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

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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

Happiness Is Having You In My Life, Neat & Tangled

Hi guys!

I have a big post today with lots of die cutting, puzzling and glueing. My love for cover plates is definitely not fading, I may even be slightly addicted to them. The cards I made for this post are done in a very un-Erica colour scheme as I am trying to make sure I’ll explore new colour combos, even as I’m stuck in this torrid love-affair I’m having with the cover plates.

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My current favourite one is from Neat & Tangled and is called Inlaid Squares Cover Plate. There are so many fabulous Cover Plates to choose from over at N&T, another fave is the Falling Circles one.

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In my (rather large) card stock stash, I have some lovely linen textured card stock in loads of different colours and I used some in pale peach, apricot and latte colours. To compliment them I also threw in some Vanilla Malt and Ground Coffee card stock from Lawn Fawn.

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Then it was time to get cutting and puzzling. I love this process, and can be at it for hours. It’s great fun! I cut one panel each out of the card stocks I had chosen, giving my BigShot and the Inlaid Squares Cover Plate, a good workout, and then took the bits out and separated them into piles.

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I prepped two white card bases as well as two cream ones, using the Vanilla Malt card stock. Then I matched up all the bits and pieces to create the backgrounds, making sure I used all of them to create different, yet the same, patterns.

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To make things easier when it came to putting them together, I cut out panels of Sizzix Adhesives Sheets, it’s like double sided tape but die-cut-able… (is that a word? Well, now it is!) in the same size as the cover plates and added them to the card bases. Then it was a simple case of adding each piece and sticking them down, starting with the frame of the whole thing.

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To finish off the cards I used another stamp and diecut combo from Neat & Tangled, called Happiness. You can get the stamp on it’s own, and same with the diecut. Here I cut the Happiness diecut out of both Ground Coffee and Vanilla Malt (I really do love Lawn Fawn card stock) and made four sentiments with them, layering them up using both the positive and negative pieces.

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When it comes to those tiny, tiny pieces, it’s very handy to have the fine tipped Nuvo glue pen. The little heart I coloured with a red Copic marker and used the same glue pen to adhere to the sentiments. I did loose one of the little bits for a P and forgot to cut out a new one before I photographed the cards… Oops!

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While I had the Vanilla Malt card stock out, I also cut out four banners using the MFT Stamps Essential Fishtail Banner Strips and with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, I stamped ‘is having a friend like you’ on two and ‘is having you in my life’ on the other two. These sentiments are from the Happiness stamp set. If you want to get the new Distress Oxide inks, you can get them HERE (Scrapbook.com) or HERE (MFT Stamps)

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All the sentiment pieces were added to the cards with foam tape and I decided they didn’t need anything else, so I decided to stay away from the sequins. Shocker, right? lol!

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Well, that’s it from me for today but before I go I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links, to Neat&Tangled, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps, in this post. If you use these links to make a purchase, I will get a small commission from the companies directly, at no extra cost to you. If you choose to support me and my crafting journey by using these links, please know it means the world to me and that every little help.

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Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon and happy crafting!

Lots of love from Erica

If you want to see more of my work and get a glimpse of my daily crafting shenanigans, you can follow me on Instagram. That’s where I share most of my creations and works-in-progress.

Soft gray and pinks with Lil’Inkers Bouquet of Roses for a GD gig!

Hi and welcome back to CaCaCraft!

Today I have the great pleasure of being a guest designer for the Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge! Thank you guys for having me, I loved the inspiration photo so much and those colours just spoke to me right away.  Isn’t it gorgeous??

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With this inspiration photo in mind, I have a soft pink card with gray compliments for you. As you might know, if this isn’t your first time seeing my work, I am having a bit of a love-affair with cover plates at the moment. I just love them! They add interest to a background without much faff, no colouring or weird gluing jobs. What’s not to love??

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For this card I have used a Lil’Inkers Cover Up Die called Stitched Quatrefoil and a stamp set I really couldn’t pass up when it was released: Bouquet of Roses stamp and coordinating diecut. I also have the Wreath of Roses with its coordinating diecut.

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Using my beloved MISTI I stamped up the Bouquet of Roses with Copic friendly ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, on Neenah Classic Crest 110# card stock and coloured it in using warm grays and soft pinks. As well as greens for the stalks and browns for the twine around the stems. You can get a great starter pack of Copics, many of the ones I have used to colour this image with are included in it, with this link.

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Getting my BigShot out I cut out the flowers out with it’s coordinating diecut, and I also ran the Cover Up Plate through it on a light grey card stock, this is made with Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp. To compliment the light gray panel, I chose a darker one, Lawn Fawn Narwhal card stock, for the card base.

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I wasn’t able to resist using foam tape on the back of the background piece so I used that to adhere it to the card base. The twine is wrapped around the whole thing and tied in a bow but next time I think I will make a “canal” in the foam tape for the twine as the one I used for this card is quite bulky.

To finish off the card, I glued down the flower bouquet with a liquid glue pen rather than using foam tape. I’m not sure it was the best decision though, next time I will use the foam tape I think. I also added a ‘Hello’ diecut, also from Lil’Inker. This is cut out of a Tonic Studios card stock called Pink Chiffon and I think it works so well with the colours of the flowers. This one I did use foam tape to add though.

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Now, of course I could have stopped here.. buuuuuut I didn’t… even with the extra texture and interest from the cover up die, I decided to add more by using Nuvo Jewel Drops in Rose Water from Tonic Studios which I dabbed directly on the card stock in a pattern. Once that was dry, the card was done!

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I have used compensated affiliate links to various online shops (MFT Stamps, Tonic Studios and Scrapbook.com amongst others) where possible in this post, all other links are purely for helping you find the items I have used because I love them. If you use one of my affiliate links and end up buying something, I get a small commission directly from the company at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me like this, I appreciate it a lot and it really does made a difference so please do consider using mine and other crafter’s affiliate links when you do buy something. Thanks again!

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That’s it from me for today, thank you for stopping by and thank you again for having me Inspired By All The Little Things! I will be back later this month for another guest design gig, see you all then but if you can’t wait to see more of my work you can check my Instagram feed, Facebook page, Pinterest and Flickr.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica