Sunday, June 30, 2019

stitching on cards with the stamp market's sew dies

I love adding stitched details to cards and I love finding easy ways to do that since I am not super skilled with a needle and thread, LOL! So it's no surprise that I am crushing on The Stamp Market's Sew Series dies!
The dies are so easy to use and so darn cute!!!

Here are my stitching tips...
  • use heavyweight cardstock as it stands up better to being handled while you stitch
  • use a craft pick to push out any little dots after die cutting from your panel or die cut 


  • if you are going to do any stamping, do it before you start stitching
  • create custom colored embroidery floss by coloring with alcohol markers like Copics. Just be sure to let dry before stitching. This is a great way to create rainbow floss for rainbow words!
 
  • add sequins just for fun!

  • and definitely try out these dies!!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Carly

supplies:
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Copic Markers RV23, R35, YR14, Y15, YG41, BG01 & BV00

Saturday, June 29, 2019

my favorite cardmaking techniques in one card

I had some pretty cardmaking extras (seems like a nicer word than scraps, LOL) on my desk so I thought I would just put a quick card together. What I ended up with was pretty much all my favorite cardmaking techniques in one card.
It's got a big 'ol word, that word is a shaker, there is some masking, glimmer paste & ink blending and faux watercolor. This card makes me pretty darn happy!
And I was recording just in case so here's a quick video of how it came together...


By the way, you can pick up this sentiment on sale today at EH! And a bunch of really other adorable Essentials By Ellen...
Essentials By Ellen Summer Sale
Thanks for stopping by!
Carly


supplies:
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less can be more when you stretch your stamps

I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a super easy way to stretch your stamps and get more from less!
Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Thursday, June 27, 2019

diy easy shaker card + the trinity stamps 1st anniversary hop

Creating shaker cards is one of my favorite cardmaking techniques so I'm not sure why I waited so long to make an "infinity" or full panel shaker.
I saw the fantastic new Oracle Octopus stamp from Trinity Stamps and I knew she needed extra sparkle! Plus it is Trinity Stamps first anniversary and I wanted to celebrate BIG!!! 

If you are joining us for the Trinity blog hop, you should be arriving from Caly Person's amazing blog! (Or head over to the Trinity blog if you get turned around.)

And I know you have lots of hopping to do but humor me for just a minute...I just want to say I love Trinity! Taniesa is one of the kindest humans I have ever met and I'm so grateful to be the teeniest, tiniest part of her wonderful company's first anniversary. Thank you to Taniesa and Trinity Stamps!

Ok, now let's talk cards...
This card was a breeze to put together and I've got a little video for you to see the process...


Now before you hop to Christine's fabulous blog, there are giveaways!!! One reader will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Trinity Gift Card and Birthday Surprise Gift. Leave a comment on all the blog stops for a chance to win! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Carly


supplies:
affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Copic Markers B0000, B000, B00, BV00, BV02, BV04, BG32, BG11, BG10, R05, R21 and R22

Saturday, June 22, 2019

a crafty blog hop with ellen hutson & hero arts

Welcome to the Hero Arts & Ellen Hutson hop! We have teamed up today to share some fun cardmaking inspiration and a few prizes too!

If you are hopping with us, you should be arriving from the super gorgeous blog of Janette Kausen! (And you can see the whole hop list over on the EH blog.)

Hero Arts is celebrating their 45th anniversary, isn't that awesome?! As part of their anniversary, they have some new "from the vault" sets that include classic designs from the past that have never before been available in clear stamps. 

I fell in love with the little pup from the From The Vault Birthday and I've been having a blast playing with the set! 

The images have so much fantastic detail, I feel like they don't really need much from me so I've just been adding a tiny touch of color. 


And for this card I used one of my most favorite Hero Arts sets, the Infinity Nesting Circle Dies to create a DIY coverplate. (Seriously I'm afraid I'm going to wear these dies out, LOL!)

I stamped the images to show inside the circle and used Copic BG32 to color all around them.

Did you know that you can also use your Copics to color white pom poms to match? I used Copic RV13 to make that little pom pink.

Now before you head off to do the rest of the hop, let's talk prizes! You can win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson shop! Winners will be drawn from commenters along the blog hop so make sure to comment at each stop before Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Your next stop is the amazing Ilina Crouse's blog

Have fun and thanks for stopping by!
Carly


And P.S. there is a sale on Hero Arts this weekend at EH, just in case you feel like shopping!


supplies:
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

easy distress ink watercolor with trinity spring fling florals

Watercoloring with Distress Inks is one of my very favorite cardmaking techniques and I'm sharing just a little bit more about it on the Trinity blog today!
Come on by and say hi! Hugs!
Carly

Friday, June 14, 2019

more distress ink watercolor

I'm sharing a super easy Distress Ink watercolor background over on the Honey Bee blog today! It's the perfect canvas for an adorable sentiment like this!
Come on by!
Carly

Thursday, June 13, 2019

rainbow distress ink watercolor

I'm over on the Stamp Market blog today with a little rainbow watercolor and big die cut words.
Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Monday, June 10, 2019

diy candy pocket card with neat & tangled

I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a simple DIY pocket card for when you need to send more than just love, LOL!
Come on over and say hi!
Carly

Friday, June 7, 2019

3 ways to add glitter to cards

I love glitter and today I'm sharing 3 of my favorite techniques for adding glitter to handmade cards. I'm also playing with the latest Essentials by Ellen stamps & dies (you can check out that whole release HERE).

Now let's talk glitter!!!

#1. Glitter Paper
This is the easiest and cleanest way to add a little sparkle. My favorite glitter paper is Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust glitter cardstock. And it's easy to customize with a little ink blending! I recommend using dye inks and letting it dry for a bit so you don't end up with finger prints.



#2. DIY Glitter Stickers
Glitter, double-sided sheets of adhesive and die cuts come together to create really fun & sparkly stickers. After stamping & coloring an image, I use the coordinating die cut to cut the shape from double-sided adhesive. I remove one side of the liner paper and place adhesive over the image. Then I remove the top liner paper and add glitter.



#3. Glitter Paste
Ok, if you have seen my IG feed recently then you know that I'm pretty darn obsessed with glitter paste like Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I LOVE how it looks over ink blended backgrounds! If you don't have any of the Nuvo around, you can also DIY it with Glossy Accents (or similar clear medium) and glitter. Just add enough glitter to get a thick enough texture to spread.


Here's a quick video so you can see all the sparkle in action...


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I've encouraged you to glitter something soon!

Hugs!
Carly


supplies:
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Essentials by Ellen Good Times stamps & dies
Essentials by Ellen Big City dies
Essentials by Ellen Squeeze The Day stamps & dies
Essentials by Ellen Speech Bubbles dies
Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware stamps & dies (for teeny butterfly)
Essentials by Ellen Warm Fuzzies stamps (for "you're so sweet" sentiment)
Essentials by Ellen Everyday Hero Lady stamps & dies
Essentials by Ellen Unicorns 'N Rainbows stamps & dies
Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust Cardstock
Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Warm Diamond Glitter
Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
Glossy Accents
Palette Knife
Blending Brushes
Copic Markers V05, RV04, RV02, RV10, RV00, R14, R24, R27, YR14, YR16, YR68, BG10, BG11, BG32, B0000, B000, B01, B21, B24, B26, B28, C9, C6, C3, C1, E51, E11 & E000
Distress Oxide Inks Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers
Distress Inks Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

simple masking with glimmer paste

Masking is one of my very favorite stamping techniques for creating cool card backgrounds! Today I'm sharing a little video tutorial combining simple masking with ink blending and glimmer paste for showstopping results!
The Stamp Market has a beautiful new release for June that includes this fun Tropical Vibes set. Paired with glittery greens and coral flowers, it feels like summer to me!

Here's a quick video of how this card came together!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


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Saturday, June 1, 2019

goat pun cards with neat & tangled g.o.a.t

Happy Saturday lovelies! I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today making goat cards. Yup, you read that right...goat cards, LOL!

Stop on by and say hi! Hugs!
Carly