5K Together YouTube Subscribers Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is a little celebration for myself and a dear crafting friend, Maria Willis, for sort of reaching a milestone of 5000 subscriber combined. I didn’t quite make it to the 2.5K subscribers as I had hoped, as I haven’t been so active recently due to a stressful family situation. If you haven’t heard anything about it, my FIL is not doing well and will have a very risky operation on Monday, after over a month in hospital. The Man flew out this morning and it was quite stressful and hectic to get it all sorted and organised. Hecking pandemic, eh??

If you want to skip right to the hop, start over at Maria’s YouTube video, and go from there. I am the last stop on the loop, but if you want to go to my video, you can click on THIS LINK to get there.

Life is tough at times and I think it’s important to celebrate and cherish the happy times as you never know when the tide will turn. Hence this little hop! Maria and I roped in some of our crafty friends to make the hop bigger than just two stops, and you are not going to want to miss their projects! The full hop list can be found below, and we also have some super generous companies sponsoring prizes for a massive giveaway to celebrate us.

I have a couple little projects to share today, and as the theme for the hop is ‘Rainbow’ I’ll start with that one:

Out of Neenah Solar White #110 card stock, I cut out two rainbows using the Color Block Rainbow die from Pinkfresh Studio. I did two because I wanted to layer up the pieces for some dimension on the card.

Each ‘ray’ of the rainbow got colour added in a slight ombré effect, with Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios (my go-to blending tools!) and ink colours from Concord & 9th, and also a dab of Ballet Slipper from Pinkfresh. I don’t know why I didn’t use the pink from Concord & 9th. Who knows what goes on in this head of mine at times??

Once they were all colourful and pretty, I glued them down with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto the second, intact, rainbow, and this in turn was adhered to another piece of card stock for sturdiness. The excess was trimmed off with scissors. I needed it very sturdy as I wanted to heat emboss Halo Glitter Powder from WOW! Embossing on top for shimmer.

This process is very simple: dab your embossing ink pad all over the rainbow, make sure it’s nice and juicy first though. Then sprinkle the Halo Glitter on top and set that with your heat tool. The simmer is insane and I love it!

Sentiment wise I used ‘Believe in yourself, like I believe in you’ from the Hero Arts and Honey Bee Stamps collaboration set Stronger Together. This is stamped directly onto the card base, with Hybrid Black Ink, with the help of the MISTI and the rainbow as a guide where to place the sentiment. I also added lots of hearts from the set, these are also stamped up with black ink.

Unfortunately I made a boo-boo with the hearts, so I HAD TO bring out the sequins to cover that up. Had to. There was simply no other option. I added a few… -ish… to the card, these are Sparkling Clear from Pretty Pink Posh, and they are adhered with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. It’s become my new staple in liquid adhesives arsenal.

So that’s the rainbow card. The next card is done with one of the new sets from Ellen Hutson, it’s release day today! It’s called Pressing Thoughts and it’s illustrated by Brandi Kincaid. It has a coordinating diecut too! YAY!

It’s coloured very simply with some copics in yellows and greens, and a tiny bit of purple on the stamens. The coordinating diecut was used to cut it out, as well as another two layers. These three pieces were adhered together with more of that Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. This is such a clever way to add some interest to clean and simple cards!

It was trimmed down to a mini-slimline size, this one is just a tad bigger than 3”x6” and the scalloped black card base was cut out using the Scallop Frame Slimline Diecutting System from Picket Fence Studios. I customised the size by running the diecut and the card stock through my diecutting machine twice to get the scalloped frame and the correct size.

The sentiment is from the Pressing Thoughts stamp set, and the ‘thanks’ was stamped directly onto the background and the ‘for everything’ was done on a slim strip of card stock. This was adhered with a little bit of foam tape to make sure it didn’t sag on the sides. And that was it!

Well, that’s it from me for today but I really hope you enjoyed this post and will get a chance to hop along with us over on YouTube! That’s where you need to leave your comments to be in with a chance to win one of the fab prizes. We can not thank the sponsors of this hop enough!

I have also used some compensated affiliate links in this blog post, for your convenience and at no extra cost to you, in case you want to shop! If you shop using my links I get commission directly from the company, and as I mentioned, it doesn’t cost you anything at all. This is a great way to show support for your favorite content creators.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you want to get hopping, the full hop list is down below. I’m 100% sure it will blow your mind so don’t miss it!!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Maria Willis

Marie Heiderscheit

Kari

Ardyth

Channin

Jessica

Jen Kray

Carly

Erica (that’s me)

Almost At 10K on Instagram!

Hi guys and WOW! I can hardly believe it but I am getting so close to a MAJOR milestone on Instagram: 10 000 followers and that fabulous swipe up feature!

Another crafty friend, Norine, is also almost there and we have some lovely friends who wanted to celebrate/help us get there, so over on Instagram there is an Insta hop happening. With a giveaway too!

I started by making a green and also a rainbow background panel with the Artist Markers, by swiping the markers back and forth to blend them together. On top of the green one I adhered a panel cut out of white card stock with the Striped Leaf cover die.

This is one of the few progress photos I managed to remember to take. I just got on a roll after this and couldn’t stop it, but I did film it so there is a YouTube video up too.

Grabbing a whole stack of inks, including the Pocketful Of Sunshine, Cherry Blossom, Red Cosmos, Warm & Cozy, Summer Afternoons, and Rose Petal Ovals I got stamping! For the leaves I mixed Tropical Forest and Green Fields.

I have used three different stamp sets: Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum, Beautiful Day stamp set, which also comes in a bundle, and Hope stamp set. This also comes in a bundle.

The second background was done with the Layering Plaid B Cover Die on white card stock, and I kept all the bits in their places so the whole background is white, but textured.

Initially I had planned on mixing and matching the flowers and leaves, but I did actually end up keeping the cards mostly in the stamp family they came from. Which was a bit of a surprise, to be honest.

On the card with the BAF Chrysantemum flowers, I used leaves from the Hope stamp set. To get more depth, I did mix and match inks from the Tropical Forest and Green Fields ink bundles.

I finished this card off with Fairy Rocks Embellishments from Trinity Stamps, for some fun bling! The sentiment is from the Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum set.

The second card was done with the Beautiful Day flowers and leaves, and the sentiment was created with Thick and Thin Alpha. It’s been heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The sequins are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

My third card was quite quick but it’s still very colourful and fun! I created a slimline rainbow background using the Artist Markers and then heat embossed lots of sentiments from Crafty Friends in white on it.

As this one was quite flat/one layered I felt it needed some texture with Black Eyed Baubles from Trinity Stamps. And again.. I did not hold back at all, lol!

Well, that’s it from me for today, but I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are not following me on Instagram, what are you even doing?? Just kidding, but seriously, that’s where most of my crafty action is happening.

There are compensated affiliate links in this post, as well as a few non-affiliated ones, for your convenience. If you shop using the affiliate links, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you. Anything I make from these go back into running my blog, YouTube and Instagram fresh and fun for you guys.

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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World Card Making Day part 2, A Celebration and A Giveaway!!

Hi, me again! Yes, back for the second time in one day BUT I’m here with another fun post AND another giveaway! Am I forgiven yet?

Over on Instagram I am nearing a whole 10 000 followers, and whilst we shouldn’t care too much about numbers and the likes etc, 10 thousand is a pretty big number. My lovely design team wanted to celebrate with me so we set up a little instagram hop with lots of prizes and a grand prize of $100 gift voucher from Picket Fence Studios! Oh yes! You can find me on Insta HERE, look for the post with photos of this card for rules and how to enter. There is a prize bundle up for grabs!

There is also a prize bundle up for grabs here! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to be in with a chance to win the brand new slim line diecutting system that will enable you to create 256 different slim line card fronts!

The design team are also having a little blog hop, the full list is below:

Picket Fence

Erica

Lisa

Michelle

Angela

Ilina

Lydia

Karen

Ceal

Now, for my actual card: I have used the Broken Fence Slim Line stencil with almost ALL of the Paper Glazes. Oh yes, why use just one or two when you can use ten?? Well, in fairness, I had to use loads of them as I wanted to create a rainbow. Yes. Another one. I’m obsessed and I do not want to go to rehab for it!!

First of, I got a piece of card stock out that was almost as long as the stencil, 10 inches, and trimmed it down to about 4 inches wide. After spraying the stencil with the magical Pixie Spray and letting it cure for a few minutes, I adhered it to the panel. Now for the tricky part! Getting all the Paper Glaze through the stencil and onto the paper before it dries too much on the actual stencil is no mean feat. This stuff dries very quickly, which means you have to work very quickly too.

I prepped my workstation with kitchen roll to wipe my spatula with in between colours, so I don’t contaminate any, and then I dove in! As I wanted a very textured and chunky look, I didn’t need to smooth the Paper Glaze much. I literally just slathered it on, smoothed a little bit to blend in the previous colour and then moved on to the next one. The effect is gorgeous as the glaze dries shimmery. From left to right I’ve used Fern Green, Leaf Green, Jade Vine, Ocean Poppy (not pictured) Cornflower Blue, Agapantha Purple, Peony Pink, Marigold Orange and Daffodil Yellow.

When this was dry, I trimmed it down just a smidge to just under 8.5″ long and 4″ wide. I made a card base from Neenah 110# card stock and used Pritt stick glue to adhere the panel to it. I tend to use glue sticks when I have used lots of paper glaze, glimmer paste and water colour. I have found that my usual adhesive isn’t strong enough to hold the panels to the card bases when they are so laden with product.

To finish the card off, I used the Seriously word die(this one is discontinued but will be replaced with another font soon) and a gold heat embossed sentiment from the Seriously, Literally, Always stamp set. Together it makes a really lovely sentiment that would make any of your friends happy to receive. These bits were adhered with a generous blob of Lawn Fawn liquid glue.

Right, with that, I’m all done for today! Now it’s time to hop along, both in the blog hop and the Instagram hop, for your chance to win some yummy prizes!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

As always, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company it’s linked to at absolutely zero extra cost to you, as a thank you for directing you to that shop. The income I receive from these links go back into running my blog, YouTube channel and keeping my Instagram fresh, fun and free for you so thank you if you choose to support me this way. I greatly appreciate it!

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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