Friday, February 23, 2018

happy honey bee + cheerful love blog hop!

Hiya! The Honey Bee Stamps Cheerful Love Release is now available in the Honey Bee store, yay!!! To celebrate the new release, we are having a two day blog hop called Cheerful Love. So please hop along with us both days to be inspired!

You should be arriving from the amazing Jo Ann's blog and before you keep hopping, I'm excited to share the first of many cards I know I will be making with this awesome release! I have a serious critter crush on the little Feelin' Foxy set!


I used my MISTI to create a watercolor "shadow" behind my sentiments. You can see it here in this video...



And can we talk about how awesome the Ridiculously Happy sentiment is? How good would you feel if someone said that to you?!
Keep hopping on to Carrie's blog and be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment to be entered to win!!! Honey Bee will be giving away two $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store, one from each day. The winners will be posted on the HB blog Tuesday, February 27th.

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Honey Bee Stamps Ridiculously Happy
Honey Bee Stamps Feelin' Foxy
Honey Bee Stamps Foxy Sentiments
Honey Bee Stamps Season's Tweetings
MISTI Stamping Tool
Distress Oxide Inks Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron & Cracked Pistachio
Copic Markers C0, C4, 100, R05, YR16, RV02, RV04, RV09, BG11, BG32 & BG34

Thursday, February 8, 2018

using leftover die cuts

What is a girl do to with all the die cuts leftover from the Christmas cards that she never made? Asking for a friend.

Ok, you caught me. I'm totally asking for myself because I have this...
It's a beautiful stack of watercolored backgrounds and die cut cars (and actually there are more die cuts but I was too embarrassed to show you).

I had intended to make loads of these cards for Christmas...
And as I mentioned, that didn't happen so...
What do you think about sending love in those cute little cars?
And please tell me, what do you do with your leftover die cuts? And where & how to you store them?

Hugs!
Carly

supplies:
Right At Home Dies, Holidays Are On The Way
Hero Arts Dies, Infinity Hearts
Pretty Pink Posh Stamps, Bear Hugs
Distress Ink Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry & Worn Lipstick
Copic R22 & T2

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ink & embossing folders...

...over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today!
Come on over and say hi!

Hugs!
Carly

Sunday, February 4, 2018

new essentials by ellen!

Do you ever have those days (or weeks) that are just YUCK and you aren't sure if you need a hug, a brownie, a nap or to sit & color? Yeah, me too. And last week was one of those weeks. To make myself feel better, I wore my pjs all day yesterday, ate 2 brownies and colored a whole bunch of minty puppies using the brand new Leading Ladies Dog Lady set...
Why mint pups? Well why not?! And after I colored quite a bunch of puppies, I actually made a couple of cards...


And thanks to a pj day, lots of sugar and probably most of all - the crafting, I'm feeling much better! And I can't wait to create more with the awesome new Leading Ladies sets!

Have a great day and if you aren't, I highly recommend brownies & coloring! Hugs!
Carly

supplies:
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Dog Lady
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Totally Awesome
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Leading Ladies - Dog Lady 
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Holiday Words 
Distress Oxides Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio & Salty Ocean
Copics BG0000, BG10, BG11, V05 & Y35

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

beary sweet conversation hearts

I'm super excited to be over on the Heffy Doodle blog for a second time today!!! Come say hi and check out my inked conversation hearts!
Hugs!
Carly

Saturday, January 27, 2018

3 reasons every stamper needs an alphabet set

Happy Saturday!!! I'm over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog with 3 reasons every stamper needs an alphabet set and I highly recommend the Color Me Alpha. Come say hi!

Hugs!
Carly

Sunday, January 21, 2018

united we flourish better together

Today there is a brand new United We Flourish set, Better Together by Hero Arts, available at Ellen Hutson LLC! And we are hopping to celebrate! Look how cute...
You're probably coming from the amazing Amy's blog and if not, you can head over the The Classroom to start from the beginning so you don't miss anything! And while you are there make sure to leave a comment because to celebrate the new set, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th.

And now let's talk cards, acetate cards...


When I first saw this set, I loved the sweet little loop-de-loop details on many of the birds. I wanted to recreate it so I used Copic markers with acetate cards. 



Here's what I know...
  • I almost always stamp in VersaFine (my all-time fav black ink) and emboss with clear powder when I'm going to watercolor. The embossed image "holds" the watercolor in a little better and helps me look less messy
  • I used the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pens to watercolor with the Daniel Smith dot palette Hero edition. Using the sparkle pens to watercolor is so fun! The pics can't really capture how sparkly my birds are.
  • Alcohol inks on acetate are awesome!
  • I die cut 4 hearts for each card to hide any adhesive and provide a place for writing on the inside of the card. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and keep on hopping over to Carolyn's fantastic blog!

Hugs!!!
Carly