Thursday, February 28, 2019

stretch your stamps with a curve

I'm over on the Trinity blog today with a little trick to stretch your sentiment stamps with a curve.

Come on over!
Carly

Thursday, February 21, 2019

layered distress oxide resist

I love a good embossed resist stamping technique, especially a layered Distress Oxide one! 

In case you haven't used Distress Oxide inks yet (and I highly recommend you do), here's a quick bit about them...

  • they are a hybrid of pigment & dye inks
  • they are water-reactive, creating a "oxidized" effect when you add water
  • they blend beautifully
  • they are fun to watercolor with
  • and because they are part pigment, you can layer colors without getting "mud"

And I love this layered resist technique! You create a background with inks & water. Stamp & emboss an image in clear. Then finish by adding another color! Here's a quick video of the process:





Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Carly


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

action wobbles...

I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a few tips for using mini action wobbles. 

Come visit! XO!
Carly

Friday, February 15, 2019

brayered backgrounds with honey bee stamps

Have you used a brayer to create backgrounds for your cards? I'm sharing a little bit about it today over on the Honey Bee blog!
Come on over!!!
Carly

Thursday, February 14, 2019

diy background stamp

I'm sharing a little crafty hack for when you can't find the right background stamp over on the Trinity Stamps blog today!
Please come by and say hello!
Carly

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

adding a little fringe...

Fringe is a big fashion trend for spring but I think it is also a great addition to cardmaking! I'm over on The Stamp Market blog today with a few fringe-y cards.

Come on by!
Carly

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

no line coloring with copic markers

No line coloring is a stamping technique that I have found really intimidating but here a few tips that have helped me!

A few tips...
  • find an ink pad that works for you! I have tried light browns, light grays, light pinks...all with so-so results. The Ink On 3 Fadeout is by far my favorite and has been a game changer!
  • Keep the stamp close to use as a reference.
  • Start small! A small image is far less intimidating when those lines start to disappear. Or start with an image that you can take some artistic license with like a floral! My first real no line success was with a flower (and you can see that HERE).
Wanna see my no line coloring in action? Here's a quick video...


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

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Friday, February 8, 2019

shaped floral cards with new essentials by ellen

Floral shaped cards make adorable bits of happy mail and are so easy to create with Essentials by Ellen Mondo Gerbera Daisy and Mondo Hydrangea stamps & dies!
Today is the release day for a fabulous collection of new Essentials by Ellen, including a really stunning daisy! 

I've been having so much watercoloring the daisy that I had to get the hydrangea out too and make some shaped cards!

Here's a quick video...





Here are the color combos...





Thanks so much for stopping by and you can check out the whole Essentials by Ellen release HERE!

Happy Friday Hugs!
Carly

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new neat & tangled!

The adorable new Neat & Tangled February release is available now!!! 

I have a new video with a special little bunny coming soon but in the meantime, here are the Neat & Tangled projects I've been sharing all week...


I'm guessing its pretty obvious I love this release! And in case you need to do a little crafty shopping, you can find the new release HERE.

Happy Friday Hugs!
Carly

Thursday, February 7, 2019

neat & tangled slow and steady

Happy Little Friday (the day before Friday, haha)! Today our Neat & Tangled team is sharing the last sneak peek before Friday's release! 

Slow And Steady is the cutest little 3x4 set, illustrated by the uber-talented Elena Roussakis! I just love her critters!!!

As you can see, I'm still pretty obsessed with the BV Copic combo I've been using all week...BV00, BV02 and BV08. And turtles are BG green right? Haha!

Don't forget that these little cuties can be yours tomorrow and make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what my talented teamies have created AND enter to win a giveaway!!!

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

neat & tangled typed sentiments

Welcome to the 3rd day of Neat & Tangled sneak peeks! I am very, very excited about today's new sets, Typed Sentiments and Skinny Strips!

This sentiment set is full of AWESOME phrases like the "email is good but letters are better" that I used on Monday. And how fun is "you are wicked awesome"?! This set is a must have!!!

Make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what my talented teamies have created.

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

neat & tangled jump for joy

Today I have more sneak peeks for you (here and on my IG)! This little card was made with the new Neat & Tangled Jump For Joy...

This sweet set has Elena's adorable critters jumping on trampolines and skipping rope! It's so fun!!! 

I created this little Valentine and got to practice my new BV Copic combo...BV00, BV02 and BV08.


Make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what my talented teamies have created.

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

trinity stamps mr. snailman

Have you seen the new Mr. Snailman stamp set from Trinity stamps? He is so darn cute and the perfect image to practice my Copic coloring!
The amazing & talent Gemma Campbell (lollipolly on IG) inspired me to test out some new colors combos, specifically BV02, BV23 & BV08. Now I still used my beloved BGs but the blue violet has been so fun!



My Trinity teamies have some really adorable Mr. Snailman cards on the Trinity blog today so make sure to check them out!

Hugs!
Carly

neat & tangled mail

I LOVE the beginning of the month! It's time for new goals, new plans and new STAMPS from some of my favorite companies!!!

Today our Neat & Tangled team is sharing some sneaks of the new Mail Background stamp and coordinating dies coming out this Friday!


I love this sweet happy mail background!!! For this card, I embossed it in white and ink blended over the top. The adorable little happy mail envelope die cut fit perfectly under yeti's arm. I just used a craft knife to cut a slit between yeti's arm & body so the envelope would slip in.

Make sure you head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what my talented teamies have created.

Hugs!
Carly

P.S. Please forgive my mess as my blog is under a bit of construction. If you are having trouble leaving a comment, just click the post title and scroll down. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

handmade valentines with honey bee stamps & candy

What is Valentine's Day without a little candy? Of course I might say the same thing about all days that end in y, haha! But candy seems especially important for Valentine's Day so I made this card for my little Valentine! And don't worry, I asked her mama first!

Here's a quick video of my process...



Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!
Carly


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