and on Instagram for my new release products, so be sure to leave a comment here and each day this week, and then head over to Instagram (@mprantner) for details on how to win there.

Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Neat & Tangled July Release and Giveaways - Day 3



Are you ready for Day 3 of Neat & Tangled's July release?  Today we're showing off an adorable new set from Elena Roussakis called Schoolhouse.

I thought it would be fun to have the mouse holding up that big pencil to spell out teacher.

The big THANKS was created using my Journaling Alpha dies.



So cute, right?

Hop on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created and to enter to win this stamp/die set.

I'm also going to be choosing some winners from comments this week here on the blog and on Instagram for my new release products, so be sure to leave a comment here and each day this week, and then head over to Instagram (@mprantner) for details on how to win there.

Winners will be announced on Friday.  See you back here tomorrow for our final day of release reveals!