Monday, February 20, 2017

lovely distress oxide inks

Last month I was lucky enough to attend CHA and take Tim Holtz's Distress class. In class Tim introduced us to the new Distress Oxide inks. I love my Distress inks and I was thrilled for more! And I couldn't wait to play...
I used the ink-to-mat technique we used in Tim's class to create a Cracked Pistachio background, stamping in Wilted Violet over the top. Here's quick video of the process:



I also followed the same steps with original Distress inks to compare (original Distress on the left and Oxide on the right)...

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,
Carly

P.S. Make sure you stop by tomorrow for the awesome new Essentials By Ellen release hop!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

mirror stamping with the MISTI

I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today sharing one of my favorite ways to use the MISTI, mirror stamping! 
Come on over!

xo,
Carly

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

stamping on cookies with concord & 9th

Today I have one more project to share using some of the Concord & 9th January release! I love this release, well I really love all their stuff, but the January release is super fun! And I have loved, loved, LOVED getting to guest design for them! They are one of my favorite stamps companies and some of the coolest, nicest people too! (Angie, Greg & Amy - love you guys!)

So I have seen stamped cookies around Pinterest and I've been dying to try it...



And don't you love when those Pinterest projects actually work?! My icing skills could use some fine tuning but the stamping part is pretty easy! I made a super quick video for you on how to stamp on cookies...



Here what's you need:

  • sugar cookies with completely dry royal icing
  • liquid food coloring (I used black for a bold graphic look)
  • stamping foam like ranger cut-n-dry foam
  • clean clear stamps (I used Concord & 9th's beautiful Love Notes and Best Banners stamp sets) 
  • acrylic block
  • food coloring marker (optional)

And a few tips from my experience:


  • when I say the icing should be dry, I mean like 24 hours dry
  • here are the awesome recipes I used for the sugar cookies & icing. (Thank you Bridget from bake at 350!)
  • wash your clear stamps with dish soap first to prevent any germ-ies from getting on your cookies and wash again with soap after to remove the food coloring.
  • you can use cling stamps but clear are the easiest to wash and the easiest to position.
  • small stamps are the easiest to get a clean, clear image but if you are like me and REALLY want to use a large, gorgeous Concord & 9th sentiment, a black food coloring marker helps fill in any missed spots because even flat cookies are a little uneven, LOL!
Thank you for stopping by!

xo,
Carly

P.S. Wouldn't stamped cookies be a great way to shower someone with love?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

making a magic slider...

Today I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today making a magical unicorn magic slider. Come check it out!

Happy Thursday!
Carly

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

crushing on concord & 9th best banners

I'm super excited to be guest designing again for Concord & 9th today! I was lucky enough to meet Angie, Greg & Amy in real-life at CHA last weekend and I love them even more now! Some people really get how crafting is a way to create happiness and the Concord team really gets it. They rock!

Today I've created a card with the new Best Banners stamp & die sets.
This card was totally inspired by an amazing card that JJ Bolton created last year. I've been wanting to copy recreate LOL, but never had the right dies to play with. The Concord & 9th Best Banner dies are just perfect for delicate little shakers. I {heart} them!
To start, I die cut the "best" banner 4 times. Then I used a glue pen to adhere 3 of the die cuts together.
I used the fourth "best" banner die as a guide to cut a piece of acetate to match. Then I set both pieces aside for later.
Next, I stamped a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 white panel with the words to complete the sentiment.
I used the glue pen again to adhere the triple-layered "best" to the stamped panel. Then I set it aside to dry completely (very important when using glitter in the shaker).
For the glitter I wanted a very subtle ombre effect so I colored my clear glitter with alcohol ink. In a plastic bag, I added a few spoonfuls of glitter. First I added one drop of ink, squished the bag around to blend and then removed 1/3 of the glitter. To the remaining glitter I added 2 more drops of ink, blended again and removed another 1/3. To the final 1/3 of glitter, I added 3 more drops of ink.

Once the glitter and the layered "best" (on the stamped panel) were dry, I used a spoon to add the glitter into the "best", lightest to darkest.
Over the glitter, I adhered the acetate piece and then finished it with the last "best" banner die cut.
I can't wait to make bunches more of these sweet little shakers, especially because I have lots of colored glitter left!

Thank you for inviting me to play Concord & 9th!

xo,
Carly

Thursday, January 19, 2017

showering love - sequin hearts & stripes

Today I have another super easy idea for lovey cards with sequin hearts that look much more complicated than they are!
Stamp panels with stripes like the My Favorite Things Watercolor Stripes background or the 3 stripe band from my new fav, Concord & 9th Love Always.

Die cut hearts from the stamped panels.

Then create the little sequined pieces to fill the negative space of the heart die cuts. This is much easier than it looks! Cut a piece of strong double sided adhesive bigger than the heart. Remove part of the adhesive liner and apply sequin trim (sequins pre-stitched together). Continue to remove the adhesive liner paper and apply the sequin trim until the piece is covered.

The iridescent sequin trim is available at Ellen Hutson LLC and the black is from my stash, left over from my wedding. Head over to my Instagram account for a chance to win some black trim happy mail.

Finish the panels with black ink splatter and sentiments before adhering to card. So easy right?!

I'm off to CHA but I'll be posting the fun on my Instagram account so make sure to pop over and check it out.

xo,
Carly

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