Pinkfresh Studio May Essentials Release Blog Hop

May 20, 2019


Happy Monday, friends! Today I am excited to share that our second release of Essentials went live in the Pinkfresh Studio store. This release includes 6 new diecut sets, 1 set of flat backed jewels and 1 set of shaker crystals, with 12 colors in each set. 
 The diecut sets includes label frames, edgers, a tag, and so much more. In true Pinkfresh fashion, we've worked very hard to make these Essentials versatile, unique and we think you will love adding them to your crafting studio!

Here is a look at all of the new products:

SHOPPING PROMOS
There is so much to go over, but first - why don't I share the awesome shopping promos we have going on! First up is this free die with ANY purchase from the Pinkfresh Studio store. It will automatically load into your cart!
We are also offering FREE shipping in the USA on orders $50+, or discounted shipping for our International friends! Just use the code: 

MAYESSFREESHIP50


This promo is valid until Sunday, May 26th at 11:59pm. The code will deduct $5.50 from your order, which is the equivalent of free U.S. shipping, or discounted International shipping.

Now, I will put the rest of the blog hop & GIVEAWAY info down at the bottom of my post, but how about we get to my projects for today? I've channeled my inner Cathy Z. in my cards today, as I needed some grad cards this year too. However, I didn't personalize them and went with WTG, meaning "Way to Go!". I focused my cards around the brand new Pretty Frames 2 die, and combined it with the highly popular (and just re-stocked) Adore Alpha die set, Stitched Rectangles diecut set from our 1st Essentials release, and sentiments from Through the Trees and Abstract Builder. And finally, I have accented each card with our brand new Jewel mix.

I did do a video for today, including an introduction to all of the new items and my card process. You can check that out below - I'm still getting over all the germs our foster daughter would bring home from daycare, so my voice is a bit gravely & scratchy.


I know that not everyone loves to watch videos, so I will still write out the process too! I started by diecutting the Pretty Frames 2 die from heavyweight white cardstock 3 times. Then I diecut the Adore Alpha letters 4 times: once from gold glitter paper, and three times from white cardstock. Then I stacked & adhered all the white layers together with a Zig glue pen. Finally, I diecut the Stitched Rectangle from Bazzill Jellybean cardstock. At this point, all the diecutting was complete.

Next I stamped the sentiments to white cardstock in onyx black Versafine, then trimmed into thin strips. I added banner edges to the sentiment strip for the purple card.

Then I put together the purple version of the card by layering all the elements to the front of a white A2 cardbase, popping some of the items up with foam adhesive. This gave the card great dimension, and also made it very sturdy. Finally, I added our new flat backed jewels to the front of the card with mixed media glue and my new Crystal Katana jewel picker. My friend, Heather Hoffman, told me about this tool and I finally broke down & ordered one. Let me tell you this - I shouldn't have waited so long. This is the best jewel picker I have EVER used - it actually works correctly!

The blue card was put together almost exactly as the purple card above, with the exception of one added step at the beginning. I splattered the navy cardstock panel with Gansai Tambi gold paint and watered down titanium white acrylic paint. Once dry, I put it together in the same fashion as the card above.

 I really hope that you liked my fun set of grad cards today! I really love how they turned out!

Those are the projects that I have for you today, so how about we get to the rest of the info you need?

PRIZES 
You have the chance to win a $25 gift card sponsored by Pinkfresh Studio from my blog {and all the other posts on the blog hop too!} - all you have to do is leave a comment!
 You can also win the full Essentials release on the Pinkfresh Studio blog and Instagram feed. You have until Sunday, May 26th at 11:59pm CST to leave a comment. Winners will be posted on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE on Monday. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.


BLOG HOP LINK LIST:
You can access the entire blog hop link list HERE.

You should have arrived to my blog from Laura Bassen.

The next stop on the hop is Natasha Valkovskaya.

And you can always head over to the Pinkfresh blog post if you get lost along the way.

And that is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media if you'd like. I would love to be crafty friends!

Happy Hopping, and have a great start to your week!

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Simon Says Stamp Celebrate You Blog Hop - Day 1

May 16, 2019


Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's always a happy day when we are celebrating a brand new release from Simon Says stamp, right?! Their latest collection is called Celebrate You, and it is full of lovely products! Simon is doing a free Tim Holtz Idea-ology Butterfly Adornment as a FREE gift with purchase promotion - just use the code BTF842 upon checkout to take advantage while supplies last! The code will expire on Sunday, 05/19 at 11:59 pm ET.
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This is day 1 of the Celebrate You Blog Hop, and we've got quite the lineup for you! I will put all of the blog hop details at the end of my post, but how about we get to my cards first? Today I have focused on the Gerbera Daisy cling stamp and Words of Hope dies. I've paired them with some teeny sentiments from the previously released Comfort & Prayers stamp set, and they were the perfect addition to these lovely word dies.

 I quite often get the background cling stamps that SSS releases each month, and I always love to do my simple drop & spray technique with my Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor. This is where I drop a few drops of each color, then lightly spray here & there with my Distress Sprayer to create the background. This worked okay with this image, but I will be honest and let you know that I had to mop a bit of water in places, and use my brush to really make them look how I wanted. Liquid watercolor is really forgiving when it comes to this, so I wasn't worried and the backgrounds came out just as I planned!

I did end up doing a video, but please be gentle with me...it's been awhile and my voice over is a little clunky. Plus, my camera died, so you only get to see the heat embossing and watercoloring done on video...which is technically the more important part.


I hope that you liked my video, and getting to see how I fixed my mistakes, and how forgiving liquid watercolor actually is! One thing that I forgot to mention in the video is that once the panels were dry, I did gently wipe them down with a damp paper towel to help reveal the white embossing again. And I also wanted to mention that the photographed cards are the actual panels from the video - I know that sometimes people create cards in advance to try out their technique, but I'm going to be real with you...I don't have time for that. Lol! Thus, you got to watch me figure out how to make a little bit of a hot mess work. :)

I started by heat embossing the images in WOW! opaque bright white - superfine to Arches hot pressed watercolor paper. I actually prefer the cold pressed version, but I wanted less texture to interfere with the heat embossing. The cold pressed paper is far less textured, so it was the best choice. I watercolored each background like I mentioned above, then set them aside to fully dry.

While they dried, I diecut each word three times: once from DCWV gold glitter paper and twice from heavyweight white cardstock. I stacked & adhered them together with a Zig chisel tip glue pen. Then I stamped the sentiments in onyx black Versafine to white cardstock, and trimmed them down, adding banner edges to some of the sides. The final step was layering all the elements to the front of white A2 card bases, popping some pieces up with foam adhesive and finishing by accenting with trios of jewels.

This pink version uses the Bubblegum and Sky Blue shades of Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor. I think the sentiment would be really fitting for someone dealing with cancer, infertility, loss and so much more. 

This version uses the Sunshine & Sky Blue shades of Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor. This sentiment is faith based, and perfect for many occasions & scenarios...even graduation!

 I hope that you liked my Gerbera Daisy & Words of Hope card set today using Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor and some of the amazing new products from Simon Says Stamp!
That is what I have for you today! How about we get to all the fun blog hop info now?!

PRIZES:
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment section. They will choose the winners and post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. Winners can email SSS to claim their prize.

BLOG HOP LINK LIST:
Be sure to hop along and leave comments along the way for your best chance to win one of the prizes!


Wow....what a lineup that is! I know I am excited to grab a cup of coffee and see what everyone else created!

Finally, if you'd like to see even MORE inspiration from this release, check out the Celebrate You Collection Gallery. And be sure to link up YOUR creations too!

Before you move along to Emma's blog, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Alright friends! Happy hopping, and happy Thursday!

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Celebrating All Moms with Pinkfresh Studio

May 13, 2019


Hi there, crafty friends! While it is Monday, and technically the day after Mother's Day...I'm going to ask you to bare with me. Welcome to my life over the past 3 months - late, last minute and general chaos most days due to being a foster mama to two beautiful girls, ages 16 months & 4 months. Our first foster placement came to an end on Friday afternoon when the girls went to live with their grandmother.

It was a bittersweet moment - I cried when we placed the girls in the car taking them away from us. The truth is - this is what fostering is. The state believes wholeheartedly that as long as the home is safe, babies & children should be with family first if they can't be with their parents. They came to us for 3 months because they had to vet & ready a family member to take them. Ultimately, I don't know if this familial choice is the right home for them, but it isn't my call. The other side of the coin is that the birth parents weren't a right fit for us either. We had wanted to foster a respectful and open line of communication with them, but they forced us to close that. I won't go into any more detail as I don't feel comfortable putting any more info out there, but just realize that it was a very difficult & stressful situation for us, especially me.

We are going to take the next month or so to decide if we want to continue long term fostering, or change over to a more temporary pursuit like respite care or sheltering. Or, maybe choose a completely different path altogether. As another Mother's Day passed with no children in my earthly life again, I've come to terms with my reality. Yes - I miss my little ones SO much, and wish with all of my being that they were still here with me. But, that is never going to be the case, and I've dealt with the hardest emotions that center around that truth. Now I try to focus on the fact that I believe with my whole heart that one day I will be with them again forever in Heaven. That the amount of time I have left on this earth is so little in comparison to forever. And I humbly thank Jesus for the confidence I have in that.

To all of the amazing mamas in this world that I get to call friend, colleague or acquaintance...I want you to know that I see you. It doesn't matter if I can see your children or not - if being a mom is something that has been bestowed upon your heart, then you are a mom to me. To those that are struggling with loss & infertility, my heart bursts with love for you most of all. Although we are in a club that no one wants to be part of - you are my kindred spirits - the ones who understand all the mixed feelings about days like this. And if you have chosen that being child free is best for your life, I want you to know that I applaud you for making the best decision for yourself - knowing that days like Mother's Day are still difficult because people can be nosy and judgemental about this type of decision.

I made this trio of cards for the Pinkfresh Studio April release, but I had this exact post in mind when creating them. Mother's Day is complicated. And really hard for so many. I think these three sentiments really go together perfectly when I think about all the intricacies of motherhood, and am happy to share them with you today.

The first two cards feature the brand new Blooming Bouquet stamp set and coordinating dies, that was illustrated by my friend & Pinkfresh card team member, Yoonsun Hur. Both sentiments are included in this stamp set, among many other heartfelt options. I think you will really just love this stamp set, and enjoy adding it to your stamp collection!

To start I stamped the bouquets to smooth Bristol cardstock with onyx black Versafine ink. Then I colored them with our liquid watercolor - but I mixed them to get the shades that I wanted. Here is the formula for each color:


After the watercolor dried, I cut them out with their coordinating dies and then splattered them with watered down Titanium White acrylic paint. For this first card, I heat embossed the sentiment in Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder to the bottom of a smooth Bristol cardstock block then mounted the bouquet to the front with foam adhesive. I lightly watercolored around the florals with some Sky Blue, and then mounted to a red A2 card base once dry.

For the background on this card, I watercolor smooshed with my custom colors to a block of Ranger Distress Watercolor paper. I was very light handed in this process, as I wanted the background to be very subtle. Once it looked how I wanted & dried, I then splattered it a bit with matching colors. Then I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment with WOW! Opaque Bright White - superfine embossing powder to black cardstock, and trimmed it into a thin strip. I finished this card by mounting each item to the front of a pink A2 card base with foam adhesive.

This final card uses the new Hanging Florals stamp set & coordinating dies. I used all the same custom colors above, with the exception of the Turquoise. I added the tiniest dot of Emerald City into that custom color combination for the leaves that are the brighter green. I watercolor smooshed the background for this card as well, but this time was a bit heavy handed, as I wanted a bit more vibrancy. I stamped the sentiment directly to the watercolor background in onyx black Versafine, then layered each item to the front of a coral A2 card base with foam adhesive.

All three cards also feature some new Essentials products that will be releasing in a week! We are super excited about them, and can't wait to share them in full with you!

That is everything that I have for you today, friends. Hopefully you don't mind that my Mother's Day post came a day late. And I hope that whether you celebrated yesterday or not, that your day was just a fabulous one all around. I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Have a great Monday!

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WOW! Embossing Powder Guest - Shades of Blue

May 7, 2019


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I am so excited to be a guest for WOW! Embossing Powder this month! For my first guest post I have a set of simple cards that pack a punch thanks to some beautiful embossing powders from WOW! I've paired them with a brand new stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio called Through The Trees, and they truly are a perfect fit!

I started by prepping three heavyweight white cardstock blocks with a powder tool. Then I stamped & heat embossed the forest scene to each one using WOW! Embossing Ink, and embossing powders in the following colors: Midnight Dream, Vintage Peacock and Under The Sea. Then I heat set them with my new WOW! dual speed heat tool.

Next I prepared all the sentiments, choosing three of my favorite ways to create them! For the Midnight Dreams version of the card, I prepped black cardstock with a powder tool, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment to it with WOW! embossing ink & Opaque Bright White super fine embossing powder. Once set, I trimmed it into a thin strip.

For the Under The Sea version, I prepped a block of vellum with a powder tool. Then I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment to it with WOW! embossing ink and Gold Rich Pale super fine embossing powder. I also trimmed this one into a strip, then wrapped it around the middle and adhered it.

For the Vintage Peacock version, I stamped the sentiment directly to the middle with some onyx black Versafine.

At this point it was time to assemble the cards. I paired each embossed tree block with a coordinating A2 card base, and adhered it to the front with foam adhesive. I popped the black cardstock sentiment up with a thin strip of foam tape, then accented each card with coordinating jewel trios to finish.

I really hope that you enjoyed my card set today using some of the amazing WOW! Embossing Powders, ink & heat tool! These turned out beautifully, and I could see them created in ANY of the amazing WOW! Embossing Powders. That is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Have a great Tuesday!

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For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below. {Includes affiliate linking where possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you. Never fear - I will only ever link to products that I truly love & use!}