Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio April 2020 Stamp and Die Release Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello, crafty friends!  I am so thrilled you stopped by today for Pinkfresh Studio's April 2020 Release Blog Hop!  You should be arriving here from Lea Lawson's blog.  You can head back to the Pinkfresh Studios blog if you've missed anyone.  I have the full blog hop linked below so you can see all of the gorgeous creations.  :)

I had so much fun creating projects with this release... there are so many fun and inspiring products to play with.  Out of all of the products, though, the new Keep Going stamp and die set immediately caught my eye.  Anything that combines a rainbow and florals is a sure win for me, and the whimsical illustrations just sealed the deal.  Not to mention the incredibly timely sentiment!

To start this card, I stamped my rainbow in the middle of a white cardstock panel (I love Neenah Solar White 110#) and did some quick pink ink blending.  I also added some white splatters because I'm becoming more and more of a believer that splatters make everything better.  LOL  I then decided to stitch up my rainbow.  This was a really fun and fast process since this sweet little rainbow only has three arcs.  I did a brick stitch, which is just a really simple backstitch where you offset the rows. I was feeling a retro vibe and made my rainbow pink, an earthy yellow and white.

I then stamped my floral image on a separate piece of cardstock and colored it in with Copic markers.  I didn't do any fancy blending here... just kept the coloring simple and whimsical.

All there was left to do was stamp and die cut my sentiment (I LOVE how this sentiment cuts out with the corresponding die), stacking several layers to create some dimension.  I added some clear sequins for just a bit of sparkle.  My daughter has already snatched up this card to send to some frontline workers, and I can't wait to make another!


You not only have a chance to win the ENTIRE Pinkfresh Studios release by visiting Pinkfresh's blog, YouTube Channel, and Instagram page, but you can also win a $25 by leaving a comment here!  A winner will be selected from the comments here and will be posted on the Pinkfresh blog on May 8, 2020.  You must check that page and claim your prize within two weeks.

Pinkfresh is also offering free or discounted shipping on all orders $35+ from April 30th to May 7th.

The complete blog hop lineup is below.  Your next stop is Maria Willis's blog.  Thank you so much for stopping by today, and have fun on the rest of the blog hop!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Woodland Whimsy Card for #UnitedWeCraft

Hello, crafty friends.  I'm so thrilled that you're joining me here today for Simon Says Stamp's United We Craft blog party, and I hope this message finds you safe and healthy.  I don't know about you, but I don't know which way is up lately.  As we are constantly inundated with more and more news, I've been retreating to my craft room much more frequently in an attempt to find a quiet respite (my room has never been more organized, which is one small upside of all this).  When I heard that Simon Says Stamp was hosting this blog party, I jumped at the chance to participate.  I don't think there's a better time for us to come together and celebrate our love of crafting and card making!

I chose to make a project with Simon Says Stamp's Woodland Whimsy stamp set.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it, but I have to admit... I was intimidated by it when it came in the mail.  As you might know, I do a ton of stitching on cards, and these images were outside of my comfort zone.   But there's no time like the present to try something new, right?

To make the card, I colored my images with Copic markers and colored pencils, trying to achieve a soft, fairytale-like look.  I cut out some ovals with my favorite nesting ovals set from Hero Arts, nesting them on top of each other to create a frame for my images.  I backed the deer with a soft watercolor background and layered my florals and foliage onto the oval frame.  I added some paper roses for extra interest and dimension and scattered some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh onto my scene.  I layered the image onto a panel I embossed with a woodgrain texture, and the card was finished!

I hope you enjoyed this project and that you're able to use your love of crafting as a respite from all the chaos surrounding us.  I would love to see YOU and what you're making... please be sure to share your photos with the #unitedwecraft hashtag on Instagram!

Here's a photo of my favorite furry crafting friend in my unusually clean craft room!

All my sincerest wishes for health and peace to you and your families.  I'll see you soon.  xoxo

Sunday, March 8, 2020

My Favorite New Technique: Spellbinder Glimmer Hot Foil Card

Hello, crafty friends!  I don't know about you, but I've seen some absolutely gorgeous cards made with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System.  I bought myself a Glimmer system quite a while ago but for reasons I can't quite articulate, I found myself a little... intimidated?  I don't know if that's exactly the word I'm looking for, but I suppose I was afraid that I wasn't going to know how to work it "right," or that my results wouldn't be what I was hoping for.  

I am here today to tell anyone who has similar feelings to throw them out the window.  This system is incredibly easy to use, and I achieved beautiful results my very first time using it.  Lucky for us, crafting gurus like Yana Smakula and Jennifer McGuire have put together incredibly comprehensive tutorials for us on YouTube, and I highly recommend watching them before using this system.  They make it look so easy... and it is!  

I was thrilled to make this card today with the Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Squares hot foil plates.  I started my card by hot foiling a beautiful square onto gray cardstock.  I then die cut pretty flowers using my favorite Spellbinders floral dies (most of these are from their monthly large and small die club kits, which are my favorite) and arranged them into clusters at the corners of my card.  Before adhering them down, to add even more shine, I added some foliage from Spellbinders Organic Foliage hot plate and die set onto the gray card cardstock.  I then adhered my floral bunches over top.  

I then die cut a Thank You sentiment from gold cardstock using Spellbinders Die D-Lites Bold Type Thank You die and adhered it onto my card.  I arranged my card with a stitched yellow strip underneath and finished it with some sparkly clear sequins.  

I am so happy I finally mustered up the courage (LOL) to try this amazing system.  It was SO easy and every time I peeled off the gold foil, I couldn't stop oooohing and aaaahhing over the results.  I highly encourage you to try this technique if you're a sucker for shiny and sparkly like I am!  

Links to the products I used are below.  I participate in the Spellbinders affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through the links I share.  I truly appreciate your support!  

I hope you enjoyed this project!  I had a blast making it.  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Lucky to Know You Release: Suzy's Spring and Easter Wishes Watercolor Prints

Is it time for spring yet?  I don't know about you, but I am beyond ready for warmer weather and getting back outside!  I was lucky enough to be able to create a card with the new Suzy's Spring and Easter Wishes Watercolor Prints from Simon Says Stamp's new Lucky to Know You release, and these adorable prints were just the thing to put me into a spring mood!

I was so impressed with the quality of these prints; they are printed on Tim Holtz watercolor paper and are really thick and sturdy.  Even though I knew they were technically watercolor prints, I decided to break the rules and stitch one up instead.  I was a little nervous because the medium is watercolor paper, but I tried some simple Copic coloring on the images and it worked beautifully!  After adding some pretty spring shades, it was time to stitch them up.

The stitching couldn't have been easier... I just followed the lines and added stitched details.  I used french knots on the little sheep to give them a fluffy texture, and on the rest of the card I used a simple backstitch.

To finish the card, I added a postcard frame with some quick hand stitching, some felt flowers over top of the daisy images, and some gems from Little Things by Lucy's cards.  I can't wait to use this on my Easter table!

I hope you enjoyed this project!  Links to the products I used are below.  I'm off to take a look at all the new products... Simon Says Stamp release days are just so fun!

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful day!

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