Washi Tape Wednesday – Playful Palette

I have a confession.  I have had a hard time using washi tape.  I have rolls of it in my drawers – unused rolls!  Well, it is time for me to break out that tape and overcome my fear.  It’s time to learn how to use washi tape!  So, I am hoping to share some cards made using washi tape over the next several weeks.  Thus, Washi Tape Wednesday!

For this card I used the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape.  I love the colors in this bundle of Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Basic Black.  To me this bundle is fun and sassy!


Swirly Bird Washi My Tanglewood Cottage

Don’t you just love that little bird.  He’s from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set

Washi Tape Tutorial

This card is super easy to make and I put together a tutorial for you so you can use up your Washi Tape.  (I hope I’m not the only one who has rolls and rolls sitting in their drawers!)

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I”ve also added this tutorial to my Tutorial Page so you an reference it easily in the future.

Do you need that Washi Tape.  Simply click on the icon below and it will take you to my online store.

Get those fingers inky!!  Happy stamping!

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From Land to Sea – Salted Background Technique

I love going to aquariums and peering through the windows at all the sea life the Lord has created.  I especially love the jelly fish with their delicate tentacles floating in the water.  It’s no wonder I was drawn to the From Land to Sea set from Stampin’ Up!

The card I am sharing with you today was inspired by Heidi Weaver’s card (view it here).  I really loved her layout and positioning of her jelly fish and of course the turtle so I had to CASE (copy and share everything) her gorgeous card!  I changed it up a bit using different colors,  by making a different background, and using a thinlit for the greeting.  I also used rhinestones rather than a stamp for the air bubbles.


From Land to Sea My Tanglewood Cottage

Don’ you just love the From Land to Sea stamp set?

To create the background:

To create the background I sponged Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and then Elegant Eggplant inks onto water color paper.  As I sponged on the ink I blended them together.  Next I heavily sprayed the paper with water so the inks would blend together even more.  Once the paper was wet I sprinkled kosher salt onto the paper and then let it dry.

Once it was dry I  remove all salt crystals.  (You can do this by using your hands, a paper towel, or the edge of a piece of scrap card stock.)  You will notice a haze of salty water, this just adds to the beauty of your background.

The salt background is an easy and fun technique – give it a try.

I wanted to mention before you go…if you are interested int the Greetings Thinlits Dies which I used for this card, they are retiring.  You only have until May 31, 2016 or while supplies last.  You can purchase the dies at my online store simply by click on the icon below.

Thank you for stopping by!

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The Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop

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Welcome to My Tanglewood Cottage and the Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop!  This month we will be showing you projects that feature retiring products we love, our faorite masculine products, and, finally, a sneak peak of up-coming products.  There are only six of us participating this month, but we aim to inspire you to get out your stamps and get your fingers inky!

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 Penny Hanuszak’s blog.  Penny is so talented, I bet you were inspired by what she shared with you.

Happy Hopping!

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Going, going and almost gone – you have until May 31st!

I debated on so many different retiring products to share with you, because there are a lot I will miss.  I decided on the Cups & Kettles Framelits dies that coordinate with the A Nice Cuppa stamp set because this set was only available for a short period of time and you only have a few days left to get it if you want it.  Just about everyone I know loves tea so this is a perfect Suite for me.

Oh, I almost forgot…I also am using Greeting Thinlits which I also am sad to see go.  I love the fact they are such a perfect size for most cards.

When I first began working on this card I had found a water color tutorial online I wanted to try out.  Well, let’s just say I was unsuccessful in achieving the background I wanted to create!  So, I experimented with some sponging and then stamped soft colors over the sponged card stock.


Sponging My Tanglewood Cottage

I started by sponging and blending Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point onto the card stock.

Sponging stamping

Next I inked up several stamps from the Timeless Textures set (which is not retiring, yahoo!) with Soft Sky ink and stamped images randomly over the sponged background.


Cups Kettles A Nice Cuppa My Tanglewood Cottage

Here is my finished “going, going, and almost gone” card!

Masculine Card

This next card features the Open Sea stamp set which is also retiring, along with the retiring World Map background stamp.  I am truly sorry to see these two go.  I have used both so many times to make masculine cards.

I added a sneak-peak product which is FABULOUS –  it’s the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits!  Gotta have a sea for the ship to sail on!


Open Sea My Tanglewood Cottage

Lots of fussy cutting with this card,
which is something I love to do.

Open Sea 3 My Tanglewood Cottage

Also a lot of coloring on this card, another thing I like to do!

Open Sea 2 My Tanglewood Cottage


As demonstrators we were given a selection of pre-order products to choose from, one was the Swirly Bird Suite.  This next card features the Suite and several in-colors which are so pretty.  I used the Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy new colors to share with you.


Swirly Bird My Tanglewood Cottage

I hope you were inspired today and that you take time to get your “stampin” on!

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Your next stop is with Deb Smart.  She has such beautiful projects to share with you.   She continually amazes me!

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








Number of Years and Ninja Turtle Punch Art

Before I share a card I made using the Number of Years stamp set and ninja turtle punch art I wanted to share a picture that is worth a thousand words!  My dog was wanting out the back (which is french doors with glass) and I happened to look out before opening the door.  I had to get my camera so I could share  want I found so delightful.  This is what I caught with my camera.


Squirrel Busted My Tanglewood Cottage

I have no idea how this cute little squirrel got up on this bird feeder.  It was so funny to see how the squirrel whipped its head around when I opened the door and looked at me.  It knew it had been busted!

Number of Years Card

This card was made for my great-grandson’s first birthday.  The theme for his party was ninja turtles, so of course I had to come up with a card that matched the theme.  The Number of Years set is a great set for birthdays and I love the fact that the Large Numbers Framelits Dies cut out the number(s)!


Number of Years Punch Art My Tanglewood Cottage


I used the Confetti Stars Border Punch to punch out some stars and “sprinkled” them around the number 1.  Washi tape was used for the background behind the cute little ninja turtle wearing a blue mask.  His name is  Leonardo  or Leo to his friends!   I found a tutorial for the ninja turtle on this Melissa Banbury’s site and followed her instructions.


Punch Art Number of Years My Tanglewood Cottage


The Washi Tape for the first and third row is from the Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape set and the middle row is a retired washi tape.  For the inside I stamped happy birthday and then used the Little Letters Thinlits to cut out the word dude to adhere to the inside too.  (The Little Letters Thinlits are retiring, so get them now if you want them.  Also, many of the punches I used are retiring.)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, get your fingers inky!  Happy stamping!

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