February 8, 2018

Neat and Tangled February Release Day 4 | S'mores Fun

Hey there, welcome to the day three of the  February Neat and Tangled release. The last new stamp set is called S'mores Fun and it's one of my favorites from the release. Who doesn't love dancing chocolate for Valentine's?



To create this card begin with a white background and patterned heart paper. I like a colorful background when icons tend to be mostly monochromatic (shades of brown). The stamped images were colored with Copic markers for a pop of brightness. The sentiment was stamped in black and a scatter of tiny hearts was added to each of the characters.



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a S'mores Fun stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Neat and Tangled February Release Day 3 | Geometric Circles

Hey there, welcome to the day three of the  February Neat and Tangled releaseToday I have a brand new steel die - Geometric Circles. I love clean backgrounds and this steel die delivers! 



To create this card begin with a white cardstock rectangle and the Geometric Steel Die cut out. Next, use Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber to create the ink blended background. Add a splash of watercolor with Distress Inks to images from the Beaver's Eh stamp set. Use foam tape to add to the front of the card and you're done!



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Geometric Circle Steel Die. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

February 6, 2018

Sunny Studios Tiny Dancer Watercolors

Say hello to the newest in Sunny Studios' release - Tiny Dancer.  I love these cute little ballerinas and the sentiments that are both beautiful and versatile.



To create this card, start with a simple watercolored background that your tiny dancers can shine on! I chose the colors based on the patterned paper placed at the bottom edge of the card. All of the tiny dancers were colored with the same palette in mind with Distress Inks. A scattering of tiny stamped daisies gives the card some movement and a dose of dainty.


I like to color and send handmade goodness and this stamp set is perfect for all the little (and big) ballerinas in my life!


Neat + Tangled February Release Day 2 | So Many Sentiments and a Panda!

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the  February Neat and Tangled releaseThe next stamp set up is called So Many Sentiments and it's chock full of every sentiment you could ever need! On this card it's paired up with the brand new Panda Steel Die for a measure of cute.



To create this card begin with a white cardstock rectangle and the Panda Steel Die cut out. Next, add a strip of patterned paper at the bottom edge of the card to give it a pop of color. A sentiment stamped with salmon and hot pink ink at the edge of the panda card underlines the die cut in the center. A simple epoxy heart gives the card just a bit of texture straight in the center. 



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a So Many Sentiments stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


February 5, 2018

Neat + Tangled February Release Day One | Ride with Me Watercolors

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the  February Neat and Tangled releaseThe next stamp set up is called Ride with Me and it's my favorite from this release. There's just something about bicycles that I love. Add to that a bunch of mix and match options and it's for me!



To create this card begin with watercolor paper and Zig Clean Color markers to create this dreamy, colorful background. Then simply stamp the scene right on top with black ink. It's simplicity at it's finest!




Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Ride with Me stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!



January 30, 2018

Cascading Hearts + Backgrounds

You can tell I'm in Valentine's mode by the color schemes I've been gravitating towards lately. There's something about hot pink and orange and yellow that I love. I tried it out on this Cascading Hearts background stamp by Sunny Studios and I'm in love!



To create the card, use the Cascading Heart stamp and a trio of pigment inks ranging from fire engine red to bubblegum pink to orange. Using a stamping platform is key to getting the coverage shown here. Next, stamp a trio of kitties and balloons from the Purrfect Birthday stamp set and color with Copic markers. Use foam tape to pop up the center kitty and some of the balloons. Add the sentiment just under the kitties in blank ink. Place a small cake icon at the start of the sentiment for a bit of whimsy.


Use the Cascading Hearts stamp to create a beautiful shower of love for all of your stamped images!

SUPPLIES: Cascading Hearts Stamp | Purrfect Birthday Stamp Set | Purrfect Birthday Steel Dies

January 4, 2018

Neat and Tangled January Release Day 4 | Koalifications

Hey there, welcome to the final day of the  January Neat and Tangled releaseThe last set up is the Koalification stamp and die.  Who doesn't love a big-eared koala? This little guy makes for the cutest Valentine's Day cards.





To create this card I started with a white base with two die cut hearts. The openings were filled with shades of pink cardstock to give them a sunburst effect. The cute koala was watercolored with Distress Inks in Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs. The matching sentiment was stamped in the ribbon with black ink and a handful of sequins were placed to add a bit of sparkle!



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Koalification Stamp Set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

January 3, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 3 | Hexagons Steel Die

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the  January Neat and Tangled releaseThe next set up is the Hexagon Steel die and stencil.  I love intricate geometric backgrounds that this design provides. It makes for the best backgrounds!

To create this card I started with a white base and the Hexagon Steel Die. To add a splash of color, cardstock in shades of blue were added to the background. The stamped images were colored with Distress Oxide Inks and popped up with foam tape. All of the sentiments from the set were stacked in the center of the card - I couldn't decide which one I liked best!




Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Hexagon Steel Die set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

January 2, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 2 | Beavers Eh

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the  January Neat and Tangled releaseThe next stamp set up is Beaver Eh! and it's my favorite from this release. The critters have a spark of cute and are really fun to color.





To create this card I started with a white base and three strips of cardstock in light salmon, hot pink and golden yellow. This gives the background a splash of color. The rectangle inner base was stamped at the bottom randomly with gray ink. The falling text adds interest to the base. The stamped images were colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and popped up with foam tape.



Neat and Tangled will be giving away Beavers Eh! stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

January 1, 2018

Wintery Good Watercolors + Sunny Studio Polar Friends

I'm "celebrating" the season with a look at a mix of wintery friends from the Polar Playmates and Playful Polar Bear stamp sets. Who am I kidding, is so not my favorite time of the year. On the upside though - this is my creative season. So I've decided to just go with it and create a wintery scene using some Sunny Studio Stamps. 



To create this card, begin with a strip of medium blue and darker blue adhered to the bottom of the card. A circle die cut of aqua cardstock was stamped with the Snow Flurries stamp to give it some movement and tie it into the theme. All of the whimsical images were watercolored with Zig Clean Color makers for a bright punch of color. They were adhered with pop dots for some added dimension. A few dew drops and the sentiment stamped in black and blue inks complete this card.

And that's it! Creating a snowy is scene is like therapy for this winter avoiding chick. At the very least - it's cute and I really love that.

SUPPLIES: Playful Polar Bears Stamp Set | Playful Polar Bears Steel Dies | Polar Playmates Stamp Set | Polar Playmates Steel Die | Snow Flurries Stamp Set

Neat & Tangled Release January Day 1 | A-mazing Stamp & Die

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the  January Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is A-mazing! and it absolutely is. I especially love the coordinating steel die that finds it's way from here to there. 

To create this card I started with a white base and the A-mazing steel die. I traced the maze onto a second sheet of white cardstock to use as a guide for the enamel dots. The dots were used to create a path from "me" to "you" (the heart). The  sentiment was stamped on the die cut front and adhered to the white backing with foam tape to give it dimension.


Neat and Tangled will be giving away an A-mazing stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what you are most looking forward to this New Year to enter! Be sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


December 12, 2017

Stamping a Wreath | Sunny Studio Holiday Style


Join me over on the Sunny Studio blog today for the advent calendar extravaganza hop. Here's a peek at the card I made using the Holiday Style Stamp Set and pigment ink. I have a full set of instructions and some more photos over on Sunny Studio. Hope to see you there!


SUPPLIES | Holiday Style Stamp | Holiday Style Steel Dies | Christmas Chapel Stamp

December 5, 2017

Sunny Studios Gingerbread House


I'm wrapping up the Christmas card making for the season with one of my favorite sets from the Sunny Studio holiday release. This one is a dream to color. There are so many possibilities and color schemes for a village of gingerbread houses. 



I created a starry sky background with a splash of ombre watercolor using Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Broken China. A splatter of water lends a twinkling sky effect that gives the background great depth. The gingerbread house was colored with Zig Clean Watercolor Pens for a bright splash of color. The smaller Christmas trees are from the Christmas Home Stamp set.  The title was stamped and embossed in white ink on a black background to give it some pop. Last, a shower of Christmas lollipops were added just beneath the starry sky to give the card some movement and color



This was such a fun card to create with some simple watercolor techniques. Check out the Jolly Gingerbread stamp and steel die set for your next round of Christmas cards!

SUPPLIES | Jolly Gingerbread Stamp Set | Jolly Gingerbread Steel Dies | Christmas Home Stamp Set

November 28, 2017

Watercolored Backgrounds + Sunny Studios Playful Polar Bears

Let's the holiday season begin! I'm up on the Sunny Studios blog today with the Playful Polar Bears stamp set. While it's not a traditional Christmas stamp set, I think the wintery feel and polar goodness of it reminds me of the season. Last week I created a very traditional holiday card, so let's try another twist and go in a completely different and colorful direction!


Hop on over to the Sunny Studios blog for more details and how-to's!


November 9, 2017

Neat and Tangled November Release | Bunny Slop and Stitched Slopes

Hey there, welcome to the day two of the November Neat and Tangled release. The last stamp set up is called Bunny Slope and it's full of good, wintery fun. I love this one for coloring! The new Stitched Slopes steel die is also a favorite.




To create this card I started with the Stitched Slopes steel die and shades of blue cardstock. Layering them over the background with an ombre effect gives the card a cool feel and is the perfect backdrop for the bunny. The stamped images from Bunny Slope were watercolored with Peerless Watercolors and tucked in between the layers of cardstock. A few sequins lead the eye right up to that sentiment stamped in black.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Bunny Slope stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!