Picket Fence Studios October Release Is Here!

It’s the 14th and it’s time for another release from Picket Fence Studios! This month we are finally getting lots of dies again, yay! Nicole and Matt found another manufacturer to fulfil the orders so we have dies for this month AND some for stamps from previous releases too. As a non-fan of fussy-cutting, I am very pleased about this.

There are some fabu-LEAVES 🍁 🍃 🍂 stand-alone dies in this release: Maple Leaves, Oak Leaves and Ash Leaves. I have, of course, used them all. In my stash of PhDs (Projects half Done) I found a couple of sheets of water colour paper I had done ink smooshing on. With a stroke of luck, the colours were autumnal!

I did my usual thing and cut out loads of them, and then worried about what to do with them later, lol! With these, I decided to simply add them to card bases to create backgrounds. Almost like patterned paper, only with lots of texture. Because I cut out so many, I had enough for three.

One I kept really simple and added an already made word die cut that says ‘I miss you‘. Sometimes simple is all you need.

On the next I added only Oak Leaves to, and then a tray of takeaway coffee cups from the Sponsored By Coffee stamp set. These are coloured in with Copics and also had a little bit of patterned paper paper-pieced on them to add colour.

To finish this one off, I used a sentiment from the stamp set, stamped up with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink. There is a coordinating diecut for the Sponsored By Coffee set too!

The final card was done with just Ash Leaves diecuts. These I layered up in rows onto a card base, picked them up with Press’n’Seal, added glue to the back and adhered to the card base again.

A few gold splatters, using a little bit of Golden Rose Paper Glaze mixed with water, added a lovely touch. The final piece was to add a sentiment. I didn’t want to cover up the leaves too much so I stamped ‘We have been thinking of you‘ on a piece of white card stock, with Black Hybrid ink. This was trimmed down to a skinny banner and adhered to the bottom row of leaves.

This month we also have a new Slim Line Rainbow stencil and if we know one thing about me, it’s that I do love a rainbow!

I used it in two different ways, and got some fab results! The first one was done with Moonstone Glimmer Paste from Tonic, over an ink blended background piece. It is a sparkly-licious combo!

On this card, I used another Sponsored By Coffee image. This one is coloured with Copics too, and cut out using the coordinating diecut.

Here I used the second sentiment in the stamp set, again stamped up with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink. I masked off the coffee bit on the sentiment and used the Coffee word die instead.

The second background was done right after the first one, and I didn’t clean off the Glitter Gel before, in the hopes of getting some of it onto my panel. This time the stencil was adhered, with the help of Pixie Spray, to water colour paper. Using clean water and a paint brush, I got the paper a bit wet before adding shimmery water colours to it.

The shimmery water colour I use is actually Ink On 3 Atelier Ink re-inkers with Liquid Pixie Dust mixed in. In a little 6-piece water colour palette I have these ready mixed and they just need a little spritz of water before use, and they are good to go. By adding the Liquid Pixie Dust into the colour, you get the most amazing shimmer!

When the background was all coloured in, I left it to dry with the stencil in place. This will help keep the actual pattern clear and the colours where you want them. The next day I peeled off the stencil and it was colourful, shimmery and sparkly!

To finish off this card I heat embossed lots of sentiments from Crafty Mail, in Gold Rich embossing powder from WOW! I trimmed these down and adhered quite a few to the background. With that, this card was done and so am I for today!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, mostly to Picket Fence Studios. I do receive the products free as part of my design team commitments, but I only do use what I love (and quite frankly, I love most stuff from PFS) as my mojo goes on walkabout when I try forcing myself to work with stuff that does not inspire me. These affiliate links do not cost you anything extra at all, but the company they are linked to might pay me a small commission as a thank you for directing you to them, IF you shop using these links. Thank you so much if you chose to support me this way, I really appreciate it a lot.

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

Let’s get caffeinated with Trinity Stamps!

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with three cards I’ve made for Trinity Stamps, as part of the Design Team. My first post was super rushed as I got the stamps the day before it was due! A viscous hostage situation with DHL nearly broke me, it was so frustrating knowing they had my package but didn’t deliver it despite all the paper work I filled in and sent off. Ugh!

Anyway, now I have my stamps and I have been busy making coffee themed cards! I got a bit carried away (as you do) when the stuff finally arrived so I stamped up several panels and images and then spent hours colouring. These images are from the Coffee Character stamp set.

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I have two that are stamped exactly the same, as in the images are in the same place on both, but one is on white card stock with black ink and one is on Kraft card stock with white ink.

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I like doing cards this way, I like seeing how different they can turn out by changing the colouring medium or the background colour. Out of these two, I think I like the Kraft card best. Maybe because the Kraft card stock gives a warmer, slightly coffee themed look?

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On this card I coloured the images in with Copics and added some texture and dimension by adding a sentiment strip and whipped cream with foam tape. The whipped cream is also heat embossed to add extra texture.

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The Kraft card is coloured with coloured pencils and whilst this takes a lot longer than Copics, I like the texture you get from them and the pop of colours.

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On the inside of this card I made a little gift card pocket too, to make it even more different that the white card.

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My third card, which was part of my first blog post at Trinity Stamps, is quite quick and easy.

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On an ink smooshed background, using coffee coloured Distress Oxide inks of course, I added some word diecuts that say ‘But first coffee’ and a steaming cup of coffee and a croissant. Because I do like me a croissant every now and again..

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For more details and progress photos for these cards, hop on over to Trinity Stamps and check out my blog posts there. There are also direct links to the stamps sets I have used.

Thanks for stopping by and see you all soon again!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica