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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

love you card video

I'm over on the MFT Stamps YT channel today with a quick cardmaking video. I would LOVE it if you stopped by to watch!

Hugs!
Carly

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

mft january vault release

MFT has rescued some of their fabulous classic stamps & dies from the retirement vault and they are available in the shop NOW! 

I know you can't wait to check it out but before you run off to shop, I've got a card to share with you...

I love a stitched background so I used the rectangle from the Blueprints 25 to die cut a white panel and adhered it to a folded card.

I paired the stems from Fresh Cut Flowers set with the hearts from the Mason Jar set.

I like to die cut everything from white cardstock and then color with Copic markers. I used R37, R35, YG11 & G00.

I finished the super simple design with a little faux black splatter (with a pen).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you head over to the MFT shop to snap up all the vault goodies!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, January 30, 2023

one day left until the mft january vault release

Have you heard the news that MFT Stamps is opening their vault to release some of their most loved retired stamps & dies?

The vault stamps and dies are so fun! Here's a little peek...

For this card I used the X's And O's Background. I stamped and embossed it on smooth watercolor cardstock. Then I did some easy watercoloring with Distress Inks.

The rainbow-y background made the perfect canvas for the adorable label strips made with the classic Label Maker Love & Label Tape. I forgot how much I loved the look of little label tapes!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have time, over to the MFT blog to see more of what is coming tomorrow!

Hugs!
Carly

Sunday, January 29, 2023

something sweet is coming from mft

Don't you hate it when you see an adorable card design that you have to make but the stamps & dies for it are retired?! Me too! But I have good news...MFT Stamps is opening the "vault" to bring some of their most sought-after classic out of retirement!

Today I've got a little peek at what will be available on the 31st...

I can't resist a cute citrus slice so when I saw the Mason Jar Mug die set, I was delighted!

As I often do, I cut a bunch from white cardstock and then colored the background layers with Copic markers. I used YG01, Y02, R22, R20 and YR01.

I loved them so much that I tried to fit as many as possible on my card front by creating a grid. If you look closely, it probably isn't super symmetrical but it was sure fun to make!

In the bottom right corner I stamped a sentiment from the Mason Jar Labels set in black and then added a little faux black splatter with a pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have time, over to the MFT blog to see more of what is coming on Tuesday!

Hugs!
Carly

Thursday, January 19, 2023

mft color challenge 204

Are you looking for a little creative jumpstart for your cardmaking? I highly suggest joining in on a cardmaking challenge and there just happens to be a new color challenge starting on the MFT stamps blog today *wink*

I have been struggling to find my crafty mojo lately so joining in MFT's fun challenges has really helped!

Here's the color palette for this challenge...


And here's the card I made...

I knew I wanted to stamp the gorgeous blooms from Gathered With Love in the Gravel Gray so I decided to pair them with a negative die cut "hello" using my favorite Modern Serif Alphabet

Then I added the little "I Love You, My Friend" from the Itty Bitty Love Notes set underneath. 

I made my folded card from smooth watercolor cardstock because it is my favorite for soft ink blending and then I blended the rest of the colors where they would show under the "hello".
I hope you are inspired to join in this color challenge! Pop over to the MFT blog to learn more and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

mft sketch challenge 629

I am so happy there is a new sketch challenge starting today on the MFT Stamps blog because I've been in desperate need of a creative jumpstart and the sketches always work!

Here's this week's sketch...

And here's the card I created...

I started with a piece of Princess Pink cardstock and used low-tack tape to mask & ink blend stripes. And holy cow, why am I not using colored cardstock more for ink blending?! The ink went out so smoothly and it looked so good that I would have been happy even without adding anything else to the card!

I used the heart lid from the Box of Chocolates and the heart & the circle from Love Icons set to create the windows in the striped panel. And then the hearts from the Love Icons to fill the windows...one coral, one flamingo and one silver glitter.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Love set and is embossed with white powder.

A few sequins and ta-da!

I hope you are inspired to join this week's MFT sketch challenge! You can find all the info HERE on their blog.

Hugs!
Carly

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

easy inking techniques for solid stamps

I'm over on the MFT Stamps YT channel sharing a few easy inking techniques I like to use on solid stamps like this big LOVE from the How To Say I Love You set. I hope you'll swing by and watch!

Hugs!
Carly