Thursday, May 19, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh Insta Hop: Spring Foliage

Good morning! I’m super excited to be part of Pretty Pink Posh’s Instagram hop today.  

I chose to create with the Spring Foliage Dies from the brand new release.  Remember how much I love the Fall Foliage dies?  Then it won’t surprise you at all that I loved working with these. They are slightly smaller in scale than the Fall Foliage dies and have stitching lines. 

I chose a cheerful color scheme and cut sheets of die cuts in Concord & 9th’s aqua sky, sorbet, honeysuckle, buttercup, sprout, and clover.  I arranged the die cuts on my background starting with the largest leaf springs, working down in size to the smaller flowers, and finishing with the dots.
I embossed a sentiment from Crafty Sentiments to finish my card. 
Thanks for visiting today! Make sure to head on over to my Instagram account, so you can check out more projects featuring this new release and join the fun and get entered in to win a Pretty Pink Posh gift certificate.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

From the Scrap Pile…

Hello!  I've got one last card to share this week.  One of my greatest crafty joys is being able to mix old and new products together, and on today's card I did just that. 

This card started with a sentiment strip I stamped using Pretty Pink Posh’s Hugs Stamp Set, but didn’t end up using a few days ago.  When I was cleaning up I decided that instead of throwing it away I would pull out my bag of other leftover bits and pieces. I found  some grapefruit and honeysuckle hibiscus flowers, clover leaves, and a scallop frame.
I put them together and popped them up on patterned paper card base. Shocking, right? :) I finished the card off by cutting just the “friend” part of the Hello Friend die in white and honeysuckle. 
This card has me thinking all sorts of things. First, I need to use up my scraps. Second, I need to use patterned paper more often. Third, flowers just make me happy.  I hope you get to enjoy something that makes you happy this weekend. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Hugs & Rainbows & Sunshine

Hello, friends!  Yesterday I spent the day in the sun helping at my son's school for Field Day, so I thought a bright, sunshiney card was in order.   I started with the Happy Days Stencils from Pretty Pink Posh's last release.  You really can't help but smile when you use them.  

I blended on Concord and 9th's Buttercup, Aqua Sky, Honeysuckle, Navy inks to create this cheerful background.  Next, I stamped a sentiment strip in Honeysuckle from the Hugs Stamp Set and finished off my card with giant "hugs" cut using the coordinting die.  
This card was a quickie, but the bright colors and large letters leave a big impact. Wishing you a day full of sunshine! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Geranium-ish Thank You

Good morning, friends!  I made a few cards, and I'm happy for a spare moment to hop on here and share one with you.  A few days ago I was cleaning a blending brush and saw Pretty Pink Posh's Geraniums Stencils nearby.  I figured if I was trying to rub out the ink on my brush I might as well do it with a stencil.  The brush I was cleaning had a little remaining Midnight ink from Concord & 9th on it, which turned into a soft blue on my card.  

Realizing this definitely was not a typical geranium color, I decided to just go for it. I added The Stamp Market's Orchid ink to other petals and used Concord & 9th's Clover and Aqua Sky for the leaves.  Because of the atypical colors, this card reminds me more of hydrangeas.  

I added a sentiment cut with Pretty Pink Posh's Thank You Script Die, which I layered multiple times in Eggplant cardstock for a little dimsion. Finally, I flicked white paint all over my card just for fun!
This card reminds me that often it’s best just to keep things simple. And also that the more I use stencils, the more I like them. :)
I hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A Year in the Making...

Hello!  I have a card to share today that I started a year ago.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A whole year.  I created the background on my card base and never finished it, but I loved it too much to toss it.  

The background was simple.  I repeatedly stamped two eggs from Pretty Pink Posh Spring Eggs in kraft ink onto kraft cardstock.  Then I used a white gel pen to color in the designs.  I have to say, I absolutely adore how it looks.  
Waiting a year allowed for the release of new products, so I pulled out my favorite Fall Foliage dies and cut various leaf sprigs in white and pale pink.  I arranged them on my card and added a few pink blush pearl accents.  
I pulled out the Birthday Scripts Stamp set and dies and embossed "Happy" in white onto black cardstock.  Next I inked up a partial sentiment in Easter Signs to get just "Easter".  A little foam tape to pop the sentiment up and my card was finally complete.  
Sometimes I think I'm crazy for holding on to unfinished cards because I rarely circle back to them, but I'm so glad I did this time.  I sure appreciate you stopping by today!  I hope you are headed into a wonderful weekend friends! (PS Don't forget that you can still snatch Pretty Pink Posh's Easter products on sale HERE for a few more days.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh Easter Eggs (+ a SALE!)

Good morning!  It's starting to look like spring around here (minus the snow this last weekend), and each day it seems a new tree blossoms and more birds can be seen.  We especially have a lot of robins in our neck of the woods.  I was thinking about these sweet birds as I made these cards. 
Pretty Pink Posh recently released the Layered Eggs Stencils.  One stencil has just the eggs and the second layering stencil has cute patterns to dress up the egg.  The results are fabulous together, but for today’s cards I used just the egg stencil.  It always makes me happy when I can use my supplies in multiple ways.
I ran the egg stencil through my die cutting machine with rubber embossing mats in order create a panel with raised eggs.  I kept the stencil in place and blended on soft pastel colors.  I used Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, and Tattered Rose distress inks.  It's okay to blend a little unevenly.  I think the variation in color makes them look more realistic.  
Finally, I used a paintbrush to splatter 2-3 additional colors onto the eggs. This last step really adds so much!  And per the norm, I didn’t want to cover up my background once it was complete, so I stacked a few Fancy Easter Script Dies (aren’t they beautiful?!) and called it a day.  
I really love the natural look of these eggs and I’m excited to mail these to my family.  The eggs would have still been wonderful flat, but embossing them first really added something special. And the best part is that it didn't add any bulk to the card.  I call that a big win! 
As luck would have it, all of Easter products at Pretty Pink Posh are on sale this week. Hooray!  You can click HERE to head on over and shop for your favorites.  The Fancy Easter Script Dies and Layered Eggs Stencils are definitely two of mine.  

Saturday, March 19, 2022

PPP Instagram Hop: Spring Chicks

Hello, friends! Today I'm celebrating the new Pretty Pink Posh spring release with an Instagram Hop.  

There are so many darling products in this release!  Something I noticed right away were the chubby little chicks.  They pop up in a couple stamp sets as well as the cute-as-could-be Easter Delight Clay Confetti (which you can see sprinkled in the photos).  I grabbed a few chicks from the Easter Wreath and Easter Signs stamp sets and created a CAS card, adding a couple extra touches with doodling and dimension. 

I wanted a really simple graphic feel to this card, so after stamping a few chicks from Easter Wreath and Easter Signs in a grid, I did some very basic coloring with Tombow alcohol markers. I have a pack of yellows and decided to use a different shade for each chick.  
I wanted to add a few extra touches, but nothing that would be too distracting, so I stamped and fussy cut all the darkest chicks a second time and popped them up with dimensional foam.  Then, I did the same thing with the egg shells.  Finally I doodled on a bit of grass and added a sentiment from the Easter Signs stamp set.

These little chicks make me smile in the same way daffodils do when I see them starting to pop up.  I just love them!  Make sure to head on over to my Instagram account, so you can join the fun and get entered in to win a Pretty Pink Posh gift certificate.  This release is one of my favorites and has so many cute things.  It won't be any trouble at all to find something you love.  Best of luck, friends!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh Instagram Birthday Hop (discount code & prizes!)

Good Morning!  Today I am participating in a big birthday Instagram hop for Pretty Pink Posh.  This release is packed full of super fun products.  Some items sold out quickly, but you can preorder them now.  I used several new release items on my tag today, and I also used the not-yet-released Crafty Critters stamps + dies that you can receive as a free gift with a qualifying purchase (see below). 

I created my tag with Pretty Pink Posh’s new Birthday Circles Coordinating Dies.  I absolutely love this tag die!  I originally planned to use the coordinating stamps, but one of my cute nieces celebrates her birthday this weekend, and she has a beloved chubby purple mouse stuffie, so I just had to use Crafty Critters instead.  It was too perfect!

I pulled out my prismacolor pencils to color the mouse and the Balloon Number.  (I have better control with them than markers.) Then I cut them out with the coordinating dies

I turned my tag into a shaker and filled it with the Rainbow Sprinkles Clay Confetti.  It has such bright, fun colors! 

We are so excited to tie this onto my niece’s gift this weekend.  My children recognized the mouse right away and have each put in a request for a chubby critter of their own. 

Make sure to head to my Instagram, so you can enter to win a $50 Pretty Pink Posh gift card.  There are three days of hops, so you have lots of chances.  Good luck and thanks for visiting today!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Sending Lots of LOVE

Happy Valentine's Day!  Just popping in quickly to send a little love your way.  Last week I shared a valentines card using a bunch of little hearts that I die cut with the small die in Pretty Pink Posh’s Valentine Hearts Dies.  Well, today's card is made with the sheet of all those negative cuts.  I turned it into a shaker and filled them with the adorable Love Letters Clay Confetti.

I created the sentiment by combining stamps from Sending Love and Love Balloons and mounted it onto a layered panel cut with the Stitched Waves Dies. (They are technically the negative pieces, but I love that the dies can serve more than one purpose.)
I created the sentiment by combining stamps from Sending Love and Love Balloons and mounted it onto a layered panel cut with the Stitched Waves Dies. (They are technically the negative pieces, but I love that the dies can serve more than one purpose.)  And that's all!  Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope that you feel a little extra loved today!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Little Love Card

Good morning!  I have a little (and truly it is little) valentine card to share today.  The fun thing about making crads with specific people in mind is that sometimes it takes you a bit out of your crafting norms.  

I'm not often drawn to soft pinks, but they fit this recipient perfectly...soft and lovely and warm and kind.  I love her. 
I die cut the small die in Pretty Pink Posh’s Valentine Hearts Dies several times and placed them in rows on my card base.  Then I blended a soft pink ink over the whole thing and randomly placed a few white hearts on top.
Next I used the large heart die from All My Love Dies and covered the bottom with Pink Blush and Bubblegum pearls.  I love how they kind of look like floating bubbles. Finally I added the love sentiment from the Valentine Hearts stamp set and cut it with the coordinating dies.  

This is such a simple little card, but it reminded me of the joy of making homemade valentines.  I'll be helping my kiddos finish theirs today.  I look forward to making valentines with them each year. :) Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh January Release Insta Hop (+ GIVEAWAY)

Good morning!  I'm joining lots of amazing designers over on Instagram today with a fun hop celebrating the newest Pretty Pink Posh release.  This month and next month there are so many neat products being released, and the die I'm featuring today is one that immediately caught my eye. It's called the Love Hearts Die.  I've used it today as intended, but I have lots of ideas for this die and can see it being great all year.  

I started my card with a beautiful grey base, then flicked white acrylic paint and Heidi Swapp silver color shine around the edges.  Next, I die cut the Love Hearts Die a few times, blending The Stamp Market's Bubblegum and Mossy inks on the top layer to add some color.  It's amazing how a little ink really transforms this.
 I added a sentiment using the Sending Love stamp set and "Love" from the Valentine Hearts stamp set and dies.

I have to say I smiled lots when I finished this card.  Make sure to head over to my instagram account, so you can hop along and enter to win a gift card to Pretty Pink Posh.  Thanks for stopping by, friends!