Pinkfresh Studio February 2020 Background Stamp Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

February 17, 2020


Happy Monday, crafty friends! It's release day at Pinkfresh Studio, and we are so excited to bring our a brand new product line to Pinkfresh Studio! This is our first time releasing background designs in cling rubber, and we are SO excited about them!

This initial release includes 9 beautiful background designs made from deeply etched red rubber mounted on cling foam. We chose to have our background designs created on this high quality rubber so that you will get a crisp & clean impression whenever you stamp with them. Each background stamp is approximately 6"x6" in size.
These stamps are a perfect fit with the 48 premium dye inks that we recently released, and our upcoming Detail Black ink. I had mentioned in January that we would be releasing Detail Black in February, but unfortunately, or shipment was shorted by quite a large quantity. So, we have to push the Detail Black release until we get the rest of our order.

Here is a look at the 9 new background stamps!

FEBRUARY 2020 RELEASE


We've got a fantastic blog hop lineup and prizes at every stop! I'll get to all of that info at the end of my post, but how about we get to my cards first? The only stamp I didn't get to for the release is Floral Shadow, but I have a super fun card set in the works with it...so be on the lookout!

For my first three cards, I went a little crazy with no-line coloring. These stamps are PERFECT for this fun technique!

LEMON LUSH
My first card uses the new Lemon Lush background stamp, and some no-line coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I used Fade Out ink on Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock, which is my favored paper for this technique. I do this technique quite simply, and choose just 1-2 shades for each item, then blend with the colorless blending brush. You could take this gorgeous Lemon Lush image many steps further, but as I've mentioned in the past, my coloring skills are quite basic. Once all the coloring was complete, I diecut a panel from it using the largest Essentials: Stitched Rectangle die.

The sentiment was created with the Sentiment Suite: You die, and the Leafy Decor stamp set. I cut the word die 3 times: once from champagne glitter paper and twice from 130 LB white cardstock, then stacked & adhered with a glue pen. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Detail Black ink (coming soon) and trimmed into a thin strip. I pulled out the Essentials: Crystals Mix to embellish, because I wanted them to be clear, rather than iridescent.

With everything complete, I layered it all to an A2 white cardbase as shown! I see so many possibilities with the Lemon Lush background stamp - I can't wait to watercolor a heat embossed version of it!


LUSH VINES
This card was created in the same fashion as the card above, just very different colors. This card features the Lush Vines stamp, which is SO versatile! It is still very wintry where I live, so I wanted to have a very serene, winter feel to the card. Plus, the sentiment called for that as well. But just by changing the colors you could make this for any season, or holiday, especially Christmas! When the no-line coloring was complete, I diecut it with the largest Essentials: Ornate Banner.

I diecut the Essentials: Ornate Frame die twice from 130 LB white cardstock, then stacked & adhered. The sentiment is diecut from Phrase Builder: Sending and stamped from Leafy Decor in Detail Black. I also accented this card with the Essentials: Crystals Mix. I got the idea for accenting inside of the Ornate Frame like this from the amazing Laura Bassen - hers was a rainbow of course! :)

I layered everything to the top of a shimmery periwinkle A2 card base as shown. Isn't this background stamp just gorgeous?!


ENCHANTED BLOOMS
The final no-line coloring card I have to share with you features the Enchanted Blooms background stamp. This stamp is full of gorgeous florals that you can use as a full panel, or fussy cut if you prefer. I used Arches cold pressed watercolor paper on this card, as I wanted a little texture and was okay with the cream color of the paper for this one. Once the no-line coloring was complete, I diecut a panel using the largest Essentials; Diagonal Stitched Rectangle.

The sentiment was stamped & heat embossed using the Layered Bouquet stamp set on vellum. I wrapped the vellum strip around the top of the floral panel, then accented with the Essentials: Jewels Mix in gold, pink & yellow.

I layered everything to the top of a wine colored A2 card base as shown. This has been a very popular color palette in weddings recently, and now I can see why! It's elegant & classy, but quite bold.

ABSTRACT CUBE
I sneak peeked this card in January, and now here it is in full! This card features the Abstract Cube background, and  is very clean & graphic, with a little bit of rainbow color. I stamped it in Detail Black ink, then cut the panel with the smaller, clean edged die from our Essentials: Stitched Rectangles set.

The sentiment is from our Sentiment Suite: Hello die set, and cut from gold glitter paper & white cardstock, then stacked. I added some leftover rainbow stripes that I created for our December Essentials release, then accented with the Essentials: Jewels Mix.

I mounted everything to an A2 black cardbase as shown. I LOVE this stamp, and I think it would be fun to randomly color in the cubes in rainbow order. 

Diagonal Bars & Do What You Love
This card features the two background stamps that can be used together or separately, Diagonal Bars & Do What You Love. I stamped them with our premium dye inks in Ballet Slipper and Stargazer. I have a card in the works where you can see the words a little bit easier, so be on the lookout for that one. For this card I kept it in the background, then added a couple of the Pretty Frames 2 around it.

The sentiment is from our Phrase Builder: Sending die set, and I used both the word & shadow for this one. I accented the card with our Essentials: Jewels mix.

I layered everything to the front of a navy A2 card base as shown. These stamp sets have so many fun possibilities, and I love that you can layer them or use them alone!

DIAMOND TILES & FLORAL DIAMOND
These cards were featured in my January release post, so I'm just going to share an image of each one. This card features the Diamond Tiles stamp, which is probably my favorite from this release! It also features the Layered Bouquet stamp set and coordinating die that we released in January.

This one features the Floral Diamond background in the background, stamped in Misty Coast. It also features the Just Because stamp set and coordinating die that we released in January.

Those are all the cards I have to share with you today! How about we get to all the info you need for this new release!

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 also have the chance to win the full release on the Pinkfresh Studio blog {linked below} and our Instagram feed. You have until Sunday, February 23rd to leave your comments. The winners will be picked & posted to the Giveaway Page on Monday, February 24th, and you must follow the instructions on that page to claim your prize.

BLOG HOP LINK LIST
Our entire card team and some very welcomed guests have been crazy busy creating inspiring projects using all these new background stamps! You are going to LOVE hopping along this blog hop! Here is a full link list, and please note that there is a second page of links. It's come to our attention that the Inlinkz lists aren't always showing up in all browers, so you can also view the entire link list HERE.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Before you move along to the next stop on the hop, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

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

SUPPLY LIST
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.

Rainbow Valentine with Simon Says Stamp

February 9, 2020


Happy Sunday, crafty friends! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far! It's been a quiet & cold weekend over here in Minneapolis. We got some workouts in, and after that were mostly homebodies. That means I got some crafting time in!

Today I've got a card featuring some newer products from Simon Says Stamp, who happens to be celebrating 18 years in business! What an amazing feat! They've got a code for 18% off your order, which ends tonight at 11:59pm EST. All you have to do is throw some things from your wishlist in your cart, then use the code EGHTN845 in the promo code section when you checkout. Easy peasy! I grabbed a couple things that I needed...including a die for a stamp set that I want to use, and the Amsterdam titanium white fluid acrylic ink.
https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=199868&u=1598441&m=24698&urllink=&afftrack=

I've got a rainbow valentine that I started on Friday at craft night, and finished after my workout yesterday. It features the Rainbow Heart die, and the sentiment is from CZ Design Reverse Love sentiment strip pack. It was perfect, because I call Josh babe almost 100% of the time...and it was so nice just having the sentiments done for me. All I had to do was trim them down and mount with some foam tape. These are really perfect if you are short on time but want some amazing sentiment options!

To start I did all the diecutting with the Rainbow Heart. The heart die doesn't have a solid background, so I traced the negative on to matching white cardstock and fussy cut. I cut the rainbow layers 4 times: once from the rainbow colors, then tree times from white cardstock. I stacked & adhered everything with a Zig pen, then added shimmer to the rainbow layers with a Wink of Stella pen.

 Next I ink blended the background using distress oxide inks in Festive Berries & Tattered Rose. This is one of my favorite blending combos, especially for love themed cards. I diecut the blended background with the largest Stitched Rectangle die, then splattered it with watered down Titanium White acrylic paint.

I trimmed the sentiments down, then assembled everything to the front of an A2 white card base. I used lots of foam tape to adhered everything, as I like a lot of dimension to my cards. Then I finished by accenting with the Essentials: Crystals Mix in red, pink & clear. I use the jewels so much, but I really wanted the crisp & clear feel of the crystals on this card!

That is everything I have for you today! If you have any questions about my post today, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.
Don't forget that the storewide 18% off sale ends tonight at Simon Says Stamp, so be sure to take advantage if you have some crafty items on your wishlist! 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 online!
Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

SUPPLY LIST
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 really appreciate your support! 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.

Classy Card Set Featuring Yana’s Foiled Basics

February 6, 2020

Hey there, crafty friends! I hope you are having a good week so far! Today I've got a card set to share with you featuring the brand new Foiled Basics by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders. I am so happy for Yana having her own collection of Glimmer Hot Foil products, as I think she does an AMAZING job with them. I watch all of her videos, and have had my Glimmer Hot Foil machine forever...but I'm going to be real with you. This was truly the first time I've ever broken it out & used it. (Shhhh...don't tell anyone or I'll get my papercrafting card revoked. Lol!)

I am so happy with the results, and while they aren't perfect, I am learning to embrace imperfections when papercrafting and finding ways to strategically use them or cover them up when it happens. With that being said, I have a few tips that I want to share about the foiling process as we take a look at my two cards today. First, I want to mention how I got started. When Yana shared these new foiling products with me, the first thing that came to mind was the classy & bold colors that are often used in Kate Spade collections. So that was the jumping off point for my inspiration for my card set!

TIP #1: PRACTICE 
Grab a few sheets of cardstock that you are okay with tossing if you don't like how the foiling turns out. The Glimmer Hot Foil System comes with a couple of foil colors, and one of them was silver. I'm not the biggest silver person, so I used that since I wouldn't reach for it very often when crafting. During my practice time, I followed the instruction manual first and then made adjustments based on what I saw in the foiling. Sometimes that meant adding a paper shim, which I needed for the polka dots but not the intricate foliage & sentiments.

I felt the practice time was crucial to really get a feel for how foiling works best for me and my workspace. I practiced for about 30 minutes, and after about 10 I was getting good foiled impressions that could actually be useable on a card. So, I promise you won't waste too much but I do think this part is important!

TIP #2: WATCH THE EXPERT
I learned SO much from just watching Yana's videos. This video is a perfect introduction to the Glimmer Hot Foil System, and then this video is packed with helpful tips, techniques & tricks for foiling. She has done a lot of foiling as she works for Spellbinders, so she really is an amazing resource for learning.

TIP #3: HAVE FUN!
This is THE most important tip! Just have some fun, and don't worry about everything being completely & utterly perfect. Sure, there are some flaws in the foiling on these cards. But I did it myself, making it handmade & special for my recipient. I am THRILLED with how they turned out, and I had SO much fun making them! And that truly is the most important aspect - to have fun while creating and doing what you love. :)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Create (2) A2 top folding card base out of white cardstock.
  • Foil light pink cardstock in Polished Brass using Polka Dot Strip, then cut into two strips
  • Foil navy blue & light pink cardstock in Rose Gold and Polished Brass using Foliage Border & Organic Foliage, then die-cut.
  • Foil light pink cardstock in Rose Gold using Yana’s Sentiments, then die-cut.
  • Layer the polka dot strips with a thin dark pink strip of cardstock to the A2 card fronts.
  • Layer the circle foliage frames to the front of each one with foam tape.
  • Accent the foliage frames with additional foliage, leaves & flowers.
  • Add a die-cut sentiment to each circle with foam tape.
  • Finish by accenting with iridescent jewels.
One final shopping note, you can purchase all of these new Foiled Basics by Yana separately (as linked in the instructions above), or get them all in Yana's Foiled Basics Project Kit. This kit also includes 4 rolls of foil in some really fresh & fun colors, plus a few other supplies for creating 4 cards. You get a bit of a discount with this option...yay for savings!

That is everything I have for you today! If you have any questions about my post today, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.
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 online!
Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!

SUPPLY LIST
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 really appreciate your support! 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.

Heavenly Scene Building with Alexandra Renke papers

February 2, 2020


Happy Sunday, crafty friends! How about we get back to some regularly scheduled crafting around here?! January is always ridiculously busy with Creativation, and all the prep...then recovery...then catch up. Lol!  It should be less quiet in my little crafty corner of the internet now that I am home, and caught up for the most part.

Today I wanted to share a set of baby cards with some new baby products from Alexandra Renke. These papers are so whimsical and sweet, I might have squealed a little when I saw them! Along with Pinkfresh, Alexandra's papers are one of my favorites in the industry. They are completely different from anything that is out there, and I just love all the designs.

All the papers that I've used are linked below to Alexandra's shop in Germany, as I wasn't able to source them here in the US. I did see that Simon Says Stamp as the 6x6 version, but because I used the 12x12, they might not be completely compatible (in terms of making the same exact cards as shown).

The fussy cut elements are all from the adorable "Baby Elephant in Heaven" paper, which pretty much just captured my heart. And made me think of Ellie & Layton. That might be another reason why I love Alexandra's papers so much - I find myself wondering about what my little ones are doing up in Heaven as I create, and it is a really lovely thought to think of them perfectly healthy, beautiful and together. Both backgrounds were cut from the "Baby Sleeping Moon" paper.

The slimline card features the new Baby word die, which is a gorgeous scripted font. I cut it from this really lovely Martha Stewart branded glitter paper at Michael's that I found this past December. It is in the section of single sheets, and is a really soft gold, with flecks of champagne in it. I need to go back and buy every single piece so I never run out. Lol! I also cut it a few times from the matching Alexandra Renke cardstock, then stacked & adhered them together for some dimension & sturdiness.

The 5x7 card features the Little Angel die, which is in the Last Chance category of Alexandra's shop. So, I'm not sure how much longer it will be available. It's such a sweet word die, that I had to get at least one more use out of it! I finished the sentiment by stamping the word <welcome> in Smokey Gray Versafine from the Placed In Brackets stamp set.

After assembling the cards as shown, I accented with the Essentials: Jewels Mix in yellow and white. 

Another thing I love about Alexandra's papers is that they challenge me to make different sized cards, other than A2. I'm always trying to find ways to show off her papers more, and keep elements that might otherwise get cut off. I'm finding that slimlines are really fantastic, and I love this larger 5x7 card today! If you have any questions about my projects at all today, please leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.
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 online!

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

SUPPLY LIST
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 really appreciate your support! 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.