Friday, September 13, 2019

Truly Grateful card inspirations - DT project for Paige Evans

Hi there crafty people,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest projects for the Paige Evans Design Team.
This time I was asked to make some cards - which of course I don't mind, I love making cards, especially using patterned papers! I've used the stunning Truly Grateful collection to create this trio.


All these cards are top folding A2 size cards. On the first one I created a shaker window, with the help of some older Waffle Flower dies. I cut out a circle from patterned paper then layered a piece of acetate behind it and attached it to the card base using foam adhesive. Obviously before I did this, I placed some gorgeous Truly Grateful sequins on my card base, where the window would go :). I glued down the big die cut flower, then embellished the card front with flowers from the ephemera pack. Last but not least, I added a sentiment sticker and some gold splatters.


On my next card I also used the same die - I actually die cut this flower from 3 patterned papers and white card stock, then mixed up the pieces as you can see in the photos. Here I first adhered patterned paper on my card base, then added a slightly smaller piece of white card stock. I glued down the big flowers, sentiment sticker, small flower, some epoxy sticker dots and attached a big button in the flower center. To finish off this card, I placed some teeny tiny butterfly die cuts on the flowers and splattered gold ink all around the card front.



My third and last card is the simplest of them all! I covered my card base with patterned paper, added two thin strips of paper in the middle as well as a big, layered butterfly (the die is from Concord&9th). A sentiment sticker, gold splatters and some twine finish off this card. Easy peasy!


That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in one way or another. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month - September

Hello there crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing projects I've made with the gorgeous Spellbinders September Card Kit of the Month! The colors in this kit are just fab and just wait till you see the exclusive dies included, sooo fun!

As I've mentioned before, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
These are all a great value, have a look! You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Here's an overview of what you get:


SO. MUCH. STUFF! I'm especially happy about the crystals, this is now the second time I think that Spellbinders have these in the card kit - these are my most favorite embellies ever, they are stunning! 

Without further ado, my projects!


What did I tell you about the dies?! Sooo fun right? I'll be honest, it did take a while to die cut and assemble all the little pieces but I love how those letter boards turned out! You can create your own fun sentiments that you have no stamps for! Of course the kit includes a pictorial on how to assemble these.


Next up two cards featuring loads of die cut pieces from the ephemera pack! All the flowers, leaves and sentiments come from this pack. Look at those colors!




Next up two fall inspired cards. This green is not my favorite color but I think in this color combo it looks very elegant! That floral paper though! Love!


I kept these pretty simple so that the papers could shine!



Last but not least this 2 for 1 duo:


Again, very simple cards, but I loved that floral paper so much, I didn't have the heart to cover it up more! I used the exclusive dies for the flowers and that big sentiment.


That's it for this month! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a lovely day!

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - September

Hey there friends,

After a month hiatus I'm excited to be back with new projects with the awesome Spellbinders September kits!

As I've mentioned before, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Let's start with the Small Die kit! It's Halloween y'all!!! So adorable! I don't know which critter I love most. You can get creative and create different costumes, but I went for a skeleton, a ghost and a devil!


The Eek-a-boo sentiment is also part of the die set.


I've used the Fancy Pants Designs Spellbound scrapbook collection with these dies. I don't have a lot of Halloween supplies since we don't celebrate Halloween but I love the colors in this.


As for the large die kit. OMG another super sweet set! You guys, I cannot tell you how much I love working with these kind of dies. It is quite a lot of work, die cutting all the little pieces and assembling everything, but the result is always so precious - it's totally worth it!


Spellbinders also provides a PDF with lots of Gnome/Mushroom themed punny sentiments so don't worry if you don't have stamps like these. I also just printed the PDF and cut it apart - the sentiments are perfectly sized! 

I've used the new Truly Grateful scrapbook collection from Paige Evans on these two cards. 


You can make standing gnomes or sitting ones, you can also play around with the arms to create different looks. Love!


What do you guys think? Which dies do you prefer? I can't decide, I love them both!

That's it for today! If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll get back to you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

X


Monday, August 26, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio August Release Blog Hop


Hello Pinkfresh friends,

Welcome to the August release blog hop! We have lots of amazing new products to show you today as well as some prizes and promotions! Enjoy!

You should have arrived here from the lovely and talented Yasmin's blog  but you can find the whole blog hop list at the end of this post in case you're lost.

Without further ado...My projects for today!


I was assigned the suuuuuper duuuuuper gorgeous Kelly Alpha Lower Case and Kelly Alpha Upper Case dies, which ultimately are my favorite products from the new release. Not only are they stunning, they are the perfect size for both cards and layouts and they work together perfectly (upper and lower case I mean). I'm super excited about these dies, I hope you love them as much as I do!


Another die I LOVE from this release, is the Leafy Envelope - it might look familiar to you! And you're not wrong, this same design was used for the Mail Delivery stamp set, which was a collaboration stamp set among the participants of The Stamping Village at CHA 2019. You can still buy this adorable set on the Pinkfresh homepage! In fact, there is now a new collaboration set available too, which is just as sweet and perfect for the upcoming holiday season: Holiday Seals. Such an awesome idea!


But back to my cards! All 3 are A2 size top folding cards (portrait and landscape). I first create a card base from heavy weight white card stock, then I add all my layers on those - this is always the case, even if I make white cards. I only have access to the 80lbs version of the Neenah Solar White card stock, and it's not thick enough for a card base, in my opinion. I don't like flimsy cards, I like them to be firm and stand up on their own. Soooo, I cut a 4.25x5.5" piece of patterned paper from the Office Hours collection, and attached it to my card base. I then die cut the letters from various card stock and backed them with white card stock. I die cut the envelope from white card stock and one of the patterned papers from the Just a Little Lovely collection - as well as some color card stock. I glued the envelope on a piece of white card stock, then did some paper piecing to add some colors. I stamped and embossed "Sending" on the bottom flap. This sentiment is from the Floral Vase stamp set and it's the perfect size!  I added some foam tape behind the envelope and glued it down on my card front. I added the letters too. To finish off this card, I added some twine and gold ink splatters.


For my next card I die cut a few branches from white card stock as well as a blue patterned paper from the 6x6 Just a Little Lovely paper pad, using the Leafy Branch die. I then added a piece of navy card stock to my card base.


I glued down the white branches on the card base and did a bit of paper piecing with the blue. I die cut my title from coral card stock and backed it with white. Using foam adhesive, I attached the letters to my card front, then I splattered some gold ink all over.  I also added some enamel dots, for pops of color.                                                              


Last but not least I created a bow which I glued down at the top.


On my third card I used the same blue patterned paper as above. 


I die cut all the letters for my sentiment from various color card stock then backed them with white. I put back a few of the teeny tiny hearts in contrasting colors. I played around with arrangements a bit and once I settled on this design, I glued down the letters. I splattered some gold ink all over. 


I chose a sentiment from the Floral Vase stamp set and embossed it on a white strip. I adhered this in between the two die cut words using foam tape. To finish off this card, I added some twine at the top.


And now for the fun part! 

Giveaways:

1. Pinkfresh Studio is giving away the full August release on the Pinkfresh blog and Instagram as well!

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, September 2, 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!

Shopping Promo:

1. Free exclusive die with ANY purchase, while supplies last.


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


Phew I think that's it for today! I hope I didn't miss anything :).

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Yes - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team! I actually made another boys layout - I hope some of you will be happy about it! There were some comments in Paige's Facebook group how there is not enough boy layout inspiration out there and sadly, I have to agree. I guess one of the reasons is that we, women, often love flowers, butterflies, hearts and all things girly! I know I do. When I started scrapbooking I hardly ever used feminine things on my layouts and boy, it was hard! I say, use whatever you want on your layouts, don't limit yourselves by what other people consider to be the "norm" or acceptable! Then of course there's the other thing...Most companies make very feminine collections, there really isn't many products to choose from when it comes to boys! Or if there is, the colors are always the same, blue, orange, maybe gray and green. Which is why I actually love Paige's collections, because there's literally all the colors of the rainbow in them and as such, you can easily come up with color combos that are great for boys. Truly Grateful, the collection I've used on today's project, has lots of generic embellies too that work on any layout!


The cut file I chose is called Diced Circles (Design ID: 246538) - I just added an outline so that I could use the die cut as a separate layer, and it was not just a shape in my background - if that makes any sense! At this point I didn't have ideas as to what to do with it, I just wanted to back it first. I chose various shades of blue and green papers and went from darkest to lightest. Well, kind of. And then the unimaginable happened...


What a mess! Glue all over my cut file and patterned paper, ohemgee!!! It happened at night and with my boy asleep, I could not use my Cameo, so I had to come up with something to save whatever I could. I cut out the damaged piece and right away I had an idea! What if I cut it apart and puzzle it all back together, like a pie chart or so? 


I printed a big photo to fill in the empty space - it's kinda awesome how Maxim's T-shirt has similar color stripes as the papers I chose for my cut file! Total accident. 


I played with the arrangement for quite a while...I kept cutting the cut file into more pieces because I didn't like the shape haha! Some of the pie pieces have a white border, some don't, but this seemed like the only way to go and to be honest it doesn't bug me much. I added foam adhesive behind some of them for some dimension and interest. I went through all embellies, picked out whatever matched my chosen colors and scattered them around the circle. I added my title plus some additional words, just because I liked the colors and they fit the theme of my picture. I stitched these down so they stay put for sure.


To finish off my page, I wrote my (barely visible) journaling and added my date. Done!




I hope you like this layout and I could inspire you in some small way!

Happy crafting!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Card Inspirations - DT projects for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends,

I'm stopping by to share my newest projects with you that I've made for Pinkfresh Studio!

I've made two card duos - one with a set I haven't used before and a bonus set which I in fact have used before but didn't have enough for all my friends that called dibs on them, ha! 

But first things first. I used the Folk Hummingbird stamp and die sets on these cards. 


I wanted to do some paper piecing using the gorgeous new Just a Little Lovely collection, but when I stamped the images on white card stock, I decided to leave one of the cards black ad white because I loved it so much. For both of my cards I created an A2 size top folding card base (landscape). I then cut two 5.5x4.25" pieces of white card stock and splattered black ink all over them. I did this because I still can't handle too much white on my cards and thought this way it looks almost like patterned paper. I then used the Essentials: Inverted Stitched Scallop Circle die set to die cut a window from one of the panels. You could easily turn this into a shaker card if you like, I am a bit tired of them at the moment, so I just left it as is. 

I actually stamped all images multiple times to create layers and dimension - I just curled up the  edges of the top layers. I stamped the sentiment in black, added some twine and done!


For the second card I stamped the images on various patterned papers from the Just a Little Lovely collection (6x6 paper pad also available). I then fussy cute them out and pieced them back together on one of the white die-cuts. On this card I have two layers of just black stamped images and a third, top layer with the paper pieced version. I only added glue in the middle parts so I was still able to curl up the edges.


I stamped the sentiment in black ink. I then die cut a circle from patterned paper and adhered it down on my card front. I added the flower and the hummingbird using foam adhesive. Done and done!


I love the Lovely Frames die set and it seems many of you do too! At least my friends do, all of them wanted one of my previous cards I made with it. So here's some more hehe! 

Both cards are on A2 size top folding card bases and have patterned paper attached in the same size.  The one on the right is a very light gray grid, barely visible. This time I used the Office Hours collection (6x6 pad also available but I don't have it so I've used 12x12). I die cut the frame from white card stock for the card on the left and multiple times from various papers so I could add some color. For the card on the right I actually mainly used the small sample images you get on the cover paper of the 12x12 pack! I don't like to waste anything, what can I do?! :)


I picked out some die cut ephemera pieces, epoxy stickers, chipboard and puffy stickers from the Office Hours Embellishment Bundle. I glued them down in the little frames. I added foam dots to the title so it stands out better.



On the other card I added foam dots to the inner pieces so the card has some dimension. I wanted the papers to shine so I didn't add embellies, other than the sentiment which is actually a puffy sticker. 


I hope you like today's cards and I could inspire you one way or the other! 

Thank you for stopping by!
I wish you an awesome day!

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