12.02.2016

December Guest Designer - Amy Sheffer


Happy Friday everyone!  Today we get to introduce this month's guest designer, Amy Sheffer.  Amy has a beautiful layered style that's a somewhat CAS shabby chic.  She has a wonderful eye for detail and we know you are going to love her creations this month.  Here's Amy to share a little more about herself as well as her first project:

Hi all, I’m Amy Sheffer, and I’m super excited to be guest designing for Neat & Tangled! I live in Virginia with my husband and our three children, ages 16, 13, and 9. I’ve been dabbling in various arts and crafts since I was kid. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking nearly twenty years ago, and stamping and card making came along soon after. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed being part of the online card making community, as well as designing for some really awesome companies, stores, challenges, and publications. When I’m not stamping or busy being a mom, I also enjoy volunteering, photography, home decorating and DIY projects, and reading.

For my first project, I’m taking a little break from my holiday crafting to make a sparkly RAK for a friend. I just love the sentiments in Neat & Tangled's Awesome stamp set, and word dies are my jam, I tell ya!



For my background, I've stacked two white Star Cover Plate die-cuts and filled the star centers with a really sparkly silver glitter paper. 


The sentiment, die-cut from light aqua card stock using the corresponding Awesome die, is also stacked for more depth, as well as sponged along the bottom with teal ink for an ombre effect. I white embossed the rest of the sentiment onto a strip of dark gray paper and adhered both sentiment pieces to the Star Cover Plate. Underneath, I did some light shading in aqua ink for added interest.



Tip: When you'll be using only portions of a large die-cut, save paper by cutting down your card stock to fit just the part you'll need. Especially if you're working with specialty paper, such as the silver glitter paper I used for the star centers.



Thanks for joining me today, and I'll see you again next Friday!

12.01.2016

Filled with Love


Happy December Neat & Tangled Fans!  It's Amy here sharing a colorful holiday card!  I'm so smitten with the November Release, how about you?  I used the May Your Holidays Be set in today's card.  


I had the idea to use the burst as a background.  It's been stamped in a teal ink.  


The ornaments have been colored with Zig Clean Color Markers.  I originally was going to use a red ribbon but the black twine packs more of a punch with the design.

What are some of your favorite holiday color combos?  I love Teal + Red!

I wanted to share some news with you today.  This is my final blog post with the Neat & Tangled Design Team.  I've enjoyed my time with Danielle and the team so much!  I thought I would feature some of my first projects and end with a favorite:

Little Tangles - first project (June 2013)


Neat & Tangled - first project (April 2014)


Okay, so I have 260 photos in the Neat & Tangled Flickr group, but here's one of my recent favorites because it describes my time with the team and the color combo makes me happy:



I want to wish Danielle the best!!!!  She's an awesome person and designer.  I'll always be a Neat & Tangled Fan💚

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!!!
Amy

11.30.2016

November Release Redux Cards by Taheerah

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday! It's Taheerah here today to share some cards featuring the November release!

It seems that my release package wanted to travel the world a bit and got lost in Mexico! I was so sad to miss out on sharing some Release Week projects, but once my replacement package finally arrived I couldn't wait to tear it open and get stuck in! So although I didn't get a chance to join in with the other talented DT ladies, that just means I've got the limelight to share them with you now!


Totally swoon-worthy, right?!

Let's start with the first card:


For this one I used the May Your Holidays Be stamp set and combined it with the girl elf from Elfs And Their Shelf. I threw in an older set too called Happy Ornaments to turn it into a scene!


I cut out the centre of my main ornament and turned it into a fun shaker pocket! And I loved trimming the banner in two so that I could have it loop behind the ornament, and to have that cute little elf perched on it as it swings!


Next up, it was time to take the Scandinavian Prints Christmas set for a spin:


I created my own patterned paper right on my card front, stamping with a non-traditional colour palette!


Little added details for the stars and snowflakes came courtesy of the May Your Holidays Be and Elfs And Their Shelf sets respectively. The sentiment from Santa's Wonderland is the perfect finishing touch!


Speaking of Santa's Wonderland, I really wanted to play with it on its own too, and then I came up with a really cool and unique idea...


I used partial die cutting to create a snowglobe! I die cut most of the circular ornament from the May Your Holidays Be dies, then used the banner from the same die collection to create the base!


I created a fun shaker scene using the penguin, North Pole and snowflakes stamps. It was quite labour intensive to think through and put together, but the end result was so worth it!!


I used the Merry And Bright dies for the sentiment, doubling up my die cuts- one with black on top of gold, and the other reversed! There are so many fun details and lots of dimension in this beauty and I'm so proud of it!


And finally, possibly, my favourite was saved 'til last:


I built a super-fun scene using lots of different sets! Santa's Wonderland, Elfs And Their Shelf, Beary Merry and Into The Woods all feature here, and they go together perfectly!!


I curved the shelf stamp on my acrylic block to make a sled!! Then I got busy piling on the presents and little extras, and coloured everything with colouring pencils. The deer from Into The Woods makes a perfect Rudolph to tow this sled! I masked off all my images after colouring then ink blended my sky over them, having first heat embossed my snowflakes. Some shimmer, glitter and a gold cord tied everything together perfectly. Whoever gets this card is definitely on the Nice list!


I hope you loved these release projects as much as I loved creating them! The November release is probably one of my most favourite to date, with a few of the new products out of stock currently - so make sure you sign up to notifications for your favourites to know when they're back in stock! Thanks for stopping by!

11.29.2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year card with felt trees

Hello everyone!

Sveta is here and I want to show you my new card. I was so inspired by my teammate Daria's project that I used the same turquoise blue as the main color of my winter card.

I wanted to make it special by cutting an edge with curve border die at the bottom of the card. I think such details make a card eye catching!
For a background I chose snowflakes from May Your Holidays Be and trees from Scandinavian Prints Christmas.
I used a felt as a material for a trees and die cut them with Scandinavian Prints Christmas - Nice and Neat Dies. It looks so fluffy and kinda covered with soft snow.
This cute sentiment you will also find in a Scandinavian Prints Christmas stamp set.
Clear sequins mix for a final touch and silver twine on the top and fun card is ready to bright someone's Christamas!


Thanks for being with us!

11.25.2016

November Guest Designer Nichol Spohr - Holiday Ensemble


Today we're bidding farewell to our November Guest Designer, Nichol Spohr.  Nichol went all out this week with a full up holiday ensemble, we're in love!

Here's Nichol to tell you all about it:

Scene cards are always a favorite of mine. One of my favorite things to do is to mix and match images from multiple stamp sets (and dies) to create truly unique scenes. 


I paired images from the new Santa’s Wonderland with the large deer from Into The Woods, the little bird from Lumberjack Love, and greetings from Happy Holidays (stamps and dies). I built the scene on the largest Scalloped die and popped up the die cut greeting with foam for subtle dimension. 

While I was stamping all the images for my card I went ahead and stamped a second set to create some coordinating gift tags with the Classic Tag 1 die. 


And what card is complete without a matching envelope? 


I stamped this beautiful Christmas red envelope with the Please Deliver stamps and the Into The Woods deer and Santa’s Wonderland North Pole sign before embossing with white embossing powder.


I’ve loved guesting with Neat & Tangled this past month! It’s been an honor to play with stamps and dies that I love so much! Happy crafting friends!

Thanks so much to Nichol for being our guest this month!  

11.24.2016

Kid with a Microphone + Weekend SALES!!!


Ever since I saw the Kid with a Microphone sentiment from Happier Than, I wanted to fashion a microphone and pair it with this cute boy from Better Together! I looked through all the different sets and saw that the North Pole sign from Santa's Wonderland looked like it could be a microphone.


I masked off the ball (finial) and stamped the bottom of the pole right next to it so it's essentially a very short pole. Then I used the coordinating die for the sign and partially die cut the ball and then the pole. I used a Copic multiliner to draw in the lines on the ball and dots for the windscreen.


I also used created a mask for the tiny little snowman in the snowglobe from Elfs and Their Shelf and stamped it on to the boy's sweater to create a holiday sweater. The tree stump stage is from Lumberjack Love.


I used the falling snow stamp from May Your Holidays Be behind the boy's head and it was heat embossed with sparkle embossing powder. The big sentiment was also heat embossed and the hollow happier word was coloured in with red and orange Copic markers. To balance out the image with the big sentiment, I added sequins in five colours at the base of the tree trunk.


For those celebrating Thanksgiving this long weekend, enjoy your time with friends and family... with a bit of shopping!


Neat & Tangled is having sales all weekend! If you've had your eye on the last two releases, it's the perfect time to purchase a few early Christmas presents for yourself. ;)

Please visit my blog for a full supply list for this card.

11.23.2016

His & Her Holiday Cards with Nina-Marie




Hello crafty friends, it is Nina-Marie here with you today, sharing a set of cards that are perfect for that special him or her on your Christmas list this year!

Most card designs can be adapted to fit either a feminine or masculine feel, and this set is a great example of how simple that can be.

I love making shaker cards, and our Doily Tag die is a perfect window to put in front of an assortment of pretty sequins, don't you think? I started off by die cutting the tag from white cardstock and applied a piece of acetate behind it to be my window. I then cut small strips of foam tape to place around the outside edges of the doily tag die; this creates the shaker well for all the sequins I place inside.

The sequins I used for the shaker are from the Phosphorescence and Caribbean Dream mixes from Lucy's Cards, and also the Full of Love mix and Gold sequins from Neat & Tangled.

I popped the shaker up off of a white card base that I embossed with a faceted We R Memory Keepers
embossing folder; the texture on the white card adds the right amount of detail without being distracting.



On both cards I die cut the word "holidays" from white cardstock four times and adhered them together to be more dimensional. For some color and sparkle, I heat embossed them with silver and gold embossing powders from Tonic Studio's Nuvo product line. The holidays die cut and the coordinating sentiments are from Neat & Tangled's Happy Holidays stamp and die set.

To fit the two different genders, I used a red and pink color scheme for the feminine card and green and blue for the masculine version.



Finally, I used some Wink of Stella clear glitter and added it over top of the white card base... the extra shimmer is an optional detail but I think it really adds that perfect finish to the card.



I hope this has inspired you to see how easy it is to switch colors around on a card to make it fit for either a guy or a girl! Thanks so much for spending some time with me today and I will see you again very soon!

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