Exciting news!! Introducing the Card Makers Success Summit!

Hi guys!

I have something exciting to share today, and it’s been long in the making.

It’s so totally outside of my comfort zone, and it’s taken a lot of head-scratching, wailing against the technology vendetta that has definitely amped up against me as well as push me way past what I ever thought I would volunteer to do. Without further ado, let me introduce the Card Maker Success Summit hosted by Stamp Me Some Love aka Brandi Mahon!

It’s a free online card making event taking place in a couple of weeks! It kicks off on Facebook on the 14th and then the 15-18th of July it’s class, after class, after class of fabulous creators and so much inspiration. This year’s Christmas card making will be such a breeze with all these ideas!

Registration is officially OPEN for the Card Maker Success Summit!

This summit was created to help you develop a game plan for your holiday card making project. Think ‘Christmas In July’ but on steroids!

There are 25+ incredible speakers, teachers basically, with topics ranging from Ink Blending to Interactive Cards, and everything in between. I’m both terrified and excited that I am one of the speakers!

It’s going to be 4 action-packed days that you won’t want to miss!

Click the link below to learn more and get your free ticket. Who’s excited?!

Register FREE for the Card Maker Success Summit now!

See you there!

Thank You Cards Aftermath Of A Facebook Live!

Hi guys!

This week I was roped into doing another Facebook Live session in the Stamp Nation FB group. And by ‘roped in’ I mean volunteered, lol! This has become a fun way to play with the new release and I hope we will keep doing it! The Flutters & Blooms release will be available tomorrow!

I used the Big Thanks stamp set and made so many panels ready for cards, with the help of almost all my Catherine Pooler inks.

Before the event I had already stamped up a few and even made one complete card, but then *SHOCK, HORROR* I ran out of tape runner! Oh, the drama! I have some liquid adhesive but I don’t like how it warps the card stock so I just set aside all my panels until new tape runners arrived.

Each one has three shades of the same colour family to create the Thanks, stamped in a sideways ombré way. This is so easy with the help of a MISTI, which I am totally useless without. On each new colour I have gone over the ink-line with a blender brush to soften it, as I didn’t want hard, harsh lines where the new ink came in.

Yellow: Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel

Orange/Red: Bellini, Coral Cabana, Rockin’ Red

Pink: It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia

Blue: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Teal: Mint To Be, Aquatini, All That Jazz

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey

During the live I tried some other colour combinations and one that was a total surprise was the Unicorn Hair one! This combo I sort of stumbled into by seeing the shades on the stamp from doing other colours. To create the look, I started with It’s A Boy, then overlapped that with It’s A Girl and then added a little bit of Be Mine to add some darker pink at the top of the stamp.

Another one that was a revelation was this one!

I mixed Limoncello, Garden Party, Aquatini, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush and it turned out so cool! Almost like an 80’s print, don’t you think?

The yellow/orange/red one was actually a mistake, albeit a happy one! I mis-remembered which colour I used on this and picked the wrong one.

It should have been Orange Peel but I used Mandarin Spice, which was a lot darker but gave the Thanks a great look! I finished this one off by stamping ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ in Rockin’ Red over the S.

As a lover of blue, I did another one in blue too but switched up the final colour. On my original panel I used It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed and then Suede Shoes.

I decided to use Juniper Mist on the one I made during the Facebook live session instead, and it actually ended up with some turquoise bits on it as well. The new one got the sentiment stamped up on it as well, with Midnight ink.

In between inks, the Stamp Scrubber from Picket Fence Studios, came in so handy! A quick wipe and the Thanks stamp was clean and ready for the next colour.

Well, that’s plenty enough jibber-jabbering from me. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. I would greatly appreciate it if you use my affiliate link to shop if you do like my work. They do no cost you anything extra and any earnings I get from these, go straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel to keep things fun and fresh for you.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and sane!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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12 Weekends Of Christmas Part 3

Hi!

Right at the nick of time I’m finally getting back on track with my 12 Weekends of Christmas series. Three months out of six ain’t so bad… right? (No, you are right, it’s rubbish. 50-50 isn’t a good result) So from here on out, it’s gonna be a few of these a month to make sure I hit my target of 12 posts before Christmas.

Today I have used the first ever item I bought from Concord & 9th, the Take A Bough tree die. As soon as I saw Angie making that first tree, I had to have it. HAD to. H-A-D to! I have made so many trees with it since my window will is overflowing. However, I haven’t made a single one in actual pine colours. How is that for ironic?

With the help of my marvellous Gemini Go diecutting machine, I got to work with three different shades of green card stock and the Take A Bough die. I made enough for two trees because why not?

After I had cut out all the pieces I needed, I used the Lawn Fawn gluetube to glue them all together. I use four pieces with the two biggest boughs to make a really thick and dense tree. When all the pieces were ready, I threaded them onto kebab sticks to make the two trees.

The base for the trees are slivers of wood, which I drilled holes into, filled with glue and stuck the sticks into. To make sure they stayed straight and upright, I held them in place while the glue set a bit.

There is a star die in the set and I cut out two pieces each out of gold and silver glitter foam. These two I glued together and added to the top of the trees, with more of the Lawn Fawn gluetube. With that, the trees were done!

I have got a YouTube video for the whole process too, if you want to check that out.

I have used a few compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you use these links when shopping. At no extra cost to you!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post, and the YouTube video, if you watched that.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

Flower mania with The Stamp Market`

Hi everyone!

Today I’ve got a card and a cute little gift card bag made with some lovely diecuts from The Stamp Market.

Recently I went a little mad and made a lot of flowers using the Beautiful Blooms Builder diecut. The paper I used is this gorgeous linen textured card stock, and I mixed and maxed colours to see what worked and what didn’t. Well, it all kinda worked so I ended up with a whole bouquet. Oh, and lots of leaves too.

Eh, whatcha gonna do? In my case, I ended up using almost all of them on one single card. Because who wants to be restrained?? Not this gal!

I had a watercolored panel already done, and it is in green colours which kind of worked as a greenery background. With the panel as a guide, I puzzled the flowers and the leaves together so they covered pretty much the whole thing.

To keep all the bits and pieces in the right place, I used PostIt Tape all over them and flipped it over. Next came the foam tape to pop up the whole thing from the card panel.

I left a little bit of space in the top left corner as I also had a fun ‘Dude’ diecut leftover from another project. To finish off the sentiment, I heat embossed ‘Keep going’ from a Simon Says Stamp set called ‘You got this’, in white on black card stock. On the back of this I added a bit of foam tape to pop it off the card.

Now, this is already a pretty busy card with all these Beautiful Bloom flowers but of course I couldn’t leave it like it was. I added a load of iridescent sequins in various sizes so they would peek out from under the flowers, with Glossy Accents.

Finally setting the card aside, I thought why not make a little something with the one leftover flower and some leaves. Or any excuse to use the Gift Bags & Tag Dies, right?

I cut it out of Ranger Ink water colour card stock and after putting it together, I heat embossed ‘Sending Lots Of Hugs To You’ in white on it. This sentiment is from the You Are My Fave Stamp set. To make it stand out a little, I added some pink colour to it.

When it was dry, I put together the flower and the leaves. These I added to the gift bag with foam tape too. Because why not, lol? I love how it came out!

I have linked everything I have used for these projects in this post in case you wanted to pick up something for yourself. I’m not an affiliate of neither Simon Says Stamp or The Stamp Market though, just a HUGE fan.

I also have a giveaway on my Instagram page, with a stamp set from The Stamp Market. Hop on over there to be in with a chance to win the gorgeous Diamond Design Background stamp.

And with that, I’m all done for today, thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Happiness Is Having You In My Life, Neat & Tangled

Hi guys!

I have a big post today with lots of die cutting, puzzling and glueing. My love for cover plates is definitely not fading, I may even be slightly addicted to them. The cards I made for this post are done in a very un-Erica colour scheme as I am trying to make sure I’ll explore new colour combos, even as I’m stuck in this torrid love-affair I’m having with the cover plates.

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My current favourite one is from Neat & Tangled and is called Inlaid Squares Cover Plate. There are so many fabulous Cover Plates to choose from over at N&T, another fave is the Falling Circles one.

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In my (rather large) card stock stash, I have some lovely linen textured card stock in loads of different colours and I used some in pale peach, apricot and latte colours. To compliment them I also threw in some Vanilla Malt and Ground Coffee card stock from Lawn Fawn.

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Then it was time to get cutting and puzzling. I love this process, and can be at it for hours. It’s great fun! I cut one panel each out of the card stocks I had chosen, giving my BigShot and the Inlaid Squares Cover Plate, a good workout, and then took the bits out and separated them into piles.

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I prepped two white card bases as well as two cream ones, using the Vanilla Malt card stock. Then I matched up all the bits and pieces to create the backgrounds, making sure I used all of them to create different, yet the same, patterns.

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To make things easier when it came to putting them together, I cut out panels of Sizzix Adhesives Sheets, it’s like double sided tape but die-cut-able… (is that a word? Well, now it is!) in the same size as the cover plates and added them to the card bases. Then it was a simple case of adding each piece and sticking them down, starting with the frame of the whole thing.

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To finish off the cards I used another stamp and diecut combo from Neat & Tangled, called Happiness. You can get the stamp on it’s own, and same with the diecut. Here I cut the Happiness diecut out of both Ground Coffee and Vanilla Malt (I really do love Lawn Fawn card stock) and made four sentiments with them, layering them up using both the positive and negative pieces.

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When it comes to those tiny, tiny pieces, it’s very handy to have the fine tipped Nuvo glue pen. The little heart I coloured with a red Copic marker and used the same glue pen to adhere to the sentiments. I did loose one of the little bits for a P and forgot to cut out a new one before I photographed the cards… Oops!

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While I had the Vanilla Malt card stock out, I also cut out four banners using the MFT Stamps Essential Fishtail Banner Strips and with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, I stamped ‘is having a friend like you’ on two and ‘is having you in my life’ on the other two. These sentiments are from the Happiness stamp set. If you want to get the new Distress Oxide inks, you can get them HERE (Scrapbook.com) or HERE (MFT Stamps)

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All the sentiment pieces were added to the cards with foam tape and I decided they didn’t need anything else, so I decided to stay away from the sequins. Shocker, right? lol!

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Well, that’s it from me for today but before I go I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links, to Neat&Tangled, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps, in this post. If you use these links to make a purchase, I will get a small commission from the companies directly, at no extra cost to you. If you choose to support me and my crafting journey by using these links, please know it means the world to me and that every little help.

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Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon and happy crafting!

Lots of love from Erica

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