Neat and Tangled Birthday Hop!

Neat and Tangled Birthday Hop!

Hi everyone! I’m so happy (and so very honored!) to be a part of Neat & Tangled’s 3rd Birthday Hop! If you’re just now joining us, you can head back to the start at Neat & Tangled. I’m the first person on today’s hop, and we’ll be hopping all week yay! Plus there are some prizes up for grabs — more on that later.

If you’re new to Neat & Tangled, they are small company based in Northern Delaware owned by Danielle Walls — she’s one of my heroes. She designs the stamps — you should see her amazing handwriting. She’s also so fun to hang out with. I feel lucky to call her a friend. Her stamps and dies are made in the US and they work like a dream. Here, let me show ya!

Happiest Birthday by Lisa Spangler

Isn’t this guy just the cutest ever? And there’s another message in the set that says “throw kindness around like confetti”. It’s just so me — I’m a known confetti-bomber.

And it just so happened that I had this confetti in my stash. I’m going to put some confetti and sequins inside the card too so that it hopefully flies out when my MIL opens this. Oh yeah! It may not work yet because my family is all aware of my tricks ha!

Happiest Birthday by Lisa Spangler

The little box that this cute guy is jumping out of is this Box die cut by Neat & Tangled. As soon as I saw it I just had to have it! Love how it folds flat so that you can still slip it inside an envelope.

Happiest Birthday by Lisa Spangler

Win Prizes

There are prizes to be had, yay! (1) $100 gift certificate to the Neat and Tangled shop and (2) $50 gift certificates to the Neat and Tangled shop will be given away. Winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop all week long. Hope you join us!

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Pamela Ho! I can’t wait to see what she makes!

Happiest birthday wishes to Danielle and everyone at Neat and Tangled! And many (many!) more! HUGS!

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Hello, August

Hello, August. How did you get here so quickly? Time has just been flying by for me lately — so much going on since I last posted. I won’t go into all of the details — but let’s just say that it’s been even crazier than usual — including having 2 surgeries on my leg! Yikes.

Hello, August

Anyhow, back to fun stuff. Like stamping! I took some time today to get my planner organized for August. Feels so good to be organized. I used my Studio Calico stamps from the July Planner kit — love this kit so much.

If ya noticed that cute little ink pad up there, it’s called Happy Bits of Color by Hero Arts. Makes me happy. (I just may have had a hand in designing these). These little cubes are perfect for planners since they have 4 colors in one portable cube — plus the lid can double as an acrylic block. There are 6 versions to choose from:

Hope you have a happy August! xo

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Studio Calico Galileo Card Kit

You guys! Can you believe it’s almost June? I sure can’t! But that means that I can finally share the Studio Calico June card kit, Galileo.

Studio Calico Galileo Card Kit


This kit is so good. I can’t believe it hasn’t sold out yet! Clockwise from top left, here’s what ya get:

  • Tropical Breeze and Date Swirl 8.5×11″ card stock from Bazzill. Both colors are awesome.
  • Glacier Ice pigment ink pad by Clearsnap — such a great color.
  • A 4×6 stamp set by Lizzie Mackay for Studio Calico. Her designs are just darling! Check out her website to see what I mean. Every time I stamp that bunny I just have to smile — I want to stamp him on everything. And the ice cream stamps are pretty fun too! Perfect for summer. Plus you can use the ice cream scoops as polka dots and the cone to make a fun triangle border — will show ya later.
  • Washi stickers, also by Lizzie Mackay. Need I say more?
  • Enamel dots from Twine + Ink
  • #10 size envelopes in black and electric pink + 2 folded legal size card bases. LOVE playing with this size you guys! And it’s prefect to make a tower of ice cream :)
  • Yellow twine
  • 3 fun shipping tags — the coral is my fave but the gray is so elegant
  • 6×6 paper pad with 2 each of 11 designs by Hello Forever, Crate Paper, and Studio Calico

Now for what I’ve made with this kit — so far! Can’t wait to play with it some more. Everything you see here is made with *just* the items in the kit.

First up, a legal size bunny card! I’m telling you, I love this bunny!

Ice Cream Bunny by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

I love how the overlapping Color Theory inks look — listed below in the order that I stamped ’em in. If you haven’t used Color Theory inks before, they are a water based dye ink with vibrant colors. You can do all kinds of techniques with them. On this card, I stamped the top scoop in flamingo ink, but I stamped it on scrap paper first then again on the card without reinking — this way I got a lighter pink. I did the same thing with the next scoop in orange county.

Just gotta say that I love how the bunny looks so good simply stamped in black like that. Can’t wait to color him too.

Next, a fun little package and some tags! For this one, I used one of the ice cream scoops to make polka dots on some of the paper that’s in the kit:

To/From by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

Told ya I love that bunny!

Now for a card that doesn’t use the bunny! But it does use more of the paper that’s in the 6×6 pad.

Oh my, it's your birthday! by Lisa Spangler

I think this card would be great for a teen! And see how I made the triangle border down the left side of the card with the ice cream cone? Love doing things like that.

You can see what the rest of the team did with this kit and more right here in the gallery. Love this one by Aga — she used the scoops to make polka dots too! Dana took the bunny to another level by stamping him on acetate.

Anyhow, if you’d like a kit you can find it right here. Like I said, I can’t believe this one hasn’t sold out yet!

And that’s not all! You can start a new subscription for $5 with the codes below and get free shipping, too! Go on, you know you want to. :)




Hope you all have a great weekend! xo


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Studio Calico June Sneak Peeks :)

Studio Calico June Sneak Peeks by Lisa Spangler

Okay you guys, I normally don’t post about Studio Calico kits until reveal. But these June kits are just too awesome. Here are my peeks and some info, clockwise from top left:

  • A combo sneak from the Hey Girl stamp add on by Mama Elephant with the background made from the Custom Notes set by Hello Forever — I wanted it to look like a guest check like you’d get in a diner :)
  • ALL 3 are from the main card kit, including that tall pink envelope. Oh yeah.
  • Bunny and tag from card main. I love that bunny stamp so much! And yep, the twine is also in card main.
  • Here’s the bunny again :)
  • Stamping on paper from card main with one of the ice cream scoops AND the ink that’s also in card main — told ya this kit just rocks didn’t I?
  • More card main. Yes there’s washi! And enamel dots! Oh and that triangle border? I stamped it with the tip of the cone :)
  • Party Animals add-on by Life Love Paper. Love everything that Tina does but this one? Yeah I’m gonna use it a ton. The matching dies are also in the set.
  • Next up we have some die cut hearts — the dies are in the I Do set by Kelly Purkey. I just scribbled some watercolors on paper and cut ’em out. I want to make a ton of them to have on hand! Will also be great to cut out of felt, chipboard — you name it.
  • Last but not least, a peek at putting those hearts to use and the stamps that are in that I Do set.

Everything will be up for ordering on May 27th — at noon EST for subscribers and midnight for non-subscribers. :)

Annnnd, Studio Calico is having a sale!

From May 21-25, we’re having a Memorial Day Blowout sale! Get 20% off shop-wide + get an additional 30% off the Sale section of the shop! Codes: MEMORIALDAY20 and SALE30.

Have a great weekend,


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Moms Are Magical

Hey hey! Do you have your Mother’s Day cards done? I just popped mine in the mail this morning. Wish I’d have thought to take more photos but I was too excited to get these sent. You see, I’ve had this idea to use the “Moms are Magical” sentiment from the Studio Calico Mother’s Day set to make a shaker card for the longest time. Just seems to go together, know what I mean?


I thought this butterfly die cut from Hero Arts was the perfect thing to pair with it. I contrasted the paper I used for the shaker part of the card with the outside.

And, believe it or not but I used the same fresh peach ink to stamp the background on all 3 cards. Crazy right? From top left, that’s an eggshell, pink and poppy notecard. The stamp I used has been discontinued, but I still love it. I listed some alternatives in the supply list below.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! xo


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