Tonic Studios Stamp Club Compassion & Poppies Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the Tonic Studios Stamp Club release blog hops. This month’s bundle is called Compassion & Poppies, and consists of a stamp set and coordinating diecuts. They will only be sold as a bundle, and are exclusive to Tonic Studios so grab them while you can! Once they are sold out, they are gone!

This is a monthly stamp release, and will be available the last Friday of every month (with exceptions made for holidays) It’s not a club or subscription based program, so there is no commitment or forced buying, it’s simply a small, but fabulous, stamp release.

You can get it both from the UK Tonic Studios shop and the US Tonic Studios shop, but if you want it, make sure to get it fast. Don’t dilly-dally, the last bundle sold out so fast, so better safe than sorry!

There is of course a prize to be won, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without one, right? One lucky winner will win the entire bundle, as well as a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios! How is that for awesome-sauce? Leave a comment on this blog to a chance to win, and the more you hop and comment, the bigger your chance to win. Comments can be made until March 3rd 11.59PM PST/7.59am GST March 4th, and winner will be announced on March 5th!

The entire line-up can be found at the bottom of this post, and you next stop is my talented friend Janette Kausen!

So, full disclosure, my goodies only arrived 24hrs ago, so it has been a bit of a scramble. I only finished one full card but if I manage to make more, I will share them over on my Instagram.

I started by stamping the big flower image with Black Hybrid ink on Neenah paper with my MISTI, as I wanted to do some Copic colouring. I started out with reds, greens and cool greys, but decided to skip out on the greens in favour of colouring the leaves grey for a dramatic look.

A bit of masking here and there protected my flowers, and I heat embossed the two leaves from the stamp set in Platinum from WOW! Embossing powder. It goes so well with the grey on the leaves, and adds that gorgeous shine to the card. I made sure to use my anti-static tool generously before, as the paper was still a bit wet from the colouring.

I used my WOW! heat tool to set the powder. I love this tool, thanks to the dual settings you have so much more control over the heat and that’s always a good thing.

To add some drama to the card, I ink blended some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot around the edges, using my Blender Brushes. This not only adds drama, but also draws the eye in to the star of the show: the poppies.

The final touch was to heat emboss one of the sentiments onto black card stock. I used Platinum again, for a cohesive look, and trimmed it down to a slim banner before adhering it with liquid glue.

Well, that’s it from me for now, and it’s time to hop on. Or get your shop on! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, however if you use them I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. I am so grateful for the support, and can’t do it without you so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

BLOG HOP LIST: 

Channin Pelletier

Dilay Nacar

Emily Midgett

Erica Andersson Burke

Janette Kausen

Jen Kray

Kelly Taylor

Maria Willis

Mindy Eggen

Seeka

World Card Making Day part 1!

Hi guys!
You read that right, this is only Part 1 of 2 today. This first one is part of the WOW! Embossing blog hop to celebrate World Card Making Day! You should have come here from the talented Verity, and the next stop of the hop is my sweet friend Daniel!


Comment along each of the Design Team member’s post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores.(One comment per blog please.) You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

I do love me some heat embossing, that’s no secret! Card making as well. This hobby is so good for the soul and the creativity. The wallet, on the other hand, is in the corner crying most days, lol!

For this card I have used a couple of new to me stamps from Pink Fresh Studios, two of the new trios, Toteally Amazing and Summer Scoops, of embossing glitters and some matching ink colours.

With my trusted MISTI on hand, this was a breeze to make, even with all the different puzzle pieces of this stamp. This is the brilliant Pop-Out Nested Diamond and my idea was to basically use a different ink and glitter powder combination on each section.

I paired up Glided with Tattered Rose, Lemon Sorbet with Squeezed Lemonade, Orangeade with Carved Pumpkin, Razzleberry with Picked Raspberry, The Real Teal with Salty Ocean and Iced Teal with Peacock Feathers. Each colour is first stamped with the coloured ink, then with the Embossing Pad and finally sprinkled with the matching Embossing glitter. I heated the glitters with my Heat Tool from underneath to keep as much of the glitter on as possible.

Once the entire panel was done, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to 5.5″x4.25″ and this I adhered to a card base. To finish off the card I also stamped up the big You and a sentiment from the Simply Sentiments-You stamp set. Both are done in black ink and I also heat embossed the You in clear embossing powder to make it pop a bit more.

It was quick work getting those two bits adhered to the card, after I fussy cut the You out, and with that the card was done! I made a video for this card too, and you can find that on my YouTube channel.

With that, I’m all done and it’s time for you to hop along the rest of the fabulous hop.

Thank you for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

The full line up of the hop is below. Make sure to leave comments on as many stops as possible to increase your chance of winning a $25 gift card to the WOW! shop.

WOW!

Tenia

Jenny

Karen

Amber

Jo

Jaine

Verity

Erica <——–You are here!

Daniel <———Next stop!

Dunja

Ashlee

Ericka

Rikka

History of Card Making Day: Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette. Consider, if you will, the calling card of the Victorian era, a term that has become so ubiquitous that the signature element of a bomb-maker or a criminal is said to be their ‘calling card’.

A small piece of paper bearing one’s name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (Also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening. After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling Cards, Dance Cards, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own? Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

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

My blog (that’s right here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

Some products used are linked with compensated affiliate links in this post, the rest of them are purely for your convenience should you like to buy some of them for yourself. And why shouldn’t you treat yourself??

Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop | BFF My Tribe

Hi everyone!

Today I’m participating in a very special blog, YouTube and Instagram hop, organised by the fabulous Justine Hovey, you can find more information on her blog. The goal of this hop is to come together to stand in union with our black and brown friends to show solidarity and stamp out racism. Not just for crafters, but for everyone who’s experienced racism. The fight to end racism and bring equality to every aspect of life is so important and we can not stop until it is reality!

I have used the BFF My Tribe stamp, from Picket Fence Studios, for my card and I think it’s so perfect as you can basically go a rainbow of skin tones. A different one for each arm, to make sure all your friends are included. I have a YouTube video too.

To begin with, I stamped it up with Black Hybrid Ink and my Hero Arts MISTI on Copic friendly paper. I kept the image at the bottom of the card panel to keep the top free for the sentiment.

I used sooooo many Copics to colour in the image, to make sure I covered as many skin tones as possible. I’m not very good at skin tones with Copics, I definitely need to practice a lot more with that. Time to crack open the Human Rainbow colouring chart from Sandy Allnock and get it down.

The top part of the card I had kept free for a sentiment and I wanted to diecut letters in skin tones and pastels to spell out ‘Better Together’. I used my long-term fave Stitched Alphabet Die-Namics from MFT Stamps. I use these so often and have loved them from the start! I used a pastel card stock from a DCVW paper pack as well as coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn. The ones from Lawn Fawn are Vanilla Malt, Paper Bag, Chocolate Bar and Ground Coffee.

To line up the letters straight, I used the grids on my work mat, a ruler and PostIt Tape, or use purple tape or even washi. I also have a magnetic work mat that comes in handy for this sort of thing. Then I glued them down with the glue tube from Lawn Fawn. I also added some gold details with a gold gel pen, to things like brackets and rings.

I almost left it like that but then I had a last-minute idea! I added a black heart with BLM, for Black Lives Matter, heat embossed in white, on top of the hands. Sort of like an extra strong message of unity.

Now it’s time to hop along, and the next stop is Angie! The full list of the hop can be found on Justine’s blog RIGHT HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and the rest of the hop. I have linked most of the products used for this card with compensated affiliate links for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Picket Fence And My Sweet Petunia Collab!

Hello, hello!!

Today Picket Fence Studios and My Sweet Petunia, the genius behind the MISTI aka Most Impressive Stamping Tool Invented, are hopping to celebrate being fabulous. Or maybe it was just to collaborate with their amazing products? Either way, in my mind, it’s going to be a fabulous collaboration!! You should have come here from Karen and the next stop is Susie!

I should start this by saying ‘Hi, I’m Erica and I’m addicted to the MISTI’s‘ I am a totally self-confessed, and not ashamed about it, MISTI addict. I can not overstate how much this amazing tool changed my crafting world!

For my card today I have basically copied a recent card I made with the fabulous Botan Peony stamp, hands DOWN one of my all time favourite stamps from Picket Fence. I absolutely love it! On this one I stamped the flower at a slightly different angle and used a very different colour scheme.

This is a photo of how I coloured the images on that card I used as inspiration. To see the finished card, go to THIS BLOG POST or THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO.

As I mentioned, on this card I wanted bright colour and a real ka-pow! I went with a very un-natural colour scheme for this big peony.

My husband wasn’t sold on it at all and I must admit I had absolutely no idea how this was going to look like when I started. I had envisioned going deep teal at the bottom of the leaves but as you can see, that didn’t happen.

The above photo shows the exact markers I used, in order. The Botan Peony is stamped with the copic friendly Hybrid Black ink. After stamping it a few times with the help of my MISTI, I used a heat tool to set the ink a little before I started colouring.

I originally thought I’d use the Hello Word Die to finish off the card but after cutting out a few pieces and layering them up, I changed my mind. Instead I ended up using a previously made I Miss You Word Die piece, made out of gold mirror card stock and black card stock.

Once this was glued down with the Lawn Fawn glue tube I actually decided to leave it there. Yep, that means no sequins. *audible shocked gasps*

Well, that’s it from me for today. Now it’s time to hop along and see some more fabulous projects! Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog here in order to be in for a chance to win some prizes! The full line-up can be found below as well as on the Picket Fence Studios blog and the My Sweet Petunia blog if you get lost along the way.

Celebrating YouTube Milestones with Friends!

Welcome to a video hop celebrating 3 of our friends – Ardyth, Kathya, and Jenny. They all recently reached 5k subscribers on YouTube, so they are co-hosting a hop full of happy cards to celebrate and I was lucky enough to get invited to the celebrations! This is the blog post for my video.

There is a link to my YouTube video HERE and you can also find the whole hop list of participants is on Ardyth, Kathya and Jenny’s blogs.

Ok, now I’m quickly show off my cards and I actually love them both!

We also have a number of fabulous sponsors and prizes that will be awarded randomly throughout the hop to commenters, so the more you hop and comment, the better your chance of winning a prize! Deadline for comments is June 5 and prizes will be announced on Ardyth, Jenny and Kathya’s blogs on June 6. Prizes must be claimed by June 30.

I have used the GOOOOORGEOUS Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios directly onto the card base. With the help of my MISTI and Copic friendly Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3, I stamped up the flower in one corner, turned it around and then stamped it in exactly the same spot on the other side.

I coloured the first one with Copics with a flicking technique, leaving lots of white space. The markers used are RV69, RV09, RV04, RV52, Y17, Y13 and Y11.

To stick to the celebration theme of this hop, I have used the Celebrate word diecut from MFT Stamps. Many, many times in fact. I cut it out of white card stock first, and then once out of black card stock. These I layered up with my beloved liquid glue from Lawn Fawn. Sadly, this fan-tabulous die-namic is retired! Waaaaah!!

I did two while I was on a roll, one is finished with the black card stock and one with the white. Both have been doubly heat-embossed with clear embossing powder to create a nice, shiny puffy sticker look.

I finished the card off with a generous helping of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, adhered with Glossy Accents. The ones I have used are from their Sparkling Clear Mix and I love them. The Man thinks I over-sequinise (which is totally a word now, even though he’s wrong).

With this card done, I decided I loved it so much that I made another one! With a bit of a twist, of course. As I had the Peony stamp in my MISTI still, it was quick work stamping up another card panel. On this one I added more colour to the petals and also filled in the space behind the flowers with Cool Grays.

This feels a lot more dramatic than the white one! I did add some white details with a white Posca pen to bring more white into the panel, as I felt it was perhaps a little bit too colourful.

To add even more white, I used the white Celebrate word die and that was just the thing for it. This one also has clear embossing powder on it, two layers, to create that shiny look. Which has not been captured very well in the photos, sadly.

This one got sequins added too. In almost the same spots as the same white one.

Next to each other they look quite different, despite having the exact same layout. Isn’t it amazing to see how things can change just by adding dark spaces or keeping white ones? I absolutely love this dreamy Botan Peony stamp and have gotten so much use out of it. If you like big flowers (and you can not lie) this one is definitely one to add to your stash.

Well, that’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check out the video I made for these cards as well as the rest of the video hop! There are so many incredibly talented card makers lined up, you will be absolutely spoilt rotten with inspiration and gorgeous projects. Oh and prizes from these sponsors!

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

My blog (that’s right here)

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My YouTube channel

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Picket Fence Studios + WOW! Embossing Collaboration = Happy Erica

HI guys!

Today I am hopping along with the Picket Fence Studios and WOW! Embossing teams to celebrate our collaboration. I am a big fan of both of these companies and I’m such a lucky girl to be on both of their Design Teams. Heat embossing is one of my favourite techniques and big, bold flowers are my favourite image to colour in. How perfect is that??

I could have made this so easy for myself, and predictable for you, by using flowers BUT I decided to basically throw myself outside of the box, rather than just stepping outside of it, and do something different!

I started out by making two rainbow backgrounds by drawing lines of Copics across a card base. You start with one colour, then blend that into the next colour, and so on and so on. These are quick and fun to make! I have a video on my YouTube channel showing the process in almost real-time. It’s been sped up a little bit, but you will still get to see the colouring and how the colours react to each other.

Next I cut out then pieces of the Y’all Word Die from Picket Fence Studios, nine out of white card stock and one out of black card stock. These I layered up with liquid glue and set aside. I also cut out the shadow part in white and black.

On the white Y’all, I used White Twinkle embossing glitter, and on the black one I used Midnight Dreams.

I have a little hack for heat embossing word dies, that saves your fingers from getting burnt, and that’s using a cork board with pointy tweezers. Up on my YouTube channel you can see this trick in action in several videos, and I made one for these cards too!

Lastly, I used a couple of stamps from another Picket Fence Studios stamp set: Seriously, Literally, Always to finish off the sentiment on the cards so that they say ‘OMG. Seriously, Y’all, no, just no’. I heat embossed these, including one that I had to cut up to make it possible to use them all at the same time, in Opaque Bright White. Before stamping these up with the Embossing Pad, I used my anti-static tool very generously beforehand.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Now it’s time to hop on and see the rest of the teams makes. Don’t forget to leave comments on this post and along the rest of the hop, to increase your chances of winning some fabulous prizes!

PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.

Picket Fence Studios is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on the blog hop posts. To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally. Winners will be announced on the WOW and PFS blogs on the week of May 11th!

Day 2 – 2nd May 2020 (You can find the line up for Day 1 on the PFS and WOW! Blogs)
Picket Fence Blog
Lydia Fiedler
Carisa Zglobicki
Michelle Lupton
Heather Mitchell
Sara Sherlock
Gemma Campbell
Erica AB Anderson<————YOU ARE HERE!
Mindy Eggen <————-Next stop!
Jo Herbert
Susie Moore
Jenny Colacicco
Verity Biddlecombe
WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

I have used some compensated affiliate links to Picket Fence Studios in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, at ZERO extra cost to you if you click, and buy, via these links. Thank you so much for using these when you shop, I really appreciate the support and encouragement!

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

My blog (that’s right here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

Catherine Pooler & WOW! Embossing Collab!

Welcome to a fabulous blog hop! Both the Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powder Design Teams have joined forces to bring you some stamping & heat embossing fun. Some of the design team are using some fabulous new products from both Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powders stores.

You should have come here from the one and only Catherine Pooler’s blog, and your next stop is the talented Chrissie Tobias! I have included the full blog hop list at the bottom of this post and if you get lost along the way you can find it on the Catherine Pooler Blog as well as the WOW! Embossing blog.

A blog hop wouldn’t be as fun without some prizes up for grabs and this one is no different! Both companies are giving away a $25 gift voucher to their stores and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be in with a chance to win. The more comments you leave along the hop, the more chances to win! Not to mention, inspiration to collect along the way!!

Right, with all that out of the way, let’s get to my cards, shall we?

I decided to CASE one of my cards from the Forever 13 release, but put a sparkly twist on it. This is the original card. The stamp set is called Beautiful Sentiment.

I picked out the same colours of Catherine Pooler inks: Limoncello, Orange Peel, Rockin’ Red, Grape Crush, Suede Shoes, Aquatini and Lime Rickey. I also picked out matching, or as close as possible, glitter powders from WOW! Embossing: Sorbet, Tangerine Dream, Rockin’ Red, Tickle, Something Blue, Curacao and Lime Rickey. Oh and the Embossing Pad, of course.

With MISTI in one hand and inks in the other, I was just about to go to town when I had an idea. As it would no doubt be a bit fiddly to get it done without getting the glitters mixed up, I thought why not mix some clear embossing powder with the new Changers and add sparkle like that. In a little tub I mixed some of the Glisten powder with clear embossing powder and violá! Glitter added without much fiddling and colours getting mixed up.

It turned out fabulous, if I may say so myself. Due to some miscalculations where to stamp the Smile bit, I had to skip out on the purple one though. Oh well, it left space for the rest of the sentiment to be added without overlapping so it worked out ok anyway.

On my original card I did this in black ink and clear embossing powder over, but on this one I used the Glisten powder over the sentiment once stamped in black.

It almost took on a violet hue after I set the embossing powder with my heat tool! So cool!

While I had all the inks and glitter powders out, I thought, why not make another one? This time I used the Beautiful stamp from the Beautiful Sentiment.

First I stamped it with a colour, then I cleaned it off with my Stamp Scrubber, then dabbed the Embossing Pad on it and sprinkled the coordinating glitter powder over it.

I again miscalculated the spacing and ended up stamping the Limoncello and Sorbet combo twice. Once at the top of the card and once at the bottom.

On this one I stamped up You Are, Inside & Out as well as a heart from the Beautiful Sentiments. This time I stuck to black ink and clear embossing powder.

With that, I’m all done for today! I hope you like these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list and don’t forget to leave comments along the way to be in with a chance to win the prizes! Winners will be announced the week of May 11th!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you shop using these links. Any earnings I get from these links go back into keep up with the craft shenanigans I get myself into on a daily basis. If you enjoy my work and jibber-jabber, I’d be so grateful if you choose to support me this way. Thank you in advance!

That’s it from me, below you will find the entire hop list! Have fun and be inspired! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

Catherine Pooler Blog
Erica A-B (You are here!)
Chrissie Tobas
Heather Mitchell

Karen Baker
Ashlee McGregor
Susan Powell
Verity Biddlecombe
Ilina Crouse
Jenny Colacicco
Daniel West
Jo Herbert
Wow! Embossing Blog

Below are affiliate links to Ellen Hutson shop

Solar White – 25 pk, Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock

Solar White – 250 Sheet Ream, Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock

Limoncello, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Orange Peel, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Rockin Red, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Grape Crush, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Suede Shoes, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Aquatini, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Lime Rickey, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Lime Rickey by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Something Borrowed by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Rockin’ Red by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Dual Speed Heat Tool, WOW

WOW Embossing Pad, Ultra Slow Drying – Clear

Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado

Hero Arts 2020 Catalog Release Blog Hop!

Hi!

Today is quite a busy day here on my little blog. This post is part of the Hero Arts 202 Catalog Release blog hop and I’m so excited to be part of it!

You should have come here from Amy Kolling and your next stop is Nichol Spohr.

I have four cards to share today so I’m not going to hang around doing my usual jibber-jabbering. Who’s got time for that when there is a hop in full swing??

My first card is using the lovely Circle Pattern Bold Print and heat embossed it in Platinum. A light lilac ink blending in an ombré way finished off the background. I stamped up the Floral Lavender Bunch and coloured it in with Copics, then cut it out with the coordinating diecut.

To finish off the card I diecut the Thinking Of You four times and layered these up. This I adhered to the card and with that, it’s finished!

The second card is using the Circle Pattern Bold Print again, but this time with three pink Oxide inks in an ombré way. I L-O-V-E ombré if that wasn’t clear, lol.

I also love flowers, and to finish this card off I stamped up several Floral Tulips and water colured these in. The coordinating diecuts save so much time, I love them! While I was on a roll with diecutting, I also cut out some Oval Woodgrain Frames which I used to frame the tulips.

A quick birthday sentiment on a banner, finished the card off.

I have a slight obsession with avocados and lemons, and as there is a fabulously zesty background stamp, Fresh Citrus Bold Print, in the newest release it was a no-brainer to use that one! Twice too, and both are heat embossed with white. One on white water colour card stock and the other on black card stock.

The white one I coloured in using Zig Clean Color markers and the black one I have used paper glazes from Picket Fence Studios! This is the first time I have tried water colouring with them on coloured card stock and I LOVE how it turned out! So cool and shimmery.

The sentiment, Lemonade Message, was perfect for one of them. It’s heat embossed in white on light yellow card stock, this is cut it out using the Square Infinity Dies. I did one size bigger in a darker yellow colour. I also stamped up and heat embossed some of the images from the Orange Blossoms set. These are coloured in using the same Zig Clean Color markers and then cut out with the coordinating diecut.

The sentiment bit is popped up with foam tape, then the branch and lemon were added as a final touch.

With another sentiment stamped up and cut out, from the Orange Blossom set, I assembled the cards. This one I also trimmed down a little, adhered to a white card base and had a lime instead of a lemon.

The yellow one is my favourite though. I love how the colours pop!

Well, that’s it from me! I hope you enjoyed these cards and found some inspiration here. Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Nichol!

Blog hop prizes: We will giveaway 3 $50 shopping sprees to people who comment along the hop. Comment on as many blogs as you’d like – more comments means more chances to win! Comment by Wednesday Feb 19 at 11:59pm pst, we’ll announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts has collaborated with My Sweet Petunia to make a black MISTI! It is the original style, not the 2.0, and will be available from March 15th. If you want one, click on the ‘notify me’ link on the product page as it’s displayed as ‘out of stock’ at the moment.

Here is the full blog hop list but if you come across any broken links, the list is also available on the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts Blog
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Channin Pelletier
Debi Adams
Michelle Short
Caly Person
Emily Midgett
Janette Kausen
Ilina Crouse
Yana Smakula
Daniel West
Lydia Fiedler
Wanda Guess
Seeka
Laurie Willison
Amy Kolling
Erica A-B
Nichol Spohr
Jennifer McGuire
Libby Hickson

Thanks for stopping by today! I have used compensated affiliate links to Hero Arts in this post, if you shop using these links I will get a small commission directly from them, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Any money I make from these affiliate links go directly back into running my blog and YouTube channel, so thank you so much for the support!

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

My blog (that’s right here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

Ink On 3 Oh Deer October release blog hop

“Oh Deer” the holiday season is near, but have no fear the new Ink On 3 stamp set is here!!!

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Come one, come all and prance along with the Ink On 3 Creative Team for some amazing holiday card ideas and inspiration!

Enter to WIN a $25.00 Ink On 3 shopping spree!!! To enter, leave a comment on each Creative Team Members’ blog hop stop. That’s it! The full lineup is listed below.

The last day to enter is on Monday, November 4, 2019 and we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <— YOU ARE HERE—-

Ilda Dias <—–YOUR NEXT STOP—-

Jaycee Gaspar 

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet 

Courtney Miles 

 Now, with all that out of the way, let’s get to my card!

I have recently moved house, to a brand new country too. From chilly Poland to warm Spain. It was a rather epic move and it’s taken it out of me quite a bit. I also had a really bad cold the week before the move and it hung on to me for a long time, and the whole 4 day road trip down I was very poorly. It was a bit of a pity party on wheels to be honest. It was an amazing trip though. If you missed my Insta stories, I have put them in a Epic Road Trip highlight so you can see for yourself.

To really pile on the ordeal, I am now having some back issues as well. Probably from carrying stuff up and down three flights of stairs. This house is spread out over FOUR floors….! If I don’t have buns of steel by Christmas, I won’t be happy, lol!

My craft room is still an absolute bomb site and there are boxes and stuff EVERYWHERE. I haven’t found all my stuff yet, and amongst the missing items are both my MISTI’s!!! I’m quite distraught and nearly panic ordered a new one as soon as I realised because I love my MISTI’s. There is still no sign of either of them.

Nevertheless, I persisted and made do. I stamped up the deer from the brand new Oh Deer set with Juicy ink so I could heat emboss it. At first I couldn’t find the heat gun either and nearly had a nervous breakdown! Eventually I found it and used a WOW! Embossing powder called Perissa.

The deer itself is coloured in with TwiMarkers from Arteza. I scribbled a little on a acrylic block and with a water colour brush, I coloured in the image. I’m working on putting together a YouTube video for this card too, and will post the link in this post once it’s done.

The TwiMarkers are very similar to Zig Markers but with a less hefty price tag.

With the coordinating diecut I cut it out, once coloured in and dry. This I set aside whilst working on the background. I have used three of the brand new ink colours from Catherine Pooler, Orange Peel, Pink Champagne and Sangria, as well as Tiara. These I ink blended on a panel with the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. To add some shimmer, I also splattered Red Gold water colour from Gansai Tambi’s Starry Color palette.

To finish off the card, I cut out the words ‘You’re A Deer Friend’ which is part of the coordinating diecut from the Oh Deer set. I used a lovely linen textured card stock and adhered these to the card, along with the deer, using Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. Once the whole shebang was on a card base, it was done!

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Now it’s time to hop along and the next stop is my incredibly talented friend Ilda!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall/Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi all my coffee loving friends!

Today I am hopping along with WOW! Embossing Powder and their DT for the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop on the Coffee Lovers Blog.

I’m an avid coffee drinker and love making coffee themed cards so this was a no-brainer for me. If you want to check out the full hop and prizes, make sure to start at WOW! Embossing blog.

For my card, I started by heat embossing a stamp set from Picket Fence Studios, aptly called Love of Coffee on Kraft card stock with Metallic Copper embossing powder. This copper is absolutely stunning and it captured all the small lines and images perfectly. Before stamping anything though, I used my anti-static tool all over the Kraft card stock.

I used my MISTI to make sure the image stamped really well with VersaMark ink, before sprinkling the embossing powder all over it.

Next I stamped up one of the cups from Coffee Understands, another Picket Fence Studios coffee themed stamp, with Fadeout ink from Inkon3 on Copic friendly paper.

The reason I used the Fadeout ink is because I planned on using white embossing powder over the image once it was coloured in. With black ink there is a risk of that showing through the white.

I coloured in the cup with Copics, and before the heat embossing was added, it really looked kind of terrible. Except for the ombré dots pattern I created on the cup itself.

After the white embossing powder was added, it looks totally fab and frothy! Very carefully, I added some more Copic colouring to the coffee foam to make it pop a bit more.

On a piece of teal card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Coffee doesn’t ask questions, coffee just understands‘ with VersaMark and heat embossed that in Clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look.

I also heat embossed a steam image in white in the left corner of this piece. The steam is from a Trinity Stamps set called Coffee With Character . I added a little bit of texture to the steam with a white coloured pencil.

I kept the colour scheme Kraft, teal and white so the card base is the same teal as the sentiment piece is. The heat embossed Love Of Coffee panel was trimmed down a little so that the teal would frame it. The last thing to do was to add the coffee cup and the card was done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and feel inspired to get caffeinated. Or go crafting. Or both!

Now that all the card making is done and dusted, let’s get to the hop stuff and how to win some fab prizes!

How it works – It is for sponsors only where each sponsor has their own prizes to be won at each sponsors stop. Make sure to comment as you go for a chance to WIN one of the many prizes up for grabs!

WOW Prize – Please be sure to leave your comments on each DT blog you visit to be eligible to win 1 x $25, Gift Card. It will run for one week with the winner announced on Friday, October 11th. The Coffee lovers will also announce their winners on October 11 also.

I’ve linked as many of the products as possible that I have used for my project. Most of the links are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you shop using these. The rest of the links are just for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like my card and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting and coffee drinking from Erica