Picture Perfect Card for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 443

Hi guys!

Today’s post is really short and sweet, just like the YouTube video that’s now up on my channel, for this card. It’s a really quick card and there is only so much jibber-jabbering one can do to fill out a blog post, right? Even me, lol!

This card is based on the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge, go to mftstamps.com and click on ‘Join an MFT Challenge’ to see more challenges and to join in yourself!

My interpretation is pretty loose here but that’s ok. The good peeps at MFT Stamps just want us to get going with card making and inspire us. If you link up your card however, you can win a $50 gift card to the shop!

I’ve used the super fun and adorable Picture Perfect stamp set, and inked up the kitties with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail Ink on copic friendly card stock. With the help of my Mini MISTI of course!

The kitties themselves are coloured in with Warm and Cold Gray Copics in a dotting technique. There is probably a proper name for this but I call it dotting. I like doing this when I want to add texture to images and who doesn’t want that when you are colouring fur?

When it was all done, I cut it out with scissors and set aside. Using my Gemini Go diecutting machine I cut out a white Polaroid Shaker Frame and I also cut out one glitter gold ‘Celebrate‘ word, as well as one in a light gray card stock. That one is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn. The gold glitter card stock is from a shop in Denmark and I’m running low! I am definitely on the lookout for a new one. If you have a good tip on glitter gold card stock, I’d love to hear about it!

The two Celebrate dienamics I layered up, slightly off to create that lovely shadow effect, with the help of the Gluetube from Lawn Fawn. The Polaroid and the kitties got layered up as well and then adhered to a card base made out of Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp.

One final touch was to add a sentiment strip saying ‘May Your Birthday Be As Awesome As You Are!’ It’s from a Studio Katia set called Birthday Greetings. This was heatembossed in white embossing powder on black card stock (Licorice from Lawn Fawn) and then adhered with the gluetube as well.

As usual I have used some affiliate links in this post, but not to worry, using these links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission from the company directly if you choose to use these to treat yourself to something.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’d love it if you checked out my YouTube video too!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

A card making fail and remake with Picture Perfect stamps from MFT Stamps

Hi guys!

How are we all? I hope you are better than I am. I’m battling a cold that has given me a red raw nose, wiped me out and left me feeling really quite sorry for myself. My little chicas aren’t being the best nurse maids either. I catch them sleeping on the job several times a day.

For my birthday this year I got some lovely goodies from MFT Stamps, courtesy of The Man. One of the sets I got was Picture Perfect and I loved it from the minute I saw sneak peeks of it. It’s full of funny selfie looking images featuring animals and I have such a soft spot for cute critters. I also got the Polaroid Shaker Frame and #Captions dienamic.

The first card I made with the set, was full of rookie mistakes… I forgot to colour in the entire image and the background. I also messed up the first Polaroid dienamic cutout I made with the help of #Captions dienamic. Also, the Polaroid was put on wrongly too and ended up covering too much of the doggies. Oh well. Things happen and doesn’t always go the way you plan but I think it’s important to show the fails along with the winners. Just in case someone gets discouraged with their own work and thinks ‘oh, she never messes up’. Oh yes, I do.

As I liked the idea I had in my head for this card, I decided to redo it from scratch and fix all the mistakes I made.

First things first, and I started with the Polaroid Shaker Frame and the #Captions dienamics. This time I did it the right way, i.e. did it the way I had intended to before I messed up. In the photo you can see the failed one (the left) but the bit that’s messed up, is actually under the dienamic here so you can’t see it. I only changed up the colours a little.

Next step was to stamp up the image from Picture Perfect and colour it in. I use Ink On 3 Blackout Ink for most of my Copic colouring these days and Neenah Solar White 110# card stock. It’s a brilliant ink. The amount of Copics it took to colour this tiny image is almost laughable, the number is up there in the 30+ figures.

Another product I have recently gotten my hands on is Pixie Spray from Therm O Web. Something that has always annoyed me is getting smudged lines when doing inkblending and using embellishment mousses and I have been dreaming of a product like this for a long time! The trick to using this is patience. Spray the stencil, and then let it sit for at least a couple of minutes before adding it to the thing you want to stencil. It’s very important to let it dry out for a little bit to let the tack develop. If you use it too soon, it won’t stick to your project. Go on, ask me how I know this! *slaps forehead*

This stencil is also new, it’s called Lots Of Hearts, another MFT Stamps knock out! Anything with cute critters and hearts = I’m sold. Oh and ombré or rainbows. Because of the colouring of the image, I decided to use yellow, through greens to blue on it. I usually use masking tape when it comes to masking off things but here I’ve used Post-It tape.

These luscious inks are from Catherine Pooler. Not only do they stamp beautifully, they work for ink blending and water colouring! From top to bottom is Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Tiara and Limoncello.

I use the Life Changing Blender Brushes, from Picket Fence Studios, pretty much exclusively these days. I get much better results with these brushes than I ever did using the foam pad ink blending tools. I still have them, but I reach for my brushes 9 times out of 10.

One little tip I have for adding foam to an intricate diecut, such as the ‘Friend Duodienamic I used for this card, is one I use a lot. It takes out some of the fiddly work and makes things a lot easier. So step one is to cut it out of the foam but leave it in the negative bits. Cut the same shape out of your choice of card stock. Then pull off the cover from the self-adhesive foam and layer the card stock over the foam one.

This little trick has saved my sanity many a times when I have tried to layer up the pieces and they have been separated. Now, this looks very almost black here but it’s actually dark gray. It’s a Lawn Fawn card stock called Narwhal.

Before putting all the pieces together on the card, I took a moment to make sure I didn’t repeat the same mistakes I made on the first card.

I really like how this came out! But then it has doggies and bright colours. LOL! I can see myself using this Picture Perfect set a lot. MFT Stamps does it again!

I hope you like the card as much I do. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, one of them being MFT Stamps, at no extra cost to yourself, if you click on any of these links and end up getting a little something-something for yourself.

Don’t you think the two doggies to the left look like my little chicas by the way? That one in the front looks like Gem-Gem to me and the little one in the corner has that same ‘what??’ look on her face, is Mar-Mar to a T. They just crack me up!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you want to see more of my daily crafting shenanigans, follow me on Instagram. That’s where I share most of projects, cards and little Insta stories. If you are a dog person, those little sass monsters The Cheeky Chicas have their own page. Yep, I’m one of those dog moms! 🙋‍♀️

Catherine Pooler’s Tropical Treasures Release Blog Hop

Hello, hello!

Today I’m very excited to be part of a blog hop to celebrate Catherine Poolers’s latest release Tropical Treasures! You should have come here from Nanette Tracy and the next stop on the hop is the fabulous Deepti Stephens!

I made a LOT of cards with my goodies, so I will try and keep it short and sweet but if you know me… that’s probably not something I will be able to stick to. Eh, whatcha gonna do? You might also have seen a card I made for the Instagram hop that started yesterday. Click HERE to go to my Instagram post to see the rules and how to enter that giveaway!

Now, let’s get to the cards I made for this hop! For my first card I used the ‘Lovely’ stamp from Isn’t She Lovely, and lots of Catherine Pooler inks. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped it from top to bottom, on an A2 panel cut out of Catherine Pooler card stock.

The colours I used are It’s a Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust and Sweet Sixteen. I also stamped an extra ‘Lovely‘ in Party Dress and cut it out with the coordinating Lovely Word diecut, as well as one in foam sheet. These I layered up and set aside.

To add some interest, I used the Morning Joe Border diecut on the edge and it just happened to fit perfectly around the swirly y on the end of Lovely! On the card base underneath I ink blended some It’s A Girl and Be Mine. To finish off the card I stamped ‘You’re Just’ on a slim strip of card stock and with the extra ‘Lovely’ bit all this got added, along with a few iridescent sequins.

The second and third card are done similar, on Kraft card stock but with different ink colours. I do love creating a patterned paper with stamps, it’s so fun and it makes a card impactful without adding lots of layers. Another thing I am a big fan of. Layers, that is.

On one of the cards I used It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen, Bellini and Coral Cabana.

The other one I used Coral Cabana, Bellini, Limoncello, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, then I managed to stamp Sweet Sixteen and Mint To Be on top of each other to create that grey shade and then it’s Mint To Be on it’s own.

On two strips of black card stock I heat embossed ‘Hello’ from Isn’t She Lovely, and added to the panels.

These finished panels I added to card bases and that was that for them!

The next three cards have also used a lot of the same supplies: Card stock, Canvas Grunge Background Stamp, Toucan Do It stamp and coordinating dies, Leave Me In Paradise stamp and coordinating dies as well as Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Mint To Be and Melon Ice inks.

All the cards have got backgrounds done with the Canvas Grunge Background stamp and a mix of the inks. They all also have birds from the Toucan Do It stamp set, which are all coloured in with Copics.

I also stamped up lots of leaves from Leave Me In Paradise, and to make them look more real I heat embossed them in clear embossing powder, before cutting them out with the coordinating diecut.

Here is a closer look at the shiny leaves. For this card I also made a sign to hold the sentiment. It’s just a slim piece of card stock coloured with copics in browns and then added to the rectangle with the ‘Toucan do it!’ sentiment. That’s stamped with Lime Rickey to match the leaves.

The toucans were coloured in as close to natural colours as possible. I used to live in Central America and frequently saw toucans in the wild so it felt like I had to do it this way.

My parrot, on the other hand, got coloured in with a fantasy colour scheme!

This card has the sentiment ‘You’re so tweet’ stamped directly on the card base with Lime Rickey ink. To display the bird I cut out a circle, out of dark brown card stock, for him to sit on. Kind of like he’s got himself a nice little ‘bird couch’ hanging from a tree or something. With lots of leaves to give him shade and to camouflage himself in?

Ay, mama, what a load of nonsense, eh? Bird couch?? I think I have lost the plot a little. It might be time to hop along.

As part of being a guest designer for this release from Catherine Pooler, I was given some goodies for free in exchange for this blog post but I only use what I love and the products that inspire me to create.

I am also an affiliate of Catherine Pooler, which means that if you click on one of the links in this post and treat yourself to something from the shop (and why shouldn’t you??) I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to yourself. This income I use to run my blog and buy craft supplies to make projects for it. I hope you will consider supporting me in this way if you are going to shop anyway. Thank you in advance, I really do appreciate it and every little helps!

One last thing, and then I will definitely let you go. By commenting on this post you can win a $25 gift card to the Catherine Pooler shop! Winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler blog on April 1st. That’s NOT an April’s fools!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have liked my projects and feel inspired! Your next stop is Deepti.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Full list of the hop:

Altenew December 2018 Markers/Embellishments Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi guys and welcome!

Today I am so excited to take part in Altenew’s December release blog hop! If you arrived here from Kymona, you are in the right spot. There is a full list of all the stops at the bottom of this post, in case you want to go back and look at someone’s projects again or if you get lost.

I have made two cards using the new Set E markers, which round out my collection of Artist Markers. I have been waiting for the greens, Tropical Forest, in this set for ages as they are my fave greens in the Oval Inks collection. *insert squeaks and all the heart eye emojis here* Now I just need the Primary Color set and I’m complete! Well, apart from all the Artist Markers refills of course. That darn FullSetSyndrome is a real pickle at times!

My first card, and I’ve made two of the same, is done in what’s become a bit of a signature look for me, with the Artist Markers: A bold background made by simply drawing thick lines in each colour and blending them in. The inspiration for the colour scheme is the changing colours of leaves in the autumn, all those vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and golden brown.

In the past I have sometimes done this directly on a card base but this time I used a pre-cut card panel. It does look a lot cleaner without the ink bleeding through on the inside of the card.

That’s all the “colouring” done for card no1 and I use that term loosely here as it is quite simply fool-proof. No blending, shading or even staying within the lines are required for this sort of colouring. Just draw the marker from one side to the other, to create the thickness of the selection you want and then move on to the next shade. Easy peasy!

The stamp set I have used for both cards is Leaf Canopy, it’s fast become a firm fave in my Altenew stash. I find it very versatile and lovely to colour with all sorts of different mediums.

After dusting my panel with an anti-static tool, I stamped the solid images from the top right corner all the way down to the bottom left corner, with VersaMark ink. The embossing powder I used is Copper and it complements the colour in the background beautifully. It’s rich and gorgeous!

To finish the card off, I adhered it to a card base and added a few sentiments from the Leaf Canopy stamp set.

These are also heat embossed with Copper, for a cohesive look. A very generous smattering of matte black sequins were the final touch.

My second card is a mixture of techniques: no-line colouring, emboss resist, ink blending, spot light look and eclipse….

To begin with, I stamped the outline image from Leaf Canopy in Bamboo ink on a panel. This I coloured in using Set E, both the green and orange Artist Markers. Once all coloured in, I stamped the solid image on top in VersaMark and heat clear embossing powder over it.

The clear embossing powder protects the colouring without hiding any of it. In fact, I think it highlights it.

With a blending brush, I picked out some Oval Ink pads and blended a soft blue around the branch of leaves and then towards the edges of the card, a mix of darker blues. I used inks from the Cool Summer Night family: Sea Glass and Dusk. Turquoise from the Deep Blue Seas family as well as Persian Blue and Sapphire from the Glacier Caves family were used too.

To finish off the background, I splattered first some water drops on it. These I dabbed off with a piece of kitchen towel. Then I added some gold splatters on it too.

With the diecut ‘You are Loved‘, I cut first one piece out of foam sheet, then another out of brushed gold card stock and finally one out of the background panel. I adhered the background to a card base and then layered up the pieces, foam + gold + top layer, until was all puzzled back together. With that, the card was done!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my cards as much as I enjoyed making them! I have used compensated affiliate links to, amongst others, Altenew in this post, at no extra cost to you, in case you want to grab any of the items I have used here for yourself. When you use an affiliate link, not just mine but any crafters’, you help support their dream and crafting journey so I hope you will consider using them when shopping. Thank you in advance for supporting us like this! We all really appreciate it!

Now for prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/12/2018 for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on Sunday, December 16th.

You can also win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew here on my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment by the 12/12/18.

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

The final stop on the hop is Agnieszka

FULL HOP LIST BELOW

Altenew Card Blog

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Kristina Pokazanieva

Nicole Picadura

Kelly Latevola

Enza Gudor

Kathleen Graumüller

Sveta Fotinia

Lilith Eeckels

TaeEun Yoo

Therese Calvird

Anna Komenda

Zinia Redo

Vicky Papaioannou

Lydia Evans

Laura Jane

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zsoka Marko

Virginia Lu

Raquel Bowman

Svitlana Shayevich

Gayatri Murali

Kymona Tracey

Erica A-B. <——- YOU ARE HERE——–

Agnieszka Malyszek

Joining in the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop with a Trinity Stamps card

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a long time, and that’s on me. I ran out of storage here and as I’m in the process of changing over to a website, which I thought I’d have sorted by now, I didn’t bother upgrading. Which meant I couldn’t blog. However, it’s me, the anti-technology-guru, we are talking about here, so naturally, that has not happened yet. Oy, the decisions are agonising and confusing. I think I’m going to have to speak to someone who knows this sort of stuff. And it can’t be The Man, he takes too much pleasure out of mocking my lack of technology skills. Hence the reason we are here today. I caved and upgraded the plan here instead. Eh, sue me.

Anyway, now I have got that off my chest, let’s get to the card, shall we?

I’ve used the Coffee with Character set from Trinity Stamps, with a little help from Picket Fence Studios, MFT Stamps and the Mega Alphabet diecuts from Altenew. Oh, and lots of Copics.

First off, I stamped all the images with Copic friendly ink on Neenah card stock. After colouring in all of them, using about half of my Copic collection, I cut them out using the coordinating diecuts.

When it came to putting the card together, I have used all sorts: For the card base I used Lawn Fawn card stock in Black Licorice. I also used Ground Coffee card stock, another fabulous card stock from Lawn Fawn. To give some interest and add texture, I decided to use the Give Me A Break background stamp from Picket Fence Studios on it.

Instead of just stamping it with ink, I heat embossed it using Clear embossing powder. Just to give it some extra oomph. Don’t forget to dust your card stock with an anti-static tool before doing any heat embossing though! That is a rookie mistake you want to avoid.

After letting the embossing powder cool down, I cut out the ‘C’ from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet diecuts. A random Kraft-ish coloured card stock I used a MFT Stamps diecut on(from Blueprint 29), which I adhered to the card base with foam sheet cut to size.

It took a while to puzzle all the pieces together to get it just right. Maybe because I had so many of them? Who knows? I mean, I did use pretty much ALL of them and then some. The picture above and below show a few options of the layout I was playing with.

I do find it very helpful to take pictures and compare to find the best look. Sometimes you are so close and it just needs a tiny tweak, or you can see what works and what doesn’t. I do craft with my camera close to hand almost every time.

When I had all the pieces where I wanted them, I took a picture again and then got to work with my glue pen. When all of them were glued down I added some Glossy Accent to some of the bits, like the plastic top, the donut glaze, the hearts and the glass pots.

I didn’t add a sentiment to the front for once. Usually I do, but there is no mistaking this card for anything but a heavily caffeinated one, is there?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What does that mean you might wonder? It means that if you click on one of these links and end up buying something, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you. Any money I get from these links I put towards the running of this blog and any upcoming cost of getting the website sorted out. Thank you in advance if you use mine. I really appreciate it! Any links that are not affiliate links are there for your convenience, in case you fancy that little something-something for yourself.

If you want to read more about affiliate links, and maybe start using them for yourself, there is a really helpful and informative blog post about affiliate links written by Debby Hughes on her blog Lime Doodle Design. You should definitely check it out.

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon, now I have storage space on my blog again. *insert an eye roll from The Man here*

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.

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post at no extra cost to you. Please do consider supporting me and other crafters when you shop, by using affiliate links. It really does make our day and if you use mine, thank you so much!

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

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hi guys!

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I’m your next stop on the huge and fabulous blog hop to celebrate Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary, and you should have come here from the uber-talented Dana Joy. If you get lost or a link isn’t working, go back to Rubeena’s blog A Rare Ruby for the full list, as well as Day 1 blog hop list.

This blog hop is all about celebrating crafting, our community and the outstanding inspiration found there, as well as marking Rubeena’s 4th Craftiversary. So, what’s crafting and colouring to me? Well, apart from being a VERY well-loved hobby, it’s also helped me through some very tough and dark times in my life. Having had a creative outlet for grief and severe frustration over some chronic back pain issues I have from an accident many years ago, crafting has been an absolutely life-saver at times. If I’m having a bad day, spending a few hours in the craft room with some colouring, Netflix or music and some yummy snacks will distract me nicely and stop me from spiralling downward in the pitfalls of depression and feeling fed up.

My cards and my preferences over materials have changed a lot over the years but I’m still not sure I’d say I have a particular style… It all depends on what I feel like making that day. One of the fun sides of crafting is that you don’t have to put yourself in a box and stay there (unless you want to). I usually also have more than one project going on at any one time, I’m a messy crafter like that. You should see the state of my craft room right now…! Yikes.

One of my favourite things to do is water colouring, especially if I’m sad or lacking mojo. There is something very therapeutic about watching the colours swirl around and settle into an image. Not that I’m overly good at it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. I use lots of different mediums though, with various results. Copics, coloured pencils, Zig markers, Altenew Artist Markers etc etc As long as it involves colours, I love it!

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It also needs to be said that I value the Instagram crafting community I’ve been so warmly embraced by, very very highly. I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way, and Rubeena is one of them. Here is to you, girl!!

The card I made for this hop is quite an Erica-card; it’s floral, pink and gold. I’m not a CAS card kind of gal (although I have been doing better with those recently) but I do love a big, bold floral card with a splashy sentiment.

I tried something new for the flower, going for no-line colouring using InkOn3 fade out ink and Zig Clean Color markers. Now you might wonder what’s “new” about that, it was my first try using this new ink and I am really quite hooked!

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I used pinks, purples, yellows and reds on the flower, which is from Stampendous, and worked on it pretty much all day, and some the following day. It took ages but I think it was worth it personally. No-line colouring is not to be rushed after all!

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To create the background I splattered red gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette on an A2 panel of water colour card stock.

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While that was drying, it was time to think about the rest of the card. I picked out a sentiment and decided on one from MFT Stamps. It’s from a set called Anything-but-Basic Friendship ‘I’ve seen you at your worst and I still think you’re the best’ on black card stock and heat embossed it in WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder.

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To assemble the card I adhered the flower to the background panel with some very thick foam tape, added the sentiment strip in the bottom right corner with some slimmer tape and then decided to add a gold ‘friend’ diecut word to the card to really highlight the friendship element.

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To make sure the ‘friend’ dienamic is level on the card, I cut out bits of the word in foam sheet too and added the to the back. Tricky at this point as I had already glued it down across the flower…!

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A big smattering of clear sparkling sequins added to the card with Glossy Accents later, I was done!

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And now it’s time to hop along to the next person, which is the amazing Channin Pelletier whom I am such a big fan of! *squeal*

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GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes. And check out the prizes!! Wow, wow, wow! *All the heart-eyed emojis*

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Right, that’s it from me for today but enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here to be in with a chance to grab one of those fabulous prizes! By leaving a comment here on my blog, you will also be in with a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Gina K Designs from me! I will draw a winner on the 5th of Sep too, don’t forget to check back here then to see if you are the winner!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Lots of love from Erica

Clean And Simple birthday card with Bitty Bears

Hi guys! 

I’m popping in with a super quick card today. One of the major upsides of CAS/Clean And Simple cards is that they generally do not take too much time to make. This one probably took a total of twenty minutes and most of that was spent on the colouring of the little Bitty Bears cutie from MFT Stamps. 

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Recently, I have been getting so much better at doing CAS cards without overthinking things and itching to add more and more to it, and thus taking is totally out of the running of being CAS. Making something clean and simple used to make me break out in a sweat just thinking about it, lol!! I’m not sure what it is that has made the tide turn but these days I enjoy the process rather than hyperventilate and get heart palpitations *slight over-exaggerating perhaps* 

Well, enough jibber-jabbering about my cardiac and pulmonary activity, let’s get to the crafting activity instead! 

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As mentioned, I coloured a sweet little Bitty Bears from MFT Stamps, the one holding a balloon. I adore this stamp set, it has a little bear for pretty much every occasion and a load of sentiments to match. I used Cold Grey Copics for the bear and added some blushed cheeks and pink ears. I also dotted my Colorless Blender all over him to get a textured look, I do this a lot to achieve a textured look on my images. Especially the smaller ones where there is not always enough space to add shadows and shading. Once the bear was finished, I cut him out with the coordinating dienamic and set him aside. 

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This card I’m entering in to the MFT Stamps Challenge which for this month is CAS Birthday so I wanted a simple background with lots of white. But you know, I’m still me and little ole’ me likes texture so I decided to do some heat embossing on it to add interest. To stick to the CAS ideology I did it in white embossing powder and on Ranger Ink water colour card stock because it is the whitest one I’ve got. 

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First off, I used my anti-static tool on the panel, and then I stamped the Mesmerizing Mandala, another goodie from MFT Stamps, in VersaMark ink on it and sprinkled the white embossing powder on it. After setting it with my heatgun I decided to add just a hint of blue to it to make the mandala stand out a teeny, tiny bit more and after scouring my collection of Distress Oxide inks, I settled on Tumbled Glass. Using a very light hand, I added some to the middle of the mandala and blended outwards. Over this I sprayed a little bit of Pearl White spray mist from Prima Marketing and set it aside to dry. 

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To match the bear with his balloon, I stamped ‘Happy birthday, it’s time to party’ on a small banner from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment strips dienamic set and mounted this with foam tape. This die-namic set I use all the time, it’s a staple for sure.

I added a little bit to the bear too and added these to the card to that the bear is standing on top of the banner.

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One of my favourite bold sentiment dienamics from MFT Stamps is the ‘Celebrate’ one, it’s so big and fun. I use it all the time! For this card I cut it out of silver glitter card stock and foam sheet, these two I layered up and added to the card over the bear. And wouldn’t you know it, the card was done! In another shocking twist, no sequins…! Again! I may need to go lie down and wait until this no-sequins-phase has passed. 

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I have used some compensated affiliate links to MFT Stamps in this post, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you chose to support me by using these when you shop, I really appreciate the support! 

Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 

A card for MFT Stamps Sketch challenge 396 using Up In The Air

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in with a quick card for the current Wednesday challenge over at My Favorite Things blog, Sketch Challenge 396. These challenges are great fun and always inspiring so I thought, why not give it a go?

I wanted to use one of my favourite (no pun intended) stamp sets from MFT Stamps, called Up In The Air. It’s really sweet and full of fun images to colour.

The big balloon was a given to use, and as I’m a self-confessed CDL (that’s Crazy Dog Lady for those who don’t speak fluent ‘Erica’) I wanted to use the little doggie too. These images I stamped up with Memento Black Tuxedo ink on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

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To colour the images themselves, I used Zig Clean Color markers and once they were dry, I used the coordinating dienamics to cut out them out.

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For the background, I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide ink on another piece of Strathmore Bristol Velum water colour card stock. I used some post-it tape to block off the parts of the card that needed to remain white.

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Picking out the colours I wanted, I started with Squeezed Lemonade, then Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and to top it off, a little bit of Blueprint Sketch. I wish I had a Mini Ink Blending tool for each one of the ink pads but alas, not yet. At least I have enough foam pads for when the day arrives and I will have them all, lol!

To add some interest to the background I stamped the little clouds in white pigment ink. To finish off the card I used the Celebrate dienamics and cut it out of silver glitter card stock as well as foam sheet to add some height.

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I also cut out a banner, using the biggest one out of the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, and stamped ‘You’re going places!’, from the Up In The Air stamp set, in Broken China Distress Oxide ink. To make it a bit more special I also did some very light ink blending with Peacock Feathers on the other side of the banner, then added a little bit of foam tape to the back of it and added it to the card.

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Once all the bits and pieces were finished, it was a quick puzzle job and the card was done! What do you think? I probably need to reboot my colour choices though as I seem to go for the same colours over and over and over… and over… again. I do love blues and turquoise in all shades though. I can’t help it!

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Well, that’s my contribution for this week’s challenge. Now it’s just a matter of keeping my fingers crossed to be drawn as the winner as that means a $50 gift voucher to spend at the MFT Stamps shop! Are you going to take part? Go ahead and give it a go!

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I have used some compensated affiliate links for this post, which means I get a small commission from MFT Stamps and Scrapbook.com directly at no cost to you, if you use any of these links. Thank you in advance if you use them, it really does mean the world to me and every little helps.

Thanks for stopping by and see you all soon,

lots of love from Erica

 

 

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop giveaway winner!

Hello!

Today I am popping in quickly to announce the winner of the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop giveaway as well as show a quick card made with the Artist Markers.

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Without further ado, the winner of the $20 gift voucher to Altenew is:

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These are both awesome projects!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject ‘Color Therapy Blog Hop winner from Erica’s blog’ to claim your prize!

On a card base made out of Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock, I used Artist Markers from Set A, Set B and Set C to make a colourful background.

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I simply drew the markers back and forth to create a rainbow like look, not worrying too much about blending the colours together or making it too perfect. The main aim was to add lots of colour!

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On black card stock I stamped several of the sentiments from the aptly named stamp set Crafty Friends, with VersaMark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I trimmed down each strip and added them to the card with foam tape.

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A sprinkling of clear sparkling sequins finished off the card and that’s it for today! Yep. No essay today, lol. I have used a few compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, in this case Altenew, if you buy something after clicking on one of these links. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me like this, it really does mean the world and every little helps!

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lots of love from Erica