You're a Gem with Sharna Waksmulski

Hello Neat & Tangled friends! I am so excited to be joining you today!

I have a shaker card featuring the new set, You're a Gem. I often need thank you cards & cards for crafty friends so I absolutely fell head over heals for the sentiments in this one.
I watercolored the background in a soft pastel rainbow. The gems I white heat embossed and using the same shades as the background colored them in as well. I cut the frame to leave a small boarder around the edge so the background is continous across the cardbase. I filled the shaker with the gems as well as the sparkling rainbow sequin mix from Lucy's little things.
Finally, I adheared the panel to a 100lb cardstock base & gave it a good shake!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Summer Sale!

Hello friends!

We love summer, and we love a good sale, so let's have a summer sale!

Code is good now through July 23, 2017 at 11:59pm EST!

Happy shopping!

You're An Awesome Friend with Keeway

Hi there! It's Keeway here and today I wanted to share another card featuring the July Release of the oh-so-cute Schoolhouse set. I love this set so much! One of my favorite things about this set is its versaility. It might be a school-themed set, but you can make this little mouse write any sentiment you want, which means you can make it fit any type of card you need!

I stamped my images in hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I then die cut all the images with the coordinating Schoolhouse Nice and Neat dies.

On white cardstock, I blended Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey distress inks. I really wanted a large sentiment to work with so I decided to use the Awesome Nice and Neat Dies to pair with my sentiment from the Schoolhouse set. I die cut the 'Awesome' three times out of white cardstock and adhered them together. It creates a beautiful depth to the sentiment. On a black cardstock then I die cut a dome shape out of, I also die cut the outline of awesome to get the inverse shape -- the coolest thing about these dies! And to finish the full sentiment, I heat embossed 'You're an' and 'friend' in white. I simply used a post-it to mask off any portion of the sentiment that I didn't need.
And finally, now that all the pieces are ready, I assembled them all onto my ombre background as if the little mouse writing the sentiment!

Thanks for joining me today and hope to see you next time!

Thankful Autumn with Kay

Hello! I'm here to share a card with you that I did with some fun Neat & Tangled products! I know, I know, it's another fall card. I figure if people can make Christmas cards all year, then I can make fall cards all year too :) Besides, it seems like Christmas sneaks up on us so fast, that Fall kind of gets squished out and left behind. Can't have that now!

For this card, I'm using the Triangle Patterned Builder diesMaple Leaves Journaling Card, and Maple Thanks. The paper is from Doodle Bug Design.

I started by cutting  a lot of the smallest triangles from the Triangle Pattern Builder Dies,  out of the fall colored patterned papers. I then drew a diagonal line across my white card base, and started piecing my quilt design. Once I had one row down against the line, lining up the other pieces by eye was a chinch!

After I got all of my pieces glued down, I stamped the sentiments from the Maple Leaves Journaling card along the edges of some of the squares. Then I cut the Maple Thanks die out of white card stock and glued that down at an angle.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed my card!

Kay :)

Swirly Twirly Stencil Waves Background

Hi there! It's Cheiron here with my monthly post. This week I am sharing a card with an adorable elephant from the Beach Day set on a background of "waves" made with the Swirly Twirly stencil. This background is super easy to make using a mono print technique with Distress Oxides and stencils.

To begin, I took my stencil and Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean.

Then I pressed the inks into the stencil with the Distress Oxides, I find it easiest to apply a little twist while pressing them down so the ink comes out of the pad easier.

Once my inks were on the stencil, I gave them a few spritzes of water, until I could see it beading up on the back of the stencil. When the stencil was inked up and sprayed with water, I turned it over and pressed it down onto a panel of watercolor card stock to make a monoprint. I placed a paper towel over it to blot any excess and then removed the paper towel and stencil.

I love the look of this background, and think it looks just like waves! I hope you will try it out for yourself :)

Introducing our July Guest Designer - Lexa Levana

We're excited to be introducing this month's guest designer, Lexa Levana.  Lexa's sweet cards are going to have you smiling all month.  She's a wonderful colorer and creates the sweetest scenes/vignettes on her cards.  Here's a little more about her:

Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself first, you can call me Lexa. I live in Bandung, Indonesia. I always love all things related to arts and colors as long as I can remember. I ended up took architecture as my major on university but after I got married and had my first born I quit my job as an architect. Staying at home (almost) everyday as a mom is not an easy task to do. I needed to channel my passion in art somewhere else, that's how I start cardmaking. Two years before that I had started scrapbooking as a hobby, but now I'm so engaged in watercoloring and making cards. This me time keeps me sane from hectic housework if you what I mean. ;)

Today Lexa is sharing a couple of cards featuring our Prehistoric set.  We're loving how she combined elements from older sets to complete these.  Take a look:

Hello crafty friends! I hope you guys are doing great today. Lexa here today and I received a huge opportunity to be a guest design for Neat & Tangled. Yay! I've been their fans for a while, so when I got an email few months ago about this..I was going crazy. Haha. I'm so thrilled and honored to take part on this. So, thank you so much for having me this month. :)

I always love dinosaurs. When I first saw all the adorable images from Prehistoric stamp set...I'm in love! So I decided to use all the images and seperate them on two cards. On my first card I use watercolor patterned papers for the background. I like how versatile this stamp set is, I make a baby card for the first one by combining the sentiment from Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee.

Momma dinosaur has two babies, one who's hanging around her neck and other one is just hatched. How cute is that! I also add googly eyes for extra fun. And don't forget to add some pretty sequins. I think the watercolor background match well with all the watercolored images. The trees are there to complete the scene, they are from Lumberjack Love.

I created a birthday card for the second one, the main images still come from Prehistoric stamp set but the 'celebrate' sentiment is from the older stamp set called Celebrate. I white embossed the sentiment and then blend some Distress Inks in Peacock Feather, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey then flicked some water on the background to create some faded spots. Don't you think the bold words match the one in a speech bubble pretty well?

I really enjoy watercoloring all the cute images, it makes me happy. I also add a party hat to match the birthday theme on this one. It comes from Big Top Birthday, the size is perfect for this little girl. I use yellow Nuvo Drops for the enamels to add some textures and dimensions.

I hope you like my cards for today and thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll see you next week...have an amazing day!

True Friends

Hey everyone!  I am just back from vacation, our family went out west 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, prairie, 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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