Almost At 10K on Instagram!

Hi guys and WOW! I can hardly believe it but I am getting so close to a MAJOR milestone on Instagram: 10 000 followers and that fabulous swipe up feature!

Another crafty friend, Norine, is also almost there and we have some lovely friends who wanted to celebrate/help us get there, so over on Instagram there is an Insta hop happening. With a giveaway too!

I started by making a green and also a rainbow background panel with the Artist Markers, by swiping the markers back and forth to blend them together. On top of the green one I adhered a panel cut out of white card stock with the Striped Leaf cover die.

This is one of the few progress photos I managed to remember to take. I just got on a roll after this and couldn’t stop it, but I did film it so there is a YouTube video up too.

Grabbing a whole stack of inks, including the Pocketful Of Sunshine, Cherry Blossom, Red Cosmos, Warm & Cozy, Summer Afternoons, and Rose Petal Ovals I got stamping! For the leaves I mixed Tropical Forest and Green Fields.

I have used three different stamp sets: Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum, Beautiful Day stamp set, which also comes in a bundle, and Hope stamp set. This also comes in a bundle.

The second background was done with the Layering Plaid B Cover Die on white card stock, and I kept all the bits in their places so the whole background is white, but textured.

Initially I had planned on mixing and matching the flowers and leaves, but I did actually end up keeping the cards mostly in the stamp family they came from. Which was a bit of a surprise, to be honest.

On the card with the BAF Chrysantemum flowers, I used leaves from the Hope stamp set. To get more depth, I did mix and match inks from the Tropical Forest and Green Fields ink bundles.

I finished this card off with Fairy Rocks Embellishments from Trinity Stamps, for some fun bling! The sentiment is from the Build-A-Flower Chrystantemum set.

The second card was done with the Beautiful Day flowers and leaves, and the sentiment was created with Thick and Thin Alpha. It’s been heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The sequins are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Clear Fusion.

My third card was quite quick but it’s still very colourful and fun! I created a slimline rainbow background using the Artist Markers and then heat embossed lots of sentiments from Crafty Friends in white on it.

As this one was quite flat/one layered I felt it needed some texture with Black Eyed Baubles from Trinity Stamps. And again.. I did not hold back at all, lol!

Well, that’s it from me for today, but I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are not following me on Instagram, what are you even doing?? Just kidding, but seriously, that’s where most of my crafty action is happening.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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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, 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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Altenew December 2018 Markers/Embellishments Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi guys and welcome!

Today I am so excited to take part in Altenew’s December release blog hop! If you arrived here from Kymona, you are in the right spot. There is a full list of all the stops at the bottom of this post, in case you want to go back and look at someone’s projects again or if you get lost.

I have made two cards using the new Set E markers, which round out my collection of Artist Markers. I have been waiting for the greens, Tropical Forest, in this set for ages as they are my fave greens in the Oval Inks collection. *insert squeaks and all the heart eye emojis here* Now I just need the Primary Color set and I’m complete! Well, apart from all the Artist Markers refills of course. That darn FullSetSyndrome is a real pickle at times!

My first card, and I’ve made two of the same, is done in what’s become a bit of a signature look for me, with the Artist Markers: A bold background made by simply drawing thick lines in each colour and blending them in. The inspiration for the colour scheme is the changing colours of leaves in the autumn, all those vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and golden brown.

In the past I have sometimes done this directly on a card base but this time I used a pre-cut card panel. It does look a lot cleaner without the ink bleeding through on the inside of the card.

That’s all the “colouring” done for card no1 and I use that term loosely here as it is quite simply fool-proof. No blending, shading or even staying within the lines are required for this sort of colouring. Just draw the marker from one side to the other, to create the thickness of the selection you want and then move on to the next shade. Easy peasy!

The stamp set I have used for both cards is Leaf Canopy, it’s fast become a firm fave in my Altenew stash. I find it very versatile and lovely to colour with all sorts of different mediums.

After dusting my panel with an anti-static tool, I stamped the solid images from the top right corner all the way down to the bottom left corner, with VersaMark ink. The embossing powder I used is Copper and it complements the colour in the background beautifully. It’s rich and gorgeous!

To finish the card off, I adhered it to a card base and added a few sentiments from the Leaf Canopy stamp set.

These are also heat embossed with Copper, for a cohesive look. A very generous smattering of matte black sequins were the final touch.

My second card is a mixture of techniques: no-line colouring, emboss resist, ink blending, spot light look and eclipse….

To begin with, I stamped the outline image from Leaf Canopy in Bamboo ink on a panel. This I coloured in using Set E, both the green and orange Artist Markers. Once all coloured in, I stamped the solid image on top in VersaMark and heat clear embossing powder over it.

The clear embossing powder protects the colouring without hiding any of it. In fact, I think it highlights it.

With a blending brush, I picked out some Oval Ink pads and blended a soft blue around the branch of leaves and then towards the edges of the card, a mix of darker blues. I used inks from the Cool Summer Night family: Sea Glass and Dusk. Turquoise from the Deep Blue Seas family as well as Persian Blue and Sapphire from the Glacier Caves family were used too.

To finish off the background, I splattered first some water drops on it. These I dabbed off with a piece of kitchen towel. Then I added some gold splatters on it too.

With the diecut ‘You are Loved‘, I cut first one piece out of foam sheet, then another out of brushed gold card stock and finally one out of the background panel. I adhered the background to a card base and then layered up the pieces, foam + gold + top layer, until was all puzzled back together. With that, the card was done!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my cards as much as I enjoyed making them! I have used compensated affiliate links to, amongst others, Altenew in this post, at no extra cost to you, in case you want to grab any of the items I have used here for yourself. When you use an affiliate link, not just mine but any crafters’, you help support their dream and crafting journey so I hope you will consider using them when shopping. Thank you in advance for supporting us like this! We all really appreciate it!

Now for prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/12/2018 for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on Sunday, December 16th.

You can also win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew here on my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment by the 12/12/18.

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

The final stop on the hop is Agnieszka


Altenew Card Blog

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Kristina Pokazanieva

Nicole Picadura

Kelly Latevola

Enza Gudor

Kathleen Graumüller

Sveta Fotinia

Lilith Eeckels

TaeEun Yoo

Therese Calvird

Anna Komenda

Zinia Redo

Vicky Papaioannou

Lydia Evans

Laura Jane

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zsoka Marko

Virginia Lu

Raquel Bowman

Svitlana Shayevich

Gayatri Murali

Kymona Tracey

Erica A-B. <——- YOU ARE HERE——–

Agnieszka Malyszek

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop giveaway winner!


Today I am popping in quickly to announce the winner of the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop giveaway as well as show a quick card made with the Artist Markers.


Without further ado, the winner of the $20 gift voucher to Altenew is:

Kelsey Thomas
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These are both awesome projects!


CONGRATULATIONS!!! Please email Altenew at with the subject ‘Color Therapy Blog Hop winner from Erica’s blog’ to claim your prize!

On a card base made out of Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock, I used Artist Markers from Set A, Set B and Set C to make a colourful background.


I simply drew the markers back and forth to create a rainbow like look, not worrying too much about blending the colours together or making it too perfect. The main aim was to add lots of colour!


On black card stock I stamped several of the sentiments from the aptly named stamp set Crafty Friends, with VersaMark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I trimmed down each strip and added them to the card with foam tape.


A sprinkling of clear sparkling sequins finished off the card and that’s it for today! Yep. No essay today, lol. I have used a few compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, in this case Altenew, if you buy something after clicking on one of these links. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me like this, it really does mean the world and every little helps!


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lots of love from Erica

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, hello!

Today I’m very honoured to be part of a very fun blog hop hosted by Altenew, and you should have come here from the oh, so talented Virginia Lu but the full list of the blog hop will be at the bottom of this post in case you get lost along the way or go back to the Altenew Card Blog.

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Isn’t this banner so fun and colourful? I love colours and to do colouring so I’m thrilled to be part of this blog hop. I often colour just for the fun of it and end up with lots of images ready for card making, it’s such a lovely way to have some me-time and clear your head.

I have had the Pattern Play-Circle stamp for ages but never used it so I thought why not try it for this project with my Artist Markers. If you don’t have any of these markers but are tempted, there is a 15% off offer on right now. Just use the code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout, it’s valid on all the individual and full sets so treat yourself!


As the markers are alcohol based, I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock with Permanent Black Crisp Dye ink  and got to work. I used markers from Set A, Set B and Set C to colour in all the circles, going for a gemstone agate slice look i.e. not too blended. The only plan was to make it look fun and colourful, the rest I just winged. I love colouring like that, with not a care in the world apart from having a good time.


To make it into a card, I trimmed down the panel to a 5.5″x4.24″ piece and adhered it to a card base. I also stamped and heat embossed a sentiment, ‘Surround yourself with people who love you!’, from the stamp set, Pattern Play-Circle, on black card stock with Platinum embossing powder from Altenew’s embossing powder selection.


I cut the card stock with the sentiment in half and trimmed them down and added a slant on the edges.  These two I added to the card with foam tape.


A few clear sparkling sequins later and the card was done.

My second project is a bit bigger and more time-consuming. It took me a few days to colour in the image but I think it was well worth it to be honest. If I may say so myself.


For this one I used the Mega Succulent stamp and stamped it on Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock with Grapewine dye ink. You can get that one as a single ink pad or as part of a 4-pack. I’ve only used red Artist Markers for this one, the Red Cosmos set as well as Cotton Candy from the Four Scoops set.


After spending so much time on this piece, I just didn’t have the heart to cut it up so I decided to frame it and gift it to my sister-in-law for her birthday in a few days.


It did need a little something though so I heat embossed a sentiment from the Be Strong stamp set, ‘live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words’ in Antique Gold but I should have chosen a darker one, it doesn’t show up very well unless you look closely.


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.

Altenew is also generously sponsoring a $20 gift voucher to one lucky winner here on my blog! All you have to do is leave a comment for your chance to win. I will announce the winner on the 18th of July so don’t forget to check back then to see if you are the winner. Or even better subscribe to my blog so you never miss a post or project from me.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on the hop is the very talented Leigh Houston!

Here is the full list of the hop

Friendship card with Altenew Build-a-Flower Gardenia

Hello, hello!

I’m back home after a fabulous weekend trip to Berlin to meet up with some friends I’ve not seen for almost 2 years. We have walked, talked, eaten and laughed until our bellies hurt! It was a spur of the moment thing, we put the whole trip together in less than 2 weeks and considering we all live in different countries, that’s no small feat! But as two of them are moving out to Canada on a posting in less than a month, this was the only weekend available so it was a case of ‘ok, let’s just do it!’ and I’m so glad we did!

Things are a bit stressful for the two moving, as you can imagine, so today’s card has a friendship theme as a reminder they can always count on me to help them out if need be. Right, before I go and get all soppy and teary because they are moving so bloody far away, I’m gonna get on with the card. This is a sneak peek of my regular Monday blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog by the way.

I’ve used Altenew’s Build-a-Flower Gardenia set and coloured it in with the red Artist Markers from Set A, which can also be purchased separately. The leaves are stamped with three colours from the Tropical Forest Oval inks set, which can also be found in handy mini cubes if you are short on space in your craft room. The colours I used are Bamboo, Parrot and Olive.

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For the background I’ve used a stencil called Sketched Lines and Nuvo Mousse in Spring green.  To read about the whole process and see more photos, head on over to the BRI blog where the whole blog post is.

From today there is also a giveaway going on over at Altenew! Place an order from the Build-A-Flower Collection from 2/26/2018 until 3/2/2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a big prize! One lucky winner will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $120 including one Original MISTI stamping tool, Artist Markers Set C, and Soft Pastel 6 Mini Cube Set. A winner will be announced on March 4th on the Altenew Blogs.


I’ve used affiliate links in this post, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something from Altenew, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you do this, I really appreciate it

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Fantasty Florals card in December!

Hello everyone! Are you all ready for Christmas or other holiday you celebrate? I’m only ready decoration and present wise, I’ve barely sent any Christmas cards (which is kind of ironic really when you think about it as I’m mostly making cards) nor have I planned the meals we will have over the holidays. Still not a lot of festive spirit going on here to be honest, although we did have our second snow fall over night which got our hopes for a white Christmas up!

Card making wise, I’m ready for something other than Christmas and snow theme and today’s card is anything but: Green, bright and flowery! Yes, in the middle of winter. Am I a rebel or what?? LOL!

I have some new goodies I wanted to play with and the Fantasy Floral 3D Die Set is one of them. The Sketched Lines Stencil is another one. There is a great promotion over at Altenew right now: 15% off stencils and Ink sprays with the code ‘HAPPYWEEK2017’ Both stencils and ink sprays are great fun to play around with but for this card I’m only using a stencil as I wanted to keep my texture paste white. The ink sprays are fun ways to add colour and shimmer to your projects though so this offer is a great opportunity to add some to your stash or even try them for the first time.


I’ve linked all the goodies I’ve used for this card with affiliate links to Altenew. That means if you click on one of the links and end up buying something (and why shouldn’t you?) I will get a small commission, at no extra cost to you so thank you in advance if you do this!

For this card I actually only stamped one single thing and that was the ‘hello’ sentiment (which is from the Winter Rose Stamp Set) Everything else is coloured, die cut and stencilled with texture paste. I even made my own coloured card stock for the flower dies using Red Cosmos  and Green Fields alcohol markers from the Artist Markers Set A.


Using a couple of the dies as a guide I coloured rectangular boxes on alcohol marker friendly paper (this is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# card stock cut in half) with the Red Cosmos markers.  Once the boxes were sufficiently covered with colours (take your time with this for a smooth look or leave it slightly stripy like I have for a more natural look) I cut out different pieces in the different colours so that they would all be unique once layered together.


For the leaves I wanted a slightly lighter look so I used vellum instead of card stock. On the back of the vellum I scribbled the Green Fields Artist Markers  all over, let it dry and cut out the leaves using the two biggest dies.

On a bigger piece of Neenah card stock I used the Green Fields markers again to make a nice, vivid green background. It turned into a bit of an ombré look, which is one of my favorite colour looks as you get several shades of the same colour. Perfect for when you can’t decide on just one colour. I used my Sketched Lines Stencil and white texture paste all over this and set it aside to dry. It came out great!


I glued all the flower layers together and once all dry, I puzzled them and the vellum leaves how I wanted them to go on the card. Gently putting a sheet of card stock over  them, I turned the whole shebang over and added foam tape to both keep things together and add height and dimension to the card. I used this grouping as a guide where I wanted my sentiment strip to go but did not add it to the card just yet.


On a slim strip of vellum I heat embossed the sentiment ‘Hello’ from the Winter Rose stamp set with Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder. It may be my new favorite colour of Altenew’s amazing array of embossing powders, it’s just beautiful. This strip of vellum I adhered to the background by wrapping it around and secured it with double sided tape. Once that was secured, I adhered the whole thing to a plain white card base. The flower cluster was also added and while I was on a roll, a good sprinkling of iridescent sequins finished off the card.


With that, I’m off to get back to the Christmas preparations.

From myself and all of mine, to you and all of yours: Happy holidays, whatever you celebrate!


Altenew Build-A-Flower Camellia and Artist Markers ‘hi’ card

Hi guys!

Today’s card is using the fabulous Build-a-Flower Camellia stamp set and Artist Markers SET A from Altenew. I’ve made quite a few cards with this stamp set already, as I do adore it quite a lot, but I hope you will find that this is a bit different from all the previous ones.


Altenew generously sent me the B and C sets for the blog hop but I bought the A set myself as soon as I was asked because… you know… FFS? Full Set Syndrome? Well, anyway, I have tried several different colour combinations using the markers and inks, to find the one I like the best. I think this one is my current favorite: Flower outline stamped in Paper Bag Dye Ink and Red Cosmos Artist Markers which you can buy separate or as part of SET A.

I coloured the flower in using my favorite technique: flicking. This is when you start at the point where you want the most colour and then simply flick your marker from there outwards or inwards on your image, leaving a slimmer and slimmer colour trail, if that makes sense? I personally find that this is the easiest way to get a very natural look. The great thing about stamping up the outline and colouring that it, is that all the details are easy to find and high-or-low light with your markers. Plus it helps give extra depth to the flower.


In the middle I use the darkest of the red markers as well as the two darkest yellows from SET B using a dotting technique. I go around the area, dotting the markers in a random pattern and overlapping each other.


When I was happy with the colouring, I used the coordinating die that comes as part of the Build-A-Flower Camellia set. I didn’t like all the white bits around the flower so I got the markers out again and filled in and framed the image. Setting this aside once I was happy, it was time to think leaves. Instead of using the ones that comes with the stamp set, I decided to use the big leaf branch from the Beautiful Day stamp set. Grabbing my Forest Glade Dye Ink and Green Fields Artist Markers (which you get if you buy SET A) I tried out a few combinations and ended up liking the ones where I only used the two lightest of the markers. The darkest green was just too green. Using the Coordinating die I cut them out and set them aside along with the flower whilst I started working on the background.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of green on my cards. Don’t get me wrong, I love green outside and in nature but on my cards… nah, not so much. Which is why it might come as a surprise that I decided to put myself through the crafting grinder and make a green background… Why I do these things to myself, I don’t know. Really, no clue.

Anyway, I got some Simon Say Stamp #120 white card stock out, cut it in half and scored it in the middle to make a card base. Directly on this I drew thick lines of the lightest green marker and then over that, using the next marker in the set, I drew a few lines vertically. I went over these lines with the lightest marker again and then got an idea, which in hindsight was not my best one, using some copic blending solution and a natural sponge tried to create some texture. I got the sponge WAY too wet with the blending solution and it went all over my background!! Instead of making cute little speckles, I only managed to create a big green pond… as the card stock is so thick it didn’t soak up the solution right away I got the darkest green marker out and dotted it in the puddles to add some more colour. After I had mopped up the excess solution with some kitchen roll, I added more dots using the two lightest green markers.

I don’t know how long I worked on this background but it wasn’t getting any better, but as it wasn’t getting worse either, I went ahead and used it anyway. I adhered the flower and the leaves with foam tape to create dimension and layers and to keep it relatively simple sentiment wise I just die cut the word ‘hi’ in shiny gold card stock using the  inline alpha die. These got stuck straight onto the card and with that, the card was done!


Thanks for stopping by today! If you fancy a chance to win a $50 or $30 gift voucher to Altenew, you should stop by THIS BLOG POST (capital letters due to excitement, this was the blog post that was part of the new release blog hop showing off the newest Artist Markers!!) leave a comment on that post as well as This one over at Altenew and you are in the mix! Easy peasy, right??

With that, I’m off to enjoy a wild and crazy Friday evening! Luckily I took The Cheeky Chicas out for a long walk earlier so they are sleepy and The Man is watching football so it’s guilt free party time for me! #andbypartyingImeancrafting


Happy crafting from Erica