Pinkfresh Studio 6th Anniversary Instagram Hop

April 6, 2020

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Today is a super special day, and I am celebrating Pinkfresh Studio's 6th Anniversary! I came on to the scene in year 3 has a part-time employee, doing whatever was needed that was in my wheelhouse. (let's be real - I did some things NOT in my wheelhouse too. Lol!) Less than 6 months later I was working full-time, and now I am the marketing director for this amazing company. We truly run like a family - we have a small team, but we work together seamlessly to make business run as smoothly as possible. Kinnari, the owner of the company, is one of my very best friends and I just love her vision for Pinkfresh. Always fresh & modern, heartfelt, unique and some of the best color combos around.

I'm always very grateful that I get to do what I love as a job - photography, marketing and papercrafting all tied into one. I love this industry, and all of the people in it. It truly is my dream job, and sometimes I can't believe that this is what I get to do for a living now. I'm even more grateful right now, because if I were exclusively shooting weddings right now...well, life would be even more stressful.

Today we are celebrating our 6th Anniversary with a really epic Instagram Hop with our entire creative team. Your best bet is to start at Pinkfresh Studio's Instagram, and find this graphic. Then hop along, following the prompts as you go!
https://www.instagram.com/pinkfreshstudio/

I will put the complete IG Hop List at the end of my post, as it can be helpful if you get lost along the way. There are also some pretty amazing giveaways going on!

PRIZES
-(1) Grand Prize valued at $250 from the Pinkfresh Studio post
-(6) $60 gift card codes randomly selected from all the other stops

You have until Tuesday, April 14th to follow, heart & leave comments. We will pick & post winners in the Pinkfresh Studio post on Wednesday, April 15th.

For my post today, I'm sharing a few cards that I actually made awhile ago for a Practical Publishing Feature, but have never posted them anywhere. We don't do a lot of seasonal product at Pinkfresh Studio, but I really love that we have lots of products that are versatile enough to use for any season! I created this card set with Easter in mind, as the meaning behind it brings joy to my life. It's been said around the internet lately that Easter is officially cancelled this year, and that just breaks my heart. Yes - it looks very different, but Easter is most definitely NOT cancelled. It might not be the year for new fancy Easter outfits, public Easter egg hunts or going to church in person, but we can still celebrate it in our homes.  

"Sending Joy" card features: For this card I stamped & heat embossed the main floral image to Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock with rose gold embossing powder. Then I colored the entire panel in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I diecut the panel with the largest stitched rectangle, then diecut the word JOY from the middle and set those pieces aside. I proceeded to diecut the same letters from white cardstock 10 times. I stacked and layered 5 sets of the inner alphas, and two sets of the outline with a Zig glue pen. I stamped the first part of the sentiment to white cardstock in detail black ink, then cut out with the matching die. I mounted everything to a white A2 cardbase, using a full panel of foam adhesive on the main layer. Then accented with clear sequins to finish. 

"Joy From our Home to Yours" card features: For this card I created an alcohol ink background to 5x7 Yupo paper in wild plum, lettuce and gold mixative. Once dry, I trimmed the panel down to fit on a white A2 card base. I diecut a gold glitter frame using the two largest nesting dies from our Essentials: Stitched Rectangles set. I mounted it to the top of the alcohol ink background with some foam tape. I took the diecut inside letters from the Flower Garden panel above, and stacked them with the other 5 white cuts. I stacked two more white outline sets together, then adhered them all to the lower right corner of the framed alcohol ink background. I stamped the first part of the sentiment in detail black to white cardstock, trimmed into a thin strip and adhered over top of the latters. I finished by accenting with clear sequins.

"JOY" tag features: For this tag I stacked the outline letters diecut from the floral panel with 3 white sets. I diecut the tag from white cardstock, and the bow from gold glitter paper. I covered the bag of the tag with matching glitter paper to peek through the cut-out at the bottom of the tag. I adhered the bow to the top of the tag, then layered the word JOY to it to finish. In order to get the letters to fit on the tag, I had to overlap them slightly, which I think gives it some beautiful extra dimension!



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

As I mentioned above, here is the full link list for today's IG hop. It is quite long, so I know it can be easy to get a little lost along the way!

Hop Order:

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 weekend!

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.

Simon Says Stamp United We Craft Blog Party

April 4, 2020


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! How are you faring during this crazy time in our world right now? If I'm being honest, I've probably had more anxiety this week, but I don't want to focus on that today. I want to focus on this epic crafting party that is going on at Simon Says Stamp! There is really something wonderful about feeling connected and united around something that we love like papercrafting, which is what this big party is all about.
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/

I think I read that there are over 100 people signed up for this party, so there is going to be TONS of inspiration using Simon Says Stamp stamps, dies, stencils & more! Be sure to get all the details on the Simon Blog, as all of the party links will be there. I hope that you really have an inspiring time checking out all the amazing projects, and be sure to check out #SSSUnitedWeCraft on Instagram too!

RAINBOWS WILL BE BACK CARD features:
The other supplies & tools used to create my card are linked at the end of my post. I love the sentiment on this card, and while right now feels more like a downpour...I do believe that rainbows will return. I do believe that we can find rainbows during the storm, especially in this little creative world of cardmaking that we call home. To get this card started, I stamped & heat embossed the Heart Garland background in Gilded embossing powder to heavyweight white cardstock. Once heat set, I diecut it with the largest die from the Essentials: Stitched Rectangles.

Next I diecut the Rainbow Heart from cardstock in white, and rainbow colors. This die doesn't cut an outline, so I just used the negative and trace it on white cardstock. After cutting it out, this is the piece that I adhered all the diecut layers to with a Zig glue pen. Next I covered the rainbow with the same glue and sprinkled glitter over top of it. I really like to mix Lawn Fawn's prisma glitter and chunky glitter together when glittering elements on my cards.

The final step to this card was stamp & heat embossing the sentiment from You Got This in bright white embossing powder to black cardstock. Once heat set, I trimmed it into a banner with a pair of fine tipped scissors. At this point it was time to arrange all the pieces to an A2 black card base, adhering each layer with foam adhesive. To finish, I accented with a row of rainbow colored crystals above the sentiment strip. I've been using the new embellishment wand from Studio Katia recently, and it works really well. Plus, It's super pretty! :)

That is the card I have for you today! If you have any questions about it, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.

We also wanted to share how we are connecting with others through crafting. I craft at my desk in the dining room while my hubby plays video games in the living room. Our house is teeny, so we are maybe 20 feet away from each other...and we often chat as we do our own thing. But, the other night I did catch a YouTube live for Jeff Lindberg's birthday edition of Craft Cocktails, with lots of my crafty friends. I did have my hubby take a quick photo of me "hanging out" with my friends! :)

I hope you enjoyed my card! I know that rainbows make me feel hopeful, so I hope that I could share some of that with you today.  Be sure to check out the Simon Blog for all the blog party links, as I know I can't wait to grab a cup of tea and start clicking for inspiration!

Before I close up, I wanted to mention a few ways we can help our industry and stay united during this crazy time:
  1. If you have the means, place orders with your favorite crafting companies like Simon Says Stamp - even if they can't ship right now. (Which is the case for Simon, and many other companies too.)
  2. Maybe you can't shop right now, and that is totally understandable. Add products that you find really inspiring to your wishlists and save them for a day when you can!
  3. Share sales graphics & such from your fave companies on your social media outlets - sharing really does help get the word out.
  4. Participate in their challenges and Facebook groups - it's a great way to connect & share your love of their products. Plus - most challenges also have giveaways! 
  5. Share the love of your favorite crafters! Blog posts, IG posts, etc...let's share all the beautiful creations we are inspired by! I think we are all feeling a little off right now, and supporting each other will provide great encouragement!
Before you move along, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media before you move on with your day. I would love to be crafty friends online!

Have a happy Saturday!

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 only support legitimate retail sites, that are true partners to stamp, die and scrapbooking wholesalers. Today I will only be linking to Simon Says Stamp.

Pinkfresh Studio Frame Builders + Final Days for March Challenge

March 27, 2020

Happy Friday, crafty friends! How are you doing during this strange time in our world? We just got our shelter in place orders from our governor until at least April 10th. However, we traveled to NYC in early March, so we've been distancing since returning home just in case we had contracted the virus. So far so good - no symptoms and we feel great. Honestly - other than not being able to go to the gym everyday, which is a HUGE bummer for me...my life hasn't really changed that much. I work from home as is, and all that has affected my work life is we had to cancel some of my travel & events. That's a bummer too, but they will get rescheduled...even if it is next year.

I did want to mention that Houston, where Pinkfresh Studio headquarters is located, is also under a shelter in place order. Which means our warehouse has to remain closed and we cannot ship orders until the order is lifted by local government. At this time it is tentatively set to lift on April 6th, but that can be pushed back if the city deems it necessary. All orders from the Monday release will start shipping as soon as the shelter in place order has been lifted.

Rather than continuing with our usual weekend promos during this time, we are just going to extend the free US or discounted international shipping on orders $35+ until the order is lifted. Use the code below based on your location in order to take advantage of the shipping promo. We are still taking orders & processing payment, but please remember that shipping will not resume until we can get back into the warehouse.
https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1005961&u=1598441&m=71858&urllink=&afftrack=

Trust me - we are SO sad about this, but we also completely understand the reason for it. And we cannot WAIT to get back to shipping your orders, and seeing what you create with our new Essentials Slim Cuts. Until then, we encourage you to connect & create with us using the Pinkfresh Studio products you have on hand!

One way to create for a chance to win a $50 gift card to our shop is to enter our monthly challenge! The March "Frame It" Challenge is in its final days, and you have until Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59pm to get a papercrafting creation linked up! This challenge is for ANY type of papercrafts: cards, layouts, mini albums, notebook spreads, DIY decor, tags, & more! Here is the March challenge graphic for reference, but be sure to head over to the challenge post for the rest of the details!
https://www.pinkfreshstudio.com/blogs/card-making-challenges/march-2020-challenge

I've created this trio of cards featuring our My Favorite Story paper collection, and our Frame Builder dies, along with the Phrase Builder: Sending die set for the sentiments. I have used the 6x6 Paper Pad (SSS | SB.com) and Fabric Bows (SSS | SB.com) from the My Favorite Story collection on all three cards. The patterned paper background panels were all cut with the largest Essentials: Stitched Rectangle, which added the perfect stitched touch to each card! Finally, the glitter paper I used on each card was purchased at Michael's - it is from Martha Stewart and is the champagne color.

This first card features the Frame Builder: Botanical Triangle die set, and I've also used the Floral Ephemera pack (SSS | SB.com) behind the gorgeous triangle. On all three cards, I've diecut the botanical frames and phrase builders words multiple times and then stacked with a glue pen. These dies are very dainty, and it would be quite cumbersome to add foam tape behind it, so I find this to be the best way to add dimension and sturdiness to the cut! All three cards have been accented with our gorgeous Essentials: Crystals Mix. These are out of stock, but you can sign up for a restock notification in the product link. We are expecting our reorder at the end of April. :)

This next card features the Frame Builder: Botanical Circle die set. I didn't realize this set was also sold out everywhere, but never fear, it will come back in stock! Like the jewels, you can sign up for a restock notification in the product link. I've cut out the middle of the top layer with the largest Essentials: Stitched Scallop Circle die.

My final card features the Frame Builder: Botanical Diamond die set. This set can also be used as a square for added versatility! I've also added a Puffy Sticker (SSS | SB.com) from the My favorite Story collection to help convey the sentiment.

I just love combining all the amazing dies that Pinkfresh Studio has to offer with our paper collections for scrapbooking style cards! I hope it gives you some inspiration to try it out as well. If you find yourself with some crafty time this weekend, why not try out the Pinkfresh Studio March challenge?

 That is everything I have for you today! If you have any questions about my card, 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!

Have a great start to your weekend!

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.

Pinkfresh Studio March 2020 Essentials Slim Cuts Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

March 23, 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! We are so excited to introduce our first selection of dies for the ever popular Slimline cards that we see popping up more & more in cardmaking! We are also excited to be releasing our Detail Black ink, which is a hybrid formula that works with both watercolor and alcohol based markers. It is crisp, clean and gives a perfect impression every time. We think you are going to love it!

This initial release includes 9 gorgeous designs that coordinate with our current Essentials collection. You will get slimline version of our bestselling stitched & diagonal stitched rectangles, along with our slimline take on Diagonal Stripes and Fancy Diagonal Stripes. We've also included 2 sets of edgers, slimline ornate banners and two peek-a-boo circle backgrounds. Our dies are based on size #9 envelopes, with the largest die dimension being 3 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches.

Here is a look at the 9 new dies + our Detail Black ink!

MARCH 2020 RELEASE

I've created an Essentials Slim Cuts intro video for you today, with information on the sizing that we've used and a closer look at all the new dies and Detail Black ink. You can watch it below, but be sure to click HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win the entire Essentials Slim Cuts 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?

SLIM DIAGONAL STITCHED RECTANGLES
My first card uses the Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die set, where I've created a cute mountain scene with the adorable Falling For You stamp set and coordinating dies. I've also used our Radiating Background 2 die for the sky, and did some rainbow ink blending with our premium dye inks. Finally, I stamped all of the images in our brand new Detail Black ink. We took MONTHS to perfect this hybrid black ink that works for both watercolor & alcohol markers. It also stamps crisp & clean, leaving a perfect impression every time.

For the ink blending, I've actually used Hammermill smooth white cardstock that I purchased on Amazon. LinkDeli is not playing nicely with my Amazon account for some reason, so I'm only able to link to it within my post. My friends Angelica & Caly turned me on to this cardstock for ink blending, and it is fantastic! I accented inside of the sun with our Essentials: Crystals mix in rainbow order.

I added some glitter to the snowcaps on the mountains, and at the end of the gushing waterfall! I'm not great at ink blending small things, so instead I colored in the trees, clouds & tents with Zig Clean Colors Real Brush Markers.

I just LOVE this sweet scene building stamp set, and all the possibilities it has with our new slimline dies!


SLIM STITCHED SCALLOP CIRCLE & SLIM STITCHED RECTANGLES
This next card I diecut the Slim Stitched Scallop Circle panel first, then cut it again with the largest Slim Stitched Rectangle die. The second cut only added the stitched detail around the edge, as the panel was already cut to size during the first cut. The purple background is stamped & heat embossed in white using our Diamond Tiles background stamp, then I added some ink blending to peek through the scallop circles. The floral clusters were stamped using our Lovely Blossoms stamp set and coordinating dies with our premium dye inks. This is a really easy stamp layering set that packs a big punch!

The sentiment was created using our Essentials: Classic Words die set and the Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I stamped "mother's day" in detail black ink, then trimmed into a thin banner. I finished the card by accenting with our Essentials: Jewels Mix.

I was so excited when I finished this card, because it came together exactly as I envisioned it! That doesn't always happen, so when it does...it makes me a little bit giddy!

SLIM EDGERS & SLIM LACEY EDGERS
My next three cards use the Slim Edgers and Slim Lacey Edgers dies. You know I love rainbow colors, so I created a rainbow gradient from brightly colored cardstock.

This first card layers together one of the Slim Edger dies. The sentiment from Folk Hummingbird is stamped in our new Detail Black ink. Then I accented it with our Essentials: Crystals Mix.

The second card actually uses the negative from cutting the strips for the first card, as I don't like to waste anything! I cut our Sentiment Suite: Hello die from champagne glitter paper and white cardstock, then stacked them together for dimension. I also accented this card with our Essentials: Crystals Mix.

The final card also used the rest of the paper scraps from the cuts above, and this time I cut them with one of the Slim Lacey Edgers. I added a white frame around the card using our Slim Stitched Rectangle die set. The sentiment was created using our Phrase Builders: You die set and stamped from the Flower Garden stamp set. Finally, I accented it with our Essentials: Jewels Mix.

Creating rainbow gradients is super easy with our edger dies! I hope you will pick them up and try them out!
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}, our YouTube intro video and our Instagram feed. You have until Sunday, March 29th to leave your comments. The winners will be picked & posted to the Giveaway Page on Monday, March 30th, 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.