Today I’m hopping along with Hero Arts creative team, global team and friends, to celebrate the September My Monthly Hero Kit release! You can find the whole lineup of the hop HERE, and as I’m the last stop on the hop it takes you back to the first Hero Arts blog post.
The September My Monthly Hero kit is an ode to fall and elegance. Just look at this!
The kit contains :
• Clear Stamp Set, 4” x 6” • 6 Coordinating Frame Cuts • Rub-On Transfer Sheet • Cling Background Stamp, 6“ x 6” • 2 Sheets Each of Cardstock in Sand & Antique Ivory, 5.5” x 8.5” • Rose Gold Metallic Floss, 5 yds
You can also pick and chose from the amazing My Monthly Hero Add-Ons. Including new hot foil plates!! Eeeeep! I’m firmly onboard the Hot Foil Crazy Train and do not plan on getting off anytime soon.
The kit description says: Autumn is a whisper in the air, with hints of cooler weather, falling leaves, and rich colors. Our September My Monthly Hero release takes an elegant path into fall, featuring a gorgeous vase of fall blooms as the focal point for your cards and projects. There’s also a fun new element this month – rub-ons! Use them for quick and easy cards; the coordinating die in the kit perfectly cuts out the rub-on floral arrangement as well as the stamped images. Or try the rub-ons on any smooth surface. The kit is rounded out with a gorgeous new cling stamp, metallic floss and the perfect neutral cardstocks for stamping your autumn-inspired creations.
Pre-order your kit today! Hero Arts estimate kit shipping will begin Friday, September 9th and continue throughout the following week. You can also subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the kits, as once they are sold out, that’s it.
I’m super excited about the hot foil plates, and I don’t think it should come as a surprise that I had to use these for my first card.
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I forgot to add a sentiment to this card but the gold hot foiling and heat embossing steal the show, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
I have also used the lovely rub-ons and I was blown away how gorgeous they looked once on paper.
I need more of these for sure! The first one I did on the Antique Ivory and I did this directly on one of the two card bases that come in the kit. This one was finished off with a simple sentiment from the kit stamp set, in Root Beer ink.
The second one I did on the Sand card stock, the second colour card stock that comes in the kit, and it looked beautiful too!
The sentiments on this card is also stamped with Root Beer ink, with the help of a MINI MISTI.
These are super simple cards to make, but that image is so gorgeous they don’t really need much else.
Now for the fun stuff! There is a giveaway to celebrate. Hero Arts will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, September 11th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and the rest of the hop!
The ‘friend‘ is hot foiled with Matte Gold foil too, and the sentiment is the same as the first card, from from the Happy Dance stamp set. Would you believe I stopped myself from adding bling, though?? Say whaaaat?
That’s it from me for today, but I hope you will enjoy the rest of the hop and don’t forget that you can win the ENTIRE RELEASE from Pinkfresh by commenting on their release blog post, and also the release YouTube video!! As always, there are also TEN $25 gift vouchers up for grabs along the blog hop, so the more you comment, the bigger chance to win!
Winners will be announced on Aug 23rd, on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE, so make sure to earmark that URL and the date, as you will need to claim your prize within 2 weeks.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and have a lovely week!
Today I’m excited to be blog hopping with Pinkfresh and friends! We are celebrating the July release and as usual, there is a load of gorgeous and versatile products coming out.
You should have come from the fabulous Emily Midgett and the next stop is the incomparable Heather Hoffman. If you get lost along the way you can find the entire lineup on the Pinkfresh blog post, as well as via the InLinkz link.
I have mixed and matched some older goodies with the new release. The Stitched Scallop Rectangle diecut is one of my all-time faves from Pinkfresh, it’s so pretty, so versatile and in my opinion it really elevates a simple card design without taking the focus away from the focal point on the card. I also love the Dotted Scalloped cover plate. It’s such a gorgeous pattern and was the perfect thing for this card.
The Go For It suite is new for July, and it’s such a lovely and dainty image, yet packs a punch. How is that for awesomeness? For this card I have used all but the stamp itself, and soft spring colours, despite it being a heat wave right now. I should have gone for fiery colours perhaps but I’m really drawn to yellow on cards.
To put the card together I have layered up a lot of the pieces for that lovely dimensional look. The background is propped up, the sentiments are stacked, the frame is layered with a white one under the yellow, and the flower heads are raised up with foam tape. The final touch were some dainty clear crystals, for a morning dew or raindrop look.
The pattern in created with the Fall Leaf Border stencils, and bright happy ink colours. Once I had ink blended the pattern, I fussy cut along the border of them to cut off the excess white space.
I picked another sentiment from the set, Thank you, this time and used yellows and apricot colours to create the look before cutting them out with the coordinating diecut. These are also raised, but with foam tape this time.
To keep with the colour scheme I used Sunshine Jewels for this card, and quite a restrained amount, for me.
That is it from me for today, but I hope you have found some inspiration here with me and along the hop. The next stop is Heather Hoffman, and you can also find the entire hop list via the InLinkz list here.
As it’s a blog hop, there are of course giveaways and prizes!
GIVEAWAYS: -You can win the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel! All you have to do is leave comments on both new release posts, and that’s it! -There are also a total of TEN $25 gift cards to be won along the hop. Winners are drawn randomly from all the comments left on the blogs, so the more you hop and comment, the better your chances to win!
Winners will be announced on August 5, 2022 on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please note that you must check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks, so mark your calendars and check back!
For transparency, I have used compensated affiliate links all throughout this post, for your convenience, and at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from Pinkfresh directly as a thank you for directing you to them. Everything I earn from these links are currently going to the ‘Forever Craft Room Renovation Fund’ as I have a lot of work to be done on the room that will be my craft room in the house we bought a couple of months ago.
Here is a photo of it, and I will be making sure to share lot of updates as it comes to life. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links, I appreciate it a lot!!
Thanks again for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica
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.
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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Today I’m one of the stops on the Pinkfresh May release blog hop!
You should have come here from Emily Midgett’s blog, and the next stop on the hop is the fabulous Heather Hoffman! You can also find the entire lineup via the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://<!– start InLinkz code –> <div class="inlinkz-widget" data-uuid="ddeeb5b228ff49a2a1c1104301d77c1a" style="width:100%;margin:30px 0;background-color:#eceff1;border-radius:7px;text-align:center;font-size:16px;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif"> <div style="padding:8px;"><p style="margin-bottom:15px;">You are invited to the <strong>Inlinkz</strong> link party!</p> <a href="https://fresh.inlinkz.com/p/ddeeb5b228ff49a2a1c1104301d77c1a" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="padding:5px 20px;background:#209cee;text-decoration:none;color:#efefef;border-radius:4px;">Click here to enter</a></div></div> <span style="display: none;">https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923</span> InLinkz link here, and at the bottom of this post.
I don’t have a lot of projects finished, but I have ink blended and foiled lots of pieces so I will be sharing those as I go along. For now, let’s get to the two cards I do have.
Here I have gone BRIGHT with the colours and I love how it turned out!
Because this is so vivid and gorgeous, I wanted to keep the background somewhat simple but still with some ka-pow, so I used the Stained Glass hot foil plate with gold foil.
I don’t think anyone is surprised that I did use bling on both of the cards, right? Those Gold Pearls are so versatile and work on a variety of projects.
I have also used the new Scripted Sentiments, because they are rather lovely! If you don’t have a hot foil machine, it comes with a stamp set as well.
This I propped up with two more pieces for dimension, and then this was all layered up and this card was finished also!
Now for the stuff you have been waiting for!! GIVEAWAYS: -Pinkfresh will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. -Pinkfresh will also be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops – the winners will be picked from the comments, so the more you comment, the more chances of you winning!
Pinkfresh will pull the winners & post them on June 3, 2022 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please make sure to check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!
That’s it from me for today but I really hope you have enjoyed this, and the rest of the hop! I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience and at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you support me by shopping with these links!
Hello, hello, and welcome to one of the stops on the Pinkfresh February release blog hop! If you have come here from the amazing Emily Mydlowski, you are in the right spot, and the next stop on the hop is the awesome Heather Hoffman!
I have been really sick with shingles, for the second time in two years!!, for most of February so I haven’t had the energy to make a boat load of cards, like I usually do. However, the cards I have made I really like, and I hope you will too. I did manage a YouTube video too, but just a heads-up, I do look rather sickly still.
Now, let’s get to it! Clean and Simple, or CAS cards, are not something that comes easy to me. I love the look, but yeah, I usually end up over embellishing them to make up for the white space. It was, surprisingly, the look that I ended up with, for both of my first two cards though. Maybe the shingles took pity on my frazzled brain, and I didn’t over-think it even half as much like I normally do. Or maybe I just ran out of steam? Either way, TWO CAS cards coming up!
The second one was done with Rich Gold powder, also from WOW! Embossing. The gold definitely stood out more, for obvious reason.
The white embossing one I coloured in with green and fuchsia coloured Copics, and then used the coordinating diecut to cut out the middle. On the back I built it up with spare card stock to create some dimension.
For a bit of extra interest and texture, I used the Color Block Diagonal Stripes diecut on white card stock, and added the pieces to a card base. Probably as zero surprise to anyone, I also added some bling in the form of clear crystals, as well as a straight to the point sentiment.
The second card was also coloured in with Copics, but in peachy/orange tones, and greens. This was also cut out with the coordinating diecut and I did a similar thing to add texture and interest to the background. On this one I used the new Heart and Stars Coverplate, and it’s so sweet!
Pinkfresh is giving away the entire release on their blog post and their YouTube post, so don’t forget to comment there! There are also TEN $25 gift vouchers up for grabs along the blog hop, all you have to do is leave a comment to be in with a chance to win, so the more you comment, the bigger chance to win!
Hi guys! Today I am super excited to celebrate the last release of 2021 from Pinkfresh Studio with a blog hop! The rest of the design team and friends of Pinkfresh have really knocked this release out of the park!
It’s such a gorgeous washi, and once I got on a roll with it, I couldn’t stop. Get it? On a roll? *snickers at my own pun* I also made a YOUTUBE VIDEO, showing the entire release and all the projects I made!
The In The Meadow flowers are then arranged around the sentiment, and with that this mini slimline card was done. It really is so quick and easy to make a beautiful card fast with these washi tapes!
Next up, I made a couple of A2/5.5″x4.25″ cards, because I had to make all the sizes, basically.
For this card I used only the big pieces, but one of them I trimmed down to fill out the flower meadow. These pieces are arranged on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock, which is then adhered to the card base with foam tape for some dimension.
I used them on my second A2 card as well, because well, I couldn’t put them away. On this card I adhered the In The Meadow pieces from the top, for another look.
This card is done in a similar way, only I didn’t use foam tape for the background piece. On this one I used the foam tape behind the flower pieces instead. I also used the new Heart Grid Hot Foil plate, again with Rose Gold foil.
The sentiment is from the In The Meadow stamp set, and I stamped it up with Black Hybrid ink on a banner that I cut out with the Essentials Slim Stripe diecuts.
As I had so many flower bits left over, I decided to make a little tag too!
This is the Foldable Shaker Tag, and it’s so clever as you can get two tags out of one diecut. I added a little bit of Key Lime ink by blending it super softly, and then placing the flowers onto the tag.
That’s it from me for today, but don’t forget to hop along with the rest of the design team and the guests, as there is so much inspiration! Unfortunately I can’t get the InLinkz thingy to work, but the next stop is the amazing Heather Hoffman.
-We will be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops – the winners will be picked from the comments, so the more you hop and comment, the better your chances of winning!
Winners will be posted on December 14, 2021 on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE. You have to check this page yourself, and get in touch if you are one of the winners. Do not forget, but you have two weeks to claim your winnings if you are on the list!
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
Almost all of the products I have used, or a suitable alternative, can be found in the Ellen Hutson shop. Affiliate links to products below, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by using these links, I really appreciate it!
Today I’m very excited to be hopping along with Pinkfresh to celebrate the November Essentials Release! It’s full of dies to help you elevate your cards with shapes, texture, layers and that delicious dimension that bring your designs to another level.
My first project is very outside of my comfort zone, as it has a lot of white space. I really struggle with white space, but one thing that helps is adding texture to it with diecuts or cover plates. That’s exactly what I have done here.
It took barely any time at all and it was so much fun! I will definitely be making more tags with this fun set. Funnily enough though, I didn’t actually make a single shaker tag, but hey ho, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You can also make two tags per diecut piece by cutting the tag along the crease line. It doesn’t have to have two pieces. So that’s a great time saver if you need to make loads of tags quickly.
I won’t keep you for much longer, as it’s a blog hop after all, and there are prizes to win! By commenting on the Pinkfresh blog post, as well as their YouTube release video, you can win the ENTIRE RELEASE!!
You can also win one of TEN $25 gift cards to the Pinkfresh Studio shop by commenting on this post. Winners will be announced on the GIVEAWAY WINNER PAGE on Nov 30th. Make sure to check this page and get in touch within two weeks to claim your prize.
I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, throughout this post. If you shop using these links you are actively contributing to a happy dance being performed by me, as all the earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of the craft shenanigans here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support!!
Hi guys, how are you today? All good, I hope. I’ve got lots to cover today, so let’s dive right in!
First of all, let’s talk about a fun collaboration between Picket Fence Studios and MFT Stamps! As part of this collaboration MFT Stamps generously sent me some inks to play with, and I mixed these with some fun Picket Fence goodies for a couple of colourful cards.
On the first card you can see how vibrant the colours are, and on the second you can see how easily they blend, for a soft look.
To make the butterfly stand out better, I cut out a mask and ink blended Cement Gray around this. The mask is done by tracing the outline of the stencil on paper, and fussy cutting this out. It was done on cheap copy paper, rather than masking paper. Once cut out, you place the stencil back over the colourful ink blending, making sure it’s in the right spot, then place the mask on top of this and ink blend around.
I have used a white gel pen to add in the antennas, because they did not stay in place. This panel was then trimmed down to 4″x5.25″ and adhered to a white card base with the help of foam tape. On top of this I have splattered some gold water colour, which you can get by mixing a small amount of Golden Rose paper glaze with water until you have a very liquid consistency.
The final touch, because it wasn’t shimmery enough *cough, cough, I have an embellishment problem* I added some gems from the Sands Of Time mix. I love this one!
In other news, it’s also Day 2 of Feature Day for LDRS! The theme is Fall Favorites but as I don’t have much stuff from LDRS yet, I winged it a bit and made a floral card and then plonked ‘Happy Fall’ on it to make it autumn-esque. Typically, I have a package coming next week with the new October Release stuff!! I can’t wait to try out the Perfect Petals layering dies!
In fairness to me, I’m still having summer vibes in my neck of the woods. It’s regularly +25C and glorious sunshine here, and lots of flowers are still blooming so it’s hard to get into ‘fall mode’. Plus I’m a summer gal through and through…
I used the Layered Poinsettia diecut and cut out LOADS of bits, in Bristol Vellum paper as I planned on doing lots of ink blending, with a splash of water colouring/ink smooshing. I wanted to try an idea to add colour to the bits, and that was to basically smoosh the pieces into the ink pads to get them covered with colour. It worked much better than ink smooshing actually, and left the colour much more vivid.
These were then adhered to a trimmed down piece of card stock, with the help of my grid mat to make sure the spacing was even. This piece was then adhered to an actual card base, and then the Poinsettias were added on top.
The final touch was to stamp up Happy Holidays, from the Potted Poinsettias stamp set, in black ink on a skinny white banner. This was trimmed down to be even smaller than the background piece and then adhered on top of the flowers.
From today until the 4th of Nov you can take 15% off standalone slimline stencils using the code SLIMST15. It’s only valid on in-stock products, while supplies last. Don’t forget to use the code at checkout.
You can see how I have used some of the stencils in the photo below, stencils really are one of my favorite things to work with. They are versatile, great value for money and so much fun to play with!
Well, I think that’s it for today. What do you think? Is this format preferred over separate blog post showing each card on it’s own? I’d love to hear what you think and what you want to see from me so I can provide content that you will enjoy.