My 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop card with Altenew Coffee Love

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently, I’ve both been caught up in the Christmas decoration spree that grips me every yet at some point (later this year than usual, admittedly) as well as feeling under the weather and uninspired. Since moving to Poland I think I have had more days feeling sickly than well which is both annoying as well as frustrating. When it comes to the Polish germs vs Erica, there is a clear winner and it ain’t me.. *please send wah-mbulance*

Something that isn’t a big secret about me is that I’m a coffee lover. As well as a bit of a coffee snob *cough, cough, understatement* I’m not afraid to admit it, I’d rather not have any coffee than bad coffee. We all have our little quirks, eh? One of mine is definitely being a coffee snob. Which leads me to what this card is about. There is a really fun and HUGE crafty event going on called Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. How perfect is that to rouse some inspiration? There are tons of sponsors and amazing prizes to be won so don’t forget to check out the website for more information (<—-this link right here)

94DF2935-9882-4F73-AE22-B52236BD91F9For my card I decided to use one of my favorite coffee stamp sets which is Altenew’s Coffee Love. You can get Coordinating dies or if you don’t have any of these, just grab the stamp and die bundle (which is currently on sale!) OR treat yoself to a Coffee Love stamp bundle! Why not,eh? Christmas is just around the corner!

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For the sake of transparency (not to mention legal requirements) I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible. In this post it’s just the Altenew links that are affiliate, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something (🎶fa la la la, just saying) I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. All the other links are just for your convenience in case you want something I have used for this card.

Now that that bit is out of the way, back to the card: I knew I wanted to keep my card in the colours of white, blue, gold and brown but first things first: a background! I absolutely love the SSS Elizabeth background stamp(not an affiliate link but you should get this one anyway)

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It’s so pretty, delicate and swirly. I stamped it just off to the side on a 5.5”x4.25” Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock panel with VersaMark ink, I had previously generously dusted it with my anti-static tool to avoid those pesky stray bits of embossing powder. I used Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and set it with my heat tool. Once it had cooled down I got my Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 pack water colours out and mixed some white and black together to create a moody grey, which I swished on the left side of the heat embossed image. Whilst it was still wet, I dabbed in some dark blue to add some colour to the background. I made sure to use lots of water to dilute the colour towards the right side. Where it needed more colour, I dripped in some very inky water and let it swirl around and do what it wanted to do.

Setting this aside to dry I got working on the images I had stamped up from the Coffee Love set using Dusk Crisp Dye Ink as well as Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink. These were also stamped on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and  using the same blue I used on the background, I blended it with lots of water for a soft look on my images as well as some of the grey, very diluted. I used one of the light gold Kuretake Starry Colors for some shimmer and shading. I love how they came out! Being a bit of a shimmer-nut, I decided to add some to the background too. It’s possible I went slightly overboard here but oh well, it happens!

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When it came to a sentiment I knew I wanted it to say ‘Coffee & Crafty friends make the perfect blend’ as I used to get together with a friend once a month, for a crafty day, back when we lived in Denmark, and we always had coffee and cake.  We used to borrow each other’s stuff, the idea behind this was that if we could borrow it, we wouldn’t need to buy it ourselves but most of the time we just ended up enabling each other to get more stuff! That idea backfired pretty spectacularly to be honest. We were, and probably still are, very bad influence on each other! It didn’t matter whether it was get another stamp set or another piece of cake. Ah, those were the days!

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Right, back to the sentiment: It’s a mashup between one from Coffee Love (it says ‘coffee and friends make the perfect blend’) and one from Crafty Friends (this one says ‘Crafty friends are the best friends’) Using some masking tape and my Mini MISTI I first stamped and heat embossed the ‘crafty friends’ bit with  Altenew Crisp Platinum Embossing Powder and then the ‘coffee &______ make the perfect blend’ bit with Dusk Crisp Dye Ink. I trimmed it down and added some foam tape to the back of it. All my coffee images I had already cut out using the Coordinating Coffee Love dies. These also had foam tape added to them and once the background was adhered to a white card base (using TomBow Xtreme adhesive runner which was recommended to me for using on water colour card stock as I wasn’t too impressed with my double sided tape actually keeping things together) it was pretty quick work on deciding where all the elements were going. With that, the card was done!

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The inks I have used for this card can be bought as single pads: Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink single pad and Dusk Oval Dye Ink single pad or as part of sets: Summer Cool Oval Dye Ink set  (these are great if you like big pads and you can not lie) as well as  Summer Cool Mini Cubes (which are such a great option if you don’t have a lot of space in your craft room or are just starting your collection and trying the inks out) The same goes for the Warm Grey Oval Dye Ink set(<—- big ink pads) or the Warm Grey Mini Cubes.

Right, with that, I bid you a very happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!

Lots of love from Erica

 

Advent calendar Lawn Fawn goodie bags

Hello and Happy first of Advent! Eeeep, not long until Christmas now! I’m finally getting a bit of christmas spirit going, it’s been too warm and sunny here to really feel like winter but just in the last few days it’s gone cold and frosty. Lovely! I love going for a walk with the Cheeky Chicas on a cold but sunny day. As long as I’m wrapped up warm I can be outside for hours. Coming home after a long walk, getting the fire going, having some hot coffee and a cookie or five is simply divine. I love that part of winter!

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Now it’s confession time: I’m way behind with my Christmas crafting, quite shocking really given what a planner I usually am. Maybe I need to go to a Christmas market or something to kick the festive spirit into overdrive?? These little goodie bags I made for today’s post is a step in the right direction but I need more! More! (As well as an inner Drama Queen, I also have an inner Christmas Crazed Child which is now banging on the door wanting to be let out)

I had planned on making an advent calendar for my little niece Emma using the Lawn Fawn Tiny Box die because I absolutely loved it from the moment I saw the awesome 3D Christmas Tree Advent Calendar by Nichol Spohr  made (You have to see it to believe it, it’s A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!) BUT it kind of helps if you actually buy the die you mean to use for a project, right?? *face palm* Yep, to this date, I still haven’t bought it so I had to come up with Plan B which lead me to Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die

This one I have had for years but not used overly much so this needed to be remedied. I cut out several pieces in some lovely Lawn Fawn patterned paper (all which is sadly discountinued and might give you an idea of just how long I have been hoarding this paper) It’s crazy easy to make these goodie bags: Two pieces die cut, score along the lines for crisp edges, a bit of adhesive and bam! Done.

Then the fun bit starts: decorating the bags! I got a selection of Lawn Fawn dies and stamps out including Mini Wreath dieTiny Tags SayingsWinter Tiny TagsScripty Love word die, Scripty Friends word die as well as Stitched Alphabet die-namics from MFT Stamps to cut out the letters of Emma’s name. Cutting out a few pieces in different colour card stock and patterned paper it was time to cut, glue, stamp and layer. C59AEE01-3B58-4AF6-8A82-DB0E36DDD52B

I love the fact that you can create a myriad of different looking tags just by changing the colour of your card stock, patterned paper, shape of the tag itself, sentiment and ink colour. You would make dozens of tags and none would look the same.

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While I was on a roll with these goodie bags, I also made a couple for some friends of mine. It was on these that I put the Scripty Friends die cuts on, but I cut off the ‘s’ on the end because it didn’t really fit nor did it look right as each one is going to one friend. These die cuts are cut out of silver metallic hammered looking card stock. I’m not sure where it’s from to be honest, it’s something else I found in my paper hoard.

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These two are an example of having used the same stuff but the finished product look very different. I wanted each one to look individual rather than all the same as each of the ladies who are receiving these are amazing in their own rights.

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This close up was taken before I had added the ‘friend’ die cut but it shows the tag a bit better. This one is two of the bauble dies layered, well sort of anyway. The white circle was cut out the middle of the bauble to make the sentiment stand out a bit better. All the tags are tied to the bags with twine.

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The goodie bag for Emma was done in the same patterned paper as the above one and I cut out the letters with the opposite side of the paper to keep the colour scheme  the same.

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For the tag on Emma’s goodie bag I used the mitten tag and stamped ‘With love to:’ as it needs to be a bit special. She is my favorite niece after all (disclosure: she is also my only niece, lol!)

Aaaaaaand because I can’t stop myself once I’m on a roll, I also made a cute lovey-dovey bag for my sweet darling of a husband using the absolutely adorable Brisk patterned paper from Lawn Fawn. It is also sadly discontinued, which now means I will need to hoard that particular paper with extra vigilance, as once it’s gone, it’s gone! Waaaaah!

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See what I mean about making them all look different? Isn’t that fun?? On the back I added wreaths done with the Mini Wreath die. Each wreath is done slightly different to set them apart a little bit.

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And with that, I’m off to stuff these with some yummy things and send off to the recipients. Goodness knows if they will actually arrive in time for Christmas but if not, a little surprise will turn up in the mail after the holidays are over to help with the post-Christmas-blues.

Happy crafting and I’d be amiss not to mention it’s the 5-week-iversary of the blog today! Yay! Yummies for me too to celebrate I think 😉

Lots of love from Erica

Merry Everything Christmas cards to kick off December

Happy 1st of December!

Ah, bring on the Christmas cheer, the holiday magic and lots and lots of crafting! To do my part of spreading some christmas crafting cheer, I have two cards for you today. It started out as just some colouring, and then it took on a life on its own and ta-da: It ended in two fun cards.

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Let’s get to the first one before I go off on another ramble (it’s bound to happen at some point in this blog post though, watch this space)

Right, so as I said, this first one started out as a colouring thing… or actually, ink smudging. Blending is too sophisticated to explain what I was doing here. Streaking might work too? Rubbing? Scraping….? Oh, well, it doesn’t matter what you call it, what I was trying to achieve was a Northern lights kind of look.

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So this was taken about halfway through, I kept working on it to deepen the colours and covering up the white bits. I used all the Distress Oxides in the photo and then I also spritzed some gold shimmer mist on it too to really add to the magic. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? It really is something else to behold… *sighs with bliss*

Once the panel was dry I got out my Simon Says Stamp Snow Falling Stencil and Ranger Ink Texture Paste. I’m LOVING this stuff! It’s so much fun to smear it all over the stencils and seeing it take shape. Ah! If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. Pronto! I sure did use it to create the snow falling on the background. To make sure I didn’t smear the paste while it was drying (ask me how I know that can happen very easily) I got out My Favorite Things Merry Everything stamp set. I adore the reindeers in this set, they are so cute! I stamped these up on Strathmore Bristol water colour card stock with MFT Hybrid Ink Black Licorice , got my Zig Clean Color Markers out and went to town.

As I had quite a few reindeer, I thought Santa should be represented (Nobody puts Santa in the corner, right?) so he got stamped up and coloured too. I managed to make the red colour bleed into his beard and it was bad… nobody wants to see a bloody Santa, right? So that had to be fixed. I tried blending it out but that didn’t work. I tried covering it up with some gray but that didn’t work either. Neither did using a white gel pen. In the end I ended up rubbing some soft white chalk all over the beard and added some texture to it by scratching some curls in it. As the chalk was a bit difficult to control I did have to fill in the lines around the beard with a black pen as they had gotten all mushy.

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Then I figured the sleigh should be on the card as well so that got stamped up and coloured. All of a sudden, I had enough images to make two cards and that’s when I started working on the second one. This one was a lot more subtle, I just used light blue ink blending on the background and added the snow fall using the stencil and the texture paste again.

The rest of it came together pretty quick once I had cut out the images using the Coordinating Merry Everything Die-namics, and some snowy hills using Stitched Hillside die in linen textured card stock. Which I layered on card bases using foam tape, of course, duh (Hello, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to foam tape) Oh, and two different Celebrate words, one in silver glitter cards stock and one in vellum. The one in silver glitter card stock I layered with some double sided foam tape too.

On the Northern Lights card I added the Santa in the middle and flanked him with a reindeer on each side. The ‘celebrate’ word in vellum ended up on this one to not cover up the background too much. It didn’t really have enough ompf so I also stamped ‘Let it snow’ from My Favorite Things Snow Globe Sentiments  underneath Santa in black ink.

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For the second card I added the left over reindeer, the sleigh and the silver glitter ‘Celebrate’ word. The sleigh looked a bit weird without anything in it so I ended up stamping up some presents too. These I coloured to look like they had wrapping paper and then added a generous helping of both Clear Wink of Stella and Gold Wink of Stella because who doesn’t like sparkly presents??

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Even with the sparkly Celebrate it still needed a little something (did you see that coming?) so I stamped ‘Jolly Holly Days’  from Lawn Fawn Deck The Halls stamp set in black ink in the bottom. And with that, both the cards were done!

As well as being a foam tape addict, I’m also a bit of a camera nerd. I love taking photos and playing around with editing, filters and effects. The next photo is edited in Apple photos and have a filter on it called ‘Vivid Cool’ and I just adore how it makes the blue pop!

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Here is the same photo without the filter, which one do you prefer? I am not against filters at all, they can be really fun however I don’t like it when they are used to distort the photo completely. Especially when it comes to crafting photos. For those I prefer to see the ones that are as close to the real life thing as possible. For selfies? Eh, we all need a little help every now and again, right?

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Happy crafting and here is to a very merry and happy holiday season for us all!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hi guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Happy Pawliday CAS card

Hello!

Today’s card is a very simple but cute Christmas card using the absolutely adorable Happy Pawlidays set from My Favorite Things. I have no will-power whatsoever when it comes to doggie stamps (or any cute critter really) so as soon as it came out I knew I had to have it. And because I am not a fan of fussy cutting, I also got the Coordinating die-namics… please don’t judge, I admit it willingly, I’m a hopeless case when it comes to saying no to cute stuff.

Ok, now that all the admissions are out of the way, let’s talk crafting!

I stamped up one of the cute doggies on Copic friendly paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and got to work with my Copics. Once I was happy with the colouring, I used the coordinating die, cut it out and added glossy accents to the little light bulbs, nose and eyes to make them pop.

For the background I wanted to keep it white, to keep to the whole CAS ideology, but with some interest still…. so how to solve this? I decided to stamp This background stamp and heatemboss it with white embossing powder on white card stock. It’s subtle but looks, and feels, lovely without taking away too much of the attention from the main focus of the card.

When I was making this card, I actually used a sketch as inspiration, MFT Sketch 359, from the Card Challenges blog.

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To keep to the sketch I added a frame around the little doggie (which I added to the background panel using foam tape to raise him up a little bit) I used the second biggest one in the Outside in Stitched square stackable die cuts and cut it out in silver glittery paper. And double sided adhesive foam too, because I love dimension on cards. Even my CAS cards.

There are so many cute sentiments in the stamp set and I picked one that says ‘May your days be furry and bright’. It’s stamped with black ink on a strip of white card stock, which I cut little fishtail details on each end using scissors for extra details. I contemplated adding foam tape to this too to keep it level with the frame, but would you believe it? I did not. I can practically hear the thuds around the world from you guys hitting the floor in shock…! LOL! Self confessed foam tape addict here.

Well, now that you might have recovered from the shock, I’ll get on with it. The sentiment strip is added using a little bit of double sided tape but hanging over the tops of the frame. This is the first time I’ve done this and I’m feeling a bit more excited about it than I probably should. It’s not exactly ground breaking stuff.

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As this wasn’t rocket science, that means the card was done. I’m still struggling with CAS style but this one I am rather happy with.

I’m still riding my crafting high from being part of the Altenew new release blog hop, if you haven’t seen that yet You can click this link and have a read. I’m trying really hard to not let it go to my head but it is such a big deal to me to have been asked and to have been a part of it. Did I mention that Altenew is generously sponsoring a giveaway too? Oh yes, you can win a $30 gift voucher by leaving a comment on that blog post by the 28th of November.

Ok, well, that’s it from me today but I’ll be back with more crafting and jibber-jabbering soon!

Happy crafting from

Erica

 

 

Altenew Marker Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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Hi and welcome to CaCaCraft!

Today’s post is to celebrate the release of Artist Markers Set B and Set C from the awesome Altenew and I’m so excited to be part of it as a guest designer! I couldn’t quiet believe it when May got in touch and asked if I wanted to join in! Oh YES, that was pretty much a no-brainier and I’ve been floating on a little pink, fluffy cloud ever since! And today is The Day!

You should have arrived here from Therese Calvird but no matter how you got here, WELCOME! If you loose your way along the hop, there is a list at the bottom of this post and you can always go back to the Altenew Card Blog to find your spot again.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, November 27th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Wednesday, November 29th.

GIVEAWAY: You can also win a $30 gift voucher to the Altenew shop by leaving a comment right here on my blog post by Tuesday, November 28th! Winner will be randomly chosen and announced very shortly after that so don’t forget to comment for your chance to win!

Now, it’s entirely possible that I got a little bit carried away in all the excitement. I’ve been on a bit of a card making frenzy since all my goodies arrived and I’ve got eight cards for you today. Yes, you read that right. Eight. I will try to keep each description short and sweet but for those of you who know me, you know that I can ramble on for ages and ages with my jibber-jabbering (that’s Erica talk for ‘talking lots’) but please, do hang in there!

Right, let’s not beat around the bush anymore. Let’s dive in: Card number one, two and three all came out of the same idea. I got my blue markers out, that will be SET C, and on an 8.5×11 inches piece of Neenah solar white card stock, I drew thick lines of each colour over and over. I love how alcohol based markers just blend into each other and it’s quite mezermising to watch them getting on paper.

The idea I had was to make a striped back ground for one card and then cut out letters using the Bold Alphabet Die to spell ‘pappa’ (Dad in Swedish) as well as ‘dad’ for my British father-in-law. I really struggle with masculine cards and to be honest, I have absolutely no clue as to why I decided to punish myself by making a few for this blog hop. I do love blue though, and swishing those markers around made me happy like a kid in a candy shop!

Once I was happy with the background piece I cut it down to 4.25×5.25 inches. I wanted a little bit of the black card base I decided to use to peek out on each side of the panel, and I adhered it using foam tape. The Bold Alphabet Die makes a quick job of cutting out the letters I needed, I used shiny gold card stock as well as doubled sided adhesive foam, to raise the letters up and create dimension. The letters were adhered to the card and on a slim strip of black card stock I heat embossed the sentiment ‘You are amazing’ (from the set Amazing You) with the exclamation mark masked off, using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder . The strip was added to the card with some foam tape and a few matte gold sequins were added with Glossy Accents.

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For card number two I used the Bold Alphabet Die again to cut out another ‘Pappa’. These I added diagonally to a white card base, that I had previously stamped the swirly cloud from the You Are stamp set using Glacier Cave Oval Inks to create a mixed blue look. I also added ‘you are the best’ to the top of the card using Sapphire blue ink.

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To make the blues on the letter pop a bit more I filled them in with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. Sadly I smudged the bottom cloud a little but decided to leave it as it is, rather than try to fix it. Sometimes you just gotta cut your losses, right? You can see it in the first picture but in the second one, I sneakily put my watermark over the boo-boo.

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Card number three is very similar to card number two, done with the You Are stamp set, except the card base is a light grey and I used Caribbean Sky for one of the clouds and Persian Blue (from the Glacier Cave Dye Inks Set ) for the other one. I also used my markers, at first just the greys (this would be the ones from SET B ) to fill in the clouds a little bit, but it looked too flat so I added some blue too (that would be from SET C)
The ‘dad’ letters for this card were adhered to the card using foam to raise them up and underneath them I added two swirly bits from the You Are stamp set which I had heatembossed on vellum using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and cut out using the coordinating dies . These also got a little bit of blue added to them and the card got finished off with a few matte gunmetal grey sequins.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love flowers and not just like ‘like them a lot’, oh no. I L-O-V-E them! I’m a trained florist and although I don’t work these days, I happily would if it meant being around flowers all day. Flower stamps hold a special place in my heart and it would be rather weird if I didn’t use a few for this blog hop, right?? Well, without further ado, here is my next card:

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For this card I used Camellia Build-A-Flower stamp set and coordinating die, as well as some leaves from Adore You, Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
I started by spritzing my background panel with Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and then setting that aside to dry whilst working on the flower. My no-line colouring isn’t the best but I really wanted to try it using the Camellia Build-A-Flower stamp set and the yellow markers from SET B. To begin with, I stamped the outline stamp of the flower using Warm Sunshine Oval Ink and then got to work. For the colouring I used a flicking technique with the markers.

Using the coordinating die I cut both the flower out and a piece of foam to raise the flower up on the card and set these aside whilst I carried on working on the background. The leaves I chose to use are from the Adore You set. I used the cut out flower as a guide to place the leaves on the shimmery background panel and then stamped them all using Embossing Ink  and heat embossed them using Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder . I also stamped the sentiment ‘I adore you’ on a strip of vellum and heat embossed that in the same Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder.

Putting the card together took no-time at all at this point as all the components were done. I didn’t get the vellum strip completely flat on the card but all in all, I really like how this came out. I will definitely be adding more Metallic Shimmer Ink Sprays to my stash!

On my next card I have used the same stamps as the last one, but on this one I stamped the leaves from Adore You in Morning Frost Dye Ink ink first and then filled them in using the grey markers from SET B. Then I placed the card back in the MISTI, sprinkled it with my anti-static powder tool, stamped the leaves with Embossing Ink  and then heatembossed them using Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. I also added a few little leafy branches using the base layer of the leaves from the Ranunculus Build-A-Flower stamp set with Morning Frost Dye Ink ink.
The sentiment I stamped in Jet Black Dye Ink and then used Crystal Clear Embossing Powder on top to make it stand out a bit better.

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The flower itself I stamped up with Coral Berry Dye Ink ink and coloured it in using red markers from SET C as well as some of the darker yellows from for the middle. Instead of going for a smooth look, I used a flicking technique to create lots of highlights and lowlights. This is my favorite way to colour in flowers.
To finish the card off I cut out another bit of foam to raise the flower up from the card base and that was it.

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This next card is quite quick, it might not look it but it really is. I spritzed a little Frosty Pink Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and Coral Berry Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray on a piece of water colour card stock and set aside to dry. You can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process if you are in a hurry.
I stamped up the Camellia Build-A-Flower outline stamp using Coral Berry Oval Ink and then I used the lightest of my red markers from SET C all over the image. With the two darkest markers I added some shading to the petals. This is super easy as you don’t have to figure out where to do it, just use the outlines as a guide and hey, presto!
In the middle I used both the darkest red and the two darkest yellow markers in a dotting fashion to create a natural look.

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I cut out the flower using the coordinating die and quickly assembled the card. I used a card stock in as close to Coral Berry as I could find and trimmed down the spritzed glimmer panel a little bit to make sure it showed on all sides. This is of course added using foam tape. I love that stuff!
Sentiment wise I wanted to keep it simple but effective. I quickly used the purple markers (from SET B) to create an ombré effect on a scrap piece of card stock and then I die cut the word THANKS using This die. I added this to the card with more foam tape to raise it up and that was it!

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This card is done in a similar fashion, only yellow. On a piece of dark grey card stock I spritzed Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and set aside to dry. The flower is done in a no-line colouring technique and I used Warm Sunshine Oval Ink  before colouring it in with the yellow markers from SET B. On this flower I tried blending the colours a bit more than I did on my first yellow card, without loosing the depth and texture of the petals. I definitely need more practice when it comes to this technique.

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This one is also a ‘thanks’ card but this time I used shiny gold card stock with the Thanks die  and layered it with a black one to create a shadow. I also stamped and heatembossed ‘You are incredible’ on a slim piece of back card stock using Embossing ink  and Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder . This little strip I added with foam tape to the panel and the whole shebang went on a dark yellow card base.

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My last card (and this really is the last one, I promise!) I use the lovely Bamboo Rose stamp set to make a ‘get well’ card. Using my MINI MISTI I stamped two sets of the flowers with Morning Frost Dye Ink and then using the Four Scoops markers from SET C I coloured them in quite loosely. For the leaves I used the green Artist Markers from SET A.These I ordered as soon as I was asked to take part in this blog hop as I have a very serious and chronic case of Full Set Syndrome. It’s awfully contagious and there is no known cure, apart from getting the full set of whatever it is that gave you the FSS to begin with. I’m serious!

When I was happy with the colouring I dusted the pieces of card stock with my anti-static tool, popped them back into the MISTI to be stamped with Embossing Ink and sprinkled with Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. I melted it with my heat gun and set them aside to cool down a bit before cutting the flowers out using the Coordinating die cut.

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For my background I decided to use a couple of green inks (Frayed Leaf Dye ink and Forest Glade Dye Ink) to do some ink blending. I had a bit of a disaster with this though, my first attempt ended up having to be scrapped as I did the ink blending first and no matter how much I dusted it with my anti-static powder tool after, the embossing powder I wanted to use for the sentiment stuck to the entire panel! The only thing I could do what reverse course and start again and this time do the sentiment first, so that’s what I did. I used the same Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder for the sentiment to keep it cohesive. Once that had cooled down I used the inks I had chosen and blended them until I had a nice green background. A spur of the moment decision had me adding a few leaves in Forest Glade Dye Ink on top of the ink blending to frame the sentiment a little bit more.

The die cut flowers I arranged in a rectangular shaped wreath around the sentiment and adhered them to the card using foam tape to raise them up and create that lovely layered look. Once that was done, the whole panel was adhered to a white card base and that was that!

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Right, if you have made it all the way to this point, you pretty much deserve a standing ovation! I did warn you that I have gone completely mad and made lots of cards due to all the excitement, there was simply no stopping me once I got going… #sorrynotsorry my people!

Now the next person in the hop is Vicky Papaioannou and just for your reference, here is the full blog hop list:

Altenew Card Blog
Kathy Racoosin
Laura Bassen
Mindy Baxter
May Sukyong Park
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Tammy Tutterow
Lilith Eeckels
Suzy Plantamura
Nicole Picadura
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Enza Gudor
Sveta Fotinia
Erum Tasneem
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Kelly Latevola
TaeEun Yoo
Kymona Tracey
Yoonsun Hur
Kristina Pokazaniev
Therese Calvird
Erica A-B <——— You are here!!
Vicky Papaioannou
Svitlana Shayevich
Nina-Marie Trapani
Virginia Lu

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to try these markers (and all the other goodies I have used) as I had an absolute blast making these cards. Don’t forget to leave a comment here on my blog as well as on the Altenew blogs for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Altenew shop!

That’s it from me today!

Happy crafting and hopping from

Erica

 

 

Flower extravaganza with Altenew Build-A-Flower: Ranunculus stamp

Hi!

Today I have a rather big blog post to make up for the quiet week I’ve had here at CaCaCraft by Erica. If you are not interested in my jibber-jabbering, scroll on down to the first card picture, the crafty stuff starts around there.

I been really sick for the last couple of weeks now. There is some horrendous cold/flu like/knock you on your butt sickness going around in my neck of the woods, several of my friends have also been affected and been out for the count as long as a month! Even The Man got it and was confined to our bed this last week. This is the man who doesn’t take days off from work due to sickness for all the time I’ve known him, which I took as a sign it might be time to update the will, it really was that bad!

Frustratingly, I didn’t get well miraculously just because he got sick, so we have both been absolutely hanging. My week didn’t just consist of recovering and trying to look after The Man and The Chicas the best I could. Oh no, a run-away doggie resuce took place too! On Wednesday I felt somewhat better and decided to take the Cheeky Chicas out for a decent walk as they had only had short ones for a while. Well, it all went a little bit wrong as Mar-Mar out-stubborned me when it came to which route to take (for such a tiny little thing, she’s surprisingly stubborn!) so we ended up taking a longer walk than I had originally planned. On top of that, when we were at the furthest point away from our house, we also encountered a loose dog with no owner in sight. He took an instant shine to the Chicas and followed us all the way home. No amount of ignoring him did any good. You see, here in Poland it’s quite common to see dogs loose, especially here in the country side where we live. They have homes but are free to go around wherever they want during the day. I’m not used to this and found it very hard to leave him outside our gate, all alone, hoping he’d find his way home again. He refused to leave and was jumping at the gate, trying to open it and worse of all… he was crying for attention. It might not come as a big surprise that I was sitting inside the house crying myself, feeling awful for this poor boy!

As he wouldn’t leave, I bundled up again and set out with him in tow to see if we could find his home and owners. We walked all over the village but has no luck whatsoever so the only thing I could do, was turn back home and come up with a new plan.

Despite the Chicas having major reservation about other dogs, we ended up letting him in the house, fed and watered him, gave him lots of fuss and would you believe it? The Chicas were actually quite ok. Good thing too as I was ready to adopt him on the spot. In good conscience I couldn’t just keep him, obviously, so I put him in the car and went to the vet to scan him for a microchip, which he had but there were no owner details registered on it! The vet said I could either take him home with me or drop him off at a shelter. Erm, shelter?? No, he came home with me. Step 1 towards my plan of adopting him was taken in my mind already. I mean, look at that little face!

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As I know how heartbreaking it is when your dog runs away, Gem-Gem once ran away and it was awful, I thought I at least had to try and find the owners and where better to start than close to where I first saw him? It was a bit of a needle in a haystack situation (understatement are still running rampant here) and I’m not going to lie, at this point I was ready to collapse from exhaustion but I thought I at least had to try for like half an hour or so, and take it up again tomorrow if I had no luck today.

The very first house I stop at, and I still can’t quite believe my luck, that’s where this wayward boy lives! No joke, the first house! How is that for lucky coincidence?? The man of the house was just arriving home and I showed him a picture of the dog and asked if he knew him. The man looked at me a bit funny and said, yes he knows this dog. Excitedly I asked if he knew where he lives, to which the man replied ‘He lives here’! Turns out he had no idea the dog was missing as his wife hadn’t called him to let him know, hence the confusion! I’m pretty sure there were words exchanged that night about efficient communication. One thing that made this whole ordeal worthwhile was when the man said his 10-year old son would be very happy to have his dog back, which made me so pleased. It must be said that Step 1 in my plan towards adopting him was quickly taken back!

In the end, a dog was reunited with his young owner and the Chicas had a very positive experience with a dog so all in all, not a bad day for the furry, four-legged individuals in this story. Myself on the other hand, I had walked over 12000 steps in cold weather with a bad cold and I was in bed by 8.40pm/20.40 o’clock that night and slept until 11 the following morning! My cold was thriving again and I felt awful.

The bare minimum has been done around the house for a while now, I really should clean rather than craft to be honest! But crafting doesn’t require as much stamina as cleaning does and crafting is way more fun. You are probably more interested in my crafting than my cleaning schedule anyway so let’s get to it, as I have been babbling on for ages already. If you are still here, give yourself a pat on the back and a cookie!

Right, so I recently added the Cherry Blossom Oval Set ink pads to my growing Altenew ink collection and I also got the Build A Flower: Ranunculus stamp set. They seemed like a match made in heaven so I got those out and started stamping, using my MISTI naturally. It makes mass-producing easy and take out the guess-work when it comes to lining the stamps up every time you stamp. I usually stamp up a scrap image that I use solely for “proof stamping” so to say, to make sure all the other images come out perfect. It’s definitely worth doing, especially when you do one-layer cards and any little mistakes will be glaringly obvious.

I have a habit of stamping up lots of images without having a clue of what to do with them, especially with layered stamps and I did just that with this one and had enough flowers to make three cards. The challenge here is making each card individual and unique whilst using the same colours and image. Well, I accepted the challenge… proposed by myself… erm.. well… because I’m a craft-aholic?

For my first card I stamped directly on a card base, and I used Simon Says Stamp 120# white card stock for this. I love this card stock, it takes the ink beautifully and is so smooth and lovely. I’d use it for everything if I had enough of it but as I have hoarding tendencies I try to make it last. The outline I heatembossed in The Ton stamps Rose Gold Embossing Powder and would you believe it… I managed to mess up the stamping despite using the MISTI, I was so annoyed with myself…

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I stamped the sentiment ‘Sending Love & Hugs’ from the Build A Flower: Ranunculus  Set in an ombré way using the inks in the Cherry Blossom Oval Set to keep the colours the same. To keep this card CAS/Clean And Simple, I only added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear mix using Multi Media Matte.

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For card number two I again stamped up the flower, the exact same way as with card number one: I used the inks on the SSS white card stock and heatembossed the outline in rose gold (and got it perfect this time) but for this card I used the coordinating die and cut out the flower.

The card base is the very same SSS white card stock, cut in half and then scored at the half way mark to create an A2 card measuring 5.5”x4.25”. On this, using the die cut flower as a guide, I stamped a few leaves in the lightest pink in the ink bundle. I used only the first layer to keep the design simple but couldn’t resist adding a little bit of interest by using a flowery branch stamp from the set Beautiful Day, which I stamped with VersaMark before heat embossing it with the same Rose Gold embossing powder I used on the flowers.

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I used the same sentiment for all three cards and on this one I used the two darkest inks to again create a slight ombré effect. The flower I adhered to the card using foam tape to make it a bit more different from card number one.

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Card number three is much more elaborate… The flower is done in exactly the same way as card number two, stamped and die cut. For this one I also stamped up the leaves but instead of using greens, which didn’t really fit my colour scheme, I used Coffee Break Oval Set to get a bit of a gold/vintage look. I did three with the first three colours and another three with the three darkest colours to get some variety.

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The sentiment I heat embossed in the same Rose Gold embossing powder I’ve used for the flowers. It’s important to dust your project with an anti-static powder tool before using any type of embossing powder as you don’t want it sticking in places you don’t want it. I like this one.

This flower I also used foam tape to raise up from the card base, but this one is cut out of double sided foam sheet using the die so it fits perfectly under the actual flower. To get the leaves placement right, I again used the flower as a guide before removing the protective layer from the foam tape and pressing down onto the card base. In order to get a bit more ‘life’ into the card I also added small pieces behind some of the leaves to lift them up from the card base.

As this card was meant to be rather elaborate, I added some The Ton Stamps Rose Gold sequins in different sizes, using Multi Medium Matte adhesive.

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With that, I am finally done. It’s over, you made it to the end, no matter how far away that goal seemed in the beginning, you made it! LOL! Another cookie might be in order to regain your strengths. Just saying.

Take care and thanks for stopping by today!

Happy crafting from Erica

Clean and Simple card for CASology challenge week 274

Hi everyone… Erica here… or the sickly-beast more like it this last week. I haven’t had much luck getting over this cold that has me in a vice grip and I’ve been busy creating snot and mucus rather than cards and fun stuff.

I get that ‘ants in my pants’ feeling if I go too long without getting my crafting on so today I was looking for something simple to do that would satisfy the creative itch. I’m sure I’m giving you all sorts of nasty visuals with my analogies.. sorry about that, I have a way with words at times.

Anyway, so as I was scrolling through Instagram (my main source of inspiration) I came across a card one of my IG friends has made for this week’s challenge over on CASology (@CASologychallenge instagram link, website link CASology) The cue word is ‘tiny’ this week and I thought I might give it a go.

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I have a habit of colouring lots of images and not putting them all on cards, as a result of this I have probably hundreds of already coloured, ready to use images laying around. One of these came in very handy today and I selected a cute little bear from the My Favorite Things Bitty Bears. This little cutie is holding a fish, and he is just adorable. As soon as I saw this set I knew it would come and live with me. I also got the Coordinating die-namics, because I am not a fan of fussy-cutting. Just putting that out there.

As I’m feeling quite rotten I made this into a ‘get well card’ but using another My Favorite Things stamp set, aptly called Feel Better. I might have chosen the sentiment I did due to feeling a bit Mamma-sick as I usually do when I’m sick. Mamma-sickness is when you just want your Mamma to come and take care of you, no matter how old you get. Mine lives very far away and when I’m sick, I always get extra emotional and sentimental.

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As this is a clean and simple card (not my forte in all honesty) I got a lovely linen texture card stock out and cut out a scalloped rectangles using the biggest frame from the Winnie & Walter Noelle Essentials Cutaways. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on this, using my MISTI as the linen textured card stock is difficult to get a perfect stamp the first time around.

I adhered this panel to the white card base using double sided foam sheet, cut to size, and with a little bit of left-over foam I adhered the bear under the sentiment.

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It is really hard for me to keep things proper ‘Clean And Simple’, I always want to add sequins or enamel dots or something! Making myself walk away with just this on the card took some willpower. And a needy little chica actually. Turns out it was dinner time for the furry beasts so that helped me from adding anything else. Who says pets aren’t helpful in the craft room?? 🤣

This little card didn’t take me long to make at all, seeing as I had the little bear already stamped, coloured and cut out. The rest took hardly any time at all. Maybe a bit longer than it would have taken me when I’m completely well and full of enthusiasm but not that much longer.

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With that, I’m off to scrounge up some dinner for myself and The Man, who is also very sick still. Takeaway pizza is looking more and more likely.

Happy Hump-day and see you all next time!

Erica

 

 

 

Copic coloured birthday card with Modern Peonies from WPlus9

Hello and welcome back to CaCaCraft!

Today it’s the one-week-iversary of my little blog and I am popping in with a birthday card, cue celebrations! This week I have been so poorly with a bad cold and just to top off my misery, I also got a painful visit from Mother Nature, because apparently I wasn’t suffering enough…! Oh well, might as well get it all out of the way in one fell swoop, eh?

I’m feeling a bit better today, luckily for me as now The Man has taken a turn for the worse and it’s time to swap roles. He’s been my nursemaid this week and taken very good care of me and The Cheeky Chicas despite being tired from being at work all day. Sure sign it’s true love when he loves you even when you are an absolute raggedy mess… who whines like a two-year old having a tantrum… I must admit I am perhaps not the easiest person to be around when I’m sick and in pain *cough, cough* (understatements galore!)

Right, anyway, so whilst The Man is off for a nap, dosed up with medicine, water and some muffins, I slunk off to the craft room. I decided to finish a card I have been working on for, gosh, coming on to three weeks now? I started it on Oct 12th and back then I was suffering from lack of mojo and thought I’d just colour without anything really in mind. Flower stamps usually get me out of a crafty funk quickly and peonies are one of my favorite flowers so getting the WPlus9 Modern Peonies  stamp set seemed like a good first step.

I cut a stitched rectangle panel out of Copic friendly card stock, I used the largest one from Lawn Fawn small Stitched Rectangle stackable set. This one and the Large set are on my ‘must have list’. I use them all the time.

When it came to the stamping, I placed the panel in my MINI MISTI (also an absolute must have!) and placed the largest peony just off the panel in the top left corner. I use Memento Tuxedo Black ink when I colour with Copics. You can also see my selection of colours for the flower in the picture, for those who are curious. I also added the stem and coloured that in with some green markers (scroll down to the third photo to see which ones I used)

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Four days later I added another flower. Yep, just the one. I thought I might do some masking at this point and stamped up a few flowers on masking film and cut them out. For whatever reason, I didn’t end up using them so they went in the stamp storage pocket for use in the future.

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Before I added anything else to the card, nine days had passed! I made lots of other things during these nine days though, my mojo had returned and I was making the most of it. It seems it was this card that had me slightly stumped. Another large peony and lots of leaves got coloured as well as fussy cut. I do have the coordinating dies  but used my scissors to avoid getting that white border around the images. At this point, I just couldn’t decide if I needed more flowers and/or leaves and instead of forcing a decision, I left off here and set it aside for another day.

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So, this is where I picked up from today. I do find that sometimes I need a break from a project if I get stuck and come back to it with fresh eyes at a later date. That was just the thing with this card! I decided that it didn’t need any more flowers or leaves, it was pretty nice as it was. I did add some “shadowing” around the flowers with my C Copic markers, just to dull the bright whiteness of the card stock a little bit. This part didn’t need to be overly perfect so I spent just a couple of minutes to line out the shadow and then by using lighter and lighter markers worked my way out until I felt it was enough.

The placement of the flowers was easy enough, the big one had to go in the middle where the stem ended and the leaves were placed in a frame around it. By placing another piece of paper over the whole shebang, to keep everything in place, and turning it over, it was a simple case of adding some foam tape cut to size to keep them together and to add some dimension at the same time.

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To put the card together, I got some Simon Say Stamp Slate Gray card stock out, cut it in half and scored in the middle using my scoreboard. In an attempt to bring together some of the colour I also added another layer to the card, a scalloped frame in plaid paper, it’s just big enough to peek out behind the flower panel. The scalloped frame is Mama Elephant and the plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn.

Now it was time for finishing touches and sentiment! On a 1 inch wide strip of vellum, which I dusted with my anti-static tool beforehand, I stamped and heat embossed the words ‘Sending happy birthday wishes’ from the WPlus9 Modern Peonies set. The embossing powder I used is my current favorite: The Ton Rose Gold Embossing Powder.

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The vellum strip I wrapped around the flower panel and adhered directly to the foam tape I had already added on the back of it. This was then adhered to the plaid paper panel and then the whole thing went on the card base.

I almost left it like this but couldn’t resist seeing how it would look with a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins. Of course I ended up loving this so much I had to add them. Is there such a thing as ‘sequin fever’ because I think I might have it.

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You might have noticed my new snazzy watermark on the pictures here? My dear friend Sandy Boone of Three Room Studio is the clever cat behind it! She also made me a banner for the blog but I haven’t added that yet, but watch this space. Now, Sandy also has her own range of stamps which you can find on Etsy or Right here! She also has her own blog Three Room Studio Blog  and if you are on Instagram you should definitely follow her account which you can find here.

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Here is the final card. Now, this might have taken me quite some time to make but it doesn’t matter, I enjoyed making it and that’s what matters. This is my hobby, it’s supposed to be fun and if something takes hours, days, weeks or even months to finish doesn’t matter in the slightest as long as the process is enjoyable, right? And with those wise words, this craft nerd is now off to be a nurse maid and check in on The Man.

Happy crafting and see you next time!