Neat & Tangled Cactus and Llama With Benzie Design

Hello everyone, Koren here, with a project that's a little out of the ordinary for me. Today I'm using the Cactus and Llama dies which are a collaboration between Benzie Design and Neat and Tangled, and are from their March release. I am using them to decorate a small canvas zipper pencil pouch for my 6 year old Niece Ella.

I have created a YouTube video to go along with this project, and it will be linked within this post.

After purchasing a white canvas zipper pouch from my local craft store ON SALE! for $2.00, I was so excited to create this custom pencil bag. My daughter Cailin gave me this idea when she first saw me using these dies to create some stitched critters. Thanks kid for the great idea. Maybe I'll have to make her one next...

I started cutting out all of the pieces needed to create my scene on the side of the zipper bag. I knew I wanted the felt elements to be dimensional, off of the zipper bag and standing out as much as possible. This meant I was going to cut out two layers of felt for each element. I used Benzie Designs, Winter Mint color palette and Taylored Expressions Cobblestone with matching DMC floss to stitch each piece.

For the succulent, I cut two layers and stitched them together much like the others, but before I started stitching, I hot glued a piece of elastic (attached to a small lobster claw clasp), between the two layers. I also threw in one of the flower embellishments from the Cactus stitching die set. I made sure the ornament was completely stitched before tying off the knot and attaching it to the zipper of the canvas bag.

To attach all of the elements to my pouch, I heated up my Surebonder Detail Hot Glue Gun. I applied a generous amount on the backside of each element and adhered it to my scene. I also cut a delicate looking sun from some Papertrey Ink stitching dies to add to the background.

I even hot glued the saddle onto the llama's back. I have found that using hot glue may not be the most secure way to adhere these felt ornaments, but it works for what I was using it for and although over time they may fall off, it's good enough for this. Plus, I always assume that cheap bags like this one won't stand up to a very artistic 6 year old girl for very long anyway. I'm sure I can make her another when needed (insert very sinister smile here). 

To make the bag just a little more special, I wanted to add her initials on the backside. I love personalization and when given gifts made only for that one person, it really makes people feel good. So, I used some Papertrey Ink Cross stitch alphabet dies to leave ECW on the underside of the pouch. I used a coordinating floss color to make it all look cohesive. 

That is it, I hope you enjoyed my project today. A full list of supplies are listed below.

Thank you,


XOXO Love You Rainbow Hearts with Cheiron

Hi there crafty friends, it's Cheiron here with a card using one of my favorite techniques using the Heart Duo stencils, Distress Oxides and Distress Blending Brushes to create a soft rainbow heart background filled with hugs and kisses....I stenciled the hearts in all my favorite Distress Oxide colors. Once the hearts were stenciled in, I gave them a "spritz" with my Distress Sprayer and blotted the panel with a paper towel to created the water spots and give added dimension.

After I stenciled the hearts, I used the small XOXO from the Just Because set to give a little more interest. I stamped the XOXO in the same colors of Distress Oxides over the hearts (these inks stamp beautifully, even with small sentiments). I added two hearts from the Love Mail dies and the I love you from the Typed Sentiments onto a Skinny Strips banner.

Hope you liked the look of this colorful background! It sure makes me happy. I'd love to hear what kind of backgrounds are your favorites to make :)


Stretch Your Dies with Carly Tee

We are always looking for ways to get more from our craft supplies right?

Well what about looking at our dies from a different point of view? Stretching our dies by changing the "front" to the "back"?

That was the idea that I had for the adorable bear from the All The Bunnies set!

Today I have a quick video for you, showing the simple edits & additions I used to create the card!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crafty Hugs!

All The Bunnies stamps & dies
Be Mine ink
Sand Castle ink

Introducing our March Guest Designer, Francine Vuillème

Hi crafty friends! Francine Vuillème here! Maybe some of you already know me as I was part of the Neat & Tangled DT in 2016. But for those who don’t, here is a bit more about myself.

I live in Switzerland in the wonderful Three Lakes Region with my husband and our sweet little Papillon dog called Max. I’m also a cat lover (I always had cats before having Max but trust me… he is a cat in a dog body LOL). I couldn’t live without animals by my side and cuddling them makes me SO happy! I’m bilingual in German and French.

Crafting is a form of meditation for me and it reminds me of my childhood. People say that my creations are clean and colorful but I like playing with different styles, mediums and techniques. It depends on my mood and inspiration. I love coloring, creating watercolored or ink blended backgrounds, making splatters, using stencils, thinking out of the box and adding rainbow and bright colors to my designs.

For my first spot, I decided to feature the Paint Night stamp set. Here is what I came up with:

I started by creating a watercolor background using Distress inks and watercolor paper. Once it was dry, I cut the panel down to size and adhered it to a top-folded card base using tape adhesive. Next, I stamped the images in black ink, as well as the sentiment. The sweet girl and the sentiment are from the Paint Night set. The sand bucket from the Beach Day set became a paint bucket. The butterfly is from the Mommy, Daddy and Me set. I cut the colored images using scissors and adhered them to card front using foam tape for more dimension. To finish off my card, I added a tiny red heart to the sentiment and Wink of Stella clear glitter to the images.

That’s all for me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and my card inspiration. Special thanks to Neat & Tangled for having me as a guest and see you next week with a new post!

Courage, I Believe in You with Miriam

Hi everyone!  I've got a card to share with you guys today using the Wonky Chevron cover plate and Have Courage stamp set. 

I love how bold the Wonky Chevron cover can be, but wanted to do something very soft and pretty with it.  However, when I was looking through my papers, I couldn't find soft enough colors (this is shocking because I have so.many.papers).  

My solution was to create them for myself.  I cut several panels of watercolor paper and then using Kuretake Gansai watercolors in a light blue, and yellow gold (from the Starry Colors set), added a very light, soft wash to them.  Once they were dry, I die cut the cover plate from them as well as a plain piece of watercolor paper.

I used the soft gold for the outline/webbing, and then inlaid blue and plain pieces within the cover.  The cover plate is just a smidge smaller than A2 which I like sometimes because you get a really nice fine mat when you mount it to a card base, but for this card I wanted just the cover to show, so I trimmed the card base down accordingly.

The gingko branch from the Have Courage set was stamped and clear embossed on watercolor paper, and then I colored it using a Distress Marker (Forest Moss) and water brush.  I added just a bit of color to the leaves with the brush side of the marker, and then softened and spread the pigment out using the waterbrush.  

I also added a very light light wash of color around the branches/stems so that the clear embossing would stand out a little better.  Once the piece was dry, I die cut it and popped it up over my cover plate with some foam adhesive.  The foam adhesive was added only towards the center of the piece because I like the movement you get from the leaves when they aren't fully adhered.  They curl up a bit and it looks more natural.

The sentiment is also from the Have Courage set.  The large sentiment was stamped in Versafine on watercolor paper and clear embossed (mostly so I wouldn't accidentally smudge it), and then I fussy cut it.  The secondary sentiment is stamped on a banner from the Skinny Strips die set which I die cut from a scrap of watercolor paper that I had colored/painted using that same distress marker and water brush.

I used two layers of the foam adhesive on the courage sentiment for some extra dimension.

Incidentally, the Have Courage set is part of the March Madness sale going on now through Saturday in the store.  Everything in the March Madness category is 30% off with code MARCHMADNESS!

Thanks for visiting, hope your week is going well!

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Lovely Lotus - Emboss Resist

Welcome back everyone! Mindy Eggen here with you today and I'm excited to share a card I created using the Lovely Lotus stamp set.

I have a video that you view down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.

This Lovely Lotus stamp set is a gorgeous 6" x 8" stamp set filled with beautiful flowers and leaves. This also has some amazing sentiments on it.

I started my card by stamping my images onto Bristol Smooth card stock with Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink using my Misti tool. Then I sprinkled on White Satin Pearl Embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.

Next, I ink blended Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide onto the flowers. I used Evergreen Bough and Shabby Shutters on the leaves which is an amazingly awesome combination. Then I used a clean cloth to wipe away the excess ink from the heat embossed area which really makes the pearlescent sheen shine through. I used the coordinating die to cut out my images for a nice clean edge.

For my background, I'm using a piece of Black card stock and attaching the Rice Paddies stencil using Purple Tape. Then stenciled on Pumice Stone Distress Oxide. I attached my flowers and leaves towards the bottom of the card using a tape runner, making sure my flowers were higher then the leaves.

I finished off my adding my sentiment. I die cut a piece of white card stock from the Skinny Strips die and stamped the sentiment in black ink. This is such an encouraging sentiment. Then added this strip to my card front with foam tape. I also added a few sequins around the flowers with my jewel picker and liquid glue. Then topped it off with Unicorn Stickles.

Neat & Tangled is also having a March Madness sale right now ! Be sure to head over to the website to check it out! Some of my favorite sets are in the sale category!

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