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!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, so if you click on any of these and end up buying something, I will get a small commission directly from Concord & 9th. Any earnings I get from affiliate links to directly back into running this blog and my YouTube channel. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping these links.

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.

You can find me on various social media if you want to see more of my work

My blog  (that’s this one here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel 

CaCaCraft on Facebook 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

December Picket Fence Studios Release!!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with some colourful inspiration, showing off the December release from Picket Fence Studios!

I made so many cards with these goodies, I am just going to jump right in! First up is a card made with Charles The Chameleon stamp, coordinating diecut and the Points Of Interest stencil. 

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I started out by ink blending two green Distress Oxide inks, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, on Bristol Vellum paper, using my Life Changing Blender Brushes. The stencil I sprayed with Pixie Spray first to make sure it didn’t move during the ink blending.

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With the help of the Mini MISTI, I then stamped up Charles directly on top of the pattern the stencil left behind. I always use the MISTI to stamp any and all my images, to make sure I get a good solid impression. The ink is Picket Fence Studios very own Black Hybrid ink. You might notice that the sentiment is ‘shaded’. This is actually a mistake as I managed to move the paper in between stamping it up. I almost threw this away but thought it looked kind of cool so I ended up using it in the end.

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With the coordinating diecut for Charles, I cut him out of the panel and also out of foam sheet. The foam sheet will give him some height and make him stand out, even all camouflaged. I love using foam sheets for this purpose. You get a perfectly cut piece and it just elevates your card to a whole new level.

To finish it off, I added lots of enamel drops in green, on Charles and Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard around him. A blob of Glossy Accent on his eye was added too.

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Before I started adding anything I could mess up, I did add the whole thing to a white card base. I also trimmed down the panel itself a little to create a white frame around it.

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Always add these little extra touches as the last thing you do, because chances are you will mess it up one way or another otherwise. Ask me how I know this!

My second card is also ink blended, only in a bright neon rainbow kind of way.

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From top to bottom, this one has Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet blended on it. Again, it’s done with the Life Changing Blender Brushes. I also splattered some gold on it for extra pizzaz!

I started out with a different idea, and used the circle part of the 3 1/2″Blending Stencil to keep the middle white. Not that it was anything wrong with it, but for some reason or another, I wasn’t too keen on it. The white was TOO bright and seemed very stark and naked against the vivid colours. I ended up using the positive part of the stencil and blended some of the colours together over the white. Lo and behold, I didn’t like that either.. ugh!

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To save the panel I decided to simply diecut out the part I didn’t like and turn it into a shaker card! I covered the cutout with clear acetate and filled the back of it with loads of foam tape. The using the stencil itself as a guide, I stamped and heat embossed ‘add cake, now it’s a party‘ in gold on a white card base. This is from Cheat Day.

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The embellishments are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Confetti. She has a fabulous range of Confetti which are just perfect for shaker cards!

Apart from the mishap with the middle, this was actually quite a quick card. With lots of colour and sparkle it sure isn’t boring, though, is it?

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Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration! 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.

You can find me on various social media if you want to see more of my work

My blog  (that’s this one here)

Instagram

My YouTube channel 

CaCaCraft on Facebook 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios Collaboration Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in an amazing blog hop!

WOW Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios teamed up for this one and I was so excited to be asked to take part. I adore both companies so this is was an awesome one to participate in!

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PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in.

Picket Fence  is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on THE POSTS. Winners will be announced the week of the 5th of August  on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studio Blog.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.

For my project I decided to use the gorgeous Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios. I have been going gaga for this stamp since the first time I saw it!

I thought it would look fabulous to heat emboss the stamp in Metallic Copper regular and then colour the flower in with Gansai Tambi water colours.

Instead of going for traditional and natural colours, I went wild and abstract. A rainbow peony, who knew it worked?

While I was on a big colouring streak, I added grey to the background in a reverse backlit kind of way. As in darker around the flower and then fading out towards the edges of the panel.

To finish off the card it needed a sentiment, but I didn’t want something too big that would cover up the flower. So I stamped up ‘You are so worth celebrating’ from Anything-But-Basic Birthday Wishes by MFT Stamps on a slim banner diecut and heat embossed that in Metallic Gold Rich. The sentiment banner was added to the card with foam tape and then trimmed down. With that, the card was done!

But apparently I wasn’t. I got a dark grey envelope out and heat embossed it with the Botan PeonyBotan Peony along the bottom. For this part I used Opaque Bright White embossing powder to make it pop.

That’s it from me for today, but make sure to hop along to see more amazing projects!

Here is the full list of the hop!

WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Picket Fence Studio Blog

Jo Herbert

Ilina Crouse

Ashlee McGregor

Susan Wymer

Karen Reategui

Ceal Pritchett

Verity Biddlecombe

Raluca Vezeteu

Angela Bode

Sidnie Knight-Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Erica A B Andersson

Jennifer Timko

Isha Gupta

Laura Sterckx

Judy Rozema

Jenny Colacicco

Rosali B.

Lisa Henke

Lydia Fiedler

Anna Wight

Jana Millen

Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway Winner and Birthday Cards + video!

Hi everyone!!

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! I have so much fun stuff to share today: the winner of the recent Studio Katia Blog Hop giveaway, two fun and colourful cards AND another video to my brand new YouTube channel!

If you missed the blog hop post, CLICK HERE to check it out. It’s obviously too late to enter the giveaway but it’s there in case you want to check out the card I made for the hop.

Now, without further ado, the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Mary-Anne V! Congratulations!! Email studiokatiagiveaway@gmail.com with the subject Erica Blog Hop Winner to claim your prize!

Now for the two cards I have done for this post. I used the It’s Your Birthday stamp (at the time of writing it’s unsurprisingly out of stock, but make sure to sign up for in-stock notifications) from Studio Katia.

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The two cards are basically the same, except for the colour of the embossing powder and some of the sizing. One is white and the other is gold. I can’t really pick a fave myself, I keep switching back and forth between them.

If you aren’t a blog reading kind of crafter, CLICK HERE to go to the YouTube video showing how I made these. I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my channel and like my video while you are there!

Ok, back to the written word! The backgrounds are done with the fun Radiating Star Stencil from Neat & Tangled, and an assortment of Catherine Pooler inks. Clockwise from 12 o’clock we have Bellini, Coral Cabana, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey and Limoncello.

To help keep the stencil in place and get clean, crisp lines, I used Pixie Spray (seriously a life saver when it comes to stencils with fine details!) on the stencil a few minutes before I placed it on the card stock. Which is Strathmore Bristol Vellum by the way. I also added some PostIt tape along the edges to get that white frame around it and for extra stay-in-place power. That’s totally a saying now.

Each section was blocked off with sheets of paper and held in place with PostIt tape. Then, with the help of my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I blended each colour, one by one. You might notice that the centre bit is darker and then the colour goes lighter towards the edges. I think it helps draw the eye in and create some dimension, in an otherwise rather flat design.

The white embossing powder is from Wow! Embossing Powder and the other one is done with Antique Gold from Altenew. Before doing any heat embossing I use my pillow like anti-static tool very generously over the panels. Then, with the help of my Mini MISTI, I stamped the big sentiment ‘Happy Birthday To You’ from It’s Your Birthday, in the middle with VersaMark ink. A generous sprinkling of embossing powder later, a tap-tap to get the excess off and then it was go-time with the heat gun.

I didn’t wait long enough between the ink blending and the stamping with the gold one though and ended up having to clean it up a little with a small paint brush before heating up the embossing powder. I’d like to be able to say that’s the last time that will happen but it’s very, very likely it will happen again and again. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

With both of the panels ink blended and heat embossed, they got trimmed down a little bit to leave a white frame on the card base. Then, with the help of foam sheets cut to size, I adhered them to their card bases. Aaaaaand almost *ALMOST* left them as they were. But, I couldn’t resist adding some fabulous sequins from Studio Katia. These are called Crystal Clear Fusion and I used them all the time, they are amongst my all-time favourite embellishments.

Well, my friends, that’s it! Except to mention that I have used affiliate links in this post for everything I have used in case I have inspired you to pick up a thing or tw… elve (no judgement) for yourself. Using Affiliate links cost you absolutely NOTHING extra but I get a small commission from the companies directly if/when you do. I use anything I make towards the running of my blog and now my YouTube channel so thank you from the bottom of my heart if you use mine. I do not take it for granted and every little helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Concord & 9th Stripes & Sayings Feature Friday!

Hi guys!

Today Concord & 9th is shining the spotlight on the Stripes & Sayings stamp set as part of the July release Feature Friday.

I have four cards to show off today, so not quite the epic like last week, lol! Click HERE if you missed that post. You shouldn’t need to rehydrate and bring a snack for this one.

Right, let’s get right to it! My first card is a rainbow-tastic creation, using a different colour Distress Oxide ink on each stripe. The marvellous MISTI was a huge help for this. I wanted a bit of a shabby chic look and to achieve this I only stamped each stripe once so it wasn’t too perfect. I also dabbed a bit of the next colour on the stripe, to make it more “grungy”.

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Because I am one of those people who can’t bear covering up a pretty background, I decided to keep it simple sentiment wise and just use the Say Hello diecut, another Concord & 9th gem. The shadowy part I cut out of vellum and the word part is gold mirror card stock. A few matte gold sequins finished it off and that’s it.

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My second card was a lot quicker: On a black card base (I love Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice card stock) I stamped the stripes with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink. Again, only one time but if you want a brighter, more opaque look, stamp it again until you are happy with the colour. If this is your approach, a MISTI will make your life a lot easier.

I smeared Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink directly on the stripes, then stamped it onto a piece of water colour card stock. I used my MISTI for this. Once I had dried the panel with my heat gun, I placed it back in the MISTI and rearranged the stripes so they would go in the blank spaces between the stamped stripes. Using Memento Black Tuxedo ink and stamping a few times, the white spaces filled in quite nicely. They are not completely solid as the water colour card stock is textured but I kinda like it!

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The same Say Hello diecut came out and I cut it out of the colour/black stripes panel. I also cut one out of foam sheet and attached to the back of the first one. This got placed on the card base to line up with the black stripes. A quick stamp job with some of the sentiments available in the Say Hello stamp set (this is the coordinating set for the diecut I used for these first two cards) made the card say ‘Hello there, baby boy’. A few matte enamel dots in similar colours to what the ‘Hello’ is, were the last touch.

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My third card is another colour explosion. I ink blended Twisted Citron, Peacock Feather, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch on a piece of water colour card stock and then splattered some water droplets on it. The panel got a quick swish with the heat gun to dry it completely, then it got swept over with my anti-static tool and finally it was popped into my MISTI to be stamped with the Stripes using VersaMark ink. I used clear embossing powder to make the colours pop even more, I love this effect!

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To finish off the card I cut out a shape using the Ribbon Banner diecut, once in white card stock and once in foam sheet, and these were layered up. I probably should have stamped the sentiment first, just in case something went wrong but in this instance the crafting gods were on my side and I managed to stamp up ‘Congratulations, You’re amazing’ using sentiments from the Stripes & Sayings stamps. I used the same Distress Oxide ink colours as the background to create an ombré effect.

For a bit of added interest, I bunched up some gold thread and adhered it to the card by adding the banner over it. A few matte gold sequins scattered around were the last bits added.

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My last card also uses Distress Oxide inks but in yet another different way. I started out by heat embossing the heart stripe, in white, almost in the middle of a 5.5″x4.25″ panel. This is also water colour card stock. Then I added some colour by ink blending Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry around the edges. For some reason or another, I didn’t like where it was going but didn’t want to waste the panel so it was time to MacGyver it a bit. What to do, what to do….? Well, the answer came with adding shimmer. When in doubt, add shimmer, right??

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To add some gold shimmer to the panel and to rescue it from the bin, I got my Gansai Tambi Starry Color water colour palette out. These are my go-to-shimmers. I love them! I decided to use No905 Light Gold and with a very wide brush I smeared it on in a circle like motion. It kind of ended up looking like a pink and gold eye of a tornado! Aaaaaand, because I was on a big roll by now, I also splattered more pink ink on the panel.

Once it was completely dry, I popped it into my Mini MISTI and stamped the Heartfelt Smile stamp on it with black ink. I had to stamp it quite a few times to make it show up, due to all the shimmer on the background. With a wet tissue I cleaned off the paint and ink from the hearts to make them show up better and to finish off the card, I cut out three hearts using one of the diecuts from the Triple-step Thank You set. One I dabbed Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink on, the next one Worn Lipstick and the last one I merely ‘framed’ with gentle dabs of the ink blending tool I still had Picked Raspberry ink on. These were added to the card using different height foam tape to create some dimension and interest.

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Phew, ok, maybe I was a bit overly optimistic in the beginning of this post about it not being epic… Sorry about that but yay for it being Friday, right?? Who is crafting this weekend? I sure am!

Right, before I sign off, I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly, Concord & 9th for instance, if you click on one of these links and buy yourself a little something-something. At ZERO extra cost to you, I’d like to add, so it’s a win-win if you choose to support me like this. It really does mean the world to me so thanks in advance!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica