MASSIVE Moving Sale at Concord & 9th! Huge savings galore.

Hi guys!

I’m just popping in quickly today with a reminder about the moving sale at Concord & 9th. There are some insane sales with 40-70% off! Yes! Up to 70% off. Seventy percent! You read that right!

The All The Letters Bundles is included in the sale. I love this alpha diecut set and have used is on the card below.

There is another alpha diecut set, Tall Type, included in the sale and I love that one too. Can you ever have too many alphabet die sets? I think not.

If you want flowers, there are loads of those available too!

If you love diecutting and 3D flowers, you will love these and all three for $22?? What a steal!

One of my fave Turnabout sets is aptly called Crafty, and it’s also included in the sale! Oh, I’ve had so much fun with this one.

Mix it with inks, coloured cardstock or colour the pieces in with your choice of medium. So much fun to be had and a great deal to boot. Win-win!

If you shop the sale using my affiliate links, which are used all throughout this post at no extra cost to you, I get a small commission directly from the company. In this case Concord & 9th.

Any earnings I get from these affiliate links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. Thank you so much for the support, I really appreciate it and do not take it for granted.

Lots of love and happy crafting (and maybe shopping!) from Erica

Alex Syberia March Release! Copic coloring on vellum.

Hi guys!

Today is release day for Alex Syberia’s March release of digital stamps, and as always, she has some amazing designs for us!

I started out with the Fabulous Floral slim line flowers and printed it on vellum. The upside with having a laser printer is that I can foil the images, which always looks fab! This one I foiled with white Minc foil, using my Minc machine.

To add some colour, I turned it over and used Copics, on the back. When using this technique, you do have to add quite a lot of colours, or strong ones, in order for it to show through the vellum.

When the colouring was done, I gently wrapped the vellum piece over a white slim line card base, and glued down the sides to the back so it wouldn’t show.

To finish this off, I used a discontinued, but loved, word die from Neat & Tangled that says ‘love you’ in a gorgeous font. The paper I used is homemade shimmer paper! You can make your own by smearing Paper Glaze from Picket Fence Studios on card stock, let it dry and voilá!

I cut out another two layers and added these together with liquid glue, before adhering the whole thing to the card. Layering word dies up is such a simple but effective way of taking your card designs up a notch, with little effort. This word die is sold out in a LOT of places, and the only shop I found it actually in stock is Foiled Fox, so if you want it, GRAB IT FAST!!

To celebrate the release the design team are doing an instagram hop, where you can see some fantastic inspiration and hop along for a chance to win a gift voucher to the Alex Syberia shop! I have seen some of the cards, and they are AH-mazing! You are not going to want to miss it.

You can of course use skip straight to Alex’s shop if you already know you are going to want to get some of these for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and will enjoy some of these new stamps for yourself.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

2021 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hi guys!

I can not espresso how much I appreciate you stopping by today. In face, I love it a latte, and I hope you will brew around for a while. Ah, I love a good pun! If you have any good ones, please leave a comment with them. As an extra incentive, if you leave a comment, you will be in with a chance to win a $25 gift voucher from WOW! Embossing and you can find the WOW! Embossing blog here.

As you might have figured, I am one of the stops along the fab Coffee Lovers Hop today. I’m an avid coffee lover, and love making coffee cards while sipping a strong espresso.

As every card needs a background, I started with that. I sort of had a colour scheme in mind, and that was espresso brown, turquoise, pink and yellow. A wild mix maybe, but as I used Paper Glazes from Picket Fence Studios, I was quietly confident it would work out great. The key is to not over mix.

Something I found out, purely by accident actually, was that if you put down a dark colour like Black Pansy or Brown Dahlia first, and then add other, bright, colours on top, it makes those colours P-O-P like crazy! For these backgrounds I used Brown Dahlia.

The stencil is also from Picket Fence, this one is called Fancy Kaleidoscope, and it’s one of my all-time faves. You see this one in a lot of my cards, for sure. The bright colours I used are Daffodil Yellow, Jade Vine and Peony Pink.

I LOVE the Paper Glazes, they are so much fun and give such fab results. Even when things don’t go as planned…! It’s also hard for me to stop at just making one, or even two.

While all those backgrounds were drying, I cut out this fun sentiment that says ‘For the love of coffee’ three times. Another Picket Fence goodie. These I layered up, using liquid glue to make sure I could stack them without any bits getting stuck down where it wasn’t supposed to go.

This whole shebang I then covered with Embossing Ink, from WOW! Embossing and then Rose Gold embossing powder. It’s a gorgeous colour, and looks sort of like a latte, doesn’t it? Copper is another great choice for coffee cards.

To keep my fingers safe and make sure I got even heating all over this, I pinned it to my cork board/trivet with pointy tweezers before using my WOW! Heat tool on it. I’d say that’s probably my top tip when it comes to heat embossing.

Using quite a few Copics, to stick to the colour scheme, I coloured in that cute little cup from a Honeybee Stamps set. This one is called Coffee Break, and it has a coordinating diecut too. If you want it, you gotta grab it fast as it’s retiring!! The complete set is only $31 right now so what are you waiting for???

With all those pieces done, and all the backgrounds dry, I picked one and trimmed it down a little. I wanted to use a brown card base, the aptly named Ground Coffee card stock, to bring in the coffee element even more.

Using Lawn Fawn glue tube I glued everything down and resisted the urge to add sparkles of any kind. *insert shocked gasp here* I know… I must be under the weather to say no to sparkles and bling. Maybe I need another coffee, stat! (Any excuse, right?)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the WOW! Embossing shop. They are sponsoring this prize as I am part of their design team. There are loads of other sponsors and prizes along the hop so don’t forget to check it out and link up your own coffee cards for a chance to win something fun.

I actually made a video for this card too. The YouTube video you can find over on my channel, or click RIGHT HERE.

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this blog post, at no extra cost to you, whatsoever. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram, so thank you in advance if you chose to support me by shopping these links. I really appreciate the support!

Down below you can find affiliate links to the UK WOW! Embossing shop, use these if you are in the UK or Europe. All the links in the post above are to the US WOW! Embossing shop.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Another Rabbit Hole Design card and giveaway winner!

Hi and welcome back to another post!

This one is going to be short and sweet, with just a quick card and the giveaway winner announcement from the recent blog hop!

The card is featuring the Clover Bunny stamp set, from the new release.

I started out by stamping the image with Copic friendly ink on Neenah #110 card stock, and coloured it in with Copics. Cool Greys for the bunny and a mix of greens for the clover.

When I had finished the colouring, I used the coordinating diecut to cut him out, as well as another two pieces. These I layered up to give him a little bit of dimension.

The sentiment is from the same Clover Bunny stamp set and I used Mushroom ink from Concord & 9th. Black ink seemed to harsh for such a sweet sentiment.

The background is ink blended over a heart stencil from MFT Stamps, and I actually didn’t need to add any more ink than what was left on my Life Changing Blender Brushes. It probably means I need to give my brushes a good ole spa day soon!

With all the card making malarkey out of the way, let’s get to the exciting stuff! The winner of the savings voucher is Lotte! Please email me at erica1cacacraft@gmail.com to claim your savings voucher code!

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

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

Bear Hugs For Kari #bearhugsfordad

Hi everyone!

Today’s card is featuring a card I made for my friend Kari. She recently lost her dad and is understandably heartbroken. On the day her dad passed away, she made a card for him with a bear on it. She came up with an idea to make 74 cards with bears to celebrate each year of his life. Such a sweet idea, but she needs help and that’s where I, and lots of her crafty friends, come in.

You, too, can help! Make a card with a bear of any kind, post on social media and use the hashtag #bearcardsfordad.

I decided to use an unBEARably cute (see what I did there?) bear from the Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set. This is from Avery Elle, and has a coordinating diecut set too. I teamed this bear up with another Avery Elle set called Rainbows, which I coloured in with Copics.

The bear was also coloured in with Copics, and then I used the coordinating diecut on him and the paws. I wanted him to poke up over the clouds, so I used the Rainbows stamp set to mark where the cloud would go. With scissors I trimmed down this bit to achieve the look of him coming up over the cloud. The paws were placed to cover up the corners to keep them down.

Sentiment wise I decided to go straight to the point with ‘bear hugs’ and I used yet another Avery Elle set called Simply Hugs, which comes with the backing/shadow part as well as a word die. I only used the word die itself, and cut that out of black card stock.

With All The Letters Dies from Concord & 9th I spelled out BEAR and cut that out of the panel itself. I popped these up with foam letters cut out with the same dies, and layered these up with the glue tube from Lawn Fawn.

I did add a little bit of clouds to the background with the Cloud Builder stencil from Pinkfresh Studio, and Sky Blue and Ocean Breeze inks. These inks blend amazingly well, even on Neenah paper, which not all inks do so that’s a major plus! I used Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the blending to get that soft look. The masking sheets I use are from Woodware, and they are my faves!

With all these bits and pieces done, it was easy peasy work to put the whole thing together and add that to a white card base. This card will be popped into the mail to brighten Kari’s day up, and to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Thanks for stopping by today, I did make a video for this for my YouTube channel as well as a reel on my Instagram account if you want to see the card making action!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company as a thank you for the referral. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram, so THANK YOU if you chose to support me by shopping via these links. I really do appreciate it so very much!

Life Happens, Lashes Help | Makeup On Cards Instead Of My Face!

Hi and welcome to a makeup tutorial on paper!

In real life I am about as far away from being glamorous as you can get. Especially after 2020. I do feel that I have perfected that ‘I’ve been in quarantine, but I’m alive’ look down to a T. Even with mismatching socks some days.. Eh. Doing real makeup feels like a punishment and a chore and I’m firmly in the NO camp these days. On paper though… that I can get onboard with!

The super fun Life Happens, Lashes Help stamp set from Picket Fence Studios lets us do just that!

I started out by stamping the eyes image with Black Hybrid Ink about three times on water colour card stock, with the help of my MISTI. Then I cleaned up the stamp with the Stamp Scrubber and some water, before dabbing it with the Embossing Pad from WOW! Embossing and sprinkling Clear Gloss embossing powder all over it.

Once that was set with my Heat Tool, I used the Atelier Ink re-inkers from Ink On 3 to create a really bold and colourful eye makeup! From the corner of the eye towards the ear area I’ve used Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, Sweet Petunia Pink and My Jam Purple.

I gave this glam gal blue eyes, because I have blue eyes and maybe I was thinking for a second there that it could be nice to be a little bit glam too. But only for a second.

It didn’t look quite right with just the eyes on the card so I added in a little bit of skin tones and some hair, with some Prima Marketing water colours.

Then the panels were trimmed down with the Slim Line Diecutting System dies, and a sentiment from the Life Happens, Lashes Help was stamped up with Black Hybrid ink in the top right corner.

I did make a video for this too, and you can find that over on my YouTube channel. If you fancy doing makeup like this, instead of on your face, get your Life Happens, Lashes Help set from Picket Fence Studios quickly! It’s bound to be a popular one!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this little card and will get a chance to watch the YouTube video too.

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, for your convenience. Thank you so much if you shop using these links, I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Picket Fence Studios December Release!

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is all about the last release of the year from Picket Fence Studios! There are some fantastic stencils, as always, and I have done my usual thing of making loads of backgrounds whilst getting to know them.

In this post I’ll show a few of the ones I made with the release, including the Slim Line Waves Stencil, but there is also a Slim Line Cloud Coverage Stencil! Of course, this stencil will work on pretty much any sized card.

I did make a card with the Cloud Coverage stencil, after ink blending a rainbow cloud background. I paired it with a sweet Copic coloured doggie from Pet All Of The Dogs and a sentiment from Stella Puppy.

To cut the pieces out and to make a card base, I used the Slim Line Diecutting System, as well as the coordinating diecut for the Pet All Of The Dogs set.

Another couple of great additions to the stencil range are the sunburst ones. One has the sun in the middle, Burst Of Sun Stencil, and one is a corner one, Corner Sun Stencil.

As I love the Paper Glazes, I had to make a card with them and this stencil. On black card stock I used Golden Rose and the look is so bold and strong! I love it!

I finished it off by heat embossing the microphone and a sentiment from the Do Good Recklessly set, in Metallic Rich Gold from WOW! That’s all this one needed.

Of course I also had to do some ink blending with the Burst Of Sun Stencil, and lots of us in the design team had similar ideas, lol! I blocked off two rays for each colour and did them in a rainbow fashion, using Distress Oxide inks. From 12 o’clock, clockwise, I have used Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.

I did leave the middle white, where I stamped up the HB2U from Do Good Recklessly, with Black Hybrid Ink.

I did finish my card off with a few… a generous… fine! It’s a tsunami of sequins from the Gin & Tonic sequin mix.

And now… the star of the show, for me, is the Slim Line Waves Stencil. I absolutely love it!

Oh my goodness, I made so many backgrounds with the Slim Line Waves Stencil! These are just the ones made with ink blending and then that stencil press printing technique I like, where you spritz your stencil with water after ink blending and “print” the pattern on water colour paper by pressing down firmly on it.

I have only finished off a card with one of those panels, because I am that crazy one that can’t bear to cover up fabulous backgrounds too much so I could not figure out what to do with them. But oh well.. what a problem to have, right?

I also L-O-V-E how this Paper Glaze experiment turned out! I started with Black Pansy all over the stencil, then added small blobs of Daffodil Yellow, Cornflower Blue and Agapantha Purple, which I then smeared all over using the flat spatula in the Mixed Media Tool bundle.

It kind of looks like a petrol spill, doesn’t it? Or a galaxy! I just love how this look.

I also used DecoFoil Transfer Gel Duo and rainbow foil from Therm-o-web, for this AAHHHH-mazing panel! Gah, I love it so much! I also used the negative from the foil and adhered that to a card base by covering that in double sided adhesive sheets first. So cool, right??

I only finished off the big panel, by cutting it down using the Slim Line Diecutting System and added a heat embossed sentiment from I Freaking Love You.

So, here we have it! The December release from Picket Fence Studios is now live and I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, if you shop using these links.

I will have videos coming for a lot of these cards too so make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell so you get notified of new videos. There is a video there now, showing off the products in the release as well as some of the cards I made so far.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration here with me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

PinkFresh Studios Inks in The House!

Hello, hello!

The ink-oholic Erica here with a very colourful post! I have had the total delight of being sent the entire range of luscious big ink pads from PinkFresh Studios and I HAD to swatch them before doing anything else! Ok, so in all honesty, the first thing I did was dance around like a dizzy emu, whilst clapping like a demented seal and squealing like a happy pig rolling round in mud! Now, that’s a mental image for you, isn’t it?? LOL! Sufficient to say, I was A TAD excited.

Ok, so the swatches are not perfect but, as mentioned, I was a bit excited. And I was still excited while I was stamping them up. I mean, the idea is to see the colours, these are staying in my craft room so I’m not sending these to anyone.

The clever swatching die and stamps are from Waffle Flower. You can find the Swatch Tag Die, Color For Ink Pads and Combo Swatch stamps separate too. These were just perfect for these inks as they come in families of four shades of each colour. You can get the Big Ink Pad Bundle or if you don’t have a huge amount of space in your craft room, they also come in a handy little Mini Cubes Bundle.

For my swatches, I’ve used I cut out loads of tags out of Neenah Solar White #110 card stock, as I wanted the swatches to be sturdy. Using the Mini MISTI, I then stamped up the swatching bit with Detail Black ink from PinkFresh Studio.

The first colour family I did was the yellows: Lemon Whip, Sunshine, Sweet Mustard and Marigold. These also come in handy Mini Cubes, called Rise And Shine.

Next up we have the peachy family: Peach Fuzz, Apricot, Clementine and Persimmon. These also come in handy Mini Cubes, aptly named Indian Summer.

Oooh, these pinks and reds have me all gooey: Coral Reef, Passion Fruit, Berrylicious and Candy Apple. They also come in Mini Cubes, with the perfect name Heartbeat.

Pretty in all the shades of pink: Ballet Slipper, Sparkling Rose, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss. These also come in Mini Cubes, with the magic name Fairy Dust!

The purples are stunning: Soft Lilac, Candy Violet, Lavender and Royal Kiss. Of course, these also come in Mini Cubes and I want you to read this with your very best French accent: Soul Of Provence.

As a blue kind of gal, I’m loving these: Slumber, Blue Jay, Sapphire and Stargazer. Mini Cubes are available as well, with the dreamy name Starry Nights.

I do love all shades of blue but these have me swooning: Sky Blue, Summer Shower, Seaside and Storm. These I could easily have in both big pads and Mini Cubes, Morning Sky, just because I love them.

These dreamy teals are to die for: Ocean Breeze, Aquamarine, Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond. Of course these gems, called Island Oasis, come in Mini Cubes as well.

Ga-ga for green? No worries, these beauties have you covered: Mint, Meadow, Emerald City and Evergreen. Mini Cubes, too, of course, called Garden Stroll.

More of a spring green kind of person? Don’t feel left out, as these will surely give you your green fix: Fresh Pear, Grassy Knoll, Key Lime and Olive. Do KNOLL worry, these come in Mini Cubes too, Over The Hill.

Looking for natural neutrals? Warm Buff, Doe, Gathered Twigs and Espresso takes card of that. In Mini Cubes too, with the delicious name Wild Truffles.

No collection is complete without some steely greys, right? Misty Coast, Rocky Slope, Metropolis and Licorice cover all your bases. In big pads and Mini Cubes, naturally, with the funky name Urban Raincoat.

With all the swatches done, I added them to a ring binder to keep them all in one place. I have already consulted them to make a card, actually. Thanks to the swatches it was super easy to pick out some bright and happy colours for the Pop-Out Rainbow stamp.

With the help of the Mini MISTI, this card took less than 10 minutes to make. SO easy, and cheerful!

I finished it off with a sentiment from the Floral Notes stamp set, stamped up with Black Detail ink. That sentiment was just perfect for a rainbow card! And perhaps a sequin… or ten. Eh, I might have gone a little bit overboard but hey, it works.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today but I do have an unboxing (I bought a LOT of stuff) and ink swatching video over on my YouTube channel as well, if you want to see the swatching in action.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, PinkFresh very generously sent me the entire range of inks to play with but I purchased a huge amount of stuff from them as well. Including that adorable Pop-Out Rainbow stamp, which I have had my eye on for so long! I want to reassure you that I will only ever create with stuff I love and that inspires me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t work with stuff that I don’t like, it just dries up my mojo.

I have used some compensated affiliate links to (mostly) PinkFresh Studios in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Any earnings I get from these affiliate links go straight back into stamps… erm… (if The Man reads this, that was an auto-correct! I swear, baby!!) the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. Thank you so much if you choose to support me by using these links, I really appreciate the support and encouragement!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Christmas Card Collaboration with Courtney Kroeber

Ho, ho, ho, my merry peeps!

Today’s post is the corresponding blog post for a YouTube video that’s up on my channel today. I’m collaborating with Courtney Kroeber for her 25 Days Of Christmas Cards series and we decided on Copic coloring for our cards.

Now, this might come as a shock as colouring is basically the theme of this card, but I have not used a single stamp set here!! Not a one! Say whaaaaat? I decided to use the Strings Of Lights diecuts from Lawn Fawn and cut out lots of the baubles out of Copic friendly card stock, and these I have coloured.

To get these looking as lifelike as possible, I have used quite a few markers on each one. Going from dark at the edges and lighter and lighter towards the middle.

The screw tops I had to play around with several tries before I was happy with the look. I thought blending the colours would give the most realistic look, but I was so wrong! In the end, what I liked best was using C4 with light flicks, and then going in with C5 to add depth and the illusion of the curve.

With a huge selection of baubles coloured, it was time to think about the actual card base. I had an idea in my head, and went about trying to make it come to life but man… it was a bit more trouble than I thought! The idea was to use the Take A Bough Encore dies from Concord & 9th and create a Christmas tree look. Sounds cool, right? Whilst I got there in the end, it ended up being a very heavy card! This is not one to be sent in the mail, unless you are happy to pay a lot extra for postage.

First of all I cut out a slim line panel using the Slim Line Diecutting System from Picket Fence Studios. Using this as a guide, I then absolutely COVERED it with the Take A Bough Encore pieces. These, and the background panel, are all cut out of Evergreen card stock, from Concord & 9th. When I had a good coverage around the edges, I covered them with a strip of Press’n’Seal and picked them all up. To make sure all of them would stick to the background panel I used Pritt-stick glue. Yep, very old school indeed!

When the edges glued down, I just had to cover the middle with the larger boughs. To make sure the tree looks lifelike, I didn’t cover the backs of the bough dies with glue, only the middle part.

With my “tree” done, I could start the decorating with the baubles! I cut out lots of extra string from the diecut set and then got puzzling. What I realised here though, is that I should have coloured up more of the smaller baubles, instead of going to town with the bigger ones. Admittedly they were easier to colour.

As it’s pretty obvious what occasion this card is for, I didn’t add a sentiment to the front of it. The Man actually said ‘Nobody is going to look at that and think Happy Easter’, lol!

Well, that’s it from me but I hope you get a chance to hop on over to my YouTube channel to watch the video, and then drop by Courtney’s channel to see what she made.

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this blog post, at no extra cost to you, for your convenience. Thank you so much if you shop using these links, I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica