I Would Travel the World with You, a Fond and Colorful Farewell to Joan Bardee

Friday!  And of we're running a bit behind today, but better late than never.  Really, we just didn't want to have to say goodbye to our guest for this month, Joan Bardee.  We've so enjoyed her work this month, and today is no exception!

Before I share my designs, a very big thanks to Neat & Tangled for inviting me to serve as guest designer for June. It’s been an honor and a treat.
Love Neat & Tangled’s Origami Map stamp and die!  The design is so clever, and there are many different ways to use it (emboss, watercolor, paper piece, etc.). For today’s post, I used two techniques – hand stitching and simple die cutting. I hope you like them!

Hand Stitched

The straight lines of this set make it perfect for a little embroidery. If you decide you want to try this, here are a few hints:
  •  Stamp with a pale ink so that the embroidery floss will cover up the stamped image. I used pale gray ink and 2 strands of floss.
  • With a design this complex, poke only a few holes at a time.  Otherwise, you may inadvertently “annex” some of those small islands or join a few continents (just like I did and had to start over).
  • I did not stitch around the tiny islands -- just one stitch; otherwise the paper would have fallen apart.

  • When you are finished stitching, place the stamp image that comes with the set over your stitched image.  This will help you see where you might have stitched in the wrong place, or omitted some stitches. (I took this picture after I had corrected a few of my errors and the map image showed me exactly what my eye couldn’t see on its own.)
  •  If you need to remove a stitch, cut the floss carefully on top of the stamped image and pull the thread out from the back.  You might have to re stitch a few before and after, but it only takes a few mistakes to get the hang of it.

  • Practice stitching on different types of paper.  You want something that can hold up to the stitching. I used Essentials by Ellen Linen cardstock for this card, and it held up very well.
  • Once the stitching was done, I held my breath and die cut the image. The die is a perfect fit and no stitching was harmed! Whew.  It was a risk, but I love the outcome.  (You cannot stitch near the edges of the image after you die cut the image because the border around the image is narrow.)

  • If this amount of stitching seems overwhelming (it took me about 3 hours), you could stitch just the outline of the continents. 
  • Enjoy. All that stitching was relaxing!

Simple Die Cutting

Unlike the first card, this one took 5 minutes.  Truth!

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


Awesome Thanks Card by Taheerah

Hey everyone, happy Thursday! It's Taheerah here today to share a fun Thanks card that you'll just love!

I hadn't had a chance to play with the Awesome Nice And Neat dies and it was time to change that! I decided I wanted to play about with a dimensional sentiment, minimal stamping, and playing with patterned paper. Sometimes it's great to use up some of those papers you've hoarded, right?

Here's what I came up with:

So happy at how much punch that sentiment packs! I die cut the word from some foam and some yellow patterned paper, adhered them together and added a healthy coating of shimmer on top of the paper! The 'base' of the word die is also cut from a contrasting patterned paper and the two work together so well!

I broke out the So Very Blessed stamp set to add the laurels on my panel to frame my sentiment. Thanks to my Mini MISTI I was able to keep everything lined up and in the right place!

The companion sentiment was made from selectively inking one of the sentiments in the Scandinavian Prints stamp set, and just works perfectly as a little accent! I used one of the stamps from the set to embellish my bottom right corner too, and another to frame my main sentiment too!

I hope you loved this card as much as I loved creating it! It's just perfect for saying thanks to someone awesome, wouldn't you say? Thanks for stopping by!



You're My Cup of Coffee

As you all know, my Neat & Tangled teammate Amy Tsuruta runs several Coffee Lovers Blog Hops throughout the year and the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is on now through Friday! I made this card for my entry, using the Journaling Alpha Dies (which, I'm totally addicted to) and Perfect Blend stamps and dies.

I stamped each of the latte art with a different neon ombre ink and curved the smaller part of the sentiment around one of the cups, which leads into the final part of the sentiment. To finish, I added some splatter with four colours of mist and three sequins that coordinate with the latte art.

Please visit my blog for a full supply list. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Flower Stenciling with Scandinavian Prints

Hi Dear Friends!

Daria here, and for today's post I again played with Scandinavian prints stamps dies. I just can't get enough of them.

I made a card, and then decided to show you how it all came together, so I have made similar one , but in other color and shoot it all on a video.  I really like how modern and graphic they turned out.

I have also made a video showing how it all come together, but, unfortunately, my laptop failed on me... I hope to fix it really soon, and show you the process. Meanwhile, here is a step by step explanation:

1. Die cut flower shaped die from Scandinavian Prints Nice and Neat Dies several times from heavy-weight cardstock to create your own stencil
2. Apply ink usink applicator and any time of ink you like (I choose Distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers colors)
3. Stamp flower centers and leave shape from Scandinavian Prints Stamp Set in contasting black ink.
4. To finish up, die-cut asentiment using Awesome Nice and Neat Dies (I am seriosly in love with these two dies, we definitely need more of this kind (wink); and foam monted it on a card.

Easy? Hope you liked it :)

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Sending hugs your way. And don't forget: You are Awesome!


Supplies used:

Products used:
Scandinavian Prints - Stamp Set
Scandinavian Prints - Nice and Neat Dies
Awesome - Nice and Neat Dies


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