Thursday, November 29, 2012

Challenge #1 Winners!

Hello there! We had so many amazing projects submitted for our first challenge, it was tough picking just one winner! But there can only be one "top tangle"!!!

Without further ado, the top tangle for the "Say Hello" challenge is Donna M.!

We love the subway art look that Donna created with all of the colorful sentiments from Just Hello. So adorable! 

Congratulations, Donna! Please email neatandtangledstamps(at) and let us know which stamp set you would like. And feel free to display the "top tangle" badge on your blog!

Next, there were a few other projects that caught our eye that we thought deserved some recognition, so here are the honorable mentions, or as we like to call them, the "lovely little tangles"!

Well done, ladies! Please feel free to display the 'lovely little tangle' badge on your blogs!

One more order of business -- I did not hear back from one of the winners from the blog hop, so I've used to pick a new winner, and that winner is...  
Congrats! Please email neatandtangledstamps(at) to claim your prize!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our first challenge! We hope you'll all play along for our next challenge, which starts on Thursday, December 6th!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tutorial: Using Digital Stamps!

Hi everyone! Danielle here...

So, the first challenge here at Little Tangles started yesterday, and I provided some free digital stamps in case you haven't had a chance to get some from the store yet.   I know that up until a few weeks ago I had no idea how to use digi stamps! lol  I asked the amazing Jean Manis to put together a little tutorial for you to learn how to put those cute digi stamps to work!

Using digital Neat & Tangled Stamps

Jean here to give you a quick tutorial on using the digital Neat & Tangled stamps.

The first thing needed is to save the digital images onto your computer. Right-click the image and do a “save as” to save the images into a directory.

While it is possible to work with the images in Microsoft Word, this tutorial shows using the files in Photoshop (directions for Photoshop Elements would be similar).

1) Create a new file, and choose letter-size.

2) I like to create grid lines at the center breaking the letter-size page into four sections. A typical card front would be 4 ¼” x 8 ½”, so this division provides four fronts.

3) The next step is to open the digital file.

4) Select the digital image and drag in onto the empty canvas. There is now a layer on the page with the digital file.

5) Open the sentiment digital file and drag it onto the page as well. It sits on its own layer.

6) Select both layers and duplicate.

7) Drag the two new layers into another 4 ¼” x 8 ½” part of the paper. This enables easy sizing of the components for the physical card.

8) With both layers selected, pull on one of the corners while holding the shift key to scale the images
larger. By holding the shift key, the image is equally enlarged in both the horizontal and vertical directions.

In a similar fashion, you can scale the bird smaller and duplicate it several times for printing. Before printing, fill the page with additional options

Print the file to a laser writer if you’re using Copic markers to color the image. The inks from other printers may react with your markers. Print onto cardstock and set your printer to handle the heavier paper. Another option is to take the printed page to a copy shop if you don’t have access to a laser writer.

After you've printed your images you can color, and fussy cut them just as you would a stamped image!

Using a digital image is so simple and allows for a lot of options in sizing and orientation!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Challenge #1: Say Hello!

Hello and welcome to the very first Little Tangles challenge!!! We are so excited to get the challenge started and we can't wait to see what you create with those beautiful Neat & Tangled stamps!!

We are thrilled to announce our fabulous sponsor: Neat & Tangled Stamps!!

The winner of this challenge will win a stamp set of their choice from Neat & Tangled!

Our theme this week is "Say Hello." Since we're new around here, we'd like to get to know you all. So we're saying hello to you and we'd love for you to join us and say hello to us too! Just create any kind of project with a "hello" theme and link up at the bottom of this post!

The design team has created some amazing projects that will give you lots of inspiration to get crafty! (Click the pictures to go to that design team member's blog)






Now it's your turn to say hello to us! Don't forget, you can download some FREE digital stamps. Just click the "Free Digi Stamps" tab at the top of the blog!!

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Create a NEW project based on the challenge theme. Your project must fit within the challenge theme in order to be eligible to win.
  • Submit your entry through the Inlinkz tool below. (If you have a blog, please link to the blog post with your challenge entry, not your entire blog!)
  • Link back to our challenge and display our challenge graphic in your blog post.
  • The use of Neat & Tangled stamps is not required, but it is strongly encouraged! If you don't own any Neat & Tangled stamps, check out the FREE digi stamps HERE
  • You may enter as many times as you'd like.
  • We'd love for you to be a follower of Little Tangles!
  • You have until Sunday, November 25th at 11:59 EST to enter.

We hope you'll join us!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Introducing the Little Tangles Design Team!

Hello there!! Are you ready to meet the Little Tangles Design Team? Say hello to these five lovely ladies!!

Stephanie B

Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am married with two dogs. I work full time, but when I’m not working, I enjoy all things crafty! I love making cards, scrapbooking, sewing, crochet, etc. For the most part, I love to create colorful, clean and simple cards. Aside from crafting, I also enjoy shopping, watching movies, going to the beach, and spoiling our dogs. 
I'm so happy to be the Design Team Coordinator for Little Tangles! I'm thrilled to be working with our talented design team as well as the amazing Danielle!

Stephanie's blog:

Miriam Prantner:
Married to Andrew with two daughters, Ellie and Carina, and a beagle named Geronimo, I live in Arlington, VA and have been crafting since I can remember (it was the only way to keep me busy).  I've been a scrapbooker for over a decade, and recently started stamping and making cards.  Working for the government and being a wife/mom keep me pretty busy, but I find time in the evenings to craft.  I love experimenting, learning new techniques, and trying new products.  When I'm not hanging out with the family or crafting, you might find me playing hockey or curled up with a book. 

Miriam's blog:

Ren-Yi Lo:
Hello everyone - first off, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to join the Little Tangles Design Team. I am looking forward to getting to know Danielle and my new teammates. 

For a few little fun facts about myself: I am a foodie and crafting addict. Be it baking, cooking, crocheting, cross-stitching or paper crafting, I am always up for trying something new. I'm currently trying to expand my paper crafting horizons with some scrapbooking and there is an upcoming glass beading workshop I am dying to try out. 

I am a Software Engineer by day, so my creative monster comes out at night and weekends. If my experiments involves the kitchen or the outside grill, then my family, friends and boyfriend become my guinea pigs taste testers. My other vices include retail therapy by shopping for crafting supplies, too much TV (while crafting) and listening to music (while cooking). 

I live in New Jersey and love the many outdoorsy opportunities, such as kayaking, biking, or hiking. Most of it is chronicled on my wee little blog space called Smallhanded Adventures. Please don't be shy and feel free to stop by to say hi. If there is any one thing I have learned about the blog world is how awesome the online community is. I have been so lucky to make some new lasting friendships along the way. And I welcome any new connections :)

Ren-Yi's blog:

Tenia Nelson:
Hello all my name is Tenia Nelson and I am a 31 year old jazz pianist, music teacher and paper crafter that lives in Denver, Colorado. I am married to a great guy named Tim, I am momma to my awesome son Thelonious(Theo) and I have two wonderful doggie "kids" Miles and Brillo. I love me some paper, stamps, inks and embellies....for reals though!!! I am so happy to be on the Little Tangles DT with these awesome ladies!!!

Tenia's blog:

Tracy Ercole:
I am SO excited to be a part of the Little Tangles design team!  I started scrapbooking a few years ago and then decided to try making a few cards and that was it, I was hooked! I live in Tasmania, Australia and work full-time as a police officer.  I have a wonderful ‘understanding’ husband, and am a mum, and step-mum to 4 great boys ranging in age from 15 years to 20 months. If I’m not in my crafty space in my spare time, I love spending time with the hubby watching movies, walking our crazy dog Bella and am finally starting to enjoy going to the gym!

Tracy's blog:

We can't wait to start our challenges on Thursday! These ladies will have some awesome inspiration for you and we're so excited to see what you create!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Hop Winners!

Hello! We hope you all enjoyed the blog hop last week! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments!!

There were 2 prizes up for grabs during the hop, so I'm here to announce the winners! I used to select 2 winners from the comments on all the blogs in the hop.
winner #1 is............

Congratulations Margie! You've won a Neat & Tangled stamp set of your choice + a set of MossyMade buttons!

and winner #2 is............

Congratulations Michelle! You've won a Neat & Tangled stamp set of your choice + a roll of washi tape!

Margie & Michelle, please email me at to claim your prize!

We'll be back on Thursday for our first challenge!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Welcome to Little Tangles!

Hello and welcome to Little Tangles: the official Neat & Tangled challenge blog!

We are so happy that you are here with us and we hope you enjoyed all the stops of the blog hop!

Let me tell you a little bit about Little Tangles. This is a place where we can all share our love for Neat & Tangled stamps and we will have challenges twice a month. My name is Stephanie and I am the coordinator of the blog. We have a design team consisting of myself plus 4 very talented ladies that are sure to impress and inspire you for every challenge! Neat and Tangled will also be sponsoring every challenge so there is always a chance to win some goodies ;)

We will have a fun new challenge for you on the first and third Thursday of every month. Our first challenge will start on Thursday, November 15th. When participating in the challenges, we encourage you to use Neat & Tangled stamps, but it is not required. If you don't own any Neat & Tangled stamps yet, that's okay! We'd still love for you to participate!

...Speaking of, if you haven't had a chance to pick up a Neat & Tangled stamp set yet, there are TWO FREE digital stamps for you today so you can still play along!! (For instructions click on the "Free Digi Stamps" tab at the top of the blog!)

For today's blog hop, we joined forces with the Neat & Tangled Design Team to say hello to all of you! In case you missed any stops, or you'd like to start the hop from the beginning, here is the full blog hop order:

Little Tangles (You are here!!)

Unfortunately, Design Team member, Ren-Yi is not able to join us for the hop today because she is without power due to Hurricane Sandy. We hope that you'll still stop by her blog and tell her hello!

We have a couple of prizes up for grabs, so be sure to leave comments along the hop to be entered! The hop will end on Sunday, November 4th at 11:59pm EST. Prize winners will be announced shortly after.

Thanks so much for stopping by. We hope you'll come back and join us for our first challenge on November 15th!!