Friday, February 12, 2016

Stamp of Approval: Young at Heart

I promise I will do a CHA wrap up post soon.  But I will tell you that I did get to meet the classy Catherine Pooler.  Let me just say, she is so beautiful.  We clicked right away.  She is definitely my sister from another mother.

Catherine was kind enough to send me the latest Stamp of Approval Collection: Young at Heart.  I wasn't expecting the package, so when it arrived I squealed with excitement.

I came up with another way to use the MISTI with stencils. I took advantage of the fixed corner and the magnets for positioning the stencil in the same spot.

There are so many possibilities with this collection.  It is a birthday themed collection.  Hopefully, with this I can get back on track with my birthday cards.   I have let my duties in the card ministry fall to the wayside.

If you hurry you can get the last of the collection.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Giveaway Winner

The winner to the Neat and Tangled giveaway is Jessica.  Jessica is a blogger and can be found here.  Congratulations!!!!

Jessica, please send me an email here.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bonus Day with Neat and Tangled

I hope you all have been enjoying my first collaboration week.  It was a pleasure to have them here.  Neat and Tangled really pampered me with providing with their  wonderful stamp sets.  Due to the weather my package was a little late.  So I just completed this card in hopes of participated at the end.

I created the background using the Clouds stamp set and a lot of masking.  The sentiment from that same set was stamped on the cloud on the Just Thinking of You stamp set.  

This card is a great reminder to me that when things are tough that there is always something good hiding in it.  Sometimes, I focus on the dark and not the light.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in the trouble and forget to look around at all the people that lift you up in encouragement.

Neat and Tangled has been a great example of that silver lining.  They did an awesome job this week with their talented design team.  Especially, Miriam Prantner that orchestrated this whole collaboration.  Thank you Neat and Tangled.

Please enjoy this video.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hey everyone!  Today is the last day of our Neat & Tangled takeover here on the My Sweet Petunia blog.  We have been having such fun sharing projects with you here, so if you're just tuning in now, be sure to look back at the rest of this week's posts! 

OK, I have a dirty little secret:  I am a horrible stamper.  Seriously, not good.  I can't stamp in a straight line let alone create a pattern that doesn't get all cattywompus (sp?) on me, and even when it comes to sentiments I'm forever stamping them crooked or I don't get an even inking.  I have wasted a good forest worth of paper on mess ups in my crafting career.

That's why I'm so enamored with the MISTI.  Not only does it allow you to do a lot really great techniques, but it's a huge time saver and paper saver because it allows you to stamp correctly and re-stamp when you don't get it quite right.

One quick tip before we get to the card:  when I first got my MISTI (and I'm right handed), I was using it so that it opened like a book that you're reading.  I've since discovered that the opposite direction works best.  If you open the life left to right, it's easier to ink and more natural to shut, at least for me.

OK, so let's talk about the card.  I am a big fan of multi-step stamps.  I love the way they look, heck, I even designed a set for the N&T January release, but I've kind of stayed away from them because, as we established earlier, I am a horrible stamper.

So to really test out my MISTI, I pulled out my new Ornate Frames set and went to work.

The frame is all stamped in Memento Tuxedo black, but the first layer is second generation stamped.  Now when you do this you won't get a really even stamping, that's to be expected, especially with darker colors, but for this application, a kind of vintagey/antique frame, it works.

The second layer is stamped in first generation.  The MISTI made it super easy to line things up, and a tip on this stamp set is to center the frames using the middle opening.

Finally the last layer.  I actually stamped this three times, twice with the Memento to get a darker color, and then a third time with Versamark as I wanted to clear emboss that last layer to not only make it even darker, but to give it some extra shine/texture (sorry this photo is HORRIBLE, I almost didn't include it, but I wanted you to see the darker areas - this is before the embossing)

Here you can see the embossing powder on it.

The MISTI is also great with positioning.  Here I placed my frame (which I had die cut) on the card, then I was able to place my sentiment using the frame as a reference, especially helpful too since I didn't want to use the whole sentiment (from Be My Valentine) and needed to do some masking when I inked.

Once that was stamped, I added a bit of coloring to the stamped heart, popped the frame up (with two layers of foam tape) and placed a few of my Scored Shapes Dies in the center, also popped up (with one layer of foam tape)

I really can't say enough good things about my MISTI.  I would not be stamping multi-step images if I didn't have it!

Just a reminder that there are some BIG prizes up for grabs this week.  Leave a comment on each of the posts this week here on the My Sweet Petunia blog to be entered to win a $100 credit to the Neat & Tangled store, and be sure to hop over to the Neat & Tangled blog.  One lucky commenter over there will win a new MISTI!!!!

On behalf of the Neat & Tangled team we just want to thank Iliana/MySweet Petunia for collaborating with this this week.  To say that the team is excited about their MISTIs is a HUGE understatement.  We love them and we had so much fun taking over the blog here!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Neat and Tangled Day 4

Hello everyone! I am Daria from Neat and Tangled Desigh Team! I am super excited about this collaboration with My Sweet Petunia! I've never thought that would be so much in love with MISTI. It makes any stamping so very easy and presice! 

Today, I want to share a card that I made using MISTI tool and two just released stamp sets from Neat and Tangled: So Good to See You and Ornate Frames. 

With a help of MISTI, I stamped two identical panels with flowers and leaves in black. On one of them, I stamped and die-cut the frame, which I foam-mounted over the second one. Love the dimensional and "continuos" effect :)

Here you can watch a little video how it all came together :) Hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for joining us today :) 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Neat and Tangled Day 3

Day 3 Blog take over is by Nina-Marie Trapani.

I love using my MISTI for all my cardmaking projects; literally EVERY project! Today I've used Neat & Tangled's new So Good to See You and Painted Hello stamp and die sets to create a clean and simple watercolor scene.

I'm also using the MISTI, showing how easy it is to quickly stamp multiple images. Be sure to check out the video below!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Neat and Tangled Day 2

Hello!  This is Amy from the Neat & Tangled Design Team!  I'm so excited to be sharing a quick card set that I made using the wonderful MISTI along with Heart of Gold stamp set by Neat & Tangled.

For my particular project, the benefits of stamping a set of cards quickly is a huge plus.  I'm one of those people that find mass production not high on my to-do list. 

TIP:  I started off with a set of card panels that have been die cut so they are all the same size.

With the huge trend of watercoloring, the MISTI is a fabulous tool to use.  The texture of watercolor paper tends to make stamping a challenge.

I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink with the heart image.

I was able to quickly stamp a set of the panels.

I did a quick wash of water on the panel and needed to finish off the card with the sentiment.

I ended up stamping the sentiment twice because the first round just wasn't crisp enough.  

I ended up stamping the sentiment twice because the first round just wasn't crisp enough.  

I finished off my card with splatters of gold and bundled them up with chunky wool yarn.  It's a quick and fun gift that was a snap to make.

A big shout out to Iliana for collaborating with Neat and Tangled!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Neat and Tangled Day1

Welcome to Neat & Tangled + My Sweet Petunia collaboration week! The Neat & Tangled design team will be sharing projects every day this week using the fabulous MISTI stamping tool. Be sure to visit every participating blog daily and leave comments for your chance to win amazing prizes!

Today's blog post is brought to you by the talented Emily Leiphart. 

I used the three-step stamping or step-stamping technique with the Ornate Frames and Painted Hello sets to create an interlocking frame background for the main sentiment.  The smaller words within the frames are from the Blog Planner stamp set and the dry embossed stars on the front panel were created with the Seeing Stars die.

To add a bit of shimmer to the card, I embellished with shades of light yellow and orange sequins from the Buttercream and Spooktacular sequin mixes.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for your chance to win a MISTI, as well as the My Sweet Petunia blog for your chance to win a $100 gift voucher to the Neat & Tangled store! Several design team members are also giving away either a favourite stamp set or a $15 gift voucher to the Neat & Tangled store. The more comments you leave on the different posts, the more chances you have to win. You don't want to miss it!