August Guest Designer: Cristina Kowalczyk!

Yay for Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! To get it started our August guest designer, Cristina Kowalczyk, is back with three fun projects.
t's my last week as a guest designer here, and today I challenged myself to one of my favorite things – seeing how far I could stretch one little stamp set. In this case, Thankful Turkey

First up, I made a tag. I stamped the turkey in the middle of some cardstock and then trimmed around him so that his tail would stick out off the edge. I colored him with Copics, added some patterned paper along the bottom, and attached the ribbon with a staple. The Tiny Attacher is getting a lot of action over my house lately. :)

For the second card, I trimmed out the word "thankful" and then added some scraps. I love looking at my sentiments that way. Remember that you don't have to use the whole stamp. Taking out only part of it give you so many more options. 

And lastly, I used the sentiment it its entirety, but added a few supporting images from You + Me. A simple circle and some solid leaf shapes never looked so good. :) 

A million thanks to Danielle, once again, for letting me play around with her amazing stamps this month! Hope you all found a bit of inspiration! 


Jenn Shurkus: Distress Ink Techniques!

Hi friends!

Our sweet friend, Jenn Shurkus, created a really beautiful card using our Sailmates set and her Distress Inks! It's amazing! Check out the video below and then head over to Jenn's post HERE for more details and to see the card!


Simple Party Card using Photo Booth stamps

Hello everyone! This is Yana again and today I'd like to share a very simple card using Photo Booth stamps and Birthday Bash sequins from Neat & Tangled. And I have a video to show you how my card was done too!


August Guest Designer: Cristina Kowalczyk!

Hello, hello! And happy Friday friends! What better way to kick off your weekend than with some cards by our August guest designer, Cristina Kowalczyk!  She has 3 amazing cards for you today, all using Sailmates! I don't know about you, but I am not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer yet, and these cards are helping me keep it going!
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I'm back! And this week is all about Sailmates. It's such a cute set and so perfectly on trend. 

I made three cards this week. For the first one, I stamped the sailboat image and then used a craft knife to cut out the sails and the boat. Kind of a DIY negative die cut. :) I backed the negative spaces with some strips of paper that seemed nautical-ish. That great little sentiment finished it off. 

On the second card I used the "You keep me anchored" sentiment. I just love the font of it. Tres modern. I watercolored some stripes in various shades of blue and teal, let it dry, and then stamped over it. I used a Zig pen to draw a line connecting the "o" to the anchor. 
 And that sentiment struck again on my last card this week. This time I embossed it on navy paper and popped it up. Underneath, I ran some strings of twine, stapled them in place, and added a few stamped elements that I fussy cut. The striped paper along the bottom was sitting on my desk from the first card so I threw it on, too. Nautical to the max. 

Hope you guys all have a great weekend! Thanks again for letting me join in the fun over here! 

Thank you so much Cristina :)


I have A Lot to Say.

Hey Everyone, it's Amy T here sharing a quick and easy card set.  I was inspired by my friend Laurel Seabrook.

Look at the fun discovery I made...I was THRILLED to see that the A Lot to Say Nice & Neat Die fits on journal cards:

It's such a fun & versatile tool:

I combined it with some punchinella that I used as a mask:

and used the Punchinella stamp:

Here's a quick pic of my card set, they were so speedy quick to put together! 

I teamed up some punchinella with Delicata Gold ink:

This next card uses the same technique, I used a sponge dauber  and selectively inked up the circles.

The next two cards features the Punchinella stamp with white embossing powder:

There you have it...a set of 4 cards that I was able to whip up in a short time!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!


Anchors and (ship's) wheels!

Hello there! Mayuri here to share a card today - I used some of the smaller images from the Sailmates stamp set to create a pretty background ;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2014 DT Post. Anchors and Wheels.

I began by drawing some diagonal guidelines on the card base and stamping the ship's wheel in a combination of Hero Arts Butter Bar and Raspberry Jam mid-tone inks. In between each wheel, I stamped the tiny anchor image with SSS Audrey Blue ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2014 DT Post. Anchors and Wheels.

I also added a few tiny splats of Black Soot Distress Ink, just to break the background up a little. Once the card was dry, I moved on to the focal element. I stamped the tag image from Gifts For You, first on some matching pattern paper, and then on some vellum. I masked off the little hole in the tag so that the sentiment would fit.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2014 DT Post. Anchors and Wheels.
The sentiment comes from the Sailmates set and is stamped in the middle of the tag - I fussy cut both tags out and foam mounted them to the card base. I then stamped the anchor from the Hope Anchors onto a piece of white cardstock and fussy cut that out too before adding it to the card.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2014 DT Post. Anchors and Wheels.

I finished up by brushing some clear Wink of Stella onto the anchor, the sentiment and a small black heart. There's a few Pink Lemonade sequins scattered around too!

Thanks for stopping by ;-)


Pink+Gold Birthday Card

Hello, friends! Today Anna's here. Do you love gold? Before, I could not respond positively to this question. But this season, everything changed, and I covered with the real gold-mania. I like to use gold glitter or other shiny things as bright accents of my projects. And this time I made a card in pink and gold colors.

I used the light pink paper into small polka dots patterns for background, and the glitter tape on the edges.

Than I stamped and cut a tag using stamp of Gifts For You set. Also I used a heat embossing with gold powder on the cake stamp and added a pink hearts. Sentiment is from the Photo Booth set. I really like how you can combine words of this set to create different phrases.

And pink ribbon and enamel dots for accents.

Have a great week!


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