Thursday, September 16, 2021

diy ghost treat bag

I'm over on the Ellen Hutson blog today babbling about how much I love Halloween candy but also sharing a quick video on how I made this little ghost that looks like a piƱata but is really a treat bag...

Come on over and say hi!


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

fall leaves card with pretty pink posh stamps & stencils

Have you tried any of the stamps that have coordinating stencils? I just did and I can't believe I've been snoozing on it for so long! The coordinating stencil is such a fun way to add color to stamped images!

Pretty Pink Posh has an adorable fall release that includes the Falling Leaves stamps, dies and coordinating stencil. Combine the colorful leaves with some Cozy Critters and I'm so happy! And I'm thrilled we are having a hop to share some of this cuteness today!

Before we talk more about cards, I've got some extra fun news! There are 3 $25 gift certificates to Pretty Pink Posh up for grabs! Enter to win by leaving comments along the hop by 11:59pm PST on September 19th, 2021. The winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Ok, now let's talk leaves...

I spent a few afternoons getting very inky with the stamps & stencils and I've found I have two ways easy ways to use image at a time stamping first & then stenciling AND all the leaves stenciling first & then stamping. 

You can see a little more what I'm talking about in this short process video...

Your next stop on the hop is Dana Kirby's wonderful blog and I'm sure she is going to wow us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


P.S. In case you get lost, here's the whole hop list...

Carly Minner >>>you are here

P.P.S. Wanna try this with some leaf stamps & dies you already have in your stash but don't have the stencils? Try creating a DIY stencil with the dies. It will give you a colorful "halo" around the outside of the stamp but its a fun way to see if you like adding color with stencils!

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Copic Markers E37, E33, E11, BG32, BG11, BG10, C4, C1 & RV10

Friday, August 27, 2021

sparkly popsicle card with essentials by ellen stay cool

Do you ever use die cut shapes to create backgrounds for handmade cards? What about making DIY colored cardstock? On this sparkly popsicle card I did both and I love how it turned out!

Check out the process in this short video...

Thanks for stopping by!


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Glassine Sheets (easier then using treat bags, LOL)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

not so scary halloween cards with pretty pink posh

I'm always looking for cute stamps & dies for Halloween cards because I LOVE Halloween but I'm definitely here for the sweets & treats, not the scary stuff!

The latest sets from Pretty Pink Posh are perfect for happy & fun Halloween cards! And I'm so delighted to be sharing some cards today for day 2 of the PPP blog hop! 

Before I share my cards, I've got extra fun news! There are 3 $25 gift certificates to Pretty Pink Posh up for grabs! Enter to win by leaving comments along the hop by 11:59pm PST on August 16th, 2021. The winners will be announced on the PPP blog.


I love the PPP Monster Hugs set so much and I paired it with some of my favorite cardmaking colors, pink, orange & minty aqua! I also couldn't resist adding googly eyes to all the little monsters.

Pretty Pink Posh makes one of my favorite stencils, Wide Stripes. For this first card, I inked orange stripes as a background for the scripty Trick or Treat die. I layered two white die cuts under a pink one. And I placed a glassine circle behind all of it to mute the stripes just a teeny bit.

A quick help me line up my die cut words, I used a little low-tack tape to attach the die under my glassine circle as a guide.

The Trick or Treat die also makes a sweet window for a shaker card! The background is orange & pink blended inks topped with glitter paste.

I also inked some pink stripes with the stencil and then cut a circle window for a shaker card full of googly eyes.

For the final card I used circle dies to create a trio of windows to show off minty monsters on a pink glitter background. I love that the sentiment could easily be changed on this card to make it anything but Halloween like a birthday or thank you card.

Your next hop stop is Gemma Campbell's gorgeous blog! I can't wait to see what she made!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, June 11, 2021

how to make a glittery shaker card (+ Erica & Maria's 5K subscriber hop)

Do you want to know more about using stamps, die cuts, ink blending & glimmer paste to create a shaker card? Are you hopping along with Erica & Maria for their rainbow 5K video hop? Well you are in the right place for both!!!

Today my friends Erica & Maria are celebrating reaching 5k subscribers together with a fun video hop! I'm so glad they invited me to celebrate because it prompted me to make my first crafty video in 6 months! Apparently time flies when you have a baby, LOL!

I'm sharing one of my favorite card designs, a word shaker, made with some of my favorite products like Essentials by Ellen stamps & dies, Distress Inks and Nuvo Glimmer Paste.

Check out the video to see more...

To keep hopping along with us, check out Erica's video HERE.

And you can enter to win prizes from some awesome sponsors! Head to the video on YouTube to learn more!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, May 10, 2021

how to make easy floral cards for spring

I've been wanting to create some bright & fun (and easy) floral cards for spring but I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to make...

Sometimes when I need to get my creative mojo going, I start with
color. I scribble markers or pencils on cardstock, I ink blend a background or I do a little abstract watercoloring like this.

I used Catherine Pooler reinkers in two color combinations (Orange Peel & It's A Girl, Mint To Be & Melon Ice, It's A Girl & Pixie Dust) on my favorite watercolor cardstock, Smooth Bristol.

I let the watercolored panels dry before cutting the to 4bar card size and adhering to folded & scored cards. 

Then I decided to add the Essentials by Ellen Mod Floral die cut (cut from white cardstock) on top and I loved it! I positioned the die cut differently on each card.

Finally I decided to add big gold sentiments on top with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hello die cuts.

I love how they turned out with the bright colors and pop of white!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Catherine Pooler Reinkers Orange Peel, It's A Girl, Pixie Dust, Mint To Be & Melon Ice

Friday, May 7, 2021

simple stamped card gift set

Need a last minute Mother's Day gift? Or ideas for a future gift? 

I'm sharing my tips on creating this simple set of cards over on the Ellen Hutson blog today. Come on over!



Friday, April 30, 2021

rainbow shaker card with essentials by ellen

What's better than a rainbow card? How about a rainbow card filled with glitter & sequins? 

Here's a quick peek at how I made this happy, sparkly card...

I started by adding a little color to the background with Copic markers. Basically I just scribbled them onto the cardstock, blending in between.

I wanted to give the panel some sparkle with glitter paste but my last little bit was too dry so instead I used a squeegee to spread a thin layer Glossy Accents over the color. While the Glossy Accents was still wet, I sprinkled it with glitter & tiny star sequins.

For the shaker window, I die cut the Essentials by Ellen Mini Rainbow from 110lb white cardstock. I adhered acetate on the back of the shaker panel with double-sided tape and a little glue pen around the rainbow opening.

I stamped the "you are awesome" sentiment on the acetate. Doing it after it was already adhered to the panel with the rainbow window helped me with the spacing.

Then I used foam tape on the back of the rainbow panel to create the shaker "container".

And finally I added sequins into the shaker container and closed it with the colored, sparkly panel.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


P.S. You can peek at all the latest new Essentials by Ellen HERE.


Friday, April 9, 2021

the cheerly

I've been working on something that I'm so excited to tell you about, a little tee shirt shop called The Cheerly and it opens today!

The shop is a fun way for me to be creative but more importantly, it's a way for me to help make a positive impact on the world. A portion of the proceeds of every sale will be donated to organizations making the world a better place.

Our first partner is Food Lifeline in Seattle. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners. They distribute this food through a partnership with 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs, enabling them to provide the equivalent of 134,000 meals every single day. 

The purchase of one Tee from The Cheerly will provide more than 10 meals to the fight against hunger. We are so excited to help Food Lifeline in their mission!

I would love it if you have a minute to pop over to The Cheerly and check it out!

Thank you!


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

easter card idea with essentials by ellen

Looking for a quick Easter card to make & send? Let me show you this sweet one I made today with Essentials by Ellen stamps & dies.

I really wanted a candy themed card and I spent an embarrassingly long time wondering what I could make before I thought of making "chocolate eggs" wrapped in spring colored foil.

The candy eggs are just 3 cardstock egg die cuts layered together and colored brown with a Copic marker (brown cardstock would be even better but I didn't have any, LOL).

For the colored foil, I just grabbed a piece of aluminum foil from the kitchen and applied a little bit of Ranger alcohol inks.

I wrapped the cardstock eggs in the colored foil and nestled them in a little "Easter grass" made from green tissue paper fringe. My paper fringe addiction continues!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Copic Marker E47 (for making white cardstock eggs "chocolate")
Catherine Pooler Icing On The Cake Ink Pad (for the "hoppy easter" sentiment)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

how to use fringe on handmade cards

I love adding fringe to my paper crafting projects, especially handmade cards! I love the texture and it is just plain fun!

Another great thing about fringe is that it doesn't require a lot tools. If you have regular ol' scissors, you can fringe. However the more I make fringe, the more I appreciate upgrading my supplies. As you can see below, I started with regular scissors before upgrading to fringe scissors and now I have awesome Essentials by Ellen fringe dies!

My favorite materials to fringe include crepe & tissue paper because there are so many gorgeous colors and they are lightweight for movement. I also love felt and I can't wait to add some felt fringe to some home decor projects.

I also have one favorite way to add fringe to cards that I always come back to...adding it in a negative die cut space.

I love it because it's easy and striking! I use dry adhesive like double sided tape to adhere each layer of fringe on the card front. Then I use foam adhesive to mount a negative die cut panel like this rainbow, over the fringe.

Have you used fringe on cards? What are your favorite tips?

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, February 26, 2021

7 cardmaking ideas with essentials by ellen

 Are you looking for some cardmaking inspiration? Well wait until you see these stamps & dies from Essentials by Ellen! I've been crafting up a stack of cards (because Baby Cal has started sleeping through the night...yay!) and I can't wait to show you what I've been making.

My talented friend Julie Ebersole has designed some really cute stamp sets that are bursting with hysterical puns like this set, Guac On! I had fun using multiple green inks to create custom avocados.

Julie is also the creative genius behind the Just Squidding set. I love that there are multiple options for the squid's expressions and I couldn't resist making a sparkly shaker card.

The Essentials by Ellen stitching dies come in circles, squares, rectangles and ovals. I love how versatile they can weave a fun design like I did on this card...

...or you can just use the little holes as a design element. I love how graphic this card turned out! I die cut the circles, put a little color behind them and a few star sequins on top.

I love pairing the Hit That pinata with fringe and I'm just smitten with the fringe dies! (More on fringe tomorrow.)

You can see more of this adorable Essentials by Ellen release HERE and thanks so much for stopping by!