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

 

The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello!

Today I’m unveiling a new series that I’m calling ’12 Weekends of Christmas’. The idea behind this series is to help me get ahead of Christmas crafting, and do a little bit each month rather than stress like a lunatic for a couple of months to get everything ready. If all goes to plan, I will have a new blog post in this series, the first weekend of the month for the rest of the year. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out but here we go!

Ideally this first post would have been about some cards that are easily mass-produced but are still lovingly handmade. If you don’t mind making the same design over and over, decide on one early and then make the bits for them when you have time. Then you can easily put the cards together step by step at a later date.

For today I have made three cards using some Neat & Tangled goodies. The main stamp set I have used is Beary Merry, along with its coordinating diecut. All three cards feature the bear, which I have coloured with Copics. One is with Warm Gray, one with Cool Gray and one with Neutral Gray. To give them all some personality their scarves are all done in different colours and different ways. I do love the stripy blue one the most, but then I’m obsessed with blues of all shades.

It’s nice to see the difference in the appearance of the colours next to each other like this, on the same image. To me, it’s a lot clearer that there are differences when you look at them like this, rather than on the colour chart. It might have something to do with the fact it’s on an image, rather than little boxes?

The first card I put together was this one. I knew I had to possess that Fa La La cover plate as soon as I saw it. My love affair with cover plates from Neat & Tangled is going nowhere fast and I don’t think it will ever fade to be honest. I’m also totally ok with that, lol!

As I had given the bear a teal/turquoise scarf I thought I’d use some nice metallic, textured card stock in a mint green colour for the Fa La La background. I have a metal shim pad from Lawn Fawn I use in my BigShot to get a good cut but if you don’t have one, you can simply add a sheet of paper between the plates to add more pressure and run in through your machine twice.

For this first card I also coloured in a penguin, a snowman and the cup from the Beary Merry stamp set and cut these out with the coordinating diecuts too. The bear also got a foam sheet layer cut out, to raise him up and add dimension to the card. On the bear itself I have doodled with a Colourless Blender marker to create a fur-like texture.

I have used one of the sentiments from the Beary Merry stamp set ‘Wishing you Holiday Happiness’ here and it’s heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. The speech bubble is also from Altenew, it’s from a diecut set called ‘Speech Bubbles’ and it has a fun coordinating stamp set too (which I don’t have).

When it came time to put the card together, the Fa La La background piece was first of all adhered to a white card base. I used my Nuvo glue pen for this to get glue in all the small spaces. When that was done, I placed the snowman and the penguin so that they would peek out from behind the bear and then glued them down using the same Nuvo glue pen. The cup was adhered in the same way, in the bear’s paws. As the foam sheet I use is double-sided it was a quick job of peeling that off the back of the bear and adhering him to the card.

The speech bubble was also adhered with foam, squares from Stix2 Anything and the final flourish for this card was a good sprinkling of Crystal Clear Sequins, from Studio Katia, in various sizes. I always use Glossy Accents when adhering sequins, for me that works best.

Card no2 is done the opposite way and is so CAS/Clean And Simple I nearly threw myself a parade! CAS is NOT my forte, no ma’am! I love the look but oh my goodness, when I attempt it myself I take the highway express right into Overthinking-ville.

This one was no exception. The only thing I knew for sure I wanted to do was do a negative diecutting thing where the surrounding area of the card is raised up and the Beary Merry bear is lower. I cant’ remember what this technique is called but do you get my drift? Well, so far so good. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

I toyed with the idea of doing some ink blending on the background but seriously had such a hard time to decide on what to do and not to do, I set it aside and coloured another bear instead.

Which lead me to card no3. I had only planned on two to begin with but things don’t always (read: ‘hardly ever’) go to plan in my craft room. I’m a very…. what’s the word I’m looking for here? Messy? Impulsive? Somewhat impatient? It’s a good trail mix of all three actually.

My third bear got more texture thanks to lots of dotting with a Colourless Blender marker, all three are finished off in different ways to make them a bit more individual. His scarf is also the only one that’s done with stamps (the snowflake from Snow Fun , another Neat & Tangled stamp set) and the colours I have used are the same ones I ended up using for the background. They are both Distress Oxide inks and the colours are Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I do love my blues!

For the background I blended the aforementioned colours using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and the Landscape Duo Stencil stencil from Neat & Tangled. The ink blending is done directly onto a white card base and I’ve overlapped the colours a little to create a fun pattern.

In the top left corner I stamped ‘Have a very Merry Christmas‘ in black ink. In hindsight, I should have heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of this to make it pop a bit more. I did add some Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose though.

This bear also got a blue present to hold on to and with a final splattering of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, the card was done.

That leaves us with the CAS card… I decided to stop over-thinking it and quickly cut out a banner (from Lawn Fawn, the stamp and diecut set is Home Sweet Home) and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in black in on it. This from MFT Stamps and the stamp set is called Greetings Galore, it’s a really versatile one with lots of great sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Years ago, when I was on the Studio Katia Design Team, I got a bag of these snowflake embellishments and I have been hoarding them as they are no longer available. But I pulled my big girl panties up, took a deep breath and dove into the bag. I added quite a few but I still think it looks quite CAS.

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With that I’m all done for this time, however I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you click on one of these and end up buying a little something-something. Using affiliate links is a great way to support your favourite crafters while shopping, without it costing you a single thing. How is that for a win-win situation? I’d also like to say a big thank you in advance if you choose to use mine when you shop, I really do appreciate it so much and it always gives me a huge thrill to see that someone loved my project enough to buy the products I used for it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Yes, even that CAS one in the end, lol!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

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Playing with the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a few cards I made with one of my newest obsessions: the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh. As soon as I saw this fun diecut I knew I needed it in my life. The Design Team at PPP have teased my creativity and I have seen so many super fun projects with it. I couldn’t wait to get mine and get to work in the craft room.

The first card I made with it came together so quickly and I love how it looks! It’s inspired by a card Laura Bassen made, but I put my own spin on it by changing a few things. Quite a few things in the end but her card was the inspiration behind this one.

I was in the zone while making it and didn’t take any progress photos at all but for the next three I made sure to stop and do just that. The sequins I used for the baubles are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Fusion.

While I had the diecut out, I cut out enough pieces to make another four trees. I had lots of colour ideas for these and got to work right away!

Naturally I had to make a pink tree. Although I would probably never get an actual pink Christmas tree, it is so fun to try different colour combos for these. All the inks I used are Distress Oxides. On this one I have used only Picked Raspberry, doing a bit of an ombré look on each bit.

I used my Pink Fresh Studio Life Changing Blender brushes for all the ink blending. These brushes have changed how I do ink blending and I adore how they feel as well as the fact it is really easy to get a soft, light blend. I’m a convert for sure!

The next colour combo was pink (Picked Raspberry) and purple (Wilted Violet)

Sadly I completely messed this one up when I went to heat emboss some Gold Tinsel embossing powder on it. I tried dabbing on VersaMark ink from the re-inker bottle to make it very juicy so it would pick up lots of embossing powder. It turned into a lava-like concoction that wouldn’t set…! Oh well, you live and learn.

The third colour combination is the same as the first card: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for a nice green tree.

On these pieces I heat embossed Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing Powders to make it look like it was covered in snow.

While I was on a roll with the WOW! Embossing powder and had my heat gun out, I also did a background using Christmas Background from MFT Stamps. My anti static tool was first dusted all over the panel of course. Then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the background, sprinkled Metallic Gold Rich on it and set it.

The panel was trimmed down a little bit and adhered to a card base made out of Evergreen card stock. This is from Lawn Fawn and they have a fabulous selection of coloured card stock. I use these a lot for card bases that need to have a colour as the card stock is nice and sturdy.

To finish off the card, I heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set. Both the banner and the stamp set are from MFT Stamps and the heat embossing is done in the same Metallic Gold Rich as the background.

The tree and the banner are both adhered to the card with foam tape to raise them up a little and add some fun dimension. The tree trunk piece is done with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

After this one was done, I went back to my pink tree and decided to use it with a muted background colour scheme to make the pink pop.

On a panel of Kraft card stock, I embossed the Stitched Wood Grain cover up die from Lil’Inker. It adds such a lovely texture to the card stock. The trunk is cut out of gold glitter card stock for an extra jazzy tree!

On the back, I again used foam tape. As these trees are angular and with bits poking out, I have puzzled together different pieces to avoid wasting it. Once it’s stuck to the card, nobody will know that there are like 52 pieces on the back of it, rather than one big one, lol!

On a card base I adhered the wood grain embossed panel, which had been trimmed down a little bit, and then added my tree to it. Another banner with ‘Merry Christmas‘ was added under it and lots of Nuvo Drops, from Tonic Studios, in White Blizzard to the tree itself.

The last tree was done in four different colours, one for each layer. From top to bottom: Old Paper, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.

The tree trunk for this tree is cut out of patterned paper with a wood grain look. Perfect or what?

For this background I wanted something different from the others so I got some more Distress Oxide inks out, this time in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. These two I blended onto a panel, with the lighter in the middle and darker around the edges. Sort of like a lit up spot or halo effect.

At the bottom I wanted a snowy hill for my tree to sit on so I cut out a hill shape out of some paper and used this as a stencil to dab on VersaMark ink. This I covered very generously in Puff Powder and set with the heat gun. Then I did the same thing again to really build some texture! It came out great! I wish you could feel it.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone here so I got the Starry Color palette out and splattered White Gold water colour all over the panel.

Aaaaaand while I was on a roll to make this one different in more than one way, I decided to make a garland with some seeded beads and silver thread. This was quite fiddly work but so worth the time! I did have to secure a few of them with Glossy Accents to make sure they hang properly.

At the time of writing I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to this or not. What do you think? Yay or nay on adding a sentiment?

Bravo to you if you have managed to make to here, this turned into a bit of an essay. Or maybe it just feels like it because of all the pictures. I’d love some feedback on this, what do you like to see in blog posts? Progress photos with step by step instructions or just the finished card and condensed instructions and why? Many, many thanks if you take the time to answer some of these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

I also need to tell you I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. This means that I will get a small commission directly from the company if you use these links to buy something for yourself (and why shouldn’t you?) at absolutely zero cost to you. All other links are provided for your convenience if you want to snap up some of these products for yourself (and again, why wouldn’t you?? Sorry for the enabling, I can’t help myself)

Thanks for stopping by today and see you all again soon! Don’t forget to subscribe or follow my blog for notifications when new contents get added. If you want to see more of my work and daily crafty shenanigans, head on over to my Instagram page and follow me there.

Thanks again, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Studio Katia Lovely Blooms cards, two different ways

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If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop with Studio Katia but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two: A trio of Birthday Cards and A Japanese Peony shaker card. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on and there are prizes to win, eh??

Those who know me, knows I love flowers and florals of all kinds so this Lovely Blooms stamp set was right up my street. I’m also a big fan of the aforementioned Japanese Peony and also You’re So Ranunculus from Studio Katia.

LovelyBloomsClearStamp_previewI used Canson XL watercolour card stock for this one and trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5”x4.24”. This watercolour card stock is lovely for a softer look and I like that it has some subtle texture which looks great once it’s coloured on.

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To make sure I got no stray embossing powder, I used my anti-static tool all over it first, then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed Ranger Ink clear embossing powder over it. I’ve not had great luck with black embossing powder in the past so when I want black lines, this is what I do. I have heard very good things about the Nuvo Black embossing powder but haven’t tried it myself yet.

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Using my Zig Clean Color markers, I coloured the flowers in with BRIGHT and vivid colours. I really wanted them to pop so I have used very little water to dilute the colour, rather using a lighter coloured marker to do the blending. The leaves are coloured with green markers, and once dry, I added some details with a white gel pen. I very nearly added details to the flowers too but decided against it in the end.

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The background needed a little something and as I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré at the moment, I did a black ombré look for it. This is also done with the Zigs. Even with all that drama added, I felt it needed something else so I splattered gold paint all over it. I used Light Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette and I use this one for almost all my shimmer! It has so many different shades of gold, you are spoilt for choice! It’s hard to photograph though, but I can assure you it’s very shimmery in real life.

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To finish it off it needed a sentiment so I heat embossed ‘Celebrate ….a little late!’ from the Birthday Greetings stamp set, in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a slim strip of black card stock, adhered it to the card with some foam tape and then added the whole thing to a card base made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock.

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My second floral card is pretty much the opposite of the first one. I heat embossed this one also but I used Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder for the Lovely Bloom stamp itself, which I had placed in the upper right corner on my Canson XL A2 sized panel.

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These I coloured in using Daniel Smith watercolours, both with H2O water brushes and normal watercolour brushes. I was very inspired by a birthday card I received earlier in the month, I love the colours on it and used that as a mood board for inspiration so to say. The hardest thing was letting the colours dry in between the layers in order to add some depth and highlights to the flowers.

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A simple ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment, from Blooming Bunch, was heat embossed in the same Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder in the bottom left corner to keep the card cohesive looking. I very nearly added a word diecut to it instead but The Man convinced me that heat embossing the sentiment was the way forward. And I think he was right!

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The card was finished off with a few Majestic Confetti embellishments, in different sizes, for a little bit of added interest. These are adhered using Multi Media Matte adhesive.

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Finally, the panel was added to a card base, again made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock. The adhesive I use when it’s water colour card stock, is TomBow Xtreme Adhesive Tape Runner, it is the best I’ve found so far but it is still not perfect. I do find that if I have used lots of colour or water on the paper, that nothing sticks to it super well. I am still on the outlook for that perfect adhesive so if you have a fave, please do let me know!

As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

 

Studio Katia 2nd Anniversary blog hop!

 

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is one of the stops on the fabulous blog hop celebrating Studio Katia’s 2nd anniversary! You should have come here from Amy Rysavy’s blog but no matter where you have come from, WELCOME! The full list of the hop will be at the bottom of this post as well as on the Studio Katia blog, in case you get lost on the way.

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This new release is full of fabulous things, you are not gonna want to miss out!! Don’t forget to hop along and comment on each blog for a chance to win!

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY info: Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop, winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop! Two winners will be chosen from each day, from all the comments left on all the blogs and announced on the Studio Katia blog on Sunday 3rd of June so make sure to comment before Saturday 2nd! 

Now all that is out of the way, let’s get to the crafting: In true Erica style I have gone a bit mad with my projects but I had so much fun with these stamps, dies and embellishments I just couldn’t stop myself! In order to keep this rather short and sweet, I’ve shown all the cards here with a quick description of what I’ve used for each one and then I’ve written up separate blog posts for them, which you could always come back to later if you are interested in the step-by-steps. You can find all the supplies I’ve used for these cards at Studio Katia, Altenew and Scrapbook.com

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Cards number one, two and three are all made with the new Birthday Greetings stamp set. The first few steps are practically the same: I took a sheet of acetate, drew up a grid on it as guidance, which I then placed in my MISTI over an A2 sized card front. Using the cheat sheet as a guide, I placed lots of the stamps from the set in one of the boxes.

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The first card is done with black card stock and the sentiments heatembossed with Altenew’s Golden Peach and Antique Gold embossing powders. The panel is first dusted with a anti-static tool and the first section stamped with VersaMark ink, then after turning it around in the MISTI, I stamped it again.

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A liberal dusting of embossing powder and setting with the heat gun later, it was time to move the stamps and go it all again. Once all set and cooled down, the panel was adhered to a card base and a generous sprinkling of Crystal Rainbow Confetti later, adhered with Multi Media Matte, card no1 was done.

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The second card was done in the same fashion, only on Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock and with white embossing powder. To add some colour to it I rubbed some Distress Oxide ink pads over it to add LOTS of ink and then blended them together with a blending tool. The colours I have used are Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistashio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

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The March Mermaid gems were just the perfect embellishments for this card, the colours couldn’t have been better matched! I added lots of different sized ones and finished it off with the sentiment ‘May your birthday be as awesome as you are!’ heatembossed in white on a strip of black card stock.

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Card no3 is done almost the same as the first two, only this one is stamped with Distress Oxide inks directly onto a white card base, using Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral.

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This one also got a very generous helping of Satin Rainbow Confetti embellishments to make it look like confetti raining down. I picked out pieces to match the ink colours and adhered them with Multi Media Matte adhesive again. Card no3 was done. This was the quickest on out of the three for sure.

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If you want to read more about the makings of these cards with the Birthday Greeting stamp set, includind some step-by-step and more photos, CLICK HERE.

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For my next card, I’ve gone floral! Those who know me, knows I love flowers and florals of all kinds so this Lovely Blooms stamp set was right up my street.

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I used Canson XL watercolour card stock for this one and trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5”x4.24”. It’s stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heatembossed with Ranger Ink clear embossing powder over it. Using my Zig Clean Color markers, I coloured the flowers in with BRIGHT and vivid colours.

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The background needed a little something and as I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré at the moment, I did a black ombré look for it. Even with all that drama added, I felt it needed something else so I splattered gold paint all over it. To finish it off, I heat embossed ‘Celebrate ….a little late!’ In Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a slim strip of black card stock, adhered it to the card with some foam tape and then added the whole thing to a card base.

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My second floral card is pretty much the opposite of the first one. I heat embossed this one also but I used Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder for the Lovely Bloom stamp itself, which I had placed in the upper right corner.

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These I coloured in using Daniel Smith watercolours, both with H2O water brushes and normal watercolour brushes. I was very inspired by a birthday card I received earlier in the month, I loved the colours on it and used that as a mood board for inspiration.

A simple ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment, from Blooming Bunch, was heat embossed in the same Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder in the bottom left corner and the card was finished off with a few Majestic Confetti embellishments.

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For more in-depth details about these two cards, CLICK HERE.

My last card is inspired by the card I made for last years anniversary blog hop. I love how that one turned out and I actually still have it. That’s it just below.

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This years shaker card features the absolutely stunning Japanese Peony stamp, the new standalone diecut Scalloped Window, as well as some of the new embellishments in the shaker compartment. The flower I had already coloured in, using Zig Clean Color markers, hence the vibrant colours. I also made a few extra leaves. I have a time-lapse video of the colouring of the flower on my Instagram page, CLICK HERE to watch it.

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To create the rest of the card I cut out the Scalloped Window at the bottom of an A2 panel, adhered some acetate to the back of it, cut some foam tape to size and diecut that to create the shaker compartment. I added Chunky Confetti Glitter, Light Blue Stars and Sparkling Sea Confetti to it and sealed it with a piece of watercolour card stock I had swirled some very diluted silvery blue paint on. The idea was to make it look like a water filled vase.

I also splattered some black Gansai Tambi paint and gold from the Starry Color palette on the front to add even more interest. Once that was dry, I added the flower and the leaves using foam tape. Ta-da!

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For more about this card, including step-by-step instructions and photos, CLICK HERE.

I hope you have found some inspiration here and have enjoyed my many, many projects sorry (but #SorryNotSorry really) about that but when inspiration strikes I just run with it! Blame Studio Katia for making fabulous stuff, lol!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, to Studio Katia amongst others, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me, my little blog and my big crafting journey in this way! I really, really appreciate it.

Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping, crafting and inspiration!

Lots of love from Erica

The next stop of this hop is the amazing Laura Volpes!

Here is the full list of the blog hop, in case you get lost!

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Japanese Peony Shaker card with Studio Katia

Hello, hello, flower-lovers!

If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on, eh??

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This post is about the shaker card I made using the stamp set, Japanese Peony, by Studio Katia. I think this stamp is just stunning. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. That big bloom is so dramatic and simple in it’s gorgeousness, I think you can use it in so many different ways: on it’s own for a CAS one-layer card, or make a few of them for a big bouquet or like I have done here, one on it’s own as a shaker card. This is definitely one to add to your stash if you love flower stamps. It also has a coordinating diecut, which is fab, if like me you are not a fan of fussy cutting. 

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Let’s get on with the crafting part, shall we? I started out by heat embossing the flower in white on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water card stock as I knew I wanted to use Zig Clean Color markers to colour it in. This is my go-to watercolour card stock for Zig Markers. For fine details I like using Ranger Ink Extra Fine White embossing powder, it gets all the little bits and pieces without adding chunk, which I like. 

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Before I stamped the image with the VersaMark ink, I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool very generously. I use the little cushion type as I feel it gives a better coverage of the anti-static powder. It does leave a lot of baby-powder/corn starch/anti-static magic powder behind, but I think that’s a very minor thing to have to deal with given how good the benefits are. 

Once all prepped, I stamped the image using my Mini MISTI, added the embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I let it cool down for a minute while I got all my Zig markers out, water brushes and my kitchen roll I like having on hand when using these markers and brushes. Then it was time to colour! I have a time-lapse video of the colouring on my Instagram page, it’s about 30 minutes condensed down to about 30 seconds so it’s fast! CLICK HERE if you want to take a look. 

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I used a mix of purple and pink markers for the petals, and with some help from the water brushes I blended some of it out and diluted the colours here and there for highlights. You get amazingly vivid and rich colours with the Zig markers so if that’s your jam, you will love them!  

As the card design idea was built on my card from last years birthday blog hop(See picture below) I decided to make some extra leaves, just in case. For leaves I like mixing Turquoise greens with the light and yellow green markers. It gives such a lovely green colour. While the leaves were drying I started fussy cutting out the flower and by the time I was done with that, the leaves were dry enough to be cut out too. I will be getting the coordinating diecut asap because I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, plus I like the look the diecuts create.

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Setting these aside, it was time to start making the shaker part of the card. I used an A2 panel and cut out the new diecut, Scalloped Window, at the bottom, using my BigShot. Using a mixture of roll-on tape and a glue pen, I adhered some acetate for the window part. 

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This was going to be my ‘vase’ as the shape of the Scalloped Window diecut made me think of my many Alvar Aalto vases. Cutting out a piece of foam sheet slightly smaller than A2 I ran this through my BigShot too, making sure to place the diecut as accurately as possible. After adhering it carefully to the back of the acetate piece I turned it upside down to add some bling to the shaker part. 

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I used a mixture of Chunky Confetti Glitter, Light Blue Stars and Sparkling Sea Confetti. Apart from the Chunky Confetti Glitter, the rest of the sequin mix has blue hues to it to mimic the look of water in the vase.

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To seal the shaker compartment I used a piece of water colour card stock I had done a shimmery light blue wash on, to further help give the illusion of water in the vase. 

This whole thing was added to a card base, and as always I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock as this one definitely needed a very stable base. 

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You’d think that I’d just add the flower and the leaves at this point and be done but no. Oh no.. I decided that the front needed a little something more. Yes, at this point. Not at the point where it would be easy, like before I started diecutting and making shaker compartments. Nope. Well, I got my 36-pack of Gansai Tambi water colours out as well as the Starry Colors palette, a couple of brushes and after covering up the window to the shaker part, I splattered some black as well as some Light gold all over the panel.

Then of course you have to wait for it to dry so I started making some backgrounds as I still had plenty of paint on my brushes. I started out slathering the black paint at the bottom of an A2 panel cut out of water colour card stock and then adding a bit more water, I brushed it upwards to create an ombré effect. Using the left over Light Gold paint on my smallest, flat Distress Collage brush I started at the opposite end and brushed it from side to side, downwards. The results were so stunning I just had to try another one! 

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You might wonder what this has to do with the card I’m supposedly blogging about, but well, I very rarely have just one single project on the go so I thought why not share the crazy thought-process that goes on in my head and “behind the scenes”?

Being a big lover of blue, I turned my attention to the blue colours next! I absolutely love the deep, rich colour of no66 and no67 in the Gansai Tambi 36-pack and did the same thing on another A2 piece of water colour card stock. I added lots of colour at the bottom and then going from side to side with my paint brush and adding more water, created that gorgeous ombré effect. I’ve got a joke saying I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré but it’s only a half-joke, I’m totally in love with the look.

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For the blue piece I decided to just White Gold to add shimmer and it also turned out fab. It’s really hard to photograph shimmer though but I hope you get the idea. Or try it yourself! It’s great fun and I know what I will be doing the next time my mojo hides from me.

Right, anyway, back to the Japanese Peony now! Although, in fairness, at this stage it wasn’t much left to do, apart from adding foam tape to the back of the flower and arrange the loose leaves on the card base so they would get adhered with the foam tape. I know, I made a real song-and-dance about that, didn’t I, lol! As I couldn’t settle on a sentiment, I’ve left it blank on the front. That way, I can easily personalise it when I have someone to send it to or an occasion to celebrate.

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As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

 

Big bloom cards with Studio Katia stamps and gold accents!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is both part of my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team at Butterfly Reflections Ink as well as a bigger blog post with another two cards.

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I believe how quickly these 4 months on the BRI DT have gone and I have so enjoyed my time as part of it, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all with my posts there. If you are dreaming of being part of a no-drama, easy breezy design team, you should definitely apply to it. If not this time, next one!

I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland the last weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free. I am glad I made the most of the weather then as it’s since turned and it’s been raining on and off the last couple of days. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it. Here is a progress photo.

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Once I had coloured them all in and the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one for the first card and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps and I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

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On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

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My second card is done in a similar way, just a very different colour scheme and another technique. This flower is fushia pink, and I went with a dark grey card base and gold and turquoise leaves.

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I cut out more leaves out of the watercolour card stock and added some colour to them with Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Turquoise and Undersea Green and a water colour brush. Whilst those were drying I came up with an idea of adding some fun interest to the gold mirror card stock leaves! I got the Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and with a stubby water colour brush I dabbed some on the leaves and set aside to dry.

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Another idea formed whilst I was doing that, so I got the Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and dabbed that on the turquoise leaves too. I didn’t want it to be too “perfect” so the dabbing was quite random.

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The card base I ended up using is made out of Lawn Fawn Narwhal Card stock and I had both stamped a circular ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on it in black ink as well as done some ink blending on it before. However, I didn’t really like it so the idea came to cover it up with the flower and the leaves so I could still use the card base.

I used foam tape on the back of the flower and placed all the leaves around it but left enough space for the sentiment to show through. With a firm press down to adhered the flower and all the leaves to the card base, the second card was done.

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My third card is a bit different in that it’s loosely coloured as well as it being partially diecut, rather than completely.

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I wanted to keep part of the water colour card stock around the flower so I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle and placed the flower so it would be in the upper area of the cut out.

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I carried on with the diecut leaves and the water colouring of them, only I ended up using another idea. By placing the coordinating diecut for the flower in my BigShot slightly off the plate so it wouldn’t cut it all the way around, I ran it through.

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With the panel ready to be used, I mounted the back of it with foam tape and making sure the cut out bit of the flower was higher so I could slot my leaves in. To frame the  card I used Sticky Note Lawn Fawn card stock for the card base and adhered this whole thing to it.

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I kept the sentiment really simple by using Neat & Tangled diecut, called Hooray, cut out of gold hammered card stock. I didn’t even use foam tape for this one! Just liquid glue pen, which is great for all those little fiddly bits, and glued it down flat. With that, the last card was done.

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All three cards are made with the same focal stamp, the Thank you So Much from Studio Katia, and the same accent dienamic ‘Wild Greenery’ from MFT Stamps.

My BigShot got such a workout in the making of these cards, the handle fell off. A quick “surgery” later, it was fine again, thank goodness! I will be replacing it pronto as soon as it bites the dust for real though, a diecutting machine is absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Right-y-o, if you have managed to hang in there until the end, I salute you and think you deserve a cookie! I also need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links to Studio Katia, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps in this post, as I always do when possible. If you end up using one of these links and purchase something, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you chose to support me and my crafting journey this way, I really do appreciate it a lot!

With that, I’m off to convince my little chicas to go for a walk in the drizzle. Not sure how well that’s going to go down, we are not fans of rain in this house, lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Lots of love from Erica