Picket Fence Studios June Release!

Hi!

It’s the 14th of the month, and we have a fabulous release from Picket Fence Studios! Let’s dive right in! I use ‘dive’ because it’s filled with mermaids and water based creatures!

First off we have A Fishy Lot, and it has coordinating dies too. Thank goodness! Most of these sets I have coloured with Copics.

I have made a video of some of the colouring and the techniques I used for the whale, it’s coming to the Picket Fence Studios YouTube channel soon. Make sure you subscribe to that so you don’t miss it.

Next up we have More Of A Fishy Lot. These mermaids were so fun to colour! I’ve tried making each one a little bit different, almost like a personality, but still keeping them cohesive. I’m super happy there is a coordinating dieset for this one too!

This next mermaid, Mermaid Dear, is from the ‘Dear’ range and this one is so sweet! I coloured her with Zig Clean Colour markers and added Liquid Pixie Dust to the mermaid tail to make it sparkly. Sadly it doesn’t show up in the photo.

Mermaid Dear also has a coordinating diecut. Imagine the fiddle to fussy cut the puffer-fish-balloons…! No, thank you!

I actually finished a card with her! On the background I have used the new Slim Line Triangle Peaks Stencil with some blue Distress Oxide inks and my Life Changing Blender Brushes. The rocks she’s sitting on are the Pond Scenery set. There is a huge lily pad leaf in it too.

This set also has a coordinating die, and I can totally see that lily pad being the party pad (see what I did there?) for the frogs in the Drop By To Say Croak set!

This is another one of those sets I’m super happy to have coordinating dies for. I’m pretty sure more than one frog would lose his legs if I attempted fussy cutting these guys!

If you aren’t into sea creatures, do not worry! There are plenty of land creatures in this release too. Just look at these guys from the Forest Critters Stopping By To Say Hey! There are even wild boars in it! I attempted to colour them as closely as I could to the ones I used to see all the time, whilst living in Poland.

There are lots of little pairs in this set, and a couple of trios, like mama, papa and a baby. Luckily there are coordinating diecuts for these too.

With the help of the A2 Tree Silhouette Cover Plate and like a bazillion sequins from the Pot Of Gold Sequin Mix, I made a card with quite a few of the little cuties from this set.

Using the same A2 Tree Silhouette Cover Plate, and the bear from the Forest Critters Stopping By To Say Hey set, as well as the Hello Word Topper, I made another card.

The background has been ink blended very softly with blue, and then I have stencilled over some Snowdrop White Paper Glaze with a blender brush for a soft look. As soon as I finished with the Paper Glaze, that brush was washed to avoid ruining it.

I will have a video up on my YouTube channel soon too, showing off the entire release and some of the cards up close.

That’s it from me for today, thanks for stopping by and I hope I have tempted you to get a little something-something for yourself. I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post, for your convenience. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, and I get a small commission from the company directly as a thank you for directing you to them. Any earnings I get from these links pay for things like running my blog, YouTube channel and keeping things fun and fresh for you, so thank you if you shop using these. I really, really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Happy Valentine’s Day to us crafters! It’s Picket Fence Studios release day!

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Sun-Day to you all! The Man and I don’t really do VD anymore. After working as a florist many years ago, the stress and working hours killed any excitement I might have had for it.

Crafting and cardmaking has brought some of that excitement back, but only because I love making cards. Getting new stuff to play with is also fun, and today is release day over at Picket Fence Studios! It’s a super sassy and punny one, which I love!

I have made QUITE a few cards, as usual, because I could not stop the creativity train once it left the station. Idea after idea after idea came to me, and I was (will)powerless to contain it.

I love stencils and there are some utterly fabulous ones in this release! The Movement stencil, which comes in both a 6×6 and a slim line version, is so fun! It created an optical illusion that made me think I had cut my cards wonky more than once. So fun!

On this one I used Distress Oxide inks for a vivid look. It’s finished off with the You Are The Best word die.

On this one I did the stencil printing technique, where you mist the leftover ink on the stencil and “print” it by pressing watercolour paper on top. It gives a softer look, as well as gives you a two-for-one background looks. This one is finished off with the Hey You word die and a sentiment from the You Are Nothing Short Of Amazing stamp set. And some bling from the Day & Night Gem mix.

There is a flower stencil, called Centre Flower that also comes in 6×6 version and slim line version. I used them both, for different results.

On this card I used the newly release paper glaze called Yellow Primrose for a lovely textured look. I love the Paper Glazes, they are so much fun! This one is finished off very simple by heatembossing Congratulations from the Fancy Congratulations Sentiments set and diecut with the FAB coordinating diecuts!

With the slim line stencil I made a colourful background with Distress Oxide inks, and then finished it off with the Fancy Congratulations Sentiments stamps and coordinating dies.

Another fave from this release is the super fun Sparks Cover Plate! Ooooh, the fun I had with this!

First, I simply used it on white card stock and black card stock, which both look fab just as it is.

I also had the finicky idea of using the cutout bits on a card. Yeah, this turned out to be a slow process, as well as sticky, but it did actually turn out really cool!

Both these are done by glueing down all those little bits on to a card base, and then finished with LOTS of bling from the gem mixes Day & Night as well as Fire.

The two original panels were finished off in different, but colourful, ways. The white one has all the gaps filled in with coloured card stock. For both this one, as well as the black and white one, I’ve used Press’n’seal to pick up all the pieces. It works a treat!

The coloured card stock is a mix of Concord & 9th, The Stamp Market and Lawn Fawn.

The next one was finished super simple, by adding the diecut panel on a background made with strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock, and Hey You cut out of black card stock, and then the top layer is gold mirror card stock from Tonic Studios.

Well, as you can see in the first photo, I made quite a few more cards but I didn’t want to do a photo-vomit post, lol! Hopefully you will be inspired by these, and if you decide to treat yourself to a little something-something I have affiliate links to Picket Fence Studios which I’d be so grateful if you’d use when you shop. They don’t cost you anything extra at all, ever, and I get a small commission directly from the company as thank you for directing you their way. I really appreciate the support, and even the smallest purchase make a difference, so thank you so much in advance!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Ink On 3 & Kat Scrappiness Happy Harvest Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Happy Harvest Hop from Kat Scrappiness & Ink on 3!” We are thrilled you could join us on this blog & Instagram hop celebration! We will be sharing darling fall cards featuring Kat Scrappiness amazing dies and sprinkles and Ink On 3’s fabulous inks and darling fall stamps. Come hop with us for inspiration and of course prizes!

The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Lynnea!

The hop is from November 5th at 10am CST and will end on November 8th at midnight. We will have 4 x $15 winners!! 2 from randomly chosen blog posts and 2 from randomly chosen Instagrams so the more you comment the better chance you have.

To participate in the hop giveaway, simply leave a comment on each blog post, follow each DT on Instagram, comment and tag your friends. The more you comment the more chances of winning.

The winners will be announced on the Ink on 3 and Kat Scrappiness blogs & Instagrams on November 10th. You will need to contact us to claim your prize. You can subscribe to our blogs for a notification email on any new blog posts. You will have 7 days to claim your prize.

Thank you for hopping with us and supporting our small businesses!

Right, with all that out of the way, let’s get card making! I have used the Slimline Foliage Frame die from Kat Scrappiness, and luscious Atelier re-inkers, Liquid Pixie Dust and the Pumpkin Patch coordinating dies from Ink On 3 for my card. I also made a video, which you can find over on my YouTube channel!

It is a NO STAMPING card, if you can believe it!! I don’t do those very often, no Siree. I started by using the die on five different pieces of coloured card stock. Because it’s a fall theme, I kept it to yellows, oranges and raspberry pink. I have used Lawn Fawn card stock in Sticky Note, Sunflower, Fake Tan, Canned Pumpkin and Raspberry.

With a bit of cutting and glueing, I layered these up, slightly smaller than the previous frame, so that they overlap and create a very dimensional panel.

For the background behind these leaves I created a soft water colour panel, using Atelier re-inkers in Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Sweet Petunia Pink and Marilyn Red, mixed with a little Liquid Pixie Dust. This creates shimmery water colours and looks fantastic!

To finish off the card, once I had glued the leaf frame to the shimmery background, I cut out the word ‘thanks’ from the Pumpkin Patch coordinating dies.

These letters are cut out of gold glitter card stock, and then adhered to the leaves, rather than the background itself. Doing it this way makes it look like the letters are floating and is a bit different from what I usually do.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win those goodies!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Full Hop Order:

Kat Scrappiness

Meghan Kennihan

Kathy Schweinfurth    

Jo Thompson

Priscilla Joseph

Waleska Galindo

Jenny Hall   

Erica A-B 

Lynnea Hollendonner

Ricky Bromero

Ceal Pritchett

Ink on 3

Almost At 10K on Instagram!

Hi guys and WOW! I can hardly believe it but I am getting so close to a MAJOR milestone on Instagram: 10 000 followers and that fabulous swipe up feature!

Another crafty friend, Norine, is also almost there and we have some lovely friends who wanted to celebrate/help us get there, so over on Instagram there is an Insta hop happening. With a giveaway too!

I started by making a green and also a rainbow background panel with the Artist Markers, by swiping the markers back and forth to blend them together. On top of the green one I adhered a panel cut out of white card stock with the Striped Leaf cover die.

This is one of the few progress photos I managed to remember to take. I just got on a roll after this and couldn’t stop it, but I did film it so there is a YouTube video up too.

Grabbing a whole stack of inks, including the Pocketful Of Sunshine, Cherry Blossom, Red Cosmos, Warm & Cozy, Summer Afternoons, and Rose Petal Ovals I got stamping! For the leaves I mixed Tropical Forest and Green Fields.

I have used three different stamp sets: Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum, Beautiful Day stamp set, which also comes in a bundle, and Hope stamp set. This also comes in a bundle.

The second background was done with the Layering Plaid B Cover Die on white card stock, and I kept all the bits in their places so the whole background is white, but textured.

Initially I had planned on mixing and matching the flowers and leaves, but I did actually end up keeping the cards mostly in the stamp family they came from. Which was a bit of a surprise, to be honest.

On the card with the BAF Chrysantemum flowers, I used leaves from the Hope stamp set. To get more depth, I did mix and match inks from the Tropical Forest and Green Fields ink bundles.

I finished this card off with Fairy Rocks Embellishments from Trinity Stamps, for some fun bling! The sentiment is from the Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum set.

The second card was done with the Beautiful Day flowers and leaves, and the sentiment was created with Thick and Thin Alpha. It’s been heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The sequins are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

My third card was quite quick but it’s still very colourful and fun! I created a slimline rainbow background using the Artist Markers and then heat embossed lots of sentiments from Crafty Friends in white on it.

As this one was quite flat/one layered I felt it needed some texture with Black Eyed Baubles from Trinity Stamps. And again.. I did not hold back at all, lol!

Well, that’s it from me for today, but I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are not following me on Instagram, what are you even doing?? Just kidding, but seriously, that’s where most of my crafty action is happening.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Squeeze The Day with Catherine Pooler’s Forever 13 Release!

Hi and welcome back to my little blog. Today’s card is made with the Forever 13 Bundle released from Catherine Pooler yesterday.

This card is fresh and zesty. A little anti-dote to the cabin fever all of us are having, we are still holed up here in Spain. It’s week 3 for me already as I was pretty much already doing social distance for two weeks, due to my bad back. I’m going to stop the pity party, and get on with the card making party now.

On white card stock, I ink blended Lime Rickey with a Life Changing Blender Brush. I left it light in the middle and darker around the edges and extra dark in the corners. To add interest to the background I used the Petal Connection cover plate on it.

I broke out the Zest Bouquet stamp set and stamped that with Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence Studios. Then I water coloured the image with reinkers and one ink pad. I used Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel, Coral Cabana and Grass Skirt reinkers and the Lime Rickey ink pad.

When it was dry, I used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. BUT I did a MAJOR boo-boo and did not cut out the extra leaves and flowers inside of the diecut… which lead to the mess you can see above. Yep, I did do that. I can only blame the strong pain killers I was on for my back at the time, things were a bit foggy.

To help cover it up, I cut out three extra pieces with the coordinating diecut and layered these all up with liquid glue. I use the glue tube from Lawn Fawn to give me a bit of flexibility and time to get the pieces perfectly lined up.

I stamped up the ‘Squeeze the day’ sentiment by mixing Limoncello and Tiara a few times, to make a nice imprint. I trimmed it down to about an inch of a width and adhered it to the card. Then I added the Zest Bouquets on top.

To cover up the diecutting fiasco, I added some Crystal Clear Fusion sequins from Studio Katia. I may have gone slightly over the top with the sequins but I had some big boo-boo’s to cover.

I do love how the lighter colour in the middle kind of makes it look like it’s glowing. And I DO love me some citrus stamps. I can also see me using that cover plate on quite a few projects. It’s so lovely!

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the card and are staying safe!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Alcohol Inks and The Stamp Market Goodies!

Hi everyone!

Today I have an exciting announcement: I’m now an affiliate of the wonderful and totally irresistible The Stamp Market! What that means is that if you click on any of the affiliate links in this post, I will get a small commission from The Stamp Market, at no extra cost to you. So if I inspire you with my cards and creations, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop the amazing array of goodies from The Stamp Market.

With that in mind, I have some fun cards to hopefully inspire you!

I went a little nuts with the fun Hello Serif Die and a big stack of coloured card stock. Mixing and matching colours and textures is so much fun! I ended up with a lot of letters and combinations. Some of them have the same colours, only in different order and a different background colour. You would think it wouldn’t matter which order the letters are in, if it’s the same colour, but it really looks different. Looking at these, I think my fave is the second from the bottom. The light grey background piece really makes the letters pop!

Honestly, it’s slightly addicting to make these. It’s one of those things you can do whilst binge watching your fave show or movie. I’m currently obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and diecutting, which I love combining into a big ole’ party and let me tell you, I partied hard #andbypartyingImeancrafting

With all these gorgeous Hello’s done, it was time to go ahead and use them for some cards.

I have also been on a bit of an alcohol ink spree with my recent pearlescent ink colour additions! As a result, I had a whole load of gorgeous backgrounds. These are lovely enough on their own, but I wanted to add a little extra something to them. The simple solution is to use a cover plate on them! The one I decided to use is from Lawn Fawn, it’s called Quilted Backdrop. One I kept uncut as it’s very clean and simple, with lots of white showing, and it’s pretty as it is.

There were enough backgrounds to make five cards so I got card bases done for them, in coordinating coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and adhered all of them with double sided tape.

The reason for the coloured card bases is to let the colours show through the little holes in the diecut design.

With all the card bases prepped and ready, it was time to match up my Hello’s to them.

For my shimmery pink card I used one with purple and pink bits on the Hello, and a white background piece.

There is shimmer on all of the alcohol ink backgrounds, but shimmer is notoriously difficult to photograph well.

On my blue background I used a Hello with mint green and blue bits, on a white background.

I’m such a lover of blue and could make blue backgrounds all day!

The last monochrome card is the green/turquoise one.

On a white background I used Hello pieces in yellows, green and teal. The white background makes for a lovely contrast against the green.

On a very rich and deep coloured background, I used the black and rose gold sparkle Hello.

Usually I’d adhere them with foam tape but I kept these flat by using my Lawn Fawn liquid glue tube. It’s brilliant for those little bits and hard to get corners. Plus it gives you a few seconds to get the piece on where you want it to go. That’s not the case with most double sided tape! The amount of projects I have had to scrap due to a double-sided-tape-incident is frustratingly high!

The last card is a very clean and simple! Lots of white and some of my fave colours.

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A card base, some double-sided tape and a quick adhering job of one of the Hello’s. Some cards simply don’t need much more.

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The background piece on this Hello is light grey to make it stand out against the white and it’s probably my favourite out of all the ones I made.

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So, there we have it! Five cards made with the same products from The Stamp Market, but such different outcomes. These would make a sweet gift to someone and can easily be personalised with their favourite colour.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the cards!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Going ‘dotty’ over the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with some fun cards made with one of my favourite cover plates, Falling Circles, from Neat & Tangled.

These cards are not over worked, or over-thought out, just put together with the focus on the colours I picked. Navy, white and gold is a classic combination and I love how they came out.

The white and navy card stock was sent to me by Paper Mill Direct UK, without expectation to promote them, but I love how sturdy they are. Perfect for die cutting and card bases.

The gold card stock is from Tonic Studios, and this one is called Honey Gold. It’s a satin effect mirror card stock and comes in a variety of goooooorgeous colours!

After using the Falling Circles cover plate on all the card stocks, it was time to start puzzling. On the back off each panel I adhered foam tape so it was easy to get each dot to stick. This was done quite randomly. None of the three are exactly the same, which I really like.

Once all the panels were filled, I adhered them all to white card bases and set aside for now. As I’m running low on birthday cards, I decided to turn them all into birthday cards. For this I have used some other Neat & Tangled goodies: the Hooray diecut and a sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.

On banners cut out of the same colour card stock as the backgrounds, I stamped and heat embossed ‘it’s your birthday’. These banners are Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn and the embossing powder is Antique Gold from Altenew.

All the ‘Hooray’s are diecut out of the same navy and gold card stocks too. After matching these up, I glued these together with my Lawn Fawn glue tube.

This is a fabulous liquid glue and so useful when you need to make sure things are lined up in the proper place.

I used the same glue to adhere the ‘Hooray’s to the cards and double sided tape to adhere the banners and with that the cards were done!

This design can be switched up so easily by changing the colour of the card stocks you use. In fact, I have done quite a few in the past myself. Click here to check another trio out!

Before I go, I have got to mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I have linked all the products I have used for these cards, and if you click on one of these and end up buying something for yourself, I will get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO extra cost to you! I really appreciate the support and any money I make will go towards the running of my blog and to keep bringing you fun, crafty content.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you all soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Creativation aftermath and a Trinity Stamps card

Hi guys! It’s a very tired but excited Erica on the blog today.

As some of you may know, I attended Creativation with Trinity Stamps this past weekend and W-O-W is all I can say! What an experience…!

It was so much fun to meet almost the whole DT team face to face for the first time, not to mention lots of crafty friends too!

Seeing lots of products coming to stores this coming year was super cool and meeting the people behind all the brilliant ideas too. Doing make and takes left right and centre was fabulous too! I didn’t get to do all the ones I wanted but it doesn’t matter, and I really enjoyed the ones I did try. I will take more, and better, photos soon and post those too.

Seeing demos of new products was amazing! My wish list has grown dangerously long!! So many exclamation marks, lol. These pictures in the collages are just a few of the many, many photos I snapped this last week. I am going to have to go through all the photos when my head stops spinning.

Right, I’m going to get to the card quickly before I get over-excited and get heart palpitations all over again.

I’ve used two coffee themed stamp sets for this card but with a bit of a twist. Apart from the word ‘coffee’ it’s not my usual caffeinated style. The stamp sets used can be found in the Trinity Stamps shop and are called Coffee With Character and Caffeinated Sentiments.

I ran a white card panel through my BigShot with a diamond-ish shape cover plate. This panel I adhered to a white card base. Then, using Distress Oxide inks in various shades of pink, I’ve stamped a heart pattern in the boxes between the cutouts on the panel. Each diagonal row is the same colour.

On thin strips of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘I love you more than Coffee (but not always before coffee)’ in black ink. These strips I added to the card using foam tape. Love that stuff!

To finish the card off I added some heart shaped puffy heart stickers I have been hoarding for ages. I’m really going to make an effort to work through my hoarding stash this year (she says with confidence and gusto!) We will have to wait and see how that goes but I will try.

Well, with that, the card was done. Simple, but isn’t the effect fun? I adore how this came out and I do love to stretch my stamps as it makes me feel like I get more bang for my buck. Which we all like, right?

Take care, happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

PS check my Instagram for some pictures from the show!

The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello!

Today I’m unveiling a new series that I’m calling ’12 Weekends of Christmas’. The idea behind this series is to help me get ahead of Christmas crafting, and do a little bit each month rather than stress like a lunatic for a couple of months to get everything ready. If all goes to plan, I will have a new blog post in this series, the first weekend of the month for the rest of the year. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out but here we go!

Ideally this first post would have been about some cards that are easily mass-produced but are still lovingly handmade. If you don’t mind making the same design over and over, decide on one early and then make the bits for them when you have time. Then you can easily put the cards together step by step at a later date.

For today I have made three cards using some Neat & Tangled goodies. The main stamp set I have used is Beary Merry, along with its coordinating diecut. All three cards feature the bear, which I have coloured with Copics. One is with Warm Gray, one with Cool Gray and one with Neutral Gray. To give them all some personality their scarves are all done in different colours and different ways. I do love the stripy blue one the most, but then I’m obsessed with blues of all shades.

It’s nice to see the difference in the appearance of the colours next to each other like this, on the same image. To me, it’s a lot clearer that there are differences when you look at them like this, rather than on the colour chart. It might have something to do with the fact it’s on an image, rather than little boxes?

The first card I put together was this one. I knew I had to possess that Fa La La cover plate as soon as I saw it. My love affair with cover plates from Neat & Tangled is going nowhere fast and I don’t think it will ever fade to be honest. I’m also totally ok with that, lol!

As I had given the bear a teal/turquoise scarf I thought I’d use some nice metallic, textured card stock in a mint green colour for the Fa La La background. I have a metal shim pad from Lawn Fawn I use in my BigShot to get a good cut but if you don’t have one, you can simply add a sheet of paper between the plates to add more pressure and run in through your machine twice.

For this first card I also coloured in a penguin, a snowman and the cup from the Beary Merry stamp set and cut these out with the coordinating diecuts too. The bear also got a foam sheet layer cut out, to raise him up and add dimension to the card. On the bear itself I have doodled with a Colourless Blender marker to create a fur-like texture.

I have used one of the sentiments from the Beary Merry stamp set ‘Wishing you Holiday Happiness’ here and it’s heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. The speech bubble is also from Altenew, it’s from a diecut set called ‘Speech Bubbles’ and it has a fun coordinating stamp set too (which I don’t have).

When it came time to put the card together, the Fa La La background piece was first of all adhered to a white card base. I used my Nuvo glue pen for this to get glue in all the small spaces. When that was done, I placed the snowman and the penguin so that they would peek out from behind the bear and then glued them down using the same Nuvo glue pen. The cup was adhered in the same way, in the bear’s paws. As the foam sheet I use is double-sided it was a quick job of peeling that off the back of the bear and adhering him to the card.

The speech bubble was also adhered with foam, squares from Stix2 Anything and the final flourish for this card was a good sprinkling of Crystal Clear Sequins, from Studio Katia, in various sizes. I always use Glossy Accents when adhering sequins, for me that works best.

Card no2 is done the opposite way and is so CAS/Clean And Simple I nearly threw myself a parade! CAS is NOT my forte, no ma’am! I love the look but oh my goodness, when I attempt it myself I take the highway express right into Overthinking-ville.

This one was no exception. The only thing I knew for sure I wanted to do was do a negative diecutting thing where the surrounding area of the card is raised up and the Beary Merry bear is lower. I cant’ remember what this technique is called but do you get my drift? Well, so far so good. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

I toyed with the idea of doing some ink blending on the background but seriously had such a hard time to decide on what to do and not to do, I set it aside and coloured another bear instead.

Which lead me to card no3. I had only planned on two to begin with but things don’t always (read: ‘hardly ever’) go to plan in my craft room. I’m a very…. what’s the word I’m looking for here? Messy? Impulsive? Somewhat impatient? It’s a good trail mix of all three actually.

My third bear got more texture thanks to lots of dotting with a Colourless Blender marker, all three are finished off in different ways to make them a bit more individual. His scarf is also the only one that’s done with stamps (the snowflake from Snow Fun , another Neat & Tangled stamp set) and the colours I have used are the same ones I ended up using for the background. They are both Distress Oxide inks and the colours are Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I do love my blues!

For the background I blended the aforementioned colours using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and the Landscape Duo Stencil stencil from Neat & Tangled. The ink blending is done directly onto a white card base and I’ve overlapped the colours a little to create a fun pattern.

In the top left corner I stamped ‘Have a very Merry Christmas‘ in black ink. In hindsight, I should have heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of this to make it pop a bit more. I did add some Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose though.

This bear also got a blue present to hold on to and with a final splattering of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, the card was done.

That leaves us with the CAS card… I decided to stop over-thinking it and quickly cut out a banner (from Lawn Fawn, the stamp and diecut set is Home Sweet Home) and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in black in on it. This from MFT Stamps and the stamp set is called Greetings Galore, it’s a really versatile one with lots of great sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Years ago, when I was on the Studio Katia Design Team, I got a bag of these snowflake embellishments and I have been hoarding them as they are no longer available. But I pulled my big girl panties up, took a deep breath and dove into the bag. I added quite a few but I still think it looks quite CAS.

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With that I’m all done for this time, however I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you click on one of these and end up buying a little something-something. Using affiliate links is a great way to support your favourite crafters while shopping, without it costing you a single thing. How is that for a win-win situation? I’d also like to say a big thank you in advance if you choose to use mine when you shop, I really do appreciate it so much and it always gives me a huge thrill to see that someone loved my project enough to buy the products I used for it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Yes, even that CAS one in the end, lol!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Continue reading The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge405 with yours truly as Guest Designer!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m very, very excited to share that I am the Guest Designer for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge for the month of October! Whoop whoop! In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a huge deal to me and I’m so grateful for the opportunity!

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If you are not familiar with this, it’s a weekly challenge where you make a card based on a sketch and you can win $50 to the MFT Stamps shop if you are picked as the randomly drawn winner! Basically, as long as you participate, you are in with a change to win!! To find out more, pop on over to the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find this particular one as well as many other fun challenges to take part in. I challenge you not to get inspired there (pun intended, lol!)

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At first, I thought about using a dinosaur I coloured up the other day, to make a mountainous scene buuuuuut… well, I’m nothing if not a flick-and-switch crafter, I have so many different projects on the go at any one time. One of those other projects is to work through my stash of unused and less-used-than-other stamps and I was inspired by a kitty from the I Knead You set. This is probably one of my earliest sets from MFT Stamps, I have had it for years but used it very, very little. Which is nuts because it is filled with cute images. It comes with coordinating die-namics too, thankfully.

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The kitty I decided on using looks like he’s laying on his back with his tummy up, like he’s waiting for a belly rub or about to catch a toy. Or, as I ended up using him, holding a banner with a sentiment.

I used Warm Grey Copic markers to colour him in and a light pink on his nose and ears.  With this kind of coordinating die-namics, I find it easier to cut them out first and then stamp the image, as it’s a bit tricky to get a perfect cut otherwise.

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Originally I was going to use the background, stamped with balls of yarn and fishbones (little detail stamps from the set), where the Kraft card stock piece is. In an unsurprising move, when I had stamped up and coloured it in, I liked it too much to cut it up. This happens to me a lot, I have a huge resistance to covering up or cutting up cute pieces, no matter how great an idea I have.

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Anyway, as I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up once it was coloured, I adhered it to a card base and had to come up with a new idea. I made a “rug” by cutting out a piece of Kraft card stock and running that through my BigShot with the Full Of Hearts coverplate, to create some texture.

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The very useful Essential Fishtail Banner Sentiment strips are one of my most used banner dienamics. I use these for so many projects! On a small one I stamped ‘I Love Mew’ from the I Knead You set and adhered that to my kitty so it looks like he’s holding it.

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On the back of the kitty I added foam tape and to finish off the sketch, I stamped, coloured and cut out a ball of yarn and added that to the banner with more foam tape. This way there are five layers to the card, and I’m all about those layers, whether we are talking cards or cake.

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As an affiliate of MFT Stamps, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. If you buy anything using these links, MFT Stamps will pay me a small commission, at ZERO extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support me and my craft journey like this, I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica