Trinity Stamps Autumn Impressions release | Guest Designing and YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

It’s a busy day on the blog today, this is one of two, and this one is all about the newest release from Trinity Stamps! I was delighted to be asked to guest for this release, as I was on the design team when Trinity first started and I am friends with several of the design team members in real life.

In fact, last year after Creativation, Tanesia, Katie and I got together at Room To Craft in Bothwell, Washington, for an afternoon of crafting, chatting and general catching up! It was so much fun and went by way too fast.

Ok, enough reminiscing before I get all emotional about how hard it’s been since Covid hit. So, the new release is amazing and I have some fun things to show off, as well as a couple of cards.

The first thing that grabbed me, which should surprise nobody at all, is the Rainbow Layering Stencils! Ok, these are rather genius and so easy to use! There is also a coordinating stamp set AND diecut set for these, but they work really well on their own as well.

I made two backgrounds with these fun stencils, using inks from Concord & 9th, in Buttercup, Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Eggplant, Honeysuckle and Marmalade. With a small army of Life Changing Blender Brushes, pre cut card bases and some washi tape, I got to work.

My first attempt I might have been a little bit too gung-ho on, and I didn’t line up the bottom of the rainbow arches perfectly, but eh, it still turned out fab.

This one I made really dark and rich, and finished if off with a diecut banner stamped with the sentiment ‘Just wanted to say you always make me smile‘. I did use a Mini MISTI to make sure I got the sentiment on relatively evenly spaced out and properly stamped.

The banner itself is propped up with some foam tape and that was that. No bling, if you can believe it!

On the second panel, I went in with a very light hand for a more pastel look. I also added some clouds before, which I didn’t do on the first one. When I was happy with this one, I stamped the Awesome Human stamp in the middle of it, with black ink.

All around it I used the Summer Sparkles embeltiments that comes in the Summer Blooms kit, which is still available in the shop!

There is also a YouTube hop today, celebrating the new release, so hop on over to THE VIDEO HERE, if you want to check out some more fun inspiration and the rest of the goodies I got. You can also win a $25 gift voucher to Trinity Stamps shop if you enter the giveaway over there, all the info can be found in the description box under the video.

For the YouTube video, click on, or look for, this thumbnail. If you are not into videos, you can hop along on Instagram where we are doing a hop as well. You will be totally spoilt with inspiration and amazing projects, so make sure not to miss it! You can find my Instagram page here.

Right, that’s it for this post. I will be back later today with another blog hop. Please don’t be mad, sometimes it can’t be avoided that there are lots of posts on the same day.

If you shop the new release using the compensated affiliate links I have sprinkled all throughout this post, I will get a small commission from the companies directly, at no extra cost to you. All earnings from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram, and now also towards the ‘future crafting shenanigans forever craft room’ as hopefully we will buy a house in the next few months! Keep your fingers crossed for us as we have put in an offer on one and are waiting to hear back, so it’s a super exciting/anxious time.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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)

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

Hi guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WOW! Embossing New Release YouTube Hop!

Hi guys!

Today’s blog post is going to be quite quick, because the real action is over on YouTube where I’m hopping along with the WOW! Embossing design team to show off a new release of glittery goodness. There are two new trios, Toteally Awesome and Summer Scoop.

As well as two coordinating embossing powders to the new Catherine Pooler inks: Deck The Halls and Cranberry Sparkle.

Oh, and a glow in the dark powder called Galaxy Glitter!

Right, so I’m going to skip to my cards now. I made two, using a mix of the colours in the Summer Scoop and Toteally Awesome trios. On my first card I used a diecut from The Stamp Market called Color Block 1, on white card stock.

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The triangles I popped out and set aside the frame for later. I picked two colours from both trios, as there were eight triangles, and started by covering them with Embossing Pad ink. I did two of each colour, and then set them with the heat tool.

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With all triangles done, I glued down the frame to a card base and then added the triangles in. The background was done, and it was time to add a sentiment. I cut out a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, that says ‘thinking of you’, four times and layered these up. On top of this, I heat embossed White Twinkle, to make it nice and sparkly, like the rest of the card.

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The second card is done with Painted Dots Turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th, and the same embossing powders as the first one.

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With the help of a MISTI and a Turnabout Jig, I stamped the pattern with the Embossing Pad and did one colour at a time. I only added the powder, I did not use the heat tool in between each one. Not until all of the pattern was stamped and covered with the embossing powders.

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With that background done, I grabbed another Concord & 9th stamp set, All The Birthdays, to create a sentiment. I used the big Happy and stamped it up with the Embossing Pad and used Razzleberry, from the Summer Scoop trio. It didn’t look overly opaque, so I did it again and then covered it with Clear Gloss on top.

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With black ink I stamped up ‘birthday’ on a very slim banner, and this I added to the Happy banner. The final thing to do was to add it to a card base and layer up the sentiment banners, and the card was done.

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With that, I am done for the day but I hope you get a chance to hop over to YouTube to watch the video. There are prizes up for grabs in case you need an extra incentive!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this blog post, at no extra cost to you. There are also some links to other products used, that are not affiliate links, for your convenience.

Concord & 9th Feature Friday Colour Spectrum

Hi Concord & 9th fans!

Today is the last Feature Friday of the month of July, and the theme is Colour Spectrum. Which basically means another excellent excuse to use ALL! THE! COLOURS!! It is no secret that I fell head over heels for the Assorted Cardstock and the ink pads.

I’ve got four cards to share today because yet again, I could not stop the all rolling, once it started. Eh, it happens. More often than not, in my case, but whatcha gonna do? I did make a video for this post as well, you can find it over on my YouTube channel.

The first two cards are very clean and simple cards, which are starting to come so much easier to me. Maybe because there are so many colours on them thanks to the coloured cardstock? That seems like a reasonable explanation, as usually I feel like keeping things clean and simple is such a struggle for me.

First things first, I used the Tall Types Tagalong Dies and cut out the rainbow out of all the colours, except Dove, Mushroom and Wheat. After separating out all the pieces, it was time to build rainbows! With the help of a ready made card base I placed them where I thought they should go, and then picked them up with some Press’n’Seal. I added some liquid glue to them all and placed the white card base on top, pressed down, turned it over and removed the Press’n’Seal. Ta-da!

Because I had enough rainbows to make another card, I did just that! The idea was at first to only make one card like this, but as mentioned before, the ball was rolling so I went with it. Next time I think I’m going to use the balloon and make a birthday card, and then the star to make a congratulations card. Oh, so many possibilities with this fun Tall Type Tagalong set! I also L-O-V-E the Tall Type Alphabet and Tall Type Number dies. (As seen in the top photo in this post)

In order to keep the cards clean and simple, because I really could have gone over the top, I simply stamped a sentiment with Dove ink on white card stock and cut it down to a slim banner. Both of the sentiments are from Tiny Tagalongs stamp set.

I had such a strong urge to add sequins to both cards, because you know.. Hi, I’m Erica and I’m a over-sequin-izer/sequin addict. It was quite card to keep the sequins away because I really do think it would have added a little extra pizzazz to them.

The second two cards were so fun to put together! Thin strips of the coloured card stock were cut with a paper trimmer and then adhered to a thin sheet of paper, in colour order. Again, leaving out the neutrals.

On this rainbow-licious panel I used the Say Hello die twice, so I had two almost identical Hello’s. I also cut out a thin Hello out of black and white card stock. This Say Hello die has a coordinating stamp set, and you can get them both in a discounted Say Hello Bundle.

There were a few little bits and pieces that fell out as I used a tape runner, rather than double sided adhesive sheets. Which would have been a smarter idea. Once that was fixed, I adhered the rainbow Hello’s and the white and black ones on top. These were then adhered to white card bases.

From the Hey Bestie stamp set, I stamped up one of the sentiments, in Mushroom ink, directly on top of the cards.

Again, I really wanted to add some sequins to the cards, but managed to resist the urge! That feels like a major win, and even The Man was impressed I kept them sequin-free. I do think there will be a heavily sequin-ized card coming up in the near future, lol!

Well, that is it from me for today. I want to extend a big, huge thank you to Concord & 9th for having me for this month, I have several other blog posts and YouTube videos for the Feature Friday posts if you missed those. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, most of them to Concord & 9th of course, and then some to some other companies I’m affiliate with. If you use these to pick up a little something-something for yourself, I might get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and keeping my Instagram fresh and fun for you.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here with me. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Hobbies And Pastime Youtube Hop!

Today’s post is part of a fun YouTube hop, Hobbies and Pastime, where we are sharing videos of our hobbies with you guys. You can find my video HERE.

I have focused on coloured card stock and diecutting for my video and this post, as I love using coloured card stock for a pop of colour and texture.

Here are a few cards made with coloured cardstock for another blog post.

Because I absolutely detest fussy cutting, I consider die cutting one of my favourite techniques ever. For these fun bits I have used every single colour from the Assorted Cardstock pack and a sweet word diecut. This Happiness die is from Neat & Tangled, it is sadly no longer available *insert dramatic wailing here*

The coloured card stock is from Concord & 9th, and I used all the colours in different ways. A fun and quick way to add card stock to your backgrounds is to simply cut strips of it and adhere to your card base. A little hack to get the rainbow sun rays look, is to use PostIt tape, washi or other low-tack tape to keep the strips in place while you add your liquid glue to them. In the video you get to see how I do it.

One of the die cutting sets are also from C&9th, called Hexagon Label Dies and I used it here to add both some dimension and a sentiment, without stamping, to the card.

I made two cards with the rainbow sun rays look, one on a white card base and one on a black one. On the white one I didn’t manage to fit all the colours in, but on the black one I did. Every single colour in the card stock pack.

Each one got a Happiness worddie added to it, as well as a coordinating sentiment. This stamp set is also no longer available from Neat & Tangled, but you might get lucky and find it somewhere else. The sentiments are stamped up with Mushroom ink to keep the look soft.

I have also added a generous amount of sequins, even for me, to each card. These are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

I have listed all the products, and some coordinating products, I have used for these cards with compensated affiliate links below. If you shop using these links I get a small commission directly from the company it’s affiliate with, as a thank you for directing you to the shop. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into running my blog, YouTube channel and keeping the content free and fun for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration in this post and video and will try some of these for yourself. Don’t forget to check out the video and the rest of the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th shop 

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Hexagon Label Dies

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Hey Bestie Bundle

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Hey Bestie Stamp

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Big Coloured Cardstock Bundle 

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Assorted Cardstock Bundle 

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Ink Pad And Cardstock Bundle

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Ink Cube and Assorted Cardstock Bundle

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Ink Pad Bundle

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Ink Cube Bundle 

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Neat & Tangled Shop 

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The diecut is no longer available from N&T, sadly. 

Studio Katia Shop

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Crystal Clear Fusion mix

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The links below lead to Ellen Hutson

Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Color Focus!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is another Concord & 9th Feature Friday, and this week we all had to pick two colours each to focus on. My two picks were Ballet Slipper and Cranberry. Which might come as a surprise given how much I’ve been loving my teal and aqua colour combos recently, but I really do love these two colours.

The Ballet Slipper pink is such a soft, romantic colour and for my project for it, I decided to go for a CAS look. Lots of white space and some gold splatters were the perfect accompaniment to keep the actual pink in focus. I used the Lace Leaf stamp and coordinating diecut and started out by stamping the shadowy bit with Ballet Slipper directly onto a white card base.

Slightly off-centre from this, I stamped the Lace Leaf. First with Ballet Slipper, and then on top of that, once more with the Embossing Pad from WOW! Embossing. I used Clear Gloss embossing powder to make the Leaf image stand out a little bit more but still keep the pink in focus.

I used the ‘Grateful’ word die, that is part of the Lace Leaf coordinating diecuts, and cut it out of white card stock four times. The top layer is cut out of a piece that had the shadowy bit of the stamp stamped up with Ballet Slipper on it. This is a fun way to make your word die a little more interesting.

To finish off the sentiment, I also heat embossed ‘for you’, from the stamp set in the bottom right corner. This is done in gold embossing powder. One last finishing touch was to splatter some water colour gold all over the background, and with that the card is done!

For my Cranberry project I have used both ink pad and cardstock, as well as my beloved Tall Type Alphabet dies and Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp.

First, I stamped up the Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp on a panel of Cranberry card stock, with Cranberry Ink! It looks so freaking fabulous with that perfect tone-on-tone colour. The MISTI and the Turnabout Jig makes turning so easy.

Using more Cranberry cardstock, I cut out the letters needed to spell out ‘I love you’ with the Tall Type Alphabet dies.

I also cut them out three times out of white card stock and layered these up with Lawn Fawn liquid glue adhesive. The O in the middle of ‘love’ is the heart from the die set.

The letters I placed on the card, using more liquid glue but it needed a little something else. It wasn’t quite right. The solution was to make the sentiment say ‘I love you more than coffee’, so I stamped up the ‘more than coffee’ from the Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp, on white card stock with Cranberry ink. Trimmed that down a little and adhered it to the ‘you’ part.

It still needed a little something else. At least I felt like it did. I mean, I am the queen of over-doing it so maybe not? However, I did add Glossy Accents to the coffee beans on the background and also to the heart diecut on the card.

Well, that’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check out all the other guest designers to see what colours they chose and what they came up with! As always, I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post, most are to Concord & 9th. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you if you support me by shopping with these links. I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Favorite Paper or Ink Technique

Hello, hello and happy Friday!

Today’s blog post is another instalment in the Concord & 9th Feature Friday series. This week we were challenged to show cards made using our favourite paper/cardstock or ink techniques. As most of you know by now, I do love me a colourful background. Yes, Siree, I do!

Ink blending is anther favourite of mine but for this post I am going to stick to mainly the card stock background one. To start with, I cut strips of the coloured cardstock into two different widths. Why not, eh, while you have your paper trimmer out??

The skinny cardstock strips, 0.6cm/0.25inches, I fanned out. To keep the pieces in place, I used PostIt tape, but low tack washi will work too. Add a little bit of adhesive to each strip, and add to a card base. I did put mine under my MISTI for a bit to make sure it dried flat and all the pieces adhered to the card base. Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess with sharp scissors.

Using the wider cardstock strips, these are about 1,25cm/0.5inches, I separated them into 2 piles based on colours that would work well together. These were then adhered to a card base each, and the excess trimmed off. If you use a lot of coloured card stock you can get a HUGE card stock bundle, with 12 sheets of each colour. If you prefer to try a small selection, get the Assorted Cardstock bundle, where you get 2 sheets of each. Then you can buy bigger single packs of the colours you end up using a lot.

The card with the skinny strips was finished with a simple sentiment from Hey Bestie, cut out with the coordinating diecut. The stamp is done with a mix of inks to create that marbled look. I used Buttercup, Sprout, Parsley and Aqua Sky. Of course I had to, HAD TO, add a generous sprinkle of sequins.

I love the simplicity of this card and the colourful background is my fave out of the three.

The next one I tackled was the darker one of the two backgrounds, and I used the gorgeous Swirls die on it to give it some texture. For the sentiment, I kept it simple again and stamped up ‘Hey Bestie, I love how we just get each other’ in Dove on white card stock. This is cut out using the small hexagon die in the Hexagon Label dies set. These two come in a Hey Bestie bundle too.

I did add some black and silver thread behind the sentiment, which is popped up with some foam tape, and that was it. Oh, and I did poke out all the little holes from the die, rather than keep them in. I like the little white polka dots added to the background.

The final card has a sentiment, and little details, added to it from the Crafty Turnabout stamp and coordinating die set. This, of course, also comes as a Crafty Bundle, if you know you want both.

All the crafty details are cut out of the coloured cardstock , except for the blades of the scissors and the painbrush binder, which is silver glitter card stock. The sentiment is stamped up with Mushroom and the COLOR bit is done with a colour each: Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Honeysuckle and Cranberry.

The sentiment block, the scissors and the paintbrush are popped up with foam tape and the rest of the details are adhered with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. A little bit of white Posca pen were the last little details on this one.

I love that sentiment, and it’s so perfect for us crafty people, isn’t it? A handmade card in the mail is like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Right, as mentioned in the beginning, I do also LOVE ink blending. It’s my jam! The first time I tried ink blending with these inks, I did not get very good results… BUUUUUT, I realised I had used the wrong kind of paper. So naturally, I tried again, and ooooh, what a difference!

This is Strathmore Bristol Smooth, and I got not very good results on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The packaging looks very similar but there is a BIG difference in the paper. The Smooth, is in fact, very smooth and the ink just glides on it. On the Vellum kind, I got a blotchy result and not very vivid colours. So take an extra minute to check the paper you are buying is the right kind, it will make a world of a difference!

The inks I used are Sea Glass, Aqua Sky and Oceanside and they are ink blended using Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I also added a little bit of gold splatter on it, because why not, eh? This is one of my other favourite things to do: Ink blending and adding texture by either splattering water or metallic water colours on top. I loved this combo so much, I made several backgrounds with them.

Okey-dokey, that’s it from me for today! I hope you found a ton of inspiration here and will try some of these techniques for yourself, if you haven’t already done so.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday Favourite Colour Combos

Hi guys!

Welcome back to more Concord & 9th fun-ness! Today it’s a Feature Friday and we are featuring our favourite colour combos. I have a blog post HERE showing swatches of the inks and card stock, as well as a YouTube video HERE.

First I have a card, with a bold combination of Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom. I’ve used both inks and the coloured cardstock for this card, and the Rainbow Wishes Bundle. You can get the Rainbow Wishes stamp set and Rainbow Wishes dies separate, if you don’t want the bundle.

I started out by cutting the rainbow bits out of the Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom card stock, and puzzled these around a little.

On a card base, I stamped the cloud image in the coordinating ink colours Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom on an angle.

In the gaps between these I also stamped up some hearts from the Rainbow Wishes set. I used the third ink colour in between the gaps, to create more contrast.

On the clouds, which come with the dies, I heat embossed the same cloud stamp in white to add more interest. With all these bits and bobs done, I puzzled the rainbows and clouds onto the background until I was happy. Then with the help of Press’n’Seal I picked up all the pieces, added liquid glue to them and simply adhered them to the background.

I nearly left it like this, but then I thought it needed a little something else. To fix it, I stamped up ‘You’re one of my favourites’ in Buttercup ink on white card stock. This sentiment is from Hey Bestie.

This I then trimmed down and adhered to the card. Then I decided to stop there. Although, I itched to add some sequins, I managed to step away and leave it without bling! *Insert gasps of shock here*

For my next project I used the new flower dies, Fresh Cut Flowers Edition 1 and Fresh Cut Flowers Edition 3. Again, I used Buttercup card stock, and also Grapefruit and Sorbet cardstock. For the leaves I used Sprout and Parsley.

All these bits and pieces I have puzzled together with liquid glue. Some are the same colour, some are mixed. I had so many pieces because I really wanted to play around and see what it would look like with some combos.

I ended up with two flowers, one has all the same colour on each level and the other ones has both same colour pieces and mixed bits. I used foam tape in between some of the layers to create height, like a natural dahlia has. The top one has three, or maybe even four layers of foam tape!

In this photo you can really see how high and dimensional it really is. The bottom flower is still lovely and dimensional, but holy cannoli, the top one really is lovely! If I may say so myself.

Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back with annoying frequency this month, harping on and on and on about these luscious colours. I’m not even sorry, lol!

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday part 3!

Hi guys!

I’m back with another Concord & 9th Feature Friday post today, and this week we have the Modern Frame bundle and Forever Flower bundle in the spotlight. I made quite a few cards with these goodies so I’m going to jump right in!

Recently I have been totally obsessed with making rainbow backgrounds, using coloured card stock, and I have ended up with some 20+ of them. Even when I use a few for projects, I end up making another couple just for fun.

Anyway, on my first card I decided to use one. With the help of my MISTI, I simply stamped ‘Thanks for being you, you’re amazing’ in black ink. This sentiment I put together using the words that come in the Forever Flower stamp set.

The sentiment is put together with a combination of the ones that come in the Forever Flower stamp set.

I also added the heart from the set, and to finish it off, I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

As far as sentiments go, this one is pretty lovely!

My second card is also using the Forever Flower stamp set, and also the coordinating diecut. Again, with the help of my MISTI (I would be lost without it!!) I stamped up the flower twice. I used the same inks, but in opposite order to create slightly different looks. The inks are from Catherine Pooler and are Limoncello, Tiara and Orange Peel.

I do like them both but my favourite is the one with the lighter centre.

First I did Limoncello all over, then I added some Tiara and finally some Orange peel. To soften the edges of the colours, I dabbed the two darker inks onto the stamp with a Life Changing Blender Brush. I then cut them both out using the coordinating diecut and set these aside for the time being.

In order to make the colours really pop, I decided to stamp up the Brushed Stripes background with black ink, directly onto a card base. It took a couple of turns with the MISTI to get a good coverage, but that’s the beauty of the MISTI, right?

After cleaning up the background stamp I popped the card back into the MISTI and stamped up the sentiment. This one is from Modern Frame stamp set and I did it in a mix of Tiara and Orange Peel.

The next couple of cards have used the same diecuts, from the Modern Frame dies, but in different ways. The frame die itself cuts out an actual frame, and then also the shape inside the frame. Does that make sense? I hope once you see the cards it will become clearer.

This one is using the negative cutout from the Modern Frame diecut set. There is no stamping involved at all.

I started out by cutting out the Modern Frame out of linen textured card stock, in a range from light grey, to black, to dark blue and light blue. It doesn’t photograph very well, but the texture really gives it a luxury feel.

This photo is taken in direct sunlight so you can really see the texture.

Because the shape of the Modern Frame isn’t a perfectly angled hexagon, but rather slightly wonky, I had to layer the pieces up on the card stock with some white space between them. Originally I wanted them to be touching and completely covering the card base but I actually really like how it turned out!

The final touch for this one was to cut out the ‘Hello’ from the Forever Flower diecuts. Once in gold mirror card stock and three times in white card stock. These are then layered up and simply added to the card and it was done.

This card is using the actual Modern Frame cutouts, layered on top of each other, as a focal point.

This card came together easily with the leftover Frames from the last card. I just arranged them in colour order, placed them on top of the card base, then covered the whole thing with Press’n’Seal to keep the pieces in place. After turning the whole thing over, I added some liquid glue, Lawn Fawn’s glue tube, to the pieces and then pressed it back onto the card base.

A simple ‘Happy Birthday’ in black ink on white card stock, trimmed down to a slim banner was the only other thing I added. So easy, right? This would work well as a masculine birthday card, I think.

The next card is also using one of my striped background pieces and the entire Modern Frame bundle.

This time I cut out the Modern Frame diecut out of gold mirror card stock, twice. I also did a lot of the foliage in the same card stock. The flowers are from the same colour card stock as the background has in it.

I should perhaps have used a background with lighter colours in the middle, as that’s where my sentiment was going to go. Memo to self for future use! This sentiment is from the Modern Frame stamp set.

After faffing about with the layout for this one, I did the Press’n’Seal trick again and turned it over to add the liquid glue. This trick works so well, and saves so much time!

With ready made background, this design can be adapted to the recipient with different colours and sentiments.

The final card is using the Forever Flower bundle, both the stamp set and the coordinating diecuts. On mint coloured card stock, I stamped up the Forever Flower in Mountain Mist and then added a little bit of Volcano Lake to darken it a little. These inks are from Altenew and come in a bundle called Sea Shore. They come both in big sized Oval pads and Mini Cubes.

On the card base, I stamped up the dotty stamp in Mountain Mist all around the edges to give it a patterned paper look. After I trimmed down the flower panel with the help of a stitched rectangle diecut from Lawn Fawn, I ran it through my diecutting machine again. This time with the ‘dear’ word diecut from the Forever Flower diecut set.

I also cut the ‘dear’ out of Sticky Note, Sunflower, Mermaid and Peacock card stock. With the extra colours I paper pieced the letters in to make it colourful. The ‘hello’ is cut out of Mermaid and Peacock and layered up slightly off-centre and then adhered at an angle above the ‘dear’.

A few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished off this card!

With that, I’m all done here today and with this month’s Concord & 9th Feature Friday posts! Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me. I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration here.

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Thanks again for stopping by. Have a Happy Friday and weekend! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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