MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is a quick one, as it’s a quick card! I peeked at the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge for this week and I thought hmm, I can do this one. I did end up flipping the sketch on its side though.

I started by colouring the doggies in the PAWsome Lucky Dog stamp set from MFT Stamps, this one is retired sadly. I used so many Copics for these little guys to created texture, dimension and to bring them to life!

When they were all coloured in, I then cut them out with the coordinating die-namics. How cute is this little gang? As a self-confessed CDL/Crazy Dog Lady I have a weakness for doggie stamps.

As I’m challenging myself to make more CAS/Clean And Simple cards, I wanted to make it very simple and let the doggies take centre stage. So I cut out a scalloped square out of some patterned paper, from the Trail Mix 6×6 Paper Pack. Because I love blue, I used a blue one. This paper pack is also retired, as I have hoarded it for so long, lol!

A quick straight to the point sentiment, You’re Dog-gone Awesome, was stamped up with black ink on white card stock. I trimmed it down a little and then stuck all these bits down onto a white card card base. That was it. Not even a single sequin! Can you believe it??

I’m going to try and remember to submit this to the Sketch Challenge in time, as I usually don’t. Kind of nuts, as there is a $50 gift card up for grabs just to submit the card as the winner is randomly drawn.

Right, I’m done! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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You’re Super Card for MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 448

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a card for this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge. MFT Stamps run a weekly sketch challenge, which you can read all about on their blog. It’s a great way to juice up your mojo! This week’s sketch, MFTWSC448, looks like this:

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I decided to use the fun MFT Stamps You’re Super stamp stand colouring it with Copic markers. On Copic friendly card stock I stamped up the super girl with Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3. I, of course, used my Mini MISTI for this to make sure I got a good coverage. This stamp set has coordinating diecuts but I decided to do a reasonably flat card today.

If you are more of a video tutorial person, I have a video up on my YouTube channel too. Hop on over there if you want to see the card making in action.

After finishing the colouring I stamped up the super girl on masking paper and fussy cut the image out. With a little bit of finesse, I added the mask to the girl and got a stencil out. The one I picked out is Rays The Roof from Heffy Doodle and it was still tacky from the Pixie Spray I used on it last time so no need to add more!

The Distress Oxide inks I settled on are Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. These I ink blended onto the panel using my gorgeous Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. 

Once the ink blending was done I trimmed down the panel just a tad. It was 5.5″x4.25″ to begin with but I only trimmed down a few millimetres so that the black card base would frame the panel.

I decided to heat emboss the sentiments from the You’re Super stamp set on strips of Black Licorice card stock. To make sure they were straight I used my Mini MISTI. The embossing powder is from Ink On 3 and is called Arctic White.

With these done, it was time to assemble! Which didn’t take long actually, lol!

That’s it from me for today. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly if you use these to buy yourself a something pretty *wink wink* At no extra cost to you, of course. The other links are there purely for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to hop on the fun with the Sketch Challenge!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Picture Perfect Card for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 443

Hi guys!

Today’s post is really short and sweet, just like the YouTube video that’s now up on my channel, for this card. It’s a really quick card and there is only so much jibber-jabbering one can do to fill out a blog post, right? Even me, lol!

This card is based on the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge, go to mftstamps.com and click on ‘Join an MFT Challenge’ to see more challenges and to join in yourself!

My interpretation is pretty loose here but that’s ok. The good peeps at MFT Stamps just want us to get going with card making and inspire us. If you link up your card however, you can win a $50 gift card to the shop!

I’ve used the super fun and adorable Picture Perfect stamp set, and inked up the kitties with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail Ink on copic friendly card stock. With the help of my Mini MISTI of course!

The kitties themselves are coloured in with Warm and Cold Gray Copics in a dotting technique. There is probably a proper name for this but I call it dotting. I like doing this when I want to add texture to images and who doesn’t want that when you are colouring fur?

When it was all done, I cut it out with scissors and set aside. Using my Gemini Go diecutting machine I cut out a white Polaroid Shaker Frame and I also cut out one glitter gold ‘Celebrate‘ word, as well as one in a light gray card stock. That one is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn. The gold glitter card stock is from a shop in Denmark and I’m running low! I am definitely on the lookout for a new one. If you have a good tip on glitter gold card stock, I’d love to hear about it!

The two Celebrate dienamics I layered up, slightly off to create that lovely shadow effect, with the help of the Gluetube from Lawn Fawn. The Polaroid and the kitties got layered up as well and then adhered to a card base made out of Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp.

One final touch was to add a sentiment strip saying ‘May Your Birthday Be As Awesome As You Are!’ It’s from a Studio Katia set called Birthday Greetings. This was heatembossed in white embossing powder on black card stock (Licorice from Lawn Fawn) and then adhered with the gluetube as well.

As usual I have used some affiliate links in this post, but not to worry, using these links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission from the company directly if you choose to use these to treat yourself to something.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’d love it if you checked out my YouTube video too!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Fleece Navidad for MFT Sketch Challenge 409

Hi everyone!

Today is my last post as a guest designer for the MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge. Whilst it’s bitter-sweet to say bye for now, I have had such a great time and I wanted to say a big huge Thank You to MFT Stamps for giving me this opportunity. It’s been amazing and by far the biggest thing that’s happened to me in my crafting journey!

Right, before I turn into a right old Soppy Poppy, I’m going to get to the card and the sketch itself. This week it looks like this:

I wanted to use the llamas from Happy Llamadays as I have not used them yet. I also wanted to include felt again, as I did for Sketch 407 which you can find HERE.

In the end, I used quite a few sets for this card! Apart from the Happy Llamadays, and it’s coordinating die-namic (I love me a coordinating diecut, ain’t nobody got time for fussy cutting!) I also used the Fa La La die-namic for the first time, the Snow Flurry stencil and the standalone hills die-namic.

The Snow Flurry  stencilled piece I did for another card, but didn’t end up using it so I thought, why not use it now? Piece of cake, it’s already done! As it was all white, I decided to use the Fa La La die-namic on it and either ink blend something on the background or maybe do something with alcohol inks.

A light bulb went off when I had cut the panel and I grabbed my stash of felt! I thought it would look fab with some of it peeking through the holes but what colour to choose? Instead of picking just one, I cut strips of it using a Fiskars circle… knife?… blade thingy…  (I have no idea what it is called but it is a genius tool!) in five different shades of blue and green.

After prepping a white card base with double sided tape, it was a quick job of adhering the strips of felt in alternating colours to create a fun pattern.

Once it was covered in felt, I adhered the stencilled piece on top and added the little cutouts from the Fa La La letters.

While I had my felt out, I started cutting out pieces using the hills die-namic. Lots and lots of them! These I layered up on a piece of card stock I had trimmed down to roughly the size of the bottom panel of the sketch. The look I was after was a very fluffy snow scene for my llamas.

Speaking of the llamas, they are coloured using Copics and diecut with the coordinating die-namic. I’ve gone for quite a muted colour scheme for them but couldn’t resist adding some stars to the present using a gold gel pen.

To finish off the card it needed more of a sentiment than the ‘Fa La La ‘ and to go with the felt and soft, tactile look of the card, I used ‘Fleece Navidad’ from the Happy Llamadays. This is stamped on a strip of white card stock and trimmed down a bit. It’s not as big as in the sketch but it just didn’t look right to leave it too long.

This card is very thick and chunky, so it’s probably best to give this to someone in person. Or mail it in a box! It’s nearly 1/3 of an inch/1cm thick in places. But it sure is fun and I had a great time making it!

This post is littered with affiliate links to all the MFT Stamps products I have used for this card. I would be so grateful if you would consider using these when you treat yo’self/stock up/get life-essential crafting goodies as I get a small commission from MFT Stamps directly, at no cost to you whatsoever. It all helps, no matter how small an order and I really appreciate the support.

Thanks again for stopping by! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Happy Pawlidays + MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #408

Hi guys!

Today’s card is for this week’s Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps. We are already on Sketch #408 and my fourth, and penultimate, post as a guest designer. The sketch looks like this:

I am a certified CDL (Crazy Dog Lady) and I have two little cheeky doggies at home. I just love dogs and couldn’t go the whole spell as a guest designer without using some kind of doggo on a card, now could I? As Christmas is looming closer and closer it’s starting to become crunch time making Christmas cards but doggos… awww *insert soppy sounds here* Problem solved by using the adorable Happy Pawlidays stamp set!

The little cheeky rascal all tangled up in the Christmas lights remind me of my little doggies so I decided to use him. I used so many Copics to colour this one tiny image but he came out quite cute in the end.

I also stamped up some baubles for the small dots element on the sketch. These I coloured with Copics first and then heat embossed a snowflake on them with white WOW embossing powder.

To make the hat appear a bit more furry, I drew on lots of different sized dots using a white gel pen. To make the christmas lights pop, I used some Glossy Accents on them, after cutting the doggie out with the coordinating die-namic.

On a card base I stuck down two 1″ wide strips of stripy patterned paper, one along the top and one along the bottom, using double sided tape. Genius stuff that!

As this is a Christmas card, I decided to use the Christmas Background stamp for this card too. Only for this one, I heat embossed it with WOW Rich Gold embossing powder. It’s a gorgeous shade of gold this one. While I had my heatgun out and hot, I also heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner. The sentiment is from the Trio Of Trees stamp set and fits perfectly on the banner.

To bring in the circle element, I cut one out of vellum to adhered behind the dog. Kind of like an aura on innocence, despite the clear evidence he’s been rather naughty, lol!

The dog and the baubles are all adhered using foam tape, but the vellum and the sentiment banner are adhered using double sided tape to keep them flat.

That’s it for this card! It wasn’t as smooth sailing as it may appear, there was a lot of over-thinking and changing things around as I went along, which seems to be my usual MO. The finished card came out quite sweet in the end and that’s all that matters.

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

MFT Sketch Challenge #407

Hello, hello! It’s Wednesday, which means a new Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps!

Today’s card is based on Sketch #407, which looks like this:

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I was torn between sticking to the sketch pedantically and use a star diecut and the Written in the Stars stamp set, for a star studded sky background. However, the sketch challenge isn’t about who can stick the the sketch the closest, is it? (And in fairness, I have been a bit of a stickler so far, right?) It’s about using your imagination so with that in mind, I decided to use the Perfect Poinsettia die-namic for the star shape.

Instead of using traditional colours for the flower, I went with dramatic teal and blues! Fun right? Oh and I used felt instead of paper too! There is an amazing selection of felt available from MFT Stamps and naturally I want all the colours. Full Set Syndrome strikes again.

To start with, I cut all the bits I needed out of the felt, using the Poinsettia die-namic and set those aside for assembly later.

As I was using non traditional colours for the flowers I decided to stick with the blues for the background too. For this I heat embossed the brand new BG Christmas Background stamp with WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder, on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock.

I used my anti-static tool generously on this before stamping it with VersaMark ink. When you have small text or intricate details, it’s a good idea to re-ink your VersaMark pad before stamping. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the stickiness for the embossing powder!

With Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon, I did some light inkblending on this piece to add an ombré blue look. Once I was done with the ink blending I gently rubbed a cotton towel over the heat embossing to wipe off the ink and make the silvery look of it shine. This is a great little trick and will make your embossing pop!

Blue and white look lovely together, but it can all kind of fade into each other if it’s not balanced right. To avoid this and to add some contrast and highlights, I decided on some gold accents for this card. Sentiments in an accent colour is a great look, I think.

The sentiment I chose is from another new MFT Stamps set: Hand-Lettering Holiday Greetings and I have heat embossed it in Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This strip is wrapped around the card and secured with double sided tape on the back. It simply says ‘Merry Christmas’.

It was a great start but I did feel like it needed a bit more gold so I got my fave MFT Stamps card stock out: Brushed Gold! It’s the most gorgeous gold card stock and the fact it’s brushed as opposed to mirror shine is just the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a go-to gold card stock, look no further. Right-y-o, what I was getting to is that I cut some of the Poinsettia leaves out of this card stock and added to the stack of bits to go on the card.

While I was at it, I also cut out the two stamens from the die-namic too. These two I layered up, gently bent the stamens upwards and set aside while I worked on adding the Poinsettia layers to the card.

First of all, I added all the Poinsettia layers together, without glue, to use as a guide for the leaves were going to go. Then I removed the flower and glued the leaves down. For the actual flower itself, I have done the biggest flower petal bit once in each colour and the smallest one I did two in the lightest colour and only one in the teal.

Starting with the darkest one, I layered these up on the card, making it a nice and big Perfect Poinsettia. The final flourish was to add the gold stamens to the middle and the card was done.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Bright birthday card for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge #️⃣406

Hello, hello!

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Today I’m popping in with my take of MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge , this is challenge #406, which looks like this:

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The card I came up with is actually my second one, the first one I made I felt was a bit too loosely interpreted. It worked better in my mind than on paper, but oh well. There you go, not every card translates perfectly from idea into reality.

As I went back to the drawing board or square one, I was a bit stumped at first. Then, slowly, an idea came to me to make a pile of presents to represent the squares on the sketch. They all had to be different colours of course! Step one was to select a die-namic that would fit six times on the card and after rummaging through my MFT Stamps stash I came across the Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX. The second smallest one would fit, just about and with some overlapping.

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On some Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock I quickly did some ink blending using Distress Oxide inks: Squeezed Lemonade for yellow, Picked Raspberry for pink, Cracked Pistachio for green, Dusty Concord for purple, Salty Ocean and some Blueprint Sketch for dark blue and Mermaid Lagoon for light blue.

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I splattered water on all of these to give them some more interest and dabbed that off with a craft towel. While these were drying, I picked out some metallic thread that I wrapped around each box to make it look like string on presents.

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As the boxes would cover up almost the entire card base, I decided to keep it quite simple. A piece of Neenah Desert Storm card stock was embossed with a pattern to mimic Kraft wrapping paper, trimmed down to 5.5″x4.25″ size and adhered to a card base.

With the help of different thickness foam tape, I added the boxes in a big “pile”. On small banners, cut out using Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘for you!’ using sentiments from Bitty Bears. Each box got paired up with a sentiment so that all of them are mix’n’matched. These were then added using more foam tape.

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Each box also got decorated with three Pretty Pink Post clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. A birthday card can’t be too sparkly and bright, right?

That’s it from me for today but don’t forget that the new release from MFT Stamps is available now! If you decided you want something from it, I’d be very grateful if you would consider using my affiliate links when you purchase. I get a small commission from MFT Stamps directly, at no extra cost to you, if you do. Thank you so much in advance for the support, I really appreciate it! Click HERE to see the whole new release. It’s full of adorable stamps and fabulous die-namics!

Oh, and don’t forget to participate in the challenge! There is a $50 gift certificate up for grabs for the randomly drawn winner, so link up your project on the MFT Stamps blog!

Good luck and happy crafting from Erica

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge405 with yours truly as Guest Designer!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m very, very excited to share that I am the Guest Designer for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge for the month of October! Whoop whoop! In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a huge deal to me and I’m so grateful for the opportunity!

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If you are not familiar with this, it’s a weekly challenge where you make a card based on a sketch and you can win $50 to the MFT Stamps shop if you are picked as the randomly drawn winner! Basically, as long as you participate, you are in with a change to win!! To find out more, pop on over to the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find this particular one as well as many other fun challenges to take part in. I challenge you not to get inspired there (pun intended, lol!)

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At first, I thought about using a dinosaur I coloured up the other day, to make a mountainous scene buuuuuut… well, I’m nothing if not a flick-and-switch crafter, I have so many different projects on the go at any one time. One of those other projects is to work through my stash of unused and less-used-than-other stamps and I was inspired by a kitty from the I Knead You set. This is probably one of my earliest sets from MFT Stamps, I have had it for years but used it very, very little. Which is nuts because it is filled with cute images. It comes with coordinating die-namics too, thankfully.

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The kitty I decided on using looks like he’s laying on his back with his tummy up, like he’s waiting for a belly rub or about to catch a toy. Or, as I ended up using him, holding a banner with a sentiment.

I used Warm Grey Copic markers to colour him in and a light pink on his nose and ears.  With this kind of coordinating die-namics, I find it easier to cut them out first and then stamp the image, as it’s a bit tricky to get a perfect cut otherwise.

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Originally I was going to use the background, stamped with balls of yarn and fishbones (little detail stamps from the set), where the Kraft card stock piece is. In an unsurprising move, when I had stamped up and coloured it in, I liked it too much to cut it up. This happens to me a lot, I have a huge resistance to covering up or cutting up cute pieces, no matter how great an idea I have.

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Anyway, as I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up once it was coloured, I adhered it to a card base and had to come up with a new idea. I made a “rug” by cutting out a piece of Kraft card stock and running that through my BigShot with the Full Of Hearts coverplate, to create some texture.

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The very useful Essential Fishtail Banner Sentiment strips are one of my most used banner dienamics. I use these for so many projects! On a small one I stamped ‘I Love Mew’ from the I Knead You set and adhered that to my kitty so it looks like he’s holding it.

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On the back of the kitty I added foam tape and to finish off the sketch, I stamped, coloured and cut out a ball of yarn and added that to the banner with more foam tape. This way there are five layers to the card, and I’m all about those layers, whether we are talking cards or cake.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

A card for MFT Stamps Sketch challenge 396 using Up In The Air

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in with a quick card for the current Wednesday challenge over at My Favorite Things blog, Sketch Challenge 396. These challenges are great fun and always inspiring so I thought, why not give it a go?

I wanted to use one of my favourite (no pun intended) stamp sets from MFT Stamps, called Up In The Air. It’s really sweet and full of fun images to colour.

The big balloon was a given to use, and as I’m a self-confessed CDL (that’s Crazy Dog Lady for those who don’t speak fluent ‘Erica’) I wanted to use the little doggie too. These images I stamped up with Memento Black Tuxedo ink on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

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To colour the images themselves, I used Zig Clean Color markers and once they were dry, I used the coordinating dienamics to cut out them out.

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For the background, I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide ink on another piece of Strathmore Bristol Velum water colour card stock. I used some post-it tape to block off the parts of the card that needed to remain white.

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Picking out the colours I wanted, I started with Squeezed Lemonade, then Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and to top it off, a little bit of Blueprint Sketch. I wish I had a Mini Ink Blending tool for each one of the ink pads but alas, not yet. At least I have enough foam pads for when the day arrives and I will have them all, lol!

To add some interest to the background I stamped the little clouds in white pigment ink. To finish off the card I used the Celebrate dienamics and cut it out of silver glitter card stock as well as foam sheet to add some height.

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I also cut out a banner, using the biggest one out of the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, and stamped ‘You’re going places!’, from the Up In The Air stamp set, in Broken China Distress Oxide ink. To make it a bit more special I also did some very light ink blending with Peacock Feathers on the other side of the banner, then added a little bit of foam tape to the back of it and added it to the card.

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Once all the bits and pieces were finished, it was a quick puzzle job and the card was done! What do you think? I probably need to reboot my colour choices though as I seem to go for the same colours over and over and over… and over… again. I do love blues and turquoise in all shades though. I can’t help it!

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Well, that’s my contribution for this week’s challenge. Now it’s just a matter of keeping my fingers crossed to be drawn as the winner as that means a $50 gift voucher to spend at the MFT Stamps shop! Are you going to take part? Go ahead and give it a go!

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I have used some compensated affiliate links for this post, which means I get a small commission from MFT Stamps and Scrapbook.com directly at no cost to you, if you use any of these links. Thank you in advance if you use them, it really does mean the world to me and every little helps.

Thanks for stopping by and see you all soon,

lots of love from Erica

 

 

MFT Stamps Viking, Polychromos and Sketches.

Hello, hello!

I’ve got a quick look at my regular Monday blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink for you today. Well, I say, regular but the term is coming to an end this month and I have had a great time on this design team! If you are interested in trying out for it, check it out right here. It’s a great, no-stress team to be on so if you are umm-ing and ah-ing about it, just go for it!

Right, the card. Here we go, I used a stamp that I have had in my stash for a little while now as it’s super cute and I couldn’t resist it: Viking from MFT Stamps. It has a coordinating die-namic but I don’t have that one yet.

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I stamped him up with Grout Grey Hybrid ink and then coloured him with Polychromos coloured pencils, which is definitely not my strongest medium but it was great fun! The background is stamped with Wood Plank Background using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink in my beloved MISTI, on light grey card stock(MFT has a great range of coloured card stock, I can’t deny I want them all) I also cut out a stitched circle in the panel as I was making the card using the current MFT Sketch Challenge #380. 

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Keeping the card simple, I stamped the sentiment on a thin strip of white card stock, added it to the card with a vellum heart behind it and a few enamel dots and gemstones later, it was done. What do you think?

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Have a great week and happy crafting!

Love, Erica