#699 – Gift Bags

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Little Tangles, and this is also the last challenge of the year! Last challenge for me too, as part of the Little Tangles DT! Makes me so sad.. I’m going miss this team! 😦

The theme this time is ‘Gift Giving’.

Well, I’ve never made anything specifically with this theme in mind. Of course, I’ve made lots of cards and stuff, but nothing else. Now, since it is the last time as DT, I thought of creating something that I’ve never made before. I made some simple gift bags πŸ™‚ –

Gift Bags 1

I’ve not used a die here, just made my own bags here – they are relatively simple to make – just the least bit of measurement, scoring and cutting and glue! I’ve used Neat & Tangled products exclusively on these.

Gift Bags 2

This first bag uses Landscape Textures on the base, on which I adhered a layer of vellum on which I heat embossed some sparkling black embossing powder using the image from Warm Wishes stamp. I trimmed the vellum piece and added clear/white rhinestones on the top and bottom.

Gift Bags 3

On this second one, I again used Landscape Textures for the base, alternating the striped pattern with pinks and grays. I also added some tacky glue on some of the pink solid parts, then added some copper leafing.

On this, I added a layer of Doily Tag die cut, the Happy Holiday die cut, which I cut from pink cardstock and added a partial layer of copper leafing, and also a leaf from Flower Medallion Builder, which I heat embossed using copper embossing powder. I also added a few pink pearls along the side.

Gift Bags 4

On this last one, I used distress inks in various shades of green to stamp the tree images from both Winter Wishes and Landscape Textures. I used Winter Wishes combined with the sentiment from Art Deco, which I heat embossed using Verdigris embossing powder. I then trimmed the vellum panel using one of the Scalloped dies and adhered it on.

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I loved these small gift bags – in fact, they have inspired me enough to not buy any bags anywhere, and try to make them myself if I ever were to use one for gifting!! πŸ˜‰ So, I hope they inspire you too!

I am joining the following challenges with these gift bags –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #271: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Lesia Zgharda: December Challenge: Gift

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Gift It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Lastly, a big shout out to Heather and Danielle for having me over as part of this fantastic team, and to Agniezska and Shona, my wonderful teammates over this past year! It was definitely a great experience, and something I’ll never forget! Thank you so much!!

Hop over to the Little Tangles blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the very talented DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you come b again!


#688 – 2 for 1 Cards

PE: Happy Little Stampers November Watercolor Challenge Favorite!

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Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Little Tangles and the theme this time is ‘Coloring’!

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Now who doesn’t like coloring!! And you get to choose any medium, as long as your have Neat & Tangled products as the main focus!

Here’s what I made –

Christmas Cards - Coloring & 2 for 1

I wanted to do some messy coloring, and I also wanted to use all those little stamps from Beary Merry stamp set. The best way – do some random stamping and start coloring!! πŸ˜€

Christmas Cards - Coloring & 2 for 1

I used Versafine black ink for stamping and distress inks for watercoloring. I only used a single watercolor panel, 5″x7″ and then cut it into two to make these two cards. The first piece, I die cut using the Scalloped die, and used it on the grey cardbase. The second, I used directly. The gray striped piece on the second card is a washi tape. The sentiment for both the cards comes from Winter Wishes stamp set.

Christmas Cards - Coloring & 2 for 1

I am joining the following challenges with my cards –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #266: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: November Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: November challenge: Winter

CAS Watercolor: November challenge: Holiday

I hope you liked my cards! Stop by the Little Tangles blog for some spectacular inspiration from the rest of the DT, and join the challenge with your own coloring project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#674 – Its The Season for Pumpkin Everything!

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Little Tangles challenge, and this time, we have a neat little sketch for you to try!

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And since I was in the mood for autumn colors…

Pumkin Everything

…a mixed media card! Well, mostly, since I only used two elements other than the stamps and the adhesives – tissue paper and distress oxide inks.

Here’s how I made the focal point of the card – I first placed the stamp, Pumpkin Everything, over a stamping block – just so that nothing moved, and I had a solid base to lay the tissue paper on. I then used several pieces of tissue, layered them over the stamp, adding water using a brush to throughly wet the tissue, as I kept adding the layers. I must have added about 10 layers for this piece. (I learnt it from this tutorial)

Pumkin Everything

Once the casted piece was dry, I used distress oxide inks on the stamp, stamped it over. It didn’t stamp well the first time, and I had to stamp it several times. I didn’t even get the position right every time, but it did look great, so I decided to use the piece.

For the background panel, I used the same set of distress oxide inks, and used a brayer to apply the ink on the cardstock panel. And before mounting the casted piece, I trimmed it a bit, then distressed the sides a bit (not too much, or the tissue would tear). I then used glue on both the pieces to adhere it to the card base.

Pumkin Everything

A few of things I noticed about the casting –

  • As taught in the video, it is better to use a stamp without too many details. But if you do want some details (like I have here) a better option is to tear the tissue paper into smaller pieces and try to apply them evenly over the stamp. Use the brush to gently push the tissue while into the stamp’s details while applying water, ensuring not to tear it as much as possible
  • To dry the piece, you can either leave it overnight or if you are impatient like me, use a heat gun. This time, since we had heavy rains, even the heat gun wasn’t working for me, so I used the microwave oven to heat it up. Since it is only paper and water, it is not harmful at all! πŸ™‚
  • If you find that not all the tissue papers have adhered, you can always use some glue to stick them back together.

Check out the Little Tangles Challenge blog for more inspiration from the DT. And hope you join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#664 – Little Tangles September Challenge

Hello! Its September already! And we are on to a new challenge with the Little Tangles Challenge #84 – it is ‘Add details inside card or to Create a matching envelope’ – so you do have an option there.

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For my card, I chose to go with adding details to the card’s inside. In fact, my card continues on from the card front to the inside..

Warm Winter Wishes

I used a watercolor paper for the card base and actually started with the inside of the card. I first made the watercolored sky, coloring using Zig Brush markers and a brush loaded with water. πŸ™‚ Once dry, I stamped the trees from Scandinavian Prints Christmas using distress inks and then proceeded to the card front.

Warm Winter Wishes

Once I completed coloring the sky and stamped the trees, I stamped the falling snow and also the little houses from the Winter Wishes stamp set, then finally stamped the sentiments from the same stamp set on the outside and the inside.

Warm Winter Wishes

I am also joining these challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #258: Holiday

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Bastel Traum: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Watercoloring Challenge

Check out the Little Tangles Challenge blog for inspiration from the DT. And hope you join the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#648 – Tasseled Birthday Card

Hello! I love it when I make a card submit it to multiple challenges, and I also love making one card for my challenge DT – Its a new challenge at both Little Tangles Challenge and Seize the Birthday Challenge!!

Little Tangles August Challenge has a new theme of ‘Birthday’. Just perfect, since Neat & Tangled is celebrating 5 years now!

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Seize the Birthday Challenge this time has the optional topping of ‘Tie One On’.

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Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Its a wonderful co-incidence for me, that both the challenges are airing on the same day, and a treat, since I love making birthday cards!! πŸ™‚ So, here’s my tassled, sparkly gold inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

I used all Neat and Tangled products on this one! I first used Topography stamp to gold heat emboss the background on a cardstock panel and trimmed a bit on the sides. This, I foam mounted on the card base. I then took another piece of cardstock panel, applied Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter distress paints, blending the two at the center to create a beautiful gradient (I just love the look it gives! :))

Happy Birthday

Once this dried, I die cut it using Doily Tag die, another of my N&T favorite, and tied my handmade tassel (first time I made one!! :D) on it, adhering the excess in the back. I then adhered this to the card, adding the adhesive in the center only, so that the sides rose a bit, giving it a bit more 3D look. I then added the sentiments – Happy Holidays die and mix and match of the letters in Faced stamp set, to create the ‘Birthday’ word.. since I didn’t own any other stamp set from N&T which said birthday and matched the die.. Well, it worked well, so I am glad! πŸ™‚ Finally added some sequins as embellishment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Paru’s Cardmaking Challenge: August Challenge: Anything Goes

As You See It Challenge #155: How Do You Get Your Mojo Back? (I made this card by using the challenge themes, and using for inspiration all those cards that I’ve pinned in Pinterest for inspiration… that’s my mojo! πŸ™‚ )

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Add Sparkle

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Hope you are inspired by this card, and join the fun with both the challenges! Head to the main blogs of both the challenges to get more inspiration from the DTs, and our Seize the Birthday Surprise Party Guest Lindsey!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#638 – Little Tangles July Challenge – Masking

Hello! Its a new month.. and gosh, half an year has already passed! Its been a fabulous year so far, with beautiful cards from so many cardmakers at Little Tangles challenge! Its great to see so many inspirational creations every single time! And here’s another chance to show off more of that splendid talent – a new challenge for the month of July, the theme being ‘Masking’.

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And here’s the inspiration card I made –

Thinking of You

This is a one layer card. Yes, one layer! I’ve not used any dimensions here!! πŸ™‚ And I used masking twice while making it, using both the positive and the negative parts of the mask. That’s a first for me!! πŸ™‚

First of all, I die cut a piece of sticky notes paper using Neat and Tangled A Lot to Say die. I retained both the positive and the negative pieces. Then, I used the positive piece first, centering as much as I could upon the card base, then stamped all the flora from NeatΒ  and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set. I took off the mask, applied the negative and drew an outline. This was to help me determine till where the images and coloring would need to be extended to ensure the final look would not be disjoined.

I took the mask off again, then colored the flora using Zig Brush marker pens. I also used my Unibal Signo black gel pen wherever the image wasn’t joined to the outline I drew earlier.

Thinking of You

Now to use the second masking. I replaced the negative mask, then blended in some colors using distress ink. I then white heat embossed the sentiment from Neat and Tangled Paper Cut Flowers stamp set.

Finally, I used Faber Castell color pencils to draw a shadow effect on the color blended area. Of course, copic markers might have been easier, but I don’t own any, so pencils were just as good! πŸ™‚

I hope you are inspired by my card. You can find more inspiration in the Little Tangles Challenge blog! Hope you join the fun! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#622 – Little Tangles June Challenge: Color Combo

PE: Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome to the Little Tangles June challenge. The challenge this time is to use the color combination from the inspiration image below –

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And here’s my inspiration for you –

So Very Blessed

For this set of colors, since there was a green in it, my obvious choice was to go with flowers. Scandinavian Prints stamp set immediately came to my mind… but since I had used it in one of the previous challenges, I thought I would like to use something else. I then chose the birds.. My Heart Sings is one of the first birdie stamp sets that I’ve bought.. I still love them, though I use them a little less then some other critters.. but they are still really cute! And the variegated colors of pink was just the right color! πŸ™‚

So Very Blessed

I chose the flowers from Hand Stitched to form a partial wreath for the birds to frame.. and then got stuck on the background. I tried some 3 backgrounds, until I finally (phew!) like the one I made using the Pentagon stencil. I used distress inks to color everything.. watercoloring for the birds and flowers and ink blending for the stencil…they are such versatile inks after all! πŸ™‚

The sentiment comes from Gardenia Blooms Journalling Card stamp set. To finish, some mixed color sequins..and that’s my card for you! πŸ™‚ Do stop by the Little Tangles Challenge blog for more inspiration from my fantastic team mates!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #84: Inspired by Words: “Flowers and Friends make life a garden”

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge (Anything Goes)

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚