Picket Fence Studios 1st Anniversary and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m super excited to be guesting for Picket Fence Studios to celebrate their 1st anniversary! The whole month is filled with fabulous guest designers, gorgeous projects to inspire and generous giveaways! Check the Picket Fence Studios Blog for more.

I’ve been a big fan of Picket Fence Studios from the beginning and have been lucky enough to have done some guesting for them during this first year as well as met the creators behind it at Creativation in January. I’ve collected lots of goodies to play with, including the aptly named Life Changing Blending Brushes. I L-O-V-E them and seriously can’t recommend them enough.

As it just so happens, today my birthday too, I’m just a bit older at fou… *cough, couch*..four… *groans*… forty. Ugh, it’s just a number apparently but it is a great excuse to have cake. I thought it was perfect to make a birthday card for this post, because of the timing.

The stamp set I’ve used is the Succulent Blossoms, as well as the coordinating diecuts and the Waffle Squares Stencil. I wanted to create a big pot of succulents as I’m quite a lover of succulents.

All the blooms are stamped with Ink On 3 Fade Out ink and coloured in with Gansai Tambi water colours. I took my time with them and did a little bit every day, here and there. Adding more details once they were dry, and doing them all slightly different.

When I was done colouring, I used the coordinating diecut to cut them all out and then set them aside.

For my pot, I wanted a gold one so I had the idea of using the Waffle Square Stencil over Honey Gold mirror card stock, with Ranger Ink Transparent Matte Texture Paste. Before using the stencil on the card stock, I cut out a half circle. I spread the paste and set it aside to dry, while I worked on the background for my card.

The card is a pretty big one, it’s 8.5″x5.5″, to accommodate my pot and all the succulents. To add some interest to the background, I needed something. I cut out a slightly smaller panel out of water colour card stock and splattered it with the same colours I had used on the succulents, for a cohesive look. I also added some gold, to match the pot.

With all the pieces done: the panel, the pot and the succulents were added to the card. The last thing the card needed was a sentiment, and as it is a birthday card, I stamped and heat embossed ‘Happy Birthday’ in gold. This is from Cup Cake Love.

I layered the birthday banner with a piece of black card stock, and added it to the pile of stuff to go on the card.

On the back of the pot I added foam tape, and on the back of some of the flowers too. The background panel was quickly adhered to the card base with double sided tape, and the background flowers were secured with a bit of liquid glue before the pot was secured into place.

The only thing left to do was add the birthday banner and some iridescent sequins.

With that, the card was done! Happy birthday to Picket Fence Studios and me!

As part of the birthday celebrations, I have a 20% discount code to share with you: PFS20. It’s valid until the 14th of May 2019. Picket Fence Studios has also generously given me a $100 gift certificate to give away to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment here or on my Instagram post, which you can find HERE. I will draw a winner on Monday the 13th of May so check back here then to see if that lucky person is you!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post and Picket Fence Studios generously sent me some goodies to use for this card. I only ever use what inspires me and things that I love though. I’m not very good at forcing myself to use something I’m not so keen on, it tends to kill my mojo, so you can be sure that the stuff I do use, I really, really like.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the card! Lots of love and happy crafting 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!

105 thoughts on “Picket Fence Studios 1st Anniversary and Giveaway!”

  1. Anyone who says green foliage is boring needs to take a look at this card. You have made the plants look fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Judith, that’s such a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and making my day!


    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for stopping by, I really appreciate it and am so happy you like the card!


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