Re-cap of #TheDailyMarker30Day challenge.

Hi and welcome back to my little blog!

If you like colouring, you might have heard of The Daily Marker hosted by Kathy Racoosin. It’s a challenge where she challenges you to take 5 minutes per day to yourself and colour, with whatever medium of your choice. The challenge is running for the whole month of August, and I have been taking part every day.

This is a re-cap of my projects from the first eight days, as it started on a Sunday Aug 1st. My aim is to do a re-cap post every Sunday with the cards and colouring I have done for it.

For Day1 I picked this cute penguin stamp from Mama Elephant. I adore these guys. It’s coloured in with Copics and then I ink blended a background with Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Chipped Sapphire. It’s my current fave combo!

The background is splattered with some gold watercolour from the Starry Night palette from Kuretake. It’s my go-to for gold. The card is finished off with the word die that comes with the coordinating diecuts for the penguins.

You can find a reel for this card HERE.

On Day 2 and 3 I coloured in this fabulous Botan Peony from Picket Fence Studios, with Fuchsia and pink copics. This card is finished off with a word die from Neat & Tangled (they have sadly closed down) and a generous sprinkling of Clear Sparkling sequins.

There is a reel for this one too, and you can find that HERE.

Day4 I made a card as part of my WOW! Embossing design team commitments, with the Snowflake stencil and Midnight embossing powder from the Twilight Trio.

I also ink blended some Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot around the edges for some drama, added some gold strips on each side of the card and a sentiment in Rich Gold embossing powder. There is a reel for this one HERE.

This card was actually for Day5, but I forgot to post it on my Instagram that day, oops. I have recently joined the Crafty Meraki design team and will be making a couple of videos a month for them. I used the Elegance stamp set and coordinating diecut for my first video, which I coloured in with Ink On 3 Atelier re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust to make shimmery watercolour. To get the no-line colouring effect I used the Fadeout ink, also from Ink On 3.

This is the finished card and and you can find the video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel.

Day 5 was also dedicated to doggie cards! The reason being that my sister has adopted a little shelter doggie called Otto, and we are all smitten!

These doggie stamps are from Colorado Craft Company, and are illustrated by Anita Jeram. The card above, with images from Wishing You Happines, is coloured in with Copics, and finished off with one of the sentiment from the stamp set, as well as Otto cut out with In Stitches Alpha Dienamics from MFT Stamps.

The one below is from Watch This! stamp set, and it´s done with water colours, as well as the same Dienamics to spell out Adoption. The reel for these two can be found HERE.

I am also going to make a little mini-album or something to send to my sister so she can keep a little mini-diary of her journey with Otto.

On Day6 I tried some new-to-me markers, Paint Pens, from Artistro and tried some rock painting! I had never done this before, so this was completely new to me. I did make a big rainbow and then a little heart rainbow on a smaller rock.

I have a reel for the big one HERE, and I think I will share the one I made for the little rock too. If you are interested in trying these, you can get 10% off by using the code ERICAANDERSSONB.

On Day8 I made another rainbow, only this time on paper and completely flat. This stamp set is Rainbows, it´s from Avery Elle and I just adore it. I used a ridiculous amount of Copics for the colouring, but that happens all the time. I always use so many markers to get depth and details.

I finished it with a sentiment from the stamp set, a friend diecut from Mama Elephant and lots of Crystal Clear Fusion sequins from Studio Katia. The reel for this card can be found HERE.

Well, that’s it for me for today, I hope you have enjoyed this little re-cap. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, as well as some suitable alternatives in the links below, in case you want to snap up a little something-something for yourself. Shopping with these links do not cost you anything extra at all, the company it’s linked to will give me a small commission directly as a thank you for pointing you in their direction. Thank you so much if you use these links, I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!
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Alex Syberia March Release! Copic coloring on vellum.

Hi guys!

Today is release day for Alex Syberia’s March release of digital stamps, and as always, she has some amazing designs for us!

I started out with the Fabulous Floral slim line flowers and printed it on vellum. The upside with having a laser printer is that I can foil the images, which always looks fab! This one I foiled with white Minc foil, using my Minc machine.

To add some colour, I turned it over and used Copics, on the back. When using this technique, you do have to add quite a lot of colours, or strong ones, in order for it to show through the vellum.

When the colouring was done, I gently wrapped the vellum piece over a white slim line card base, and glued down the sides to the back so it wouldn’t show.

To finish this off, I used a discontinued, but loved, word die from Neat & Tangled that says ‘love you’ in a gorgeous font. The paper I used is homemade shimmer paper! You can make your own by smearing Paper Glaze from Picket Fence Studios on card stock, let it dry and voilá!

I cut out another two layers and added these together with liquid glue, before adhering the whole thing to the card. Layering word dies up is such a simple but effective way of taking your card designs up a notch, with little effort. This word die is sold out in a LOT of places, and the only shop I found it actually in stock is Foiled Fox, so if you want it, GRAB IT FAST!!

To celebrate the release the design team are doing an instagram hop, where you can see some fantastic inspiration and hop along for a chance to win a gift voucher to the Alex Syberia shop! I have seen some of the cards, and they are AH-mazing! You are not going to want to miss it.

You can of course use skip straight to Alex’s shop if you already know you are going to want to get some of these for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and will enjoy some of these new stamps for yourself.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Hobbies And Pastime Youtube Hop!

Today’s post is part of a fun YouTube hop, Hobbies and Pastime, where we are sharing videos of our hobbies with you guys. You can find my video HERE.

I have focused on coloured card stock and diecutting for my video and this post, as I love using coloured card stock for a pop of colour and texture.

Here are a few cards made with coloured cardstock for another blog post.

Because I absolutely detest fussy cutting, I consider die cutting one of my favourite techniques ever. For these fun bits I have used every single colour from the Assorted Cardstock pack and a sweet word diecut. This Happiness die is from Neat & Tangled, it is sadly no longer available *insert dramatic wailing here*

The coloured card stock is from Concord & 9th, and I used all the colours in different ways. A fun and quick way to add card stock to your backgrounds is to simply cut strips of it and adhere to your card base. A little hack to get the rainbow sun rays look, is to use PostIt tape, washi or other low-tack tape to keep the strips in place while you add your liquid glue to them. In the video you get to see how I do it.

One of the die cutting sets are also from C&9th, called Hexagon Label Dies and I used it here to add both some dimension and a sentiment, without stamping, to the card.

I made two cards with the rainbow sun rays look, one on a white card base and one on a black one. On the white one I didn’t manage to fit all the colours in, but on the black one I did. Every single colour in the card stock pack.

Each one got a Happiness worddie added to it, as well as a coordinating sentiment. This stamp set is also no longer available from Neat & Tangled, but you might get lucky and find it somewhere else. The sentiments are stamped up with Mushroom ink to keep the look soft.

I have also added a generous amount of sequins, even for me, to each card. These are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration in this post and video and will try some of these for yourself. Don’t forget to check out the video and the rest of the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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

Hi guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Just Because I Love You, Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello, everyone!

Today I’m popping in with a couple of super-soppy, lovey-dovey cards. You’d think I would have stopped making these cards with Valentine’s Day well and truly over with, but no. I just adore making them. Can’t help it. My muse, The Man, has my love-card mojo going strong all the time. As sickly sweet as that sounds, it is true.

Anyway, before anyone falls into a sugar-sweetness-induced coma, I’m going to get on with the cards.

So, I recently got my greedy little mitts on some of the Neat & Tangled January release, which you can get in a bundle (once it’s back in stock). Yeah, I know.. late but there was some re-routing that took place and international shipping and etc etc… but it’s finally here and yay!! It’s adorable.

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I *had* to use the Just Because stamp and Love You diecut, with a little bit of help from the Heart Duo stencil. I’ve used different techniques to show off how versatile they are. There is a little bit of die cutting, stamping, heat embossing, Copic colouring, ink blending, water colour smooshing and splattering. I pretty much threw it all on these cards, lol!

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For the first card I started by heat embossing the ‘Love You’ from the Just Because stamp set, in white on Ranger water colour card stock. I used the smooth side to get a better coverage with the embossing powder. The textured side is lovely but stamping is trickier due to the uneven surface. Even with the MISTI. Which I definitely used. And my anti-static tool too of course.

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When it was all set and cooled down, I dabbed some Opera Pink water colour on a piece of acetate and then dipped the panel in it. To speed up the drying I used the heat gun on the panel and kept dabbing it in the colour and repeating to get a deeper result. By doing this (and holding it up to let when wet) I got a lovely ombré effect. And I do love me some ombré. While I had my water colours out, I also splattered some gold on it.

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In between the adding the pink and the gold, I used a slightly damp piece of kitchen roll on the heat embossed bits, to clear off the colour I had managed to get on the image. This can be a little bit of a labour of love but it’s worth doing, in my opinion.

Using the coordinating die cut I cut out the panel and also one in foam sheet. These I layered up and then the whole shebang was adhered to a card base. I didn’t add any embellishments to this card (try not to faint from shock) as I thought the gold details were enough.

The second card started out with a different idea in mind but as usually happens in my craft room, it took on a life of its own and came out this way instead.

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On an A2 sized (5.5″x4.25″) panel, cut out of Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock, I drew thick lines with pink Copics to create my own patterned paper. The markers I used are RV34, R85, R83, R81, RV52 and RV10. When the whole panel was covered, I taped the Heart Duo stencil down with PostIt tape and blended Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink over it with a Life Changing Blending Brush from Picket Fence Studio.

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To finish off the card I used the Love You diecuts with vellum, for the ‘shadow’ part, and some textured silver card stock, for the word parts. I layered these together with the Glue Tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn. This I adhered to the card and on a banner, cut out with MFT Stamps dienamics Fishtail Essential Sentiment Strips, I stamped ‘Just because‘ in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. This was added to the card with foam tape for a final flourish.

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I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What does that mean you ask? If you click on one of these links and end up buying something for yourself, I get a small commission from the company directly, at absolutely no extra cost to you. This is a way for us crafters to help pay for the running of our blogs and social media, buy supplies and create content for you to enjoy. I highly encourage you to use affiliate links to help support your favourite crafters. And if that just happens to be me, thank you so much! I really do appreciate the support.

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Ok, well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me for today. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like these Neat & Tangled cards.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

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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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

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Big bloom cards with Studio Katia stamps and gold accents!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is both part of my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team at Butterfly Reflections Ink as well as a bigger blog post with another two cards.

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I believe how quickly these 4 months on the BRI DT have gone and I have so enjoyed my time as part of it, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all with my posts there. If you are dreaming of being part of a no-drama, easy breezy design team, you should definitely apply to it. If not this time, next one!

I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland the last weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free. I am glad I made the most of the weather then as it’s since turned and it’s been raining on and off the last couple of days. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it. Here is a progress photo.

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Once I had coloured them all in and the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one for the first card and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps and I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

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On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

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My second card is done in a similar way, just a very different colour scheme and another technique. This flower is fushia pink, and I went with a dark grey card base and gold and turquoise leaves.

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I cut out more leaves out of the watercolour card stock and added some colour to them with Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Turquoise and Undersea Green and a water colour brush. Whilst those were drying I came up with an idea of adding some fun interest to the gold mirror card stock leaves! I got the Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and with a stubby water colour brush I dabbed some on the leaves and set aside to dry.

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Another idea formed whilst I was doing that, so I got the Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and dabbed that on the turquoise leaves too. I didn’t want it to be too “perfect” so the dabbing was quite random.

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The card base I ended up using is made out of Lawn Fawn Narwhal Card stock and I had both stamped a circular ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on it in black ink as well as done some ink blending on it before. However, I didn’t really like it so the idea came to cover it up with the flower and the leaves so I could still use the card base.

I used foam tape on the back of the flower and placed all the leaves around it but left enough space for the sentiment to show through. With a firm press down to adhered the flower and all the leaves to the card base, the second card was done.

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My third card is a bit different in that it’s loosely coloured as well as it being partially diecut, rather than completely.

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I wanted to keep part of the water colour card stock around the flower so I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle and placed the flower so it would be in the upper area of the cut out.

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I carried on with the diecut leaves and the water colouring of them, only I ended up using another idea. By placing the coordinating diecut for the flower in my BigShot slightly off the plate so it wouldn’t cut it all the way around, I ran it through.

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With the panel ready to be used, I mounted the back of it with foam tape and making sure the cut out bit of the flower was higher so I could slot my leaves in. To frame the  card I used Sticky Note Lawn Fawn card stock for the card base and adhered this whole thing to it.

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I kept the sentiment really simple by using Neat & Tangled diecut, called Hooray, cut out of gold hammered card stock. I didn’t even use foam tape for this one! Just liquid glue pen, which is great for all those little fiddly bits, and glued it down flat. With that, the last card was done.

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All three cards are made with the same focal stamp, the Thank you So Much from Studio Katia, and the same accent dienamic ‘Wild Greenery’ from MFT Stamps.

My BigShot got such a workout in the making of these cards, the handle fell off. A quick “surgery” later, it was fine again, thank goodness! I will be replacing it pronto as soon as it bites the dust for real though, a diecutting machine is absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Right-y-o, if you have managed to hang in there until the end, I salute you and think you deserve a cookie! I also need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links to Studio Katia, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps in this post, as I always do when possible. If you end up using one of these links and purchase something, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you chose to support me and my crafting journey this way, I really do appreciate it a lot!

With that, I’m off to convince my little chicas to go for a walk in the drizzle. Not sure how well that’s going to go down, we are not fans of rain in this house, lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer!

Hello, hello everyone and hello SUMMER!

We have gone from winter (it was minus degrees and snowing just a couple of weeks ago) to ‘oh, spring is coming’ to full-blown summer in what feels a matter of days! Temperatures were up to +27C /80-85F yesterday and today is another glorious day. In fact, I’m typing this up flat on my tummy on a blanket in the garden, with my pale pasty legs desperately soaking up some sunshine after the long months of being tucked away. Absolute bliss!

Today’s card is quite quick and bright. Perfect combo, isn’t it?

Recently I discovered Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and oh, I am making up for lost time! Yesterday I played around with a few of them and posted this on Instagram.

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With these, I’ve used Lemon Sorbet, Spring Green, Aquamarine and Peony Pink. I just smeared the mousses around a bit willy-nilly and kinda let it happen. I definitely I need more tools to help me get even better results. The palette knife I have is plastic and quite flimsy, and wasn’t able to drag the colours evenly over the card stock.

Right, anyway, once these were fully dry (I left them overnight just to be sure) I ran one of them through my BigShot with the Falling Circles cover plate from Neat & Tangled.

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As I only wanted to add some texture to the background I added a solid piece of foam sheet, cut to size, on the back of it and pressed down to make sure all the circles were where they were supposed to be.

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This whole thing I adhered to a cream coloured card base, made with Lawn Fawn Vanilla Malt card stock. I chose this colour rather than my usual bright white card stock as I thought it complimented the shimmer really well. For lovely smooth card stock, my go-to has been Lawn Fawn for a while now, but I’m very tempted to get the whole range of MFT Stamp card stock as well. A girl has got to have options, right?

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To finish off the card I used a stamp and diecut set from Neat & Tangled called Awesome and it sure lives up to its name. I adore these diecuts with the “shadow” bit to make the sentiment pop, and coordinating stamp and diecut sets have a big fan in me! I cut out the shadow bit in vellum and the actual word diecut in MFT Brushed Gold card stock, these I layered up using a liquid glue pen. To add some dimension, I also cut the Awesome bit out of foam tape and added this to the back of the vellum so it adds the height but doesn’t really show.

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I stamped up ‘Thank you for being’ from the stamp set, on a strip of white card stock and added that to the card slightly higher than where the ‘Awesome’ bit was going to go and once that was on there, the card was done! Super easy but quite eye catching with all that shimmer and some added texture.

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Well, that’s it from me for today but thanks for stopping by and I hope you all will have a fabulous weekend!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Neat & Tangled Falling Circles Cover Plate and vicious crafting circles = Crafty Drama…!

Hi guys!

I just have to say I’m absolutely B-L-O-W-N away by the response to my last blog post, my contribution to the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness movement that my dear friend Veronica put together with the help of some very generous sponsors and talented designers.

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I’m simply overwhelmed by all the encouraging comments, kind words and little stories people have shared. Absolutely amazing! You guys rock! If you haven’t seen it, click here to check it out. Also, hop along if you haven’t done so already but be prepared to be amazed!

One of the cards I made for the hop was this one, made with Neat & Tangled’s Falling Circles Cover Plate, lots of different shades of grey card stock as well as white and of course Neat & Tangled’s You’re Pretty stamp set. And a sequin or eight..

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I loved the way it looked so much I actually made another THREE! Yep. I am not known for being able to rein it in easily once I get on a roll. I experimented with glitter, metallic, matte and smooth card stock and also a way to get those circles into place quickly without too much fiddling. I actually came up with a pretty fast way too!

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The first card I made with white and gold glitter card stock. I do think white and gold is such a classy and elegant combination and I love how this came out. To begin with I ran a white piece of card stock through my BigShot with the Falling Circles Cover Die and then another time with gold glitter card stock. I added a piece of double-sided adhesive foam sheet, cut to size, to the back of the white panel after poking out all the loose pieces, then I added the glittery gold circles by placing the whole panel on top of the white one and pressing down on each circle. Easy peasy!! Done in seconds!

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I finished off the card by adding the panel to a cream card base, Lawn Fawn card stock in Vanilla Malt, and adding a sentiment that reads ‘Celebrate, it’s your birthday’. The celebrate bit is done with Neat & Tangled’s ‘Celebrate’ diecut, the ‘shadow’ part in vellum and the word die in MFT Brushed Gold card stock.

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The rest of the sentiment, ‘it’s your birthday’, from the Celebrate stamp set, is heatembossed in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a strip of white card stock and added to the card with foam tape. I could have quite easily added some sequins to the card, I am a self-confessed sequin-addict after all, but you will be super impressed to hear I resisted the temptation!

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The second card is made with the leftover piece from the first card, the glittery panel that was left over once I used the circles. I ran a piece of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock through the BigShot with the same Falling Circles Cover Die before doing my little trick again. That double sided foam sheet stuff is so addictive and useful! I love it!

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Getting the circles in was a piece of cake so that part took no time at all. Then it was time to think sentiment and card base. As much as I like white and gold together, I also adore black and gold so it seemed like a great idea to make a black card base (I used Lawn Fawn Licorice card stock for this) and keep all the other accents black too. On two separate pieces of the same Black Velvet card stock, I heat embossed ‘Hooray’ and ‘it’s your day’ from Neat & Tangled’s Hooray stamp set, with Altenew’s Antique Gold again. Using the coordinating diecut I cut out the Hooray and then another piece in foam sheet to layer them up. I may be a one-trick pony with this but I absolutely LOVE how this looks. I even like the little bit of white peeking out around it. It looks like an extra layer, which in my book is never a bad thing.

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The ‘it’s your day’ part was just trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. The Hooray bit was added to the card at an angle. I have no other reason here than ‘why not??’.

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The third card was made with the Black Velvet left over piece. You can see the pattern here, can’t you? I was unable to walk away from it and not use it… it was a vicious, crafting circle, lol!

For this card I decided to try something quite different though and instead of using a single colour for the circles, I decided to do a pink ombré look using a mixture of brushed metallic(Tonic Studios Burnished Rose), glittery(DCWW 6×6 glimmer stack) and light pink shimmery card stock I found in my stash. Very out there!

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In an attempt to break the “leftover cover plate vicious circle”, I cut strips of card stock and adding them as I went along, rather than doing one colour at a time. Imagine that, I would have ended up with another three pieces I wouldn’t be able to throw away…! I did end up with just some extra circles which I  added to the bigger circles on the card to add some dimension… without using foam tape. I know, right?? Shocking turn of events!

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As this card is all black, apart from the circles, I cut out the shadow bit from the Hooray die cut from same pink glittery card stock as some of the circles and the word die out of the Black Velvet card stock to add some pizzazz. I think it really makes the black Hooray stand out. For this one, I didn’t do the foam backing though.

The rest of the sentiment, ‘its’ your birthday’, is heat embossed with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder on black card stock and added to the card with foam tape.

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It’s no secret I am a big fan of Neat & Tangled, just in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, lol! Their new release is available later this week and it’s filled with adorable stamp sets and fun stencils and dies. Check out the sneak peeks if you haven’t already! Or don’t if you do not have any willpower this month.

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With this last picture of the cards lined up next to each other, I only have two last questions for you: which one is your favorite and what colour combination shall I do next??

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

As always, I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post ( to Tonic StudiosNeat & Tangled, MFT Stamps and Altenew) which means that I will get a small commission from the company directly if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At NO extra cost to you whatsoever! Thank you so much if you choose to support my little crafting bubble and I, this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

The other links in this post is just for your convenience as I love those products and have a reputation for being an enabler #SorryNotSorry about that!