Picket Fence Studios September Release!

Hello, hello!

It’s the 14th, which seems to come along faster and faster once we pass July. Or is that just me? Well, time travel or not, it is release day from Picket Fence Studios and this month it’s all about the slim line stencils AND our new design team members! We are celebrating with a blog hop to introduce them and this month’s release in on fell swoop.

A blog hop wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway, and there are TWO $50 gift vouchers to the Picket Fence Studios shop up for grabs! All you have to do is leave a comment, and the more stops you leave comments on, the better your chance to win! Winners will be announced on the Picket Fence Studios blog on Monday the 21st. The full blog hop lineup is below:

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Lydia Fiedler

Lisa Tilson

Ceal Pritchett

Susie Moore

Michelle Lupton

Angela Bode

Sara Sherlock

Judy Rozema

Becky Roberts

Karen Reátegui

Erica A-B <———-YOU ARE HERE

YOUR NEXT STOP——-> Ilina Crouse

Larisa Hohman

I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing the stencils and these finished backgrounds. You can find that VIDEO HERE.

There are five slim line stencils and I did my usual thing where I started playing, and then couldn’t stop! I had so many ideas to try out and some worked better than others, and in the end I had thirteen backgrounds! I’ve used a generous amount of Pixie Spray on all of the stencils to ensure crisp, clean lines.

The ones I am probably the least happy with are these two, below. I tried different ways to use the Slim Line Radial Stencil. On one I did a grey copic background first, then ink blended some Distress Oxides over it with the stencil. It didn’t work as well as I hoped but gave a grungy, dark look which will work well for Halloween cards as the stencil could be seen as spider web. Inks used for both are Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

On the second one I used the left over ink on my Life Changing Blender Brushes to create a less spooky look, by using a white card base. If you stop back in tomorrow, I will show you what I did with these backgrounds. Even though I wasn’t overly happy with them, I made them work!

Another way I used the Slim Line Radial Stencil was to make a sunset/lava heat look, by only using yellows, oranges and red Distress Oxide inks. I started with Squeezed Lemonade in the middle, next was Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Barn Door. It’s so easy getting the smooth coverage and blending with the Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After lifting the stencil off the first project, I spritzed it with water and placed another panel on top to create a soft water colour look with the leftover ink.

Then, of course, I had to do a rainbow colour wheel. Because why not, right?? This Radial Stencil was just begging to be colourful. I used a couple of sheets of acetate and PostIt Tape to mask off the areas I didn’t want to get ink on. Using Distress Oxide inks again, I used from 12 o’clock and clock wise: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron.

I also used two of the new Paper Glaze colours with this stencil! The colours used for both these are Artemisia Silver and Boysenberry Violet. One is done on white card stock and the other one on Black Satin card stock from Tonic. One of my bottles of Pixie Spray was running out and it ended up coming out very thick, which strangely ended up looking like thick spiderweb on the stencils. That made the Paper Glaze go a bit messy in certain spots.

Next up was the Slim Line Leaf Stencil! I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn on both these, but in different ways. To create the shine, I used Texture Paste Gloss from Ranger.

On the first one, I ink blended the inks on the whole panel, the used the Leaf stencil and added the paste, to create a shiny pattern.

On the second one, I mixed the Paste with the inks to colour it, and then used that on a white piece of card stock. This would also look fab using the green Paper Glazes.

The Slim Line Floral Stencil is so dramatic and I really wanted to channel that drama, so I used the same Black Satin card stock from Tonic and Boysenberry Violet Paper Glaze. It looks FANTASTIC!!

Next up, we have Slim Line Broken Fence Stencil. With this one, I used a pre-ink blended background I made a little while ago. Inks used are Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. OF COURSE it’s done with Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After cutting down a panel, the same size as the stencil, I used Black Pansy, Artemesia Silver and Snowdrop White on top of the stencil and blended the colours from black to white, with the silver in the middle.

Last, but certainly not least, the Slim Line Dashes Stencil! With this stencil, I did a similar thing to the red Radial backgrounds. I ink blended on one panel first (with the colours in the photo, look above for links) then removed that before I spritzed the stencil with water and placed another panel on top to pick up the leftover ink.

We do have another rainbow, surprise, surprise! However, to take this up a notch, I placed the Dashes stencil back over the pattern, after the spritzing, and added Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K on top! It came out sparkly like a unicorn fart!!

So, whilst I haven’t actually finished any cards with these, I wanted to show the many, MANY possibilities with these stencils. A stencil really is a smart investment as you can do so many different techniques with them!

That’s it from me for today, I hope you enjoyed this very colourful post and found some inspiration here, and along the rest of the blog hop. If you did, and consider treating yourself to a few little things, I would be so grateful if you’d use my compensated affiliate links, in this post. They do not cost you any extra at all, and the company it’s affiliated with will give me a small commission as a thank you for directing you to them.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Fancy Kaleidoscope Stencil Cards, Multiple Ways!

Today I am back with LOTS of cards using the brand new Fancy Kaleidoscope stencil from Picket Fence Studios‘s June release. I do love a good stencil, and it’s possibly I went a tad overboard here but it just took off. I did ink blending, water colouring, ink smooshing and all sorts went on. Let’s get to it, shall we?

I did do a video too, which you can find over on my YouTube channel. I did forgot to film some of the bits, of course, like a total idiot. Oh well.

First of I sprayed the Fancy Kaleidoscope stencil with Pixie Spray and stuck it down on a big square of water colour paper. Then I grabbed my palette with Ink On 3 re-inkers in them. There are six wells, one each for Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. All of these are already mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust, this creates a shimmery water colour, which is fabulous. You can see this in action in the video.

The clean up kitchen roll piece is gorgeous enough on it’s own.

While I was cleaning up after the colouring, I thought, why not try a few things? My first attempt was adding more colour to the stencil and dabbing water colour card stock on top. This turned out fab but there was still colour left on it so I dabbed another piece on it, and this one turned out soft and pretty too. There was STILL colour left so I kept going! I ended up with four pieces in total, as well as a smaller one.

After finally cleaning up the stencil and my table, I did some ink blending as well. Because why not, right?? I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each one of the Atelier Inks I used: Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Peacock Blue, Marilyn Red and Marigold Orange.

With all these backgrounds done, it was time to make them into cards! The ink blended piece was quickly finished off with a sentiment from After The Storm stamped up with Black Hybrid Ink. I then went in with my Embossing Pad and added Glisten Changers embossing powder(this is a premixed powder with one part clear embossing powder to one part Glisten Changer powder) on top.

A lot of the cards were done simply, with sentiments in Black Hybrid inks. The above one is done with More Fancy Sentiments.

This next one is done with Do Not Take Any Shit. Which isn’t for everyone, but it’s solid advice for sure.

Here is More Fancy Sentiments again, only this time it’s heat embossed in gold. This is Metallic Rich Gold from WOW!

This one is one half of the big piece from the beginning. I cut it in half and made two cards out of them. One I adhered to a piece of black card stock, only slightly bigger than the background piece, to frame it. Also to coordinate with the Best word die, that’s also partly cut out of black card stock.

The other half was adhered directly to a white card base. In hindsight, I should have done the black backing card stock too. It just frames the background so well. The sentiments are both from BFF Girl Gang, stamped up with Black Hybrid Ink on white card stock and trimmed down to slim strips.

One final card was done on a background piece done with the Atelier re-inkers as water colours. Here I used the stencil and Paper Glaze in Snowdrop White. The sentiment is from Charles The Chameleon.

Well, that’s it from me but amazing how many different cards you can get out of just one stencil, right? This one, Fancy Kaleidoscope, has quickly jumped into my faves!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here and will try one of these techniques for yourself.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Flutters & Blooms release from Catherine Pooler

Hi guys!

Today is the day, the latest release from Catherine Pooler, Flutters & Blooms, is here!

There are several bundles to choose from but if you can’t pick just one, there is a Flutters & Blooms bundle available at a discounted price too.

As usual, I have gone nuts with the cards.. so many colour combinations and options! To start with I grabbed the Big Thanks stamp and ALL. THE. INKS! No joke.. I had almost all of my inks out and played with colour combinations and ombré looks.

My first card is made with two shades of each colour. This is easy peasy with the help of a stamping tool. I do love my MISTI’s. I stamped one colour per letter of the ‘thank‘, and then I masked off the area already stamped before moving on to the next one. When I finished with one row, I turned the panel over and did the same thing on the bottom part of the panel, but upside down.

The colours I have used are shown in the photo and are Limoncello, Tiara, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, All That Jazz, It’s A Boy, Suede Shoes, It’s A Girl and Party Dress. On the upside down K I used Coral Cabana and Rockin’ Red but I decided it was too dark.

To finish this card off I simply stamped the ‘you’ from the Big Thanks set in the middle with black ink. Easy peasy!

My second card is similar, but the ‘Thank’ is in the middle and I have used only blue shades of ink for it. It’s one per letter, and I did it the same way as the first one. Stamped one letter, masked if off and moved on to the next ink. From left to right: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Fiesta Blue, Suede Shoes and Juniper Mist.

On this one I stamped the ‘you’ at an angle under the Thank bit. I also added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents .

For the next card I have again used the Big Thanks stamp, but this time with three shades of green inks to create a bit of an ombré-ish look. I started out with Melon Ice, then Garden Party and finally a little bit of Lime Rickey. For this one I also added the extra ‘S’ from the stamp set.

This I then cut out using a rectangular stitched die, and added this to a white card base. With black ink I stamped up ‘For being you’ to make the sentiment say ‘Thanks for being you’. I did make a video for these cards, I’ll try getting it up on my YouTube channel as soon as possible.

I have also used the Boxes Of Blooms stamp set. All my cards for this release are very CAS/Clean And Simple. Or at least they seem that way to me as I really struggle with white spaces.

For this card I stamped up one of the images from the Outside Your Window directly onto a card base. I used Over Coffee and Icing On The Cake for this to create a wooden look.

The flowers are stamped up with Tiara and the stems with Lime Rickey. I had the help of my Mini MISTI for this as I’m rubbish at free-hand stamp layering stamps. The sentiment is also stamped up with Tiara.

While I had the brown inks out, I stamped up some of the flower boxes and cut these, and the flowers, out with the coordinating diecut. I adhered these to the card with some foam tape to raise them up.

Well, that’s it from me for today! I hope you enjoyed these cards and found some inspiration here. If you fancy a little something-something from this release, I have used compensated affiliate links in the post and below, for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. I really appreciate the support and encouragement this gives me so thank you in advance if you choose to support me like this.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Exciting news!! I’m featured in the MFT & Friends September 2018 Release!

Hello, hellooo, HELLOOOO!!!!

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I’m so excited about the news I’m about to share, I could explode!! I was contacted by none other than Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Stamps (EEEEEK!) to be featured on the September issue of MFT Stamps and Friends! Direct link to their blog post right here. I’m still slightly in shock about the whole thing but will try and keep it together as long as possible.

*eeeeep* (eh, what can I say, it is a really, really, REALLY big deal!)

MFT Stamps very generously sent me a gorgeous package filled with some of the goodies from the September release, to see the whole release click HERE, and I didn’t know where to start…! Talk about first world problems, right?? Well, after I had managed to stop hyperventilating from excitement, I went to the craft room and just played with the goodies for a while. I actually made quite a few cards but the first one I want to show you today is one that really shows my love for a good, bold and splashy diecut sentiment.

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After sifting through my stash of coloured card stock and settling on a pink-red colour scheme I gave my poor, old BigShot a good workout and cut out the Happy Birthday script die-namic sentiment in six different shades of the pink-red car stock.

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With a fine-tipped glue pen I adhered all the pieces together in a red to lightest pink order, six in total. It made a nice, thick and chunky sentiment and if you look close enough, you can see the ombré look it created.

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Despite already having six layers, I decided to add a white layer and then finish off the whole thing with silver mirror card stock to really enhance the ombré look.

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It took the sentiment from a ‘niiiiice’ to a whole new level! The close up looks really raggedy though, with all those little bits and pieces sticking out…! Lol! Macro photography can be very unforgiving.

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As the sentiment is so wow on it’s own I tried making it quite a CAS/Clean And Simple card. Usually these kinds of cards are not my forte but I have been doing better recently. However today, was not one of those days… I decided to do a light ink smooshing background for this card, using some Distress Oxide inks. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar got smooshed on a sheet of acetate and after adding some silver shimmer spray and a few drops of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink refill, I dipped my Ranger Ink water colour card stock panel in it.

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The idea was a good one in theory but honestly, the smooshing got the better of me and it went from ‘let’s do a light pink cloud-like look’ to ‘pink all over the place-look’. Oh well. It ended up being a lovely background for the sentiment anyway as the red layer is at the bottom and sort of gives it a ‘shadow’ so it stands out a bit better.

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Once I gave up on the CAS idea, I got my sequins out (I use PPP Sparkling Clear Mix the most) and added a generous sprinkling, using Glossy Accent. It IS a birthday card after all!

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A quick adhering job later, both for the sequins and to add the whole thing to a card base, the card was done! Mirror card stock is notoriously difficult to photograph but I really do feel that it takes it up a notch. What do you think? Which one is your favourite out of these two looks?

I spent a great deal of time over-thinking things and stressing this way and that about the card, as from a first glance it can come across as quite plain and almost boring. Just being real here! My husband actually had to peel me off the peak of Mount Anxiety because I was whipping myself into a right frenzy! Thanks for that by the way, my love.

BUT I do like cards that make you look twice and realise there is so much more to it than you first realised, and in the end I am happy with how it came out.

To chill out and just have some fun the following day, I got the Fall Friends stamp set out and stamped up the girl sitting on the pumpkin as well as lots of leaves. I love colouring leaves! Spreading out on my desk with my Copic hex chart, all my Copics close to hand and some good music I coloured away for hours. It’s such a brilliant stress-reliever. Plus it is so much fun!

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Using the Fall Friends coordinating dienamics, I cut out the girl and a shape out of foam sheet, as well as all the leaves. I played around with these for a bit and wouldn’t you know it? A card idea came to me and I thought why not go for it?

For those who might wonder, I store my foam pads in 2”x2” coin pockets as I don’t have enough Mini Ink Blending tools to have one for each colour. It’s an inexpensive way to store your pads when they are not in use and I’m planning on adding little Velcro dots to the back of the ink pads to secure the pockets too.

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Using the Mini Cloud stencil (I use this so much, it’s such a staple for me!) and yellow-orange-pinks and red Distress Oxide Inks, as well as quite a few Mini Ink Blending tools, I blended a colourful autumnal sky background. The inks I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. 

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With the help of a couple of die-namic sets, Blueprint 27 and Blueprint 29, I cut the background piece with a rectangle scalloped edge and a cute little banner, on which I stamped ‘With gratitude’.

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The background piece I adhered to a white card base, made out of Neenah 110lbs card stock, using… *drumroll* …foam tape!! Yes, very much still addicted to that stuff.

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It felt like the girl needed to be framed in order to draw the eye to her and some kind of wooden look was also needed, to balance out all those leaves.

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I decided to use a dark brown patterned paper that look like woodgrain from a discontinued patterned paper stack called Trail Mix (it pays off hoarding that stuff! Check out MFT Stamp’s current selection HERE ) and the middle sized diecut from the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I did my usual trick of cutting it out of foam sheet too to add a uniform and stable base for the patterned paper piece.

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Once I had all my various bits and pieces done, it was time to do the layout-puzzling. It took a few tries but I’m really pleased with how this came out in the end and I hope you like it too!

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All the products I have used for this card are linked to the MFT Stamps store, for your convenience and I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. Using these links will not cost you any thing extra at all, but will earn me a small commission paid by MFT Stamps if you buy yourself a little something using them, so thank you in advance if you choose to support me in this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you to My Favorite Things and Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the fun, I’m so grateful and really appreciate the chance you took on me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica