Join me today to learn how to add sparkle to your backgrounds with Paper Glaze!

Hey guys,

I’m popping in today to let you know that my presentation is going live at 1pm Eastern US time/6pm UK time/19.00 Central European time where I’m talking all about Add Sparkle To Your Background With Paper Glaze for the Card Maker Success Summit!

I’ll be going over
1. A few tips and tricks when using Paper Glaze
2. My go-to moves to save time on mass-producing
3. How to change up your designs when mass-producing to ensure unique results for every card.
4. My top hack on heat embossing!

I also created a worksheet with step by step instructions as well as a supply list for you to follow along with! Over at Picket Fence Studios you can grab my Summit Bundle until July 19th, with free shipping in the US! Links provided with compensated affiliate links throughout the post, at no extra cost to you!

My goal is to help you create a beautiful holiday card that you can replicate easily. 

If you haven’t grabbed your ticket to the summit yet, you can do that HERE. My presentation will be live for 24 hours and there are a lot of other amazing ones for you to check out.

See you soon!

Erica

p.s. If you’re seeing this too late, you can grab the VIP All-Access Pass to get immediate and ongoing access to all the replays and much more!

If Christmas In July is not your thing, you could always check out the massive warehouse sale over at Altenew!

It’s only running today and tomorrow, July 16-17th so if you have your eye on something, make sure to grab it asap!

The folks over at Pinkfresh Studio are also getting ahead with the holiday crafting. Very smart that, isn’t it? It also means savings for us mere mortals! Can I get a ‘Jingle bells”?


Shop the PinkFresh Christmas In July section and don’t forget to add the code HOLIDAY30 for 30% off all holiday stamps and dies! Code is valid from Friday, 7/16 at 7am CST through Saturday, 7/31 at 11:59pm CST. Valid on in-stock products only while supplies last.

All the links in this post are compensated affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission directly from the company, at absolutely ZERO cost to you. Thank you if you chose to support me by using my links, I really appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Ink Blending Extravaganza + Paper Glaze + Diecuts = Fun, colourful cards with NO colouring!

Hello, my colour-loving friends!

As much as I love colouring (she says whilst the inner child is jumping around with joy) sometimes I just don’t have the time or the energy to colour, but I still want colour on my cards. What a conundrum, right? This is where ink blending comes to the rescue and oh, how I love that technique too! It’s one of my go-to for a blast of colour FAST!

It’s fun, fresh, and you can mix and match colours to suit occasions, themes and preferences of the recipient of the card. What’s not to love?

Dab your panel with Embossing Ink and sprinkle a bit of Halo embossing glitter on top and you have homemade glitter card stock too!

If you don’t want glitter card stock, you can add Clear Gloss on top for shiny card stock. Super simple and high impact! Plus it’s quick and easy to make more when you run out. Win-Win!

Other ways of adding interest to an ink blended background is to splatter some water, coloured or gold water colour, shimmer sprays, white paint or something like Distress sprays. I’m particularly loving gold splatters myself. It’s such a simple, yet wow-factor way of adding a little something extra.

These cards in this post are done with Distress Oxide inks, blended with my go-to blending tools: the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I can not stress enough how important it is to have a tool for ink blending that works for you. The brushes might not be for you, you might prefer the Tim Holtz ink blending tool, or the domed version from Scrapbook.com, or maybe the hexagon brush from Honey Bee Stamps. Whatever works for you is what you should stick to, no matter the opinions of someone else, me included. I’m merely saying that for me, the Life Changing Blender Brushes really live up to their name, and they have helped elevate my ink blending game to a whole new level!

Now, let’s get to some of the cards: On a piece of cardstock I blended Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. On top of this I splattered some gold using the Kuretake Starry Color palette, becuse of course I cannot resist gold splatters. You can make your own by mixing some Golden Rose Paper Glaze with water. This is a second panel done, with the addition of Wild Honey, without Wilted Violet, and taken before gold splatters were added.

As the idea was to have the Scarecrow Cover Plate Die from Picket Fence Studios on top of this, I have gone from light to dark, almost as if there is a fire behind it, or candles in the Jack-o-lanterns.

The scarecrow herself couldn’t be plain, nope. I wanted a little wow-factor for that too, so I made some shimmer card stock by spreading some Black Pansy and Golden Rose Paper Glaze, one of my top three fave products EVER from Picket Fence Studios, on black card stock. On top of this I also added a tiny bit of Fall Gold Paper Glitz.

I didn’t get a photo of that before I cut it up, but here is the second piece I made with Autumn Persimmon Paper Glitz.

When this was dry, I cut out the Scarecrow using my diecutting machine. Depending on your machine and how much Paper Glaze you use, you might need to run it through twice to get clean, sharp lines.

This was adhered directly to the background, with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then a sentiment from the So Franken Cute stamp set was stamped with Black Hybrid ink on it, with the help of the Mini MISTI. When you stamp your sentiment last thing, it’s better to be safe than sorry, to avoid hiccups, hence the Mini MISTI.

The second card was done in a similar fashion, with the same colours on the background, including the gold splatters. This is the one I used that second shimmer card stock for, and I used the Scarecrow diecut again. I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies.

The sentiment on this one is from A Spooky Day, and it’s stamped up with Black Hybrid ink with the help of the Mini MISTI. The BOO was adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, as was the Scarecrow.

Seeing them next to each other is fun, because you can see the similarity and where they have their own little unique touches.

The next two cards are pretty much the same, only different colours. Naturally, it’s still ink blended but the colours used are Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. I’m LOVING this blend! So much so, I made two of these as well.

Instead of gold splatters on the first one, I opted for black and yellow by using Distress Oxide sprays in Mustard Yellow and Black soot. I tried to not overdo it, but I think a few more wouldn’t have been amiss.

Similarly, the shimmer card stock was done with black card stock, and some Ocean Poppy and Lime Zinnia Paper Glaze. These colours are kind of glow-in-the-dark-esque on the black card stock, which looks really quite cool.

Once that was dry, I cut out the scarecrows and again, adhered it straight to the background with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. For the second card, I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies from the shimmer card stock made with the Paper Glaze.

Sentiment wise I used one from the So Franken Cute for the card on the right, but this one was heat embossed in Opaque Bright White on black card stock. It was also adhered on an angle, with more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, rather than straight across. The second card was done with the BOO glued down and the same sentiment from A Spooky Day with Black Hybrid ink.

With four cards in total done, all that was left to do was adhered them both to a card base and that’s it. What do you think? Not a bad pop of colour for no-colouring cards, right?

I am working on a YouTube video for these as well, it’s very long at the moment so I’m thinking of doing one full-length version and one more condensed, so you can chose which one you want to watch. Keep an eye out on my YouTube channel and click that notification button so you don’t miss any uploads!

Lots of the goodies for these cards are from Picket Fence Studios, and the rest are from various online shops. I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. Any earnings I get from these go towards paying for things like blog hosting, technology faff-stuff, import duties and new stuff to keep things fresh, fun and free for you! Thank you so much for supporting me while shopping using these links, I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

p.s. I’m speaking at the Card Maker Success Summit tomorrow about ‘Adding Shimmer With Paper Glaze’. You’re invited! Get all the details and grab your free ticket here!

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Picket Fence Studios July Release is here!

Hello my lovelies!

It’s the 14th and that means a new release from Picket Fence Studios! This month we have something I am super excited about: Paper Glitz! Most of you know how much I love the Paper Glazes already. I’m a tad obsessed and not sorry at all about it.

The Paper Glitz is another obsession for me now. Gee, Nicole, give a girl a break, right?? 🤣 This stuff is totally amazing. The base is coloured mica so they cover an area completely, instead of just where the glitter end up. Which it’s also full of, and not just one shade. In each one there are between 4-7, which gives an amazing effect. It also doesn’t shed! Can you imagine?? OOooh, child, it’s like unicorn poop in colours!!

Like Paper Glaze, Paper Glitz colors can be used for the following techniques: die-cutting, making glitter paper, stenciling, adding texture, adding shine, layering color on precut dies, making a shiny mist, making a flicking medium, water coloring with watered down Paper Glitz, etc. I do love versatile mediums! It feels like you get way more bang for your buck, right?

They come in some fab colours too: Fall Gold, Autumn Persimmon, Lime Christmas Green, Snow Drifts, True Christmas Red and Traditional Christmas Green. Below you can see five of them, after they have dried.

The first thing I did was simply slap a little of almost all the colours on card stock, and swipe the across it. It created a gorgeous glitter paper, and I still had a little left on my scraper so I wiped that off on a card base. I didn’t know if it was going to warp the paper or how it was going to look, but it dried flat so I had to use that one for a card!

It was finished off very simply by adding a word topper that says ‘You are phenomenal’ cut out of black card stock, and layered up. The top of the words were decorated with a little Fall Gold Paper Glitz.

In this release there are a mix of Halloween and Christmas stamps, stencils and diecuts. I am not a fan of Halloween in real life, because I am a whimp and don’t like to be scared, BUT funnily enough I love making Halloween cards! I’m so weird… The Scarecrow Cover Die is so fun, and I have used it for two cards.

On a card base I blended Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. On top of this I splattered some gold, becuse of course I cannot resist gold splatters. You can make your own by mixing some Golden Rose Paper Glaze with water.

I cut out the Scarecrow Cover Plate image out of black card stock a few times and layered these up, with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. This is a liquid adhesive which I find VERY useful when layering up dies, as you have a few seconds to adjust your pieces if they don’t layer up perfect the first time.

The final thing was to stamp a sentiment from the Fancy Autumn Sentiments, in Black Hybrid Ink, on the panel and adhere it to a card base.

The second card I made with the Scarecrow Cover Plate die was done totally different! First I blended a ominus background with the Cloud Builder Stencil, and dark Oxide Inks.

Then I cut out the Scarecrow out of purple card stock and layered a couple of them up. This was then added to the background panel. Once I was sure this was completely dry, I popped this into a cellophane bag and filled it with sequins from the Trick or treaters Sequin Mix. The cellophane bag was then wrapped up and closed up on the back of the panel.

My friend Ilda Dias came up with this idea and Tonic Studios made her vision come to life! Make sure to check out Ilda’s blog and Instagram for more inspiration! I didn’t have time to wait for the actual bags to arrive, so I “MacGyvered” my own, but it was quite fiddly, I must admit. I can not wait to actually try the proper bags for this as shaker cards are NOT my forte. At all. Anyway, I did my best and with all that done, I then secured that whole shebang to a purple card base.

There is also a Reversed Leaf Stencil to compliment the Slim Line Leaf Stencil, which has got the veins of the leaf as the pattern. Here I used in on a ink blended background and then the new Ombre Paper Glaze trio called Pumpkin Spice. This card had to be finished off with the Happy Fall Y’all Word Topper die.

Well, I could go on and on about all these goodies, but this blog post would turn into a full-on essay. Why not hop on over to my YouTube channel and check out the video I made for this release instead?

If you don’t want to wait, and just want to shop, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. I know I keep harping on about this, but if you can use an affiliate link when you shop, that’s so encouraging and helpful. It helps pay for stuff like blog hosting, photo storage, import duties and upgrades so I can keep doing what I love to do, and share it with you, so THANK YOU if you shop with my links. I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

p.s. I also want you to know that the Card Maker Success Summit  is coming up. The mission of the summit is to help you get a game plan for your holiday card making project.  I’ll be speaking on Friday July 16th, at 1pm Eastern time, 6pm UK time and 19.00 Central European time about Adding Shimmer with Paper Glaze. Get all the details and grab your free ticket here! The classes will be available to watch for 24hrs after they go live so mark your calendars now!

There is the option of upgrading to the VIP All-Access Pass, which gives you the option of watching the classes whenever you want, as well as get over $2000 worth of extra content, including svg files, Digi stamps, card making classes, tips on how to up your ink blending game, mass producing cards and much more. It’s a total steal at $79! I have a class on Paper Glaze, how to mix your basic colours and I even made a swatch file that you can download! The peeps over at Picket Fence Studios also put together my Basic Must Have Colors in an easy bundle, so you can grab all of them, plus palette knives in one easy go! (please note that this bundle will be available from the 15th of July)

WOW! Embossing newest release and new goodies to play with!

Hi and welcome back to more crafty shenanigans!

In today’s post I’m showing off some new goodies from WOW! Embossing Powder, there is a new release available from the UK WOW! Shop. We have new stamps, stencils and more powders! Hopefully it will also be available in the US WOW! Shop soon.

I also have some brand new to me goodies, that luckily arrived on my wedding anniversary. How fab timing is that?? Amongst other things I finally got my hands on Salvaged Patina!!

I instantly started ink blending on panels I had heatembossed with the new Abstract Triangles stamp, designed by my friend Natasha! I used Embossing ink and Opaque Bright White super fine embossing powder on all three.

On that one I mixed Salvaged Patina with Mustard Seed. Thanks to the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, the blends are so smooth!

Next up was a blend I’d been dying to try: Salvaged Patina with Kitsch Flamingo!! It did not disappoint!

The third blend is the only one using three colours: Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. They go so well together!

All of the panels were trimmed down and adhered to card bases, and then it was time to start working on sentiments.

Another new goodie that arrived was the Big Hugs stamp and die set from Hero Arts. I have lusted after this one since I first saw it. I cut it out of white card stock, many, many times and layered these up with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. I also cut out three Big Hugs out of black card stock and added these to three of the stacks.

On top of one of the black topped ones I heat embossed Midnight embossing powder, and it looks FAB!! Those flecks of gold? Oooooooh! Please note that this one comes in a TRIO.

The next one was done with Hope & Positivity, which looks freaking awesome. The photo isn’t great, though, but it really is amazing in real life. That sparkle is off the charts!

I also did one black topped one with two layers of Clear Gloss. I love that puffy sticker look!

The last one has a little of Salvaged Patina blended onto it, and then I added White Glitz on top. You can still see some of the SP under it.

A few sentiments were also stamped up on white card stock, with black ink, from the Big Hugs stamp set, to compliment the Big Hugs diecuts.

With that, I’m all done for today but I have a reel on my Instagram page for these if you want to check that out. No YouTube video but if you really want one, drop me a comment and I’ll add it to my crafty shenanigans list.

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links, it doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, ever. The earnings from these links help keep my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram running, so I really appreciate the support.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Results of a craftermath: Pinkfresh Butterflies Card!

Hi everyone and happy Monday!


Today is no ordinary day, it’s my first official blog post for Pinkfresh Studio and I’m popping in here too, because why not?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the challenge graphic for the month of July is lovely and the theme is Butterflies. If you make a card for this challenge, make sure to link it up on the Pinkfresh monthly challenge blog post as you can win a $50 gift card!

I grabbed the Butterflies stamp set, layering stencils, coordinating dies and a few *cough, cough* other little bits and bobs. Ok, quite a few other little bits and bobs, but I was excited. Can you blame me?? No, I didn’t think so, lol.

With the ink colours from the graphic, Ocean Breeze, Passion Fruit, Coral Reef, Sweet Mustard and Tidal Pond, I got to ink blending with the slim line stencils I had grabbed: Leafy Squares and Inverted Diamonds. Over the Leafy Squares one I used all the colours, blending them with my Life Changing Blender Brushes.

On the Inverted Diamond stencil, I used only Sweet Mustard, Ocean Breeze and Tidal Pond. Before I blended anything though, I taped down the pattern with some skinny PostIt tape as I’m all out of Pixie Spray...!! *Gasps of shock inserted here* Yes, it’s true. I’m all out and it’s really hard to get ahold of here! Waaaahh!!

The PostIt tape actually added to the pattern on this stencil though, so it worked but I’m still scouring the web for more of that stuff. It’s a total must have.

When it came to the butterflies, I couldn’t stop at just one or two. It seemed kinda crazy to not play while I had all my stuff out.

And did I play or what? I seem totally incapable of making just ONE card or ONE thing when I’m crafting. Things have a tendency of spiralling out of control more often than not. The result is always a total and utter craftermath… and sometimes a couple of cards and LOTS of spare bits and bobs.

In this case, a small army of butterflies!

All are inkblended with the help of the layering stencils, using various of the colours from the challenge graphic, and all are cut out using the coordinating diecut. Some are heat embossed with Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing, and my two favourites were the big Butterflies with the gold and the single colour, the yellow one is obviously Sweet Mustard and the other one is Coral Reef. That was a bit surprising to me, but that’s what one of the fun things with playtime and trying things out. You never know what you are going to end up with!

Putting the card together didn’t take long once I decided on the two big Butterflies and the Inverted Diamond background. A quick sentiment from the Butterflies stamp set was stamped right in the middle with black ink and then it was quick work of glueing down the butterflies with Deluxe Adhesive from Tonic Studios.

That’s the card done, and now it’s your turn! Make a card with the challenge graphic as inspiration and link up your project on the Pinkfresh Studio blog for your chance to win a $50 gift card!

As always, I have used some compensated affiliate link in this post, at no extra cost to you whatsoever! If you shop using these links I get a small commission from the company directly, and bonus, it doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the crafting shenanigans over here at CaCaCraft by Erica. Including the boring stuff like paying for blog hosting, upgrades, themes and all that stuff that unfortunately cost a lot of money. I couldn’t do it without your help so thank you so much for the support, I really appreciate it a lot more than I could ever express with words.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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p.s. I also want you to know that the Card Maker Success Summit is coming up, and Pinkfresh Studio is one of the sponsors of the event. The mission of the summit is to help you get a game plan for your holiday card making project. I’ll be speaking on Friday the 16th of July about using Paper Glaze to add fun and unique shimmer to your cards. Get all the details and grab your free ticket here!

The event is free, all you have to do is SIGN UP and mark your calendar. The summit is on for FOUR days! There are 25+ classes and some of my crafty friends are taking part as well, such as
-Verity Biddlecomb
-Natasha Davies
-Jo Herbert
-Justine Hovey
-Laurel Beard

You can also sign up for the VIP All-Access Pass at the early bird price of $59, until the 14th, and with that you can start watching the classes right away! You also get over $2000 worth of extra content, including classes, svg cut files and digi stamps amongst other! It’s such good value for money, and you can watch the classes over and over and over!

Alex Syberia July Release and Instagram Hop

Hi and Happy Anniversary to The Man and I!

Today marks our 17th wedding anniversary and 21 years together! We both deserve a medal for that, I think, lol! But today’s post is not about that, it’s about the July Release from Alex Syberia Design!

You can find all the new designs in her shop www.alexsyberia.com and for my card I chose the Enna’s Ruffles Hibiscus A2 Panel. I do love big blooms and I can not lie!

I’ve used Copics for the colouring, and when that was done, I ran it through my Minc machine with some foil. With digi stamps I find foiling irresistible!

When you have big beautiful panels like this, I think it’s a shame to cover it up too much so I added a very small, but lovely, sentiment. It simply says ‘love ya’ and sometimes you don’t need much else.

Over on Instagram, there is a hop to celebrate the new release, so make sure you check that out as there are prizes up for grabs, as well as LOADS of inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by today, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

PS 1 If you got a notification about this blog post and it didn’t have any photos, my apologies! I forgot to update it, and it went live. Oops!

Fluttering by for the Pinkfresh Studio July Challenge

Hi everyone, and welcome back to my blog!

As some of you might have already seen, or heard about, I’ve joined the Pinkfresh Studio design team for the rest of the year! I’m SUPER EXCITED about this as I’m such a huge fan of Pinkfresh Studio!

Just look at this collection of amazing crafters, and then spot little ole me in there too! It’s such a dream come true!

Pinkfresh Studio run monthly challenges, both for the scrapbooking side of things and the card making side of things, so no matter what your preferred way of crafting and creating is, you can join in!

For the month of July the theme is ‘Butterflies’, and you can interpret that however you like. Below you can see the challenge graphic, maybe glean some inspiration from that or just let your creativity loose and see what happens!

For my card, I decided to first make a flowery background, something for the butterflies to be attracted to, so to say.

I absolutely adore the Miss Your Smile stamp and coordinating layering stencils set, so I really wanted to use them. My first impluse was to make yellow flowers, with turquoise/teal leaves.

The colours of ink used are Lemon Whip, Sunshine and Sweet Mustard for the blooms. On the leaves it’s Ocean Breeze and Aquamarine. At the top of the card I used a little bit of Sky Blue to soften all that white space, and give a summery sky look to the card.

I toyed with the idea of using Black Ink for the outline stamp, but in the end I heat embossed it with Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing. I’m really glad I went this route, as it gives the petals and stems more definition, without being too harsh.

For the butterfly part, I used, no surprise, the biggest from the Butterflies stamp set. I heatembossed it on vellum, again with Gold Rich embossing powder. After using the coordinating diecut, I adhered it to the card with a bit of foam tape to create the illusion of it hovering above the flower.

To keep the card cohesive, I used a heat embossed sentiment from the Perfect Sentiments set. I made a ton of these as the stamp set is so clever, and you get the whole bunch in one go. The coordiating diecut for these is equally brilliant!

That’s my card for the challenge, and over on my Instagram you can find a reel for this card too. Or, well, you would have, if I hadn’t managed to delete it, like a total IDIOT!!!

Now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the Pinkfresh Studio blog and enter your card in the July challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the shop!

I have used compensated affiliate links throughout this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company it’s linkted to, and it doesn’t cost you a single penny/cent/öre/ruble extra. Any earnings I get from these links go directly towards the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. If you are shopping anyway, I’d be so grateful if you’d chose to support me by using mine.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

PS There is still time to sign up for the Card Maker Success Summit! You can attend it completely free, and watch all the presentations for 24hrs after they have gone live. If you want to get a whole load of extra content, I’d highly suggest you sign up for the VIP All-Access Pass! Currently the total value of the VIP All-Access Pass surpasses $2000, and there is more content being added all the way up until the summit kicks off on July 14th! It’s yours for $59, or if you sign up within 15 minutes of clicking the link it’s only $39!!

It’s four days of Christmas In July EXTRAVAGANZA, you are not going to want to miss it! Sign up now by clicking HERE!

5K Subscribers Together | Rainbow Hop |video hop winner announcements!

Hi *waves sheepishly*

Back in June my friend Maria Willis, AKA CardBomb, and I hosted a YouTube video hop together, celebrating (a bit early) reaching 2.5K subscribers each. At the time of the hop, neither one of us had actually made it there, and we are still a bit short. We are also very late with the winner announcements. Apologies about that, life happened at a rapid pace for both of us and we couldn’t get it done in time.

If you want to skip straight to the VIDEO CLICK HERE.

If you missed the Rainbow themed video, and the entire hop, you should definitely check it out as we roped in some of our fabulous crafty friends to hop along with us!

For that video I only managed one card, but of course it was a sparkly-licious rainbow card! It was so fun to make and I love that extra pop of the sparkle on the rainbow. If you want to read all about it, you can find that BLOG POST HERE.

I used an array of the companies that sponsored the hop, including Pinkfresh, Picket Fence Studios, Concord&9th, Hero Arts and WOW! Embossing.

For this video I decided to use another mix of sponsors, to highlight them a bit too. They so generously offered prizes and the hop would definitely not have been the same without them.

The first card I made with a gorgeous stencil from Gina K Designs, called Mandala Burst. Stencils are one of my fave items to work with, they are so versatile and affordable! After spraying the stencils with Pixie Spray, I set those aside to cure for a few minutes (this is a critical step, do not skip this!) while I got out the rest of the stuff I wanted to use.

First off I inkblended some Atelier Inks, from Ink On 3, through the Mandala Burst stencil with my Life Changing Blender Brushes, from left to right Peacock Blue, Goddess Green, Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange and Sweet Petunia Pink.

Over this I stamped the Love Is Love Bold Print from Hero Arts, in black ink with the help of my MISTI. Thanks to having just re-inked my Black Hybrid ink pad I only needed to stamp once but better safe than sorry, right??

With the background panel done, I trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. While I had my Diecutting machine out I cut out three ‘thinking of you’ out of white card stock and one out of black card stock. These I layered up with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive, and then on the top (black) layer I heat embossed Clear Gloss embossing powder to give it a nice shiny look. I did two layers of it, for that puffy sticker look. I love that, and it’s one of my fave ways to elevate word dies.

A sentiment from the Thinking Of You stamp set, the coordinating stamps to the word die, was stamped up in black ink on white card stock and trimmed down. This was addhed to the card, and the word die right underneath it. With that, the first card was done. Without a single sequin on it too!! Whaaaaa??

The second card was done with a rainbow stencil from Erin Lee Creative. This one was part of a kit, and isn’t available now, BUT she has a load of other super fun rainbow stencils and rainbow dies. You defintely want to check out her shop and support a small business!

Instead of ink blending, I used my beloved Paper Glazes from Picket Fence Studios. I absolutely LOVE these, not only are they fun to play with but they look fan-freaking-amazeballs-tastic too. That shimmer and shine is enough to mesmerize me, every time!

From left to right, I’ve used Agapatha Purple, Peony Pink, Daffodil Yellow, Lime Zinnia, Ocean Poppy and Cornflower Blue. I actually did this right after I had done the ink blending for the first card, and while the Paper Glaze was drying I worked on all the other bits and pieces for the first card. Multi tasking and all that, right?

I used the same stitched rectangle die on this panel and then it was simply finished off with a sweet sentiment in black ink. The one I chose is from a Gina K Design stamp set, called Watercolor Flowers. Super simple, but with a pop of colour and a sweet sentiment, you don’t need much else sometimes.

That’s it from me for today, but don’t forget to check out the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO to see if you are one of the many winners!! Also, Maria wrote a blog post on her blog and made a video for her YouTube channel, so make sure to check out those as well.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

ALL! The! Sales!

Hi guys!

For those of you who are in the States, I hope you have had a lovely and safe Fourth of July weekend! For the rest of you, happy Friday and weekend, lol!

As you might know, there are some fabulous sales and offers going on at the moment. If you are looking for a bargain, now is definitely the time to shop! Here you can find a list of shops offering discount codes and deals, and I have supplied most of them with my compensated affiliate links, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you if you shop using these links, everything I make from them goes back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram so THANK YOU again!

Picket Fence Studios are offering 20% off the entire site with the promo code PFS20! Spend over $40 and you get a free stencil!!

Ink On 3 is the genius behind the original Fadeout Ink, which makes no-line colouring a total breeze! Plus, if you are looking for gorgeous ink colours, the Atelier Inks come in a handy rainbow. If watercoloring is more your thing, grab the re-inkers and a bottle of Liquid Pixie Dust for DIY shimmer watercolours!!

There is a promotion on at the moment, celebrating the 4th of July, with 20% off your oder with the code FIREWORKS721!

The Stamp Market is known for the Color Crush range and a fun take on stamps and dies. I haven’t got all the newest colours yet, but those will be purchased and added to my Color Crush collection!

Concord & 9th have some of the most fun products, with their Turnabout stamp range. My favorite one is, no surprise, called Crafty. It has coordinating dies too!

Altenew has a whole ton of stuff in their sales category! It’s updated regularly so keep an eye out and grab a bargain!

At Pinkfresh Studios you treat yourself to a grab bag for only $38, with a value of $1498, that are up for… erm… grabs? These bags are usually such great value for money, and fab if you are looking for a present for yourself. Just saying, you deserve spoiling too. Bear in mind that if you buy more than one, you might get duplicate products.

There are always great deals to be had at Scrapbook.com and this weekend is no exception! There is a Live Stream Special (go to the website to catch it) and you can grab the Mega Alphabet Bundle for only $49.99! Everyone needs at least one fab alphabet diesel in their lives, but if you are like me, you can never have enough. It’s one of my biggest vices, crafting wise.

Not forgetting the marvellous Ellen Hutson! Oh, I love her. She’s such a sweetie and I wish I could go there and run through the warehouse in person, just grabbing everything I want 😍 Use the code CELEBRATE21 for 20% off storewide, and don’t forget to check the CLEARANCE page. So many amazing deals and steals!!

If you want to support small businesses, there is also Vanessa at Butterfly Reflections Ink! She ships super fast normally, but do bear in mind that it is a holiday weekend, she’s a one-woman-show and there is a pandemic still.

Catherine Pooler has inks, stamps and some general must-haves in the shop. Grab something new or top up your stash.

If you need some inspiration before or after you shop, you can find lots of if on my various social media.

My blog (that’s right here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

Happy shopping, and more importantly: Happy crafting! Lots of love from Erica

It’s July?! How did that happen?

Well, according to the calendar it’s already July 1st. I don’t know about you but I want to speak to the manager and get a refund for the first six months of 2021. It definitely gets zero stars and I will not be recommending it.

There is a bit of fun news to share, that makes up for the first half of the year being less than fun. I have joined the Pinkfresh Card Design Team from July to December, and with a bit of luck they will want to keep me next year too, but now I’m just going to bask in the excitement and play, play, plaaaaaay!

I’ve long been a big fan of Pinkfresh and have had the pleasure of being a guest designer a couple of times. They have so many fun and innovative products, and I am so excited to see what else they have coming up this year!

Mark your calendar for July 26th, when the July release drops! I can not wait to get my hands on it, I have seen some sneaks and wow, wow, wooooow!

For now though, here are a few of my fave makes featuring Pinkfresh Studios!

This Rainbow Colour Block die is one of my faves! I absolutely love it!
The I Miss Your Smile stamp and layering stencils has become a firm fave! I do love a big bloom and I can not lie.
A good Cloud Builder stencil is a must in your stash, and I can not resist a rainbow scene with mine.
The layering stencils are pure genius and this is the Starburst layering stencils , and I do love word dies to build my sentiments.
The Garden Florals layering stencils and coordinating dies were my favourite from the December release. These are so good for when you want colourful flower images but don’t have time/inclination to colour.
Their Ink Pad range has been some of my go-to inks since I got them. Naturally I had to swatch them all, because I am obsessed with swatches. I didn’t use to bother with them, but now I have realised how helpful they are so I swatch ALL. THE. THINGS!

Later this month, there is another fun event happening, and Pinkfresh is one of the sponsors! If you haven’t heard already, the first Card Maker Success Summit is kicking off July 14th, and there are FOUR full days of classes from 25+ speakers. It’s totally free to attend, and if you can’t catch the class at the time of the event, you have 24hrs to watch it afterwards.

You can upgrade to the VIP All-Access Pass, which is a steal at $59, and if you sign up within 15 minutes of clicking the link, you can get it for $39!!! There is over $2000 worth of EXTRA content, on top of the classes, worksheets and freebies you get from the speakers. This is definitely THE EVENT of the year!

If you are on Facebook, you can also join the Card Maker Success Summit – Christmas In July 2021 group to meet others who are attending the event. You never know, you might make a new crafty friend or two!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

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