Winter cards with December Guest Designer - Jenn Shurkus

I have had so much fun sharing some cards with you this month, I hope they have inspired you and you find some time to create soon!
If you haven’t noticed by the other cards I have shared with you, I LOVE Distress Inks. There is just so much you can do with them and I find myself using them a lot! I recently organized my ink blending tools for both regular Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks so they are more convenient to use. I find because of this I not only use the inks more, but I also experiment more with different techniques and color combos. You can see how I did so here in this post. ( link: https://shurk.us/organize-distress-handles )


Today I wanted to share two cards with you, and even though Christmas is over, I think both of these could be sent throughout the winter!

Sending Winter Wishes


For this card I started with the background on Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Using the “Fa La La” Stencil I spread Ranger Texture Paste through it, while still wet I sprinkled gold embossing powder on it, and then heat embossed it.

For the little houses I die cut out the “Warm Winter Scene” Cover Plate out of Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I watercolored each of the houses and trees with regular Distress Ink.


On the background I watercolored some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink towards the top, that will eventually be the sky.

I arranged the houses across the card with various heights of foam tape.

I white embossed the sentiment “Sending Winter Wishes” from the “Stay Cool” set on black cardstock.


For some finishing touches I created a ground, snowy roof tops and snow on the trees with white liquid applique. I also added a touch of chunky glitter.

You’re COOL


For this card I started by stamping, Copic coloring and die cutting out images from the “Stay Cool” stamp set. I then ink blended the background on the smooth side of Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Distress Oxides ( Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet).

I cut out 2 stitched hillsides, and arranged them onto the background. I then added the images.

Using Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide, I stamped some snowflakes around the background.

Once I determined where the word “COOL” was going to go, I used a powder tool and dusted the card background to stamp and white emboss “I think you’re cool”.


I then used a quickie glue pen and some Prisma glitter to add some sparkle to the trim of their coats, and the centers of the snowflakes.

I used a glue tube along the hillsides and where the characters were standing and added chunky glitter there.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for following me along this month, and Danielle and Miriam for having me as a guest designer. I had a wicked fun time and hope to see you over on my site soon! www.shurkus.com
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Head on over to the store - we hope you're able to pick up something you've been wanting!
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Design Team Introductions - Part 2

Hi friends!  we're back today with a couple more introductions for you, although these ladies don't really need much of an introduction, they've both guested for Neat & Tangled in the past and we're so happy to have them on board as team members for 2019.

First, please welcome Carly Tee Minner!


Hi! I'm Carly Tee and I'm so, so happy to being joining the Neat & Tangled team! I love crafting, cookies and chocolate-covered gummy bears! I'm married to pretty much the best guy ever, who brings me cookies and supports all my crazy crafting. We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest outside of Seattle with our pup Ellie.

Here are a couple of projects Carly has created featuring Neat & Tangled:



Next we're welcoming Carissa Wiley.  Carissa will be sharing a monthly video feature with us in 2019.


I am a lover of all things paper crafting. I have been teaching and sharing both online and in person since 2009. I have shared my handmade creations through online video tutorials, blogs and publications. I love teaching and empowering others to create their own one of a kind paper crafting projects.  I have many passions outside of paper crafting. I am a wife, mother of three, with a day job as a registered nurse in postpartum, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. I live in a small town in the Central Valley of California, where I grew up. I love the small town life. I also love watching my children compete in water polo, cheer and baseball. I would drive to the ends of the earth (and I often do) just to watch them do their thing.

And here's a look at some of her previous work using Neat & Tangled:



Are you as excited as we are to have these ladies joining us in 2019?  
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Design Team Introductions Part 1

On Monday we said farewell to some cherished design team members.  Today and tomorrow we're welcoming some new teammates for 2019.

First, we are so excited to have Mindy Eggen joining us for 2019. 


Here's a little more about Mindy:

Art and paper crafting has been in my blood since grade school and hasn’t slowed down. I have a very supportive husband and we have two wonderful children together. My daughter Ali loves crafting as much as me and Dalton who is autistic and no surprise loves to color and paint like mommy! My medium of choice is Copic markers but the real fun comes with creating backgrounds and watching the card take on a personality when it all comes together. My style ranges anywhere from intense background to clean and simple depending on the mood! The joy these cards bring when given to people is the icing on the cake! When I’m not card making or cuddling with the kids, you can find me scrapbooking or catching up on Netflix.

And we thought we'd share some of Mindy's projects featuring Neat & Tangled so you get a taste of what to look forward to this year:



Next we're thrilled to be welcoming Koren Wiskman to the team.  


Here's a little bit about Koren:

Hello. My name is Koren Wiskman, but many people call me Kori. I am a wife and mother of 3 of my own children plus my step-daughter. Our house is always full of smiles. I have been crafting forever but I discovered stamping about 15 years ago. Since then, my love for paper crafting has grown into a blog, and YouTube Channel and many many crafty friends all over the world. I love Neat & Tangled products and I hope I can inspire you to create some fun projects using really great supplies.

And here are a some projects Koren has created using Neat & Tangled:




Are you excited to see more from Mindy and Koren?  We definitely are!  Please give a warm welcome to these ladies!  We'll be back tomorrow with a couple more introductions.
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Merry Christmas: Spotlight Scene with Kelly Latevola

Merry Christmas Crafters! 

I was going to share this card earlier in the week but it was just just perfect for Christmas Day. 


Our Nativity Play and Christmas Pageant sets are perfect to build a scene with. I decoded to create a play recreating the reason for the season. This card went to my little's teacher along with a little gift for her.  


I stamped and masked all of my characters using copic safe ink because I knew I was going to be doing lots of coloring. Since the point of the card is to create the kids in a play I wanted a very strong "spotlight" effect. Which is easy to do with some masking paper and distress inks. 


I masked all my characters to protect them then used more masking paper to create my spotlight. I first put the masking paper o the outside of the triangle and lightly blended in salty ocean for the sky. Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy were used to make a light ground.  

To make the spotlight really pop I removed the masking tape from the outside edge of the triangle and completely covered the inside of it. Basically all the light areas you see in the card were covered with masking paper. 

I added even more distress ink to the background in various colors creating a night sky and darker ground outside of the triangle. This way those areas would look shadowed. 


I  spattered on some white paint before I removed the masks to give it a night sky look. My characters were colored using copic markers and a white gel pen for added details. The "rope" the star is hanging from too. Lastly I finished up the card by heat embossing my sentiment in gold. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas! 

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Neat & Tangled NATIVITY PLAY
Neat & Tangled NATIVITY PLAY
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CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
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Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
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EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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Ranger MINI ROUND FOAM REFILLS for Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger MINI ROUND FOAM REFILLS for Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Copic Sketch Marker RV06 CERISE
Copic Sketch Marker RV06 CERISE
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Copic Sketch MARKER E99 BAKED CLAY
Copic Sketch MARKER E99 BAKED CLAY
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Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
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Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
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Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
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Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
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Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
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Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
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Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker C1 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER C3 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER C5 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER 100 BLACK
Copic Sketch MARKER 100 BLACK
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Copic Sketch MARKER BG72 ICE OCEAN
Copic Sketch MARKER BG72 ICE OCEAN
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Copic Sketch Marker BG75 ABYSS GREEN
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Copic Sketch MARKER BG78 BRONZE
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 YELLOW GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker YG93 GRAYISH YELLOW
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Copic Sketch Marker YG95 PALE OLIVE
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Copic Sketch Marker YG97 SPANISH OLIVE
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Copic Sketch MARKER YG99 MARINE GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker V04 LILAC
Copic Sketch Marker V04 LILAC
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Copic Sketch Marker Y08 ACID YELLOW
Copic Sketch Marker Y08 ACID YELLOW
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker
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Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN'S EGG BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN'S EGG BLUE
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Copic Sketch Marker W1 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch Marker W1 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER W3 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER W3 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch Marker W5 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch Marker W5 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch Marker E23 HAZELNUT
Copic Sketch Marker E23 HAZELNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker E25 CARIBE COCOA
Copic Sketch Marker E25 CARIBE COCOA
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Copic Sketch Marker E27 MILK CHOCOLATE
Copic Sketch Marker E27 MILK CHOCOLATE
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Copic Sketch Marker R29 LIPSTICK RED
Copic Sketch Marker R29 LIPSTICK RED
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Copic Sketch Marker Y02 CANARY YELLOW
Copic Sketch Marker Y02 CANARY YELLOW
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Copic Sketch Marker B93 LIGHT CROCKERY BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker B93 LIGHT CROCKERY BLUE
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Copic Sketch MARKER b95 LIGHT GRAYISH COBALT
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Copic Sketch Marker B97 NIGHT BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker B99 AGATE
Copic Sketch Marker B99 AGATE
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLUEPRINT SKETCH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CHIPPED SAPPHIRE
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CHIPPED SAPPHIRE
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Judikins Eclipse ART MASKING TAPE
Judikins Eclipse ART MASKING TAPE
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Copic Sketch MARKER YR24 PALE SEPIA
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Jillibean Soup WITTY WHITE Happy Hues Acrylic Paint
Jillibean Soup WITTY WHITE Happy Hues Acrylic Paint
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Dreamweaver 3/8 inch STENCIL BRUSH
Dreamweaver 3/8 inch STENCIL BRUSH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN
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We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
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Copic Sketch MARKER b04 TAHITIAN BLUE
Copic Sketch MARKER b04 TAHITIAN BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker B00 FROST BLUE
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C-Thru T SQUARE RULER
C-Thru T SQUARE RULER
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Copic Sketch Marker E15 DARK SUNTAN
Copic Sketch Marker E15 DARK SUNTAN
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT
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Copic Sketch MARKER BG09 BLUE GREEN
Copic Sketch MARKER BG09 BLUE GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker E13 LIGHT SUNTAN
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Copic Sketch Marker V20 WISTERIA
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Copic Sketch Marker V22 ASH LAVENDER
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Copic Sketch Marker V25 PALE BLACKBERRY
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Hero Arts GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER
Hero Arts GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE
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