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)

Ardyth’s 3k YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

Today I’m taking part in a YouTube hop to celebrate my crafty friend Ardyth reaching 3000 subscribers! Congratulations, it’s so well-deserved! If you don’t subscriber to her channel yet, you are missing out. She’s amazing! Check out her video and channel HERE.

There are prizes from some fabulous sponsors too and there are about 20 odd stops on the hop so you have lot of chances to win! All you have to do is leave a comment by the 18th of October.

If you want to skip right to the YouTube hop, go to Ardyth’s blog for the full list of participants, prizes and rules.

For my card, I have used a stamp set from Ellen Hutson called Mondo Peony. I love this big, bold flower! It’s just lovely. It’s stamped up with Inkon3’s copic friendly ink, Blackout Detail Ink on Neenah #110 Solar White card stock. I went dark pink for the colouring and you can see some of it in a time-lapse video in my video over on my YouTube channel.

The background is easy and fun to create. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped up the two leaves from the Mondo Peony set towards the top the panel. Which is Bristol Vellum paper and it’s done with Inkon3’s Embossing ink. Before I did that, I used my anti-static tool very generously all over the paper. After stamping up the first two leaves, I swapped the panel around and stamped them again on the other side. I sprinkled WOW! Embossing powder in Opaque White all over these and set them with the heat gun. After checking the placement of the leaves in relation to my flower, which I should have done before stamping them really, I realised they would not show very well. So I stamped up another two and heat embossed them in white too.

Armed with my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and some green Distress Oxide inks, I chose Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn, I went to town with ink blending. I covered both the background panel and the two extra leaves. Once all done, I cut the leaves out using the coordinating diecuts.

These were a bit too big for the background though so I cut the leaves apart and with the flower as a guide, I placed them on the background where they would fill in the gaps. I have finally gotten ahold of Press’n’Seal and used this for the first time to pick up the flower and leaves! With that whole shebang turned over, I adhered a flower sized piece of foam sheet that I had cut out using the coordinating diecut. Once that was secured in place it was easy peasy to adhered that to the background. Which I had also fixed to a card base at this point.

Sentiment wise I used one of my staple stamp sets: Birdie Brown’s Greetings Galore from MFT Stamps. I heat embossed it in Metallic Rich Gold from WOW! On black card stock and cut it out using a small banner die from the Blueprint Dienamic set. This was quickly adhered with more Glue Tube adhesive. If you can’t find that particulate BluePrint dienamic set, I can recommend the Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn instead. They are another staple of mine and I use them all the time.

I could have stopped here but of course I didn’t. I added a very generous sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with the help of the Glue Tube from Lawn Fawn. I actually toyed with the idea of adding Glossy Accents to the card too but finally managed to rein in myself and step away, lol!

That’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Have a Dinomite Halloween!

Boo!

I know it’s a bit early for trick or treating but I simply could not resist making a few Halloween cards with the super adorable little dinosaur from the Dinomite Halloween set. This one is from the Essentials by Ellen September release. If you missed my big news (eeep!) that I was a guest designer for Ellen Hutson in their release hop, check out that post HERE.

For these cards I have done my usual thing of using the same stuff, but changing up colours and add-ons for different looks. I will link all the products I’ve used at the bottom of this post, as well as throughout, in case you want to grab one or two.. or five… (no judgement!) for yourself.

As I knew I was going to do some ink blending on both of the cards, I started out by cutting out two 5.5″x4.25″ panels out of Bristol Vellum card stock. After using my anti-static tool on both of them I placed them in my MISTI, and then added the images I wanted from the Dinomite Halloween set as well as the Booyah set.

I’ve used Embossing ink from Inkon3 on both, and Arctic White embossing powder on one and Black on the other. After setting these with my heat-gun, they immediately look different!

I’ve used Distress Oxide inks for the ink blending and the rainbow-a-licious Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. They are so pretty and colourful, I’d love to have a set just as decoration in my craft room! But that would be crazy… right? You can also use the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios.

Ok, back to the cardmaking! On this first panel you can see how it looks right after the ink blending is done. From top to bottom I’ve used Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. The white embossing isn’t very white at all, is it? This used to bug me so badly until I realised I can just wipe it off, lol!

To begin with, I gently rub an old kitchen towel over the images and then I go over them again with a very lightly wet paper towel. It makes such a difference!

On the panel with the black heat embossing I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserve. I think it would have looked better with more reds and not have the Seedless Preserve on it but oh well.

You would think it wouldn’t be necessary to do it on the black heat embossing but I did, and it really made the images pop!

My first dino was coloured purple. I’m not really a big fan of purple for myself but I LOVE purple dinosaurs for some reason. This one got a few accessories done too. I used all the markers in the photo to do the colouring, although the Cool Greys I used on the hat, his tummy and freckles are not pictured.

The second dino was done in bright teal and yellows!

Once I had all my images coloured in and cut out, using the coordinating Dinomite Halloween designer dies, I set about putting the cards together. After pairing up accessories and adding the dinos to the cards I decided to also use the Boo & Treat word dies to add one final flourish. I cut them out of both white card stock and black to see what looked best.

Originally I thought about layering these up but it just didn’t look right. I’m not sure why as usually I love that look. Next I tried adding some colour to the bottom of the white. It’s just a little bit of leftover Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade inks on the brushes. I didn’t even need to add more.

In the end though, I used the black Boo on one and the black Treat on the second card.

It turned out so fun with the mix of heat embossed sentiments and images and the added diecut word. Plus I love that little mask for the dino too!

I think the choice of black Boo & Treat diecuts was the right one. They just pop a bit more, don’t you think? On this card I also added a bunch of pumpkins to cover up the larger candy corn image. Again, just to change things up a little bit without making any drastic changes.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you decide to pick up a few of these fun Ellen Hutson goodies, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop. Every little helps and any money I make goes directly to the running of this blog, my YouTube channel and giving you all fun and creative content. Thank you so much for your support in keeping my dream going, I really, really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Ellen Hutson September Release Blog Hop!

Hi, hey, HELLO!!

Today I am super excited to be taking part in a blog hop celebrating the newest release from the amazing Ellen Hutson! You should have come here from the incredible Kelly, and the next stop on the hop is Michele. The full list can also be found at the bottom of this post as well as on the Ellen Hutson blog.

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As soon as I saw the Space Out set I just knew I had to make an outer space card. I mean, how can you not?? It just so happens that I had a whole load of galaxy backgrounds already done so I picked my favourite out and set that aside for this project. It’s water coloured using the 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colours and had some shimmer added to it with White Gold from the Starry Color palette.

On Copic friendly card stock, I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 Solar White, I stamped up all of the Space Out images with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail ink. Then I started colouring. I have a video up on my YouTube channel featuring some of the colouring, but only in a time-lapse as I’m still limited to only 15 minute videos.

With all the images coloured in, I cut apart the coordinating dies and cut them all out. I only ended up using the space rocket and the flames for this card in the end but next time I need an outer-space-themed card, I have lots of fun images ready.

The card base is also Neenah card stock as I like having a sturdy one. Ain’t nobody got time for cards flip-flopping all over the place, right? I adhered the background to this with a TomBow Xtreme adhesive as it’s water colour paper. It’s been recommended to me and it’s pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty good.

To make the spaceship stand out a little bit, I cut out a piece of foam sheet using the diecut and layered the image up on this. I like having my popped up pieces on a solid foam tape base to avoid warping and bending. As the back is sticky, I adhered the flames to it and then added a little bit more adhesive on the back of the flames before adhering the whole thing to the card base.

To finish off the card I heatembossed one of the sentiment from the stamp set, ‘sorry I spaced’, in white on black card stock. A generous dusting with my anti-static bag before stamping the sentiment with VersaMark ink was done too, of course.

A few little final touches were added: Some Black glittery gel pen on some of the bolts and a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the spaceship window to make it look glassy. With that my first card was done but I had so many images left over I decided to make one more right away! (So much for keeping them, eh?)

On another pre-made galaxy background I used the Constellation Background to add fun texture, I arranged my little planets, aliens and other cosmos images.

It’s actually pretty enough as it is. A simple sentiment like ‘that was out of this world’ would be all it needed, really. But you know me.. I gotta go and add ALL the bits. Which lead to this:

This sentiment is so fun (Ellen is the queen of good puns!) and I popped it up with a little bit of foam tape.

The rest of the images are glued down flat with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. This card was super fast to do, as I had all those images and background already done. Just because a card is quick, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, right?

PRIZES!! Because that’s the best bit, right?? And there are some amazing ones up for grabs. One random and lucky winner will $25 to the Ellen Hutson shop and one will will the whole September Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter and be in with a chance to win, make sure to leave comments on each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, September 15th at 11:59PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Here is the full lineup of amazing crafters and you are bound to be totally knocked out by their creations so make sure you sit down as you hop along!

Ardyth
Emily
Kelly 
Erica <—– You are here——
Michele  <—–Your next stop!—-
Adelina 
Laurel
Carissa
Carolyn
Lisa
Mindy
Julie
Sandy
Therese

Brandi

Well, that’s it from me for today but thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here in order to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Mondo Peony Anniversary Card

Hi everyone!

Today’s card is especially made for a 20th wedding anniversary. It was requested to incorporate purple as the recipient loves it, as well as other bright colours. Yay for me as I like bright colours too!

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I immediately decided to make a huge card for this as it’s a very special occasion. The card base is 8.5″x5.5″, basically a whole sheet of card stock just folded in half. Go big or go home, right?

The stamps I picked out are the Mondo Peony Stamp set from Ellen Hutson, and it’s quickly become a bit of a fave, I’m not going to lie.

To begin with, I stamped up two of the big flowers with Blackout Hybrid ink, from Ink On 3, and then once more with VersaMark. I had my trusted MISTI on hand for this, of course. After the VersaMark ink, I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder all over them and shook off the excess. Then I set it with my heat gun. PSA: ALWAYS use your anti-static tool liberally all over your panel to avoid stray embossing powder sticking where you don’t want it.

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This is a technique I love using when water colouring and for these flowers I have used the 36 pack of Gansai Tambi water colours. The paper is Ranger Ink water colour card stock.

On the first flower I went quite dark and intense, with lots of highlights and lowlights. The second flower got a much softer look. The basic colour I used on both was no139 in the Gansai Tambi pack. I took my time colouring these as I wanted to have fun, as well as make them as lovely as I could.

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I also stamped up the rest of the flowers, as well as loads of leaves, with the same ink and clear embossing powder. The leaves I used green no53 and a little bit of yellow no40 to give as natural a look as possible.

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On the smaller peony, as well as the round one and the bud, I used a mix of no34, no35, no 36 and no37. I have a short little time-lapse video on my Instagram, showing part of the colouring I did on these flowers. It’s not showing the entire colouring though, I added lots more colouring after the video finished. In all honestly, it was a loud call of nature that could not be ignored, that stopped the filming. TMI, I know, sorry!

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While all the images were drying, I got some Distress Oxide inks out: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. These two I blended on the card base, using the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, towards the top and kept the bottom quite white. Over the green, I splattered gold water colours from the Starry Colors palette.

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That gold peeking out from behind the flowers and leaves just adds a little bit of decadence. It’s not so much that it takes away from the overall effect, but it’s one of my fave ways of adding a little something extra.

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When everything was dry and cut out using the coordinating diecuts, I used the card base as a guide where everything was going to go. Then using Post-It tape, I covered the flowers and leaves to keep everything in place. Once secured, I turned it over and covered the whole thing in foam tape. I do love that stuff!

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With a bit of help from Altenew, I used a ‘happy‘ diecut and cut it out of Honey Gold matte satin mirror card stock. This fabulous card stock is from Tonic Studios and I’m a big fan. I also cut one out of black card stock and layered these up using the liquid gluetube from Lawn Fawn.

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To finish off the sentiment I heat embossed the word ‘anniversary‘ in Antique Gold embossing powder on a banner cut out of black card stock. This is Black Licorice from Lawn Fawn. The banner diecut is Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips from MFT Stamps. This is a staple for me, I used these all the time.

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For the ’20th’ I used a mix of Lawn Fawn number diecuts, Louie’s 123, and the Bottlecap Letter dienamics from MFT Stamps. I did the same thing I did with the ‘happy‘ diecut, I layered the cutouts with black card stock to make them pop a bit more and everything is glued together with the gluetube liquid glue from Lawn Fawn.

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With that, the card was done! Happy 20th wedding anniversary to Sissy and Giorgios!

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I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, and the rest are just for your convenience if you want to pick up any of the supplies I have used for this card.

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica