Going ‘dotty’ over the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with some fun cards made with one of my favourite cover plates, Falling Circles, from Neat & Tangled.

These cards are not over worked, or over-thought out, just put together with the focus on the colours I picked. Navy, white and gold is a classic combination and I love how they came out.

The white and navy card stock was sent to me by Paper Mill Direct UK, without expectation to promote them, but I love how sturdy they are. Perfect for die cutting and card bases.

The gold card stock is from Tonic Studios, and this one is called Honey Gold. It’s a satin effect mirror card stock and comes in a variety of goooooorgeous colours!

After using the Falling Circles cover plate on all the card stocks, it was time to start puzzling. On the back off each panel I adhered foam tape so it was easy to get each dot to stick. This was done quite randomly. None of the three are exactly the same, which I really like.

Once all the panels were filled, I adhered them all to white card bases and set aside for now. As I’m running low on birthday cards, I decided to turn them all into birthday cards. For this I have used some other Neat & Tangled goodies: the Hooray diecut and a sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.

On banners cut out of the same colour card stock as the backgrounds, I stamped and heat embossed ‘it’s your birthday’. These banners are Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn and the embossing powder is Antique Gold from Altenew.

All the ‘Hooray’s are diecut out of the same navy and gold card stocks too. After matching these up, I glued these together with my Lawn Fawn glue tube.

This is a fabulous liquid glue and so useful when you need to make sure things are lined up in the proper place.

I used the same glue to adhere the ‘Hooray’s to the cards and double sided tape to adhere the banners and with that the cards were done!

This design can be switched up so easily by changing the colour of the card stocks you use. In fact, I have done quite a few in the past myself. Click here to check another trio out!

Before I go, I have got to mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I have linked all the products I have used for these cards, and if you click on one of these and end up buying something for yourself, I will get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO extra cost to you! I really appreciate the support and any money I make will go towards the running of my blog and to keep bringing you fun, crafty content.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you all soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello!

Today I’m unveiling a new series that I’m calling ’12 Weekends of Christmas’. The idea behind this series is to help me get ahead of Christmas crafting, and do a little bit each month rather than stress like a lunatic for a couple of months to get everything ready. If all goes to plan, I will have a new blog post in this series, the first weekend of the month for the rest of the year. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out but here we go!

Ideally this first post would have been about some cards that are easily mass-produced but are still lovingly handmade. If you don’t mind making the same design over and over, decide on one early and then make the bits for them when you have time. Then you can easily put the cards together step by step at a later date.

For today I have made three cards using some Neat & Tangled goodies. The main stamp set I have used is Beary Merry, along with its coordinating diecut. All three cards feature the bear, which I have coloured with Copics. One is with Warm Gray, one with Cool Gray and one with Neutral Gray. To give them all some personality their scarves are all done in different colours and different ways. I do love the stripy blue one the most, but then I’m obsessed with blues of all shades.

It’s nice to see the difference in the appearance of the colours next to each other like this, on the same image. To me, it’s a lot clearer that there are differences when you look at them like this, rather than on the colour chart. It might have something to do with the fact it’s on an image, rather than little boxes?

The first card I put together was this one. I knew I had to possess that Fa La La cover plate as soon as I saw it. My love affair with cover plates from Neat & Tangled is going nowhere fast and I don’t think it will ever fade to be honest. I’m also totally ok with that, lol!

As I had given the bear a teal/turquoise scarf I thought I’d use some nice metallic, textured card stock in a mint green colour for the Fa La La background. I have a metal shim pad from Lawn Fawn I use in my BigShot to get a good cut but if you don’t have one, you can simply add a sheet of paper between the plates to add more pressure and run in through your machine twice.

For this first card I also coloured in a penguin, a snowman and the cup from the Beary Merry stamp set and cut these out with the coordinating diecuts too. The bear also got a foam sheet layer cut out, to raise him up and add dimension to the card. On the bear itself I have doodled with a Colourless Blender marker to create a fur-like texture.

I have used one of the sentiments from the Beary Merry stamp set ‘Wishing you Holiday Happiness’ here and it’s heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. The speech bubble is also from Altenew, it’s from a diecut set called ‘Speech Bubbles’ and it has a fun coordinating stamp set too (which I don’t have).

When it came time to put the card together, the Fa La La background piece was first of all adhered to a white card base. I used my Nuvo glue pen for this to get glue in all the small spaces. When that was done, I placed the snowman and the penguin so that they would peek out from behind the bear and then glued them down using the same Nuvo glue pen. The cup was adhered in the same way, in the bear’s paws. As the foam sheet I use is double-sided it was a quick job of peeling that off the back of the bear and adhering him to the card.

The speech bubble was also adhered with foam, squares from Stix2 Anything and the final flourish for this card was a good sprinkling of Crystal Clear Sequins, from Studio Katia, in various sizes. I always use Glossy Accents when adhering sequins, for me that works best.

Card no2 is done the opposite way and is so CAS/Clean And Simple I nearly threw myself a parade! CAS is NOT my forte, no ma’am! I love the look but oh my goodness, when I attempt it myself I take the highway express right into Overthinking-ville.

This one was no exception. The only thing I knew for sure I wanted to do was do a negative diecutting thing where the surrounding area of the card is raised up and the Beary Merry bear is lower. I cant’ remember what this technique is called but do you get my drift? Well, so far so good. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

I toyed with the idea of doing some ink blending on the background but seriously had such a hard time to decide on what to do and not to do, I set it aside and coloured another bear instead.

Which lead me to card no3. I had only planned on two to begin with but things don’t always (read: ‘hardly ever’) go to plan in my craft room. I’m a very…. what’s the word I’m looking for here? Messy? Impulsive? Somewhat impatient? It’s a good trail mix of all three actually.

My third bear got more texture thanks to lots of dotting with a Colourless Blender marker, all three are finished off in different ways to make them a bit more individual. His scarf is also the only one that’s done with stamps (the snowflake from Snow Fun , another Neat & Tangled stamp set) and the colours I have used are the same ones I ended up using for the background. They are both Distress Oxide inks and the colours are Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I do love my blues!

For the background I blended the aforementioned colours using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and the Landscape Duo Stencil stencil from Neat & Tangled. The ink blending is done directly onto a white card base and I’ve overlapped the colours a little to create a fun pattern.

In the top left corner I stamped ‘Have a very Merry Christmas‘ in black ink. In hindsight, I should have heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of this to make it pop a bit more. I did add some Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose though.

This bear also got a blue present to hold on to and with a final splattering of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, the card was done.

That leaves us with the CAS card… I decided to stop over-thinking it and quickly cut out a banner (from Lawn Fawn, the stamp and diecut set is Home Sweet Home) and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in black in on it. This from MFT Stamps and the stamp set is called Greetings Galore, it’s a really versatile one with lots of great sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Years ago, when I was on the Studio Katia Design Team, I got a bag of these snowflake embellishments and I have been hoarding them as they are no longer available. But I pulled my big girl panties up, took a deep breath and dove into the bag. I added quite a few but I still think it looks quite CAS.

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With that I’m all done for this time, however I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you click on one of these and end up buying a little something-something. Using affiliate links is a great way to support your favourite crafters while shopping, without it costing you a single thing. How is that for a win-win situation? I’d also like to say a big thank you in advance if you choose to use mine when you shop, I really do appreciate it so much and it always gives me a huge thrill to see that someone loved my project enough to buy the products I used for it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Yes, even that CAS one in the end, lol!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

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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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Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer!

Hello, hello everyone and hello SUMMER!

We have gone from winter (it was minus degrees and snowing just a couple of weeks ago) to ‘oh, spring is coming’ to full-blown summer in what feels a matter of days! Temperatures were up to +27C /80-85F yesterday and today is another glorious day. In fact, I’m typing this up flat on my tummy on a blanket in the garden, with my pale pasty legs desperately soaking up some sunshine after the long months of being tucked away. Absolute bliss!

Today’s card is quite quick and bright. Perfect combo, isn’t it?

Recently I discovered Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and oh, I am making up for lost time! Yesterday I played around with a few of them and posted this on Instagram.

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With these, I’ve used Lemon Sorbet, Spring Green, Aquamarine and Peony Pink. I just smeared the mousses around a bit willy-nilly and kinda let it happen. I definitely I need more tools to help me get even better results. The palette knife I have is plastic and quite flimsy, and wasn’t able to drag the colours evenly over the card stock.

Right, anyway, once these were fully dry (I left them overnight just to be sure) I ran one of them through my BigShot with the Falling Circles cover plate from Neat & Tangled.

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As I only wanted to add some texture to the background I added a solid piece of foam sheet, cut to size, on the back of it and pressed down to make sure all the circles were where they were supposed to be.

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This whole thing I adhered to a cream coloured card base, made with Lawn Fawn Vanilla Malt card stock. I chose this colour rather than my usual bright white card stock as I thought it complimented the shimmer really well. For lovely smooth card stock, my go-to has been Lawn Fawn for a while now, but I’m very tempted to get the whole range of MFT Stamp card stock as well. A girl has got to have options, right?

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To finish off the card I used a stamp and diecut set from Neat & Tangled called Awesome and it sure lives up to its name. I adore these diecuts with the “shadow” bit to make the sentiment pop, and coordinating stamp and diecut sets have a big fan in me! I cut out the shadow bit in vellum and the actual word diecut in MFT Brushed Gold card stock, these I layered up using a liquid glue pen. To add some dimension, I also cut the Awesome bit out of foam tape and added this to the back of the vellum so it adds the height but doesn’t really show.

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I stamped up ‘Thank you for being’ from the stamp set, on a strip of white card stock and added that to the card slightly higher than where the ‘Awesome’ bit was going to go and once that was on there, the card was done! Super easy but quite eye catching with all that shimmer and some added texture.

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Well, that’s it from me for today but thanks for stopping by and I hope you all will have a fabulous weekend!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, to Scrapbook.com, Neat & Tangled, Tonic Studios and MFT Stamps. This means that I get a small commission from the company directly if you use one of these links to buy a little something-something for yourself and it won’t cost you a penny. What it does mean, is the world to me! Thank you in advance for supporting me and my little blog this way, I really appreciate it.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Neat & Tangled Falling Circles Cover Plate and vicious crafting circles = Crafty Drama…!

Hi guys!

I just have to say I’m absolutely B-L-O-W-N away by the response to my last blog post, my contribution to the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness movement that my dear friend Veronica put together with the help of some very generous sponsors and talented designers.

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I’m simply overwhelmed by all the encouraging comments, kind words and little stories people have shared. Absolutely amazing! You guys rock! If you haven’t seen it, click here to check it out. Also, hop along if you haven’t done so already but be prepared to be amazed!

One of the cards I made for the hop was this one, made with Neat & Tangled’s Falling Circles Cover Plate, lots of different shades of grey card stock as well as white and of course Neat & Tangled’s You’re Pretty stamp set. And a sequin or eight..

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I loved the way it looked so much I actually made another THREE! Yep. I am not known for being able to rein it in easily once I get on a roll. I experimented with glitter, metallic, matte and smooth card stock and also a way to get those circles into place quickly without too much fiddling. I actually came up with a pretty fast way too!

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The first card I made with white and gold glitter card stock. I do think white and gold is such a classy and elegant combination and I love how this came out. To begin with I ran a white piece of card stock through my BigShot with the Falling Circles Cover Die and then another time with gold glitter card stock. I added a piece of double-sided adhesive foam sheet, cut to size, to the back of the white panel after poking out all the loose pieces, then I added the glittery gold circles by placing the whole panel on top of the white one and pressing down on each circle. Easy peasy!! Done in seconds!

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I finished off the card by adding the panel to a cream card base, Lawn Fawn card stock in Vanilla Malt, and adding a sentiment that reads ‘Celebrate, it’s your birthday’. The celebrate bit is done with Neat & Tangled’s ‘Celebrate’ diecut, the ‘shadow’ part in vellum and the word die in MFT Brushed Gold card stock.

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The rest of the sentiment, ‘it’s your birthday’, from the Celebrate stamp set, is heatembossed in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a strip of white card stock and added to the card with foam tape. I could have quite easily added some sequins to the card, I am a self-confessed sequin-addict after all, but you will be super impressed to hear I resisted the temptation!

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The second card is made with the leftover piece from the first card, the glittery panel that was left over once I used the circles. I ran a piece of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock through the BigShot with the same Falling Circles Cover Die before doing my little trick again. That double sided foam sheet stuff is so addictive and useful! I love it!

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Getting the circles in was a piece of cake so that part took no time at all. Then it was time to think sentiment and card base. As much as I like white and gold together, I also adore black and gold so it seemed like a great idea to make a black card base (I used Lawn Fawn Licorice card stock for this) and keep all the other accents black too. On two separate pieces of the same Black Velvet card stock, I heat embossed ‘Hooray’ and ‘it’s your day’ from Neat & Tangled’s Hooray stamp set, with Altenew’s Antique Gold again. Using the coordinating diecut I cut out the Hooray and then another piece in foam sheet to layer them up. I may be a one-trick pony with this but I absolutely LOVE how this looks. I even like the little bit of white peeking out around it. It looks like an extra layer, which in my book is never a bad thing.

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The ‘it’s your day’ part was just trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. The Hooray bit was added to the card at an angle. I have no other reason here than ‘why not??’.

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The third card was made with the Black Velvet left over piece. You can see the pattern here, can’t you? I was unable to walk away from it and not use it… it was a vicious, crafting circle, lol!

For this card I decided to try something quite different though and instead of using a single colour for the circles, I decided to do a pink ombré look using a mixture of brushed metallic(Tonic Studios Burnished Rose), glittery(DCWW 6×6 glimmer stack) and light pink shimmery card stock I found in my stash. Very out there!

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In an attempt to break the “leftover cover plate vicious circle”, I cut strips of card stock and adding them as I went along, rather than doing one colour at a time. Imagine that, I would have ended up with another three pieces I wouldn’t be able to throw away…! I did end up with just some extra circles which I  added to the bigger circles on the card to add some dimension… without using foam tape. I know, right?? Shocking turn of events!

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As this card is all black, apart from the circles, I cut out the shadow bit from the Hooray die cut from same pink glittery card stock as some of the circles and the word die out of the Black Velvet card stock to add some pizzazz. I think it really makes the black Hooray stand out. For this one, I didn’t do the foam backing though.

The rest of the sentiment, ‘its’ your birthday’, is heat embossed with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder on black card stock and added to the card with foam tape.

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It’s no secret I am a big fan of Neat & Tangled, just in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, lol! Their new release is available later this week and it’s filled with adorable stamp sets and fun stencils and dies. Check out the sneak peeks if you haven’t already! Or don’t if you do not have any willpower this month.

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With this last picture of the cards lined up next to each other, I only have two last questions for you: which one is your favorite and what colour combination shall I do next??

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

As always, I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post ( to Tonic StudiosNeat & Tangled, MFT Stamps and Altenew) which means that I will get a small commission from the company directly if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At NO extra cost to you whatsoever! Thank you so much if you choose to support my little crafting bubble and I, this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

The other links in this post is just for your convenience as I love those products and have a reputation for being an enabler #SorryNotSorry about that!

 

2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop!

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Hi guys!
Today I am thrilled to be part of a fabulous blog hop organised by Veronica Zalis, with the focus on Autism as today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Almost everyone I know knows someone who’s either diagnosed with it, has a child or relative afflicted by it or is some other way affected by it.
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Many years ago, I worked for an organisation that offered respite care for families with autistic children and whilst I didn’t directly work with the children myself, I saw what a difference my co-workers made in the lives of these families. I also, as mentioned, know many families that have autistic children so when I was asked to take part in this blog hop, it was a no-brainer! Crafting AND raising awareness all wrapped into one? Yep, I’m in.
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There is an exclusive new stamp set from Taylored Expression Look With Your Heart
which will be available from today (25% of proceeds from the April sales of this set will go to the Autism Society) Sadly mine didn’t arrive in time for me to use it for this blog post, however I am sure I will use it lots when it does arrive though, it’s full of lovely sentiments and that puzzle die? C-U-T-E!
I’ve got two cards today and I have gone for one with multi-layered look as there are so many different “layers” to autism, it affects each person in a different way. The other one has a mono-chrome look using white and different shades of grey to represent the fact that autism isn’t a ‘one diagnosis fits all’ and it’s not a black or white diagnosis.
The first card is done with an alcohol ink background, a piece of foam sheet cut to size and Neat & Tangled’s Polygon Cover Plate die. I attached the foam to the alcohol ink piece and ran it through my BigShot. This whole shebang, minus a few of the tiles, I added to a black card base. Almost everything I have used for these cards are from Neat & Tangled.
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Those loose tiles I added to the card like they had been lifted up (which in fact they had) and then left behind. I added a sequin to each hole as well as each tile and then added the sentiment saying ‘We’re in this together’ from the Together stamp and coordinating diecut set, also from Neat & Tangled.
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The ‘together’ bit is heat embossed with Altenew Platinum Crisp embossing powder and the ‘we’re in this’ part is stamped with Altenew Tide Blue ink. I cut out the shadow bit with foam tape too to add another layer to the card.
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My second card was very fiddly but well worth it, I think!
First I used the Falling Circles Cover Plate Die on a piece of white card stock, and then also in light grey, medium grey and dark grey. To make things slightly easier for myself when it came to the puzzling part, I added some Sizzix adhesive sheet to the back of the white piece before filling in all the circles with the different greys. All I had to do was match up the right circle to the hole and press down!
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The official colour of Autism awareness is royal blue but I have not used any on this card at all, instead using the different shades of grey to symbolise how many different “shades” of autism there is depending on where the autistic person falls on the spectrum. I hope that makes sense?
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I stamped ‘You’re pretty!’ in an ombré look using Altenew’s Rock Collection inks and then added ‘Pretty awesome’ in black at the bottom. These sentiments are from the Neat & Tangled set ‘You’re Pretty’.

This look was so fun to create, I went ahead and made another three (..!) which you can find HERE. I decided against putting 5 cards into one blog because ain’t nobody got time for that, right?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that, if you choose to purchase something after clicking on one of them, I get a small commission directly from the company itself, at no extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support my little blog and I this way, I really appreciate it!

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To finish off the card, I added the panel to a medium grey card base and a few sequins also got added to it. Because why not?? That’s it from me today and the next person in the hop is the amazing Sandy Allnock! The full list of participants is down below but if a link isn’t working, go back to Veronica Zalis as she has all the details and list of all the sponsors as well as prizes on her blog.

Don’t forget to click on the InLinkz link at the bottom for a line up of the fantastic prizes from all the generous sponsors!!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone who celebrated a holiday over the weekend had a lovely time. Have a great week and happy crafting!
Lots of love from Erica

Dog Crazy Lady gone doggone mad over Mama Elephant’s The Dog’s Woof

Hello fellow dog and craft lovers!

Today I’m going to completely unleash my inner dog crazy lady on you. In fairness, I don’t usually leash her very much and I make sure to let her out to play regularly, or she goes bonkers and chews someone up. See what I did there? Lol, I can feel lots of dog related puns and jokes coming up!

I’ve long been a fan of Mama Elephant and their cute stamps and diecuts but my fan girl status went straight ‘I adore them’ to ‘stalking the website on a daily basis’ when they announced they were going to do a dog stamp like The Cat’s Mieow and So Many Snowmen! I went so far as marking the date in my calendar and setting a reminder. As soon as The Dog’s Woof was available, I was there clicking like a mad-woman on a mission and bam! Purchased! Then I nearly made the postman mad by giving him the evils every day he drove past the house without stopping….! LOL, it’s an understatement to say I was excited and once they finally arrived, I shared my excitement in a little video on my Instagram. If you watch it, you might want to turn the volume down towards the end. There might be a high-pitched squeal or two…

I couldn’t wait to ink that stamp up! Out came all my Copics, some chocolate, other yummies and Sam Cooke playlist. It was colouring time!

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It didn’t take long and my craft desk was as absolute mess again. I had tidied it just the day before! Oh well, a little craftermath hasn’t hurt anyone. So far anyway..

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I think I ended up using practically all my E, W and C coloured Copics for this. I tried mixing and matching but still making sure that each dog was quite unique and I had such a great time colouring this one, I went ahead and did another four! Oh yes. Once the steam train that is Erica with colouring gets going, there is little chance of stopping it. Like a dog with a bone or a mole hill!

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My first card came together really quickly once the colouring was done (I also added some detailing with a white gel pen) I simply used the coordinating diecut to cut the doggies out, got a dark grey card base out, heat embossed ‘woof woof’ on it with Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder and added them to it using foam tape.

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To finish off the sentiment, which I thought was a pawsome idea if I may say so myself, I added the ‘Hooray’ diecut from Neat & Tangled to finish off the sentiment. Woof, woof, hooray. If that isn’t doggone funny, I don’t know what is. Big paw anyone?

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The Hooray bit is cut out of MFT Brushed Gold card stock for the word bit and the shadow bit is vellum, to frame it nicely on the dark grey background. I adhered it to the card base with foam tape cut out with the word part of the diecut to raise it up. I added just a few clear sequins to the card with Glossy Accents and then stepped away.

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I really like the dotted look on the doggies and decided to do one with just that technique and it came out super adorable! The background I decided on for this one was a bit more busy. I got Simon Say Stamp Paws Background print stencil and some Distress Oxide inks out; Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. I blended them all over the card base using the different colours to make a patterned paper and then also stamped the little bone and the ‘woof’ sentiment in-between the paw prints. These are in the stamp set.

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I managed to spill water on this, as I am a big klutz, but I mopped it up quickly and despite the fact it messed up my card base a bit I decided to use it anyway.

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It kind of reminded me of how our floor looks more often than not, with muddy paw prints all over it. Life with a dog is not always a walk in the park but muddy paw prints are not the end of the world.

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On a little speech bubble diecut, I used one from Altenew’s Speech Bubbles Die Set, I stamped the sentiment ‘Friends make everything so much better’ from Mama Elephant’s Ella & Friends in Walnut Stain.

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The doggies got cut out with the coordinating diecut and added to the card base using foam tape, as did the speech bubble with the sentiment. I also decided to add little details to the doggies using Glossy Accent, on their eyes and noses to make them stand out a bit more.

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My third card is kind of a mix of the first two. There are some solid dogs and some dotty ones. I had some feedback from my crafty friends that the mix was the best look but you know, I like all three to be honest. It is fun that you can mix and match and get so many different looks.

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The background is stamped but not as busily as the second card, it’s also a lighter grey the the first card. I added some extra doggies to this one using the ‘loose’ dog head in the stamp set. These I piled up so it looks like a giant puppy pile. I am a crazy dog lady after all, there can never be enough dogs, lol!

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Sentiment wise I kept it rather simple by heat embossing the words ‘You are Pawsome!’ in Altenew Platinum embossing powder on as off-white strip of card stock. This sentient comes from a Simon Says Stamps set called Paws-itivity.

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I added this to the card using foam tape as usual and the big dog image was added using my thickest foam tape, and the loose dog head were added using various other thicknesses.

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The last card I made is a really fun one! I did another one of the dotted dogs in party colours for The Man’s birthday card but I have already blogged it though so I’m not going to bore you with all the details again, I merely wanted to show it because I do adore how it came out. You can have a look at that blog post right here if you haven’t seen it already.

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I am almost all done but I do need to let you guys know that I have used some compensated affiliate link in this blog post. If you end up buying something after clicking on these links, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you. So it’s a win-win really! Thank you in advance if you choose to support my little blog and I this way, I really do appreciate it a lot! Now as I mentioned, some of the links are affiliate link but not all of them, for transparency reasons it’s Altenew, MFT Stamps and Neat & Tangled. Anything that isn’t from them, is not an affiliate link, I have added the links for your convenience in case you want to purchase any of the stuff I have used for these cards.

Right, with that I’m all done. I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you did manage to hang in there to the end, well done!! You definitely deserve a little something-something so go treat yo’self!

Thanks for stopping by! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Boo!

Welcome back to CaCaCraft and Happy Halloween to those who celebrate! Here in Poland it’s called All Hallows Eve and is all about honouring your dead. They do this by lighting up the cemeteries with candles on every single grave and apparently it’s quite the sight so I am going to go by our local one tonight to have a look. I must admit that I am not a big fan of Halloween and scary stuff in general, I’m more of a rom-com, pink fluffy clouds and unicorns gal myself. Many years ago, I was mentally scarred by watching IT and the first Resident Evil movie. I still haven’t quite recovered! Zombies are a big no-no for me, and so are clowns. *shudders in horror and looks over shoulder to make sure there aren’t any here*

Ghosts on the other hand I find quite fascinating, I like the idea of our loved ones having a connection to the living world after they pass on. Evil, scary ones not so much (still a scaredy-cat over here!) but the ones who want to make sure we know they are ok in the after-life, yes.

Oh and cute ones like the ones in My Favorite Things stamp set Fab-BOO-lous Friends are definitely a big fat yes! I tried these stamps at a friend of mine’s house during our last crafty day together before moving away from Denmark and I fell in love on the spot. I got home and ordered my own right away! Sadly I don’t have the coordinating dies for them but that I am hoping will be rectified soon. Christmas IS coming up, right?? (If The Man reads this, please check wishlist for wifey)

This little ghost I coloured using Copic markers, C1, C2 and Colorless Blender. I used both the C markers all over the ghost and then dotted my Colorless Blender all over it to make him speckled sort of. Kind of like his “ghost clothes” were dirty? If that makes sense…? It was also very difficult to photograph it well enough to actually show you properly but here ya go:

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For my background I got some dark grey card stock out, this time I used Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud. If I had had a spider web stencil on hand I would have used that but since I don’t (memo to self: find one and add to wishlist) I decided to try out a new stencil I got from Neat & Tangled called Landscape Duo Stencils. Sure, sure, not very Halloween-y but I thought I’d add some Distress Oxide ink blending on it in Halloween type colours. I started with Iced Spruce and then shifted the stencil around before adding Wilted Violet.

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Initially I had planned on using some Black Soot too but decided against that in the end. When I do ink blending I use an old, very scratched up, Big Shot cutting plate. It’s sturdy enough to keep the project flat but is too scratched to use as a cutting plate anymore. It leaves too many marks on the paper I cut and I don’t like that but this way I’m not wasting it. Clever, huh? Craft waste is almost up there with food waste in my book.

After I was done with the ink blending I thought it would look nice with some white spatters on it. Instead of using plain white water colours for this, I went with ‘White Gold’ from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors I’m quite messy when I splatter and I try to remember to cover up anything I don’t want splattered (my iPad keyboard is very shimmery thanks to forgetting this one time)

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And whilst this felt like a solid idea, I should have waited until AFTER I stamped my sentiment ‘You’ve been BOOED!’ from the stamp set Booed also from Neat and Tangled. The shimmery white is showing through in some places and the sentiment doesn’t look as solid as I would have liked, even after adding clear embossing powder over it. I used that Black Soot Distress Oxide I got out earlier and stamped it twice using my MINI MISTI (which really is the most incredible stamping tool invented, ever) but still the shimmer showed through so lesson learnt, I guess. Shimmer after, not before stamping sentiments. Again, not the best photo but hopefully you get the picture.

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My background panel I cut out using a lovely scalloped die from Winnie & Walter, it’s part of a set called Essentials: Noelle’s cutaways. I adhered it with double sided sticky foam sheet, trimmed to size, to a card base made with Lawn Fawn Black Licorice card stock. I thought it needed a little something else and sequins didn’t quite feel Halloween to me so instead I added some cute little spider webs that I cut out using the coordinating Booed die from Neat & Tangled. I trimmed the cutouts a little to make them fit my card and then added in a little bit of extra spiderweb too.

The little ghost was adhered with a bit of foam tape to raise him up and make him look like he’s floating/hoovering, because that’s what ghosts do. And with that, the card was done.

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Now, just because I could and it’s very fun, I played around with some filters and stuff. The photo above has a filter on it called ‘Dramatic’ which I thought was both apropos as I have been known to be a biiiiiiit of a drama queen at times and it added a dramatic flair to the photo. The one below has one called ‘Noir’ added to it and whoa, THAT added some drama for sure! I know the actual card doesn’t show up very well but it’s rather scary looking with that pumpkin stalking it in the background. My scary-levels are probably pretty low compared to most people though.

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Almost everything I have used for this card I’ve posted links to for easy shopping, in case you need one or five of them (#enableralert) but I don’t have any affiliate links or anything, this is just to make things easier for you to find what I have used. Just in case… I might have mentioned that Christmas is coming soon?

Take care and see you all soon!