Birthday Blooms – clean and simple

I have a sweet friend who recently had a birthday and I wanted to wish her a happy day.  So I looked at my stash and pulled out the Birthday Blooms set.  Have I told you recently I love this set, especially the large flower?  LOL.  Only every time I use this set!

This was such an easy card to make and for me it was very clean and simple.  I used a piece from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack for the layer between the Rose Red card base and Whisper White panel.  The flower was colored with Rose Red and Old Olive markers then I did some fussy cutting, since it is so relaxing for me, and cut out the flower image.  The flower was adhered at the bottom corner, just off the card stock.  Next, using Daffodil Delight ink I stamped the “dots” and finished stamping the greeting with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Rose Red


Clean and simple, right?

Because the flower extends outside the card base I made an envelope to contain the card.

If you need any of the products I used they are listed below and you can click on the image and it will take you directly to my store.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – a Focus on 2014-2016 In-Colors

April 2016 Banner

It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  We are focusing on the 2014-2016 In-Colors that are retiring this year for this blob hop.  And, one of our projects will be  CASEing a friend (how fun is that!)

I’m sad to say good-bye to some beautiful colors, so all three of my projects feature them.  I’m going to order a stash of paper and ink of these colors while I can still get them!

About the Blog Hop:  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 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Buffy Cooper’s blog.  I love her work!

Happy Hopping!

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Sunburst Sayings

I originally was not going to order the Sunburst bundle.  I felt I couldn’t be creative or think outside the box with this set.  Then I started seeing some fabulous cards made with the Sunburst Sayings and the Sunburst Thinlits Die.  I have to laugh at myself after thinking such, because this card definitely did not require me to think outside the box.  But, I love the look of it with the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss and rich Hello Honey colors.

I have plans to use this bundle on a scrapbook page soon, and have ideas floating around in my head for other cards.


Sunburst Sayings My Tanglewood Cottage

Birthday Blooms

I have to say I love, love, love the Birthday Blooms set.  The large flower is  beautiful when simply stamped without adding ink to the inside of it.  I think it is stunning when color is added.

For this card I used the floating re-inker technique to add color to the flower.  To make areas darker I just added more Lost Lagoon ink to the image by lightly touching my brush to the water to pull the ink to the paper.  The leaves are watercolored with Mossy Meadow, even the lighter colored leaves.  For  the center of the flower I used a Tangelo Twist marker once the image had dried.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC 2

Floating Re-Inker Technique

For those of you who have never tried this technique it is quiet simple.

  1. You stamp your image on watercolor paper with VersaMark and then sprinkle embossing powder on and heat it.
  2. Spritz the watercolor paper with a generous amount of water.  I usually use a paper towel to soak up excess amounts around the outside of the image so the color does not bleed outside the image.
  3. Using a paint brush or aqua painter, pick up ink and lightly touch the puddled water with the tip of the brush.  The ink will quickly disperse in the water.
  4. Continue applying ink to cover the image and until you achieve the look you want.
  5. If you seem to have too much water on the paper once you are done you can dip the paper towel in the water to pull some off.
  6. Let dry before adhering to your card.

CASing A Friend!

I had a lot of fun looking through Piscilla Ivler’ blog, Stampin’ Amigos.  She had so many cards I wanted to CASE and then I came across this card that she had shared on one of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops in October of 2015.

Stampin Amigos CASE

I loved the striped wallpaper, wainscotting and of course the lacy ruffle across the window.  I knew I had found “the card”!

I have all the basics of this card, the wallpaper, wainscotting and the ruffle – did I say I love that ruffle?

Serene Sihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage

I put my spin on the card by making it a Pop-out Swing card.

Serene Shihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage 2

I used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder to add the brick look to the inside of the card by inking the folder, then closed it and rubbed the ink onto the paper.

Two retiring sets were used on this card, Serene Silhouettes and Happy Home.  The striped wallpaper was made using the Brushstrokes stamp inked with Lost Lagoon.

Thank you Priscilla for the inspiration!

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Your next stop is with fellow Oregonian Jean Fitch.  Jean has a heart for sharing and is a talented artist.  I know you will be inspired after you see what she has created.

Thank you for joining me for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.




No Bones About It and Booth Displays

Our last Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop I shared a Berry Basket I made for our booth at a local scrap-booking and stamping event. The basket was adorned with cute little dinosaurs from the No Bones About it set from Stampin’ Up!,. Let me share it with you again.


No Bones About It Berry Basket 1 My Tanglewood Cottage


I told you I would share the wonderful birthday dinosaur cake one of the other demonstrators made using the Cutie Pie Thinlits.


Dino Cake

Isn’t this so great! I love the base she created using a jar and M & M’s.

Let me share some other pictures from our booth.


Here is the beautiful wedding cake Michelle made.

Wedding Cake My Tanglewood Cottage


Isn’t this an adorable baby cake.

Baby Cake My Tanglewood Cottage


Check out this Tea Party display.

Tea Party My Tanglewood Cottage


A 3-D display.

Booth Ladder Display My Tanglewood Cottage


One of the demonstrator’s husband made our make-n-take stations. I just loved them!

Make n Take Stations My Tanglewood Cottage

We had such fun at the event.  We met so many nice ladies who were so sweet and we all had a great time creating!

Thanks for stopping by.  Time to go and create!

In the Meadow

I love to take walks along lakes, rivers or ocean sides.  So creating this card was a lot of fun for me.  This card was inspired one of the April, 2016  Creative Crew Challenges.  This challenge was to create a scene that had flowers, have a lake in the scene, and a path leading to a lake.  The stamp set In the Meadow from Stampin’ Up! came to my rescue and was the perfect fit for this challenge!


My Tanglewood Cottage In the Meadow

To make this card I started by stamping the mountains in the background using Black Stazon Ink.  (It’s important to use Stazon because water based inks will bleed.)  Using a brayer I added Marina Mist ink above the mountains for the sky and a little below the mountains for the lake being careful to not deposit any ink on the mountains. Old Olive ink was used on the lower portion of the card.Once I was done with the brayer I used an Aqua Painter to move the ink around in the sky, lake and grassy area.  Next I used Chocolate Chip ink to put in my path, also using an Aqua Painter.  The Chocolate Chip ink easily blended and covered the Old Olive ink.

The next step was to add the trees, grass and flowers, again using Black Stazon to stamp the images, with the exception of using some Old Olive ink to add more dimension to the grass. Mossy Meadow ink was used to fill in the leaves on the trees, and Chocolate Chip for the trunk.  The flowers were colored in using markers and a gel pen.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, along with the Old Olive and Mossy Meadow to watercolor the mountains.

The greeting “Think of You” from the Westlands stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card stock and die cut using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Die cut flowers from Botanical Builder Framelit Dies added the final touches.

Thank for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the card and were inspired to make one yourself!

If you need any of the products to make this card you can select and item below and it will take you to my online store.

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