May 22, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio May 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hello crafters! Today I'm joining Pinkfresh Studio for its May release blog hop. It's another delicious collection with something for everyone. I'm featuring two products: Delicate Foliage and Pretty Blossoms.

Delicate Foliage

The Delicate Foliage suite of products consists of a Hot Foil plate, Stamp set, Dies, and Stencils. You choose!

Hot foiled the Delicate Foliage Hot Foil plate with gold foil on Hammermill Cardstock, Premium Color Copy 100lb. It's inexpensive and I almost always get perfect results. Using the coordinating stencil, added a spring collection of Pinkfresh Studio ink colors to the leaves. If you look closely, you'll see that the stencil adds leaves outside of the foiled leaves. Love that. Cut the leaves using the Delicate Leaves coordinating die and set aside to work on my background.

Using the same Pinkfresh Studio inks, swiped the ink cubes directly onto another piece of Hammermill cardstock. Adhered the leaves and the inked panel to a white A2 card and added a few Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Jewels in coordinating colors.

Pinkfresh Ink colors: Sunshine, Sweet Mustard, Apricot, Passion Fruit, Candy Violet, and Blue Jay. 

Did a happy dance!

Pretty Blossoms

The Pretty Blossoms suite consists of a red rubber background stamp, hot foil plate, stencils, and a die. Again, choose what makes you happy.

Foiled the Pretty Blossoms plate onto melon cardstock using tangerine hot foil and stenciled using Pinkfresh inks. Die cut and popped up with foam tape onto an A2 card. Added a few white accents with a gel pen. 

Stamped a sentiment from Simplest Gestures and matted it onto a piece of cardstock that I hot foiled with the tangerine foil and the Pinkfresh Studio Solid Hot Foil Plate

Solid Pretty Blossoms

Speaking of the Solid Hot Foil Plate, I had to try it with the foil leftover from using the Pretty Blossoms Hot Foil plate and it was fun. If you are not familiar with this plate and how to use it check out this video. Basically, the solid plate lets you use the leftover foil from another project to create the opposite image. Genius

For this card, I used the leftover foil from the card above and hot foiled it onto a piece of Hammermill cardstock. To keep this shiny card simple, I die cut the image and added a foiled sentiment from Phrase Builder: Hello hot foil and its coordinating die


Pinkfresh Studio will give away the full release on the Pinkfresh Blog & YouTube channel.(I won the full release last February and it's an amazing prize.)

They will also be giving away a total of Ten $25 gift cards along the blog hp. Winners will be picked from the comments and will be posted May 31, 2023 on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page. Please check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks.

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May 16, 2023

Playing with Playful Pieces


It's not very often that I see a product and set my alarm for the moment it is released. Concord & 9th came out with the Playful Pieces die and sentiment bundle and I knew they would be mine! 

I'll be sharing more with these products as I had a lot of fun making this card. Isn't that what it is all about?


Apr 1, 2023

Catching Up

 Vellum + gingham + plus little flowers.

More gingham!

Love double die cutting. Squares + hearts + ink smooshing.

Fun card with products from A Pocketfull of Happiness.

Concord & 9th stencil and dies. They are coming out with 25 more colors. I won't get them all but quite a few are on my want list!!

Spellbinders Anemone Blooms. Love that set. 

That's what I've been up to the past few weeks. These are all on Instagram, but I thought I'd share here as well. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Things are going well. Husband finished his radiation and is recovering. I'm traveling to California to stay with my SIL for a few days. Then we are traveling to the east so April will be busy.

I hope you are doing well. I don't spend a lot of time in blog land, but I do try and get out there once in a while! 

Feb 20, 2023

Maximalism in Cardmaking

I watched this video by Yana Smakula in which she discusses "maximalism" - a design trend that is sort of the opposite of clean and simple. I was blown away by her cards and had to do a little research. 

Most of what I found focuses on interior design, but the principles are the same regardless of use - usually bold patterns, layering, and vibrant colors. Recently, when we were house hunting last year, we saw this in the use of bold wallpaper. It also reminds me of Tole Painting. My mom had a tray with a tole design painted on it and now I wish I had kept it.

For cardmaking, the potential for disaster is real! However, done right, it can be a lot of fun. So, this card is my first experiment. It uses dies from Spellbinders - In Bloom and Stained Glass Window. There are a few other small floral dies and a hot foil sentiment also from Spellbinders.

So this was a fun experiment. I definitely want to try it again.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Excellent 

Disclosure: Spellbinders gave me In Bloom and Stained Glass Window.

Feb 15, 2023

On Spellbinders' Blog


I'm sharing 3 cards, featuring the new Stitched Fan Cardfront, on the Spellbinders' blog today (Wednesday February 15th). I hope you check them out!