Monday, February 17, 2020

making custom message shaker card

I don't think I can say enough how much I love shaker cards, especially ones made with word or alphabet dies!
One reason I love using alphabet dies so much is that you can create custom messages. When I pulled some of my favorite dies out to play, I was going to make a happy birthday card (just to have on hand) but then I thought about one of my dearest friends who is feeling blue.

I decided to create a card with a little reminder to her about how amazing and special she is so I die cut "own your magic". Light pencil lines helped me line up the dies for cutting.

After creating the shaker window by adhering acetate behind the die cut panel, I also adhered the rainbow die cuts that I watercolored with Distress Inks.

Before adhering the whole shaker shebang onto my card front, I added a little glimmer paste and sequins when it was dry.

I love how it turned out and I hope it makes my friend smile.


Thanks for stopping by! 
Carly


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

happy birthday shaker card

Do you love shaker cards? Did you catch my latest post on The Stamp Market blog? Come on over!
Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

3 of my favorite ways to use word dies


I love how versatile word and alphabet dies are! Today I'm sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use word dies with Waffle Flower's Oversized Hello.

Hopefully you are joining our blog hop today and are arriving from Michele's marvelous blog! (And you can find the full hop list HERE.)
One of the ways I use die cut words most often is stacked up & glossy! I cut 3 words, adhere together with a glue pen and then add Glossy Accents on the top. For this card, I used skinny purple tape to mask off a rectangle and then ink blended the background. I couldn't resist adding one of my favorite flower stamps on top with a little faux splatter made with Copic markers.


I also love to use the negative die cut space to make a shaker window! For this one, I just did a little ink blending on my card front underneath the shaker window.

And finally, I love the smooth look of inlaid die cuts too! Plus the flat design is great for mailing!


Now it wouldn't be a hop without prizes! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Tuesday, February 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be notified by email.
I'm the last stop on the hop but you can head over to the EH blog to start at the beginning!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

birthday cake shaker cards with the stamp market


Welcome to The Stamp Market's 3rd Birthday Hop! I'm so glad you're here!!! (If you've been hopping, you should be arriving from Ivana's gorgeous blog.)

I can't think of a better way to say happy birthday than a handmade card with a sparkly birthday cake!

I created a quick video of the cardmaking process...




And I forgot to say in the video that I added the "party" die cuts to the cake banner, gave them a little coat of Glossy Accents and sprinkled with glitter!


Your next stop on the hop is Caly's fantastic blog!

You can check out all the amazing Stamp Market goodies HERE and if you are treating yourself to an early birthday gift, there is an extra treat!!! Get a free Jumbo Birthday die with $100 purchase!!!

And comment along the way and earn a chance to win 1 of 3 $50 Gift Cards to The Stamp Market Shop! Random Winners will be selected from the blog comments and will be announced Feb 10th on The Stamp Market blog! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

using dies with the foil press

Did you know that you can use your low-profile dies with the Gemini Foil Press?
I love that my dies can do double duty, cutting and foiling! And I have to tell you a secret, I haven't found many hot foil dies (the dies that are designed for use with hot foil & the foil press,) that I dig soooo I'm extra happy that I can use my low-profile cutting dies.
The thickness of the cutting line on the dies often varies by brand so it's fun to test them out. These Hero Art heart dies have a really thin cutting line so it creates a very delicate foiled shape. You can see what I mean in this quick process video...


By the way, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Ellen Hutson is having a big, fun sale and you can stock up on some good tools including FOIL! You can check it out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

the stamp market's january release blog hop

Thanks so much for joining us for The Stamp Market's new release hop! (You should be arriving from Caly's wonderful blog).

This release is jam packed full of adorable stamps & dies and I want to show you everything but you have some hopping to do so let's start with Special Delivery!

The Special Delivery stamp & die set is so sweet! I was in a sparkly mood when I opened it so I started by created an infinity shaker...
For the background, I used low-tack tape to create a border. Then I used a rubber brayer to apply two shades of pink ink, Fresh Pink & Party Pink.

Over the pink, I applied a thin layer of Moonstone Glimmer Paste, removed the tape and let it dry before finishing the shaker pocket.

By the way, you can see more about creating an infinity shaker card in this video.

After I creating the shaker card, I got a crazy idea to make a little treat box...

The process is so wonderfully simple but I created a video for all you visual learners like me...



And for reference, here is the box formula...

Your next stop on the hop is Rebecca's awesome blog!

And you can check out all the new Stamp Market goodies HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly


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Saturday, January 4, 2020

how to be more creative

Creativity is a skill you can cultivate and here are 3 techniques I use to be more creative.

I agree with Maya Angelou 100% that you can't use up creativity but I've certainly been known to misplace it. Anyone else ever feel like their creative mojo has hit the road? 

Here are a few ways I sharpen my creative skills...
  • Create without purpose. As a crafter, I am generally making for a reason like a birthday card for a friend, a holiday garland, etc. BUT when I'm not feeling super creative, sometimes it is just good to get out some paint or markers and PLAY. Just have fun experimenting.
  • Challenge yourself with limited supplies. I'm not gonna lie, I have a lot of craft supplies. Like A LOT. And sometimes all the choices are actually a road block. I can spend hours just trying to choose a medium to use. As a fun creative exercise, sometimes I choose one medium, one simple color palette and 1-2 other tools to see how many different projects I can make. This is a great challenge for cards.
  • Make a crafty goal list. One last thing I like to do is create a crafty project list for the year. Some people set fitness goals, I set craft goals (and that pretty much explains me, haha!) Here is my project list for 2020...
Felt Flowers
Rifle Inspired Wreath by Alison Michel on Etsy

Every time I see felt flowers I think, I NEED to make some of those! I already have so many wonderful die cuts that would work perfectly.

Flower Sweatshirt
Misusu Decorated Sweatshirt

Speaking of playing with felt and using my cardmaking supplies for other projects...how cute would it be to decorate a sweatshirt with felt flowers?!


Birthday Calendar

DIY Recipe Box Birthday Calendar by Tatertots & Jello

I am complete rubbish at remembering birthdays, which feels extra embarrassing as a cardmaker. I'm going to get myself organized with a birthday calendar like this one that can also hold the cards I make until I'm ready to send them.

So what sparks your creativity?