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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

mft you are not alone card kit

The MFT You Are Not Alone Card Kit just hit the shop and it's so beautiful!

Yesterday I shared a clean & simple sympathy card and today I want to share something a little more playful!

I die cut nine of one bloom with the Show of Support die set and ink blended three combinations:

I arranged the blooms in a 3x3 grid on my card front and used a black marker to color a circle behind each one before gluing them down. Lazy crafter hack, LOL!

Then I stamped a sentiment from the You Are Not Alone set under the grid and added a little faux black splatter with a pen.

I highly recommend heading over to the MFT blog to see more of this gorgeous kit!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, April 1, 2024

handmade cards to show support with mft stamps

There is a beautiful new card kit coming to MFT Stamps tomorrow and it's perfect for creating cards to show support to your loved ones. Do you want a little sneak peek? Well keep reading!

For this card I die cut a square window and stamped the sentiment below with the You Are Not Alone stamp set.

I used the new Soft Stripes paper pad as the background of the square window and added die cut flowers to the right side with the Show of Support die set. I die cut the flowers from Cotton Candy & Red Hot cardstock and added a little shading with Red Hot ink. The stems & leaves are cut from white cardstock and inked with Jalapeno Popper.

Head over to the MFT blog to see more and come by tomorrow to see another card with the You Are Not Alone card kit!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

mft wings & wishes

The MFT Stamps March 2024 release is available NOW!!! There are so many adorable sets to check out but before you go, I have a quick card to share with the Wings & Wishes set...

This set has super cute little gnomes but when I saw the dandelions, I couldn't wait to pair it with the Wish Big die. I love a big word, LOL!

To create this card I arranged the stamps in my MISTI stamping tool. Then I stamped one white panel and one ink blended panel (with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves, Salvaged Patina & Squeezed Lemonade).

Then I die cut the ink blended panel with the Wish Big die. I die cut the Wish Big again twice from white cardstock scraps and adhered the three layers of each letter together for a little dimension.

Next I adhered the letters onto the stamped white panel, lining up the dandelion designs.

Pop over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more of the March and maybe even shop a little😉

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, March 25, 2024

mft you bring sunshine

Just one more day until the MFT Stamps March 2024 release hits the shop and I have another sneak peek to share with you!

This is the You Bring Sunshine set. Isn't that bunny adorable?!

I stamped, die cut and colored the bunny. I also borrowed a few clouds from the You Make Moo So Happy set.

The background is just a simple ink blended circle (with Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina and Cracked Pistachio).

There's more to see on the MFT blog today so stop by when you have a minute! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Sunday, March 24, 2024

mft ear for you

There are only two days left until the MFT Stamps March release! Have you been catching the sneak peeks? It's all so cute and I've got another peek to share...

This sweet little elephant is from the new Ear for You set! Isn't it just the cutest?!!

I stamped the elephant to the side and a little wonky so it would look like it was holding the Essential Hello die cut. I colored it with shades of gray Copic markers and then adhered the "hello" on top. BTW, the "hello" is cut from Cotton Candy cardstock and polka dotted with a marker.

To finish I stamped the sentiment underneath the die cut word and added a little faux splatter with a pen.

Thanks for stopping by! Pop over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more sneaks of the March release!

Hugs!
Carly

Saturday, March 23, 2024

mft bundle of love

The Pure Innocence line at MFT Stamps is so sweet & charming and I'm excited that there are brand new PI sets coming next week! I've got a little sneak peek...

This is the Pure Innocence Bundle of Love! Isn't she so cute?!

I stamped, die cut and colored her. And I love to color but it takes me forever so I only had time for a super simple card. I just masked off a stripe and ink blended with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves.

Then I stamped the sentiment and added a little faux splatter with a pen.

Wanna see more of the new Pure Innocence sets? Head over to the MFT blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Friday, March 22, 2024

mft you rescued me + countdown to mft march 2024 release

MFT Stamps has done it again! They have a new release filled with absolute cuteness hitting the shop on March 26th! Would you like a little sneak peek? (I'm assuming you said yes very enthusiastically, LOL!)

This is the adorable new Jenoblade set, You Rescued Me! For some reason when I have a cute cat stamp, I have to wrap it in "yarn"...haha!

I stamped, die cut and colored the little cat in the box. Then I created the ball of yarn by wrapping a small circle of cardstock with embroidery floss. I wrapped a little more floss around the cat and used foam tape to adhere it to my card.

The finishing touches were a stamped sentiment and a little faux splatter with a pen.

Thanks for stopping by! Pop over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more sneaks of the March release!

Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

simon says stamp be bold

A bold & beautiful new collection of stamps, dies, stencils and more just hit the Simon Says Stamp shop...the Be Bold collection!!!

There are so many fab sets but I am currently a little obsessed with two new stencils, Groovy Blooms and Retro Arcs!

The Groovy Blooms is a really cute layering stencil set but for this card I just couldn't get enough of the large bold bloom so I used low-tack tape to isolate one flower on the stencil. Then I ink blended that bloom with Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin & Picked Raspberry repeatedly over my card front.

I repeated the same process with the second stencil, isolating just one flower middle and using Black Soot ink.

I finished the card with one of my favorite phrase dies, Simply Thank You and a little faux splatter with a pen.


For this card I used the Retro Arcs stencil with my favorite rainbow of Distress Oxide ink (Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Salvaged Patina and Twisted Citron).

Now I'm usually a little lazy with stencils, like just hold them in place and hope for the best, LOL! But with this stencil I highly recommend using Pixie Spray or a similar adhesive because the stencil is just so delicate.

I added a die cut sentiment with the Love You die and a little faux splatter with a pen to finish the card.

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

mft all-star high top

Did you hear that MFT Stamps opened their vault today and brought back some of their most requested Laina Lamb Designs sets?

One of the sets I was most excited to get my hands on is the All-Star High Top

This die set is so cute!!! And the coordinating High Top Sentiments stamps is so darn cute too!!!

For this card I die cut the sneaker from smooth watercolor cardstock (because I love it for ink blending dye inks) and ink blended it with Poppin' Pink or Candied Yam

I added all the cute bits like the sole, the logo, etc.

Then I die cut 4 more sneakers from black cardstock to layer underneath to give dimension and a little "shadow" so it would stand out on the white 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, March 11, 2024

mft march 2024 vault release

Have you heard the good news? MFT is opening their vault tomorrow to bring back some of their most sought-after designs and this vault release  is some highly requested Laina Lamb Design originals!!!

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 graduation shaker card I made!

The lightbulb shaker window is made with LLD Lightbulb set. I die cut it from a white panel and used yellow glitter paper behind it for the background. The inside & bottom bits of the lightbulb are adhered on top of the shaker window.

I also added a grad hat on top of the shaker window with the LLD Graduation Accents set.

And I used a sentiment from the LLD Watt's Up set

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

Hugs!
Carly

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

easy spring card + ppp blog hop day 1

Pretty Pink Posh has an adorable new collection of stamps, dies and more, perfect for spring cardmaking! And I'm thrilled to be joining in the blog hop today to share it!

Before I show you what I made, there's more fun! There are 3 $30 gift certificates to Pretty Pink Posh up for grabs! Enter to win by leaving comments along the hop by 11:59pm PST of March 13th, 2024. The winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Now let me show you what I made...


For this card I used some of the adorable little shapes from the Spring Mug Additions to create this grid design.

I die cut everything from white cardstock and used Distress Oxide inks with blending tools to color them. 

Then I drew a pencil line down the middle of my card front as a guide for the line of shapes. I erased the line as I glued things down.

For the lines on the left & right, I used the middle line as a guide but also just winged it a little. LOL!

I finished it with a little faux ink splatter with a black pen and a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips: Easter set.

Your next stop on the hop is Davina Cantrell and I know she is going to have something gorgeous to share!

And here's the whole hop list if you need it...

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

mft birthday vibes card kit

The MFT Birthday Vibes Card Kit just hit the shop and it's so FUN!!! 

Yesterday I shared a shaker card with the Birthday Vibes die because I can never resist a word shaker, LOL! And while I was making that card, I might have gone a little overboard making balloon animals so...

When I started I wasn't sure how I was going to add color so I die cut all the balloon animals from white cardstock. Then I decided to just do some simple ink blending with Poppin' Pink, Lemon Drop, Limelight and Summer Splash. After foam mounting the heads, tails and legs on the balloon bodies, all I added was a few white pen highlights and I thought they turned out so cute!

To assemble the card I started by stamping a sentiment from the Best Day Ever set on the card front. Then I adhered the balloon animals around the sentiment, trimming off any hanging over the edge.

I highly recommend heading over to the MFT blog to see more of the gorgeous cards my teammates have made!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, March 4, 2024

there's a party coming to mft stamps...

There's a party hitting the MFT Stamps shop tomorrow...a super cute new card kit! Do you want a little sneak peek?

For this card I ink blended Poppin' Pink and Lemon Drop inks on my card front and covered with glitter paste.

When the glitter paste was dry, I built a shaker container with foam tape, filled it with sequins and closed it with acetate.

For the shaker window I used the new Birthday Vibes die. Isn't it cool?! And then I added a cute Balloon Animal.

Head over to the MFT blog to see more and come by tomorrow to see another card with the Birthday Vibes card kit!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Thursday, February 29, 2024

another shaker card with simon says stamp

You're probably thinking, "Another shaker card, Carly?" And yes, I just love them so much!

I've been having so much fun creating with the Bold Scandinavian Floral and Simple Flowers sets! And I LOVE the shaker card I made a few days ago so I decided to use the same technique.

I used the Simple Flowers to create some large shaker bits. I die cut the solid flower from black cardstock and then I used a wonky circle from the Bold Scandinavian Floral to make the flowers a little more groovy! They also look a little like turtles but I love them, LOL!

I ink blended a panel and wrapped it in leftover plastic packaging to create a shaker (see the method in this VIDEO).

Then I adhered the shaker panel to a folded card with the sentiment stamped on it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

mft diamond frames

Have you checked out the latest MFT stamps & dies? There is so much cuteness! And there's a new die set that inspired me to do something a little different for me...

There's no ink blending, no glitter, no colored critters but I love how this card with the Diamond Frames turned out!

For this card I cut 3/4" off the front of a folded card and stamped a sentiment from the Essential Birthday Messages in Cornflower ink.

Then I die cut a bunch of medium & small diamond frames with colored cardstock (Cotton Candy, Sno Cone, Summer Splash & Cornflower). I adhered them to a white cardstock panel in this design. Once the pattern was complete, I trimmed 3/4" off and adhered it to the front of the folded card.

What do you think?
Definitely pop over to MFT to see more of the latest goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

mft monkey around

The MFT Stamps February 2024 release is available NOW!!! I know you are excited to check it out but before you go, I have a quick card to share with the adorable new Monkey Around set!

For this card I paired a little blue birthday monkey with one of my favorite big phrase dies, Wish Big Today!

I ink blended my card front and then created a shaker container on top.

For the shaker window, I partially die cut the "wish big", excluding the "today" by placing my die cutting plate above the word when running it through my die cut machine. (Have you tried partial die cutting like that? Should I make a video?)

Then I added the sentiment stamp from the Monkey Around and my stamped, die cut & colored monkey.


I suggest popping over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more of the February release and maybe even shop a little😉

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Monday, February 26, 2024

how to make an easy shaker card with simon says stamp

I adore making shaker cards and I couldn't wait to turn the Simon Says Stamp Bold Scandinavian Floral dies into one! What do you think?

I used the Bold Scandinavian Floral dies, Distress Oxide inks, some plastic packaging and a few other things to make this slim shaker. Do you want to see the process? Here's a quick video...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

mft you make moo so happy

Just one more day until the MFT Stamps February 2024 release hits the shop! And I have one more peek to share with you!

This is the You Make Moo So Happy set! Isn't that cow adorable?!!

I stamped, die cut and colored him but then had too many ideas what to do with him!

So I settled on one of my signature Carly designs, a mini scene card! LOL!

I stamped the clouds & fence in clear embossing ink on Cotton Candy cardstock and embossed with clear powder. Then I ink blended Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch over the embossing. I love how the embossed design resists the blue!

Then I cut that embossed scene into a strip and adhered it to a white card. I used a little foam tape to add the cow, stamped the sentiment and finished with a little faux splatter made with a pen.

There's more to see on the MFT blog today so stop by when you have a minute! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Sunday, February 25, 2024

mft happiness comes in very small packages

The countdown to the MFT Stamps February release is on and I can't tell you everything yet but I can tell you it's all CUTE!!! And I can share another sneak peek...

This sweet little bunny & clouds are from the Happiness Comes In Very Small Packages set! It's a perfect set for baby cards and I think it pairs nicely with the Full of Hearts die ;)

For this card I ink blended the front of a folded card. Then I die cut another panel with the Full of Hearts, positioning the die off the top edge.

I adhered the die cut panel to the card front and added the stamped, die cut & colored images on top.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom and of course added a little faux splatter with a pen.

Pop over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more of the February release!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly

Saturday, February 24, 2024

mft birthday bites

The MFT Stamps February 2024 release is coming up in a few short days and I've got another quick sneak peek for you!

Check out Birthday Bites, a really cute new Jenoblade set!

I always love Jenoblade's critters but I really love the large group of cakes in this set! It makes an easy background for a clean & simple critter card. I stamped it twice in pink (going off both edges) to make a background for this cute-cake-eating-bunny!

Pop over to the MFT blog when you have a minute to see more of the February release!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carly