Monday, December 9, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Essentials 3 Release Blog Hop




Hello and welcome! So much fun stuff going on today!!! I'm thrilled to here today helping Pinkfresh Studio with their Essentials 3 Release and Blog Hop! I am in love with the entire Essentials Product Line and these new additions are no exception! I know you will fall in love, too! I've got quite a few projects to share with you today, so make sure you scroll to the bottom to see how I've used many of these new essential dies in some fun and festive ways! Also, we're doing the blog hop a little bit differently this time around, so hopefully I've linked everything up correctly! If not, I apologize; computers aren't my strong suit! 
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My first set of cards use the new Essentials Ornate Banner which I shared a sneak peek of a few days ago! Of course, it was just a sneak and I hadn't finished it yet, but someone commented on how much they loved the "shaped" card. As you can see, it didn't end up as a shaped card because I was dying to use the new Essentials Radiating Background 1 as well, but I will DEFINITELY be trying that! LOL! These beautiful banner dies were the perfect companion for the Forever in our Hearts stamp set! There was an unfortunate shipping mishap during the release of this set, so I didn't get to use it at that time, but I was thrilled to use it on two of today's cards.

To begin this particular card, I used the AMAZING Rainbow With Splatters A2 sized Washi Tape on a panel of white cardstock. I used the inner portion of the largest Banner dies and die cut the panel. I also stamped the sentiment in black ink for some contrast.

I heat embossed the butterfly image onto a second panel using gold powder for high shine and detail. I die cut it using the Forever in our Hearts die and added it to the rainbow banner using foam squares.  I also layered the rainbow banner onto the largest panel of the banner dies using additional foam squares. I layered that onto the panel that was die cut using the Radiating Background 1 die. I love that extra bit of detail it gives to the card. I just couldn't resist adding some beautiful rainbow gems from the Essentials Jewel Mix here and there.

This second card doesn't actually use any of the new dies, but I just couldn't bring myself to throw away the negative space left over from the embossed butterfly I used on the first card so I quickly made this second one using that panel. It ended up having some excess embossing powder stick to the top, but since I wasn't planning on using the panel I didn't think anything of it! I actually love it and it really adds to the effect of the other gold splatters on the washi tape.

I heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the card and secured it with a tape runner.
The butterfly on this card is embossed onto some heavy duty vellum cardstock for a light, but sturdy look. 


I'm completely switching gears for this second design and feeling a little festive! This card was 1000 percent inspired by Debbie's card that she made recently, only mine pales in comparison to hers, but I really liked the colors and use of background and die cuts paired together, so that was the catalyst for this second design! Once again, I'm using the Essentials Ornate Banner die collection to create this country/chalkboard look!

I stamped the image from the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set in white onto a panel of blue cardstock that was die cut using the banner dies. I used my finger to smudge the ink to get that trendy/fun chalkboard look. In real life it's not so smudgy looking, but when I sharpened my image in editing, it really enhanced it! LOL! 


This stamped banner is then added to a white panel that was die cut using the amazing new Essentials Fancy Diagonal Stripes . I also added that to the top folding A2 cardbase to give it a tone on tone, but dimensional look. I also added the Leafy Branch that was sponged with some Olive Ink. I added some Nuvo drops, jewels and glitter to give it some extra holiday sparkle!

Now things are getting downright Jolly; I've paired the Fancy Diagonal Stripes with a few new things and oldies to give this peppermint twist design some Christmas whimsy!

My husband brought home a co-worker gift the other day that had an ornament adorning the sweet box. I, of course, was immediately inspired to translate some of the details onto a card. The ornament had the word joy with Santa's belt stretched across the "O". I had to modify that idea, but I still like how it turned out.

The new Ornate Oval die set the stage perfectly to added the word "JOY" that was die cut using the Kelly Alpha Upper and stacked twice. I also added some of the greenery images from the Sparkle With Magic stamp set using the same Olive ink I used in the previous card.

To get the "buckle" vibe for the belt, I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the Skiing By stamp set onto a piece of gold cardstock that was die cut using the Fancy Label Frames. In hindsight, I would have made the black "belt' portion a little wider, heat embossed the sentiment in gold onto that and then added the open frame to create a true buckle look! Oh well! Sometimes these ideas come to me as I'm editing my photos and it's too late! LOL!

That being said, I actually love the result I got with the tone on tone embossing using metallics; it looks like an army dog tag! I'll be keeping that idea in my back pocket for a future design!

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I added some jewels to the sprigs of greenery to mimic berries and give the card some added sparkle! 

I had a ball working on these cards using so many of the new essentials dies, but of course, the ideas are endless and I can't wait to play some more! Thanks for fluttering by!


68 comments:

Donnalee Boisseau said...

Wow!!! I am in love 😍 !!!

The Craft Bucket said...

Simply stunning creations and those gems, i NEED them love Jane x

Surekha Galagoda said...

Dear Kelly love all 3 creations but i just could not take my eyes off the first card. It is an elegant and beautiful creation. Blessings to you and your family

jan metcalf said...

Clever ways to use the banner die as a background Kelly!! Love the blue Christmas!

Karthikha said...

Fabulous set of cards!! I love the rainbow ones with butterflies, a lot! :)

tycodmom said...

Kelly, Nothing you do "pales in comparison" your unique style always inspires me. The banner die will be in my collection for sure.

sharon g said...

LOVE THE JOY CARD!!! The stripes look just perfect in red and white!!

Mirella said...

Wowza, love these! The butterfly cards are simply stunning, and I love your creative "Santa" card ;-)

Stephanie Clapper said...

Kelly, not only am I amazed by your designs but where you find your inspiration. Each one of your designs is gorgeous and perfect! 😊❤️

Lindar C said...

Wow! These all all stunning cards!

Knitty said...

The diagonal stripes and fancy banner dies already had my attention, now after seeing your examples, I REALLY need them!

Tina Campbell said...

Wow such gorgeous cards you created :) What a fun release :)

Michelle said...

A beautiful array of cards! Love, love the rainbow/butterfly cards and every perfect detail!

Jean said...

You rocked this release! Gorgeous cards!

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow stunning cards - love the magical quality of the first card

Lisa Byers said...

Love the banner dies and how you used them. Your cards are very beautiful. I love the butterfly and the gorgeous colors. Stunning!!

Nandini said...

Thanks for the amazing inspiration! The cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love the new release. It is fantastic!

Kelsey Thomas said...

These are gorgeous!

Lea Lawson said...

I'm dying over Santa's buckle...that is PERFECT! I love all of your cards, but that rainbow set using Layton's stamp set is something special, friend. :)

Lagene said...

Awesome release! Wonderful creations! I especially love your butterfly cards!

Susan B. said...

Your cards are beautiful! I especially love the diagonal stripes card, I was looking for a diagonal stripe die!

Patricia said...

Awesome release and gorgeous cards!

Dana M said...

Oh what lovely and festive cards! Beautiful designs and wonderful inspiration.

Karen said...

Stunning cards; the butterfly is amazing!

MadeByMeghanK said...

OMG! THe butterfly and rainbow are amazing! I LOVE your Christmas too!

Gab said...

Oh wow, your cards are stunning. Those first two are so special and I love all your Christmas cards

judy said...

I especially love your cozy Christmas card! The new dies are awesome!!

Scrapbooking for Newbies said...

Oh la la that JOY Christmas card is so cute and festive!

Vikki H said...

From exquisite golden butterflies to that darling gold belt buckle you've created some real eye candy!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors and designs.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Sandra W. said...

Beautiful cards!

MelissaF said...

Beautiful cards, I especially love the last card with the diagonal striped background!

Chris said...

Beautiful! I love your diagonal striped JOY card, so pretty!

Jennifer said...

The gold embossing really shows off those beautiful colors!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the rainbow backgrounds and your use of the Ornate Banner dies! The other that really catch my eye and your red & white striped cards.... so perfect for the holidays!

DorothyA said...

Ahhhhh, the rainbow backgrounds- so perfect! And floaty butterflies. I want to frame them. Oh better yet, make some of my own. The other cards are wonderful as well! What gorgeous dies! Thank you!

Patti H. said...

Such beautiful creations, Kelly! I love those gorgeous butterflies & the washi tape is awesome!

Isabel Z said...

These are stunning!

JMN said...

Gorgeous cards, loving this new release of dies.

Tavia said...

Oh my. I love ALL of your cards! I can't even pick a favorite. I saw the beautiful butterfly card and thought wow that's awesome and then I scrolled and continued to be impressed. Well done! Keep up the beautiful work and thanks for sharing.

ArlaMo said...

Your joy card is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Holshouser said...

The butterfly is gorgeous.
Love the red JOY card. The color
pops and spreads joy. Great cards.
thanks for sharing
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Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful cards...love the gorgeous designs.

Amy C. said...

Beautiful variety of cards! That rainbow background with the embossed butterfly is perfection!

Lana D said...

WOW, beautiful cards!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and different ways to use the dies. Nicely done!

Nora Noll said...

I LOVE the pretty butterfly cards with the blended backgrounds!! STUNNING design!

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: BEAUTIFUL butterfly card. Wow. So pretty. All the cards are stunning. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Sunnyk57 said...

Love, love, love the butterfly card. If I received that card when I was down, I think I would immediately feel lift.

roni said...

I love the pastel rainbow colors.

Kelly said...

I can't choose a favorite! I love the butterfly with the softly colored background and beautiful new frame, the lovely frosty Christmas sentiment with the golden leaf details, and the fun JOY with the look of Santa's belt! All AMAZING!

Cyndi said...

Beautiful cards, gorgeous colors and coloring. That butterfly is so elegant.

joni said...

I am in AWE of your beautiful cards!!! I love them all but that butterfly one is my favorite because I love butterflies!!! The gold embossing coupled with the watercolor washi is absolutely gorgeous! And I love that you used the negative of the butterfly die on the washi as a new gorgeous card!!! Wow!!! TFS

Liisa said...

The Ornate Oval Frame die is my favorite from this release and I love the card you made using it, BUT the star of the show is the first butterfly card - simply stunning using the washi tape and embossing on it. Loooove it!!!

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: so beautiful. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Yasmine said...

Such beautifully detailed cards! Your colors are so gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

Holly's Handmade Card said...

Beautiful cards!! Gorgeous designs and thanks for the inspiration!

Subhashini said...

Love the wonderful array of cards you have made for the hop

Heidi Lou said...

All 3 cards are just amazing! All I can say is - wow!!

Andre M. said...

Your rainbow backgrounds are fantastic with these gorgeous butterflies, loving the ornate banner and frame!

Miriam Prantner said...

Such great cards! I am in love with the butterfly cards, love that those were created with the washi, what an easy way to get such a beautiful effect. I also love the last one, the simple red and white color scheme is perfect!

stratton24 said...

The tag dies make such great frames! Great ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

Casey-Diane said...

Very pretty! Love the JOY card!!!!

Kathy Dippner said...

Beautiful cards! I love the diagonal stripe die. I think it's my favorite.

Deb Selby said...

These are amazing cards. I love the diagonal cover plate die

Janis said...

Well I thought the Radiating Backgrounds were my faves, but now that I have seen what you did with the Ornate Banner and Lea's Butterfly set....I CAN'T CHOOSE!!! lol... Gorgeous samples.
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Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards are so pretty! I love the Ornate Banner layers on your first card and your red JOY card is so festive!

Sue D said...

Beautiful and festive cards. Love the background for the butterflies.

Mona Sen said...

So many beautiful cards! The Ornate Banner is probably my favorite from this release. I've pinned all of your cards for future inspiration!