Monday, April 24, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio April 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hi Friends! Oh boy, was I excited to see the April release from Pinkfresh!! As insanely beautiful as their floral sets are, most of the cards I send are for birthdays, and most of those birthdays are for men/boys. So when I saw all the new birthday sets, done in typical grand Pinkfresh fashion, I was absolutely stalking the mailman!

You may have come from Karin's beautiful blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Pinkfresh Studio blog.

There are lots of balloon stamp sets on the market, so what makes this a Pinkfresh balloon set? Oversized to cover the card? Yep. Coordinating stencils to easily color them? Yep! Adorable FLOWERS and streamers on the bottoms? Yep yep yep!! Ribbons Balloons is perfectly Pinkfresh!

Check out all the dimension with the die-cut streamers! To match waves of the streamers I choose the scallop panel underneath. 

Also love how closely cut the sentiment die is. Embossing the sentiment on vellum makes it appear as if it's floating and maximizes how much of the card below is visible. This comes in handy when layering it over the balloon strings that I didn't want to hide. 

The balloons are perfectly sized for a slimline card, but how do they look on an A2 card ...

Still a great size. 

Here's another die cut sentiment - love that it doesn't cover the pretty balloon colors. For the background panel I wanted to make it look a little more festive so I did a quick stitch around the edges with gold thread. 

The card base is made from the stencil of another new set, the Rosettes, which is featured on the next card:

So festive! And I love that there are so many different ways you can use them. 

This card features 3 different ways to use these:
1) As intended (like the yellow and pink rosettes) with two different colors from the stencils, and die cut so you can layer them around your card;
2) Stitched (like the green, blue and orange rosettes with gold thread); and
3) Folded (like the red rosette) where I cut out the center and then was able to fold the rosettes back and forth along the dashed lines. 

These will be such great items to add in the background of birthday and celebratory cards. Just like my next card:

Don't you think the top bits of rosettes make the card a bit more festive? OK, and this cake from the Sweet Day Stamp! With the tiny banners! That are die cut!! Eeeep!

The layered stencils make coloring this cake a breeze. For the chocolate cake portion, I flicked brown watercolor while the stencil was still in place to make the crumbs. 

And it comes with a hot foil plate, which looks amazing, especially with all the icing detail. This will be one I use for many of my male birthday cards.

It really was a joy to work on these festive cards, and I can't wait to make more with different color combinations! 

PS, I did just a few days later ...

My friend's 50th birthday was this weekend, and naturally I had to make a feminine version of this card! 

I wanted it to match the rose gold and pink decorations I made for the big dinner her husband planned.  

My friend wasn't thrilled with turning 50, so I thought saying "50 Birthday Wishes" might sound better than "Happy 50th Birthday" lol


If you're the lucky one, you'll receive a giant box with the FULL RELEASE! 

Or there are also ten $25 gift cards to win! 

Winners will be picked from the comments on my blog and along the entire 

hop, and posted on May 3, 2023 on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE

You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

I'm sending you to the one and only Laura Bassen, who has wonderful things to share!

Here's the complete list if you need to hop somewhere else:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (thanks for your support!!):

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Colorado Craft Company - Free Digi Stamp! BOGO all Digi Stamps!

Hello Friends! Wanted to let you know there's one more day to take advantage of a Buy One Get One Free sale on a new product offering at Colorado Craft Company - digital stamps! They have added existing stamp sets to their digital library (80 so far, more on the way), so if you were on the fence about a particular set, this might be a nice way to try it out!

Here's where you need to go: Digi Stamps

And if you are on the fence about digital stamps in general, there is a free download of this set today only! Might as well give it a try : )

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Altenew 9th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway (over $2,500 in Total Prizes)

Hello Friends! And a big HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY to one of my very favorite companies - Altenew! As hard as it is to believe it's been nine years, next year will be a decade!! Let that sink in : ) They really are a great company with high quality products that are in craft rooms around the world. I'm so pleased to be celebrating them today! 

You may have come from the sweet blog of Rosie Neustaedter, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew blog

In thinking what to make in celebration of this big event, I decided to turn to my "extras" pile. I figured that it held a year's worth of scraps, so it would be the perfect way to celebrate this past year of Altenew! In the middle of this photo is the paper I used to mop up leftover paint on a sprayed stencil (Elegant Swirls Stencil) - yep, that's the one I want to use. I also picked up the uncolored flower die and the gold "thanks" frame.

And this is the result! I thought the light olive background color would go well with yellow, so that's what I picked for the flowers from one of my favorite sets Precious Peony. And a dash of purple! 

I often like curling the edges of my focal point and only adhering it in the middle to the base for an extra bit of dimension.

Building on that idea, I adhered the gold "thanks" frame from the Framed Thanks Die so that the edges came in a bit, popping the "thanks" up.  

On the bottom section of the gold frame I added some vellum, which may be a bit difficult to see here, and gems. 

9th Anniversary Special Offers

  • 4/5/2023-4/6/2023: Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY9TH or $9 OFF shipping on international orders over $29 with code ANNIV23 at checkout and receive a FREE brand-new Playful Wildflower 3D Embossing Folder ($8.99 value) on orders over $69. Shop here:

  • 4/3/2023-4/10/2023: FREE Mini Blending Brush Set(worth $26.99) with every order of the brand-new Billowing Peonies Complete Bundle. Shop here:

Giveaway Prizes

Over $2,500 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 10 lucky winners. There are also 24 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:



Be sure to leave comments by 4/16/2023 for a chance to win one of 56 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!" 56 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs on this hop and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/21/2023.

I'm happy to send you to the very sweet Sathya Kala who no doubt has something very festive to share with you!

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Thanks for stopping by! -Kelly

Supplies used (affiliate links at no cost to you, thanks for your support!):

Precious Peony

Framed Thanks Die

Elegant Swirls Stencil