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!