Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas

Ho, ho, ho, my merry elves!

Today I’m guesting for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas event, and the Christmas carol that is designated for today is Christmas In A Coffee Shop. How perfect is that?? I mean, I am pretty much running on caffeine and sass, lol!

This event is a two-for-one, so one of the Ellen Hutson design team members are teamed up with a guest, and we each get a Christmas Carol to use as the inspiration for our tags. You can find Adelina’s blog post HERE, and also Ellen’s introductory blog post with her fabulously creative tag HERE!

Here is a photo of my tags, and I will tell you all about them a bit further down.

In all honesty, I haven’t started listening to Christmas music yet, as it’s still sunny and mild here on the Mediterranean coast of Valencia. In fact, only yesterday my Mamma and I spent a good chunk of the day at the beach basking in the sunshine!

However, colouring images is always fun and I do adore these bears from the Weather Weather In The Woods stamp set. I have done one as a polar bear and one as a brown bear, and matched up their sweaters to the rest of the tags.

The bears were cut out with the coordinating diecut and on the back, I added some foam squares, to add some height to the bears.

The polar bear got a nice blue sweater as well as a blue plaid tag, plus a galaxy blue-ish tag too. This is created by sprinkling Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Meteorite Shower on wet water colour paper. I didn’t mix it up a lot as I wanted the different colours to shine through.

I did a similar thing for the brown bear’s tag, only I used Golden Sparkler Nuvo Shimmer Powder. The colours in this fit better with his green sweater and green plaid tag. The tag die I have used for all of these pieces is actually a Combo Swatch die from Waffle Flower, it was the perfect size for my tags.

The finishing touches were a few little snowflake dies, cut out with the adorable Winter Tiny Tags diecut from Lawn Fawn. I also heat embossed ‘do not open until the 25th’ on them with Rich Gold embossing powder, this is from the coordinating Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set. While I had the tag die out, I also cut out one silver and one gold snowflake out of glitter card stock, to layer up with the heat embossed one.

A bit of ribbon and a pompom later and the tags were done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out Adelina’s post and the rest of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas event!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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The Hot Foiling Craze Carries On!

Hi guys! 

I’m back with a couple of fun and flirty mini slimline cards using the new Essentials: Mini Slimline Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die, and some previously released goodies, from Pinkfresh Studio. 

The mini slimline size is so fun to work with! It’s like a mini party on a card, and this Essentials: Mini Slimline Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die is the perfect accent to finish your party with. I have used both pieces for my two cards, but you can separate them and with one diecut you can finish off two cards. Which is another win, if you ask me. 

I have this gorgeous linen textured card stock in my stash, and I have cut one frame out of white and one out of black, for these cards. I also cut out an extra two or three pieces to layer these up and create some gorgeous dimension. 

On the back of the black frame I have glued down scrap pieces of black card stock to cover up the white card stock showing through the stitched details. I could have cut out a whole new piece but I decided to use up some scraps instead. 

With my frames created, it was time to work on the other elements of the card and I have used the lovely Folk Garden 2 set. The layering stencils, the hot foil plate and the coordinating diecut, the only thing I didn’t end up using is the Folk Garden 2 stamp itself. 

First off, I hot foiled two Folk Garden 2 pieces, one with gold foil and one with rainbow foil. The rainbow foiled one I used the diecut on right away, they are gorgeous as they are. Nothing extra needed for these. 

On the gold foiled ones I used the layering stencils to add some soft colours. I have ink blended some Ballet Slipper, Sparkling Rose, Lemon Whip, Sunshine, Coral Reef, Peach Fuzz and Apricot on them, and then with that done, I used the coordinating diecut to cut them out.

With all these pieces done, it was just a matter of puzzling all of these together. When I was happy with the layout, I used Press’n’Seal to pick the pieces up and add liquid adhesive to the back. With the liquid adhesive you will have a few extra seconds to get the whole shebang right where you want it on your card base, which is one of the main reasons I use it primarily when adding details to my cards. I have a long history of making wonky cards, so this method of adding my pieces to the card helps me a lot. 

The final touch was a sentiment for them both. For one card I have used the Brushed Sentiment hot foil plates, which are foiled in Rose Gold, and then cut out with the coordinating diecut. This one simply says ‘Hello’. 

The second card has a sentiment stamped up on a slim banner. This isn’t actually a banner die, it’s the Slimline Stripes diecut. It works so fab for sentiments strips, as you get three different sized stripe dies in the set. The sentiment itself is from the Charming Floral Border stamp set, and is stamped with Black Hybrid ink. 

I nearly went to add some Jewels too, but lo and behold, I managed to rein in my bling loving side! 

With that I am all done for today, but I hope you found some inspiration here with me and will try this great value Essentials addition for yourself. Thank you for stopping by and see you soon again, 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 

 

Pinkfresh November 2021 Essentials Release Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my little blog!

Today I’m very excited to be hopping along with Pinkfresh to celebrate the November Essentials Release! It’s full of dies to help you elevate your cards with shapes, texture, layers and that delicious dimension that bring your designs to another level.

You should have come here from Emilie Chamel and the next stop on the hop is the amazing Heather Hoffman! The full hop list can be found at the bottom of this post via the InLinkz link, and of course you can also find it on the Pinkfresh Studios blog post.

My first project is very outside of my comfort zone, as it has a lot of white space. I really struggle with white space, but one thing that helps is adding texture to it with diecuts or cover plates. That’s exactly what I have done here.

After colouring the Thankful For Friends stamp, I used the Blanket Stitched Rectangles Dies to not only add some texture around the card base, but also to cut out, and elevate a part of the card.

The card is finished off with a stacked Hello from the Scripted Greetings Dies set, and some gorgeous Metallic Pearls in Matte Silver!

Next up I played with the Foldable Shaker Tags die set. I’m not usually one to make tags but oh boy, this one I had a lot of fun with!! Using pattered paper from the Holiday Magic 12×12 paper pad, I got cutting. The four tags I made, I decorated with the Holiday Magic Ephemera pack , the colourful enamel dots and the chipboard frames.

It took barely any time at all and it was so much fun! I will definitely be making more tags with this fun set. Funnily enough though, I didn’t actually make a single shaker tag, but hey ho, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You can also make two tags per diecut piece by cutting the tag along the crease line. It doesn’t have to have two pieces. So that’s a great time saver if you need to make loads of tags quickly.

I have also used the tag another way, again not a shaker, but nonetheless very fun! After cutting out the tag with the diecut, I used the Abstract Triangle Hot Foil plate on it with Matte Gold foil.

I ink blended some Sparkling Rose ink on it over the Wintry Forest Stencils. Which is finally back in stock!! YAY!

It’s finished off with a sentiment from the Thrill Of Hope hot foil plate and the stamp set. A few Matte Gold Metallic Pearls were added, as well as a sparkly pink ribbon.

I won’t keep you for much longer, as it’s a blog hop after all, and there are prizes to win! By commenting on the Pinkfresh blog post, as well as their YouTube release video, you can win the ENTIRE RELEASE!!

You can also win one of TEN $25 gift cards to the Pinkfresh Studio shop by commenting on this post. Winners will be announced on the GIVEAWAY WINNER PAGE on Nov 30th. Make sure to check this page and get in touch within two weeks to claim your prize.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence Studios November release + VIDEO!

Hi everyone!

It’s the 14th of the month, which means another yummy release from Picket Fence Studios! If you want to hop straight to the VIDEO, click on the link HERE!

As usual we have a range of fun products to chose from: Stamps, diecuts, stencils and sequin mixes. The latest addition to the sequin mixes are the sequin mix plus, which has clay elements in them too, for a fun twist. One of them is called On A Wing and it has some lovely blue feather clay bits in it.

I recently managed to snag some of the Shaker Pockets from Tonic Studio, designed by my clever friend Ilda Diaz (check out her Instagram for some FAB inspiration, and her edge to edge shaker cards!) I thought I’d try them out with a mix of Crafty Friends and I (heart) Mail, another couple of new sequin mixes plus. The Crafty Friends mix has little silver scissors in it!

If you try the edge to edge shaker card, here is a tip I learnt along the way. I wrapped my Shaker Pocket a bit too tight so the whole thing buckled, so do not wrap it like you have to have an airtight seal. A sequin tight seal is enough! As it is now, it’s impossible to add it to a card base as it’s puffy like a pillow, but at least I learnt something, right?

The sentiment is A Friendly Paper Hello, which I heat embossed in Opaque Bright White embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. I haven’t managed to get ahold of thin vellum for a while, so now that I had a fresh batch of them, I made a second sentiment strip for another card. Might as well while I had my supplies out. I also have the new anti-static tool, the Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool, from The Rabbit Hole Design, and it’s so easy to use! I really like it, plus it’s so easy and convenient to use.

The second A Friendly Hello sentiment strip I wrapped around a sparklylicious background made with Paper Glitz, in a rainbow order (naturally) This thin vellum if from Lawn Fawn and it lets the background shine through it still, so it’s ideal for those cards you don’t want to cover up too much.

I did add some double sided tape to bits on the back of the sentiment strip to keep it flat, but I obviously didn’t use enough so it keeps popping up. I need to find a better vellum adhesive, as my normal Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive or Lawn Fawn glue tube make the vellum buckle from the moisture in it.

The colours are, from left to right: True Christmas Red, Autumn Persimmon, Fall Gold, Traditional Christmas Green and Snow Drifts. They are truly stunning, and best of all, you don’t need much as it’s super opaque and sparkly!

This month´ s horoscope girl is Aquarius Girl and I’ve gone for a slightly different colour scheme while colouring her in. I have her silvery skin and blue-grey hair, and I LOVE the results!

After watching far too many makeup tutorials, for someone who doesn’t like putting make-up on her face, I have really taken to adding contours on faces I colour to bring them to life. I still need lots of practice to get consistent results, but these horoscope girls are perfect to practice on.

There is a stunning new gem mix too, by the way! It’s called Celebration and the gems actually shimmer with colour, depending on the light. So cool! As I felt Aquarius Girl was a water gal, I placed lots of gems around her hair like she’s just breaking the surface of the ocean. She also got some sparkly earrings, because bling-a-ling, amiright?

Aquarius Girl also comes with a coordinating diecut, and I actually cut her out of the first card, and then another two pieces to pop her up with. That’s such an easy way to add a bit of interest and dimension to your designs without making any crazy changes.

Now, a serious question for you: What do you do when you are not sure what will look best design wise? My solution was to take pictures of all options and then decide. While I am not big on clean and simple designs, they just feel a bit naked to me (hence all the gems on the first one!!) I LOVE depth, dimension and colour. And bling, of course. Duh #teamaddthebling

So option 2 was to heat emboss a sentiment on an ink blended background, with Platinum embossing powder, to stay cohesive with the colour scheme of the Aquarius Girl.

This background is done with Wilted Violet, Prized Ribbon, Salty Ocean and a touch of Salvaged Patina to add a light aura around her. The splatters on this one is a mix of Brown Dahlia and Golden Rose Paper Glaze. This might be my current fave, but I’m wondering if I should have used a more silvery/platinum mix instead. There is a risk that it would be all too samey-samey, but the only way to really know is to make another background exactly the same and add the silver splatters instead.

‘I hope you feel beautiful today’ is from the lovely Watercolor Roses stamp set, from last month’s release, and I used Platinum embossing powder for it. On this background I also used the Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool, and it worked a treat!

Next up we have option no3. I wanted to use this blue/silvery ocean background for her, and also the Aquarius word from the diecut. I have been loving creating backgrounds with Distress Oxide sprays and this one is done with Chipped Sapphire, Salvaged Patina and Salty Ocean. The silvery shimmer was added both while the sprays were wet, as well as after for a super sparkly finish.

The silvery splatters are made by mixing Artemisa Silver and Snowdrop White Paper Glaze with water to make a shimmery water colour. When you make shimmer like this, only use a tiny bit as the shimmer you get from Paper Glaze is off the charts, plus it dries hard and you can’t re-use it later, so start small and make more if you need to.

The Happy Birthday word topper die is probably my fave, or joint top with the Coffee Is The Answer one, and I cut it out of white card stock and the Aquarius out of black card stock. I didn’t notice until I had already glued down the Aquarius that the word topper was just a millimetre too short, but I might trim the card off before I send this to someone.

My fave, which probably isn’t a surprise, is option No3. That gorgeous blue background, mixed with the propped up Aquarius Girl and the Word Topper die, yeah, that got my vote and the glue.

Over on my YouTube channel you can see the entire release, as well as some of the other cards I made with this release. As always I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links, I really appreciate it, and all the earnings go straight back into the running of my blog, my YouTube channel and Instagram.

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

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Happy Holidays card with Blooming Branches

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with another Pinkfresh card, but not with the new release. Nope, at the time of writing this, that package is still on holiday somewhere here in Spain.

The upside, if there ever was one to not having the new release to work with is that it gave me an excuse to play with the Abstract Triangle hot foil plate and the Blooming Branch set. Two of my faves from the earlier releases! Instead of going summery, even though they are flowers, I went for a red and green holiday card!

First off I have heat embossed the Blooming Branch outline stamp on two pieces of card stock, in gold embossing powder. On top of these I then used the Blooming Branch Layering stencils and inkblended Passion Fruit, Berrylicious and Candy Apple for the flower petals, plus a little Apricot for the middle of the flowers.

For the leaves I used a VERY light touch of Grassy Knoll on the first stencil layer, on the first panel. The second panel got a more rich layer of the same colour. On the second stencil layer I used a very light touch of Olive on the first panel, and Grassy Knoll on the second one again, but a much more intense layer.

When I was all done with the layering stencils, I used the coordinating diecut on them both and set aside. While I had worked on these, my Glimmer hot foil machine had been warming up with the Abstract Triangle hot foil plate on it. I do find that I get much better results when my plate is very thoroughly warmed up, so I pop mine on the platform as soon as I click it on.

I used shiny gold foil on white card stock, and then on top of the pattern, I ink blended more Grassy Knoll ink, but left some white space at the bottom left corner. This panel is also trimmed down to 4¨x5.25¨, and adhered to a white card base with foam tape. On top of this I arranged the two Blooming Branch images to create a thick wreath of sorts, and this is also adhered with foam tape, for that lush dimension.

The final thing was to add a sentiment, and I used the Glimmer hot foil machine again, this time with the Thrill Of Hope hot foil plate that says Happy Holidays. It’s cut out with the coordinating diecut, and I also cut out another two pieces to layer this whole shebang up. Gotta have those layers and dimension, lol!

So that’s the card finished! I hope you like it and found some inspiration with me here today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and see you soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Case Me A Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton!

Hi guys!

Today I’m teaming up with my crafty friend Michelle and joining in her annual event Case Me A Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton and friends! You can find all her posts over on her blog Handmade By Michelle.

Michelle’s blog post can be found HERE , and I can’t wait to see which ones on mine she picked to CASE.

A fun fact about Michelle and I is that we are teamies on two different design teams, Picket Fence Studios and Hero Arts Global Team!

This month is the first that we are part of the Hero Arts team so I thought I’d use the My Monthly Hero November kit for my card.

Down below you can see Michelle’s adorable reindeer card that I picked, and yeah, ok, so there isn’t a lot of scope to change things up here as that is a diecut, but roll with me, ok? Get it? Roll? Because it’s a diecut that rolls through the diecutting machine? *snickers at my own bad joke*

It’s so adorable though and I love the shading Michelle added to her girl reindeer. I made a boy reindeer to make a little couple, because I am super soppy and love love. Mine is cut out of coloured card stock, and it took a little bit of fiddling to get it right, but I love how he came out!

I did layer up quite a few pieces to make him a bit more 3D, and his nose for instance is three pieces plus Glossy Accents on top to make it nice and shiny. I added glossy accents to his eyes too.

To keep with Michelle’s design I decided to do the same basic build up of my card, so I trimmed down a panel slightly smaller than an A2 card, and on top of this I heat embossed the Bold Print Candy Cane background in white embossing powder.

I don’t do so well with white spaces to I had to add that texture to the background panel, and even that wasn’t enough, so I ink blended a little bit of green over it in an ombrè fashion. Which also ties in with Michelle’s card so I feel like that’s ok.

Final thing was to add a sentiment and it had to be Merry Christmas, from the Merry Poinsettia Bunch stamp set. I stamped this in green as well, but maybe I should have tried it in red… Hmm, that can be for the next card because I am definitely not done with this kit!! Which sadly is sold out, but the add-ons are still available and you can also subscribe to the My Monthly Hero kit to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the future kits.

That’s it from me for today, but thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Michelle’s post too!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Colourful news, collaborations and lots of shenanigans!

Hi guys, how are you today? All good, I hope. I’ve got lots to cover today, so let’s dive right in!

First of all, let’s talk about a fun collaboration between Picket Fence Studios and MFT Stamps! As part of this collaboration MFT Stamps generously sent me some inks to play with, and I mixed these with some fun Picket Fence goodies for a couple of colourful cards.

My first card is super simple to make, I used a small tree stamp from the Joyeux Noel set and on a white card base I stamped this repeatedly using six of the inks: Lemon Chiffon, Limelight, Summer Splash, Cotton Candy, Grape Jelly and Cement Gray.

I did this in three rows and then on top of this I stamped up ‘May your holiday be full of CHEER’ in Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it simple, so I practically bedazzled the cards with gems from several gem mixes. Colour coordinated, of course.

For my second card, I used one of my fave stencils from Picket Fence: the Soar Butterfly stencil! I incidentally used the exact colours as on the first card, only this time I ink blended them using Life Changing Blender Brushes.

On the first card you can see how vibrant the colours are, and on the second you can see how easily they blend, for a soft look.

To make the butterfly stand out better, I cut out a mask and ink blended Cement Gray around this. The mask is done by tracing the outline of the stencil on paper, and fussy cutting this out. It was done on cheap copy paper, rather than masking paper. Once cut out, you place the stencil back over the colourful ink blending, making sure it’s in the right spot, then place the mask on top of this and ink blend around.

I have used a white gel pen to add in the antennas, because they did not stay in place. This panel was then trimmed down to 4″x5.25″ and adhered to a white card base with the help of foam tape. On top of this I have splattered some gold water colour, which you can get by mixing a small amount of Golden Rose paper glaze with water until you have a very liquid consistency.

No card is complete without a sentiment, and I used the ‘Friends make the world beautiful’ from the Fancy Friendship Sentiments set. To keep the card looking cohesive, I used Summer Splash ink and then used the coordinating diecut to cut it, as well as another two pieces out. These are layered up and adhered to the card, using Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.

The final touch, because it wasn’t shimmery enough *cough, cough, I have an embellishment problem* I added some gems from the Sands Of Time mix. I love this one!

In other news, it’s also Day 2 of Feature Day for LDRS! The theme is Fall Favorites but as I don’t have much stuff from LDRS yet, I winged it a bit and made a floral card and then plonked ‘Happy Fall’ on it to make it autumn-esque. Typically, I have a package coming next week with the new October Release stuff!! I can’t wait to try out the Perfect Petals layering dies!

In fairness to me, I’m still having summer vibes in my neck of the woods. It’s regularly +25C and glorious sunshine here, and lots of flowers are still blooming so it’s hard to get into ‘fall mode’. Plus I’m a summer gal through and through…

I used the Layered Poinsettia diecut and cut out LOADS of bits, in Bristol Vellum paper as I planned on doing lots of ink blending, with a splash of water colouring/ink smooshing. I wanted to try an idea to add colour to the bits, and that was to basically smoosh the pieces into the ink pads to get them covered with colour. It worked much better than ink smooshing actually, and left the colour much more vivid.

For the leaves I have used a mix of Key Lime Pie, Olive Branch and Evergreen. The little middle pieces for the flowers were done with Dan-D-Lion.

For the poinsettia leaves I did use Life Changing Blender Brushes, and I used Lipstick Jungle and Tickled Pink. I mixed and matched though, so that the layered pieces didn’t have the same colour on them. Hence why I cut out so many.

All the pieces were then layered up together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

While my flowers and leaves were drying, I cut out a panel of white card stock using the Diagonal Stitched Postage Frame Slimline dies, and this is my base for the card.

To finish it off I stamped up ‘Happy’ using Olive Branch ink on this panel, and I also cut out the word ‘fall’ using the Chloe Lowercase Alpha dies from a piece of card stock I dabbed Dan-D-Lion ink on.

So yeah…. it’s got Spanish autumn vibes, but I did have to use lots to creative discretion here to get it to work with the theme. Maybe it was a bit of a cop-out but hey, it sure made a pretty card!

For Feature Day 1 I made another floral card, only this time I used the Potted Poinsettia stamp set and coloured it in with Copics.

Thankfully this stamp set has a coordinating diecut too, so I used that to cut the image out and on the back of this I used LOTS of foam squares to pop it up.

The background is done by heat embossing the new Luxurious Chocolate embossing powder from WOW! Embossing on strips of Superior Smooth card stock. This is WOW! Embossings own white card stock and it is, as the name says, ultra smooth and crisp white. It’s really great for heat embossing!

On the pre-cut strips I dabbed my Embossing ink really well to make sure they were coated, then I sprinkled the Luxurious Chocolate embossing powder over them, tapped off the excess and then used the heat tool to set them.

These were then adhered to a trimmed down piece of card stock, with the help of my grid mat to make sure the spacing was even. This piece was then adhered to an actual card base, and then the Poinsettias were added on top.

The final touch was to stamp up Happy Holidays, from the Potted Poinsettias stamp set, in black ink on a skinny white banner. This was trimmed down to be even smaller than the background piece and then adhered on top of the flowers.

The last thing I’ve got to share today is a fab promotion from Pinkfresh Studio!

From today until the 4th of Nov you can take 15% off standalone slimline stencils using the code SLIMST15. It’s only valid on in-stock products, while supplies last. Don’t forget to use the code at checkout.

You can see how I have used some of the stencils in the photo below, stencils really are one of my favorite things to work with. They are versatile, great value for money and so much fun to play with!

Well, I think that’s it for today. What do you think? Is this format preferred over separate blog post showing each card on it’s own? I’d love to hear what you think and what you want to see from me so I can provide content that you will enjoy.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

LDRS Garden Grandeur cards, two ways and DIY mini-slimline.

Hi guys!

Today I’m back with a couple of cards, with the same products, just different colours.

As a summer loving gal, I’m all about the florals and sunshine. Even with it being October. Luckily for me I live in a sunny and warm place, and lots of flowers are still blooming here. 
 
With these fun layering stencils I had an idea of doing a cascading rainbow for one, and more natural looking colours on the other one. Purely for research purposes of course, lol. 
Before I did anything else though, I swatched the inks I have. I like my swatches as it’s not always easy to tell what the inks will look like on paper, from what they look like as an ink pad.
 
Another little quirk I have is that I like to keep brands together, so I used one of the pieces from the Diagonal Stitched Postage Frames Slimline dies to cut out the swatch pieces. On these I then dragged the ink pads to get lots of colour on it, marked it with a label and then punched a hole in it. 
So my first card is done with the more natural colours, and I went for Soft Kisses for the bigger flowers, Dan-D-Lion for the smaller and Olive Branch for both layers for the layers. I have only used the layering stencils for these, not the outline stamp. 
For the rainbow one, I used, from top to bottom: Dan-D-Lion, Soft Kisses, La La Lavender, Marina Madness and Tropical Sea. I aimed to do the same colours in the same spots on all the different layers, but it wasn’t 100% spot on. Still turned out lovely though! 
As I wanted to go more mini slimline for these cards, rather than full-size slimline I did some creative diecutting using the Diagonal Stitched Postage Frames Slimline dies as I wanted some pattern around the edges. 
 
On the back of the flowers, once I had used the coordinating diecut on them, I covered them with foam tape to prop them up and create dimension. Dimension and layers are life, if you ask me. 
The last thing needed was sentiments, and I have used the same one from the Garden Grandeur stamp set, stamped up with Raven ink on white card stock. Both of these are trimmed down in different ways, and then adhered to the cards. 
 
Ok, so I might have said the last thing was sentiments, but I did go a bit big on the bling on the rainbow flowers but hey, I had the perfect gems to do it so I had to. HAD to. I couldn’t not do it. 
The pink flowers were kept bling free to show that I can go clean and simple too. Occasionally. Mostly with my Inner Crafty Drama Queen kicking and screaming, but still.
 
I did make a video for these cards too. You can find that over on my YouTube channel, if you want to see more of the process, but if not, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the summer vibes coming through your screen. 
Until next time, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 
 

Picket Fence Studios October Release

Hi guys!

It’s the 14th which means a new release from Picket Fence Studios! It’s a coffee-licious one, and I love it a latte. I can barely espresso how much, in fact.

First off there is a new word topper die that says ‘Coffee is the answer’ and in the Word Topper Subtitles stamp set there is a senitment that says ‘what was the question?’ Talk about perfect pairing!!

In the seamless range there is a new addition, it’s called Down To The Last Cup. It spoke to me, right away. In a deep, dark roasted rich voice, ‘use me’. So I did.

With the help of a MISTI I stamped the Down To The Last Cup with Dove grey ink, from Concord & 9th, on white card stock. It does take some fiddling around and puzzling to get it to cover an A2 card base, but I did that, because I wanted a patterend background for the Iconic Beauty Sara stamp.

She’s stamped up in Black Hybrid ink on top of the Down To The Last Cup background, again with the help of a MISTI to make sure she got a good coverage. The only spot of colour I added was to the flower in her hair and her lips. I used a few Copics, R59, R37, R35 and Y17 plus a little bit of E37 for the middle of the flower for these bits.

The Coffee Is The Answer word topper die was cut out of white, black and red card stock and layered up so that each colour showed a little. On top of the top layer I stamped up ‘what was the question?’ And then this was added to the card.

It wouldn’t be a good release without some flowers though, would it? The Watercolor Roses hits the spot and as an extra bonus, it has a coordinating diecut too (THANK YOU!!! Sincerely from a non-fussy cutter)

I’ve done one Watercolour Roses with Copics, and one with water colours. The Copic coloured one is definitely more dramatic, which totally pleases my Inner Drama Queen.

For the card, I used the coordinating diecut on both the coloured image and also on some textured gold card stock. These two are layered up with foam tape to give texture and dimension. The background is super simple, as the flowers were demanding all the attention.

With the Mini Slimline Diecutting System I cut out a piece using the biggest one. Around the edges of this I have inkblended some Apricot and Clementine inks from Pinkfresh Studios, with Life Changing Blender Brushes, to soften the white card stock.

After adhering the Watercolor Roses to this I also added some black gems from the Day and Night gem mix.

The sentiment is from the newest addition to the Fancy Sentiments range: Fancy Friendships Sentiments! It has so many lovely friendship sentiments and sayings in it, AND it comes with coordinating diecuts too!

I heat embossed it in Rich Gold embossing powder, from WOW! Embossing, on white card stock and then used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. This was then added across the flowers and the card was done.

For the water coloured Watercolor Roses, I started out by stamping up the image with Black Hybrid ink on water colour paper. On top of this I sprinkled Clear Gloss embossing powder and set that with my heat tool.

I used soft pinks and peachy colours for the roses to begin with, but when they dried it was too soft. To fix this I added a hot pink colour in select places to add contrast and depth.

The background is done by heat embossing the Watercolor Roses on opposite corners of the background, in Opaque Bright White this time. The white on white gives a little bit of interest to an otherwise plain background. The other upside of doing this is that it does detract from the coloured roses.

When the main image was dry, I used the coordinating diecut on the flowers.

I used the Fancy Friendships Sentiments again, only a different saying and in Black Hybrid ink, and used the coordinating diecut again. This one was also adhered across the flowers, which had been adhered with liquid glue, rather than foam tape this time.

A few sequins from the Rainbow sequin mix was the final touch.

That’s it from me for today, but I will be back later this week with more cards and inspiration! You can also find a video over on my YouTube channel HERE.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Lush Peonies cards and New Inks from Catherine Pooler!

Hi guys!

It’s a summer loving Erica on the blog today (in fairness, that is me every day), with a trio of summer coloured cards, using the lovely Lush Peonies set from Pinkfresh Studios. I’ve gone for a soft look by only using the layering stencils to add colours. It does look amazing stamping or heat embossing the outline stamp on top though.

Because I’m a total weirdo, I have this inability to just make one card at a time. I guess I figure while I have the stuff out, might as well have some fun and see what happens. Things escalate a lot in my craft room… so while I planned on making two for this post, I ended up with three.

For the first two I have used the layering stencils with yellow, orange, coral and pink shades for all layers. Leaves and everything. Pink leaves anyone?

It was only the third one that has somewhat natural colours, with pink flowers and green leaves. I think the one with the yellow leaves is my favorite though, there is something about it that really appeals to me.

I did use the coordinating diecut to cut all three florals out, and then sat these aside while I worked on the backgrounds. I decided to stick to a summery colour palette and cut out strips of coloured card stock using the widest strip in the Essentials Slim Cuts Slim Stripes.

Instead of stacking these close to each other, I have left a little bit of a gap in between. To space them evenly I used my grid mat to measure the spaces and then adhered them with double sided tape.

The floral images where adhered to the backgrounds and the final touch was to add a slim banner, again using the Essentials Slim Cuts Slim Stripes diecut, but the middle size this time, with the sentiment ‘you are amazing‘ on each one. Super simple but fun to make and giving summer vibes!

With that, the Pinkfresh Studios cards are done and in other news, there are also six new ink colours from Catherine Pooler to add to the Cranberry Fizz and Deck The Halls inks, in the Luxe Collection.

ShopInkPadandRefill_CranberryFizz_1080xClick here if you want to grab this lush red colour. The second colour available already is Deck The Halls, and it’s a deep pine green.

The new colours available are Glitz, Flame, Glam, Dress Blue, Uptown and Martini. You can get each one on their own, with ink pads and reinkers, or in a ink pads only bundle.

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I’ve swatched these colours, using the tag die in the Hearts-n-tags set.

I also used them on a card to do some ink blending as well as stencil printing. These inks blend so well, and work with so many techniques, which I love!

There is also some other fun goodies available from Catherine Pooler, and anyone who knows me knows I love a good word die and cover plates.

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, so if you use these links to shop I get a small commission from the company directly. As a thank you for directing you to them. It’s earnings from affiliate links that help me keep my blog, YouTube channel and instagram running, as well as fresh and fun. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by using these links, I really appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Also, thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica