Picket Fence Studios January 2020 Release!!

Happy New Year and Happy Release Day from Picket Fence Studios! I’m currently in Phoenix, AZ, at Creativation and this month’s release is a little bit later than usual for this reason. The release is being introduced at Creativation so if you are here, come by the Picket Fence booth and say hi. I will also be doing the Make And Take in the Stamping Village, if you miss me in the Picket Fence or Ink On 3 booths.

This first release of 2020 is ginormous, as in GINORMOUS!! Over on my YouTube channel I will be showing off all the stuff and then make a couple of cards. As you do.

The cards I made for today’s post are made with the Barberton Daisy and A Bride’s Bouquet. Both are water coloured, but with different mediums, and came out total opposite.

The A Bride’s Bouquet card is heat embossed in Metallic Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing. First the Canson XL water colour card was treated with an anti-static tool (I like the bag kind) and then I stamped the image with the WOW! Embossing Pad with the help of my MISTI.

Once that was set with the heat gun, it was then coloured in using InkOn3 Atelier Ink re-inkers and one ink pad. I don’t have the Twiggy Brown re-inker yet so I used the ink pad to get the brown needed for the string around the bouquet and for the cotton buds to get some shape. The main colours are Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green and Peacock Blue. The green and blue I added together to get more depth and detail to the greenery.

I tried going for a soft, elegant look but, in true Erica-style, managed to mess it up at the last minute by adding too much Marilyn Red and Marigold Orange to some of the flowers. I tried dabbing it off but it’s still a bit too colourful for what I had in mind. Oh well, I will just have to try again!

To soften the look and add a spring-time feel, I have also added a soft green shadow around the bouquet. The final bit of ‘colouring’ was to add a touch of Liquid Pixie Dust on the cotton buds. It’s a wedding bouquet after all, the name A Bride’s Bouquet makes any guessing work totally redundant, lol.

The second card, with the Barberton Daisy stamp, is wild and colourful! The idea was to make something that definitely doesn’t exist in nature and I’d say I’ve achieved it, lol!

I stamped up the Barberton Daisy with Black Hybrid Ink on Canson XL water colour paper. I used the MISTI to make sure I got a good solid imprint and then coloured in the image using Daniel Smith water colours.

When the Daisy was colourful enough, I decided to splatter it with dark grey paint. Just to really drive home the abstract look I was after for this one. It’s one of those creations I’m not sure about if I’m totally honest. The finished result is actually wilder than I pictured it! Crazy, right?

To finish off the card I picked a sentiment from Seriously, Literally, Always.

I heat embossed the sentiment ‘You are an absolutely positively amazing human being’ in Opaque Bright White embossing powder from WOW! Embossing on black Licorice card stock from Lawn Fawn. I trimmed the strip down and glued it down flat with the glue tube, also from Lawn Fawn. I love that stuff!

Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back tomorrow with more cards from this release!

If you want to check out the full release and perhaps pick up a thing or seven for yourself, THIS LINK will take you directly to Picket Fence Studios. I have used compensated affable links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company associated with that affiliate link, if you shop using these. Affiliate links never add any cost to you, ever, but the revenue they bring me helps run my blog and YouTube channel. You also help me strengthen my collaboration with the companies the affiliate links are associated with, and that’s really great for me. Thank you so much in advance if you use mine when shopping!

I also have a video up on my YouTube channel, in case you missed that. CLICK HERE to go there.

Thanks for stopping by, 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

 

 

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

Friendship cards with Altenew’s Mega Succulent, two different looks!

Hello friends!

I recently got my greedy little hands on the absolutely gorgeous Mega Succulent from Altenew and I couldn’t wait to ink it up! I started out by stamping it directly onto a card base of Neenah Classic Crest 110 card stock, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After consulting my Sandy Allnock Copic hex chart I grabbed V17, V25, BV11, G21, G43, G82 and YG91.

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It took me quite a while to get the whole thing coloured, shaded and highlighted where I wanted it. It is a labour of love to colour this stamp with Copics but I’m really pleased with how it came out and as I really like colouring it’s no biggie that it takes two days to do one image. If you want to see more progress pictures like this one, hop on over to my Instagram feed HERE and have a look/browse/get inspired or avoid a mistake I have just made.

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As I had coloured the stamp directly onto my card base I decided to just add a big impact diecut sentiment wise. I got another new one in the same Altenew craft haul as the stamp, the ‘thinking of you’ and it was perfect for this. I cut it out of both foam sheet and Black Velvet card stock from Tonic Studios, layered them up and added them to the card front.

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I could have left it there but nooooooo…. I looked through my selection of Nuvo Jewel Drops, also from Tonic Studios, and after deciding on Key Lime, I added lots of little dots along the petals of the succulent and set the card aside to dry.

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As it was a beautiful sunny day, I decided to do another one, only in water colours this time. On Canson XL water colour card stock, which I first used my anti-static tool on, I stamped the Mega Succulent again, in VersaMark ink this time. The embossing powder I decided on, after at the last minute switching from white, was Antique Gold. This one is from Altenew and I really, really like their embossing powders. They melt beautifully and come in a great selection of colours.

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After rummaging around in my little box of Daniel Smith water colour tubes and consulting my colour swatch (if you want a little peek, click HERE), I settled for Spring Green, Undersea Green, Cascade Green and Phthalo Turquoise. Once I had dabbed a small blob of each one on my palette, I got all my supplies together and headed on outside to bask in the glorious sunshine whilst colouring.

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The finished flower ended up quite light and it looks lovely with the gold embossing as a contrast. Because I didn’t want to cover it up, I used the same ‘thinking of you’ diecut and cut it out of the panel. I did another one out of foam sheet (of course) and puzzled it all together onto a card base, to raise the sentiment up.

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For this card I resisted the temptation to add anything else, as I try to challenge myself to make very different cards using the same supplies. Some days it’s easier than others…

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means that I get a small commission directly from the company (Altenew, TonicStudios and Scrapbook.com) if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At no extra cost to you! If you choose to support me like this, please know it really means the world to me and every little helps.

Well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me today, I’m off to watch Sweden destroy England in the World Cup quarter final now (that had better happen or I will never hear the end of it from The Man!) Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Pretty pastels with WPlus9 for SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying summer!

Today’s card is made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Anything goes and the collaboration company is WPlus9. I love the flower stamps from them and the sentiments dies from SSS so I got to work on a friendship card.

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One of my absolute favourite stamps from WPlus9 is Kind Soul and I heatembossed this on some Canson XL water colour card stock, using Wow! Embossing powder Extra Fine. This embossing powder gets all the little details without clumping it up or loosing anything.

After I made myself a little sunworshipping nest outside on the lawn, I settled down with my clipboard for stability, Daniel Smith 240 dot chart and some H2O water colouring brushes. Colouring both myself i.e. tanning and the flowers, I laid there for hours in the late afternoon sunshine (with sunscreen on and drinking plenty of water) It was such a lovely way to spend the day.

Once I was done with the colouring I trimmed down the panel to 5.5”x4.5”, which is a bit bigger than the usual A2 card size but I just couldn’t bring myself to cut off the leaves… To make the card base, I used Lawn Fawn card stock in the colour Plum. I made it just .25” bigger than the flower panel, so that a slim strip of purple could frame the card on the left hand side.

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Sentiment wise I chose the ‘Miss you’ from SSS, it’s such a lovely font and I think it says it all when it comes to long-distance friendships. It’s always nice to be reminded that someone’s missing us, isn’t it?

 

 

I usually use foam sheet to raise up sentiments but for this one I decided to use the left over Plum card stock, and cut out two more which would be layered up to provide a base for the top part.

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To make it slightly more interesting, I stamped the Kind Soul in VersaMark ink on the card stock before cutting out the final layer. It doesnt’ show overly much, just enough to catch your eye and make you look a bit closer.

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Finishing off the card was quick and easy at this point: The flower panel got added to the card base, the ‘miss you’ sentiment was glued down in the top left corner and I also added a smattering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. And yes, this is perhaps a few more than you would call a ’smattering’ but I love sequins!

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Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the card! I have some fun news and things to share this month so make sure to stop by soon to find out more!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica