Picket Fence Studios August Release! So much colouring!

Hi guys!

I hope you are ready for another SPOOKtacular release from Picket Fence Studios! I say spooktacular because it has some fabulously spooky stamps in it. When I first saw this Whooo Are You stamp I must admit I was a bit like… erm… an owl? What am I going to do with an owl? But holy cannoli, it’s SO MUCH FUN TO COLOUR!! AND it has a coordinating diecut too. Score!

For the first owl I stamped it up with Black Hybrid Ink on copic friendly paper, and grabbed a ridiculous amount of Copic markers and went to town. I loved colouring it so much, I went for a second one right away! Only this time I stamped it up with Fadeout Ink from Inkon3 and went for a no-line colouring look. I’m going to sound like a bragging bragster but I am wild about how this one turned out.

As owls are nighttime creatures these had to have nighttime backgrounds, so one was made by ink blending Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Black Soot Distress Oxide Inks with Life Changing Blender Brushes on an A2 panel. I also splattered some Black Soot Distress Oxide spray on it.

The Whoo Are You sentiment from the set was heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from WOW! Embossing.

The second owl got a more sinister-looking environment, with another ink blended background in the same colours, a Spider Web diecut and then the A2 Tree Silhouette cover die on top. Both pieces are cut out of Black Licorice card stock.

I also added some gems from the Autumn Leaves mix, and they kind of look like eyes glowing in the dark, don’t they?

Another super fun image to colour is the Triple Trouble jack-o-lanterns. I did go traditional orange for these, but I can’t wait to do them in other fun colours. Maybe even a freaking rainbow! I don’t like the scary part of Halloween so maybe that will make it less spooky.

So this one I used the coordinating diecut to cut out and then I used some of the stamps from the set to add interest to an ink blended background. I used Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. With the rich colours and the dimension the diecut adds, it is a fun result,

Another gorgeous image, that is fun to colour, is the lovely A Christmas Flower stamp. This poinsettia has a coordinating diecut too, which I absolutely love. I used Zig Clean Color markers to colour it in, after stamping it with Fadeout Ink from Ink On 3.

The background is made with the slim line Centre Cut Flower stencil, and Santa’s Favourite Colours in B (it’s an ombre set with three colours in it, named A, B and C)
This one is actually a ´print´ from the first panel I made, that’s how I achieved that fab texture on the Paper Glaze. I simply made the first background, then placed this panel on top and lightly tapped it before removing.

That first background I also used, for another look, with the same ´merry Christmas´ sentiment from Fancy Christmas Sentiment. It’s stamped with Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and cut out with the coordinating diecut.

I think the intensity of the Paper Glaze on this one made the flower stand out a bit more, so I moved the sentiment down towards the bottom here.

So, that’s it from me for today, I will be back with more projects, videos and Instagram reels as this month The Daily Marker is back on! Perfect excuse to sit down and take 5-10 minutes for yourself while colouring.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel, follow me on Instagram and this blog for more inspiration and lots of projects. I’ve linked them all below, and I have also used compensated affiliate links in this post for your convenience. These do not cost you anything extra, and any earnings from these help me with the costs of running the blog, YouTube channel and all the tech nonsense that I don’t really understand, but is necessary.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Let’s Decorate with Picket Fence Studios and zero calories!

Hello fellow cake lovers!

Today’s post is all about cake, cake, cake!! Not the edible kind, sadly as I never say no to a piece of cake myself.

Both these cards are made with the Let’s Decorate stamp and coordinating diecut set. There is also a little bit of help from the Cheat Day stamp set, because it has some fun cake-related sentiments.

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I stamped up the biggest cake with Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink, and while I was at it, I stamped up two. Who only have one cake when you can have two?? I may or may not have been known to have several different kinds of cake at my own and birthday parties I have hosted for others.

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The images are all coloured in with Zig Clean Color markers on Bristol Vellum paper. The roses I did with bright and vivid colours to look like Kaleidoscope Roses, or more commonly known as Rainbow Roses. Google it if you haven’t seen one in real life! When I cut these out using the coordinating diecuts, I covered the images with a strip of kitchen roll to avoid the colours touching the cutting plate and then smudging.

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For my lemony cake, I used the 3 1/2″ Blending Stencil to create a zingy, citrusy background. I simply swept my Zig markers across the paper in the open circle. The cake was then adhered flat on top of this. The sentiment is stamped up with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. It’s from Cheat Day. The final touch was some Enamel Drops in Green and Yellow.

 

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The Rainbow Roses card I finished by stamping up all the sentiments from Cheat Day and Let’s Decorate set in light grey ink. I did this with the help of the Mini MISTI and did it directly on the card base.

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The final flourish for this card was a generous sprinkling (ah, cake pun!) of Rainbow Crystal  from Studio Katia.

If you don’t need any more reasons to shop the new release, I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my affiliate link to Picket Fence Studios. It doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, but the commission they will give me for sending you their way, means the world to me. And every little helps, even if you just buy one stamp or stencil. Thank you in advance for supporting my crafting journey like this, I can not express enough how much it means to me.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

Bright bloom card with Gina K Designs and giveaway winner announced!

Hello, hello!

I’m back in my craft room after having been away from it for over a week. Six of those days were spent travelling and being in Sweden, where lots of shenanigans and cake eating took place, as well as being part of a childhood friend’s wedding. Instead of doing that the other guest did when it came to giving the bridal couple a wedding present or even contributing money towards their honeymoon, I gave the gift of wedding flowers! It was so special to be able to be part of their big day like this and make my gift so personal, I loved that. When it came to the actual flowers, all the bride told me was that she wanted orange and lavender in the bouquet, other than that I had free rein with it and this is how it turned out.

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It seem appropriate that today’s card is made with a Gina K Designs stamp as I’m also announcing the winner of the giveaway from Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary blog post. The prize is a $25 gift voucher to the Gina K Designs shop, where you can find the gorgeous Through Thick and Thin stamp that I have used for this card. It has a very sweet friendship sentiment in it too and we can’t ever have too many of those, can we??

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I stamped the flower on masking tape and cut it out, and then stamped it again on water colour paper with red distress ink in Candied Apple.

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To colour in the flowers I also used Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and a bit of Black Soot for depth and details. For a progress photo, click HERE, which will take you to my Instagram feed.

The leaves are stamped in Moved Lawn and then water coloured with that ink as well as Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage. For another progress photo, go back to my Instagram post HERE.

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When I was happy with the colouring, I used a Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant called Basic Set, to cut it out of the panel as well as adding some interest to it by using the two rectangular dies in the set.

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On the back of the diecut piece, I added foam tape to create a sturdy layer and stop the panel from drooping. To bring in the green from the leaves, I added the whole shebang to a green card base. I’m fairly certain it’s Lawn Fawn card stock in Cilantro.

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The sentiment ‘You’ve been my friend through thick and thin’ I stamped in black in on a banner, this is cut out from the same Mama Elephant diecut Basic Set. With the help of a thin strip of foam tape (it wasn’t quite thick enough to make the banner level but oh well, you live and learn) it got added to the card as well.

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And that was it! I know a few of you are starting to get seriously worried about the lack of sequins but fear not, I have a few sequin-tastic projects coming up that will surely allay any fears that my love of sequins is diminishing. Because it really isn’t. I love the bling and I can not lie! (on cards that is, in real life not so much)

Anyway, I did promise you a winner from the recent giveaway too. Thanks for waiting patiently for the announcement! Without further ado and a big drum roll the winner is

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Cherie, CONGRATULATIONS!! Please email me by Thursday the 13th of September, the using the Contact page, so I can get your prize to you!

Thank you all so much for stopping by today, I know it’s been a while but life happens and I have had such a lovely time recently, it’s been totally worth being away from the craft room.

See you all soon again!

 

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hi guys!

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I’m your next stop on the huge and fabulous blog hop to celebrate Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary, and you should have come here from the uber-talented Dana Joy. If you get lost or a link isn’t working, go back to Rubeena’s blog A Rare Ruby for the full list, as well as Day 1 blog hop list.

This blog hop is all about celebrating crafting, our community and the outstanding inspiration found there, as well as marking Rubeena’s 4th Craftiversary. So, what’s crafting and colouring to me? Well, apart from being a VERY well-loved hobby, it’s also helped me through some very tough and dark times in my life. Having had a creative outlet for grief and severe frustration over some chronic back pain issues I have from an accident many years ago, crafting has been an absolutely life-saver at times. If I’m having a bad day, spending a few hours in the craft room with some colouring, Netflix or music and some yummy snacks will distract me nicely and stop me from spiralling downward in the pitfalls of depression and feeling fed up.

My cards and my preferences over materials have changed a lot over the years but I’m still not sure I’d say I have a particular style… It all depends on what I feel like making that day. One of the fun sides of crafting is that you don’t have to put yourself in a box and stay there (unless you want to). I usually also have more than one project going on at any one time, I’m a messy crafter like that. You should see the state of my craft room right now…! Yikes.

One of my favourite things to do is water colouring, especially if I’m sad or lacking mojo. There is something very therapeutic about watching the colours swirl around and settle into an image. Not that I’m overly good at it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. I use lots of different mediums though, with various results. Copics, coloured pencils, Zig markers, Altenew Artist Markers etc etc As long as it involves colours, I love it!

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It also needs to be said that I value the Instagram crafting community I’ve been so warmly embraced by, very very highly. I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way, and Rubeena is one of them. Here is to you, girl!!

The card I made for this hop is quite an Erica-card; it’s floral, pink and gold. I’m not a CAS card kind of gal (although I have been doing better with those recently) but I do love a big, bold floral card with a splashy sentiment.

I tried something new for the flower, going for no-line colouring using InkOn3 fade out ink and Zig Clean Color markers. Now you might wonder what’s “new” about that, it was my first try using this new ink and I am really quite hooked!

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I used pinks, purples, yellows and reds on the flower, which is from Stampendous, and worked on it pretty much all day, and some the following day. It took ages but I think it was worth it personally. No-line colouring is not to be rushed after all!

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To create the background I splattered red gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette on an A2 panel of water colour card stock.

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While that was drying, it was time to think about the rest of the card. I picked out a sentiment and decided on one from MFT Stamps. It’s from a set called Anything-but-Basic Friendship ‘I’ve seen you at your worst and I still think you’re the best’ on black card stock and heat embossed it in WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder.

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To assemble the card I adhered the flower to the background panel with some very thick foam tape, added the sentiment strip in the bottom right corner with some slimmer tape and then decided to add a gold ‘friend’ diecut word to the card to really highlight the friendship element.

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To make sure the ‘friend’ dienamic is level on the card, I cut out bits of the word in foam sheet too and added the to the back. Tricky at this point as I had already glued it down across the flower…!

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A big smattering of clear sparkling sequins added to the card with Glossy Accents later, I was done!

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And now it’s time to hop along to the next person, which is the amazing Channin Pelletier whom I am such a big fan of! *squeal*

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GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes. And check out the prizes!! Wow, wow, wow! *All the heart-eyed emojis*

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Right, that’s it from me for today but enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here to be in with a chance to grab one of those fabulous prizes! By leaving a comment here on my blog, you will also be in with a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Gina K Designs from me! I will draw a winner on the 5th of Sep too, don’t forget to check back here then to see if you are the winner!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Lots of love from Erica