Flower Patch

We have finally had some decent rain here in Southern Oregon.  It is so wonderful to lay in bed and hear the sound of rain drops falling on the roof and sometimes beating against the windows.  The air is fresh and clean, what a blessing!

Once again I am sharing a fall card with you made using the Flower Patch photopolymer set.  I just can’t get enough of fall!


My Tanglewood Cottage Flower Patch 10-15

I am always trying to think of a different way to create a background for the focal points of my card.  To create the background for this card I used the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die.  I inked the non-cutting side of the die with Pear Pizzazz ink and then “stamped” the ink on to watercolor paper I had spritzed heavily with water.  Next I used a paper towel to pull most of the water and ink off the paper. which made the background very subtle.  Just the way I wanted it!

MTC Flower Pch

To create the flowers and leaves I used stamps from the Flower Patch photopolymer set.  The ink colors were Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive.  Once stamped I used the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits to die cut the flowers and leaves.  (Stampin’ Up! offers the stamp set and framelits as a bundle so you can save 15%!) Old Olive Bakers Twine was added behind the flowers to add more dimension to the card, a very popular trend right now.  Placement of the flowers and leaves  is really up to you – do what appeals to you!

Don’t forget if you place a qualifying order with me before October 31st you get the Lighthearted Leaves tutorial free.  Check out the details here.

I have a couple more fall cards to share with you in the next few days.  Until then, thanks for stopping by and I  hope you were inspired!Shop-2Bnow-2BButton-2BOnline

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All Ye Faithful

All Ye Faithful – what a beautiful stamp set for Christmas!  This is the first time I’ve had a chance to play with this set and I’m looking forward to using it more. The images are beautiful without coloring them, but would be beautiful colored.

My inspiration to make this card came from the MOJO Monday sketch #420 and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, page 21.  This sketch is one I will definitely use again!


My Tanglewood Cottage All Ye Faithful

I am ready to begin playing with Christmas stamps, but I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of the beauty of the autumn colors and images.  Time will tell!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you were inspired!


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The other day I was looking on Pinterest and saw a picture of the Northern Lights, and thought to myself, Wonderland would be a perfect stamp set to try with this technique.

I did a Google search to look at pictures of the Northern Lights and I found many beautiful pictures!  You can see the picture that inspired me here.  I chose this particular picture for inspiration because of the colors in it.

My Tanglewood Cottage Wonderland No LightsInk colors for the sky are Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, and Marina Mist.  The trees are stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then I used a Versa Marker pen to add ink in order to add white embossing powder.

Don’t forget if you place a qualifying order with me before October 31st you get the Lighthearted Leaves tutorial free.  Check out the details here.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Lighthearted Leaves

It is raining today and I am so thankful.  In the last 19 years I have never seen our creek fed pond so low.  The Blue Heron has been taking advantage of the good fishing because of shallow water.   Poor fish.

Before I share with you the card I made using Lighthearted Leaves (again!) I want to share some good news with you.

Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off retail on stamps purchases October 19 – 23.  Save 15% off retail on stamp purchases for five days.  If your wish list is as long as mine NOW  is the time to get those stamps sets you have wanted.  

Here’s the Details:

  • Dates: October 19-23, 2015
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, and supply list stamp sets are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • Stamps purchased using a 50 percent Stampin’ Rewards discount will not be available for this 15 percent promotional discount. Stamps purchased using Stampin’ Rewards discounts will still be 50 percent off retail value of the stamp set.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
  • Order Deadlines:
    • Phone: October 23, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT).
    • Online: October 23, 2015 by 11:55 PM (MT).

ALSO – if you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, this sale makes your $99 Starter Kit go even further (when you select stamps, as they’ll be marked down 15%).  Join today!  Good news indeed!

Lighthearted Leaves and Gorgeous Grunge are a great match up.

As I was thinking about this card, I knew I wanted strong fall colors.  The in-colors introduced in 2014 are still some of my favorite colors, and they are beautiful colors for fall.  Blackberry Bliss is such a rich, elegant  color, that’s why I chose it for the leaf color and my card base.  The splashes of color were created using the Gorgeous Grunge set.  I used Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Black Berry Bliss.  To add some “sparkle” to the card I used Silver Metallic Thread behind the leaf.

Lighthearted Leaves Blkberry Bliss

Don’ you just love the colors of fall!

Well, stampers thank you for stopping by.  Don’t forget the 15% off sale.  Stamp sales are the best sales!  Why not save 15% today!  And, remember if you shop through my online store and spend $25 this month you will receive the Lighthearted Leaves Free TutorialsCheck out the details here.   

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – October Holiday Round-Up!

October 2015 BannerWelcome to The October Holiday Round-Up Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see fabulous projects from the Holiday and Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogs.   My projects center on Christmas, which seems to be just around the corner.

Before I share my projects with you, I want to remind you this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started.  You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button – if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the hop you would have arrived here after visiting sweet Jaylin’s blog.  Isn’t she incredible!

I know you’ll enjoy seeing all the other blogs too. Happy hopping!

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While I was taking pictures today I was thinking about how the flowers behind the card(s) truly don’t go with the theme of the cards I was photographing.  We are still experiencing summer weather here in Oregon.  Today was in the low 80s (crazy)!  My flowers are still blooming and for the most part still look good.  I do love the flowers, and outdoors seems to be the best place to take my pictures.  I know many other places don’t experience the seasons like we do and have warm weather in December.  So, I guess the location and flowers will work for my pictures!

First up – Wonderland

I was truly having a creative block when I made this card.  All I knew is I wanted the trees from the beautiful set Wonderland to be on an oval.  Not much to work with for me.

After many trials and errors (lots of errors!) I decided to stamp the trees using Versamark ink and then emboss them with Silver Embossing Powder.  I cut out a circle and adhered it with temporary adhesive to the oval, tore a piece of a sticky note and placed it beneath the trees for a mask and began sponging with Night of Navy ink.  Once done sponging I removed the masks and sponged a little ink under the trees.

Wonderland 10-15The greeting was stamped prior to embossing the Whisper White layer behind the oval and banners.  The layer was dry embossed using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.

Next In Line – Christmas Cuties

The stamp set Christmas Cuties truly has cuties in it!  All three images are adorable!

It is so easy to achieve this brick wall look by directly applying Cajun Craze Ink from the ink pad to the Brick Wall EF on the front inside of the folder.  Then, lay your Cajun Craze card stock in the folder and emboss!  If you get your folder a little messy that’s good, it adds a lot of character to the look.

Christmas Cuties 10-15Can’t you just image a little elf dancing around the room while getting ready to “deck the halls”?

Last by not least – Christmas Cuties (again!)

I really enjoyed making this card.  Unlike my first card for this hop, I had the design in my mind before I even sat down to make it.

The boy image from Christmas Cuties is so darn cute that it makes me want to squeeze his cheeks if I could!  He looks like one happy little fellow with that smile.

Christmas Cuties Boy 10-15Marina Mist and Smokey Slate were brayered on to the front inside of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before laying the Whisper White card stock on the EF and running it through the Big Shot.  The little boy was colored in using a Blender Pen and ink.

Well, that’s all for today.  Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.  I hope you were inspired to create!

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Lighthearted Leaves – Free Tutorial*

Lighthearted Leave Tutorial 2015

Lighthearted Leaves Tutorial FREE WITH $25 ORDER*! Now through October 31, 2015

Needing inspiration using the Lighthearted Leaves set? This set of tutorials offers four different ideas. One of the cards also uses the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The leaves were die-cut using the Leaflet Framelits Dies, however, if you don’t have the Framelits you can always hand cut the leaves.

The Lighthearted Leaves set tutorials show you a variety of techniques and at least one fancy fold.

Get this set of tutorials free with a minimum $25 order through me (before taxes and shipping) for a limited time – until October 31, 2015.

Lighthearted Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Lighthearted Leaves stamp set #139712 (not included with tutorials)

*Order must be placed through Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, Marie Green, to receive the tutorials.


More About the Tutorials

Each tutorial assortment features one stamp set from Stampin’ Up! with 4 fun cards ideas! The projects are created using different techniques, multi-layered (unless a simple and clean tutorial collection).  They are perfect for printing out and putting in an Inspiration Binder!

You will receive 4 PDFs that include the:

  • Supply List
  • Paper Product Dimensions
  • Pictures
  • Written Instructions

 NOTE: Stamp set is not included. Products are available at my online store.



With a $25 order placed through me (before taxes and shipping), you will receive an email within 48 hours containing your free PDF tutorial.

Note: When placing your order, please be sure to allow me to have your contact information so I have your email address to send you your tutorials. If you do not receive this email, contact me.


Lighthearted Leaves Treat Bag

I am excited to post my first video for you!  The video shows you how to make this cute little treat bag using DSP English Garden.

Treat Bag Eng Garden2

Treat Bag Eng Garden

Here’s the video!

Lighthearted Leaves Treat Bag

Here’s another treat bag using DSP Into the Woods.

Treat Bag Into the Woods

Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time, happy stamping!

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The Open Sea

I live in Roseburg, Oregon and you may have heard the news report. Our community has been in mourning since the tragic shooting at our community college Thursday. My heart aches for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. We are such a tight community that everyone seems to be affected somehow.  I never thought a tragedy like this would come to our community. Please keep Roseburg, Oregon in your prayers.

I want to share the card I designed for the MOJO Monday challenge that I did not get to participate in. (My site was “down” most of the week-end due to server problems at the host so I couldn’t get it uploaded)

Here’s the sketch that inspired me.

The card is tall & skinny –  5.5 x 7″, scored long side at 3.5″

Open Sea My Tanglewood Cottage The Open Sea stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great guy set, don’t you think? It coordinates wonderfully with the World Map stamp too!  Of course Gorgeous Grunge goes with everything!

Open Sea

I couldn’t do a card without adding some detail, so I stamped the ship twice and fussy cut the sails out of one image to layer them. I colored in the map using markers.



Thank you for stopping by. Come back soon, until then, happy stamping.

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Lighthearted Leaves – Peeking Through the Leaves

A few months ago my husband came running into the house at about 10:00 at night and said “You’ve got to see this. A once in a life time siting – anyway, perhaps for us! ”  Even though it was dark out we could see four baby  owls.  They appeared to be learning to fly.  When they landed in the trees it took them a moment to get a footing.  It was fascinating to watch them.

So what does an owl story have to do with card making you may ask!  Well it is inspiration for this card.

Here is another card using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  The little owl is nestled behind the leaves and peeking out from a section of card cut away using the Leaflet Framelits.  The owl is made using the Owl Punch.

Lighthearted Leaves Owl closeup

Ink was applied to the front side of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before running the Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot to add color and depth behind the trees.

The loops behind the leaves were made using burlap ribbon.  I pulled the ribbon apart, formed the loops, and held them in place with glue dots.

Lighthearted Leaves Owl 9-15 s

Thank you for stopping by.  If you would like to purchase items using this card, simply click on the image(s) below.

Until next time, happy stamping!




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