WOW! Embossing New Release YouTube Hop!

Hi guys!

Today’s blog post is going to be quite quick, because the real action is over on YouTube where I’m hopping along with the WOW! Embossing design team to show off a new release of glittery goodness. There are two new trios, Toteally Awesome and Summer Scoop.

As well as two coordinating embossing powders to the new Catherine Pooler inks: Deck The Halls and Cranberry Sparkle.

Oh, and a glow in the dark powder called Galaxy Glitter!

Right, so I’m going to skip to my cards now. I made two, using a mix of the colours in the Summer Scoop and Toteally Awesome trios. On my first card I used a diecut from The Stamp Market called Color Block 1, on white card stock.

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The triangles I popped out and set aside the frame for later. I picked two colours from both trios, as there were eight triangles, and started by covering them with Embossing Pad ink. I did two of each colour, and then set them with the heat tool.

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With all triangles done, I glued down the frame to a card base and then added the triangles in. The background was done, and it was time to add a sentiment. I cut out a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, that says ‘thinking of you’, four times and layered these up. On top of this, I heat embossed White Twinkle, to make it nice and sparkly, like the rest of the card.

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The second card is done with Painted Dots Turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th, and the same embossing powders as the first one.

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With the help of a MISTI and a Turnabout Jig, I stamped the pattern with the Embossing Pad and did one colour at a time. I only added the powder, I did not use the heat tool in between each one. Not until all of the pattern was stamped and covered with the embossing powders.

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With that background done, I grabbed another Concord & 9th stamp set, All The Birthdays, to create a sentiment. I used the big Happy and stamped it up with the Embossing Pad and used Razzleberry, from the Summer Scoop trio. It didn’t look overly opaque, so I did it again and then covered it with Clear Gloss on top.

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With black ink I stamped up ‘birthday’ on a very slim banner, and this I added to the Happy banner. The final thing to do was to add it to a card base and layer up the sentiment banners, and the card was done.

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With that, I am done for the day but I hope you get a chance to hop over to YouTube to watch the video. There are prizes up for grabs in case you need an extra incentive!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this blog post, at no extra cost to you. There are also some links to other products used, that are not affiliate links, for your convenience.

You Say Witch Like It’s A Bad Thing! | STAMPtember 2019

Hi guys!

Today’s card is made with one of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember set from last year, If The Hat Fits, combined with their Spider Web Background stamp. I’m not much into Halloween and scary stuff, that’s just not my jam at all. Making Halloween cards, however, I for some reason, love making!

I started out by stamping up two of the hats on Neenah card stock with Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence Studios, as this is Copic friendly.

I used quite a few of the Cool Grey Copics to colour in the hat, but still getting some highlights and contrast to it. Both hats were done in the same colours and the accessories were done in “witchy” colours.

Thankfully for me, as I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, there are coordinating diecuts for this set too, and I used them to cut out the hats.

The background is the Spider Web Background stamp, heatembossed in Opaque Bright White on Eggplant card stock from Concord & 9th. For some reason, despite using an anti-static tool on the card stock first, there was a lot of stray powder all over it and it felt too fiddly to try cleaning that up. The effect was sort of a dusty spiderweb, which actually worked out pretty cool.

To make it look a bit spookier, and also to draw the eye in, I ink blended some Black Soot with a Life Changing Blender Brush around the edges. Doing this works really well with coloured card stock, if you want to add a more dimensional look to your background.

That little piece of acetate with the PostIt tape is a clever little tool I use to keep my fingers off my project, both to avoid finger prints on my ink blending and smudging the ink. It’s super inexpensive and works a treat. After doing the ink blending, I splattered some gold water colour on it and set that aside to dry.

I also heat embossed one of the funny sentiments, from If The Hat Fits, in white on black card stock. This piece I cut out with the Stitched Circle dies, and did another one in white card stock, in the next size up.

To finish off the card I adhered all these bits and pieces to the background with Lawn Fawn glue tube. For an extra pop, I added some Glossy Accents to the green ribbon hat and to the buckle and the moon, on the other hat.

The last finishing touch were some matte black and iridescent black sequins, which I adhered with more Glossy Accents.

With that, I’m all done! I hope you found some inspiration where with me today. If you did, I’d be ever so grateful if you would use the compensated affiliate links provided in this blog post. Using these do not cost you anything extra at all, the company the links are affiliate to, pay me a small commission directly as a thank you for directing you to them. These earnings, however small, help keep my little blog, YouTube channel and Instagram feed fun and fresh for you, so thank you if you use them! It means a lot to me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Flower mania with The Stamp Market`

Hi everyone!

Today I’ve got a card and a cute little gift card bag made with some lovely diecuts from The Stamp Market.

Recently I went a little mad and made a lot of flowers using the Beautiful Blooms Builder diecut. The paper I used is this gorgeous linen textured card stock, and I mixed and maxed colours to see what worked and what didn’t. Well, it all kinda worked so I ended up with a whole bouquet. Oh, and lots of leaves too.

Eh, whatcha gonna do? In my case, I ended up using almost all of them on one single card. Because who wants to be restrained?? Not this gal!

I had a watercolored panel already done, and it is in green colours which kind of worked as a greenery background. With the panel as a guide, I puzzled the flowers and the leaves together so they covered pretty much the whole thing.

To keep all the bits and pieces in the right place, I used PostIt Tape all over them and flipped it over. Next came the foam tape to pop up the whole thing from the card panel.

I left a little bit of space in the top left corner as I also had a fun ‘Dude’ diecut leftover from another project. To finish off the sentiment, I heat embossed ‘Keep going’ from a Simon Says Stamp set called ‘You got this’, in white on black card stock. On the back of this I added a bit of foam tape to pop it off the card.

Now, this is already a pretty busy card with all these Beautiful Bloom flowers but of course I couldn’t leave it like it was. I added a load of iridescent sequins in various sizes so they would peek out from under the flowers, with Glossy Accents.

Finally setting the card aside, I thought why not make a little something with the one leftover flower and some leaves. Or any excuse to use the Gift Bags & Tag Dies, right?

I cut it out of Ranger Ink water colour card stock and after putting it together, I heat embossed ‘Sending Lots Of Hugs To You’ in white on it. This sentiment is from the You Are My Fave Stamp set. To make it stand out a little, I added some pink colour to it.

When it was dry, I put together the flower and the leaves. These I added to the gift bag with foam tape too. Because why not, lol? I love how it came out!

I have linked everything I have used for these projects in this post in case you wanted to pick up something for yourself. I’m not an affiliate of neither Simon Says Stamp or The Stamp Market though, just a HUGE fan.

I also have a giveaway on my Instagram page, with a stamp set from The Stamp Market. Hop on over there to be in with a chance to win the gorgeous Diamond Design Background stamp.

And with that, I’m all done for today, thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pretty pastels with WPlus9 for SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying summer!

Today’s card is made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Anything goes and the collaboration company is WPlus9. I love the flower stamps from them and the sentiments dies from SSS so I got to work on a friendship card.

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One of my absolute favourite stamps from WPlus9 is Kind Soul and I heatembossed this on some Canson XL water colour card stock, using Wow! Embossing powder Extra Fine. This embossing powder gets all the little details without clumping it up or loosing anything.

After I made myself a little sunworshipping nest outside on the lawn, I settled down with my clipboard for stability, Daniel Smith 240 dot chart and some H2O water colouring brushes. Colouring both myself i.e. tanning and the flowers, I laid there for hours in the late afternoon sunshine (with sunscreen on and drinking plenty of water) It was such a lovely way to spend the day.

Once I was done with the colouring I trimmed down the panel to 5.5”x4.5”, which is a bit bigger than the usual A2 card size but I just couldn’t bring myself to cut off the leaves… To make the card base, I used Lawn Fawn card stock in the colour Plum. I made it just .25” bigger than the flower panel, so that a slim strip of purple could frame the card on the left hand side.

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Sentiment wise I chose the ‘Miss you’ from SSS, it’s such a lovely font and I think it says it all when it comes to long-distance friendships. It’s always nice to be reminded that someone’s missing us, isn’t it?

 

 

I usually use foam sheet to raise up sentiments but for this one I decided to use the left over Plum card stock, and cut out two more which would be layered up to provide a base for the top part.

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To make it slightly more interesting, I stamped the Kind Soul in VersaMark ink on the card stock before cutting out the final layer. It doesnt’ show overly much, just enough to catch your eye and make you look a bit closer.

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Finishing off the card was quick and easy at this point: The flower panel got added to the card base, the ‘miss you’ sentiment was glued down in the top left corner and I also added a smattering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. And yes, this is perhaps a few more than you would call a ’smattering’ but I love sequins!

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Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the card! I have some fun news and things to share this month so make sure to stop by soon to find out more!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pink Monochromatic card with lots of glimmer and shimmer for a glamorous birthday girl!

Hello, hello! 

Today’s post is a quick one to show you a card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the cue is ‘Sparkle and Shine’. 

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I used an A2 panel cut out of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock which I stencilled with Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The stencil is Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil and I used it just along the side of the panel. The shimmer you get from the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses is amazing, if you like shimmer, you will love these! Tonic Studios also have a stunning collection of mirror, metallic and shimmer card stock. I’m a big fan!

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The idea I had was to show a sentiment through a diecut so I cut out a stitched circle using a SSS diecut. I didn’t end up using that idea, instead I put a glimmery pink card stock behind it and adhered all this to a white card base. 

I stamped up ‘Friend’ from the SSS Stained Glass Love Stamp set on Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock and coloured then in with pink Copic markers. This I cut out using the coordinating diecut and set aside. 

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On a slim strip of white card stock I stamped up ‘It’s Your Birthday’ with VersaMark ink, after dusting this card stock with my anti-static tool. The embossing powder I used is Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder and I set this with my heat gun. 

This card came together pretty easy after all these bits were done, it just took a quick minute to decide where they were going to go and then adhering them to the card base. I also added a few puffy heart stickers from Doodlebug Design Inc’s , the ones I used are called Tiny Hearts ,to the card and with that I was done. 

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I hope you like it and found some inspiration here. As always, I’ve used compensates affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission directly from the company itself, one of them being Scrapbook.com, if you purchase something using these links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting me like this if you do use these links. It really does mean the world to me and every little helps! 

For more crafting adventures, you can follow me on my various social medias: Instagram is where I’m most active, but you can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr.

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That’s really it from me for today, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lots of love,

Erica 

 

 

Always Here For You, Friend

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I’m popping in today with another card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. The cue ‘Add some Texture’ was very inspiring to me. If you know me and my crafting style it’s usually all about layers, dimension and textures so this was pretty much the perfect challenge.

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I started out by blending some Distress Oxides inks on some Bristol Vellum water colour card stock. The colours I used are Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry from bottom to the top. These colours just look divine together, don’t you agree?

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To get that lovely dotted look I also splattered some water on it and lifted it with a towel. Whilst that was drying, I settled on a sentiment and I went for SSS Stained Glass Love, using the ‘friend’ image. Because I couldn’t decide on exactly what colour I wanted it, I did two. One with pink Copic markers and black in and the other one I heat embossed it with Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder and coloured it with Zig Clean Color markets in yellows. In the end I went with the yellow one.

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Using the coordinating diecut, I cut it out and also stamped up ‘Always here for you’ with black ink on a piece of white card stock. This bit I trimmed down to fit behind the Friend bit. While I was at it, I also cut out a piece of foam sheet to raise it up and add even more texture and dimension.

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To add the actual texture bit I used a Tim Holtz stencil called Gothic Layering Stencil and a mixture of Ranger Ink white texture paste and Nuvo Embellishment mousse in Lemon Sorbet.

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When that was dry I put all the pieces together and added some clear sparkly sequins to it as well.

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I love how this came out and might try it in different colours to make a set. Now that would make a great present, wouldn’t it?

As always, I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. That means I get a small commission from the company directly if you end up buying something using these links. Thank you in advance if you choose to support my crafting journey like that, I really appreciate it!

Have a great day and happy crafting! Lots of love from Erica

B-O-L-D Birthday card with Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and SSS Circluar Lace stencil

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve got a very textured card for you as I made it with the cue for this week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add some texture. I was very inspired by my friend Tracy’s card, where she’s used a stencil and glitter amongst other goodies. You should definitely check it out, it’s gorgeous!

I decided to try a very bold look and used my new favorite matte black card stock from Tonic Studios called Black Velvet and Nuvo Embellishment Mousses in different colours. The ones I have used for this card are Royal Aubergine, Peony Pink and Lemon Sorbet.

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This was my first real try with these colours and I didn’t really know just how shimmery they are so I also added some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple, just in case they dried less vibrant than they are in the jars. That turned out to be an absolutely needless worry, these mousses dry even more shimmery than when they are wet I think. I’m sold and am already prioritising the order of the next ones I’m getting!

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Usually when I use stencils I tape them in place with masking tape but for some reason or another, I didn’t with this panel so it’s not as sharp and clean-looking as it normally is. I still loved it though and decided to go ahead and use it.

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The stencil I have used is called Circular Lace from Simon Says Stamp and I used a little spatula to spread the embellishment mousse this way and that. There was no real plan to this, I just used all three and covered the panel. Once all the mousse was on, I added a bit of the glimmer paste in a few select places before setting that aside to dry.

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As the background is like ‘in your face wow’, if I’m allowed to say that myself, I decided to keep the sentient simple and straight to the point. Using another Simon Says Stamp set called Big Birthday Wishes, I got one stamp out that says ‘It’s your birthday’ and stamped that in black ink on a skinny strip of white card stock.

The finish off the sentiment I got out my big ‘Celebrate’ from MFT Stamps and I use this one a lot! I adore the font and the size of it. To add even more texture and dimension to the card, I cut it out of foam sheet, more Black Velvet and also MFT Stamps Brushed Gold card stock. These three I layered so that the gold was on top and the black created a shadow to it, then the final layer was the foam tape to raise it up.

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The little strip with the sentiment was added to the card and the ‘Celebrate’ was strategically placed so that it covered the end on the left side, to bring it all together.

As this card has so much going on, it was easy to walk away from it at this point and just admire the shimmer. I can absolutely see myself adding more of these Nuvo Embellisment Mousses to my stash! In all honesty, I was less keen on the glitter paste BUT it was my first try with this so it might grow on me.

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post as always, at no extra cost to you. I get a small commission from the company directly if you use one so thank you for supporting me in this way! I really appreciate it!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Alcohol ink background with Copics

Hi guys!

Sorry I have been a bit quiet recently, this year has just flown by and I’m a little bit shocked that it’s already Feb 2nd…! I’m going to make a concentrated effort to be a bit more regular with my blogging and especially the jibber-jabbering. That’s what you are coming for isn’t it, really?? lol, just joking!

Recently I have been really drawn to alcohol ink art and that is something I’m really going to explore this year. I’m following several talented alcohol ink artists on Instagram and they make some amazing pieces! I love that they all look different and that you won’t ever get two looking the same.

Last week, I made a ‘painting’, a card and a gift tag with alcohol inks and they came out fabulous. Have a look at this blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink if you want to read the how-to behind these.

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My card for this blog post is very bright and colourful, I’ve gone for a rainbow theme because they make me happy and look pretty. Plus it saves me picking just one or two colours, bonus!

Over on my Instagram account I did a little video on how I created a background using Copic markers on Yupo paper(which is exactly what I did for today’s card too), if you want to see that for the first time, or maybe even again, click right here to go there now. With that piece I made two cards by cutting out a sentiment and then using the negative space too.

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This is a fun way to try alcohol inks (if you already have alcohol bases markers) as all you need is the Yupo paper and some alcohol to activate the process. For this panel I did it very similarly to the once I used for the cards above: I simply scribbled my chosen colours all over the paper in thick strips and then dabbed some alcohol solution on it using a sea sponge to create a random pattern. To see what the background looked like before I added all the bling and sentiments, click on this link here which will take you to my instagram.

For the sentiment, I stamped up the lovely stained glass stamp ‘FRIENDS’ from Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white using Altenew Crisp White Embossing Powder. Altenew has some amazingly beautiful embossing powders, so if you are looking for new ones, I can highly recommend them. The Platinum is gorgeous, the Rose Gold is divine and the Antique Gold are absolutely lovely, just to mention a few.

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When it came time to colour it in, I matched the colours of the background to my Zig Clean Color markers and got colouring. I added lots of colour at the bottom of the letter and then blended it out the higher I got, to create an ombré effect. The little hearts I used a red markers for. Unfortunately, the white background of the word and the white embossing kind of bleached the whole things out so I decided to colour the whole thing grey. This made a huge difference and the white outlines of the letters now actually showed.

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While I was cutting it out using the coordinating diecut, I also cut out a piece of double sided foam sheet so I could layer them and create a layer on the card. It also helped the sentiment pop a bit more.

On a small strip of black card stock I heat embossed, again in white, the rest of the sentiment to make the whole thing say ‘so very grateful you are my friend’. This strip got adhered directly to the ‘friend’ part.

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To finish the card off, I added a very healthy dose of sequins from a mix called Crystal Rainbow Fusion from Studio Katia. This is one of my favorite sequin mixes, it’s filled with lovely colours and they are all so sparkly and vivid too.

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That’s it from me, I hope you like this card, this technique and maybe give it a go yourself! Have a great weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!

For full disclosure I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible, which means that if you click on the link and end up buying something, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance for using these to help me keep my blog going!

Lots of love from Erica

Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge 89!

Hi guys!

Today I’m super excited to be guest designing for Simon Says Stamp  over on their Flickr account where they host weekly challenges! This one is Flickr Challenge 89 and the theme is Friendship. You can find all the details by going over to them using the link above and if you want to be a guest designer yourself, click here to let them know!

If you want to follow me on Flickr, this link will take you to my little corner over there. For Instagram, use this one. Right-y-o (definitely a word if you ask me) time to get on with it!

Friendship cards are one of my favourites to create. I do think we send way too little happy mail these days and that’s something I’m trying to get better at myself as I love opening the mail box and seeing an unexpected envelope in there. It’s such a small thing to do but makes such a difference for the recipient. If you want to exchange happy mail, use the ‘Contact’ option on my blog or leave a comment below with your email and I’ll be in touch to swap addresses!

I’ve made three cards for this post and although all three have heatembossing on them, they are all coloured in different ways. Let’s get to the first one:

As soon as I saw the stamp set called Stitched Alphabet from SSS  I knew I had to have it. It’s been sitting in my stash for a while now, sad and unused. Which is crazy because it’s so handy! Who doesn’t live an alphabet stamp set??

Anyway, to start with I got some Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock out and cut it down to 3.75″x5.5″. This piece I placed in my MISTI and then one by one, I placed the stamps in alphabetical order in three rows. Before I did anything else I dusted it with my anti-static powder tool. Then the VersaMark ink pad came out as well as Ranger Ink Super Fine White embossing powder. The whole shebang was set with my heat tool and whilst that was cooling, I got my Zig Clean Color markers out. Using my colour swatches for guidance, I started with Turquoise Green and then (skipping a few) worked my way through the colour spectrum until I got to the last letter which ended up Purple.

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The way I had arranged the letters made the word ‘HI’ appear almost in the middle and to highlight this, I shadowed them in two grey markers to make it very obvious. On dark grey card stock, I heat embossed the word ‘Friend’ from an exclusive SSS & Studio Katia Stamptember set (which is not available any longer) in white.

As the panel I had coloured is smaller than the standard 4.24″x5.5″ card size, I added some fun patterned paper from a SSS Monthly Kit to the card base. It’s a lovely mint green colour with different sizes stars on. My coloured panel was added with foam tape as was the little ‘friend’ sentiment piece. A good showering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh    added with Multi Medium Matte later and my first card was done!

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My second card is a one-layer card as well as CAS style! Very, very unlike me but I thought it a good time to challenge myself too seeing as this whole thing is a challenge after all. Trying something new and different is uncomfortable even when we are talking “just” card making. CAS cards do not come easy for me. Not at all. You’d think they would be simple as they even have that word in the description: Clean And Simple. More like Crying And Sobbing for me! But, trying to quiet my inner Drama Queen who was ranting and raving about sequins and layers and what-have-you, I got another very under-used stamp set out, called Seeing Stars.

I debated on which colours to use and how to indeed keep this CAS. Settling on heat embossing a sentiment in WOW Fine Gold embossing powder and then stamping the different sizes stars in different colours seemed like an ok plan. The sentiment I chose says ‘You’re A Star’ and this is heat embossed directly onto the card base, which I cut and folded out of SSS 120lb White Cardstock. This card stock is super smooth and a dream to stamp and colour on. I absolutely love it!

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Next up was choosing colours and I picked Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron, all in Distress Oxide ink pads. Using the stamps and an acrylic block I stamped these in a random pattern around the sentiment. It was so difficult for me to NOT add any sequins or any other type of embellishment but I managed to leave it as it was.

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For my third card I used the same Seeing Stars stamp set but I stamped up 2 of the star constellations as well as two sentiments directly on some water colour card stock. All of this was heat embossed using Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder (this is an affiliate link which means that if you click on it and buy this embossing powder, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you)

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Over the heat embossing, I’ve used “normal” Distress Inks to ink blend the background a lovely night sky and splattered some water on it too to make it extra pretty. I love this look. To finish off the sentiment I also cut out the word ‘friend’ using a Winnie & Walter die  which I cut out of MFT Brushed Gold card stock as well as foam tape to raise it up. Layering these together and adding to the panel it was all pretty much done, all that was needed now was a card base. I didn’t want bright white card stock for this so I used SSS Cardstock in Fog . This is probably my favourite pale grey card stock, it’s so lovely and soft in colour but sturdy to work with. The ink blended panel was added to the card base with foam tape (what else? Foam tape addict here!) I nearly added a few matte gold sequins to this card but decided against it as I didn’t want to take away any focus from the sentiment.

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With that, I’m all done but I hope you guys will join in with the Flickr challenge this week. I can’t wait to see what you will create!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Oh, Hello There 2018!

Hi guys! Erica here with my first blog post of 2018.

It’s been way over a week since I posted anything and I have a very good reason for this: I may have mentioned once or twice that I’ve been a bit under the weather in recent months? Well, after some persuading from The Man, I went to see the doctor who promptly put me on a strong round of anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory meds as well as pro-biotics to protect my stomach lining from the harshness of the beforementioned meds.

I had been trying to tough it out but to no avail, turns out I’m actually quite poorly. Which is pretty sucky. I’m not overly patient so lacking in energy and feeling pants, makes me a bit of a hand-full. Luckily for me, The Man has been off work and isn’t due in until Monday so he’s been looking after me and our little chicas. So there is definitely a silver lining to being ill in this house I must admit but I am also soooo ready to feel better and get back to a normal routine.

As I’ve not had to do anything other than whatever I feel like, I have actually managed to make quite a few cards as well as produce lots of snot. Does that count as multi-tasking? Well, it should!

Sometimes I wonder if The Man sends me off to the craft-room for me-time because I need it, or if it’s just because he needs a break from me, my snotty tissues and the whining?? (the whining gets on my nerves too, and I’m the one doing the whining…!! Big brownie points rewarded to him for sure for being patient with me.)

Right, as mentioned, I have managed quite a few cards and they are all penguin based! Remember a recent post, where I used the SSS Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die? If you haven’t seen it, hop on over later and let me know what you think. If you have seen it, you may remember that I went diecutting crazy and made something like a dozen penguins? Nothing like having a menagerie of animals ready for some card action, eh? Those guys came in handy for three more cards.

On two of them I used the SSS Falling Snow stencil  and white texture paste from Ranger Ink. One on white card stock, this one also has a bit of gold shimmer mixed in it and is done straight on the card base (this is super hard to get a good photo of!) and one on Kraft card stock (MUCH easier to photograph) I also used the same stamp and diecutting set, another SSS exclusive set called Love, for both cards. This is without a doubt one of my favorite sets ever, I use it all the time!

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For my all-white card I cut out the shadow love part in vellum and for the Kraft card, in black card stock. I used my new favorite gold card stock, Brushed Gold from My Favorite Things , for the top word part. This gold card stock is absolutely lovely. While I was on a roll, I also cut out a few snowflakes for my Kraft card.

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On both cards I crated a banner by layering some of that gold card stock as well as some white, on a slightly bigger strip of black card stock. On the white strip I stamped ‘So in _____ with you’ and left enough space in between them to fit my vellum and gold ‘love’ piece so the whole thing spells ‘so in love with you’.

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To finish this card off I cut out a snowy bank for my penguins to sit on, by using one of the diecuts from MFT Die-namics Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges 2 and white linen textured card stock. I added this to the card using some foam tape and did the same thing with the banner. My two love penguins had all their colour added with Copic markers and are both holding a little heart.

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These hearts are cut out from card stock which I stamped and heat embossed some snow flakes on (using stamps from a Pretty Pink Posh stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and then did some emboss resist ink blending over. It just gave them a little fun element rather than being plain. I had enough card stock left so I cut out a third one and added that to the banner too. With that, the first card was done.

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On my Kraft card I also wanted a snow covered hill for the penguin to stand on but on this one I used the texture paste to create the look. Once the banner with the ‘love’ was added, along with the gold snow flakes, I popped the little penguin on there and then decided he needed something to hold to finish off the sentiment. The easy fix was diecutting a heart, stamp ‘always’ (also from the SSS Love stamp set) on it and then shade it a little bit with pink ink to make it pop a little. Both the penguin and the banner are, of course, duh, added with foam tape. ‘Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a foam tape-oholic’.

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My third card is nothing at all like the first two, three if you count the one from the first blog post. On this one I used penguins I had made in gradient pink card stock, ranging from soft pink to fushia. Obviously not a natural look at all, but this was made on Jan 1st and I kind of imagine that the penguin ladies are all ‘dressed up’ to ring in the New Year. Or something along those slightly nutty lines.. Anyway, I thought it would look fun and they did not disappoint! I absolutely love how this one turned out!!

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It’s a very different card size to what I usually make, this one is just over 8.75”x4”/22.5cm x 10.2 cm. Well the card base is, the back ground panel is 8.5”x3.5”21.5cm x 9cm. On this one I got my “normal” distress inks out to make a dramatic sky background. I used a mix of Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky and Wilted Violet. I taped it down to an old cutting plate with some masking tape, leaving about 1/32 inches/0.5cm of a boarder which will stay white thanks to the masking tape. Blending away, mixing up the colours and dropping in more here and there, I kept at it until it was all covered. Whilst it was still taped down, I splattered it with some water and quickly lifted it with a paper towel. To add some gold shimmer I mixed up some Blue Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors water colour palette and splattered this very generously over the panel.

The Photo is a bit blurry but it shows the gold shimmer quite well. This is also so hard to photograph well to show off just how shimmery it is.

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Whilst that was drying I started working on the other little bits and pieces for the card. The reason I wanted 4 penguins was to that they could all hold a number which would spell out ‘2018’. These I cut out of that gorgeous gold card stock again, using MFT Die-Namics Bottle Cap Numbers . Flipping open their little flippers (see what I did there?) I added the numbers to the penguin assigned each number and glued them down. Then more gold card stock and diecuts came out, this one is from SSS and is called Oh, Hello There. I cut out one layer of the gold card stock and also one in foam tape (what can I say? I L-O-V-E that stuff!) These I layered together and after releaseing the background piece from the masking tape I added that to the card base with… *drum roll*…. Foam tape!! Lol. Yep, total addict here and I am not ashamed to admit it either.

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It was a pretty quick assembly job at this point but I messed up the positioning a little bit of the words. They are not centred.. ugh… typical to mess up on the last step, isn’t it?? On a CAS card it is not such a big deal but on a time-consuming one like this, it’s a bit frustrating. Lesson learnt though. Put all bits and pieces down and THEN one by one, glue them to the card. DO NOT EYEBALL THINGS!! I tried to balance out the card a bit by adding a few sequins but the mistake is still glaringly obvious to me.

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Well, that’s it from me today, I’m off to poke The Man and ask him to get me some mango sorbet. For medicinal purposes only of course. I am sick after all. Cough cough. Splutter. Sneeze. (Am I milking it too much?)

Happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting time in!

Lots of love from Erica