Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


I'm excited to be participating in Altenew's January release bog hop today!  Altenew is releasing a whole slew of dies and I had a blast playing with them!  You should be arriving from Vicky Papaioannou's blog.

The first thing I wanted to try out when my package came was this Cube Cover Die.  I love cover plates, and anything geometric, so this was an obvious choice for me.  I cut it from Persimmon cardstock layering it over a dark teal.  I also cut it from a very light peach.  I used the cut out diamonds from the peach for the tops of the cubes, adhering them with Tombow Mono.


The sentiment dies is actually the you from the Thinking of You die that is releasing, i just trimmed out the you and added to a secondary sentiment from the Teachers Rule set which was embossed on black.  


I love the retro mid-century vibe this one has!  

I wasn't done with the cover plate yet though, I still had the insides of the Persimmon as well as plenty more diamonds from the soft peach, so I picked another orangey/peachy color, mid way between the two, and cut it again.


This time I inlaid the pieces to create a dimensional cube effect.  The sentiment was creating using the new Caps Bold Alphabet Set.  (The lowercase set is one of my favorites so I was thrilled to see that it was coming out in caps!)  To add some extra dimension/interest I overlapped the letters and popped some out.  


The secondary sentiment is from the Floral Shadow set.

Next up I just HAD to try out the Peony Dream 3D Die set.  I love peonies and I love the look of layered floral dies, this did not disappoint!  It's a bit tricky the first time around, but it comes with a guide which makes all the difference!


It's just such a wow effect!  There are five layers to the flower not counting the center piece.  I didn't have that many shades of yellow, so for one of the layers I just re-used one of the yellows, but made it a bit darker using a blending tool and Warm Sunshine ink.  You can also always cut these from white cardstock and color them.  


I again used that Cube Cover Die for the background, embossing it onto the white panel to create some texture.

The sentiment is from Magnolias for Her.

For my last card, I had all the dies out!  Well not really, but this one incorporates five of the new dies.


I started with the Watercolor Stripes cover die which was cut in white and layered onto my card to create a great tone on tone background.

I used leaves from both the Peony Dream and Rose Flurries 3D sets and those little twigs are from the Create-A-Wreath set.  Finally, I used the Thinking of You die for the sentiment.


The sentiment die was cut four times, twice from red and twice from dark gray, used for the bottom two layers, which I think helps set it off a bit more.  I also added some very subtle Copic shading to the sentiment.

This is a packed release and you're going to want to keep hopping because there is so much to see and so many prizes to win!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, January 15th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/17/2018.

In addition, I have a $30 gift certificate to give away.  Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win!

Your next stop on the hop is Enza Gudor, and I've got the whole list below in case you get turned around.  Good luck!


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Essentials By Ellen January Release


Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a couple cards featuring the newest release from Ellen Hutson today.  It is such a cute release, but as you'll see, I couldn't get past the penguins in the Arctic Pals set!  They were just too much fun to play with!

That waving penguin just made me smile, and I pictured him kind of jumping up trying to get your attention in a crowd, and this first card just fell into place once I had that visual in my mind.


This card is both really easy and also a little time consuming.  The time consuming part is because of all the masking.  I actually did this twice because the first time, I only made a few masks and moved them around, but I am not a neat stamper and all I can say is, smudges everywhere.


So, the second time around I just stamped a whole passel of those penguins on some post it tape trimmed them out and just placed them over the penguins as I stamped.  I did pencil in a ground line so the bottom would be level, but the rest were eyeballed.

For the second card I really wanted to work with the Strands die which is so cool that it sold out almost immediately.


I cut the die out of a panel of white cardstock and placed it over my card base to mark the edges of the opening with a pencil.  Then I masked off a little beyond that area on the card base and added blue inking.

The sentiment was stamped on the die cut panel which was then adhered to the card base.  I did not adhere the strands as I wanted to be able to tuck the penguins under those.

The penguins were stamped and die cut.  I actually trimmed them down a bit more because I wanted the flippers to stand out, then I adhered them to the card with some foam tape placing them within the contours of the strands and adding a bit of liquid adhesive to secure the strands in place.


That's all for me.  Be sure to head over to the Ellen Hutson blog to check out what the other guests created.  

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Wrap up and Giveaway Winners

Hi everyone!  The Neat & Tangled January release is now live in the store!  Here's a look back at my release week projects:







I also have some winners to announce!

@cardsnplanswithnisha (IG) wins the Maze Die
Lisa's Creative Niche (blog) wins the A-mazing Stamp Set
@betsybirgeart  (IG) wins the Nesting Hexagon Cover Plate
Amy C. (blog) wins the Nesting Hexagon Stencil

Congrats to the winners, please shoot me an email with your mailing details so I can get these sent out.

If there is anything you must have from the release, head on over to the store.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 4 & Giveaways



Today is the last day of release reveals for the Neat & Tangled January release.  Everything will be available for purchase tomorrow morning at 8 AM EST.

There are two mini sets being featured today, and I'm sharing a card created using the Dazzling set designed by Danielle.

I love the crystal/gem formations and really wanted to feature them.  I am usually utterly opposed to cutting up my stamps, but I can see myself using the central element in the image singly for other projects so I went ahead an did it.

I first stamped the crystals on a post it note to use as a mask, and then repeated the design along the borders of my panel.

The coloring is really simple.  No shading, just three shades each of three colors using the darker two shades on the bottom portions of the crystals and the lighter two on the top. 



The sentiment is from the You're a Gem set.

You will definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the rest of the team created and to be entered to win today's featured products.

Don't forget that I'll also be selecting some winners from commenters throughout the week for some of my new products.  Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 3 & Giveaways


It's Day 3 of the Neat & Tangled January Release and today we're showing off the rest of my new products for this release, the Nested Hexagon stencil and cover plate. 

For my first card today, I cut the coverplate from black cardstock, and then trimmed a portion of it away.  I backed the remaining hexagons with some plain white cardstock, and then adhered the entire piece over some yellow patterned paper.

The sentiment is from the Art Deco set.



I love how bold and graphic this is.

Then I decided to play some with the stencil.  I made a couple panels with ink sprays, but my favorite piece ended up being this one which was created by placing a plain piece of paper over the stencil to soak up the excess spray after the initial panel was created.



The sentiments are from the You're Pretty stamp set.



Short and sweet today, but you definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created.  I think you're going to love seeing all the different looks at this design, plus a comment there gives you a chance to win these goodies!

I'm going to be giving away some of my products as well.  To be entered to win, be a follower and leave a comment.  For extra chances, head over to my instagram post (@mprantner) and follow the directions on today's post over there.  Winners will be announced on Friday.

See you tomorrow for the final day of reveals!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 2 & Giveaways



Hi everyone!  Welcome back for Day 2 of the Neat & Tangled January release.

Today we're featuring a new set from Elena called Beavers, Eh?

This little girl beaver is my favorite, I love her with her little mouse friend.

Pretty straightforward.  She's colored with Copics and die cut.  I found some fun woodgrain paper in two shades that I cut and layered to kind of frame her.

The sentiment is from the A-mazing set we showcased yesterday and the little banner is from the Scalloped dies.

I added a bit of thread and some sequins to finish it off.



Head on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the rest of the team created and to enter to win this set.  Leave a comment here as well.  I'll be selecting some winners from comments on the blog this week for some of my new products.

I'll meet you right back here tomorrow, we'll be showing off the rest of my new products in this release!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 1 & Giveaways



Happy New Year!

We're kicking the new year off right away at Neat & Tangled with our January release.  Today we're showing off two of my new products the Maze die and A-Mazing stamp set.

This one was really fun to design, so much fun I ended up making three cards to share.  Take a look:

The first card is pretty simple, I used the die to create an enclosed channel.  If you had a little ball/bead you could use it in there, I opted to go with a sequin.

I cut the maze five times.  Four were adhered together and then to my patterned paper base.  I dropped the little red sequin in, and then adhered a piece of transparency over top of the maze. 



The final die cut was stamped with the sentiment and then adhered on top.



This next card is more interactive.  The channels are set far enough apart so that it can be used a bit like a spinner, although because there are so many corners it sometimes needs help moving through the channels.  My girls had fun moving the little mouse through the maze though - it's perfect for kids!  You do have to cut your dimensional adhesive quite narrow and center it in the channels.



The little mouse is from the Kitty's Favorite Things stamp set.  Elena usually throws a little critter into her sets, so there are lots to choose from to use for the maze.  There is also a little heart included with the maze die as well as a small circle that you can use as the base for whatever element you want to add to the maze.



My final card uses the maze a little differently, more like a bit of ephemera.  I paired it with some patterned paper as well as chipboard polaroid frame, and then added a couple of fish (one from Kitty's Favorite Things and the other from Mermazing). 



OK, that's all I have to share today, but you definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out the rest of the team's projects.  I think you're going to love what you see!  Leave a comment there to be entered to win a set for yourself.

I'm also hosting some giveaways this week.  Leave a comment here to be entered to win.  You'll also want to head over to my instagram account (@mprantner) for some additional chances to win.

See you back here tomorrow for more release fun!