Monday, October 4, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Magic Collection Release Blog Hop


Hello Folks! Ho, ho, ho, we are talking all things "Holiday" with the Holiday Magic Collection Release from Pinkfresh Studio today! I'm really excited to go through all the bits and bobs included in the different sets in the collection and start building some December Daily pages for this year's holiday season. However, before getting to that, I'd like to share some cards I made with the ephemera!

From the Holiday Magic Ephemera and Holiday Magic Title Ephemera sets I put together this festive card.

The coordinating Holiday Magic Enamel Dots are sure nice to have to add bits of color around your card!

Popping up elements when you can, like this sentiment banner and stocking circle, help make the cards more custom-looking.

I'm back on my mini-slim kick! This uses a matted panel from the

Holiday Magic 6x6 Paper Pack.

I cut the North Pole Express ticket from one of the cute papers in the
Holiday Magic 12x12 Paper Pack

Not only does this make a cute focal point for all the bits and pieces, but "North Pole Express" is exactly what we're looking at in the top left corner ... Santa's Sleigh!

A gold thread is tied around the fold of the card. I moved the bow behind the sleigh to draw attention to it.

One more mini slim! This one has a great collection of elements from the collection.

Actually, this card uses exactly the same "formula" as the prior card. Start with the ticket to ground everything. Then add a diecut to the top corner and bottom corner. Finally, add the sentiment in the middle of the ticket.

Having a formula is a great help when you're making multiple cards, like with holiday cards. I find it makes the process more efficient and enjoyable. 


-We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel! How awesome is that?!

-We will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. Winners will be picked from the comments and posted on October 12, 2021 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Winners must claim your prize within 2 weeks. 


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Supplies Used (including affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!)

Holiday Magic 12x12 Paper Pack

Holiday Magic 6x6 Paper Pack

Holiday Magic Ephemera Pack

Holiday Magic Cardstock Stickers

Holiday Magic Title Ephemera
Holiday Magic Enamel Dots

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Colorado Craft New Release Blog Hop - Halloween Big and Bold

Hello Friends! Big and Bold Halloween have now been released!! My favorite line of stamps at Colorado Craft Company, next to the Anita Jeram Stamps, are the Big & Bolds. Super-duper excited to see them released with Halloween themes!

You may have arrived from the ridiculously talented Amy Young, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with the blog of Adrienne Kennedy CCC.

This is the Big and Bold Witch's Broom set that comes with a giant broom, and several different sentiments. What I like about the sentiments is that you definitely get more than a "Happy Halloween".

I combined two of the sentiments on this tall slimine. The "Halloween Greetings" sentiment font is beautiful, and just like the font on the turn-of-the-century postcards that I collect. 

The long secondary sentiment is very unique and looks great next to the giant broom. This would be a good one to stamp inside a card, as well.

I die cut a circle and blended some yellow inside for the giant moon. Then put the circle on top of the moon for a mask and started blending several different colors of the pinkfresh blue inks.

I loosely colored in three different colors of brown on the broom, and ended with some ink spatters. 

You know how tall slimline cards are, love how well this giant broom image fills all that space!

Speaking of slimline cards, the stamps in this set are meant for use on a horizontal slimline card, as the title of the set is Lovely Legs Sitting Witch Slimline. But of course you can use it quite well on a traditional A2-sized card too!

The only modification I made was in "HALLOWEEN", where I split the word into two pieces in order to make it fit on a landscape A2 card. I appreciate the open space inside the letters. It's my favorite font, as I like coloring in the open spaces.

I added some bones from the Witch's Broom set to fill that upper left corner space. What makes me happy is how it all seems to fit perfectly with the witch sitting on the words.

We'll give away one of each of the new stamp sets to randomly chosen winners, 9 in total. They will be picked from the comments left on the blogs in this hop, and on the Instagram posts for this hop. Winners will be randomly selected by 3C and announced on their blog on Thursday October 7th. Good Luck!
I'm now pleased to send you to the blog of Jasleen Kaur!

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Four Different Ways to Stretch (Literally) a Portrait Layering Stencil!

Hello Friends! I've got four different ideas to share on using a set of layering stencils intended for use on a portrait card!

Wintry Forest Layering Stencils

This is the set I'm using for these cards today, the Pinkfresh Studio Wintry Forest Layering Stencils. The nice thing (on the pocketbook) is that there are no coordinating stamps, dies, hot foil plates, nothing. Just the stencils!

This is how the stencils are intended. There are five different tree layers to blend your ink through. This results in a forest with a ton of depth on your card. At this point, all you really need is a sentiment, and you're good to go.

This set also comes with a SIXTH layer, of snow! I got out the embossing paste and finished my wintry scene.

Just because your stencils are only wide enough for a portrait card, doesn't mean you can't use them on a landscape card. Just move them over! A literal STREEETCHING of your supplies!

I blended ink through most of the stencil, and then before I got to the end, I picked it up and placed it right next to where I left off, taking care to start where one of the trees started. Otherwise, half of a tree might look unusual ; )

This time I only used three of the layers, and left the snow off so I'd have a more solid background for my white sentiment.

While we're talking landscape cards, how about go big and try a landscape slimline card?! For this long card I've only used two of the tree layers. 

I put a star right over the seam where I joined the two portrait stencils (although if I had been a little more careful I could have definitely avoided that seam).

Love that the alphas for Silent Night filled the whole card! Using a fancy upper case N really helped stretch it all out.

Finally, for the last card I made a portrait slimline card. On this one, I moved each of the tree layers higher than they were intended to be. This is a great way to stretch the design to fill a card this tall.
Hopefully you have some ideas on how to stretch your stencil supplies. Let me know if you figure out one to stretch!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Two Ideas for the New Pinkfresh Inna Alphas

Hello! Not sure how to use the fancy large alphabet dies from the latest Pinkfresh Studio? I've got two ideas and cards to share using the gorgeous and unique new Inna Alphabet stamps/dies/stencils!

Inna Alphabet Stamp Set

Inna Alphabet Die Set

Inna Alphabet Layering Stencil Set

Here is what the products look like. What I LOVE is that they are all connected!! You can see there are two stamps for the alphas (beginning and end of the alphabet), two dies for the alphas, and only one set of stencils. This means your time and effort is truly maximized. Could you imagine the work (and storage!) required if you had to line them all up individually? No thank you.

Once you stamp, stencil and die cut your pretty alphas, now what?

Idea #1: Go Vertical

I like to pick one word out of a sentiment and spell that with the letters. Then the rest of the stamped sentiment goes before and/or after the word you made.

These wide letters are the perfect size to fill up a mini slimline card!

Stripes are from the Slimline Skinny Plaid Layering Stencil, and sentiment is from the new Blooming Branch Stamp Set.

Idea #2: Go Storybook

This idea works for any die cut sentiment you have. Just cut the first letter off, and replace it with one of these fancy floral alphas. Boom! Instant storybook.

What a great way to add some beauty to your sentiments! This sentiment is over the new Lush Peonies Stamp Set, but it would be equally beautiful on its own.

With all the layering stencils, this really was an easy card to make!

Hope you got some ideas for the new Inna Alphabet Stamp Set! I can't wait to incorporate these beautiful letters into more projects!

Have a great week!


Inna Alphabet Stamp Set

Inna Alphabet Die Set

Inna Alphabet Layering Stencil Set


Monday, September 27, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hello Friends! It's time for the Pinkfresh Studio September Collection to be released! It's a great collection with many floral stamp/die/stencil sets, a storybook alpha stamp/die/stencil/hot foil, and a wonderous invention called ...
... a Solid Hot Foil Plate!! You guys, this magic tool brings back to life all the negative foils that you'd throw in the garbage after foiling! It literally presses whatever foil is left onto your paper! You now get THE NEGATIVE IMAGE FOILED! 
Unfortunately many of the design team didn't get the Solid Hot Foil Plate delivered yet, but you betcha I've already gone thru my garbage and pulled out all my negatives in preparation : ) 
OK, so now let's take a look at some of the other goodies in this release:

The Blooming Branch Stamp Set is a nicely wispy floral arrangement, that is perfectly laid out to fill a standard A2 sized card base in such a beautifully balanced way. Even with room for a stamped sentiment next to it!

I love how this arrangement gracefully curves down and around the card. This card was made to show how you don't have to do anything fancy with dies, multiple images, other images, etc to get a beautiful card. Just stamp the image on your card, and start coloring away.
The white space above the arrangement is the perfect size for "Huge Thanks," one of the main sentiments included with this set. The secondary sentiment "you are the best" is also included with this set. I often like to add these secondary sentiments on a sentiment strip adhered over the image(s).

I used just a portion of the previously released Stitched Scallop Rectangles Die Set to make a spine on the left edge of my card. I think this card would have been fine without anything on the edge, since, like I mentioned, the flower arrangement is so well-balanced, but I went ahead and added it anyway. The stripes are made from the Slimline Skinny Plaid Layering Stencil.

For the flowers I went with blues and greens, and then a hot pink center. The leaves have a base of pink color, and then for the second layer of "color" I applied Versamark thru the stencil, and embossed it in gold. Love the overall shine it gives in so many places throughout the card!

This next card shows another idea on how to use the
Blooming Branch Stamp Set.

Instead of using this floral stamp as the main image, it also works very nicely as a "filler" stamp set. This card features the
Garden Roses Stamp Set in yellow, and to get a fuller look, I cut apart the Blooming Branch and added parts of the tiny purple flowers behind the roses.

The middle showcases the new Inna Alpha stamp/stencil/die/hot foil set! These letters are so beautiful, they are the perfect feature character. What a nice way to personalize any type of card you are giving, with the initial of the recipient. "G" for Griglione in this case : )

The Essentials: Braided Circles Die Set is one of those "essentials" that always seems to come in handy. I've used two of the circle dies here for a background for the Inna alpha. 

A white gel pen around the margins of the navy base of the card finishes it off and doesn't let those florals get too wild and crazy.


-We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel! How awesome is that?!

-We will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. Winners will be picked from the comments and posted on October 5, 2021 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Winners must claim your prize within 2 weeks.



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