Monday, January 14, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio January Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio January 2019 Release Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from the amazing Yoonsun's blog. I'm sure she's shared some gorgeous inspirations with you!

Today I'm sharing quite a few cards, so hang in there :D. This probably happened because we were on holiday and for like 11 days I could not craft at all, so when we got home and my package was there, I couldn't stop creating! That and the fact that this release is jam packed with gorgeous products!

First up is the wonderful Heart and Soul stamp and coordinating die set. I'm not much of a colorer but I had to give it a try!

All my cards are mounted on A2 size (4.25x5.5") top folding card bases (portrait or landscape format). Here I added a piece of teal card stock on top, on which I white embossed the title. I probably shouldn't have done this because the letters are tiny and the embossing didn't work out so well. Especially because I used textured card stock. Just so you know what it says: "So fill your heart with what's important and be done with all the rest." In person it's easier to read!

I then stamped the image in gray ink and colored in everything I could. I die cut the image using the coordinating die. I added some foam adhesive to the back and pressed it down on the metallic teal thread I placed in that corner. To finish this off I drew white faux stitches and added a few gems.

I created two more cards with the same stamp and die set. This time I did not want to color, instead I took some aqua striped vellum, matching embossing powder and embossed the image on the vellum. I die cut them and then decided to die cut the shapes from white card stock too because I didn't like the different colors peaking through the vellum.

I added a few strips of color card stock to each card base, then stamped the sentiments in navy. I popped up the die cuts and used some tangled thread and some twine to add a bit of texture and interest. Last but not least a few gems were placed here and there.

Next up is one of my favorites from this release: the Embroidered Blossoms stamps and coordinating dies. On the back of the packaging of each set you'll always find a couple of examples what you can use the products for. Just to give you an idea if you don't know where to start. Which is what I did this time because the 3 samples are the most gorgeous arrangements and the color combos are fabulous! I picked one and started stamping the images just like on the sample.

But then I couldn't stop there and kept adding more blooms towards the top. Gosh isn't this color combo just fab?! I never would have come up with it on my own!

I glued a couple of strips of cornflower colored card stock at the bottom. I white embossed my sentiment on one of them. This sentiment is from the Scripted Bold Sentiments 2 stamp set. Some twine and Nuvo drops finish off this card.

For my next card I used the Oval Foliage die to create my focal point. Isn't this die so clever?! Using the coordinating Oval Foliage stamp set I stamped a pink oval and a light blue sentiment. I then realized I simply can't handle that much white surface hehe, so I stamped blooms in the same color combo as above, using the same Embroidered Blossoms stamps. I cut this panel slightly smaller than A2 so I could back it with an A2 size colored card stock. I also tuck a piece of pink card stock between the layers, for which I used a border punch.

I made another card with the Embroidered Blossoms stamps and coordinating dies. Here I stamped a bunch of blossoms in pinks, purples and yellows, a few leaves in black and some more leaves I embossed in chartreuse color. I die cut everything and created two flower clusters in opposite corners. Before gluing them down, I used a corner chomper in the bottom right corner. I generally prefer straight corners but I thought I'd try something different. I didn't dare to chomp off the bottom left corner as well because I don't think I would have liked that look. I like this asymmetrical look though. 

I glued down the flowers and leaves, stamped my sentiment (from the Heart and Soul stamp set) and added some black ink splatters. Done!

Next up is another favorite that took me by surprise, the Adore Alpha stamp and coordinating die set! I do love alpha stamps and dies in general but when I first saw this one, I didn't notice the teeny tiny detail stamps that make all the difference! Check out this awesomeness:

With the dies you get 2 for 1 cuts, because it cuts the letter AND a thin outline so you can make two cards right away. Which was my plan too but then I decided to add back the outlines (card on the left); so I just die cut Valentine two times from white card stock. On my first card I used the stamp set too, to add color to the letters. Then I white embossed those little decorative elements. Isn't that super cute? I'm so in love! I glued an A2 size piece of patterned paper (Simple & Sweet collection) on the card base and layered a pink heart on it. I popped up the letters using foam adhesive. I stamped my sentiment in black, on white card stock (this sentiment is from the Word Series: Happy stamp set from last year). 

For my second card I backed the white outlines with different colored card stock. I glued them down on the card base, stamped my sentiment (from the Word Series: Dream stamp set from last year), added some twine and black ink splatters. Done!

On my next card I didn't use the outline. I stamped and die cut the letters, then embossed the little florals on them. I layered some colored card stock and patterned paper on the card base, with foam adhesive between two layers. I also popped up the letters. I added some twine and stamped my sentiment, It's your day, from the Scripted Bold Sentiments 1 set.  

Almost there guys, almost there! :) On my last 3 cards I used the super sweet Make a Wish stamp set and coordinating dies. Each design is similar, with different color combos.

First one here will be for my little niece if I don't forget I have this card by August haha! I stamped and die cut loads of flowers and leaves in a few different colors. As well as cakes, cakes stands, the whole nine yard! I glued a purple heart on my card front and added the little images. For some of the flowers I used foam dots but mostly I just adhered everything down using liquid glue.

I stamped a sentiment in purple and created a lilac ribbon bow at the bottom. A few purple enamel dots and you're good to go!

Next card is pretty much the same, except I used a scrap piece of patterned paper (Simple & Sweet collection) and I put everything off center. Here I added a third cluster of flowers too.

These two cards will be for my best friend's twins in May, again, if I don't forget! :D

Next is a boy card, yay! Well, I'm not very sure about the flowers but hey, boys could love them too right? Same concept as before, except here I'm using a rectangle instead of a heart.

You've made it, yay!!!
Now for the fun part....Giveaways!


Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the entire January release on the PFS blog and Instagram. But that's not all! At each stop in the hop you can also win a $25 gift card yay! So comment away! The winners will be picked randomly from the comments and they will be announced on Sunday, January 20th on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway page. Please remember to check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks!

There are TWO fabulous promotions during this release! 
1. A free Dainty Love Balloon die with your purchase of $25+. You don't need a code, it will be added automatically to any order that hits the $25 threshold. I'm jealous. I don't have this one.

2. Free/discounted shipping from Jan 14-17, 2019 on orders $50+. You need to use the code JANFREESHIPWITH50. Shipping is free in the USA and $5.50 off for international friends.

I hope you enjoyed the hop and love the new stamps and dies!

I'm the last stop in this blog hop, so from here you'll go back to the Pinkfresh Studio blog. I'm attaching the full blog hop list below for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!


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Friday, January 11, 2019

More Indigo Hills 2 card ideas - DT projects for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello lovely friends,

I'm back today with some new cards I've created for Pinkfresh Studio! Since the new release is not yet here (almost guys almost! Only a few more sleeps woot woot!) I pulled out some older stamps and dies for todays's post. I paired them with my favorite Indigo Hills 2 collection!

All my cards are mounted onto A2 size top folding card bases. For my first one I used the Geo Star 1 and the Geo Star 2 cover plates to die cut a panel. I then trimmed this panel down - I will be honest, this card was another accident: I messed up the purple paper when I die cut it, but I didn't want to throw it away, thinking I could at least use a part of it. So I trimmed down both panels, layered them up and glued them together.

Gosh, this card took me ages haha! I tried so many different ideas but didn't like any of them. So I went to bed, which I hardly ever do because I hate unfinished projects. But I had to sleep on it. And I'm glad I did! I ended up adding a wide strip of gray patterned paper at the bottom. Then I cut apart a scalloped die cut frame from the ephemera pack and tucked a piece under the Geo Star panel at the top as well as the bottom and adhered everything to the card front.

I backed one of the chipboard frames with a yellow-green card stock I found matched some of the colors in the collection - but not before I embossed my sentiment on it! For this I used the My favorite things to say stamp set. Boy do I wish I had more stamp sets like this! It's so much easier to grab this set than going through my stash looking for sentiments! So dear Pinkfresh Studio, pretty please, I need a Thank you/Gratitude set, a birthday set, a Christmas set and I have to think about more. Also, please use the same cool mixed fonts, these are the ones I use the most! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SET!

Anywho...I fussy cut some flowers from the Glen paper and glued them onto my chipboard frame. Last but not least I placed some enamel dots here and there.

Next up is a card duo - because once I cut a 4.25x5.5" patterned paper in half (well sort of), I can't only use one part of it! This is when 2 for 1 cards happen! Alright, I grabbed the Love with botanicals die set from a previous release and die cut Love from the Ridge paper, once from the pink side, once from the blue side. I also die cut all the greenery from the Valley paper. From the same paper I cut a couple of thin strips too which I glued between the white and the floral patterned papers. I like an accent like this!

I die cut Love from a white heavy weight card stock too and glued the patterned paper die cuts on top. I wanted to use foam tape to pop up the sentiment and I thought it would be sturdier this way. 

Once I figured out where I wanted the sentiments, I glued them down. On the blue one I stamped a sentiment below Love too - of course I stamped this first before attaching the big letters.

To finish off these cards I added some enamel dots. More often than not I feel like my cards are so "naked" without these dots, if that makes sense!

On my last card I used the Meadow paper to cover my card base and the super pretty Floral Frame with a Swan die to create my focal point. I die cut this from the Valley paper (6x6 size), then to add some more color, I die cut a bunch of flowers from the colorful parts of the Valley paper. After die cutting them, I fussy cut them out (the flowers are attached to the frame) - this is very easy to do, you just have to clip them between the petals. I stamped a sentiment - again, I used the My favorite things to say stamp set.

I glued down these extra flowers onto the frame and fluffed up each petal for dimension. I guess you can't really tell, but all but two flowers have two layers. I didn't have enough paper left for an additional peach and a yellow flower, but I think it looks alright this way too.

Again, enamel dots haha! Can't miss them. I just didn't feel like my card was finished...So I looked through the embellishments in the Indigo Hills 2 collection and settled on adding this navy chipboard frame on top of the flowers. I kinda like how that looks!

What do you guys think? I hope you like how these cards turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


1 paper 2 ways - Part 2 - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hi there,

You might remember my last post for Paige's DT called 1 paper 2 ways! Today I'm sharing the second part with a new layout idea using Paper 23 of the gorgeous Whimsical collection. 

I fussy cut out all the scallops from this paper. They are not all the same size but I didn't really mind. I don't like uniformity much anyway.

I then started layering the scallops, going from the bottom towards the top. Once done, I glued a piece of purple ribbon with a bow on top, then added my photo. I have some tissue paper and a die cut frame behind my photo.

For my title I chose a die cut word from the ephemera pack. I used pop dots to add it on top of my picture. I decorated the opposite corner with some die cut flowers. 

I went through the rub-on pack next, and I picked out a bunch of them to add to my background. I also created a few heart clusters for which I used rub-ons, chipboard- and card stock stickers. Last but not least I added my journaling and splattered some rose gold ink all over the page.

That's it guys! I hope I could inspire you in some small way today!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club Kit January 2019

Hey there crafty friends,

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a peaceful holiday filled with love and laughter! As all of you, I also had a busy past few weeks, full of crafting, travelling, seeing family! As you read this, I will be in Iceland with my boys (hopefully!). Then hopefully after the 11th, things will slow down a little because it's been crazy here. I didn't even have time to work on my December Daily, which I'm really sad about, but I hope I will finish it at some point!

Anyway, since we started a new month, there are also new kits available at Spellbinders! This time I  had the honor to work with the Large Die of the Month kit! It's so pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day which is just around the corner!

Unfortunately I've only managed to make two cards because of the holidays, but I hope these give you an idea about the kit anyway!

Both of my cards are mounted on an A2 size top folding card base. I cut a 4.25x5.5" piece of patterned paper for card front on my first card. I then die cut the bigger heart from an ombre pink patterned paper and glued it on my card front. I die cut Cherish and the wrapping paper that holds the bouquet of flowers from the same patterned paper. I then die cut a whole lot of little flowers from different color patterned papers. There's two different little flowers in the kit! I also die cut a few stems from a light green patterned paper. 

I glued the blooms on the stems and the wrapping paper on the heart. I also die cut a tiny bow which I attached to the wrapping paper. Then I started adding the flowers inside my wrapping paper, gluing them down as I went. Last but not least I added some white Nuvo drops to the card front. And then I accidentally dropped a napkin on my card :(. A lot of the Nuvo Drops got smudged, I was so mad at myself! I tried to clean up the paper as much as possible, but it looks like a mess in person...So I replaced the previous Nuvo Drops but they didn't form nicely this time on the rough surface. You can see the four large, ugly blobs on the top right part of the card. Oh well!

For my second card I created a shaker heart. First I cut a 4.25x5.5" piece from a pink patterned paper, then die cut the smaller heart out of it. I also die cut the same heart from white card stock, which I glued back in place on my card front. Then I lined up the two heart dies and die cut the heart once from patterned paper and 7 or so times from heavy weight white card stock. I glued these together to create a dimensional element. 

I adhered some of the colorful little flowers I had die cut for my other card in the heart. I added some pink beads too (I probably could have done with less haha!). I adhered the heart to the card front. I die cut Cherish and the bow from white glitter card stock and glued them in place. To finish off this card, I added some white Nuvo drops again. Et voila!

I hope you like how these cards turned out and will give these pretty dies a try!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing day!