Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Town Comes to Life with the Magic of Christmas - Lawn Fawn & Chibitronics Light Up Card

Hi Friends! I've got a super-cute Lawn Fawn and Chibitronics card on the Chibitronics blog for you! Wait until you see what happens when the little mouse climbs the tree to put the star on top! I've got a hint: it lights up : )

Probably not a surprise there, right? I even came up with a story about the tiny mouse village you see here, and how the Christmas spirit came to be through the hard work of the littlest residents.

You'll see it's a pretty poor story, honestly, but it does actually fit with how the card interacts!

Hope you get a chance to check it out, and that you're having a wonderful holiday season yourself!

- Kelly

Supplies used:
Copper Tape
White LED stickers Pack
CR2032 Batteries

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Essentials 3 Release Blog Hop

Hello Friends! I'm super excited to share the latest die release from Pinkfresh Studio with you, and boy are there a TON of different dies that you're going to have to pick from! The best thing is, as the name of the release explains, these will all be essentials you pull out when you want to add a little something more to your projects, no matter what they are. They'll be used again and again.

Let's take a look!

The Ornate Oval die makes the perfect frame. For the background I stamped several of the Embroidered Blossoms around the card and then blended some pink ink over everything. I didn't want any white remaining in the background because I really wanted the white frame to pop. Over the frame I added the sentiment "Hello Beautiful" from Classic Words die set (not from this release, but truly a MUST HAVE set).

The best part of this card is that the oval inside the frame is mirrored vinyl ... you can actually see yourself! In this photo you can see the side of my head bending over the card with my camera. And then you realize "Hello Beautiful" is talking directly to you! This totally reminds me of the shabby chic mirrors with the frames painted white that you see at flea markets all the time.

Another thing I see at flea markets all the time is silver serving trays with the flat surface painted in chalkboard paint, like this one from Melissa at Polkadot Chair. Since I had the beautiful mirrored oval frame left over from the previous card, I decided to try making one of these on a card ...

I cut a black oval with this die, embossed a white "Congrats" from Scripted Bold Sentiments 2, and rubbed white chalk over the entire oval (concentrated more on the edges). The mirrored frame from the Ornate Oval die looks fabulous, and just like the ones I see at the flea market!

Perhaps you're wondering about the really cool background starburst? That just so happens to be another new die as well! The Radiating Background 2 die is responsible for all those radiating cuts, and would be a perfect background for many different styles and themes of cards.

Check out the background on this card! You can see the actual Fancy Diagonal Stripes die in the lower left corner of the photo ... see how it has two parallel cuts on the thick stripe? That's what makes this die so unique. In addition to thick and thin stripes, the scored lines give it another layer of dimension. 

To get the cheater's plaid look, all you need to do is cut a second panel, and ...


It's that easy. Imagine all the different color combinations you can use for this look! The flowers are the Embroidered Blossoms, the vase is from Floral Vase, and the sentiment and banner is from A Day in the City.

 For all of you tag makers, the Teardrop Tag with Fillable Elements will be your new go-to set! Die cut the teardrop tag, make THE CUTEST tiny hole reinforcements (see the tiny black circle around the ribbon hole, and the tiny red circle for the tag on the right), and then pick from four different cutouts on the bottom. So adorable!!

The sentiments are from the Classic Words die, and Floral Vase stamp set. To make the leaves green, I die cut a second tag from green cardstock, cut away the rest of the circle, and glued the remaining leaves on top of the white base tag. 

This is one of my favorites! The entire scene is on two layered panels cut from the Ornate Banner die set, which comes with three different banners. These are the largest two. Love the dot border! Do you spot the Radiating Background 2 die being used on the charcoal card base? That extra detail is so delightful.

The city is courtesy of A Day in the City, with a background of leaves from Embroidered Blossoms, and a die cut "beautiful" from Classic Words die. I like the "faraway hugs" sentiment to go along with the city image on the card.

These two cards make the easiest shaker cards ever! I'm so grateful to Ilda Dias for showing me how. Basically, you just wrap some cellophane around a shape, fill it with some shaker elements like sequins, and tape it shut in back. Done!

 Love that you don't have to struggle with foam tape, and your sequins don't all immediately puddle. The card on the left uses the Diagonal Stripes with Window die, and the card on the right uses the Diagonal Stitched Squares die.

Finally, an all-white beauty with a ton of texture! Most of the texture comes from the accordion-fold panel, Radiating Background 1, cousin to Radiating Background 2. The difference being that these cuts extend evenly to the edges of the card. 

Now normally, this die cut is flat. BUT, I trimmed about 1/8th" from all four sides and started accordion-folding along each line around the card.

The end result is a beautiful set of mountains and valleys that reflects all sorts of light.  

The sentiment is again from Classic Words die (are you sick of hearing me say that yet?!) and the flowers are actually from the cutout section of the Teardrop Tag with Fillable Elements die. 

Wow, that was a lot of cards, but with all the dies in this release I couldn't help but try them all out!

If you're tempted to get any of these new dies, I have news on a free shipping offer:

Shipping Promo:
For all orders $100+, you receive free shipping withing the United States! No code needed. The shipping will be discounted automatically. Just select the correct shipping method upon checkout.

Comment below for a chance to win a $25 gift card! The winners will be posted on Monday, Dec. 16th on the Pinkfresh giveaway page. Prizes must be claimed within 2 weeks. 

Also, the ENTIRE Essentials 3 release will be given away on the Pinkfresh Blog and Instagram!

Now I'm happy to send you to the talented Kay Miller! Make sure to stop by all the talented ladies on this hop!
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Supplies Used (Including Affiliate Links, thanks so much for your support!)
Diagonal Stitched Squares Dies

Fancy Diagonal Stripes

Oranate Banners

Ornate Oval

Teardrop Tag with Fillable Elements

Diagonal Stripes with Window

Radiating Background 1

Radiating Backgrounnd 2

Saturday, December 7, 2019

12 Tags of Christmas Challenge with Ellen Hutson - Cool Yule

Hello Friends! Have you been playing with the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge yet? I sure hope so, because each day there's a $150 gift certificate up for grabs!!! That will fill a lot of stockings this year, I'm sure : )

Today I'm playing along with Heather's theme of Cool Yule. And what's cooler than a Yeti?! He lives in the snow-capped mountains, and is indeed super cool.

But this is no ordinary Yeti ... he's a Santa Yeti! I thought he'd be perfect for Christmas, because, look at his beard! And could the sentiment be any more perfect? Believing in Yeti or Santa, or both?!

The background tag is filled with colored dots from Wonky Backdrops. Such a quick way to add a few different colors to your tag.

If you haven't already, be sure to create some tags inspired by any one (or more) of the twelve days so you're entered to win that huge $150 gift certificate!

Good luck!

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

Lil' 'Squatch by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Lil' 'Squatch by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Shipping Tags by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Wonky Backdrops By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Suede Shoes, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad