NT / Benzie Design Collaboration Day 3

Hi there! Welcome back for day 3 of our collaboration with Benzie Design!  Benzie specializes in felt, with 90 colors available in their house wool blend and 36 colors of homemade felt pom poms, but they have lots more to share including various 'felt-fetti' die cut shapes, kits, felt notions/tools and more.  This week (Monday - Thursday) we'll be sharing some projects featuring Benzie products.

There are also giveaways!  We'll be picking one lucky commenter to win the Carnation Collection felt pack and Atomic Pom Poms pictured below.  Be sure to also stop by the Benzie blog as they'll be posting on Monday and Tuesday and will select one lucky commenter to win a $25 credit to the N&T store.  Winners will be announced over the weekend.



Today we have both Elena and Miriam with us.  Up first, Elena is sharing with us a quick and easy holiday packaging idea:


When I saw the Felt-Fetti Holly kit in their store, I knew I could whip up some very festive Christmas packages!

I used a trio of red and white striped gift bags that I had on hand, the Felt-Fetti Holly shapes, the Neat and Tangled Merry and Bright die, and our Classic Tag 2 shape.


If you don't enjoy hand-stitching you could easily used a hot glue gun to put it all together, but I think it added so much cuteness to the simple tag!

I adhered it to the top of the tag, added the beautifully handlettered Merry and Bright sentiment, and finished off the tag with a strip of green paper to balance out the green holly leaves.


To attach the tag to the bag, I opted for a really homespun look: I folded the bag and clipped it closed with a tiny red clothespin. I love that look.

Next up is Miriam:

Hey everyone!  I had so much fun creating with Benzie felt.  I created two cards today, for the first card, I selectively cut the large flower from the Succulent Cover Plate from three shades of green.  Before I die cut the pieces, I backed them with white cardstock.  This adds reinforcement and allows you to adhere the pieces easily to your card.



I also cut the flower from cardstock and used the webbing as a guide to get my pattern started.  Once I had the first few pieces in though, I just eyeballed the space between the pieces.



Even though the cardstock does add a lot of reinforcement, the tiny pieces can still be a bit tricky, so you need a die that has large enough pieces, the petals for the succulent were a perfect size.  The only tricky bits were those teeny tiny pieces in the center.  I just needed to be very careful with those and used craft tweezers to adhere them.

The sentiment is from the Gardenia Blooms Journaling Card set and it was stamped on one of the banners from the Scalloped Dies set.



My next card features the Maple Thanks and Oak Leaf Dies.  I cut the solid shapes from felt and the webbing/detail dies from cardstock and woodgrain paper.

The solid felt shapes were stitched to the card itself along the center line.  Then I used spray adhesive to attach the webbed pieces.



The sentiment, also from the Gardenia Blooms set was stamped on one of the skinny tags from the Classic Tag 2 die set and was then trimmed down and stitched on as well.

I thought it would be fun to dress these cards up a bit, so I cut a Doily Envelope wrap from felt for each of them.



Caveat, this is beautiful, but these doily pieces are very delicate in some sections and so you have to be very careful with them or you'll get some tears.  The felt cuts well, but I think because of static cling the pieces need a little help coming out.  I used a largish needle to just poke the pieces out and that worked pretty well.



I love how pretty the details look in felt!



OK, be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win the Benzie prize and then head over to the Benzie blog where you can leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 store credit to Neat & Tangled.  Come back tomorrow for our final collaboration day!

N&T / Benzie Design Collaboration Day 2

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome back for Day 2 of our collaboration with Benzie Design!  Benzie specializes in felt, with 90 colors available in their house wool blend and 36 colors of homemade felt pom poms, but they have lots more to share including various 'felt-fetti' die cut shapes, kits, felt notions/tools and more.  This week (Monday - Thursday) we'll be sharing some projects featuring Benzie products.

There are also giveaways!  We'll be picking one lucky commenter to win the Carnation Collection felt pack and Atomic Pom Poms pictured below.  Be sure to also stop by the Benzie blog as they'll be posting on Monday and Tuesday and will select one lucky commenter to win a $25 credit to the N&T store.  Winners will be announced over the weekend.



Today Sveta is sharing a home decor project with us:

 I'm very excited to collaborate with such an amazing company and present you my project!



I'm totally a card making person but when I saw these felt products I fell in love! I like that Benzie Design have great color combos sets, it's really inspiring. I wanted to make a felt garlands for a baby.



I used Neat & Tangled Dala Horse die set that is perfect for felt creations. I die cut big and little horses that reminds me of mother and child from Mermaid Lagoon Felt set and sewed them all together.



I also made coordinating garland  with felt Swan Lake palette pompom set using two sizes of pompoms. This one was especially easy to make: all you need is just needle and the set from Benzie Design!



I plan to use these garlands above the baby's bed when she will arrive, and most probably will make matching mobile.


N&T / Benzie Design Collaboration Day 1: The Making of a Unicorn Themed Birthday Party | VIDEO

Hello friends!  We're so excited to be teaming up with Benzie Design!  Benzie specializes in felt, with 90 colors available in their house wool blend and 36 colors of homemade felt pom poms, but they have lots more to share including various 'felt-fetti' die cut shapes, kits, felt notions/tools and more.  This week (Monday - Thursday) we'll be sharing some projects featuring Benzie products.

There are also giveaways!  We'll be picking one lucky commenter to win the Carnation Collection felt pack and Atomic Pom Poms pictured below.  Be sure to also stop by the Benzie blog as they'll be posting on Monday and Tuesday and will select one lucky commenter to win a $25 credit to the N&T store.  Winners will be announced over the weekend.


Today Natalie is here to share THE BEST birthday project ever!  Here's she is:

What a Magical Day!!

My middle daughter turns 8 in a couple of weeks and she's already planning how she wants to celebrate. Everything is unicorns for her lately, and my Neat and Tangled Magical Day stamp set and matching dies has already had quite the work-out! But we couldn't resist using them once again for her party invitations, and it also became the inspiration behind the matching headdress we made for the event.



When I heard about the collaboration with Benzie Designs I immediately signed up because I love working with felt. I usually use my die-cutting machine and my steel dies, but of course you can freehand cut it as well. And the colours they offer are spectacular! My favourite palette from Benzie is called 'Electric Company' because it's the whole brightly coloured rainbow. But I also adore 'Mosey Palette' because sometimes you just need to tone it down a little too!


I asked Moriah to pick her 4 favourite colours from the Electric Company felt pack and I then used them to form the mane of the unicorn headdress. I love her choices! I then used the same colours, but in watercolours to paint the mane on the Magical Day unicorn so they would be matching.


Now I know it might appear at first glance that the headdress is a little complicated, but it's actually quite easy, and could even be achieved with a no-sew technique. The Benzie felt is really thick which means it cuts really nicely and is quite amenable to a hot glue gun without the glue soaking through. And because it's a wool blend the edges won't fray either. WINNING!

In my video today I'm going to show you how I created both my Magical Day party invitations with their watercolouring and foiled details, as well as this super-fun unicorn headdress made with Benzie Designs felt.

             

I think this smile says it all....


Thanks so much for stopping by, don't forget to head over to the Benzie blog to see what they have to share and to enter to win their giveaway!

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

Hello friends!

Hope you're having a great weekend so far!

Dropping by to announce the winner of the Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Blog Hop!

Please email me danielle@neatandtangled.com with your mailing address so I can get your prize out!







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Introducing September Guest Designer Michelle Short



Hi everyone!  We're so pleased to Welcome Michelle Short as our guest designer this month.  Michelle has a delightful clean and simple style and excels at composition.  She has the knack of pulling you right into the focal point of the card and is an amazing colorist.  We're so glad to have her this month!  Here's Michelle to tell you a bit more about herself and her card for today:

Hello, I’m Michelle Short. I am a part-time nurse, part-time card maker from London, UK. I have been making cards for about 15 years now and I still love it! My style is clean and simple and I absolutely love stamping and colouring. I am so excited to be guest designing with Neat and Tangled, I love their products and I am honoured to be asked to join in for September.



My card today uses the adorable Wild Ones Stamp Set, along with the coordinating Nice and Neat dies. As soon as I saw this set, I knew I wanted to ink it up! It is perfect for birthday cards for all ages. All of the animals are adorable but I decided to use the monkey for my card today.


I started off by stamping the monkey and coloured him in using Copic Markers. He was then cut out using the Wild Ones Nice and Neat Dies. I needed to create a background for him and I thought a subtle grass and sky scene would work well. I blended Distress Inks on to some Bristol cardstock and then splattered over a little water for some interest. Once dry, I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Big Top Birthday Stamp Set on it using black ink.


The background piece was added to a white card base with foam tape and then the monkey was added on with foam tape also. To finish off, I added a couple of sequins from the Mermaid Tail Mix, along with one from the Ocean Waves Mix. Lastly, I coated the balloon in shimmer pen and then Glossy Accents for some shine. Thanks so much for stopping by today, see you next week!

So Very Thankful Fall with Keeway

Hey there! It's Keeway joining you today with some fall inspiration! How amazing was the September release, right? There were so many beautiful and cute products. Our designers are so talented! Fall is my favorite time of year, great weather, beautiful sceneries, and the return of my pumpkin spice latte....ha! Miriam created this absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous oak leaf stamp and die set for September that is truly a must-have. It also matches last year's maple leaf stamp and die set. My project today showcases the oak leaf stamp and die set!

The first thing I did was die cut the intricate leaf die 3x on a piece of white card stock that I already sized down to A2. I cleaned up the intricate leaves and set it aside for now. Next, on watercolor paper, I painted various fall colors - reds, oranges, greens, and browns approximately in the areas where I die cut the leaves. Using the same colors, I added some splatter onto the white card stock.

Once my watercolored panel was dry, I adhered the white die cut piece over it with foam tape. Then, with each leaf, I slightly curved it, then added clear adhesive of the leaf and inlaid back to its respective spots. Do you love the dimension of the leaves!?

I heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set in white over kraft card stock. I trimmed each line down with a paper trimmer and adhered it to the center of my card with foam tape.

I love how it came out! Hope today's project inspires you start your fall crafting. Until next time!

Oak Leaf with Kay Miller


Hi there! Kay here with a card to share with you that I created with the new Oak Leaf die and Oak Leaf stamp set from the September release. Is it getting cool where you live yet? It is here, and I so love it! Fall is my favorite time of year, and fall cards are some of my favorites to make. I love the colors of fall!


I am in love with the Oak Leaf die! There are so many creative ways you can use this die. For my card today, I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with fall colors, then splattered with water and with some of the different colors of watercolor too. I then used the die that has the cutouts to cut out my watercolored piece.


I did not punch out the pieces, I left them in and glued this down to a brown leaf base cut with the solid leaf shape. I then cut the white piece out and adhered this over the top.  Next I took two shades of card stock, the red and the green and cut the solid leaf die out of the center of each. I then cut them in half diagonally and used the bottom of the red piece and the top of the green piece.


I glued the leaf down flat to a white card base, then I popped the green and red pieces up with foam tape, so the leaf is a bit recessed into the card.  I embossed the sentiment from the Oak Leaf Stamp Set onto dark brown card stock, cut those out, and added them with foam tape. I also added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops Pale Gold.

Oak Leaf Nice and Neat Dies
Oak Leaf Stamp Set

Now hopefully that will put you in the mood to create some fun fall projects for your friends and family!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)

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