Fake Resin Look Thank You Cards with YouTube Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a quick one as it’s mostly about the YouTube video I made for it. I’m participating in a little video hop today with a twist! The participants are using a video of one of the fellow hoppers as inspiration and making projects with their take on it. The lady before me does a lot of work resin, which has been on my want-to-try-that list for ages as it looks like a lot of fun!

As I don’t have any resin, nor could I get any in time to make a video with it, I decided to do a fake resin look using Glossy Accents instead. I have seen loads of tutorials with alcohol ink tiles and coasters made with it, so my idea was basically to create alcohol ink pieces and turn them into cards as I am primarily a card maker.

On the first piece, I used some light blue and warm grey Copic refills to create a fun background. This is Yupo paper so the magic practically happens by itself. It’s so fun to do!

I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn, and I also cut out the word Thanks using a die-namic from MFT Stamps. This exact one is retired but there is a very similar one from Flora & Fauna. I also cut out four more Thanks out of white card stock, and layered these all up with the glue tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn.

This whole shebang was added to a card base and a very generous layer of Glossy Accents was added to the Thanks. This was then set aside to dry overnight.

The second card is SUPER Clean And Simple. So much so I kind of feel it’s a bit naked!

I used the same Thanks and cut out loads of them out of white card stock and once out of a already made alcohol ink panel. This one is also made with Copic refills. B91 to B99, my favourite blue Copic combination.

These letters I adhered directly to a white card base, with the help of a ruled taped down to make sure they went on straight. Then another generous helping of the Glossy Accent. I tried making sure to pop all the bubbles in the Glossy Accent on both cards but a few managed to survive.

That is basically it for these! So simple but I’m rather pleased with my take on this challenge. Not to mention very proud of myself for not adding sequins to the white one! I almost had to sit on my hands to avoid it, lol!

You can find the video on my YouTube channel, by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you get a chance to watch the video and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Flutters & Blooms release from Catherine Pooler

Hi guys!

Today is the day, the latest release from Catherine Pooler, Flutters & Blooms, is here!

There are several bundles to choose from but if you can’t pick just one, there is a Flutters & Blooms bundle available at a discounted price too.

As usual, I have gone nuts with the cards.. so many colour combinations and options! To start with I grabbed the Big Thanks stamp and ALL. THE. INKS! No joke.. I had almost all of my inks out and played with colour combinations and ombré looks.

My first card is made with two shades of each colour. This is easy peasy with the help of a stamping tool. I do love my MISTI’s. I stamped one colour per letter of the ‘thank‘, and then I masked off the area already stamped before moving on to the next one. When I finished with one row, I turned the panel over and did the same thing on the bottom part of the panel, but upside down.

The colours I have used are shown in the photo and are Limoncello, Tiara, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, All That Jazz, It’s A Boy, Suede Shoes, It’s A Girl and Party Dress. On the upside down K I used Coral Cabana and Rockin’ Red but I decided it was too dark.

To finish this card off I simply stamped the ‘you’ from the Big Thanks set in the middle with black ink. Easy peasy!

My second card is similar, but the ‘Thank’ is in the middle and I have used only blue shades of ink for it. It’s one per letter, and I did it the same way as the first one. Stamped one letter, masked if off and moved on to the next ink. From left to right: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Fiesta Blue, Suede Shoes and Juniper Mist.

On this one I stamped the ‘you’ at an angle under the Thank bit. I also added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents .

For the next card I have again used the Big Thanks stamp, but this time with three shades of green inks to create a bit of an ombré-ish look. I started out with Melon Ice, then Garden Party and finally a little bit of Lime Rickey. For this one I also added the extra ‘S’ from the stamp set.

This I then cut out using a rectangular stitched die, and added this to a white card base. With black ink I stamped up ‘For being you’ to make the sentiment say ‘Thanks for being you’. I did make a video for these cards, I’ll try getting it up on my YouTube channel as soon as possible.

I have also used the Boxes Of Blooms stamp set. All my cards for this release are very CAS/Clean And Simple. Or at least they seem that way to me as I really struggle with white spaces.

For this card I stamped up one of the images from the Outside Your Window directly onto a card base. I used Over Coffee and Icing On The Cake for this to create a wooden look.

The flowers are stamped up with Tiara and the stems with Lime Rickey. I had the help of my Mini MISTI for this as I’m rubbish at free-hand stamp layering stamps. The sentiment is also stamped up with Tiara.

While I had the brown inks out, I stamped up some of the flower boxes and cut these, and the flowers, out with the coordinating diecut. I adhered these to the card with some foam tape to raise them up.

Well, that’s it from me for today! I hope you enjoyed these cards and found some inspiration here. If you fancy a little something-something from this release, I have used compensated affiliate links in the post and below, for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. I really appreciate the support and encouragement this gives me so thank you in advance if you choose to support me like this.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Thank You Cards Aftermath Of A Facebook Live!

Hi guys!

This week I was roped into doing another Facebook Live session in the Stamp Nation FB group. And by ‘roped in’ I mean volunteered, lol! This has become a fun way to play with the new release and I hope we will keep doing it! The Flutters & Blooms release will be available tomorrow!

I used the Big Thanks stamp set and made so many panels ready for cards, with the help of almost all my Catherine Pooler inks.

Before the event I had already stamped up a few and even made one complete card, but then *SHOCK, HORROR* I ran out of tape runner! Oh, the drama! I have some liquid adhesive but I don’t like how it warps the card stock so I just set aside all my panels until new tape runners arrived.

Each one has three shades of the same colour family to create the Thanks, stamped in a sideways ombré way. This is so easy with the help of a MISTI, which I am totally useless without. On each new colour I have gone over the ink-line with a blender brush to soften it, as I didn’t want hard, harsh lines where the new ink came in.

Yellow: Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel

Orange/Red: Bellini, Coral Cabana, Rockin’ Red

Pink: It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia

Blue: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Teal: Mint To Be, Aquatini, All That Jazz

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey

During the live I tried some other colour combinations and one that was a total surprise was the Unicorn Hair one! This combo I sort of stumbled into by seeing the shades on the stamp from doing other colours. To create the look, I started with It’s A Boy, then overlapped that with It’s A Girl and then added a little bit of Be Mine to add some darker pink at the top of the stamp.

Another one that was a revelation was this one!

I mixed Limoncello, Garden Party, Aquatini, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush and it turned out so cool! Almost like an 80’s print, don’t you think?

The yellow/orange/red one was actually a mistake, albeit a happy one! I mis-remembered which colour I used on this and picked the wrong one.

It should have been Orange Peel but I used Mandarin Spice, which was a lot darker but gave the Thanks a great look! I finished this one off by stamping ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ in Rockin’ Red over the S.

As a lover of blue, I did another one in blue too but switched up the final colour. On my original panel I used It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed and then Suede Shoes.

I decided to use Juniper Mist on the one I made during the Facebook live session instead, and it actually ended up with some turquoise bits on it as well. The new one got the sentiment stamped up on it as well, with Midnight ink.

In between inks, the Stamp Scrubber from Picket Fence Studios, came in so handy! A quick wipe and the Thanks stamp was clean and ready for the next colour.

Well, that’s plenty enough jibber-jabbering from me. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. I would greatly appreciate it if you use my affiliate link to shop if you do like my work. They do no cost you anything extra and any earnings I get from these, go straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel to keep things fun and fresh for you.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and sane!

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, 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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Concord & 9th Triple-Step Thank You Feature Friday

Hi guys!

Today’s post is all about the Triple-Step Thank You stamp and diecut set from Concord & 9th.

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I have had so much fun with this stamp combo I ended up with 10 projects to show you today. WAIT!! Don’t run away!! I will try and keep it short and sweet. Or at least short-ish…

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we? My first four cards are stamped in the same way, and with the same Distress Oxide inks but on different coloured card bases to switch things up a little bit. I really like how different Distress Oxide inks look depending on the colour of the card stock so here are some close ups of the differences.

White card stock.

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Light grey card stock.

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Dark grey card stock

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and finally, black card stock.

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Using my MISTI for accuracy, I placed the ‘thanks‘ stamp in and started stamping with Squeezed Lemonade. Going slightly diagonally, I stamped the whole row with the yellow ink and then on the sides I used different coloured Distress Oxide inks for each row.

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On the right side, I used yellows, through orange to red and from top to bottom is Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple.

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On the left side I’ve done pinks through reds, from the top to the bottom it’s Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Fired Brick. For the little gap left in the left hand bottom corner, I used Aged Mahogany on the white card base and Spiced Marmalade for the others as the dark red ink barely showed up on the darker card bases.

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This sort of stamping is so soothing and is great for those times when you feel like your mojo is on vacation as it’s pretty mind-less but so productive, if you get what I’m trying to say? Why not make some fun and colourful backgrounds if you don’t feel inspired to do anything else but still want to craft.

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To finish these cards off I stamped ‘Thank you so much‘ on thin strips of white card stock,  in two colours on each one to create an ombré effect. These strips were then added to the cards using foam tape. I’m still debating whether they need a few sparkly clear sequins or not but I’m trying to not put sequins on everything. The struggle is real, let me tell you, because I find simple designs quite hard to do and not overwork.

While I had all my Distress Oxide inks out I decided to do another panel, only this one is slightly bigger than an A2 sized card and here I used a different colour for each one of the ‘thanks‘. The inks used are Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserve, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

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It turned out so bright and cheerful I haven’t been able to bring myself to cover it up with a sentiment or anything yet. I might just keep it as it is as it makes me really happy to see all the colours.

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With more Distress Oxide inks and the heart stamps and diecuts from the Triple-Step Thank You set, I stamped up lots of hearts and cut them out. Then I stamped more hearts onto a white card base and in the gaps between these hearts I added the ones I had cut out previously, using foam tape. This one I haven’t done anything else with either. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… I find it so hard to cover up a cute background…!

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My next two cards were made quite quickly as I had two ombré water coloured backgrounds already made from ages ago. One is black with gold shimmer and the other one is blue with white shimmer. I used Gansai Tambi 36-pack water colours for these.

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Using the Triple-Step diecut, I cut both the panels and set the cutout aside. Out of white card stock and foam sheets, I cut a piece each for each card and then stamped the Triple-Step Thank You in black/grey Distress Oxide inks on one and blues on the other one.

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I have used white card bases for these two as well. As the ombré panel is slightly smaller than the card base, it creates a thin white border around it, which adds so much interest with very little effort. The panel was added to the card using foam sheet pieces cut to size and then it was quick work puzzling the ‘thank you’ pieces together and the cards were done.

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The next card is a bit of a fire hazard to be honest. Not once it’s finished but the making of it can take a bad turn quickly as it is a mix of alcohol inks, Yupo paper and heat embossing. This technique requires lots of caution and patience!

To start out with, I got a sheet of translucent Yupo paper out and used purple alcohol ink and silver mixative on it. Once it was fully dry, I dusted it with my anti-static tool and stamped the stripes from Stripes & Sayings in VersaMark ink on it. I decided to use Platinum embossing powder from Altenew on it.

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Then came the tricky part: using the heat gun to melt the embossing powder without warping the Yupo too much or setting fire to it! Make sure your heat gun is really hot and then work in small sections very quickly. And be extra careful! My Yupo warped a little bit despite the caution I exercised so I placed it under some heavy stuff to flatten before adding it to a card base and trimming off the excess. It’s not entirely flat on the card but oh well, you win some, you loose some.

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Sentiment wise I use the Triple-Step Thank you stamp and diecut set again, and I used pink inks for this. Once it was cut out, I added it to the card with foam tape and it was done.

The final card is super simple but has a fun twist to it! I stamped up the Triple-Step Thank you in pink Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose, and then I covered the letters with Nuvo Glow Drops Neon in Shocking Pink. These glow in the dark!! It doesn’t show very well in photos though so I will post a little video of it on my Instagram page for those of you who want to see it in action.

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Phew… ok, that’s it for today. Yes, really. Oh… no, actually. Ok, my bad, I’m pretty much all done. All I have left to mention is that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost whatsoever to you, if you click on one of these links and buy a thing or two. Or five. No judgements from this one! If you choose to support me by using these links, thank you so much in advance, I really, really appreciate it a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

 

Big bloom cards with Studio Katia stamps and gold accents!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is both part of my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team at Butterfly Reflections Ink as well as a bigger blog post with another two cards.

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I believe how quickly these 4 months on the BRI DT have gone and I have so enjoyed my time as part of it, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all with my posts there. If you are dreaming of being part of a no-drama, easy breezy design team, you should definitely apply to it. If not this time, next one!

I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland the last weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free. I am glad I made the most of the weather then as it’s since turned and it’s been raining on and off the last couple of days. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it. Here is a progress photo.

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Once I had coloured them all in and the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one for the first card and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps and I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

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On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

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My second card is done in a similar way, just a very different colour scheme and another technique. This flower is fushia pink, and I went with a dark grey card base and gold and turquoise leaves.

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I cut out more leaves out of the watercolour card stock and added some colour to them with Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Turquoise and Undersea Green and a water colour brush. Whilst those were drying I came up with an idea of adding some fun interest to the gold mirror card stock leaves! I got the Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and with a stubby water colour brush I dabbed some on the leaves and set aside to dry.

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Another idea formed whilst I was doing that, so I got the Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and dabbed that on the turquoise leaves too. I didn’t want it to be too “perfect” so the dabbing was quite random.

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The card base I ended up using is made out of Lawn Fawn Narwhal Card stock and I had both stamped a circular ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on it in black ink as well as done some ink blending on it before. However, I didn’t really like it so the idea came to cover it up with the flower and the leaves so I could still use the card base.

I used foam tape on the back of the flower and placed all the leaves around it but left enough space for the sentiment to show through. With a firm press down to adhered the flower and all the leaves to the card base, the second card was done.

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My third card is a bit different in that it’s loosely coloured as well as it being partially diecut, rather than completely.

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I wanted to keep part of the water colour card stock around the flower so I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle and placed the flower so it would be in the upper area of the cut out.

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I carried on with the diecut leaves and the water colouring of them, only I ended up using another idea. By placing the coordinating diecut for the flower in my BigShot slightly off the plate so it wouldn’t cut it all the way around, I ran it through.

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With the panel ready to be used, I mounted the back of it with foam tape and making sure the cut out bit of the flower was higher so I could slot my leaves in. To frame the  card I used Sticky Note Lawn Fawn card stock for the card base and adhered this whole thing to it.

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I kept the sentiment really simple by using Neat & Tangled diecut, called Hooray, cut out of gold hammered card stock. I didn’t even use foam tape for this one! Just liquid glue pen, which is great for all those little fiddly bits, and glued it down flat. With that, the last card was done.

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All three cards are made with the same focal stamp, the Thank you So Much from Studio Katia, and the same accent dienamic ‘Wild Greenery’ from MFT Stamps.

My BigShot got such a workout in the making of these cards, the handle fell off. A quick “surgery” later, it was fine again, thank goodness! I will be replacing it pronto as soon as it bites the dust for real though, a diecutting machine is absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Right-y-o, if you have managed to hang in there until the end, I salute you and think you deserve a cookie! I also need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links to Studio Katia, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps in this post, as I always do when possible. If you end up using one of these links and purchase something, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you chose to support me and my crafting journey this way, I really do appreciate it a lot!

With that, I’m off to convince my little chicas to go for a walk in the drizzle. Not sure how well that’s going to go down, we are not fans of rain in this house, lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Lots of love from Erica