You Say Witch Like It’s A Bad Thing! | STAMPtember 2019

Hi guys!

Today’s card is made with one of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember set from last year, If The Hat Fits, combined with their Spider Web Background stamp. I’m not much into Halloween and scary stuff, that’s just not my jam at all. Making Halloween cards, however, I for some reason, love making!

I started out by stamping up two of the hats on Neenah card stock with Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence Studios, as this is Copic friendly.

I used quite a few of the Cool Grey Copics to colour in the hat, but still getting some highlights and contrast to it. Both hats were done in the same colours and the accessories were done in “witchy” colours.

Thankfully for me, as I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, there are coordinating diecuts for this set too, and I used them to cut out the hats.

The background is the Spider Web Background stamp, heatembossed in Opaque Bright White on Eggplant card stock from Concord & 9th. For some reason, despite using an anti-static tool on the card stock first, there was a lot of stray powder all over it and it felt too fiddly to try cleaning that up. The effect was sort of a dusty spiderweb, which actually worked out pretty cool.

To make it look a bit spookier, and also to draw the eye in, I ink blended some Black Soot with a Life Changing Blender Brush around the edges. Doing this works really well with coloured card stock, if you want to add a more dimensional look to your background.

That little piece of acetate with the PostIt tape is a clever little tool I use to keep my fingers off my project, both to avoid finger prints on my ink blending and smudging the ink. It’s super inexpensive and works a treat. After doing the ink blending, I splattered some gold water colour on it and set that aside to dry.

I also heat embossed one of the funny sentiments, from If The Hat Fits, in white on black card stock. This piece I cut out with the Stitched Circle dies, and did another one in white card stock, in the next size up.

To finish off the card I adhered all these bits and pieces to the background with Lawn Fawn glue tube. For an extra pop, I added some Glossy Accents to the green ribbon hat and to the buckle and the moon, on the other hat.

The last finishing touch were some matte black and iridescent black sequins, which I adhered with more Glossy Accents.

With that, I’m all done! I hope you found some inspiration where with me today. If you did, I’d be ever so grateful if you would use the compensated affiliate links provided in this blog post. Using these do not cost you anything extra at all, the company the links are affiliate to, pay me a small commission directly as a thank you for directing you to them. These earnings, however small, help keep my little blog, YouTube channel and Instagram feed fun and fresh for you, so thank you if you use them! It means a lot to me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Pretty pastels with WPlus9 for SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying summer!

Today’s card is made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Anything goes and the collaboration company is WPlus9. I love the flower stamps from them and the sentiments dies from SSS so I got to work on a friendship card.


One of my absolute favourite stamps from WPlus9 is Kind Soul and I heatembossed this on some Canson XL water colour card stock, using Wow! Embossing powder Extra Fine. This embossing powder gets all the little details without clumping it up or loosing anything.

After I made myself a little sunworshipping nest outside on the lawn, I settled down with my clipboard for stability, Daniel Smith 240 dot chart and some H2O water colouring brushes. Colouring both myself i.e. tanning and the flowers, I laid there for hours in the late afternoon sunshine (with sunscreen on and drinking plenty of water) It was such a lovely way to spend the day.

Once I was done with the colouring I trimmed down the panel to 5.5”x4.5”, which is a bit bigger than the usual A2 card size but I just couldn’t bring myself to cut off the leaves… To make the card base, I used Lawn Fawn card stock in the colour Plum. I made it just .25” bigger than the flower panel, so that a slim strip of purple could frame the card on the left hand side.


Sentiment wise I chose the ‘Miss you’ from SSS, it’s such a lovely font and I think it says it all when it comes to long-distance friendships. It’s always nice to be reminded that someone’s missing us, isn’t it?



I usually use foam sheet to raise up sentiments but for this one I decided to use the left over Plum card stock, and cut out two more which would be layered up to provide a base for the top part.


To make it slightly more interesting, I stamped the Kind Soul in VersaMark ink on the card stock before cutting out the final layer. It doesnt’ show overly much, just enough to catch your eye and make you look a bit closer.


Finishing off the card was quick and easy at this point: The flower panel got added to the card base, the ‘miss you’ sentiment was glued down in the top left corner and I also added a smattering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. And yes, this is perhaps a few more than you would call a ’smattering’ but I love sequins!


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the card! I have some fun news and things to share this month so make sure to stop by soon to find out more!


Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

B-O-L-D Birthday card with Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and SSS Circluar Lace stencil

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve got a very textured card for you as I made it with the cue for this week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add some texture. I was very inspired by my friend Tracy’s card, where she’s used a stencil and glitter amongst other goodies. You should definitely check it out, it’s gorgeous!

I decided to try a very bold look and used my new favorite matte black card stock from Tonic Studios called Black Velvet and Nuvo Embellishment Mousses in different colours. The ones I have used for this card are Royal Aubergine, Peony Pink and Lemon Sorbet.


This was my first real try with these colours and I didn’t really know just how shimmery they are so I also added some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple, just in case they dried less vibrant than they are in the jars. That turned out to be an absolutely needless worry, these mousses dry even more shimmery than when they are wet I think. I’m sold and am already prioritising the order of the next ones I’m getting!


Usually when I use stencils I tape them in place with masking tape but for some reason or another, I didn’t with this panel so it’s not as sharp and clean-looking as it normally is. I still loved it though and decided to go ahead and use it.


The stencil I have used is called Circular Lace from Simon Says Stamp and I used a little spatula to spread the embellishment mousse this way and that. There was no real plan to this, I just used all three and covered the panel. Once all the mousse was on, I added a bit of the glimmer paste in a few select places before setting that aside to dry.


As the background is like ‘in your face wow’, if I’m allowed to say that myself, I decided to keep the sentient simple and straight to the point. Using another Simon Says Stamp set called Big Birthday Wishes, I got one stamp out that says ‘It’s your birthday’ and stamped that in black ink on a skinny strip of white card stock.

The finish off the sentiment I got out my big ‘Celebrate’ from MFT Stamps and I use this one a lot! I adore the font and the size of it. To add even more texture and dimension to the card, I cut it out of foam sheet, more Black Velvet and also MFT Stamps Brushed Gold card stock. These three I layered so that the gold was on top and the black created a shadow to it, then the final layer was the foam tape to raise it up.


The little strip with the sentiment was added to the card and the ‘Celebrate’ was strategically placed so that it covered the end on the left side, to bring it all together.

As this card has so much going on, it was easy to walk away from it at this point and just admire the shimmer. I can absolutely see myself adding more of these Nuvo Embellisment Mousses to my stash! In all honesty, I was less keen on the glitter paste BUT it was my first try with this so it might grow on me.


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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Oh, Hello There 2018!

Hi guys! Erica here with my first blog post of 2018.

It’s been way over a week since I posted anything and I have a very good reason for this: I may have mentioned once or twice that I’ve been a bit under the weather in recent months? Well, after some persuading from The Man, I went to see the doctor who promptly put me on a strong round of anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory meds as well as pro-biotics to protect my stomach lining from the harshness of the beforementioned meds.

I had been trying to tough it out but to no avail, turns out I’m actually quite poorly. Which is pretty sucky. I’m not overly patient so lacking in energy and feeling pants, makes me a bit of a hand-full. Luckily for me, The Man has been off work and isn’t due in until Monday so he’s been looking after me and our little chicas. So there is definitely a silver lining to being ill in this house I must admit but I am also soooo ready to feel better and get back to a normal routine.

As I’ve not had to do anything other than whatever I feel like, I have actually managed to make quite a few cards as well as produce lots of snot. Does that count as multi-tasking? Well, it should!

Sometimes I wonder if The Man sends me off to the craft-room for me-time because I need it, or if it’s just because he needs a break from me, my snotty tissues and the whining?? (the whining gets on my nerves too, and I’m the one doing the whining…!! Big brownie points rewarded to him for sure for being patient with me.)

Right, as mentioned, I have managed quite a few cards and they are all penguin based! Remember a recent post, where I used the SSS Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die? If you haven’t seen it, hop on over later and let me know what you think. If you have seen it, you may remember that I went diecutting crazy and made something like a dozen penguins? Nothing like having a menagerie of animals ready for some card action, eh? Those guys came in handy for three more cards.

On two of them I used the SSS Falling Snow stencil  and white texture paste from Ranger Ink. One on white card stock, this one also has a bit of gold shimmer mixed in it and is done straight on the card base (this is super hard to get a good photo of!) and one on Kraft card stock (MUCH easier to photograph) I also used the same stamp and diecutting set, another SSS exclusive set called Love, for both cards. This is without a doubt one of my favorite sets ever, I use it all the time!


For my all-white card I cut out the shadow love part in vellum and for the Kraft card, in black card stock. I used my new favorite gold card stock, Brushed Gold from My Favorite Things , for the top word part. This gold card stock is absolutely lovely. While I was on a roll, I also cut out a few snowflakes for my Kraft card.


On both cards I crated a banner by layering some of that gold card stock as well as some white, on a slightly bigger strip of black card stock. On the white strip I stamped ‘So in _____ with you’ and left enough space in between them to fit my vellum and gold ‘love’ piece so the whole thing spells ‘so in love with you’.


To finish this card off I cut out a snowy bank for my penguins to sit on, by using one of the diecuts from MFT Die-namics Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges 2 and white linen textured card stock. I added this to the card using some foam tape and did the same thing with the banner. My two love penguins had all their colour added with Copic markers and are both holding a little heart.


These hearts are cut out from card stock which I stamped and heat embossed some snow flakes on (using stamps from a Pretty Pink Posh stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and then did some emboss resist ink blending over. It just gave them a little fun element rather than being plain. I had enough card stock left so I cut out a third one and added that to the banner too. With that, the first card was done.


On my Kraft card I also wanted a snow covered hill for the penguin to stand on but on this one I used the texture paste to create the look. Once the banner with the ‘love’ was added, along with the gold snow flakes, I popped the little penguin on there and then decided he needed something to hold to finish off the sentiment. The easy fix was diecutting a heart, stamp ‘always’ (also from the SSS Love stamp set) on it and then shade it a little bit with pink ink to make it pop a little. Both the penguin and the banner are, of course, duh, added with foam tape. ‘Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a foam tape-oholic’.


My third card is nothing at all like the first two, three if you count the one from the first blog post. On this one I used penguins I had made in gradient pink card stock, ranging from soft pink to fushia. Obviously not a natural look at all, but this was made on Jan 1st and I kind of imagine that the penguin ladies are all ‘dressed up’ to ring in the New Year. Or something along those slightly nutty lines.. Anyway, I thought it would look fun and they did not disappoint! I absolutely love how this one turned out!!


It’s a very different card size to what I usually make, this one is just over 8.75”x4”/22.5cm x 10.2 cm. Well the card base is, the back ground panel is 8.5”x3.5”21.5cm x 9cm. On this one I got my “normal” distress inks out to make a dramatic sky background. I used a mix of Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky and Wilted Violet. I taped it down to an old cutting plate with some masking tape, leaving about 1/32 inches/0.5cm of a boarder which will stay white thanks to the masking tape. Blending away, mixing up the colours and dropping in more here and there, I kept at it until it was all covered. Whilst it was still taped down, I splattered it with some water and quickly lifted it with a paper towel. To add some gold shimmer I mixed up some Blue Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors water colour palette and splattered this very generously over the panel.

The Photo is a bit blurry but it shows the gold shimmer quite well. This is also so hard to photograph well to show off just how shimmery it is.


Whilst that was drying I started working on the other little bits and pieces for the card. The reason I wanted 4 penguins was to that they could all hold a number which would spell out ‘2018’. These I cut out of that gorgeous gold card stock again, using MFT Die-Namics Bottle Cap Numbers . Flipping open their little flippers (see what I did there?) I added the numbers to the penguin assigned each number and glued them down. Then more gold card stock and diecuts came out, this one is from SSS and is called Oh, Hello There. I cut out one layer of the gold card stock and also one in foam tape (what can I say? I L-O-V-E that stuff!) These I layered together and after releaseing the background piece from the masking tape I added that to the card base with… *drum roll*…. Foam tape!! Lol. Yep, total addict here and I am not ashamed to admit it either.


It was a pretty quick assembly job at this point but I messed up the positioning a little bit of the words. They are not centred.. ugh… typical to mess up on the last step, isn’t it?? On a CAS card it is not such a big deal but on a time-consuming one like this, it’s a bit frustrating. Lesson learnt though. Put all bits and pieces down and THEN one by one, glue them to the card. DO NOT EYEBALL THINGS!! I tried to balance out the card a bit by adding a few sequins but the mistake is still glaringly obvious to me.


Well, that’s it from me today, I’m off to poke The Man and ask him to get me some mango sorbet. For medicinal purposes only of course. I am sick after all. Cough cough. Splutter. Sneeze. (Am I milking it too much?)

Happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting time in!

Lots of love from Erica

Wintery card for SSS last Wednesday Challenge of 2017


Today I’ve got a sweet little card made with some Simon Says Stamp goodies and I am also going to submit this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is ‘Anything Goes’. For a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a shop I frequent more often than I should (and tell my husband), why not??


One of my little presents for Christmas was the absolutely AH-dorable Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die. I’ve done my usual thing of cutting out loads and making a whole herd of them, trying different colour combinations and just having fun. I used both coloured card stock and Copic markers to add colour to the various feet, beaks, cheeks, eyes and even bodies of some of them.


For the actual card, I only ended up using one so I have a spare 11 for other projects at a later date. Nothing like being prepared, right? You never know when you are going to need a penguin on short notice.

As it’s technically winter, although we have zero snow despite living in Poland and I gotta admit that I thought we might have to dig our way out of the house due to snow by now, I’ve created a wintery scene with the help of the SSS Snow Falling stencil and some white texture paste from Ranger ink. The falling snow texture paste I tinted with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold to add a subtle hint of shimmer. Snow can be so magical and I thought a bit of shimmer would add that magic to the card.


The background piece I added the falling snow to is a piece of Kraft stock, sized at 3.75”x5”. I also added some pure white texture paste to the bottom to make it look like the “ground” was covered in snow. This part I didn’t want to look too neat so I simply spread it around a bit with my spatula and wiped off the edges.

I absolutely adore  the stamp and die set from SSS called Love, you can also get it in separates (clear stamp here and Wafer die here) and I used it for this card. I cut out the “shadow” part of Love in 3 pieces of black card stock as well as one in this gorgeous Brushed Gold card stock  from MFT. I also cut out a background piece, 4.25”x5.5”, to add to a card base. The other part of the Love die, I cut out in black linen textured card stock. Using a liquid glue I glued all the pieces together and set aside. On a very thin strip of white card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘You to pieces’ from the clear stamp set, in black ink. When the card is finished it will read ‘Love you to pieces’.


Putting the card together was really quick once I had all the little bits and pieces ready (and dry!) and with the help of foam tape, it only took a minute or two before it was done but I thought it needed a little something else though (shocker, I know…!) so I added a small snowflake for the penguin to hold. This is from one of the very first die cut sets I got from Lawn Fawn, called Stitched Snowflakes. It looked really cute but STILL needed a little something-something. A single heart cut out of a lovely vivid red card stock, using the little heart dies in the MFT Deer Love Die-Namics was just the icing on the cake. And with that, I think it’s done. I’d better step away now before I start adding a little bit of this, and a little bit of that… I have been known for going overboard every now and again. On rare occasions.


That’s it from me today but I hope you have enjoyed this little post as much as I enjoyed making the card! None of the links in this post are affiliate links but I always want to enabl… I mean, being helpful (sounds much better, doesn’t it??) in locating the products I have used for my projects just in case you need/want/will perish without them.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica


My 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop card with Altenew Coffee Love


Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently, I’ve both been caught up in the Christmas decoration spree that grips me every yet at some point (later this year than usual, admittedly) as well as feeling under the weather and uninspired. Since moving to Poland I think I have had more days feeling sickly than well which is both annoying as well as frustrating. When it comes to the Polish germs vs Erica, there is a clear winner and it ain’t me.. *please send wah-mbulance*

Something that isn’t a big secret about me is that I’m a coffee lover. As well as a bit of a coffee snob *cough, cough, understatement* I’m not afraid to admit it, I’d rather not have any coffee than bad coffee. We all have our little quirks, eh? One of mine is definitely being a coffee snob. Which leads me to what this card is about. There is a really fun and HUGE crafty event going on called Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. How perfect is that to rouse some inspiration? There are tons of sponsors and amazing prizes to be won so don’t forget to check out the website for more information (<—-this link right here)

94DF2935-9882-4F73-AE22-B52236BD91F9For my card I decided to use one of my favorite coffee stamp sets which is Altenew’s Coffee Love. You can get Coordinating dies or if you don’t have any of these, just grab the stamp and die bundle (which is currently on sale!) OR treat yoself to a Coffee Love stamp bundle! Why not,eh? Christmas is just around the corner!


For the sake of transparency (not to mention legal requirements) I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible. In this post it’s just the Altenew links that are affiliate, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something (🎶fa la la la, just saying) I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. All the other links are just for your convenience in case you want something I have used for this card.

Now that that bit is out of the way, back to the card: I knew I wanted to keep my card in the colours of white, blue, gold and brown but first things first: a background! I absolutely love the SSS Elizabeth background stamp(not an affiliate link but you should get this one anyway)


It’s so pretty, delicate and swirly. I stamped it just off to the side on a 5.5”x4.25” Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock panel with VersaMark ink, I had previously generously dusted it with my anti-static tool to avoid those pesky stray bits of embossing powder. I used Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and set it with my heat tool. Once it had cooled down I got my Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 pack water colours out and mixed some white and black together to create a moody grey, which I swished on the left side of the heat embossed image. Whilst it was still wet, I dabbed in some dark blue to add some colour to the background. I made sure to use lots of water to dilute the colour towards the right side. Where it needed more colour, I dripped in some very inky water and let it swirl around and do what it wanted to do.

Setting this aside to dry I got working on the images I had stamped up from the Coffee Love set using Dusk Crisp Dye Ink as well as Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink. These were also stamped on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and  using the same blue I used on the background, I blended it with lots of water for a soft look on my images as well as some of the grey, very diluted. I used one of the light gold Kuretake Starry Colors for some shimmer and shading. I love how they came out! Being a bit of a shimmer-nut, I decided to add some to the background too. It’s possible I went slightly overboard here but oh well, it happens!


When it came to a sentiment I knew I wanted it to say ‘Coffee & Crafty friends make the perfect blend’ as I used to get together with a friend once a month, for a crafty day, back when we lived in Denmark, and we always had coffee and cake.  We used to borrow each other’s stuff, the idea behind this was that if we could borrow it, we wouldn’t need to buy it ourselves but most of the time we just ended up enabling each other to get more stuff! That idea backfired pretty spectacularly to be honest. We were, and probably still are, very bad influence on each other! It didn’t matter whether it was get another stamp set or another piece of cake. Ah, those were the days!


Right, back to the sentiment: It’s a mashup between one from Coffee Love (it says ‘coffee and friends make the perfect blend’) and one from Crafty Friends (this one says ‘Crafty friends are the best friends’) Using some masking tape and my Mini MISTI I first stamped and heat embossed the ‘crafty friends’ bit with  Altenew Crisp Platinum Embossing Powder and then the ‘coffee &______ make the perfect blend’ bit with Dusk Crisp Dye Ink. I trimmed it down and added some foam tape to the back of it. All my coffee images I had already cut out using the Coordinating Coffee Love dies. These also had foam tape added to them and once the background was adhered to a white card base (using TomBow Xtreme adhesive runner which was recommended to me for using on water colour card stock as I wasn’t too impressed with my double sided tape actually keeping things together) it was pretty quick work on deciding where all the elements were going. With that, the card was done!


The inks I have used for this card can be bought as single pads: Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink single pad and Dusk Oval Dye Ink single pad or as part of sets: Summer Cool Oval Dye Ink set  (these are great if you like big pads and you can not lie) as well as  Summer Cool Mini Cubes (which are such a great option if you don’t have a lot of space in your craft room or are just starting your collection and trying the inks out) The same goes for the Warm Grey Oval Dye Ink set(<—- big ink pads) or the Warm Grey Mini Cubes.

Right, with that, I bid you a very happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!

Lots of love from Erica