Tiny Cuts with Nancy Damiano

Hey everyone, Nancy here with a closer look at the new Tiny Cuts die. I love this die for creating borders around my cards but I wanted to do something a little different. What if I ran the die across a card to create a punched out background? This is the result!

I lined up the dies 5 at a time and ran them through my Big Shot and repeated the process a few times to cut through the entire card. I backed the punched out card with a watercolored patterned paper for a peek of pink.

I wanted the background to shine, so just two images from the Eggstra Special and Cottontail Cuties stamp sets. A script title cut with the Celebrate die and covered with ink blending anchored with a vellum flag provides a simple and colorful title. A few scattered sequins from the Spring Mix complete the card!

Hello You!

Hi there! It's Cheiron here with a fun Hello card featuring a Distress Oxide Background. I have been making a lot of these fun colorful backgrounds lately to experiment with all of my new ink colors. I have a stack of them on my studio table now.  I always make them, and never know what to do with them. 

I've found that these are the perfect type of backgrounds to turn into cards with bold sentiments. The Hello You set allowed me to use all of the backgrounds I made to turn these backgrounds into cards to send to friends. 

Just add your sentiment, and a bit of detail and you are pretty much done. For this card, I stamped the Hello You over my colorful background, then also stamped the heart from the same set in the same inks that I used to create the background to add some interest.

Thanks for stopping by!

Just Because

Hello there!

Mayuri here to share a card using the Flower Medallion Builder set;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I had a whole other idea for this card, and as such began by stamping some of the images from the set with white pigment ink onto a panel of white cardstock. I heat set the panel and then blended three different Distress Inks over the inked areas, hoping that the pigment ink would act as a resist. No such luck!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

My card then had to take a different turn as I wasn't seeing the results I was hoping to, so after I'd finished blending the Distress Inks, I spritzed some water droplets and noticed the white pigment ink beginning to run. I didn't mind the effect so I quickly heat set the panel, and spritzed a little more water and heat set again.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I then re-stamped the images but this time with black dye ink, and while it was still a little damp, I brushed over some Perfect Pearls - you can't see the effect so well in the photos, but it looks great in real life!

I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base, stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock and heat set in white. I foam mounted that to the card front and to finish, I added some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!

We are so happy to be hopping along today to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of A Blog Named Hero! Did you know that Danielle was a part of their original design team? We are so excited to help them celebrate!
You should have arrived here from Betty's blog!

Today Miriam created this simply elegant card combining Neat and Tangled and Hero Arts! She used our Calathea stamp set to create those beautiful leaves! She achieved the look by using a combination of first and second generation stamping, along with the rock and roll technique!

Your next stop on the hop is Ilina Crouse!  

And if you want to start from the beginning, or got turned around visit A Blog Named Hero for the full hop order!

There are also loads of giveaways this weekend so be sure to read more below!

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following: 
Good luck and happy hopping!

Yo Ho Ho with Kay Miller

Hey eveyone!  It's Friday and we're thrilled to be welcoming this month's guest designer, Kay Miller, back to the blog!

Hello! I'm back again today with a couple more cute cards I created for my guest spot with Neat & Tangled this month. 

I used the absolutely adorable Yo Ho Ho stamp set and Yo Ho Ho matching dies. Cutest little pirates you've ever seen!

For my background I used Peerless Watercolor, and a wet on wet technique, then splattered with water and added some white dots with acrylic paint. The sandy mound was done the same way but splatted with some darker brown as well.

The cute designs were all colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, and cut out with the Yo Ho Ho matching dies. Everything was adhered with foam tape to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Yo Ho Ho stamp set in black ink and added a few sequins to finish it up!

Well I had to make a card with the little Pirate boy too. Couldn't leave him out :) The background is Salty Ocean Distress Ink blended onto Bristol Board and speckled with water.

Again everything was colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, cut out with the Yo Ho Ho dies, and adhered with foam tape.

I had a lot of fun playing with this cute set! I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've created!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamped Cover Plate with Stephanie Gold

 Hey friends! Stephanie Gold here today and I am sharing a fun and super colorful card I made using a few of March's new release products. :)

First I stamped out a few fun flower designs using the Medallion Flower Builder stamp set by Miriam Prantner. I used a total of 5 different bright colors to make it really interesting and eye catching.

Then to add even more texture, I die cut the design using the new Polygon Cover Plate. It ends up being a subtle and fun added accent. And finally, I used one of the big, bold sentiments from the Medallion Flower Builder set to finish my card off. I seriously love this set. :)

Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful week!

Xo, Stephanie


Masking stamping for tropical card with Sveta

Hello everyone!

Sveta is here and I'm happy to share with you my new card. I really love this tropical trend that has won the hearts of lot of people. Are you among those?
I thought that Calathea stamp set was perfect to achieve a tropical look for my card. First I made masks of the leaves to create layers in my border stamping. I used outline images at the beginning, and then filled them with the colored layers.

For some leaves I used white pigment ink before or after (doesn't matter really) the main color inking to achieve a more soft tone. I think that the grey-green-pink color combo for the tropical design works really well.

For the bright big sentiment in the center of the card I chose the Hello You Stamp set. I stamped it in black ink and then in grey with a little displacement to make a shadow. For the final touch I added sequins from Neat & Tangled sequins mixes: Crystal Clear, Pearl and Lime.

Hope you enjoyed today's tropical walk into the stamp jungles!
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