Garden Roses cards, three ways!

Hi guys! 

It’s another Pinkfresh Studio blog post today, with some cards using the Garden Roses set from the newest release. Have you seen it yet? Oh, my gosh, so many gorgeous florals.

I haven’t even used all of the new layering stencils yet, I got kind of wrapped up with the Lush Peonies set. I love how easy it is to add pops of colour using the layering stencils, and also how user friendly they are. For those who are not confident with colouring, this is a great solution!

Oh, and the Blooming Branch set. It’s so lovely and delicate. This I had a lot of fun with, and I’m definitely not done with it.

But I digress. So far I’ve made 12 cards with the new release, and that isn’t even with all the products released. It was time to use the Garden Roses set!

I absolutely love florals, and flowers in general. *good job on stating the obvious, Erica*

One thing that I find really great about these florals is that they cover an A2 card, so you can keep them the focal point and just add your own spin to backgrounds and other details. Oh, and changing up the colour scheme of course. So many colours. Why pick just one, when you can use them all?? Or different from what would be found in nature, because why not? Let your imagination run wild and see what happens?

For these cards I have gone quite natural with pinks and reds. No crazy combos, just yet, but I totally haven’t ruled it out yet! That’s the fun thing about crafting, you don’t have to make it realistic, go nuts with colours that make your creativity go ‘oh yes, let’s do that!’ 

My first card is done by using only the Garden Roses Layering Stencils and ink blending pinks, Sparkling Rose, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss, for the roses and Grassy Knoll for the leaves. I used the same green on both layers, but on the first one I used what was left on my Grassy Knoll blender brush. I’ve recently gone a bit extra and bought enough blender brushes so I could have one for each one of my Pinkfresh inks… it’s a bit nuts, but what can I say? I got a great deal on them, and was on the ‘organising zone’. Stay away from that zone if you don’t want to get swept up in organising purchases that might be hard to explain. Just FYI. 

With the coordinating diecut I cut the floral image out, and I also cut out another two pieces out of white card stock. These I layered up with liquid adhesive, and then I set that aside while I worked on the background. 

This is done by stamping the Garden Roses image twice, directly onto a card base, and then heat embossing that in white. I’ve used Opaque Bright White Superfine embossing powder and the WOW! Embossing ink pad, but first I used my anti static tool all over the panel. It gives a little bit of interest and texture to the background without taking away any of the attention of the star of the show: The ink blended Garden Roses image. 

On a slim banner I stamped up ‘It’s been too long‘ in Black ink and after adhering the floral image to the card base, I adhered that too. I nearly stopped here but could my bling-loving heart agree with me? Nope. So I got a few… a good sprinkling… ok, ok, a GENEROUS sprinkling of Ballet Slipper jewels out and dotted them around the image and then I could finally stop. 

I do like how it turned out though, but I understand that not everyone loves bling to the level I do. 

The next Garden Roses image was also ink blended but this time with Coral Reef,  Passion Fruit and Berrylicious for the flowers, and Key Lime and Olive for the leaves. I used the coordinating diecut on this image as well, and then loaded it up with foam squares on the back to create height and dimension. It’s nice to try different ways of add dimension, and see what works best for you and what you prefer.

The background for this card is done with matte gold foil and the Diagonal Hot Foil plate. Oh, gold and white is such a classic combo, isn’t it?? I trimmed this panel down a little and adhered that to a card base.

I will say that it took me a long time to get to grips with hot foiling, but despite swearing like a sailor at times because it wasn’t working, I’m glad I stuck with it. I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, for those of you wondering.

The floral image was adhered to this and only then did I start thinking of sentiments.. oy! Sometimes you get a bit carried away and have to work around what you have already committed to ie glued down! This happens to me more often than not… not going to lie.

I grabbed a friend word diecut that I already had cut out, and stamped up ‘you are amazing’ in Black Ink on another slim banner. This is from the Lush Peonies stamp set. These were then layered up on top of the roses and a Stargazer jewel was used as the dot over the ‘I’ as I had lost that. 

The final card was done by heat embossing the outline stamp from the Garden Floral set on heavy weight vellum. Then I flipped this over and grabbed the stencils too. These I turned over, and used the ‘wrong’ way to add colour to the back of the vellum for a super soft look. 

The white heat embossing stayed crisp and bright white this way, and I loved how it turned out. This was adhered to a piece of white card stock to make sure the colours were forced to shine through.

I did trim this down a bit too much, which I covered up by adding a strip of black foiled background, with the Diagonal hot foil plate, before adding this whole thing to a card base. 

Keeping the sentiment simple again, to let the roses take centre stage, I used the You word die that I had made with Licorice (black card stock) and white card stock. The sentiment is finished off with ‘are the best’ on another slim banner, this is from the Blooming Branch stamp set, so the full sentiment says ‘you are the best’.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and these cards. Which one is your favourite? I’d love to hear what else has grabbed you from this release.

Are you one of the many winners from the Release Blog Hop and the Instagram Hop? Don’t forget to check out the Winner Announcement page over at Pinkfresh, it’s up to you to email Lea and claim your prize. You have two weeks to do so, so don’t dilly-dally!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Pinkfresh October Challenge + Hot Foil + Ink Blending + Heat Embossing

Hi everyone, and welcome back!

I’m popping in today with a quick card I made with mostly “leftovers” from previous crafting sessions, for the Pinkfresh Studio new monthly challenge. Each month there is a new theme and colour scheme, and this month it’s Fall/Fall Holidays and this is the inspiration graphic.

My interpretation is more based on the colour scheme than the theme, but that’s ok. If you think you have to be super literal with your interpretation, don’t worry. That’s not the point at all. The point is to get your creativity humming and going! Don’t forget to upload your project to the InLinkz album before Nov 2nd, for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Pinkfresh Studios!

While I was preparing to be on the Craft Hour last month, I foiled so many of the Thankful for Friends image. It’s slightly addicting, especially when you have zero willpower like I do.. I really need to get a grip with using up everything I prep and make while on a roll, so this card was an effort to do just that.

Below you can see some of the cards I ended up finishing after the Craft Hour.

I also had an Thankful For Friends image heatembossed, so I thought I’d use that with the coordinating Layering Stencils. That way I could use up one more piece but still add colour to it. Using the stencils I have ink blended a bit of Misty Coast and Rocky Slope with blender brushes, over the stem and for the flowers themselves I used only Tidal Pond. This soft look is achieved by picking up the ink from the lid, where I tap off excess ink and get it covering the brush evenly, rather than from the ink pad directly. It’s one of my better ideas for sure!

The last layer of the stencil I did use, but not with more inks, but rather Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. I think I did learn something with this though. You see, I did this before cutting it out, which flattened the Glimmer Paste a little. The better way to do it would be to cut it out first, and then add that afterwards. You can use a little bit of washi tape to hold the image in place.

When I was happy with the ink blending and glitz (and that had dried), I used the coordinating diecut and cut it out. Previously, I had cut out a ton of extra pieces for layering up, and I used one of these extra pieces to add some height. I also used one of the Hot Foiled images. This one is done with Matte Gold on Stormcloud card stock.

These pieces I set aside while I decided on the background. I also had a load of Abstract Triangle Hot Foiled panels, and I grabbed one of these. It turned out this is Matte Gold too, so that coordinated perfectly. It did need a little something though, so I added a light touch of Apricot and Clementine ink around the edges. It really made the gold foiling pop even more! The middle was left white so that the flowers would look like they glowed, sort of.

The final thing to do was to heat emboss one of the sentiments from the Thankful For Friends set, in Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing powder. This was adhered with a little bit of foam tap and with that the card was done!

So, there is a lot going on with this card, but despite the colours not being my first colour combo choice, I do think it works.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Make a card with the challenge graphic as inspiration and upload it to the album for your chance to win $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studios shop!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp, Die, Stencils, and Hot Foil Release

Hi and welcome to my blog for a fun blog hop!

Today I’m hopping along with the Pinkfresh Studio design team and friends to celebrate the September release. You should have come here from the amazing Emily Mydlowski, an actual in real life crafty friend of mine!! I’m the last stop on the hop, but if you want to hop along, the Pinkfresh Studio blog is the next/first stop.

Well, what can I say? It’s another fabulously floral release and I’m sure many of you are going to be going as gaga over it as I have been since I saw it. You might ask yourself how many floral stamps you need, and I have too, believe me. However, with every release I add another one (or two.. three… sometimes more) to my fave list. Another thing I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED about is the solid hot foil plate!! Such a genius idea by the one and only Heather Hoffman herself! No more wasted foil!

My profession, before I stopped working, was a florist, and I absolutely LOVED it. Even a stressful day was wonderful because I was surrounded by flowers and got to create bouquets and floral arrangements all day. Best job ever. One of my all time favourite flowers is the peony, so when I saw the Lush Peonies set I had to use it pronto. I mean, I H-A-D to, it felt like it was the law, basically.

I love the genius idea with the layering stencils, and the coordinating diecut. To me, it also makes the set more versatile, as it gives peeps who might not be confident with their colouring the option of adding colour effortlessly (not to mention fast!) to the image. Or even on it’s own. You don’t actually need the outline stamps, it does give a softer look when you use the stencils on their own. The diecut is a must in my book though, a fussy cutter I am not! Nope, no, not doing it unless I really, REALLY have to.

Naturally, I couldn’t just do one card. Oh no, that would be far too easy. I did no less than seven panels, because heck, I was on a roll. It’s like I think I will be cursed if I only do one or two! I’ve also recently cracked the hot foil thing, that eluded me for ages, and now I can’t stop! I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system.

So my first two cards are done by using the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils only. These are true one-layer cards, which isn’t usual for me at all. *pats self on the back* I used yellows, pinks and greens for them both, with Lemon Whip and Sunshine for the yellow flowers, Grassy Knoll and Key Lime for the leaves and a touch of Ballet Slipper for the small flowers and middles of the big ones.

On the pink card I used left over Sparkling Rose as the first layer, and then a good inking of the same colour for the details. Mint and Grassy Knoll for the leaves and a touch of Sunshine for the small yellow flowers and middles of the big ones.

To keep these cards one-layer cards, I used the Celebrate hot foil plate on them both.

Gold foil on the yellow one and Rose Gold on the pink card, and I must admit that I absolutely love that little touch! They don’t even need anything else, in my opinion. And that’s saying something coming from a chronic over-sequinizer/over-embellisher!

The next two cards are done with the Lush Peony Layering Stencils again, by mixing yellows and pinks to create a more peachy look. One is more pink than peach, but that’s because of the level of ink on the second layer.

This is another fun thing about stencils! You can get such different results by changing up/adding/mixing colours! I love that so much.

On these I used the Lush Peonies outline stamp, and heat embossed it in Rich Gold on the more pinky one, and Rose Gold on the more peachy one. I didn’t manage to line up the stamp perfectly on the pinky one, but I don’t actually think it matters too much to be honest. It adds to the whimsical, romantic style.

So both these cards also got a hot foiled Celebrate, but these were done on white card stock and cut out with the coordinating diecut. These were then added to the cards, but instead of doing them both the same way, I turned one of the panels upside down to give a bit of a different look. They work both ways, actually. One was in Rose Gold and one was done in Matte Gold.

The last two cards are more elaborate for sure. Hot foiling, die cutting, layering, ink blending, stacking, heat embossing and stamping… it’s pretty much all going on.

First off I used the Chevron Hot Foil plate with Rose Gold foil on white card stock, for a background. This was trimmed down and adhered to a white card base. That foil is a real nightmare to photograph, but I have added loads to give you different angles to give you the idea of how it really looks.

The flowers are done with the Lush Peonies Layering Stencils, in rich pinks, Sparkling Rose and Bubble Gum, with a touch of Sunshine for the small flowers and middles of the big ones. The leaves are done in Mint, and I used it for both layers. I just made sure I let it dry in between so it didn’t melt into the first layer.

This card has the outline stamp heat embossed in Rich Gold , and then cut out using the coordinating diecut. I also layered it up with another two pieces to give it some dimension.

It’s finished off with a very simple sentiment that says ‘you are amazing‘ on a skinny banner cut out using the Essentials Stripes diecuts.

The last card is also stacked up a lot, both the floral image itself and the background. The striped background was made by cutting out Stripes of Soft Stone card stock from Gina K, and glueing these down onto white card stock. This was then trimmed down and had foam tape added to the back of it, before that was added to a white card base.

These flowers are done by using only the Lush Peonies Layering stencils, and only yellow shades of ink for the flowers. The leaves are done with a mix of Fresh Pear and Mint. This one is also cut out using the coordinating diecut and layered up with another two pieces.

To say this is a fat card is not an exaggeration. This will definitely need to be hand delivered! The final touch was a silver hot foiled Celebrate, that was also cut out using the coordinating diecut.

Phew! Told you I was on a roll! And I still have another panel left to finish too, but I will let you get going. I’ve been prattling on for ages, and you have hopping to do to be in with a chance to win one of TEN $25 gift card along the blog hop stops, AND the full release by commenting on the Pinkfresh Studio blog post.

You can also check out their YouTube release video and comment there for another chance to win the entire release! Make sure to check the GIVEAWAY WINNER page after Oct 5th, which is when the winners will be posted. You have 2 weeks to claim your prize

So many prizes to win, and don’t forget to check Instagram tomorrow for an Instagram hop, where you can win even more! Pinkfresh is such a wonderful and generous company, and I’m so grateful to be on the design team. I did receive all these goodies for free, for full transparency, but I don’t think anyone can argue that they don’t inspire me, right?

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Until Oct 3rd, you can get free shipping in the US if you spend over $75 with the code SEPTSHIPUSA or get $5.50 off international shipping, on orders over $75, with the code SEPTSHIPINTL.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you found some inspiration here with me. If you did, please do tag me in photos you post to Instagram using @erica_cacacraft so I can see your cards and creations! It’s absolutely thrilling to know that someone was inspired by little old me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Magical Wintry Forest stencilling cards | Pops of colour, without colouring!

Hi guys!!

Today’s post is all about ink blending extravaganza, using the lovely and totally dreamy Wintry Forest layering stencils and yummy inks from Pinkfresh Studio!

I absolutely love stencils because they are so versatile and affordable. Stencils that can cover several occasions also add to their allure. At first glance you might think that this Wintry Forest stencil isn’t going to be meant for anything but holiday cards, buuuuuut I’m hoping I will make you see that it’s actually rather versatile.

Ok, full disclosure, I DID end up using foiled sentiments from the Perfect Sentiments Holiday set, because I have finally cracked foiling after it eluded me for ages. It took watching many videos by Yana Smakula and Channin Pelletier to get to grips with it, so if you are struggling like I was, know that there is a knack to it and don’t give up!

Currently the Perfect Sentiments Holiday set is sold out, but the Perfect Sentiments set is in stock. If you definitely want the Perfect Sentiments Holiday set, make sure to sign up for back into stock notifications.

Having said that, these backgrounds would work for all sorts of occasions, like thinking of you, sympathy, retirement, masculine birthday and nature lovers birthdays.

Instead of going for the expected look with greens for the Wintry Forest stencils, I went purple, blue and then fiery with yellows, oranges, red and fuchsias. I also added a generous splattering of gold on all three, because I love that as a finishing touch.

For the first card I used all the purples, from light to dark, Soft LilacLavender ,Candy Violet  and Regal Kiss. The last layer is LOTS of Regal Kiss for that deep, dark purple colour.

Because I love blues I also used the Morning Sky blues: Sky BlueSummer ShowerSeaside and Storm. These are just dreamy. On this one I used Sky Blue for the first two layers, very soft on the first and a bit more saturated for the second layer.

For the last card I used Lemon Whip and Sunshine, Apricot and Persimmon, Coral Reef and Berrylicious, and finally Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss. I used the lighter colour first, and then added a little bit of depth and intensity with the darker colour after. On this one, I didn’t line up the stencils according to the markings either, to leave a little bit more white towards the bottom so you could still see that there were different layers.

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When I had finished the ink blending, I popped them, one by one, into a box and splattered some gold watercolour on them. After these had dried, I trimmed the blue and the purple down a little and adhered them to white card bases.

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The sentiments I picked out are done with both rose gold and gold foil, using the Perfect Sentiments Holiday set. I also cut out some extra pieces using the coordinating diecut, and layered the sentiments up for a little bit of dimension.

The purple card got a rose gold foiled Merriest Christmas. This one is layered up with two more pieces to pop it up a little.

The blue one got a Warmest Wishes in gold foil. This one is also popped up with two pieces.

The fiery forest got a rose gold foiled Merry & Bright. This one has three pieces for more depth and dimension. This one isn’t trimmed down, but I probably should have done that. However, I had adhered the sentiment already, so I couldn’t trim it. Oops.

Ok, that’s it from me for today, I hope you enjoyed this post too, and will try an unexpected colour combination yourself with your stencils. You never know how it will turn out until you give it a go!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Pinkfresh Studios April Stamp, Stencil, Die and Hot Foil Release blog hop!!!

Hi and welcome to a super exciting blog post! Or rather, I’m super excited, as I’m guesting for Pinkfresh Studio this month for yet another FANTASTIC release!

Click on the logo to take you directly to Pinkfresh Studio if you can’t wait to shop the April release.

There is, of course, an amazing lineup of crafters showcasing the new release, the full blog hop lineup can be found down below with the inlinkz link. You will no doubt be blown away, I always am!

There is a very generous giveaway, Pinkfresh is giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh Blog and their YouTube channel. There is also a $25 gift voucher up for grabs by leaving a comment on this post. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE by May 6th. Make sure to check the page and claim your price within 2 weeks.

My package only arrived 26 hours ago, so I don’t have much to show, but I promise you I will have more posts and YouTube videos up as soon as I can. I have seen sneak peeks of the goodies and I can not wait to play with it all. I started with the Miss Your Smile and coordinating slim line stencil, because those big blooms were calling out to me.

I grabbed my Pinkfresh Inks and the swatches I had made, lots of Life Changing Blender Bushes and some panels of Bristol Smooth card stock, and went for it. The ink pads are 30% off until May 2nd, with the code INKPADS30 too!!

This one I finished off by stamping the Miss Your Smile outline in Black Hybrid ink, with the help of my MISTI, as well as a heat embossed sentiment from the Perfect Sentiment. I heat embossed it in gold rather than try my hand at the Hot Foil Plate, before using the coordinating die, seeing as I was under a bit of time pressure.

I tried another colour combination as I had a second panel ready, and why not, right? This one went in a much more coral, peachy colour combo. Like soft spring, sort of.

I had a bit of heat embossing hoopla, as I didn’t have time to let the panel dry properly. Even though I used my WOW! Heat Tool AND anti-static tool generously on it. The gold embossing powder I used ended up all over it, and at first I was mad about it, but then I decided to make it work for me.

I stamped up one of the sentiments from Miss Your Smile in Clementine (at least I think it was, could be Apricot) and I did add some gold splatters on both of the panels, as well as Slim Stitched Scalloped Rectangles on them. One in black card stock and one in a mint linen textured card stock I had in my stash.

I did make a rather jibber-jabber-happy YouTube Video for these too, and a third card!

Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on orders over $50 between April 29th until May 6th, so if you want to grab some of these goodies, now is the perfect time! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, but I really appreciate the support you give me by shopping with these links. All earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram so THANK YOU!! It really does mean the world to me and I do not take it for granted.

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