Washi Wednesday – Celebrating Independence

Today’s Washi Wednesday card is a reminder of July 4th, the day we celebrate the birth of American independence.   Cities across America  celebrate with parades as a reminder of our freedoms and to honor those who have given of themselves for our country.  Families and friends gather to reconnect and enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs.  And many go to see the fireworks that bring the skies to life with colors of the rainbow.  A time of celebration for sure!

Washi Wednesday Celebrating Independence Card

I chose the traditional red, white and blue colors for my card.  The Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape coordinates perfectly with the Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Night of Navy card stocks.


Washi Tape Timeless Textures Watercolor Wings My Tanglewood Cottage


The top butterfly is stamped using stamps from Watercolor Wings and then die cut with the smallest Butterflies Thinlits die.  A Cherry Cobbler small butterfly is cut using a die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer behind the top butterfly.


Timeless Textures, Watercolor Wings, Flora Boutiique Designer Washi Tape, mytanglewoodcottage.net

The flourish from the Timeless Textures stamp set is stamped in Dapper Denim.  The greeting is from Confetti Celebration – a perfect fit for this card!

I hope you have a lot of fun celebrating this 4th of July!  Until next time, happy stamping!


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Traveler in 3D

One of the Creative Crew challenges this month was to use the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  The designs in the stack are so great I have a hard time cutting the paper!   I decided to use the Traveler stamp set with this gorgeous paper.

I used the ship from the Traveler set and cut it out with the Squares Collection Framelits to make the three-dimensional focal point.

Timeless Textures Traveler 2 My Tanglewood cottage

How I achieved the 3D Effect

To create the 3D effect on this card I stamped the ship on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I then aligned the four smallest square framelits on the piece and ran it through the Big Shot. The first layer is glued down and from there I adhered the pieces down with “layered” Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The center piece has 3 dimensionals stacked on top of each other!

The happy birthday greeting is from the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set and the banner is from the Number of Years stamp set offered by Stampin’ Up!  The background piece was created using a stamp in the Timeless Textures stamp set.

Timeless Textures Traveler My Tanglewood cottage

Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla card stock are the colors used on this card.

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Number of Years

When I first saw the Number of Years stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog my first through was, “I don’t like that set.” Well, I was wrong!  After seeing some fabulous cards on the Internet, I just had to have it!

The set is versatile.  You could use it for anniversary cards, birthday cards, and scrapbook pages.  I could see using the numbers for either a card or scrapbook page to coordinate with a football, baseball, basketball, number on a jersey. How about for a grade level?  What about a house number?  Your bowling score; number of children you have; days until retirement?  The possibilities are wide and varied!

After all those possibilities, I’ve made a birthday card to share with you.

Number of Years My Tanglewood Cottage

For this card, besides using the Number of Years stamp set I used The Open sea, Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures sets.  The card stock colors used are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Very Vanilla.  Ink colors are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Crumb Cake. Thanks for stopping by!

There was not fussy cutting required to cut the numbers, the Large Numbers Framelits Dies are the perfect fit!

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The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates Occasions

February 2016


Are you ready a fabulous February Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  There are ten of us this month, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see projects from some amazing stampers.  The projects will feature products from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions, Sale-A-Bration and annual catalog to celebrate the occasions in our lives.

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 Heidi Weaver’s blog.  She never fails to amaze me!

Happy Hopping!

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Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics

The Timeless Textures in the Occasions catalog is quickly becoming one of my favorite sets.  The set can make an interesting background with a variety of options.

For this card I also used Butterfly Basics, using the small butterfly from the set as the focal point.  I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits, then used the small butterfly die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer on top of it.  I wanted a vintage look for the card so I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges.

My Tanglewood Cottage Timeless Textures Butterfly Basics

The greeting “Sending Wishes Your Way” is perfect for a birthday card, anniversary, job promotion, or…  What would you use this for?

Birthday Bloom

There are many beautiful cards on the internet featuring the lovely set, Birthday Blooms.  Another hit from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions catalog.

On many occasions I need a card to say I care for a friend, and this card works well to express my love and respect for those who bless my life.  I love the font they used for the greeting “for you”.

My Tanglewood Cottage Birthday Blooms

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flower.  Water coloring would work well with this too.  You could even use colored pencils or crayons!  (I am going to be stamping this image on colored paper too in the near future.)

After stamping and coloring the flower I cut a portion of the flower away and then slide a Ovals Collection Framelits under and around the flower to cut out the oval (the breakout technique).

The card base is Pool Party and then a layer from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually used Calypso Coral to layer the banner along with the Pool Party layer which was embossed using the Softly Falling EF.  Did you notice the cute Botanical Gardens Jewel?

Everything Eleanor

With winter slowly moving towards spring here in Oregon, I decided to make a butterfly card.  I was in the mood for something more whimsical and light and just love the flourish stamp in Everything Eleanor to achieve the whimsical look.

My Tanglewood Cottage Everything Eleanor BD Blooms

The white leave were cut using a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. Once again I used the Butterflies Thinlits to cut out the white butterfly layer and then used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper layer.  The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms set.  The final touch to the corners was made using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Well stampers, it’s time to move on to Raquelle Clifton’s blog.  I’m so excited to see what she has created to inspire us! She is new to our hop, so please be sure to take time to welcome her.