Neat + Tangled January Release Day #4 – “Party Dots”

It’s Day Four of the January Release at Neat & Tangled Stamps. Today, I’m showing three cards I created with “Party Dots” – an incredibly versatile set that includes a must-have “Let’s Celebrate” sentiment stamp. This stamp set lends itself to card making for a multitude of occasions – weddings, wedding announcements, birthday parties, graduations, …

For my first card, I heat embossed the background with one of the dots stamps using Versamark and American Crafts Zing! powder. I stamped the die-cut heart with silver pigment ink. The “Let’s Celebrate” banner and sentiment are heat embossed with Hero Arts silver powder. I guess when I think “celebrate” I turn to metallic colors!

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My second card is similar – the die cut hearts are stamped with pigment ink and the “Let’s Celebrate” banner and sentiment are heat embossed with Hero Arts silver powder. I added a few rhinestones for some bling!

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For my final card, I heat embossed the sentiment onto a die cut banner and paired it with an EK Success wedding cake.  The background is dry embossed.

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Don’t forget to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the design team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive the “Party Dots” stamp set! While you’re there, check out the posts from the rest of the week as well. You still have time to enter to win the sets revealed earlier this week. All of the January release stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, tomorrow, Friday, January 11.

 

Thanks a Bunch!

This week’s Retrosketches sketch is fantastic, and I couldn’t wait to play along!

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I combined a monkey and banana from a Hero Arts digital set with some of the newly-released Hero Arts stamps. The tweed background stamp is one I will be reaching for all year!

I’m also linking this card up with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge focused on “Thanks.”

Supplies: October Afternoon Midway Collection (orange-striped paper); Hero Arts Monkeying Around digital stamp set

Pinspired Challenge #1

It’s time for the first Pinspired Challenge! The inspirational photo is for you to interpret anyway you want! You can take from the colors, the style or the technique! You can also make any kind of craft you want as well, whether it’s a card, layout or altered item!

 

This first challenge is sponsored by The Alley Way Stamps who are generously offering the winner one stamp set of their choice.

 

Here’s my take on the challenge image:

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I wanted to capture the birthday theme, as well as the colors, from the pinspiration. I added a dry embossed background to replicate the polka dots on the cake.

Be sure to head over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” (aka Design Team) and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads” and will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the prize from The Alley Way Stamps. We can’t wait to see your creations!

January Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing a single-photo layout I created with one of this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I chose to play with the recently released Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go digital collection from American Crafts.

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Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership? Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, January 9. You may enter from multiple blogs. Use this link to enter the giveaway for a one month trial membership to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx.

Don’t forget to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:

Julie Aldridge
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Kim Gehring
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Melissa Priest
Sara Case Strickland

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Neat + Tangled January Release Day #1 – “My Heart Sings”

It’s Day One of the January Release at Neat & Tangled Stamps. Danielle has knocked it out of the park with her “My Heart Sings” set! This stamp set would work equally well for Valentine’s Day, weddings, engagement parties, … you get the idea, anything connected with LOVE!

For my first card, I stamped the set’s pair of birds onto Teresa Collins’ musical notes paper and joined them with a stamped, die-cut heart.

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For my second card, I colored one of the birds with Copics and added a touch of Ranger Stickles.

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Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the design team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive the “My Heart Sings” stamp set! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, January 11.

CFC84: Thank You

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple Thank You card. I haven’t made a “CAS” card in awhile and every time I do, I’m that much more impressed by the designers who craft in the CAS style on a regular basis. They’re deceptively difficult!

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I covered up the “you” of the “Thank you” sentiment with some Echo Park stickers for a punny sentiment.

Starting with this challenge, Ellen Hutson is going to be a monthly sponsor over at CAS-ual Fridays. How fabulous is that!

Supplies: Echo Park stickers; Stampin’ Up cardstock (grey); Divine Twine; Mossy Made button

There’s a New Cardmaking Challenge in Town

There’s a new challenge site coming in 2013! If you love getting crafty with amazing inspiration and a chance to win awesome prizes THIS is the challenge site for you!

Pinspired Challenges: Turning Pins Into Projects

Inspiration can be found everywhere on Pinterest. From pins of gorgeous nails and fashion to eye candy and crafty DIY projects.  We love Pinterest and decided to turn those amazing pins into an equally amazing challenge site!

The Design Team aka “Pin Heads” is being announced as we get ready for the first challenge on January 8, 2013. I’m delighted to be part of this new team!

The 2013 calendar is full of amazing pins to inspire your projects. And for every challenge there’s a prize.

Be sure to follow Pinspired Challenges on BLOGFACEBOOKFLICKRTWITTER and PINTEREST

 

Happy New Year

Happy 2013! I created this card for the “Anything Goes” Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.

Happy New Year

I’m embracing the colors and cold temps of winter! (It’s a sunny, cold day here in the Pacific Northwest.) My card uses some of my favorite card making techniques – paper piecing, die cutting and embossing.

Supplies: Echo Park Winter Wishes; Stampin’ Up cardstock (orange); The Twinery twine; McGill tag punch

Peace on Earth

For me, the holidays represent an opportunity to embrace the winter season. I also tend to be more reflective at this time of year. I wanted to create a card expressing the quietness and beauty of winter.

Peace on Earth

This card uses the same design that I used for the Sparks Challenge in October. I simply replaced the yellow birds with the red cardinal and added a glittery, soft blue background.

Supplies: Spellbinders circle dies; Stampin’ Up cardstock (red); glitter paper (Michaels); Encore ink (silver)

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Today I’m sharing a card inspired by two cards – one by Kelley Eubanks and the other by Kelly Rasmussen. The two cards were featured side-by-side in the March/April 2012 Paper Crafts magazine.

Warm Wishes Reindeer

As the holiday cardmaking season comes to a close, I’m reflecting on some of my favorites from this year. To begin with, I find inspiration on a regular basis from the Paper Crafts magazine! I’ve reached for the Hero Arts music background again and again. (In the card shown above, I stamped it with VersaMark ink.) I’ve already mentioned how much I like the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico set. And the color combination of light blue, red and kraft always makes me happy!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up embossing powder; ColorBox ink (white); VersaColor ink (bamboo)