Saturday, October 12, 2019

easy diy pop-up card

I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a cardmaking video and an easy technique for creating a DIY pop-up card.

Come on over!
Carly

Sunday, October 6, 2019

cardmaking with felt + essentials by ellen october hop

Fall weather makes me want to add a little cozy to all the things, including my cards so I turn to felt!
Hopefully you are joining us for the Essentials by Ellen October Release hop and arriving from Jessica's amazing blog! And before you hop on to my sparkly friend Carissa's blog, let's talk about felt!!!

Felt is a fabulous addition to cards because it adds a little texture but isn't too bulky. Wool felt is also easy to die cut and just darn cute! 

Tips for using felt:
  • choose the right felt - wool felt die cuts beautifully but acrylic felt can be hard to get a clean cut.
  • choose the right adhesive - I like making felt "stickers" with double-sided adhesive.
  • be careful when using low-tack tape to hold down dies while running through die cutting machine. Try to place tape on the edge of dies because removing the tape after die cutting can pull/snag felt and you don't want that on the shape you are going to use.
See a little more in this quick video...




Thanks so much for stopping by! And don't forget to check out what Carissa has made!

Hugs!
Carly


P.S. See the whole new Essentials by Ellen release HERE!

supplies:

Saturday, October 5, 2019

ink smooshing 3 ways with the stamp market

Ink Smooshing is a really fun and easy technique for creating backgrounds for handmade cards!
Hopefully you are joining us for The Stamp Market's October release hop and arriving from The Stamp Market blog.

Now let's talk about ink smooshing and the gorgeous new products from The Stamp Market!
Ink Smooshing is a technique that uses water-reactive inks, water and a surface to "smoosh" the inks onto cardstock to create a background. There are 3 surfaces I like to use for this technique...

#1. ACETATE
A piece of acetate/plastic is the first way I learned to ink smoosh. Acetate is super flexible so it is easy to customize the shape of your "smoosh". And we probably all have a spare piece of plastic laying around that we can use.


#2. ACRYLIC BLOCK
This might also be considered "acrylic block stamping" but I kinda see them as the same thing, LOL! I love the block shapes this method creates.


#3. MISTI
My MISTI is always on my desk so it is convenient to be able to use it for smooshing. 
You can see more about these 3 techniques in this quick video...


Your next stop on the hop is Ashlea's amazing blog!

And you can see The Stamp Market's whole October release HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


supplies:

Friday, October 4, 2019

how to make easy color block cards

I'm over on the Honey Bee blog today sharing my technique for making easy color block background cards. Come on by!

Hugs!
Carly

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

negative die cutting 3 ways + justine's 50 cards for 50k

Today I'm so happy to being joining Justine in celebrating her awesome YT channel and crafty pursuits! This fun hop is all about cardmaking techniques so I am sharing 3 ways I like to use negative die cutting in my cardmaking.

#1. SHAKER WINDOWS
I LOVE creating shaker cards! I'm especially fond of using circle dies to create shaker windows and big words like this Big Hi from The Stamp Market.



#2. DIY STENCILS
Cutting my own stencils is great way to stretch my supplies. And I also love it when working with messy mediums like glimmer paste or transfer gel because if my stencil gets too messy, I don't feel too terrible about throwing it away.



#3. DIY COVER PLATES
Creating DIY cover plates is another easy way to stretch my supplies and all it requires is die cutting the same shape multiple times! So easy!



See a little bit more about these cards and techniques in my video...


If you are hopping with us, you're next stop is Laura's video. 

And Justine is generously giving out some fantastic prizes...five $50 gift certificates! Be sure to comment on my YouTube video to be entered to win.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


supplies:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

multi color stamping

I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today sharing a little trick for how I'm getting multi color images from my solid stamps. 

Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Friday, September 27, 2019

the dreamy neat & tangled september release

I feel like I've been using the word dreamy a lot this week but it really does seem like the best way to describe the newest Neat & Tangled release!

Have you had time to check out what my talented Neat & Tangled teammates have been creating? They've really been knocking my socks off this week! You can check it out on the Neat & Tangled blog...inspiration week day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4.

I've been having a fun time creating too and I'm excited to keep making! Can't you just picture those moths as rainbow butterflies?! Stay tuned (wink)!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Neat & Tangled September release!

Hugs!
Carly

3 cards with 1 stamp & ardyth’s 3k yt subscriber celebration

I'm thrilled to be joining my wonderful friend Ardyth in celebrating her awesome YT channel! And today I want to share 3 cards I've made with 1 stamp as a way to jumpstart my crafty mojo!



Sometimes when I'm not feeling crafty, I pull out a few products and see what I can make with just those.
For these cards, I used 1 Essentials by Ellen stamp, 3 colors of Catherine Pooler inks...and I love the results!
You can see a little bit more about how these cards together in this video...



If you are hopping with us and have gotten turned around, find the complete list on Ardyth's blog.

And there are lots of great prizes so leave a comment on my YouTube video to be entered to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

Thursday, September 26, 2019

little moon shaker with neat & tangled

After stamping the new Neat & Tangled Starry Sky Background, I loved it so much that I wasn't sure what to add. LOL! Isn't is so dreamy?!

Not surprisingly, I finally decided to add a shaker window but just a tiny one.

I wanted the background of the little moon shaker to match the embossed Starry Sky Background so I made my own little piece of gold paper by swiping embossing ink on a scrap of cardstock, adding the same embossing powder I used with the stamp and then heating.



Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see more and learn about prizes!!!

Have a great day!
Carly

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

stamped shaker card with neat & tangled

The Luna Moth in Neat & Tangled's Moon Magic set is so beautiful that I couldn't resist using it in my favorite kind of card, a shaker card!
I stamped the moth on acetate and added a little color behind it with Copic Markers and glitter paper. You can see more in this quick process video...





Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see more and learn about prizes!!!

Have a great day!
Carly

supplies:
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Copic Markers BV04, B24 and BG15

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

galaxy cards with neat & tangled

I love inking up galaxy backgrounds and they are a match made in heaven for the Neat & Tangled Moon And Stars set! I couldn't resist creating some galaxy "sections" for these cards.






It is also fun as a border on a landscape card...


Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see more and learn about prizes...you can win the Moon Magic set!!! 

supplies:

Monday, September 23, 2019

my favorite shaker card + new neat & tangled

I absolutely love shaker cards and there is one card design I use all the time because it always looks fab (if I do say so myself, LOL)...

Neat & Tangled has this beautiful new Moon Magic set and their gorgeous Like Magic sequins are back too! This set was just begging me to make a shaker!

Here's the formula for my favorite shaker...

  • a glittery background...sometimes I use glitter paper and sometimes I make my own like this with Cracked Pistachio ink under a good layer of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
  • a circle window, die cut from the top cardstock panel and backed with acetate
  • foam tape creates the shaker "container"
  • sequins in the shaker
  • a curved sentiment (it's easy to shape a straight stamp into a curve on the MISTI or acrylic block)
  • a colored die cut like the Luna Moth from the Moon Magic set

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see more and learn about prizes...you can win the Moon Magic set!!!

Have a great day!
Carly


supplies:

Thursday, September 5, 2019

brayered backgrounds + color crush blog hop


Welcome to The Stamp Market's Color Crush blog hop!!! I'm so happy you are here to talk about TSM's yummy new goodies! Specifically let's talk about inks and brayered backgrounds!

You should be arriving from my sweet friend Carissa's blog (and you can find the whole hop list over on the The Stamp Market's blog).
The Stamp Market ink pads are a juicy but firm foam that provide a perfectly crisp impression and the colors are bananas! And bananas is good! 
The pads are great for not only stamping but also direct to paper techniques and creating brayered backgrounds like I used for my cards. Today I'm created abstract, tie-dye-ish backgrounds with 3 colors...

Here's a quick video of the brayered background technique...

To turn my inked panels into cards, I added some positive & negative die cuts and some enamel dots (the supplies are listed below). And I kept all additions black & white so those gorgeous pinks would still pop!



The next stop on our hop is the amazing Laura Bassen's colorful blog! I'm headed there too because I can't wait to see what she created!!!

And you can see the whole Color Crush collection HERE!


Thanks so much for stopping by and hugs!
Carly