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!

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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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WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios Collaboration Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in an amazing blog hop!

WOW Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios teamed up for this one and I was so excited to be asked to take part. I adore both companies so this is was an awesome one to participate in!

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PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in.

Picket Fence  is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on THE POSTS. Winners will be announced the week of the 5th of August  on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studio Blog.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.

For my project I decided to use the gorgeous Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios. I have been going gaga for this stamp since the first time I saw it!

I thought it would look fabulous to heat emboss the stamp in Metallic Copper regular and then colour the flower in with Gansai Tambi water colours.

Instead of going for traditional and natural colours, I went wild and abstract. A rainbow peony, who knew it worked?

While I was on a big colouring streak, I added grey to the background in a reverse backlit kind of way. As in darker around the flower and then fading out towards the edges of the panel.

To finish off the card it needed a sentiment, but I didn’t want something too big that would cover up the flower. So I stamped up ‘You are so worth celebrating’ from Anything-But-Basic Birthday Wishes by MFT Stamps on a slim banner diecut and heat embossed that in Metallic Gold Rich. The sentiment banner was added to the card with foam tape and then trimmed down. With that, the card was done!

But apparently I wasn’t. I got a dark grey envelope out and heat embossed it with the Botan PeonyBotan Peony along the bottom. For this part I used Opaque Bright White embossing powder to make it pop.

That’s it from me for today, but make sure to hop along to see more amazing projects!

Here is the full list of the hop!

WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Picket Fence Studio Blog

Jo Herbert

Ilina Crouse

Ashlee McGregor

Susan Wymer

Karen Reategui

Ceal Pritchett

Verity Biddlecombe

Raluca Vezeteu

Angela Bode

Sidnie Knight-Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Erica A B Andersson

Jennifer Timko

Isha Gupta

Laura Sterckx

Judy Rozema

Jenny Colacicco

Rosali B.

Lisa Henke

Lydia Fiedler

Anna Wight

Jana Millen

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

 

 

Studio Katia Lovely Blooms cards, two different ways

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If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop with Studio Katia but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two: A trio of Birthday Cards and A Japanese Peony shaker card. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on and there are prizes to win, eh??

Those who know me, knows I love flowers and florals of all kinds so this Lovely Blooms stamp set was right up my street. I’m also a big fan of the aforementioned Japanese Peony and also You’re So Ranunculus from Studio Katia.

LovelyBloomsClearStamp_previewI used Canson XL watercolour card stock for this one and trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5”x4.24”. This watercolour card stock is lovely for a softer look and I like that it has some subtle texture which looks great once it’s coloured on.

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To make sure I got no stray embossing powder, I used my anti-static tool all over it first, then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed Ranger Ink clear embossing powder over it. I’ve not had great luck with black embossing powder in the past so when I want black lines, this is what I do. I have heard very good things about the Nuvo Black embossing powder but haven’t tried it myself yet.

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Using my Zig Clean Color markers, I coloured the flowers in with BRIGHT and vivid colours. I really wanted them to pop so I have used very little water to dilute the colour, rather using a lighter coloured marker to do the blending. The leaves are coloured with green markers, and once dry, I added some details with a white gel pen. I very nearly added details to the flowers too but decided against it in the end.

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The background needed a little something and as I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré at the moment, I did a black ombré look for it. This is also done with the Zigs. Even with all that drama added, I felt it needed something else so I splattered gold paint all over it. I used Light Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette and I use this one for almost all my shimmer! It has so many different shades of gold, you are spoilt for choice! It’s hard to photograph though, but I can assure you it’s very shimmery in real life.

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To finish it off it needed a sentiment so I heat embossed ‘Celebrate ….a little late!’ from the Birthday Greetings stamp set, in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a slim strip of black card stock, adhered it to the card with some foam tape and then added the whole thing to a card base made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock.

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My second floral card is pretty much the opposite of the first one. I heat embossed this one also but I used Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder for the Lovely Bloom stamp itself, which I had placed in the upper right corner on my Canson XL A2 sized panel.

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These I coloured in using Daniel Smith watercolours, both with H2O water brushes and normal watercolour brushes. I was very inspired by a birthday card I received earlier in the month, I love the colours on it and used that as a mood board for inspiration so to say. The hardest thing was letting the colours dry in between the layers in order to add some depth and highlights to the flowers.

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A simple ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment, from Blooming Bunch, was heat embossed in the same Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder in the bottom left corner to keep the card cohesive looking. I very nearly added a word diecut to it instead but The Man convinced me that heat embossing the sentiment was the way forward. And I think he was right!

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The card was finished off with a few Majestic Confetti embellishments, in different sizes, for a little bit of added interest. These are adhered using Multi Media Matte adhesive.

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Finally, the panel was added to a card base, again made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock. The adhesive I use when it’s water colour card stock, is TomBow Xtreme Adhesive Tape Runner, it is the best I’ve found so far but it is still not perfect. I do find that if I have used lots of colour or water on the paper, that nothing sticks to it super well. I am still on the outlook for that perfect adhesive so if you have a fave, please do let me know!

As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

 

Big bloom cards with Studio Katia stamps and gold accents!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is both part of my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team at Butterfly Reflections Ink as well as a bigger blog post with another two cards.

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I believe how quickly these 4 months on the BRI DT have gone and I have so enjoyed my time as part of it, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all with my posts there. If you are dreaming of being part of a no-drama, easy breezy design team, you should definitely apply to it. If not this time, next one!

I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland the last weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free. I am glad I made the most of the weather then as it’s since turned and it’s been raining on and off the last couple of days. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it. Here is a progress photo.

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Once I had coloured them all in and the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one for the first card and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps and I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

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On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

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My second card is done in a similar way, just a very different colour scheme and another technique. This flower is fushia pink, and I went with a dark grey card base and gold and turquoise leaves.

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I cut out more leaves out of the watercolour card stock and added some colour to them with Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Turquoise and Undersea Green and a water colour brush. Whilst those were drying I came up with an idea of adding some fun interest to the gold mirror card stock leaves! I got the Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and with a stubby water colour brush I dabbed some on the leaves and set aside to dry.

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Another idea formed whilst I was doing that, so I got the Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and dabbed that on the turquoise leaves too. I didn’t want it to be too “perfect” so the dabbing was quite random.

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The card base I ended up using is made out of Lawn Fawn Narwhal Card stock and I had both stamped a circular ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on it in black ink as well as done some ink blending on it before. However, I didn’t really like it so the idea came to cover it up with the flower and the leaves so I could still use the card base.

I used foam tape on the back of the flower and placed all the leaves around it but left enough space for the sentiment to show through. With a firm press down to adhered the flower and all the leaves to the card base, the second card was done.

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My third card is a bit different in that it’s loosely coloured as well as it being partially diecut, rather than completely.

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I wanted to keep part of the water colour card stock around the flower so I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle and placed the flower so it would be in the upper area of the cut out.

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I carried on with the diecut leaves and the water colouring of them, only I ended up using another idea. By placing the coordinating diecut for the flower in my BigShot slightly off the plate so it wouldn’t cut it all the way around, I ran it through.

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With the panel ready to be used, I mounted the back of it with foam tape and making sure the cut out bit of the flower was higher so I could slot my leaves in. To frame the  card I used Sticky Note Lawn Fawn card stock for the card base and adhered this whole thing to it.

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I kept the sentiment really simple by using Neat & Tangled diecut, called Hooray, cut out of gold hammered card stock. I didn’t even use foam tape for this one! Just liquid glue pen, which is great for all those little fiddly bits, and glued it down flat. With that, the last card was done.

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All three cards are made with the same focal stamp, the Thank you So Much from Studio Katia, and the same accent dienamic ‘Wild Greenery’ from MFT Stamps.

My BigShot got such a workout in the making of these cards, the handle fell off. A quick “surgery” later, it was fine again, thank goodness! I will be replacing it pronto as soon as it bites the dust for real though, a diecutting machine is absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Right-y-o, if you have managed to hang in there until the end, I salute you and think you deserve a cookie! I also need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links to Studio Katia, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps in this post, as I always do when possible. If you end up using one of these links and purchase something, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you chose to support me and my crafting journey this way, I really do appreciate it a lot!

With that, I’m off to convince my little chicas to go for a walk in the drizzle. Not sure how well that’s going to go down, we are not fans of rain in this house, lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

Out of This World, two ways!

Hi guys!

This is just a quick sneak peek of this weeks blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog, using the Lawn Fawn set called Out of This World. It’s got a cute little astronaut, planets, a rocket ship and some sweet sentiments.

I made two cards, one bright and vivid for a boy and one in pinks, black and gold for a girl. The girl card is a birthday card but the boy one can be for a special occasion like a graduation or something as it’s not ‘birthday’ specified.

To find out how I made them and to see more photos, pop over to my blog post using this direct link.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica