Sunday, November 10, 2019

coloring over watercolor with essentials by ellen

Have you ever tried coloring over a watercolored background? I love doing it because it feels like a super easy way to get a big pop of color!
Hopefully you are joining us for the Essentials by Ellen November Release Hop and arriving from Ardyth's amazing blog! (You can find the whole hop list over on the EH blog.)
For these cards, I used Catherine Pooler ink pads and reinkers. Using the reinkers and the ink pads gives different saturation of the same colors without having to add layers of watercolor.





I love adding the Copic coloring on top but since the watercolor cardstock soaks up a lot of ink, I keep the coloring simple with very little blending.

You can see a little bit more about the super easy process in this quick video...







To see what the rest of my talented friends have created with the latest Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, keep hoping along to Adelina's fantastic blog!

And before you hop along, there are prizes! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole November Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, November 14th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

P.S. You can see the whole Essentials by Ellen November release HERE


supplies:
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New Moon Ink (for Copic coloring)
VersaFine Nocturne (for sentiments)
Catherine Pooler Inks Sauna, Coral Cabana & Be Mine
Copic Markers RV55, R22, Y17, T2 & T4

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

how to make a sweet glimmer paste card with the stamp market

Today I'm excited to share an easy way to use glimmer paste to "frost" a stamped cookie! And I can't wait for you to see this new stamp set from The Stamp Market! 
Hopefully you are joining us for The Stamp Market's November release hop and arriving from The Stamp Market blog.

Now let's talk about using glimmer paste with this adorable Christmas Tree Cookie stamp! For this card I tested out the Stamp Market's new no-line ink (spoiler alert...it rocks) and did a little masking to create a sparkly cookie!



You can see the whole process in this quick video...







Your next stop on the hop is Ashlea's amazing blog!

And you can see The Stamp Market's whole November release HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


P.S. I also created a little Christmas Tree Cookie felt ornament. My stitching needs a little work but I think I'm going to make more!


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diy holiday tags for the 25 tags of christmas

Are you thinking about creating your own gift tags this Christmas? Well have I got an event for you!
I'm so thrilled to be joining all the talented makers again for Tracey's amazing tag event! Prepare to have your socks knocked off because there are so many wonderful tag ideas coming your way!

Today I'm joining in to share some tag ideas using Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies...
Bear is one of my most loved (and used) Essentials by Ellen stamps and I was so thrilled when he got a little buddy this year. 

I had fun pairing both bears with glittery initials to create tags. You can see how they came together in the quick video...




Make sure you head over to Tracey's blog to see more Essentials by Ellen tags. And while you're there, you can learn about prizes ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Carly


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Friday, November 1, 2019

rainbow snowflakes with honey bee stamps

I'm over on the Honey Bee blog today sharing the easy cardmaking process for creating this rainbow snowflake card.
Come on over and say hi!
Carly

neat & tangled's october release

Have you had a chance to check out Neat & Tangled's latest release? It's gorgeous and I've been having so much fun inking it up! 

I'm especially smitten with the Heartfelt Thanks set...
You can see the whole release HERE.

And you will definitely want to see what my talented friends have been creating! I'm so inspired by their cards!!! You can see them on the Neat & Tangled blog...inspiration week day 1day 2day 3 and day 4.

Hugs!
Carly

Thursday, October 31, 2019

spotlight coloring with neat & tangled

Lately I seem to be returning to some favorite stamping techniques and it's been fun sharing them with you! This card is some simple spotlight (or selective) coloring.
I love to use spotlight coloring for a few reasons...
  • it creates a really fresh & modern look
  • you can use it to create a strong focal point
  • it is a fabulous way to experiment with new coloring mediums without too much commitment to a project
  • and it can just save time because you only have to color a portion of the image

For this card I used the large ring from the Neat & Tangled Circular set to spotlight part of the bouquet from the Heartfelt Thanks set.

These two sets work perfectly together for this technique and it gave me a small (and not overwhelming) section to practice my coloring with pencils. I'm on a mission to use my neglected Polychromos!

You can see a little more in this quick video...


Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see more and learn about prizes!!!

Have a great day!
Carly

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

4 winter card ideas with catherine pooler designs

The holidays are busy so if there is only time for one handmade thing, I vote for creating cards. Well...I also vote for cookies so let's hope there is time for two handmade things but maybe I can help you a little bit with 4 ideas using stamps from Catherine Pooler's Retro Winter collection!
I'm loving this collection of products! The colors are dreamy and the stamps are perfect for all sorts of cards, from Christmas to birthday!
The Chillin Snowflakes set is just perfect paired with dots for a really fun, retro pattern.

For the first card, I used little circle stencils (really just acetate cut with circle dies) and blending brushes to create the pattern of colored dots.
For the second dot card, I used a big circle cut from masking paper to mask off a focal point before applying Hot Tub ink to the panel. BTW, isn't that a gorgeous color?!
 And you know I had to make a shaker card right? I love shakers and there's a new sequin mix so it was fate really! LOL!
I used glimmer paste over Hot Tub ink for the shaker background and topped it with a little mug of cocoa from the the Baby It's Cold Outside set.
For the last card, I tinted some white acrylic paint by swiping the Sangria ink pad on my non-stick mat and then mixing with a little bit of white paint.
Then I used the paint to make a messy striped background.




Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Catherine Pooler Designs Chillin Snowflakes
Catherine Pooler Designs Baby It's Cold Outside stamps & dies
Catherine Pooler Designs Inks Orange Peel, Pink Champagne, Sangria, Hot Tub & Midnight
Catherine Pooler Cincinnati Sequins
Copic Markers V05, RV52, RV66 & BG10
Watercolor Cardstock
Acetate
Masking Paper
Glimmer Paste