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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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

showering love - easy inked conversation hearts

Conversation hearts are such an iconic part of Valentine's Day and I love them! Well actually I think they taste a little yucky but I love them! Today I created a super easy card using ink blending to create some candy hearts...
To create this card, start by die cutting hearts from masking paper. I did not have the size of heart die that I wanted to use so I cut my masks with a heart balloon die and then just used 2 little more pieces of masking paper to mask the bottom of the balloon.

Place first mask on smooth watercolor panel and add ink with an ink blending tool.
Remove mask and let ink dry for just a few minutes before placing second mask on panel and creating second heart.
When all of the hearts are inked, add conversation heart messages with a simple alphabet set like the Essentials by Ellen Basic Alpha in hot pink ink like Archival Magenta Hue.

Finally add a little hot pink splatter, clear sequins and send some sweetness to a friend!
xo,
Carly

p.s. Don't forget to mail that card! Mailing is the part I always forget about but not this time, I'm showering my loves with love!

p.p.s. Read more about my showering love mission here.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

showering love...

Valentine's Day is coming up and I'm getting pretty excited! I know Valentine's can get a bad wrap as a commercial holiday intended just to sell greeting cards but I love it! I love the hearts, the red & pink, the chocolate AND most of all, having a date on the calendar to remind me to shower the people I love with love. We can all use the reminder. And the world could use a little more love right now, am I right?

For the next couple of weeks, I have some lovey projects to share and I hope you will be inspired to shower the people you love on Valentine's or any random day.

See you soon!

xo,
Carly


Saturday, January 14, 2017

happy hello with the happy card set

I have been waiting to share this card for weeks now and then practically forgot with all the holiday crazy. This card started my loving obsession with the Concord & 9th Happy Card die set. I had so much fun using almost all of the pieces and combining them with my favorite messy watercolors.

To create this card, start with cutting the floral piece from the Concord & 9th Happy Card set. Use it as a "stencil" to draw some flowers on a piece of smooth watercolor paper. And don't worry if you get ink on the stencil, it just adds to it.
With Clean Color markers and a bit of water, add more color and blending to your traced flowers. Stamp leaves in a blendable ink like Distress Ink, and add more color. And while coloring, color the flower used as a stencil.

While the floral background you've created is drying, die cut the Happy Card Frame with the "happy" word insert. Color the happy with shimmery ink like Wink of Stella.
Adhere the flower piece in the corner of the frame.

Stamp and emboss "hello" on banner piece. Then smear on some Wink of Stella for shimmer. Adhere to frame.

Finally adhere frame over watercolored floral background and add some sequins.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

xo,
Carly

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