Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hi guys!


I’m your next stop on the huge and fabulous blog hop to celebrate Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary, and you should have come here from the uber-talented Dana Joy. If you get lost or a link isn’t working, go back to Rubeena’s blog A Rare Ruby for the full list, as well as Day 1 blog hop list.

This blog hop is all about celebrating crafting, our community and the outstanding inspiration found there, as well as marking Rubeena’s 4th Craftiversary. So, what’s crafting and colouring to me? Well, apart from being a VERY well-loved hobby, it’s also helped me through some very tough and dark times in my life. Having had a creative outlet for grief and severe frustration over some chronic back pain issues I have from an accident many years ago, crafting has been an absolutely life-saver at times. If I’m having a bad day, spending a few hours in the craft room with some colouring, Netflix or music and some yummy snacks will distract me nicely and stop me from spiralling downward in the pitfalls of depression and feeling fed up.

My cards and my preferences over materials have changed a lot over the years but I’m still not sure I’d say I have a particular style… It all depends on what I feel like making that day. One of the fun sides of crafting is that you don’t have to put yourself in a box and stay there (unless you want to). I usually also have more than one project going on at any one time, I’m a messy crafter like that. You should see the state of my craft room right now…! Yikes.

One of my favourite things to do is water colouring, especially if I’m sad or lacking mojo. There is something very therapeutic about watching the colours swirl around and settle into an image. Not that I’m overly good at it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. I use lots of different mediums though, with various results. Copics, coloured pencils, Zig markers, Altenew Artist Markers etc etc As long as it involves colours, I love it!


It also needs to be said that I value the Instagram crafting community I’ve been so warmly embraced by, very very highly. I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way, and Rubeena is one of them. Here is to you, girl!!

The card I made for this hop is quite an Erica-card; it’s floral, pink and gold. I’m not a CAS card kind of gal (although I have been doing better with those recently) but I do love a big, bold floral card with a splashy sentiment.

I tried something new for the flower, going for no-line colouring using InkOn3 fade out ink and Zig Clean Color markers. Now you might wonder what’s “new” about that, it was my first try using this new ink and I am really quite hooked!


I used pinks, purples, yellows and reds on the flower, which is from Stampendous, and worked on it pretty much all day, and some the following day. It took ages but I think it was worth it personally. No-line colouring is not to be rushed after all!


To create the background I splattered red gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette on an A2 panel of water colour card stock.


While that was drying, it was time to think about the rest of the card. I picked out a sentiment and decided on one from MFT Stamps. It’s from a set called Anything-but-Basic Friendship ‘I’ve seen you at your worst and I still think you’re the best’ on black card stock and heat embossed it in WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder.


To assemble the card I adhered the flower to the background panel with some very thick foam tape, added the sentiment strip in the bottom right corner with some slimmer tape and then decided to add a gold ‘friend’ diecut word to the card to really highlight the friendship element.


To make sure the ‘friend’ dienamic is level on the card, I cut out bits of the word in foam sheet too and added the to the back. Tricky at this point as I had already glued it down across the flower…!


A big smattering of clear sparkling sequins added to the card with Glossy Accents later, I was done!


And now it’s time to hop along to the next person, which is the amazing Channin Pelletier whom I am such a big fan of! *squeal*



In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prizes. And check out the prizes!! Wow, wow, wow! *All the heart-eyed emojis*

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Right, that’s it from me for today but enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here to be in with a chance to grab one of those fabulous prizes! By leaving a comment here on my blog, you will also be in with a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Gina K Designs from me! I will draw a winner on the 5th of Sep too, don’t forget to check back here then to see if you are the winner!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Lots of love from Erica

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I'm a crafting, coffee, chocolate and cake mad girl. Oh and doggies! Actually most animals.... My main crafting-love is card making, for sure. You can follow me here, on Instagram (@erica_cacacraft) or Facebook (CaCaCraft) for more crafty adventures!

109 thoughts on “Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways”

  1. Awesome coloring and details on this gorgeous card! Love it! Enjoying all these beautiful creations along the hop to celebrate Rubeena’s crafting anniversary!

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  2. Your coloring is absolutely awesome!! The card is beautiful. I pray that you somehow you will be healed from your injuries. I understand the way coloring or water coloring can bring you out of low depths. Sometimes my problem is getting to my room. I have fibromyalgia and depression is a horrible problem. God bless you.

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  3. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too! Your colouring is absolutely beautiful!

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  4. Wow that’s some serious commitment to coloring! So beautiful! Some things are worth the work! Your card is oh so pretty!
    Sorry to hear about your chronic pain, I was also involved in a car accident years ago and still suffer from the effects. Sending you hugs and prayers!

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  5. BEAUTIFUL FLOWER! I really love that you have the word Friend in Gold and I love how you used foam to raise the word up! I also like the splatters of gold in the background too! Very lovely!


  6. Such a beautiful card. I actually think it does sort of fit for CAS, with the single main focal point. But I do empathize with you, also having trouble leaving a lot of empty space on a card. I love the gold elements of this card (I’ve been eyeing those gansai paints for a while now)! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Anniversary to Rubeena!

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  7. Oh my gosh! This card is to die for. The flower looks like it’s coming off the page…3 dimensional. Love everything about this. Just pure beautiful! Thanks for being a part of this Blog Hop.

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  8. Erica your card is gorgeous! Beautiful colouring! So pleased to see so many crafty friends I follow along this wonderful celebration hop ! And lovely to read your crafting story.

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  9. Love the amazing color combo & that gorgeous flower! Exquisite coloring on this beauty! Adding foam to the back of the die cut friends while already attached must have been quite challenging! Great job!

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  10. Really amazing colouring on that flower. I may have to invest in some of that ink! It is so interesting hearing why people craft, and so many have tales to tell of how it helps them with some issue that they have from mental health or physical disability. It has been a joy to get to know you and so many others! xxxx

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  11. Absolute gorgeousness!!! The color is beautiful, right down to the red gold splatters, and the layered sentiment gives your card not only dimension, but also alot of interest. TFS–have a blessed evening.

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  12. omg your coloring is STUNNING!! thank you for being part of my celebration, Erica. I’m so happy to know and to call you a friend. I adore your crafty updates and all about your addiction to coffee and coloring!! HUGS

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