Bear Hugs For Kari #bearhugsfordad

Hi everyone!

Today’s card is featuring a card I made for my friend Kari. She recently lost her dad and is understandably heartbroken. On the day her dad passed away, she made a card for him with a bear on it. She came up with an idea to make 74 cards with bears to celebrate each year of his life. Such a sweet idea, but she needs help and that’s where I, and lots of her crafty friends, come in.

You, too, can help! Make a card with a bear of any kind, post on social media and use the hashtag #bearcardsfordad.

I decided to use an unBEARably cute (see what I did there?) bear from the Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set. This is from Avery Elle, and has a coordinating diecut set too. I teamed this bear up with another Avery Elle set called Rainbows, which I coloured in with Copics.

The bear was also coloured in with Copics, and then I used the coordinating diecut on him and the paws. I wanted him to poke up over the clouds, so I used the Rainbows stamp set to mark where the cloud would go. With scissors I trimmed down this bit to achieve the look of him coming up over the cloud. The paws were placed to cover up the corners to keep them down.

Sentiment wise I decided to go straight to the point with ‘bear hugs’ and I used yet another Avery Elle set called Simply Hugs, which comes with the backing/shadow part as well as a word die. I only used the word die itself, and cut that out of black card stock.

With All The Letters Dies from Concord & 9th I spelled out BEAR and cut that out of the panel itself. I popped these up with foam letters cut out with the same dies, and layered these up with the glue tube from Lawn Fawn.

I did add a little bit of clouds to the background with the Cloud Builder stencil from Pinkfresh Studio, and Sky Blue and Ocean Breeze inks. These inks blend amazingly well, even on Neenah paper, which not all inks do so that’s a major plus! I used Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the blending to get that soft look. The masking sheets I use are from Woodware, and they are my faves!

With all these bits and pieces done, it was easy peasy work to put the whole thing together and add that to a white card base. This card will be popped into the mail to brighten Kari’s day up, and to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Thanks for stopping by today, I did make a video for this for my YouTube channel as well as a reel on my Instagram account if you want to see the card making action!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence And My Sweet Petunia Collab!

Hello, hello!!

Today Picket Fence Studios and My Sweet Petunia, the genius behind the MISTI aka Most Impressive Stamping Tool Invented, are hopping to celebrate being fabulous. Or maybe it was just to collaborate with their amazing products? Either way, in my mind, it’s going to be a fabulous collaboration!! You should have come here from Karen and the next stop is Susie!

I should start this by saying ‘Hi, I’m Erica and I’m addicted to the MISTI’s‘ I am a totally self-confessed, and not ashamed about it, MISTI addict. I can not overstate how much this amazing tool changed my crafting world!

For my card today I have basically copied a recent card I made with the fabulous Botan Peony stamp, hands DOWN one of my all time favourite stamps from Picket Fence. I absolutely love it! On this one I stamped the flower at a slightly different angle and used a very different colour scheme.

This is a photo of how I coloured the images on that card I used as inspiration. To see the finished card, go to THIS BLOG POST or THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO.

As I mentioned, on this card I wanted bright colour and a real ka-pow! I went with a very un-natural colour scheme for this big peony.

My husband wasn’t sold on it at all and I must admit I had absolutely no idea how this was going to look like when I started. I had envisioned going deep teal at the bottom of the leaves but as you can see, that didn’t happen.

The above photo shows the exact markers I used, in order. The Botan Peony is stamped with the copic friendly Hybrid Black ink. After stamping it a few times with the help of my MISTI, I used a heat tool to set the ink a little before I started colouring.

I originally thought I’d use the Hello Word Die to finish off the card but after cutting out a few pieces and layering them up, I changed my mind. Instead I ended up using a previously made I Miss You Word Die piece, made out of gold mirror card stock and black card stock.

Once this was glued down with the Lawn Fawn glue tube I actually decided to leave it there. Yep, that means no sequins. *audible shocked gasps*

Well, that’s it from me for today. Now it’s time to hop along and see some more fabulous projects! Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog here in order to be in for a chance to win some prizes! The full line-up can be found below as well as on the Picket Fence Studios blog and the My Sweet Petunia blog if you get lost along the way.

Thank You Cards with The Stamp Market

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I have finally gotten my hands on some goodies from The Stamp Market. These poor lovelies have been held by the evil customs people here in Spain. It’s been weeks and weeks of testy, tense negotiations and in the end a very hefty ransom was paid. After days of waiting for the kidnappers to show up… wait, what? The postie, I meant the postie, came with my box of goodies but even with the delays that can be expected due to the Covid-19, it’s been a ridiculously long wait for these. The expediency of the Spanish authorities has a bad reputation, and this has been my first personal experience that shows there is a reason for it. Blah!

Anyway, enough whining from me. Happy chit-chat from now on! My goodies included the Color Crush inks, both the first lot and the Add On bundle(not seen in the photo), as well as the coordinating card stock. Lush! I also got both the Thanks and Hello background stamp, as well as the Hello stencil. The Jumbo Plaid background, the Pierced Plaid Cover Die, the Color Block 1 Die and Leaves Cover Die made it into the package too.

I started out by stamping the Thanks Background with Blackout Ink from Ink On 3, on Copic friendly paper. I had the help of my MISTI, as I always use it for all my stamping.

After consulting my hex chart, that you can find at Sandy Allnock, I picked out the markers I wanted to use. I picked out three to five shades of six colours and got colouring.

I had planned on putting some kind of f big, splashy sentiment on it but instead I covered all the letters with Silver glitter Wink Of Stella. It turned out so great I didn’t want to cover it up! Ayayay, what a dilemma!

I couldn’t decide what to do with it so I put it aside and started working on something else instead. Problem solved! I used the same Thanks Background stamp and MISTI, and then got all the new-to-me The Stamp Market Color Crush inks out! I used four different ink pads, per card, to create some fun colourful backgrounds.

On this one I used Melon Orange, Peach, Coral Reef and Cherry Kisses. I dabbed the ink pads on the stamp and tried to soften out the overlap by gently tapping a blender brush over the ink edges.

On the next one I used Citrine, Leafy, Cactus Green and Mossy Green.

For the last one I used Blush, Bubble Gum, Fresh Pink and Party Pink. I probably should have done Blush, Bubble Gum, Party Pink and then Fresh Pink. Or maybe not… I am not sure. More to try out, I guess!

Either way, I went with the backgrounds I had made and decided to use a lovely sentiment from Neat & Tangled. It’s called Typed Sentiments but sadly I think it’s discontinued as I can’t find it on the Neat & Tangled site anymore. The one I chose says ‘Thank you for being there’ and I stamped it with Blackout Ink on white card stock, then trimmed them down to slim strips.

On my Copic coloured background with the Wink Of Stella added to all the letters, the slim strip was the perfect solution. I still didn’t want to cover up all that colouring and shimmer so this worked out great. Sadly, my photography skills do not cover capturing shimmer. Which really is a shame as it is so shimmery! Something else to work on. *adding it to the list of ever-growing to-do*

The sentiment strips got added onto the cards with liquid glue from Lawn Fawn and then I added a few iridescent sequins with Glossy Accents.

With that the cards are done and I will for sure use this stamp soon again. I have all sorts of ideas and it’s bound to be very colourful and bright! What I didn’t realise when I ordered this is that there is a coordinating fill-in stamp AND diecut. GAH! Well, those have been added to my ever-expanding wish list as those are rather genius.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have found some inspiration here today.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday part 2!

Hello everyone and happy Feature Friday!

Today I am back with another blog post featuring the February release from Concord & 9th. If you missed the first one, where we focused on the Meadow Blossom bundle and the Brushed Stripes Background Stamp, you can find that post HERE.


The stars of this post are the Stitched Blooms Bundle and this month’s Turnabout stamp Blooms. The bundle also come as separate pieces, with the Stitched Blooms stamp and Stitched Blooms dies. The dies have a fabulous stitched pattern that is just gorgeous!


I have made quite a few cards with these goodies so let’s get to it!


My first cards is super simple and elegant, if I may say so myself. I simply used the Stitched Bloom diecut on white card stock, twice to get a full coverage. After heat embossing one of the sentiments from the Say Hello stamp set on a strip of vellum, I wrapped this around the panel and then adhered the whole thing to a white card base.


I wasn’t done with the Stitched Bloom diecut, and used it on a piece of water colour card stock. Then coloured it in with Atelier Ink re-inkers I had mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. It adds sparkle to the colours and look fabulous. It’s not the easiest thing to photograph properly, but I tried.


The colours I used for the colouring are Bee Sting Yellow, Marilyn Red and Goddess Green. I have a plastic palette where I’ve dripped a few drops of each colour, and into these, I added a drop or two of the Liquid Pixie Dust. By adding in the shimmer into the colours, I kill two birds with one stone and only need to do one bit of colouring! Genius, right??


This card I wanted to keep quite simple as well, to keep the focus on the pattern and the colouring. I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the Stitched Bloom stamp set. I used Rich Gold WOW! Embossing powder, but heat embossed it twice to get a nice raised texture on it.


I turned my attention to the Blooms Turnabout stamp next, and I went to town with stamping up some panels with different inks. All the inks I have used are from Altenew and naturally I had my MISTI for this part. On my first one I used pinks and light green. For the green I used only Bamboo, and for the pinks I used all four of the inks in the Cherry Blossom family. I have the Ovals but they also come in Mini Cubes.


My second panel was bright and vivid, with yellows and light turquoise/blues. The yellows are from the Pocketful Of Sunshine, these also come in Ovals and Mini Cubes as well. The blue/turquoise inks are Sea Glass and Ocean Waves from the Cool Summer Nights. Ovals and Minis as with all of them.


The last panel is more like a fabric pattern than ‘natural’ colours but I love how it turned out! I also tried something different with this panel and that was embossing three of the turns of the flower part with clear embossing powder.


The colours are from the Cool Summer Nights family for the leaves, and the flowers are done in grey from the Rock Collection set. I did the three lighter colours of the grey with the clear embossing over them to see what it looked like and it’s a really cool effect!


I decided to use the yellow and blue panel for the card though. To start with, I trimmed down the panel to 4″x5.25″ and adhered it to a light grey card base. To finish the card I needed something to go on top of it, but what?


I decided to stamp up some of the flowers and leaves from the Stitched Bloom set on coloured card stock. I used thecoordinating diecut to cut these out and then layered some of them up. I also cut out the ‘LOVE‘ out of coloured card stock, in coordinating colour scheme with the rest of the card.


With that, I’m all done for today but don’t forget to check out the other guest designers’ work on the Concord & 9th blog!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Quick and Easy Notecard Giftset!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a really quick one, showing how you can throw together some handmade gifts in a jiffy. Specifically a notecard gift set. With the help of a MISTI, these took no time at all.

You can make things easier for yourself and use the same colours but I wanted to mix and match here to show you different results. I also made a YouTube video for these so you can see for yourself just how quick and easy these are. I will make sure to upload that this week so keep an eye on my channel if you want to check it out!

I tried a few combinations before settling for using two shades of each colour. The darker one was used to stamp up the actual phone parts and the lighter one was used on the cord. Then I stamped up the sentiment ‘ I just called to say…’ in black, along with the little sound-effect stamp. Initially I was going to use Twilight ink, but it was a bit too light and on my second stamping I had managed to move the paper so it wasn’t very sharp. The first panel I saved by stamping the whole thing in black ink, and then I used black for the rest too.

In total I made 12, in different colours. I really wanted to put some sequins on them but as they are meant to be notecards I also wanted them to be as flat as possible. In the end I managed to corral the impulse to add sequins and kept them truly one-layer and super CAS/Clean And Simple.

Well, there isn’t much else to these cards at all. Like I said, super easy and quick.

Of course you can make them more layered and textured by using the diecut and build up the phone on your card. Or use totally different colours for a wild contrast. The world is your oyster!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here and if you wanted to pick up some of these new goodies, I have used affiliate links in this post. Affiliate links do not cost you anything extra, instead the company pays me a small commission directly. It also helps strengthen my collaboration with the companies I am an affiliate with, so thank you for using these links when you shop. I really, really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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12 Weekends of Christmas part 2

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Today’s post is the second instalment of my ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ series. If you missed the first one, click HERE to check it out. I’m also painfully aware I’m cutting it MEGA close as technically there is only 25hrs left of the weekend here in Poland at the time of publishing…! But onwards and upwards, right?

I’m still on cardmaking as that’s what I need most of at Christmas time. The cards I made for this post are so easy to mass-produce, yet look like you have spent time and effort on them. Which everyone appreciates when it comes to handmade cards, right?

The first five cards are done with just stamping and the other five have diecut details added, but I’ve used the same stamp set for all ten: Filled With Joy from MFT Stamps.

Let’s start with the more simple design. I got ten white card based cut, scored and folded, then set five of these aside. I use Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock for a sturdy card base. Next step was picking out the ink colours and I’ve gone for Distress Oxide here: Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.

OBVI I used my MISTI for these, because #duh 💁‍♀️ Placing the ‘Joy’ stamp in it I worked my way through the colours. Although you may have noticed that the images are not ‘solid’, but rather brushed/streaky. You get this look by dragging the ink pad across the stamp instead of dabbing it. It’s a quick way to get a slightly different look to the traditional, solid stamped one.

I did this one by one, on all five cards, starting with Mowed Lawn. This is such a gorgeous green colour.

Moving on to Cracked Pistachio, I did the same thing, and making sure the stamp overlapped a little on the first green stamped image.

Before moving on to the Mustard Seed Ink, I let the layers dry a little as it’s a lot lighter.

As the fourth colour, Spiced Marmalade, is darker again, there was no need to wait before getting on with it.

It was the same with the fifth and last colour, Candied Apple. I did use my Lawn Fawn Stamp shammy in between each colour too.

To finish these cards off, I stamped ‘Wishing you and yours’ in black ink at the top of each card. This is one of the sentiments that are part of the stamp set.

Such simple design, yet full of impact thanks to the brushed look and different colours. They are also true one-layer cards, which is another thing I struggle with. I’m usually all about the layers and dimensions but when you have to post off lots of cards, it’s so much easier with flat ones so you don’t have to weigh them all individually at the post office or risk not putting enough postage on.

The next five cards are done quite similarly, with the same ‘Joy’ stamp, only I’ve only used the green ink, Mowed Lawn, and the red one, Candied Apple.

The green is both at the top and the bottom, and the red is closest to the middle.

The last ‘Joy’ is diecut, using the coordinating Filled with Joy Die-namics, out of Brushed Gold card stock, also from MFT Stamps.

To finish off the sentiment these all have a banner across it that says ‘Sending you lots of‘ to make it say ‘Sending you lots of joy’. This extra bit of sentiment is heat embossed in WOW! Embossing Powder in Metallic Rich Gold regular.

Most of the banners are done in black card stock, I mostly use Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice, as it’s a lovely smooth card stock.

But just to change it up a little, one is done in white. That one ended up looking nicer than I imagined and if I do more of these cards, I’ll do a few more with the white banner.

I toyed with the idea of heat embossing the last ‘Joy‘ in Gold Tinsel from Ranger but as it would have been done directly on the card base, I didn’t. I find that heat embossing more solid images warps the card stock, which isn’t a problem when you glue a panel down to a card base. However, doing it directly to the card base would potentially warp it so that it won’t stand up properly. And ain’t nobody got the time for that!

With that, I’m all done for today but thank you for stopping by. I know the blog has been a bit neglected recently but I’ll do my best to remedy that. Oh and, for your information, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. That means I will get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost to you, if you click on one of these links and buy yourself a little something… or seven. No judgement.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica (who just realised I have added all the photos before adding my watermark to them… Oy)