Thursday, September 24, 2015

today...

i'm over in the classroom at ellen hutson llc for #throwbackthursday today and i'm loving this super easy & fun technique. come by, check it out and say hi!
xo,
carly

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

bokeh flower

i just picked up the new distress ink color of the month, wilted violet and it's pretty gorgeous! i really wanted to create a PURPLE card after i opened it and started inking things up. i was also in a very mixed media kinda mood when i created this:
-i started with a 3.5 x 5 panel of ranger watercolor paper and i used a waterbrush to paint messy horizontal stripes in wilted violet distress ink (i'm digging messy horizontal stripes so much right now).

-to create my "flower", i die cut a circle from ranger watercolor paper and stamped the 3 sizes of "scribbley" circles from the essentials by ellen clear stamps bokeh dots set in wilted violet. i added clean color real brush marker violet 080 in the middle & light violet 081 on the outer edge, and blended with water. once it was dry, i stamped the cluster of tiny dots from the bokeh dots set in wilted violet.

-under my stamped and colored bokeh flower, i added a some vellum fringe that i die cut with the paper smooches wise dies, fringe. i also added die cut leaves from the essentials by ellen designer dies mistletoe & holly set that i inked with twisted citron distress ink. and a larger vellum circle.

-i adhered the flower to striped panel and added a sentiment.

xo,
carly

Sunday, September 20, 2015

watercolor holly

i was so inspired by joni nina andaya's guest post in the classroom last week! her watercoloring is AMAZING and her gorgeous card inspired me to continue to practice my watercoloring. this is what i came up with: 
-i started with a 3 x 4.25 piece of solar white and i made messy horizontal stripes using the ranger acrylic dabber in pearl metallic. i wasn't sure how the stripes would come out but i love how they turned out just shimmery enough.

-while my paint was drying, i stamped all of my images from the essentials by ellen mistletoe & holly set on solar white cardstock in versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder. then i die cut them with the coordinating dies cuts.

-then i watercolored my holly, mistletoe and poinsettia with distress inks.

-i arranged all of my watercolored pieces on my striped panel and then i added a sentiment in silver ink.

-i adhered the whole thing to a 3.5 x 5 white card and added a few sequins to finish it off. 

thanks for stopping by!

xo,
carly


Saturday, September 12, 2015

wild garden + pattern

it's gorgeous here in the pnw today and while i don't normally care too much about the weather (since i'm kind of an indoor girl), the sun did inspire me to create this brightly colored floral card.
-i started with a 3.5 x 5 piece of smooth bristol (my favorite watercolor paper and my favorite size), and i watercolored a loose green background with grass green from the joanne sharpe set of peerless watercolors.

-then i die cut a few flowers with the essentials by ellen designer dies wild garden set from solar white. i adhered the die cuts to patterned papers from the my favorite things sorbet pad and fussy cut around them.

-the leaves are from the essentials by ellen clear stamps thankful set and i stamped them in lawn fawn celery stick before die cutting them with the coordinating die.

-when my watercolored background was dry, i adhered all of my leaves and flowers to it, using 3d foam adhesive on the largest flower.

hope you are having a sunny saturday too!

xo,
carly


Thursday, September 10, 2015

come on over...

i'm over in the classroom at ellen hutson llc for #throwbackthursday today! come on over and say hi!
xo,
carly

Monday, September 7, 2015

hello sweetie

i'm crazy for the amazing messy and loose watercolor cards by the super talented julie ebersole and yoonsun hur like this one and this one. i decided to try one too:
-on a 3.25 x 5 piece of smooth bristol i stamped "hello sweetie" with the mama elephant bella letters, a little nod to doctor who. (yes i am a big dork and the doctor is back on september 19th...yay!) 

-then i stamped the candy images from the essentials by ellen clear stamps elf'd set with versafine onyx black.

-i watercolored the candy with distress inks.

-before adhering the watercolored panel to a 3.5 x 5 solar white card, i cut a .25 strip of the pink strip patterned paper from the mft dot & strips sorbet pad and adhered that to the card front.


the card came together super easy except it was hard for me to paint outside the lines. i need a little more work with "loose" watercolor...lol!

thanks for stopping by!

xo,
carly