Thursday, December 5, 2019

my favorite shaker cards with the stamp market

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

I feel like the new goodies really have my name on them because they are pretty much made to make shaker cards!!! And I LOVE shaker cards!

In fact I have been having so much fun that I didn't know what to share with you today, LOL! I decided to share my two favorite shaker card layouts, circles & big 'ol words!

Circle Shakers
I love a good circle! And a circle shaker window is my go-to style of shaker card because I think it works well with so many stamp & die designs! You can use the circle window to highlight anything!

Here's how I like to put my circle shakers together...

  • a glittery background...sometimes I use glitter paper and sometimes I make my own like this a layer of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste over colored cardstock
  • a circle window, die cut from the top cardstock panel and backed with acetate
  • foam tape creates the shaker "container"
  • sequins in the shaker
  • any element can go on top of the circle window like this die cut "love you"

Word Shakers
The only thing I love more than circles are big 'ol words and The Stamp Market makes some of my favorite word/phrase dies EVER! This is one of my favs and this one and this one...the list could really go on, LOL! And the Layered Love die set is going on the list too!

I love how bold the word dies are! I love to use them to create the shaker windows with a bold pop of glittery color underneath. It makes my white-space-loving-heart so happy!



Your next hop stop is Rebecca's wonderful blog!

And you can check out all the new products HERE! Consider it secret Santa-ing yourself ;)

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly


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Friday, November 29, 2019

adorable holiday gift card holder idea with the stamp market + giveaway

I love the ease of giving gift cards at Christmas but I definitely think they need a little dressing up. The Mailbox Gift Card Holder die set and Merry Mail stamp set from The Stamp Market are perfect for adding a little fancy wrapping!

Hopefully you are joining us for The Stamp Market hop and arriving from their blog.
This die is ingenious and it's really easy to put together once you see how it works.
I made a quick video so you can see what I mean AND so you can see another way to use the die set...




Before you leave, The Stamp Market has generously gifted me with a $20 gift card to give to someone! So leave me a comment about anything at all and I will draw one lucky & random winner!

And I feel like it's my duty as your crafty friend to also point out that The Stamp Market is having a fabulous sale today!!!

Once you are done shopping, keep hopping with us by heading over to Ashlea's amazing blog!


Have a great day!
Carly

Monday, November 25, 2019

the gray muse

Happy Monday friends! I'm excited to be guesting over on The Gray Muse blog today and I hope you will stop by!
Hope you have a great day!
Carly

Friday, November 22, 2019

galaxy backgrounds with alcohol inks

Have you tried creating a galaxy background with alcohol inks? 
Until today (well yesterday really), I had been making all of my galaxy cards with ink blending techniques. And I don't know why I'm so late to the game but I suddenly decided to break out my alcohol inks.

I think my technique might need a little work but I'm still pretty happy with the results. 

Here's how I made this one...

I started by using different colors of alcohol inks, blending solution and an air blower (really meant to clean my camera lens) to create an abstract background on glossy cardstock.



Then I used a mini alcohol ink applicator to apply dark denim blue alcohol ink over the top. I might have been a little heavy-handed with the blue, but more of the colors show through in person.


When the panel was dry, I added a little white paint splatter and teeny star sequins to complete my galaxy look.

And it seems like the perfect space (pun intended, LOL) for the Essentials by Ellen Space Out ship!


I also added my message inside because why not?!

I love how the alcohol ink has so much texture and I can't wait to play more!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

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Essentials by Ellen Space Out stamps & dies
New Moon Ink (for Copic coloring)
Copic Markers BG15, BG13, BG34, BG11, R24, YR68, YR16, T2 & T1

neat & tangled november release

Have you had a chance to peek at the latest Neat & Tangled release? It's very merry and it makes me happy!
You can out the whole release HERE and maybe secret Santa yourself (and I guess now you know how I Christmas shop, LOL).

Hugs!
Carly

Thursday, November 21, 2019

holiday shaker tag with neat & tangled

I'm popping in with another tag for Tracey's wonderful 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Today I used some brand new Neat & Tangled to make a shaker wreath!

To create the shaker container, I used 5 layers...

  • a cardstock circle...colored with a BG11 marker to match my wreath and stamped with "happy holidays"
  • a ring of double-sided foam adhesive die cut with the same circle I used for the cardstock and one slightly smaller 
  • an acetate circle
  • a cardstock ring...cut with the same dies I used for the foam adhesive
  • stamp, die cut & colored branches from the Neat & Tangled Classic Chrismtas


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

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

hot pink poinsettia card with neat & tangled

I know it might be a little early but my Christmas tree is up. I couldn't resist but so far it only has lights so it could be a Thanksgiving tree, LOL! 

I have a feeling that soon it will have some hot pink decorations. Maybe even some hot pink poinsettias like this card...
Sometimes when I'm coloring a stamped image with Copic markers, I choose the colors I'm already comfortable with. That's why I end up with mint green puppies, bright blue monkeys and now, hot pink poinsettias.
For this card...

  • I stamped the Holiday Background on kraft cardstock and embossed with white powder.
  • I stamped & colored the poinsettia flower with Copic markers RV09, RV06 and RV02. And the leaves with BG11, YG41 and G02.
  • I wanted the sentiment strip to match perfectly so I colored white cardstock with RV06.

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

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