Thursday, May 26, 2016

playing with patterned paper in the classroom!

i'm over in the classroom today for #throwbackthursdays, playing with patterned paper.

come on over!

xo,
carly

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

furry yeti hugs

there is something about little monsters that just get me! they are so darn cute!!! sometimes i avoid the little characters because coloring is not my strong suit but i have been practicing with clean color brush markers and how adorable is this yeti?!
i die cut the yeti from the front of a 3-1/2 x 5 card to create some negative space.
then i taped my closed card down to my craft mat and stamped my yeti through the die cut opening on to the inside of my card. there's probably an easier way to do this but as previously mentioned yesterday, i was recovering from the flu.
i colored my little yeti with clean color markers. i've heard you either love the clean color real brush markers or hate them and i love them! i have found that the paper makes all the difference and bristol is my favorite (as it is for ink blending).
finally i used double-sided tape to give him a furry fabric tummy.
xo,
carly

Monday, May 23, 2016

rose gold watercolored flowers

we've been laying low around here after being hit by the flu, yuck! but on the upside, a weekend in jammies left me some time for crafting (after i was feeling better that is). 

i realized all my cards from this weekend have something in common, negative shapes (must have been my post-flu brain). here's one of them:
i started by die cutting flowers from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 panel.
then i placed my die cut panel over a bristol card and traced the flowers with a pale pink clean color marker. i used a waterbrush to blend the color.
next i added metallic details with an iced rose gelato, its the perfect match to the new pretty pink posh rose gold sequins (that i've been dying to use).
i used the mustard clean color marker to create flower centers. i die cut the brushstroke hello and gave it a little color with pale green clean color marker. and i finished my card with pale green thread, sequins and foam tape.

thanks for coming by!
carly

Sunday, May 15, 2016

foiled splatter with minc reactive mist

this weekend was all about shiny things in my craft room! i treated myself to new pretty pink posh sequins (including rose gold), light pink foil and minc reactive mist.
i started with a little distress ink watercolor.
next i sprayed my panel with reactive mist. the mist comes out in a very powerful, heavy spray so i found it best to spray from higher up. and the mist is very sticky so make sure to clean up the extra splatter quickly.

before you can apply the foil and run it through your laminator, the reactive mist has to dry completely. if you don't let it dry, which of course i didn't the first time, it smears into a messy blob like this:
my second try worked much better:
after foiling, i stamped and embossed "thanks" from the essentials by ellen hello gorgeous set.
my embossing was a little splotchy due to the foil underneath so i touched up with a versamark pen and more embossing powder.
i love the mist and i can't wait to use it with stencils.

hope you had an awesome weekend!
carly