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.

I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. If you shop using these links I get a small commission from the company directly, in this case mostly Picket Fence Studios and it doesn’t add a single penny to your cost. All the earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram plus all the usual crafting shenanigans. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by using my links, I really appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Crafty Meraki #MerakiCraftober Release and Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a ‘whatcha wanna do, blog or video?’ post as all the action is over on YouTube, where I’m hopping along with the crafty peeps with the Crafty Meraki team to celebrate the October release! If you want to skip straight to the YouTube hop, CLICK HERE.

If you want to skip straight to seeing all the new goodies, CLICK HERE, but if you want to keep reading, keep scrolling down.

We have more mini slimline diecuts, both actual diecuts and cover plates and I do love me some cover plates. It’s such a fun way to add some interest to a background, I love, love, love doing that as I’m not that great with plain white space. Somehow it doesn’t feel quite as naked when it has texture, you know what I mean?

This is the Parisienne Mini Slimline, it also comes in full-size slimline, but I do prefer the mini-slimline myself. For sure. Here I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline on a white card stock, after using it on a panel created with Distress Oxide sprays. You can see the colours in the pattern, which adds a really cool effect. If you don’t want this extra colour, just make sure to clean your cover plate between using it on ink blended or sprayed backgrounds.

This is the panel I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline plate on first, and that was just what this background needed. The colours I used are Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge, Kitsch Flamingo and Seedless Preserve. If you don’t have or want to use sprays, you can ink blend whatever colour you have/fave colour combo instead.

I love that subtle texture and pattern, over these colours. The Hello is the Hello Shadow Word die, and I filled in the hello itself with Rainbow Illusion gems. That part took ages, but it does look so cool!

Here is what it looked like before I added the gems.

Another pattern is the Pagoni Mania Mini Slimline, and it was just begging to be bedazzled. At least that’s what I heard. This is another background made with Distress Oxide sprays, I’m slightly obsessed with them at the moment and have added quite a few to my collection recently. Eh, what’s a girl to do when her ICDQ (Inner Crafty Drama Queen for those of you who don’t speak fluent cray-cray) is screaming she needs more??

Here I was going for a rich brocade fabric look, with blues, red, purples and gold, and then added Blue Illusion gems on the pattern in places where it was practically made for them. How perfect is that? It’s like this holder for gems, isn’t it?

This card was finished off super simple by heat embossing sentiments in Rich Gold embossing powder on vellum strips. These have been wrapped around the panel and secured on the back.

On the next card I have mixed and matched two new cover plates: The Dance With Me Mini Slimline panel was used on an ink blended background. This is done with Ocean Breeze, Aquamarine, Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond ink from Pinkfresh Studio. The pattern is just lovely.

With the Olivia Mini Slimline plate I cut out one out of Peacock card stock from Lawn Fawn, and one out of Black Licorice. These two are layered up slightly off-centre to allow the Peacock colour to show a little.

A white banner with ‘thinking of you’ from the Special Delivery stamp set was added, along with some gorgeous amber-gold gems.

In the Special Delivery stamp set there is a flower bunch, which I have coloured using Copics.

As I have such a hard time with white space, I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline cover plate on the whole thing and it was just what the crafty doctor ordered.

A simple sentiment banner was the final thing for this card, and I’m quite proud of myself for not adding a single gem on this one! That’s hard for a self-confessed over-sequinizer/embellisher.

Not that the lack of embellishment lasted long mind you. I used a fair amount of them on my next card, also done with the Special Delivery stamp set. What can I say? You can only rein in the bling-monster so long.

For this card I stamped the floral image off to the side and coloured it in with a cool colour scheme of pink, grey and turquoise.

It’s finished off with the Hello Shadow word die again, and lots of Sparkle Golden Illusion gems. By cutting out the shadow part of the Hello, which has the stitching to add interest, it helped with the white space for me.

Well, with that I am all done for today. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. Maybe you struggle with white space too, and got some confirmation that you are not the only one, or got an idea on how to help your cards feel less “naked” with white space. If you have other ideas on how to help with that ‘my card feel naked and unfinished’ feeling, I’d love to hear them!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience and at no extra cost to you whatsoever. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission directly from the company it’s linked to, as a thank you for directing you to them. It’s a win-win if you are shopping anyway, so thank you for supporting me by using mine. I really, really appreciate it a lot more than I could ever express in words.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp, Die, Stencils, and Hot Foil Release

Hi and welcome to my blog for a fun blog hop!

Today I’m hopping along with the Pinkfresh Studio design team and friends to celebrate the September release. You should have come here from the amazing Emily Mydlowski, an actual in real life crafty friend of mine!! I’m the last stop on the hop, but if you want to hop along, the Pinkfresh Studio blog is the next/first stop.

Well, what can I say? It’s another fabulously floral release and I’m sure many of you are going to be going as gaga over it as I have been since I saw it. You might ask yourself how many floral stamps you need, and I have too, believe me. However, with every release I add another one (or two.. three… sometimes more) to my fave list. Another thing I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED about is the solid hot foil plate!! Such a genius idea by the one and only Heather Hoffman herself! No more wasted foil!

My profession, before I stopped working, was a florist, and I absolutely LOVED it. Even a stressful day was wonderful because I was surrounded by flowers and got to create bouquets and floral arrangements all day. Best job ever. One of my all time favourite flowers is the peony, so when I saw the Lush Peonies set I had to use it pronto. I mean, I H-A-D to, it felt like it was the law, basically.

I love the genius idea with the layering stencils, and the coordinating diecut. To me, it also makes the set more versatile, as it gives peeps who might not be confident with their colouring the option of adding colour effortlessly (not to mention fast!) to the image. Or even on it’s own. You don’t actually need the outline stamps, it does give a softer look when you use the stencils on their own. The diecut is a must in my book though, a fussy cutter I am not! Nope, no, not doing it unless I really, REALLY have to.

Naturally, I couldn’t just do one card. Oh no, that would be far too easy. I did no less than seven panels, because heck, I was on a roll. It’s like I think I will be cursed if I only do one or two! I’ve also recently cracked the hot foil thing, that eluded me for ages, and now I can’t stop! I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system.

So my first two cards are done by using the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils only. These are true one-layer cards, which isn’t usual for me at all. *pats self on the back* I used yellows, pinks and greens for them both, with Lemon Whip and Sunshine for the yellow flowers, Grassy Knoll and Key Lime for the leaves and a touch of Ballet Slipper for the small flowers and middles of the big ones.

On the pink card I used left over Sparkling Rose as the first layer, and then a good inking of the same colour for the details. Mint and Grassy Knoll for the leaves and a touch of Sunshine for the small yellow flowers and middles of the big ones.

To keep these cards one-layer cards, I used the Celebrate hot foil plate on them both.

Gold foil on the yellow one and Rose Gold on the pink card, and I must admit that I absolutely love that little touch! They don’t even need anything else, in my opinion. And that’s saying something coming from a chronic over-sequinizer/over-embellisher!

The next two cards are done with the Lush Peony Layering Stencils again, by mixing yellows and pinks to create a more peachy look. One is more pink than peach, but that’s because of the level of ink on the second layer.

This is another fun thing about stencils! You can get such different results by changing up/adding/mixing colours! I love that so much.

On these I used the Lush Peonies outline stamp, and heat embossed it in Rich Gold on the more pinky one, and Rose Gold on the more peachy one. I didn’t manage to line up the stamp perfectly on the pinky one, but I don’t actually think it matters too much to be honest. It adds to the whimsical, romantic style.

So both these cards also got a hot foiled Celebrate, but these were done on white card stock and cut out with the coordinating diecut. These were then added to the cards, but instead of doing them both the same way, I turned one of the panels upside down to give a bit of a different look. They work both ways, actually. One was in Rose Gold and one was done in Matte Gold.

The last two cards are more elaborate for sure. Hot foiling, die cutting, layering, ink blending, stacking, heat embossing and stamping… it’s pretty much all going on.

First off I used the Chevron Hot Foil plate with Rose Gold foil on white card stock, for a background. This was trimmed down and adhered to a white card base. That foil is a real nightmare to photograph, but I have added loads to give you different angles to give you the idea of how it really looks.

The flowers are done with the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils, in rich pinks, Sparkling Rose and Bubble Gum, with a touch of Sunshine for the small flowers and middles of the big ones. The leaves are done in Mint, and I used it for both layers. I just made sure I let it dry in between so it didn’t melt into the first layer.

This card has the outline stamp heat embossed in Rich Gold , and then cut out using the coordinating diecut. I also layered it up with another two pieces to give it some dimension.

It’s finished off with a very simple sentiment that says ‘you are amazing‘ on a skinny banner cut out using the Essentials Stripes diecuts.

The last card is also stacked up a lot, both the floral image itself and the background. The striped background was made by cutting out Stripes of Soft Stone card stock from Gina K, and glueing these down onto white card stock. This was then trimmed down and had foam tape added to the back of it, before that was added to a white card base.

These flowers are done by using only the Lush Peonies Layering stencils, and only yellow shades of ink for the flowers. The leaves are done with a mix of Fresh Pear and Mint. This one is also cut out using the coordinating diecut and layered up with another two pieces.

To say this is a fat card is not an exaggeration. This will definitely need to be hand delivered! The final touch was a silver hot foiled Celebrate, that was also cut out using the coordinating diecut.

Phew! Told you I was on a roll! And I still have another panel left to finish too, but I will let you get going. I’ve been prattling on for ages, and you have hopping to do to be in with a chance to win one of TEN $25 gift card along the blog hop stops, AND the full release by commenting on the Pinkfresh Studio blog post.

You can also check out their YouTube release video and comment there for another chance to win the entire release! Make sure to check the GIVEAWAY WINNER page after Oct 5th, which is when the winners will be posted. You have 2 weeks to claim your prize

So many prizes to win, and don’t forget to check Instagram tomorrow for an Instagram hop, where you can win even more! Pinkfresh is such a wonderful and generous company, and I’m so grateful to be on the design team. I did receive all these goodies for free, for full transparency, but I don’t think anyone can argue that they don’t inspire me, right?

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop using my links, I get a small commission from Pinkfresh directly, at absolutely zero cost to you, so thank you in advance if you use mine. I really appreciate the support and continued encouragement every commission give me.

Until Oct 3rd, you can get free shipping in the US if you spend over $75 with the code SEPTSHIPUSA or get $5.50 off international shipping, on orders over $75, with the code SEPTSHIPINTL.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here with me. If you did, please do tag me in photos you post to Instagram using @erica_cacacraft so I can see your cards and creations! It’s absolutely thrilling to know that someone was inspired by little old me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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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

Crafty Meraki #MerakiMini Release + Video!

Hi!

Today I am YouTube hopping with the Design Team and guests over at Crafty Meraki to celebrate the newest release and it’s all focusing on die cutting! We have loads of fun flower diecuts and mini slim line cover plates.

Of course there are prizes up for grabs too, it wouldn’t be a celebration without some. You can win $100 of Crafty Meraki products, and if you like slim line cards, you will have so many fun goodies to play with. Don’t forget to hop on over to YouTube to join the hop for your chance to win! As well as be inspired, of course.

I have used the lovely Rachel Para-die for some flower-power cards, as I’ve used both the outline and the bits inside. And some more bits… I will explain: I started out by cutting out the three flowers out of white card stock. I added a little bit of washi tape on the back and then coloured in the petals with Copics.

For this first time I wasn’t too careful at all and lots ended up on the frame part of the flower. When I popped the petals out to use on another diecut piece, I realised that the frame looked really pretty too!

With some greens and browns I filled in the rest of the flowers, and used them on a white card that I popped a white Bar None Slim Line diecut piece on. Super simple, and all it needed was a sentiment from the Elegance stamp set and it was done.

One of the flower diecut I had used the coloured petals on, I also added some greens and brown to, but kept the frame part white around the actual petals.

This flower I popped onto a bright card panel, made by adhering strips of coloured card stock to a base (If you want to see how I make this style of background you can CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO) . The final touch was adding the word ‘smile’ with Stitched Alphabet diecut letters in white card stock. I chose ‘smile’ as it keeps with the theme of the stamp set in this release.

For letter diecuts and bits that need to be put on straight, I use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive or Lawn Fawn glue tube, as a liquid glue give you a little bit more time to make sure things go on straight.

I loved the look of this Rachel flower so much I made some more, but made some adjustments. This time I layered the flowers themselves up with two pieces, and then the coloured petals on top, to give some dimension. I left the frame pieces white this time.

These flowers I set aside while working on the background, which I made with the Wanderlust slim line die and a Copic coloured background. This isn’t fancy by any means, I basically drew three shades of green in what would be the pattern under the diecut. The aim was a look of rolling hills, sort of.

I poked out some of the pattern on the diecut piece, and left the middle ones intact, before glueing this down. The flowers themselves were layered up, and adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive as well. I didn’t use foam tape for them, but I did use foam tape for the sentiment strip, to pop that up.

My final card is super simple, as I simply stamped the floral image from the Reasons To Smile set on an ink blended background panel. This set comes with coordinating Para-dies, but I haven’t used those here.

The colours I used were Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Chipped Sapphire. I use Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for almost all of my ink blending, I get such good results with these brushes.

I also splattered some white gold water colours on this panel, and once that was dry, I stamped the floral image in Blackout detail ink, with the help of my MISTI. The final thing to do was to stamp, and cut out, a sentiment from the Elegance stamp set, with the coordinating Para-dies. This was popped up with foam tape and that was it.

The Elegance stamp set has become a firm fave of mine, it’s so gorgeous with a big, bold flower and has some great sentiments in it too. Another plus is that there are coordinating Para-dies for this set. I’m not a fussy-cutter, no.

Well, that’s it from me for today, but don’t forget to check out the YouTube hop. If you shop the Crafty Meraki new release, I’d be so grateful if you use my affiliate links, that I have used all throughout this post. They do not cost you anything extra, but help me so much, so thank you for your support!

Below you will find links to Ellen Hutson, with some really great alternatives to the coloured card stock I used for my stripy backgrounds. I used Lawn Fawn, Concord & 9th and The Stamp Market for mine, but I’m loving the coloured card stock pads from Memory Box! SO many shades in each pack!! These have gone straight to the top on my coloured card stock wish list.

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

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Picket Fence Studios August Release! So much colouring!

Hi guys!

I hope you are ready for another SPOOKtacular release from Picket Fence Studios! I say spooktacular because it has some fabulously spooky stamps in it. When I first saw this Whooo Are You stamp I must admit I was a bit like… erm… an owl? What am I going to do with an owl? But holy cannoli, it’s SO MUCH FUN TO COLOUR!! AND it has a coordinating diecut too. Score!

For the first owl I stamped it up with Black Hybrid Ink on copic friendly paper, and grabbed a ridiculous amount of Copic markers and went to town. I loved colouring it so much, I went for a second one right away! Only this time I stamped it up with Fadeout Ink from Inkon3 and went for a no-line colouring look. I’m going to sound like a bragging bragster but I am wild about how this one turned out.

As owls are nighttime creatures these had to have nighttime backgrounds, so one was made by ink blending Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Black Soot Distress Oxide Inks with Life Changing Blender Brushes on an A2 panel. I also splattered some Black Soot Distress Oxide spray on it.

The Whoo Are You sentiment from the set was heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from WOW! Embossing.

The second owl got a more sinister-looking environment, with another ink blended background in the same colours, a Spider Web diecut and then the A2 Tree Silhouette cover die on top. Both pieces are cut out of Black Licorice card stock.

I also added some gems from the Autumn Leaves mix, and they kind of look like eyes glowing in the dark, don’t they?

Another super fun image to colour is the Triple Trouble jack-o-lanterns. I did go traditional orange for these, but I can’t wait to do them in other fun colours. Maybe even a freaking rainbow! I don’t like the scary part of Halloween so maybe that will make it less spooky.

So this one I used the coordinating diecut to cut out and then I used some of the stamps from the set to add interest to an ink blended background. I used Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. With the rich colours and the dimension the diecut adds, it is a fun result,

Another gorgeous image, that is fun to colour, is the lovely A Christmas Flower stamp. This poinsettia has a coordinating diecut too, which I absolutely love. I used Zig Clean Color markers to colour it in, after stamping it with Fadeout Ink from Ink On 3.

The background is made with the slim line Centre Cut Flower stencil, and Santa’s Favourite Colours in B (it’s an ombre set with three colours in it, named A, B and C)
This one is actually a ´print´ from the first panel I made, that’s how I achieved that fab texture on the Paper Glaze. I simply made the first background, then placed this panel on top and lightly tapped it before removing.

That first background I also used, for another look, with the same ´merry Christmas´ sentiment from Fancy Christmas Sentiment. It’s stamped with Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and cut out with the coordinating diecut.

I think the intensity of the Paper Glaze on this one made the flower stand out a bit more, so I moved the sentiment down towards the bottom here.

So, that’s it from me for today, I will be back with more projects, videos and Instagram reels as this month The Daily Marker is back on! Perfect excuse to sit down and take 5-10 minutes for yourself while colouring.

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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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WOW! Embossing Powder New Release

Hi and welcome back to a sparkly and glittery post!

Today’s post is all about the newest release from WOW! Embossing powder. It’s been available in the UK WOW! shop for a little while, and is now available across the pond in the US WOW! shop. We are celebrating with an Instagram hop, full of inspiration and gorgeous projects from the design team!

Make sure to join in the hop over there as there are prizes up for grabs, not to mention a ton of inspiration from the design team.

For my cards I’ve used an array of the products, including stencils and stamps designed by my crafty friends! This is super exciting to see, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be showing them off today.

For my first couple of cards, I have used the Modern Winter Forest stamp designed by Verity Biddlecombe. The cards are both heat embossed with Rich Gold, and I’ve used the same colours on them both, with different techniques. Salvaged Patina, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot were ink smooshed on one, and ink blended with Life Changing Blender Brushes on the other.

I’ve also used the gorgeous big Snowflake Stencil, another of Verity’s designs, in a couple of ways. On the first one, I ink blended some left over ink on my brushes to create a pastel look.

On top of this I stamped up Winter Wishes & Snowflake Kisses in black ink, and then added a generous smattering of clear sequins.

I loved this so much that I did it again on another panel. While I had the stencil in place, I dabbed on Embossing Ink with a foam ink blending tool and used Halo embossing glitter all over.

I did forget to use my anti-static tool on the panel before, so the left-over Pixie Spray made the Halo glitter stick to it. In the end I actually like the results, as it looks like snow falling around the snow flake.

The Merry and Christmas, are from the Merry Sentiment stamp set, were stamped up with the Embossing Ink on white card stock, and then I heat embossed them with Platinum embossing powder. Around the Merry I fussy cut, which I normally absolutely detest, but I didn’t want to cover up the gorgeous snowflake by keeping it on a banner.

The smart thing about this Snowflake stencil set is that you get both the negative and positive cut of the snowflake so I went ahead and used them both. On my third card, I decided to use the positive stencil too, with the help of Pixie Spray. This time I grabbed the Duo Transfer Gel to add glitter. This was more of a test as I had never tried adding glitter this way. I think I jumped the gun with adding the glitter though, I should have waited until it was clear and tacky, but oh well, I sprinkled some Made You Blush from the Pink-a-licious trio and some Icicle Teal from the Winter Dreams Trio, then heat embossed it with my heat tool from underneath.

If heat embossing intimidates you, you can still use the stencils without any of that. I did exactly that with the In The Forest stencils. With lots of green shades of Distress Oxide inks, I blended a big forest and then finished it off with a simple sentiment from the It’s The Season stamp set.

I had another ink blended panel, that I used the In The Forest stencil on. Here I dabbed the Embossing ink pad directly through it, and heat embossed Rich Gold on it. It still needed something else so I used the Starry Nights stencil too. Again, with Rich Gold to keep it cohesive. A simple Happy Holidays, from the Snowy Christmas stamp set, was stamped with black ink directly onto the card.

That’s it for me for today, but don’t forget to check out the Instagram hop. There are 2 x $25 gift cards to our online stores (both UK or USA). Leave a comment by Sunday, August 1st 2021 on each stop for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments left on each participating designer’s post. The 2 x winners will be announced on the post on WOW! Embossing Instagram page on Wednesday, August 3rd 2021.⁠

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Studio July Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hi and welcome back to my little blog!

Today’s post is an exciting one: it’s my first release blog hop as a design team member for Pinkfresh! *insert giddy dance here*

Unsurprisingly, it’s another fabulous release and full of fun products. If you remember the washi tapes with coordinating dies and stamps from earlier release, they now also come with layering stencils, in case the washis aren’t for you. How cool is that??

The Anemone Magic washi tape is super gorgeous, and so handy when you need a quick card, but don’t have time to colour. Now another handy addition to that range has been added with the Anemone Magic layering stencils!

Anemone Magic Layering Stencils

I went with a very different colour scheme compared to the Anemone Magic washi tape. Mostly to show how versatile the products are, and how you get gorgeous results every time. The coordinating dies make cutting them all out quick work too.

These colours are Peach Fuzz and Apricot for the Anemone Magic flowers, and Doe and Gathered Twig for the leaves. The outline stamp is heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. I used the coordinating dies and set aside the pieces.

I used the same Rose Gold embossing powder on an entire panel and then used the Stitches cover plate to add texture to it. This card was inspired by the wallpaper in my little sister’s bedroom, which later became our mother’s sewing room in our childhood home.

A few… or maybe a good sprinkling of the Espresso Jewel finished the card off. Because it wasn’t shiny or sparkly enough with all that embossing powder, clearly.

I used the same Anemone Magic stencils for the second card, but with yellows and greens, and no outline image. It created a much softer look so I left it as it was, without the outline stamp, and used the coordinating dies. The yellows are Lemon Whip, Sunshine and Sweet Mustard. The greens are Fresh Pear and Mint. On these I did

Right in the middle I stamped one of the sentiments in Black Ink, to make it stand out. It’s such a lovely one too. Who wouldn’t love getting a card with that message on it?

To finish this card I used the Diagonal Stitched Plaid cover plate on white card stock. I could have left it like this, but no. So to add more interest, I made Fresh Pear coloured card stock by dabbing the ink pad on white card stock and then I cut that with the Slim Stripes dies. These I adhered to the card, drew a thin black line on them and then popped up the flowers with a bit of foam tape on top.

Naturally I could not resist the lure of those gorgeous Stargazer Jewels, so I added a few of those too. You can get these in a box with 12 different colours too, and now also individually.

I have made more cards, but as it’s a blog hop I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I have also used compensated affiliate links in this post, mostly to Pinkfresh Studios, at no extra cost to you, for your convenience. Thank you if you shop using my links, I can’t even tell you how much it means to me.

GIVEAWAYS:
Pinkfresh will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel, so you are going to want to comment on those posts and video for sure!

-We will be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops – the winners will be picked from the comments, so the more you hop comment, the bigger chance of winning!

All winners will be announced on August 3 , 2021 on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please note that it’s up to you to check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks, if you win.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing Emily Midgett! The full blog hop list can be found below in the inLinkz link, and also on the Pinkfresh blog post.

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