Cute Little Pumpkin, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created with the September 2019 Hip Kits. I was challenged to use multiple cut files on my layout, so I used 2 Hip Kit Club exclusive cut files.

I’m using this cute little photo of my 3rd daughter on her first Halloween.  When I saw the Cute Little Pumpkin cut file, I knew I had to use it with this photo.  She was only about a week old in the photo, and she’s almost 3 now, so I’m glad to have this scrapped!

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I also filmed a YT process video

 

I cut the Cute Little Pumpkin cut file, as well as 2 more freestanding pumpkins, and I backed them with a Dear Lizzy pattern paper.

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On my background, I used some Vicki Boutin acrylic paint (which was in a color kit many many months ago), and I mixed it with a little bit of white gesso to tone it down, and I did some dry brushing on my cardstock.  I really like how it brings out the texture on the cardstock.  I also added some back and forth machine stitching.

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I used a couple of the HKC exclusive PL cards, one to back my photo and another for my journaling.  They were perfect for the warm color scheme I was going for.

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I also embellished my layout with a lot of flowers that I fussy cut from Dear Lizzy pattern papers.  I love the sketchy vibes of the florals!  To even further the sketchy details, I used one of the florals from the Dear Lizzy stamp set, and stamped a few flowers with black ink.

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I really love how my layout turned out.  Don’t forget to check out the process video for more details.  Make sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club website for the September & October kits!

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Happy Thursday!

Forever in our Hearts card, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a special card that I created using Pinkfresh Studio’s Forever in our hearts stamp set and coordinating die.

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This stamp set was created to benefit Layton’s Legacy, a card drive and fundraiser for NICU parents, created by Lea Lawson.  You can read all about her story of sweet Layton on Lea’s blog post here.  $5 from the purchase of every stamp set, and $3 from the purchase of every die set will benefit Layton’s Legacy fundraising efforts.  You can participate in the card drive here.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  I don’t really like to talk about it, but I lost 2 pregnancies before we had our 3rd girl.  One was really early on, but the second loss was heartbreaking for us.

This stamp is so special.  I love butterflies, but the sentiments say everything when you don’t really know what to say.  I encourage you to check it out.

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To make my card, I first stamped the image with Memento tuxedo black ink.  Then I decided to color in a rainbow pattern with my Copic markers.  I used a Nuvo glitter pen to add some shine to the butterfly.  I also used a white gel pen to add in a few highlights.  I used the coordinating die to cut out the butterfly.

Next, I worked on the background.  I cut down a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 in.  At the bottom, I stamped the sentiment with black ink.  Then, I used a stencil and Distress Ink in tumbled glass to add some soft clouds to the background.  I adhered the background panel to a white card base with fun foam.

I adhered the butterfly to the background with foam tape.  To finish off my card, I added 3 clear crystals from Pinkfresh Studio.

There are lots of ways you can contribute to Layton’s Legacy.  You can share about it, you can donate, you can purchase the stamp and die set, and/or you can create cards for the card drive.  Again, you can read all about it in Lea’s blog post here, so I encourage you to check it out!

I hope you like my card!

Happy Tuesday!

 

2 Thank you cards, featuring Spellbinders October 2019 Large DOM

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a couple of thank you cards, and a tag that I made using the Spellbinders October 2019 Large Die of the Month kit (DOM).  This month the kit is called Fall Flora, and it comes with 17 dies.

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For my first card, I didn’t have a design in mind, so I decided to chose a fall color palette first.  Then, I diecut the pieces from cardstock scraps in my stash using my Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine.  I layed out all the pieces trying to think of a design, and I realized I liked the way the florals looked, so I decided to use the diecut floral pieces on the background.  I glued them to craft cardstock, then trimmed it to about 4 x 5 1/4 in.  I diecut the Thanks sentiment 3 times, once from gold cardstock, and twice from white cardstock.  I stacked and glued them all together to get a thick dimensional sentiment.  I diecut the 2 fancy label pieces, glued them together, then glued the thanks on top.  I adhered the background panel to a white card base using fun foam, and then the sentiment label on top of with more foam tape.

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I love how this card came out.

My next card was equally as unplanned as the first.  Since all the dies cut different pieces in one, I had a lot left over.  In particular, there’s a die that cuts 4 flowers and 4 holly berries.  I diecut that die several times with red cardstock, but only used the berries on the first card.  I had lots of red flowers left over, and I was trying to think of a way to use them all on a card.  I decided to diecut a heart from white cardstock, and glued all the red flowers on.  Then I trimmed off the excess flowers.  I wanted to keep this card fairly simple, so I adhered the heart to a white card base with foam tape.  Next, I wanted to add the thanks sentiment, but with the busy red floral heart, it didn’t pop out very well.  I decided to adhere it to a hand cut aqua banner, and I popped it up with foam tape as well.  Even though this card was made purely to use up leftovers, I love the way it turned out.

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This card shows that you can make a card that would be great for any occasion…not just fall themed cards!

As with my second card, I had a few pieces still left over…most notably the pumpkin, so I decided to make a small gift tag.

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I really hope you like my cards.  Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for the different club kits, like the Large Die of the Month or the Glimmer Foil of the Month, as well as lots of other crafty goodies!

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Happy Tuesday!

Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad Release Blog Hop

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Hello friends!  Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad release blog hop.  You should be coming from Jessica’s blog, and your next stop is Kelly’s blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to the Pinkfresh Studio Blog.  More details on the hop and giveaways will be outlined below.

I was so excited to find out that Pinkfresh Studio was coming out with ink pads that coordinate with their watercolors…even better when I found out that they were releasing mini ink pads.  These inks are so good guys!  They stamp beautifully, and their colors are perfectly vibrant!  There are 4 shades in each color grouping, which make them perfect for layered stamping!

Here is what I created for the blog hop:

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I decided to use the brand new Home for the Holidays collection from Pinkfresh Studio.  I thought it would be fun to create my own pattern paper, so I grabbed one of my favorite stamp sets from Pinkfresh Studio, Lovely Blossoms, some white cardstock, and some ink colors that coordinated with the holiday collection.  I decided to do some tone on tone stamping for a subtle background paper.

Here are some swatches of the ink colors I used.  Swatched are the 4 pack mini ink cubes in Fairy Dust, Heartbeat, Morning Sky, Starry Night, Over the Hills, and Garden Stroll.

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My favorite pattern paper is the red floral one, and I used the ink pad colors in Coral Reef, Passion Fruit, Berrylicious, and Meadow.  For the blue floral, I used the ink pad colors in Sky Blue and Storm.  For the green leaves image, I used the ink pad colors in Key Lime and Olive.

I also decided to get my sapphire watercolor out, and create an ombre watercolor pattern paper similar to the last card I made.

Once I stamped all the images, and my watercolor was dry, I decided to die cut a tag from each.

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I love the look of a bright white layout, so I decided to use white cardstock for my background.  I smooshed a few of the ink pads on a craft mat, added some water, and splattered some color on the white cardstock.  I also used one of the small floral images from the stamp set and the red tone inks to stamp on my background.

I diecut the same tag shape from a few of the pattern papers from the holiday collection, as well as my Santa photo. Next, I arranged all the tags on my layout, and adhered them with foam squares.

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I used various pieces of embellishments, like puffy stickers, diecut ephemera, stickers, and enamel dots to embellish some of the tags.

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To balance off the layout, I added a strip of pattern paper to the bottom of my layout, and I adhered it with machine stitching.  I decided I needed something subtle at the top of the layout, so I used the scalloped pattern on my sewing machine and added a pretty scalloped border.  I decided to add a little bit of machine stitching to a couple of areas on my layout as well.  I finished off my layout with a few more embellishments at the bottom of my layout.

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I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too!  Stamping you own pattern paper is so awesome, because you can use whatever ink colors to match the papers and embellishments that you are using.  Love it

On to the blog hop and giveaway details:

  • Leave a comment on my blog post for a chance to receive a $25 gift certificate to the Pinkfresh Studio store!PFGiftCard-25
  • Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full sized ink pad release on their blog, and the full mini cube release on their IG feed, so make sure you check it out!
  • All winners will be posted on Monday Oct 21, 2019 on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE.  Winners must check that page and claim prize within 2 weeks.

 

Here is the blog hop order

Pinkfresh Studio

Amanda-Jayne Baldwin

Anett Gelencsér

Angelica Conrad

Ashlea Cornell

Ashley Horton

Caly Person

Cathy Zielske

Channin Pelletier

Elsie Robinson

Emily Midgett

Erica Thompson

Heather Hoffman

Ivana Camdzic

Jana Maiwald-McCarthy

Jessica Frost Ballas

Jung AhSang  <— you are here

Kelly Lunceford  *your NEXT STOP*

Kristina Pokazenieva

Laura Bassen

Lea Lawson

Missy Whidden

Natasha Valkovskaya

Nathalie DeSousa

Nichol Spohr

Rebecca Luminarias

TaeEun Yoo

Vicky Papaioannou

Yasmin Diaz

Zsoka Marko

Vincenza Gudor

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

Friday Nights, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

Today I’ve got a sketch Friday layout to share with you!  In addition to the sketch, I was challenged to add stamping and mixed media, and to share a fall favorite.  I am using the September 2019 Hip Kits for my layout.

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Here is the sketch:

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For my fall favorite: Friday nights, high school football games, and marching band.  My daughter’s middle school band got to perform in the stands with the High School marching band at a football game last week.  My husband and I met in marching band, so of course we can’t wait to see our daughter on the field in marching band next year!

For my background, I used white cardstock. I used the Heidi Swapp stencil that came in the color kit and white texture paste to add some textured stars on the background.  Once dry, I used the Lindy’s magical powders to add some ink splatters.  I also used the sketchy star stamps from the HKC exclusive stamp set to stamp some stars on the background.

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Inspired by the sketch, I used layers of Dear Lizzy pattern paper on the top and bottom of the layout.  Next, I added my photo and title.

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To embellish my layout, I stamped and fussy cut a few items, and I diecut some stars from another Dear Lizzy paper.  I wrote my journaling on a Paige Evans diecut card, and added a few stickers and fussy cut elements to finish off my layout.

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I really love how it turned out, and I hope you do too.  Don’t forget to stop by the Hip Kit Club GROUP FB page for all the details on the sketch challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Sunday!

 

This is Halloween mini album, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing a mini album that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog the other day.  I made my mini with the September 2019 Hip Kits.  It’s the first week of October, and I’ve got Halloween costumes on my mind…I decided to make an envelope mini album filled with photos of my girls’ costumes through the years.

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To start my album, I started off by making envelopes with some of the pattern paper in the kits, as well as the blue cardstock from the Cardstock kit.  I wanted my envelopes big enough to use some of the exclusive PL cards as well as embellish, so I decided to make my envelopes 4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I used my We R MK punchboard to make the envelopes.  I didn’t realize it, but I chose a black & white and blue color scheme.  I wanted another paper to match that color scheme, so I made my own using the Dear Lizzy stamp set.  On a piece of white cardstock, I repeatedly stamped the outline floral image with black ink.  Once I filled the page, I randomly stamped the coordinating filler floral image on a few of the flowers with light blue ink.  After I made the envelopes, I put together my album by adhering the flap of one envelope into the inside of another envelope.  I will try to explain it: on your work surface, place one envelope open side up with the flap up, and the another envelope open side down, and then adhere the flap of the side down envelope to the inside of the side up envelope.  I hope that makes sense, LOL!

I loved the way my stamped paper turned out so much, I made it my cover envelope.  I fussy cut one of the journaling cards from a Dear Lizzy paper and used it as a layer on the cover.  I took a piece of vellum and adhered it to the wreath in the Pretty Little Studio ephemera pack.  I decided to add more detail by using the wreath from the Color kit and white texture paste.  I used a few more Pretty Little Studio pieces, like the cute little owl and the alpha stickers.  A few samped images using the HKC exclusive stamp set and some puffy stickers, and my cover is done!

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For the next pages, I used a lot of the exclusive PL cards to back my photos and write my journaling.

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I used the HKC exclusive stamp set, and embellished with the Pretty Little Studio die cut ephemera, phrase stickers from Dear Lizzy, and puffy stickers from Paige Evans.

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To add interest to my mini album, I added lots of textures: I added stitching, puffy stickers, and enamel shapes.  I also added layers and dimension with foam squares.

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I really love how the PL cards accentuate my photos.  They are a perfect layering piece!

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I had so much fun making this mini album.  I hope you were inspired by my project, and make your own mini album.  Don’t forget to check out the September kits!

Happy Monday!

 

Twinning, a layout for the Pinkfresh Studio October 2019 challenge

Hey friends!  Today, I’m over on Pinkfresh Studio for their new monthly challenge.  You could win a $50 GC, so head over there for all the details and play along!

Here is the graphic for the October challenge:

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Here is what I created for the challenge.

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I used mostly the Pinkfresh Studio Office Hours collection, but I did use a few things from Just A Little Lovely.

On a piece of white cardstock, I cut 6 circles using my silhouette machine.  (I just used the circle tool on the silhouette software for a quick and easy cut file.)  I added some hand stitching around a few of the circles.  Next I attached pattern paper under the cut out circles with foam tape to create dimension.  I wrote my journaling on one of the photos, and filled the other circles with little embellishments.

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I added my photo and embellished around it.  Isn’t that picture the cutest?  It’s my middle daughter, and our pup wearing some doll glasses.  They are #twinning, lol!

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To finish off the layout, and ground the bottom a bit, I added a strip of pattern paper, my title, and a few more embellishments.

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This layout is totally my style: clean, simple, graphic, and a lot of white space.  I love how it turned out!  Don’t forget to head over to the Pinkfresh Studio challenge page to check out how you can participate in the challenge!

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Happy Sunday!