Friday, September 24, 2021

STAMPtember + Pretty Pink Posh Collab

Good morning!  I can't believe it, but I've got my first Christmas card of the year to share today.  I'm using the Pretty Pink Posh Collaboration set for Stamptember called Skiing Bear

This set has some super cute critters in it that my teammates have made adorable cards out of.  They are so talented!  I took a slightly totally different approach.

I selected just two stamps in the set - the trees.  To create my rainbow of trees, I stamped them in Concord & 9th's Poppy, Honeysuckle, Aqua Sky, Parsley, and Sprout and Papertrey Ink's Berry Sorbet ink.  Then I fussy cut them out (but the process would be a lot faster if you bought the bundle and used the dies).  I popped them up just a little skewampus because why not? .

I used the sentiment included in the Skiing Bear stamp set, and if you look closely, you'll see that I also embossed the three snowflakes randomly in white on the panel. 
I used Pretty Pink Posh's Simple Strips Dies to die cut strips in Concord & 9th's PoppyHoneysuckle, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Aqua SkyParsley, and Sprout cardstock.  I wanted the diagonal stripes to lead your eye to the sentiment, so I adhered the red strip in the top left corner first.  To make sure spacing was even, I layed down one of the larger strips each time, and then adhered the following strip next to it.  
I've got to say this colorful card makes me smile.  I hope it makes you smile, too. :) 
Thanks for stopping by!  This exclusive set is available right now but for a limited time, so don't hesitate to snatch one up.  You can get the stamp+die bundle HERE or the stamps HERE.  Have a lovely rest of the week, friends!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Falling Leaves - PPP Insta Hop

Good morning!  The air is crisp and chill outside, and I’m super happy to be joining Pretty Pink Posh’s Instagram Hop (click HERE) today.  I've been so anxious to share this card with you!  I love autumn, I love Pretty Pink Posh’s new release, and I love creating new color combinations.  This card has all those things.
Today I’m using Pretty Pink Posh’s Falling Leaves stamp set, and I think the name of this stamp set perfectly suits the design of my card.  I pulled out 7 colors and did lots of stamping.  I used Concord and 9th's Sea Glass, Evergreen, Stardust, Mushroom, Dove, and Wheat as well as Bordering Blue - a retired Stampin' Up color (if anyone knows a similar blue grey color currently on the market, please let me know ;) ). 

With a pencil, I lightly drew two curved lines to guide my stamping.  I assigned each color to a particular leaf stamp from Falling Leaves and started by stamping three of each leaf, then I went back in an filled in the open spaces.  I ended up adding in one small leaf from Fall Corners to make things nice and full.  Then I flicked on some ink splatters in Mushroom.  I finished the card by embossing a sentiment from Falling Leaves onto Stardust and Mushroom cardstock and then cutting it out with the coordinating dies. The dies create the perfect border around the word and are super easy to align.  Love that!  I adhered my panel to a Wheat cardbase and called it a day.  
Thanks for visiting, friends!  Don't forget to go to my instagram account, so you can join the hop and be entered in to win some prizes.  Have a blessed day!

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.