Hi friends!  It's been so hot here that I thought I'd channel some cooler weather and pull out my Oak Leaf stamps and dies.  

I started by cutting some thin strips of cardstock and coloring them with Copics in autumnal colors (RV69, RV66, Y38, YR07, R37, and E15).  I opted for Copics because I couldn't find just the right shades of actual cardstock. 

The strips were adhered to a white cardstock panel and then using the outline die from the die set, I cut an oak leaf shaped opening in the panel.  The sentiment was then stamped using the help of my MISTI, and I added some gold splatter as well.

Meanwhile, I used the detailed oak leaf die to cut three leaves which were stacked/adhered together.  The entire piece was then adhered to the card base and the striped panel was popped up over the card base.

That's all for me today.  It's going to be another scorcher here - hope you're staying cool wherever you are!

Introducing our July Guest Designer - Lydia Fiedler

We so very excited to be welcoming Lydia Fiedler to the blog today as our July guest designer. She really almost doesn't need an introduction as she's a very familiar face in the industry, but here's a little more about her:

My name is Lydia Fiedler, and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two tiny feline overlords, Maddie and Splotchy. I'm employed full time as the Community Manager of Splitcoaststampers, and also do lots of freelance work in social media and marketing. I've been stamping since my early teen years, and still find more wonder and delight in paper arts every day. It's a joy to be a part of such a creative industry. I describe my style as CAQ - clean and quirky - and when I'm creating, I usually have a small black cat perched on my shoulders, and a true crime podcast playing. My favorite thing about papercrafting is that I believe it allows me to serve others in that small, magical way that only sending a handmade card to someone can do. I blog at www.understandblue.blogspot.com and I'm understandblue on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

We know you're going to love seeing what Lydia creates this month.  Here she is with all the details about this week's card:

Hey everyone! I'm thrilled to be a guest of Neat & Tangled this month. I met Danielle a few years ago, and have an immense amount of respect and affection for her, so her amazing stamps and dies are really just a bonus on top of our friendship. She's seriously an awesome person.

Anyway - let's talk about today's card. A lot of people when they create art, they listen to music, or stream their fave Netflix shows. I can't do that. Visual content and music are very distracting for me for some reason, but I have found that audiobooks and podcasts are perfect. I can concentrate on the story and also they keep me from overthinking my projects because I am sort of engrossed in the story.

My favorite genre is non-fiction, especially true crime, and I love the True Crime Sweden podcast, because the host gives a fun fact about Sweden at the end of every episode. A recent episode's fun fact was the Dala Horse, which I used on my card today. I fell in love with these little horses as a child - my next door neighbor was my pastor, and he was Norwegian, and had all sorts of Scandinavian art in his home, included Dala horses. 

I love Scandanavian design in general, and these little horses epitomize the best of that design. I love the clean lines of this stamp & die, so I kept it simple with Copic coloring and a white gel pen. I used the Lucky Stars die to add some sparkle.  The sentiment is from the Magnolia set.

I hope you have a great weekend! If you want to see my favorite podcasts, I have them all listed here

Stamping reflections on water with Bibi + Later Alligator stamp set

Hello everyone,  It's Bibi here and today I'm sharing a video -post with easy tips to stamp images reflected on the water.

You can use the technique explained in the video below to stamp images under the water and with the tips in the video, you will also be able to stamp images reflected on any glossy surface by swapping the colour of the background.

For today, I'm using sweet images from Later Alligator Stamp set and I also used Snake Scales Stencil from the July release by Neat and Tangled.

To colour the card I used water-based products such as markers ( Zigs) and Distress Oxide inks and coloured pencils to add darker or lighter areas and to apply colours to tiny parts of the images.

I hope you like it !

Many hugs  and happy crafting 

Have a snappy birthday (with Elena)

Hi there!

Elena here, with a fun birthday card featuring some cuties from our newest release:

All 3 of the gators from Later Alligator are here for the party! I also added some of the smaller images from the set. A little bird to perch on top of a gator's snout, a fish balloon, a crawling snail and the frog stuffed animal.

To color the gators, I used copic markers YG11, YG13 and YG67 for the main green of the bodies. I then colored the scales with the darkest color, YG67. The tummies were colored with a trio of yellow copic markers: Y000, Y17 and Y11.

Once I had all of the images colored, I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a kraft banner flag. I then created a frame around them all using the largest scalloped rectangle die from the Scalloped die collection. I cut into it using an oval die from Lawn Fawn and voila! A custom frame.

I used a subtly dotted patterned paper behind the gators, and another striped one on the card base.  Nothing too bold, since I wanted the images to really pop.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!


Video Tutorial - Coloring Hair using Copic Markers with Mindy Baxter

Hi there everyone! It's Mindy from My Creative Scoop, and I have another Copic Marker Tutorial to share with you all!  I am using the stamp set Mermazing and also it's coordinating Mermazing Nice and Neat Dies. I just had to pair this mermaid up with the new Hello Summer Stamp Set and Hello Summer Die Set. I seriously cannot get enough of these layering script dies. I LOVE them! 

One of the most popular questions I get asked when coloring with Copic is coloring hair. So many people struggle coloring hair and I think it's one of the funnest parts to color. The trick to coloring hair is, to leave white in between the the strands so you can have natural looking highlights. 

In the video I'm showing you the simplest way to color blonde hair and still getting so much texture -- and it literally takes me just a few minutes. Of course you can spend a little longer on your hair and get a 'neater' look if that's the look you're going for -- but quick and easy is always great, too. Plus, it's way less intimidating! 

I'm coloring using E40, E41, E42 E43 and E44. You can do this exactly the way I'm coloring using ANY coordinating color combo. I also have tons of Hair Tutorials over on My Creative Scoop, that you can check out!

The background was super fun to make, I'm using my Neat and Tangled Hexastar Stencil and Nuvo Plum Glitter Paste!

I hope you enjoyed this months video. Have a great day!


July 2018 Giveaway Winners!

Hello friends!

Dropping by to announce last week's giveaway winners!

If you were a winner please send me an email at danielle@neatandtangled.com  to claim your goodies! Please include your mailing address and which day you won!

Day 1: Life's A Game

Day 2: So Foxy  + Snake Scales

Day 3:

$25 Gift Certificate: Day 3 Elena's Blog

Neat and Tangled Throwdown - Crafting With Compassion

Hello friends! Happy Friday!  We're really excited about today's post!  For the last several years we hosted a bi-weekly and then monthly challenge called Little Tangles.  Although we elected to discontinue that this year, we still wanted to host periodic challenges because we love to see what you guys create using Neat & Tangled.

These quarterly challenges are more complex and bigger, and by bigger we are also referring to the prizes!

Our first challenge was the Party Ensemble challenge, and it was so much fun! We hope this one will be too!

In keeping with the theme of yesterday's post , this challenge is about helping others.  I shared my family's story, about my dad's struggle with CRPS and what I'm doing to help. Chari Moss created this eye catching card using our new fundraising Celebrate You products! 

I know that many of you have had your own personal experiences that have made particular causes and charities near and dear to your heart! This challenge is a chance for you to share what matters to you! 

Here are the details:

1) Create any project - card, scrapbook layout, etc.and write a blog post to accompany it.  In your blog post, tell us about a charity or cause that matters to you. It is not required, but if you feel comfortable, share your story about why it has meaning to you.  You never know why you might help through sharing! Submit your entry through the Inlinkz tool below. When linking, please link to the specific blog post, not your entire blog.
2) Link back to the challenge blog and display the challenge graphic in your post.
3) Neat & Tangled products must be the focal point of your project.  You can use products from other companies, but Neat & Tangled products should be the star.
4) You may enter as many times as you would like.
5) You have until Tuesday, July 31st at 11:59 EST to enter
6) Winner will not be chosen at random, but rather will be judged based on creativity and the content of your blog post.

And what is the prize you ask? Three (3) winners will be chosen, and Neat and Tangled will make a $100 donation to the charity mentioned in your blog post. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, we will work together to find one that best fits your cause! Winners will also receive a prize pack of new Neat and Tangled products. 

Are you up to the challenge?  We certainly hope so!  Good luck, we can't wait to see what you all create!


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