Fun collaboration with fun companies and fun products!

Hi everyone!

I’m back, again! This time it’s a two in one, rather than two separate posts. Today I’m taking part in two Instagram hops:

Click on the graphic to go to the post for the Picket Fence hop.

One is Waffle Flower with Picket Fence Studios, you can find my Instagram HERE. If you only want to hop along with one company, keep an eye out for the graphics and check the logo at the top to identify the post you want.

Click on the graphic to go to the post for Pinkfresh Studio

The second is Waffle Flower with Pinkfresh Studios. Both of the PFS teams are collaborating with Waffle Flower in celebrating their new stencilling mat and accessories, now available from Waffle Flower shop.

I got to play with the Stencil Mat, and I was a bit sceptical to be honest. Is this something I would have spent money on myself? Probably not as I already have the Water Media Mat. At least that was my opinion until I tried the Stencil Mat… I am a typical Taurus, and by that I don’t mean The Man’s definition of me as stubborn and bull-headed, both figuratively and literal. He calls my little curly crazies horns, and thinks he’s soooooo funny *insert rolling eyes here* but I digress. My point is that I’m wary of change and I’m sometimes slow to warm up to things.

Turns out it’s actually rather clever… (I also don’t like admitting I’m wrong, which thankfully I don’t have to do very often with The Man, lol) thanks to the silicone it’s sticking down onto your desk and isn’t flopping around, and it also helps keep my card stock in place. Huh. Interesting, right? I usually use lots of washi tape to hold my stencils in place because getting ahold of Pixie Spray in Europe is like finding ice in the Sahara (I’m being a tad dramatic here because I’m all out and I love that stuff) so I think that is a tick in the box for ‘good stuff’.

The Stencil Mat also easy to clean off, which is another tick for good, BUT it needs to be said that it does stain very easily. Not that it hinders the use of it, not in the slightest, but if that’s something that will bug you and you know it, this might not be for you. Be honest with yourself about this before investing in either of the mats.

Accessories wise you can get the stencilling mat in a Mini Stencil Mat size too, as well as Duo Brush Holders, a brush stand and Waffle Flower blender brushes. I also received the Duo Brush Holders and the Brush Stand that I use with my Life Changing Blender Brushes (in rainbow order, of course) from Picket Fence Studios. A clever thing about the Duo Brush holders is that they have big “feet” that slot into the square holes in the Water Media Mat, that I also have and did purchase myself.

Ok, so first off, I made a few cards with the Pinkfresh Studios Holiday Botanical Background Stencils and autumnal colours. I’m a summer gal through and through, but I do love autumn colours. So much so I made two cards, using slightly similar colour palettes.

One is fiery reds and oranges, with a sprinkling of purples. On this one I didn’t use the final stencil, which is the berries, as I felt the autumn vibe didn’t really need it. On this one I added quite a few sequins in a muted rose gold colour. These I got from a haberdashery so I have no idea what they are called, but pretty they are for sure!

The sentiment does say ‘Seasons Greetings‘ and I did foil it in Rose Gold glimmer foil with the hot foil plate. It’s also stacked with two more diecut layers to give it some dimension. As the background was trimmed down a little, I adhered this whole thing to a card base of Sunflower card stock from Lawn Fawn.

The second card is also done with the Holiday Botanical Background stencils, and purples. Here I have also used the browns; Doe, Gathered Twigs and Espresso, as well as Persimmon for the berries.

The berries are also heat embossed with Clear Gloss embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder to make them pop a little bit more.

Around the edges I ink blended whatever was left on the brush I had used with Persimmon and Doe, to give it a vintage feel. Having the card stock on the stencilling mat made it very easy to ink blend to do this.

The middle is left completely white to make the sentiment, Happy Holidays from Happy Holiday Circle Frame set, really stand out. This I heat embossed with Rose Gold, used the coordinating diecut on and layered up with another three pieces to give it lots of dimension.

So, that’s it for the Waffle Flower and Pinkfresh Studio collaboration part.

For the Waffle Flower and Picket Fence Studios collaboration, I used the Details Of A Wing stencil, lots of Life Changing Blender Brushes and from top left to bottom right corner inks: Lavender, Summer Shower, Fresh Pear, Lemon Whip, Apricot, Bubble Gum and Berrylicious. I tapped off a lot of the ink on the lids of the ink pads and on the Stencil Mat, then blended with a VERY light hand.

I think this would look so cool with a thin layer of Sparkle Paper Glitz on top, but that could be for another card. *saves idea in head and hopes it will pop up again at a later date*

I also coloured the Capricorn Girl with Copics, and then used the coordinating diecut on it. I coloured her with very dramatic colouring, from the teal ombrè hair, Kim K contoured makeup and coloured contacts, she pops!

While I had my die cutting machine I also cut out the Happy Birthday Word Topper twice out of white card stock and layered these up, with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. On top of this I stamped up ‘I hope you have a fantastic day’, from the Word Topper Subtitles stamp set, with Black Hybrid Ink.

These bits were then adhered to the ink blended background, and the card was finished! I’m still toying with the idea of adding some bling to this but I’m trying to resist the urge.

Right, so that’s it for now. I hope you have enjoyed these cards, and get a chance to hop along with us. There is bound to be lots of amazing inspiration along the way because the card makers along the stop are totally amazeballs!

As always, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post and, for transparency, Waffle Flower sent me the Stencil Mat, Duo Brush Holder and the Brush Stand to take part in this hop. Thank you to Waffle Flower for that!

Don’t forget to check out my blog post from yesterday too, about the Picket Fence Studios September Release. If you want to shop the new release, you can hop on over to the Picket Fence Studios shop by clicking HERE. Please be patient though, and see the notice from Picket Fence Studios below:

If you have been eyeing the new Paper Glitz, you can get those in AN ALL-IN BUNDLE, with all of the colours available. This stuff is amazing, I’m already so obsessed with Paper Glaze, and then Paper Glitz came along… and oooooh. I love making my own metallic and glitter card stock, as this is (to me) better value for money AND you can colour match to your project, which is fab.

Ok, I will let you get going now. Thanks again for stopping by, and if you shop with my compensated affiliate links, thank you so much for supporting me this way! Remember that shopping with affiliate links never cost you anything extra at all, but I do have to declare that I use them.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Trinity Stamps Autumn Impressions release | Guest Designing and YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

It’s a busy day on the blog today, this is one of two, and this one is all about the newest release from Trinity Stamps! I was delighted to be asked to guest for this release, as I was on the design team when Trinity first started and I am friends with several of the design team members in real life.

In fact, last year after Creativation, Tanesia, Katie and I got together at Room To Craft in Bothwell, Washington, for an afternoon of crafting, chatting and general catching up! It was so much fun and went by way too fast.

Ok, enough reminiscing before I get all emotional about how hard it’s been since Covid hit. So, the new release is amazing and I have some fun things to show off, as well as a couple of cards.

The first thing that grabbed me, which should surprise nobody at all, is the Rainbow Layering Stencils! Ok, these are rather genius and so easy to use! There is also a coordinating stamp set AND diecut set for these, but they work really well on their own as well.

I made two backgrounds with these fun stencils, using inks from Concord & 9th, in Buttercup, Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Eggplant, Honeysuckle and Marmalade. With a small army of Life Changing Blender Brushes, pre cut card bases and some washi tape, I got to work.

My first attempt I might have been a little bit too gung-ho on, and I didn’t line up the bottom of the rainbow arches perfectly, but eh, it still turned out fab.

This one I made really dark and rich, and finished if off with a diecut banner stamped with the sentiment ‘Just wanted to say you always make me smile‘. I did use a Mini MISTI to make sure I got the sentiment on relatively evenly spaced out and properly stamped.

The banner itself is propped up with some foam tape and that was that. No bling, if you can believe it!

On the second panel, I went in with a very light hand for a more pastel look. I also added some clouds before, which I didn’t do on the first one. When I was happy with this one, I stamped the Awesome Human stamp in the middle of it, with black ink.

All around it I used the Summer Sparkles embeltiments that comes in the Summer Blooms kit, which is still available in the shop!

There is also a YouTube hop today, celebrating the new release, so hop on over to THE VIDEO HERE, if you want to check out some more fun inspiration and the rest of the goodies I got. You can also win a $25 gift voucher to Trinity Stamps shop if you enter the giveaway over there, all the info can be found in the description box under the video.

For the YouTube video, click on, or look for, this thumbnail. If you are not into videos, you can hop along on Instagram where we are doing a hop as well. You will be totally spoilt with inspiration and amazing projects, so make sure not to miss it! You can find my Instagram page here.

Right, that’s it for this post. I will be back later today with another blog hop. Please don’t be mad, sometimes it can’t be avoided that there are lots of posts on the same day.

If you shop the new release using the compensated affiliate links I have sprinkled all throughout this post, I will get a small commission from the companies directly, at no extra cost to you. All earnings from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram, and now also towards the ‘future crafting shenanigans forever craft room’ as hopefully we will buy a house in the next few months! Keep your fingers crossed for us as we have put in an offer on one and are waiting to hear back, so it’s a super exciting/anxious time.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Tonic Studio July Stamp Club: Patterns & Prints

Hello Friday!

It’s the last Friday of the month which means a new Stamp Club release from Tonic Studios! The next stop on the hop is Channin Pelletier and you should have come here from Janette, but if you get lost, the full hop lineup is at the bottom of this post and also over on Maria’s blog.

This month’s bundle is called Patterns & Prints, and you can get it both from US Tonic Studios and UK Tonic Studios.

Another big PLUS with this bundle is that it coordinates with the Backgrounds and Borders bundle! Well, it’s good for those of us who have it already, as it’s sold out… but hold up! This news just in: It’s being restocked today!!

The Stamp Club is not a subscription, it’s simply a small monthly release that contains stamps and dies. These can only be bought together, but there is no pressure to buy it every month, nor will you find money going out of your account automatically if you forget to cancel. You can pick and chose which ones you want to add to your collection.

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without a giveaway. One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Patterns & Prints bundle! All you have to do is leave a comment on the stops along the hop to be in with a chance to win. The more you comment, the better your chances!

As it’s Tonic´s birthday week, you will also get a free gift when you order the Patterns & Prints bundle! Quite appropriately it’s a Happy Birthday set, and this will go out with every order of the bundle, as long as there is stock. Make sure to order quickly if you want this fab set.

For my cards I have channeled my inner CardBomb aka Maria Willis herself! I got some Distress Oxide sprays out and made some colourful backgrounds to begin with. A couple of slim line panels of water colour card stock were placed inside an old box and sprayed with Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina and Salty Ocean

The two panels are similar to each other, due to the colours and the order of adding them, but I finished them off in different ways. On one I used some Distress Micro Glaze to bring out the colours a bit, and on the other one I heat embossed Halo glitter over the entire thing. Because, you know, sparkles… 

Naturally I had to use word diecuts on the sparkly panel and the ones from the Prints & Patterns can spell out different sayings. The ones I picked, put together says You’re an amazing friend. The letters themselves I put aside, for another card.

On the back of this one I adhered a dark grey piece of card stock, this one is Storm Cloud from Lawn Fawn. It gives a softer look than black card stock, and I love it. 

Of course I did not waste the letters that were the “leftovers” from the first card, these I adhered to a card base I had used one of the pattern stamps with black ink on. Super simple, yet with that stamped background its so much more interesting that with a plain white card base, right? 

When I did the spraying for the backgrounds, I did actually do a really small piece first. Almost like a test-run, you know? It turned out fun too, so I did use that one for a third, bonus card. 

This was already the perfect size for an A2 card base, so I simply glued it to a white one. To finish off the sentiment, I popped up the ´amazing´ by cutting out three white pieces and layering these up, and topping it with an amazing cut out of black card stock. I did add a few sequins to this one. Even with the colourful panel, I did feel like it needed a little something else. What can I say? I’m a chronic over-sequinizer.

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

Now it’s time to hop on and the full blog hop list can be found below, and the next stop on the hop is the utterly amazing Channin!

Maria Willis
Ilda Dias
Jen Kray
Debi Adams
Kulbir Kirkland
Amber Rain Davis
Jannette Simmons
Erica Andersson Burke
Channin Pelletier
Sandi MacIver

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Tonic Studios Stamp Club June Release and Blog Hop: Sunflowers & Sunshine

Hi and welcome back to my blog!

Today’s post is one of the stops for the June release of Tonic Studios Stamp Club blog hop! This month it’s all about Sunflowers & Sunshine and the next stop is the fab Emily Midgett, and you might have come here from the gorgeous Maria Willis!

You can find the Sunflowers & Sunshine bundle both in the UK Tonic shop, as well as the US shop. If you are in the US and can not wait to grab this fab bundle, CLICK HERE.

If you haven’t heard of the Stamp Club before, it’s a monthly kit, but it’s not a subscription so you can pick and choose which ones you want. Don’t fancy this month’s kit? Just skip it and check out next month’s one. Easy peasy, and no pressure, no membership and no automatic payments going out.

There is a release the last Friday of every month, except for some where holidays might fall on the last Friday. There is also a release blog hop every month, where you can win an entire release as well as a gift voucher, either $50 or 50 quid depending on where you are! All you have to do is leave comments along the blog hop before June 30th, 11.59pm PST/7.59am GST July 1st.

If you have missed a kit, check out the available ones in the UK Tonic Shop here, and the ones available in the US Tonic Shop here. Once they are gone, that’s it, they won’t be restocked so if you fancy one or two, grab them as soon as you can.

As mentioned, this month’s kit is called Sunflowers & Sunshine. In it you will find gorgeous sunflower stamps, and lots of coordinating dies, as well as standalone dies so you can make flowers without colouring a single one! So cool, this is definitely a must have kit!

For my card, I did do some colouring. Unsurprisingly, lol. I started with the cluster of sunflowers and stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock.

I have used quite a few Copics to colour this image in, but I think it was worth it. Next time I might go a bit darker yellow though, for these I tried keeping quite a lot of light on them for those sunshine highlights.

Once the colouring was done, I used one of the diecuts to cut this out, and then I trimmed it down a little bit more with my paper trimmer. The image fits nicely on the horizontal, on an A2/5,5”x4.25” panel.

Before I adhered the flower cluster, with foam tape of course, I stamped up on of the sentiments from the stamp set with black ink, on a slim strip of card stock. This one was adhered directly to the card base, and then the flowers on top of this.

I very nearly left it like that, but the lure of those gorgeous sequins proved to be too much. Eh, what can you do? To not overwhelm the card, I tucked a few of them in under the flowers, so they just peek out a little. It brings in the eye and doesn’t take over the whole card.

With that, I’m done and it’s time to hop on! The full hop list can be found below:

Maria Willis
Erica (that’s me, you are here)
Emily Midgett
Marie Heidescheit
Daniel West
Natasha Vacca
Channin Pelletier
Sandi MacIver
Seeka
Jen Kray
Ilda Dias

For extra chances to win the giveaway, the more comments you leave along the hop, the better the odds of you snagging next month’s kit as well as that $50 or £50 gift card!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Pinkfresh Studios April Stamp, Stencil, Die and Hot Foil Release blog hop!!!

Hi and welcome to a super exciting blog post! Or rather, I’m super excited, as I’m guesting for Pinkfresh Studio this month for yet another FANTASTIC release!

Click on the logo to take you directly to Pinkfresh Studio if you can’t wait to shop the April release.

There is, of course, an amazing lineup of crafters showcasing the new release, the full blog hop lineup can be found down below with the inlinkz link. You will no doubt be blown away, I always am!

There is a very generous giveaway, Pinkfresh is giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh Blog and their YouTube channel. There is also a $25 gift voucher up for grabs by leaving a comment on this post. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE by May 6th. Make sure to check the page and claim your price within 2 weeks.

My package only arrived 26 hours ago, so I don’t have much to show, but I promise you I will have more posts and YouTube videos up as soon as I can. I have seen sneak peeks of the goodies and I can not wait to play with it all. I started with the Miss Your Smile and coordinating slim line stencil, because those big blooms were calling out to me.

I grabbed my Pinkfresh Inks and the swatches I had made, lots of Life Changing Blender Bushes and some panels of Bristol Smooth card stock, and went for it. The ink pads are 30% off until May 2nd, with the code INKPADS30 too!!

This one I finished off by stamping the Miss Your Smile outline in Black Hybrid ink, with the help of my MISTI, as well as a heat embossed sentiment from the Perfect Sentiment. I heat embossed it in gold rather than try my hand at the Hot Foil Plate, before using the coordinating die, seeing as I was under a bit of time pressure.

I tried another colour combination as I had a second panel ready, and why not, right? This one went in a much more coral, peachy colour combo. Like soft spring, sort of.

I had a bit of heat embossing hoopla, as I didn’t have time to let the panel dry properly. Even though I used my WOW! Heat Tool AND anti-static tool generously on it. The gold embossing powder I used ended up all over it, and at first I was mad about it, but then I decided to make it work for me.

I stamped up one of the sentiments from Miss Your Smile in Clementine (at least I think it was, could be Apricot) and I did add some gold splatters on both of the panels, as well as Slim Stitched Scalloped Rectangles on them. One in black card stock and one in a mint linen textured card stock I had in my stash.

I did make a rather jibber-jabber-happy YouTube Video for these too, and a third card!

Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on orders over $50 between April 29th until May 6th, so if you want to grab some of these goodies, now is the perfect time! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, but I really appreciate the support you give me by shopping with these links. All earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram so THANK YOU!! It really does mean the world to me and I do not take it for granted.

Right, with that, it’s time to hop along and be inspired!

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Star Light Hop | The Rabbit Hole Design & Pear Blossom Press Collaboration | Light up cards

Hi and welcome back to another fun post! This one is definitely for you if you like interactive cards!

Today’s cards are a collaboration between The Rabbit Hole Designs and Pear Blossom Press. There is a sweet little bundle available that includes a stamp set called Bunny Moon, and it has a coordinating die, gorgeous patterned paper, EZ-Lights and more!

I made two cards, one off camera and one on-camera, for a video on YouTube. There is also a fun Instagram hop, where some crafty friends are showing off this fun bundle and amazing projects.

For my first card, I used the Halo Lights, along with the stamp, diecut and some pattern paper. I forgot to take photos of this one, but I did remember to take a photo of the second card, on which I used the EZ-Lights.

After securing the lights to the back of the card, with double-sided tape, I added LOTS of foam tape to prop up the card front. This is obviously showing the EZ-Lights, but I did it on the back of the card using the Halo Lights too. The reason for this is to make sure the button isn’t pressed in all the time, in order to save the battery.

The Halo Lights and EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press are so incredibly easy to use, even a technology-idiot like me can use them. I have had very little success with other light-up techniques as I’m just not very good with that stuff. It has to be easy, because otherwise I will simply not use it.

The first card was done with a Copic coloured Bunny Moon image, that I cut out with the coordinating die. Using one of the sheets of pattern paper, I cut out a stitched rectangle and a stitched circle. I matched the size of the circle to the Halo Lights, and adhered that to the back.

The sentiment is heat embossed in Rich Gold from WOW! Embossing on vellum, and I wrapped this around the card panel before it was adhered to a card base.

Under the circle, I added another piece of the Galaxy pattern paper but I’m thinking that I should have used the actual circle I cut out, to keep it the same.

The second card I did remembered to film, apart from the colouring part, which I did with Fadeout Ink from Inkon 3 and Copic markers.

On the front of this card I heatembossed a sentiment and two of the shooting stars images, in Opaque Bright White embossing powder. On the back of the card panel I lined up the EZ-Lights to be where the shooting stars were, as well as one right above the bunny. I also heat embossed the star that says ‘press here’ and cut it out with the coordinating die, before adhering it to the spot over the button.

With that I’m all done for today, but don’t forget to check out the Instagram hop and the YouTube video.

I have used compensated affiliate links, to both The Rabbit Hole Designs and Pear Blossom Press, in this blog post, for your convenience. If you shop using these links, it doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, the company will pay me a small commission directly. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by using these, I really appreciate the support and everything I earn go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Compassion & Poppies Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the Tonic Studios Stamp Club release blog hops. This month’s bundle is called Compassion & Poppies, and consists of a stamp set and coordinating diecuts. They will only be sold as a bundle, and are exclusive to Tonic Studios so grab them while you can! Once they are sold out, they are gone!

This is a monthly stamp release, and will be available the last Friday of every month (with exceptions made for holidays) It’s not a club or subscription based program, so there is no commitment or forced buying, it’s simply a small, but fabulous, stamp release.

You can get it both from the UK Tonic Studios shop and the US Tonic Studios shop, but if you want it, make sure to get it fast. Don’t dilly-dally, the last bundle sold out so fast, so better safe than sorry!

There is of course a prize to be won, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without one, right? One lucky winner will win the entire bundle, as well as a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios! How is that for awesome-sauce? Leave a comment on this blog to a chance to win, and the more you hop and comment, the bigger your chance to win. Comments can be made until March 3rd 11.59PM PST/7.59am GST March 4th, and winner will be announced on March 5th!

The entire line-up can be found at the bottom of this post, and you next stop is my talented friend Janette Kausen!

So, full disclosure, my goodies only arrived 24hrs ago, so it has been a bit of a scramble. I only finished one full card but if I manage to make more, I will share them over on my Instagram.

I started by stamping the big flower image with Black Hybrid ink on Neenah paper with my MISTI, as I wanted to do some Copic colouring. I started out with reds, greens and cool greys, but decided to skip out on the greens in favour of colouring the leaves grey for a dramatic look.

A bit of masking here and there protected my flowers, and I heat embossed the two leaves from the stamp set in Platinum from WOW! Embossing powder. It goes so well with the grey on the leaves, and adds that gorgeous shine to the card. I made sure to use my anti-static tool generously before, as the paper was still a bit wet from the colouring.

I used my WOW! heat tool to set the powder. I love this tool, thanks to the dual settings you have so much more control over the heat and that’s always a good thing.

To add some drama to the card, I ink blended some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot around the edges, using my Blender Brushes. This not only adds drama, but also draws the eye in to the star of the show: the poppies.

The final touch was to heat emboss one of the sentiments onto black card stock. I used Platinum again, for a cohesive look, and trimmed it down to a slim banner before adhering it with liquid glue.

Well, that’s it from me for now, and it’s time to hop on. Or get your shop on! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, however if you use them I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. I am so grateful for the support, and can’t do it without you so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

BLOG HOP LIST: 

Channin Pelletier

Dilay Nacar

Emily Midgett

Erica Andersson Burke

Janette Kausen

Jen Kray

Kelly Taylor

Maria Willis

Mindy Eggen

Seeka

The Rabbit Hole Designs March Release!

Hello and welcome back to a fun blog hop!

Today I am one of the stops on the new release blog hop for The Rabbit Hole Design, and this month they are introducing their new in-house designer Tatsiana! Her range is full of cute bunnies and there is a spring theme to them, which I always find inspiring. There is something about spring, and the hope of better weather, and of summer and sunshine. Ah, bliss!

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without some fun giveaways, right? The Rabbit Hole Design are giving away a savings voucher worth $25 every day of the three day blog hops, the winner will be posted on the Rabbit Hole Design blog on the 26th of Feb. You can also win a $25 savings voucher by simply by leaving a comment on this post right here! I will announce the winner in a blog post on the 27th of this month, so check back for more inspiration and to see if you have won!

Now, for some card making!

For my first card I used the Hip Hop Squad stamp set, and it’s coordinating diecut. I stamped it first in black ink, then right on top of that with the Embossing Pad and then heat embossed it with Clear Gloss embossing powder, as I wanted to do some water colouring. I have actually used the new Love’n’Hearts ink colours from Catherine Pooler to colour in the images, and I also ink smooshed some onto a background to add some colour that way.

After cutting out the image, I also cut out another piece in white card stock and one in black. These I layered up, with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, and then I added some Glossy Accents to the paint bits on the image to make it look like wet paint. On the background I stamped ‘you’re a good egg‘ in Catching Rays, and then off-set the sentiment a little and stamped it again with black ink. Once the image was adhered to the background, the card was done!

For my second card I used another background I made while ink smooshing with the Catherine Pooler inks for the first one. The colours on this piece were a lot lighter, and almost pastel. It really made me think spring so I stamped up the Bunny Bouquet image right on top! Like the bunny was frolicking in spring flowers. Thank goodness for a MISTI at times, as I needed to stamp it about three times to get a good impression.

I did add a little bit more colour to a few of the images, just to frame the bunny a little. A ‘hello’ diecut sentiment from Pink Fresh Studio was the final touch for this one.

My third card was heat embossed, in Opaque Bright White embossing powder, with the biggest image from Come Fly With Me. I used a mix of Daniel Smith and Prisma Marketing water colours to colour this in. Originally I had planned on using the coordinating diecut on this, but I added Glossy Accents to the bow on the basket before I remembered, so I had to rethink the card.

It ended up getting trimmed a little bit and added to a white card base, keeping it simple. This is actually the only card I have added sequins to! Ha, my over-sequinizing ways might be getting under control.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today but don’t forget to check out the rest of the designers lined up!


The Rabbit Hole Designs
 

Amanda Stevens

Amy Schrock

Amy Tsuruta

Becky Roberts

Bobbi Hart Design

Caly Person

Deana Benson

Erica A-B <——You are here!

Ilda Dias

Jennifer Gross

Jenn Shurkus

Joy Wilson

Kathy Racoosin

Kelly Taylor

Lydia Fiedler

Niccole Kulig

Nichol Spohr

Nicole Ligaard Jensen

Seeka

Tangii Crain

Tanna Lohouse

Terra O’Brien

I have used some affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, the rest of the links are there purely for your convenience! Thank you so much if you shop using my affiliate links, it helps with the running costs of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram!

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

Rainbow Cloud Ink Blending | Pinkfresh Studio Cloud Builder Stencil

Hi! I’m back… Again. #SorryNotSorry

Today’s post is all about the clouds! Ok, and rainbows. And a little bit of sparkle.

You can find a video for this on my YouTube channel.

I do love a good cloud stencil and this one, Cloud Builder Stencil, is no exception. Add in ink blending and I’m a happy, happy gal.

The Big Ink Pads, which are 30% off until the 17th of December with the code INKPADS30, blend beautifully. I took the lightest one of each colour, from top to bottom: Slumber, Sky Blue, Ocean Breeze, Mint, Fresh Pear, Lemon Whip, Peach Fuzz, Coral Reef, Ballet Slipper and Soft Lilac. I did also add in Sparkling Rose, which is the second lightest pink.

This is actually Neenah Solar White #110 card stock and the inks blend amazingly!

Blender Brushes is not for everyone, but for me, they have totally changed my ink blending world. I didn’t always get such good results with the foam pad style tool, but I have always loved the look so I am so happy about the results I get from the brushes. I have both the ones from Taylored Expressions as well as a jungle of Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, and I can recommend them both.

After I finished with the ink blending, I decided to add some sparkle to the panel with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. I used the Cloud Builder Stencil as a guide and added the Glimmer Paste to about every other cloud line.

This one I haven’t finished into a card, because I’m that weirdo that doesn’t actually use all my backgrounds. Especially the ones I really love! Oh well, I might just put that on my notice board for colourful inspiration.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post as well. I am actually planning on putting up both a more condensed YouTube video for this, as well as a ‘real time’ video so you can see exactly the speed I’m going at when ink blending to get the results I’m getting.

Los of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Studio Seamless Floral Pattern Cards

Hello, hello!

I’m back again with another few projects using the Pinkfresh Studio December Stencil and Die release. There is also a video on my YouTube channel for these!

For these I have used the Seamless Floral Pattern stencils, with two very different colour schemes and finishing touches, to show how versatile these stencils are.

On the first card I picked out some pastel colours from the Big Ink Pad Bundle, which is 30% off until the 17th! Perfect timing to treat yourself to a great colour selection of fabulous inks. I picked out Lemon Whip and Sunshine from the yellows, Ballet Slipper and Sparkling Rose from the pinks, Sky Blue and Summer Shower from the blues, Ocean Breeze and Aquamarine from the teals and finally Mint and Meadow from the cool greens.

I’ve used a light spray of Pixie Spray on the stencils, but if you don’t have that, there are marks for card bases sized 5.5″x4.25″ which makes it really easy to line the layers up.

I have used my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes for this ink blending session, where I usually use Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I’ve let them all get a bit too inky from previous ink blending sessions, and wanted to make sure that there was no contamination from any other ink pads for this project. A spa day for the brushes are on the horizon for sure.

It’s somewhat difficult to explain in words how I did the ink blending over the different layers, so if you prefer to watch the how-to, hop on over to my YouTube channel. I have basically gone over the same area on each one of the stencils with the same colours, to create a soft pastel rainbow look. With the last two I have gone in with darker inks, as mentioned above, and the final layer I used Moonstone Glimmer Paste from Nuvo.

Whilst waiting for the Glimmer Paste to dry, I tried another few colour combinations. I started with Soft Lilac and Lavender Candy Violet, as well as Coral Reef and Passion Fruit for the flower petals. I also used Warm Buff and Doe for the leaves. The final layer was actually heat embossed in Copper from WOW! Embossing powder, after dabbing the Embossing Pad all over the last stencil.

I love the look of the copper heat embossing as a final touch. Because I hadn’t waited for the ink to dry 100%, there was some stray bits of heat embossing powder in places where I didn’t really want it, but oh well. It did sort of add to the vintage soft look I was after.

I finished this one by trimming down the panel and adhering it to a brown textured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and that whole thing got adhered to a card base. The last thing I did was stamping up a sentiment from the Through The Trees stamp set, with Gathered Twigs ink, directly on the background panel.

The first panel was also trimmed down, but this one was adhered to a black panel. Before I adhered this one to the card base, I actually used the ‘awesome’ die cut on it in the middle. It’s going to be covered up by the flower panel anyway so why waste that paper? I did cut out both the word and the shadow bit, and also cut out one more shadow part in white. These are layered up with black, white and then the black ‘awesome’ on top. The reason I did this is to add a little bit of interest with the black at the bottom.

A sentiment needs something more than just ‘awesome’ so I stamped up part of a sentiment from Thankful For Friends stamp set, on a super skinny banner. The original sentiment says Our Friendship Is Amazing, and now with the diecut it says ‘Our Friendship Is Awesome’.

Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back tomorrow. Yep, again. Sorry, not sorry!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. Some of these products were sent to me as part of being a guest designer, but don’t worry, I only ever create with stuff that sparks my creativity. And I don’t think there is any doubt that this release has my mojo humming with excitement. Oh boy.. that kind of came out a bit wrong, didn’t it? But you know what I mean, I hope!

Right, before I put my foot in my mouth again, I’m going to sign off but I’ll see you soon again.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica