Friday, October 18, 2019

Cards for boys - DT project for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty people,

I'm stopping by today to share a bunch of cards I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. None of which features flowers...wait whaaaaat?! I'm all for flowers. I mean, I'd always go with flowers on any card, especially when I don't use stamps. When I was a little girl, I got a book from a botanist friend of my parents, called "Zsófi kertje" (Zsófi's garden), because I loved flowers so much (plus she thought the little girl on the cover looked liked me haha). She figured maybe I'd become a botanist myself - a thought that never actually crossed my mind for some reason. In fact, I am so bad with plants it's comical. So I'll just stick to paper flowers that can't die on me :D. BUT lately I've realized I never have cards that my son can give to his friends, so I decided to make a few to have on hand when he needs them.


I've mostly used the Truly Grateful collection plus a few things from Horizon too. I went with a blue-green color scheme because there's plenty of papers and embellies in these colors in both collections. All of my cards are mounted on A2 size top folding card bases, which is my preferred format for my cards. 


I then selected and cut a few of Paige's cut files: Anchor (Design ID: 300203), Llama Alpaca (Design ID: 293591), Today is a Good Day (Design ID: 290292), Star (Design ID: 289468) and Fish Background (Design ID: 299191). I more or less designed the cards in Silhouette Studio already, so that I knew what size the cut files should be. I then backed them all with patterned papers.


The sentiments were a bit tricky and I swear I spent the most time on selecting those! I would have preferred to write Happy Birthday on all of them but I didn't want to use a stamped sentiment so I just went through all embellishments from both collections, multiple times, before I finally settled on these five. I like my sentiments to be meaningful - as in, I want to use something that makes sense when I give the card to someone. I didn't just want to add some random die cut. So you see why this part took me ages haha! But I think most of these will work for birthdays or at least as "just because" friends cards or so.


I was going to back this big Today is a Good Day sentiment but quickly changed my mind when I saw the size once it was cut ha! The thought of cutting al those miniature letters was just too overwhelming! Instead, I cut a bunch of strips of various patterned papers - which I've been loving to do for awhile - and created a colorful background. I then just glued the cut file on top. I added some of the inner pieces too, for interest.



I had to make a llama card because Maxim loooooves llamas. I'm not sure he will be too excited about the bling I put on it but he does have a friend who appreciates everything shiny, glitter etc :D. I used some dies to create my background as well as an embossing folder to add texture to the white paper at the top. This sentiment comes from one of the 2x2 paper pads!


Personally, I love this last card the most. I fell in love with this cut file when Missy used it on her amazing layout a while back and I've been wanting to use it ever since. Fish work for boys cards just fine :). 



That's it! I didn't go into details because I think it's easy to see how these cards were put together. But if you have any questions, just ask below or send me a message, I'm happy to help!

I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

X

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Layton's Legacy Fundraiser & Card Drive 2019


Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm joining the Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraising efforts organized by Lea Lawson, marketing manager of Pinkfresh Studio, in honor of remembrance of her adorable baby, Layton Caleb. 


This is not an easy post to write, not for any parent, I'm sure. It is hard to stop our minds from going there and think about what ifs. What if something this terrible had happened to you? 

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month and October 15th is what many in the loss world call Wave of Light. It is a public way to share the memory of your lost pregnancies and/or babies. This card drive and fundraiser is Lea's version of Wave of Light and I am happy to spread the word and help wherever I can. 

  • You can find Lea's original post with all the information HERE.
  • You'll find the fundraiser HERE.


I hope you have a few minutes to spare to check it out, and maybe even help. Ways you can help:

  • DONATE - through Layton's Legacy GoFundMe Fundraising link
  • SHARE - not everyone is able to financially donate, but sharing on your social media outlets is welcomed and helpful
  • CREATE - this year's card drive theme is "Sensitive Sympathy" geared towards parents who have lost a pregnancy due to miscarriage or stillbirth, infant or child. You can get all the card drive info HERE.

Pinkfresh Studio created a stamp and die set for this card drive and they will be donating $5 from every stamp set sale to the Layton's Legacy fundraising efforts. 

I've created a card duo with the gorgeous Forever in Our Hearts stamp and die sets. It's really hard to know what to say to parents that are going/went through this - the sentiments in this stamp set are sensitive to this topic. 





I hope you can join us in spreading the word about this card drive and fundraiser, I think that's the least we can do to support these parents going through unimaginable pain. We appreciate all your help!

Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you a wonderful day!

X

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad Release Blog Hop


Hello Pinkfresh Studio fans,

Finally the big day is here! Seriously, I've been waiting for this all year haha! You should have arrived here from my sweet and talented friend Yaz's blog! Since I'm the last stop in this big blog hop, I'm probably not going to be able to show you a whole lot of new things, but I took a LOT of photos to show you the AMAZING new ink pads as best as I can! I wanted you to see all 48 colors because they are just THAT fabulous and I wasn't able to pick just a few hehe!

I apologize for the length of this post but it will be more photo than text heavy. Bear with me!

I stamped the same design with each ink pad set, making 12 cards in total. The lovely stamp set I've used here (and in fact on every project in this post haha!) is my most favorite Pinkfresh stamp set ever (clearly!): Embroidered Blossoms.


I also stamped some white card stock with the darkest ink in each set, then die cut my sentiments using the Kelly Alpha Lower Case die set  for a tone on tone look. Can you pick a favorite?! I honestly don't think I can! I love me a rainbow :D.


I also took photos for you guys showing each card against the ink pad sets. I haven't brightened or saturated these photos so that you could see the colors as they are in person. I think they are pretty realistic.

You can buy the full collection of full sized ink pads HERE and the full mini ink cube collection HERE. I'm using Affiliate Links - these don't cost you anything, but help me a little to bring you more inspiration! I appreciate your support! I'm linking the single ink pads and mini cube sets below, with each picture.

1. Rise and Shine - while yellow is not my favorite color, I actually was most excited about this set because it has a gorgeous variety of yellows which I don't have from any other brands.


2. Indian Summer - I love that the oranges are muted in this set! Absolutely stunning!


3. Heartbeat - All the heart eyes for this set, I love corals and use them a lot too.


4. Fairy Dust - Lovely pinks, my absolute favorite is Raspberry Bliss!


5. Soul of Provence - I love purple and what I love most about this set is that it has different purples, not just different shades of the same color. All 4 look so pretty and interesting together, I especially love the plum colors (Candy Violet and Regal Kiss).


6. Over the Hills - Perfect greens for foliage!


7. Garden Stroll - Who doesn't love a good mint set?!


8. Island Oasis - Or aqua?!


9. Morning Sky - And then there are all the blues of course, oh my goodness! I hope you're as excited as I am haha!


10. Starry Night - This set has some of my most favorite blues, cornflower, royal, navy...What's not to love?!


11. Wild Truffles - Wonderful browns for all your fall (and coffee!!!) themed projects :D. I even made some Christmas cards with the two lightest pads, check here. That polka dot background is stamped twice, I think the coverage is amazing! These pads are so juicy!


12. Urban Raincoat - Beautiful cool grays!


By the way, these ink pads coordinate with the 12 Pinkfresh liquid water colors, if you needed another reason to buy these hehe!

I was stamping a background for fun the other day using these ink pads (but stamps from another company) and I fell in love with the color combo so much, I took out the Embroidered Blossoms stamp set AGAIN (as well as the coordinating Embroidered Blossoms dies) and stamped and die cut  a million flowers in those colors. I used them on a layout, 3 cards and I still have plenty left haha! Take a look:


I popped up the flowers using foam tape, the foliage I glued down with liquid adhesive. I felt that this layout didn't need embellishing, so other than the title (Puffy Alpha stickers are from the Office Hours collection), I only added a die cut and a wood button (both from the Just a Little Lovely collection). 



For all these projects I've used the inks you see here in the picture:


For the LOVE sentiment I've used the Adore Alpha die set, but I haven't used the outlines. 


The "Do what makes your soul shine" and "Today is a good day for a good day" sentiments are from the My Favorite Things to Say stamp set


Some gold splatters finish off all three cards. I hope you like how they turned out!


Giveaways:

1. Pinkfresh Studio is giving away the full sized ink pad release on the Pinkfresh blog and the  complete mini cube release on Instagram!

2. On each blog we are giving away a $25 gift certificate too!


As always, the winners will be selected from the comments left on all blog posts. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 21, 2019 on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page. You must claim your prize within 2 weeks so don't forget to go check the above page! Comment away! Good luck!

Pinkfresh Studio is also offering free shipping on orders $100+, within the United States. No code is needed.

That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration along the hop!

Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

X

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