Going ‘dotty’ over the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with some fun cards made with one of my favourite cover plates, Falling Circles, from Neat & Tangled.

These cards are not over worked, or over-thought out, just put together with the focus on the colours I picked. Navy, white and gold is a classic combination and I love how they came out.

The white and navy card stock was sent to me by Paper Mill Direct UK, without expectation to promote them, but I love how sturdy they are. Perfect for die cutting and card bases.

The gold card stock is from Tonic Studios, and this one is called Honey Gold. It’s a satin effect mirror card stock and comes in a variety of goooooorgeous colours!

After using the Falling Circles cover plate on all the card stocks, it was time to start puzzling. On the back off each panel I adhered foam tape so it was easy to get each dot to stick. This was done quite randomly. None of the three are exactly the same, which I really like.

Once all the panels were filled, I adhered them all to white card bases and set aside for now. As I’m running low on birthday cards, I decided to turn them all into birthday cards. For this I have used some other Neat & Tangled goodies: the Hooray diecut and a sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.

On banners cut out of the same colour card stock as the backgrounds, I stamped and heat embossed ‘it’s your birthday’. These banners are Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn and the embossing powder is Antique Gold from Altenew.

All the ‘Hooray’s are diecut out of the same navy and gold card stocks too. After matching these up, I glued these together with my Lawn Fawn glue tube.

This is a fabulous liquid glue and so useful when you need to make sure things are lined up in the proper place.

I used the same glue to adhere the ‘Hooray’s to the cards and double sided tape to adhere the banners and with that the cards were done!

This design can be switched up so easily by changing the colour of the card stocks you use. In fact, I have done quite a few in the past myself. Click here to check another trio out!

Before I go, I have got to mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I have linked all the products I have used for these cards, and if you click on one of these and end up buying something for yourself, I will get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO extra cost to you! I really appreciate the support and any money I make will go towards the running of my blog and to keep bringing you fun, crafty content.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you all soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Friendship cards with Altenew’s Mega Succulent, two different looks!

Hello friends!

I recently got my greedy little hands on the absolutely gorgeous Mega Succulent from Altenew and I couldn’t wait to ink it up! I started out by stamping it directly onto a card base of Neenah Classic Crest 110 card stock, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After consulting my Sandy Allnock Copic hex chart I grabbed V17, V25, BV11, G21, G43, G82 and YG91.

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It took me quite a while to get the whole thing coloured, shaded and highlighted where I wanted it. It is a labour of love to colour this stamp with Copics but I’m really pleased with how it came out and as I really like colouring it’s no biggie that it takes two days to do one image. If you want to see more progress pictures like this one, hop on over to my Instagram feed HERE and have a look/browse/get inspired or avoid a mistake I have just made.

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As I had coloured the stamp directly onto my card base I decided to just add a big impact diecut sentiment wise. I got another new one in the same Altenew craft haul as the stamp, the ‘thinking of you’ and it was perfect for this. I cut it out of both foam sheet and Black Velvet card stock from Tonic Studios, layered them up and added them to the card front.

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I could have left it there but nooooooo…. I looked through my selection of Nuvo Jewel Drops, also from Tonic Studios, and after deciding on Key Lime, I added lots of little dots along the petals of the succulent and set the card aside to dry.

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As it was a beautiful sunny day, I decided to do another one, only in water colours this time. On Canson XL water colour card stock, which I first used my anti-static tool on, I stamped the Mega Succulent again, in VersaMark ink this time. The embossing powder I decided on, after at the last minute switching from white, was Antique Gold. This one is from Altenew and I really, really like their embossing powders. They melt beautifully and come in a great selection of colours.

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After rummaging around in my little box of Daniel Smith water colour tubes and consulting my colour swatch (if you want a little peek, click HERE), I settled for Spring Green, Undersea Green, Cascade Green and Phthalo Turquoise. Once I had dabbed a small blob of each one on my palette, I got all my supplies together and headed on outside to bask in the glorious sunshine whilst colouring.

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The finished flower ended up quite light and it looks lovely with the gold embossing as a contrast. Because I didn’t want to cover it up, I used the same ‘thinking of you’ diecut and cut it out of the panel. I did another one out of foam sheet (of course) and puzzled it all together onto a card base, to raise the sentiment up.

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For this card I resisted the temptation to add anything else, as I try to challenge myself to make very different cards using the same supplies. Some days it’s easier than others…

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means that I get a small commission directly from the company (Altenew, TonicStudios and Scrapbook.com) if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At no extra cost to you! If you choose to support me like this, please know it really means the world to me and every little helps.

Well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me today, I’m off to watch Sweden destroy England in the World Cup quarter final now (that had better happen or I will never hear the end of it from The Man!) Thanks for stopping by!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Monochromatic card with lots of glimmer and shimmer for a glamorous birthday girl!

Hello, hello! 

Today’s post is a quick one to show you a card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the cue is ‘Sparkle and Shine’. 

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I used an A2 panel cut out of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock which I stencilled with Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The stencil is Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil and I used it just along the side of the panel. The shimmer you get from the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses is amazing, if you like shimmer, you will love these! Tonic Studios also have a stunning collection of mirror, metallic and shimmer card stock. I’m a big fan!

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The idea I had was to show a sentiment through a diecut so I cut out a stitched circle using a SSS diecut. I didn’t end up using that idea, instead I put a glimmery pink card stock behind it and adhered all this to a white card base. 

I stamped up ‘Friend’ from the SSS Stained Glass Love Stamp set on Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock and coloured then in with pink Copic markers. This I cut out using the coordinating diecut and set aside. 

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On a slim strip of white card stock I stamped up ‘It’s Your Birthday’ with VersaMark ink, after dusting this card stock with my anti-static tool. The embossing powder I used is Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder and I set this with my heat gun. 

This card came together pretty easy after all these bits were done, it just took a quick minute to decide where they were going to go and then adhering them to the card base. I also added a few puffy heart stickers from Doodlebug Design Inc’s , the ones I used are called Tiny Hearts ,to the card and with that I was done. 

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I hope you like it and found some inspiration here. As always, I’ve used compensates affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission directly from the company itself, one of them being Scrapbook.com, if you purchase something using these links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting me like this if you do use these links. It really does mean the world to me and every little helps! 

For more crafting adventures, you can follow me on my various social medias: Instagram is where I’m most active, but you can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr.

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That’s really it from me for today, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lots of love,

Erica 

 

 

Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer!

Hello, hello everyone and hello SUMMER!

We have gone from winter (it was minus degrees and snowing just a couple of weeks ago) to ‘oh, spring is coming’ to full-blown summer in what feels a matter of days! Temperatures were up to +27C /80-85F yesterday and today is another glorious day. In fact, I’m typing this up flat on my tummy on a blanket in the garden, with my pale pasty legs desperately soaking up some sunshine after the long months of being tucked away. Absolute bliss!

Today’s card is quite quick and bright. Perfect combo, isn’t it?

Recently I discovered Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and oh, I am making up for lost time! Yesterday I played around with a few of them and posted this on Instagram.

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With these, I’ve used Lemon Sorbet, Spring Green, Aquamarine and Peony Pink. I just smeared the mousses around a bit willy-nilly and kinda let it happen. I definitely I need more tools to help me get even better results. The palette knife I have is plastic and quite flimsy, and wasn’t able to drag the colours evenly over the card stock.

Right, anyway, once these were fully dry (I left them overnight just to be sure) I ran one of them through my BigShot with the Falling Circles cover plate from Neat & Tangled.

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As I only wanted to add some texture to the background I added a solid piece of foam sheet, cut to size, on the back of it and pressed down to make sure all the circles were where they were supposed to be.

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This whole thing I adhered to a cream coloured card base, made with Lawn Fawn Vanilla Malt card stock. I chose this colour rather than my usual bright white card stock as I thought it complimented the shimmer really well. For lovely smooth card stock, my go-to has been Lawn Fawn for a while now, but I’m very tempted to get the whole range of MFT Stamp card stock as well. A girl has got to have options, right?

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To finish off the card I used a stamp and diecut set from Neat & Tangled called Awesome and it sure lives up to its name. I adore these diecuts with the “shadow” bit to make the sentiment pop, and coordinating stamp and diecut sets have a big fan in me! I cut out the shadow bit in vellum and the actual word diecut in MFT Brushed Gold card stock, these I layered up using a liquid glue pen. To add some dimension, I also cut the Awesome bit out of foam tape and added this to the back of the vellum so it adds the height but doesn’t really show.

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I stamped up ‘Thank you for being’ from the stamp set, on a strip of white card stock and added that to the card slightly higher than where the ‘Awesome’ bit was going to go and once that was on there, the card was done! Super easy but quite eye catching with all that shimmer and some added texture.

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Well, that’s it from me for today but thanks for stopping by and I hope you all will have a fabulous weekend!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, to Scrapbook.com, Neat & Tangled, Tonic Studios and MFT Stamps. This means that I get a small commission from the company directly if you use one of these links to buy a little something-something for yourself and it won’t cost you a penny. What it does mean, is the world to me! Thank you in advance for supporting me and my little blog this way, I really appreciate it.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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B-O-L-D Birthday card with Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and SSS Circluar Lace stencil

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve got a very textured card for you as I made it with the cue for this week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add some texture. I was very inspired by my friend Tracy’s card, where she’s used a stencil and glitter amongst other goodies. You should definitely check it out, it’s gorgeous!

I decided to try a very bold look and used my new favorite matte black card stock from Tonic Studios called Black Velvet and Nuvo Embellishment Mousses in different colours. The ones I have used for this card are Royal Aubergine, Peony Pink and Lemon Sorbet.

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This was my first real try with these colours and I didn’t really know just how shimmery they are so I also added some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple, just in case they dried less vibrant than they are in the jars. That turned out to be an absolutely needless worry, these mousses dry even more shimmery than when they are wet I think. I’m sold and am already prioritising the order of the next ones I’m getting!

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Usually when I use stencils I tape them in place with masking tape but for some reason or another, I didn’t with this panel so it’s not as sharp and clean-looking as it normally is. I still loved it though and decided to go ahead and use it.

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The stencil I have used is called Circular Lace from Simon Says Stamp and I used a little spatula to spread the embellishment mousse this way and that. There was no real plan to this, I just used all three and covered the panel. Once all the mousse was on, I added a bit of the glimmer paste in a few select places before setting that aside to dry.

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As the background is like ‘in your face wow’, if I’m allowed to say that myself, I decided to keep the sentient simple and straight to the point. Using another Simon Says Stamp set called Big Birthday Wishes, I got one stamp out that says ‘It’s your birthday’ and stamped that in black ink on a skinny strip of white card stock.

The finish off the sentiment I got out my big ‘Celebrate’ from MFT Stamps and I use this one a lot! I adore the font and the size of it. To add even more texture and dimension to the card, I cut it out of foam sheet, more Black Velvet and also MFT Stamps Brushed Gold card stock. These three I layered so that the gold was on top and the black created a shadow to it, then the final layer was the foam tape to raise it up.

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The little strip with the sentiment was added to the card and the ‘Celebrate’ was strategically placed so that it covered the end on the left side, to bring it all together.

As this card has so much going on, it was easy to walk away from it at this point and just admire the shimmer. I can absolutely see myself adding more of these Nuvo Embellisment Mousses to my stash! In all honesty, I was less keen on the glitter paste BUT it was my first try with this so it might grow on me.

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post as always, at no extra cost to you. I get a small commission from the company directly if you use one so thank you for supporting me in this way! I really appreciate it!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Neat & Tangled Falling Circles Cover Plate and vicious crafting circles = Crafty Drama…!

Hi guys!

I just have to say I’m absolutely B-L-O-W-N away by the response to my last blog post, my contribution to the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness movement that my dear friend Veronica put together with the help of some very generous sponsors and talented designers.

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I’m simply overwhelmed by all the encouraging comments, kind words and little stories people have shared. Absolutely amazing! You guys rock! If you haven’t seen it, click here to check it out. Also, hop along if you haven’t done so already but be prepared to be amazed!

One of the cards I made for the hop was this one, made with Neat & Tangled’s Falling Circles Cover Plate, lots of different shades of grey card stock as well as white and of course Neat & Tangled’s You’re Pretty stamp set. And a sequin or eight..

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I loved the way it looked so much I actually made another THREE! Yep. I am not known for being able to rein it in easily once I get on a roll. I experimented with glitter, metallic, matte and smooth card stock and also a way to get those circles into place quickly without too much fiddling. I actually came up with a pretty fast way too!

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The first card I made with white and gold glitter card stock. I do think white and gold is such a classy and elegant combination and I love how this came out. To begin with I ran a white piece of card stock through my BigShot with the Falling Circles Cover Die and then another time with gold glitter card stock. I added a piece of double-sided adhesive foam sheet, cut to size, to the back of the white panel after poking out all the loose pieces, then I added the glittery gold circles by placing the whole panel on top of the white one and pressing down on each circle. Easy peasy!! Done in seconds!

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I finished off the card by adding the panel to a cream card base, Lawn Fawn card stock in Vanilla Malt, and adding a sentiment that reads ‘Celebrate, it’s your birthday’. The celebrate bit is done with Neat & Tangled’s ‘Celebrate’ diecut, the ‘shadow’ part in vellum and the word die in MFT Brushed Gold card stock.

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The rest of the sentiment, ‘it’s your birthday’, from the Celebrate stamp set, is heatembossed in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a strip of white card stock and added to the card with foam tape. I could have quite easily added some sequins to the card, I am a self-confessed sequin-addict after all, but you will be super impressed to hear I resisted the temptation!

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The second card is made with the leftover piece from the first card, the glittery panel that was left over once I used the circles. I ran a piece of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock through the BigShot with the same Falling Circles Cover Die before doing my little trick again. That double sided foam sheet stuff is so addictive and useful! I love it!

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Getting the circles in was a piece of cake so that part took no time at all. Then it was time to think sentiment and card base. As much as I like white and gold together, I also adore black and gold so it seemed like a great idea to make a black card base (I used Lawn Fawn Licorice card stock for this) and keep all the other accents black too. On two separate pieces of the same Black Velvet card stock, I heat embossed ‘Hooray’ and ‘it’s your day’ from Neat & Tangled’s Hooray stamp set, with Altenew’s Antique Gold again. Using the coordinating diecut I cut out the Hooray and then another piece in foam sheet to layer them up. I may be a one-trick pony with this but I absolutely LOVE how this looks. I even like the little bit of white peeking out around it. It looks like an extra layer, which in my book is never a bad thing.

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The ‘it’s your day’ part was just trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. The Hooray bit was added to the card at an angle. I have no other reason here than ‘why not??’.

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The third card was made with the Black Velvet left over piece. You can see the pattern here, can’t you? I was unable to walk away from it and not use it… it was a vicious, crafting circle, lol!

For this card I decided to try something quite different though and instead of using a single colour for the circles, I decided to do a pink ombré look using a mixture of brushed metallic(Tonic Studios Burnished Rose), glittery(DCWW 6×6 glimmer stack) and light pink shimmery card stock I found in my stash. Very out there!

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In an attempt to break the “leftover cover plate vicious circle”, I cut strips of card stock and adding them as I went along, rather than doing one colour at a time. Imagine that, I would have ended up with another three pieces I wouldn’t be able to throw away…! I did end up with just some extra circles which I  added to the bigger circles on the card to add some dimension… without using foam tape. I know, right?? Shocking turn of events!

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As this card is all black, apart from the circles, I cut out the shadow bit from the Hooray die cut from same pink glittery card stock as some of the circles and the word die out of the Black Velvet card stock to add some pizzazz. I think it really makes the black Hooray stand out. For this one, I didn’t do the foam backing though.

The rest of the sentiment, ‘its’ your birthday’, is heat embossed with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder on black card stock and added to the card with foam tape.

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It’s no secret I am a big fan of Neat & Tangled, just in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, lol! Their new release is available later this week and it’s filled with adorable stamp sets and fun stencils and dies. Check out the sneak peeks if you haven’t already! Or don’t if you do not have any willpower this month.

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With this last picture of the cards lined up next to each other, I only have two last questions for you: which one is your favorite and what colour combination shall I do next??

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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