Monday, October 21, 2019

Red or Blue ? - The Ton

Hello everyone! 

I'm on The Ton's blog today with a couple of holiday cards made using Loose Poinsettias stamp set from the latest release. I watercolored several poinsettias using Color Burst in red and blue hues and made one card in red and the other one in blue-purple. Which one do you like more? 

I hope you could stop by The Ton's blog to see how I made them 😊!

Wishing you all a happy and crafty week ahead!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Flower Challenge #37 - CAS Reminder

Hello everyone! 

I'm popping in again to share my DT card with you! It's time for a reminder post of the latest Flower Challenge #37 with the theme CAS! 

We have a PRIZE to give away again this month. The amazing Michele from 
CAS-ual Fridays stamps has generously agreed to give our lucky winner this month a
prize of $25. All the Design Team have used CAS-ual Fridays stamps also on their cards. Michele very kindly gave us all some of her stamps to use on our cards ;)

It's our 3rd Birthday challenge! Here is a little banner to celebrate it :) ! 

I used Daisy Chain stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays to make my CAS card.

I stamped the daisy chains in a black pigment ink on a Bristol vellum paper panel as shown in the picture and watercolored the flowers in yellow and pink. After the colors were dry I ink blended yellow DI on the bottom edge of the panel.

I cut the hello word using hello word die by The Ton from hot pink shimmer cardstock and three more times from black cardstock. I added a thin strip of yellow cardstock on the front panel and adhered the sentiment all stacked together. Three black flatback pearls were my finishing touch!

I used to enjoy making CAS cards as I started cardmaking. It was great to create some again for The Flower Challenge.  Hope you'll play along with us!

Please stop by The Flower Challenge blog to get more inspiration from my team mates!

Thank you so much for looking!
Have a happy day!

2019 Layton's Legacy Fundraiser & Card Drive

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a very special card to share with you. My team mate in Pinkfresh Studio design team Lea Lawson is having a Fundraiser and Card Drive running in name of Leyton's Legacy. Leyton is her son who lived his entire life in a NICU before passing away. Lea experienced first hand how hard it is to be a parent in the NICU, and decided to give a small comfort to parents who find themselves thrust into NICU life in honer of remembrance of her son, Layton.  Please find more information about the fundraising and card drive on Lea's blog

Pinkfresh Studio has created a special stamp set called Forever in Our Hearts in honor of, and to benefit Layton's Legacy. The stamp set includes a beautiful butterfly image and thoughtful sentiments for people who lost a pregnancy, baby or child . 5$ from every sale of this stamp set will be donated to Layton's Legacy. 
I made a sympathy card using Forever in Our Hearts stamp set. 

First I created the background panel. I pressed Soft Lilac and Lavender ink on a clear acetate sheet, sprayed clear water and applied it on a watercolor paper panel. I repeated the process until I was happy with the result. I then stamped the Floral Cluster on it also in Soft Lilac and Lavender in an ombre fashion. 

I then added darker shades where needed on the Floral Cluster image using the same purple inks. I used the inks like watercolor. To add the darkest shade in the petals I used Copic markers V01, 06 and 12. The leaves were colored in C1, C3 and V000. 
After the coloring was done I splattered Lavender which was mixed with water on the panel and added lots of white splatters as well. 

Next I gold heat embossed the butterfly from Forever in Our Hearts on a piece of watercolor paper and colored it using Pinkfresh Studio watercolors in Sunshine and Clementine. I cut it using the coordinating die and set it aside.

I decided to add a vellum panel on the background to tone it down. I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Forever in Our Hearts set on the vellum and cut it using a Diagonal Stitched rectangle die

I cut the background panel using the large Diagonal Stitched rectangle die and foam mounted it on a kraft cardbase. The vellum panel was then adhered flat on it and the butterfly using some foam adhesives. 
I finished off the card by scattering some yellow Crystals .

I hope I could show you the beauty of this stamp set and remind you of the great cause of Layton's Legacy. 

You can find all the infos about Layton's Legacy Fundraiser and Card Drive and how to help this event on Lea's blog ! On the Pinkfresh Studio blog is also a special post introducing Forever in Our Hearts stamp and die set along with pictures of the beautiful creations from other design team members and guest designers. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!
Wishing you all a lovely day.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad Release Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad Release Blog Hop!

You've arrived here froRebecca Luminarias' blog, if you're following the blog hop order. In case you're lost on the way or want to start over, please hop over to Pinkfresh Studio blog!

Pinkfresh Studio has released 48 new ink pads today! They are grouped in 12 color families. Four tones in each color family are available so that you have enough shades for layering stamping as well. Along with the full sized ink pads, ink cubes are also available.

*I wrote the name of the ink cube pack in parentheses in the description.

The inks are so juicy and stamp beautifully on the paper. They will be a great addition to your ink collection!

I have three cards to share with you today. Two of them are holiday cards and I added a floral card to show you the stamped images.

Let's take a look at the holiday cards first! For these cards I used mainly the blending technique and the inks were very easy to blend using make-up brushes.

For the first card I used Layered Wreath die and Skiing by stamp set from the recent Holiday Release. I tried a new-to-me color combination; purple, teal and yellow.

First I made the front panel by ink blending Stargazer (Starry Night), Lavender (Soul of Provence), Tidal Pond (Island Oasis) and Mermaid Cove(Island Oasis) from top and bottom towards the middle of a white cardstock. I added lots of white splatters to the panel and let it dry. I then cut the Layered Wreath from the panel. I also cut the Layered Wreath from some white cardstock and green fun foam.

I glued a piece of clear acetate between the white and the green foam wreath to make the shaker window.

For the background I ink blended Sunshine (Rise and Shine) and Grassy Knoll (Over the Hills) and splattered white opaque ink as snow on a white cardbase. The skiing bunny from  Skiing by set was stamped using a black ink and Lavender (Soul of Provence). I masked the sweater and stamped the line in black and stamped the sweater part in Lavender. I added some texture in the sweater using a black fine liner. I cut the bunny with the coordinating die and glued it on the cardbase along with a hill of white cardstock which was cut using coordinating die as well.

I then assembled the shaker card by adding micro beads and silver glitter. I also die cut the small leaves using Layered Wreath die set from a piece of cardstock which I ink blended in Tidal Pond (Island Oasis) and Mermaid Cove(Island Oasis) . The berries were cut from some yellow cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Stargazer (Starry Night) on a piece of white cardstock and added it to the card. 

The second holiday card is showcasing Merry Days stamp and die set along with Classic Holiday Words die set.  And I used Key Lime (Over the Hills), Grassy Knoll (Over the Hills), Passion Fruit (Heartbeat) and Bubble Gum (Fairy Dust) to match with the colors of the Rainbow with Splatters washi tape I used to cut the tree. 

I started off by die cutting the Merry Days from Bling black cardstock panel and from a piece of cardstock on which I adhered Rainbow with Splatters washi tape. I also cut it from some soft pink fun foam to raise the tree with the washi tape.

I blended Key Lime (Over the Hills), Grassy Knoll (Over the Hills), Passion Fruit (Heartbeat) and Bubble Gum (Fairy Dust) on a soft pink cardbase keeping the transition of the colors like the Rainbow with Splatters washi tape. After the ink was completely dry I white heat embossed the Merry Days  image on it. 

I adhered the die cut Merry Days tree from pink foam and Rainbow with Splatters washi on the cardbase aligning with the white heat embossed image and added the negative black panel to the card. I die cut the words from silver glitter and white cardstock using Classic Holiday Words die , stacked them together and adhered it on the card. I finished off the card by adding some pink, yellow and night blue jewels.

To show you how the inks stamp I've made the next card. I stamped the floral images from Lovely Blossoms stamp set using an acrylic block once on Neenah solar white paper. As you can see they stamp beautifully.

I stamped the pink small flowers in Sparkling Rose and Bubble Gum (Fairy Dust) the yellow ones in Sunshine, Sweet Mustard and Marigold (Rise and Shine), the blue ones in Sky Blue, Summer Shower and Seaside (Morning Sky) and the purple one in Soft Lilac and Lavender (Soul of Provence). The leaves were stamped in Misty Coast and Rocky Slope (Urban Raincoat). Some of the flowers I stamped in two shades. I cut them all out using the coordinating dies and set them aside.

I cut a heavy weight Neenah solar white cardstock using a frame die from Pretty Frames die set and ink blended it. I used Sunshine, Sweet Mustard (Rise and Shine) and Bubble Gum (Fairy Dust). The thin frame was silver heat embossed two times. I also splattered the same colors I used for blending  and the Rocky Slope (Urban Raincoat) on a white cardbase. 

I foam mounted the ink blended piece with the silver frame on the cardbase. The letters were cut using Adore Alpha die set four times from white cardstock and stacked all together. I arranged the little florals around the letters and glued them as shown in the picture.

The sentiment "are special" is from Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I stamped it in Rocky Slope (Urban Raincoat) on the "U". I finished off the card by adding some pink Crystals.

I want to share one more card I made for the Holiday Release in September, as it shows the beautiful color of the Coral Reef (Heartbeat) !!! It is definitely my favorite color from the new ink pads! The ink blending in the background and the base color of the main images are created using Coral Reef.

Check out the Pinkfresh Studio shop for all the ink colors.
I hope you enjoyed looking my cards and got some inspiration how to use the new Pinkfresh Studio inks!

Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full sized ink pad release on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and full mini cube release on their IG feed.

Also each of the designers participating in this blog hop will be giving away a $25 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio store. The winners will be picked from the comments.
*All the winners will be announced on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page on Monday, Oct. 21th.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Merry and Joy - Penny Black

Hello everyone! Today I have four holiday cards to share with you. They all are made using the new holiday stamp and die sets from Merry and Joy Release by Penny Black. 

It'll be a photo heavy post. So grab something to drink before you start 😄!

My first card is a spinner card. I used the Ornate (30-610) stamp set and Ornate Cut Out (51-575) to make the spinning bauble.

I started off by preparing a navy cardbase. I gold heat embossed a branch from All Wrapped Up (30-607) stamp set on the front of the navy cardbase several times so that I get the all over patterned look. I ink blended Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress ink on the perimeter of the front and cut it using Snowflake Frame die (51-565). I took off the central rectangle and gold heat embossed the thin frame.

I chose one bauble from the Ornate (30-610) stamp set and gold heat embossed it two times on some navy cardstock. I colored them using Prismacolor colored pencils and cut them with the  Ornate Cut Out (51-575).

Then I started assembling the card. I cut a extra navy panel with the small snowflake frame die from  Snowflake Frame die (51-565) set and adhered it on the back of the front side of the cardbase. I put a thin string between them and glued the two colored baubles to the string. The sentiment from Merry Up (30-622) set was stamped in navy on a white banner. I matted it with a bigger banner which I heat embossed in gold. I'll add one more sheet of navy cardstock in the inside so that it turns into a tri-fold card and I can write something :).

My next card is showcasing a beautiful cling stamp called Poinsettia Poem (40-700). I made a one layer card, as I wanted to focus on the image. 

To start off I stamped the Poinsettia Poem (40-700) in a light gray ink on Bristol Vellum paper and added the background colors by "smooshing". I used Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feather, Broken China and Wilted Violet distress ink. I applied pink and purple inks first on a acetate sheet, sprayed lots of water and pressed it on the paper. I dried the panel and added teal and blue inks in the same way. The light gray image helped me while adding the colors in the background, so that I have more pink on the flowers and blue-teal color on the leaves.

After the panel was completely dry I stamped the Poinsettia Poem (40-700) again in Memento black ink and colored it using Copic markers. I used R83, 85, 37 and 89 for the magenta poinsettias and R32, 35, 37 and 39 for the red one. The holy leaves were colored in BG colors. To add some texture on the panel I dry embossed it using a Stitched Loops die (51-573).

The sentiment is from Thrill of Hope (30-616) stamp set. I gold heat embossed it directly on the colored panel and mounted the panel flat on a cream cardbase. To give the card some shine and sparkle I added white Pico Embellisher on the berries and Crystal Stickles on the center of the poinsettias. 

For the next card I used the gorgeous Scarlet Season die set (51-559). I chose a modern version from the design ideas I had in my mind 😊! This card is practically one layer and showing transparent poinsettias.

Scarlet Season die set (51-559) includes poinsettias in two different sizes. Each poinsettia has one base layer and one detail layer. I used the detail layer dies. First I cut the large poinsettia from an A2 sized Bristol smooth paper panel. Next I cut two small poinsettias on both sides of the large one.

I took the detail die cuts out and ink blended them in Ripe Persimmon and Abandoned Coral distress ink. I adhered a piece of clear acetate on the back of the panel and inlaid the die cuts by adhering them on the acetate. I die cut the center pieces from some gold foil cardstock and adhered it on the poinsettias.

The sentiment is from Merry Builder (30-619) set. I gold heat embossed "MERRY" and stamped the rest of the sentiment in black. I cut a white cardstock in A2 size and adhered it on the back of the front panel to finish off the card.

The last card for today is a holiday card in pretty pink! This is featuring the beautiful Winter Garden (40-711) cling stamp set. 

I gold heat embossed Winter Garden (40-711) image on a Canson watercolor paper and watercolored it. After coloring was completed, I fussy cut the image.

I ink blended Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress ink on a white cardbase on the area where the image would be placed so that the pink blending peeks from behind of the image. I splattered clear water on it and dabbed it off with a paper towel.

The colored image was then foam mounted off the edge on the left side of the cardbase. The sentiment from Merry Up (30-622) set was white heat embossed on a strip of cardstock on which I ink blended the pink distress inks in an ombre fashion. To finish off the card I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher on the berries and three pink rhinestones to the card. 

That's it! Thank you so much for staying with me through the long post. I hope I could inspire you with my cards today!

 There are cute, fun and beautiful designs in Merry and Joy Release by Penny Black! I love them all!  I posted some cute holiday cards featuring adorable elves and critters from Merry and Joy Release last week.  Click here if you missed the post !

Thanks again for looking!
Wishing you all a happy weekend!