Results of a craftermath: Pinkfresh Butterflies Card!

Hi everyone and happy Monday!


Today is no ordinary day, it’s my first official blog post for Pinkfresh Studio and I’m popping in here too, because why not?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the challenge graphic for the month of July is lovely and the theme is Butterflies. If you make a card for this challenge, make sure to link it up on the Pinkfresh monthly challenge blog post as you can win a $50 gift card!

I grabbed the Butterflies stamp set, layering stencils, coordinating dies and a few *cough, cough* other little bits and bobs. Ok, quite a few other little bits and bobs, but I was excited. Can you blame me?? No, I didn’t think so, lol.

With the ink colours from the graphic, Ocean Breeze, Passion Fruit, Coral Reef, Sweet Mustard and Tidal Pond, I got to ink blending with the slim line stencils I had grabbed: Leafy Squares and Inverted Diamonds. Over the Leafy Squares one I used all the colours, blending them with my Life Changing Blender Brushes.

On the Inverted Diamond stencil, I used only Sweet Mustard, Ocean Breeze and Tidal Pond. Before I blended anything though, I taped down the pattern with some skinny PostIt tape as I’m all out of Pixie Spray...!! *Gasps of shock inserted here* Yes, it’s true. I’m all out and it’s really hard to get ahold of here! Waaaahh!!

The PostIt tape actually added to the pattern on this stencil though, so it worked but I’m still scouring the web for more of that stuff. It’s a total must have.

When it came to the butterflies, I couldn’t stop at just one or two. It seemed kinda crazy to not play while I had all my stuff out.

And did I play or what? I seem totally incapable of making just ONE card or ONE thing when I’m crafting. Things have a tendency of spiralling out of control more often than not. The result is always a total and utter craftermath… and sometimes a couple of cards and LOTS of spare bits and bobs.

In this case, a small army of butterflies!

All are inkblended with the help of the layering stencils, using various of the colours from the challenge graphic, and all are cut out using the coordinating diecut. Some are heat embossed with Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing, and my two favourites were the big Butterflies with the gold and the single colour, the yellow one is obviously Sweet Mustard and the other one is Coral Reef. That was a bit surprising to me, but that’s what one of the fun things with playtime and trying things out. You never know what you are going to end up with!

Putting the card together didn’t take long once I decided on the two big Butterflies and the Inverted Diamond background. A quick sentiment from the Butterflies stamp set was stamped right in the middle with black ink and then it was quick work of glueing down the butterflies with Deluxe Adhesive from Tonic Studios.

That’s the card done, and now it’s your turn! Make a card with the challenge graphic as inspiration and link up your project on the Pinkfresh Studio blog for your chance to win a $50 gift card!

As always, I have used some compensated affiliate link in this post, at no extra cost to you whatsoever! If you shop using these links I get a small commission from the company directly, and bonus, it doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the crafting shenanigans over here at CaCaCraft by Erica. Including the boring stuff like paying for blog hosting, upgrades, themes and all that stuff that unfortunately cost a lot of money. I couldn’t do it without your help so thank you so much for the support, I really appreciate it a lot more than I could ever express with words.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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p.s. I also want you to know that the Card Maker Success Summit is coming up, and Pinkfresh Studio is one of the sponsors of the event. The mission of the summit is to help you get a game plan for your holiday card making project. I’ll be speaking on Friday the 16th of July about using Paper Glaze to add fun and unique shimmer to your cards. Get all the details and grab your free ticket here!

The event is free, all you have to do is SIGN UP and mark your calendar. The summit is on for FOUR days! There are 25+ classes and some of my crafty friends are taking part as well, such as
-Verity Biddlecomb
-Natasha Davies
-Jo Herbert
-Justine Hovey
-Laurel Beard

You can also sign up for the VIP All-Access Pass at the early bird price of $59, until the 14th, and with that you can start watching the classes right away! You also get over $2000 worth of extra content, including classes, svg cut files and digi stamps amongst other! It’s such good value for money, and you can watch the classes over and over and over!

5K Subscribers Together | Rainbow Hop |video hop winner announcements!

Hi *waves sheepishly*

Back in June my friend Maria Willis, AKA CardBomb, and I hosted a YouTube video hop together, celebrating (a bit early) reaching 2.5K subscribers each. At the time of the hop, neither one of us had actually made it there, and we are still a bit short. We are also very late with the winner announcements. Apologies about that, life happened at a rapid pace for both of us and we couldn’t get it done in time.

If you want to skip straight to the VIDEO CLICK HERE.

If you missed the Rainbow themed video, and the entire hop, you should definitely check it out as we roped in some of our fabulous crafty friends to hop along with us!

For that video I only managed one card, but of course it was a sparkly-licious rainbow card! It was so fun to make and I love that extra pop of the sparkle on the rainbow. If you want to read all about it, you can find that BLOG POST HERE.

I used an array of the companies that sponsored the hop, including Pinkfresh, Picket Fence Studios, Concord&9th, Hero Arts and WOW! Embossing.

For this video I decided to use another mix of sponsors, to highlight them a bit too. They so generously offered prizes and the hop would definitely not have been the same without them.

The first card I made with a gorgeous stencil from Gina K Designs, called Mandala Burst. Stencils are one of my fave items to work with, they are so versatile and affordable! After spraying the stencils with Pixie Spray, I set those aside to cure for a few minutes (this is a critical step, do not skip this!) while I got out the rest of the stuff I wanted to use.

First off I inkblended some Atelier Inks, from Ink On 3, through the Mandala Burst stencil with my Life Changing Blender Brushes, from left to right Peacock Blue, Goddess Green, Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange and Sweet Petunia Pink.

Over this I stamped the Love Is Love Bold Print from Hero Arts, in black ink with the help of my MISTI. Thanks to having just re-inked my Black Hybrid ink pad I only needed to stamp once but better safe than sorry, right??

With the background panel done, I trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. While I had my Diecutting machine out I cut out three ‘thinking of you’ out of white card stock and one out of black card stock. These I layered up with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive, and then on the top (black) layer I heat embossed Clear Gloss embossing powder to give it a nice shiny look. I did two layers of it, for that puffy sticker look. I love that, and it’s one of my fave ways to elevate word dies.

A sentiment from the Thinking Of You stamp set, the coordinating stamps to the word die, was stamped up in black ink on white card stock and trimmed down. This was addhed to the card, and the word die right underneath it. With that, the first card was done. Without a single sequin on it too!! Whaaaaa??

The second card was done with a rainbow stencil from Erin Lee Creative. This one was part of a kit, and isn’t available now, BUT she has a load of other super fun rainbow stencils and rainbow dies. You defintely want to check out her shop and support a small business!

Instead of ink blending, I used my beloved Paper Glazes from Picket Fence Studios. I absolutely LOVE these, not only are they fun to play with but they look fan-freaking-amazeballs-tastic too. That shimmer and shine is enough to mesmerize me, every time!

From left to right, I’ve used Agapatha Purple, Peony Pink, Daffodil Yellow, Lime Zinnia, Ocean Poppy and Cornflower Blue. I actually did this right after I had done the ink blending for the first card, and while the Paper Glaze was drying I worked on all the other bits and pieces for the first card. Multi tasking and all that, right?

I used the same stitched rectangle die on this panel and then it was simply finished off with a sweet sentiment in black ink. The one I chose is from a Gina K Design stamp set, called Watercolor Flowers. Super simple, but with a pop of colour and a sweet sentiment, you don’t need much else sometimes.

That’s it from me for today, but don’t forget to check out the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO to see if you are one of the many winners!! Also, Maria wrote a blog post on her blog and made a video for her YouTube channel, so make sure to check out those as well.

Some compensated affiliate links have been used in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, Instagram and YouTube channel so thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links. I really appreicate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Picket Fence Studios September Release!

Hello, hello!

It’s the 14th, which seems to come along faster and faster once we pass July. Or is that just me? Well, time travel or not, it is release day from Picket Fence Studios and this month it’s all about the slim line stencils AND our new design team members! We are celebrating with a blog hop to introduce them and this month’s release in on fell swoop.

A blog hop wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway, and there are TWO $50 gift vouchers to the Picket Fence Studios shop up for grabs! All you have to do is leave a comment, and the more stops you leave comments on, the better your chance to win! Winners will be announced on the Picket Fence Studios blog on Monday the 21st. The full blog hop lineup is below:

Picket Fence Studios Blog 

Lydia Fiedler

Lisa Tilson

Ceal Pritchett

Susie Moore

Michelle Lupton

Angela Bode

Sara Sherlock

Judy Rozema

Becky Roberts

Karen Reátegui

Erica A-B <———-YOU ARE HERE

YOUR NEXT STOP——-> Ilina Crouse

Larisa Hohman

I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing the stencils and these finished backgrounds. You can find that VIDEO HERE.

There are five slim line stencils and I did my usual thing where I started playing, and then couldn’t stop! I had so many ideas to try out and some worked better than others, and in the end I had thirteen backgrounds! I’ve used a generous amount of Pixie Spray on all of the stencils to ensure crisp, clean lines.

The ones I am probably the least happy with are these two, below. I tried different ways to use the Slim Line Radial Stencil. On one I did a grey copic background first, then ink blended some Distress Oxides over it with the stencil. It didn’t work as well as I hoped but gave a grungy, dark look which will work well for Halloween cards as the stencil could be seen as spider web. Inks used for both are Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

On the second one I used the left over ink on my Life Changing Blender Brushes to create a less spooky look, by using a white card base. If you stop back in tomorrow, I will show you what I did with these backgrounds. Even though I wasn’t overly happy with them, I made them work!

Another way I used the Slim Line Radial Stencil was to make a sunset/lava heat look, by only using yellows, oranges and red Distress Oxide inks. I started with Squeezed Lemonade in the middle, next was Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Barn Door. It’s so easy getting the smooth coverage and blending with the Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After lifting the stencil off the first project, I spritzed it with water and placed another panel on top to create a soft water colour look with the leftover ink.

Then, of course, I had to do a rainbow colour wheel. Because why not, right?? This Radial Stencil was just begging to be colourful. I used a couple of sheets of acetate and PostIt Tape to mask off the areas I didn’t want to get ink on. Using Distress Oxide inks again, I used from 12 o’clock and clock wise: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron.

I also used two of the new Paper Glaze colours with this stencil! The colours used for both these are Artemisia Silver and Boysenberry Violet. One is done on white card stock and the other one on Black Satin card stock from Tonic. One of my bottles of Pixie Spray was running out and it ended up coming out very thick, which strangely ended up looking like thick spiderweb on the stencils. That made the Paper Glaze go a bit messy in certain spots.

Next up was the Slim Line Leaf Stencil! I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn on both these, but in different ways. To create the shine, I used Texture Paste Gloss from Ranger.

On the first one, I ink blended the inks on the whole panel, the used the Leaf stencil and added the paste, to create a shiny pattern.

On the second one, I mixed the Paste with the inks to colour it, and then used that on a white piece of card stock. This would also look fab using the green Paper Glazes.

The Slim Line Floral Stencil is so dramatic and I really wanted to channel that drama, so I used the same Black Satin card stock from Tonic and Boysenberry Violet Paper Glaze. It looks FANTASTIC!!

Next up, we have Slim Line Broken Fence Stencil. With this one, I used a pre-ink blended background I made a little while ago. Inks used are Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. OF COURSE it’s done with Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After cutting down a panel, the same size as the stencil, I used Black Pansy, Artemesia Silver and Snowdrop White on top of the stencil and blended the colours from black to white, with the silver in the middle.

Last, but certainly not least, the Slim Line Dashes Stencil! With this stencil, I did a similar thing to the red Radial backgrounds. I ink blended on one panel first (with the colours in the photo, look above for links) then removed that before I spritzed the stencil with water and placed another panel on top to pick up the leftover ink.

We do have another rainbow, surprise, surprise! However, to take this up a notch, I placed the Dashes stencil back over the pattern, after the spritzing, and added Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K on top! It came out sparkly like a unicorn fart!!

So, whilst I haven’t actually finished any cards with these, I wanted to show the many, MANY possibilities with these stencils. A stencil really is a smart investment as you can do so many different techniques with them!

That’s it from me for today, I hope you enjoyed this very colourful post and found some inspiration here, and along the rest of the blog hop. If you did, and consider treating yourself to a few little things, I would be so grateful if you’d use my compensated affiliate links, in this post. They do not cost you any extra at all, and the company it’s affiliated with will give me a small commission as a thank you for directing you to them.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 501

Hi!

Today’s post is based on this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #501 and I’ve not done one of these for a while, so I thought why not?

I really wanted to use the cute dragons from the BB Magical Dragons set. With that in mind, I stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock with the PFS Black Hybrid ink, set it with my WOW! heat tool and got to work with Copics. My first dragon was done in what I picture to be a natural colour for dragons: green!

My second dragon was done in more teal-like colours, maybe she’s a girl dragon? The tummies, horns, wings and back scales on both of them were done in lighter, but still matching colours.

There were two fire bursts stamped up too, so I did these in flame colours. Deep reds with some fiery yellow. I’m so glad this set comes with coordinating Dienamics as fussy cutting is not my jam.

The background I did with the Mini Cloud stencil, one of my favourite stencils ever. I wanted a really soft look, so I didn’t add any more ink to my Life Changing Blender Brushes, just used the blues left on them. It turned out fab!

One of my newest purchases is Sparkle Spray by Nuvo Tonic Studios, and I wanted to add some sparkle to the background with this. Buuuuut… I went a little overboard, which left the background COVERED in the sparkle spray. This one is Morning Fog, and wow! I think I will be adding a few more to my arsenal.

To finish off the card, I stamped up a couple of the sentiments from the BB Magical Dragons set with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the dragons and the fire bursts with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, added a little bit of Wink Of Stella to the wings and horns, and with that, the card was done! I was originally only going to add one of the fire bursts but as I went overboard with the Sparkle Spray, and it kind of looked like ash in the air after the dragon had gone to town breathing fire, I added both.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration here with me. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube and Instagram so thank you so much for supporting me by using these. I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Fancy Kaleidoscope Stencil Cards, Multiple Ways!

Today I am back with LOTS of cards using the brand new Fancy Kaleidoscope stencil from Picket Fence Studios‘s June release. I do love a good stencil, and it’s possibly I went a tad overboard here but it just took off. I did ink blending, water colouring, ink smooshing and all sorts went on. Let’s get to it, shall we?

I did do a video too, which you can find over on my YouTube channel. I did forgot to film some of the bits, of course, like a total idiot. Oh well.

First of I sprayed the Fancy Kaleidoscope stencil with Pixie Spray and stuck it down on a big square of water colour paper. Then I grabbed my palette with Ink On 3 re-inkers in them. There are six wells, one each for Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. All of these are already mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust, this creates a shimmery water colour, which is fabulous. You can see this in action in the video.

The clean up kitchen roll piece is gorgeous enough on it’s own.

While I was cleaning up after the colouring, I thought, why not try a few things? My first attempt was adding more colour to the stencil and dabbing water colour card stock on top. This turned out fab but there was still colour left on it so I dabbed another piece on it, and this one turned out soft and pretty too. There was STILL colour left so I kept going! I ended up with four pieces in total, as well as a smaller one.

After finally cleaning up the stencil and my table, I did some ink blending as well. Because why not, right?? I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each one of the Atelier Inks I used: Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Peacock Blue, Marilyn Red and Marigold Orange.

With all these backgrounds done, it was time to make them into cards! The ink blended piece was quickly finished off with a sentiment from After The Storm stamped up with Black Hybrid Ink. I then went in with my Embossing Pad and added Glisten Changers embossing powder(this is a premixed powder with one part clear embossing powder to one part Glisten Changer powder) on top.

A lot of the cards were done simply, with sentiments in Black Hybrid inks. The above one is done with More Fancy Sentiments.

This next one is done with Do Not Take Any Shit. Which isn’t for everyone, but it’s solid advice for sure.

Here is More Fancy Sentiments again, only this time it’s heat embossed in gold. This is Metallic Rich Gold from WOW!

This one is one half of the big piece from the beginning. I cut it in half and made two cards out of them. One I adhered to a piece of black card stock, only slightly bigger than the background piece, to frame it. Also to coordinate with the Best word die, that’s also partly cut out of black card stock.

The other half was adhered directly to a white card base. In hindsight, I should have done the black backing card stock too. It just frames the background so well. The sentiments are both from BFF Girl Gang, stamped up with Black Hybrid Ink on white card stock and trimmed down to slim strips.

One final card was done on a background piece done with the Atelier re-inkers as water colours. Here I used the stencil and Paper Glaze in Snowdrop White. The sentiment is from Charles The Chameleon.

Well, that’s it from me but amazing how many different cards you can get out of just one stencil, right? This one, Fancy Kaleidoscope, has quickly jumped into my faves!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here and will try one of these techniques for yourself.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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World Card Making Day!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with a card I made for Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Nation’s celebration of World Card Making Day 2019.

I was challenged to use the Swedish Midsommar (as in Midsummer) as inspiration to create a collage and use that for my card. Here is my collage:

And here is my card:

To create this I used a whole array of luscious inks from Catherine Pooler, as well as a stencil called Twisted Sunburst. I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the ink blending part, and I also created a negative mask to make sure I didn’t muddle up the colours.

The inks I have used are shown here:

However, before I got to this stage I stamped up all my inks on strips of paper to make swatches. This is great to have when you need to know what a colour will look like when it’s dry. Creating swatches is also relaxing and fun so win-win!

Something I use all the time now, when I do ink blending over stencils, is the brilliant invention of Pixie Spray. It’s so great and it makes such a difference! If you struggle with stencils flapping about when you try doing ink blending, this stuff is for you.

As I mentioned, I created a negative mask of sorts, to keep the areas of ink blending from getting muddled. To create this “mask” I used a thin sheet of printer paper and rubbed a pencil over it, with the stencil under, so it created the same pattern.

With the help of a small pair of scissors and a scalpel, I cut out a hole big enough for two of the rays. Then I erased the rest of the marks with an eraser.

I had to repeat this process four more times to make sure the ink that got on the paper, didn’t transfer to the area I was working on. And I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each colour family to avoid colour contamination.

When all the sections were covered with ink, I dabbed a VersaMark inkpad ALL over the panel. Not just a little, but a lot! After removing the stencil, I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder from WOW! Embossing Powder all over it and made sure it was very well covered. I used a cork mat to spare my fingers during the heat embossing part as it took a little while to melt it all.

Well worth the effort though, right?? I love how it turned out! To finish it off, I heat embossed a round sentiment from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set, in Opaque Bright White embossing powder, on black card stock. Using scissors I fussy cut this out and added it to the card with foam tape. With that, the card was done!

What do you think?

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Stamp Nation for giveaway and prizes! Affiliate links supplied at no extra cost to you, throughout post.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway Winner and Birthday Cards + video!

Hi everyone!!

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! I have so much fun stuff to share today: the winner of the recent Studio Katia Blog Hop giveaway, two fun and colourful cards AND another video to my brand new YouTube channel!

If you missed the blog hop post, CLICK HERE to check it out. It’s obviously too late to enter the giveaway but it’s there in case you want to check out the card I made for the hop.

Now, without further ado, the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Mary-Anne V! Congratulations!! Email studiokatiagiveaway@gmail.com with the subject Erica Blog Hop Winner to claim your prize!

Now for the two cards I have done for this post. I used the It’s Your Birthday stamp (at the time of writing it’s unsurprisingly out of stock, but make sure to sign up for in-stock notifications) from Studio Katia.

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The two cards are basically the same, except for the colour of the embossing powder and some of the sizing. One is white and the other is gold. I can’t really pick a fave myself, I keep switching back and forth between them.

If you aren’t a blog reading kind of crafter, CLICK HERE to go to the YouTube video showing how I made these. I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my channel and like my video while you are there!

Ok, back to the written word! The backgrounds are done with the fun Radiating Star Stencil from Neat & Tangled, and an assortment of Catherine Pooler inks. Clockwise from 12 o’clock we have Bellini, Coral Cabana, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey and Limoncello.

To help keep the stencil in place and get clean, crisp lines, I used Pixie Spray (seriously a life saver when it comes to stencils with fine details!) on the stencil a few minutes before I placed it on the card stock. Which is Strathmore Bristol Vellum by the way. I also added some PostIt tape along the edges to get that white frame around it and for extra stay-in-place power. That’s totally a saying now.

Each section was blocked off with sheets of paper and held in place with PostIt tape. Then, with the help of my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I blended each colour, one by one. You might notice that the centre bit is darker and then the colour goes lighter towards the edges. I think it helps draw the eye in and create some dimension, in an otherwise rather flat design.

The white embossing powder is from Wow! Embossing Powder and the other one is done with Antique Gold from Altenew. Before doing any heat embossing I use my pillow like anti-static tool very generously over the panels. Then, with the help of my Mini MISTI, I stamped the big sentiment ‘Happy Birthday To You’ from It’s Your Birthday, in the middle with VersaMark ink. A generous sprinkling of embossing powder later, a tap-tap to get the excess off and then it was go-time with the heat gun.

I didn’t wait long enough between the ink blending and the stamping with the gold one though and ended up having to clean it up a little with a small paint brush before heating up the embossing powder. I’d like to be able to say that’s the last time that will happen but it’s very, very likely it will happen again and again. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

With both of the panels ink blended and heat embossed, they got trimmed down a little bit to leave a white frame on the card base. Then, with the help of foam sheets cut to size, I adhered them to their card bases. Aaaaaand almost *ALMOST* left them as they were. But, I couldn’t resist adding some fabulous sequins from Studio Katia. These are called Crystal Clear Fusion and I used them all the time, they are amongst my all-time favourite embellishments.

Well, my friends, that’s it! Except to mention that I have used affiliate links in this post for everything I have used in case I have inspired you to pick up a thing or tw… elve (no judgement) for yourself. Using Affiliate links cost you absolutely NOTHING extra but I get a small commission from the companies directly if/when you do. I use anything I make towards the running of my blog and now my YouTube channel so thank you from the bottom of my heart if you use mine. I do not take it for granted and every little helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

A card making fail and remake with Picture Perfect stamps from MFT Stamps

Hi guys!

How are we all? I hope you are better than I am. I’m battling a cold that has given me a red raw nose, wiped me out and left me feeling really quite sorry for myself. My little chicas aren’t being the best nurse maids either. I catch them sleeping on the job several times a day.

For my birthday this year I got some lovely goodies from MFT Stamps, courtesy of The Man. One of the sets I got was Picture Perfect and I loved it from the minute I saw sneak peeks of it. It’s full of funny selfie looking images featuring animals and I have such a soft spot for cute critters. I also got the Polaroid Shaker Frame and #Captions dienamic.

The first card I made with the set, was full of rookie mistakes… I forgot to colour in the entire image and the background. I also messed up the first Polaroid dienamic cutout I made with the help of #Captions dienamic. Also, the Polaroid was put on wrongly too and ended up covering too much of the doggies. Oh well. Things happen and doesn’t always go the way you plan but I think it’s important to show the fails along with the winners. Just in case someone gets discouraged with their own work and thinks ‘oh, she never messes up’. Oh yes, I do.

As I liked the idea I had in my head for this card, I decided to redo it from scratch and fix all the mistakes I made.

First things first, and I started with the Polaroid Shaker Frame and the #Captions dienamics. This time I did it the right way, i.e. did it the way I had intended to before I messed up. In the photo you can see the failed one (the left) but the bit that’s messed up, is actually under the dienamic here so you can’t see it. I only changed up the colours a little.

Next step was to stamp up the image from Picture Perfect and colour it in. I use Ink On 3 Blackout Ink for most of my Copic colouring these days and Neenah Solar White 110# card stock. It’s a brilliant ink. The amount of Copics it took to colour this tiny image is almost laughable, the number is up there in the 30+ figures.

Another product I have recently gotten my hands on is Pixie Spray from Therm O Web. Something that has always annoyed me is getting smudged lines when doing inkblending and using embellishment mousses and I have been dreaming of a product like this for a long time! The trick to using this is patience. Spray the stencil, and then let it sit for at least a couple of minutes before adding it to the thing you want to stencil. It’s very important to let it dry out for a little bit to let the tack develop. If you use it too soon, it won’t stick to your project. Go on, ask me how I know this! *slaps forehead*

This stencil is also new, it’s called Lots Of Hearts, another MFT Stamps knock out! Anything with cute critters and hearts = I’m sold. Oh and ombré or rainbows. Because of the colouring of the image, I decided to use yellow, through greens to blue on it. I usually use masking tape when it comes to masking off things but here I’ve used Post-It tape.

These luscious inks are from Catherine Pooler. Not only do they stamp beautifully, they work for ink blending and water colouring! From top to bottom is Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Tiara and Limoncello.

I use the Life Changing Blender Brushes, from Picket Fence Studios, pretty much exclusively these days. I get much better results with these brushes than I ever did using the foam pad ink blending tools. I still have them, but I reach for my brushes 9 times out of 10.

One little tip I have for adding foam to an intricate diecut, such as the ‘Friend Duodienamic I used for this card, is one I use a lot. It takes out some of the fiddly work and makes things a lot easier. So step one is to cut it out of the foam but leave it in the negative bits. Cut the same shape out of your choice of card stock. Then pull off the cover from the self-adhesive foam and layer the card stock over the foam one.

This little trick has saved my sanity many a times when I have tried to layer up the pieces and they have been separated. Now, this looks very almost black here but it’s actually dark gray. It’s a Lawn Fawn card stock called Narwhal.

Before putting all the pieces together on the card, I took a moment to make sure I didn’t repeat the same mistakes I made on the first card.

I really like how this came out! But then it has doggies and bright colours. LOL! I can see myself using this Picture Perfect set a lot. MFT Stamps does it again!

I hope you like the card as much I do. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, one of them being MFT Stamps, at no extra cost to yourself, if you click on any of these links and end up getting a little something-something for yourself.

Don’t you think the two doggies to the left look like my little chicas by the way? That one in the front looks like Gem-Gem to me and the little one in the corner has that same ‘what??’ look on her face, is Mar-Mar to a T. They just crack me up!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you want to see more of my daily crafting shenanigans, follow me on Instagram. That’s where I share most of projects, cards and little Insta stories. If you are a dog person, those little sass monsters The Cheeky Chicas have their own page. Yep, I’m one of those dog moms! 🙋‍♀️

Fleece Navidad for MFT Sketch Challenge 409

Hi everyone!

Today is my last post as a guest designer for the MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge. Whilst it’s bitter-sweet to say bye for now, I have had such a great time and I wanted to say a big huge Thank You to MFT Stamps for giving me this opportunity. It’s been amazing and by far the biggest thing that’s happened to me in my crafting journey!

Right, before I turn into a right old Soppy Poppy, I’m going to get to the card and the sketch itself. This week it looks like this:

I wanted to use the llamas from Happy Llamadays as I have not used them yet. I also wanted to include felt again, as I did for Sketch 407 which you can find HERE.

In the end, I used quite a few sets for this card! Apart from the Happy Llamadays, and it’s coordinating die-namic (I love me a coordinating diecut, ain’t nobody got time for fussy cutting!) I also used the Fa La La die-namic for the first time, the Snow Flurry stencil and the standalone hills die-namic.

The Snow Flurry  stencilled piece I did for another card, but didn’t end up using it so I thought, why not use it now? Piece of cake, it’s already done! As it was all white, I decided to use the Fa La La die-namic on it and either ink blend something on the background or maybe do something with alcohol inks.

A light bulb went off when I had cut the panel and I grabbed my stash of felt! I thought it would look fab with some of it peeking through the holes but what colour to choose? Instead of picking just one, I cut strips of it using a Fiskars circle… knife?… blade thingy…  (I have no idea what it is called but it is a genius tool!) in five different shades of blue and green.

After prepping a white card base with double sided tape, it was a quick job of adhering the strips of felt in alternating colours to create a fun pattern.

Once it was covered in felt, I adhered the stencilled piece on top and added the little cutouts from the Fa La La letters.

While I had my felt out, I started cutting out pieces using the hills die-namic. Lots and lots of them! These I layered up on a piece of card stock I had trimmed down to roughly the size of the bottom panel of the sketch. The look I was after was a very fluffy snow scene for my llamas.

Speaking of the llamas, they are coloured using Copics and diecut with the coordinating die-namic. I’ve gone for quite a muted colour scheme for them but couldn’t resist adding some stars to the present using a gold gel pen.

To finish off the card it needed more of a sentiment than the ‘Fa La La ‘ and to go with the felt and soft, tactile look of the card, I used ‘Fleece Navidad’ from the Happy Llamadays. This is stamped on a strip of white card stock and trimmed down a bit. It’s not as big as in the sketch but it just didn’t look right to leave it too long.

This card is very thick and chunky, so it’s probably best to give this to someone in person. Or mail it in a box! It’s nearly 1/3 of an inch/1cm thick in places. But it sure is fun and I had a great time making it!

This post is littered with affiliate links to all the MFT Stamps products I have used for this card. I would be so grateful if you would consider using these when you treat yo’self/stock up/get life-essential crafting goodies as I get a small commission from MFT Stamps directly, at no cost to you whatsoever. It all helps, no matter how small an order and I really appreciate the support.

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

Guest Designing for Inspired By All The Little Things challenge #86!

Hello, hello! Today I’m back with another card and post as the May Guest Designer  for Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog. This is Challenge #86! The inspiration photo for this challenge is very different from Challenge #85, with vivid colours and textures. Isn’t it just lovely? I could so picture some of those glass feathers hanging in my window, catching the sunshine and the colourful prisms bouncing off the walls. Actually, hang on a minute….. *Makes mental note for future craft room*

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My first idea was to basically stamp up feathers on a card and the colour them in with the same colours as in the photo. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Only problem was I realised I don’t have a feather stamp in my stash…! What? How..? Once I got over the shock of not having exactly the right stamp to work with, my mind was very set on a specific one of course and anything else simply wouldn’t do. Oh no. Impossible! (My inner crafty drama queen was having a full-on temper tantrum!)

Right, plan B: Alcohol ink background with similar colours as in the inspiration photo and stencilled texture paste over it. Using Ranger Ink Alcohol inks on Yupo paper, I played around this way and that, until I had a very colourful and vivid piece to work with. The colours I used are Caramel, Sailboat Blue, Indigo, Pistachio, Coral, Cranberry, Honeycomb and Rose Gold mixative. In the photo you can see how they look once dried on the Yupo paper. For this piece I used Translucent Yupo, rather than my usual Yupo.

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I use a little air blower to puff the colours around as it gives me a headache to blow on them and breathe in the fumes. Even when I have the window open! This pump is very cheap but so helpful. If you want something similar, I got this one from Amazon but you can also check out local photography shops.

To bring in the feather element to the card, I used a stencil from Hero Arts called Peacock Feathers and Ranger Ink texture paste. The one I used is a Opaque Matte (I really like it but it doesn’t seem to be able as a single tub anymore) and I spread a very thin layer on the alcohol ink piece using a spatula.

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Once it was all dry, I cut out a panel using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectable stackable lawncuts and added foam tape to the back of it. This I adhered to a white A2 card base, made out of Neenah Classic Crest 110# card stock, and set aside for the time being.

To finish it off I got out some MFT Stamps goodies: a really lovely and useful stamp and dienamic set called Because You. It comes with a ‘because’ word diecut and some sweet stamp sentiments you can mix’n’match for all sorts of occasions and recipients. The ‘because’ I cut out of card stock with my BigShot and dabbed on my VersaMark ink pad before dusting it very generously with Altenew Platinum embossing powder and melting it with my heatgun. I’m a big fan of the embossing powders from Altenew, they are gorgeous!

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I also cut out a frame in platinum coloured linen textured card stock, using a mix of two different MFT Stamps dienamic sets, Stitched Rectangle Frames and Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles, as I didn’t have one that was just what I wanted and the right size. I like calling this ‘Crafting MacGyvering’, from the 90’s tv-show MacGyver. Makes me feel very clever indeed, lol!

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The sentiment was finished off with ‘You know just what to say to make me feel better’ which is stamped on white card stock in two blue Altenew inks to create a mottled effect. The two I used are called Tide Blue and Starlight. These you can get separate or as a 4-pack called Deep Blue Seas, both in the big oval pads and mini cubes.

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To put the card together I used both foam tape and my fine tip glue pen. First the frame went on, then the ‘because’ and finally the sentiment stripe with foam tape. I toyed with the idea of adding some sequins but surprisingly decided against it. I know, I’m shocked myself…

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Well, with that, I’m finished and I hope you like it and will get inspired to join us yourself! Check back to the main blog for more inspiration from the DT and for the linkup for your own project. Thank you so much for having had me, guys, I really enjoyed myself and hope you liked my projects! To see my card for Challenge #85, click HERE.

As always, I have used compensated affiliate links, where possible, to various companies and shops for your convenience. What that means is that I will get a small commission from the company directly, if you purchase something using these links, at no extra cost to you. Some of the shops and companies linked to are Scrapbook.com, Altenew, MFT Stamps and Ranger Ink.

I’d like to take this opportunity to urge you to use these links and those of other crafters, when you do purchase new crafty goodies. By doing this, you help support our crafting journeys as well as absolutely make our days! Thank you so much in advance.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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