Dream Team Inspiration: Lucky me + Drinks are on me

Hello there and welcome back for another release inspiration post 🙂

If you are looking for the blog hop post – it is right here.

Today the Dream Team are showing off their creations with the two new stamp sets: “Lucky Me” and “Drinks Are On Me” 🙂

Lucky Me

Erica says: For this one I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder and then coloured it in using different shades of yellow and green Zig markers. The sentiment is stamped with green ink and has clear embossing powder over. I framed it with a stitched rectangle die cut in green patterned paper and added lots of dew drops to the four-clover using Nuvo Jewel drops in green.

Erica says: I stamped it with different Distress Oxide inks to create a patterned paper. The sentiment is from the same stamp set but I added the word ‘friend’ using a die cut. A few matte black sequins and gemstones were added in the spaces between the stamped images and a couple of enamel shapes to the banner with the sentiment.

Erica says: For this card I started out by heat embossing the image with rose gold embossing powder and then I coloured it in using pink, fuchsia and purple Zig markers. On a pink card base I added a strip of patterned paper before adding the image which I had die cut using a scalloped border to add a more feminine touch. On a small banner I stamped and heat embossed ‘I love you’ (from the Bloom stamp set) in the same rose gold embossing powder as the big image. A few clear sequins and fuchsia coloured enamel accents were the last flourish.

Drinks are on me

Sharna says: How fun is this set?! I’m obsessed with rainbows ! so I just had to make my drink 🍹 to match my background! Done in Distress ink and copic. 

Sharna says: And a second card made the same way only this time I added crystal Nuvo Drops for added dimension. I love that these cards work for many different occasions.

Dana says: I really love Drinks Are On Me stamp set! I stamped these cool images onto bristol paper and colored them with Zig markers. I watercolored sea using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. Then I tore bottom of the paper and added gold metallic accent on it. Lastly, I ink blended a piece of cardstock for finishing sandy beach scene and stamped ‘cheers’ sentiment using dye ink.

And then we just need this little reminder that while release week is on, the whole store (does not include the new release!) is on sale by 20 %!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope our wonderful Dream Team ladies have left you feeling inspired!
Hugs, Maria

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Lucky Me

Drinks Are On Me

Lucky Me

1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome back for an EPIC blog hop to celebrate the new release!

We have a whole heap of awesome inspiration, GIVEAWAYS and amazing guests – check out this list:

Prizes:

On every stop of the way you can win a 10$ gift certificate to www.krumspringshop.com !
Leave a comment on each step on the way of the hop for 16 chances to win a 10 $ gift certificate OR the grand prize – which is a Prize Packet containing lots of Krumspring Stamps!
Giveaway ends August 23 at 12 pm Central European Time. Winners will be announced on Krumspring Blog on August 23.

Inspiration by Janni

Janni has created 2 fabulous card for the blog hop today:

Janni says: Thanks a latte – This one really makes me happy with all the colors and a latte. How cool is that background with the smooshing technic on ‘Diagonal Stripes’ stamp. I’m a huge fan! I just love latte cups, and this one has my favorite heart on it, so gorgeous.

Janni says: For my koala bear – Cuteness overload, I mean this a koala mom with baby! I created a little sunset scene, using real wood for the tree, and added a lot of green leafs.

Visit Janni on her Instagram profile and Facebook page and leave her some love.

Inspiration by Erica

Erica says: Who else is loving the newest release? *Swoon* I have adored every single release but this one, oh, I L-O-V-E it! I’ve churned out so many cards I don’t know where to start really, but being a bit of a coffee-holic *cough, cough* I decided to go with a bright and happy ‘Thank You’ card made with the Coffee Is Love stamp set.

I have a rather large collection of colourful coffee cups from Le Creuset and those colours were the inspiration for this card. Instead of colouring the actual cup itself in a vivid colour, I went with soft grey cup and bright, happy hearts and lids.

Visit Erica on her Instagram profile and Facebook page and leave her some love.

Inspiration By Sharna

Sharna says: This sweet set I decided to let the flower be the focal point. I white heat embossed it on watercolor paper and did several layers of watercolor. I used the striped background stamp to stamp an extra piece of paper to really set off the design.

Visit Sharna on her Instagram profile and leave her some love.

Are you ready to begin hopping? I cannot wait to see all the creations (I have only seen a few sneak peeks so far, so I am so giddy with excitement I almost cannot write this!)

Do not forget to comment along the way to win the grand prize or 1 of 16 gift certificates for www.krumspringshop.com

THANK YOU for stopping by, your support this past year and for being awesome.

Big hugs 🙂
Maria

[ Stamp sets used in this blogpost ]

Diagonal Stripes

Coffee Is Love

For My Koala Bear

Bloom

 

Summer theme event + SALE

Hello there

Summer is finally here – at least it is in my part of the World 🙂 And that is cause for a celebration!

Therefore we will be sharing happy, summer cards this week on the blog and social media. BUT that is no all – no no no.. To go along with our summer theme, we have a BIG sale going on in the shop! Wohoo! Save 10 – 15- 20 – 50 % on selected stamp sets, in the category “1ST SUMMER SALE“. It is time to stock up for the summer crafty projects 🙂

Today we have some wonderful summer cards to share with you all.

Erica

Erica used the ultimate summer theme flower – the Sunflower – for this card. I love that she used the Colourful Triangle Vibe stamp, to create little green hils for the Sunflower.

Tina

That background! I mean, SWOON! Tina used the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp as a template to create this amazing beach.

Rosali

You can almost sense how hot this dinosaur from For My Caveman is, walking in the desert. Love how Rosali used the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp to create a scenic background too.

The Peacockness Peacock is PERFECT for summer cards. I really love the colours and hot background for this card, also using Awesome Triangle Wizard

Don’t you just feel the summer vibes now!? I hope you do 🙂
Remember to stop by the shop and stock up on sales items!

Enjoy your summer day

Hugs, Maria

[ Supplies used in this blogpost ]

For My Sunflower

Colourful Triangle Vibe

Awesome Triangle Wizard

For My Caveman

Take Me Away with Erica

Hello, hello! Erica on the Krumspring blog today.

I’ve only got one card today but it’s bright and cheerful, which has recently been my card MO. This one is also a bit soppy as I made it for my husband. He’s currently away scoping out the new place we are moving to in a few months and I’m missing him a little bit. I’m also feeling quite excited to go there myself and see it all.

Right, back to the card. That’s what you are all here for, isn’t it? Not listen to me jibber-jabber on about the non-crafty side of my life, lol!

I started with the You Make Me Fly stamp set and grabbed my Zig markers. Before I stamped the balloon cluster and the teddy bear with VersaMark ink I used my anti-static tool on the watercolour card stock and then sprinkled white embossing powder on it. I set it with my heat tool and got to work! As I wanted something really bright and happy, I decided to do a rainbow coloured cluster of balloons. The bottom balloon got coloured yellow and then I worked my way through the colours until I was out of balloons. The little teddy bear I also coloured in with the Zig markers. Once both pieces were dry, I fussy cut them out and set them aside.

For my background I also used the Zig markers but only two light blue ones. I swish-swashed these loosely all over the panel. I sped up the drying process with the heat tool and then loosened up the colour a little bit in places where I thought it needed it and then set it with the heat tool again. The anti-static tool came out again as I decided to add some clouds to the background. The cloud stamp I used came from the Adventures Ahead set and I stamped it randomly all over the panel before adding the white embossing powder again.

The sentiments I decided to use both come from the You Make Me Fly set. I stamped the two I picked out in different shades of blue ink on white card stock and then cut them out. I started assembling the card and placed all the bits where I thought they should be before adhering them to the card using foam tape. This is always my process when making a card as I don’t want to stick anything down before I’m sure that’s where it should go. The same with sequins. And speaking of sequins.. I may have added a few of those too, even though this card is for The Man and he’s not a bling-lover but oh well. He knows I am and will probably love the card more for what I write inside of it rather than what’s on the outside.

Ok, well, that’s it from me for this time. I hope you like the card and will feel inspired to make one yourself, no matter the occasion. The two stamp sets I’ve used for this card have got to be two of my top five faves from Krumspring stamps. They are so cute and fun to colour, I can recommend adding these to your stash for sure!

Have a great week and see you all soon again!

Happy crafting from Erica

[ Supplies I used ]

You Make Me Fly

Adventures Ahead

Release Inspiration with Erica

Hello! Erica on the blog today with a few (cough, cough) cards using the new release from Krumspring Stamps! Who else is excited about these adorable images?? Not many days until they are all available in the shop so get ready because they aren’t going to last long!

I was really drawn to the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp, ah the possibilities I pictured in my head. It was all going on, it was almost too many ideas to pick one out! BUT instead of diving right in and just colour without a set idea I put that one aside and picked up the You Are Awesome set instead as I right away got an idea of making a few cards using a sketch (which admittedly was just in my head) and different colours to show how easy it is to achieve fun cards without changing much other than the colour scheme.

With this in mind I started out by stamping the big scribble circle on a small stitched rectangle panel in teal coloured card stock, which was also embossed with a star pattern, and then I heat embossed it in silver. Teal and silver goes so well together I think.

For the background panel I cut out a slightly larger, scalloped piece in silver glitter card stock. The dies I used for all the panels for these cards are the ‘Femme Frames’ from Mama Elephant.

Sentiment wise I went with one from the You Are Awesome set, ‘You are Awesome’, which I stamped and heat embossed in the same silver embossing powder as the circle, on a strip of vellum. This I wrapped around the smallest panel and adhered to the back of it. For this first card I used some Mermaid coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn for the case base to keep with the colour scheme and all bits are adhered to each other with foam tape of various thickness.

I channeled my inner Krumspring gal and went to town with embellishments in silver, teal and mint green. This card is a bit of a bling-fest but I have no regrets, I think a card that tells someone they are awesome can’t be bland and boring. Am I right or am I right?? 😜

My second card is made exactly the same way as the first one, just with different colours. The front panel is rescued from a water colour experiment that unfortunately ripped a bit when I peeled the masking tape off. It was big enough for this size die though which was lucky. I hate wasting crafty stuff.

The third card was a big challenge for me as I decided to use lots of white space. This is not a strength of mine.. and I have no idea why I torture myself like this at times?! It didn’t turn out too bad in the end but I couldn’t resist adding a bit of purple Distress Oxide ink along the edges of the scalloped panel. I also went way overboard with the enamel accents but eh, at least they are white. It also got a very generous sprinkling of clear sequins but no crystals on this one.

The fourth card is slightly different in that it has silver washi tape wrapped over the top and bottom edge and the sentiment is on a banner rather than vellum. This one was nearly thrown in the bin as things went all kinds of wrong with it. After I had heat embossed the circle in white I decided to sprinkle some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink on it but it looked whishy-washy and not very opaque. I tried rescuing it by blending some ink directly to the panel but that did nothing to help the look so I thought maybe adding some Worn Lipstick would help but oh no.. it just made things worse! Ack! I put it to the side for the night and decided to look at it in the morning again. The next day I looked at it with fresh eyes and decided to try something else and all of a sudden it kind of came together! This is not my favourite card by any stretch but my mother loved it, which just goes to prove that we all like different things. I finished it off with clear sequins and crystals and that was it.

Four cards with very different colour scheme to cater to different people’s preferences and likes. They are also reasonably quick to make, especially once you decide on a sketch or a look, and by switching out the sentiment you can make thank you’s, birthday cards and even invitations.

For my next two cards I had to use the MONKEY MADNESS stamp set! Those gorillas goreally are so cute and the one sitting down cradling a heart, stole my heart right away! So many puns here… 😉

I decided to do two cards with the same basic design but opposite colouring. For the first one, I stamped the gorilla on masking paper first and fussy cut that out and set aside. Step 2 included cutting out an A2 sized panel also in masking paper and, using the panel as a guide, I cut out a heart shape using a die where I wanted the heart placed on my card.

On card no1 I placed the masking paper with the heart shaped hole on a pre-cut panel of white card stock and then stamped the gorilla where I wanted him in the heart. Using the gorilla shaped mask, I covered him up and got my red Distress Inks out. Unfortunately I forgot that the panel was Copic friendly card stock, and not so much ink blending friendly. I ended up having to dab the distress ink all over the heart shape instead of smoothly blending it into the card stock. Really annoying BUT it actually ended up looking quite nice not being super smooth in the end. HA! *fist bump*

Peeling off the masks are always such a thrill, I can’t quite put my finger on why that is but it’s like magic appearing on your card as you watch it peeling away. Yep, I am a nerd. Can’t help it so I’m gonna roll with it.

Originally I had planned on colouring the monkey in but I decided against that at the last second. I even had my Copic marker poised and ready to go but just as I was about to touch the paper I changed my mind. Roller-coaster crafting or what?! The monkey needed a little something though so I added pink cheeks, ears and a few dots on his feet. He also got a sentiment added, ‘You are My favorite’, which fits perfectly in the heart and I LOVE that! I also stamped ‘I goreally like you’ at the bottom of the card because I am apparently incapable of leaving too much white space. However, is anyone else noticing that there isn’t a single sequin on this card??? I know, worrying isn’t it? 😜

Righty-o, on to card no2!

Here I basically did the opposite of what I did on card no1 and this time I remembered to use water colour card as I planned on using the same colour Distress Ink. I simply cut an 8.5″x11″ piece of Ranger Ink card stock in half and scored it using a score board then I placed the heart shaped mask on it and blended away with the red ink.

On Copic colour friendly card stock I stamped the same gorilla and colured him in using Copics (shocker) and then fussy cut him out. I adhered him to the card base using foam tape and then stamped the sentiment ‘Hello there cutie’. I should have left it there but being me… I stamped some small heart shapes inside the big heart in the same red ink as I blended around the edges. At this point I finally managed to rein myself in, a bit late seeing as the whole idea behind these cards was that there were going to be quick and simple. Which admittedly isn’t my strong suit at all. I really must work on that. Another time though.. Later, definitely. Maybe.. if I don’t have pretty sequins that are screaming at me to use them. Which is entirely possible as my sequins are such loud-mouths and are always jumping onto my cards. Rude, eh? ☺

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope these cards have inspired you to snap up a set or two (or all of the new ones #nojudgement) See you later in June for my next post!

Happy crafting from Erica

Star Power Spotlight – part 2

Are you ready for the last spotlight post for this month!?

We are currently putting a spotlight on “Star Power“.

I wanted to end this spotlight with a little story:

  • Star Power is one of the first stampsets I ever did. I created it based on a doodling video I did in February 2016 which I got a massive response for (to me it was massive at least 🙂 ). The videos couldn’t be longer at than 15 seconds at that time. You can watch it here.
    When I received my first delivery of stamps, I was just doing it because it was a big dream for me, and I just wanted to try it out. I was very nervous that it would crash and burn. I kept telling myself “This is just a hobby – I am doing it because I love stamps and have been mumbling about this for so many years”.
    When I launched the stamps on August 20, 2016 I was SO nervous. I told my boyfriend “I don’t think I can do this – can you please press ´send´for me?”. I hadn’t slept all night and actually postponed it for an additional hour, because I was so nervous.
    Well it turned out, I didn’t have any reason to be nervous. The Star Power stampset sold out within 5 hours of launching the stamps. I was completely stunned.
    This stampset is still my all time bestseller, and I am eternally grateful that took the leap!
  • This is also a big THANK you to all of you. It was YOU who purchased the stamps and therefore YOU making my dream possible. Thank you from my heart.

Well enough with the sob stories (yes I feel a little emotional) – onto the awesome cards!

20 % discount is available until May 25 at midnight CET.

And now ! Onto the cards 🙂

Janni

Jannis colour choice never disappoints. This is just the most darling shaker card.

See that used Star stamp! Janni has made SO many amazing cards with the Star Power set. I really like how she combined the text from Tou Can Do It!

Again with the colours right!? The Congratulation text is from The Necessary One.

Sharna

My heart skipped a beat when I saw this. Sharna and watercolors is always a perfect combination.

Erica

As a big yellow fan – this card is perfection for me 🙂 The congratulation text is from The Necessary One.

Yes, Erica went all in again! She created three awesome cards. This card would also be perfect for New Years 🙂

I am ALWAYS in for a rainbow! Love the way Erica made the colours pop.

Maria

This was not an obvious color choice for me but I love how it turned out. I started out with being completely paralyzed by all the things I wanted to do – luckily it ended well 🙂

Do not forget the challenge / click here to go to challenge post!

  • The challenge runs until May 25 at midnight (where release week kicks off 🙂 ) and we will draw one winner who will win the entire new release for June between all spotlight challenge submissions! Wohooo! 
    If you do not already own this stampset – it is on sale by 20 % until May 24 at midnight !

Thank you so much for reading!
Maria 

[ Shop Star Power here ]

Star Power

[ Shop the additional stampsets used in this post ]

The Necessary One

Tou-can do it!

You Pixelate Me Spotlight – part 3

Hello there!

This month we are changing things up a little. We will be having 3 spotlights, where we are highlighting a specific stamp set for 3 days. The Dream Team have come up with some epic cards and we hope you will have a lot of fun – read more here (including information on how to win the next release).

Do not forget that you can save 20 % on the You Pixelate Me stampset until May 18 at midnight CET 🙂

Today we have the last bunch of cards highlighting the You Pixelate Me set! So many epic cards 🙂

Janni

This delicate soft card is just amazing. The background patterns are just waiting for you to get going. Happy Birthday text is from The Necessary One.

Dana

This card just makes me smile. That happy coffee cup is a real heartbreaker lol 🙂 You Bring Out The Best In Me text is from For My Sunflower.

Erica

Erica went all in and created 4!! cards for this spotlight. This heart is just amazing. She used text from For My Sunflower and You Pixelate Me.

You can easily stamp this image several times next to each other. Erica did this and created and intricate background. She also used the Dahlia in Yellow in the subtle shape of a heart. Text is from The Necessary One.

Use the stamp as a guideline for an endless number of patterns. Here Erica created two cards with the same pattern but changed the colour. It’s funny how big of a difference that makes right? Dude you are so old is the text that goes with the You Pixelate Me stamp and Happy is from The Necessary One.

Use the stamp as a guideline for an endless number of patterns. Here Erica created two cards with the same pattern but changed the colour. It’s funny how big of a difference that makes right? For this she used the text from The Necessary One as well.

Is your mind blown yet?! Mine sure is, and I also love seeing all the creative cards you all make with the stampset. I will do a feature post with some of  YOUR cards soon. Just share them under #krumspringstamps on Facebook and Instagram. I cannot wait to see your magic.

If you do not already own this stampset – it is on sale by 20 % until May 18 at midnight !

Thank you for stopping by – I really hope you enjoyed this spotlight 🙂

Maria

[ Shop the stampset here ]

You Pixelate Me

Other stampset used in this post:

The Necessary One

For My Sunflower

Dahlia

 

Avocado Family Spotlight – part 2

Hello there!

This month we are changing things up a little. We will be having 3 spotlights, where we are highlighting a specific stamp set for 3 days. The Dream Team have come up with some epic cards and we hope you will have a lot of fun.

Today we have 3 more fun cards highlighting the Avocado Family set!

Sharna:

Sharna really made the two avocados come to life and the contrast between the avocados and the splashy watercolor background is just amazing!

Rosali

You need to hurry over to Instagram and see the video of this fun and interactive card by Rosali.

Erica:

This happy little family is just the sweetest thing ever. And shows that you really only need this set to create a fun family card.

I am SO loving these cards – the Avocado Family set is just such a happy one.

Shop it here with 20 % off!

  • Everybody who places an order for the highlight stampset also receives an extra raffle ticket for the big prize this month 🙂

Create a project using the Avocado Family stampset and link it up on this post.
The challenge runs until May 25 at midnight (where release week kicks off 🙂 ) and we will draw one winner who will win the entire new release for June! Wohooo! 
If you do not already own this stampset – it is on sale by 20 % until May 11 at midnight !

Hugs

Maria

 

Spring Fling with Erica

Hi there!

Erica back on the Krumspring blog today with a couple of ‘spring fling’ cards using the Dahlia stamp as well as the One Triangle At A Time background stamp.

I’ve done my usual thing of making two cards with the same stamps but different looks. Not very original but at least I’m consistent, eh?

For my first card I started out with stamping up two Dahlias on Strathmore Bristol Vellum watercolour paper and started colouring with my Zig markers. I used two different shades of pink on each flower but left plenty of white space left on the petals. One of my favourite Dahlias have colours just like these and I think they are one of nature’s many wonders. I intentionally left the colours very “un-blended” (is that is a word? Well, it is now) for these flowers. After I finishes colouring I fussy cut them both out.

I wanted a green background for these cards, green and pink is very spring-y to me. I wanted something almost like a big bush/flower bed, you know? Using the One Triangle At A Time stamp I stamped it in VersaMark ink and heatembossed it in white, again on watercolour paper as I wanted to do some ink blending. Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citrus were the lucky choices and off I went. I love the look of ink blending, it is so easy to get great and different results. I splattered water on the panel and once that was dry, I decided to add some darker green splatters too. Setting this one aside, I got started on the second panel.

As I wanted this one to be different, I stamped the background in green before adding clear embossing powder over it. This one got the same distress inks blended all over it but I didn’t do the water splatter on this one and skipped right to the green instead. Letting that dry on the side, I moved on to the flowers.

These I decided to heat emboss in white and coloured again with Zig markers but this time I diluted with lots of water to get a very soft look. I actually did three for this card but I ended up having to trim one of the dahlias to fit all of them on the card. For the sentiment I chose ‘Happy birthday’ from The Necessary Ones stamp set. This I stamped on a strip of vellum with white embossing powder to keep a cohesive look to the cards. I wrapped this strip around the bottom of the panel and glued to the back to keep it in place.

Assembling these cards was a piece of cake using all my finished pieces with some foam tape and double sided tape. I adhered the finished panels to white card bases which peeked out both at the bottom and the top to keep it soft and fresh looking.

That’s it from me today but don’t worry, I will be back soon enough with more crafty rambling and jibber-jabbering.

Happy crafting from Erica

[ Supplies  I used ]

Dahlia

One Triangle at a Time

The Necessary One

Release 5 – Inspiration with Erica

Hi there, Erica here! Today it’s my turn on the blog to show you what I have done with the newest release from Krumspring Stamps. I was so excited when I opened the package with these and immediately I fell in love with the Dahlia stamp! Hardly a surprise, I guess. Anyone who knows me crafty wise knows that I love flowers and I bet you thought I’d go for that Dahlia stamp first. Hmm? Who did? Come on, show of hands. I know there must have been at least one! I was one of those so you aren’t alone, lol.

Well, I thought I’d try and not be totally obvious and a one-trick-pony, so I decided to forgo the flower stamp for my first card no matter how much I wanted to use it. Instead I went for the BUTTERFLY. Something I couldn’t resist doing still is making a few cards with the same design, just different colours or techniques. I think that is such a great way to show the versatility of a stamp. There have been many, many times where I have seen someone use a stamp set in a totally unexpected way and it’s really blown my mind so I try my best to show each stamp from many different perspectives and using different techniques myself. You never know who it might inspire and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Ok, enough jibber-jabbering about things not card-making related now. Let’s dive into the cards I have got to share with you today, shall we? I started by cutting out two stitched rectangle panels in Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock, I always use this when I’m going to watercolour with my Zig markers which is what I planned on doing here. Placing the butterfly where I wanted it on the panel I also added the sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’ using THE NECESSARY ONE. Before stamping anything, I dusted my panels with my anti-static tool, then I grabbed my very old and not very juicy Memento Black Tuxedo ink. I had to stamp three times to get a solid black outline, thank goodness for the MISTI!! I really need to either get a re-inker or a new ink pad, stat. Once I had the image and the text nice and solid, I quickly stamped the same thing once more time with the VersaMark ink and I used clear embossing powder, which I set with the heat gun.

These two panels looked exactly the same at this point and I decided to do one in yellow/teal/green shades and one with pink/magenta/purple. I find it so relaxing to colour with Zig markers and water colours in general. Swish, swish, swoosh.. bliss! Once I was happy with the colouring, I set them aside to dry. Which took no time at all as the sun was out! Yay!

I decided to add some gold splatters on both panels using the Champagne Gold colour in the Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette. On the green one I managed to make a big blob boo-boo and then the colours ran from the butterfly when I tried to fix it… gah!! I toyed with the idea of adding a few sequins to hide the glaring blob but re-considered as it really did just draw the eye to the mistake as it’s in an awkward place.

Once all the colouring and splatters were dry, I mounted the panels on a lovely linen textured card stock which I tried colour matching as close to one of the butterfly colours as possible. The card base I cut to leave around 1/2cm frame on each side, what’s the point of using nice card stock if it doesn’t show, right?

The third card is a bit different technique wise as I had to stamp the butterfly and sentiment on a piece of paper, scan it in and then print it on card stock with my laser printer so I could foil it. I chose to do the panel in black to really make the foiling stand out. The foil I decided to use is a gold and pink ombré one from Heidi Swapp and I ran this through my Minc machine but unfortunately the foil didn’t go on completely flat and as a result, it looks a bit cracked in places.

This panel I also mounted on a linen textured card stock, in light pink for this one to soften up the look a bit. For this card I did get a few sequins out as there was too much black space. Splattering gold water colour on this felt like too much of a gamble as the card stock is plain card stock and not water colour paper. I used Metallic Rose Gold from Pretty Pink Posh sequins in three different sizes and adhered these with glossy accents.


For this card I decided to use the smaller of the two hot air balloons from ADVENTURES AHEAD stamp set and create a cloudy sky where they were floating away.

My first idea was to heat emboss the balloons and then do ink blending over them with one colour and add a second colour by dotting it on using an ink blending brush. I started with yellow distress ink and so far so good. Then it all went downhill… I thought purple would be a nice contrasting colour over the yellow but it just made it look dirty and horrible. #EpicFail.

I tried saving it by adding Zig markers over this and it actually worked, not perfectly but good enough to save the balloon from the bin. The underlying distress inks blended out a bit when I was colouring over it with the markers so it is darker than it would be without the first layer. I will not be doing this again, it will either be ink blending OR Zig markers… Well, anyway, after having had a rather steep learning curve with the first one, the second balloon was an absolute breeze.

Fussy cutting images that are heat embossed is tricky, it’s easy to break the embossing lines or get really sharp angels that don’t look quite right. I tried filing these down a bit with a nail file but it didn’t work that well. I know, right? This card was giving me all sorts of attitude!

My trials were not over either, no ma’am. Deciding to do a blue distress ink blended background which I was then going to cut out the cloudy sky with using an MFT cover die, I had another ‘oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!’ moment. Yep, it was so not my day. I lost control over my brush I was using to splatter water over my finished background piece and it got soaked! It was a good job I had my towel on hand to basically throw on it and desperately dabbing up the excess water! Honestly, I was close to giving up on this altogether at this point.

Once the background had been diecut, it didn’t look terribly awful after all, so I went ahead and assembled the card. For the card base I used bright white linen textured card stock to give the clouds a bit of interest. The balloons got adhered using different height foam tape and then I stamped the sentiment ‘Let’s fly away’ from the YOU MAKE ME FLY stamp set on a small banner and adhered that too.

For finishing touches I added sky blue sequins a little bit all over the place.

And that, my friends, was it! Ok, so it was a bit of a drama getting all the bits and pieces done and avoiding craft-astophies (craft related catastrophes) took more time that I wanted but next time I’m sure this card won’t take all that long. If it does, I will take it as a sign from the cosmos that it’s not that great of a card and I shouldn’t make any more! LOL!

Happy crafting and I hope you like the cards!

Hugs from Erica