Friday, January 18, 2019

painting watercolor cupcakes

I'm over on the Honey Bee blog today with doing some fun watercolor, inspired by one of my favorite artists! 
Come on by and say hello!
Carly

Thursday, January 17, 2019

a silly squirrel valentine with neat & tangled

I have my very first post on the Neat & Tangled blog today, with a quick video!
Come on over! Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

using negative die cuts with the stamp market

Today I am sharing some quick & easy cards using negative die cut sentiments from The Stamp Market over on the TSM blog!
Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Monday, January 14, 2019

pinkfresh studio january release blog hop


Happy Monday and welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio January Release Blog Hop! I'm so thrilled to be joining in the fun!!!

This release has really cute stuff and I wasn't sure where to start! SO MANY IDEAS!!! But since I know you have a whole hop to do and can't spend your whole day with me, I decided to start with the Spring Floral die!



This is actually a two piece set, a delicate top layer and a background. So far I've only gotten around to using the top layer, LOL!

For all three cards, I die cut the top layer and colored it with Copic markers. My top tip for working with intricate and delicate dies like this is to apply a thin, double-sided adhesive like Stick It to your cardstock before die cutting.

I trimmed the edges off this die cut and added it to a white glitter paper panel with a sentiment strip underneath. And of course, rhinestones!



I used the extra pieces trimmed from the first card and adhered them over a shaker window.


And for this card, I used the delicate Spring Floral die behind a panel with "love" cut using the Adore Alpha dies.



Ok, now before you go on to the next hop stop! Let's talk about all the cool GIVEAWAYS! 
  • Pinkfresh is giving away the full release on their blog and Instagram!
  • You also have a chance to win $25 to the Pinkfresh shop by leaving comments here and at each hop stop!

BLOG HOP LINK LIST



P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

Supplies:
Pinkfresh Studio Spring Floral dies
Pinkfresh Studio Adore Alpha dies
Pinkfresh Studio Scripted Bold Sentiments 1
Copics R20, R22, V000, V01, YG11 and YG41
Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock
Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Stick It Adhesive

Friday, January 11, 2019

diy pocket card with essentials by ellen


Today is release day for the Essentials by Ellen January collection! YAY!!!

I love Brandi Kincaid's fabulous collection of characters, especially this new Little Lady! I thought her sweet little outstretched arm was perfect for creating a gift card holder. Here's a quick video of my process:






And here are a few quick tips...

  • Stray bits of Nuvo Glimmer Paste can be wiped away when wet BUT if you don't catch it until it's dry, use an eraser to remove some of it (probably not all of it because hey, it's glitter...LOL).
  • Wipe wet Glimmer Paste off tools quickly.
  • Glimmer Paste dries best when air dried and it doesn't actually take too long. It can be heat set but be careful because it will bubble if it gets too hot. 
  • If you have had trouble blending inks, I highly recommend the Trinity Stamps Blendability Brushes. I have never been able to get a good blend on my fav white cardstock Solar White and have always had to substitute watercolor paper, until now!

Thanks so much for stopping by and you can check out the whole Essentials by Ellen release HERE!

Happy Friday Hugs!
Carly

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you! 

hello new neat & tangled

Today is going to be a good day and let me tell you why...
  • It's Friday so 'nuf said.
  • I have a hot cup of my new tangerine tea and it's delicious.
  • I've been craving cake all week and today I'm going to make one. Ok so this might be pretty specific to me but...
  • Two of my favorite stamp companies have releases today and I know that is exciting for everyone!!!
So speaking of new releases, the new Neat & Tangled is available NOW!!!

This is such a sweet release! And clearly I've been having fun playing with all of it!
I hope you have a great start to your weekend and maybe get to do a little crafty shopping ;)

Happy Friday!
Carly

Thursday, January 10, 2019

neat & tangled swinging by

Today our N&T team is introducing Swinging By, another adorable set illustrated by the super talented Elena Roussakis!

I love this little elephant and couldn't resist coloring him blue!



Make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what my talented teamies have created.

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down.