All About Rainbows! Joining Pinkfresh Studio’s June Challenge!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m popping in with a couple of cards that I made for the June Pinkfresh Studio Challenge. The theme for this month couldn’t be a better fit for me: it’s Rainbows!!

How gorgeous is that graphic? And not just because that lower right card is mine!! We are not going to be talking about that one though, we are going to be talking about these two:

I have used the ever-so-lovely Garden Roses stamp set, and the coordinating layering stencils and the diecut for the main focal. I have also used some newer goodies, including the Modern Script Hot Foil sentiments, plus coordinating dies, and the Nested Hexagons Hot Foil with their coordinating dies.

As I was going to heat emboss the images, I started out by using the Cottontail Embossing Tool from The Rabbit Hole Design, all over my card stock. With the help of my Mini MISTI, I stamped up two images to ink blend on. Both of these are heat embossed with Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder from WOW! Embossing, and I also used the WOW! Embossing ink pad.

With the Garden Rose layering stencils, a big bunch of blender brushes (one for each colour, to avoid colour contamination) and inks from the inspiration graphic: Candy Apple, Clementine, Sunshine, Key Lime, Aquamarine and Lavender, I went to town!

This one is mostly done with the leftover inks from the super bright one. Pretty amazing, right? It does help to get more definition and depth if you go slightly lighter than you think you might need to, on the first layer.

The key to the rainbow layering is to ink blend the same colour over the same parts of the stencils, on each and every layer.

With more of the leftover ink, I created the soft background on another panel I had also heat embossed with the Garden Rose image. This one was a bit of a mishap, as I actually forgot to ink up the image before pouring on the embossing powder, so it was only the tiniest bit of embossing ink on the paper.. that’s what happens sometimes when you are engrossed in a true crime podcast and forget where you were in the card making process.

The card with the white background is also heat embossed with the same Garden Rose stamp, with the help of a big MISTI, so I could get the whole piece covered. This one I left white though.

With the floral images and backgrounds ready, I simply puzzled the cards together with the Hexagon Hot Foiled pieces and the Modern Script sentiments, that were all already made.

OK, OK, I did use some bling on each one of the cards too… those Metallic Matte Gold Pearls were the perfect finishing touch as the foil used on that Hexagon, was the Matte Gold Foil.

The Jewels I used on the white card are the Glacier ones, and they are probably my faves out of the entire Essentials Jewels Mix.

Well, that’s it from me for today, but I hope you enjoyed this post and will consider entering the Pinkfresh Monthly Challenge yourself. Just by entering you are in with the chance to win a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio shop!! Winners are drawn by random so you really have nothing to lose by entering.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Join in a card challenge with me!

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in to show you a card I made for the May Pinkfresh challenge, where the theme is Anything Spring. If you haven’t heard of this challenge before, you have been missing out. Just by participating, and linking up your card by May 31st, you are in with a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio shop!

You can use the graphic as a mood board if you want, and the colours as inspiration but honestly, anything spring themed is ok. Just make sure that your project features mostly Pinkfresh products, as they are the ones hosting the challenge.

Now, if you know me, I can use florals for ANY season but spring is a no-brainer. One of my all-time fave sets is the Blooming Branch set. It was released in September last year, and I still love it and use it. Probably a bit too much, but hey, that shows what good value for money it is, doesn’t it??

I have used four of the colours from the graphic: Sunshine, Mint, Tidal Pond and Bubble Gum. The fourth colour, Berrylicious, didn’t really fit in I don’t think..

I started out by heat embossing the Blooming Branch outline stamp with Opaque Bright White embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. There is something so luxurious about heat embossing and I love the effect of it.

Over this I have used the Blooming Branch layering stencils with the inks and blender brushes. I am super extra and have a blender brush for each ink colour, so avoid colour contamination and I must admit that I love having these on hand.

Once the ink blending was done, I used the coordinating diecut to cut the image out, as well as another two pieces out of plain card stock, to layer it up with.

The background I kept very white, but very textured with the help of the lovely Floral & Diamonds cover plate. I also cut out an A2 frame using the Essentials Folk Edge Rectangle dies.

Of course I needed a sentiment too, and I stamped one from the Blooming Branch stamp set on some mint-ish coloured card stock. This was trimmed down and adhered to the card base and then the Blooming Branch image was adhered on top.

The last thing was to add some Glacier jewels… ok, ok, maybe more than a few, but hey, it works!

Now it’s your turn to play along! Make sure to upload your card via the InLinks link in the Pinkfresh May Challenge post, by May 31st to be in with a chance to win that $50 gift card!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Easy, Breezy Holiday Cards with Pinkfresh Goodies!

Hi guys!

I’m back with some more Pinkfresh flowery cards today. For these cards I have used the colour scheme from the December challenge but mixed it with the Blooming Branch set. I’m slightly in denial about Christmas being so close so any excuse to use flowers and blooms, I’m in.

First of, I heat embossed the Blooming Branch stamp set with Opaque Bright White embossing powder on one panel, and with Rich Gold embossing powder on a second. Both of these are from WOW! Embossing.

First off I used the Cottontail Embossing Tool from The Rabbit Hole Design, all over my card stock. Then I stamped the Blooming Branch outline stamp with WOW! Embossing ink, with the help of my Mini MISTI.

The idea was to get a softer look on the white and more vivid on the gold. The opacity of the ink blending is actually about the same, but it does make the colours pop or soften up, with the different colours. My fave is the Rich Gold.

To add colour I have used the Blooming Branch layering stencils and the inks I used are Sparkling Rose, Berrylicious (the colour in the graphic is closer to Candy Apple, but I went slightly lighter) Sunshine, Meadow and Aquamarine.

All of these have been ink blended with blending brushes, because that is the blending tool that works best for me to get a smooth blend.

I wanted a bit of a rainbow look still (surprise, surprise, I know… ) so I started with the Sunshine in the middle, and then went pink and red towards the top and the teal and turquoise towards the bottom.

You don’t actually need that many colours to get a rainbow look, as by blending the colours together you get more than the actual numbers of inks you use. For example, yellow and red/pink, will make orange and yellow and blue makes green, and so forth.

To get this look, you add the colours in the same areas on each layer of stencil. Think in terms of lines across your stencil, if you will. You just keep building it up as you go through your stencils, and eventually you end up with this fun rainbow look.

With the colours all added, I cut them both out with the coordinating diecut and on the back of these, I added foam tape to raise them up on the card. However, I had to make my backgrounds first and the sentiments too, of course.

I’m totally obsessed with the Abstract Triangle hot foil plate, so I used it on two panels with my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system. One with Matte Gold and one with Opal, which I at first thought I might have actually hot foiled the plate with instead of the paper…

Luckily for me, it was foiled to the paper, but the Opal hot foil is very subtle. It looks more like an embossing folder, than hot foiling. Which is another use for your hot foil plates! You can actually use them to add dry embossing, and add pattern to your card stock as well as use them for hot foiling.

While I had the Glimmer Hot Foil system out and hot, I decided to use the Thrill Of Hope hot foil plate for the sentiment. On these I used gold foil, and then I cut these out with the coordinating diecut. I also cut out an extra piece to layering up the hot foiled piece to make them slightly sturdier.

The background pieces were trimmed down a little and then directly adhered to a card base each. On top of these I added the Blooming Branch pieces, the sentiments and then I just had to add some Jewels to add even more pizzazz! I can’t help myself, I love these Jewels and they are such a perfect finishing touch.

The colours I have used are from top to bottom: Ballet Slipper, Sunshine and Ocean Breeze. If you like jewels like these, you might as well grab the Essentials Jewels Mix, which has 12 different colours in it.

That’s it from me for today, but I hope you found some inspiration here and don’t forget that you can still take part in the December challenge. You can win a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio shop just by taking part, so what are you waiting for? Go on, have some fun and play along. The deadline is December 28th, so plenty to of time and you can enter 5 projects!

Right, I will stop jibber-jabbering now and let you go. Thank you so much for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas

Ho, ho, ho, my merry elves!

Today I’m guesting for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas event, and the Christmas carol that is designated for today is Christmas In A Coffee Shop. How perfect is that?? I mean, I am pretty much running on caffeine and sass, lol!

This event is a two-for-one, so one of the Ellen Hutson design team members are teamed up with a guest, and we each get a Christmas Carol to use as the inspiration for our tags. You can find Adelina’s blog post HERE, and also Ellen’s introductory blog post with her fabulously creative tag HERE!

Here is a photo of my tags, and I will tell you all about them a bit further down.

In all honesty, I haven’t started listening to Christmas music yet, as it’s still sunny and mild here on the Mediterranean coast of Valencia. In fact, only yesterday my Mamma and I spent a good chunk of the day at the beach basking in the sunshine!

However, colouring images is always fun and I do adore these bears from the Weather Weather In The Woods stamp set. I have done one as a polar bear and one as a brown bear, and matched up their sweaters to the rest of the tags.

The bears were cut out with the coordinating diecut and on the back, I added some foam squares, to add some height to the bears.

The polar bear got a nice blue sweater as well as a blue plaid tag, plus a galaxy blue-ish tag too. This is created by sprinkling Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Meteorite Shower on wet water colour paper. I didn’t mix it up a lot as I wanted the different colours to shine through.

I did a similar thing for the brown bear’s tag, only I used Golden Sparkler Nuvo Shimmer Powder. The colours in this fit better with his green sweater and green plaid tag. The tag die I have used for all of these pieces is actually a Combo Swatch die from Waffle Flower, it was the perfect size for my tags.

The finishing touches were a few little snowflake dies, cut out with the adorable Winter Tiny Tags diecut from Lawn Fawn. I also heat embossed ‘do not open until the 25th’ on them with Rich Gold embossing powder, this is from the coordinating Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set. While I had the tag die out, I also cut out one silver and one gold snowflake out of glitter card stock, to layer up with the heat embossed one.

A bit of ribbon and a pompom later and the tags were done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out Adelina’s post and the rest of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas event!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Crafty Meraki #MerakiCraftober Release and Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a ‘whatcha wanna do, blog or video?’ post as all the action is over on YouTube, where I’m hopping along with the crafty peeps with the Crafty Meraki team to celebrate the October release! If you want to skip straight to the YouTube hop, CLICK HERE.

If you want to skip straight to seeing all the new goodies, CLICK HERE, but if you want to keep reading, keep scrolling down.

We have more mini slimline diecuts, both actual diecuts and cover plates and I do love me some cover plates. It’s such a fun way to add some interest to a background, I love, love, love doing that as I’m not that great with plain white space. Somehow it doesn’t feel quite as naked when it has texture, you know what I mean?

This is the Parisienne Mini Slimline, it also comes in full-size slimline, but I do prefer the mini-slimline myself. For sure. Here I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline on a white card stock, after using it on a panel created with Distress Oxide sprays. You can see the colours in the pattern, which adds a really cool effect. If you don’t want this extra colour, just make sure to clean your cover plate between using it on ink blended or sprayed backgrounds.

This is the panel I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline plate on first, and that was just what this background needed. The colours I used are Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge, Kitsch Flamingo and Seedless Preserve. If you don’t have or want to use sprays, you can ink blend whatever colour you have/fave colour combo instead.

I love that subtle texture and pattern, over these colours. The Hello is the Hello Shadow Word die, and I filled in the hello itself with Rainbow Illusion gems. That part took ages, but it does look so cool!

Here is what it looked like before I added the gems.

Another pattern is the Pagoni Mania Mini Slimline, and it was just begging to be bedazzled. At least that’s what I heard. This is another background made with Distress Oxide sprays, I’m slightly obsessed with them at the moment and have added quite a few to my collection recently. Eh, what’s a girl to do when her ICDQ (Inner Crafty Drama Queen for those of you who don’t speak fluent cray-cray) is screaming she needs more??

Here I was going for a rich brocade fabric look, with blues, red, purples and gold, and then added Blue Illusion gems on the pattern in places where it was practically made for them. How perfect is that? It’s like this holder for gems, isn’t it?

This card was finished off super simple by heat embossing sentiments in Rich Gold embossing powder on vellum strips. These have been wrapped around the panel and secured on the back.

On the next card I have mixed and matched two new cover plates: The Dance With Me Mini Slimline panel was used on an ink blended background. This is done with Ocean Breeze, Aquamarine, Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond ink from Pinkfresh Studio. The pattern is just lovely.

With the Olivia Mini Slimline plate I cut out one out of Peacock card stock from Lawn Fawn, and one out of Black Licorice. These two are layered up slightly off-centre to allow the Peacock colour to show a little.

A white banner with ‘thinking of you’ from the Special Delivery stamp set was added, along with some gorgeous amber-gold gems.

In the Special Delivery stamp set there is a flower bunch, which I have coloured using Copics.

As I have such a hard time with white space, I used the Parisienne Mini Slimline cover plate on the whole thing and it was just what the crafty doctor ordered.

A simple sentiment banner was the final thing for this card, and I’m quite proud of myself for not adding a single gem on this one! That’s hard for a self-confessed over-sequinizer/embellisher.

Not that the lack of embellishment lasted long mind you. I used a fair amount of them on my next card, also done with the Special Delivery stamp set. What can I say? You can only rein in the bling-monster so long.

For this card I stamped the floral image off to the side and coloured it in with a cool colour scheme of pink, grey and turquoise.

It’s finished off with the Hello Shadow word die again, and lots of Sparkle Golden Illusion gems. By cutting out the shadow part of the Hello, which has the stitching to add interest, it helped with the white space for me.

Well, with that I am all done for today. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. Maybe you struggle with white space too, and got some confirmation that you are not the only one, or got an idea on how to help your cards feel less “naked” with white space. If you have other ideas on how to help with that ‘my card feel naked and unfinished’ feeling, I’d love to hear them!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Garden Roses cards, three ways!

Hi guys! 

It’s another Pinkfresh Studio blog post today, with some cards using the Garden Roses set from the newest release. Have you seen it yet? Oh, my gosh, so many gorgeous florals.

I haven’t even used all of the new layering stencils yet, I got kind of wrapped up with the Lush Peonies set. I love how easy it is to add pops of colour using the layering stencils, and also how user friendly they are. For those who are not confident with colouring, this is a great solution!

Oh, and the Blooming Branch set. It’s so lovely and delicate. This I had a lot of fun with, and I’m definitely not done with it.

But I digress. So far I’ve made 12 cards with the new release, and that isn’t even with all the products released. It was time to use the Garden Roses set!

I absolutely love florals, and flowers in general. *good job on stating the obvious, Erica*

One thing that I find really great about these florals is that they cover an A2 card, so you can keep them the focal point and just add your own spin to backgrounds and other details. Oh, and changing up the colour scheme of course. So many colours. Why pick just one, when you can use them all?? Or different from what would be found in nature, because why not? Let your imagination run wild and see what happens?

For these cards I have gone quite natural with pinks and reds. No crazy combos, just yet, but I totally haven’t ruled it out yet! That’s the fun thing about crafting, you don’t have to make it realistic, go nuts with colours that make your creativity go ‘oh yes, let’s do that!’ 

My first card is done by using only the Garden Roses Layering Stencils and ink blending pinks, Sparkling Rose, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss, for the roses and Grassy Knoll for the leaves. I used the same green on both layers, but on the first one I used what was left on my Grassy Knoll blender brush. I’ve recently gone a bit extra and bought enough blender brushes so I could have one for each one of my Pinkfresh inks… it’s a bit nuts, but what can I say? I got a great deal on them, and was on the ‘organising zone’. Stay away from that zone if you don’t want to get swept up in organising purchases that might be hard to explain. Just FYI. 

With the coordinating diecut I cut the floral image out, and I also cut out another two pieces out of white card stock. These I layered up with liquid adhesive, and then I set that aside while I worked on the background. 

This is done by stamping the Garden Roses image twice, directly onto a card base, and then heat embossing that in white. I’ve used Opaque Bright White Superfine embossing powder and the WOW! Embossing ink pad, but first I used my anti static tool all over the panel. It gives a little bit of interest and texture to the background without taking away any of the attention of the star of the show: The ink blended Garden Roses image. 

On a slim banner I stamped up ‘It’s been too long‘ in Black ink and after adhering the floral image to the card base, I adhered that too. I nearly stopped here but could my bling-loving heart agree with me? Nope. So I got a few… a good sprinkling… ok, ok, a GENEROUS sprinkling of Ballet Slipper jewels out and dotted them around the image and then I could finally stop. 

I do like how it turned out though, but I understand that not everyone loves bling to the level I do. 

The next Garden Roses image was also ink blended but this time with Coral Reef,  Passion Fruit and Berrylicious for the flowers, and Key Lime and Olive for the leaves. I used the coordinating diecut on this image as well, and then loaded it up with foam squares on the back to create height and dimension. It’s nice to try different ways of add dimension, and see what works best for you and what you prefer.

The background for this card is done with matte gold foil and the Diagonal Hot Foil plate. Oh, gold and white is such a classic combo, isn’t it?? I trimmed this panel down a little and adhered that to a card base.

I will say that it took me a long time to get to grips with hot foiling, but despite swearing like a sailor at times because it wasn’t working, I’m glad I stuck with it. I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, for those of you wondering.

The floral image was adhered to this and only then did I start thinking of sentiments.. oy! Sometimes you get a bit carried away and have to work around what you have already committed to ie glued down! This happens to me more often than not… not going to lie.

I grabbed a friend word diecut that I already had cut out, and stamped up ‘you are amazing’ in Black Ink on another slim banner. This is from the Lush Peonies stamp set. These were then layered up on top of the roses and a Stargazer jewel was used as the dot over the ‘I’ as I had lost that. 

The final card was done by heat embossing the outline stamp from the Garden Floral set on heavy weight vellum. Then I flipped this over and grabbed the stencils too. These I turned over, and used the ‘wrong’ way to add colour to the back of the vellum for a super soft look. 

The white heat embossing stayed crisp and bright white this way, and I loved how it turned out. This was adhered to a piece of white card stock to make sure the colours were forced to shine through.

I did trim this down a bit too much, which I covered up by adding a strip of black foiled background, with the Diagonal hot foil plate, before adding this whole thing to a card base. 

Keeping the sentiment simple again, to let the roses take centre stage, I used the You word die that I had made with Licorice (black card stock) and white card stock. The sentiment is finished off with ‘are the best’ on another slim banner, this is from the Blooming Branch stamp set, so the full sentiment says ‘you are the best’.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and these cards. Which one is your favourite? I’d love to hear what else has grabbed you from this release.

Are you one of the many winners from the Release Blog Hop and the Instagram Hop? Don’t forget to check out the Winner Announcement page over at Pinkfresh, it’s up to you to email Lea and claim your prize. You have two weeks to do so, so don’t dilly-dally!

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Pinkfresh October Challenge + Hot Foil + Ink Blending + Heat Embossing

Hi everyone, and welcome back!

I’m popping in today with a quick card I made with mostly “leftovers” from previous crafting sessions, for the Pinkfresh Studio new monthly challenge. Each month there is a new theme and colour scheme, and this month it’s Fall/Fall Holidays and this is the inspiration graphic.

My interpretation is more based on the colour scheme than the theme, but that’s ok. If you think you have to be super literal with your interpretation, don’t worry. That’s not the point at all. The point is to get your creativity humming and going! Don’t forget to upload your project to the InLinkz album before Nov 2nd, for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Pinkfresh Studios!

While I was preparing to be on the Craft Hour last month, I foiled so many of the Thankful for Friends image. It’s slightly addicting, especially when you have zero willpower like I do.. I really need to get a grip with using up everything I prep and make while on a roll, so this card was an effort to do just that.

Below you can see some of the cards I ended up finishing after the Craft Hour.

I also had an Thankful For Friends image heatembossed, so I thought I’d use that with the coordinating Layering Stencils. That way I could use up one more piece but still add colour to it. Using the stencils I have ink blended a bit of Misty Coast and Rocky Slope with blender brushes, over the stem and for the flowers themselves I used only Tidal Pond. This soft look is achieved by picking up the ink from the lid, where I tap off excess ink and get it covering the brush evenly, rather than from the ink pad directly. It’s one of my better ideas for sure!

The last layer of the stencil I did use, but not with more inks, but rather Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. I think I did learn something with this though. You see, I did this before cutting it out, which flattened the Glimmer Paste a little. The better way to do it would be to cut it out first, and then add that afterwards. You can use a little bit of washi tape to hold the image in place.

When I was happy with the ink blending and glitz (and that had dried), I used the coordinating diecut and cut it out. Previously, I had cut out a ton of extra pieces for layering up, and I used one of these extra pieces to add some height. I also used one of the Hot Foiled images. This one is done with Matte Gold on Stormcloud card stock.

These pieces I set aside while I decided on the background. I also had a load of Abstract Triangle Hot Foiled panels, and I grabbed one of these. It turned out this is Matte Gold too, so that coordinated perfectly. It did need a little something though, so I added a light touch of Apricot and Clementine ink around the edges. It really made the gold foiling pop even more! The middle was left white so that the flowers would look like they glowed, sort of.

The final thing to do was to heat emboss one of the sentiments from the Thankful For Friends set, in Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing powder. This was adhered with a little bit of foam tap and with that the card was done!

So, there is a lot going on with this card, but despite the colours not being my first colour combo choice, I do think it works.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Make a card with the challenge graphic as inspiration and upload it to the album for your chance to win $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studios shop!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp, Die, Stencils, and Hot Foil Release

Hi and welcome to my blog for a fun blog hop!

Today I’m hopping along with the Pinkfresh Studio design team and friends to celebrate the September release. You should have come here from the amazing Emily Mydlowski, an actual in real life crafty friend of mine!! I’m the last stop on the hop, but if you want to hop along, the Pinkfresh Studio blog is the next/first stop.

Well, what can I say? It’s another fabulously floral release and I’m sure many of you are going to be going as gaga over it as I have been since I saw it. You might ask yourself how many floral stamps you need, and I have too, believe me. However, with every release I add another one (or two.. three… sometimes more) to my fave list. Another thing I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED about is the solid hot foil plate!! Such a genius idea by the one and only Heather Hoffman herself! No more wasted foil!

My profession, before I stopped working, was a florist, and I absolutely LOVED it. Even a stressful day was wonderful because I was surrounded by flowers and got to create bouquets and floral arrangements all day. Best job ever. One of my all time favourite flowers is the peony, so when I saw the Lush Peonies set I had to use it pronto. I mean, I H-A-D to, it felt like it was the law, basically.

I love the genius idea with the layering stencils, and the coordinating diecut. To me, it also makes the set more versatile, as it gives peeps who might not be confident with their colouring the option of adding colour effortlessly (not to mention fast!) to the image. Or even on it’s own. You don’t actually need the outline stamps, it does give a softer look when you use the stencils on their own. The diecut is a must in my book though, a fussy cutter I am not! Nope, no, not doing it unless I really, REALLY have to.

Naturally, I couldn’t just do one card. Oh no, that would be far too easy. I did no less than seven panels, because heck, I was on a roll. It’s like I think I will be cursed if I only do one or two! I’ve also recently cracked the hot foil thing, that eluded me for ages, and now I can’t stop! I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system.

So my first two cards are done by using the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils only. These are true one-layer cards, which isn’t usual for me at all. *pats self on the back* I used yellows, pinks and greens for them both, with Lemon Whip and Sunshine for the yellow flowers, Grassy Knoll and Key Lime for the leaves and a touch of Ballet Slipper for the small flowers and middles of the big ones.

On the pink card I used left over Sparkling Rose as the first layer, and then a good inking of the same colour for the details. Mint and Grassy Knoll for the leaves and a touch of Sunshine for the small yellow flowers and middles of the big ones.

To keep these cards one-layer cards, I used the Celebrate hot foil plate on them both.

Gold foil on the yellow one and Rose Gold on the pink card, and I must admit that I absolutely love that little touch! They don’t even need anything else, in my opinion. And that’s saying something coming from a chronic over-sequinizer/over-embellisher!

The next two cards are done with the Lush Peony Layering Stencils again, by mixing yellows and pinks to create a more peachy look. One is more pink than peach, but that’s because of the level of ink on the second layer.

This is another fun thing about stencils! You can get such different results by changing up/adding/mixing colours! I love that so much.

On these I used the Lush Peonies outline stamp, and heat embossed it in Rich Gold on the more pinky one, and Rose Gold on the more peachy one. I didn’t manage to line up the stamp perfectly on the pinky one, but I don’t actually think it matters too much to be honest. It adds to the whimsical, romantic style.

So both these cards also got a hot foiled Celebrate, but these were done on white card stock and cut out with the coordinating diecut. These were then added to the cards, but instead of doing them both the same way, I turned one of the panels upside down to give a bit of a different look. They work both ways, actually. One was in Rose Gold and one was done in Matte Gold.

The last two cards are more elaborate for sure. Hot foiling, die cutting, layering, ink blending, stacking, heat embossing and stamping… it’s pretty much all going on.

First off I used the Chevron Hot Foil plate with Rose Gold foil on white card stock, for a background. This was trimmed down and adhered to a white card base. That foil is a real nightmare to photograph, but I have added loads to give you different angles to give you the idea of how it really looks.

The flowers are done with the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils, in rich pinks, Sparkling Rose and Bubble Gum, with a touch of Sunshine for the small flowers and middles of the big ones. The leaves are done in Mint, and I used it for both layers. I just made sure I let it dry in between so it didn’t melt into the first layer.

This card has the outline stamp heat embossed in Rich Gold , and then cut out using the coordinating diecut. I also layered it up with another two pieces to give it some dimension.

It’s finished off with a very simple sentiment that says ‘you are amazing‘ on a skinny banner cut out using the Essentials Stripes diecuts.

The last card is also stacked up a lot, both the floral image itself and the background. The striped background was made by cutting out Stripes of Soft Stone card stock from Gina K, and glueing these down onto white card stock. This was then trimmed down and had foam tape added to the back of it, before that was added to a white card base.

These flowers are done by using only the Lush Peonies Layering stencils, and only yellow shades of ink for the flowers. The leaves are done with a mix of Fresh Pear and Mint. This one is also cut out using the coordinating diecut and layered up with another two pieces.

To say this is a fat card is not an exaggeration. This will definitely need to be hand delivered! The final touch was a silver hot foiled Celebrate, that was also cut out using the coordinating diecut.

Phew! Told you I was on a roll! And I still have another panel left to finish too, but I will let you get going. I’ve been prattling on for ages, and you have hopping to do to be in with a chance to win one of TEN $25 gift card along the blog hop stops, AND the full release by commenting on the Pinkfresh Studio blog post.

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So many prizes to win, and don’t forget to check Instagram tomorrow for an Instagram hop, where you can win even more! Pinkfresh is such a wonderful and generous company, and I’m so grateful to be on the design team. I did receive all these goodies for free, for full transparency, but I don’t think anyone can argue that they don’t inspire me, right?

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Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here with me. If you did, please do tag me in photos you post to Instagram using @erica_cacacraft so I can see your cards and creations! It’s absolutely thrilling to know that someone was inspired by little old me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Beautiful floral cards with NO colouring! Layering stencils magic from Pinkfresh Studio

Hello my lovelies! 

Today I’m sharing a couple of cards using the English Garden layering stencils from Pinkfresh Studio. One of them ended up with a mishap, but I think it’s important to show those too, and how to fix them. 

I have used the same supplies for both cards, only different shades of the colours, and finished with different colours of embossing powders. Oh, and one has bling on it and the other doesn´t. *insert shocked gasps here*

The main star of the show are the English Garden layering stencils, and I’ve also used the coordinating stamps and diecuts. The colour scheme is green and pink, just in different shades. On the first one, I went in with Ballet Slipper for the flowers and Fresh Pear for the leaves.

There is also a little bit of yellow that was leftover on one of the blender brushes, just for a softening of the green. To keep that look soft I heat embossed the outline stamp in white and then cut them out using the coordinating diecut

On the second panel I used Grassy Knoll for the leaves, and Sparkling Rose for the flowers. This gave a much more intense look, so I decided to heat emboss the outline stamp with gold, before cutting these out. 

With all the pieces done, I got the Inverted Diamond stencil out and ink blended a bit of Fresh Pear over two pieces of card stock. One was done with a soft hand, for a light touch of the colour, and the other one was done with lots of ink for a more intense look. On this one I also used that brush with the yellow ink on it too, but again, only what was left on the brush. 

These are both trimmed down to 5.25¨x4¨, and one was adhered directly to a card base to keep it sort of flat. The other was adhered with foam tape, and this is where the mistake was made, as I forgot all about a sentiment.

I should have stamped it before adding the foam tape to the back, because I could not get it to stamp no matter what I did after it was adhered. I ended up having to fill it in with a TomBow brush marker, and it’s not overly noticeable from a distance but I will always know it’s there.

On this card I cut the wreath in half and adhered both of them to the opposite corners, and added some of the other flower clusters on top, to fill in the empty space.

To give the second card a bit of dimension and life, I cut out two more of the wreaths using the coordinating die, and layered these up with the actual ink blended wreath. I also added another few of the flower clusters to this to bulk it up a little.

I remembered the stamping problem for this one thankfully, so I stamped up the sentiment with the help of my MISTI and made sure it was nice and solid, before adhering the flower wreath. The one I picked is from the Sweet Friend Florals stamp set

A few, or many, depending on your outlook on bling, of the Glacier jewels were added too. I love these, they go with everything. 

With that, I’m done for today. I hope you enjoy them and found some inspiration here. If you are up for some crafting time but struggle with inspiration, you should check out the Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge. I’ll post the graphic below, for extra inspiration. This month the theme is stripes, which is always fun! Also, if you enter your creation into the challenge, you could win $50 to the Pinkfresh Studio shop!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 

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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.

Well, that’s it for me for today, I hope you have enjoyed this little re-cap. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, as well as some suitable alternatives in the links below, in case you want to snap up a little something-something for yourself. Shopping with these links do not cost you anything extra at all, the company it’s linked to will give me a small commission directly as a thank you for pointing you in their direction. Thank you so much if you use these links, I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!
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