Spreading Some Light + a Sale

Hello friends,

I truly hope you are doing well.

I know things right now are quite upside down for most of us, and I hope you are starting to find a rhythm in your days.

Our little family has been hunkered down at home for just about the last 3 weeks, and we've spent that time adjusting and finding our new normal schedule with working at home, and home schooling our 3 young kids.  It's been interesting to say the least!

With all that is going on, I didn't feel quite right offering a new release for the month of April.  Tackling a new release seemed like it would just be too much on my plate, and I didn't need to add to any more craziness.

Traditionally, I've done an April Fool's Sale on the 1st of the month, but that didn't seem right either. But I did still want to offer something for this month.

I know things are weird and uncertain for everyone right now, but hopefully this sale can be a bright spot, and offer you the chance to get some new crafty supplies to help you pass the time, stay creative, and send happy mail to those you love!


The sale is good on your entire order, even sale items. It can only be applied to what is in stock, and cannot be combined with other codes. 

Please keep in mind, that right now it's just me hand packing each and every order (in addition to my new job as teacher! haha) So I just ask for patience with the ship times. I'll move as efficiently as I can. The best you can do, is create an account during checkout. That way you can sign in and check the status of your order at any time.  As soon as it ships that information gets updated!

I have set no end date for the sale.  I know for us here in Delaware, at the moment May 15th is the soonest we are able to return to school and work. And so, as long as I am able, I'll just keep the sale going.

Keep spreading your light! Keep crafting! Keep creating! Keep sharing!

I've also been working with Robbie to create some fun freebies for you, so I'll be back next week with those!

xo,
Danielle


Sending Love with Koren Wiskman


Hello everyone. Koren here today. I have another love card for you. I always say, "love ins't just for February". We should spread love all year long. So that's what I'm doing today, with the Neat & Tangled Mail Background stamp, Love Notes, and Jump for Joy stamp sets.

I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Classic Crest cardstock cut to size 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I loaded it and the Neat & Tangled Mail Background stamp into my Original MISTI. I stamped the background onto multiple panels to have extra to cut apart. I then cut the panels down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4.

I traced with a thick black marker onto the panel that I used to cut the bottom and the top pieces from. I took one background and decided where I wanted to cut to create and interesting background for my focal image to be in. I wanted it to feel like he was jumping, sliding, playing, whatever you think of, inside the pile of love mail.


Once the two parts where traced out, I simply used my scissors to cut them out. I then went back in with the same black marker to brush the edges of the cut out pieces with black ink.

Before adhering the pieces together I used my alcohol markers to color them. I have listed the markers used on this card below in the color map.



To create the background I used one full mail background, then a piece of vellum to dull the intensity of the color. On the vellum piece, I stamped the motion lines onto the vellum layer using black pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I added the top and bottom cut out pieces with foam tape to pop them up.

The sentiment was cut using the "love" die from the Neat & Tangled Love Notes Dies, cut from black and white cardstock. I cut the "love" word die four times and layered them together with liquid adhesive. Then placed them on the black shadow using the same adhesive. The "sending" sub-sentiment was stamped with embossing ink and white heat embossed. I used my paper trimmer to cut it down into a strip.

The bunny was popped up using an action wobble within the action marks previously embossed on the vellum.

I hope that I've inspired you to share some love in a creative way.

Koren


Good Vibes Only with Cheiron


Hi crafty friends! It's Cheiron here, hope you are all keeping healthy and safe. I have been working from home the past two weeks and cooking A LOT 😉I've also been cleaning and organizing in my studio a bit each day, and while I've been going through my stamps, I've pulled out a few sets I have not used in a while, so I can show them some love. Today I have a trio of cards that I made using Alcohol Ink backgrounds. I've been experimenting with them a ton this week, and love trying out different color combos. I've combined these backgrounds with one of my favorite Neat and Tangled sets of all time, Good Vibes. For me, this sentiment says it all - it can be for an occasion (thinking of you, under the weather) or no occasion at all. All I know is we could all probably use some good vibes right about now!


To make these cards, I cut sheets of 5 x7 Ranger Yupo paper in half (3 1/2 x 5) and created a bunch of backgrounds. The finished size of these cards is 4 x 5 1/2. For the first card, I created a very light Alcohol Ink Background that covered the entire panel using Gumball, Lemonade, Mojito and Laguna Alcohol Inks. I put the inks on my glass mat, added some Alcohol Ink Blending Solution and swiped the panel through. Once the panel was dry, I stamped the 'sending' in Garden Patina Archival Ink and the 'good vibes' with Jet Black Archival Ink. I mounted the panel onto a black mat, then onto a white card then added 3 Sophisticated Enamel Dots to the bottom of the card.

For my second card, I wanted to leave some white space. I started by putting some blending solution directly on my Yupo paper then added Alcohol Inks one at a time and using an Alcohol Ink Air Blower before adding the next color. I used Dijon, Gumball and Rosewood for this one. I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment and added some coordinating colors to the letters with a waterbrush.

This last one is probably my favorite of the set. I used the same technique as the second card, using Moss, Monsoon, and Laguna Alcohol Inks, using the Air Blower in between each color add and the Foundry Alloy which I feel is a wonderful mix of silver and gold. I stamped the sentiment in Cobalt Archival Ink, mounted it onto some gold cardstock, then onto Soft Navy cardstock and added a few Sophisticated Enamel Dots.

These types of cards would be easy to replicate with any colorful backgrounds- Distress Ink, watercoloring, pattern stamping...I hope you give it a try and get some Good Vibes of your own in the mail!

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Patterned Butterfly Card with Daria

Hello-hello Awesome People!

Daria here. Today, I am playing with Grateful Heart stamp and Butterfly Beauties die. And I have a very simple to make yet brightful card. 



I started with stamping a small bud from Grateful Heart stamp set. Then, I coloured it with pencils and markers.


I die cut a butterfly on a white panel using a Butterfly Beauties die, added a sentiment and foam mounted the panel on top of my colouring. The sentiment is from the same Grateful Heart stamp set. I like the font. 


This simple design can give you so many different looks. You may add any type of small stamp inside for colouring, or even use a background stamp. To make it even faster, just add a pattern paper behind the die-cut butterfly.



Hope you like these simple idea and will give it a try. 

xoxo

D.

Alcohol Lift Ink with Mindy Eggen

Welcome everyone!


I did a little playing one weekend with alcohol inks and had a bunch of backgrounds. I took one of those backgrounds, and stamped the new Butterfly Beauties onto it with Alcohol Lift Ink.


After dabbing away the lift ink from the background, I'm left with this ghostly image and it's so beautiful!


I trimmed the panel down to 3 3/4" x 5" and added to a white card base.



This was really a quick card to put together but has amazing results.



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No Line Colored Pencil Butterfly Beauties with Kelly Latevola

Hello Crafters! 

I've really been feeling the colored pencils lately. 
They are still a little bit of a struggle for me but it's getting better with practice. I decided to tackle no-line coloring with them since it's been so long. 


I started with the butterfly on the left. I stamped that one in black ink and colored it the same way. Coloring the image with lines first helped build up my confidence before I tried it with no lines. 


I stamped in Fadeout Ink and then got to work. A few tips I picked up along the way. First things first, keep your tips sharp. It seems silly but trying to get good blending in small areas requires sharp tips and it's much easier to color in small areas. I recommend starting with them. Instead of doing the entire wing do one segment at a time. 


I try to keep the lines intact as much as possible. What do I mean? 
When I'm coloring segments I try not to do two right next to each other until I'm more comfortable. For example, when I did the wings I skipped segments in between so it wouldn't get blobby and cause me to lose my lines. 


Whether it was this black outline one or the no line butterfly I colored the same way. Use a light hand with multiple layers of color. I like starting with my lightest color, working out to my darkest color, then back to my lightest. The goal is to fill in the fibers of the paper with color to get a smooth blended result. 

You can see the entire process in the video below 


Which butterfly do you like better the no line or the black outline? 
I love how different they look. Makes those coloring possibilities absolutely endless! 


I hope you'll try this technique soon. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! 



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You Are Mermazing with Koren Wiskman


Hello everyone.Koren here today.  I have a card that I made using the Neat & Tangled Mermazing stamp set. This stamp set just so happens to be on sale in the Neat & Tangled online shop as well as its coordinating dies.

To create this summer inspired "mermazing" card I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I used a circle die from my stash to cut a circle into a piece of Avery repositionable label sheet also cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 to make a mask. I gently added the mask to the plain white panel so that I could ink blend a background within the circle mask.

I pulled a scallop stencil from my stash and sprayed the underside of it with Pixie Spray. After a min. or so I applied the stencil to my paper over the mask. To be sure it didn't move I also taped down both the background panel and the stencil with purple tape.

I used Distress Oxide inks in Mustard seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, and Mermaid Lagoon to blend a pretty mermaid inspired background. I used Nuvo blender brushes to blend the inks together.


Once I was done blending the inks in place I knew I wanted to make it sparkle. So once I removed the stencil from the panel I placed my newly ink-blended panel into my splatter box. I hit the panel with my 3 favorite sparkle sprays. I used Imagine crafts Frost and Sparkle shimmer sprays as well as, Hero Arts White Iridescent shimmer spray to make the entire circle sparkle and shine. I gave this panel a few mins to dry before pulling the label sheet back to reveal the finished background.

I stamped the images from Neat & Tangled's Mermazing stamp set with alcohol marker friendly ink onto the same Neenah 110 lb cardstock I used for the background. I used my alcohol markers to color my images. I've created a chart of which markers I used to complete the images.


As for the sentiment, I stamped the "mermazing" sentiment with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. All of the images and this sentiment were cut out using the Brother Scan n Cut. I prefer using dies but sadly I don't have them, so the electronic cutting machine it is. The "you are" sub-sentiment is stamped with Versafine Nocturne Clair ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I popped the background panel onto a light gray card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation. I used white craft foam and tear tape adhesive to accomplish that. Then I began to pop up the images, arranging them in a way that was appealing to my eye. I used foam tape to pop them up. Finally I used clear acrylic droplets that I have in my stash to add some water to the scene.


I really like how this card turned out. Of course I always end up coloring my mermaids the same exact way. I need to branch out a little, lol.

I hope that I have inspired you to create something mermazing today.

Koren


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