Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled Etc Paper Collaboration Hooray

Hello there and happy thursday! This week, the Neat & Tangled team is collaborating with Etc Papers, and we’re showcasing the use of their awesome wood patterned adhesive sheets with Neat & Tangled stamps and dies to create the perfect card! I am always incredibly thankful for opportunities to work with products I haven’t used before, and what really impressed me is the cool wood texture that these adhesive sheets have that really add that extra quality feel to your card.

Birch has always been my go-to favorite wood type, and probably because I like working with softer colors, but I really loved these Etc Papers birch adhesive sheets. They were super easy to use, especially since I didn’t have to make a mess with all the gluing! I used it as the base layer of my card and decided to work with this adorable Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee stamp.

My layout is pretty simple today and works really well with any large stamp that already provide a good coverage of your card. I blended a soft background on smooth white card stock and then die cut a large circle out of it. I then stamped the sentiment ‘It’s Your Birthday’ at the top of the circle. The sentiment was actually all in one line so I broke it up by masking part of the sentiment to stamp it into 2 separate lines.

My image is stamped in hybrid ink and colored with copic markers. I adhered it with foam tape for the layering to finish up the card. Thanks for stopping by!



Altenew,Guest Design

Altenew’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! And welcome to the final stop in Day 2 of the Altenew 3rd Annivesary Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Evelyn’s blog, however, if you need some guidance, a full list of the blog hop is listed below.

I am always thrilled to join Altenew in their adventures. Their incredibly beautiful stamps, dies, and kits are truly one of a kind and I admire their products and innovation every release! To think, they are only on 3! WOW! Happy Birthday Altenew!

Today I am sharing a card with their new Tea Time stamp set and dies. There’s just something about loose illustrations that I’m just attracted to and I absolutely LOVE this set! Also, I am a big tea lover.

I love to watercolor these types of images. I stamped them in black hybrid ink and then started layering watercolors on them. I wanted slightly harsh lines in the shadows to match the illustrations. Once I was done painting, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I wanted a simple background, but in a style that matched my images. That’s when I thought to reach for the painted stripes stamp from the Handmade Tags Stamp Set.  I added a blend of Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Spiced Marmalade distress ink, spritz some water, and stamped down the image into the bottom right corner of the card. I then added a little bit of splatter.

Finally, I can arrange and layer my images. I adhered the florals first so that I knew where I will be stamping my sentiment, and then stamped my sentiment in black hybrid ink. I used my mini MISTI to make sure I get a nice crisp font since I was stamping onto watercolor paper. Then I was able to finish putting everything together with some foam squares.

With this stamp set, you can make so many arrangements of different images since there are so many choices! I can’t wait to send this out for my next afternoon tea with friends.

Thank you for visiting the final stop of the hop! All supplies used in today’s project is listed below. If you’d like to return to any of the previous stops or back to the beginning, head on down to the full blog hop list below.



An anniversary celebration is of course filled with tons of prizes! Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 10 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 11 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.

Blog Hop List

Lydia Evans
Nichol Magouirk
Ellen Hutson LLC
Erum Tasneem
Vincenza Gudor
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Flora Monika Farkas
TaeEun Yoo
Chameleon Pens
Kristina Werner
May Sukyong Park
Evelyn Yusuf
Keeway Tsao <– You are here!


Papertrey Ink

PTI Introducing Lovely Lace Mini Kit

Oh! I’m so excited to be introducing the new Papertrey Ink Lovely Lace Mini Kit this month! There is so much awesomeness packed in this mini kit, I could make different cards for days. Today I will share three projects that I made primarily with this kit.

My first card is clean and simple. I love working with stencils, and I was so excited to start with the lovely lace stencil in the form of a frame. I decided to work with cool tones, so I picked out Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, and Green Parakeet.

I blended each color across the bottom of the card, slightly overlapping each other get a nice gradient, while lightening the touch as I curve off into the edge. I then added a tiny bit of splatter using those same 3 color inks.

I looked for a sentiment die that matched the delicacy of this lacey pattern and decided to go with Scripted dies. Instead of die cutting the sentiment in just white cardstock, I die cut it the same color cardstock as my dye inks! Then I layered them as I glued them together, with the white die cut on top. I tried to take a close shot to show you the details of how it came out. But that hint of interest was absolutely perfect to me to match this clean and simple look!

Supplies Used:

For my next card, I continued to work with the stencils, this time with the lace design full coverage stencil. I first blended a red to pink to white gradient background with the inks Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, and Lovely Lady. To get the stencil design on top of my gradient colors, I used embossing paste across the entire background.  Given how detailed this stencil was, I knew the embossing would look gorgeous!

I don’t work with embossing paste too often, but only because I’m terrible at being patient about it drying. However, I couldn’t resist seeing the beautiful results with this stencil, so I was patient this time around, and it was totally worth it. I wanted to cover the background as little as possible so I die cut ‘celebrate’ out of Web Paints Cuts III out of gold glitter shimmer cardstock once, layered with white cardstock die cuts for thickness.

With such a detailed, busy background, I also decided to add a follow-up sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’ below the celebrate on a strip of Berry Sorbet cardstock. This helped ground the ‘celebrate’ and helped it stand out clearly amongst the busy background.

Supplies Used:

Last up, I am featuring the Lovely Lace stamp set and dies. The intricacy of this die is absolutely stunning! I die cut it twice, once for the center image, and the other one split up in four pieces to fill up the rest of the background as a pattern.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Lovely Lace stamp set in the center. The sentiment is so versatile because you can switch out the small text words for different occasions. So much use for a little stamp set!

As a finishing touch, I added some white acrylic paint splatter. I slimmed down the kraft cardstock by 0.25″ on each side, and adhered it to a white A2 base over fun foam.

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Hope you enjoy today’s post and like each of the different style of cards! There is so much inspiration back on the Papertrey Ink blog and so much more to come over the next couple of weeks, that I hope you tune in each day.


My Favorite Things

MFT April Release Replay

Hello! It’s time for MFT’s Release Replay and we’re excited to revisit some of the April Release products in some new and fun ways!

My card today features the adorable stamp set, Four-Legged Friends. It was the first set to sell out in the release, however MFT is usually quick to restock. If you don’t know already, I’m a dog person. I currently have a 6 month y/o puppy that we adopted in December and love him to bits! So, of course, I was drawn to this cute set!

I first stamped my images in milk chocolate hybrid ink and colored them with copics. I then die cut with coordinating dies. Since I colored my dogs in neutral colors, I knew I wanted a colorful background so I decided to alternate blends of Mermaid Lagoon and Crushed Olive.

The new Blueprints 32 has a thin frame that I die cut out of white card stock, and adhered slanted. I snipped off any parts of the frame that was outside the A2 boundaries. Next, I die cut the letters R-U-F-F with the LLD Stitched Alphabet right out of the blended  background, and inlaid it back with foam tape.

I adhered the dogs in the 4 corners of the card with foam squares. I also heat embossed ‘You Are Pawsome’ from the stamp set in bronze onto Biscotti cardstock and trimmed it down. I adhered that with foam tape right below the letters.

The stitching and depth of those letters are just the right amount of accent I wanted. Hope you like today’s card!

For more inspiration and projects from participating MFT design team members, be sure to head on over to the MFT blog. Always fun seeing all your beautiful creations on social media!



My Favorite Things

MFT April Release New Product Launch

It’s finally time! The MFT April Release is now live, and I have one more card for you this week featuring the Springtime Critters, and many other April products.

I absolutely adore this set and the Springtime Blooms together. The whimsy illustration of this set, just makes it so fun to work with. I had envision this background to be black and white, and only with the frog colored, but as I kept working on this card, things really came together just as I hoped for!

I started with a Steel Grey cardstock and heat embossed these flowers from the Springtime Blooms in white across the card. Then, I die cut one edge with grass edge from the Spring Scene Builder. Next I stamped my images in hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I then die cut with coordinating dies.

For my sentiment, I used the Oval Word Window Frames which fits my sentiment perfectly. I used Cornflower cardstock for the frame, and heat embossed my sentiment in silver over white cardstock.

To assemble it all together, I used the pattern stripes paper at the bottom for the grass. Then I adhered each of the pieces with foam tape, leaving just enough room to curl the edges of the butterflies and the flower.

Hope you enjoy today’s post and have fun shopping! I can’t wait to see what products you guys end up picking and seeing your beautiful projects on social media. Head on over to the MFT Blog for more release products and inspirations from participating design members. All release products are now available at the MFT Store. See you next time!