Exciting news!! Introducing the Card Makers Success Summit!

Hi guys!

I have something exciting to share today, and it’s been long in the making.

It’s so totally outside of my comfort zone, and it’s taken a lot of head-scratching, wailing against the technology vendetta that has definitely amped up against me as well as push me way past what I ever thought I would volunteer to do. Without further ado, let me introduce the Card Maker Success Summit hosted by Stamp Me Some Love aka Brandi Mahon!

It’s a free online card making event taking place in a couple of weeks! It kicks off on Facebook on the 14th and then the 15-18th of July it’s class, after class, after class of fabulous creators and so much inspiration. This year’s Christmas card making will be such a breeze with all these ideas!

Registration is officially OPEN for the Card Maker Success Summit!

This summit was created to help you develop a game plan for your holiday card making project. Think ‘Christmas In July’ but on steroids!

There are 25+ incredible speakers, teachers basically, with topics ranging from Ink Blending to Interactive Cards, and everything in between. I’m both terrified and excited that I am one of the speakers!

It’s going to be 4 action-packed days that you won’t want to miss!

Click the link below to learn more and get your free ticket. Who’s excited?!

Register FREE for the Card Maker Success Summit now!

See you there!

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

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

My blog (that’s right here)


My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

Concord & 9th shop 


Hexagon Label Dies


Hey Bestie Bundle


Hey Bestie Stamp


Big Coloured Cardstock Bundle 


Assorted Cardstock Bundle 


Ink Pad And Cardstock Bundle


Ink Cube and Assorted Cardstock Bundle


Ink Pad Bundle


Ink Cube Bundle 


Neat & Tangled Shop 


The diecut is no longer available from N&T, sadly. 

Studio Katia Shop


Crystal Clear Fusion mix


The links below lead to Ellen Hutson

Thank You Cards Aftermath Of A Facebook Live!

Hi guys!

This week I was roped into doing another Facebook Live session in the Stamp Nation FB group. And by ‘roped in’ I mean volunteered, lol! This has become a fun way to play with the new release and I hope we will keep doing it! The Flutters & Blooms release will be available tomorrow!

I used the Big Thanks stamp set and made so many panels ready for cards, with the help of almost all my Catherine Pooler inks.

Before the event I had already stamped up a few and even made one complete card, but then *SHOCK, HORROR* I ran out of tape runner! Oh, the drama! I have some liquid adhesive but I don’t like how it warps the card stock so I just set aside all my panels until new tape runners arrived.

Each one has three shades of the same colour family to create the Thanks, stamped in a sideways ombré way. This is so easy with the help of a MISTI, which I am totally useless without. On each new colour I have gone over the ink-line with a blender brush to soften it, as I didn’t want hard, harsh lines where the new ink came in.

Yellow: Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel

Orange/Red: Bellini, Coral Cabana, Rockin’ Red

Pink: It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia

Blue: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Teal: Mint To Be, Aquatini, All That Jazz

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey

During the live I tried some other colour combinations and one that was a total surprise was the Unicorn Hair one! This combo I sort of stumbled into by seeing the shades on the stamp from doing other colours. To create the look, I started with It’s A Boy, then overlapped that with It’s A Girl and then added a little bit of Be Mine to add some darker pink at the top of the stamp.

Another one that was a revelation was this one!

I mixed Limoncello, Garden Party, Aquatini, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush and it turned out so cool! Almost like an 80’s print, don’t you think?

The yellow/orange/red one was actually a mistake, albeit a happy one! I mis-remembered which colour I used on this and picked the wrong one.

It should have been Orange Peel but I used Mandarin Spice, which was a lot darker but gave the Thanks a great look! I finished this one off by stamping ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ in Rockin’ Red over the S.

As a lover of blue, I did another one in blue too but switched up the final colour. On my original panel I used It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed and then Suede Shoes.

I decided to use Juniper Mist on the one I made during the Facebook live session instead, and it actually ended up with some turquoise bits on it as well. The new one got the sentiment stamped up on it as well, with Midnight ink.

In between inks, the Stamp Scrubber from Picket Fence Studios, came in so handy! A quick wipe and the Thanks stamp was clean and ready for the next colour.

Well, that’s plenty enough jibber-jabbering from me. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. I would greatly appreciate it if you use my affiliate link to shop if you do like my work. They do no cost you anything extra and any earnings I get from these, go straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel to keep things fun and fresh for you.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and sane!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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

My blog (that’s right here)


My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook

#SpreadJoyNotGerms Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is part of the MASSIVE #SpreadJoyNotGerms blog hop, hosted by Catherine Pooler and The Hedgehog Hollow. You should have come here from Ute Berger and the next stop is The Hedgehog Hollow blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire hop lineup on both Catherine Pooler‘s blog and The Hedgehog Hollow’s blog.

Because Catherine Pooler is one of the hosts of the hop I have used a whole array of her inks to create a couple of bright and vivid backgrounds, as a starting point. Then I sprinkled these with some magic aka heat embossing, as I’m also on the WOW! Embossing DT.

On one panel I inkblended directly onto Bristol Vellum card stock, on another I did the ink blending through a stencil, Swoop stencil, to leave some white space on the background too. As a yin and yang to each other.

The inks I have used are Limoncello, Lime Rickey, All That Jazz, Suede Shoes, Grape Crush, Rockin Red and Mandarin Spice. I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each ink so I could go back and add more colour or even out the blend. It’s a big investment having so many brushes but it really is worth building up your collection if you do a lot of ink blending.

After cleaning off the stencil I put it back on the rainbow background panel, and dabbed the Embossing Pad right over it. Then I sprinkled Opaque Bright White embossing powder on it, which I then set with the lowest setting of the heat tool. Even though I used the heat tool to dry the ink AND an anti-static tool, there are still some stray bits of embossing powder on the panel. Sometimes that can’t be helped, but if you really don’t like the look, leave your panel to dry overnight and then make sure your stencil is very clean and dry before using it.

To finish off the cards I used a diecut and stamp combo from Hero Arts. The die says ‘Thinking of you‘, and it has some sweet stamps to make a longer sentiment. For these cards I used the ‘puts a smile on my face’, which I stamped up with black ink on white cards stock with the help of my black Mini MISTI. These are cut out using a small banner die.

The word sentiment I cut it out of black card stock, eight times, and stacked four together to make two nice, sturdy ones. Both the Licorice card stock and the liquid glue are from Lawn Fawn.

On top of these I dabbed the Embossing pad very generously and then sprinkled Clear Gloss embossing powder on, set this with the heat gun and did the whole thing again, to make them super shiny and puffy.

This is a fun technique to use when you want lots of height and mega shine on your word diecuts. By doing the heat embossing twice, you also get the added height from the gloss. I absolutely love this and prefer this technique to adding Glossy Accents and having to wait for that to dry. These are ready to use as soon as they have cooled down, which only take a minute.

With all these bits and pieces ready, it was quick work to add the backgrounds to white card bases, and add the word die cut as well as the little banner. I love how they turned out and will be sending these out to friends I haven’t seen in ages.

What do you think? Ink blending or heat embossing through the stencil? Which one is your favourite?

There is also a video over on the WOW! Embossing YouTube as well as my own YouTube channel, if you wanted to have a little peek at the making of these cards.

You might have seen this card already, but it’s so fitting for the theme of this hop, I thought I’d add it in here too. I used a new-to-me stamp from Trinity Stamps, called Folded Hugs. It has a sweet message and gorgeous font.

After prepping some Bristol Vellum paper with an anti-static tool, with the black Mini MISTI and the Embossing pad, I got a good stamp done with this Folded Hug stamp from Trinity Stamps. I sprinkled Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder over this and then set that with my WOW! Heat tool

To add bright, happy colours I have used re-inkers from Ink On 3 to do some quick water colouring. In a plastic tray, I dripped a few drops of each colour into the wells and then added Liquid Pixie Dust to them. This adds gorgeous colour AND shimmer in one fell swoop! The colours I used are Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green.

There is a video for this card too, over on my YouTube channel.

That’s it from me for today, I hope you have enjoyed these cards and the hop! By leaving a comment on my blog here, you will be in the running for a $20 gift voucher to Catherine Pooler!!

If you found some inspiration here and want to grab some of these goodies for yourself, I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post for your convenience.

If you shop using these links I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me this way, I really appreciate the support and encouragement it gives me. Any money I make from this goes directly back into running my blog and YouTube channel to keep the content fresh, fun and free for you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

PRIZES We have 31 Sponsors!!  The prizes will be randomly drawn from all the blogs and all the comments. Leave as many comments on as many blogs as you can, that will increase your chances of winning!  Some of the companies are also offering discounts and freebies. That info will be found on the company blogs, it’ll be like a scavenger hunt for crafty deal!

Deadline to enter is April 24 for prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27 on the Catherine Pooler and The Hedgehog Hollow’s blogs.

Product lists below 

Catherine Pooler shop http://shop.catherinepooler.com?aff=75

Inks https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink?aff=75

Other products used are from Hero Arts

Hero Arts shop


Black MISTI’s


Thinking Of You stamp and diecut 


Scrapbook dot com shop

Thinking Of You stamp and dies


All Black MISTI’s


Black Original MISTI 




Lawn Fawn


Glue tube 




Rainbow Pack 


Black Licorice 


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

My blog (that’s right here)


My YouTube channel

CaCaCraft on Facebook