Sunday, April 15, 2018

positive & negative die cuts for a layer cake

Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a quick way to use the positive and negative pieces of a die cut to create something a little different! It is a great way to stretch your dies!
Check out my little video on turning the Banner Cake into a layer cake!





And because I'm a bit of a crafty enabler, I think you should run right over to Ellen Hutson LLC and get this die! They are having a die sale! 

Hugs!
Carly

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

easy chalkboard backgrounds + new essentials by ellen

There is a brand new Essentials by Ellen release today and it is awesome! There are two new Leading Ladies, the Everyday Hero Lady and the Hot Mess Lady. And I have lots of love for both these ladies because I feel like they represent us all, maybe just on different days. *laugh*
I love using white ink on black cardstock to create a chalkboard "look" and I have a quick video to share...





Have a happy day!

Hugs,
Carly

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Essentials by Ellen Everyday Hero Lady stamps & dies
Essentials by Ellen Hot Mess Lady stamps & dies
Essentials by Ellen stamps, Be Strong
Essentials by Ellen dies, Strong
Uni-Ball White Pen
Lawn Fawn Ink, Yeti
Copic Markers E51, E11, E02, E13, E37, Y00, Y17, Y21, YG41, G02, R05, R08R37, BG11, BG34 & B28

Friday, April 6, 2018

creating repeating patterns with pattern happy

I'm so excited to be over on the Pattern Happy blog for the first time! And I have 2 quick cards to share that use stamps to create repeating patterns. 

Please come by and say hey!

Hugs,
Carly

Monday, April 2, 2018

autism awareness blog hop

I'm so happy to be joining with the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop! How cool is it that we can support awareness with our crafts?! And what a wonderful community we have!

Our lovely & amazing host Veronica suggested a theme for our cards today of feel good encouragement and I knew exactly the sets I wanted to use, Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome and Positive Words. These are sets I keep coming back to over and over because everyone needs to hear how awesome they are! And in addition to the encouragement theme, we are painting the internet blue! Here's what I created...


To create my card, I used my MISTI to stamp "awesome" down the front in Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch.

I colored many little Lawn Fawn Yetis before I settled on this one, foam mounting him on the card front.

For the sentiment, I used my Copic B000 to color a scratch strip of cardstock. Then I stamped the "you are". And to complete the sentiment, I layered one black "awesome" word die cut over 4 white ones.

Does anyone else do this? When I choose a image, I stamp it bunches of times so I can have "practice shots" for the coloring. And I still need lots of practice with my coloring, LOL!
Here is the full hop list:
And don't forget to check out our awesome sponsors!



Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun hopping!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. To leave a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 


Saturday, March 31, 2018

stretching your stamps with easy backgrounds

Happy Saturday! I'm over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today with one of my favorite ways to stretch my stamps, making easy black & white backgrounds! 

Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Friday, March 30, 2018

sending sunshine with pattern happy

I am so, so, so excited to be hopping today with EH & Pattern Happy! And how lucky am I to be on the Ellen Hutson and Pattern Happy teams? Sometimes I have to pinch myself!

Today I create a trio of cards to send sunshine with the Suntiments set! I made a little video to show you the quick & easy way these came together...



Not only do we have bunches of inspiration, we have prizes!!! Make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs! Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email.

And here's the hop list...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. To leave a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Pattern Happy Stamps, Suntiments
Pattern Happy Dies, Suntiments
Pattern Happy Dies, Colorful Day
Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio & Mermaid Lagoon
VersaFine Onyx Black
Solar White
Purple Tape
Blending Tool
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti

Friday, March 23, 2018

trying out new avery elle liquid watercolors

I had so much fun playing with the Avery Elle liquid watercolors for the first time! I found them very beginner friendly, easy to blend and the color palette is YUM!

I made a quick video to share...

And I'm thrilled to be a part of this hop full of talented makers! Wait until you see some of the other projects...WOWZA!

Here's the hop list so have fun hopping and make sure you head over to The Classroom to learn about PRIZES!



Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. To leave a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Avery Elle Stamps, Loved & Admired
Avery Elle Ink, Mint To Be
Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors Mint To Be & Lemon Grass
Pretty Pink Posh Pansy Jewels

Thursday, March 22, 2018

a national craft month celebration with right at home + ellen hutson

Today I am over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson joining my friend Nicole from Right At Home, for a watercolor challenge to celebrate National Craft Month. Come on over!
Hugs!
Carly

Sunday, March 4, 2018

simple watercolor background + new essentials by ellen

There is a brand new Essentials by Ellen release today and it is so super cute! Inspired by the AMAZING Yoonsun Hur of Rejoicing Crafts, I used the adorable images from So Matcha & Wasabi to create background designs to watercolor. 
And I made a quick little video to share my process...



Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!

Hugs!
Carly

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, So Matcha
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Wasabi
Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio, Carved Pumpkin & Worn Lipstick
Copic Markers YG41, G02, E01, R22, R05, YR16, BG11 & BG34
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Purple Tape
MISTI

Saturday, March 3, 2018

ink blending custom colors + get to know the EH design team

Even as a (semi)seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips & tricks from other crafters. My favorite tip/trick is creating custom colors with Distress Inks...

I have created a little video today to show you what I mean...
Today is going to be so fun as our EH team all shares something they love and some silly things about themselves. And can I just say that I am so incredibly excited to be a part of the Ellen Hutson LLC 2018 Design Team!!! 
Here are a few fun facts about me...
-I think coffee is yucky, which is shameful for a Seattle native I know! And I've just learned to really like tea in the last few years. My current fav is peach green tea.
-I named my blog after myself because it has been with me through quite a few incarnations before I became a cardmaker.
-And I'm addicted to candy, epecially chocolate-covered gummy bears! I know sugar is bad for me but I can't quit! 

So now if you are hopping along with us, your next stop is Carolyn's blog. And if you would like to start at the beginning, head over to The Classroom at EH.

Have a great weekend friends and thank you for letting me share!

Hugs,
Carly

supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, All Inside
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Holiday Words
Distress Inks Wilted Violet & Shaded Lilac
Copic Markers C0, C1, BG11, V00 & V04
Ink Blending Tool
Pretty Pink Posh Jewels, Pansy Purple