Sunday, June 25, 2017

something exciting from Ellen Hutson...

There's some adorable monkey business happening over at Ellen Hutson LLC today, it's bananas! Sorry I can't resist the monkey puns! It's a super cute Lawn Fawn set designed exclusively for Ellen Hutson as part of the EH United We Flourish campaign.

And before we talk cute monkeys, I just have to say how awesome I think this is! I love how Ellen loves crafting, crafters and our community! United We Flourish is the theme Ellen chose to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the store and she is continuing it by partnering with some of her friends to create exclusive and adorable sets! This Lawn Fawn Love Ya Bunches is the first one:

Love Ya Bunches is a limited edition 4x6 set of stamps with coordinating dies that is exclusive to Ellen Hutson LLC. You can find it here. I've create bunches (LOL) with it and this is one of my favorites, the Essentials Hinged Thanks combined with Love Ya Bunches to create a banana filled shaker...

After stamping subtle gray bananas on a white panel, I die cut the Hinged Thanks. Behind the thanks, I created a shaker window with acetate and foam tape. I filled the shaker window with little colored banana die cuts & yellow sequins. On the front, I let my little monkey hang from the n window.

Hope you are having a great weekend and stop by again on Friday to see more of my monkey cards!


United We Flourish Stamp & Die Combo, Love Ya Bunches by Lawn Fawn
Essentials By Ellen Hinged Thanks
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Shadow Gray
Distress Markers (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed)

Friday, June 16, 2017

color trends - Pantone's Graphic Imprints

This week at Ellen Hutson LLC we have been talking about color trends, specifically Pantone's Graphic Imprints. Gorgeous right?
Graphic Imprints is perfect for summer, filled with popping bright colors on a base of black & white. Not only is this palette beautiful, but it is super easy to adapt to cardmaking. Today 3 of us from the EH team are sharing our takes on this hot summer color trend and here's my card...
To create the cityscape, I masked some basic rectangles and watercolored them with Distress Ink. Those of you with a little more paintbrush skill, could free hand the "buildings" too.
To give the buildings a little more form, I added "windows" with a white Uni-Ball pen.
To add the colorful "pop", I used Distress Ink to color my flower die cuts.
Happy Friday!

Essentials by Ellen Lovely
Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin
White Uni-Ball

Sunday, May 28, 2017

stamping with spray

My bottle of Heidi Swapp Patina Color Shine has been sitting on my desk since I created my last card and I'm pretty sure it has been whispering, "Use me, love me, I'm your very favorite shade of green...". And it's right. Even though ink sprays can be messy, especially in my hands, I just love it. And it coordinates beautifully with my favorite Distress color, Cracked Pistachio.
I created white rectangles on my card front by placing pieces of masking paper on my cardstock and then applying Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink with a blending tool.

The Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome stamps create the perfect sentiments inside my white rectangles (I actually measured the masking paper to make sure but sometimes it's still a surprise when it works, LOL!)

And to add the abstract flowers, I misted the flower stamp with the Patina Color Shine and stamped. It's a little messy but I love the effect and I love the way it shimmers! To help contain the over spray, I mist my stamps in my paper wastebasket.

Thanks for stopping by and hope your Sunday is lovely!


Heidi Swapp Patina Color Shine
Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome
Concord & 9th Wildflower

Thursday, May 25, 2017

come on over...

I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC playing with ink sprays and Minc Reactive Mist. You know how much I love to foil!!!

Come on over!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

summertime gingham with distress inks

This card started as an attempt to create buffalo plaid but became a summery gingham. I actually have a shirt that looks exactly like this (minus the totally awesome, LOL):
I used painter's tape on smooth bristol cardstock with a blending tool and Distress inks. I applied tape "stripes" one direction and inked. Then removed the tape, applied it in the opposite direction and inked. 

So easy! The only hard part was the spacing, sometimes my eye-balling is better than others.
And I like it so much, I made more in different colors...
The sentiments are die cut words coated in embossing powder (WOW! Yum Yum to say & so pretty).
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Essentials by Ellen Positive Words
Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
WOW! Embossing Powder Yum Yum Bubblegum

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sparkly Sunglasses with WOW! Embossing Powder

I saw the cutest piece of art by Jen B Peters that I've been dying to recreate in card form. Check her out, she's awesome!
Jen B Peters awesome piece!
My Card

There are lots of ways to create glittery sunglasses but I have some WOW! embossing stunners just begging for attention so that's how I did it. I mean just look at these colors...
I coated these die cuts...
...with VersaMark and Turkish Nights embossing powder (and black for the "lenses").
I cut the circle into pieces to create the rest of the frames and assembled.

To add the dark pink to the top of my heart frames, I just applied a little pigment ink with a blending tool, then clear embossing powder and heat set.
And I love them! I think I might need to create more with my other WOW! colors.

Thanks for stopping by!


Essentials by Ellen Make It Beautiful
Concord & 9th Love Always
Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Hearts
Mama Elephant Tutti Frutti Ink Pad
WOW! Embossing Powder Turkish Nights

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I'm over in The Classroom today at Ellen Hutson LLC using one of my favorite Pretty Pink Posh stamps sets and fashioning some DIY raindrop sequins.

Come on over!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

BCRF Courage + Scrape Art

The Ellen Hutson LLC BCRF fundraising set Courage, is so lovely but my very favorite part of the stamp set is the beautiful sentiments! I wanted to create more cards highlighting the encouraging words and I've by excited to try "scrape art", a technique I've been seeing around the Pinterest neighborhood. Here is the result:
Without any pink acrylic paints on hand (shameful I know), I turned to my Nuvo Drops. And they worked beautifully for this easy & striking technique.

Apply drops of chosen medium to cardstock.
Use a flat edge like a squeegee or old gift card (or Disney pass, haha!) to apply gentle pressure to smooth paint into lines.
So easy right? Have a great day!

Have a great day!


Monday, May 1, 2017

UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

Too many of us have been touched by cancer, too many friends & family lost. I am honored and proud to be part of a company creating for the cause of ending this terrible disease.

In honor of three amazing mothers, Chaitali, Julie and Ellen, teamed up to find a way that they could make a difference and honor these very special women in their lives and actively contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. Together they have created the Courage Stamp & Die Set.


$25 from the purchase price of each Courage Stamp & Die Set will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Courage sets are filled with beautiful flowers and powerful words of encouragement. I combined flowers & leaves stamped in pigment inks, with some embossed white cards to create a set of cards.

A little more info from Ellen, Julie & Chaitali:

We know that many of you are affected by this disease or other forms of cancer and we are turning to you for help. After much research our team made the decision to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation. To learn more about BCRF please visit their website at

Through this fundraiser, it is our goal to educate and raise money for research and support services for patients and survivors battling breast cancer.

Won’t you join us?

Donate, stamp, share, create—there are many ways you can contribute! Visit the Ellen Hutson BCRF fundraiser page to find out how and to follow our progress.

Together we can!

Thanks so much for stopping by and keep hoping along! Your next stop is Chaitali's blog. And here's the complete list in case you have gotten turned around.

Carly Tee Minner - You are here!
Nichol Spohr

Big Hugs!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

more mousse love

I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC with what I think might be one of my favorite new techniques, markers over mousse!
Come on over!


Monday, April 24, 2017

multi-tasking mousse

I love & adore multi-tasking supplies! I love the creativity they encourage and they help keep my crafty stash in check (sort of, haha!). And I have found a new one that is knocking my socks off, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. You can do everything with mousse...gild, watercolor, color over, color under, use with stencils, use with all kinds of paper & embellishments...the list goes on. 

This card was creating for my sweet friend Laura's bday, using mouse with embossed images for a resist technique. I not only wanted to create something pretty for my friend but I'm also trying to talk her into getting some of her own mousse, LOL!
To create this card, I stamped in VersaMark on white cardstock and embossed in white (clear would work too.) Then I just applied the mousse over the top.

For a very smooth and saturated mousse finish, try applying with a soft cloth or sponge. Also apply multiple coats of mousse in various directions, with a moment to dry between each. 

See the color change in the above photos? That's the gorgeous shimmer of the mousse! I use Pink Flambe mousse for this project but if you are thinking of just dipping your toe in, I suggest Mother of Pearl mousse to start. The mousse is easy to tint with water-based reinkers. 

And make sure to check out more about mousse this week in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson(the team has some crazy cool projects and I have another one to share on Thursday that I'm pretty excited about). And because I'm an enabler (ask Laura), mousse (and all Tonic) is 15% off this week at EH. Here's a link :)


Flora & Fauna Oh Hello Friend
Savvy Happy Birthday Stacked
MFT Blueprints Blueprints 13
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Pink Flambe
Smoothie Blending Sponge
Solar White
Licorice Twist

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson today creating happy mail with the cutest little Reverse Confetti mouse! Come on over!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

paper smooches paper candy!

I'm over in The Classroon at Ellen Hutson today creating paper candy with the most adorable Paper Smooches dies. Come on over!


Thursday, March 23, 2017


I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today talking about "special effects" markers like Wink of Stella. Come on over!


Monday, March 20, 2017

captured by copics + a crafty sale

Alright, I give up, I give in, I can't resist any longer! I tried but they are just so pretty and I'm finally going to learn how to use Copics! 

I'm totally intimidated by the vast rainbow of colors and all of the amazing techniques I see in this talented community of makers so I'm starting super small, with 10 colors and just basic coloring. Here it is...

Here's what I have learned so far from my wonderful team at Ellen Hutson and other makers...
  • paper is super important! Solar White is an EH fav so I started with that. To test paper compatibilty, draw a line with a Copic. If the line feathers, look for another paper.
  • stamping ink must be Copic friendly! I used Memento Paris Dusk. To test ink compatibility, stamp onto Copic-friendly cardstock and color over line to check for smudging.
  • for some super basic coloring, start with the lightest color first. I colored the flowers completely with V000 and then added the other colors a stripe at a time.
  • you can use Copics to color silver foil paper (though some papers will yield more even results). I gave my die cut sentiment just the light tint of pink.
  • you can also use Copics to color sequins. The result is like a pretty watercolor wash that coordinates perfectly with your project.

Is there anyone else out there like me, just starting out? Join me and we will figure it out together. And not to an enabler BUT markers are on sale this week at Ellen Hutson LLC which means Copics are an even better deal than normal! 10% off and no code needed! Here's a link to EH, marker sale.