Sunny + Bright layout, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends! I’m back with another layout featuring Pinkfresh Studio. Today, I’m focusing on the Celebrate collection, which is their collaboration collection with Altenew.

I wanted to use some of the beautiful watercolor pattern papers from the paper pack, and here is what I came up with:

I was really inspired to use the Right Now pattern paper, the one with the large yellow circle in the middle. I knew I wanted to give the circle some texture, so I decided to fussy cut it, add machine stitching, and roughen up the edges.

I decided to use a photo strip of my daughter, because the colors in the photo go perfectly with this collection. (We were bored at home, so I gave her a bit of a glam-up, and she looks too grown up. Ha!) I used the other side of the Right Now pattern paper, as well as the Progress pattern paper to back the photo. I added it to the yellow circle, then adhered the “Sunny + Bright” title, which is a puffy phrase stickers from the My Favorite Story collection.

Next, I stamped the large floral from the Celebrate Today stamp set twice on a piece of white cardstock. I used the coordinating die to die cut them out. I tucked on of the images behind my photo strip to the left. I cut a piece from the other stamp set to put on the right side of the photo strip.

I used a lot of the floral images from the Celebrate ephemera pack, as well as a few of the yellow floral pieces from the floral ephemera pack of the My Favorite Story collection.

To fill in some of the spaces, I added some puffy hearts that were included with the puffy phrase stickers, some yellow and pink enamel dots, and a few chipboard flair pieces from the My Favorite Collection. I added a little bit of handwritten journaling to the right of the Bright in my title.

I chose the Progress pattern paper for my background, because I thought it was beautiful with my daughter’s skin tone and the flowers in the layout. I added some white watered down acrylic paint splatters, and I doodled some tiny circles with a white gel pen. I adhered the yellow circle a bit more to the left of the pattern paper, and my layout was done!

I really love how this layout turned out. I don’t normally use a ton of yellow on my layouts, but I do love how the large watercolor yellow circle and the Sunny + Bright sentiment just highlight my daughter’s beauty.

I hope you were inspired by my layout, and I hope you get crafty! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Tuesday!

Big title layout, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hi friends! I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing a layout that I made with the Lets Stay Home collection.

My daughter turned 14 a couple months ago, and because of social distancing, she was missing her friends. I decided to make a big quote title on this layout about her.

First, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Adore Alpha die set to diecut the letters from pattern paper. For most of the words, I used the Hope for a New Day pattern paper, and for the last word, I used the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper.

On a sheet of white cardstock, I added some blue splatters using watered down sapphire watercolor. I arranged the letters left justified on the cardstock, and stitched through the middle with my sewing machine. Next, I added my photos, which I backed with the Hold On pattern paper.

I embellished the photos with a  puffy stickersstickersenamel dots, ephemera, and mini puffy alpha stickers for the 14. I chose the embellishments that reflect how she’s been spending her time while safe at home. I glued on my journaling strips, and they fit perfectly in the white space between the word “the” and the photo.

I decided to look through my Pinkfresh Studio stamp sets, and found the little sun image in the Falling for You stamp set. I thought it was so cute, and would work perfectly with the quote. I colored it with copic markers, then used the coordinating die to cut it out. I also decided to use the cloud die from the set to diecut a few clouds from white cardstock to add to the layout.

I have used these dies for a large quote title before, and you can check out that layout here. I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you enjoy it too.

Happy Tuesday!

Under the Sea birthday shaker card, featuring Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hello friends! I am so excited to be guest designing on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today.

For my project, I am making an Under the Sea shaker card. I looked through my collection, and pulled out some of the Lawn Fawn stamps that would fit my theme. I will say some of these stamps are older, but I love them on my card! I will have a list of supplies linked down below.

To start, I stamped out all of the images on white cardstock, then colored them with Copic markers. It did take a bit of time, but I just plopped myself in front of the TV with my stamped images and a clipboard, and colored away. Once finished coloring, I added a little bit of detail with a fine tip black pen and a white gel pen. I used the coordinating dies to die cut all the images.

On another piece of white cardstock, I used Distress Oxide inks in tumbled glass, salty ocean, and chipped sapphire to ink blend a watery scene. I sprayed some water on the panel, and used a piece of paper towel to create the bleached spots. I also used some watered down white acrylic paint, and splattered it on the background with a small paintbrush. Once the background was fully dry, I used the Mama Elephant Circular Grid die (one of my favorites) to die cut the ink blended panel.

On a white A2 sized card base, I ink blended a little bit of Distress Oxide ink in tumbled glass directly to the front panel, and this will serve as the back of my shaker. I glued a couple of the greenery pieces directly to the card panel, making sure that it would show through one of the circles on the ink blended panel.

I flipped the panel over, and glued a piece of acetate to the back. Next, I cut some foam tape into thin strips, and added them to the outside border of the card. I also wanted some stability to the card so I added horizontal strips of foam tape between each row of circles, creating 4 wells of shakers instead of one big shaker. I filled the rows with sequins in my stash. Since I didn’t double up on the foam, I chose sequins that were flat. I carefully lined up the card base and adhered it to the shaker panel.

Next, I glued the fish, seahorses, turtle, seals, hearts, bubbles, and greenery to the panel. I used double sided tape and foam tape for dimension. For the sentiment, I used the “I sea it’s your birthday” sentiment from the seahorse stamp set, and white heat embossed it to a piece of black cardstock. I trimmed it in2 to fit in one of the open circles on the card. To finish off the card, I used a clear glitter pen to add some sparkle to the stamped images. I also drew on some bubbles and dots with a white gel pen, and added some clear glitter drops.

A lot of work went into this one card, but I absolutely love how it turned out! I used all my favorite techniques: Copic coloring, Distress Oxide ink blending, and shaker. I hope you love the way my card turned out too. Don’t forget to check out the Butterfly Reflections Ink shop for all.the.things!


Happy Tuesday friends!

Hugs card, featuring Spellbinders July 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!  

Today I’m sharing a card that I made using the July 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Illustrative Floral. The kit comes with 6 foil plates and a roll of Polished Brass foil.

For my card, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the ornate floral borders on 3 pieces of different green toned cardstock. I used the Nestabilities Essential Label Etched Dies to diecut the foiled cardstock. They coordinate perfectly with the July GOM. (I didn’t end up using the smaller floral frame piece in the end.)

For the sentiment, I diecut the letters for “HUGS” from the July 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM); I diecut the letters 3 times and glued them stacked together to create dimension. I also foiled the “sending love” sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments II glimmer set on black cardstock, and trimmed off the love, so my sentiment reads: “sending HUGS.”

To assemble my card, I used a craft colored card base, then layered each foiled ornate frame piece with foam tape. I glued on the “HUGS” letters to the top, then added the “sending” strip with more foam tape.

I am so happy with how this card turned out. It was really easy to make, but creates such a big impact because of the foiling. I think the gold toned foiling goes so well with these green jewel tones. I hope you like my card, and don’t forget to head to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Glimmer of the Month kit.

Happy Saturday!

Book-ish card & bookmarks, featuring Spellbinders July 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a birthday card that I made featuring Spellbinders’ July 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Does Your Garden Grow Alphabet. Not only do you get the letter dies, but some dies are included so you can add florals on the letters, or you can add the florals separately.

I decided to make a book theme card and book mark that would make a great gift. You could include a giftcard to your favorite bookstore, or buy one of your favorite books.

For the card, I used a book-ish sentiment that I found on Pinterest; it says “dress yo shelves.” I thought it was really cute. Using the letter dies, I cut out each of the white letters twice, and each of the colorful letters 3 times. I stacked and glued the letters so that they’ll be thicker and give a bit of dimension on the card. I also diecut a few of the greenery pieces and the flowers.

For the background, I used Distress Oxide inks to blend a background. I used Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch. I trimmed the background piece to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, then glued the letters and the flowers on. I adhered the entire piece to a white A2 sized card base using foam tape. To finish off the card, I used a little bit of Nuvo drops in shimmering rose on the flowers.

I decided to make a bookmark to go with the card. I diecut the letters from white cardstock, and diecut some floral pieces. I didn’t want to stack the letters this time since it’s for a bookmark. I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock to about 2 1/4 x 6 inches, trimmed the corners on top to look like a tag, and then punched a hole. I used Distress Ink cubes in rainbow colors to “smush” the color onto the cardstock. I love the almost-brush strokes I was able to create with the ink cubes. I glued the letters and the flowers down, and added yarn. To finish off the bookmark, I used the Nuvo drops in shimmering rose on the flowers.

The bookmark turned out so cute, I decided to make one for my daughter, whose birthday it was recently. I diecut the letters of her name from pink cardstock 2 times. I also cut the floral pieces from green and light pink cardstock. I stacked and glued the letters, then glued the floral pieces on the letters. For the background, I used pink cardstock, then added a little bit of ombre pink shading with Distress Oxide ink. I finished it off with pink yarn, and nuvo drops to the center of the flowers.

I love this set of letter dies, and I know I’ll get lots of use out of them! I hope you like my project as much as I loved making them!

Head on over to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Large Die of the Month kit, and for lots more crafty goodies!

Happy Wednesday!

Bring on the Embellishments, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends! I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing a layout that I made with the new Lets Stay Home collection. I wanted to document our daily walks, which started because of quarantine, and this collection is perfect for that.

First, I started with some color on white cardstock. I added just a drop of Pinkfresh Studio watercolor mixed with white gesso, and used a brayer to paint on my background. I used the colors bubble gumsapphire, and lavender.

I backed my photos with pattern paper from the 6×6 pattern paper pad, and adhered them to the layout with foam squares. Most of my paint ended up hidden behind the photos, but that’s ok.

Next, I layered on a bunch of embellishments to the right and bottom of my photos. I used a tag, a  puffy stickerstickersenamel dots, and lots of ephemera. (I added a little bit of shading to the rose with a pink Copic marker.) I also made my favorite layered heart from green pattern pattern paper, I punched some butterflies from the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper, and I fussy cut some hearts from the Kind Hearts pattern paper. *I did add one ephemera piece from the Noteworthy collection: the cute bicycle.

The Let’s Go For a Walk ephemera pieces serves as my title. I wrote out my journaling, and added the “just breathe” sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio You’ve Got This stamp set with blue jay ink pad.

To balance all the heaviness from the bottom of my layout, I added a scallop paper strip that I trimmed from the You Are Stronger pattern paper, and a floral ephemera piece. I added machine stitching to the paper strip, and to my punched butterflies.

I really love all the layered on embellishments, and how this layout turned out. I hope you do too.

Happy Thursday!

Pinkfresh Studio + Altenew “Celebrate” Collaboration Blog Hop Details + Giveaway

Hey friends! Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio & Altenew “Celebrate” collaboration blog hop. You should be coming from Ashlea’s blog, and the next stop on the hop is Lilith Eeckels’ blog. If you get lost along the way, you can always head back to the Pinkfresh Studio blog.

This “Celebrate” collection is such a sweet collaboration, and I am thrilled with the products!

First, I started with the Celebrate Us stamp set. I used Pinkfresh Studio inks in colors that coordinated with the collection. Using the cube packs make layering stamps a breeze. I used both green cube packs, Garden Stroll, Over the Hills, the pink cube pack, Fairy Dust, the purple cube pack, Soul of Provence, and the red cube pack, Heartbeat. Next, I diecut the flowers using the coordinating Celebrate Us die.

I was looking through the paper pack, and immediately the This Story paper jumped out at me. I loved the mixed media look of the paper, and the flowers. Using an exacto knife, I cut out the tips of a few of the leaves, and curled them up for added interest and dimension.

I layered my photo with the Progress pattern paper, and adhered it to the background toward the left. Then I tucked the stamped flowers behind and in front of the photo. I found a journaling card from the ephemera pack that went well with the background paper and stamped flowers, so I used it for my journaling, and layered it right on top of my photo.

For my title, I used the Love sentiment sticker from the puffy phrase stickers (Pinkfresh Studio’s My Favorite Story collection). I also stamped the “everyday moments” sentiment from the Celebrate Today stamp set.

To balance off the left side, I created a little embellishment cluster on the right side. I used a flower from the ephemera pack, and another flower that I fussy cut from the Progress pattern paper.

To finish off my layout, I added some machine stitching and enamel dots (Pinkfresh Studio’s My Favorite Story collection). The pattern paper did most of the work for me!

I love the way this layout turned out, and the photo of my pup looks so cute!

On to the blog hop and giveaway details:

  • Leave a comment on my blog post by July 2, 2020 for a chance to receive a $15 gift certificate to the Pinkfresh Studio store!
  • Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the entire Celebrate collection on their blog, so be sure to check it out.
  • All winners will be posted on July 8, 2020 on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE.  Winners must check that page and claim prize within 2 weeks.

Here is a shipping promo from Pinkfresh Studio:

Here are the links to the blogs before and after my blog in the blog hop. Pinkfresh Studio is also linked in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Friday!

2 Wedding cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing 2 cards that I made with the Spellbinders Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr collection.

For my first card, I made a traditional wedding card. This card could be given to the couple as part of their wedding gift, or it can be given to the groom from the bride or to the bride from the groom. I love the clean and classic look! I used the colors that were in my wedding more than 10 years ago.

For this card, I used the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched die set. Using my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine, I diecut the dress pieces from white cardstock. To add a little bit of detail to the dress, I took the bodice of the dress, and embossed it using the tiny dot embossing folder. I diecut the tux pieces from black cardstock, the shirt pieces from white cardstock, the tie from blue cardstock, and the boutonniere from pink and green cardstock. I glued the dress pieces together, then the tux pieces together. I also diecut the Happily Ever After Sentiment die set from silver cardstock and 2x from white cardstock. I stacked the sentiments and glued them together to create a dimensional sentiment.

For the background, I used some distress oxide inks, (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch), and ink blended a ombre blue panel. I trimmed the panel to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. To add more interest to the background, I used the Love Stripes embossing folder. I adhered the background panel to a white card base using foam tape. Then I adhered the dress and tux using more foam tape. I glued the sentiment right on top of the dress and tux. To finish off this card, I used a clear glitter brush pen on the tux lapels, and little bit of Nuvo drops in blue babe on the background.

For my next card, I made a Maid of Honor card. This card can be used by a bride to ask a friend to be maid of honor, or as a thank you card for the maid of honor.

I diecut the dress pieces from white cardstock for the wedding dress. I cut florals with pink, lavender, purple, and green cardstock, as well as the sash from purple cardstock for the wedding dress details. I also cut the bodice, shoulder straps and a bow in purple cardstock for the maid of honor dress. Like the wedding dress in my first card, I used the tiny dots embossing folder to create interest on the dress. After gluing the dress pieces together, I set them aside to work on the background.

For my background, I used some distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Seedless Preserves) to create an ink blended background. I wanted my card to say Maid of Honor, so I looked through my stash, and pulled out the alpha plates from an old Glimmer of the Month kit (April 2019) to spell out Maid of Honor.  I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine and the Fuchsia Flower foil. For the sentiment strip, I used a sentiment from last month’s Glimmer of the Month called Thanks a Million, and I used blush foil.

I adhered my background panel, again trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, to a white card base with foam tape. I adhered the dresses with foam tape, and used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip as well. To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo drops in shimmering rose.

I really love how these cards turned out, and I hope you do too!

Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for these awesome pieces in the Wedding Collection by Nichol Spohr.

Happy Tuesday!

Birthday card, featuring Spellbinders June 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing a birthday card that I made featuring Spellbinders’ June 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Geometrical Floral Frames.

This month’s LDOM includes 8 cutting dies. I believe I used them all except the smaller frame.

First, I started by diecutting all my pieces. I die cut the larger geometric frame 2x from gold cardstock. I also cut the leaves and flowers from cardstock scraps. I set the diecut pieces aside to work on the background.

For my background, I took a brayer with a little bit of light blue acrylic paint, and painted on a piece of white mixed media paper. Once fully dry, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the sentiment from the June 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month onto the background with black foil. I was a little worried about foiling onto a painted background, but it foiled perfectly.

Next, I glued the 2 frame pieces, offset a little bit, onto the background. I then started to glue on pieces of the greenery, making sure to only glue a little bit of the bottom so the end can pop off the page for dimension. Next, I added the red berries and the flowers.

I finished off the card with just a few drops of Liquid Pearls in brass to the center of the flowers.

I love how this card turned out! I have been loving the look of gold & glass terrariums in home decor, so of course I was excited to achieve a similar look on a card.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty. Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these awesome monthly kits!

Happy Friday!

2 watercolor cards, featuring Spellbinders June 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 watercolor cards that I made using the June 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Let Your Sentiments Shine.

This month’s kit comes with 5 foil plate sentiments. You also get a black foil roll.

For both of my cards, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the sentiments from the kit, as well as the Essential Glimmer Circles Hot Foil Plates to foil the dotted circle around the sentiment. I used the Nestabilites standard circle die set to diecut the circle.

For my first card, I foiled the “Friends Make Everything Better” sentiment and the dotted circle first, then added watercolor on top. I blew through a straw to get the fun splattered effect.

Have you tried the straw technique? My 3 year old thought it was so cool and had to try for herself.

For my second card, I added 4 colors of watercolor using the packaging technique. Once dry, I foiled the sentiment and dotted circle.

Whether I foiled before or after watercoloring, the sentiments turned out perfect. I diecut the watercolor pieces with a circle die, then foam mounted them to a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 teal colored card base. To finish off the cards, I used some sequins from the FSJ Starry Night sequins

I love how these CAS (clean and simple) cards turned out, and I hope you like them too. I really love these sentiments, and see myself getting a lot of use out of them. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out all the goodies on the Spellbinders website

Happy Monday!