Wednesday, September 15, 2021

PPP September Release Blog Hop (+ GIVEAWAY)

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the Pretty Pink Posh September Product Release Blog Hop!  This release has so many awesome products (all available now!) and today I am focusing on one that just might be my favorite product from the entire year.  That's a big statement.  But it's true!  Before I get into my projects, though, I just want to remind you to leave a comment on this post and all the stops along the hop because Pretty Pink Posh is giving away three $25 gift certificates (details below).  


My cards today start with color.  Here's the back story....Not long ago I found myself in a big crafty rut.  That tends to happy when I have a heavy/broken heart.  I truly just couldn't create.  After some weeks/months I was desperate to bring myself out of it, but nothing seemed to work.  I finally decided color makes me happy, so I started swatching some of my favorite color combinations with simple rectangles.  Those swatches inspired the card below. 
I played around with colors and settled on Papertrey's saffron spice, melon berry, terracotta tile, and enchanted evening.  And oh how I adore this color combination!  This card is small (about 3x4.5").  I simply used my color rectangles and added a sentiment from Falling Leaves.  
Okay, there are lots and lots of crafty products that I love, but even amongst those there are some in a special category of their own that I truly LOVE.  And let me tell you, Pretty Pink Posh's Fall Foliage immediately jumped into my LOVE category.  Friends, you are going to want to add this one to your stash.  All the rest of my cards were created using it.  Once I got started, I just couldn't stop! 
I started with a simple duo.  The first card is just a long branch from Fall Foliage in each of the four colors with a sentiment from Woodland Thanks.  The second is the same card, but just stepped up a notch with an added Scallop Frame and a secondary sentiment from Woodland Thanks
Next I used more Fall Foliage, but this time I used it as an accent. 
The new Elegant Pumpkin die is a beauty and easy to paper piece.  It looked great on it's own, but I tucked some of the Fall Foliage stems behind it for a little extra pizzaz and dimension.  
I stamped a simple sentiment from Woodland Thanks and the card was complete.  A little side note - Though I focused on dies for this particular post, I highly recommend the Woodland Thanks stamp set.  The sentiments are fabulous, and the stamps are basically the same images as the dies in Fall Foliage but just at a different scale. 
I saved my favorite card for last...  
Using nearly all the leftover Fall Foliage die cuts I had, I created a background pattern on my card base.  If I could turn this pattern into fabric, I would in a heartbeat!  I adore it. 
I used the previously released Thank You Script Die, mounted it on white cardstock, and trimmed out the outline.  Then I popped it up on the card.  
I started to tidy my space and throw my scraps away and immediately regretted it.  I looked at the Fall Foliage negative die cut sheets and knew there was potential.  I couldn't rescue the terracotta color, but I turned the other three colors into simple cards.  They don't have a sentiment on them because I like to have a few cards in my stash that work for any occasion that might arise.  Plus, I think the shapes are beautiufl on their own and didn't want to cover them up. :) 
Ahh, one last look at them all together. This just makes me smile big. :) I hope it makes you smile, too!  I'm the last stop on the hop, so if you are just joining, make sure you go back and start and the Pretty Pink Posh Blog.  You will be wowed by the other designers projects!  Here is the full line-up: 

Blog Hop Day 3 (Sept. 15)
Pretty Pink Posh blog 
Keeway Tsao
Jeanne Jachna
Gemma Campbell
Lindsey Larsen 

Don't forget to leave comments along the way!  There are three $25 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates up for grabs (one winner each day).  Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop.  Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 9/19/2021.  Winners will be announced on the Pink Posh Blog.  Happy hopping and best of luck, friends!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Halloween Sprinkles Card

Hello!  I made this card about a month ago, but held off sharing it when all the Halloween clay confetti sold out so quickly in Pretty Pink Posh’s August release.  Some are back in stock now and we're a bit closer to Halloween, so I thought now would be a better time to share.  
I started by dry embossing my card base with Pretty Pink Posh's Trellis Stencil.  It adds great texture without distracting from the focal point of the card.  Next, I pulled out the Boo Shaker Die. I trimmed the word "boo" out to leave only the pumpkin outline, and instead die cut the Happy Halloween Script Die in pink and orange for the sentiment.  
I wanted the card to have a fun, playful feel, so I pulled out several different confetti from Clay Confetti Wheel #4.  (They are also sold individually.)  I embossed the bat image from the Halloween Wreath Stamp Set and stamped the ghosts from the Halloween Circles Stamp Set and arranged them to float on my card.  I filled in the extra spaces on what I affectionately dubbed the party trail with silver stars sequins and 4mm pink peonies sequins.   After I finished the card I was tempted to make another using these same sequins and stamps, but instead using them as the fillers in a shaker card.  I might ended up being such a fun combination.  

Thanks to Pretty Pink Posh's cute release, my Halloween stash is building.  I love sending cards on the holidays, and these new goodies are sure making it easier to create the cards I'll need.  I hope you are headed into a blessed Sabbath. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.  

Monday, August 16, 2021

Boo Shaker (PPP Instagram Hop)

Good morning!  Over on my Instagram account I’m participating in a hop to showcase more of the latest Pretty Pink Posh August release.  

I absolutely love the clay confetti in this release, so I made a shaker card.  I paired Candy Corn Confetti with the new Boo Shaker Die.  The Boo Shaker die can be used multiple ways.  As you can see, you can leave it as is (I just doubled up the sentiment), or you can trim the center out and use the jack-o-lantern face cutout instead. 

If you look really close, you’ll see my favorite part. I used the Candy Background Stencil to emboss the background.  The detail and texture on it is so wonderful in person! 

I hope you’ll pop on over to my Instagram to join the hop and get entered there to win some prizes.   Wishing you a happy start to a new week! 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop Day 3 + GIVEAWAY

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the Pretty Pink Posh August Release Blog Hop!  You should be arriving from the incredibly talented Mayra.  If you're just joining us, make sure to start back at the Pretty Pink Posh Blog, and comment along the way, so you can have lots of chances to to win the giveaway (more details at the end of the post).
This release is full of so many fun products, but the one that stole my heart right away is Monster Hugs.  It has the cutest little crew of monsters!  I used a bunch of them on my cards today.  
I wanted my cards to have lots of color, but didn't necessarily want to color, so I heat embossed all the images with white embossing powder onto raspberry pink, orange, bright yellow, and black cardstock.  Then I die cut them with the Monster Hugs coordinating dies.  
My first card has a little line of trick-or-treaters.  I'll let you guess which one was inspired by my daughter. :) I placed the Spooky Fence Die along the bottom of my card base and popped up the little critters in front.  I wanted the pink monster to really stand out, so I added some glitter and a googley eye. 
I decided to create a sentiment that would lead your eye down to the little pink monster, so I did an ombre of sorts with the Trick or Treat Script Die set and added just a few stars that I cut from the Halloween Wreath coordinating dies.
I thought the googley eye looked so cute that I knew I needed a whole card full of googley eye monsters.  I pulled out the Slimline: Peekaboow Windows Die and set to work on that next.  
I added just a few glossy black jewels along with the floating googley eye monsters in the windows and finished it all off with an embossed sentiment from Monster Hugs.  I really appreciate that this set was designed to be used for more occasions than just Halloween.
I still had a pretty big pile of monsters left, so I took them all out and arranged them on my final card around the Happy Halloween Script die set
I poppped the monsters up for a little added dimension.  This was such a quick and easy card...I love when that happens!
I can't help but smile when I see these cute little monsters all together.  

I'm so glad you visited today.  I hope you'll keep hopping along.  Besides oodles of inspiration, there are three $25 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates up for grabs (one winner each day of the hop).  Winners will be randomly selected along the blog hop, so make sure you hop and leave comments along the way.  Giveaway closes 8/16/21 at 11:59 pm PST.  I'm the last stop on the hop, so here's the full line up just in case you missed a stop along the way.

Blog Hop Day 3 (August 12)

Good luck and happy hopping!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Nautical Thank You

Happy Saturday!  My kiddos got to spend time with my parents today, so I was able to sneak in some crafting.  I wanted to make a thank you for some friends who love sailing.  They have lots of cute lighthouses and sailboats around their house, and during the summer it is full of red, white, and blue.  I clearly took my inspiration from them.  

I used lots of Pretty Pink Posh goodies on this one.  I started with their Nautical Stamps and coordinating dies.  I used alcohol markers to color the lighthouse and a sailboat, and then I blended Blueprint Distress Ink over the waves.  I also blended the blue on a 2.5" square to create my ocean.  Next, I blended a little of Concord & 9th's Dove ink to create some rocky land for the lighthouse to stand on. 
I glued everything down on my little scene, popping up the lighthouse and wave for a little dimension.  Next, I cut out a window on a light grey card basing using Pretty Pink Posh's Decorative Tag 2 Die.  I placed the scene inside, and was about to call it a day when I saw the banners in the 4th of July set.  They reminded me of some of the decorations I'd seen in their home, so I cut and colored them, and then hung them with the stars (also in the 4th of July set).
By now it shouldn't surprise anyone that I reached for Simple Sentiments to finish off my card.   I added a strip of Concord and 9th's Poppy paper under the sentiment.  It is just the tiniest bit, but I promise you it made such a difference.  There is a reason I save all my itty bitty scraps of that paper.  I really love the bright red.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Summer of Stamping: EH + Pretty Pink Posh Collab

Hello!  Today is a special day.  Pretty Pink Posh is joining Essentials by Ellen in their super fun Summer of Stamping Event.  I have two cards today sharing this exclusive stamp + die set and my fellow team members have SO many amazing cards to share with you today.  You won't want to miss any of the fun (inspiration + giveaway), so make sure to head to my instagram account to join in.
The Summer of Stamping Summer Circles Stamp Set is such a fun one and pairs perfectly with lots of other Pretty Pink Posh sets and dies.  I wanted to highlight that great aspect, so I've combined lots of products on my cards today.  
First up is the "hippo at the beach".  I used the Summer of Stamping Summer Circles Combo (Stamps + Dies) to create this one.  The beach scene is one of 6 circle stamps you get in the set.  I colored it with a combination of alcohol markers with colored pencils to add details.  Next up I colored the hippo from Pretty Pink Posh's Summer Fun Stamp Set and cut it out with the Coordinating Dies.  I cannot get enough of this hippo in his cute!  
To finish off the focal trio, I die cut the sun from the Summer Circles Dies and added a sentiment using the the Summer Drinks Stamp Set and Summer Drinks Coordinating Dies
 I was in the mood for lots of color, so I used the Simple Strips Dies to cut some yellow, pink, and aqua stripes in various sizes.  I also added a mix of jewels and sequins in the same colors using a combination of the Luau Jewels Mix and the 4mm Summer Mix Sequins.
My second card uses nearly the same supplies and design elements (focal trio, stripes, sparkle).  This time I inked up the tiger in the Summer Fun Stamp Set and paired it with surfboard circle in the Summer of Stamping Summer Circles.  
The "you're so cool" sentiment is also from the Summer Fun Stamp Set, and it was the perfect sentiment only it is stacked and I wanted it in a straight line.  Using the Misti, it was easy to stamp a portion at a time to line everything up on and then emboss it on a black strip of paper.  It was such a simple step, but it really adds to the versatility of a set when you make simple changes like this.  
I wanted to carry over the stripes as well, but this time I layed out a bunch of pink, aqua, and yellow strips cut with the Simple Strips Dies onto a sheet of cardstock and cut them out with a large circle die. 
Finally, to complete the trio of elements on this card, I used the Summer Circles Dies to die cut the sun outline.  I wanted the sun aspect to be a bit more subtle, so I opted to die cut it in white, covered it with glimmer paste to add some sparkle, and placed the surfboard circle inside. 
What do you think?  I hope you like them!  Do you have a favorite? 
The Summer of Stamping Summer Circles Clear Stamps by Pretty Pink Posh is available now (there is a limited supply, so snatch it up quick!), and don't forget to join the celebrating with an Instagram hop.  Click HERE to head to my IG account. There are so many fun projects to inspire you along the way, and to make it even more fun, they are giving you a chance to with a $25 gift certificate to  Best of luck, friends!

Glimmer Paste
Concord & 9th Buttercup and Honeysuckle
PTI Hawaiian Shores Paper

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Thankful For You + Circles Stencil (= a few of my favorite things)

Happy Saturday, friends!  I have a quick and easy set of cards to share with you today.  After being able to see family and friends who I love so much, my heart has been full of gratitude and I felt the need to let them know.  I wanted to get these cards out quick, so I gathered a few supplies and came up with a simple design that was easy to mass produce.

I have fallen in love with the Pretty Pink Posh Circles Stencil.  I shared this miss you card on the Pretty Pink Blog (here) about a month ago, and I was eager to use this stencil again when I returned home.

Along with the Circles Stencil I also got out the Thankful For You Script die and All My Love dies.  I lightly blended 4 rows of circles, then I used my scissors to cut around the bottom row to create a scallop.  I trimmed the panel to 4"x5" and popped it up on my card base. 

Next I layered on the smaller of the two hearts from Pretty Pink Posh's All My Love dies.  On top of that I placed the Thankful For You Script die, which I glued on a white piece of paper and trimmed out the outline.  

As you can see I used a lot of the same design elements as the Miss You card I made a month ago.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that it is okay to CASE myself, and I don't have to reinvent everything every time.
It was fun to use all these bright colors, too.  I paired Party Pink (The Stamp Market) with Summer Sunrise (Papertrey), Fresh Lemon (Altenew) with Blueprint Sketch (Distress Ink), and Emerald Isle (The Stamp Market) with Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey).

Next on the agenda this weekend is to get these in the mail.  That's my favorite part of cardmaking. :) I hope you are having a lovely weekend!  I'll be back early next week with a couple more PPP cards that I'm anxious to share with you.  If you receive their newsletters, you've seen a little peek of one of them. See you soon!