A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!

We are so happy to be hopping along today to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of A Blog Named Hero! Did you know that Danielle was a part of their original design team? We are so excited to help them celebrate!
You should have arrived here from Betty's blog!

Today Miriam created this simply elegant card combining Neat and Tangled and Hero Arts! She used our Calathea stamp set to create those beautiful leaves! She achieved the look by using a combination of first and second generation stamping, along with the rock and roll technique!

Your next stop on the hop is Ilina Crouse!  

And if you want to start from the beginning, or got turned around visit A Blog Named Hero for the full hop order!

There are also loads of giveaways this weekend so be sure to read more below!

GIVEAWAY INFO:
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following: 
Good luck and happy hopping!
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Yo Ho Ho with Kay Miller


Hey eveyone!  It's Friday and we're thrilled to be welcoming this month's guest designer, Kay Miller, back to the blog!

Hello! I'm back again today with a couple more cute cards I created for my guest spot with Neat & Tangled this month. 

I used the absolutely adorable Yo Ho Ho stamp set and Yo Ho Ho matching dies. Cutest little pirates you've ever seen!



For my background I used Peerless Watercolor, and a wet on wet technique, then splattered with water and added some white dots with acrylic paint. The sandy mound was done the same way but splatted with some darker brown as well.



The cute designs were all colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, and cut out with the Yo Ho Ho matching dies. Everything was adhered with foam tape to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Yo Ho Ho stamp set in black ink and added a few sequins to finish it up!



Well I had to make a card with the little Pirate boy too. Couldn't leave him out :) The background is Salty Ocean Distress Ink blended onto Bristol Board and speckled with water.



Again everything was colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, cut out with the Yo Ho Ho dies, and adhered with foam tape.



I had a lot of fun playing with this cute set! I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've created!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamped Cover Plate with Stephanie Gold


 Hey friends! Stephanie Gold here today and I am sharing a fun and super colorful card I made using a few of March's new release products. :)


First I stamped out a few fun flower designs using the Medallion Flower Builder stamp set by Miriam Prantner. I used a total of 5 different bright colors to make it really interesting and eye catching.


Then to add even more texture, I die cut the design using the new Polygon Cover Plate. It ends up being a subtle and fun added accent. And finally, I used one of the big, bold sentiments from the Medallion Flower Builder set to finish my card off. I seriously love this set. :)

Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful week!

Xo, Stephanie

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Masking stamping for tropical card with Sveta

Hello everyone!

Sveta is here and I'm happy to share with you my new card. I really love this tropical trend that has won the hearts of lot of people. Are you among those?
I thought that Calathea stamp set was perfect to achieve a tropical look for my card. First I made masks of the leaves to create layers in my border stamping. I used outline images at the beginning, and then filled them with the colored layers.


For some leaves I used white pigment ink before or after (doesn't matter really) the main color inking to achieve a more soft tone. I think that the grey-green-pink color combo for the tropical design works really well.


For the bright big sentiment in the center of the card I chose the Hello You Stamp set. I stamped it in black ink and then in grey with a little displacement to make a shadow. For the final touch I added sequins from Neat & Tangled sequins mixes: Crystal Clear, Pearl and Lime.


Hope you enjoyed today's tropical walk into the stamp jungles!

Awesome Medallion Flower Cards - Two Ways

Hello Dears,

Daria here. How is your day going?

Have you got a chance to play with Medallion Flower Builder Set and coordinating die? Those are amazing sets from the latest release designed by Miriam Pranter.  As for me, I just can't stop using it. I came up with two cards for today.


For the first one, I used the in-laid technique and puzzled in different colorful pieces into die-cut petals.


For the sentiment: I first stamped the Awesome in black and then adhered the die-cut Awesome in white. This little trick helped to support overall dimension on the card.


My second card is all about masking. I used Medallion Flower coordinating dies to cut my masks from post-it notes. Then, I blended in some hickory smoke distress ink, took off the masks and stamped my petals from Medallion Flower Builder Set.  Love, how this one turned out.


 I also stamped the sentiment from Love Notes stamp set inside the card using the same ink as on the top. I am sure one of my friends will love it, lol :)

Hope you liked these ideas and will give them a try :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Daria.

Neat&Tangled products used: 
Medallion Flower Builder Stamp Set
Medallion Flower Builder Nice and Neat Dies 
Awesome Stamp Set
Awesome Nice and Neat Dies
Love Notes Stamp Set



You Can Do Anything with Keeway

Hi friends! Keeway here today with some fun crafting with older released stamp sets and dies. Today I will be featuring the Big Top Birthday and Scalloped dies.
I always start by stamping and coloring my images. I colored with copic markers. Then I went die cut the sentiment You Can Do Anything in white cardstock three times. For one of the die cuts, I blended red dye ink from bottom up for each line of words, using post-its to mask off areas I did not want to ink. Then I adhered all three layers together, with my blended layer on top.
Next I blended a dark background with grey and black distress inks from top to bottom on smooth white cardstock.  I couldn't help but add a little bit of black paint splatter. I'm addicted to splatter!

Next, I wanted to create some framing so I cut 2 strips of red striped pattern paper and black cardstock. On the black cardstock I die cut the scalloped edges with the Scalloped dies.

Thanks for droppy by and see you next time!
Keeway

Neat & Tangled Products in Today's Project

March Guest Designer - Kay Miller


Hey everyone!  We're thrilled to be introducing Kay Miller as our guest designer this month!  Kay's got a beautiful, bright and clean graphic style, and we know you're going to love her cards this month!  Her's a little more about Kay:

Hi, I’m Kay Miller. I’ve been in love with stamping and card making for over 25 years, after wandering into a small stamp store in Anacortez, Washington, while visiting my Grandfather. I was totally enthralled then, and I’m still as excited about it today as I was then! I am currently living a long time dream of mine, creating for several of my favorite stamp companies. I live in Missouri with my wonderful husband, two great kids, and lots of furry friends. Along with my love of card making, I also enjoy creating Christmas ornaments from Polymer clay, digital scrapbooking, photography, and long walks outside with the doggies.

I am super excited to be guesting with Neat & Tangled this month! They have some of the cutest stamps and dies around!

It was love at first sight when I saw the Medallion Flower Builder stamp set and dies! I'm a sucker for anything you can make into a flower or use for radial symmetry. I have two cards to share with you today using this fun new set!



I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the leaves on that using Distress Inks. I then took a brush and some water and loosely went around the edges creating a soft watercolor look. When that was dry I added some speckles with the same Distress Inks.



I cut the watercolored panel to fit the top of my card and glued that down with adhesive tape. I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment underneath in the same shades of ink that I stamped the leaves in. I then cut out three of the flower/leaf dies, arranged them on the side, and added some rain stones to finish it up.



For my next card I wanted to use the dies to create a flower. I took some plain white card stock and blended some purple and pink ink onto it, then cut the petals from that. I stamped the flower in the center of the card, then arranged the petals around it.



I used the tiny circle stamps and stamped those in between the petals, and added some sequins to the center. I used the MISTI to stamp the sentient with the same purple and pink inks to match the flowers.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
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