Ink On 3 & Kat Scrappiness Happy Harvest Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Happy Harvest Hop from Kat Scrappiness & Ink on 3!” We are thrilled you could join us on this blog & Instagram hop celebration! We will be sharing darling fall cards featuring Kat Scrappiness amazing dies and sprinkles and Ink On 3’s fabulous inks and darling fall stamps. Come hop with us for inspiration and of course prizes!

The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Lynnea!

The hop is from November 5th at 10am CST and will end on November 8th at midnight. We will have 4 x $15 winners!! 2 from randomly chosen blog posts and 2 from randomly chosen Instagrams so the more you comment the better chance you have.

To participate in the hop giveaway, simply leave a comment on each blog post, follow each DT on Instagram, comment and tag your friends. The more you comment the more chances of winning.

The winners will be announced on the Ink on 3 and Kat Scrappiness blogs & Instagrams on November 10th. You will need to contact us to claim your prize. You can subscribe to our blogs for a notification email on any new blog posts. You will have 7 days to claim your prize.

Thank you for hopping with us and supporting our small businesses!

Right, with all that out of the way, let’s get card making! I have used the Slimline Foliage Frame die from Kat Scrappiness, and luscious Atelier re-inkers, Liquid Pixie Dust and the Pumpkin Patch coordinating dies from Ink On 3 for my card. I also made a video, which you can find over on my YouTube channel!

It is a NO STAMPING card, if you can believe it!! I don’t do those very often, no Siree. I started by using the die on five different pieces of coloured card stock. Because it’s a fall theme, I kept it to yellows, oranges and raspberry pink. I have used Lawn Fawn card stock in Sticky Note, Sunflower, Fake Tan, Canned Pumpkin and Raspberry.

With a bit of cutting and glueing, I layered these up, slightly smaller than the previous frame, so that they overlap and create a very dimensional panel.

For the background behind these leaves I created a soft water colour panel, using Atelier re-inkers in Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Sweet Petunia Pink and Marilyn Red, mixed with a little Liquid Pixie Dust. This creates shimmery water colours and looks fantastic!

To finish off the card, once I had glued the leaf frame to the shimmery background, I cut out the word ‘thanks’ from the Pumpkin Patch coordinating dies.

These letters are cut out of gold glitter card stock, and then adhered to the leaves, rather than the background itself. Doing it this way makes it look like the letters are floating and is a bit different from what I usually do.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win those goodies!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Full Hop Order:

Kat Scrappiness

Meghan Kennihan

Kathy Schweinfurth    

Jo Thompson

Priscilla Joseph

Waleska Galindo

Jenny Hall   

Erica A-B 

Lynnea Hollendonner

Ricky Bromero

Ceal Pritchett

Ink on 3

Ink On 3 + Trinity Stamps = Rainbow Shimmer!

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in with a quick card and video on my YouTube channel of a card that took me less than twenty minutes to make!

I used a new-to-me stamp from Trinity Stamps, called Folded Hugs. It has a sweet message and gorgeous font.

Perfect for quick cards to send to your friends in these weird times. Plus Trinity Stamps is a small, family owned business so we definitely want to support them during this pandemic, where every little sale counts.

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

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

Once I had done a bright rainbow wash over the heat embossed image, I helped the drying process by using my heat tool on it. Both the front and the back.

With this done, it was time for my usual card-putting-together-faffing process. I toyed with several different colours of card stock, cut out in different sizes of Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies and some of my ready-made rainbow backgrounds. These are done with Lawn Fawn card stock, cut into slim strips and adhered to 5.5″x4.25″ panels. I have quite a few of these already made!

Once I settled on the layout, I put the whole thing together and that was it! So easy and so fast.

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, so if you use any of these to treat yourself to a little something-something, I get a small commission directly from the company the link is affiliated to. The links to Trinity are not affiliate though, I’m just a fan and know Taniesa in real life.

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope you will get a chance to stop by my YouTube channel and check out the video.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence Studios September Release | Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp | Arteza Sketch TwiMarkers + Video

Hi guys!

I hope you are all doing well and are excited to have a look at the latest release from Picket Fence Studios! This is my first time posting as part of their design team and I couldn’t be more excited. As soon as I saw the sneak peeks of the sets coming out I was inspired! There are so many fantastic Christmas sets in this release. Some of my favourites include the Winter Clothes Collage (See below), A Little Nuts and all the new foiling impress dies!

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge sucker for big blooms so when I spotted the Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp I knew I’d be using that one right away. It’s probably not a surprise that this blog post is dedicated to that stamp, lol.

I started out by heat embossing it in white, on water colour paper. Both the embossing ink and the Arctic White  Embossing powder are from Inkon3. To make sure I got a good imprint, I used my MISTI to stamp it.

After the heat embossing was done, I got my brand new Arteza TwiMarkerss out to colour the flower with. I have a YouTube video showing these off, I made yummy swatches as well as coloured the flower in. Hop on over to my channel if you want to check that out too and see the markers in action.

When the Poinsettia was coloured in, I cut out a mask to cover it and keep it pristine while I did some ink blending around the flower. I used two shades of grey Distress Oxide inks, Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke to create a grey/silvery background. I find that adding colours to the background around big images helps them pop more!

Naturally I used my beloved Life Changing Blender Brushes, another Picket Fence Studios gem, to do the ink blending. These brushes have been such a game changer for me, I can not stress enough how fabulous they are and what a difference they made for me.

With the card background and flower done, it was time to add a sentiment and I decided to use the FaLaLaLaa foiling and diecut sentiment. I got a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine earlier in the year but like an idiot, didn’t realise that I can’t use Minc foils with it so I thought it was rather rubbish. *True story*

Nope. The foiling machine is great. It’s indeed FAB and I was a bona fide idiot who didn’t read the instructions properly! Now I know to use the right kind of foil, I want to foil all the things!!

I used silver foil to keep with the colour scheme of the card (and also because the only other colour I have is rose gold and that didn’t fit) and then I used the diecut to cut out the sentiment. This I added to the card with a bit of liquid glue, I use Lawn Fawn’s glue tube, in the bottom right corner.

Once that whole shebang was added to a card base, the card was done!

I love how it turned out. A big gorgeous bloom and a blingy sentiment, what else do you need? Because this is a great way to make big impact Christmas cards, I’m going to include this post in my 12 Weekends Of Christmas series. This design could quite easily be mass produced and thanks to the water colouring aspect, each card will still be unique and special.

As always, this post is full of compensated affiliate links, mostly to Picket Fence Studios. At no extra cost to you, of course. I do however try and link everything I use, even if I’m not an affiliate, to make shopping easier for you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Ellen Hutson September Release Blog Hop!

Hi, hey, HELLO!!

Today I am super excited to be taking part in a blog hop celebrating the newest release from the amazing Ellen Hutson! You should have come here from the incredible Kelly, and the next stop on the hop is Michele. The full list can also be found at the bottom of this post as well as on the Ellen Hutson blog.

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As soon as I saw the Space Out set I just knew I had to make an outer space card. I mean, how can you not?? It just so happens that I had a whole load of galaxy backgrounds already done so I picked my favourite out and set that aside for this project. It’s water coloured using the 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colours and had some shimmer added to it with White Gold from the Starry Color palette.

On Copic friendly card stock, I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 Solar White, I stamped up all of the Space Out images with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail ink. Then I started colouring. I have a video up on my YouTube channel featuring some of the colouring, but only in a time-lapse as I’m still limited to only 15 minute videos.

With all the images coloured in, I cut apart the coordinating dies and cut them all out. I only ended up using the space rocket and the flames for this card in the end but next time I need an outer-space-themed card, I have lots of fun images ready.

The card base is also Neenah card stock as I like having a sturdy one. Ain’t nobody got time for cards flip-flopping all over the place, right? I adhered the background to this with a TomBow Xtreme adhesive as it’s water colour paper. It’s been recommended to me and it’s pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty good.

To make the spaceship stand out a little bit, I cut out a piece of foam sheet using the diecut and layered the image up on this. I like having my popped up pieces on a solid foam tape base to avoid warping and bending. As the back is sticky, I adhered the flames to it and then added a little bit more adhesive on the back of the flames before adhering the whole thing to the card base.

To finish off the card I heatembossed one of the sentiment from the stamp set, ‘sorry I spaced’, in white on black card stock. A generous dusting with my anti-static bag before stamping the sentiment with VersaMark ink was done too, of course.

A few little final touches were added: Some Black glittery gel pen on some of the bolts and a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the spaceship window to make it look glassy. With that my first card was done but I had so many images left over I decided to make one more right away! (So much for keeping them, eh?)

On another pre-made galaxy background I used the Constellation Background to add fun texture, I arranged my little planets, aliens and other cosmos images.

It’s actually pretty enough as it is. A simple sentiment like ‘that was out of this world’ would be all it needed, really. But you know me.. I gotta go and add ALL the bits. Which lead to this:

This sentiment is so fun (Ellen is the queen of good puns!) and I popped it up with a little bit of foam tape.

The rest of the images are glued down flat with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. This card was super fast to do, as I had all those images and background already done. Just because a card is quick, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, right?

PRIZES!! Because that’s the best bit, right?? And there are some amazing ones up for grabs. One random and lucky winner will $25 to the Ellen Hutson shop and one will will the whole September Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter and be in with a chance to win, make sure to leave comments on each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, September 15th at 11:59PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Here is the full lineup of amazing crafters and you are bound to be totally knocked out by their creations so make sure you sit down as you hop along!

Ardyth
Emily
Kelly 
Erica <—– You are here——
Michele  <—–Your next stop!—-
Adelina 
Laurel
Carissa
Carolyn
Lisa
Mindy
Julie
Sandy
Therese

Brandi

Well, that’s it from me for today but thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here in order to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

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

Hi everyone!

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

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

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PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the full list of the hop!

WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Picket Fence Studio Blog

Jo Herbert

Ilina Crouse

Ashlee McGregor

Susan Wymer

Karen Reategui

Ceal Pritchett

Verity Biddlecombe

Raluca Vezeteu

Angela Bode

Sidnie Knight-Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Erica A B Andersson

Jennifer Timko

Isha Gupta

Laura Sterckx

Judy Rozema

Jenny Colacicco

Rosali B.

Lisa Henke

Lydia Fiedler

Anna Wight

Jana Millen

Card for MFT Stamps Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor

Hi, hi, hello!

Today’s card is a quick one I made for the very fun Camp Create event MFT Stamps are hosting on the MFT Stamps blog. I’m way behind but Day 1’s prompt is Wonderful Watercolor and I do love a little bit of water colouring so I decided to jump on the fun-waggon!

I’ve also made a YouTube video for this card, so if you want to skip ahead to that, click on the highlighted link which will take you to my channel.

On a panel of water colour card stock, which I had taped down to an old cutting plate with masking tape, I swirled around lots of Gansai Tambi water colours. The object was to create a galaxy background.

When that was done and dried with my heat gun, I used the Shining Stars dienamic (which is apparently discontinued, wahhh), one of my favourites from MFT Stamps, to cut out one each of black card stock and gold mirror card stock. The one I find myself reaching for over and over is Honey Gold from Tonic Studios and the black one I use is Black Licorice from Lawn Fawn. These I layered up with Lawn Fawn gluetube and set aside.

On black card stock I stamped a few sentiments from the Written In The Stars stamp set, another MFT Stamps goodie which has been discontinued, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Metallic Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing. I can’t do any stamping with my MISTI so of course I used that for this part. I also cut out the ‘Good Friends Are Like’ sentiment part out with the Essentials Fishtail Sentiment Strips dienamics. I have so many goodies from MFT Stamps, I’m a proper dienamics fan. Lol!

With all my bits and pieces ready, it was time to assemble the card! After adhering the background panel to the card base, I added the other pieces and finished it off with a very generous helping of Nuvo Drops in Banana Split, from Tonic Studios. They glow in the dark and add such a fun twist to the card!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post and for my YouTube video. Affiliate links do not cost you anything extra at all, that wouldn’t be cool at all. The company will pay me a small commission directly, at zero cost to you. If I have inspired you today, I would be so grateful if you’d consider using mine as I use anything I make from them to run my blog, my YouTube channel and to create fun content.

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

 

Mondo Peony Anniversary Card

Hi everyone!

Today’s card is especially made for a 20th wedding anniversary. It was requested to incorporate purple as the recipient loves it, as well as other bright colours. Yay for me as I like bright colours too!

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I immediately decided to make a huge card for this as it’s a very special occasion. The card base is 8.5″x5.5″, basically a whole sheet of card stock just folded in half. Go big or go home, right?

The stamps I picked out are the Mondo Peony Stamp set from Ellen Hutson, and it’s quickly become a bit of a fave, I’m not going to lie.

To begin with, I stamped up two of the big flowers with Blackout Hybrid ink, from Ink On 3, and then once more with VersaMark. I had my trusted MISTI on hand for this, of course. After the VersaMark ink, I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder all over them and shook off the excess. Then I set it with my heat gun. PSA: ALWAYS use your anti-static tool liberally all over your panel to avoid stray embossing powder sticking where you don’t want it.

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This is a technique I love using when water colouring and for these flowers I have used the 36 pack of Gansai Tambi water colours. The paper is Ranger Ink water colour card stock.

On the first flower I went quite dark and intense, with lots of highlights and lowlights. The second flower got a much softer look. The basic colour I used on both was no139 in the Gansai Tambi pack. I took my time colouring these as I wanted to have fun, as well as make them as lovely as I could.

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I also stamped up the rest of the flowers, as well as loads of leaves, with the same ink and clear embossing powder. The leaves I used green no53 and a little bit of yellow no40 to give as natural a look as possible.

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On the smaller peony, as well as the round one and the bud, I used a mix of no34, no35, no 36 and no37. I have a short little time-lapse video on my Instagram, showing part of the colouring I did on these flowers. It’s not showing the entire colouring though, I added lots more colouring after the video finished. In all honestly, it was a loud call of nature that could not be ignored, that stopped the filming. TMI, I know, sorry!

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While all the images were drying, I got some Distress Oxide inks out: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. These two I blended on the card base, using the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, towards the top and kept the bottom quite white. Over the green, I splattered gold water colours from the Starry Colors palette.

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That gold peeking out from behind the flowers and leaves just adds a little bit of decadence. It’s not so much that it takes away from the overall effect, but it’s one of my fave ways of adding a little something extra.

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When everything was dry and cut out using the coordinating diecuts, I used the card base as a guide where everything was going to go. Then using Post-It tape, I covered the flowers and leaves to keep everything in place. Once secured, I turned it over and covered the whole thing in foam tape. I do love that stuff!

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With a bit of help from Altenew, I used a ‘happy‘ diecut and cut it out of Honey Gold matte satin mirror card stock. This fabulous card stock is from Tonic Studios and I’m a big fan. I also cut one out of black card stock and layered these up using the liquid gluetube from Lawn Fawn.

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To finish off the sentiment I heat embossed the word ‘anniversary‘ in Antique Gold embossing powder on a banner cut out of black card stock. This is Black Licorice from Lawn Fawn. The banner diecut is Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips from MFT Stamps. This is a staple for me, I used these all the time.

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For the ’20th’ I used a mix of Lawn Fawn number diecuts, Louie’s 123, and the Bottlecap Letter dienamics from MFT Stamps. I did the same thing I did with the ‘happy‘ diecut, I layered the cutouts with black card stock to make them pop a bit more and everything is glued together with the gluetube liquid glue from Lawn Fawn.

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With that, the card was done! Happy 20th wedding anniversary to Sissy and Giorgios!

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I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, and the rest are just for your convenience if you want to pick up any of the supplies I have used for this card.

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

 

 

Bright bloom card with Gina K Designs and giveaway winner announced!

Hello, hello!

I’m back in my craft room after having been away from it for over a week. Six of those days were spent travelling and being in Sweden, where lots of shenanigans and cake eating took place, as well as being part of a childhood friend’s wedding. Instead of doing that the other guest did when it came to giving the bridal couple a wedding present or even contributing money towards their honeymoon, I gave the gift of wedding flowers! It was so special to be able to be part of their big day like this and make my gift so personal, I loved that. When it came to the actual flowers, all the bride told me was that she wanted orange and lavender in the bouquet, other than that I had free rein with it and this is how it turned out.

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It seem appropriate that today’s card is made with a Gina K Designs stamp as I’m also announcing the winner of the giveaway from Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary blog post. The prize is a $25 gift voucher to the Gina K Designs shop, where you can find the gorgeous Through Thick and Thin stamp that I have used for this card. It has a very sweet friendship sentiment in it too and we can’t ever have too many of those, can we??

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I stamped the flower on masking tape and cut it out, and then stamped it again on water colour paper with red distress ink in Candied Apple.

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To colour in the flowers I also used Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and a bit of Black Soot for depth and details. For a progress photo, click HERE, which will take you to my Instagram feed.

The leaves are stamped in Moved Lawn and then water coloured with that ink as well as Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage. For another progress photo, go back to my Instagram post HERE.

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When I was happy with the colouring, I used a Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant called Basic Set, to cut it out of the panel as well as adding some interest to it by using the two rectangular dies in the set.

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On the back of the diecut piece, I added foam tape to create a sturdy layer and stop the panel from drooping. To bring in the green from the leaves, I added the whole shebang to a green card base. I’m fairly certain it’s Lawn Fawn card stock in Cilantro.

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The sentiment ‘You’ve been my friend through thick and thin’ I stamped in black in on a banner, this is cut out from the same Mama Elephant diecut Basic Set. With the help of a thin strip of foam tape (it wasn’t quite thick enough to make the banner level but oh well, you live and learn) it got added to the card as well.

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And that was it! I know a few of you are starting to get seriously worried about the lack of sequins but fear not, I have a few sequin-tastic projects coming up that will surely allay any fears that my love of sequins is diminishing. Because it really isn’t. I love the bling and I can not lie! (on cards that is, in real life not so much)

Anyway, I did promise you a winner from the recent giveaway too. Thanks for waiting patiently for the announcement! Without further ado and a big drum roll the winner is

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Cherie, CONGRATULATIONS!! Please email me by Thursday the 13th of September, the using the Contact page, so I can get your prize to you!

Thank you all so much for stopping by today, I know it’s been a while but life happens and I have had such a lovely time recently, it’s been totally worth being away from the craft room.

See you all soon again!

 

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