Bright pop of colour card

Hello!

Today’s card is a labour of love. Love of ink blending and die cutting that is! I’ve used some of my favourite stamp sets and Lawn cuts from Lawn Fawn for this card as well as lots of different Distress Oxide Inks. I wanted to create something that was an explosion of colours and with no white left exposed. I think I managed to complete the challenge set, if I may say so myself.

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It’s also Day 4 of The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! If you don’t know what that is, head on over to The Daily Marker, hostess with the mostest, Kathy Racoosin the creator of the challenge, will explain it all on her blog. The short version is to set aside a few minutes each day for the next 30 days (or 26 as we are already on day 4) for yourself to colour. Fun, huh?

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Right, so back to my card and all the jibber-jabbering that comes with my blog posts: The sets I have used for this cards are Happy Happy Happy from Lawn Fawn with the coordinating Happy Happy Happy Lawn cuts,   Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts and the Fairy Friends stamp set and its coordinating Fairy Friends Lawn Cuts. When it came to the Distress Oxide Inks I’ve used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick.

I used Strathmore Bristol vellum water colour card stock for the ink blending, I find it takes the colour really well and it’s easy to blend. Plus it doesn’t warp the card stock if you splatter water on top of the Distress Inks. That’s always a plus! I blended my green Distress Oxide inks on a piece big enough to cut out the Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts as well as two of the hills and loads of leaves. I wanted a really colourful tree so I made sure to not blend the colours together too much, I liked the idea of a sort of speckled colour look.

When it came to colouring the fairy images, I wanted them to look quite cohesive and kept the colours on the pastel side of the spectrum. Their little house was given a flowery look as I quite fancy that fairies live in flowers. That seems reasonable, right? I also added lots of details using Nuvo Jewel drops, kind of like dew drops on the petals, using Grey Mist and Pale Periwinkle. Their wings got a good dollop of Glossy Accents to make them look transparent and shiny.

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The background for the whole card is a rich, lovely blue colour done with Distress Oxide ink in Mermaid Lagoon and a dab of Peacock Feathers. I inked the background piece heavily as I wanted a bold look but it’s also splattered with water drops for that lovely effect.

Puzzling the card together took quite some time as each individual leaf had to be glued down separately. I also ended up having to cut out more leaves as I ran out, despite cutting out what felt like hundreds of them. Ironically, after I was finished I now had leftover leaves… Oh well.

For my sentiment I stamped the big ‘Happy’ from Happy Happy Happy on Copic friendly card stock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I also matched my Copics to the Distress Inks I had used for the leaves to keep the colours the same for the whole card.

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To make it pop even more when it was added to the card, I also cut out backing foam tape using the coordinating Lawn cut when I cut out the finished image. To make the sentiment more than just ‘Happy’ I stamped ‘you make me’ from the stamp set in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink directly onto the card and placed the ‘Happy’ underneath it. It’s brilliant to have all the different options available with these types of stamp sets as it’s easy to change it up so it fits the occasion or person the card is for.

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Now, I could have stopped here. It probably comes as no surprise whatsoever that I decided to add some…. *squirms*…. little?…. details here and there… Which quickly escalated to all over the place! I started out by adding white gel pen to the tree and some of the leaves. Then all of the leaves. And the fairies got some too while I was at it. I tell you, to stop the going-over-the-top machine that is Erica when things get rolling is next to impossible!  Eventually, I ran out of things to embellish and put the gel pen down. Then actually SAT on my hands whilst surveying my work to stop me from picking up the gel pen or another bottle of Nuvo drops!

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With all that faffing, glueing and embellishing done I was really pleased with how it turned out! Granted, I could have stopped several steps ago and it still would have been a lovely card but you know how these things go sometimes… or practically every time in my case. At least I’m consistent, eh?

Well, with that, I’m all done for today. As in completely done. It’s just gone 20.00/8pm here and I can barely keep my eyes open, I think it’s time for bed to be honest. In fairness, I was up at 6.30 this morning… but yeah, I’m a lightweight.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting (or sleeping as is the case for me *yawns widely and noisily*)

See you soon, lots of love from Erica

 

 

Oh, Hello There 2018!

Hi guys! Erica here with my first blog post of 2018.

It’s been way over a week since I posted anything and I have a very good reason for this: I may have mentioned once or twice that I’ve been a bit under the weather in recent months? Well, after some persuading from The Man, I went to see the doctor who promptly put me on a strong round of anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory meds as well as pro-biotics to protect my stomach lining from the harshness of the beforementioned meds.

I had been trying to tough it out but to no avail, turns out I’m actually quite poorly. Which is pretty sucky. I’m not overly patient so lacking in energy and feeling pants, makes me a bit of a hand-full. Luckily for me, The Man has been off work and isn’t due in until Monday so he’s been looking after me and our little chicas. So there is definitely a silver lining to being ill in this house I must admit but I am also soooo ready to feel better and get back to a normal routine.

As I’ve not had to do anything other than whatever I feel like, I have actually managed to make quite a few cards as well as produce lots of snot. Does that count as multi-tasking? Well, it should!

Sometimes I wonder if The Man sends me off to the craft-room for me-time because I need it, or if it’s just because he needs a break from me, my snotty tissues and the whining?? (the whining gets on my nerves too, and I’m the one doing the whining…!! Big brownie points rewarded to him for sure for being patient with me.)

Right, as mentioned, I have managed quite a few cards and they are all penguin based! Remember a recent post, where I used the SSS Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die? If you haven’t seen it, hop on over later and let me know what you think. If you have seen it, you may remember that I went diecutting crazy and made something like a dozen penguins? Nothing like having a menagerie of animals ready for some card action, eh? Those guys came in handy for three more cards.

On two of them I used the SSS Falling Snow stencil  and white texture paste from Ranger Ink. One on white card stock, this one also has a bit of gold shimmer mixed in it and is done straight on the card base (this is super hard to get a good photo of!) and one on Kraft card stock (MUCH easier to photograph) I also used the same stamp and diecutting set, another SSS exclusive set called Love, for both cards. This is without a doubt one of my favorite sets ever, I use it all the time!

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For my all-white card I cut out the shadow love part in vellum and for the Kraft card, in black card stock. I used my new favorite gold card stock, Brushed Gold from My Favorite Things , for the top word part. This gold card stock is absolutely lovely. While I was on a roll, I also cut out a few snowflakes for my Kraft card.

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On both cards I crated a banner by layering some of that gold card stock as well as some white, on a slightly bigger strip of black card stock. On the white strip I stamped ‘So in _____ with you’ and left enough space in between them to fit my vellum and gold ‘love’ piece so the whole thing spells ‘so in love with you’.

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To finish this card off I cut out a snowy bank for my penguins to sit on, by using one of the diecuts from MFT Die-namics Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges 2 and white linen textured card stock. I added this to the card using some foam tape and did the same thing with the banner. My two love penguins had all their colour added with Copic markers and are both holding a little heart.

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These hearts are cut out from card stock which I stamped and heat embossed some snow flakes on (using stamps from a Pretty Pink Posh stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and then did some emboss resist ink blending over. It just gave them a little fun element rather than being plain. I had enough card stock left so I cut out a third one and added that to the banner too. With that, the first card was done.

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On my Kraft card I also wanted a snow covered hill for the penguin to stand on but on this one I used the texture paste to create the look. Once the banner with the ‘love’ was added, along with the gold snow flakes, I popped the little penguin on there and then decided he needed something to hold to finish off the sentiment. The easy fix was diecutting a heart, stamp ‘always’ (also from the SSS Love stamp set) on it and then shade it a little bit with pink ink to make it pop a little. Both the penguin and the banner are, of course, duh, added with foam tape. ‘Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a foam tape-oholic’.

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My third card is nothing at all like the first two, three if you count the one from the first blog post. On this one I used penguins I had made in gradient pink card stock, ranging from soft pink to fushia. Obviously not a natural look at all, but this was made on Jan 1st and I kind of imagine that the penguin ladies are all ‘dressed up’ to ring in the New Year. Or something along those slightly nutty lines.. Anyway, I thought it would look fun and they did not disappoint! I absolutely love how this one turned out!!

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It’s a very different card size to what I usually make, this one is just over 8.75”x4”/22.5cm x 10.2 cm. Well the card base is, the back ground panel is 8.5”x3.5”21.5cm x 9cm. On this one I got my “normal” distress inks out to make a dramatic sky background. I used a mix of Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky and Wilted Violet. I taped it down to an old cutting plate with some masking tape, leaving about 1/32 inches/0.5cm of a boarder which will stay white thanks to the masking tape. Blending away, mixing up the colours and dropping in more here and there, I kept at it until it was all covered. Whilst it was still taped down, I splattered it with some water and quickly lifted it with a paper towel. To add some gold shimmer I mixed up some Blue Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors water colour palette and splattered this very generously over the panel.

The Photo is a bit blurry but it shows the gold shimmer quite well. This is also so hard to photograph well to show off just how shimmery it is.

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Whilst that was drying I started working on the other little bits and pieces for the card. The reason I wanted 4 penguins was to that they could all hold a number which would spell out ‘2018’. These I cut out of that gorgeous gold card stock again, using MFT Die-Namics Bottle Cap Numbers . Flipping open their little flippers (see what I did there?) I added the numbers to the penguin assigned each number and glued them down. Then more gold card stock and diecuts came out, this one is from SSS and is called Oh, Hello There. I cut out one layer of the gold card stock and also one in foam tape (what can I say? I L-O-V-E that stuff!) These I layered together and after releaseing the background piece from the masking tape I added that to the card base with… *drum roll*…. Foam tape!! Lol. Yep, total addict here and I am not ashamed to admit it either.

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It was a pretty quick assembly job at this point but I messed up the positioning a little bit of the words. They are not centred.. ugh… typical to mess up on the last step, isn’t it?? On a CAS card it is not such a big deal but on a time-consuming one like this, it’s a bit frustrating. Lesson learnt though. Put all bits and pieces down and THEN one by one, glue them to the card. DO NOT EYEBALL THINGS!! I tried to balance out the card a bit by adding a few sequins but the mistake is still glaringly obvious to me.

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Well, that’s it from me today, I’m off to poke The Man and ask him to get me some mango sorbet. For medicinal purposes only of course. I am sick after all. Cough cough. Splutter. Sneeze. (Am I milking it too much?)

Happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting time in!

Lots of love from Erica

Wintery card for SSS last Wednesday Challenge of 2017

Hi!

Today I’ve got a sweet little card made with some Simon Says Stamp goodies and I am also going to submit this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is ‘Anything Goes’. For a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a shop I frequent more often than I should (and tell my husband), why not??

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One of my little presents for Christmas was the absolutely AH-dorable Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die. I’ve done my usual thing of cutting out loads and making a whole herd of them, trying different colour combinations and just having fun. I used both coloured card stock and Copic markers to add colour to the various feet, beaks, cheeks, eyes and even bodies of some of them.

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For the actual card, I only ended up using one so I have a spare 11 for other projects at a later date. Nothing like being prepared, right? You never know when you are going to need a penguin on short notice.

As it’s technically winter, although we have zero snow despite living in Poland and I gotta admit that I thought we might have to dig our way out of the house due to snow by now, I’ve created a wintery scene with the help of the SSS Snow Falling stencil and some white texture paste from Ranger ink. The falling snow texture paste I tinted with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold to add a subtle hint of shimmer. Snow can be so magical and I thought a bit of shimmer would add that magic to the card.

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The background piece I added the falling snow to is a piece of Kraft stock, sized at 3.75”x5”. I also added some pure white texture paste to the bottom to make it look like the “ground” was covered in snow. This part I didn’t want to look too neat so I simply spread it around a bit with my spatula and wiped off the edges.

I absolutely adore  the stamp and die set from SSS called Love, you can also get it in separates (clear stamp here and Wafer die here) and I used it for this card. I cut out the “shadow” part of Love in 3 pieces of black card stock as well as one in this gorgeous Brushed Gold card stock  from MFT. I also cut out a background piece, 4.25”x5.5”, to add to a card base. The other part of the Love die, I cut out in black linen textured card stock. Using a liquid glue I glued all the pieces together and set aside. On a very thin strip of white card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘You to pieces’ from the clear stamp set, in black ink. When the card is finished it will read ‘Love you to pieces’.

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Putting the card together was really quick once I had all the little bits and pieces ready (and dry!) and with the help of foam tape, it only took a minute or two before it was done but I thought it needed a little something else though (shocker, I know…!) so I added a small snowflake for the penguin to hold. This is from one of the very first die cut sets I got from Lawn Fawn, called Stitched Snowflakes. It looked really cute but STILL needed a little something-something. A single heart cut out of a lovely vivid red card stock, using the little heart dies in the MFT Deer Love Die-Namics was just the icing on the cake. And with that, I think it’s done. I’d better step away now before I start adding a little bit of this, and a little bit of that… I have been known for going overboard every now and again. On rare occasions.

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That’s it from me today but I hope you have enjoyed this little post as much as I enjoyed making the card! None of the links in this post are affiliate links but I always want to enabl… I mean, being helpful (sounds much better, doesn’t it??) in locating the products I have used for my projects just in case you need/want/will perish without them.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

 

Fantasty Florals card in December!

Hello everyone! Are you all ready for Christmas or other holiday you celebrate? I’m only ready decoration and present wise, I’ve barely sent any Christmas cards (which is kind of ironic really when you think about it as I’m mostly making cards) nor have I planned the meals we will have over the holidays. Still not a lot of festive spirit going on here to be honest, although we did have our second snow fall over night which got our hopes for a white Christmas up!

Card making wise, I’m ready for something other than Christmas and snow theme and today’s card is anything but: Green, bright and flowery! Yes, in the middle of winter. Am I a rebel or what?? LOL!

I have some new goodies I wanted to play with and the Fantasy Floral 3D Die Set is one of them. The Sketched Lines Stencil is another one. There is a great promotion over at Altenew right now: 15% off stencils and Ink sprays with the code ‘HAPPYWEEK2017’ Both stencils and ink sprays are great fun to play around with but for this card I’m only using a stencil as I wanted to keep my texture paste white. The ink sprays are fun ways to add colour and shimmer to your projects though so this offer is a great opportunity to add some to your stash or even try them for the first time.

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I’ve linked all the goodies I’ve used for this card with affiliate links to Altenew. That means if you click on one of the links and end up buying something (and why shouldn’t you?) I will get a small commission, at no extra cost to you so thank you in advance if you do this!

For this card I actually only stamped one single thing and that was the ‘hello’ sentiment (which is from the Winter Rose Stamp Set) Everything else is coloured, die cut and stencilled with texture paste. I even made my own coloured card stock for the flower dies using Red Cosmos  and Green Fields alcohol markers from the Artist Markers Set A.

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Using a couple of the dies as a guide I coloured rectangular boxes on alcohol marker friendly paper (this is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# card stock cut in half) with the Red Cosmos markers.  Once the boxes were sufficiently covered with colours (take your time with this for a smooth look or leave it slightly stripy like I have for a more natural look) I cut out different pieces in the different colours so that they would all be unique once layered together.

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For the leaves I wanted a slightly lighter look so I used vellum instead of card stock. On the back of the vellum I scribbled the Green Fields Artist Markers  all over, let it dry and cut out the leaves using the two biggest dies.

On a bigger piece of Neenah card stock I used the Green Fields markers again to make a nice, vivid green background. It turned into a bit of an ombré look, which is one of my favorite colour looks as you get several shades of the same colour. Perfect for when you can’t decide on just one colour. I used my Sketched Lines Stencil and white texture paste all over this and set it aside to dry. It came out great!

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I glued all the flower layers together and once all dry, I puzzled them and the vellum leaves how I wanted them to go on the card. Gently putting a sheet of card stock over  them, I turned the whole shebang over and added foam tape to both keep things together and add height and dimension to the card. I used this grouping as a guide where I wanted my sentiment strip to go but did not add it to the card just yet.

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On a slim strip of vellum I heat embossed the sentiment ‘Hello’ from the Winter Rose stamp set with Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder. It may be my new favorite colour of Altenew’s amazing array of embossing powders, it’s just beautiful. This strip of vellum I adhered to the background by wrapping it around and secured it with double sided tape. Once that was secured, I adhered the whole thing to a plain white card base. The flower cluster was also added and while I was on a roll, a good sprinkling of iridescent sequins finished off the card.

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With that, I’m off to get back to the Christmas preparations.

From myself and all of mine, to you and all of yours: Happy holidays, whatever you celebrate!

 

My 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop card with Altenew Coffee Love

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently, I’ve both been caught up in the Christmas decoration spree that grips me every yet at some point (later this year than usual, admittedly) as well as feeling under the weather and uninspired. Since moving to Poland I think I have had more days feeling sickly than well which is both annoying as well as frustrating. When it comes to the Polish germs vs Erica, there is a clear winner and it ain’t me.. *please send wah-mbulance*

Something that isn’t a big secret about me is that I’m a coffee lover. As well as a bit of a coffee snob *cough, cough, understatement* I’m not afraid to admit it, I’d rather not have any coffee than bad coffee. We all have our little quirks, eh? One of mine is definitely being a coffee snob. Which leads me to what this card is about. There is a really fun and HUGE crafty event going on called Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. How perfect is that to rouse some inspiration? There are tons of sponsors and amazing prizes to be won so don’t forget to check out the website for more information (<—-this link right here)

94DF2935-9882-4F73-AE22-B52236BD91F9For my card I decided to use one of my favorite coffee stamp sets which is Altenew’s Coffee Love. You can get Coordinating dies or if you don’t have any of these, just grab the stamp and die bundle (which is currently on sale!) OR treat yoself to a Coffee Love stamp bundle! Why not,eh? Christmas is just around the corner!

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For the sake of transparency (not to mention legal requirements) I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible. In this post it’s just the Altenew links that are affiliate, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something (🎶fa la la la, just saying) I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. All the other links are just for your convenience in case you want something I have used for this card.

Now that that bit is out of the way, back to the card: I knew I wanted to keep my card in the colours of white, blue, gold and brown but first things first: a background! I absolutely love the SSS Elizabeth background stamp(not an affiliate link but you should get this one anyway)

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It’s so pretty, delicate and swirly. I stamped it just off to the side on a 5.5”x4.25” Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock panel with VersaMark ink, I had previously generously dusted it with my anti-static tool to avoid those pesky stray bits of embossing powder. I used Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and set it with my heat tool. Once it had cooled down I got my Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 pack water colours out and mixed some white and black together to create a moody grey, which I swished on the left side of the heat embossed image. Whilst it was still wet, I dabbed in some dark blue to add some colour to the background. I made sure to use lots of water to dilute the colour towards the right side. Where it needed more colour, I dripped in some very inky water and let it swirl around and do what it wanted to do.

Setting this aside to dry I got working on the images I had stamped up from the Coffee Love set using Dusk Crisp Dye Ink as well as Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink. These were also stamped on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and  using the same blue I used on the background, I blended it with lots of water for a soft look on my images as well as some of the grey, very diluted. I used one of the light gold Kuretake Starry Colors for some shimmer and shading. I love how they came out! Being a bit of a shimmer-nut, I decided to add some to the background too. It’s possible I went slightly overboard here but oh well, it happens!

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When it came to a sentiment I knew I wanted it to say ‘Coffee & Crafty friends make the perfect blend’ as I used to get together with a friend once a month, for a crafty day, back when we lived in Denmark, and we always had coffee and cake.  We used to borrow each other’s stuff, the idea behind this was that if we could borrow it, we wouldn’t need to buy it ourselves but most of the time we just ended up enabling each other to get more stuff! That idea backfired pretty spectacularly to be honest. We were, and probably still are, very bad influence on each other! It didn’t matter whether it was get another stamp set or another piece of cake. Ah, those were the days!

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Right, back to the sentiment: It’s a mashup between one from Coffee Love (it says ‘coffee and friends make the perfect blend’) and one from Crafty Friends (this one says ‘Crafty friends are the best friends’) Using some masking tape and my Mini MISTI I first stamped and heat embossed the ‘crafty friends’ bit with  Altenew Crisp Platinum Embossing Powder and then the ‘coffee &______ make the perfect blend’ bit with Dusk Crisp Dye Ink. I trimmed it down and added some foam tape to the back of it. All my coffee images I had already cut out using the Coordinating Coffee Love dies. These also had foam tape added to them and once the background was adhered to a white card base (using TomBow Xtreme adhesive runner which was recommended to me for using on water colour card stock as I wasn’t too impressed with my double sided tape actually keeping things together) it was pretty quick work on deciding where all the elements were going. With that, the card was done!

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The inks I have used for this card can be bought as single pads: Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink single pad and Dusk Oval Dye Ink single pad or as part of sets: Summer Cool Oval Dye Ink set  (these are great if you like big pads and you can not lie) as well as  Summer Cool Mini Cubes (which are such a great option if you don’t have a lot of space in your craft room or are just starting your collection and trying the inks out) The same goes for the Warm Grey Oval Dye Ink set(<—- big ink pads) or the Warm Grey Mini Cubes.

Right, with that, I bid you a very happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!

Lots of love from Erica

 

Advent calendar Lawn Fawn goodie bags

Hello and Happy first of Advent! Eeeep, not long until Christmas now! I’m finally getting a bit of christmas spirit going, it’s been too warm and sunny here to really feel like winter but just in the last few days it’s gone cold and frosty. Lovely! I love going for a walk with the Cheeky Chicas on a cold but sunny day. As long as I’m wrapped up warm I can be outside for hours. Coming home after a long walk, getting the fire going, having some hot coffee and a cookie or five is simply divine. I love that part of winter!

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Now it’s confession time: I’m way behind with my Christmas crafting, quite shocking really given what a planner I usually am. Maybe I need to go to a Christmas market or something to kick the festive spirit into overdrive?? These little goodie bags I made for today’s post is a step in the right direction but I need more! More! (As well as an inner Drama Queen, I also have an inner Christmas Crazed Child which is now banging on the door wanting to be let out)

I had planned on making an advent calendar for my little niece Emma using the Lawn Fawn Tiny Box die because I absolutely loved it from the moment I saw the awesome 3D Christmas Tree Advent Calendar by Nichol Spohr  made (You have to see it to believe it, it’s A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!) BUT it kind of helps if you actually buy the die you mean to use for a project, right?? *face palm* Yep, to this date, I still haven’t bought it so I had to come up with Plan B which lead me to Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die

This one I have had for years but not used overly much so this needed to be remedied. I cut out several pieces in some lovely Lawn Fawn patterned paper (all which is sadly discountinued and might give you an idea of just how long I have been hoarding this paper) It’s crazy easy to make these goodie bags: Two pieces die cut, score along the lines for crisp edges, a bit of adhesive and bam! Done.

Then the fun bit starts: decorating the bags! I got a selection of Lawn Fawn dies and stamps out including Mini Wreath dieTiny Tags SayingsWinter Tiny TagsScripty Love word die, Scripty Friends word die as well as Stitched Alphabet die-namics from MFT Stamps to cut out the letters of Emma’s name. Cutting out a few pieces in different colour card stock and patterned paper it was time to cut, glue, stamp and layer. C59AEE01-3B58-4AF6-8A82-DB0E36DDD52B

I love the fact that you can create a myriad of different looking tags just by changing the colour of your card stock, patterned paper, shape of the tag itself, sentiment and ink colour. You would make dozens of tags and none would look the same.

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While I was on a roll with these goodie bags, I also made a couple for some friends of mine. It was on these that I put the Scripty Friends die cuts on, but I cut off the ‘s’ on the end because it didn’t really fit nor did it look right as each one is going to one friend. These die cuts are cut out of silver metallic hammered looking card stock. I’m not sure where it’s from to be honest, it’s something else I found in my paper hoard.

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These two are an example of having used the same stuff but the finished product look very different. I wanted each one to look individual rather than all the same as each of the ladies who are receiving these are amazing in their own rights.

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This close up was taken before I had added the ‘friend’ die cut but it shows the tag a bit better. This one is two of the bauble dies layered, well sort of anyway. The white circle was cut out the middle of the bauble to make the sentiment stand out a bit better. All the tags are tied to the bags with twine.

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The goodie bag for Emma was done in the same patterned paper as the above one and I cut out the letters with the opposite side of the paper to keep the colour scheme  the same.

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For the tag on Emma’s goodie bag I used the mitten tag and stamped ‘With love to:’ as it needs to be a bit special. She is my favorite niece after all (disclosure: she is also my only niece, lol!)

Aaaaaaand because I can’t stop myself once I’m on a roll, I also made a cute lovey-dovey bag for my sweet darling of a husband using the absolutely adorable Brisk patterned paper from Lawn Fawn. It is also sadly discontinued, which now means I will need to hoard that particular paper with extra vigilance, as once it’s gone, it’s gone! Waaaaah!

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See what I mean about making them all look different? Isn’t that fun?? On the back I added wreaths done with the Mini Wreath die. Each wreath is done slightly different to set them apart a little bit.

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And with that, I’m off to stuff these with some yummy things and send off to the recipients. Goodness knows if they will actually arrive in time for Christmas but if not, a little surprise will turn up in the mail after the holidays are over to help with the post-Christmas-blues.

Happy crafting and I’d be amiss not to mention it’s the 5-week-iversary of the blog today! Yay! Yummies for me too to celebrate I think 😉

Lots of love from Erica

Merry Everything Christmas cards to kick off December

Happy 1st of December!

Ah, bring on the Christmas cheer, the holiday magic and lots and lots of crafting! To do my part of spreading some christmas crafting cheer, I have two cards for you today. It started out as just some colouring, and then it took on a life on its own and ta-da: It ended in two fun cards.

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Let’s get to the first one before I go off on another ramble (it’s bound to happen at some point in this blog post though, watch this space)

Right, so as I said, this first one started out as a colouring thing… or actually, ink smudging. Blending is too sophisticated to explain what I was doing here. Streaking might work too? Rubbing? Scraping….? Oh, well, it doesn’t matter what you call it, what I was trying to achieve was a Northern lights kind of look.

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So this was taken about halfway through, I kept working on it to deepen the colours and covering up the white bits. I used all the Distress Oxides in the photo and then I also spritzed some gold shimmer mist on it too to really add to the magic. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? It really is something else to behold… *sighs with bliss*

Once the panel was dry I got out my Simon Says Stamp Snow Falling Stencil and Ranger Ink Texture Paste. I’m LOVING this stuff! It’s so much fun to smear it all over the stencils and seeing it take shape. Ah! If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. Pronto! I sure did use it to create the snow falling on the background. To make sure I didn’t smear the paste while it was drying (ask me how I know that can happen very easily) I got out My Favorite Things Merry Everything stamp set. I adore the reindeers in this set, they are so cute! I stamped these up on Strathmore Bristol water colour card stock with MFT Hybrid Ink Black Licorice , got my Zig Clean Color Markers out and went to town.

As I had quite a few reindeer, I thought Santa should be represented (Nobody puts Santa in the corner, right?) so he got stamped up and coloured too. I managed to make the red colour bleed into his beard and it was bad… nobody wants to see a bloody Santa, right? So that had to be fixed. I tried blending it out but that didn’t work. I tried covering it up with some gray but that didn’t work either. Neither did using a white gel pen. In the end I ended up rubbing some soft white chalk all over the beard and added some texture to it by scratching some curls in it. As the chalk was a bit difficult to control I did have to fill in the lines around the beard with a black pen as they had gotten all mushy.

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Then I figured the sleigh should be on the card as well so that got stamped up and coloured. All of a sudden, I had enough images to make two cards and that’s when I started working on the second one. This one was a lot more subtle, I just used light blue ink blending on the background and added the snow fall using the stencil and the texture paste again.

The rest of it came together pretty quick once I had cut out the images using the Coordinating Merry Everything Die-namics, and some snowy hills using Stitched Hillside die in linen textured card stock. Which I layered on card bases using foam tape, of course, duh (Hello, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to foam tape) Oh, and two different Celebrate words, one in silver glitter cards stock and one in vellum. The one in silver glitter card stock I layered with some double sided foam tape too.

On the Northern Lights card I added the Santa in the middle and flanked him with a reindeer on each side. The ‘celebrate’ word in vellum ended up on this one to not cover up the background too much. It didn’t really have enough ompf so I also stamped ‘Let it snow’ from My Favorite Things Snow Globe Sentiments  underneath Santa in black ink.

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For the second card I added the left over reindeer, the sleigh and the silver glitter ‘Celebrate’ word. The sleigh looked a bit weird without anything in it so I ended up stamping up some presents too. These I coloured to look like they had wrapping paper and then added a generous helping of both Clear Wink of Stella and Gold Wink of Stella because who doesn’t like sparkly presents??

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Even with the sparkly Celebrate it still needed a little something (did you see that coming?) so I stamped ‘Jolly Holly Days’  from Lawn Fawn Deck The Halls stamp set in black ink in the bottom. And with that, both the cards were done!

As well as being a foam tape addict, I’m also a bit of a camera nerd. I love taking photos and playing around with editing, filters and effects. The next photo is edited in Apple photos and have a filter on it called ‘Vivid Cool’ and I just adore how it makes the blue pop!

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Here is the same photo without the filter, which one do you prefer? I am not against filters at all, they can be really fun however I don’t like it when they are used to distort the photo completely. Especially when it comes to crafting photos. For those I prefer to see the ones that are as close to the real life thing as possible. For selfies? Eh, we all need a little help every now and again, right?

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Happy crafting and here is to a very merry and happy holiday season for us all!

Lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 1-month-blog-iversary to me!

Hey, hey! Yeah, I know, that’s a long word in the title… I do like to make up words when I feel the vocabulary I do possess fails me. Or the words available don’t have enough pizzazz. Anyone else do that? No..? Anyone? *waves hand in the air sheepishly whilst looking around* No one? Just me?

Oh, quick change of subject before I get on with this post! If you are looking for the giveaway winner announcement from the Altenew blog hop CLICK RIGHT HERE

Right-y-o, let’s get on with the card and the rest of the month-i-versary shenanigans!

Ok, don’t roll your eyes but I used the Build-A-Flower Camellia stamp set for this card. Yes, I know, really…  I KNOW!! Again! I really can’t help myself, I LOVE that stamp set. Someone come and take it away from me!! (no, not really, I will fight you if you try it. Fair warning, people ⚠️ )

I thought I’d try a different colour combination for these instead of using pinks or yellows as I usually do. So, see? That qualifies as totally different, right? Well, I’m going with it. This time I used the Warm and Cozy Oval Dye Inks!

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I stamped loads as I always do and picked my two favourites out of the whole head. These two I cut out using the coordinating die cut. Leaf-wise I like to mix it up a little so I stamped up the leaf from the Build-A-Flower Ranunculus using the Warm Gray Oval Dye Inks. Once I had a good bunch of them I used the coordinating die to cut them out too.

Then it was time to think background and for some inexplicable reason, given that I’m not a huge fan of green (as established in this post from the other day) I decided on another green background… I’m not sure what’s going on with me recently, it’s like I have this little rebellious crafty elf inside my head that’s messing with my decision process.

Using a new-to-me stamp set, Sweet Friend, I stamped up the word ‘lovely’ from this set over and over again on a card panel. I did this by layering the two lightest greens from Tropical Forest Oval Dye Inks to create an ombré look. Originally I meant to keep the panel an A2/5.5”x4.25” but for another inexplicable reason I trimmed it down a little bit and stuck it on a green card base! I’m on some sort of green-streak. Maybe my subconscious is trying to steer me towards more greens? Presumably in my diet rather than my crafting but it’s cropping up in the crafting. Diet wise I’m still having cookies…

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Up until this point each step of this card took some time, but hey, you can’t rush perfection right? *wink wink* Card making to me isn’t about ‘banging them out’ as I don’t have that many to send each month. Besides, I rarely make more than one of the same design. Even when I try making them the same, I still deviate at some point and add something new on one or two. I craft because I enjoy the process, it’s my hobby and I love it! Stamping is fun and relaxing, why would I want to rush that?

Assembling the card took barely any time at all. A bit of foam tape here, a bit of foam tape there, a sentiment on a skinny strip of white card stock and add the leaves and voilá!

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Now, don’t worry, I will try my best to use another stamp set for my next blog post featuring Altenew stamps. In fact, I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher during the latest Build-A-Flower stamp release blog hop and I have already ordered the newest one Build-A-Flower Gardenia! I have a strong feeling that one will also feature heavily in the future. Eh, what can I say? Flower stamps hold a special place in my heart.

Right, with that I’m off to celebrate my 1-month-blog-iversary with a cookie or six!

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me! For more crafting shenanigans and crafty sneak peeks, follow me on Instagram.

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Happy crafting from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Pawliday CAS card

Hello!

Today’s card is a very simple but cute Christmas card using the absolutely adorable Happy Pawlidays set from My Favorite Things. I have no will-power whatsoever when it comes to doggie stamps (or any cute critter really) so as soon as it came out I knew I had to have it. And because I am not a fan of fussy cutting, I also got the Coordinating die-namics… please don’t judge, I admit it willingly, I’m a hopeless case when it comes to saying no to cute stuff.

Ok, now that all the admissions are out of the way, let’s talk crafting!

I stamped up one of the cute doggies on Copic friendly paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and got to work with my Copics. Once I was happy with the colouring, I used the coordinating die, cut it out and added glossy accents to the little light bulbs, nose and eyes to make them pop.

For the background I wanted to keep it white, to keep to the whole CAS ideology, but with some interest still…. so how to solve this? I decided to stamp This background stamp and heatemboss it with white embossing powder on white card stock. It’s subtle but looks, and feels, lovely without taking away too much of the attention from the main focus of the card.

When I was making this card, I actually used a sketch as inspiration, MFT Sketch 359, from the Card Challenges blog.

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To keep to the sketch I added a frame around the little doggie (which I added to the background panel using foam tape to raise him up a little bit) I used the second biggest one in the Outside in Stitched square stackable die cuts and cut it out in silver glittery paper. And double sided adhesive foam too, because I love dimension on cards. Even my CAS cards.

There are so many cute sentiments in the stamp set and I picked one that says ‘May your days be furry and bright’. It’s stamped with black ink on a strip of white card stock, which I cut little fishtail details on each end using scissors for extra details. I contemplated adding foam tape to this too to keep it level with the frame, but would you believe it? I did not. I can practically hear the thuds around the world from you guys hitting the floor in shock…! LOL! Self confessed foam tape addict here.

Well, now that you might have recovered from the shock, I’ll get on with it. The sentiment strip is added using a little bit of double sided tape but hanging over the tops of the frame. This is the first time I’ve done this and I’m feeling a bit more excited about it than I probably should. It’s not exactly ground breaking stuff.

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As this wasn’t rocket science, that means the card was done. I’m still struggling with CAS style but this one I am rather happy with.

I’m still riding my crafting high from being part of the Altenew new release blog hop, if you haven’t seen that yet You can click this link and have a read. I’m trying really hard to not let it go to my head but it is such a big deal to me to have been asked and to have been a part of it. Did I mention that Altenew is generously sponsoring a giveaway too? Oh yes, you can win a $30 gift voucher by leaving a comment on that blog post by the 28th of November.

Ok, well, that’s it from me today but I’ll be back with more crafting and jibber-jabbering soon!

Happy crafting from

Erica

 

 

Altenew Marker Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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Hi and welcome to CaCaCraft!

Today’s post is to celebrate the release of Artist Markers Set B and Set C from the awesome Altenew and I’m so excited to be part of it as a guest designer! I couldn’t quiet believe it when May got in touch and asked if I wanted to join in! Oh YES, that was pretty much a no-brainier and I’ve been floating on a little pink, fluffy cloud ever since! And today is The Day!

You should have arrived here from Therese Calvird but no matter how you got here, WELCOME! If you loose your way along the hop, there is a list at the bottom of this post and you can always go back to the Altenew Card Blog to find your spot again.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, November 27th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Wednesday, November 29th.

GIVEAWAY: You can also win a $30 gift voucher to the Altenew shop by leaving a comment right here on my blog post by Tuesday, November 28th! Winner will be randomly chosen and announced very shortly after that so don’t forget to comment for your chance to win!

Now, it’s entirely possible that I got a little bit carried away in all the excitement. I’ve been on a bit of a card making frenzy since all my goodies arrived and I’ve got eight cards for you today. Yes, you read that right. Eight. I will try to keep each description short and sweet but for those of you who know me, you know that I can ramble on for ages and ages with my jibber-jabbering (that’s Erica talk for ‘talking lots’) but please, do hang in there!

Right, let’s not beat around the bush anymore. Let’s dive in: Card number one, two and three all came out of the same idea. I got my blue markers out, that will be SET C, and on an 8.5×11 inches piece of Neenah solar white card stock, I drew thick lines of each colour over and over. I love how alcohol based markers just blend into each other and it’s quite mezermising to watch them getting on paper.

The idea I had was to make a striped back ground for one card and then cut out letters using the Bold Alphabet Die to spell ‘pappa’ (Dad in Swedish) as well as ‘dad’ for my British father-in-law. I really struggle with masculine cards and to be honest, I have absolutely no clue as to why I decided to punish myself by making a few for this blog hop. I do love blue though, and swishing those markers around made me happy like a kid in a candy shop!

Once I was happy with the background piece I cut it down to 4.25×5.25 inches. I wanted a little bit of the black card base I decided to use to peek out on each side of the panel, and I adhered it using foam tape. The Bold Alphabet Die makes a quick job of cutting out the letters I needed, I used shiny gold card stock as well as doubled sided adhesive foam, to raise the letters up and create dimension. The letters were adhered to the card and on a slim strip of black card stock I heat embossed the sentiment ‘You are amazing’ (from the set Amazing You) with the exclamation mark masked off, using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder . The strip was added to the card with some foam tape and a few matte gold sequins were added with Glossy Accents.

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For card number two I used the Bold Alphabet Die again to cut out another ‘Pappa’. These I added diagonally to a white card base, that I had previously stamped the swirly cloud from the You Are stamp set using Glacier Cave Oval Inks to create a mixed blue look. I also added ‘you are the best’ to the top of the card using Sapphire blue ink.

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To make the blues on the letter pop a bit more I filled them in with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. Sadly I smudged the bottom cloud a little but decided to leave it as it is, rather than try to fix it. Sometimes you just gotta cut your losses, right? You can see it in the first picture but in the second one, I sneakily put my watermark over the boo-boo.

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Card number three is very similar to card number two, done with the You Are stamp set, except the card base is a light grey and I used Caribbean Sky for one of the clouds and Persian Blue (from the Glacier Cave Dye Inks Set ) for the other one. I also used my markers, at first just the greys (this would be the ones from SET B ) to fill in the clouds a little bit, but it looked too flat so I added some blue too (that would be from SET C)
The ‘dad’ letters for this card were adhered to the card using foam to raise them up and underneath them I added two swirly bits from the You Are stamp set which I had heatembossed on vellum using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and cut out using the coordinating dies . These also got a little bit of blue added to them and the card got finished off with a few matte gunmetal grey sequins.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love flowers and not just like ‘like them a lot’, oh no. I L-O-V-E them! I’m a trained florist and although I don’t work these days, I happily would if it meant being around flowers all day. Flower stamps hold a special place in my heart and it would be rather weird if I didn’t use a few for this blog hop, right?? Well, without further ado, here is my next card:

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For this card I used Camellia Build-A-Flower stamp set and coordinating die, as well as some leaves from Adore You, Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
I started by spritzing my background panel with Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and then setting that aside to dry whilst working on the flower. My no-line colouring isn’t the best but I really wanted to try it using the Camellia Build-A-Flower stamp set and the yellow markers from SET B. To begin with, I stamped the outline stamp of the flower using Warm Sunshine Oval Ink and then got to work. For the colouring I used a flicking technique with the markers.

Using the coordinating die I cut both the flower out and a piece of foam to raise the flower up on the card and set these aside whilst I carried on working on the background. The leaves I chose to use are from the Adore You set. I used the cut out flower as a guide to place the leaves on the shimmery background panel and then stamped them all using Embossing Ink  and heat embossed them using Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder . I also stamped the sentiment ‘I adore you’ on a strip of vellum and heat embossed that in the same Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder.

Putting the card together took no-time at all at this point as all the components were done. I didn’t get the vellum strip completely flat on the card but all in all, I really like how this came out. I will definitely be adding more Metallic Shimmer Ink Sprays to my stash!

On my next card I have used the same stamps as the last one, but on this one I stamped the leaves from Adore You in Morning Frost Dye Ink ink first and then filled them in using the grey markers from SET B. Then I placed the card back in the MISTI, sprinkled it with my anti-static powder tool, stamped the leaves with Embossing Ink  and then heatembossed them using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. I also added a few little leafy branches using the base layer of the leaves from the Ranunculus Build-A-Flower stamp set with Morning Frost Dye Ink ink.
The sentiment I stamped in Jet Black Dye Ink and then used Crystal Clear Embossing Powder on top to make it stand out a bit better.

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The flower itself I stamped up with Coral Berry Dye Ink ink and coloured it in using red markers from SET C as well as some of the darker yellows from for the middle. Instead of going for a smooth look, I used a flicking technique to create lots of highlights and lowlights. This is my favorite way to colour in flowers.
To finish the card off I cut out another bit of foam to raise the flower up from the card base and that was it.

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This next card is quite quick, it might not look it but it really is. I spritzed a little Frosty Pink Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and Coral Berry Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray on a piece of water colour card stock and set aside to dry. You can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process if you are in a hurry.
I stamped up the Camellia Build-A-Flower outline stamp using Coral Berry Oval Ink and then I used the lightest of my red markers from SET C all over the image. With the two darkest markers I added some shading to the petals. This is super easy as you don’t have to figure out where to do it, just use the outlines as a guide and hey, presto!
In the middle I used both the darkest red and the two darkest yellow markers in a dotting fashion to create a natural look.

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I cut out the flower using the coordinating die and quickly assembled the card. I used a card stock in as close to Coral Berry as I could find and trimmed down the spritzed glimmer panel a little bit to make sure it showed on all sides. This is of course added using foam tape. I love that stuff!
Sentiment wise I wanted to keep it simple but effective. I quickly used the purple markers (from SET B) to create an ombré effect on a scrap piece of card stock and then I die cut the word THANKS using This die. I added this to the card with more foam tape to raise it up and that was it!

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This card is done in a similar fashion, only yellow. On a piece of dark grey card stock I spritzed Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and set aside to dry. The flower is done in a no-line colouring technique and I used Warm Sunshine Oval Ink  before colouring it in with the yellow markers from SET B. On this flower I tried blending the colours a bit more than I did on my first yellow card, without loosing the depth and texture of the petals. I definitely need more practice when it comes to this technique.

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This one is also a ‘thanks’ card but this time I used shiny gold card stock with the Thanks die  and layered it with a black one to create a shadow. I also stamped and heatembossed ‘You are incredible’ on a slim piece of back card stock using Embossing ink  and Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder . This little strip I added with foam tape to the panel and the whole shebang went on a dark yellow card base.

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My last card (and this really is the last one, I promise!) I use the lovely Bamboo Rose stamp set to make a ‘get well’ card. Using my MINI MISTI I stamped two sets of the flowers with Morning Frost Dye Ink and then using the Four Scoops markers from SET C I coloured them in quite loosely. For the leaves I used the green Artist Markers from SET A.These I ordered as soon as I was asked to take part in this blog hop as I have a very serious and chronic case of Full Set Syndrome. It’s awfully contagious and there is no known cure, apart from getting the full set of whatever it is that gave you the FSS to begin with. I’m serious!

When I was happy with the colouring I dusted the pieces of card stock with my anti-static tool, popped them back into the MISTI to be stamped with Embossing Ink and sprinkled with Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. I melted it with my heat gun and set them aside to cool down a bit before cutting the flowers out using the Coordinating die cut.

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For my background I decided to use a couple of green inks (Frayed Leaf Dye ink and Forest Glade Dye Ink) to do some ink blending. I had a bit of a disaster with this though, my first attempt ended up having to be scrapped as I did the ink blending first and no matter how much I dusted it with my anti-static powder tool after, the embossing powder I wanted to use for the sentiment stuck to the entire panel! The only thing I could do what reverse course and start again and this time do the sentiment first, so that’s what I did. I used the same Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder for the sentiment to keep it cohesive. Once that had cooled down I used the inks I had chosen and blended them until I had a nice green background. A spur of the moment decision had me adding a few leaves in Forest Glade Dye Ink on top of the ink blending to frame the sentiment a little bit more.

The die cut flowers I arranged in a rectangular shaped wreath around the sentiment and adhered them to the card using foam tape to raise them up and create that lovely layered look. Once that was done, the whole panel was adhered to a white card base and that was that!

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Right, if you have made it all the way to this point, you pretty much deserve a standing ovation! I did warn you that I have gone completely mad and made lots of cards due to all the excitement, there was simply no stopping me once I got going… #sorrynotsorry my people!

Now the next person in the hop is Vicky Papaioannou and just for your reference, here is the full blog hop list:

Altenew Card Blog
Kathy Racoosin
Laura Bassen
Mindy Baxter
May Sukyong Park
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Tammy Tutterow
Lilith Eeckels
Suzy Plantamura
Nicole Picadura
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Enza Gudor
Sveta Fotinia
Erum Tasneem
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Kelly Latevola
TaeEun Yoo
Kymona Tracey
Yoonsun Hur
Kristina Pokazaniev
Therese Calvird
Erica A-B <——— You are here!!
Vicky Papaioannou
Svitlana Shayevich
Nina-Marie Trapani
Virginia Lu

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to try these markers (and all the other goodies I have used) as I had an absolute blast making these cards. Don’t forget to leave a comment here on my blog as well as on the Altenew blogs for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Altenew shop!

That’s it from me today!

Happy crafting and hopping from

Erica