Exciting news and a bold floral card

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to announce that I am joining the Crafty Meraki design team! The lovely Bindu asked me to join their 1st Merakiversary in May, and I loved it so I was thrilled when she asked for more videos. It’s always thrilling to be asked for more work, it’s such a confirmation that what I do is well-received. (picture me doing a crazy dizzy emu dance here)

I have used the exclusive Crafty Meraki stamp set called Elegance, and I’ve water coloured it with Inkon3 Atelier ink re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. I used my MISTI to stamp it with Fadeout Ink. The Atelier inks are available from the Crafty Meraki shop, but the re-inkers are not, at this time.

After colouring the image in, I have used the coordinating Para-dies to cut it out. I have also used the dies to cut out one of the sentiments that I had heat embossed in Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. The embossing ink I use is also the one from WOW!

The card base is cut out of Storm Cloud coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and I have also splattered this with white gold water colour. This is from the Kuretake Starry Night palette, and is one of my absolute go-to for gold and metallics.

The floral image and the sentiment have been propped up with foam tape, and I didn’t trim off the bits sticking out because I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I like the wild look of it.

There is a YouTube video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel for this card, and I’m mainly going to be doing videos for Crafty Meraki so make sure you subscribe to their channel if you want to see what I will be getting up to!

That’s it from me for today, but before I go I’ll just mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post for your convenience. Shopping with affiliate links does not cost you anything extra ever, the company it’s affiliated to pays me a small commission directly, thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links! I really appreciate the support! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!
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5K Subscribers Together | Rainbow Hop |video hop winner announcements!

Hi *waves sheepishly*

Back in June my friend Maria Willis, AKA CardBomb, and I hosted a YouTube video hop together, celebrating (a bit early) reaching 2.5K subscribers each. At the time of the hop, neither one of us had actually made it there, and we are still a bit short. We are also very late with the winner announcements. Apologies about that, life happened at a rapid pace for both of us and we couldn’t get it done in time.

If you want to skip straight to the VIDEO CLICK HERE.

If you missed the Rainbow themed video, and the entire hop, you should definitely check it out as we roped in some of our fabulous crafty friends to hop along with us!

For that video I only managed one card, but of course it was a sparkly-licious rainbow card! It was so fun to make and I love that extra pop of the sparkle on the rainbow. If you want to read all about it, you can find that BLOG POST HERE.

I used an array of the companies that sponsored the hop, including Pinkfresh, Picket Fence Studios, Concord&9th, Hero Arts and WOW! Embossing.

For this video I decided to use another mix of sponsors, to highlight them a bit too. They so generously offered prizes and the hop would definitely not have been the same without them.

The first card I made with a gorgeous stencil from Gina K Designs, called Mandala Burst. Stencils are one of my fave items to work with, they are so versatile and affordable! After spraying the stencils with Pixie Spray, I set those aside to cure for a few minutes (this is a critical step, do not skip this!) while I got out the rest of the stuff I wanted to use.

First off I inkblended some Atelier Inks, from Ink On 3, through the Mandala Burst stencil with my Life Changing Blender Brushes, from left to right Peacock Blue, Goddess Green, Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange and Sweet Petunia Pink.

Over this I stamped the Love Is Love Bold Print from Hero Arts, in black ink with the help of my MISTI. Thanks to having just re-inked my Black Hybrid ink pad I only needed to stamp once but better safe than sorry, right??

With the background panel done, I trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. While I had my Diecutting machine out I cut out three ‘thinking of you’ out of white card stock and one out of black card stock. These I layered up with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive, and then on the top (black) layer I heat embossed Clear Gloss embossing powder to give it a nice shiny look. I did two layers of it, for that puffy sticker look. I love that, and it’s one of my fave ways to elevate word dies.

A sentiment from the Thinking Of You stamp set, the coordinating stamps to the word die, was stamped up in black ink on white card stock and trimmed down. This was addhed to the card, and the word die right underneath it. With that, the first card was done. Without a single sequin on it too!! Whaaaaa??

The second card was done with a rainbow stencil from Erin Lee Creative. This one was part of a kit, and isn’t available now, BUT she has a load of other super fun rainbow stencils and rainbow dies. You defintely want to check out her shop and support a small business!

Instead of ink blending, I used my beloved Paper Glazes from Picket Fence Studios. I absolutely LOVE these, not only are they fun to play with but they look fan-freaking-amazeballs-tastic too. That shimmer and shine is enough to mesmerize me, every time!

From left to right, I’ve used Agapatha Purple, Peony Pink, Daffodil Yellow, Lime Zinnia, Ocean Poppy and Cornflower Blue. I actually did this right after I had done the ink blending for the first card, and while the Paper Glaze was drying I worked on all the other bits and pieces for the first card. Multi tasking and all that, right?

I used the same stitched rectangle die on this panel and then it was simply finished off with a sweet sentiment in black ink. The one I chose is from a Gina K Design stamp set, called Watercolor Flowers. Super simple, but with a pop of colour and a sweet sentiment, you don’t need much else sometimes.

That’s it from me for today, but don’t forget to check out the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO to see if you are one of the many winners!! Also, Maria wrote a blog post on her blog and made a video for her YouTube channel, so make sure to check out those as well.

Some compensated affiliate links have been used in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, Instagram and YouTube channel so thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links. I really appreicate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Another Rabbit Hole Design card and giveaway winner!

Hi and welcome back to another post!

This one is going to be short and sweet, with just a quick card and the giveaway winner announcement from the recent blog hop!

The card is featuring the Clover Bunny stamp set, from the new release.

I started out by stamping the image with Copic friendly ink on Neenah #110 card stock, and coloured it in with Copics. Cool Greys for the bunny and a mix of greens for the clover.

When I had finished the colouring, I used the coordinating diecut to cut him out, as well as another two pieces. These I layered up to give him a little bit of dimension.

The sentiment is from the same Clover Bunny stamp set and I used Mushroom ink from Concord & 9th. Black ink seemed to harsh for such a sweet sentiment.

The background is ink blended over a heart stencil from MFT Stamps, and I actually didn’t need to add any more ink than what was left on my Life Changing Blender Brushes. It probably means I need to give my brushes a good ole spa day soon!

With all the card making malarkey out of the way, let’s get to the exciting stuff! The winner of the savings voucher is Lotte! Please email me at erica1cacacraft@gmail.com to claim your savings voucher code!

Thanks for stopping by today, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

50 Cards For 50K! YouTube hopping with Justine Hovey and crafty friends!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with a quick post to let you know I’m taking part in a YouTube hop to celebrate my friend Justine Hovey reaching an incredible 50000 subscribers! Whoop whoop, girl, that’s so awesome and well-deserved! If you don’t subscribe to her channel, I’d highly recommend it!

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Justine is one of the nicest people I have met, she’s generous with her time, tips and tricks for us crafter and she’s also a fellow Marie Kondo convert. We totally bonded over folding and crafting, lol!

Anyway, hop on over to my YouTube channel HERE or if you want to skip directly to the video for the hop, click HERE. There are prizes up for grabs as well as TONS of inspiration as the theme of the hop is our favourite technique. You will see over 50 cards in this hop so you are not going to want to miss out!

Here is a sneak of one of mine. To see the whole thing as well as my second card, go watch the video.

 

Have fun and good luck!

Lots of love from Erica

 

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!

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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

 

Announcing winner from Altenew Blog Hop and a Thank You card.

Hi guys!

Today I have both a card and a winner announcement for you. It’s a day late, sorry about that but I have drawn the winner from the post I made for Altenew’s December release blog hop and because I was so blown away by everyone’s lovely comments, I made a Thank You card. If you missed that post and want to check it out, CLICK HERE.

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Without further ado, a big congratulations to Annalisa! Please email Altenew, winner@altenew.com with the subject ‘Blog hop Winner from Erica’s blog’ to claim your $30 gift voucher by the 20th of Dec.

My card today is made with Set E of the Artist Markers, naturally, but I only used the greens. I created a gradient green background directly on alcohol marker friendly card stock by drawing fat stokes of each marker back and forth. When swapping colour, I made sure to blend them in a little. You can create so many different coloured backgrounds by using your Artist Markers like this!

As this is a Thank You card I got my Mega Thanks diecut out. These word diecuts from Altenew are great for maximum impact without too much work. I adore mine!

I cut one ‘thanks’ out of foam sheet and another out of brushed gold mirror card stock. My favourite is from MFT Stamps. To make it easier to layer these up, I leave the cutout in the foam sheet and just peel off the protective film over the word. Then it’s rather simple to get an almost perfect line-up, without too much fiddling. Plus, less risk of it sticking to where it shouldn’t.

To add interest to the background, I heat embossed the branches from Majestic Mistletoe in clear embossing powder. Although, I do kinda wish I could save it as it is before melting. It looks like sugar and is such a fun look!

After making sure all sides of the panel was covered in the mistletoe, it was all melted and left to cool down. I have recently bought a new anti-static tool and it is so good!! I’m not sure where it’s from as I threw away the packaging *rookie mistake!* but it’s so easy to get a great coverage and avoid getting those pesky stray bits of embossing powder all over your work.

The card base is white and I adhered the panel to it with double sided tape. Then the ‘thanks’ diecut was added and as a final flourish I added lots of dots using Enamel Accents in Classic Cherry.

Now, I know mistletoe berries are not red but the red works as such a lovely contrast. As well as adding tons of texture! But resist the temptation to check if they are dry, if you add them to your cards directly, like I do.

Right, well that’s it. Apart from drying time, a relatively quick card. Thanks for stopping by today and if you use any of my compensated affiliate links, I really appreciate it! Rest assured that using affiliate links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission directly from the companies the links work with, at zero cost to you. Always.

Altenew are so generous and offer great deals each week and if you spend over $100 you get some deal on shipping too. And let’s be honest, it happens easily, right?

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge405 with yours truly as Guest Designer!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m very, very excited to share that I am the Guest Designer for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge for the month of October! Whoop whoop! In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a huge deal to me and I’m so grateful for the opportunity!

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If you are not familiar with this, it’s a weekly challenge where you make a card based on a sketch and you can win $50 to the MFT Stamps shop if you are picked as the randomly drawn winner! Basically, as long as you participate, you are in with a change to win!! To find out more, pop on over to the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find this particular one as well as many other fun challenges to take part in. I challenge you not to get inspired there (pun intended, lol!)

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At first, I thought about using a dinosaur I coloured up the other day, to make a mountainous scene buuuuuut… well, I’m nothing if not a flick-and-switch crafter, I have so many different projects on the go at any one time. One of those other projects is to work through my stash of unused and less-used-than-other stamps and I was inspired by a kitty from the I Knead You set. This is probably one of my earliest sets from MFT Stamps, I have had it for years but used it very, very little. Which is nuts because it is filled with cute images. It comes with coordinating die-namics too, thankfully.

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The kitty I decided on using looks like he’s laying on his back with his tummy up, like he’s waiting for a belly rub or about to catch a toy. Or, as I ended up using him, holding a banner with a sentiment.

I used Warm Grey Copic markers to colour him in and a light pink on his nose and ears.  With this kind of coordinating die-namics, I find it easier to cut them out first and then stamp the image, as it’s a bit tricky to get a perfect cut otherwise.

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Originally I was going to use the background, stamped with balls of yarn and fishbones (little detail stamps from the set), where the Kraft card stock piece is. In an unsurprising move, when I had stamped up and coloured it in, I liked it too much to cut it up. This happens to me a lot, I have a huge resistance to covering up or cutting up cute pieces, no matter how great an idea I have.

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Anyway, as I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up once it was coloured, I adhered it to a card base and had to come up with a new idea. I made a “rug” by cutting out a piece of Kraft card stock and running that through my BigShot with the Full Of Hearts coverplate, to create some texture.

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The very useful Essential Fishtail Banner Sentiment strips are one of my most used banner dienamics. I use these for so many projects! On a small one I stamped ‘I Love Mew’ from the I Knead You set and adhered that to my kitty so it looks like he’s holding it.

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On the back of the kitty I added foam tape and to finish off the sketch, I stamped, coloured and cut out a ball of yarn and added that to the banner with more foam tape. This way there are five layers to the card, and I’m all about those layers, whether we are talking cards or cake.

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As an affiliate of MFT Stamps, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. If you buy anything using these links, MFT Stamps will pay me a small commission, at ZERO extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support me and my craft journey like this, I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Exciting news!! I’m featured in the MFT & Friends September 2018 Release!

Hello, hellooo, HELLOOOO!!!!

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I’m so excited about the news I’m about to share, I could explode!! I was contacted by none other than Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Stamps (EEEEEK!) to be featured on the September issue of MFT Stamps and Friends! Direct link to their blog post right here. I’m still slightly in shock about the whole thing but will try and keep it together as long as possible.

*eeeeep* (eh, what can I say, it is a really, really, REALLY big deal!)

MFT Stamps very generously sent me a gorgeous package filled with some of the goodies from the September release, to see the whole release click HERE, and I didn’t know where to start…! Talk about first world problems, right?? Well, after I had managed to stop hyperventilating from excitement, I went to the craft room and just played with the goodies for a while. I actually made quite a few cards but the first one I want to show you today is one that really shows my love for a good, bold and splashy diecut sentiment.

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After sifting through my stash of coloured card stock and settling on a pink-red colour scheme I gave my poor, old BigShot a good workout and cut out the Happy Birthday script die-namic sentiment in six different shades of the pink-red car stock.

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With a fine-tipped glue pen I adhered all the pieces together in a red to lightest pink order, six in total. It made a nice, thick and chunky sentiment and if you look close enough, you can see the ombré look it created.

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Despite already having six layers, I decided to add a white layer and then finish off the whole thing with silver mirror card stock to really enhance the ombré look.

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It took the sentiment from a ‘niiiiice’ to a whole new level! The close up looks really raggedy though, with all those little bits and pieces sticking out…! Lol! Macro photography can be very unforgiving.

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As the sentiment is so wow on it’s own I tried making it quite a CAS/Clean And Simple card. Usually these kinds of cards are not my forte but I have been doing better recently. However today, was not one of those days… I decided to do a light ink smooshing background for this card, using some Distress Oxide inks. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar got smooshed on a sheet of acetate and after adding some silver shimmer spray and a few drops of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink refill, I dipped my Ranger Ink water colour card stock panel in it.

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The idea was a good one in theory but honestly, the smooshing got the better of me and it went from ‘let’s do a light pink cloud-like look’ to ‘pink all over the place-look’. Oh well. It ended up being a lovely background for the sentiment anyway as the red layer is at the bottom and sort of gives it a ‘shadow’ so it stands out a bit better.

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Once I gave up on the CAS idea, I got my sequins out (I use PPP Sparkling Clear Mix the most) and added a generous sprinkling, using Glossy Accent. It IS a birthday card after all!

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A quick adhering job later, both for the sequins and to add the whole thing to a card base, the card was done! Mirror card stock is notoriously difficult to photograph but I really do feel that it takes it up a notch. What do you think? Which one is your favourite out of these two looks?

I spent a great deal of time over-thinking things and stressing this way and that about the card, as from a first glance it can come across as quite plain and almost boring. Just being real here! My husband actually had to peel me off the peak of Mount Anxiety because I was whipping myself into a right frenzy! Thanks for that by the way, my love.

BUT I do like cards that make you look twice and realise there is so much more to it than you first realised, and in the end I am happy with how it came out.

To chill out and just have some fun the following day, I got the Fall Friends stamp set out and stamped up the girl sitting on the pumpkin as well as lots of leaves. I love colouring leaves! Spreading out on my desk with my Copic hex chart, all my Copics close to hand and some good music I coloured away for hours. It’s such a brilliant stress-reliever. Plus it is so much fun!

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Using the Fall Friends coordinating dienamics, I cut out the girl and a shape out of foam sheet, as well as all the leaves. I played around with these for a bit and wouldn’t you know it? A card idea came to me and I thought why not go for it?

For those who might wonder, I store my foam pads in 2”x2” coin pockets as I don’t have enough Mini Ink Blending tools to have one for each colour. It’s an inexpensive way to store your pads when they are not in use and I’m planning on adding little Velcro dots to the back of the ink pads to secure the pockets too.

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Using the Mini Cloud stencil (I use this so much, it’s such a staple for me!) and yellow-orange-pinks and red Distress Oxide Inks, as well as quite a few Mini Ink Blending tools, I blended a colourful autumnal sky background. The inks I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. 

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With the help of a couple of die-namic sets, Blueprint 27 and Blueprint 29, I cut the background piece with a rectangle scalloped edge and a cute little banner, on which I stamped ‘With gratitude’.

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The background piece I adhered to a white card base, made out of Neenah 110lbs card stock, using… *drumroll* …foam tape!! Yes, very much still addicted to that stuff.

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It felt like the girl needed to be framed in order to draw the eye to her and some kind of wooden look was also needed, to balance out all those leaves.

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I decided to use a dark brown patterned paper that look like woodgrain from a discontinued patterned paper stack called Trail Mix (it pays off hoarding that stuff! Check out MFT Stamp’s current selection HERE ) and the middle sized diecut from the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I did my usual trick of cutting it out of foam sheet too to add a uniform and stable base for the patterned paper piece.

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Once I had all my various bits and pieces done, it was time to do the layout-puzzling. It took a few tries but I’m really pleased with how this came out in the end and I hope you like it too!

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All the products I have used for this card are linked to the MFT Stamps store, for your convenience and I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. Using these links will not cost you any thing extra at all, but will earn me a small commission paid by MFT Stamps if you buy yourself a little something using them, so thank you in advance if you choose to support me in this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you to My Favorite Things and Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the fun, I’m so grateful and really appreciate the chance you took on me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica