Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled Joy, Warmth & Love

Hey there! Today, I am on the Neat and Tangled blog sharing some holiday inspiration to help get your holiday crafting going! Tis’ the season to get busy crafting! This year I’m hoping to get a little more crafty with my present wrapping too, so I’m looking forward to that. Hopefully, I find enough time to do so. Anyways, today I decided to reach for some non-holiday stamps to match with my holiday stamps to create this card today. We all have limited crafting budgets, so it’s not always reasonable to buy stamps for every season! So, I thought it would be great to share with you an idea of creating a Christmas wreath using the flourish from the Magical Day mini stamp set.

I personally love the Magical Day stamp set for the adorable unicorn, but the flourishes are perfect for any occasion! There are two in the set, so I just picked one and stamped it 8 times, colored them all with copic markers, and then die cut it all with the coordinating Magical Day dies.

I wanted the wreath to frame a large sentiment, and the Wishing You Love stamp set was perfect for this idea. I looked for a circle die that was large enough to include the entire sentiment, but not bigger than my A2 size. I then die cut the circle out of a piece of kraft card stock and begin adding the flourshing around the outer circle with adhesive.

For my sentiment, I chose to use a red cardstock to match the little berries on the wreath, and heat embossed it in white right in the center. To add a bit more interest to the card, I also added white watercolor splatter on both the kraft and red panels. Watercolor is still a little transparent (compared to using something like acrylic) so when the larger splatters dries, it leaves this interesting white ring. I thought that was a fun end result and I loved it.

When assembling, I elevated the kraft panel with foam tape. Then, using jute twine, I added a little bow to the bottom of the wreath. Now, thinking back, I think I could have also added little bells to it too. That would totally be super cute too! Nevertheless, I do love how well this card turned out. Hope you enjoy the little bit of holiday inspiration and look forward to seeing what you make!




Spellbinders November Inspirational Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Spellbinders November Inspirational Blog Hop! You should have arrived here for Laurie’s blog, but if you started here or been hopping your own way, you can find the full list of the blog hop below to guide you. Without further ado, let’s get this party started!

The November release four new collections: Chantilly Paper Lace, Cool Vibes, Four Seasons, and Love Set Match. Each of these collections so incredibly unique! Today, I will sharing with you 2 projects that I created using the Four Seasons and Love Set Match collections.assembling my leaves all around the wreath in a variety of directions.

This card was a fun project created with the Reaction Love Set Match Set. The chemistry theme brought me back to college when I took organic chemistry classes (yuck!). I thought about creating a chalkboard look by heat embossing witht he image and sentiment onto black cardstock. Then I used some Prismacolor colored pencils to add lots of color to the images at the sentiment.

With my white colored pencil, I drew lots of molecular structures all over the background. I also took out some wood print paper and trimmed 4 pieces to create a faux frame for my chalkboard. My frame was put together with foam tape.

Any chemistry lover would love this card! Plus, the puns in this set is absolutely adorable.

And finally, my last and favorite card in today’s post! I die cut all these little snowflakes from the Shareabilities Wreath Elements Etched Dies. Do you see the little embossing in some of the snowflakes? Love them. I ran my die through my Platinum 6 Die Cutting machine 4-5 times.

I blended the outer edges of a piece of bristol board with Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China. I used the same ink colors to add splatters. Then, I heat embossed the large sentiment ‘wishing you’ from ME Wishing You set in silver right in the center of the card. I heat embossed the second part of the card on Blu Raspberry card stock and trimmed it down to a thin strip.

Now that I have all the pieces, I adhered the various snowflakes all around the large sentiment, and trimmed out any excess hanging off the edge. Then I adhered the thin strip of sentiment with foam tape below the large sentiment.

Hope you enjoy all the cards I have shared today! Now it’s time to head on over to Simon’s blog!



To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, November 26th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

There’s more! I will also draw a winner from my blog to win a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders. Please comment on my blog by Sunday, November 26th 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, november 27th.

Blog Hop List

Jennifer Mcguire
Becca Feeken
May Sukyong Park
Yana Smakula
Jenn Shurkus
Debi Adams
Taheerah Atchia
Stephanie Low
Laurie Willison
Keeway Tsao
Simon Hurley
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Schmidlin
Tiffany Solorio
Nicole Picadura


Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink November Release Week Day 5

Hi again! We’re on the last day of Papertrey Ink November Release project previews before all products are live tomorrow. Hope I’ve given you a good taste of the versatility of these products, or provided a little crafty inspiration your way. I have one last pair of cards today to share with you!

This card features the new This Just In set and Sunburst stencils designed by our sweet Dawn McVey. These two products coordinate perfect together, and also is versatile standalone. Her creativity really shined in this set! There’s several sentiment choices, all uniquely put together to be stamped this large radio microphone. It’s a great addition for masculine cards too!

Admittedly, I didn’t get super creative with this card. I just enjoyed using it as it’s intended so I die cut the shape out and begin stamping all the various pieces of this radio and its matching sentiments. Continuing the bright color theme, I then used the sunburst stencils and blended on the various yellow, orange, and red inks.

I used the Berry Sorbet dye ink to stamp the various sounds bolts around the microphone. I did a little double offset stamping on them to create a little movement. It’s breaking news so it needs to be attentive!

Next up, I went for a clean and simple design featuring the Direct Messages stamp set designed by Lizzie Jones, These sentiments no doubt are great additions to any card. I wanted to play with the pattern a little bit and make an eye-catching simple design so I stamped the ‘hello, beautiful’ message multiple times slightly off the edge in various colors from yellow to purple (full list below).

Then I die cut the ‘you’ out of black cardstock three times and layered them together. Now it says “hello, beautiful you.” Before I adhered that down, I added some black watercolor splatter. Every time I splatter, it always feels like a little gamble. Am I going to ruin this card? #yolo. Thankfully, it came out… decent. I was really hoping the spots were a looking darker, but I may have diluted it a little too much. Next time, I’ll use acrylic.

But nevertheless, I was happy with the end results of this card! It’s simple and definitely easy to replicate for more. I could also work in other inks as well for full set!

Well guys, this is it for the November Release week! I am happy that you’ve joined me through the days and hope you enjoyed all the projects leading up to release. However, I’m always busy crafting up the next project in the queue, so be sure to check in often. Until then!




My Favorite Things

MFT November Release Replay

Hello there! It’s time for this month’s My Favorite Things post of Release Replay! This month with packed full of cute and adorable critters, and there was one super adorable set that didn’t quite make it into my release posts that I wanted to incorporate in my project today. This set is called Friends in the Forest and features 4 adorable animals and various solid stamp trees.

I also wanted to use some of the smaller sized die cuts from our Die-namics Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the little ones get neglected more often than not! I do love the mod shape, which adds a little special look to a card. When I created this layout, I was thinking about a pinwheel.  I drew some pencil lines across the center of each plane and then approximate the line up of my dies thereafter. Once I have those pieces die cut out, I blended Cracked Pistachio and Broken China distress oxide inks on each one. I also added a bit of splatter with the same ink.

I stamped all my images in Chocolate Brown hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. Then, I die cut them out with the coordinating Die-namics. I also stamped various foliage from the set in Grapesicle dye ink and die cut them out with the coordinating dies as well. It’s such a pretty, soft purple!

I heat embossed my sentiment from the stamp set with Versamark ink and silver detail embossing powder. It fit right perfectly in the little mod rectangle.

And finally, I can start assembling the whole card. I used my outer frame as a guide to adhere all the various backgrounds directly onto the base card. Once that was done, I adhered the trees next. And finally, the frame and critters with foam tape. All finished!

Be sure to check out more projects from participating design team members listed on the MFT blog!


Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink November Release Week Day 4

Welcome back to another day of Papertrey Ink November Release! I have another pair of projects to share with today that showcases two outstanding products from this month’s release. We have here the Window Works dies and Flower Power stamp set!

I’m going to begin with the Window Works die because I’m totally in love with them. There are 4 of these dies total, and they are just beautiful. The stitching, the shapes, and the little ribbon-like embellishments are stunning. I love them so much! This eyelet shaped one was my personal favorite which is why I chose to use it in my project here. I first stamped a sheet of white card stock with the BB: Birch stamp set from this month in Soft Stone. Then, I die cut the window works out of th ecenter. I decided to not pop out the little swirls at the bottom, but I can definitely see replacing them with a gold inlaid would be gorgeous!

I trimmed 2 slim pieces of Soft Stone card stock and adhered right behind the vertical edges. Then in the bottom layer, I blended on some Berry Sorbet approximately where I knew the opening was. I heavily splattered the same ink across the rest of the panel. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment from last month’s Pen & Ink: Christmas Stamp set. The ‘merry & bright’ fit right in!

I wanted to add just a little bit of flowers in the window, so a die cut a pre-printed on from the Make It Market It: Wonderland. Of course, any small flower here would work beautifully! You can see my top panel is elevated with some foam tape for some dimension.

Next, I have a project featuring this fun floral set by Lexi Daly called Flower Power. I was pretty excited to stamp all the pieces up first and then have a little fun arranging them afterwards and figuring out what this will end up as I go. I went for a brown, yellow, pink, purple theme here.

Before I adhered anything down, I added a hint of blended color with Simply Chartreuse on the bottm left and top right corners. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom right. Then I arranged the flowers in the vase with foam tape.

I made a last minute decision to play with my Nuvo drops. I added little drops to the center of the flowers and some surrounding the entire bouquet. I had a little too much fun, but love the extra textures it gave. This was such a fun set! Hope you enjoy today’s projects and just another day more to share before the release in live. See you tomorrow!