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Pink Paislee – Travel Themed Cards

Hello crafty friends. How about a couple travel themed cards today with gorgeous embellishments from the Horizon collection? I enjoyed creating them very much – so many fun bits and pieces to layer.

Both cards feature the same layering technique, where I combined elements of different thickness and texture.

For the first card, I trimmed a striped paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad to measure 4×5.25” and used it as my base. I then added a smaller piece of pink patterned paper which created separation from the background, allowing me to use more patterns on top without becoming too overwhelming. This is a general rule for me when layering elements: pattern-solid-pattern and so on. It seems to be working well most of the time 😉 I added the beautiful ready-to-use stitched tag, a chipboard frame, and a fussy cut piece from the cut-apart sheet. I finished the card with sentiments and a globe paper clip.

The second card follows the same design. Here instead of using pink patterned paper, I used a blue one and also added two strips to create a partial frame. Next a blue floral stitched tag and the super fun luggage chipboard sticker. I layered another tag behind it, two flower stickers, and the colorful bird.

I love how these travel cards turned out. It is amazing how much you can do with the gorgeous embellishments included in the Horizon collection.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Crate Paper – Sunny Days Cards with Paint and Stencils

Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today to share a set of cards featuring the gorgeous Stencils and Acrylic Paints in the Sunny Days collection. I’m not much of a mixed media artist, but when it comes to experimenting with new tools and techniques I’m all for it. I love the subtle accents these stencils add to backgrounds; they pair perfectly with the beautiful colors of the paints.

I started by preparing my card bases. After trimming the white cardstock to 4.25”x5.5”, I opted to use the stencils only on a couple of them, while for the other two I created solid backgrounds.

The trick when using stencils is to apply as little paint as possible with a stencil brush, so to avoid any possible bleeding. It’s also a good idea to hold the stencil firmly in place to minimize shifting and achieve crisp edges. What I like about acrylic paint is that it dries really fast, allowing you to use the same design on different parts of your card within minutes.

To obtain the solid background, I simply applied the paint with an old ID card from top to bottom and left to right. Here again you want to control the amount of paint you use 🙂

Once the card bases were dry and ready, I matted them with patterned papers from the collection and embellished them with fussy cut elements, die cuts, chipboard stickers and transparencies. I used foam dots to adhere them down for dimension.

I love how these cards turned out. The delicate stencil designs create more interest and make your cards extra special, while the pretty paints bring in just the right amount of color.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Supplies: Sunny Days – Stencils (350817), Acrylic Paints (350816), Sunlight Glitter Stickers (350799), 6×8 Paper Pad (350818), Summertime Puffy Stickers (350800), Stickers (350803), Ephemera Pieces (350802), Clear Stickers (350807), Chipboard Stickers (350801), Collected (350784), Apple Blossom (350786), Sunkissed (350782).


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Pinkfresh Studio April Essentials Release Blog Hop

Hello there, PF fans! I’m so excited to be part of the Pinkfresh Studio April Essentials Release Blog Hop. So many new, amazing stand alone dies that every crafter needs in their stash.

You should have arrived from the super talented Emily Midgett‘s blog.

Today I’m sharing four cards created with some of the sets. I had a lot of fun playing with them.

The first pair features the Inverted Stitched Scallop Circles. Both cards have a simple design, enhanced by the pretty floral bouquets of the Fancy Blooms Stamp Set and the new Pinkfresh paper collections.

For the first card, I used the bigger scallop circle to create an opening in the center of my 4”x5.25” panel, which I had trimmed from the Being Us paper in the Joyful Day collection.

I backed the opening with the True Story patterned paper and added tiny sequins all around the circle for a bit of sparkle. I adhered the card panel to the base with foam adhesive, but not before wrapping twine around the top portion of it. Next, I added the bouquet from the Fancy Blooms Set I had previously colored with alcohol markers, and the sentiment, which comes in the Classic Words Die Set – another amazing product from this release!

The second card features the smaller circle.

Here I used the die to cut three circles (one of which got covered by the bouquet) in the card panel and created a shaker with the same sequins I used for the first card. I adhered the big bouquet with foam dots for dimension, and added the word “love” from theClassic Words set. To make the sentiment stand out more, I cut it from both white and black cardstock, and glued it slightly offset to create a shadow.

The next set of cards features the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles and the Classic Edgers.

For the first card, I simply cut the rectangles from different patterned papers and stacked them together using foam adhesive. For the center, I created a dimensional piece by layering the inside of the big stitched scallop circle, the small circle cut from white cardstock, and the Best Wishes sentiment. Sequins around the edge of the small circle finished the card.

For the second card, I cut the first layer from pink cardstock and used one of the Classic Edgers to shape the right side. I then added two layers of patterned paper, making sure to reduce the width just 1/8” on each side, so to show the papers underneath. I completed the card with Puffy Stickers from the Joyful Day collection, sequins, the Beautiful sentiment from the Classic Words set, and an additional sentiment from the Ephemera Pack.

Now onto the prizes! To celebrate this release, Pinkfresh is giving away the full April Essentials release on their blog and IG feed.

I will also be giving away a $25 gift card to their store.

The winner will be picked randomly on Sunday, April 14th and will be posted on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE. Make sure you check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.

There are also two shopping promos to take advantage of during the release:

  • Free House die with purchase. There is no code necessary, and the die will automatically load into your cart.
  • Free/discounted shipping from April 8-11th on orders $50+. You must use the code APRESSFREESHIP50. Shipping is free in the USA, and $5.50 off for our International friends.

That’s all, everyone. Your next stop is the fantastic Erum‘s blog. Happy hopping!


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