Exciting news and a bold floral card

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to announce that I am joining the Crafty Meraki design team! The lovely Bindu asked me to join their 1st Merakiversary in May, and I loved it so I was thrilled when she asked for more videos. It’s always thrilling to be asked for more work, it’s such a confirmation that what I do is well-received. (picture me doing a crazy dizzy emu dance here)

I have used the exclusive Crafty Meraki stamp set called Elegance, and I’ve water coloured it with Inkon3 Atelier ink re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. I used my MISTI to stamp it with Fadeout Ink. The Atelier inks are available from the Crafty Meraki shop, but the re-inkers are not, at this time.

After colouring the image in, I have used the coordinating Para-dies to cut it out. I have also used the dies to cut out one of the sentiments that I had heat embossed in Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. The embossing ink I use is also the one from WOW!

The card base is cut out of Storm Cloud coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and I have also splattered this with white gold water colour. This is from the Kuretake Starry Night palette, and is one of my absolute go-to for gold and metallics.

The floral image and the sentiment have been propped up with foam tape, and I didn’t trim off the bits sticking out because I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I like the wild look of it.

There is a YouTube video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel for this card, and I’m mainly going to be doing videos for Crafty Meraki so make sure you subscribe to their channel if you want to see what I will be getting up to!

That’s it from me for today, but before I go I’ll just mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post for your convenience. Shopping with affiliate links does not cost you anything extra ever, the company it’s affiliated to pays me a small commission directly, thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links! I really appreciate the support! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!
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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.

Some compensated affiliate links have been used in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, Instagram and YouTube channel so thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links. I really appreicate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Exciting news!! Introducing the Card Makers Success Summit!

Hi guys!

I have something exciting to share today, and it’s been long in the making.

It’s so totally outside of my comfort zone, and it’s taken a lot of head-scratching, wailing against the technology vendetta that has definitely amped up against me as well as push me way past what I ever thought I would volunteer to do. Without further ado, let me introduce the Card Maker Success Summit hosted by Stamp Me Some Love aka Brandi Mahon!

It’s a free online card making event taking place in a couple of weeks! It kicks off on Facebook on the 14th and then the 15-18th of July it’s class, after class, after class of fabulous creators and so much inspiration. This year’s Christmas card making will be such a breeze with all these ideas!

Registration is officially OPEN for the Card Maker Success Summit!

This summit was created to help you develop a game plan for your holiday card making project. Think ‘Christmas In July’ but on steroids!

There are 25+ incredible speakers, teachers basically, with topics ranging from Ink Blending to Interactive Cards, and everything in between. I’m both terrified and excited that I am one of the speakers!

It’s going to be 4 action-packed days that you won’t want to miss!

Click the link below to learn more and get your free ticket. Who’s excited?!

Register FREE for the Card Maker Success Summit now!

See you there!

Another Rabbit Hole Design card and giveaway winner!

Hi and welcome back to another post!

This one is going to be short and sweet, with just a quick card and the giveaway winner announcement from the recent blog hop!

The card is featuring the Clover Bunny stamp set, from the new release.

I started out by stamping the image with Copic friendly ink on Neenah #110 card stock, and coloured it in with Copics. Cool Greys for the bunny and a mix of greens for the clover.

When I had finished the colouring, I used the coordinating diecut to cut him out, as well as another two pieces. These I layered up to give him a little bit of dimension.

The sentiment is from the same Clover Bunny stamp set and I used Mushroom ink from Concord & 9th. Black ink seemed to harsh for such a sweet sentiment.

The background is ink blended over a heart stencil from MFT Stamps, and I actually didn’t need to add any more ink than what was left on my Life Changing Blender Brushes. It probably means I need to give my brushes a good ole spa day soon!

With all the card making malarkey out of the way, let’s get to the exciting stuff! The winner of the savings voucher is Lotte! Please email me at erica1cacacraft@gmail.com to claim your savings voucher code!

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

50 Cards For 50K! YouTube hopping with Justine Hovey and crafty friends!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with a quick post to let you know I’m taking part in a YouTube hop to celebrate my friend Justine Hovey reaching an incredible 50000 subscribers! Whoop whoop, girl, that’s so awesome and well-deserved! If you don’t subscribe to her channel, I’d highly recommend it!

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Justine is one of the nicest people I have met, she’s generous with her time, tips and tricks for us crafter and she’s also a fellow Marie Kondo convert. We totally bonded over folding and crafting, lol!

Anyway, hop on over to my YouTube channel HERE or if you want to skip directly to the video for the hop, click HERE. There are prizes up for grabs as well as TONS of inspiration as the theme of the hop is our favourite technique. You will see over 50 cards in this hop so you are not going to want to miss out!

Here is a sneak of one of mine. To see the whole thing as well as my second card, go watch the video.

 

Have fun and good luck!

Lots of love from Erica

 

Picket Fence Studios September Release | Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp | Arteza Sketch TwiMarkers + Video

Hi guys!

I hope you are all doing well and are excited to have a look at the latest release from Picket Fence Studios! This is my first time posting as part of their design team and I couldn’t be more excited. As soon as I saw the sneak peeks of the sets coming out I was inspired! There are so many fantastic Christmas sets in this release. Some of my favourites include the Winter Clothes Collage (See below), A Little Nuts and all the new foiling impress dies!

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge sucker for big blooms so when I spotted the Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp I knew I’d be using that one right away. It’s probably not a surprise that this blog post is dedicated to that stamp, lol.

I started out by heat embossing it in white, on water colour paper. Both the embossing ink and the Arctic White  Embossing powder are from Inkon3. To make sure I got a good imprint, I used my MISTI to stamp it.

After the heat embossing was done, I got my brand new Arteza TwiMarkerss out to colour the flower with. I have a YouTube video showing these off, I made yummy swatches as well as coloured the flower in. Hop on over to my channel if you want to check that out too and see the markers in action.

When the Poinsettia was coloured in, I cut out a mask to cover it and keep it pristine while I did some ink blending around the flower. I used two shades of grey Distress Oxide inks, Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke to create a grey/silvery background. I find that adding colours to the background around big images helps them pop more!

Naturally I used my beloved Life Changing Blender Brushes, another Picket Fence Studios gem, to do the ink blending. These brushes have been such a game changer for me, I can not stress enough how fabulous they are and what a difference they made for me.

With the card background and flower done, it was time to add a sentiment and I decided to use the FaLaLaLaa foiling and diecut sentiment. I got a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine earlier in the year but like an idiot, didn’t realise that I can’t use Minc foils with it so I thought it was rather rubbish. *True story*

Nope. The foiling machine is great. It’s indeed FAB and I was a bona fide idiot who didn’t read the instructions properly! Now I know to use the right kind of foil, I want to foil all the things!!

I used silver foil to keep with the colour scheme of the card (and also because the only other colour I have is rose gold and that didn’t fit) and then I used the diecut to cut out the sentiment. This I added to the card with a bit of liquid glue, I use Lawn Fawn’s glue tube, in the bottom right corner.

Once that whole shebang was added to a card base, the card was done!

I love how it turned out. A big gorgeous bloom and a blingy sentiment, what else do you need? Because this is a great way to make big impact Christmas cards, I’m going to include this post in my 12 Weekends Of Christmas series. This design could quite easily be mass produced and thanks to the water colouring aspect, each card will still be unique and special.

As always, this post is full of compensated affiliate links, mostly to Picket Fence Studios. At no extra cost to you, of course. I do however try and link everything I use, even if I’m not an affiliate, to make shopping easier for you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Ellen Hutson September Release Blog Hop!

Hi, hey, HELLO!!

Today I am super excited to be taking part in a blog hop celebrating the newest release from the amazing Ellen Hutson! You should have come here from the incredible Kelly, and the next stop on the hop is Michele. The full list can also be found at the bottom of this post as well as on the Ellen Hutson blog.

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As soon as I saw the Space Out set I just knew I had to make an outer space card. I mean, how can you not?? It just so happens that I had a whole load of galaxy backgrounds already done so I picked my favourite out and set that aside for this project. It’s water coloured using the 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colours and had some shimmer added to it with White Gold from the Starry Color palette.

On Copic friendly card stock, I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 Solar White, I stamped up all of the Space Out images with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail ink. Then I started colouring. I have a video up on my YouTube channel featuring some of the colouring, but only in a time-lapse as I’m still limited to only 15 minute videos.

With all the images coloured in, I cut apart the coordinating dies and cut them all out. I only ended up using the space rocket and the flames for this card in the end but next time I need an outer-space-themed card, I have lots of fun images ready.

The card base is also Neenah card stock as I like having a sturdy one. Ain’t nobody got time for cards flip-flopping all over the place, right? I adhered the background to this with a TomBow Xtreme adhesive as it’s water colour paper. It’s been recommended to me and it’s pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty good.

To make the spaceship stand out a little bit, I cut out a piece of foam sheet using the diecut and layered the image up on this. I like having my popped up pieces on a solid foam tape base to avoid warping and bending. As the back is sticky, I adhered the flames to it and then added a little bit more adhesive on the back of the flames before adhering the whole thing to the card base.

To finish off the card I heatembossed one of the sentiment from the stamp set, ‘sorry I spaced’, in white on black card stock. A generous dusting with my anti-static bag before stamping the sentiment with VersaMark ink was done too, of course.

A few little final touches were added: Some Black glittery gel pen on some of the bolts and a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the spaceship window to make it look glassy. With that my first card was done but I had so many images left over I decided to make one more right away! (So much for keeping them, eh?)

On another pre-made galaxy background I used the Constellation Background to add fun texture, I arranged my little planets, aliens and other cosmos images.

It’s actually pretty enough as it is. A simple sentiment like ‘that was out of this world’ would be all it needed, really. But you know me.. I gotta go and add ALL the bits. Which lead to this:

This sentiment is so fun (Ellen is the queen of good puns!) and I popped it up with a little bit of foam tape.

The rest of the images are glued down flat with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. This card was super fast to do, as I had all those images and background already done. Just because a card is quick, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, right?

PRIZES!! Because that’s the best bit, right?? And there are some amazing ones up for grabs. One random and lucky winner will $25 to the Ellen Hutson shop and one will will the whole September Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter and be in with a chance to win, make sure to leave comments on each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, September 15th at 11:59PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Here is the full lineup of amazing crafters and you are bound to be totally knocked out by their creations so make sure you sit down as you hop along!

Ardyth
Emily
Kelly 
Erica <—– You are here——
Michele  <—–Your next stop!—-
Adelina 
Laurel
Carissa
Carolyn
Lisa
Mindy
Julie
Sandy
Therese

Brandi

Well, that’s it from me for today but thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here in order to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

Catherine Pooler’s Tropical Treasures Release Blog Hop

Hello, hello!

Today I’m very excited to be part of a blog hop to celebrate Catherine Poolers’s latest release Tropical Treasures! You should have come here from Nanette Tracy and the next stop on the hop is the fabulous Deepti Stephens!

I made a LOT of cards with my goodies, so I will try and keep it short and sweet but if you know me… that’s probably not something I will be able to stick to. Eh, whatcha gonna do? You might also have seen a card I made for the Instagram hop that started yesterday. Click HERE to go to my Instagram post to see the rules and how to enter that giveaway!

Now, let’s get to the cards I made for this hop! For my first card I used the ‘Lovely’ stamp from Isn’t She Lovely, and lots of Catherine Pooler inks. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped it from top to bottom, on an A2 panel cut out of Catherine Pooler card stock.

The colours I used are It’s a Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust and Sweet Sixteen. I also stamped an extra ‘Lovely‘ in Party Dress and cut it out with the coordinating Lovely Word diecut, as well as one in foam sheet. These I layered up and set aside.

To add some interest, I used the Morning Joe Border diecut on the edge and it just happened to fit perfectly around the swirly y on the end of Lovely! On the card base underneath I ink blended some It’s A Girl and Be Mine. To finish off the card I stamped ‘You’re Just’ on a slim strip of card stock and with the extra ‘Lovely’ bit all this got added, along with a few iridescent sequins.

The second and third card are done similar, on Kraft card stock but with different ink colours. I do love creating a patterned paper with stamps, it’s so fun and it makes a card impactful without adding lots of layers. Another thing I am a big fan of. Layers, that is.

On one of the cards I used It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen, Bellini and Coral Cabana.

The other one I used Coral Cabana, Bellini, Limoncello, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, then I managed to stamp Sweet Sixteen and Mint To Be on top of each other to create that grey shade and then it’s Mint To Be on it’s own.

On two strips of black card stock I heat embossed ‘Hello’ from Isn’t She Lovely, and added to the panels.

These finished panels I added to card bases and that was that for them!

The next three cards have also used a lot of the same supplies: Card stock, Canvas Grunge Background Stamp, Toucan Do It stamp and coordinating dies, Leave Me In Paradise stamp and coordinating dies as well as Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Mint To Be and Melon Ice inks.

All the cards have got backgrounds done with the Canvas Grunge Background stamp and a mix of the inks. They all also have birds from the Toucan Do It stamp set, which are all coloured in with Copics.

I also stamped up lots of leaves from Leave Me In Paradise, and to make them look more real I heat embossed them in clear embossing powder, before cutting them out with the coordinating diecut.

Here is a closer look at the shiny leaves. For this card I also made a sign to hold the sentiment. It’s just a slim piece of card stock coloured with copics in browns and then added to the rectangle with the ‘Toucan do it!’ sentiment. That’s stamped with Lime Rickey to match the leaves.

The toucans were coloured in as close to natural colours as possible. I used to live in Central America and frequently saw toucans in the wild so it felt like I had to do it this way.

My parrot, on the other hand, got coloured in with a fantasy colour scheme!

This card has the sentiment ‘You’re so tweet’ stamped directly on the card base with Lime Rickey ink. To display the bird I cut out a circle, out of dark brown card stock, for him to sit on. Kind of like he’s got himself a nice little ‘bird couch’ hanging from a tree or something. With lots of leaves to give him shade and to camouflage himself in?

Ay, mama, what a load of nonsense, eh? Bird couch?? I think I have lost the plot a little. It might be time to hop along.

As part of being a guest designer for this release from Catherine Pooler, I was given some goodies for free in exchange for this blog post but I only use what I love and the products that inspire me to create.

I am also an affiliate of Catherine Pooler, which means that if you click on one of the links in this post and treat yourself to something from the shop (and why shouldn’t you??) I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to yourself. This income I use to run my blog and buy craft supplies to make projects for it. I hope you will consider supporting me in this way if you are going to shop anyway. Thank you in advance, I really do appreciate it and every little helps!

One last thing, and then I will definitely let you go. By commenting on this post you can win a $25 gift card to the Catherine Pooler shop! Winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler blog on April 1st. That’s NOT an April’s fools!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have liked my projects and feel inspired! Your next stop is Deepti.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Full list of the hop:

Guest Designing for brand new Miss Ink Stamps!

Hello everyone and welcome to CaCaCraft by Erica! Whether it’s your first time here or you have been here before, welcome, welcome! I’m a bit excited (and quite possibly over-caffeinated) for today’s post as I’m guest designing for a brand new stamp company called Miss Ink Stamps!

There has been sneak peeks and giveaways on Instagram all week and the shop is officially launching on the 16th of March. Click HERE to go to the shop (shop isn’t going live until the 16th though) and HERE to check out their Instagram page. There is still time to enter the giveaways too, so don’t forget to do that. Everyone loves to win fab freebies, right?

I have made two cards for today, with a stamp set called Unstoppable, which features some cute dinosaurs and fun pun sentiments. These two cards are vastly different from each other for two reasons. Reason number one: The stamps only arrived yesterday at 3pm!! Yep… saying that was cutting it close isn’t even a joke. Reason number two: I made a CAS/Clean And Simple card to at least have something ready for the post today and that ended up taking less than half an hour (The beauty of CAS!)

Because I’m a big lover of blues, I decided on a blue T-Rex for this one. And also so that it works as a masculine birthday card. The image is stamped directly onto the card base.

To finish it off, I stamped ‘I’m saury. I forgot your birthday!’ in the top left corner. To balance out the card, and so that it wasn’t completely flat, I added a few matte enamel dots in the top left and bottom right corners.

So with that in the bag, I could take my time and do another one. Which turned out to be anything but CAS. Ay, Mama! I think I threw everything but the kitchen sink on it…!

The diecut panel I had ready made, and thought ‘why not use it’? So I did! Using it as a guide, I drew circles with a pencil on a Copic friendly card stock. Then I stamped the images so they would peek out of the holes in the panel.

Before colouring in the images I used an eraser to remove the pencil marks.

I completely spaced on taking lots of progress photos but I did get this one with the Copic markers I used for the lava.

This card turned out to be super difficult to photograph properly. Now that might have something to do with all the sequins and the fact it was like 10pm by the time I finished this one. I *may* have gone slightly mad with the amount of sequins…

All the images are stamped with Ink On 3 Blackout ink, it’s quickly become my go-to black ink. It’s absolutely brilliant and as well as Copic friendly, it’s also water colour friendly!

Right, with that, I’m done for the day but I will be back with another post featuring new stamp set on Saturday! Mark your calendars!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica