Peony Laurel + Liquid Watercolor Technique

September 23, 2019


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a good weekend. We spent some time finishing up some training for our foster care relicensing. We also watched football, hung out with our neighbors at a neighborhood brewery and I got some cardmaking in!

So, last week I did a thing...I signed up for The Ton Craft Retreat in March 2020. Josh and I have been talking about taking a trip to Manhattan FOREVER. Little did I know, he wanted to do it for my 40th birthday, which is in January. We were on a walk and I mentioned Effie's retreat, and how it was taking place in a hotel in Times Square...which I was really excited about. He then told me to BOOK IT, because he wanted to plan a trip to NYC for us anyways! We are arriving on the Tuesday before the retreat begins, and will stay through the next Monday, so that we have some "just us" days in the city to explore, and see all the sights that I've always wanted to see. I am SO excited, friends!

I believe there are still spots left, and you can sign up HERE. I took a 4 hour class from Effie at {Stamp} JunkieFest this past June, and she is fantastic! I already know a lot of watercolor techniques, but I still learned so much from her. She is also engaging, informative and really good about making sure you get one on one time with her if you need it. I think it will be a really fun time with crafty friends, and if you are looking for a retreat to go to next year...I would love for you to join me! :)

I had some watercolor time this weekend, and created this card set using the Peony Laurel stamp set and coordinating dies from The Ton, and painted them with my Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor. You can purchase the full collection HERE, and get 10% off using the code WATERCOLOR10. I've also linked the individual colors at the end of my post in my full supply link list.


I've created my own custom colors just by mixing the liquid watercolor. Here is a simple recipe, but realize that you will need to adjust a bit to get the exact color you want.

Coral Pink: 1 part Bubblegum to .25 part Clementine (you will likely need to add more pink.)
Bright green: 1 part Key Lime to 1 part Emerald City

I also add a bit of water to every color mix, because our liquid watercolor is so highly pigmented. I suggest playing around a little bit, and testing the colors on the same watercolor paper you plan on using.

To start, I stamped & heat embossed the main image from the Peony Laurel stamp set three times in Gilded to Strathmore cold press watercolor paper. This paper is nice & sturdy at 140 LB. The texture is not as beautiful as the Arches texture, but it is still lovely watercolor paper, and I don't want it to go to waste. Then I proceeded to color the images with my custom color. I did the floral first, then the leaves. I do a small section at a time, lightly dampening the paper within the embossed section. Then just lightly touching a paint filled brush to the center, and letting the paint move out with the water. It will get lighter as it moves, and then you can take a clean, detail brush in to finish the job. This is a super easy technique, and a great place for watercolor beginners to start!

I used one of the floral pieces, and turned it into a shaker card. The shaker circle was create using the Essentials: Inverted Stitched Scallop Circle die set from Pinkfresh Studio. Then I filled it with Essentials: Crystals Mix in pink, and the Candlelight confetti mix from HoneyBee. The sentiment was stamped & diecut from gold glitter paper using both the Peony Laurel stamp set, and coordinating dies.

I tried giving you a good peek at the shaker mix, because it is GORGEOUS. It doesn't photograph super well, but hopefully you can see how lovely it looks.

For this card I used the remaining 2 floral pieces, and just framed the sentiment with them on the card front. I did splatter some of the matching custom colors to the front, using the sentiment stamps as a "guard" to keep the paint from splattering on it. I accented this card with the Essentials: Jewels Mix from Pinkfresh Studio, using the green, light pink & white jewels.

I really love how these cards turned out, and I'm so excited to have used this beautiful stamp set! It' been in my crafty studio for awhile now, and I'm finally having the chance to break it out. I love Effie's floral stamps - they are some of my favorites, and they are perfect for watercoloring!

One last shot, hoping to show how beautiful the gold embossing looks on these floral pieces, and all the shine it gives to your card. I also added shimmer to the petals with my Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen, but I didn't really have the right light to show that the day I photographed. So, the florals have a beautiful shimmer when you see them in person.
That is all I have for you today! Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Have a great start to your week!

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Seasonal Baby Cards with Concord & 9th

September 17, 2019


Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and start to your week! I went to a local scrapbooking store about an hour north of the cities on Sunday. I haven't been to an actual scrapbooking store in a VERY long time, so it was pretty fun! I went with a group of cardmaking friends that I've made here, and we went for a late lunch afterwards. It was a lovely day!

On Saturday, I had some crafting time that was just "me" crafting time. I pulled out some items from Concord & 9th that I either haven't ever used, or hadn't been used in awhile, to create this set of baby cards. I prefer not always creating baby cards in blue, pink or yellow...and like to create them with the season in mind. We are in that late summer, early fall place...where things are still green, but starting to turn colors, and I love this color palette I've used. I also used my brand new Plaid stencil from The Stamp Market - it is fantastic!

For this first card, I layered the plaid stencil over a block of kraft cardstock and blended white pigment ink over it. I ink blend & use stencils on my Waffle Flower water media mat. It is the perfect smooth surface for ink blending, and cleans up super quickly & easily! I just use my microfiber cloth to clean it right up! Pigment ink needs a little time to dry, so I set it aside and started working on the stamping.

I bought the Laurel stamp & die bundle from C9 awhile ago, and have never had a chance to use it. It is now in the Last Chance category at C9, so it is a great time to grab it if you love it! I adore the sentiments in it, and the leafy frame is just lovely. I stamped the frame in greens & the florals in light shades of orange. This is a new collection of inks that will be releasing soon...so I will share more about those at a later date.

Next I diecut all the stamped images, the standalone branches & the banner strip with the Laurel Frame die set. Then I diecut the background with the Pinkfresh Essentials: Stitched Rectangles die. Then I stamped & heat embossed the word "welcome" in Gilded to the plaid background. Finally I stamped the second part of the sentiment to the banner strip.

Finally, it was time to put the card together. I adhered the plaid background to a white A2 card base with a full panel of foam adhesive. Then I mounted the leafy frame & flowers to the front with foam tape. I tucked the diecut branches under the florals with mixed media adhesive. I added the sentiment strip below the heat embossing, then accented with jewels to finish. (The jewels were purchased from Michael's.) 

For this card, I stamped the Blooms Fill-In background in white pigment ink to a kraft cardstock panel. Then I stamped in the florals & leaves with the same/matching inks as used above. Then I did the diecutting - including the background, the hello word (which is stacked with two layers of white & one layer of gold glitter), branches & the banner strip. Next I stamped the second part of the sentiment to the banner strip.

I put this card together in the same fashion as the first card. I adhered the background to an A2 white card base with foam adhesive. Then added the hello word to the lower right corner with mixed media adhesive. I mounted the sentiment strip below it with a thin strip of foam tape. I added the branches to each end with mixed media adhesive. To finish, I accented with the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Jewels Mix, using the light pink, light orange & white colors.

I would love to challenge you to think outside of the pink/blue/yellow box when it comes to creating baby cards. I love matching my cards to the season that I am in, and hope you will try it out too! Let me know...what do you think of my non-traditional colors for baby cards?
That is all I have for you today! Before you move along with your day, 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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Simon Says Stamp - Flora Background Back in Stock!

September 14, 2019


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! I wanted to pop in today and share this fall card that I've made recently. The Flora Background cling stamp from Simon's STAMPtember® exclusives sold out rather quickly, but it looks like it is back in stock now!

I'm sent these cling background stamps quite often, and when I am creating for my initial post I typically stamp &/or heat emboss them multiple times to different paper types and colors. This background was heat embossed in Brutus Monroe Gilded (which is my FAVE gold embossing powder) to Patriot Blue 130 LB cardstock. And while I loved how it turned out, it didn't fit with my initial post. I saved it, because it did turn out beautifully....and now I am using it today!

Before I share my process for making this card, I wanted to let you guys know where I purchase a lot of my cardstock. It's no secret that I like thick, dimensional cards...and I LOVE 130 LB cardstock. I get mine at Cut Cardstock, which has a really great selection of cardstock in general, including the ever popular Neenah Smooth Solar White in 110 LB. They are also super friendly, and they ship REALLY quickly. They can also cut your cardstock (for an additional fee), which is super convenient when you want a lot of white card bases.

As I mentioned, the embossed background was already done when I started creating this card. So my actual first step was diecutting. I started by diecutting the Elegant Fall Blooms twice from Stardream metallic gold cardstock. (This is also from Cut Cardstock and is 105 LB.) Then I diecut the word Blessings twice from cougar white 130 LB cardstock. I stacked & glued the layers together with a Zig glue pen.

Next I stamped & heat embossed the word Autumn from the Autumn Greetings stamp set in white to the gold frame. This sentiment technically says Autumn Blessings, so I just masked off the word blessings with purple tape. Once heat set, I adhered the diecut part of the sentiment underneath the embossed part. 

At this point it was time to turn it into a card. I layered the embossed background to an A2 white card base with a full panel of foam adhesive. Then I layered the gold frame to the front with foam tape. Finally, I accented it with trios of Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Jewels in brown, blue & white.
That is all I have for you today! Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Have a great Saturday!

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Pinkfresh Studio STAMPtember® Stamp & Die Set

September 10, 2019


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope that you had a great weekend, and start to your week! I'm so excited to share that Pinkfresh Studio was asked to illustrate a set for STAMPtember®, and today is our release day! This set is called Partial Cut Floral Frame, and you can either get the stamp & die combo, or just the stamp set if you prefer. This set is only available at Simon Says Stamp, and has very limited quantities. Be sure to grab it if you want this gorgeous stamp set!

The purpose of the die is to give you the ability to add a little dimension around the flowers & leaves. It was designed to be quite subtle, and for my card today, I kept it as is. BUT, what I love this about the die...if you want to be able to add more dramatic dimension, it is super easy to snip some of the sections with precision tip scissors, or use an exacto knife.

I feel like using the die first, and then stamping worked best for me. That way I could really line up the stamp within the partial cut area. I heat embossed mine in Brutus Monroe Gilded to Arches watercolor paper, then colored it in with Zig clean color real brush markers. I added some very fine splatters in matching colors around the stamped frame.

I stamped the sentiment directly to the middle of the watercolor panel in onyx black Versafine. It needed to stamp it twice to get a good impression on the watercolor paper, so I was sure to use my MISTI. I "fluffed" the partial cut areas to give the image dimension, then adhered the entire panel with foam tape to the front of a blue A2 card base. To finish, I accented with Pinkfresh Studio's Essentials: Jewels Mix.
I really hope you love this stamp & die combo! This was our first year getting to be part of STAMPtember®, and we are so excited about how this set turned out. Well, that is all I have for you today! Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday! Happy STAMPtember®!



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Designer Picks for a Purpose with Pinkfresh Studio

September 6, 2019




Happy Friday, crafty friends! It's been a week, hasn't it? How is your September so far? I can admit, I've been struggling in these first few days. I love fall. I love EVERYTHING about fall. But it is the start of my hardest season. Ellie's missed due date, the day Layton passed away, and all the holidays that hurt because they aren't here to celebrate with us. It's a lot, friends.

On a particularly hard morning, I was sitting at my desk working. I looked up & out my window to see a squirrel and a bunny chasing each other. And it wasn't the "get out of my territory" chasing...they were honestly just playing. After a few rounds, the bunny was done and scampered off. But the squirrel kept on playing, flipping himself all around in the grass. Like...literal FLIPS. It was hilarious. And then I thought of my kids. I have no idea what shape, form or age they take on in Heaven. But I imagine them playing with each other like that. Ellie finally being done with it, and maybe like me, heading off to read a book. And Layton, ever the boy, going on to entertain himself without his big sister by flipping all around and being a little wild. It's a beautiful thought, both sad & wonderful at the same time. And maybe the bunny & squirrel were a little note from Heaven, reminding me that they are perfect and healthy and fully loved on the other side of the veil.

The devastation that Hurricane Dorian has left in its path hasn't helped my mood either. As videos & photos emerge of all that is just gone...my heart has just broken even more. Friends, A LOT of crafty companies are doing what they can to help. It's a really great weekend to do some shopping, as I know many are donating. I believe that Jennifer McGuire will be compiling a list, so I would suggest checking out her site or social media. I'm just going to mention what we are doing at Pinkfresh Studio.
https://www.pinkfreshstudio.com/collections/all
100% of our net profits from this weekend will be donated to Hurricane Dorian relief. If you're signed up for our newsletter, we are doing a 3 part series called Designer Picks for a Purpose, and many of our team members are sharing their current favorite item or items in the Pinkfresh Studio shop. Maybe you will find something on that list that you hadn't seen before, and a fun way to use it! Our team & some welcomed guests will be sharing on social media throughout the weekend as well, so hopefully you will see some must have goodies!
 
I'm going to share mine today - I've chosen the Hanging Florals stamp set and coordinating dies. This is such a versatile floral design, and can be used in so many different ways! I have a Christmas themed card in mind using it as well, which I will create a little closer to the holidays. For today, I'm going to share this fun wedding themed shaker card.

I've colored the flowers in with our Liquid Watercolor. I loosely mixed the Bubblegum & Clementine to get the floral color. Because I just barely mixed it, the clementine peeks through the Bubblegum here & there on the flowers...it's quite lovely. The circle shaker window was created using our Essentials: Braided Circles dies, which pair perfectly with the Hanging Florals image. As you can see, I trimmed off the hoop, and just use the flowers. The sentiment is a combination of our Essentials: Classic Words dies and the Bloom stamp set.

The shaker is filled with our Essentials: Crystals Mix, which are diamond shaped crystals in 12 colors! They are SO pretty, and perfect for shaker cards. I also accented the card with the crystals, just gluing them down on either the flat top or angled on it's side. If you use a liquid glue for this, you will get a good permanent bond once it dies. 

That is everything I have to share with you today, friends! Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be online crafty friends!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Summer Send-Off with Alexandra Renke

September 3, 2019


The temps are cooling here, and Fall is definitely in the air. So I thought I would send-off summer with a really fun card set featuring some Alexandra Renke papers & dies that have all the summer vibes. I also love that the colors are some of my favorite combos right now!

I couldn't find the papers in any of the US shops that I frequent, but they are on Alexandra's site - this collection is called POP Summer, and is SO fun! I can't recommend Alexandra's papers enough...they are heavyweight, vibrant & beautifully illustrated.

I did all the diecutting while at a crafty night with friends awhile back. I've found that I am not good at creating things in full while at craft nights, but it is perfect for prepping upcoming projects while I chat, snack and laugh with friends. I just bring my little diecut machine from Altenew with me, which fits right in my tote bag, and I can prep the night away! This card is the fruits of my diecutting labor from that night (with the exception of the scalloped panels. I did those at home on my Gemini Jr.). I finished the card by accenting with Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Jewels Mix.

For this card, I did a little bit of watercolor behind the diecut images with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I diecut both of the sentiments from gold glitter paper & white cardstock a few times...then stacked them together. These cards were super easy to put together, and I used foam dots to pop all the diecut pieces and give them some added dimension.

Both cards were accented with my very favorite iridescent jewels from the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Jewels Mix. I've picked the light blue, light pink & white...but the yellow would have looked really nice as well. 

Those are the two cards I created to send-off summer! I know many of you are still in the throes of hot, summer weather...but it is definitely starting to feel like fall in my neck of the woods. Bring on boots, football and pumpkin spice everything!

Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


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For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below, including affiliate linking when possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you. I typically link to 2-3 sites, in hopes that your preferred retailer will be among them. I only support legitimate retail sites, that are true partners to stamp, die and scrapbooking wholesalers.