Exciting news!! Introducing the Card Makers Success Summit!

Hi guys!

I have something exciting to share today, and it’s been long in the making.

It’s so totally outside of my comfort zone, and it’s taken a lot of head-scratching, wailing against the technology vendetta that has definitely amped up against me as well as push me way past what I ever thought I would volunteer to do. Without further ado, let me introduce the Card Maker Success Summit hosted by Stamp Me Some Love aka Brandi Mahon!

It’s a free online card making event taking place in a couple of weeks! It kicks off on Facebook on the 14th and then the 15-18th of July it’s class, after class, after class of fabulous creators and so much inspiration. This year’s Christmas card making will be such a breeze with all these ideas!

Registration is officially OPEN for the Card Maker Success Summit!

This summit was created to help you develop a game plan for your holiday card making project. Think ‘Christmas In July’ but on steroids!

There are 25+ incredible speakers, teachers basically, with topics ranging from Ink Blending to Interactive Cards, and everything in between. I’m both terrified and excited that I am one of the speakers!

It’s going to be 4 action-packed days that you won’t want to miss!

Click the link below to learn more and get your free ticket. Who’s excited?!

Register FREE for the Card Maker Success Summit now!

See you there!

Picket Fence Studios | SSS Stampteber Collaboration Card | 12 Weekends Of Christmas

Hi guys!
Today’s card is a quick one featuring the exclusive Picket Fence Studios Stamptember stamp set, Shake Your Flake, from Simon Says Stamps!

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Unfortunately, due to the postal force not being with me or on my side, I didn’t get my stamp set in time to participate in the festivities on the day it was launched. So I’m making up for it now instead! I will also put this card in with my 12 Weekends Of Christmas Series as I’m scrambling to make up enough Christmas cards in time for the holidays! Even though technically it’s not the weekend.. unless we pretend it’s a really long weekend this week? Yep, I’m gonna go for it.

I stamped up the cute snowman with the kitty, as well as the dog, on Copic friendly paper and coloured them in. Once all done, I fussy cut them out and set aside while I worked on the background.

Armed with my Life Changing Blender Brushes and Distress Oxide inks in an array of colours, I blended a northern lights inspired night sky. On top of this I also splattered lots of gold for stars and then white paint for snow flakes.

As the scene was featuring snow falling, I thought it would look cute for the snowman and the dog to sit on top of a snowy hill. I cut one out of vellum and another one out of hammered white card stock. This was done with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die.

I layered these up and trimmed them down before adhering them to the background, which I had adhered to a card base. Then I glued down the snowman and the doggie too. As a last flourish I thought I’d add some snow around the bottom of them, but I had a little bit of a mishap with my 3D snow. It flowed out far too quickly and soaked my snowman!

After drying, it looks a bit better but if you look really close, you can see the 3D snow has ‘crawled’ up the snowman a little. Oh well, I will have to remember that for next time I use that stuff. Or go straight to Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing instead.

The sentient I chose from the stamp set is ‘you are my favourite reason for the winter season’. I heat embossed this on a piece of vellum, with Antique Gold embossing powder from Altenew. This is trimmed down and wrapped around the card at the top. With that the card was done!

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Thank you for much for stopping by today. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence Studios September Release | Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp | Arteza Sketch TwiMarkers + Video

Hi guys!

I hope you are all doing well and are excited to have a look at the latest release from Picket Fence Studios! This is my first time posting as part of their design team and I couldn’t be more excited. As soon as I saw the sneak peeks of the sets coming out I was inspired! There are so many fantastic Christmas sets in this release. Some of my favourites include the Winter Clothes Collage (See below), A Little Nuts and all the new foiling impress dies!

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge sucker for big blooms so when I spotted the Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp I knew I’d be using that one right away. It’s probably not a surprise that this blog post is dedicated to that stamp, lol.

I started out by heat embossing it in white, on water colour paper. Both the embossing ink and the Arctic White  Embossing powder are from Inkon3. To make sure I got a good imprint, I used my MISTI to stamp it.

After the heat embossing was done, I got my brand new Arteza TwiMarkerss out to colour the flower with. I have a YouTube video showing these off, I made yummy swatches as well as coloured the flower in. Hop on over to my channel if you want to check that out too and see the markers in action.

When the Poinsettia was coloured in, I cut out a mask to cover it and keep it pristine while I did some ink blending around the flower. I used two shades of grey Distress Oxide inks, Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke to create a grey/silvery background. I find that adding colours to the background around big images helps them pop more!

Naturally I used my beloved Life Changing Blender Brushes, another Picket Fence Studios gem, to do the ink blending. These brushes have been such a game changer for me, I can not stress enough how fabulous they are and what a difference they made for me.

With the card background and flower done, it was time to add a sentiment and I decided to use the FaLaLaLaa foiling and diecut sentiment. I got a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine earlier in the year but like an idiot, didn’t realise that I can’t use Minc foils with it so I thought it was rather rubbish. *True story*

Nope. The foiling machine is great. It’s indeed FAB and I was a bona fide idiot who didn’t read the instructions properly! Now I know to use the right kind of foil, I want to foil all the things!!

I used silver foil to keep with the colour scheme of the card (and also because the only other colour I have is rose gold and that didn’t fit) and then I used the diecut to cut out the sentiment. This I added to the card with a bit of liquid glue, I use Lawn Fawn’s glue tube, in the bottom right corner.

Once that whole shebang was added to a card base, the card was done!

I love how it turned out. A big gorgeous bloom and a blingy sentiment, what else do you need? Because this is a great way to make big impact Christmas cards, I’m going to include this post in my 12 Weekends Of Christmas series. This design could quite easily be mass produced and thanks to the water colouring aspect, each card will still be unique and special.

As always, this post is full of compensated affiliate links, mostly to Picket Fence Studios. At no extra cost to you, of course. I do however try and link everything I use, even if I’m not an affiliate, to make shopping easier for you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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12 Weekends Of Christmas Part 3

Hi!

Right at the nick of time I’m finally getting back on track with my 12 Weekends of Christmas series. Three months out of six ain’t so bad… right? (No, you are right, it’s rubbish. 50-50 isn’t a good result) So from here on out, it’s gonna be a few of these a month to make sure I hit my target of 12 posts before Christmas.

Today I have used the first ever item I bought from Concord & 9th, the Take A Bough tree die. As soon as I saw Angie making that first tree, I had to have it. HAD to. H-A-D to! I have made so many trees with it since my window will is overflowing. However, I haven’t made a single one in actual pine colours. How is that for ironic?

With the help of my marvellous Gemini Go diecutting machine, I got to work with three different shades of green card stock and the Take A Bough die. I made enough for two trees because why not?

After I had cut out all the pieces I needed, I used the Lawn Fawn gluetube to glue them all together. I use four pieces with the two biggest boughs to make a really thick and dense tree. When all the pieces were ready, I threaded them onto kebab sticks to make the two trees.

The base for the trees are slivers of wood, which I drilled holes into, filled with glue and stuck the sticks into. To make sure they stayed straight and upright, I held them in place while the glue set a bit.

There is a star die in the set and I cut out two pieces each out of gold and silver glitter foam. These two I glued together and added to the top of the trees, with more of the Lawn Fawn gluetube. With that, the trees were done!

I have got a YouTube video for the whole process too, if you want to check that out.

I have used a few compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you use these links when shopping. At no extra cost to you!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post, and the YouTube video, if you watched that.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

12 Weekends of Christmas part 2

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is the second instalment of my ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ series. If you missed the first one, click HERE to check it out. I’m also painfully aware I’m cutting it MEGA close as technically there is only 25hrs left of the weekend here in Poland at the time of publishing…! But onwards and upwards, right?

I’m still on cardmaking as that’s what I need most of at Christmas time. The cards I made for this post are so easy to mass-produce, yet look like you have spent time and effort on them. Which everyone appreciates when it comes to handmade cards, right?

The first five cards are done with just stamping and the other five have diecut details added, but I’ve used the same stamp set for all ten: Filled With Joy from MFT Stamps.

Let’s start with the more simple design. I got ten white card based cut, scored and folded, then set five of these aside. I use Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock for a sturdy card base. Next step was picking out the ink colours and I’ve gone for Distress Oxide here: Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.

OBVI I used my MISTI for these, because #duh 💁‍♀️ Placing the ‘Joy’ stamp in it I worked my way through the colours. Although you may have noticed that the images are not ‘solid’, but rather brushed/streaky. You get this look by dragging the ink pad across the stamp instead of dabbing it. It’s a quick way to get a slightly different look to the traditional, solid stamped one.

I did this one by one, on all five cards, starting with Mowed Lawn. This is such a gorgeous green colour.

Moving on to Cracked Pistachio, I did the same thing, and making sure the stamp overlapped a little on the first green stamped image.

Before moving on to the Mustard Seed Ink, I let the layers dry a little as it’s a lot lighter.

As the fourth colour, Spiced Marmalade, is darker again, there was no need to wait before getting on with it.

It was the same with the fifth and last colour, Candied Apple. I did use my Lawn Fawn Stamp shammy in between each colour too.

To finish these cards off, I stamped ‘Wishing you and yours’ in black ink at the top of each card. This is one of the sentiments that are part of the stamp set.

Such simple design, yet full of impact thanks to the brushed look and different colours. They are also true one-layer cards, which is another thing I struggle with. I’m usually all about the layers and dimensions but when you have to post off lots of cards, it’s so much easier with flat ones so you don’t have to weigh them all individually at the post office or risk not putting enough postage on.

The next five cards are done quite similarly, with the same ‘Joy’ stamp, only I’ve only used the green ink, Mowed Lawn, and the red one, Candied Apple.

The green is both at the top and the bottom, and the red is closest to the middle.

The last ‘Joy’ is diecut, using the coordinating Filled with Joy Die-namics, out of Brushed Gold card stock, also from MFT Stamps.

To finish off the sentiment these all have a banner across it that says ‘Sending you lots of‘ to make it say ‘Sending you lots of joy’. This extra bit of sentiment is heat embossed in WOW! Embossing Powder in Metallic Rich Gold regular.

Most of the banners are done in black card stock, I mostly use Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice, as it’s a lovely smooth card stock.

But just to change it up a little, one is done in white. That one ended up looking nicer than I imagined and if I do more of these cards, I’ll do a few more with the white banner.

I toyed with the idea of heat embossing the last ‘Joy‘ in Gold Tinsel from Ranger but as it would have been done directly on the card base, I didn’t. I find that heat embossing more solid images warps the card stock, which isn’t a problem when you glue a panel down to a card base. However, doing it directly to the card base would potentially warp it so that it won’t stand up properly. And ain’t nobody got the time for that!

With that, I’m all done for today but thank you for stopping by. I know the blog has been a bit neglected recently but I’ll do my best to remedy that. Oh and, for your information, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. That means I will get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost to you, if you click on one of these links and buy yourself a little something… or seven. No judgement.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica (who just realised I have added all the photos before adding my watermark to them… Oy)

The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello!

Today I’m unveiling a new series that I’m calling ’12 Weekends of Christmas’. The idea behind this series is to help me get ahead of Christmas crafting, and do a little bit each month rather than stress like a lunatic for a couple of months to get everything ready. If all goes to plan, I will have a new blog post in this series, the first weekend of the month for the rest of the year. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out but here we go!

Ideally this first post would have been about some cards that are easily mass-produced but are still lovingly handmade. If you don’t mind making the same design over and over, decide on one early and then make the bits for them when you have time. Then you can easily put the cards together step by step at a later date.

For today I have made three cards using some Neat & Tangled goodies. The main stamp set I have used is Beary Merry, along with its coordinating diecut. All three cards feature the bear, which I have coloured with Copics. One is with Warm Gray, one with Cool Gray and one with Neutral Gray. To give them all some personality their scarves are all done in different colours and different ways. I do love the stripy blue one the most, but then I’m obsessed with blues of all shades.

It’s nice to see the difference in the appearance of the colours next to each other like this, on the same image. To me, it’s a lot clearer that there are differences when you look at them like this, rather than on the colour chart. It might have something to do with the fact it’s on an image, rather than little boxes?

The first card I put together was this one. I knew I had to possess that Fa La La cover plate as soon as I saw it. My love affair with cover plates from Neat & Tangled is going nowhere fast and I don’t think it will ever fade to be honest. I’m also totally ok with that, lol!

As I had given the bear a teal/turquoise scarf I thought I’d use some nice metallic, textured card stock in a mint green colour for the Fa La La background. I have a metal shim pad from Lawn Fawn I use in my BigShot to get a good cut but if you don’t have one, you can simply add a sheet of paper between the plates to add more pressure and run in through your machine twice.

For this first card I also coloured in a penguin, a snowman and the cup from the Beary Merry stamp set and cut these out with the coordinating diecuts too. The bear also got a foam sheet layer cut out, to raise him up and add dimension to the card. On the bear itself I have doodled with a Colourless Blender marker to create a fur-like texture.

I have used one of the sentiments from the Beary Merry stamp set ‘Wishing you Holiday Happiness’ here and it’s heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. The speech bubble is also from Altenew, it’s from a diecut set called ‘Speech Bubbles’ and it has a fun coordinating stamp set too (which I don’t have).

When it came time to put the card together, the Fa La La background piece was first of all adhered to a white card base. I used my Nuvo glue pen for this to get glue in all the small spaces. When that was done, I placed the snowman and the penguin so that they would peek out from behind the bear and then glued them down using the same Nuvo glue pen. The cup was adhered in the same way, in the bear’s paws. As the foam sheet I use is double-sided it was a quick job of peeling that off the back of the bear and adhering him to the card.

The speech bubble was also adhered with foam, squares from Stix2 Anything and the final flourish for this card was a good sprinkling of Crystal Clear Sequins, from Studio Katia, in various sizes. I always use Glossy Accents when adhering sequins, for me that works best.

Card no2 is done the opposite way and is so CAS/Clean And Simple I nearly threw myself a parade! CAS is NOT my forte, no ma’am! I love the look but oh my goodness, when I attempt it myself I take the highway express right into Overthinking-ville.

This one was no exception. The only thing I knew for sure I wanted to do was do a negative diecutting thing where the surrounding area of the card is raised up and the Beary Merry bear is lower. I cant’ remember what this technique is called but do you get my drift? Well, so far so good. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

I toyed with the idea of doing some ink blending on the background but seriously had such a hard time to decide on what to do and not to do, I set it aside and coloured another bear instead.

Which lead me to card no3. I had only planned on two to begin with but things don’t always (read: ‘hardly ever’) go to plan in my craft room. I’m a very…. what’s the word I’m looking for here? Messy? Impulsive? Somewhat impatient? It’s a good trail mix of all three actually.

My third bear got more texture thanks to lots of dotting with a Colourless Blender marker, all three are finished off in different ways to make them a bit more individual. His scarf is also the only one that’s done with stamps (the snowflake from Snow Fun , another Neat & Tangled stamp set) and the colours I have used are the same ones I ended up using for the background. They are both Distress Oxide inks and the colours are Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I do love my blues!

For the background I blended the aforementioned colours using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and the Landscape Duo Stencil stencil from Neat & Tangled. The ink blending is done directly onto a white card base and I’ve overlapped the colours a little to create a fun pattern.

In the top left corner I stamped ‘Have a very Merry Christmas‘ in black ink. In hindsight, I should have heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of this to make it pop a bit more. I did add some Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose though.

This bear also got a blue present to hold on to and with a final splattering of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, the card was done.

That leaves us with the CAS card… I decided to stop over-thinking it and quickly cut out a banner (from Lawn Fawn, the stamp and diecut set is Home Sweet Home) and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in black in on it. This from MFT Stamps and the stamp set is called Greetings Galore, it’s a really versatile one with lots of great sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Years ago, when I was on the Studio Katia Design Team, I got a bag of these snowflake embellishments and I have been hoarding them as they are no longer available. But I pulled my big girl panties up, took a deep breath and dove into the bag. I added quite a few but I still think it looks quite CAS.

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With that I’m all done for this time, however I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you click on one of these and end up buying a little something-something. Using affiliate links is a great way to support your favourite crafters while shopping, without it costing you a single thing. How is that for a win-win situation? I’d also like to say a big thank you in advance if you choose to use mine when you shop, I really do appreciate it so much and it always gives me a huge thrill to see that someone loved my project enough to buy the products I used for it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Yes, even that CAS one in the end, lol!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Continue reading The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Playing with the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a few cards I made with one of my newest obsessions: the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh. As soon as I saw this fun diecut I knew I needed it in my life. The Design Team at PPP have teased my creativity and I have seen so many super fun projects with it. I couldn’t wait to get mine and get to work in the craft room.

The first card I made with it came together so quickly and I love how it looks! It’s inspired by a card Laura Bassen made, but I put my own spin on it by changing a few things. Quite a few things in the end but her card was the inspiration behind this one.

I was in the zone while making it and didn’t take any progress photos at all but for the next three I made sure to stop and do just that. The sequins I used for the baubles are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Fusion.

While I had the diecut out, I cut out enough pieces to make another four trees. I had lots of colour ideas for these and got to work right away!

Naturally I had to make a pink tree. Although I would probably never get an actual pink Christmas tree, it is so fun to try different colour combos for these. All the inks I used are Distress Oxides. On this one I have used only Picked Raspberry, doing a bit of an ombré look on each bit.

I used my Pink Fresh Studio Life Changing Blender brushes for all the ink blending. These brushes have changed how I do ink blending and I adore how they feel as well as the fact it is really easy to get a soft, light blend. I’m a convert for sure!

The next colour combo was pink (Picked Raspberry) and purple (Wilted Violet)

Sadly I completely messed this one up when I went to heat emboss some Gold Tinsel embossing powder on it. I tried dabbing on VersaMark ink from the re-inker bottle to make it very juicy so it would pick up lots of embossing powder. It turned into a lava-like concoction that wouldn’t set…! Oh well, you live and learn.

The third colour combination is the same as the first card: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for a nice green tree.

On these pieces I heat embossed Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing Powders to make it look like it was covered in snow.

While I was on a roll with the WOW! Embossing powder and had my heat gun out, I also did a background using Christmas Background from MFT Stamps. My anti static tool was first dusted all over the panel of course. Then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the background, sprinkled Metallic Gold Rich on it and set it.

The panel was trimmed down a little bit and adhered to a card base made out of Evergreen card stock. This is from Lawn Fawn and they have a fabulous selection of coloured card stock. I use these a lot for card bases that need to have a colour as the card stock is nice and sturdy.

To finish off the card, I heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set. Both the banner and the stamp set are from MFT Stamps and the heat embossing is done in the same Metallic Gold Rich as the background.

The tree and the banner are both adhered to the card with foam tape to raise them up a little and add some fun dimension. The tree trunk piece is done with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

After this one was done, I went back to my pink tree and decided to use it with a muted background colour scheme to make the pink pop.

On a panel of Kraft card stock, I embossed the Stitched Wood Grain cover up die from Lil’Inker. It adds such a lovely texture to the card stock. The trunk is cut out of gold glitter card stock for an extra jazzy tree!

On the back, I again used foam tape. As these trees are angular and with bits poking out, I have puzzled together different pieces to avoid wasting it. Once it’s stuck to the card, nobody will know that there are like 52 pieces on the back of it, rather than one big one, lol!

On a card base I adhered the wood grain embossed panel, which had been trimmed down a little bit, and then added my tree to it. Another banner with ‘Merry Christmas‘ was added under it and lots of Nuvo Drops, from Tonic Studios, in White Blizzard to the tree itself.

The last tree was done in four different colours, one for each layer. From top to bottom: Old Paper, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.

The tree trunk for this tree is cut out of patterned paper with a wood grain look. Perfect or what?

For this background I wanted something different from the others so I got some more Distress Oxide inks out, this time in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. These two I blended onto a panel, with the lighter in the middle and darker around the edges. Sort of like a lit up spot or halo effect.

At the bottom I wanted a snowy hill for my tree to sit on so I cut out a hill shape out of some paper and used this as a stencil to dab on VersaMark ink. This I covered very generously in Puff Powder and set with the heat gun. Then I did the same thing again to really build some texture! It came out great! I wish you could feel it.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone here so I got the Starry Color palette out and splattered White Gold water colour all over the panel.

Aaaaaand while I was on a roll to make this one different in more than one way, I decided to make a garland with some seeded beads and silver thread. This was quite fiddly work but so worth the time! I did have to secure a few of them with Glossy Accents to make sure they hang properly.

At the time of writing I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to this or not. What do you think? Yay or nay on adding a sentiment?

Bravo to you if you have managed to make to here, this turned into a bit of an essay. Or maybe it just feels like it because of all the pictures. I’d love some feedback on this, what do you like to see in blog posts? Progress photos with step by step instructions or just the finished card and condensed instructions and why? Many, many thanks if you take the time to answer some of these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

I also need to tell you I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. This means that I will get a small commission directly from the company if you use these links to buy something for yourself (and why shouldn’t you?) at absolutely zero cost to you. All other links are provided for your convenience if you want to snap up some of these products for yourself (and again, why wouldn’t you?? Sorry for the enabling, I can’t help myself)

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Thanks again, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Happy Pawlidays + MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #408

Hi guys!

Today’s card is for this week’s Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps. We are already on Sketch #408 and my fourth, and penultimate, post as a guest designer. The sketch looks like this:

I am a certified CDL (Crazy Dog Lady) and I have two little cheeky doggies at home. I just love dogs and couldn’t go the whole spell as a guest designer without using some kind of doggo on a card, now could I? As Christmas is looming closer and closer it’s starting to become crunch time making Christmas cards but doggos… awww *insert soppy sounds here* Problem solved by using the adorable Happy Pawlidays stamp set!

The little cheeky rascal all tangled up in the Christmas lights remind me of my little doggies so I decided to use him. I used so many Copics to colour this one tiny image but he came out quite cute in the end.

I also stamped up some baubles for the small dots element on the sketch. These I coloured with Copics first and then heat embossed a snowflake on them with white WOW embossing powder.

To make the hat appear a bit more furry, I drew on lots of different sized dots using a white gel pen. To make the christmas lights pop, I used some Glossy Accents on them, after cutting the doggie out with the coordinating die-namic.

On a card base I stuck down two 1″ wide strips of stripy patterned paper, one along the top and one along the bottom, using double sided tape. Genius stuff that!

As this is a Christmas card, I decided to use the Christmas Background stamp for this card too. Only for this one, I heat embossed it with WOW Rich Gold embossing powder. It’s a gorgeous shade of gold this one. While I had my heatgun out and hot, I also heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner. The sentiment is from the Trio Of Trees stamp set and fits perfectly on the banner.

To bring in the circle element, I cut one out of vellum to adhered behind the dog. Kind of like an aura on innocence, despite the clear evidence he’s been rather naughty, lol!

The dog and the baubles are all adhered using foam tape, but the vellum and the sentiment banner are adhered using double sided tape to keep them flat.

That’s it for this card! It wasn’t as smooth sailing as it may appear, there was a lot of over-thinking and changing things around as I went along, which seems to be my usual MO. The finished card came out quite sweet in the end and that’s all that matters.

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

MFT Sketch Challenge #407

Hello, hello! It’s Wednesday, which means a new Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps!

Today’s card is based on Sketch #407, which looks like this:

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I was torn between sticking to the sketch pedantically and use a star diecut and the Written in the Stars stamp set, for a star studded sky background. However, the sketch challenge isn’t about who can stick the the sketch the closest, is it? (And in fairness, I have been a bit of a stickler so far, right?) It’s about using your imagination so with that in mind, I decided to use the Perfect Poinsettia die-namic for the star shape.

Instead of using traditional colours for the flower, I went with dramatic teal and blues! Fun right? Oh and I used felt instead of paper too! There is an amazing selection of felt available from MFT Stamps and naturally I want all the colours. Full Set Syndrome strikes again.

To start with, I cut all the bits I needed out of the felt, using the Poinsettia die-namic and set those aside for assembly later.

As I was using non traditional colours for the flowers I decided to stick with the blues for the background too. For this I heat embossed the brand new BG Christmas Background stamp with WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder, on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock.

I used my anti-static tool generously on this before stamping it with VersaMark ink. When you have small text or intricate details, it’s a good idea to re-ink your VersaMark pad before stamping. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the stickiness for the embossing powder!

With Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon, I did some light inkblending on this piece to add an ombré blue look. Once I was done with the ink blending I gently rubbed a cotton towel over the heat embossing to wipe off the ink and make the silvery look of it shine. This is a great little trick and will make your embossing pop!

Blue and white look lovely together, but it can all kind of fade into each other if it’s not balanced right. To avoid this and to add some contrast and highlights, I decided on some gold accents for this card. Sentiments in an accent colour is a great look, I think.

The sentiment I chose is from another new MFT Stamps set: Hand-Lettering Holiday Greetings and I have heat embossed it in Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This strip is wrapped around the card and secured with double sided tape on the back. It simply says ‘Merry Christmas’.

It was a great start but I did feel like it needed a bit more gold so I got my fave MFT Stamps card stock out: Brushed Gold! It’s the most gorgeous gold card stock and the fact it’s brushed as opposed to mirror shine is just the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a go-to gold card stock, look no further. Right-y-o, what I was getting to is that I cut some of the Poinsettia leaves out of this card stock and added to the stack of bits to go on the card.

While I was at it, I also cut out the two stamens from the die-namic too. These two I layered up, gently bent the stamens upwards and set aside while I worked on adding the Poinsettia layers to the card.

First of all, I added all the Poinsettia layers together, without glue, to use as a guide for the leaves were going to go. Then I removed the flower and glued the leaves down. For the actual flower itself, I have done the biggest flower petal bit once in each colour and the smallest one I did two in the lightest colour and only one in the teal.

Starting with the darkest one, I layered these up on the card, making it a nice and big Perfect Poinsettia. The final flourish was to add the gold stamens to the middle and the card was done.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Advent calendar Lawn Fawn goodie bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love from Erica