Concord & 9th Feature Friday Favourite Colour Combos

Hi guys!

Welcome back to more Concord & 9th fun-ness! Today it’s a Feature Friday and we are featuring our favourite colour combos. I have a blog post HERE showing swatches of the inks and card stock, as well as a YouTube video HERE.

First I have a card, with a bold combination of Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom. I’ve used both inks and the coloured cardstock for this card, and the Rainbow Wishes Bundle. You can get the Rainbow Wishes stamp set and Rainbow Wishes dies separate, if you don’t want the bundle.

I started out by cutting the rainbow bits out of the Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom card stock, and puzzled these around a little.

On a card base, I stamped the cloud image in the coordinating ink colours Buttercup, Peacock and Mushroom on an angle.

In the gaps between these I also stamped up some hearts from the Rainbow Wishes set. I used the third ink colour in between the gaps, to create more contrast.

On the clouds, which come with the dies, I heat embossed the same cloud stamp in white to add more interest. With all these bits and bobs done, I puzzled the rainbows and clouds onto the background until I was happy. Then with the help of Press’n’Seal I picked up all the pieces, added liquid glue to them and simply adhered them to the background.

I nearly left it like this, but then I thought it needed a little something else. To fix it, I stamped up ‘You’re one of my favourites’ in Buttercup ink on white card stock. This sentiment is from Hey Bestie.

This I then trimmed down and adhered to the card. Then I decided to stop there. Although, I itched to add some sequins, I managed to step away and leave it without bling! *Insert gasps of shock here*

For my next project I used the new flower dies, Fresh Cut Flowers Edition 1 and Fresh Cut Flowers Edition 3. Again, I used Buttercup card stock, and also Grapefruit and Sorbet cardstock. For the leaves I used Sprout and Parsley.

All these bits and pieces I have puzzled together with liquid glue. Some are the same colour, some are mixed. I had so many pieces because I really wanted to play around and see what it would look like with some combos.

I ended up with two flowers, one has all the same colour on each level and the other ones has both same colour pieces and mixed bits. I used foam tape in between some of the layers to create height, like a natural dahlia has. The top one has three, or maybe even four layers of foam tape!

In this photo you can really see how high and dimensional it really is. The bottom flower is still lovely and dimensional, but holy cannoli, the top one really is lovely! If I may say so myself.

Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back with annoying frequency this month, harping on and on and on about these luscious colours. I’m not even sorry, lol!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Happy Mail Has Arrived, Y’all!

Hi and welcome back to another day of revelling in the January release from Picket Fence Studios!

Today’s cards are made with the same products, only different colours and the final layout is slightly different. If you are familiar with my work, you know this is something I like doing. I’ve also made a video for my YouTube channel if you’d rather watch that, over reading a blog post.

To start with, I stamped up the Lots Of Mail stamp over a 4.25″x5.5″ panel of Neenah. I used the MISTI to begin with but for some reason, that was more troublesome than it was worth and I couldn’t even get the whole panel covered. The puzzling part of my brain was not connected and I had to use an acrylic stamping block to finish stamping, which was a bit nerve wracking! It worked out pretty good though so the second panel I did using the acrylic block.

As I wanted to do Copic colouring I used the Hybrid Black ink and then used my heat tool on the panels to set it properly.

One is done in blue/turquoise and one is done in red/pinks. Both are done in ombré. Or well, the blue one started out as ombré but then it’s an ombré up-side-down to finish it off as I ran out of blues, lol!

For a big splashy sentiment, I grabbed the Y’All word die, it has such a fab font! The Y’all word diecut shadow part has been cut out of black card stock, and then the actual words three times out of white card stock. These have all been layered up using the glue tube from Lawn Fawn.

Of course I needed a fun snappy sentiment to finish off the cards, and I heat embossed ‘happy mail has arrived’ in Opaque Bright White embossing powder on black card stock. This is from Peach And Piper Checking The Post.

These I trimmed down to slim strips and added to the card bases, then the Y’all were added on top, again using the glue tube.

With that the cards were done! I hope you have enjoyed this post and the cards. If you get a chance, hop on over to my YouTube and check out the video too. This design is one of the Make And Takes at Creativation so if you can’t be there in person, you can at least sort of get the experience by making this card.

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Lots of love and happy crafting y’all, from Erica

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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

MFT Sketch Challenge #407

Hello, hello! It’s Wednesday, which means a new Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps!

Today’s card is based on Sketch #407, which looks like this:

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I was torn between sticking to the sketch pedantically and use a star diecut and the Written in the Stars stamp set, for a star studded sky background. However, the sketch challenge isn’t about who can stick the the sketch the closest, is it? (And in fairness, I have been a bit of a stickler so far, right?) It’s about using your imagination so with that in mind, I decided to use the Perfect Poinsettia die-namic for the star shape.

Instead of using traditional colours for the flower, I went with dramatic teal and blues! Fun right? Oh and I used felt instead of paper too! There is an amazing selection of felt available from MFT Stamps and naturally I want all the colours. Full Set Syndrome strikes again.

To start with, I cut all the bits I needed out of the felt, using the Poinsettia die-namic and set those aside for assembly later.

As I was using non traditional colours for the flowers I decided to stick with the blues for the background too. For this I heat embossed the brand new BG Christmas Background stamp with WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder, on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock.

I used my anti-static tool generously on this before stamping it with VersaMark ink. When you have small text or intricate details, it’s a good idea to re-ink your VersaMark pad before stamping. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the stickiness for the embossing powder!

With Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon, I did some light inkblending on this piece to add an ombré blue look. Once I was done with the ink blending I gently rubbed a cotton towel over the heat embossing to wipe off the ink and make the silvery look of it shine. This is a great little trick and will make your embossing pop!

Blue and white look lovely together, but it can all kind of fade into each other if it’s not balanced right. To avoid this and to add some contrast and highlights, I decided on some gold accents for this card. Sentiments in an accent colour is a great look, I think.

The sentiment I chose is from another new MFT Stamps set: Hand-Lettering Holiday Greetings and I have heat embossed it in Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This strip is wrapped around the card and secured with double sided tape on the back. It simply says ‘Merry Christmas’.

It was a great start but I did feel like it needed a bit more gold so I got my fave MFT Stamps card stock out: Brushed Gold! It’s the most gorgeous gold card stock and the fact it’s brushed as opposed to mirror shine is just the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a go-to gold card stock, look no further. Right-y-o, what I was getting to is that I cut some of the Poinsettia leaves out of this card stock and added to the stack of bits to go on the card.

While I was at it, I also cut out the two stamens from the die-namic too. These two I layered up, gently bent the stamens upwards and set aside while I worked on adding the Poinsettia layers to the card.

First of all, I added all the Poinsettia layers together, without glue, to use as a guide for the leaves were going to go. Then I removed the flower and glued the leaves down. For the actual flower itself, I have done the biggest flower petal bit once in each colour and the smallest one I did two in the lightest colour and only one in the teal.

Starting with the darkest one, I layered these up on the card, making it a nice and big Perfect Poinsettia. The final flourish was to add the gold stamens to the middle and the card was done.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Alcohol ink obsession going strong still!

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is a sneak peek of my regular Monday post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. It’s another alcohol ink post because I’m STILL obsessed…  Good thing this kind of alcohol doesn’t have a reverse effect on the liver or I’d be in trouble for sure! (It probably would if you drank it though but please don’t try that theory out!)

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I recently made seven cards out of the panels I had laying around and thought I had made a good dent in my pile of backgrounds but it turns out that I had stashed some in another spot… Eight to be precise! Although I gave myself permission at the end of the last blog post to make more, I really had to put my foot down and say no to myself. Which is really, really hard! *insert whining and foot stomping here*

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Anyway, I grabbed three blue to light blue/aqua backgrounds and got to work. One of these is actually made with Copic markers and silver mixative. I adore how it came out too so I will definitely try that technique again!

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For all the details and products I used for these cards, head on over to the full blog post and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Lots of love from Erica