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Thursday, February 22, 2024

emboss resist spring cards with simon says stamp

Do you have a favorite stamping technique? I have a few (lol) but one of my most favorites is emboss resist! I especially love using solid stamps and Distress Oxide inks to make emboss resist cards like this...


Embossing the image lets you create beautiful layers of color because the embossed image will resist the ink you add on top. Emboss on light colored cardstock and then add darker inks over the top to make the images POP!

For this card I embossed the large shamrock from the SSS Lots of Luck set with clear ink & clear powder on white cardstock (white ink or powder would have worked too). Then I blended Distress Oxide inks (Shaded Lilac, Salvaged Patina, Cracked Pistachio & Twisted Citron) over the embossing. The excess ink easily wipes off the embossed areas.

I finished the card with the SSS Bestie die, a stamped sentiment and a little faux black splatter (done with a pen).


And I had so much fun with the first card, that I made another one with the SSS Bunny Kisses!

The Bunny Kisses set is so great because it has layers for the nose & cheek, the body, the ears, the tail! So first I stamped the nose & cheek in Kitsch Flamingo and embossed it with clear powder. Then I stamped the bunny body & ear in clear ink & embossed with clear powder.

I ink blended over the embossing again with Distress Oxides, added a sentiment and faux ink splatter. And while I was adding the ink splatter with a pen, I drew a little eye for the bunny. The final touch was a fluffy white pom-pom on the bunny bum!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

mft stitched square scallop edge frames

Did you hear that MFT Stamps opened their vault this week and brought back some of their most sought-after retired sets? And this vault collection is the BEST basics for cardmaking!!!

One of the sets I love is the Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames! The frames have the sweet little scallops and a stitched detail! I can't believe I haven't used them as a shaker window yet but I did use them to frame the front of this card!

I painted a square of watercolor cardstock blue and let it dry. Then I stamped the Sketched Blooms with Distress ink for a faux watercolor look (you can see the technique here).

After adhering the watercolor panel to a folded card, I die cut four of the Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frame. I adhere the frames together in a stack and adhered that to the card.

There's more about the vault release over on the MFT blog so pop over and take a peek!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, February 19, 2024

mft february vault release

Did you hear the good news? MFT is opening their vault tomorrow to bring back some of their most sought-after designs and this vault release is all about the best basics!

You can see so much more on the MFT blog today but do you want a little sneak peek before you go? Of course you do! Check out this tag I made...

This tag is from the Tag Builder Blueprints 2 and it's such a fun, versatile set! There are three different styles of tags with cute little toppers!

I paired it with a sweet little monster from the JB Monster Love and a yummy treat! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the MFT blog to see more!

Hugs!
Carly

Saturday, February 17, 2024

easy interactive train card

Do you love interactive cards? I do but I also think the easier, the better, LOL! I'm sharing a super easy one on the Pretty Pink Posh blog and there's a video too! I would love if you popped by to watch!

Hugs!!!
Carly

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

simon says stamp splendor

An amazing collection of stamps, dies, stencils and more just hit the Simon Says Stamp shop, the Splendor collection!!! 


I have a feeling that I'm going to be creating A LOT of cards with it but I already have a favorite card (and die set) that I couldn't resist sharing ASAP!

The Simple Flowers die seems just that, simple. But I see so many possibilites! I recommend adding it to cart immediately, LOL!

For this card I used the die three times on A2 piece of white cardstock.

Then I ink blended a rainbow with some of my favorite Distress Oxide inks (Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Salvaged Patina and Twisted Citron) on the front of a folded card.

I adhered the flowers panel over the rainbow, added in just a few of the flower middles, added a sentiment from the Friendship Bingo set and a little faux splatter with a pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!!!
Carly

Friday, February 9, 2024

easy sliding card with mft stamps

I'm sharing my latest interactive card over on the MFT Stamps YouTube channel today and I would be so happy if you stopped by to watch!
Big Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

rainbow birthday cards + ppp blog hop day 1

Pretty Pink Posh is celebrating their 10th birthday with an adorable collection of new stamps, dies, stencils & more! And we are having an amazing 5 day blog hop that's just bursting with cardmaking ideas and inspiration!!!

Before I show you what I made, there's more fun! There are five $30 gift certificates to Pretty Pink Posh up for grabs! Enter to win by leaving comments along the hop by 11:59pm PST of February 16th, 2024. The winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

And one more thing...Pretty Pink Posh has a gift for YOU!

Now let me show you some of the rainbow birthday cards I've created...

When I see a cover plate die, I have to turn it into a shaker card! I think it's a rule, LOL! And this Star Cover Plate was no exception!


For this card I ink blended my favorite rainbow of Distress Oxide inks (Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Salvaged Patina & Twisted Citron) on the front of my folded card. I spread some Glossy Accents over the ink and sprinkled on some chunky glitter. After it was dry, I used foam tape to build a shaker container on top. I filled it with Iridescent Circle Confetti, sealed it with acetate and topped it with a panel cut with the 
Star Cover Plate. Simple but bright & happy!


Next I made a easy one layer card with ink blending and stenciling...


I used low-tack tape to mask a section on my card front. Then I blended a rainbow with Distress Oxide inks. I placed the Birthday Words Stencil over the top and applied the same colors in the same places. Then I removed the tape and added a little sentiment from the Sentiment Strips: Birthday set and some faux splatter (done with a pen).

If you started at the beginning then I am your last stop on the hop but here's the whole hop list in case you missed anyone...


Thanks so much for hopping with us! Hugs!!!
Carly