Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1 stamp, 3 ways - watercolor frappuccino

at the beginning of the month i shared with you 3 cards i made using the same stamp set (you can see them here) and i couldn't help myself, i've done it again.

i love this stamp set from essentials by ellen and julie ebersole...
and as recent starbucks convert (i still don't drink coffee but i love coconut milk hot chocolate), i was excited to create some coffee-themed cards. i am also so inspired by the ads/marketing at starbucks, including this one:
here's the first of my 3 coffee cards:
i started with a distress ink watercolor background, in what i think will be my early summer color palette: spiced marmalade, abandoned coral, twisted citron and cracked pistachio.

i stamped and embossed the frappuccino cups in white and colored them with clean color real brush markers.
i used 064 beige and 072 oatmeal to create the coffee, 065 as chocolate drizzle and 040 green & 036 light blue to color the straw.

i trimmed my background to fit my a2 card, added a sentiment in lawn fawn walnut brown, and adhered my cups to my card (one with dimensional adhesive).

be back later this week with 2 more cards using the oh frappe set. have a great night!

xo,
carly

Thursday, May 26, 2016

playing with patterned paper in the classroom!

i'm over in the classroom today for #throwbackthursdays, playing with patterned paper.

come on over!

xo,
carly

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

furry yeti hugs

there is something about little monsters that just get me! they are so darn cute!!! sometimes i avoid the little characters because coloring is not my strong suit but i have been practicing with clean color brush markers and how adorable is this yeti?!
i die cut the yeti from the front of a 3-1/2 x 5 card to create some negative space.
then i taped my closed card down to my craft mat and stamped my yeti through the die cut opening on to the inside of my card. there's probably an easier way to do this but as previously mentioned yesterday, i was recovering from the flu.
i colored my little yeti with clean color markers. i've heard you either love the clean color real brush markers or hate them and i love them! i have found that the paper makes all the difference and bristol is my favorite (as it is for ink blending).
finally i used double-sided tape to give him a furry fabric tummy.
xo,
carly

Monday, May 23, 2016

rose gold watercolored flowers

we've been laying low around here after being hit by the flu, yuck! but on the upside, a weekend in jammies left me some time for crafting (after i was feeling better that is). 

i realized all my cards from this weekend have something in common, negative shapes (must have been my post-flu brain). here's one of them:
i started by die cutting flowers from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 panel.
then i placed my die cut panel over a bristol card and traced the flowers with a pale pink clean color marker. i used a waterbrush to blend the color.
next i added metallic details with an iced rose gelato, its the perfect match to the new pretty pink posh rose gold sequins (that i've been dying to use).
i used the mustard clean color marker to create flower centers. i die cut the brushstroke hello and gave it a little color with pale green clean color marker. and i finished my card with pale green thread, sequins and foam tape.

thanks for coming by!
carly