Altenew Refresh Your Markers Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the next stop of the Altenew Refresh Your Alcohol Marker release blog hop! If you have arrived here from the insanely talented Norine Borys, you are in the right place but no matter how you arrived, welcome!

Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop

Today we are hopping along to celebrate the release of the refills to Altenew’s Artist Markers and man, it was just in the nick of time for mine as I’ve used them LOADS since they were released. I love the fact that they are a great affordable option to Copics as well as that they come in packs of four, which takes all the guess-work out of which ones work together. Rather genius of Altenew, I’d say.

I have made two cards for todays hop, and I’ve used Artist Markers from Set A (Refills), Set B(Refills) AND Set C.(Refills) You can get them individually, by set OR grab the whole 36 set of refills.

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For my first card I used the darling set Sweetest Peas. I started out by placing a 5.5”x4.25” card panel made out of Neenah Classic Crest solar white #110 card stock in my MISTI and stamping up three of the sweet peas in Permanent Black ink. Then it was time to colour! The actual flowers are coloured with markers from Set B/Summer Afternoon. For a little time-lapse video on my Instagram page, click HERE.

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After colouring in the flowers, I used the black marker (from Set A and Green Fields) to colour in the background. By using a marker, you won’t get a completely solid black but rather a textured black if that makes sense? 

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Once the entire background was covered in black, I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool and popped it back into the MISTI, where I had left the Sweetest Peas stamps I used. With my ‘dirty’ VersaMark pad (this is what I call my VersaMark ink pad that’s completely contaminated with ink colours it has picked up from inky stamps) I dabbed it over the flowers and stamped the panel again. To get a lovely contrast to all that black, I sprinkled Antique Gold embossing powder on it and set it with my heat gun. 

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While I was at it with the VersaMark and embossing powder, I also stamped up one of the sentiments from the Sweetest Peas stamp set ‘Hello my sweet friend’ on a strip of black card stock. The panel was adhered to a card base and the sentiment strip was trimmed down and added with foam tape too. 

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Looking up close at this card, some stray embossing powder is adding a lovely little something extra to the flowers, almost like a shimmery mist. Usually I’m not a fan of stray embossed bits but on this card I think it works wonderfully. 

My second card is an adaptation of a rainbow card I made with the Artist Markers, except for this one I have only used yellows from Set B/Summer Afternoon as well as Mango Smoothie from Set C/Four Scoops set.

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On a card base made with alcohol marker friendly card stock I drew thick lines of each colour, creating a gradient look from dark at the bottom, to light in the middle and back to dark at the top.

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To add a little bit of texture to the background I dipped a natural sponge in alcohol and dabbed all over it. In hind-sight I should have skipped this step as it warped the card stock a bit being so saturated but never mind.

Using the same markers on Yupo paper, after marking out how big a piece I’d need to cover the You Are Loved diecut, I covered this piece as well.

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On top of that I also dripped some ink directly from the bottle of Buttercream Artist Marker refill and before that dried, I added some gold foil to it.

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Once I was sure it was completely dry, I cut the ‘You Are Loved‘ sentiment out of it and did another piece in a medium grey card stock to layer up with.

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These I added directly to the front of the card base and after adding some shiny gold sequins, the card was done! For a time-lapse video of the whole process from start to finish for this card, click HERE.

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I think this card can be done in various colours using the Artist Markers, just switch them, and the sentiment, out to fit the recipient or occasion.

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Now all the crafting has been covered, let’s get on to the fun stuff! It wouldn’t be a new release celebration without some prizes and a big giveaway, now would it??

Prizes

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, September 26th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/29/2018.

You can also win a $20 gift certificate by leaving a comment on my blog! Yes, indeed! You have until the 25th of September to enter. The winner will be drawn and announced here on the 26th of September. Good luck!

That’s it from me for today, your next stop on the hop is the gorgeous Lilith Eeckles

Here is the full list of the hop, but if a link isn’t working or you get lost you can always go back to the Altenew blog to find your spot again.

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Gayatri Murali

Therese Calvird

Kristina Pokazanieva

Laurie Willison

Rubeena Ianigro

TaeEun Yoo

Lydia Fiedler

Agnieszka Malyszek

Kelly Latevola

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zinia Redo

Laura Jane

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey

Leigh Houston

Virginia Lu

Barb Engler

Enza Gudor

Norine Borys

Erica A-B <———YOU ARE HERE——

Lilith Eeckels

Michelle Short

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting my crafting journey by using these links when shopping, I really appreciate it! Oh, and if you want to get some of the Artist Markers for yourself, Altenew is running a promotion on them right now!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Big news! I’m one of Concord&9th Feature Friday gals for July!!

HELLO, HELLOOOO!!!!!

I’m a tad (understatement of the year!) excited to finally be able to let the cat out of the bag and announce that I was asked by the very kind people at Concord & 9th to be a guest designer for the month of July!! I did a crazy happy dance and then wrote back with a big fat YES!

I’m a big fan of their designs and have a sizeable hoard…. erm, collection… of their stamps and dies already. One of the first things I got from them is the Take A Bough die cut and I have a small, colourful forest on the window sill in my craft room. But this blog post is about the new release, which you can find as a bundle HERE, and specifically the Laurel Frame Stamp and coordinating die cut set which is today’s featured product. You can also get it as a bundle.

 

Anyone who knows the crafty me, knows I’m both a sucker for florals and a coordinating diecut, so this set I couldn’t wait to play with! I might have gone a bit overboard but I made seven cards in two days. It was so fun to play with colour combos and layers, I just couldn’t stop. I am getting a little bit ahead of myself here but check these out!

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Grabbing my MISTI, the Laurel Frame stamp as well as lots of inks from Altenew, I stamped and stamped and stamped some more. I wanted some ‘traditional’ colours, like the card below, as well as some fun, funky colour combos. Using the coordinating diecut, which you can get separately or get the stamp and diecut bundle at a discounted price if, like me, you are not a fan of fussy cutting.

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Pink and greens always look lovely together when it’s florals, doesn’t it?

Not much else was needed for this card apart from stamping the card base with VersaMark ink using the Stripes & Sayings, a ‘hello’ cut out of Tonic Studios gorgeous metallic card stock in Pink Chiffon. The inks I used for all these cards are from Altenew, they all come in full-sized oval pads as well as mini-cubes.

For this first one I used Bamboo and Parrot inks (which also comes in a 4-pack with two other greens, both in Oval pads and mini cubes) for the Laurel Frame, and Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious and Rubellite (which also comes in a 4-pack of Oval pads or mini cubes) for the roses. The frame I cut out with the coordinating die cut and then I cut out another one in foam sheet, these two I layered up and added to the card base.

I made another three cards with the same background stamping, i.e. the Stripes & Sayings stamp with VersaMark ink on coloured card stock. The only difference between all these cards are the orientation of the laurel frame and finishing touches.

My next card got turned into a shaker card, with a pink, grey and silver colour scheme. Layout wise it’s very similar to my first one, but by changing the colours and adding the shaker element, it’s a very different card in the end.

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The third card in the “Stripy series” is teal and silver. The Laurel Frame is done with inks from the Sea Shore ink family and the roses from Rock Collection. This one could have been a shaker card but instead I added vellum to the circle and adhered the ‘hello’ there. This one is diecut and then heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. A few sparkly sequins finished this one off.

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My last Stripy card is probably the one that stands out the most colour wise. I used Warm & Cozy inks for the Laurel Frame but I obviously hadn’t cleaned the stamp enough in between stamping so it has some staining from the last ink I used on it. At first I thought I’d just throw it away and start again but then I looked at it again and actually kinda liked it! So I decided to go quite bold and do purple roses as well as purple card stock for the sentiment. The inks used for the roses are from the Shades of Purple ink family. A few matte gold sequins finished this off perfectly.

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Deep teal and grey is one of my favourite colour combos, I simply love it so I decided to do another card in those colours. For this one I used the darker inks in the Sea Shore ink family for the Laurel Frame and the lighter ones from the Rock Collection for the roses.

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For the sentiment on this one I used the new Lovely Blossom Die, the coordinating die to the Lovely Blossom Turnabout stamp, and cut it out of silver glitter card stock. To make it stand out a bit more I cut out a middle in a lighter coloured card stock than the card base, as well as one in foam sheet and after these were layered up, I adhered the sentiment directly to it. A few matte silver sequins and LOTS of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze finished the card off.

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My next card was done with inks from the Tropical Forest and Warm & Cozy sets. I stamped the Laurel Frame with the green inks, cut it out and then added some details with green Copic markers to add some more depth and interest. The roses I stamped up with the yellow/orange inks and cut out too. I used another green card base and added the Laurel Frame direct to it, the roses also got adhered without any foam tape (shocker!) to make the card quite flat.

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I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ in the middle of the wreath with black ink and then added details to the leaves with Nuvo Jewel Drops in Key Lime.

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Setting this aside, high up, to avoid smearing it, which I have done numerous times before, I got working on the next, and final I promise, card.

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On a light sea foam coloured card base I added a stamped Laurel Frame, which I had used Sea Shore inks for, as well as Cherry Blossom inks for the roses. I did a similar thing as the last teal card, where I cut out a middle I foam sheet as well as pink card stock, and added to the card. On this I stamped ‘Happy birthday’ in black ink and then framed it with different sized drops of Rosewater Nuvo Jewel drops.

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As usual, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, most notably Concord & 9th of course, and a little bit of help from Altenew and Tonic Studios. What that means is that I get a small commission directly from these companies if you choose to buy something using one of these links. At NO extra cost to you whatsoever. If you end up supporting me like this, please know it means the world to me and every little helps, so thank you in advance!

Thanks for stopping by today and for making it to the end, it was a bit of a big one this one, sorry.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Japanese Peony Shaker card with Studio Katia

Hello, hello, flower-lovers!

If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on, eh??

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This post is about the shaker card I made using the stamp set, Japanese Peony, by Studio Katia. I think this stamp is just stunning. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. That big bloom is so dramatic and simple in it’s gorgeousness, I think you can use it in so many different ways: on it’s own for a CAS one-layer card, or make a few of them for a big bouquet or like I have done here, one on it’s own as a shaker card. This is definitely one to add to your stash if you love flower stamps. It also has a coordinating diecut, which is fab, if like me you are not a fan of fussy cutting. 

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Let’s get on with the crafting part, shall we? I started out by heat embossing the flower in white on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water card stock as I knew I wanted to use Zig Clean Color markers to colour it in. This is my go-to watercolour card stock for Zig Markers. For fine details I like using Ranger Ink Extra Fine White embossing powder, it gets all the little bits and pieces without adding chunk, which I like. 

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Before I stamped the image with the VersaMark ink, I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool very generously. I use the little cushion type as I feel it gives a better coverage of the anti-static powder. It does leave a lot of baby-powder/corn starch/anti-static magic powder behind, but I think that’s a very minor thing to have to deal with given how good the benefits are. 

Once all prepped, I stamped the image using my Mini MISTI, added the embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I let it cool down for a minute while I got all my Zig markers out, water brushes and my kitchen roll I like having on hand when using these markers and brushes. Then it was time to colour! I have a time-lapse video of the colouring on my Instagram page, it’s about 30 minutes condensed down to about 30 seconds so it’s fast! CLICK HERE if you want to take a look. 

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I used a mix of purple and pink markers for the petals, and with some help from the water brushes I blended some of it out and diluted the colours here and there for highlights. You get amazingly vivid and rich colours with the Zig markers so if that’s your jam, you will love them!  

As the card design idea was built on my card from last years birthday blog hop(See picture below) I decided to make some extra leaves, just in case. For leaves I like mixing Turquoise greens with the light and yellow green markers. It gives such a lovely green colour. While the leaves were drying I started fussy cutting out the flower and by the time I was done with that, the leaves were dry enough to be cut out too. I will be getting the coordinating diecut asap because I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, plus I like the look the diecuts create.

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Setting these aside, it was time to start making the shaker part of the card. I used an A2 panel and cut out the new diecut, Scalloped Window, at the bottom, using my BigShot. Using a mixture of roll-on tape and a glue pen, I adhered some acetate for the window part. 

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This was going to be my ‘vase’ as the shape of the Scalloped Window diecut made me think of my many Alvar Aalto vases. Cutting out a piece of foam sheet slightly smaller than A2 I ran this through my BigShot too, making sure to place the diecut as accurately as possible. After adhering it carefully to the back of the acetate piece I turned it upside down to add some bling to the shaker part. 

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I used a mixture of Chunky Confetti Glitter, Light Blue Stars and Sparkling Sea Confetti. Apart from the Chunky Confetti Glitter, the rest of the sequin mix has blue hues to it to mimic the look of water in the vase.

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To seal the shaker compartment I used a piece of water colour card stock I had done a shimmery light blue wash on, to further help give the illusion of water in the vase. 

This whole thing was added to a card base, and as always I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock as this one definitely needed a very stable base. 

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You’d think that I’d just add the flower and the leaves at this point and be done but no. Oh no.. I decided that the front needed a little something more. Yes, at this point. Not at the point where it would be easy, like before I started diecutting and making shaker compartments. Nope. Well, I got my 36-pack of Gansai Tambi water colours out as well as the Starry Colors palette, a couple of brushes and after covering up the window to the shaker part, I splattered some black as well as some Light gold all over the panel.

Then of course you have to wait for it to dry so I started making some backgrounds as I still had plenty of paint on my brushes. I started out slathering the black paint at the bottom of an A2 panel cut out of water colour card stock and then adding a bit more water, I brushed it upwards to create an ombré effect. Using the left over Light Gold paint on my smallest, flat Distress Collage brush I started at the opposite end and brushed it from side to side, downwards. The results were so stunning I just had to try another one! 

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You might wonder what this has to do with the card I’m supposedly blogging about, but well, I very rarely have just one single project on the go so I thought why not share the crazy thought-process that goes on in my head and “behind the scenes”?

Being a big lover of blue, I turned my attention to the blue colours next! I absolutely love the deep, rich colour of no66 and no67 in the Gansai Tambi 36-pack and did the same thing on another A2 piece of water colour card stock. I added lots of colour at the bottom and then going from side to side with my paint brush and adding more water, created that gorgeous ombré effect. I’ve got a joke saying I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré but it’s only a half-joke, I’m totally in love with the look.

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For the blue piece I decided to just White Gold to add shimmer and it also turned out fab. It’s really hard to photograph shimmer though but I hope you get the idea. Or try it yourself! It’s great fun and I know what I will be doing the next time my mojo hides from me.

Right, anyway, back to the Japanese Peony now! Although, in fairness, at this stage it wasn’t much left to do, apart from adding foam tape to the back of the flower and arrange the loose leaves on the card base so they would get adhered with the foam tape. I know, I made a real song-and-dance about that, didn’t I, lol! As I couldn’t settle on a sentiment, I’ve left it blank on the front. That way, I can easily personalise it when I have someone to send it to or an occasion to celebrate.

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As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

 

More dog cards with MFT Stamps ‘You Make My Tail Wag’ and ‘Lucky Dog’

Hello!

Yep, the crazy dog lady is back with more dog cards. What can I say? I L-O-V-E dogs!

Today’s post is a quick look at my blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink where I have used two sets from MFT Stamps; You Make My Tail Wag with coordinating dienamics and Lucky Dog, also with coordinating dienamics.

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I just adore these stamps that have a back and a front, it is such a genius idea! And that Speech Bubble Dienamic is fast becoming a fave of mine but if you like it, you had better grab it fast from Vanessa as it doesn’t seem like it’s being offered by MFT Stamps anymore!!

The window is cut out using the third smallest arch in the Stitched Arch STAX.

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My second card I did in a similar fashion, only other colour scheme and super soppy and Lovey-dovey. I stamped the front with Distress Oxide inks to create a pattered paper look.

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Just look how adorable that puppy is from the back!

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If you want to read more about all the ins and outs of these cards, pop over to Butterfly Reflections Ink where the whole post is.

That’s it from me today, thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love from Erica

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Happy Birthday to The Man!

Hello!

Today is no ordinary day, oh no. Today is the birthday of The Man, the love and light of my life! Sometimes long-suffering husband of This One but most of the time, an adored man with a soft spot for doggies. It was inconceivable to make him a birthday card that didn’t have doggies on it so out came Mama Elephant’s The Dog’s Woof. This is my current FAVOURITE doggie stamp. I must have stamped up and coloured in about 5 of these by now.. the force is strong with this one for sure.

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Righty-o: On Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock I stamped the doggies up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and rolled over my Raskog cart, that holds all my Copics, to my craft table. Reaching for the usual browns, greys and beige colours I had an epiphany! Rather than colouring these woofsters in as actual dogs, I threw caution to the wind and swapped out all the markers for yellows, oranges, purples, pinks, blues, turquoise and greens! You might think I’m mad but I had a picture in my head and whilst I could try and explain what it was, we all know it tends to confuse everyone so I’m skipping right to the ‘let’s show you instead’ bit!

I got three shades of each colour out: one really pale, one just a tad darker and the darkest one was only about mid-range on the darkness scale. Makes sense?

Starting with the lightest one, I started ‘shading’ the doggie with it by adding dots of various sizes almost all over it. Moving on to the next shade, I added more dots, also of different sizes on top of the light dots as well as outside. With the darkest shade, I added more and more dots (mostly smallish ones) where it would usually be shaded to create that 3D look. Alternating colours to make sure it’s all very colourful and not the same colour doggies next to each other, I continued with this process until they were all ready to party!

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The next step was to add some fun embellishments to them, like party hats, balloons and those little pinwheels. You can’t have a party without decorations, right??

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For the background I stamped a pattern using the dog’s bone directly on the card base. The card base is also made with the Neenah card stock which makes it nice and sturdy. These bones I coloured in using the same colours I had used on the doggies to keep the look cohesive, but I only used two for each one to add some shading but alternated ligher and darker bones. They are rather small after all so two was enough.

Once it was time to put it together, I got my trusted foam sheets out and cut out enough to keep all those roaring party animals in place as well as raised up from the card base. All the party bits were added with either glossy accents or foam tape.

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At first I thought I might skip a sentiment as it’s pretty obvious it’s a celebration card but when do I ever stop at ‘just enough’? Hardly ever, right? So out came some dienamics from My Favorite Things that say ‘happy birthday’ and I cut this out in both linen textured black card stock and 1mm thick foam sheet. These bits I layered up quickly and then added to the card at a diagonal and just like that, the card was finished!

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As The Man is not keen on lots of people (which in fairness I am not either most days) we stayed in and celebrated his birthday with pizza, a movie, cuddles and the odd piece of chocolate. He is so low-maintenance that I almost feel guilty for not making a fuss over him, other than this card! Oh, there would be hell to pay if I did make a fuss for those who wonder.

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Well, that’s it from me today but this won’t be the last time you see a card made with this stamp set, that’s for sure!

Have a great week, happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

For full disclosure, I use affiliate links where possible. This means that if you click on a link of something I’ve used, and you end up purchasing it, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you in advance if you do this. As they say, every little helps and any money I make helps keep my blog and hobby going.

Bright pop of colour card

Hello!

Today’s card is a labour of love. Love of ink blending and die cutting that is! I’ve used some of my favourite stamp sets and Lawn cuts from Lawn Fawn for this card as well as lots of different Distress Oxide Inks. I wanted to create something that was an explosion of colours and with no white left exposed. I think I managed to complete the challenge set, if I may say so myself.

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It’s also Day 4 of The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! If you don’t know what that is, head on over to The Daily Marker, hostess with the mostest, Kathy Racoosin the creator of the challenge, will explain it all on her blog. The short version is to set aside a few minutes each day for the next 30 days (or 26 as we are already on day 4) for yourself to colour. Fun, huh?

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Right, so back to my card and all the jibber-jabbering that comes with my blog posts: The sets I have used for this cards are Happy Happy Happy from Lawn Fawn with the coordinating Happy Happy Happy Lawn cuts,   Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts and the Fairy Friends stamp set and its coordinating Fairy Friends Lawn Cuts. When it came to the Distress Oxide Inks I’ve used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick.

I used Strathmore Bristol vellum water colour card stock for the ink blending, I find it takes the colour really well and it’s easy to blend. Plus it doesn’t warp the card stock if you splatter water on top of the Distress Inks. That’s always a plus! I blended my green Distress Oxide inks on a piece big enough to cut out the Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts as well as two of the hills and loads of leaves. I wanted a really colourful tree so I made sure to not blend the colours together too much, I liked the idea of a sort of speckled colour look.

When it came to colouring the fairy images, I wanted them to look quite cohesive and kept the colours on the pastel side of the spectrum. Their little house was given a flowery look as I quite fancy that fairies live in flowers. That seems reasonable, right? I also added lots of details using Nuvo Jewel drops, kind of like dew drops on the petals, using Grey Mist and Pale Periwinkle. Their wings got a good dollop of Glossy Accents to make them look transparent and shiny.

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The background for the whole card is a rich, lovely blue colour done with Distress Oxide ink in Mermaid Lagoon and a dab of Peacock Feathers. I inked the background piece heavily as I wanted a bold look but it’s also splattered with water drops for that lovely effect.

Puzzling the card together took quite some time as each individual leaf had to be glued down separately. I also ended up having to cut out more leaves as I ran out, despite cutting out what felt like hundreds of them. Ironically, after I was finished I now had leftover leaves… Oh well.

For my sentiment I stamped the big ‘Happy’ from Happy Happy Happy on Copic friendly card stock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I also matched my Copics to the Distress Inks I had used for the leaves to keep the colours the same for the whole card.

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To make it pop even more when it was added to the card, I also cut out backing foam tape using the coordinating Lawn cut when I cut out the finished image. To make the sentiment more than just ‘Happy’ I stamped ‘you make me’ from the stamp set in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink directly onto the card and placed the ‘Happy’ underneath it. It’s brilliant to have all the different options available with these types of stamp sets as it’s easy to change it up so it fits the occasion or person the card is for.

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Now, I could have stopped here. It probably comes as no surprise whatsoever that I decided to add some…. *squirms*…. little?…. details here and there… Which quickly escalated to all over the place! I started out by adding white gel pen to the tree and some of the leaves. Then all of the leaves. And the fairies got some too while I was at it. I tell you, to stop the going-over-the-top machine that is Erica when things get rolling is next to impossible!  Eventually, I ran out of things to embellish and put the gel pen down. Then actually SAT on my hands whilst surveying my work to stop me from picking up the gel pen or another bottle of Nuvo drops!

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With all that faffing, glueing and embellishing done I was really pleased with how it turned out! Granted, I could have stopped several steps ago and it still would have been a lovely card but you know how these things go sometimes… or practically every time in my case. At least I’m consistent, eh?

Well, with that, I’m all done for today. As in completely done. It’s just gone 20.00/8pm here and I can barely keep my eyes open, I think it’s time for bed to be honest. In fairness, I was up at 6.30 this morning… but yeah, I’m a lightweight.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting (or sleeping as is the case for me *yawns widely and noisily*)

See you soon, lots of love from Erica

 

 

Happy 1-month-blog-iversary to me!

Hey, hey! Yeah, I know, that’s a long word in the title… I do like to make up words when I feel the vocabulary I do possess fails me. Or the words available don’t have enough pizzazz. Anyone else do that? No..? Anyone? *waves hand in the air sheepishly whilst looking around* No one? Just me?

Oh, quick change of subject before I get on with this post! If you are looking for the giveaway winner announcement from the Altenew blog hop CLICK RIGHT HERE

Right-y-o, let’s get on with the card and the rest of the month-i-versary shenanigans!

Ok, don’t roll your eyes but I used the Build-A-Flower Camellia stamp set for this card. Yes, I know, really…  I KNOW!! Again! I really can’t help myself, I LOVE that stamp set. Someone come and take it away from me!! (no, not really, I will fight you if you try it. Fair warning, people ⚠️ )

I thought I’d try a different colour combination for these instead of using pinks or yellows as I usually do. So, see? That qualifies as totally different, right? Well, I’m going with it. This time I used the Warm and Cozy Oval Dye Inks!

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I stamped loads as I always do and picked my two favourites out of the whole head. These two I cut out using the coordinating die cut. Leaf-wise I like to mix it up a little so I stamped up the leaf from the Build-A-Flower Ranunculus using the Warm Gray Oval Dye Inks. Once I had a good bunch of them I used the coordinating die to cut them out too.

Then it was time to think background and for some inexplicable reason, given that I’m not a huge fan of green (as established in this post from the other day) I decided on another green background… I’m not sure what’s going on with me recently, it’s like I have this little rebellious crafty elf inside my head that’s messing with my decision process.

Using a new-to-me stamp set, Sweet Friend, I stamped up the word ‘lovely’ from this set over and over again on a card panel. I did this by layering the two lightest greens from Tropical Forest Oval Dye Inks to create an ombré look. Originally I meant to keep the panel an A2/5.5”x4.25” but for another inexplicable reason I trimmed it down a little bit and stuck it on a green card base! I’m on some sort of green-streak. Maybe my subconscious is trying to steer me towards more greens? Presumably in my diet rather than my crafting but it’s cropping up in the crafting. Diet wise I’m still having cookies…

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Up until this point each step of this card took some time, but hey, you can’t rush perfection right? *wink wink* Card making to me isn’t about ‘banging them out’ as I don’t have that many to send each month. Besides, I rarely make more than one of the same design. Even when I try making them the same, I still deviate at some point and add something new on one or two. I craft because I enjoy the process, it’s my hobby and I love it! Stamping is fun and relaxing, why would I want to rush that?

Assembling the card took barely any time at all. A bit of foam tape here, a bit of foam tape there, a sentiment on a skinny strip of white card stock and add the leaves and voilá!

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Now, don’t worry, I will try my best to use another stamp set for my next blog post featuring Altenew stamps. In fact, I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher during the latest Build-A-Flower stamp release blog hop and I have already ordered the newest one Build-A-Flower Gardenia! I have a strong feeling that one will also feature heavily in the future. Eh, what can I say? Flower stamps hold a special place in my heart.

Right, with that I’m off to celebrate my 1-month-blog-iversary with a cookie or six!

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me! For more crafting shenanigans and crafty sneak peeks, follow me on Instagram.

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Happy crafting from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

First blog post and welcome to CaCaCrafts blog

Hi, hi, hello!

Welcome to my brand new blog!!

In fact, it’s so new that I haven’t even gotten any photos uploaded yet apart from a little picture of me to put a face to my name. I couldn’t wait to get it started so I simply dove in the deep end! I’m sure the learning curve will be steep and things will change a fair  few times before I’m happy with the whole set up but it was time to stop thinking about it and, like the good people over at Nike says, just do it.

It is something I have been thinking about doing for quite some time actually, about two years if we are being honest, and today the day finally arrived. I’m here and ready to blog my crafty little heart out.

If this is your first time “meeting” me; hi, I’m Erica and I’m a complete and utter craft nerd. Self-confessed craft-oholic. Obsessed with creating. Give me paper, stamps and pens over a party any day. Unless it’s a crafting party. You get the picture.

I use several different mediums, Copic markers, Zig Clean Color markers, coloured pencils, water colours, inks… you name it, I probably love it. Stamping and colouring are basically the keys to keeping me sane. If I didn’t have a creative outlet, I’m quite sure I’d be a basket case.

I have a sweet, generous husband whom I tend to refer to as The Man and two gorgeous little rescue dogs from Spain called Mar-Mar and Gem-Gem. They go under the nickname The Cheeky Chicas. We are big on nicknames in this house. I will save some of my ego by not mention what The Man calls me, he’s rather mischievous, that rascal!

Well, that’s a little bit about me but I will add more as I go along. I merely wanted to introduce myself and say hi!

I hope to see you soon again!

Erica