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!

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!

2 layouts, featuring Pinkfresh Studio’s new Lets Stay Home collection

Hello scrappy friends! Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing 2 layouts I made using photo collages created on my phone and the new Lets Stay Home scrapbook collection from PFS. This collection is great for everything that’s been going around in the world right now, but you could use many of the pieces for everyday layouts.

For my first layout, I am documenting a photo collage of my younger girls.  My 4th grader was challenged by her art teacher to choose a color, and take a photo focusing on that color.  We chose to do all the colors, and I made a square photo collage.  

How perfect is the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper for this photo?!  I used a heart die to die cut the rainbow squares.  I arranged them on a piece of white cardstock, then decided I needed a little bit of color on the background.  I used the Pinkfresh Studio watercolors to add splatters to my background.  I tried to keep in mind the colors of the hearts for a tone on tone look.  Once dry, I added the hearts back and then added machine stitching down the center of the hearts with coordinating thread. 

I used the Hold On pattern paper from the 6×6 pattern paper pad as a layer behind my photo, then adhered it to the right side of my layout.  Next I added my title using the mini puffy alpha stickers and a label from the cut apart pattern paper in the 6×6 paper pad.  I added my journaling strips, and then it was time to embellish. 

I didn’t want to cover up much more of the hearts, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  I made 3 fringed heart embelisshements, by die cutting a few more hearts from the remaining rainbow squares on the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper.  Then I used my scissors to cut some fringe to the bottom half.  I adhered them to 3 of the background hearts with foam tape.

I tried to keep it tone on tone, and finished embellishing with pieces from the ephemera pack, some stickers, a fabric bow, and enamel dots.

I love how bright and colorful this layout tuned out!

For my next layout, I was playing with mixed media and decided to use a few pieces on my layout.  

I got a new gelliplate, and was playing with paint and some of the Pinkfresh Studio background stamps.  I have to say that I burned through lots of white cardstock, and knocked over my watercolor bottle not once, but twice…but I had so much fun just experimenting and playing! I used white acrylic paint, and mixed in some of the Pinkfresh Studio watercolor in Aquamarine to create a light minty color.  Using my brayer, I spread the paint in a thin layer on my gelliplate.  Next, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Diamond Tiles background rubber stamp and stamped off the paint, creating the negative on the gelliplate.  I placed a piece of white cardstock on top of the gelliplate and to get my negative painted image.  I also used the Pinkfresh Studio Lush Vines background rubber stamp along with the Summer Shower ink pad to add another pattern layer to the background.  I used some more of the Aquamarine watercolor and Sapphire watercolor to add splatter to my background. I also used the glue bottle I had laying on my desk, to “stamp” the watercolor rings on the cardstock.  

I took photos of my 3 girls in my wedding dress one day during our social distancing, and created another photo collage..becuase, why not? LOL!  To match my photo, I wanted a soft color palette, and this collection is perfect.  I backed my photo with the Best Place to Be patten paper from the 6×6 paper pad, a journaling bits pocket, and another sheet of paper the I made while experimenting with the gelliplate and the Pinkfresh Studio background stamps.  I placed the photo right on top of my mixed media.  It did cover up most of the pattern, but I thought that it grounded my photo perfectly. 

For my title, I used a combination.  I used the “beautiful” stamp from the Pinkfresh Studio You’ve Got This stamp set and the mini puffy alpha stickers.  

Next, I embellished around the photo with florals and pieces from the ephemera pack, some puffy sticker florals, chipboard flair, and enamel dots.

To balance off the heaviness of the left side of the layout, I decided to add journaling and a little bit of embellishments to the right side.  I started by adhering a strip of the Better Things Are Ahead pattern paper, and adding machine stitching.  For my journaling, I used a journaling card from the journaling bits pack.  I adhered that along with a piece of the same journaling pocket that I used to back the photo to the right side.  I finished with a trio of hearts ephemera and an enamel dot.

I am so thrilled with how soft and sweet this one turned out.  

I hope you liked taking a closer look at some of the pieces in the Lets Stay Home collection, and I hope I’ve inspired you to document some of your memories during this unique time.  Stay safe, and have a wonderful day!

Happy Tuesday!

2 thanks cards, featuring Spellbinders May 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 rainbow cards that I created with the May 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Thanks a Million.

This month’s kit comes with 7 foil plates and 7 dies; 4 of the glimmer plates are sentiments, and I’ve shown them all below. You also get a blush foil roll.

For my first card, I decided to make a pretty watercolor background. I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the big THANKS sentiment. Watercolor paper works really good with the hot foil system, and the sentiment came out perfectly in one go. I trimmed the watercolor piece to about 4 x 5 1/4 in, rounded the corners, and adhered it to a white card base with foam tape.

I added a “for all you do” foiled sentiment strip with foam tape right on top of the sentiment, and finished off the card with just a few Nuvo drops.

For my next card, I foiled the large sentiment on black cardstock. To dress up the card a bit, I decided to make some of the floral pieces. There is one floral glimmer plate and one leaf glimmer plate, so I made one of each, and then used the coordinating die to diecut them out. I also diecut some of the other floral pieces. There are a total of 4 floral pieces that you can use separately or layer together to create 2 flowers. There are also 2 greenery pieces.

I trimmed the black foiled piece, and adhered it to a pink card base with foam tape. I added the “a million” sentiment strip. and then added the floral pieces that I made. To finish off the card, I used a few Nuvo drops.

These 2 thank you cards were pretty easy to put together, but I love the impact of the large foiled sentiment. I’m thrilled with how these turned out, and 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 Thursday!

2 cards, featuring Spellbinders May 2020 LDOM

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

Today I’m sharing a couple cards that I made featuring Spellbinders’ Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Kaleidoscope Card Creator. This kit comes with 11 dies, which allow you to create beautiful 3 layer frame cards. For some versatility, I made a card using just two of the dies for a fun graphic look, and I made another card using most of the dies to create a framed look.

Here is the first card I made using 2 of the square dies:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine to diecut each of the 2 squares from rainbow colors. These squares are so small, I was able to use even the smallest pieces of cardstock scraps from my stash. I knew I wanted to create a graphic pattern, and I wanted to add some interest. I glued the 2 squares on some of the colors for a tone on tone layered look. On a few other colors, I went back and die cut one more of the squares to created an even more dimensional look. Some colors, I left as a single layer. You might be able to tell the different dimensions in my next photo.

For the background, I foiled one of the sentiments from the May 2020 Large Die of the Month using my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system on a piece of white cardstock. I trimmed it to 4 x 5 1/4 in so that I could leave a border on my A2 sized card base. Next, I started to glue on my squares in rainbow order. Since my card design is so graphic, I made sure to keep my squares straight and spaced evenly. Once all glued, I adhered the panel to the card base with foam tape. To finish off my card, I used a little bit of Nuvo clear glitter drops and added them to a few of the squares for interest.

I love the way this card turned out! It’s definitely my style: clean and graphic and colorful!

For my next card, I thought it would make a great Mother’s Day card, so I used pink cardstock.

I diecut each the 3 layer corner pieces 4 times, and each of the 3 connecting square pieces 2 times. I made sure to diecut the correct layer piece in the same colored cardstock, so each of my top pieces with be light pink, each of my middle pieces would be pink, and the bottom pieces would be dark pink. I glued all the layered pieces together. Since everything lines up, it was easy to glue. Next I connected the 2 top corner pieces, and the 2 bottom corner pieces. Then I connected them together using the square piece. Again, since everything lines up, it was easy to put together. I glued the frame piece to an A2 sized craft colored card base.

I die cut the center oval piece from the same light pink cardstock, and then I diecut the large Thank you shadow sentiment from pink and dark pink cardstock. (They are the Die D-Lites Bold Type Thank You Etched Dies.) I glued the sentiment pieces together to create a shadowed look. You can see them closer in the next photo:

I adhered the oval piece in the center with thin foam tape, which turned out to be the height of my diecut frame. Next I adhered the large Thank you sentiment. I added the “You are the Best” sentiment (which is from the same May GOM set I linked above). To finish off the card, I added some white paint splatters and Nuvo glitter drops.

This card turned out really cute too. I hope you liked my projects and were inspired to create your own layered graphic cards. Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for the club kits and much more.

Happy Thursday!

You & Me, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout on the Pinkfresh Studio blog that I created with the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story collection.  I really love the black & white details mixed in with all the pastel and florals in this collection, and I wanted to highlight that.  

I am scrapping a pic of my husband and I from a few years ago.  I wanted your eye to be drawn to the photo, so I added layers and clusters of embellishments around the photo.  

I started off by using the sapphire watercolor to add some color to white cardstock.   I wanted that bold color, so I used to dropper to add big drops.  I also used a small paintbrush to add some splatter.  

Next, I started working on the layers behind the photo.  I used some pattern papers, ephemera, and I also diecut my favorite scalloped edge from the Lacey Edgers 1 die set out of white cardstock to layer behind the photos.  I added some machine stitching, and popped some of the layers with foam adhesive.  

To add even more details, I added floral ephemera, enamel dots, and a layered stitched heart around my photo.  I also added a banner ephemera, one of the fabric bows, and my title directly onto the photo.  

To balance off the heavy upper right corner, I added my journaling and a few pieces of layered ephemera to the lower left of my layout.  

I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Happy Monday!

iNSD challenge for Pinkfresh Studio

Hey friends! Happy international Scrapbook Day (iNSD) 2020! I have a challenge with Pinkfresh Studio, and my challenge is: monochromatic.

Here is what I created for the challenge:

I decided to use the beautiful pinks in the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story and Noteworthy collections.  Since we have been staying home, I picked up a new hobby: hand embroidery.  When I finished my first piece, of course I took a photo to document it.  I decided I wanted to make a layout with a cutfile, and I remembered there was the Floral Hoop cutfile from PFS, which couldn’t be more perfect!

My challenge is now live, and you can find out all the details on the Pinkfresh Studio website: here. I’d love for you to take part in my challenge! Go check it out to see how you could win a goodie box!

Happy Saturday!

2 rainbow cards, featuring Spellbinders April 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 rainbow cards that I created with the April 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Celebrate the Day.

This set includes 9 glimmer foil plates, and 1 cutting die. I have to admit that I made a mistake, and thought there were 2 different sized cutting dies, but the smaller rectangle is supposed to be a foiling plate. It works perfectly for a die though, haha! You also get the speckled prism foil.

I decided to keep my cards upbeat (in light of recent stay at home events), and created rainbow striped backgrounds using strips of cardstock from my stash. After cutting the strips of cardstock to about 1/4″, I glued them to 2 pieces of scrap printer paper that I trimmed to about 4 x 5 1/4 in. I popped my 2 rainbow backgrounds to a white cardbase with foam tape.

Just like the April 2020 Large Die of the Month, the GOM works perfectly with the Truckin Through the Seasons LDOM set.

For my first card, I foiled the “happiness delivered” sentiment using my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system. I also diecut and put together a black truck. I adhered the truck to the rainbow background with foam tape.

I added some of the FSJ Starry Night sequins to finish up my card.

For my next card, I wanted to show the sentiment without using the truck. I used the “just a note” sentiment, and adhered it with foam tape. I added a couple of star sequins to finish off my card.

I love the way these 2 cards turned out, and I hope you do too. They are pretty simple, but definitely pack a punch! Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for all these awesome monthly kits!

Happy Monday!