Scandinavian Prints with Kelly Griglione

Hi Folks! Kelly Griglione here and I'm thrilled to be back again as a guest designer, eager to share a new set of cards all made with the same stamp set! This week I've picked out the super versatile Scandinavian Prints. You could probably make a hundred different cards with this set, as there are so many mix and match elements, but let's take a look at the five I made ...

I started off by stamping a few of the images on a scrap piece of cardstock, knowing I was going to cut a circle out of the pattern I made. I only chose three colors for the solid stamps, and I have to say this is a new color combination for me.

I hung the circle over the edge and trimmed it, along with the edge of the sentiment. Done!

After seeing how quickly the circle came together, I thought I'd see how involved it was to stamp an entire card base in the same pattern. Wouldn't you know, it really only took a couple minutes?! I did have to remind myself to keep moving and don't think too much about it.

One thing I really like about this particular art style is how the solid colors don't have to be inside the black lines. Freedom!

Making my own pattern was such a fun exercise, and I was surprised it all came together without too many spacing issues.

Next I thought I'd go the complete opposite direction and focus on making just one flower. I tend to think of things in a very literal manner, so it always strikes me as kind of funny when I see prints of flowers with stylized leaves at right angles to the stem. But, I kinda like that uneasy feeling, so I made my own perpendicularly-oriented flower. Another first for me!

Because I kept a lot of white space around the flower, I thought it could handle some busyness on the edge, so I cobbled together the edges of the envelope flap from the amazing Doily Envelope. (Be sure to come back next Friday for my biggest post yet ... SIX cards, all from the Doily Envelope die, all different.) If you look closely on the top left section you can see where I've joined two different strips.

I had another flower on a scrap piece of paper that I practiced on, and rather than throw it out I decided to make one more card out of it! Why not!

For this one I stamped the same mint flower heads that I used in the focal image along the edges of a panel, and on the card base I stamped the same leaf in coral along the edges of the card base. Then I noticed that I still had the inside portion of the lace left over from the first card (from where I trimmed off the edges) so I pieced that together behind the edge of the mint panel.

And just to keep it real, I'll share with you the behind-the-scenes ugliness ...

Hahaha, now you know my secret! I used the scraps from last week's family craft night (where one of the kids stamped a dancing bear) to make the panel. You can also see how I pieced together the lacy edges.

For a card that was never meant to be, I kind like how it turned out! Always a good idea to make another card with your scraps if you have a few more minutes before cleaning up.

Different, but coordinating.

For my last card this week, I thought I'd make a fluid background pattern with some more of the elements that I hadn't used yet, along with the little lady from Lumberjack Love. This little lady went through some surgery to remove the antlers from her head, but she's recovered quite well.

To stay within the same Scandinavian style, I colored her in blocks of color (no shading) and repeated the colors throughout her body (her hair, belt and socks are all the same electric green color). Again, I was really surprised how quickly this one came together after I forced myself to not over-think it.

I would honestly love to play for many more days with this set and just keep making different cards. These were so much fun! One thing typically leads to another and before you know it you're down the rabbit hole : )

Thanks for sticking with me and making it to the end : )

Don't forget to stop by next Friday for my final guest appearance where I'll share six different cards all made with the Doily Envelope die. Can't wait for you to see! This is my favorite series yet!!


Squirrel Valentine With Carly Tee

Pink, purple, hearts and squirrels...the ingredients to a card that makes me happy! I'm thrilled to be sharing my first post here on the Neat & Tangled blog!

Today I have a quick video for you, sharing a silly Valentine's card that makes me smile! This card uses some awesome new products like the Heart Duo stencil and Love You die, along with an older goodie, My Favorite Nut.

Crafty Hugs!



Glitter Dipped Ombré Stamping With Carissa Wiley

Hey everyone!  It’s Carissa Wiley here with you today!  I’m glad you’ve stopped by.

Today I’m going to be sharing some ombré glitter dipped stamping with you. The Just Because stamp set is perfect for this technique, because it’s big and bold and there’s lots of real estate to work with.

I’ll also be adding a little bit of texture to my card base with the new Wonky Chevron Cover Plate die. Using your cover dies to create a debossed design on your card front is a great way to get more miles from your cover dies.

I also layered up several layers of embossing powder over the ombré stamping to give it lots of shine and lock in the glitter I added.  I love the mega watt shine this added to the already beautiful sentiment!

I’ll be walking you through this card in today’s video tutorial, so be sure to check it out. I’ll show you this easy ombré stamping and give you some other tips and tricks along the way. 

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this project. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!



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Sparkly Heart Duo Stencil with Koren

Hello everyone, Koren here.

Today I have a project featuring the NEW Heart Duo Stencil. This card is super simple but packs a major punch.

If you haven't noticed, I am in love with the NEW "love you" word die from the Love You Nice and Neat die set. I have used it on many of my projects recently and today is not exception.

I started with a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth White Cardstock. I used some low tack adhesive tape to gently tape it down to my Tonic Studios Easy Clean Craft Mat. I laid one of the stencils from the Heart Duo on to my paper and taped it down as well. This makes it easier to ink blend, which is what I'm about to do. Using Distress Oxide in Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar, I blended on small amounts of ink, slowly building up the color trying to stay on the left side of each heart blending up towards the right side. I wanted the hearts to have a little dimension and this technique works for me. To blend the inks I used Ranger's blender brush which is small enough to stick to one side of the hearts cut into the stencil.

After ink blending the two shade of Oxide ink, I also used the original Distress Ink also in Tattered Rose to add a little more depth. The original ink is a bit brighter than it's oxide counterpart and almost acts as a deeper shade of the same color. I removed the the first stencil and added the second stencil being sure to place it where I could see some overlapping of hearts. I did the exact same technique with the second stencil as I did with the first. Once I filled up my entire card front, I set it aside to dry.

The hearts looks beautiful just as they were, but I wanted to had a bit of shine to them as well. This could be done in many ways. I chose to use Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. To do this. I placed the same stencil onto my background to cover some of the hearts that I had just ink blended. I made sure to tape it down again. I don't want my stencils to shift and move while applying the gel. I used a ranger stencil spatula to add a generous, but even amount of paste onto my panel. I did this twice, making sure the first application was completely dry before arranging my stencil a second time. Let me tell you, this stuff is gorgeous! It shines like diamonds when it's dry. I couldn't stop staring it at, much like a diamond ring, you want to move it and watch the light reflect off of it for way too long.

I couldn't bear to cover up this gorgeous background, but I needed to add a sentiment. So, I decided to cut the "love you" word die from the Love you Nice and Neat Die Set from Tonic Studios Burnished Rose Cardstock. This cardstock is a beautiful rose gold foiled cardstock the adds even more shine. I cut it four times from the same rose gold cardstock and layered them together using Lawn Fawn Glue Tube Liquid Adhesive. To adhere it to my panel, I used the Tombow Extreme Adhesive Tabs in clear so that you would not be able to see the adhesive. These tabs don't have a ton of dimension but enough for this application.

The background was trimmed down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 and placed onto a Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock card base. It is popped up using white craft foam and double sided adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed my project to today and that it inspires you to create your own sparkly valentine for someone you love.



an elephant tutorial with Elena

Hi there!

Elena here with a little tutorial on how to stretch your stamps. The newest release features this sweet elephant, but I want to show you how to remove the swinging girl so that the elephant can be used on his own.

First of all, you need to ink up your stamp, but wipe away the part of the trunk where the string is:

Next, you will want to die cut the image:

For the last step, you'll need to use a black pen (I used a copic multi-liner pen so that I could safely use copic markers to color the elephant afterwards) to draw in the missing lines.

Then, with just a few scissor snips, you can break the elephant free from his swinging duties:

It's a simple way to be able to use your elephant in a new way! I have him blowing hearts for Valentine's Day, and the XOXO sentiment from Just Because sends extra hugs and kisses to the recipient.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!


January 2019 Release Week Wrap Up!

Hello friends! I can't believe release week is over already - they always go too fast!

Thank you all so much for the excitement and positivity over our new release! Our designers shared some truly amazing projects with you, and I hope you are feeling inspired. All new items are now available in the shop!

We are so happy to offer a January 2019 release bundle this month - where you can purchase all new January items with one click at a discounted rate - 15% off!

Take a look at these beautiful cards from Daria using some of the new products

Here is one more look at all the amazing new products:

Can't wait to see what you all make with these new products! Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using #neatandtangled and on our Facebook page!

Thank you for spending time with us this week!

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