Neat & Tangled 5th Birthday Blog Hop + Giveaway

Cathy ZielskeCards, Sponsor Giveaways271 Comments
Well they say there is a first for everything and today I’m honored to be part of the 5th Birthday Bash Blog Hop for Neat & Tangled. Neat & Tangled, if you recall, is the company responsible for the Polygon Cover Plate die, and that die was yet one more stone in my Path to Becoming Obsessed with Cardmaking (see this post for the evidence!) So when they asked if I’d be interested in joining the blog hop, my answer was an unequivocal Oh, HELL to the yes!
I am pretty new to the whole stencil thing, and this balloon duo set was my kind of set: simple and easy to use! I decided to use watercolor cardstock because I wanted to use Distress Oxides and a little water. I figured it’d keep my paper less warp-y. I taped down one stencil, used a mini blending tool, and just filled in ink color. Then I moved the stencil around and repeated the process.
Once the balloons were in place, I used my Distress Sprayer to spritz a bit of water onto the paper. Once it was dry, I cut it out using one of my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies (the 4.5 x 3.25 size).

Next I stamped the word ‘hooray’ using my Misti Tool (because honestly I cannot stamp a clean image without that thing! #getafrickinmisti) using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide to match the balloons. I stamped it two times to get a nice solid image. Again, only possible because of the genius of the Misti. Once the ink was dry I used the coordinating die to cut out the title.

The final step was to cut a stitched panel from some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock that was 4.25 x 5.5 to mount onto a 4.25 x 5.5 card base cut from some Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock. I love using the heavier cardstock to build my cards on. You think you don’t need two weights. Oh, but that is where you are wrong, my friends.

I adhered the balloon panel to the card base using some Fun Foam, then added the title to the balloon panel using some foam tape adhesive. Done and done! Hooray, indeed!


Neat & Tangled is giving away (1) $100 gift certificate and (2) $50 gift certificates to the Neat & Tangled Shop! Winners will be chosen from among all the comments left throughout the week-long blog hop! So leave a comment today and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 13th on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Be sure to check out these blogs today! You can enter at each one for additional chances to win!
1. Neat and Tangled
2. Simon Says Stamp (Shari Carroll)
3. Amy Rysavy
4. Kristina Werner


Cathy ZielskeNeat & Tangled 5th Birthday Blog Hop + Giveaway

271 Comments on “Neat & Tangled 5th Birthday Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. #1
    Lynda Bart

    Yup. I love this hop ’cause it shows me that I can do super looking things with what I already have. Thanks.

  2. #7
    Kimberly O.

    Oh wow! I hadn’t thought of using a stencil this way! My creative muse is hiding under a rock for a month or so. I’ve the Distressed Oxide stamp pads (first release) since April or May and STILL haven’t used them. Okay, I guess my muse has been gone for longer than a month. Once this dang cold is gone, I need to get into my crafting room and.. well.. craft! 😉

  3. #10
    Jackie P

    This is such a bright and cheerful card, I love the colors. I think I actually do need yet another balloon stencil.

  4. #12

    Love this cheerful card! So fun to see how many different ways to make a card with the same stamp!

  5. #20
    Ruth Tacoma

    Great card! you are reminding me to get my stuff out and get working on cards! Sometimes I forget how easy and fun it is.

  6. #28
    Kira N.

    Beautiful card! I can’t wait until Neat & Tangled gets their balloon stencil back in stock! 🙂

  7. #29

    Cathy, you are by far the most fun to learn from. And I even follow your Yodas, too! This card looks super do-able and I can’t wait to try it out!

  8. #37
    Donna Griffin

    Another awesome card! I actually need to whip up a birthday card for a party tomorrow night and was thinking about stenciling balloons too! Congrats on your first blog hop. How exciting!!

  9. #40
    Bobbie D.

    Simple and gorgeous! That’s me too, can’t get a good stamped image if my life depended on it without my misti. Happy 5th!

  10. #44
    Dawn Patten

    Love this!!! Beautiful but simple to do with all the wonderful colors. Minimals supplies!! Love

  11. #51

    Great card. It feels like you have been card-making for a very long time! Thanks for your helpful tips and humour!

  12. #53
    Martha R

    You designed a very cool birthday card with this stencil! The oxide inks on your balloons – awesome! Thank you.

  13. #59
    Chris H.

    I got a MISTI. I got some distress oxides. I have 15 years of stamp supplies, had a mostly 7 year dry spell. Love the card, and what you said about why cards now…because your kids lives are theirs now and the time is right..I am feeling that for sure.

  14. #60
    Chris S.

    Very nice card. I think the balloon and Hooray stamp are great. Neat and Tangled maked great stamps.

  15. #64
    Carol Godfrey

    Beautiful cards I have to get my hands on those distress oxide inks it’s on my Christmas list! Great release from neat and tangled love the party animals in it

  16. #65
    Kari Lightfoot

    Your a natural at cardmaking, love your card, and love your IG channel, seriously you put a smile on my face everyday with your stories

  17. #66

    What a cheery card. I love it! The pink Hooray really makes it for me. A nice fresh change from the usual black.

  18. #69
    Mary Holshouser

    Love the balloons.
    The water on the ink gives
    just enough shading to be
    Fantastic card.
    thanks for sharing.

  19. #72
    Amy Vitriani

    Fantastic card Cathy!! I love the bright fun colors you used! Such a wonderful release to celebrate neat and tangleds birthday!

  20. #77
    Melanie Pendleton

    Love this Bright and cheerful Card!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on these new products.

  21. #81

    Love this card! It’s so fun for a man (always a challenge!) or woman. Thanks for participating in this hop because I’m new to your blog. And yes… I signed up! YAY!

  22. #82
    Kim Kern

    Love, love this card you made!!! Your new card making is costing me lots of money!! lol Every time you show us something new, I want to invest in it. I have an expense Tim Holtz distress oxide ink list.

    Kim Kern
    Hermiston, Or

  23. #84
    Marian Hein

    Cathy, your talent knows no bounds. Beautiful card! I can’t wait to see what else you lend your magic to.

  24. #85
    Donna Walker

    I really like the simplicity of these stencils and how you used them for the card. I’m new to your blog and I have to say…you’re a HOOT! #subscribetothisfrickinblog

  25. #89

    Awesome card with minimal supplies. I love the distressed yet clean look of this card. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. #96

    Yep, the more I see this stencil in action, the more I know it’s something I need to have. Nice job.

  27. #97
    Kathy Thisted

    such a fantastic card ! Really lovin’ the balloon stencils. this seems a must have the more I see it used.

  28. #101
    Heather Lynn

    Great idea to use watercolor paper. Love your colors and technique. Thanks for sharing and thanks for great products N & T!

  29. #103
    Denise Bryant

    Love your pretty color combo! Awesome balloons on your festive card! Happy Birthday to N&T!

  30. #105
    bev p

    So funny! I love that you came to cardmaking from scrapbooking. I totally loved paper (and even bought some) but resisted all paper craft for years because I knew it would be addicting. I was right. I started out with one pack of cardstock, some patterned paper, and a pack of die cuts to make some Christmas cards. Before I was done, I had more cards than the number of people I even know! I can manage cards, but they have taken over a significant part of my house. Glad to have you on board for this very special birthday celebration.

  31. #106
    Cheryl Robertson

    I love the colors you chose for your card. The balloon stencil seems to be a great stencil to have.

  32. #107
    Barb MacAskill

    Great card! I love the vibrant yet soft colors of the balloons and the big Hooray makes my heart sing! TFS!

  33. #112
    Suzy Gray

    Such a happy card. I’m loving your Instagram stories. You never fail to make me smile, inspire or bust out laughing.

  34. #113
    Mel H

    Great card Cathy…and yes #getafrickinmisti I can’t work without mine. Saves my hair and a ton of trees.

  35. #114
    Sheri K

    Thanks for sharing this fun card–loved the colors you’ve used. I’m a Misti lover myself, awesome tool.

  36. #115
    Kimberly Ostgard

    Love the card great inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly Ostgard

  37. #116
    Mindy Eggen

    love the simplicity of this card – great colors ! and just have to say I recently found you and love reading your posts and watching your stories on Instagram. Hilarious!

  38. #117
    Tracey Magner

    Hi, first I have to tell you I love you site and your stamps and the way you think, so cool !
    Your card is very cool, the colors are so bright and pretty. I really love this stamp company, and this has been an awesome hop. Thanks for sharing your awesome card with us.

  39. #123
    Carolyn S

    Pretty, pretty balloons! Although I got diverted with your polygon card! I am easily distracted by pretty stuff!

  40. #127
    Michelle Bradtke

    Great job on this card, Cathy. I already have the balloons stencil from Neat and Tangled on my wish kist!

  41. #128
    Anne Sturgeon

    Love that stencil and your choice of the oxide inks. Nicely done. Many more Neat & Tangled!

  42. #131
    Kristin McCann

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Now I need the balloon stencil too!! #allthethings

  43. #139

    Super fun and festive! Love the colors and design! Thanks for the inspiration and creativity! Xoxos ?❤️

  44. #150
    Denise Kasbohm

    So pretty love and I the colorful balloons. I am loving all the great ideas on this blog hop. Thanks for sharing!

  45. #155
    Maggie B

    Hi Cathy ~ First, you crack me up and I agree….EVERYONE needs a MISTI!! Love your card and your color choices. This set of balloon stencils are awesome and I love the way you can line them up to do a bit of overlapping. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an awesome weekend!! ~HUGS~

  46. #158
    Laura P.

    Hi Cathy, Your card is so colorful and cute, and I love your blogging style! You write like you’re talking to a friend, so fun to read! I want that balloon stencil!!

  47. #167

    Great card, love the balloons and their colors as well as that pink Hooray! I bet i could have a great time shoppng with one of the prizes!

  48. #169
    Stefanie White

    Great card, you rocked the stencil. Wait until you try embossing with a stencil if you have not already. Blows your mind.

  49. #171
    Sharon Tate

    This card is lovely and I really like the pink used in this card, Really clean and simple.

  50. #180
    Kathy Mc

    Sweet card! Can’t wait to try my hand at it, especially since you used distress oxides. Love them! Congrats on being featured in a blog hop. I’m sure you will become a regular in many!

  51. #189
    Maryjo L Monterosso

    Great card and you used my two favorite products from this release, the balloons and the Hooray. Love your color choices. Bright, colorful and so fun.

  52. #190
    Angela W

    Great job using a stencil on your card! It looks great! The colors you chose are super fun, too! This is the perfect card, with my favorite products from this release, for a celebration!!

  53. #191
    Pam D.

    Love the hooray die! This has been a fun week long hoo, so much inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  54. #195
    Diane B

    Such a fun, cheerful card. I like how you showed to use the stencil not overlapping as well. it shows its versatility.

  55. #210
    Bernice J.

    What a fantastic prize to be able to win. I really want to go shopping at Neat and Tangled!!

  56. #211
    Teresa Doyle

    So super cute Cathy. Look at YOU go with this whole card making thing. You are stamping and stenciling like a pro! A fantastic job!

  57. #215
    Kristen Lail

    Fabulous! I love your card progressions. How are you finding stamping with the new Distress inks?

  58. #219
    Shawn Wenrich

    So nice to see you on the card bandwagon, hope you stay put! Love this card, just perfect!

  59. #221

    Lovely card. I totally agree that the Misti is essential for solid stamps. But I have to say that the distress oxide inks are the best I have found for stamping solid images.

  60. #222
    Janice DP

    That stencil set is such a great idea, and I love how you used it for this cute card. Those colors look fab together. Thanks for the on-going inspiration, Cathy.

  61. #226

    I love your card. Stencils are next on my list of things to try. I’m trying to stay away from the distress oxide inks, mostly because I want them all.

  62. #250
    Debbie Hight

    just finished hopping!! great work with lovely new product! so many inspiring works of art 🙂

  63. #254
    Robin Ridpath

    Wonderful card! Love how you used the balloons as a background without overlapping them and they look great all water sprinkley.

  64. #256

    Such a cheerful card. Cannot wait to try the second batch of DOIs that arrived earlier this week and have a play with my new N&T goodies that also arrived this week.

  65. #257
    Denise Ward

    What a fun card! The balloons are a natural sign to “celebrate” and the N&T “hooray” is the perfect sentiment to get the festivities started!! 🙂

  66. #260
    Kay S

    Great card. This stencil was already on my wish list. Thanks for another inspiring way to use it.

  67. #261
    Cara Porter

    Love the card Cathy! I love all the cards you’ve been making lately! I’m feeling super inspired right now, but I’m lacking the time to actually go and make anything (I have a 1 year old). I figure I’ll just store up all this inspiration and when I find time to actually create, it will explode all over and I will make several masterpieces. That’s how it works right? ?

  68. #262
    Gail Plaskiewicz

    I love balloons! You can do so much with them like glitter, different colors and polka dots. I also love them just because balloons are so cool in general. Your card is so colorful and that’s the way all greeting cards should be. I see you also used my favorite color yellow to color one of your balloons. I can think of a lot of people who would love to have this card, and that includes me. Thanks for showing us your colorful card and for giving us the chance to win something.

  69. #263
    Katherine S

    Love this bright and happy design, Cathy — that would bring a smile to anyone’s face 🙂 Distress oxides are seriously one of the best craft investments I’ve made, both in terms of amount of usage and enjoyment from them. Tim Holtz is some kind of genius (this I knew already) I really admire the enthusiasm and talent with which you’ve embraced card making — love that you’re sharing that whole process so openly, too.
    Happy birthday to Neat and Tangled, one of my favourite Stamp companies! Awesome new release, as always.

  70. #268

    Great card, Such great colors. Simplistic yet beautiful. Thanks for sharing it and the great products at Neat and Tangled.

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