MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 501

Hi!

Today’s post is based on this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #501 and I’ve not done one of these for a while, so I thought why not?

I really wanted to use the cute dragons from the BB Magical Dragons set. With that in mind, I stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock with the PFS Black Hybrid ink, set it with my WOW! heat tool and got to work with Copics. My first dragon was done in what I picture to be a natural colour for dragons: green!

My second dragon was done in more teal-like colours, maybe she’s a girl dragon? The tummies, horns, wings and back scales on both of them were done in lighter, but still matching colours.

There were two fire bursts stamped up too, so I did these in flame colours. Deep reds with some fiery yellow. I’m so glad this set comes with coordinating Dienamics as fussy cutting is not my jam.

The background I did with the Mini Cloud stencil, one of my favourite stencils ever. I wanted a really soft look, so I didn’t add any more ink to my Life Changing Blender Brushes, just used the blues left on them. It turned out fab!

One of my newest purchases is Sparkle Spray by Nuvo Tonic Studios, and I wanted to add some sparkle to the background with this. Buuuuut… I went a little overboard, which left the background COVERED in the sparkle spray. This one is Morning Fog, and wow! I think I will be adding a few more to my arsenal.

To finish off the card, I stamped up a couple of the sentiments from the BB Magical Dragons set with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the dragons and the fire bursts with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, added a little bit of Wink Of Stella to the wings and horns, and with that, the card was done! I was originally only going to add one of the fire bursts but as I went overboard with the Sparkle Spray, and it kind of looked like ash in the air after the dragon had gone to town breathing fire, I added both.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration here with me. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube and Instagram so thank you so much for supporting me by using these. I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

You can find me on various social media platforms if you want to see more of my work

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Bright, Sparkly Birthday Cards with New To Me Products!

Hi guys! Today’s post is showing off some dies from a brand new company called Everyday Crafting Co. You can find the shop on Etsy and there are four different dies to choose from or grab a discounted bundle.

In order to be totally transparent, I was sent these dies free of charge and have been paid for this blog post. However, I want to reassure everyone that I only ever use products that inspire me. If I try creating with things I feel ‘meh’ about, my mojo packs up and goes on vacation.

I am running low on birthday cards so I decided to use the Happy Birthday dies. First I tried the diecuts on different paper a few times, to get a feel for them, and see what kind of spacing I wanted. The ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ are separate so you can use them however you like!

After playing around for a bit, this was the spacing that I was happiest with. I like that it leaves enough room for a sentiment banner or stamp set to finish off the Happy Birthday.

These I adhered to a couple of my rainbow backgrounds, that I made out of strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock. This is a fun way to add colour to a background without having to colour, ink blend or do anything but stick strips of card stock down. So easy and so fun, great to do while binge watching something!

I was a bit worried that the black one would be too harsh but I think it makes the background, and the letters, really pop! On this one I added lots of Colour Wheels (no longer available) and Candy Lane Canes embellishments from Trinity Stamps.

On another black one, I added Wink Of Stella to the background part. It didn’t look overly sparkly when I did it so I was a bit disappointed. At the time, it didn’t feel like it was worth the time invested in doing it. Which was at least a Modern Family episode, lol!

I needed have worried. Once that was totally dry and I took it out into the sunshine, I was nearly blinded!! It looks super cool!

The final card had the white diecut piece added to a rainbow background panel too, but this one is angled. I’m not sure which way I prefer, to be honest. Maybe the vertical ones… This white one also got a HUGE amount of sequins added to it, it felt like it needed it and it’s a birthday card after all.

That space between the diecut words was perfect size for an Everyday Essential Banner with ‘From All Of Us’ stamped up on it. These are from Lawn Fawn, and I use that banner die set all the time! The stamp set is called Simply Sentiments

One of the black Happy Birthday frame cards got the colourful one added to it. I achieved the look by layering the stamp with Atelier Inks from Ink On 3. From left to right I used Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. It was easy to get this look with the help of a Mini MISTI and some PostIt tape. For the white card, I decided to layer up two black banners and add a white one on top. This helps create the illusion of a shadow, and brings the eye in.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today! I hope you have found some inspiration here today, and will check out the Everyday Crafting Co shop for the rest of the diecuts available.

Some links are compensated affiliate links, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. The rest are purely for your convenience!

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

Let’s Decorate with Picket Fence Studios and zero calories!

Hello fellow cake lovers!

Today’s post is all about cake, cake, cake!! Not the edible kind, sadly as I never say no to a piece of cake myself.

Both these cards are made with the Let’s Decorate stamp and coordinating diecut set. There is also a little bit of help from the Cheat Day stamp set, because it has some fun cake-related sentiments.

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I stamped up the biggest cake with Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink, and while I was at it, I stamped up two. Who only have one cake when you can have two?? I may or may not have been known to have several different kinds of cake at my own and birthday parties I have hosted for others.

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The images are all coloured in with Zig Clean Color markers on Bristol Vellum paper. The roses I did with bright and vivid colours to look like Kaleidoscope Roses, or more commonly known as Rainbow Roses. Google it if you haven’t seen one in real life! When I cut these out using the coordinating diecuts, I covered the images with a strip of kitchen roll to avoid the colours touching the cutting plate and then smudging.

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For my lemony cake, I used the 3 1/2″ Blending Stencil to create a zingy, citrusy background. I simply swept my Zig markers across the paper in the open circle. The cake was then adhered flat on top of this. The sentiment is stamped up with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. It’s from Cheat Day. The final touch was some Enamel Drops in Green and Yellow.

 

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The Rainbow Roses card I finished by stamping up all the sentiments from Cheat Day and Let’s Decorate set in light grey ink. I did this with the help of the Mini MISTI and did it directly on the card base.

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The final flourish for this card was a generous sprinkling (ah, cake pun!) of Rainbow Crystal  from Studio Katia.

If you don’t need any more reasons to shop the new release, I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my affiliate link to Picket Fence Studios. It doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, but the commission they will give me for sending you their way, means the world to me. And every little helps, even if you just buy one stamp or stencil. Thank you in advance for supporting my crafting journey like this, I can not express enough how much it means to me.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Ardyth’s 3k YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

Today I’m taking part in a YouTube hop to celebrate my crafty friend Ardyth reaching 3000 subscribers! Congratulations, it’s so well-deserved! If you don’t subscriber to her channel yet, you are missing out. She’s amazing! Check out her video and channel HERE.

There are prizes from some fabulous sponsors too and there are about 20 odd stops on the hop so you have lot of chances to win! All you have to do is leave a comment by the 18th of October.

If you want to skip right to the YouTube hop, go to Ardyth’s blog for the full list of participants, prizes and rules.

For my card, I have used a stamp set from Ellen Hutson called Mondo Peony. I love this big, bold flower! It’s just lovely. It’s stamped up with Inkon3’s copic friendly ink, Blackout Detail Ink on Neenah #110 Solar White card stock. I went dark pink for the colouring and you can see some of it in a time-lapse video in my video over on my YouTube channel.

The background is easy and fun to create. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped up the two leaves from the Mondo Peony set towards the top the panel. Which is Bristol Vellum paper and it’s done with Inkon3’s Embossing ink. Before I did that, I used my anti-static tool very generously all over the paper. After stamping up the first two leaves, I swapped the panel around and stamped them again on the other side. I sprinkled WOW! Embossing powder in Opaque White all over these and set them with the heat gun. After checking the placement of the leaves in relation to my flower, which I should have done before stamping them really, I realised they would not show very well. So I stamped up another two and heat embossed them in white too.

Armed with my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and some green Distress Oxide inks, I chose Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn, I went to town with ink blending. I covered both the background panel and the two extra leaves. Once all done, I cut the leaves out using the coordinating diecuts.

These were a bit too big for the background though so I cut the leaves apart and with the flower as a guide, I placed them on the background where they would fill in the gaps. I have finally gotten ahold of Press’n’Seal and used this for the first time to pick up the flower and leaves! With that whole shebang turned over, I adhered a flower sized piece of foam sheet that I had cut out using the coordinating diecut. Once that was secured in place it was easy peasy to adhered that to the background. Which I had also fixed to a card base at this point.

Sentiment wise I used one of my staple stamp sets: Birdie Brown’s Greetings Galore from MFT Stamps. I heat embossed it in Metallic Rich Gold from WOW! On black card stock and cut it out using a small banner die from the Blueprint Dienamic set. This was quickly adhered with more Glue Tube adhesive. If you can’t find that particulate BluePrint dienamic set, I can recommend the Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn instead. They are another staple of mine and I use them all the time.

I could have stopped here but of course I didn’t. I added a very generous sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with the help of the Glue Tube from Lawn Fawn. I actually toyed with the idea of adding Glossy Accents to the card too but finally managed to rein in myself and step away, lol!

That’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway Winner and Birthday Cards + video!

Hi everyone!!

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! I have so much fun stuff to share today: the winner of the recent Studio Katia Blog Hop giveaway, two fun and colourful cards AND another video to my brand new YouTube channel!

If you missed the blog hop post, CLICK HERE to check it out. It’s obviously too late to enter the giveaway but it’s there in case you want to check out the card I made for the hop.

Now, without further ado, the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Mary-Anne V! Congratulations!! Email studiokatiagiveaway@gmail.com with the subject Erica Blog Hop Winner to claim your prize!

Now for the two cards I have done for this post. I used the It’s Your Birthday stamp (at the time of writing it’s unsurprisingly out of stock, but make sure to sign up for in-stock notifications) from Studio Katia.

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The two cards are basically the same, except for the colour of the embossing powder and some of the sizing. One is white and the other is gold. I can’t really pick a fave myself, I keep switching back and forth between them.

If you aren’t a blog reading kind of crafter, CLICK HERE to go to the YouTube video showing how I made these. I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my channel and like my video while you are there!

Ok, back to the written word! The backgrounds are done with the fun Radiating Star Stencil from Neat & Tangled, and an assortment of Catherine Pooler inks. Clockwise from 12 o’clock we have Bellini, Coral Cabana, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey and Limoncello.

To help keep the stencil in place and get clean, crisp lines, I used Pixie Spray (seriously a life saver when it comes to stencils with fine details!) on the stencil a few minutes before I placed it on the card stock. Which is Strathmore Bristol Vellum by the way. I also added some PostIt tape along the edges to get that white frame around it and for extra stay-in-place power. That’s totally a saying now.

Each section was blocked off with sheets of paper and held in place with PostIt tape. Then, with the help of my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I blended each colour, one by one. You might notice that the centre bit is darker and then the colour goes lighter towards the edges. I think it helps draw the eye in and create some dimension, in an otherwise rather flat design.

The white embossing powder is from Wow! Embossing Powder and the other one is done with Antique Gold from Altenew. Before doing any heat embossing I use my pillow like anti-static tool very generously over the panels. Then, with the help of my Mini MISTI, I stamped the big sentiment ‘Happy Birthday To You’ from It’s Your Birthday, in the middle with VersaMark ink. A generous sprinkling of embossing powder later, a tap-tap to get the excess off and then it was go-time with the heat gun.

I didn’t wait long enough between the ink blending and the stamping with the gold one though and ended up having to clean it up a little with a small paint brush before heating up the embossing powder. I’d like to be able to say that’s the last time that will happen but it’s very, very likely it will happen again and again. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

With both of the panels ink blended and heat embossed, they got trimmed down a little bit to leave a white frame on the card base. Then, with the help of foam sheets cut to size, I adhered them to their card bases. Aaaaaand almost *ALMOST* left them as they were. But, I couldn’t resist adding some fabulous sequins from Studio Katia. These are called Crystal Clear Fusion and I used them all the time, they are amongst my all-time favourite embellishments.

Well, my friends, that’s it! Except to mention that I have used affiliate links in this post for everything I have used in case I have inspired you to pick up a thing or tw… elve (no judgement) for yourself. Using Affiliate links cost you absolutely NOTHING extra but I get a small commission from the companies directly if/when you do. I use anything I make towards the running of my blog and now my YouTube channel so thank you from the bottom of my heart if you use mine. I do not take it for granted and every little helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Going ‘dotty’ over the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with some fun cards made with one of my favourite cover plates, Falling Circles, from Neat & Tangled.

These cards are not over worked, or over-thought out, just put together with the focus on the colours I picked. Navy, white and gold is a classic combination and I love how they came out.

The white and navy card stock was sent to me by Paper Mill Direct UK, without expectation to promote them, but I love how sturdy they are. Perfect for die cutting and card bases.

The gold card stock is from Tonic Studios, and this one is called Honey Gold. It’s a satin effect mirror card stock and comes in a variety of goooooorgeous colours!

After using the Falling Circles cover plate on all the card stocks, it was time to start puzzling. On the back off each panel I adhered foam tape so it was easy to get each dot to stick. This was done quite randomly. None of the three are exactly the same, which I really like.

Once all the panels were filled, I adhered them all to white card bases and set aside for now. As I’m running low on birthday cards, I decided to turn them all into birthday cards. For this I have used some other Neat & Tangled goodies: the Hooray diecut and a sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.

On banners cut out of the same colour card stock as the backgrounds, I stamped and heat embossed ‘it’s your birthday’. These banners are Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn and the embossing powder is Antique Gold from Altenew.

All the ‘Hooray’s are diecut out of the same navy and gold card stocks too. After matching these up, I glued these together with my Lawn Fawn glue tube.

This is a fabulous liquid glue and so useful when you need to make sure things are lined up in the proper place.

I used the same glue to adhere the ‘Hooray’s to the cards and double sided tape to adhere the banners and with that the cards were done!

This design can be switched up so easily by changing the colour of the card stocks you use. In fact, I have done quite a few in the past myself. Click here to check another trio out!

Before I go, I have got to mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I have linked all the products I have used for these cards, and if you click on one of these and end up buying something for yourself, I will get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO extra cost to you! I really appreciate the support and any money I make will go towards the running of my blog and to keep bringing you fun, crafty content.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you all soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Bright birthday card for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge #️⃣406

Hello, hello!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck and happy crafting from Erica

Exciting news!! I’m featured in the MFT & Friends September 2018 Release!

Hello, hellooo, HELLOOOO!!!!

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I’m so excited about the news I’m about to share, I could explode!! I was contacted by none other than Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Stamps (EEEEEK!) to be featured on the September issue of MFT Stamps and Friends! Direct link to their blog post right here. I’m still slightly in shock about the whole thing but will try and keep it together as long as possible.

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MFT Stamps very generously sent me a gorgeous package filled with some of the goodies from the September release, to see the whole release click HERE, and I didn’t know where to start…! Talk about first world problems, right?? Well, after I had managed to stop hyperventilating from excitement, I went to the craft room and just played with the goodies for a while. I actually made quite a few cards but the first one I want to show you today is one that really shows my love for a good, bold and splashy diecut sentiment.

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After sifting through my stash of coloured card stock and settling on a pink-red colour scheme I gave my poor, old BigShot a good workout and cut out the Happy Birthday script die-namic sentiment in six different shades of the pink-red car stock.

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With a fine-tipped glue pen I adhered all the pieces together in a red to lightest pink order, six in total. It made a nice, thick and chunky sentiment and if you look close enough, you can see the ombré look it created.

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Despite already having six layers, I decided to add a white layer and then finish off the whole thing with silver mirror card stock to really enhance the ombré look.

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It took the sentiment from a ‘niiiiice’ to a whole new level! The close up looks really raggedy though, with all those little bits and pieces sticking out…! Lol! Macro photography can be very unforgiving.

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As the sentiment is so wow on it’s own I tried making it quite a CAS/Clean And Simple card. Usually these kinds of cards are not my forte but I have been doing better recently. However today, was not one of those days… I decided to do a light ink smooshing background for this card, using some Distress Oxide inks. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar got smooshed on a sheet of acetate and after adding some silver shimmer spray and a few drops of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink refill, I dipped my Ranger Ink water colour card stock panel in it.

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The idea was a good one in theory but honestly, the smooshing got the better of me and it went from ‘let’s do a light pink cloud-like look’ to ‘pink all over the place-look’. Oh well. It ended up being a lovely background for the sentiment anyway as the red layer is at the bottom and sort of gives it a ‘shadow’ so it stands out a bit better.

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Once I gave up on the CAS idea, I got my sequins out (I use PPP Sparkling Clear Mix the most) and added a generous sprinkling, using Glossy Accent. It IS a birthday card after all!

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A quick adhering job later, both for the sequins and to add the whole thing to a card base, the card was done! Mirror card stock is notoriously difficult to photograph but I really do feel that it takes it up a notch. What do you think? Which one is your favourite out of these two looks?

I spent a great deal of time over-thinking things and stressing this way and that about the card, as from a first glance it can come across as quite plain and almost boring. Just being real here! My husband actually had to peel me off the peak of Mount Anxiety because I was whipping myself into a right frenzy! Thanks for that by the way, my love.

BUT I do like cards that make you look twice and realise there is so much more to it than you first realised, and in the end I am happy with how it came out.

To chill out and just have some fun the following day, I got the Fall Friends stamp set out and stamped up the girl sitting on the pumpkin as well as lots of leaves. I love colouring leaves! Spreading out on my desk with my Copic hex chart, all my Copics close to hand and some good music I coloured away for hours. It’s such a brilliant stress-reliever. Plus it is so much fun!

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Using the Fall Friends coordinating dienamics, I cut out the girl and a shape out of foam sheet, as well as all the leaves. I played around with these for a bit and wouldn’t you know it? A card idea came to me and I thought why not go for it?

For those who might wonder, I store my foam pads in 2”x2” coin pockets as I don’t have enough Mini Ink Blending tools to have one for each colour. It’s an inexpensive way to store your pads when they are not in use and I’m planning on adding little Velcro dots to the back of the ink pads to secure the pockets too.

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Using the Mini Cloud stencil (I use this so much, it’s such a staple for me!) and yellow-orange-pinks and red Distress Oxide Inks, as well as quite a few Mini Ink Blending tools, I blended a colourful autumnal sky background. The inks I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. 

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With the help of a couple of die-namic sets, Blueprint 27 and Blueprint 29, I cut the background piece with a rectangle scalloped edge and a cute little banner, on which I stamped ‘With gratitude’.

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The background piece I adhered to a white card base, made out of Neenah 110lbs card stock, using… *drumroll* …foam tape!! Yes, very much still addicted to that stuff.

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It felt like the girl needed to be framed in order to draw the eye to her and some kind of wooden look was also needed, to balance out all those leaves.

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I decided to use a dark brown patterned paper that look like woodgrain from a discontinued patterned paper stack called Trail Mix (it pays off hoarding that stuff! Check out MFT Stamp’s current selection HERE ) and the middle sized diecut from the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I did my usual trick of cutting it out of foam sheet too to add a uniform and stable base for the patterned paper piece.

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Once I had all my various bits and pieces done, it was time to do the layout-puzzling. It took a few tries but I’m really pleased with how this came out in the end and I hope you like it too!

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All the products I have used for this card are linked to the MFT Stamps store, for your convenience and I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. Using these links will not cost you any thing extra at all, but will earn me a small commission paid by MFT Stamps if you buy yourself a little something using them, so thank you in advance if you choose to support me in this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you to My Favorite Things and Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the fun, I’m so grateful and really appreciate the chance you took on me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Clean And Simple birthday card with Bitty Bears

Hi guys! 

I’m popping in with a super quick card today. One of the major upsides of CAS/Clean And Simple cards is that they generally do not take too much time to make. This one probably took a total of twenty minutes and most of that was spent on the colouring of the little Bitty Bears cutie from MFT Stamps. 

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Recently, I have been getting so much better at doing CAS cards without overthinking things and itching to add more and more to it, and thus taking is totally out of the running of being CAS. Making something clean and simple used to make me break out in a sweat just thinking about it, lol!! I’m not sure what it is that has made the tide turn but these days I enjoy the process rather than hyperventilate and get heart palpitations *slight over-exaggerating perhaps* 

Well, enough jibber-jabbering about my cardiac and pulmonary activity, let’s get to the crafting activity instead! 

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As mentioned, I coloured a sweet little Bitty Bears from MFT Stamps, the one holding a balloon. I adore this stamp set, it has a little bear for pretty much every occasion and a load of sentiments to match. I used Cold Grey Copics for the bear and added some blushed cheeks and pink ears. I also dotted my Colorless Blender all over him to get a textured look, I do this a lot to achieve a textured look on my images. Especially the smaller ones where there is not always enough space to add shadows and shading. Once the bear was finished, I cut him out with the coordinating dienamic and set him aside. 

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This card I’m entering in to the MFT Stamps Challenge which for this month is CAS Birthday so I wanted a simple background with lots of white. But you know, I’m still me and little ole’ me likes texture so I decided to do some heat embossing on it to add interest. To stick to the CAS ideology I did it in white embossing powder and on Ranger Ink water colour card stock because it is the whitest one I’ve got. 

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First off, I used my anti-static tool on the panel, and then I stamped the Mesmerizing Mandala, another goodie from MFT Stamps, in VersaMark ink on it and sprinkled the white embossing powder on it. After setting it with my heatgun I decided to add just a hint of blue to it to make the mandala stand out a teeny, tiny bit more and after scouring my collection of Distress Oxide inks, I settled on Tumbled Glass. Using a very light hand, I added some to the middle of the mandala and blended outwards. Over this I sprayed a little bit of Pearl White spray mist from Prima Marketing and set it aside to dry. 

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To match the bear with his balloon, I stamped ‘Happy birthday, it’s time to party’ on a small banner from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment strips dienamic set and mounted this with foam tape. This die-namic set I use all the time, it’s a staple for sure.

I added a little bit to the bear too and added these to the card to that the bear is standing on top of the banner.

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One of my favourite bold sentiment dienamics from MFT Stamps is the ‘Celebrate’ one, it’s so big and fun. I use it all the time! For this card I cut it out of silver glitter card stock and foam sheet, these two I layered up and added to the card over the bear. And wouldn’t you know it, the card was done! In another shocking twist, no sequins…! Again! I may need to go lie down and wait until this no-sequins-phase has passed. 

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I have used some compensated affiliate links to MFT Stamps in this post, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you chose to support me by using these when you shop, I really appreciate the support! 

Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica