Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio {LOVE-you are simply splendid}

I'm thrilled to be over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog today sharing this little whisper of Spring! I'm so happy it's finally been snowing, but for those of you who are wishing for Spring, this one is for you! I chose a cool color palette which is so typical of Spring; from Robin's Egg Blue, to shades of Lilac and Lavender, this card was a joy to create!

This is one of those card designs that I already had been putting together in my mind, so all I needed to do was create all of the different design elements and put the idea in motion! To begin, I die cut the small wreath from the Leafy Wreath Die Set 8 times from white cardstock and then added Fresh Pear ink to 4 of the wreaths and Grassy Knoll ink to the 4 remaining wreaths. I also added some Grassy Knoll ink splatter to the wreaths and then glued them together using liquid glue. 

While those were drying, I die cut the flowers using the Lovely Blossoms Dies. I picked a few of my favorites rather than die cutting all of the flowers. I used my mini MISTI to do all of the stamping using the Lovely Blossoms stamp set.  I maximized my time and put all of the leaves into the MISTI at the same time and started with Fresh Pear ink. Once that was done, I put both the leaves AND the stems of the flowers in with Grassy Knoll ink. All that was left at that point was to add the different colors to the flowers! It really  made great use of my time and I was able to get them stamped lickety split!

Next came the letters which are die cut using the Heather Uppercase die set. I really wanted these to look like speckled eggs, so I added some Ocean Breeze ink over the top of the white letters and then added Mermaid Cove ink splatter.

The background was created by die cutting the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Plaid die from a panel of white cardstock and then again using the Ornate Banner Die Set. I added some Ocean Breeze ink around the edges for a hint of color. I also created a frame to go over the top of that by using two of the pieces from the Ornate Banner Die set. They just nest inside of each other so you can create a frame. I added the darker Mermaid Cove ink around the edge and added it to the background piece using liquid glue. 

That entire background banner is adhered to a top folding A2 card base using foam squares. Once that was done, I was able to add all of the different design elements using foam squares. The "You are simply splendid" sentiment, which is stamped in black, is from one of my favorite stamp sets called Modern Layered Floral. You could easily make this into a Valentine's Day card by using traditional red and pink with lots of pretty blooms! 
Thanks for fluttering by!


Monday, January 25, 2021

Papertrey Ink/Ink to Paper Flash Sale {Balloon Wishes}

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was busy, but it snowed, so I'm super excited! I'm hoping that this week will be a little bit more relaxed so I can snuggle in and enjoy the snow with a fire and a good show or read a good book! I'm in desperate need of  little "down time"! This week's Ink to Paper/Papertrey Ink Flash sale features some bright, fun colors and the Balloon Wishes stamp set. The sale begins when the Papertrey Ink Newsletter is sent out, which is usually sometime this afternoon and the sale will run until Wednesday! This week's sale will include:

 INK: Tropical Teal, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist

CARDSTOCK: Pure Poppy, Kraft (not 100 percent sure about this, since it's a basic)

These cards were so quick and easy to put together, but I love how they turned out! To begin, I die cut the Border Bling: Lots of Dots from Kraft cardstock and mounted the red cardstock that has been stamped with the balloon strings included in the Balloon Wishes stamp set. There are coordinating dies, but I just wanted a simple, stamped string for easy and to keep the background uncluttered since I used the "Celebrate" word.

I die cut 6 balloons in total; three heart shape and three of the regular balloon shape. I also die cut 6 bows for each of the six balloons. I used the coordinating stamp to stamp the 6 bows in the three colors I used for the balloons; Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, and Tropical Teal.

There are striped images in the stamp set so you can create striped balloons, but I chose to do some simple ink blending around the perimeter of each balloon, leaving the center light to give them that realistic balloon shine!

Once the balloons were all inked up, I added the coordinating bow using a dot of liquid glue to secure them in place. I set them aside to dry and got to work on the sentiments.

I die cut the "Celebrate" word using a titanium glitter paper and then adhered them to the red panel using strategically placed liquid glue, making sure to leave it off of the parts that aren't actually touching the red panel.

For this card, I used two regular balloon shapes and one heart shaped balloon in the center. I added double thick foam squares to the heart shaped one to make it pop up higher than the two balloons in the background!

I added a trio of sequins to the balloons. I thought about using glitter, but I didn't want it to compete with the glitter from the sentiment.

For this card, I placed the two heart balloons in front of the red balloon so you could see their cute shape. These were so quick and easy to put together, but I really like how they turned out! Thanks for fluttering by!


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio January 2020 Challenge {Live Life in Full Bloom}

It's the weekend! Yay! Things have been pretty busy around here with two releases and a few extra projects that I've been needing to get done! The month has slipped away from me, but before it's gone completely, I wanted to make a few cards for this month's Pinkfresh Studio January 2021 Challenge! The fun thing about this particular challenge is that you can pick ANY of the challenges from 2020! I chose to use the inspiration from the November 2020 challenge, with the photo posted below!

I actually made two versions of this card, with the second version at the end of this post. They are almost identical, the only difference being the color of the Leafy Wreath, which I will talk about later. To begin both cards, I used the Diamond Plaid Stencil Set with the first layer being inked up using Lavender ink and the second layer using Regal Kiss ink for a dramatic effect. In the end, the purple turned out to have more pink in it than the inspiration photo color swatches, but I liked how it turned out so I just went with it!

Once the backgrounds were finished, I used the Essentials: Stitched Rectangles die set to add the finished detail around the perimeter of each of the panels. I haven't ever used these particular dies, so it was fun to switch things up a bit! Sometimes I get stuck in a rut and just reach for the same things because I like the end result, but it was nice to try something new.

My next step was to create the pretty Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond flowers. I think that's what I was most excited about in the inspiration photo, especially paired with the dark blue. I've really been enjoying using bold color combinations, rather than the pastels I usually reach for. The flowers were created by first die cutting them using the Charming Floral Wreath die set. I cut two for each of the cards for a total of 4. Once that was done, I used my Mini MISTI Stamping Tool to stamp the leaves and flowers using the Charming Floral Wreath Stamp Set. I haven't used this set since it was first released, so it was fun to use it again. I don't know why I haven't used it more!

The leaves are stamped in Olive ink and then the flowers are stamped in Mermaid Cove and Tidal Pond ink. I die cut the a white circle using the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Circles and then stamped the sentiments, which is from one of my FAVORITE stamp sets, Layered Bouquet, using Stargazer ink. 

I die cut the beautiful Leafy Wreath out of Dark Indigo cardstock and one out of white, which I used on my second card. I really love the dramatic contrast between the plaid background and this intricate, bold wreath!

Once I had all of the main focal images and background ready to go, I got to work assembling the cards. I mounted the stenciled plaid background onto a top folding A2 card base using 1/4 inch ScorTape. My order arrived so I was super happy to have it back in my drawer! It's never fun to run out of the essentials! I added the Leafy Wreath to the die cut circle using foam squares as well as the two floral pieces.

This is the alternative version, with the difference being that this Leafy Wreath is die cut from white cardstock with Stargazer ink over the top. I love both versions for different reasons and can't pick a favorite. Which one do you prefer?

Both cards have a "Gilver" glitter BOW {of course} which is hot glued to the top for security. I didn't use any yellow that was represented in the inspiration photo, so this is my bit of "yellow", if you can call it that! ha ha! I added a few Essentials: Jewels in both the Mermaid Cover color and the darker sapphire color. I hope you get a chance to play along with this month's challenge, especially because there are so many different inspiration options! I had a lot of fun picking which one to use! Thanks for fluttering by!


Friday, January 22, 2021

The Greetery T.G.I.F {with all my heart}

Well friends, we've almost made it to the weekend! I'm SO ready for it! How about you? It's my turn for this week's T.G.I.F {The Greetery's Inspiration Friday} over on The Greetery Blog, but I wanted to share my project here as well! I've never had my assigned week be this close to a release, so it was fun to use some of the new products in a different way and to also give you some fresh inspiration for when your packages start arriving!
This project is simple and sweet; just perfect for Valentine's Day! I don't know about you, but I like to give Valentines to MANY people in my life, not just my husband! It's the day of LOVE and there are so many people in my life that deserve a little love!
This project consists of a stamped muslin bag and a little tag to go with it. I made THIS project back in July using these stamped muslin bags. They are so much fun! You could also make a little crate to put these Valentines in, like I did for that project!

To begin, I used the Speed Tagging Christmas Rubber stamp to stamp the red gingham portion of the tags. I just adore gingham and flowers for Valentine's Day, so I was super happy that I could use this particular tag for today's project. I only inked up this particular stamp, although I could have stamped the whole thing and gotten a head start on Christmas! ha ha! Anyway, I just did this part and then used the Speed Tagging Die to cut them out. I made three in total, but I'm only showing two.
Once the tag base was made, I used the new Mini Boxwood Heart Stamp + Cut Combo to create the heart frames and for the sweet sentiment in the center. I just love the fonts for the sentiments and the cute size of the wreath!

I set the wreaths aside and got to work creating the little flowers using the new BotaniCuts Forget-Me-Nots dies. These have sold out, unfortunately, but Betsy has already put in a re-order so they should be back in stock quickly! They are SO cute, so I can see why they flew off the shelf! I decided to make my flowers pink blooms instead of actual Forget-Me-Nots. I created them exactly like I did for THIS card. Once the flowers were made, I got to work assembling the tags. I stamped the sentiment directly into the middle using black ink and then added the wreath over the top using foam squares. The flowers are attached using additional foam squares. I added some glitter to both the flowers and the wreath for some sparkle and shine!

To stamp the bags, I used my iron with steam to get them nice and crisp so they would lay flat in my mini MISTI. Once they were ironed and cooled, I placed the flattened bag into the MISTI, positioned the sentiment, which is from the new Lovely Blossoms stamp set, and then stamped it a few times in black to get a nice, crisp impression.
I put some Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel hearts into the bag and then tied them up with the tag! These are going into a larger printed box with some other fun gifts to give to a few friends. You could also fill the bag with a gift card, lotion and lip gloss, or any other small gift! These were so much fun to create! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Greetery Nature Lovers Release Day {Love Never Fails.}

Welcome friends! It's release day for the Nature Lovers Collection at The Greetery Everything will go on sale at 10 am ET today!  First of all, thank you so much for ALL of your SWEET, SWEET comments on both posts! You sure know how to make a girl feel good! Thank you, thank you! As usual, I always like to post some fresh inspiration on release day using the new products! I fell head-over-heels in love with so many of Betsy's projects that I just couldn't resist incorporating them into today's card!

I LOVED her card where she used the Wood Slice Hearts to stamp out all of the "Love Is" sentiments. I knew that I wanted to create something that would allow me to use all of them as well. I think I missed one, but I think this captures the overall feel I was going for.

I also LOVED the way she colored her gorgeous Forget-Me-Nots and wanted to create some in shades of pink. And last, but not least, I wanted to try some watercolors on the Boxwood Heart Detail Dies! 

To begin this card, I first die cut all of the pieces from the Boxwood Heart Detail Dies and the Boxwood Heart Base. I used a blender brush and ink to add a base layer of color. I then used the enclosed assembly guide to help me assemble the wreath. Once it was all assembled, I went back in with some darker green watercolor paint and added the darker detail. 

I used the dark paint to add the extra detail at the base of each leaf as well, to keep it visually connected to the dark frame. When I put the first strokes down, I cringed a little because I thought I may have ruined it, but as I kept at it, I really like how it turned out. I have really been having a lot of fun working with all of these different mediums over the last few days. My fingers have been inky and my heart has been happy!
I die cut the smallest Wood Slice Heart and assembled it using liquid glue and added a little bit of brown ink around the perimeter to give it some additional detail and dimension. I die cut the Let's Have a Word Love twice from white cardstock and once from gold specialty paper. I glued them all together using liquid glue and set it aside to dry.

I die cut all of the Botancuts: Forget-Me-Nots and got to work coloring and assembling them. I shared some tips and tricks for this in yesterday's post, but Laurie also shared a great tip on The Greetery's Instagram Live as well. You can always go back and watch those after they air. I did add some white Nuvo drops to the center of each flower for a dimensional center.

The next step was to create the shiplap background. I always use Betsy's tutorial that she shared a few months ago that is so beneficial!  I did the initial ink blending using Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Oxide ink onto light weight cardstock and then die cut the planks. I then adhered them to a 4 by 5 1/ 4 inch panel so that I could add the entire piece to a top folding white card base.
To be honest, I actually hadn't figured out exactly how I was going to incorporate all of the sentiments, but after I got this background created, it just sort-of popped out at me. The different planks provided the perfect space to add each of the different sentiments stamped in tone on tone in. (Hickory Smoke) for a subtle look. I wanted the "never fails" portion to be the stand-out while the others waited in the wings, so to speak! ha ha!

This card ended up being very difficult to photograph....the first photos make it look like the "never fails" portion is crooked, but you can see here it is straight, but the angle I was using must have played off the lines of the planks to make it appear crooked! Darn! oh well! ha ha!

Once I had all of the design elements ready to go, I was able to start assembling the card. I used foam squares behind the wreath and double stacked foam squares for the Wood Slice Heart. I trimmed a bit off of the bottom of the Forget-Me-Not Bouquet and added it to the right corner of the heart using additional foam squares. I strategically added glue to the "Love" word and added that over the top. I stamped the "never fails" portion of the sentiment onto white cardstock and then die cut it using the Sentiment Suite Basics Die. I used the planks as a guide to get it straight (go figure) ha ha! and then added it with foam squares as well!
This card was such a joy to create and I can't wait to send it to the recipient! I hope she likes it! I will tuck it in with some Valentine's Day goodies as well! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Greetery Nature Lover Release Countdown Day 2

Welcome friends! As promised, day 2 of the Nature Lover release countdown for  The Greetery is overflowing with flowers and foliage to your heart's content...oh, and speaking of hearts, there's a few of those, too! You'll want to head to The Greetery Blog for all of the formal product introductions!

My first collection of projects includes a trio of cards using the new Lovely Blossoms stamp/die set paired with the new Heart Leaf Jumbo Posy Pocket Die. I plan on sticking a gift card down into the posy pocket and deliver these as Valentine's Day cards.

There's also just a whisper of the new Botanicuts Forget-Me-Nots on each card, but I'll be sharing another card featuring these super sweet flowers!

I'm OBSESSED with this sentiment included in the Lovely Blossoms stamp set. It has some smaller sentiments as well that accent the "Sent with Love" sentiment. I chose to JUST use this part so that they will work well for Valentine's Day. You could also just keep something like this on hand for a "just because" card or go in later to stamp the specific accent sentiment that you're in need of.

The subtle background was creating by using a light hand and the Berry Branch Stencil. I wanted to continue the "nature" feel of my cards today, but in a more fresh and lively feeling! Yesterday was more "woodsy" and today is more "meadow"!

I had fun playing around with different color combinations for the flowers! I chose Slumber, Blue Jay, and Stargazer for this card.

I added some postal details that I always love to incorporate, especially to highlight and accentuate the "sent with love" sentiment.

This color combination is a less dramatic with a softer feel. 

Each card is mounted onto a fresh, vibrant green card base to make them pop! I always like playing around with different design possibilities before I commit to certain elements. I'm glad I gave this green a chance! I loved the Kraft background that I used on THESE cards and almost went in that direction, but like I said, I really like this shock of green!
My second card for today, and my last card for the release, uses the new Heart Leaf Posy Pocket Die again paired with the new Botanicuts: Forget-Me-Not dies. These are just as sweet as can be and are so fun to put together.

One thing that makes assembly easier for these sweet flowers is to group them together by  bloom as you punch them out of the cardstock once you've die cut them. The are clustered right next to each other on the sheet of dies so there isn't any guess work. I just kept my dies connected and didn't clip anything apart to keep them grouped together.

When I ran them through my die cut machine, I was lucky that they stayed together and nothing fell out of the negative spaces. I carefully punched them out and put them in little individual piles so that each piece would be with the correct flower. I love that Betsy designed these so they look like they're at different angles on the stem. She always thinks of everything!

I always like to die cut everything from white cardstock and then color them using the medium of choice for the day/project. In this case, I chose to use my Pinkfresh Studio inks for the flowers and an old SU! pad for the yellow centers. I used liquid glue with a precision tip to assemble all of the intricate pieces. The stems have a circle piece that the blooms get attached to for perfect placement and to help create a sturdy bouquet. You can also use them individually or in clusters like I did on my first collection of cards. I used bits and pieces from previously released products to bring this design to life. The stamp/postmark images are from the Pretty Postmarks stamp set and I love using these all year long! The scalloped backer piece is from the Addressed Die and I love using it in a variety of ways!

 The "Be Mine, Valentine" sentiment is from the Signed and Sealed With a Kiss stamp set. I love that it has a coordinating die so that you can add the sentiment wherever it looks good. I've tucked it under the flower clusters with foam squares for dimension! Now...the key will be to find cute gift cards that will coordinate with these posy pocket cards! A Bath and Body Works gingham card would look great in this one and maybe the floral Target one for the other three cards I shared at the top of today's post! Wish me luck! ha ha!  I've had so much fun creating with this new release! Everything will be available for purchase on the 20th at 10 a.m ET! Don't forget to head to the other designers' blogs for even more inspiration! Thanks for fluttering by!