Re-cap of #TheDailyMarker30Day challenge.

Hi and welcome back to my little blog!

If you like colouring, you might have heard of The Daily Marker hosted by Kathy Racoosin. It’s a challenge where she challenges you to take 5 minutes per day to yourself and colour, with whatever medium of your choice. The challenge is running for the whole month of August, and I have been taking part every day.

This is a re-cap of my projects from the first eight days, as it started on a Sunday Aug 1st. My aim is to do a re-cap post every Sunday with the cards and colouring I have done for it.

For Day1 I picked this cute penguin stamp from Mama Elephant. I adore these guys. It’s coloured in with Copics and then I ink blended a background with Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Chipped Sapphire. It’s my current fave combo!

The background is splattered with some gold watercolour from the Starry Night palette from Kuretake. It’s my go-to for gold. The card is finished off with the word die that comes with the coordinating diecuts for the penguins.

You can find a reel for this card HERE.

On Day 2 and 3 I coloured in this fabulous Botan Peony from Picket Fence Studios, with Fuchsia and pink copics. This card is finished off with a word die from Neat & Tangled (they have sadly closed down) and a generous sprinkling of Clear Sparkling sequins.

There is a reel for this one too, and you can find that HERE.

Day4 I made a card as part of my WOW! Embossing design team commitments, with the Snowflake stencil and Midnight embossing powder from the Twilight Trio.

I also ink blended some Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot around the edges for some drama, added some gold strips on each side of the card and a sentiment in Rich Gold embossing powder. There is a reel for this one HERE.

This card was actually for Day5, but I forgot to post it on my Instagram that day, oops. I have recently joined the Crafty Meraki design team and will be making a couple of videos a month for them. I used the Elegance stamp set and coordinating diecut for my first video, which I coloured in with Ink On 3 Atelier re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust to make shimmery watercolour. To get the no-line colouring effect I used the Fadeout ink, also from Ink On 3.

This is the finished card and and you can find the video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel.

Day 5 was also dedicated to doggie cards! The reason being that my sister has adopted a little shelter doggie called Otto, and we are all smitten!

These doggie stamps are from Colorado Craft Company, and are illustrated by Anita Jeram. The card above, with images from Wishing You Happines, is coloured in with Copics, and finished off with one of the sentiment from the stamp set, as well as Otto cut out with In Stitches Alpha Dienamics from MFT Stamps.

The one below is from Watch This! stamp set, and it´s done with water colours, as well as the same Dienamics to spell out Adoption. The reel for these two can be found HERE.

I am also going to make a little mini-album or something to send to my sister so she can keep a little mini-diary of her journey with Otto.

On Day6 I tried some new-to-me markers, Paint Pens, from Artistro and tried some rock painting! I had never done this before, so this was completely new to me. I did make a big rainbow and then a little heart rainbow on a smaller rock.

I have a reel for the big one HERE, and I think I will share the one I made for the little rock too. If you are interested in trying these, you can get 10% off by using the code ERICAANDERSSONB.

On Day8 I made another rainbow, only this time on paper and completely flat. This stamp set is Rainbows, it´s from Avery Elle and I just adore it. I used a ridiculous amount of Copics for the colouring, but that happens all the time. I always use so many markers to get depth and details.

I finished it with a sentiment from the stamp set, a friend diecut from Mama Elephant and lots of Crystal Clear Fusion sequins from Studio Katia. The reel for this card can be found HERE.

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The dog-craze continues!

 

I’ve been going a bit nuts with colouring doggies from MFT Stamps recently, both the You Make My Tail Wag (and coordinating dienamics) and Lucky Dog (and coordinating dienamics) sets. They are so adorable! Well, as you can see, I had loads of ready coloured in images so I thought I’d put together a card or two using these. 

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Right, back to my rascally little doggies! One of them made it onto a card which I blogged about over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog earlier in the week. Click HERE to check out that post.

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For my first card I decided to go quite ‘Clean and Simple’, which is a huge challenge for me. I don’t know when to stop usually and I will add more and more stuff until all of a sudden, it is not ok to call it a CAS card anymore. Eh, we all have our issues, right? Not to brag though, but I think I pulled it off for this one! Not that the lure of adding sequins wasn’t there, it was a struggle to say no. 

I started out with an A2 sized piece of white card stock(I like using 110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White as it’s nice and thick, which makes a great card base) and then I used a diecut from Studio Katia called Stitched Loops, in the middle of it. I also cut out another 2 pieces to layer on top of each other as I was planning on using foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base. To make it easy to see where it was going to go, when it came time to adhere it to the card base, I traced the inside of the cut with a pencil.

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I decided to heat emboss the sentiment ‘I am a lucky dog to have you’ in Altenew Crisp Platinum embossing powder above the diecut so I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool(I prefer the little “cushion” as I find it covers the paper better), then I stamped it with VersaMark ink using my MiniMISTI (I’d be lost without this genius little thing!!) and added the embossing powder. A quick swish with my heat gun later, it was done.  

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The foam tape was added to the back of the panel and added to the card base, I then puzzled the doggies and the loop together so that it looks like the doggies are peeking out of them and added that to the card too. In the middle loop I diecut a small stitched heart (from the Tiny Gift Box Lawn cuts) and stamped a paw print from the stamp set in Candied Apple red Distress Oxide Ink. I added this to the hole with a bit of foam tape too. A few drops of Glossy Accents on the eyes and noses later and card No1 was done!

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Card no2 was a bit more elaborate and has all sorts of things going on: Ink blending using a stencil, alcohol ink, die cutting, Copic colouring, white gel pen and stamping.

The background is made using the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I blended these using Mini Ink Blending Tools on Bristol Vellum water colour card stock, this is my current preferred card stock when it comes to ink blending. It’s so smooth and lovely to work with.

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On some Yupo paper I made a fine mess with Citrus and Willow alcohol inks and then used an Alcohol Ink applicator tool with a pad soaked in blending solution, in a dotting manner all over the piece to give it some texture. Quick and easy! Once it was dry, I ran it through my BigShot with the Landscape Die from Lawn Fawn.

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I decided to use the little Scottie dog, the dog house, a water bowl and a bone. Because every dog needs a treat, right? All the images are adhered to the card using foam tape of different thicknesses to add some fun details and lots of dimension.

On a slim strip of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Woofing You A Happy Birthday’ using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and adhered that to the card with foam tape too.

As this came out quite masculine, I decided against both sequins and enamel dots, and it was a surprisingly easy decision to make. Usually I’m all about those sequins! The only embellishments, if you can call them that, are the white gel pen details added to the dog and his little house. Ta-da! I love how the alcohol ink pieces look, it’s so organic and adds so much interest to the card. In my humble opinion anyway.

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Right, well, that’s it from me today. I have to go be a crazy dog lady in real life now and take my little Cheeky Chicas out for walkies. Spring decided to FINALLY show up here in Poland this last week and things are starting to look green and lush again. I’m soaking up the sunrays as much as I can and the girls are loving it too. Especially as they don’t need showers after every single walk these days, as was the case for months on end…!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

Dog Crazy Lady gone doggone mad over Mama Elephant’s The Dog’s Woof

Hello fellow dog and craft lovers!

Today I’m going to completely unleash my inner dog crazy lady on you. In fairness, I don’t usually leash her very much and I make sure to let her out to play regularly, or she goes bonkers and chews someone up. See what I did there? Lol, I can feel lots of dog related puns and jokes coming up!

I’ve long been a fan of Mama Elephant and their cute stamps and diecuts but my fan girl status went straight ‘I adore them’ to ‘stalking the website on a daily basis’ when they announced they were going to do a dog stamp like The Cat’s Mieow and So Many Snowmen! I went so far as marking the date in my calendar and setting a reminder. As soon as The Dog’s Woof was available, I was there clicking like a mad-woman on a mission and bam! Purchased! Then I nearly made the postman mad by giving him the evils every day he drove past the house without stopping….! LOL, it’s an understatement to say I was excited and once they finally arrived, I shared my excitement in a little video on my Instagram. If you watch it, you might want to turn the volume down towards the end. There might be a high-pitched squeal or two…

I couldn’t wait to ink that stamp up! Out came all my Copics, some chocolate, other yummies and Sam Cooke playlist. It was colouring time!

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It didn’t take long and my craft desk was as absolute mess again. I had tidied it just the day before! Oh well, a little craftermath hasn’t hurt anyone. So far anyway..

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I think I ended up using practically all my E, W and C coloured Copics for this. I tried mixing and matching but still making sure that each dog was quite unique and I had such a great time colouring this one, I went ahead and did another four! Oh yes. Once the steam train that is Erica with colouring gets going, there is little chance of stopping it. Like a dog with a bone or a mole hill!

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My first card came together really quickly once the colouring was done (I also added some detailing with a white gel pen) I simply used the coordinating diecut to cut the doggies out, got a dark grey card base out, heat embossed ‘woof woof’ on it with Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder and added them to it using foam tape.

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To finish off the sentiment, which I thought was a pawsome idea if I may say so myself, I added the ‘Hooray’ diecut from Neat & Tangled to finish off the sentiment. Woof, woof, hooray. If that isn’t doggone funny, I don’t know what is. Big paw anyone?

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The Hooray bit is cut out of MFT Brushed Gold card stock for the word bit and the shadow bit is vellum, to frame it nicely on the dark grey background. I adhered it to the card base with foam tape cut out with the word part of the diecut to raise it up. I added just a few clear sequins to the card with Glossy Accents and then stepped away.

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I really like the dotted look on the doggies and decided to do one with just that technique and it came out super adorable! The background I decided on for this one was a bit more busy. I got Simon Say Stamp Paws Background print stencil and some Distress Oxide inks out; Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. I blended them all over the card base using the different colours to make a patterned paper and then also stamped the little bone and the ‘woof’ sentiment in-between the paw prints. These are in the stamp set.

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I managed to spill water on this, as I am a big klutz, but I mopped it up quickly and despite the fact it messed up my card base a bit I decided to use it anyway.

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It kind of reminded me of how our floor looks more often than not, with muddy paw prints all over it. Life with a dog is not always a walk in the park but muddy paw prints are not the end of the world.

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On a little speech bubble diecut, I used one from Altenew’s Speech Bubbles Die Set, I stamped the sentiment ‘Friends make everything so much better’ from Mama Elephant’s Ella & Friends in Walnut Stain.

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The doggies got cut out with the coordinating diecut and added to the card base using foam tape, as did the speech bubble with the sentiment. I also decided to add little details to the doggies using Glossy Accent, on their eyes and noses to make them stand out a bit more.

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My third card is kind of a mix of the first two. There are some solid dogs and some dotty ones. I had some feedback from my crafty friends that the mix was the best look but you know, I like all three to be honest. It is fun that you can mix and match and get so many different looks.

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The background is stamped but not as busily as the second card, it’s also a lighter grey the the first card. I added some extra doggies to this one using the ‘loose’ dog head in the stamp set. These I piled up so it looks like a giant puppy pile. I am a crazy dog lady after all, there can never be enough dogs, lol!

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Sentiment wise I kept it rather simple by heat embossing the words ‘You are Pawsome!’ in Altenew Platinum embossing powder on as off-white strip of card stock. This sentient comes from a Simon Says Stamps set called Paws-itivity.

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I added this to the card using foam tape as usual and the big dog image was added using my thickest foam tape, and the loose dog head were added using various other thicknesses.

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The last card I made is a really fun one! I did another one of the dotted dogs in party colours for The Man’s birthday card but I have already blogged it though so I’m not going to bore you with all the details again, I merely wanted to show it because I do adore how it came out. You can have a look at that blog post right here if you haven’t seen it already.

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I am almost all done but I do need to let you guys know that I have used some compensated affiliate link in this blog post. If you end up buying something after clicking on these links, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you. So it’s a win-win really! Thank you in advance if you choose to support my little blog and I this way, I really do appreciate it a lot! Now as I mentioned, some of the links are affiliate link but not all of them, for transparency reasons it’s Altenew, MFT Stamps and Neat & Tangled. Anything that isn’t from them, is not an affiliate link, I have added the links for your convenience in case you want to purchase any of the stuff I have used for these cards.

Right, with that I’m all done. I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you did manage to hang in there to the end, well done!! You definitely deserve a little something-something so go treat yo’self!

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

 

 

Happy Birthday to The Man!

Hello!

Today is no ordinary day, oh no. Today is the birthday of The Man, the love and light of my life! Sometimes long-suffering husband of This One but most of the time, an adored man with a soft spot for doggies. It was inconceivable to make him a birthday card that didn’t have doggies on it so out came Mama Elephant’s The Dog’s Woof. This is my current FAVOURITE doggie stamp. I must have stamped up and coloured in about 5 of these by now.. the force is strong with this one for sure.

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Righty-o: On Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock I stamped the doggies up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and rolled over my Raskog cart, that holds all my Copics, to my craft table. Reaching for the usual browns, greys and beige colours I had an epiphany! Rather than colouring these woofsters in as actual dogs, I threw caution to the wind and swapped out all the markers for yellows, oranges, purples, pinks, blues, turquoise and greens! You might think I’m mad but I had a picture in my head and whilst I could try and explain what it was, we all know it tends to confuse everyone so I’m skipping right to the ‘let’s show you instead’ bit!

I got three shades of each colour out: one really pale, one just a tad darker and the darkest one was only about mid-range on the darkness scale. Makes sense?

Starting with the lightest one, I started ‘shading’ the doggie with it by adding dots of various sizes almost all over it. Moving on to the next shade, I added more dots, also of different sizes on top of the light dots as well as outside. With the darkest shade, I added more and more dots (mostly smallish ones) where it would usually be shaded to create that 3D look. Alternating colours to make sure it’s all very colourful and not the same colour doggies next to each other, I continued with this process until they were all ready to party!

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The next step was to add some fun embellishments to them, like party hats, balloons and those little pinwheels. You can’t have a party without decorations, right??

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For the background I stamped a pattern using the dog’s bone directly on the card base. The card base is also made with the Neenah card stock which makes it nice and sturdy. These bones I coloured in using the same colours I had used on the doggies to keep the look cohesive, but I only used two for each one to add some shading but alternated ligher and darker bones. They are rather small after all so two was enough.

Once it was time to put it together, I got my trusted foam sheets out and cut out enough to keep all those roaring party animals in place as well as raised up from the card base. All the party bits were added with either glossy accents or foam tape.

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At first I thought I might skip a sentiment as it’s pretty obvious it’s a celebration card but when do I ever stop at ‘just enough’? Hardly ever, right? So out came some dienamics from My Favorite Things that say ‘happy birthday’ and I cut this out in both linen textured black card stock and 1mm thick foam sheet. These bits I layered up quickly and then added to the card at a diagonal and just like that, the card was finished!

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As The Man is not keen on lots of people (which in fairness I am not either most days) we stayed in and celebrated his birthday with pizza, a movie, cuddles and the odd piece of chocolate. He is so low-maintenance that I almost feel guilty for not making a fuss over him, other than this card! Oh, there would be hell to pay if I did make a fuss for those who wonder.

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Well, that’s it from me today but this won’t be the last time you see a card made with this stamp set, that’s for sure!

Have a great week, happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

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