December Picket Fence Studios Release!!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with some colourful inspiration, showing off the December release from Picket Fence Studios!

I made so many cards with these goodies, I am just going to jump right in! First up is a card made with Charles The Chameleon stamp, coordinating diecut and the Points Of Interest stencil. 

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I started out by ink blending two green Distress Oxide inks, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, on Bristol Vellum paper, using my Life Changing Blender Brushes. The stencil I sprayed with Pixie Spray first to make sure it didn’t move during the ink blending.

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With the help of the Mini MISTI, I then stamped up Charles directly on top of the pattern the stencil left behind. I always use the MISTI to stamp any and all my images, to make sure I get a good solid impression. The ink is Picket Fence Studios very own Black Hybrid ink. You might notice that the sentiment is ‘shaded’. This is actually a mistake as I managed to move the paper in between stamping it up. I almost threw this away but thought it looked kind of cool so I ended up using it in the end.

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With the coordinating diecut for Charles, I cut him out of the panel and also out of foam sheet. The foam sheet will give him some height and make him stand out, even all camouflaged. I love using foam sheets for this purpose. You get a perfectly cut piece and it just elevates your card to a whole new level.

To finish it off, I added lots of enamel drops in green, on Charles and Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard around him. A blob of Glossy Accent on his eye was added too.

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Before I started adding anything I could mess up, I did add the whole thing to a white card base. I also trimmed down the panel itself a little to create a white frame around it.

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Always add these little extra touches as the last thing you do, because chances are you will mess it up one way or another otherwise. Ask me how I know this!

My second card is also ink blended, only in a bright neon rainbow kind of way.

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From top to bottom, this one has Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet blended on it. Again, it’s done with the Life Changing Blender Brushes. I also splattered some gold on it for extra pizzaz!

I started out with a different idea, and used the circle part of the 3 1/2″Blending Stencil to keep the middle white. Not that it was anything wrong with it, but for some reason or another, I wasn’t too keen on it. The white was TOO bright and seemed very stark and naked against the vivid colours. I ended up using the positive part of the stencil and blended some of the colours together over the white. Lo and behold, I didn’t like that either.. ugh!

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To save the panel I decided to simply diecut out the part I didn’t like and turn it into a shaker card! I covered the cutout with clear acetate and filled the back of it with loads of foam tape. The using the stencil itself as a guide, I stamped and heat embossed ‘add cake, now it’s a party‘ in gold on a white card base. This is from Cheat Day.

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The embellishments are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Confetti. She has a fabulous range of Confetti which are just perfect for shaker cards!

Apart from the mishap with the middle, this was actually quite a quick card. With lots of colour and sparkle it sure isn’t boring, though, is it?

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Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration! 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

 

Card for MFT Stamps Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor

Hi, hi, hello!

Today’s card is a quick one I made for the very fun Camp Create event MFT Stamps are hosting on the MFT Stamps blog. I’m way behind but Day 1’s prompt is Wonderful Watercolor and I do love a little bit of water colouring so I decided to jump on the fun-waggon!

I’ve also made a YouTube video for this card, so if you want to skip ahead to that, click on the highlighted link which will take you to my channel.

On a panel of water colour card stock, which I had taped down to an old cutting plate with masking tape, I swirled around lots of Gansai Tambi water colours. The object was to create a galaxy background.

When that was done and dried with my heat gun, I used the Shining Stars dienamic (which is apparently discontinued, wahhh), one of my favourites from MFT Stamps, to cut out one each of black card stock and gold mirror card stock. The one I find myself reaching for over and over is Honey Gold from Tonic Studios and the black one I use is Black Licorice from Lawn Fawn. These I layered up with Lawn Fawn gluetube and set aside.

On black card stock I stamped a few sentiments from the Written In The Stars stamp set, another MFT Stamps goodie which has been discontinued, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Metallic Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing. I can’t do any stamping with my MISTI so of course I used that for this part. I also cut out the ‘Good Friends Are Like’ sentiment part out with the Essentials Fishtail Sentiment Strips dienamics. I have so many goodies from MFT Stamps, I’m a proper dienamics fan. Lol!

With all my bits and pieces ready, it was time to assemble the card! After adhering the background panel to the card base, I added the other pieces and finished it off with a very generous helping of Nuvo Drops in Banana Split, from Tonic Studios. They glow in the dark and add such a fun twist to the card!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post and for my YouTube video. Affiliate links do not cost you anything extra at all, that wouldn’t be cool at all. The company will pay me a small commission directly, at zero cost to you. If I have inspired you today, I would be so grateful if you’d consider using mine as I use anything I make from them to run my blog, my YouTube channel and to create fun content.

Thanks for stopping by today. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Playing with the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a few cards I made with one of my newest obsessions: the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh. As soon as I saw this fun diecut I knew I needed it in my life. The Design Team at PPP have teased my creativity and I have seen so many super fun projects with it. I couldn’t wait to get mine and get to work in the craft room.

The first card I made with it came together so quickly and I love how it looks! It’s inspired by a card Laura Bassen made, but I put my own spin on it by changing a few things. Quite a few things in the end but her card was the inspiration behind this one.

I was in the zone while making it and didn’t take any progress photos at all but for the next three I made sure to stop and do just that. The sequins I used for the baubles are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Fusion.

While I had the diecut out, I cut out enough pieces to make another four trees. I had lots of colour ideas for these and got to work right away!

Naturally I had to make a pink tree. Although I would probably never get an actual pink Christmas tree, it is so fun to try different colour combos for these. All the inks I used are Distress Oxides. On this one I have used only Picked Raspberry, doing a bit of an ombré look on each bit.

I used my Pink Fresh Studio Life Changing Blender brushes for all the ink blending. These brushes have changed how I do ink blending and I adore how they feel as well as the fact it is really easy to get a soft, light blend. I’m a convert for sure!

The next colour combo was pink (Picked Raspberry) and purple (Wilted Violet)

Sadly I completely messed this one up when I went to heat emboss some Gold Tinsel embossing powder on it. I tried dabbing on VersaMark ink from the re-inker bottle to make it very juicy so it would pick up lots of embossing powder. It turned into a lava-like concoction that wouldn’t set…! Oh well, you live and learn.

The third colour combination is the same as the first card: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for a nice green tree.

On these pieces I heat embossed Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing Powders to make it look like it was covered in snow.

While I was on a roll with the WOW! Embossing powder and had my heat gun out, I also did a background using Christmas Background from MFT Stamps. My anti static tool was first dusted all over the panel of course. Then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the background, sprinkled Metallic Gold Rich on it and set it.

The panel was trimmed down a little bit and adhered to a card base made out of Evergreen card stock. This is from Lawn Fawn and they have a fabulous selection of coloured card stock. I use these a lot for card bases that need to have a colour as the card stock is nice and sturdy.

To finish off the card, I heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set. Both the banner and the stamp set are from MFT Stamps and the heat embossing is done in the same Metallic Gold Rich as the background.

The tree and the banner are both adhered to the card with foam tape to raise them up a little and add some fun dimension. The tree trunk piece is done with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

After this one was done, I went back to my pink tree and decided to use it with a muted background colour scheme to make the pink pop.

On a panel of Kraft card stock, I embossed the Stitched Wood Grain cover up die from Lil’Inker. It adds such a lovely texture to the card stock. The trunk is cut out of gold glitter card stock for an extra jazzy tree!

On the back, I again used foam tape. As these trees are angular and with bits poking out, I have puzzled together different pieces to avoid wasting it. Once it’s stuck to the card, nobody will know that there are like 52 pieces on the back of it, rather than one big one, lol!

On a card base I adhered the wood grain embossed panel, which had been trimmed down a little bit, and then added my tree to it. Another banner with ‘Merry Christmas‘ was added under it and lots of Nuvo Drops, from Tonic Studios, in White Blizzard to the tree itself.

The last tree was done in four different colours, one for each layer. From top to bottom: Old Paper, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.

The tree trunk for this tree is cut out of patterned paper with a wood grain look. Perfect or what?

For this background I wanted something different from the others so I got some more Distress Oxide inks out, this time in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. These two I blended onto a panel, with the lighter in the middle and darker around the edges. Sort of like a lit up spot or halo effect.

At the bottom I wanted a snowy hill for my tree to sit on so I cut out a hill shape out of some paper and used this as a stencil to dab on VersaMark ink. This I covered very generously in Puff Powder and set with the heat gun. Then I did the same thing again to really build some texture! It came out great! I wish you could feel it.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone here so I got the Starry Color palette out and splattered White Gold water colour all over the panel.

Aaaaaand while I was on a roll to make this one different in more than one way, I decided to make a garland with some seeded beads and silver thread. This was quite fiddly work but so worth the time! I did have to secure a few of them with Glossy Accents to make sure they hang properly.

At the time of writing I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to this or not. What do you think? Yay or nay on adding a sentiment?

Bravo to you if you have managed to make to here, this turned into a bit of an essay. Or maybe it just feels like it because of all the pictures. I’d love some feedback on this, what do you like to see in blog posts? Progress photos with step by step instructions or just the finished card and condensed instructions and why? Many, many thanks if you take the time to answer some of these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

I also need to tell you I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. This means that I will get a small commission directly from the company if you use these links to buy something for yourself (and why shouldn’t you?) at absolutely zero cost to you. All other links are provided for your convenience if you want to snap up some of these products for yourself (and again, why wouldn’t you?? Sorry for the enabling, I can’t help myself)

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Thanks again, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Concord & 9th Triple-Step Thank You Feature Friday

Hi guys!

Today’s post is all about the Triple-Step Thank You stamp and diecut set from Concord & 9th.

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I have had so much fun with this stamp combo I ended up with 10 projects to show you today. WAIT!! Don’t run away!! I will try and keep it short and sweet. Or at least short-ish…

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we? My first four cards are stamped in the same way, and with the same Distress Oxide inks but on different coloured card bases to switch things up a little bit. I really like how different Distress Oxide inks look depending on the colour of the card stock so here are some close ups of the differences.

White card stock.

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Light grey card stock.

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Dark grey card stock

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and finally, black card stock.

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Using my MISTI for accuracy, I placed the ‘thanks‘ stamp in and started stamping with Squeezed Lemonade. Going slightly diagonally, I stamped the whole row with the yellow ink and then on the sides I used different coloured Distress Oxide inks for each row.

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On the right side, I used yellows, through orange to red and from top to bottom is Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple.

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On the left side I’ve done pinks through reds, from the top to the bottom it’s Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Fired Brick. For the little gap left in the left hand bottom corner, I used Aged Mahogany on the white card base and Spiced Marmalade for the others as the dark red ink barely showed up on the darker card bases.

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This sort of stamping is so soothing and is great for those times when you feel like your mojo is on vacation as it’s pretty mind-less but so productive, if you get what I’m trying to say? Why not make some fun and colourful backgrounds if you don’t feel inspired to do anything else but still want to craft.

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To finish these cards off I stamped ‘Thank you so much‘ on thin strips of white card stock,  in two colours on each one to create an ombré effect. These strips were then added to the cards using foam tape. I’m still debating whether they need a few sparkly clear sequins or not but I’m trying to not put sequins on everything. The struggle is real, let me tell you, because I find simple designs quite hard to do and not overwork.

While I had all my Distress Oxide inks out I decided to do another panel, only this one is slightly bigger than an A2 sized card and here I used a different colour for each one of the ‘thanks‘. The inks used are Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserve, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

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It turned out so bright and cheerful I haven’t been able to bring myself to cover it up with a sentiment or anything yet. I might just keep it as it is as it makes me really happy to see all the colours.

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With more Distress Oxide inks and the heart stamps and diecuts from the Triple-Step Thank You set, I stamped up lots of hearts and cut them out. Then I stamped more hearts onto a white card base and in the gaps between these hearts I added the ones I had cut out previously, using foam tape. This one I haven’t done anything else with either. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… I find it so hard to cover up a cute background…!

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My next two cards were made quite quickly as I had two ombré water coloured backgrounds already made from ages ago. One is black with gold shimmer and the other one is blue with white shimmer. I used Gansai Tambi 36-pack water colours for these.

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Using the Triple-Step diecut, I cut both the panels and set the cutout aside. Out of white card stock and foam sheets, I cut a piece each for each card and then stamped the Triple-Step Thank You in black/grey Distress Oxide inks on one and blues on the other one.

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I have used white card bases for these two as well. As the ombré panel is slightly smaller than the card base, it creates a thin white border around it, which adds so much interest with very little effort. The panel was added to the card using foam sheet pieces cut to size and then it was quick work puzzling the ‘thank you’ pieces together and the cards were done.

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The next card is a bit of a fire hazard to be honest. Not once it’s finished but the making of it can take a bad turn quickly as it is a mix of alcohol inks, Yupo paper and heat embossing. This technique requires lots of caution and patience!

To start out with, I got a sheet of translucent Yupo paper out and used purple alcohol ink and silver mixative on it. Once it was fully dry, I dusted it with my anti-static tool and stamped the stripes from Stripes & Sayings in VersaMark ink on it. I decided to use Platinum embossing powder from Altenew on it.

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Then came the tricky part: using the heat gun to melt the embossing powder without warping the Yupo too much or setting fire to it! Make sure your heat gun is really hot and then work in small sections very quickly. And be extra careful! My Yupo warped a little bit despite the caution I exercised so I placed it under some heavy stuff to flatten before adding it to a card base and trimming off the excess. It’s not entirely flat on the card but oh well, you win some, you loose some.

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Sentiment wise I use the Triple-Step Thank you stamp and diecut set again, and I used pink inks for this. Once it was cut out, I added it to the card with foam tape and it was done.

The final card is super simple but has a fun twist to it! I stamped up the Triple-Step Thank you in pink Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose, and then I covered the letters with Nuvo Glow Drops Neon in Shocking Pink. These glow in the dark!! It doesn’t show very well in photos though so I will post a little video of it on my Instagram page for those of you who want to see it in action.

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Phew… ok, that’s it for today. Yes, really. Oh… no, actually. Ok, my bad, I’m pretty much all done. All I have left to mention is that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost whatsoever to you, if you click on one of these links and buy a thing or two. Or five. No judgements from this one! If you choose to support me by using these links, thank you so much in advance, I really, really appreciate it a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting from Erica