Thursday, March 31, 2022

Potted Plant Sympathy Cards - Simon Says Stamp

 Good morning! I'm stopping by this morning to share a couple cards using a fairly recent release from Simon Says Stamp that I finally had a chance to use - and I fell in LOVE with it! So easy and versatile - and perfect for mass producing! It is called Printmaking Plants - and the name is fitting for how I put it to use!

I needed to build up my stash of sympathy cards - those ones you don't ever want to use, but are grateful to have on hand when you need them. I actually stamped out a total of 3 of each of these 2 designs - and then did 3 each of 2 more in a different color combo that I will share soon. So in a short amount of time, I had a total of 12 sympathy cards for my stash - just because I was able to stamp each layer repeatedly, and so easily!

First, I stamped the black outline on 3 panels of white cardstock. These I used as a baseline to line up each of the solid fill-in images in my MISTI, and stamped on all 3 of the cards with the black outline.

Before I removed each layer from the MISTI, I then stamped 3 more times with the same color on more white panels of the same size. As this went along, it built up the layers to create a different look - sort of a not line coloring effect!

Once all the layers were added, I stamped sentiments under the complete images using an older set - but one of my favorites for sympathy cards - Moments of Grace. So many great sentiments, and I love the fonts as well.

To assure everything was lined up perfectly, I used Basic Rectangles dies to cut the panels down to size. They could easily be trimmed down with a paper trimmer, I just preferred to die cut them out so they would be just right.

Since these were sympathy cards, I generally prefer to keep them simple, without too many embellishments, so I refrained from adding any bling or sparkle. Adding texture and interest with white cardstock however is perfect! I added a simple mat of white cardstock around those die cut panels, then mounted those up with foam adhesive on a white cardbase - an extra, and perhaps not necessary step, but love the added texture and dimension! 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

So Kind Tulips - Simon Says Stamp Hello Gorgeous Release

 Hello! I'm stopping by today to share my another card using the BRAND NEW Hello Gorgeous Release from Simon Says Stamp! This card uses a negative piece from THESE cards I shared before - instead of wasting the outer portion, it was perfect to turn into a simple frame on this card!

This card uses a beautiful new floral stamp set - and while I want to watercolor this image soon, I love how beautiful it is just stamped simply in black and white - no coloring needed!

The stamp set is called Mother's Day Tulips - and the image is huge, perfect for a slimline card design. It also worked to just use part of the image on this card. I stamped in in black on white cardstock, and trimmed it down to fit behind the frame which was die cut from some of the Pinkfresh Happy Heart 6x6 paper pad using Stitched Rectangles. Sentiment was stamped from the new Garden Boots stamp set, also in black ink.

I created a cardbase from Smoke cardstock, and adhered my stamped panel on it, then popped the frame up with foam adhesive over the top. A few Pinkfresh Glacier jewels add the perfect touch of sparkle to finish this card off!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Go Through Hard Stuff - Pinkfresh Studio Instagram Release Hop

 Hello! Today I am part of a fun Instagram hop to celebrate the new Pinkfresh Studio release! I have had so much fun creating with this release - yesterday was the blog hop, and I shared tons of cards for that! I have a fun slimline card I'm sharing today that I created on last week's YouTube Live for Pinkfresh Studio as a sneak peek with my partner-in-crime Lea Lawson. You can watch that video HERE if you want to see more details!

For this release sneak peek YouTube Live, Lea and I both used different elements from the Fuchsias suite of products, and different ones of the new Nested Hot Foil shapes. I used the stamp and layering stencils with the diamonds, she used the washi with the circles.

I stamped my image in Stargazer ink - a nice deep blue that is a nice change for the typical black ink - and then stenciled with super soft colors. 

I hot foiled the fun new Nested Diamonds foil plates with Blush hot foil, and die cut with the Nested Diamonds dies. These sets are so versatile and fun! I used 3 different sizes on my one slimline card.

Next, layered those frames on a panel die cut with the Stitches slimline die. I used foam adhesive for the largest one, and adhering the smaller ones directly on the panel.

Then it was just a matter of tucking and arranging those florals around all the frames! I curled up the edges slightly, and used a mix of foam adhesive to stabilize where needed, and liquid glue to adhere in other places.

I used a sentiment from the stamp set, heat embossed in Rose Gold to coordinate with the hot foiling. I trimmed it into a thin strip, and adhered it over the flowers.

Finally, I adhered it all to a Mint colored slimline cardbase, and embellished with a mix of Ballet Slipper, Lavender, and Glacier jewels for some extra sparkle!

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Miss You Bunches Bunnies - on the Unity Stamp Company Blog

Good morning! I'm back with another card for my series on the Unity Stamp Company Blog this morning! I'm so excited to be featuring the amazing Kit of the Month on Monday's on the Unity Stamp Company Blog! Since the Kit of the Month was the first thing I purchased from Unity, and what got me hooked to begin with, they hold a special place in my heart, so I'm super excited about this opportunity to give these kits some love! You can check out all the details HERE for today's project!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a WONDERFUL day!!!

Pinkfresh Studio March 2022 Washi, Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Good morning! Today is an amazing blog hop to celebrate Pinkfresh Studio's March Washi, Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release! This release was supposed to happen earlier this month, but shipping delays pushed it to the very last minute this time around! Hopefully you find it worth the wait! You aren't going to want to miss a stop along the way - TONS of inspiration and prizes up for grabs! YAY! You can find links to all of the new release items I used on today's cards at the bottom of this post!

If you know my by now, you know I generally share lots of cards for these release hops - so as usual, be prepared to scroll a bit!

First up, I'm sharing this layered card using the gorgeous new Dahlia Washi, and a couple of the new nesting hot foil and die sets! I hot foiled one of the Nested Hexagons hot foil frames on some Concord and 9th Grapefruit cardstock using Blush hot foil. I die cut a smaller one of the same set from white cardstock to layer over the top. THEN...on top of that, I layered one of the Nested Diamonds - this one I had created by using the leftover negative foil, and foiling it with the Solid Foil plate. This allowed me to then die cut the frame, and have a reverse hot foiled image - white in the center, with foil along the outer edges.

Before adhering that frame panel to my ivory cardbase, I stamped it with Darling Dahlia's cling rubber stamp and Ballet Slipper ink. This added the softest and prettiest touch of color and texture to the cardbase. I then applied the Dahlia washi to vellum, and die cut with the coordinating dies. I love washi on vellum - it adds an ethereal feel to it that is so gorgeous! I chose a couple to layer in the center of the frame, tucking a couple edges in.

Sentiment was heat embossed using the Dahlia washi stamp set and Rose Gold embossing powder. I trimmed it into a thin strip, and hand cut the edges into banner shapes. I then layered that directly over the florals.

I had slipped when doing my hot foiling, and had a bit of a flaw at the bottom of that hexagon shape. was an opportunity to embellish more, right? So I created a bow using Artistic Bows die. I used vellum for part of it, and then die cut from some more of the negative space of some of the hot foil that I foiled to some white cardstock using the Solid Foil Plate. This gave me my own custom foil paper that PERFECTLY matched the rest of the foiling on the card. LOVE that so much!

Finally, I added a few Sparkling Champagne Pearls for the final touch of sparkle and shine!

I just love how the foiling on this card all works together - from the foil on the washi tape, to the foiled frames, to the custom foil on the bow, ending with the perfectly coordinating pearls!

Next up - the new Rainbow Floral washi tape is hands down one of my FAVORITES from this release! I know this one will be super popular, so if you like it, I suggest grabbing it soon!

For this card, I used all the loose elements on the washi tape - saving the wreath for another card. I decided to layer the florals in rainbow order along the bottom of my frame.

For my frame, I hot foiled one of the Nested Hexagons with Champagne hot foil, and die cut with the coordinating die. I added a stamped sentiment using Floral Notes slimline stamp set and Detail Black ink. This is one of my favorite birthday sentiments - so dainty, and that font is so pretty!

For the background on this card, I used Daisy Chain coverplate, die cut from white cardstock, and layered over a white cardbase for a tone on tone look. I love texture like this that still preserves white space!

I layered the frame over the top with foam adhesive, and then tucked and adhered my florals around it. I curled up the edges of each one slightly, then adhered with liquid glue for some faux dimension without additional foam adhesive.

In my stash, I've had some of the Small Butterflies that I hot foiled on heat resistant acetate a while back. They have been just sitting there, waiting to be used - and this card felt perfect to tuck a few on! I added 3 on this card - they are fairly subtle, but I love what they add! By tucking them under things, I was able to use liquid adhesive to adhere them, but since it is hiding under other elements, you don't see the adhesive. :)

Finally, a few Metallic Gold Pearls finish this card off! Sigh...rainbows, florals, gold...what's not to love?!?

And now another favorite of mine from this release! This is so unique and different from so many Pinkfresh designs - and I love it!

The soft texture and colors on the Hibiscus washi are just lovely, and there are so many fun elements to build your own custom cards with.

For this card, I die cut a window from white cardstock using the Nested Hexagons dies - while they work perfectly with the hot foil plates, they are so versatile that you can use them alone as well! I added some texture to the panel underneath by dry embossing the Daisy Chain die

I layered and arranged my florals around the frame, using foam adhesive for the parts in the center of the frame, and liquid glue for the additional elements tucked around.

Sentiment is from the new Rainbow Sentiments Ephemera Diecuts - another super fun and versatile item for quick and easy cardmaking! LOVE these! Finished off with a few Lavender jewels tucked around the frame to coordinate with the flowers and add a touch of sparkle.

And now - moving on to a couple cards using the Fuchsias washi - and some negative foiling from last week's YouTube live sneak peek (that I will be sharing for the Instagram hop tomorrow!).

Again, this set of washi tape has beautiful gold foiling accents - and is SOOO gorgeous!

I wanted some texture for this background as well, so I die cut the Geo Tiles die from white cardstock to layer over a white cardbase. I had used several of the Nested Diamonds hot foil shapes for my YouTube Live card last week - and since I hot foiled them with my Solid Foil plate, I had to put them to good use! I used the largest one for this card, popped up with foam adhesive on that background.

Over this, I layered the Fuchsias washi, applied to white cardstock, and die cut with the coordinating dies. I used most of the smaller elements for this card, adhered with liquid glue after curling up the edges slightly for dimension.

I also tucked a few more of those Small Butterflies hot foiled on Acetate as with the rainbow card - tucking them in the florals or under the sentiment to hide the liquid adhesive.

Sentiment is another one from the Rainbow Sentiments Ephemera - popped up with foam adhesive. A few Glacier jewels are the final finishing touch on this card!

And...because I just couldn't bring myself to waste the outer frame leftover after foiling my negatives with the Solid Foil plate, I used that for this next card - featuring lots of that beautiful Blush Gold foil!

Since I die cut the other frames out of it, I also had a perfect window. I used a panel die cut with Sparkling Diamonds coverplate to back that panel, and popped the frame up with foam adhesive on that.

I added the large cluster of Fuchsia washi over the frame, tucking the end under the frame, and adhering with liquid adhesive.

I added another of the Rainbow Sentiments Ephemera over the top of that, popped up with more foam adhesive. 

Then since it felt like it needed something more, I added a Stitched Scallop Rectangle die cut from white cardstock.

Finally, a few Glacier Jewels adhered on the corners of the scallop frame finish this card off!

Fuchsias are such gorgeous flowers - and I love that this washi tape does them justice - and all the gold accents just add to their beauty!


Make sure and leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win one of 10 $25 gift certificate to Pinkfresh Studio chosen from comments left across the hop! All winners will be chosen and posted on the Pinkfresh Blog on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - so make sure and check back to see if you were a winner! Winners must check that page and claim their prize within 2 weeks.

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