Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh Insta Hop (with prizes!)

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing a card in celebration of  Pretty Pink Posh's brand new May Release.  This release is packed with so many awesome new products!  And there is an Insta hop going on with prizes, so hopefully you can pick up some of these new goodies yourself. :)

One of the first new products that caught my eye was the Tulip Cover Plate Die.  There is a lot of potential with this new die from the most simple to a little more complex.  I think I went in the medium range of complexity here, but I've actually made several cards with this die already, and every option is a great one.
I wanted to add a variety of colors, but still keep the clean bold lines, so I paper pieced in solids.  I die cut the coverplate 6 times - twice in white and once each in peach, coral, pink, and mint.  I used one white die cut as my base to adhere all the other colors to.  If you place press 'n seal wrap over each die cut layer to keep all the pieces together, it makes it so much easier to find the piece you need!  
First, I trimmed and adhered the stems to the die cut.  I inlaid the petals next, placed a press n' seal sheet over them to hold all the pieces in place, and then flipped them over and put tape across the back to attach them to the white outline.  Using tape makes quick work of adhering these, and I'm all for speeding up the process. 
Next, I carefully trimmed out the outline of the tulips from the second white die cut and placed that over top.  Then, I adhered traced around the vase portion, and cut and adhered vellum to it.  The vellum is one of my favorite parts on the card!  I love the way it makes it look like the flowers are actually inside.  I adhered the white layer on top of everything else, and then decided, so I ended up with one solid panel.
This deep turqoise would have been fine on it's own, but I wanted to add a little pizzaz to it, so I used stencil to dry emboss it.  Aren't stencils, the best?  They are so versatile!  Included in the the Tulip Cover Plate Die is a little tag and bow.   I die cut those and added a sweet sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh's Spring Robins Stamp Set.  Then I popped everything up to add some dimension.  (Sure love how such a simple thing as that adds so much of an impact to a card.)  And done! 

Make sure to head to my Instagram account to join in the fun!  If Instagram isn't your thing, there is also a separate blog hop going on (go to the Pretty Pink Posh Blog here).  Both are definitely worth checking out...double the fun and double the prizes. Just make sure to leave comments along the way by May 9th.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

More Daffodils!

Hello!  Remember last week when I said I'd be back to share another card as soon as it got delivered?  Well, I can finally share my my daffodil card.  It's actually the first card I made with Pretty Pink Posh's Daffodils.  

This time I framed my daffodil garden with the Slimline: Peekaboo Window Dies.  It was the perfect way to anchor everything but still allow the flowers to stay the stars of the show.   After doing some basic coloring with markers, I die cut the daffodils and adhered them at varying heights to achieve more depth and dimension. 
Lastly, I built my sentiment using just the "you" from the Thankful For You Script Die and a stamped sentiment from the Simple Sentiments Stamp Set.
I have had so much fun with this Daffodil set!  It really has been a favorite of mine.  And I am reminded time and time again that I enjoy making cards infinitely more when I design them with someone specific in mind.  Wishing you a happy rest of the week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

PPP: Daffodil Birthday

Good afternoon!  I was going to share this card tomorrow, but I just can't wait another day.  I absolutely love spring.  I can't really describe how much joy I feel as I see the flowers begin to pop up in our yard.  And each year the bulbs we've planted spread a little more and the garden beds look a little fuller...and each year I'm even a bit happier than the last.  My sister also appreciates flower gardens, so I made this card just for her.

Now I love a good yellow daffodil, but truth be told, my favorites are the white with pink/coral centers.  They are the second type of daffodils to bloom in our yard each year, and the ones I anticipate the most.  I tried to create a little snapshot of the garden bed here with leaves and flowers going this way and that. I love a good bouquet, but I think I love the playful feel of this even more.  

To create my card, I stamped and die cut lots of Pretty Pink Posh's Daffodils and colored them with a few alcohol markers in a bold, simple strokes.  I also die cut the largest of the PPP Slimline: Scallop Frames, arranged the flowers around it, and adhered them on top of a sheet of clear cardstock.  (My favorite part is that some of the flowers pop out of the frame.)  I raised the hole panel up with foam tape to create a shaker, which I filled with 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins because they remind me of the rain that we see so often this time of year.  

The finishing touch on my card was the PPP Happy Birthday Script Dies.  These delicate words are super bendy, which made them really easy to arc and fit in the slimline size.

I sure hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.  Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today!  And just so you know, I'll be back in a bit with another daffodil card.  I just can't share it yet because it hasn't quite made its way to the recipient.  Oh, and don't forget that Pretty Pink Posh is having a SALE on all their stamps, dies, and stencils this week!  A great time to snatch something up that you've been eyeing. ;) 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Mother's Day Spring Frame

Good morning, friends!  What a month!  It's been full of some pretty great and some pretty sad things.  But today I'm happy to share a pretty great thing. :) I've actually managed to sneak in some crafty time and just never had the chance to share until now.  I have a few projects that I'll be sharing over the next couple weeks that make me smile lots.  It's truly a coincidence, but Pretty Pink Posh has a sale right now on all their stamps, dies, and stencils.  Always a silver lining, right? 
Pretty Pink Posh recently released the Spring Corner Frame Die, and as soon as I saw it my eyes lit up and heart beat a little faster.  I knew I would love creating with it. \This card started out as a practice with colors, but I ended up liking it so much I decided to keep it (imperfections and all).  I die cut the Spring Corner Frame, colored the flowers and leaves with just two colors each, and then trimmed off the frame that surrounds the entire die cut.  
Then, I cut three more frames in white, stacked them up, and adhered them to my colored frame slightly off set to create a shadow of sorts.  I popped the whole thing up with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh's Mom Stamp Set.  And then I just sat and smiled.  I can't wait to give this one to my mom.  Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you are off to a happy start to a new week!  

Sunday, March 28, 2021

PPP: Easter Preview

Hello, friends!  Pretty Pink Posh has been having a fabulous week full of Easter goodness, and today I get to share a card over on the Pretty Pink Posh blog.  I hope you’ll pop on over to take a look.  I loved their latest release, and I used a bunch of my favorite products on my Easter card.  I’m pretty fond of it. :) You can find it HERE.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh: Hedgehog Birthday Take 2

Hello!  A couple weeks ago I shared a little hedgehog birthday card that was black and white with just a bit of color.  (You can find it here.)  Well, the more I looked at the tiny colorful stripes on that card, the more I wanted to use them again, so I mega sized the stripes and made this card. 
I cut 1" strips of Concord and 9th's Sprout, Clover, Sea Glass, and Peacock cardstock, then embossed Pretty Pink Posh's Hedgehog Birthday in white.  Now the image just didn't stand out enough on it's own, so I blended white ink over the entire thing to heighten the contrast.  To make the image pop even more, I outlined the entire image with a VersaMarker embossing pen. Just two simple steps, but they really made a positive impact on the card.
Another simple, very mailable card to add to my stash...or better yet, send out.  I hope you are headed into a wonderful week, friends!  Thank you alwyas for your visits!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh: Insta Hop


Good morning, friends!  I'm happy to be participating in a fun two-day Instagram Hop for Pretty Pink Posh starting today.  Of course there are prizes, so I hope you'll hop on over to my instagram account (click HERE) and join the fun. :) We're sharing projects using Pretty Pink Posh's brand new release.
This release was packed with amazing new stamps, dies, stencils, and embellishments, so it was a bit hard to narrow down what I wanted to use for today's card.  In the end the darling Party Pop Clay Confetti won me over, so I decided to create a fun shaker card to highlight these fun new colors.  
I used the new Spring Eggs Die to die cut several eggs across a 3x8" panel.  Then I took a second panel and blended a rainbow of pastel inks across the cardstock to coordinate with the colors in the Party Pop Clay Confetti. After outlining each section of eggs with foam tape, I filled them with the coordinating confetti color and placed the die cut egg windows on top.  
I didn't want to take anything away from the colorful eggs, but I wanted to fancy up the card front just a tad, so I cut three layers using the Slimline: Scallop Frames Dies and placed them on my egg window panel.  I finished off my card with a senitiment using the brand new Fancy Easter Script Dies.  And I have to say, this card makes me smile pretty big.  The promises of spring and especially Easter just fill my soul to the brim with happiness.
Thanks for visiting today!  I hope your day is full of sunshine and all the happy things.  Don't forget to join the Insta Hop HERE for your chance to win some Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates.  

Sunday, February 28, 2021

PPP: Hedgehog Birthday

Hello, friends!  The end of the month kind of snuck up on me, so I wanted to pop in and share one more card before we officially moved on to March.  This card uses an incentive stamp that was offered in Pretty Pink Posh's January release called Hedgehog Birthday.  I think it's such a cute little scene!  And don't worry if you missed it; it will be released for sale, too. 
First, I embossed Hedgehog Birthday in white on black cardstock.  I wanted to add a bit of color to the card, so I lined the panel with 1-inch strips of Concord & 9th cardstock in Sprout, Clover, Sea Glass, and Peacock. (Such pretty colors!) I added an off-set white panel below, but it still didn't seem quite enough, so I stamped the itty bitty confetti image in Pretty Pink Posh's Let's Party stamp set all over the card base with Sea Glass ink.  
I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Little Hearts = Lots of Love

Hello, again!  I'm back with another simple card, but one that has me smiling lots.  In January Pretty Pink Posh released a great new coverplate die called Heart Vines.  Included in it is a die of two rows of tiny hearts that make great accents on the coverplate; however, I love it all on it's own.  One of my favorite things to do with my stamp and dies sets is look for the little things that could maybe be initially overlooked and find a way to bring them to the center stage.  
I placed the die on a mini card (it measures 2.5"x 4.25") and cut it three times.  Then I cut tiny strips of paper in shades of pink, coral, and red and adhered them to the back side of the card base.  You could also cut the hearts in various colors and adhere them to the card base, but this method is much quicker, and I like seeing the negative space from the cuts.  It's also a great way to use up even the tiniest bits of my Concord & 9th paper, which I love and hoard all at the same time.  I finished the card with a little sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh's All My Love stamp set.
Simple as could be, but a design that could really be used any time of year.  Valentines certainly isn't the only time people need to be reminded that they are loved. :) Thanks so much for visiting today!  

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Easy Love Day Card

Hello!  My kiddos had to bring in their valentines extra early this year because they have to quarantine before anything can be sent home.  My daughter and I made her valentines together, and I also made a couple valentine cards.  But then because of the craziness of life, I forgot to share them.  Luckily I remembered today!  Sometimes I forget how much I love just putting ink to paper.  I grabbed several shades of coral, pink, and red and simply stamped cascading hearts using the Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Hearts stamp set.

I added a stacked love sentiment from the coordinating Valentine Hearts dies and sprinkled on some 3mm sparkling clear sequins (yep, they are there...).  Quick, easy, colorful, and still easy to mail.  Ahh, so many of the things that make me happy all in one place. :)  Hoping your week is a happy one.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card to share.  See you soon!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

PPP: Valentines

Hi, friends! It is Valentine Theme Week for Pretty Pink Posh, and I’m over on their blog today sharing a couple projects - valentines and my very first slimline card. Plus, I’m sharing a little bit about our Valentine goal we do as a family each year. I hope you’ll take a peek! You can find my post HERE.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Insta Hop Card


Hello, friends!  Today I am participating in a super fun instagram hop to celebrate Pretty Pink Posh's brand new release.  Make sure to head to my instagram account HERE to join the hop.  There are gift certificates to be won!  (Yay!)

My card today features Pretty Pink Posh's newly released Let's Party stamp set as well as the not-yet-released Celebrate Script die that you can earn as a free gift offer this month (see info below).

I started by stamping the birthday filled circle image and dotted outline from Let's Party in a cascading rainbow of colors.
Next, I cut strips of those same colors, glued them next to eachother on a piece of paper, and then die cut the Celebrate Script die.  (You could also take the easier route by simply coloring a rainbow of colors on a white die cut, but I don't have many markers and I wanted specific colors.) To get it to stand out just a bit more against the colorful card base, I die cut an additional cebrate word in white and offset it to the right just a tad, so it looks like a shadow. 
I finished off my card by embossing one of the sentiments from Let's Party in white on a black strip of cardstock.  
Thank you for visiting today!  Make sure to go to my instagram account HERE to join the hop.  There are so many fun cards and projects on the hop and by commenting on Instagram you can get in the running to win some Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh: Card + Announcement

Good morning and happy 2021!  I thought a happy announcement would be a good way to start the year off.  I'm delighted to say that I'll be continuing on with the Pretty Pink Posh team another term.  It's an honor to keep working with Paulina.  I know I've said it before, but she is such an incredibly kind and generous person--good to the core.


January also marks Pretty Pink Posh's birthday month, so in honor of both I made a card.  And I decided to use some of my favorite Pretty Pink Posh stamps and dies for it.

I still remember when Pretty Pink Posh released Flourishing Fuchsias.  I was so in awe with it and loved it right away.  It is gorgeous colored, but I think just the black lines are beautiful as well.  It comes with a variety of flower, leaf, and bud images, and I stamped most of them on my card.
Then I used the Happy Birthday Script die for my sentiment, coloring it in an ombre fashion after I had cut it out.  I added a second sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh's Simple Sentiments because if you've noticed, I sneak that sentiment set in as much as I can. :)
Thanks so much for joining me today!  We're just a few days in, but I truly hope your year is off to a good start.  I'm focusing on hope and choosing to see the good this year.  Oh, speaking of good things, you should definitely head over to the Pretty Pink Posh Blog.  Paulina is offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.  (See what I mean about being generous.)  I'd love for the winner to be one of you. :) Have a happy week, friends!