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Thursday, March 26, 2015

OCC Day 1- Word Dies, Card #2

Here is my second card using Julie's technique! :)

OCC Day 1- Word Dies

Word dies are my favorite! I was so inspired that I decided to do 2 different cards with 2 different techniques shown in class.

Here is the first card- I shrunk down the sentiment with my heat tool! It was so cool to watch!

OCC Day 2- Flower Dies

I don't have many flower dies, so I used mostly coordinating dies that were floral/leaves for this technique. 

(This is an abbreviated post for now, will add supply list & description later)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Papercrafting Haul

I went to Scrapbooking Forever in Thousand Oaks, CA today because they were having a big sale- pick your percent off! I'm a sucker for arts & crafts sales! XP

Anyway, here's what I got:

-Paper Smooches Notebook Scallop die

-Lawn Fawn Milk and Cookies stamp set
-Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames stamp set

-KaiserCraft Hello Sunshine Collection 12x12 paper (I think this paper is called Grin)

-12x12 sheet of gold glitter paper by Best Creation Inc. (I love it bc the glitter doesn't rub off at all)

Can't wait to play with this stuff! :)

-Erica Miskel

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lawnscaping 100th Challenge Celebration!

Happy Birthday Lawnscaping! I was so excited to participate in this challenge because Lawn Fawn is one of my favorite stamp companies! 

I used a ton of their stamp sets for this card:
-Year Four for the bird, balloons, and party hats
-Beep Boop Birthday for the presents and the cupcake
-Love You Tons for the elephant
-Critters at the Dog Park for the boston terrier
-Love You S'more for the squirrel
-On The Mend for the little bug
-Sending Hedgehugs for the hedgehog
-Milo's ABCs for the majority of the sentiment
-Happy Everything for the word 'birthday'

I was going for a film negative kind of look for this card & I decided to put the critters where the holes would normally be on the negative.

The dies I used for this card are:
-Peek A Frame by Mama Elephant for the stitched card panel
-Sizzix Framelits Squares for the 6 small square cut-outs
-Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp for the sentiment piece

I colored the critters with my copics (I don't remember all the colors I used, sorry) and gave some of them some spots with my white Gelly Roll pen. I put some Clear Wink of Stella on the balloons and the hats, then covered them with Glossy Accents. For the little bug, I put some Recollections glitter glue (Michael's brand version of Stickles) on him and decided I didn't like the texture, so I covered it up with Glossy Accents.

I created the sentiment using Milo's ABCs and Happy Everything and heat embossed it in white. Then I popped that sentiment panel up on some foam tape from 3M. I adhered the black panel onto a 5.5" x 8.5" card base made from Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock & glued the critters on using Multi Medium Matte.

That was it for this card, thanks for visiting! :)

-Erica Miskel

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cups & Succulents Watercolor Card

The Cups & Succulents stamp set by Simon Says Stamp was calling out to me to be watercolored. First I started out with a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and stamped the cup in Distress ink. I had to selectively ink the succulent & flower to get all of the colors that I wanted on one stamp. It's so much easier to do this with the mini Distress ink pads as opposed to the normal, bigger pads.

Then I took a clean, wet brush and spread the Distress ink throughout the stamped image to color it in. After it dried, I spritzed it with some water in a Mini-Mister just to move the color around even more and make it look a little more "watercolor-y" and messy. 
I then brushed some water around the cup and added some Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress ink to create the background. 
I flicked some of that blue Distress ink all over the card, then got out some Picket Fence Distress Paint and did the same thing.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (from the Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set by SSS) in some VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
For the finishing touch, I added a few white enamel dots from My Mind's Eye in a triangular pattern around the sentiment. I cut the panel down to a teeny bit smaller than 4.25" x 5.5" and adhered it to a card base made from Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock.
I love how this card came out- I think I'll start doing more watercoloring on cards.

Thanks for visiting!  :D <3

-Erica Miskel


  • Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock- SSS | IE
  • Hand Lettered Winter Wishes- SSS
  • Distress Ink in Pumice Stone- SSS | EH, Picked Raspberry- SSS | EH, Mowed Lawn- SSS | EH, Mustard Seed- SSS | EH, Tumbled Glass- SSS | EH, and Salty Ocean- SSS | EH
  • Distress Paint in Picket Fence- SSS | EH
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink- SSS | EH
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder- SSS
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer- SSS | AZ
  • AdTech Adhesive- AZ
  • Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock- SSS
  • My Mind's Eye enamel dots- SSS
  • Sculpey Craft Sheet- AZ
  • Ranger Mini-Mister- SSS | EH
  • Artist's Loft brushes- M

Summer in Winter Card with Lawn Fawn

I live in Southern California so even though it's December, it still feels like summer here! I made this card with Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm stamp set and the coordinating dies. This set came out quite a while ago, but I just got it so I thought I would go ahead and use it!

First I made the background using my watercolors. I would link to the ones I used, but I got them a looooong time ago when I was a kid so I have no idea what brand they are!

I stamped the jar image with some VersaMark ink onto a piece of vellum, then heat embossed it with some white embossing powder and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I stamped out the lemon slices & strawberries with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored them with Copics, and hand cut them out since I didn't want the white trim that the dies leave. The challenge was to get the fruit pieces to look like they were inside of the jar, but still look sharp and not blurred out like the straw is behind the vellum. So I did a few tests and decided to put Multi Medium Matte onto the front of the images and glue them to the back of the vellum. 

I watercolored a little piece of watercolor cardstock to sit behind the jar and look like strawberry lemonade. I cut the paper straw (from Target- Dollar Spot) in half vertically and horizontally and glued it to the strawberry lemonade piece. I had to create some room for the straw so I put some fun foam on the edges of the vellum, behind the white embossing. Then I cut a little slit in the vellum jar, stuck the straw in and adhered the finished embellishment onto the background. 

I added some hearts with the SSS Mini Hearts die and covered them with some Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. The card needed a sentiment so I used one from the SSS Lemonade stamp set and cut it out to fit on the SSS Folded Banner die cut.

Lastly I stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card.

And that's it! The end. This card took me a while to create, but I really like how it turned out.
Stay warm & pretend it's summer! :P

-Erica Miskel