Trinity Stamps Autumn Impressions release | Guest Designing and YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

It’s a busy day on the blog today, this is one of two, and this one is all about the newest release from Trinity Stamps! I was delighted to be asked to guest for this release, as I was on the design team when Trinity first started and I am friends with several of the design team members in real life.

In fact, last year after Creativation, Tanesia, Katie and I got together at Room To Craft in Bothwell, Washington, for an afternoon of crafting, chatting and general catching up! It was so much fun and went by way too fast.

Ok, enough reminiscing before I get all emotional about how hard it’s been since Covid hit. So, the new release is amazing and I have some fun things to show off, as well as a couple of cards.

The first thing that grabbed me, which should surprise nobody at all, is the Rainbow Layering Stencils! Ok, these are rather genius and so easy to use! There is also a coordinating stamp set AND diecut set for these, but they work really well on their own as well.

I made two backgrounds with these fun stencils, using inks from Concord & 9th, in Buttercup, Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Eggplant, Honeysuckle and Marmalade. With a small army of Life Changing Blender Brushes, pre cut card bases and some washi tape, I got to work.

My first attempt I might have been a little bit too gung-ho on, and I didn’t line up the bottom of the rainbow arches perfectly, but eh, it still turned out fab.

This one I made really dark and rich, and finished if off with a diecut banner stamped with the sentiment ‘Just wanted to say you always make me smile‘. I did use a Mini MISTI to make sure I got the sentiment on relatively evenly spaced out and properly stamped.

The banner itself is propped up with some foam tape and that was that. No bling, if you can believe it!

On the second panel, I went in with a very light hand for a more pastel look. I also added some clouds before, which I didn’t do on the first one. When I was happy with this one, I stamped the Awesome Human stamp in the middle of it, with black ink.

All around it I used the Summer Sparkles embeltiments that comes in the Summer Blooms kit, which is still available in the shop!

There is also a YouTube hop today, celebrating the new release, so hop on over to THE VIDEO HERE, if you want to check out some more fun inspiration and the rest of the goodies I got. You can also win a $25 gift voucher to Trinity Stamps shop if you enter the giveaway over there, all the info can be found in the description box under the video.

For the YouTube video, click on, or look for, this thumbnail. If you are not into videos, you can hop along on Instagram where we are doing a hop as well. You will be totally spoilt with inspiration and amazing projects, so make sure not to miss it! You can find my Instagram page here.

Right, that’s it for this post. I will be back later today with another blog hop. Please don’t be mad, sometimes it can’t be avoided that there are lots of posts on the same day.

If you shop the new release using the compensated affiliate links I have sprinkled all throughout this post, I will get a small commission from the companies directly, at no extra cost to you. All earnings from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram, and now also towards the ‘future crafting shenanigans forever craft room’ as hopefully we will buy a house in the next few months! Keep your fingers crossed for us as we have put in an offer on one and are waiting to hear back, so it’s a super exciting/anxious time.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Bright, Sparkly Birthday Cards with New To Me Products!

Hi guys! Today’s post is showing off some dies from a brand new company called Everyday Crafting Co. You can find the shop on Etsy and there are four different dies to choose from or grab a discounted bundle.

In order to be totally transparent, I was sent these dies free of charge and have been paid for this blog post. However, I want to reassure everyone that I only ever use products that inspire me. If I try creating with things I feel ‘meh’ about, my mojo packs up and goes on vacation.

I am running low on birthday cards so I decided to use the Happy Birthday dies. First I tried the diecuts on different paper a few times, to get a feel for them, and see what kind of spacing I wanted. The ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ are separate so you can use them however you like!

After playing around for a bit, this was the spacing that I was happiest with. I like that it leaves enough room for a sentiment banner or stamp set to finish off the Happy Birthday.

These I adhered to a couple of my rainbow backgrounds, that I made out of strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock. This is a fun way to add colour to a background without having to colour, ink blend or do anything but stick strips of card stock down. So easy and so fun, great to do while binge watching something!

I was a bit worried that the black one would be too harsh but I think it makes the background, and the letters, really pop! On this one I added lots of Colour Wheels (no longer available) and Candy Lane Canes embellishments from Trinity Stamps.

On another black one, I added Wink Of Stella to the background part. It didn’t look overly sparkly when I did it so I was a bit disappointed. At the time, it didn’t feel like it was worth the time invested in doing it. Which was at least a Modern Family episode, lol!

I needed have worried. Once that was totally dry and I took it out into the sunshine, I was nearly blinded!! It looks super cool!

The final card had the white diecut piece added to a rainbow background panel too, but this one is angled. I’m not sure which way I prefer, to be honest. Maybe the vertical ones… This white one also got a HUGE amount of sequins added to it, it felt like it needed it and it’s a birthday card after all.

That space between the diecut words was perfect size for an Everyday Essential Banner with ‘From All Of Us’ stamped up on it. These are from Lawn Fawn, and I use that banner die set all the time! The stamp set is called Simply Sentiments

One of the black Happy Birthday frame cards got the colourful one added to it. I achieved the look by layering the stamp with Atelier Inks from Ink On 3. From left to right I used Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. It was easy to get this look with the help of a Mini MISTI and some PostIt tape. For the white card, I decided to layer up two black banners and add a white one on top. This helps create the illusion of a shadow, and brings the eye in.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today! I hope you have found some inspiration here today, and will check out the Everyday Crafting Co shop for the rest of the diecuts available.

Some links are compensated affiliate links, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. The rest are purely for your convenience!

Thanks for stopping by today. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Creativation aftermath and a Trinity Stamps card

Hi guys! It’s a very tired but excited Erica on the blog today.

As some of you may know, I attended Creativation with Trinity Stamps this past weekend and W-O-W is all I can say! What an experience…!

It was so much fun to meet almost the whole DT team face to face for the first time, not to mention lots of crafty friends too!

Seeing lots of products coming to stores this coming year was super cool and meeting the people behind all the brilliant ideas too. Doing make and takes left right and centre was fabulous too! I didn’t get to do all the ones I wanted but it doesn’t matter, and I really enjoyed the ones I did try. I will take more, and better, photos soon and post those too.

Seeing demos of new products was amazing! My wish list has grown dangerously long!! So many exclamation marks, lol. These pictures in the collages are just a few of the many, many photos I snapped this last week. I am going to have to go through all the photos when my head stops spinning.

Right, I’m going to get to the card quickly before I get over-excited and get heart palpitations all over again.

I’ve used two coffee themed stamp sets for this card but with a bit of a twist. Apart from the word ‘coffee’ it’s not my usual caffeinated style. The stamp sets used can be found in the Trinity Stamps shop and are called Coffee With Character and Caffeinated Sentiments.

I ran a white card panel through my BigShot with a diamond-ish shape cover plate. This panel I adhered to a white card base. Then, using Distress Oxide inks in various shades of pink, I’ve stamped a heart pattern in the boxes between the cutouts on the panel. Each diagonal row is the same colour.

On thin strips of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘I love you more than Coffee (but not always before coffee)’ in black ink. These strips I added to the card using foam tape. Love that stuff!

To finish the card off I added some heart shaped puffy heart stickers I have been hoarding for ages. I’m really going to make an effort to work through my hoarding stash this year (she says with confidence and gusto!) We will have to wait and see how that goes but I will try.

Well, with that, the card was done. Simple, but isn’t the effect fun? I adore how this came out and I do love to stretch my stamps as it makes me feel like I get more bang for my buck. Which we all like, right?

Take care, happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

PS check my Instagram for some pictures from the show!

Welcome 2019! A NYE card with Trinity Stamps.

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…erm… perhaps I spoke too soon.

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Joining in the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop with a Trinity Stamps card

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a long time, and that’s on me. I ran out of storage here and as I’m in the process of changing over to a website, which I thought I’d have sorted by now, I didn’t bother upgrading. Which meant I couldn’t blog. However, it’s me, the anti-technology-guru, we are talking about here, so naturally, that has not happened yet. Oy, the decisions are agonising and confusing. I think I’m going to have to speak to someone who knows this sort of stuff. And it can’t be The Man, he takes too much pleasure out of mocking my lack of technology skills. Hence the reason we are here today. I caved and upgraded the plan here instead. Eh, sue me.

Anyway, now I have got that off my chest, let’s get to the card, shall we?

I’ve used the Coffee with Character set from Trinity Stamps, with a little help from Picket Fence Studios, MFT Stamps and the Mega Alphabet diecuts from Altenew. Oh, and lots of Copics.

First off, I stamped all the images with Copic friendly ink on Neenah card stock. After colouring in all of them, using about half of my Copic collection, I cut them out using the coordinating diecuts.

When it came to putting the card together, I have used all sorts: For the card base I used Lawn Fawn card stock in Black Licorice. I also used Ground Coffee card stock, another fabulous card stock from Lawn Fawn. To give some interest and add texture, I decided to use the Give Me A Break background stamp from Picket Fence Studios on it.

Instead of just stamping it with ink, I heat embossed it using Clear embossing powder. Just to give it some extra oomph. Don’t forget to dust your card stock with an anti-static tool before doing any heat embossing though! That is a rookie mistake you want to avoid.

After letting the embossing powder cool down, I cut out the ‘C’ from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet diecuts. A random Kraft-ish coloured card stock I used a MFT Stamps diecut on(from Blueprint 29), which I adhered to the card base with foam sheet cut to size.

It took a while to puzzle all the pieces together to get it just right. Maybe because I had so many of them? Who knows? I mean, I did use pretty much ALL of them and then some. The picture above and below show a few options of the layout I was playing with.

I do find it very helpful to take pictures and compare to find the best look. Sometimes you are so close and it just needs a tiny tweak, or you can see what works and what doesn’t. I do craft with my camera close to hand almost every time.

When I had all the pieces where I wanted them, I took a picture again and then got to work with my glue pen. When all of them were glued down I added some Glossy Accent to some of the bits, like the plastic top, the donut glaze, the hearts and the glass pots.

I didn’t add a sentiment to the front for once. Usually I do, but there is no mistaking this card for anything but a heavily caffeinated one, is there?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What does that mean you might wonder? It means that if you click on one of these links and end up buying something, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you. Any money I get from these links I put towards the running of this blog and any upcoming cost of getting the website sorted out. Thank you in advance if you use mine. I really appreciate it! Any links that are not affiliate links are there for your convenience, in case you fancy that little something-something for yourself.

If you want to read more about affiliate links, and maybe start using them for yourself, there is a really helpful and informative blog post about affiliate links written by Debby Hughes on her blog Lime Doodle Design. You should definitely check it out.

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon, now I have storage space on my blog again. *insert an eye roll from The Man here*

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Let’s get caffeinated with Trinity Stamps!

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with three cards I’ve made for Trinity Stamps, as part of the Design Team. My first post was super rushed as I got the stamps the day before it was due! A viscous hostage situation with DHL nearly broke me, it was so frustrating knowing they had my package but didn’t deliver it despite all the paper work I filled in and sent off. Ugh!

Anyway, now I have my stamps and I have been busy making coffee themed cards! I got a bit carried away (as you do) when the stuff finally arrived so I stamped up several panels and images and then spent hours colouring. These images are from the Coffee Character stamp set.

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I have two that are stamped exactly the same, as in the images are in the same place on both, but one is on white card stock with black ink and one is on Kraft card stock with white ink.

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I like doing cards this way, I like seeing how different they can turn out by changing the colouring medium or the background colour. Out of these two, I think I like the Kraft card best. Maybe because the Kraft card stock gives a warmer, slightly coffee themed look?

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On this card I coloured the images in with Copics and added some texture and dimension by adding a sentiment strip and whipped cream with foam tape. The whipped cream is also heat embossed to add extra texture.

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The Kraft card is coloured with coloured pencils and whilst this takes a lot longer than Copics, I like the texture you get from them and the pop of colours.

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On the inside of this card I made a little gift card pocket too, to make it even more different that the white card.

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My third card, which was part of my first blog post at Trinity Stamps, is quite quick and easy.

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On an ink smooshed background, using coffee coloured Distress Oxide inks of course, I added some word diecuts that say ‘But first coffee’ and a steaming cup of coffee and a croissant. Because I do like me a croissant every now and again..

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For more details and progress photos for these cards, hop on over to Trinity Stamps and check out my blog posts there. There are also direct links to the stamps sets I have used.

Thanks for stopping by and see you all soon again!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica