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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PFS August Release | Stella Puppy Cards

Hi guys!!

Where are my fellow crazy dog people at? In this month’s Picket Fence Studio release there is a super cute puppy stamp called Stella Puppy.

It looks so much like my sweet Lab boy Hercules, who we lost back in 2016 after a very short, but ferocious health issue battle. Less than six weeks after that, we lost our remaining Lab, called Molly, in a tragic accident. The cards I got from friends after we lost them meant the world to me, because losing a fur baby, never mind two, is one of the most gut wrenching things you can ever go through.

I’ve made two card, doing my thing where they are similar but slightly different. On the first card I stamped the Stella Puppy up with my MISTI and Black Hybrid ink directly onto a card base of Neenah card stock. After setting the ink with my WOW! Embossing heat tool, I got to work with Copics. I don’t have a photo of the first one, but here is the second one I did.

I wanted to add a rainbow on the background but I don’t have a rainbow stencil *insert shocked gasps and wide-eyed looks here* I know, it’s shocking. So, what to do? Well, I made my own! First I cut out a mask and added over most of the doggie, then I used a small bowl to cut out a curved shape out of card stock. This I used as a stencil/mask and ink blended Ink On 3 Atelier Inks in Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Peacock Blue, My Jam Purple and Marilyn Red with Life Changing Blender Brushes.

My brushes are a little bit over-saturated and need a spa day, and I should have used a new mask for each colour, as they blended into each other BUT it did also give me an extra teal colour between green and blue. The last bit, in the top left corner, I should have skipped because I feel like it got too dark, but oh well.

On white card stock I stamped up some sentiments from the Stella Puppy set with Black Hybrid ink. These I trimmed down as much as I could and then added over some areas where I wasn’t happy the colouring and ink blending had overlapped.

The final touch was to add some Glossy Accents to the little nose and set it aside to dry.

On my second card, for which there is a video on my YouTube channel, I tried applying what I learnt from the first card. With some success and some more issues. Card making is never straightforward in my craft room, lol!

For this, I decided to stamp up the Stella Puppy on a separate piece of Copic friendly card stock, with my Mini MISTI with the Black Hybrid Ink, colour it in and then fussy cut it out. I used slightly different colour Copics on this one and I think the depth is better, than the first one, so that was good. You can see the difference in the photo above.

Second, I used a sheet of acetate to make my “stencil”, instead of card stock. The reasoning for this is that with acetate I can just wipe off the ink, and have less contamination. Good start. Less good execution. I used a, what I thought was, permanent marker to draw the shape of the curve of the rainbow. Well, it was less permanent and more smudgy than I realised, which led to a slightly dirty looking yellow bit. I trimmed off the part with the marker on it, and carried on.

I used the same Atelier Inks on this one, in the same order, after wiping my Life Changing Blender Brushes on kitchen towels. I also used a lighter hand with the inks.

With the negative part of the stencil/mask I was able to add more green to the background, without mixing in the blue. This is better explained in the video, but I didn’t add enough green or moved the stencil/mask too far when I did the blue, which left a gap. By covering up the blue with the negative bit, I was able to add the green without contaminating the blue. Pretty smart, huh?

On this card, I stamped up the sentiments, again from Stella Puppy, directly onto the card base with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the fussy cut puppy with liquid glue and added the Glossy Accent to the nose.

There is another sweet pet stamp in the release called Your Friend Dear. I’ve done the same thing with this stamp: basically the same layout, but different looks.

This was the one I started with, and I actually stopped midway because I was not very happy with the colouring of the dog. I couldn’t make it work!

In order to get me out of that funk, I stamped it up again and tried another colour combination, this time with Warm Greys. This worked better and I finished off the card with a very colourful girl, and a simple sentiment from Levels Of Friendship. And the Glossy Accent again.

With this one being a success, and also my meh-ness about the first one having died down a little, I thought I’d give it another go. I’m very glad I did because I did actually manage to turn it around!

To make sure this one was different than the first one, with all that white space, I cut a mask out and placed over the image. Over this I used the Fancy Kaleidoscope stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick and a hint of Abandoned Coral. They created this gorgeous glow around the image and I love how it turned out!

The final touch for this card was to stamp up the sentiment that comes with Your Friend Dear, in Black Hybrid ink and with that, it was all done. The last two cards are not in it, but there is a video for one of the rainbow puppy cards on my YouTube channel.

The August release from Picket Fence Studio is now available and if you shop any of these links, which are compensated affiliate links to various companies, I will get a small commission directly from the company it’s affiliated with. It won’t cost you anything extra at all, but the potential earnings from these links will keep my blog, YouTube and Instagram fresh and fun. Thank you so much if you choose to support me this way.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Happy Mail Has Arrived, Y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I will get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. If you use these links, thank you so much, I really appreciate the support! Any money I make from these links, I put straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel. Even if you don’t use mine, please do make sure you use your favourite crafter’s links when you can.

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

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Picket Fence Studios Nov release and Charlotte The Chameleon card

Hi everyone!

Today is the 14th, which means a new release from Picket Fence Studios! So many new goodies this month, including Charlotte The Chameleon, that I’m going to use for today’s card.

I have a video up on YouTube showing the full release, as well as the card making shenanigans. Click HERE to go to the video directly.

With the help of my Mini MISTI I stamped up Charlotte The Chameleon with Black Hybrid Ink on Neenah paper. I coloured her in with Copic markers, in a rainbow of colours. For full list of markers check out the video.

Once the colouring of Charlotte was done, I used the coordinating diecut to cut her out. I’m such a big fan of coordinating dies, as I detest fussy-cutting.

On a card base, made out of Neenah #110 card stock, I stamped up a paint brush for Charlotte to hold on to. This is from the set called I Work For Watercolor, which is a total must-have!

With brown and a couple of Neutral Greys Copics I coloured in the paintbrush. I almost left it like this and went straight for the sentiments. I already had them picked out too. Be Creative from I Work For Watercolor and Feel Free To Color Outside The Lines from Charlotte The Chameleon. BUT I decided to add another splash of colour in a willy-nilly kind of way, running from the tip of the paintbrush to the bottom of the card.

I popped the card back into the Mini MISTI and stamped up the sentiments with Black Hybrid ink, then glued down Charlotte with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive and with that, it was all done!

All the products I’ve used for this card are linked with compensated affiliate links. All the stamps and diecuts can be found in the Picket Fence Studios shop and the rest you can find at Scrapbook. If you use these links to shop, I will get a small commission directly from the company, at absolutely zero extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you use these when picking up a thing or five for yourself. It helps support my blog and YouTube channel, keeping the content coming for you.

That’s it from me for today but thanks again for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Welcome 2019! A NYE card with Trinity Stamps.

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

Did everyone have a nice New Years Eve? Lots of parties and fun times? Whatever it was you did, I hope you had a great time and are ready to start the new year with gusto. I really can’t believe how quickly the last couple of months have just whooshed past…! It doesn’t feel like I got much done in December but looking back, I sort of did. Here are some of my fave makes.

On actual New Years Eve, I was in bed just after midnight myself. Both because of a cold I’ve been battling for close to a week and to comfort my sweet little doggies. They are not fans of fireworks and turn into quivering little bundles of nerves when the booming start. Poor babies. Oh well, perfect excuse to stay home and avoid places that will be far too peopley, lol.

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After this confession, you might be a bit surprised to see that today’s card is a New Years card. It even says ‘Celebrate’ on it, which probably seems like a bit of a juxtaposition, given my thoughts on NYE. However, despite almost always having some form of post-Christmas blues, I do look forward to the new year. Lighter and longer days, warmer temperatures, less cold and rain. What’s not to love? Not to mention that we have some big, exciting changes happening in our lives later this year. Our long-time dream of moving to the sun is getting so close! It’s very exciting and we are so looking forward to it.

Now, I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions but perhaps I ought to think about rambling less? And definitely blog more regularly. Perhaps even rip off the band-aid that is my fear of YouTube and video tutorials and get that going. *Squeals in frights and hides in the corner*

However first of all, it’s finally time to get to the card for today? One of the things I’d like to do more of is make one-layer cards. They are not my forte at all, so I’m going to work on that this year too. It seems appropriate that this card is one though. Start off the year as I mean to go on and all that.

I have used some of the small images from the Rhino Bird Day stamp set, from Trinity Stamps, to create a patterned paper looking background. As it’s a NYE card, I used the balloon, the party hat and the tooting-horn-thingy (what are those called?!) and stuck to a Gatsby colour scheme. Gold, silver, white and black. It’s both classic AND classy.

With a small acrylic block I stamped the images onto a card base. I am working on making more one layer cards and this one was perfect to practice. The stamping is not too perfect, it’s a party after all. To fill in the images I used a black Copic pen, a gold gel pen, and some silver and gold metallic markers. I also added some string to the balloons with a black gel pen.

To finish off the card I used a dienamic from MFT Stamps that says ‘Celebrate’ and stitched numbers. The ‘Celebrate’ I cut out of both dark grey card stock and black glitter card stock. With a fine tipped glue pen, I adhered these two together. With the number dienamics I cut out 2019 out of the same dark grey card stock.

The ‘Celebrate’ I adhered to the front of the card at a slight angle but the 2019 I wanted straight. It’s less forgiving if these are wonky. To make sure all four of the numbers were lined up straight, I used a ruler. Once they were adhered, the card was done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…erm… perhaps I spoke too soon.

….you know…. the card COULD have been done… but it IS Erica here, so naturally I could not leave it as it was. I know, I know! *insert all the face slapping ‘duh’ groaning emojis here*

As I mentioned earlier, white, gold, silver and black is such a classic colour combo for NYE and Trinity Stamps just happen to have a sequin mix in just those colours, called Pop The Cork. Coincidence? I think not! Arming myself with Glossy Accents and my craft tweezers I added a fairly generous amount of embellishments.

Once they were all adhered, the card really was finished. Promise, no more twists and turns.

Thanks for stopping by today. Day 1 of the year 2019. Who else is excited to see what adventures await us this year??

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

WPlus9 Christmas Rose, three different looks!

Hi guys!

Today I have got both a sneak peek of my weekly post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog as well as a card here on my own blog. The thing that ties them together is that I have used the same stamp set, Christmas Rose Bouquet from WPlus9, for the three cards but they all look very different. I love doing this as I think it shows that the stamp set can be used for different occasions, with different recipients in mind and by simply choosing a new colour palette it can still be completely personalised.

The two cards I have over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today are both coloured with Daniel Smith water colours, yet by using two different colour schemes and making the background unique to each one as well, they look nothing alike. I hope you will pop over there and check it out!

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The card I am going to show you here is coloured with Copics and is a one-layer card. I don’t do these very often as I’m a self-confessed foam tape addict! I simply adore adding layers and dimensions on my cards by using different thickness foam tape.

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As this was going to be a one-layer card I cut a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110# card stock in half and scored it in the middle to create a 5.5”x4.25” card base. Then, using my trusted MISTI, I stamped the image, Christmas Bouquet by WPlus9 directly on it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Whilst I was letting the ink dry a little bit, I consulted my Copic marker hex chart (this is a super-duper helpful colour chart done by the awesome Sandy Allnock and if you don’t have it but use Copics, I HIGHLY recommend it!)

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I chose mainly teal and turquoise markers, as I had seen a beautifully coloured image by one of the talented ladies I follow on Instagram (her username is @ashwyness and click here to see the card she made) I instantly thought ‘I need to try that’. The card I ended up with, naturally looks nothing like my original inspiration… CASE-ing a card is another things I’m not very good at.

When I started colouring I went straight for the big bloom in the middle and that came out pretty ok but I could really feel that it has been a while since I used my Copics as I felt very rusty. As you use different ways to colour with all the different mediums, I do find that I need to ‘refresh’ my memory a little when I switch between them. I did not do that before I started on this though so I’ll save that one as a ‘memo to self’ for the future. I will probably forget next time too… eh, such is life.

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Moving on to the smaller flowers, I kept on colouring in a flicking motion, as I had done on the big one. However, on the smaller ones it just wasn’t working. I couldn’t get it to look good so I did something drastic and decided to change tactics. Getting my colourless blender pen as well as the BG000 out, I tried blending the colours together for a smooth look. Bad. Move. Very bad move. Oy. I was not happy. Not happy at all. However, I decided to keep colouring and seeing if I could save it down the line.

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I knew I wanted the leaves to be coloured in cool greys so to make the smaller branches really stand out, I went for a bold yellow look to create some dramatic contrast. Moving on to the leaves, I used Cool Greys up to no6 to create shading and details.

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Once all the flowers and leaves were coloured in, I sat back to look at it and wouldn’t you know it but the background looked too white and stark. Or at least in my eyes. So out came the Copics again. This time only C1 and C0 though, and using the C1 close in around the image I then blended the colour out using the C0 marker. This is a long and slow process as you need LOADS of ink and to get a smooth look, you can not rush it. If you get tired or just plain sick of it, put it aside and come back another day. After I was happy it was blended enough I got my Colourless blender pen out again and used it in a dotting manner all around the shaded area to add the slightest bit of texture to it. This look takes time but is definitely worth it!

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Sentiment wise I wanted something simple but lovely, and I chose one from another WPlus9 stamp set called Kind Soul, that says ‘I’m proud to call you my friend’. This is heat embossed in Platinum, from Altenew, in the bottom left corner. Now on this card, I simply could not resist the overwhelming urge to add sequins. Lots and lots of sequins! I had made two cards in a row without a single one on them so I may or may not have gone totally overboard but hey, I think it works! These ones are Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix from Pretty Pink Posh and I love it a lot. The fact you get all the different sizes in one pack is so handy. I don’t tend to overthink my sequin placement, I use gut instinct and just go for it.

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With that, the card is done. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will pop by Butterfly Reflections Ink to see the other two cards I made too.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica