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Thursday, January 19, 2023

mft color challenge 204

Are you looking for a little creative jumpstart for your cardmaking? I highly suggest joining in on a cardmaking challenge and there just happens to be a new color challenge starting on the MFT stamps blog today *wink*

I have been struggling to find my crafty mojo lately so joining in MFT's fun challenges has really helped!

Here's the color palette for this challenge...


And here's the card I made...

I knew I wanted to stamp the gorgeous blooms from Gathered With Love in the Gravel Gray so I decided to pair them with a negative die cut "hello" using my favorite Modern Serif Alphabet

Then I added the little "I Love You, My Friend" from the Itty Bitty Love Notes set underneath. 

I made my folded card from smooth watercolor cardstock because it is my favorite for soft ink blending and then I blended the rest of the colors where they would show under the "hello".
I hope you are inspired to join in this color challenge! Pop over to the MFT blog to learn more and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

mft sketch challenge 629

I am so happy there is a new sketch challenge starting today on the MFT Stamps blog because I've been in desperate need of a creative jumpstart and the sketches always work!

Here's this week's sketch...

And here's the card I created...

I started with a piece of Princess Pink cardstock and used low-tack tape to mask & ink blend stripes. And holy cow, why am I not using colored cardstock more for ink blending?! The ink went out so smoothly and it looked so good that I would have been happy even without adding anything else to the card!

I used the heart lid from the Box of Chocolates and the heart & the circle from Love Icons set to create the windows in the striped panel. And then the hearts from the Love Icons to fill the windows...one coral, one flamingo and one silver glitter.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Love set and is embossed with white powder.

A few sequins and ta-da!

I hope you are inspired to join this week's MFT sketch challenge! You can find all the info HERE on their blog.

Hugs!
Carly

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

easy inking techniques for solid stamps

I'm over on the MFT Stamps YT channel sharing a few easy inking techniques I like to use on solid stamps like this big LOVE from the How To Say I Love You set. I hope you'll swing by and watch!

Hugs!
Carly

valentine's chocolate shaker card with mft

The adorable January release hits the MFT shop today! Have you seen all the cuteness?! I can't pick a favorite!!! Before you run off to shop, I've got a quick shaker card to share...

I love the new Box of Chocolates die set and I thought the chocolate would make fabulous shaker bits so I die cut a bunch from white cardstock and colored the chocolate layers with Copic markers.

I used the A Very Big Hi die to make the shaker window and finished the sentiment with the "Happy Valentine's Day" from the Itty Bitty Love stamp set.

Make sure to pop over to the MFT blog to see more of the new release!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, January 16, 2023

mft stamps january release countdown day 1

Just one more sleep until the MFT January release and today I've got a sassy & silly card to show you!


We Make A Great Combo is the cutest set of food and puns! I couldn't resist combining it with one of my favorite alphabet die sets, Essential Alphabet, to make this card.

I started with a kraft card, masked a stripe at the bottom and then blended Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade. I love stripes of color as design elements but they also help me line up die cut letters ;)

You can find more peeks at the MFT January release on their blogAnd set your alarms for tomorrow's release!

Have a great day!
Carly

Sunday, January 15, 2023

mft stamps january release countdown day 2

The MFT January stamps & dies hit the MFT shop in just two days and I'm so excited that another tall word die is being released!

Tall Hello and Tall Cheers are already some of my favorites but the new Tall Love is extra fantastic!!! I just love making shaker windows with these tall words!

Thanks for stopping by! You can find more peeks at the MFT January release on their blog!

Have a great day!
Carly

Saturday, January 14, 2023

mft stamps january release countdown day 3

We're halfway to the MFT January release and I made my first shaker card in weeks! I was having withdrawals...LOL!

I'm not trying to whine because I'm so happy in my new house, but my craft room is still 90% boxes. And when I saw the Love Icons die set I knew I needed to make a shaker card! I couldn't find any acetate, foam tape or sequins (though I did eventually find those). So this card was all about what I could find.

I used a piece of craft room "trash" (just plastic stamp packaging) to complete the shaker window after die cutting the XO from a white panel.

On the front of the folded card I did a little ink blending and topped it with glitter paste. When that was dry, I sprinkled on a few confetti sequins and adhered the shaker window panel over it with double-sided tape. It doesn't shake as much without the foam tape but it still has a good shimmy! It's like a skinny shaker, LOL!

Head over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more of the January release.

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly