Friday, June 14, 2019

Rainbow card trio - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest creations for the Pinkfresh Studio Card Design Team. 

I didn't have time to play with the super cool Abstract Builder stamp set before so I thought I'd go with this set and create a few different backgrounds. I love the sample designs on the back of the packaging so it was hard to not do them! They are however simple and clean designs and every time I go for that I don't like my cards. Why is it that I love other people's CAS cards, but when I make them myself I feel like they are unfinished? I don't get it. Having said that, the cards I'm sharing today are super simple, mostly one layer cards - but with less white space.

I went with rainbow colors, because well, I love it colorful! All 3 cards are A2 size top folding cards.

I stamped the big black frame first, then created a mask for it - which was completely unnecessary because I ended up stamping it again so I could add foam adhesive behind it to pop it up. I never do think ahead (when it comes to crafting), what can I say :D. Anyway, with the mask on, using the small, straight brushstroke stamp, I created colorful stripes. These stamps are so forgiving, you really don't need to measure anything. It doesn't have to be perfect! Once done, I stamped the second frame, then stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the You've Got This stamp set. This is the second time I forgot that my embossing powder was translucent so it doesn't show up on the black frame ugh! It doesn't bother me though. To finish off this card I tied a twine bow at the top and added jewels from the Essentials: Jewels Mix box. It's a good thing those jewels come in a rainbow of colors, ha!

On my next card I used the 4 curved brushstroke stamps to create a circular design - I just started in the middle and followed the same order of colors as on my first card, alternating between the four stamps. Once done, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment (same stamp set as before) in the middle, added some black splatters for accent (also part of the Abstract Builder stamp set!) and a twine bow. First I didn't like how this turned out but now it's my favorite of the 3 haha!

On my last card I created a black frame in the middle - this is the same L shape stamped twice to form a rectangle, if that makes sense. I created a mask for this frame too, then started stamping at the top. I used less colors since the leaf images are quite large. I went from lightest to darkest colors, from top to bottom, again. I finished off this card with some jewels and twine.

That's it! I hope you feel inspired to give the Abstract Builder stamp set a go! There's so many options to build backgrounds, or if you like more white space, create some focal designs. I love this set!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Take Me Away - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team!

A while back I was working on some cards for Spellbinders (you can check the blog post here) for some of which I used Paige's older collections and all of a sudden I felt the urge to use one of those for my new layout. I chose Take Me Away because it's what I used least in the past. At the time it came out I still refused to use flowers and feminine colors on my boy layouts so I didn't buy a whole lot of the collection. It's a shame really because it is gorgeous!

Now that I use whatever I want/like on my layouts, I totally could have gone with flowers, right?! Then what do I do? I pick a cut file that is not all that feminine nor does it have anything to do with flowers hahaha! The most photos we have are from our travels and now that I don't make a lot of layouts I wanted to make sure I scrap those photos first. So I guess give me all the travel themed collections, ha! 

Anywhooo...The cut file I chose is called Signage Post (Design ID: 293593), I thought it would be perfect for a travel layout. I totally love road signs, no idea why, is that weird?!

I backed the cut file with different patterned papers: I started with yellow tones at the top then pinks and purples going down. For the pole itself I chose a stunning deep blue floral paper.

I added some tissue paper, tags and die cut frames behind my photo and glued it all down around the middle of my page. I placed the cut file on foam adhesive and attached it to my background, slightly overlapping my photo. I selected some embellies which I added on top of the signs: chipboard and wood veneer arrows. I also glued a wood veneer geo tag on my photo! These pieces are so cute!

Lastly, I added my title, journaling and date. The title is from the Foam Phrase Thickers pack. I think now I only have 2 words left (and I had 2 packs) which is so sad because it's one of my favorite! The font is perfection, the words/phrases are versatile and there is a sheet of gold words as well as the most amazing pearl white I ever did see! I truly don't have anything else in that color and it literally fits everything. So sad :(.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you to dig into some of your older stash and create something lovely! I for one love working with older collections!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Altenew June 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends,

I'm so excited to be joining the Altenew June 2019 release blog hop today! You should have arrived here from Sveta Fotinia's blog. You can also find the full blog hop list at the end of this post in case you're lost.

There are so many beautiful stamps and dies in this month's release again!

I've created quite a few cards to showcase these gorgeous products. Hope you'll like them! I won't be doing step by steps BUT if you want to know any details on how I made something or what products I used (other than stamps and dies which I will be linking in this post), please just ask away. I'm always happy to help!

On my first cards I've used the lovely Peaceful Reverie stamp and die set (bundle also available here) as well as the Sentiment Strips stamp set.

On my next cards, besides the Peaceful Reverie set, I've also used a few others: the super awesome Pattern Power stamp set, with which you can build wonderful abstract patterns, so cool! Then the beautiful Frilly Frame die and the Welcome Home stamp set (coordinating dies and stamp and die bundle also available!)

One more duo with the Peaceful Reverie set! This time I went with black stamping, which I think fits perfectly with the style of this set. Another set I've used here was the One Friend stamp set for my sentiment on the left card! I love sentiments with mixed fonts!

On my next duo I've used up a panel I stamped together with the other ones above (hence the same colors), using the Pattern Power stamp set. I also used the Frilly Frame die and an older die set, still one of my favorites: the Bold Alphabet die set.

Next, I created a couple of stamped panels with the Pattern Power stamp set and made this card trio with them. I also used some older sets: Folksy Florals stamp set and the Mega Alphabet H die

My last card duo with this release is using the Welcome Home stamp set, Welcome Home die setthe Frilly Frame die and the Sentiment Strips stamp set.

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 06/18/2019 for a chance to win. 

2. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments on each designer's blog in the blog hop list.

All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 06/22/2019!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Have an awesome day!


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