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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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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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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Exciting news and a bold floral card

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to announce that I am joining the Crafty Meraki design team! The lovely Bindu asked me to join their 1st Merakiversary in May, and I loved it so I was thrilled when she asked for more videos. It’s always thrilling to be asked for more work, it’s such a confirmation that what I do is well-received. (picture me doing a crazy dizzy emu dance here)

I have used the exclusive Crafty Meraki stamp set called Elegance, and I’ve water coloured it with Inkon3 Atelier ink re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. I used my MISTI to stamp it with Fadeout Ink. The Atelier inks are available from the Crafty Meraki shop, but the re-inkers are not, at this time.

After colouring the image in, I have used the coordinating Para-dies to cut it out. I have also used the dies to cut out one of the sentiments that I had heat embossed in Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. The embossing ink I use is also the one from WOW!

The card base is cut out of Storm Cloud coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and I have also splattered this with white gold water colour. This is from the Kuretake Starry Night palette, and is one of my absolute go-to for gold and metallics.

The floral image and the sentiment have been propped up with foam tape, and I didn’t trim off the bits sticking out because I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I like the wild look of it.

There is a YouTube video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel for this card, and I’m mainly going to be doing videos for Crafty Meraki so make sure you subscribe to their channel if you want to see what I will be getting up to!

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! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!
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Let’s Decorate with Picket Fence Studios and zero calories!

Hello fellow cake lovers!

Today’s post is all about cake, cake, cake!! Not the edible kind, sadly as I never say no to a piece of cake myself.

Both these cards are made with the Let’s Decorate stamp and coordinating diecut set. There is also a little bit of help from the Cheat Day stamp set, because it has some fun cake-related sentiments.

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I stamped up the biggest cake with Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink, and while I was at it, I stamped up two. Who only have one cake when you can have two?? I may or may not have been known to have several different kinds of cake at my own and birthday parties I have hosted for others.

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The images are all coloured in with Zig Clean Color markers on Bristol Vellum paper. The roses I did with bright and vivid colours to look like Kaleidoscope Roses, or more commonly known as Rainbow Roses. Google it if you haven’t seen one in real life! When I cut these out using the coordinating diecuts, I covered the images with a strip of kitchen roll to avoid the colours touching the cutting plate and then smudging.

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For my lemony cake, I used the 3 1/2″ Blending Stencil to create a zingy, citrusy background. I simply swept my Zig markers across the paper in the open circle. The cake was then adhered flat on top of this. The sentiment is stamped up with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. It’s from Cheat Day. The final touch was some Enamel Drops in Green and Yellow.

 

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The Rainbow Roses card I finished by stamping up all the sentiments from Cheat Day and Let’s Decorate set in light grey ink. I did this with the help of the Mini MISTI and did it directly on the card base.

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The final flourish for this card was a generous sprinkling (ah, cake pun!) of Rainbow Crystal  from Studio Katia.

If you don’t need any more reasons to shop the new release, I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my affiliate link to Picket Fence Studios. It doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, but the commission they will give me for sending you their way, means the world to me. And every little helps, even if you just buy one stamp or stencil. Thank you in advance for supporting my crafting journey like this, I can not express enough how much it means to me.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

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Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

Altenew December 2018 Markers/Embellishments Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi guys and welcome!

Today I am so excited to take part in Altenew’s December release blog hop! If you arrived here from Kymona, you are in the right spot. There is a full list of all the stops at the bottom of this post, in case you want to go back and look at someone’s projects again or if you get lost.

I have made two cards using the new Set E markers, which round out my collection of Artist Markers. I have been waiting for the greens, Tropical Forest, in this set for ages as they are my fave greens in the Oval Inks collection. *insert squeaks and all the heart eye emojis here* Now I just need the Primary Color set and I’m complete! Well, apart from all the Artist Markers refills of course. That darn FullSetSyndrome is a real pickle at times!

My first card, and I’ve made two of the same, is done in what’s become a bit of a signature look for me, with the Artist Markers: A bold background made by simply drawing thick lines in each colour and blending them in. The inspiration for the colour scheme is the changing colours of leaves in the autumn, all those vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and golden brown.

In the past I have sometimes done this directly on a card base but this time I used a pre-cut card panel. It does look a lot cleaner without the ink bleeding through on the inside of the card.

That’s all the “colouring” done for card no1 and I use that term loosely here as it is quite simply fool-proof. No blending, shading or even staying within the lines are required for this sort of colouring. Just draw the marker from one side to the other, to create the thickness of the selection you want and then move on to the next shade. Easy peasy!

The stamp set I have used for both cards is Leaf Canopy, it’s fast become a firm fave in my Altenew stash. I find it very versatile and lovely to colour with all sorts of different mediums.

After dusting my panel with an anti-static tool, I stamped the solid images from the top right corner all the way down to the bottom left corner, with VersaMark ink. The embossing powder I used is Copper and it complements the colour in the background beautifully. It’s rich and gorgeous!

To finish the card off, I adhered it to a card base and added a few sentiments from the Leaf Canopy stamp set.

These are also heat embossed with Copper, for a cohesive look. A very generous smattering of matte black sequins were the final touch.

My second card is a mixture of techniques: no-line colouring, emboss resist, ink blending, spot light look and eclipse….

To begin with, I stamped the outline image from Leaf Canopy in Bamboo ink on a panel. This I coloured in using Set E, both the green and orange Artist Markers. Once all coloured in, I stamped the solid image on top in VersaMark and heat clear embossing powder over it.

The clear embossing powder protects the colouring without hiding any of it. In fact, I think it highlights it.

With a blending brush, I picked out some Oval Ink pads and blended a soft blue around the branch of leaves and then towards the edges of the card, a mix of darker blues. I used inks from the Cool Summer Night family: Sea Glass and Dusk. Turquoise from the Deep Blue Seas family as well as Persian Blue and Sapphire from the Glacier Caves family were used too.

To finish off the background, I splattered first some water drops on it. These I dabbed off with a piece of kitchen towel. Then I added some gold splatters on it too.

With the diecut ‘You are Loved‘, I cut first one piece out of foam sheet, then another out of brushed gold card stock and finally one out of the background panel. I adhered the background to a card base and then layered up the pieces, foam + gold + top layer, until was all puzzled back together. With that, the card was done!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my cards as much as I enjoyed making them! I have used compensated affiliate links to, amongst others, Altenew in this post, at no extra cost to you, in case you want to grab any of the items I have used here for yourself. When you use an affiliate link, not just mine but any crafters’, you help support their dream and crafting journey so I hope you will consider using them when shopping. Thank you in advance for supporting us like this! We all really appreciate it!

Now for prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/12/2018 for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on Sunday, December 16th.

You can also win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew here on my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment by the 12/12/18.

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

The final stop on the hop is Agnieszka

FULL HOP LIST BELOW

Altenew Card Blog

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Kristina Pokazanieva

Nicole Picadura

Kelly Latevola

Enza Gudor

Kathleen Graumüller

Sveta Fotinia

Lilith Eeckels

TaeEun Yoo

Therese Calvird

Anna Komenda

Zinia Redo

Vicky Papaioannou

Lydia Evans

Laura Jane

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zsoka Marko

Virginia Lu

Raquel Bowman

Svitlana Shayevich

Gayatri Murali

Kymona Tracey

Erica A-B. <——- YOU ARE HERE——–

Agnieszka Malyszek

Bright bloom card with Gina K Designs and giveaway winner announced!

Hello, hello!

I’m back in my craft room after having been away from it for over a week. Six of those days were spent travelling and being in Sweden, where lots of shenanigans and cake eating took place, as well as being part of a childhood friend’s wedding. Instead of doing that the other guest did when it came to giving the bridal couple a wedding present or even contributing money towards their honeymoon, I gave the gift of wedding flowers! It was so special to be able to be part of their big day like this and make my gift so personal, I loved that. When it came to the actual flowers, all the bride told me was that she wanted orange and lavender in the bouquet, other than that I had free rein with it and this is how it turned out.

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It seem appropriate that today’s card is made with a Gina K Designs stamp as I’m also announcing the winner of the giveaway from Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary blog post. The prize is a $25 gift voucher to the Gina K Designs shop, where you can find the gorgeous Through Thick and Thin stamp that I have used for this card. It has a very sweet friendship sentiment in it too and we can’t ever have too many of those, can we??

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I stamped the flower on masking tape and cut it out, and then stamped it again on water colour paper with red distress ink in Candied Apple.

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To colour in the flowers I also used Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and a bit of Black Soot for depth and details. For a progress photo, click HERE, which will take you to my Instagram feed.

The leaves are stamped in Moved Lawn and then water coloured with that ink as well as Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage. For another progress photo, go back to my Instagram post HERE.

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When I was happy with the colouring, I used a Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant called Basic Set, to cut it out of the panel as well as adding some interest to it by using the two rectangular dies in the set.

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On the back of the diecut piece, I added foam tape to create a sturdy layer and stop the panel from drooping. To bring in the green from the leaves, I added the whole shebang to a green card base. I’m fairly certain it’s Lawn Fawn card stock in Cilantro.

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The sentiment ‘You’ve been my friend through thick and thin’ I stamped in black in on a banner, this is cut out from the same Mama Elephant diecut Basic Set. With the help of a thin strip of foam tape (it wasn’t quite thick enough to make the banner level but oh well, you live and learn) it got added to the card as well.

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And that was it! I know a few of you are starting to get seriously worried about the lack of sequins but fear not, I have a few sequin-tastic projects coming up that will surely allay any fears that my love of sequins is diminishing. Because it really isn’t. I love the bling and I can not lie! (on cards that is, in real life not so much)

Anyway, I did promise you a winner from the recent giveaway too. Thanks for waiting patiently for the announcement! Without further ado and a big drum roll the winner is

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Cherie, CONGRATULATIONS!! Please email me by Thursday the 13th of September, the using the Contact page, so I can get your prize to you!

Thank you all so much for stopping by today, I know it’s been a while but life happens and I have had such a lovely time recently, it’s been totally worth being away from the craft room.

See you all soon again!

 

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hi guys!

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I’m your next stop on the huge and fabulous blog hop to celebrate Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary, and you should have come here from the uber-talented Dana Joy. If you get lost or a link isn’t working, go back to Rubeena’s blog A Rare Ruby for the full list, as well as Day 1 blog hop list.

This blog hop is all about celebrating crafting, our community and the outstanding inspiration found there, as well as marking Rubeena’s 4th Craftiversary. So, what’s crafting and colouring to me? Well, apart from being a VERY well-loved hobby, it’s also helped me through some very tough and dark times in my life. Having had a creative outlet for grief and severe frustration over some chronic back pain issues I have from an accident many years ago, crafting has been an absolutely life-saver at times. If I’m having a bad day, spending a few hours in the craft room with some colouring, Netflix or music and some yummy snacks will distract me nicely and stop me from spiralling downward in the pitfalls of depression and feeling fed up.

My cards and my preferences over materials have changed a lot over the years but I’m still not sure I’d say I have a particular style… It all depends on what I feel like making that day. One of the fun sides of crafting is that you don’t have to put yourself in a box and stay there (unless you want to). I usually also have more than one project going on at any one time, I’m a messy crafter like that. You should see the state of my craft room right now…! Yikes.

One of my favourite things to do is water colouring, especially if I’m sad or lacking mojo. There is something very therapeutic about watching the colours swirl around and settle into an image. Not that I’m overly good at it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. I use lots of different mediums though, with various results. Copics, coloured pencils, Zig markers, Altenew Artist Markers etc etc As long as it involves colours, I love it!

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It also needs to be said that I value the Instagram crafting community I’ve been so warmly embraced by, very very highly. I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way, and Rubeena is one of them. Here is to you, girl!!

The card I made for this hop is quite an Erica-card; it’s floral, pink and gold. I’m not a CAS card kind of gal (although I have been doing better with those recently) but I do love a big, bold floral card with a splashy sentiment.

I tried something new for the flower, going for no-line colouring using InkOn3 fade out ink and Zig Clean Color markers. Now you might wonder what’s “new” about that, it was my first try using this new ink and I am really quite hooked!

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I used pinks, purples, yellows and reds on the flower, which is from Stampendous, and worked on it pretty much all day, and some the following day. It took ages but I think it was worth it personally. No-line colouring is not to be rushed after all!

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To create the background I splattered red gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette on an A2 panel of water colour card stock.

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While that was drying, it was time to think about the rest of the card. I picked out a sentiment and decided on one from MFT Stamps. It’s from a set called Anything-but-Basic Friendship ‘I’ve seen you at your worst and I still think you’re the best’ on black card stock and heat embossed it in WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder.

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To assemble the card I adhered the flower to the background panel with some very thick foam tape, added the sentiment strip in the bottom right corner with some slimmer tape and then decided to add a gold ‘friend’ diecut word to the card to really highlight the friendship element.

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To make sure the ‘friend’ dienamic is level on the card, I cut out bits of the word in foam sheet too and added the to the back. Tricky at this point as I had already glued it down across the flower…!

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A big smattering of clear sparkling sequins added to the card with Glossy Accents later, I was done!

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And now it’s time to hop along to the next person, which is the amazing Channin Pelletier whom I am such a big fan of! *squeal*

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GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes. And check out the prizes!! Wow, wow, wow! *All the heart-eyed emojis*

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Right, that’s it from me for today but enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here to be in with a chance to grab one of those fabulous prizes! By leaving a comment here on my blog, you will also be in with a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Gina K Designs from me! I will draw a winner on the 5th of Sep too, don’t forget to check back here then to see if you are the winner!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Lots of love from Erica

Altenew Build-A-Flower Camellia and Artist Markers ‘hi’ card

Hi guys!

Today’s card is using the fabulous Build-a-Flower Camellia stamp set and Artist Markers SET A from Altenew. I’ve made quite a few cards with this stamp set already, as I do adore it quite a lot, but I hope you will find that this is a bit different from all the previous ones.

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Altenew generously sent me the B and C sets for the blog hop but I bought the A set myself as soon as I was asked because… you know… FFS? Full Set Syndrome? Well, anyway, I have tried several different colour combinations using the markers and inks, to find the one I like the best. I think this one is my current favorite: Flower outline stamped in Paper Bag Dye Ink and Red Cosmos Artist Markers which you can buy separate or as part of SET A.

I coloured the flower in using my favorite technique: flicking. This is when you start at the point where you want the most colour and then simply flick your marker from there outwards or inwards on your image, leaving a slimmer and slimmer colour trail, if that makes sense? I personally find that this is the easiest way to get a very natural look. The great thing about stamping up the outline and colouring that it, is that all the details are easy to find and high-or-low light with your markers. Plus it helps give extra depth to the flower.

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In the middle I use the darkest of the red markers as well as the two darkest yellows from SET B using a dotting technique. I go around the area, dotting the markers in a random pattern and overlapping each other.

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When I was happy with the colouring, I used the coordinating die that comes as part of the Build-A-Flower Camellia set. I didn’t like all the white bits around the flower so I got the markers out again and filled in and framed the image. Setting this aside once I was happy, it was time to think leaves. Instead of using the ones that comes with the stamp set, I decided to use the big leaf branch from the Beautiful Day stamp set. Grabbing my Forest Glade Dye Ink and Green Fields Artist Markers (which you get if you buy SET A) I tried out a few combinations and ended up liking the ones where I only used the two lightest of the markers. The darkest green was just too green. Using the Coordinating die I cut them out and set them aside along with the flower whilst I started working on the background.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of green on my cards. Don’t get me wrong, I love green outside and in nature but on my cards… nah, not so much. Which is why it might come as a surprise that I decided to put myself through the crafting grinder and make a green background… Why I do these things to myself, I don’t know. Really, no clue.

Anyway, I got some Simon Say Stamp #120 white card stock out, cut it in half and scored it in the middle to make a card base. Directly on this I drew thick lines of the lightest green marker and then over that, using the next marker in the set, I drew a few lines vertically. I went over these lines with the lightest marker again and then got an idea, which in hindsight was not my best one, using some copic blending solution and a natural sponge tried to create some texture. I got the sponge WAY too wet with the blending solution and it went all over my background!! Instead of making cute little speckles, I only managed to create a big green pond… as the card stock is so thick it didn’t soak up the solution right away I got the darkest green marker out and dotted it in the puddles to add some more colour. After I had mopped up the excess solution with some kitchen roll, I added more dots using the two lightest green markers.

I don’t know how long I worked on this background but it wasn’t getting any better, but as it wasn’t getting worse either, I went ahead and used it anyway. I adhered the flower and the leaves with foam tape to create dimension and layers and to keep it relatively simple sentiment wise I just die cut the word ‘hi’ in shiny gold card stock using the  inline alpha die. These got stuck straight onto the card and with that, the card was done!

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you fancy a chance to win a $50 or $30 gift voucher to Altenew, you should stop by THIS BLOG POST (capital letters due to excitement, this was the blog post that was part of the new release blog hop showing off the newest Artist Markers!!) leave a comment on that post as well as This one over at Altenew and you are in the mix! Easy peasy, right??

With that, I’m off to enjoy a wild and crazy Friday evening! Luckily I took The Cheeky Chicas out for a long walk earlier so they are sleepy and The Man is watching football so it’s guilt free party time for me! #andbypartyingImeancrafting

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Happy crafting from Erica