PinkFresh Studios Inks in The House!

Hello, hello!

The ink-oholic Erica here with a very colourful post! I have had the total delight of being sent the entire range of luscious big ink pads from PinkFresh Studios and I HAD to swatch them before doing anything else! Ok, so in all honesty, the first thing I did was dance around like a dizzy emu, whilst clapping like a demented seal and squealing like a happy pig rolling round in mud! Now, that’s a mental image for you, isn’t it?? LOL! Sufficient to say, I was A TAD excited.

Ok, so the swatches are not perfect but, as mentioned, I was a bit excited. And I was still excited while I was stamping them up. I mean, the idea is to see the colours, these are staying in my craft room so I’m not sending these to anyone.

The clever swatching die and stamps are from Waffle Flower. You can find the Swatch Tag Die, Color For Ink Pads and Combo Swatch stamps separate too. These were just perfect for these inks as they come in families of four shades of each colour. You can get the Big Ink Pad Bundle or if you don’t have a huge amount of space in your craft room, they also come in a handy little Mini Cubes Bundle.

For my swatches, I’ve used I cut out loads of tags out of Neenah Solar White #110 card stock, as I wanted the swatches to be sturdy. Using the Mini MISTI, I then stamped up the swatching bit with Detail Black ink from PinkFresh Studio.

The first colour family I did was the yellows: Lemon Whip, Sunshine, Sweet Mustard and Marigold. These also come in handy Mini Cubes, called Rise And Shine.

Next up we have the peachy family: Peach Fuzz, Apricot, Clementine and Persimmon. These also come in handy Mini Cubes, aptly named Indian Summer.

Oooh, these pinks and reds have me all gooey: Coral Reef, Passion Fruit, Berrylicious and Candy Apple. They also come in Mini Cubes, with the perfect name Heartbeat.

Pretty in all the shades of pink: Ballet Slipper, Sparkling Rose, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss. These also come in Mini Cubes, with the magic name Fairy Dust!

The purples are stunning: Soft Lilac, Candy Violet, Lavender and Royal Kiss. Of course, these also come in Mini Cubes and I want you to read this with your very best French accent: Soul Of Provence.

As a blue kind of gal, I’m loving these: Slumber, Blue Jay, Sapphire and Stargazer. Mini Cubes are available as well, with the dreamy name Starry Nights.

I do love all shades of blue but these have me swooning: Sky Blue, Summer Shower, Seaside and Storm. These I could easily have in both big pads and Mini Cubes, Morning Sky, just because I love them.

These dreamy teals are to die for: Ocean Breeze, Aquamarine, Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond. Of course these gems, called Island Oasis, come in Mini Cubes as well.

Ga-ga for green? No worries, these beauties have you covered: Mint, Meadow, Emerald City and Evergreen. Mini Cubes, too, of course, called Garden Stroll.

More of a spring green kind of person? Don’t feel left out, as these will surely give you your green fix: Fresh Pear, Grassy Knoll, Key Lime and Olive. Do KNOLL worry, these come in Mini Cubes too, Over The Hill.

Looking for natural neutrals? Warm Buff, Doe, Gathered Twigs and Espresso takes card of that. In Mini Cubes too, with the delicious name Wild Truffles.

No collection is complete without some steely greys, right? Misty Coast, Rocky Slope, Metropolis and Licorice cover all your bases. In big pads and Mini Cubes, naturally, with the funky name Urban Raincoat.

With all the swatches done, I added them to a ring binder to keep them all in one place. I have already consulted them to make a card, actually. Thanks to the swatches it was super easy to pick out some bright and happy colours for the Pop-Out Rainbow stamp.

With the help of the Mini MISTI, this card took less than 10 minutes to make. SO easy, and cheerful!

I finished it off with a sentiment from the Floral Notes stamp set, stamped up with Black Detail ink. That sentiment was just perfect for a rainbow card! And perhaps a sequin… or ten. Eh, I might have gone a little bit overboard but hey, it works.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today but I do have an unboxing (I bought a LOT of stuff) and ink swatching video over on my YouTube channel as well, if you want to see the swatching in action.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, PinkFresh very generously sent me the entire range of inks to play with but I purchased a huge amount of stuff from them as well. Including that adorable Pop-Out Rainbow stamp, which I have had my eye on for so long! I want to reassure you that I will only ever create with stuff I love and that inspires me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t work with stuff that I don’t like, it just dries up my mojo.

I have used some compensated affiliate links to (mostly) PinkFresh Studios in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Any earnings I get from these affiliate links go straight back into stamps… erm… (if The Man reads this, that was an auto-correct! I swear, baby!!) the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. Thank you so much if you choose to support me by using these links, I really appreciate the support and encouragement!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Slim Line Rainbow Cards with WOW! Embossing Changers

Hello, hello!

Today’s cards are another couple of slim line cards. It seems I can’t stop, and won’t stop, with these for a while. Oh well, things could be worse, right?

To make these I started out by cutting panels of white card stock with the Slim Line Diecutting System from Picket Fence Studios. On the smaller rectangles, I adhered strips of coloured cardstock to create rainbows. The card stock I’ve used for these is from Lawn Fawn, and you can get it in a handy Rainbow Pack if you don’t want to invest in 10 sheets of each colour.

On the right one I’ve used, from left to right, Raspberry, Chili Pepper, Canned Pumpkin, Fake Tan, Sunflower, Cilantro, Peacock, Blue Jay and Sugarplun.

On the left one, I used Raspberry, Chili Pepper, Canned Pumpkin, Fake Tan, Sunflower, Cilantro, Peacock and Mermaid. It gives a more pastely look than the top one with the blue and the purple.

I’ve used a few different diecuts to make the sentiments, and the big Hi Die and Friend Die, are from The Stamp Market. The Happy Birthday is from MFT Stamps. Both the Friend and the Happy Birthday have been cut out of white card stock a few times and layered up.

The Happy Birthday one was then heat embossed with Glisten Changer to make it sparkly. This particular one has been retired, but HERE you can find a really good alternative.

The Friend one I heat embossed with Clear Gloss to create that puffy sticker look. I love doing my word diecuts like this, it just adds something extra!

For the clouds I have used some Stitched Cloud Dienamics from MFT Stamps, on white card stock. For a little while longer you can find the EXACT ONES at Ellen Hutson!

These I have jazzed up by heat embossing them with the WOW! Changers Texture and Glisten. The way these powders work is that you can change your embossing powder to either be sheen, glittery or texture. All you have to do is mix your choice of powder with whatever effect you want.

I haven’t used the Texture one before so I decided to use it for one of the cards! For the second one I used Glisten, which I am obsessed with. Both powders are mixed with Clear Gloss and the pieces were dabbed with the Embossing Pad, covered in the powder mix and then set with the Heat Tool.

With these cloud bits done, I glued them to the rainbow panels. I did have to use both tape runner and Lawn Fawn glue because of the heat embossing, and I also left them under flat weights to make sure they dried flat.

On the first one I glued down the Happy Birthday with Glossy Accents, as I ran out of my Lawn Fawn Glue Tubes!! SEND MORE STAT!!!!

The second card was finished with the big Hi and the Friend diecuts. The Hi I layered up with fun foam, cut with the diecut, to add height. The Friend I added on top of the Hi and with that, the card was done.

I actually managed to make a bonus card with the outline from the Hi die too. It seemed a shame to waste it, when I had a load of rainbow card bases done already.

Using a Nuvo fine tip glue pen, I adhered the outline Hi to a card base and ta-da! Another card done!!

On my YouTube channel you can also find a video of the making of the slim line cards, if you fancy seeing the Changer powders in action.

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is these links goes to shops I’m affiliated with, and as a thank you for sending you to them, I will get a small commission directly from them if you buy something. This doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, but it really makes a difference to me if you do use these links. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and keeping my Instagram fresh, fun and inspiring for you, so thank you if you choose to support me like this. I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Below you can find affiliate links to Ellen Hutson. Here I have added some good alternatives, when the exact product used was not available.

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World Card Making Day part 1!

Hi guys!
You read that right, this is only Part 1 of 2 today. This first one is part of the WOW! Embossing blog hop to celebrate World Card Making Day! You should have come here from the talented Verity, and the next stop of the hop is my sweet friend Daniel!


Comment along each of the Design Team member’s post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores.(One comment per blog please.) You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

I do love me some heat embossing, that’s no secret! Card making as well. This hobby is so good for the soul and the creativity. The wallet, on the other hand, is in the corner crying most days, lol!

For this card I have used a couple of new to me stamps from Pink Fresh Studios, two of the new trios, Toteally Amazing and Summer Scoops, of embossing glitters and some matching ink colours.

With my trusted MISTI on hand, this was a breeze to make, even with all the different puzzle pieces of this stamp. This is the brilliant Pop-Out Nested Diamond and my idea was to basically use a different ink and glitter powder combination on each section.

I paired up Glided with Tattered Rose, Lemon Sorbet with Squeezed Lemonade, Orangeade with Carved Pumpkin, Razzleberry with Picked Raspberry, The Real Teal with Salty Ocean and Iced Teal with Peacock Feathers. Each colour is first stamped with the coloured ink, then with the Embossing Pad and finally sprinkled with the matching Embossing glitter. I heated the glitters with my Heat Tool from underneath to keep as much of the glitter on as possible.

Once the entire panel was done, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to 5.5″x4.25″ and this I adhered to a card base. To finish off the card I also stamped up the big You and a sentiment from the Simply Sentiments-You stamp set. Both are done in black ink and I also heat embossed the You in clear embossing powder to make it pop a bit more.

It was quick work getting those two bits adhered to the card, after I fussy cut the You out, and with that the card was done! I made a video for this card too, and you can find that on my YouTube channel.

With that, I’m all done and it’s time for you to hop along the rest of the fabulous hop.

Thank you for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

The full line up of the hop is below. Make sure to leave comments on as many stops as possible to increase your chance of winning a $25 gift card to the WOW! shop.

WOW!

Tenia

Jenny

Karen

Amber

Jo

Jaine

Verity

Erica <——–You are here!

Daniel <———Next stop!

Dunja

Ashlee

Ericka

Rikka

History of Card Making Day: Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette. Consider, if you will, the calling card of the Victorian era, a term that has become so ubiquitous that the signature element of a bomb-maker or a criminal is said to be their ‘calling card’.

A small piece of paper bearing one’s name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (Also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening. After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling Cards, Dance Cards, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own? Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

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Some products used are linked with compensated affiliate links in this post, the rest of them are purely for your convenience should you like to buy some of them for yourself. And why shouldn’t you treat yourself??

Concord & 9th Feature Friday Colour Spectrum

Hi Concord & 9th fans!

Today is the last Feature Friday of the month of July, and the theme is Colour Spectrum. Which basically means another excellent excuse to use ALL! THE! COLOURS!! It is no secret that I fell head over heels for the Assorted Cardstock and the ink pads.

I’ve got four cards to share today because yet again, I could not stop the all rolling, once it started. Eh, it happens. More often than not, in my case, but whatcha gonna do? I did make a video for this post as well, you can find it over on my YouTube channel.

The first two cards are very clean and simple cards, which are starting to come so much easier to me. Maybe because there are so many colours on them thanks to the coloured cardstock? That seems like a reasonable explanation, as usually I feel like keeping things clean and simple is such a struggle for me.

First things first, I used the Tall Types Tagalong Dies and cut out the rainbow out of all the colours, except Dove, Mushroom and Wheat. After separating out all the pieces, it was time to build rainbows! With the help of a ready made card base I placed them where I thought they should go, and then picked them up with some Press’n’Seal. I added some liquid glue to them all and placed the white card base on top, pressed down, turned it over and removed the Press’n’Seal. Ta-da!

Because I had enough rainbows to make another card, I did just that! The idea was at first to only make one card like this, but as mentioned before, the ball was rolling so I went with it. Next time I think I’m going to use the balloon and make a birthday card, and then the star to make a congratulations card. Oh, so many possibilities with this fun Tall Type Tagalong set! I also L-O-V-E the Tall Type Alphabet and Tall Type Number dies. (As seen in the top photo in this post)

In order to keep the cards clean and simple, because I really could have gone over the top, I simply stamped a sentiment with Dove ink on white card stock and cut it down to a slim banner. Both of the sentiments are from Tiny Tagalongs stamp set.

I had such a strong urge to add sequins to both cards, because you know.. Hi, I’m Erica and I’m a over-sequin-izer/sequin addict. It was quite card to keep the sequins away because I really do think it would have added a little extra pizzazz to them.

The second two cards were so fun to put together! Thin strips of the coloured card stock were cut with a paper trimmer and then adhered to a thin sheet of paper, in colour order. Again, leaving out the neutrals.

On this rainbow-licious panel I used the Say Hello die twice, so I had two almost identical Hello’s. I also cut out a thin Hello out of black and white card stock. This Say Hello die has a coordinating stamp set, and you can get them both in a discounted Say Hello Bundle.

There were a few little bits and pieces that fell out as I used a tape runner, rather than double sided adhesive sheets. Which would have been a smarter idea. Once that was fixed, I adhered the rainbow Hello’s and the white and black ones on top. These were then adhered to white card bases.

From the Hey Bestie stamp set, I stamped up one of the sentiments, in Mushroom ink, directly on top of the cards.

Again, I really wanted to add some sequins to the cards, but managed to resist the urge! That feels like a major win, and even The Man was impressed I kept them sequin-free. I do think there will be a heavily sequin-ized card coming up in the near future, lol!

Well, that is it from me for today. I want to extend a big, huge thank you to Concord & 9th for having me for this month, I have several other blog posts and YouTube videos for the Feature Friday posts if you missed those. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, most of them to Concord & 9th of course, and then some to some other companies I’m affiliate with. If you use these to pick up a little something-something for yourself, I might get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and keeping my Instagram fresh and fun for you.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here with me. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Hobbies And Pastime Youtube Hop!

Today’s post is part of a fun YouTube hop, Hobbies and Pastime, where we are sharing videos of our hobbies with you guys. You can find my video HERE.

I have focused on coloured card stock and diecutting for my video and this post, as I love using coloured card stock for a pop of colour and texture.

Here are a few cards made with coloured cardstock for another blog post.

Because I absolutely detest fussy cutting, I consider die cutting one of my favourite techniques ever. For these fun bits I have used every single colour from the Assorted Cardstock pack and a sweet word diecut. This Happiness die is from Neat & Tangled, it is sadly no longer available *insert dramatic wailing here*

The coloured card stock is from Concord & 9th, and I used all the colours in different ways. A fun and quick way to add card stock to your backgrounds is to simply cut strips of it and adhere to your card base. A little hack to get the rainbow sun rays look, is to use PostIt tape, washi or other low-tack tape to keep the strips in place while you add your liquid glue to them. In the video you get to see how I do it.

One of the die cutting sets are also from C&9th, called Hexagon Label Dies and I used it here to add both some dimension and a sentiment, without stamping, to the card.

I made two cards with the rainbow sun rays look, one on a white card base and one on a black one. On the white one I didn’t manage to fit all the colours in, but on the black one I did. Every single colour in the card stock pack.

Each one got a Happiness worddie added to it, as well as a coordinating sentiment. This stamp set is also no longer available from Neat & Tangled, but you might get lucky and find it somewhere else. The sentiments are stamped up with Mushroom ink to keep the look soft.

I have also added a generous amount of sequins, even for me, to each card. These are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

I have listed all the products, and some coordinating products, I have used for these cards with compensated affiliate links below. If you shop using these links I get a small commission directly from the company it’s affiliate with, as a thank you for directing you to the shop. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into running my blog, YouTube channel and keeping the content free and fun for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration in this post and video and will try some of these for yourself. Don’t forget to check out the video and the rest of the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Favorite Paper or Ink Technique

Hello, hello and happy Friday!

Today’s blog post is another instalment in the Concord & 9th Feature Friday series. This week we were challenged to show cards made using our favourite paper/cardstock or ink techniques. As most of you know by now, I do love me a colourful background. Yes, Siree, I do!

Ink blending is anther favourite of mine but for this post I am going to stick to mainly the card stock background one. To start with, I cut strips of the coloured cardstock into two different widths. Why not, eh, while you have your paper trimmer out??

The skinny cardstock strips, 0.6cm/0.25inches, I fanned out. To keep the pieces in place, I used PostIt tape, but low tack washi will work too. Add a little bit of adhesive to each strip, and add to a card base. I did put mine under my MISTI for a bit to make sure it dried flat and all the pieces adhered to the card base. Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess with sharp scissors.

Using the wider cardstock strips, these are about 1,25cm/0.5inches, I separated them into 2 piles based on colours that would work well together. These were then adhered to a card base each, and the excess trimmed off. If you use a lot of coloured card stock you can get a HUGE card stock bundle, with 12 sheets of each colour. If you prefer to try a small selection, get the Assorted Cardstock bundle, where you get 2 sheets of each. Then you can buy bigger single packs of the colours you end up using a lot.

The card with the skinny strips was finished with a simple sentiment from Hey Bestie, cut out with the coordinating diecut. The stamp is done with a mix of inks to create that marbled look. I used Buttercup, Sprout, Parsley and Aqua Sky. Of course I had to, HAD TO, add a generous sprinkle of sequins.

I love the simplicity of this card and the colourful background is my fave out of the three.

The next one I tackled was the darker one of the two backgrounds, and I used the gorgeous Swirls die on it to give it some texture. For the sentiment, I kept it simple again and stamped up ‘Hey Bestie, I love how we just get each other’ in Dove on white card stock. This is cut out using the small hexagon die in the Hexagon Label dies set. These two come in a Hey Bestie bundle too.

I did add some black and silver thread behind the sentiment, which is popped up with some foam tape, and that was it. Oh, and I did poke out all the little holes from the die, rather than keep them in. I like the little white polka dots added to the background.

The final card has a sentiment, and little details, added to it from the Crafty Turnabout stamp and coordinating die set. This, of course, also comes as a Crafty Bundle, if you know you want both.

All the crafty details are cut out of the coloured cardstock , except for the blades of the scissors and the painbrush binder, which is silver glitter card stock. The sentiment is stamped up with Mushroom and the COLOR bit is done with a colour each: Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Honeysuckle and Cranberry.

The sentiment block, the scissors and the paintbrush are popped up with foam tape and the rest of the details are adhered with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. A little bit of white Posca pen were the last little details on this one.

I love that sentiment, and it’s so perfect for us crafty people, isn’t it? A handmade card in the mail is like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Right, as mentioned in the beginning, I do also LOVE ink blending. It’s my jam! The first time I tried ink blending with these inks, I did not get very good results… BUUUUUT, I realised I had used the wrong kind of paper. So naturally, I tried again, and ooooh, what a difference!

This is Strathmore Bristol Smooth, and I got not very good results on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The packaging looks very similar but there is a BIG difference in the paper. The Smooth, is in fact, very smooth and the ink just glides on it. On the Vellum kind, I got a blotchy result and not very vivid colours. So take an extra minute to check the paper you are buying is the right kind, it will make a world of a difference!

The inks I used are Sea Glass, Aqua Sky and Oceanside and they are ink blended using Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I also added a little bit of gold splatter on it, because why not, eh? This is one of my other favourite things to do: Ink blending and adding texture by either splattering water or metallic water colours on top. I loved this combo so much, I made several backgrounds with them.

Okey-dokey, that’s it from me for today! I hope you found a ton of inspiration here and will try some of these techniques for yourself, if you haven’t already done so.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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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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Bright, Sparkly Birthday Cards with New To Me Products!

Hi guys! Today’s post is showing off some dies from a brand new company called Everyday Crafting Co. You can find the shop on Etsy and there are four different dies to choose from or grab a discounted bundle.

In order to be totally transparent, I was sent these dies free of charge and have been paid for this blog post. However, I want to reassure everyone that I only ever use products that inspire me. If I try creating with things I feel ‘meh’ about, my mojo packs up and goes on vacation.

I am running low on birthday cards so I decided to use the Happy Birthday dies. First I tried the diecuts on different paper a few times, to get a feel for them, and see what kind of spacing I wanted. The ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ are separate so you can use them however you like!

After playing around for a bit, this was the spacing that I was happiest with. I like that it leaves enough room for a sentiment banner or stamp set to finish off the Happy Birthday.

These I adhered to a couple of my rainbow backgrounds, that I made out of strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock. This is a fun way to add colour to a background without having to colour, ink blend or do anything but stick strips of card stock down. So easy and so fun, great to do while binge watching something!

I was a bit worried that the black one would be too harsh but I think it makes the background, and the letters, really pop! On this one I added lots of Colour Wheels (no longer available) and Candy Lane Canes embellishments from Trinity Stamps.

On another black one, I added Wink Of Stella to the background part. It didn’t look overly sparkly when I did it so I was a bit disappointed. At the time, it didn’t feel like it was worth the time invested in doing it. Which was at least a Modern Family episode, lol!

I needed have worried. Once that was totally dry and I took it out into the sunshine, I was nearly blinded!! It looks super cool!

The final card had the white diecut piece added to a rainbow background panel too, but this one is angled. I’m not sure which way I prefer, to be honest. Maybe the vertical ones… This white one also got a HUGE amount of sequins added to it, it felt like it needed it and it’s a birthday card after all.

That space between the diecut words was perfect size for an Everyday Essential Banner with ‘From All Of Us’ stamped up on it. These are from Lawn Fawn, and I use that banner die set all the time! The stamp set is called Simply Sentiments

One of the black Happy Birthday frame cards got the colourful one added to it. I achieved the look by layering the stamp with Atelier Inks from Ink On 3. From left to right I used Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. It was easy to get this look with the help of a Mini MISTI and some PostIt tape. For the white card, I decided to layer up two black banners and add a white one on top. This helps create the illusion of a shadow, and brings the eye in.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today! I hope you have found some inspiration here today, and will check out the Everyday Crafting Co shop for the rest of the diecuts available.

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

Picket Fence Studios February Release!

Hi!

It’s Valentine’s Day, which is the 14th, which means release day from Picket Fence Studios! This is one out of three blog posts here today, my apologies for bombarding you but sometimes such is life. Can you relate? Days go by without anything much happening and then all of a sudden it is like rush hour, clocks changing and you overslept all in one go.

For these card I have gone slightly rainbow crazy. I know.. not like me at all, right? *snickers to myself*

I started out by cutting strips out of lots of coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn. The colours I have used are Cilantro, Mermaid, Peacock, Moonstone, Blue Jay, Sugarplum, Raspberry, Pencil Eraser, Fake Tan, Sunflower and Sticky Note. If you want to get a rainbow look without having to buy loads of packs of coloured card stock, you can pick up a Rainbow Pack where you get one sheet of each colour.

With all the strips ready, I added adhesive to card bases and puzzled and puzzled and puzzled. It got a bit additive actually and I ended up with loads of fun backgrounds!

On the two above I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Fancy Sentiments. Easy and straight to the point! Plus, look at that font. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The top one has the sentiment heat embossed on vellum and the bottom one it’s stamped directly on it. Make sure you use a stamping tool when you do it this way though as it doesn’t always stamp very well on the background.

If you are on the market for some fun sentiments you should definitely look at the Favorite Notifications stamp set. It’s got something for everyone in your life.

If you just want to play with the card stock and make loads of backgrounds for simple Hello cards, like I did here, do it! It’s very relaxing and you can do so many different ones.

On this one I did a little bit of ombré Copic colouring on white card stock before cutting out the shadow bit of the Hello, before layering it up with white.

This Hello is layered with dark grey and black card stock. I can’t decide which one I like better…

This masculine one I did without the shadow part of the Hello. The dark blue strips frames it pretty nicely.

This one is done with all the Hello’s cut out of the coloured card stock, directly on a white card base.

The thing I love about coloured card stock is that it is so easy to make really colourful cards with very little stamping and colouring!

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Crazy colourful Swallowtail Beauty Butterfly cards!

Hello, hello, hello!

Third post in as many days featuring the January release from Picket Fence Studios! I’ve gone all out for this release, with it being such a big one! Today is the last day of Creativation and it’s always a bittersweet thing when something wonderful is coming to an end. So much fun has been had, so much crafting has been done, so much laughter has been shared and so many memories made. I cannot fully describe how much I’ve enjoyed these days here, with so many like-minded people. If you ever get the chance to go, I can highly, HIGHLY recommend it!

As I’m feeling very thankful (and no doubt very knackered) I’ve made some cards to show my appreciation for my crafty friends for today’s post. There is a YouTube video too, if you are too tired to keep reading and just want to skip to the video. Fair warning, there is a lot to jibber jabbering and nonsense being spouted.

I started out by cutting out 6 panels of water colour paper, these are all 4.24″x5.5″ and I used my anti-static tool on them all as I was not only going to stamp up the Swallowtail Beauty stamp, I wanted to heat emboss it with clear embossing powder over the Black Hybrid ink as well.

Even with the help of my MISTI the imprint wasn’t very good, as the water colour paper is so textured. I used the re-inker on the ink pad, one) because it needed it and two) because I thought it might help with the coverage and then got stamping. Once I had a good coverage of the Black Hybrid ink, I went back in with an old VersaMark ink pad I use for this sort of stamping. It’s all black and dirty but it doesn’t matter as the ink underneath the clear embossing powder is black. What a way to save an ink pad, eh?? One of them I used Black Twinkle Embossing Glitter on and it ended up very shimmery!

To add LOADS of colour, I have used Ken Olivers Color Burst powders in an array of colours, but naturally, being a lover of blue, I started with a blue butterfly. It also got a bit of turquoise added to it.

One ended up a glowing yellow and emerald green.

I did two in different shades of purple, despite not being a big fan of purple. The creative mind is a maze at times, isn’t it?

The one I thought was going to go straight in the bin, ended up being one of my favourites out of the six! Shows what I know, right? While it was wet, it just looked a mess but once it dried and the colours calmed down a little, it turned out gorgeous!

The one with the Black Twinkle embossing glitter ended up being another mix of blue, turquoise and because it clearly wasn’t glittery and shimmery enough, I also added some gold watercolour paint from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette to it.

After they were all dry, I trimmed the panels down just a 1/4″ around and adhered them to black card bases. I have used my favourite black card stock from Lawn Fawn, called Licorice for these. I stamped up a sentiment saying ‘I Like Your Different Colors’ in Black Hybrid ink on white card stock. These I trimmed down to slim strips before adhering to the cards. The sentiment is from Charlie The Chameleon stamp set.

Well, that’s it from me for this final day of January Release inspiration! I hope you have enjoyed these posts and videos. If you have, and want to treat yourself to a little something-something from this release, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, but I get a small commission from the company directly. More importantly, it helps me build my relationship with these companies, so thank you for shopping using these links! I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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