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  • Pinkfresh Studio September 2023 Ink Release

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today is the day Pinkfresh Studio finally get to release a wonderful collection of 24 brand new ink colours! Whoop! We are celebrating with a huge blog hop where amazing designers have come up with some amazing inspiration for you using the new colours. The new inks flow seamlessly with the original inks and for your reference I have added a pic below. To celebrate with us, why not join in the hop for your chance to win? Giveaways: We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. We will be giving away a total of FIVE $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments. We will pull the winners & post them on October 9th, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please remember to check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Designs When designing for the release I wanted to really show off the gradient of colours so, I pulled out the Rosettes Stencils & Rosettes Die Set. This set was released earlier this year though I hadn't really used it. Not sure how that happened! The Rosette Stencils allow the user to alternate between colours which proved helpful to showcase the inks. For my designs I used every single new ink pad! ** I want to mention, when I last checked, the Rosettes Stencils were showing as out of stock on the Pinkfresh Studio website. But, never fear, sign up for a notification email and you will get notified as soon as they are back in stock. In case you were wondering, the sentiments are form the Wonderful Sentiments Hot Foil Set that was released in January this year. Colour Close Ups ROSE GARDEN - Cherry Blossom, Peony, Begonia & Mulberry Bush CHASING SUNSETS - Sunkissed, Mimosa, Mango Sorbet & Fruit Punch WEEPING WILLOW - Limoncello, Citron, Bay Leaf & Spanish Moss GREEN GABLES - Sage, Eucalyptus, Spruce Tips & Lush Forest AMALFI COAST - Waterfall, Turquoise, Paradise & Atlantis NAPA VALLEY -Sheer Freesia, Wisteria, Hydrangea & Opulence There is another single ink pad that has also been released-Calico White Pigment Ink! Now, I know full ink pads are not everyones jam so I should let you know that the inks are also available in cubes too Yay! PLUS you can also get the re-inkers! But what will you store them in??? Well, Pinkfresh Studio have the perfect and BEAUTIFUL solution... These ink cube holders are a thing of beauty. They are soft and gorgeous and are pink with gold accents. There is a 48 cube holder and a 72 cuber holder. They also come in a beautiful presentation box. They would make such a wonderful gift for someone crafty OR just for yourself, because you are worth it. As promised, below is the pic of the full Pinkfresh Studio inks integrating the originals with the new inks released today. Well, I hope you are excited to try out the new inks and I hope I have got you in the mood to join the blog hop? For further inspiration and your chance to win, click on each designers link below ....good luck!! Until next time friends...

  • Pinkfresh Studio | Holly Jolly Shaker Card

    Hi crafty friends! I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing a fun shaker card and I love that I can call it a Holly Jolly Shaker Card! Sometimes it's the little things in life that can bring joy don't you think? This design was quite easy to make. I think the only part that could be a bit tricky could be the hot foiling on acetate. But more about that later. First I foiled the brand new Sparkle & Sine Hot Foil Plate in my favourite Champagne Gold on white heavyweight cardstock which would be the backdrop then set that aside. I die cut the Terrarium Die in the centre of a white A2 panel that I also cut using the Essentials Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Die Set. Using heat resistant acetate, I foiled the Holly Jolly Hot Plate with Champagne foil onto the acetate. This can be a bit tricky. I had to foil twice to get a nice look as my first one was a bit blotchy. It's so worth the effort though for the final effect. I attached the Holly Jolly acetate panel to the Terrarium cut A2 panel with double sided sticky tape. Using foam strips, I layered up the sides of the Terrarium then added some bling. I used my embossing buddy to prime the inside of the acetate before I added my bling to help stop it sticking to the foam tape. I added the Sparkle & Shine back panel and trimmed the edges so I could add it to an A2 card base. Remember my last post? I had two spare hot foiled Winter Berries Hot Foil pieces from that project so I added those at the top with some red bling. The bow is from the Wrap Around Elements that was released earlier this year. To finish, I die cut the Terrarium base in Champagne cardstock and then added a gold embossed sentiment just above it from the Basic Banner Christmas Stamp Set. This project was really fun to make and as usual I made a reel for you all that you can check out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio and later on my account @cherylespiecreates To note, if any of the products above are out of stock, remember to add your email to be notified when they come back in stock. Happy crafting friends!

  • Pinkfresh Studio | Christmas Elegance

    Hi crafty friends! How are you enjoying all the wonderful seasonal inspiration so far? The August release by Pinkfresh Studio was jam packed with seasonal goodness and I just cannot help but make more Christmas cards. Today, I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog sharing these two cards. They are the same card design but in two different colours and I think they are super elegant, which is why I have called my post Christmas Elegance. That fabulous background was die cut using the new Snowflakes Coverplate Die and then matted over shiny champagne cardstock. That gold added just the right amount of colour to break up the white to define the snowflakes. Then, I hot foiled in champagne, the Winter Berries Hot Foil Plate. I suppose you could foil in any colour you wish but I wanted it to be subtle and coordinate with the champagne cardstock. Using the co-ordinating Winter Berries Die I cut out the hot foil plus more for layering up. I like dimension, and wanted the leaves and berries to pop up from the background just a little. I also popped the die cuts on foam dots. Now I had two cards, both the same and all they needed was some colour and a sentiment. This is where you can personalize as you wish. For my cards I chose the Ruby Glitter Drops for one card and then the Lagoon Glitter Drops for the other. I glued the glitter drops randomly on some of the berries. A fantastic sentiment stamp set was also released by Pinkfresh Studio in August and it's called Holiday Large Sentiments. It's fabulous! I heat embossed two different sentiments from the set and die cut them with the co-ordinating dies. I then die cut extra layers in black cardstock which I glued together on the back of the stamped sentiment. If you haven't tried this technique yet, you should. The black cardstock really takes the sentiment to another level and really pops! After placing the sentiment I matted the whole finished panel onto a 110lb top folding card base. Voila! I think this card could be massed produced and completed in so many colours. As usual with my Pinkfresh Studio blog posts, I made a reel that you can check out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Well, until next time friends, happy crafting!

  • Pinkfresh Studio | Stencilled Christmas Trees

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends Today, I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog sharing a neat way to use the Overlapping Triangles Stencil that was released in July. The stencil itself is really cool and geometric. This gave me the idea of using the stencil on its side for Christmas Trees. To create this modern seasonal card, I started by choosing cool dye inks by Pinkfresh Studio that would compliment each other but also blend okay when they overlapped during the ink blending process. The colours I chose were Sky Blue, Ocean Breeze, Mint & Meadow. I used the Overlapping Triangle Stencils horizontally instead of vertically. I was able to choose which triangles I was going to use and the different sizes. After the ink blending was completed I die cut the tree panel with the Stitched Christmas Star Coverplate that was released this week by Pinkfresh Studio. I then die cut the panel again using the Essentials: Stitched Rectangles. Another fantastic release this week is the Holiday Large Sentiments Stamp Set, boy this is a fantastic set! I stamped one of the sentiments from the set in PFS Detailed Black Ink then added some clear embossing powder to heat set it. After initially die cutting the sentiment, I decided to die cut layers in black cardstock. This really lets the sentiment pop off the background. I love it! To finish, I added lots of sparkly bling in similar colours across the base of the trees. This really did add that extra something, something. The Glitter Drops I used are Leaf, Lagoon & Aqua. As usual my friends, I have made a reel demonstrating this card coming together so make sure you keep an eye out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio I hope you will give it a try! Also, make sure you check out the new seasonal release this week. It will certainly get you ahead with your holiday crafting. Until next time friends and happy crafting.

  • Pinkfresh Studio August 2023 Holiday Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

    Today Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating the August monthly release with a big blog hop! This release is packed full of stamps, dies, stencils and hot foil with a seasonal theme to help you get ahead of your crafting for the holidays. The design team and guests have a ton of inspiration for you and you kind find the full line up below. To celebrate with us, why not join in the hop for your chance to win? Giveaways: We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. We will be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments. We will pull the winners & post them on August 30th, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please remember to check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Design-Basic Banners Christmas | Stitched Christmas Star In my world, green, gold, red and glitz represent the Christmassy feeling for me. My card captures some of this. I enjoyed ink blending the new Stitched Christmas Star cover plate background in rich Pinkfresh Studio dye inks, Olive and Evergreen. I then gave it a good splatter with white. While that was drying, I heat embossed the Basic Banners Christmas in gold embossing powder. When you have this stamp set it is good to note that it is one big stamp with all those sentiments on. Make sure you have a large piece of white cardstock with plenty of room around it after stamping. You need that extra space for the die to have enough room to properly cut around of the stamp. We have a lovely stand alone die set called Curvy Leaves. I die cut some leaves in gold glitter cardstock then added them to accent the banners. I think details are everything when finishing up a design and you will find that with most of the cards I make. Here, I added some of the Pinkfresh Studio Iridescent Clear Drops on the banners to add my finished touch. I have made number of cards with this release which I will share with you. Hopefully my designs will give you some inspiration and feel free to copy my designs if it helps you. You will be able to find me over on Instagram @cherylespiecreates so why not pop over and follow me when you get a chance! Meanwhile, why not click the links below to see all the inspiration the other designers have made just for you. Show some love and leave a comment on each of their blogs for your chance to win!! Until next time friends....

  • Waffle Flower August Release Blog Hop

    Welcome to the Waffle Flower August Release Blog Hop! I’m happy to be hopping with the folks from Waffle Flower to show you all the fun new stuff awaiting you on the Waffle Flower website! Be sure to check out each stop in today’s blog hop for fun, inspiration, and chances to win some of these new release goodies! You may have joined me here from the wonderfully talented Nichol Sphor Next on the hop is the lovely Laura Bassen! If you want the full list you can check it out at the Waffle Flower Blog Giveaways: For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates at every stop of the hop, that’s a total of 3 chances to win! You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EST on Thursday August 10th, 2023 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments and will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on Winner Friday 8/11/2023. Specials: From now till August 9th, 2023, all orders placed at will receive a mysterious gift (No code required!). For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection! And don’t forget to check out their monthly Flash Sales! My Design | Hibiscus Die | Splatters Hot Foil Plate Oh my, I really enjoyed designing this card! The Splatters Hot Foil Plate is a fab background which I used for different themed cards from this months release. I will share all my designs throughout the month of August over on my Instagram account @cherylespiecreates so make sure you follow and set up your notifications for regular inspiration from me. For this design I used Champagne hot foil as I knew it would go well with the green leaves. Then, I die cut all the pieces of the Hibiscus Die several times in quality white cardstock as I wasn't sure how many I would use. I ink blended the leaves in different shades of greens. And for the flowers, I ink blended pale orange and pinks. It took some time to arrange the florals, as sometimes that can be the hardest part. When I was happy with my arrangement, I then popped it all up on foam dots as I love dimension and texture with my designs. To finish, I added one of the many sentiment strips that Waffle Flower sell which are a fantastic add on! I hope I have inspired you and I hope you will join me again over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates I'm sending big good luck vibes to you all as I really appreciate the time you take to comment and, love that you get a chance to win prizes! Good luck!

  • Pinkfresh Studio | Birthday Balloons Slimline

    Hi friends Today I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog sharing a slimline birthday balloon card that I designed using a technique called masking. I have been wanting to show masking to you for some time, and when the Ribbons & Balloons stamp set was released in April, I knew this was the perfect set to do this technique. With masking, you first stamp the image on the cardstock base where you want it to be. You then stamp the image again on masking paper. You need to fussy cut the image out of the masking paper. Reason being, you need to cut close to the edge as the coordinating dies do not get close enough. Use the mask to cover your original stamped image on your cardstock. Then, stamp the image again over the masking paper. You could repeat this process as many times as you wish. One thing to remember. Whatever you stamped originally on your cardstock, will be the image that shows fully when you peel away all the masking. This is how you can create scenes on your cards. I used a cloud stencil for my background but that is not necessary as backgrounds can be just ink blended in whatever colours you wish. I used Summer Shower and Seaside for mine. After peeling away the masking I used the Ribbons & Balloons Coordinating Stencils, ink blending Ballet Slipper and Sparkling Rose for the balloons and flowers, and Fresh Pear for the greenery. Just to mention, before I peeled away the mask, I did add a few white splatters. Using Copic markers I added some darker colour around the base of the balloons, just for some added depth. Guess what I did to finish?? Well, I covered all the balloons in Glossy Accents! They are sooooo shiny! Of course, the faithful Metallic Silver Pearls matched perfectly for the extra something, something. Have I inspired you to try this technique? Pinkfresh Studio has amazing florals to try this on! You will be pleased to know that I made a reel for my card and in a minute I was able to show you the masking in action. Make sure you keep an eye out for it over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Well friends, until next time....

  • Pinkfresh Studio July 2023 Stamp, Die, and Stencil Release

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating the July monthly release with a big blog hop! This release has some exciting dies in it this time as well as floral ephemera. Of course there's some beautiful stamp, stencil and dies too that Pinkfresh Studio do so well. The design team and guests have a ton of inspiration for you! To celebrate with us, why not join in the hop for your chance to win? Giveaways: We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. We will be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments. We will pull the winners & post them on August 4th, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please remember to check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Design-Fancy Floral Ephemera | Secret Garden Die | Shaker Tag Book Die I love ready made die cuts. Pinkfresh Studio do some amazing ready made sentiment sets and floral sets. This month they released this pretty Fancy Floral Ephemera and I couldn't resist creating with them. With ready made die cuts I enjoy just piecing them together. It reminds me of those paper dress up dolls that I got as a child. Not sure if you had them over here in North America? So, lets talk cover plate dies...look at this beauty...the Secret Garden Coverplate Die. Gosh, it's glorious! I couldn't resist die cutting this in Champagne gold cardstock as I thought it would make a lovely dimensional backdrop for the Fancy Floral Ephemera. Then using the tag from the newly released Shaker Tag Book Die, I cut up the Secret Garden Die into three pieces, sharing and gluing the cut between two tags and a card. To finish, I added that wonderfully fonted sentiment Grateful for you from the Thanks for Being There stamp set also released this month. Finally, the Champagne Glitter Drops helped bring this project together. Hopefully you are inspired and want to follow on with the Pinkfresh Studio blog hop for further inspiration and to win prizes. See the links below and go show some love and appreciation.... Until next time friends...

  • Gina K Designs | Delightful Dogwood

    Hi crafty friends As a monthly guest designer for Gina K designs (which I am thrilled about!) I get sent a stamp and sometimes co-ordinating dies to play with ahead of the release. Unfortunately, I didn't receive Julys in time for the release but as soon as I did I designed these two beauties with the Delightful Dogwood Stamp Set. I did a bit of research for this one as I didn't know what colour Dogwood would be. If I did my research correctly, I believe that the pink is really the leaves that turn this colour? Im still trying to get my head around that! Haha. The pictures I found helped with inspiration for my colour choices. And yes, I researched the Cardinal too. In fact, I am impressed I remembered it is a Cardinal from my childhood days. I was and still are interested in nature and when I was a child I would make scrapbooks of birds, flowers and animals to escape the world around me. So, this colour choice depicts the female Cardinal. Are you impressed? The reason I chose the female colour choice was because it would coordinate with the pink Dogwood and the blue background better. The male is primarily red and that would not have worked so well, I don't think. For the colours I used Copic marker listed below: Dogwood: RV 10, RV 13, G21 & G94 Cardinal: !01, W02, W03, E30, E31 & R37 I hope you check out Gina K's July release, as usual there are a great mixture of stamp, dies and stencils to choose from. Until next time.....

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Falala Friends | A Farewell

    Hi crafty friends I am participating in the Alex Syberia Designs New Release Hop and Giveaway over on Instagram today. We are celebrating the brand new "Christmas in July" collection from Alex Syberia Designs. This release is your perfect incentive to get started early on those holiday cards. With new hot foil plates, stamps, layering stencils, and dies there's sure to be something for everyone! So why not get yourself over @cherylespiecreates and hop along to see all the inspiration, and win prizes!! I am featuring Falala Friends. For my first card I used the masking technique whereby I stamp and fussy cut my images with masking paper to creates a scene. My second design was a bit straight forward whereby, I used the snow stencil to creates texture then stamped, coloured and cut my images. I wanted to share with you that this will be my last post for Alex Syberia Designs as one of their Creative Team members. Due to my clinical work commitments and already being on the Pinkfresh Studio team I was feeling too stretched. I do not like it when I feel this way as I don't want to let anyone down. Therefore, I decided to resign with Alex Syberia Designs at this time. Of course, I will be guest designing for them and other companies as I can fit this around my other commitments. Alex Syberia Designs may be a newer company but they are crushing it since their launch and I am thrilled I was an original team member that helped them in their journey. I wish them every success because they work hard, they have wonderful designs and every one of their team members are a delight. Big hugs ASD, I will miss you! Until next time friends....

  • Pinkfresh Studio | Life is Better With Friends

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! I am back over on the card blog today sharing an alternative option to using the Garden Bouquet Washi Tape. Can you believe this card is exactly the same set but using the Garden Bouquet Stamp and coordinating stencils? I absolutely love how versatile the Washi/Stamp/Stencil & Die sets are by Pinkfresh Studio. I have a lot of them and I don't know about you but, it depends how I feel on the day as to the colour choices I make when designing. Interestingly, when I was designing this one it was cool and rainy outside despite being July...I wonder if that is why I chose Fall colours? Peach Fuzz, Apricot, Persimmon, Sweet Mustard, Marigold, Warm Buff & Doe. The background needed some texture, so I pulled out one of my favourites from Pinkfresh Studio the Floral Lace Die. It adds the texture in a pretty way but does not take away from the floral images. I decided to just add a bit of colour to the edges after die cutting which is a nice way to bring in the colours together. Remember not to overlook the sentiments on the slimline stamp sets as there are some beautiful statements. Look at the one I chose! Love it and it is sooooo true. I heat embossed the sentiment using Pinkfresh Studio's Detail Black Hybrid Ink and clear embossing powder. The gives a crisp clean finish and really pops. Of course to finish, those background petals needed some bling so I added the Gold Glitter Drops. As with my blog posts I filmed my process so keep an eye out for the reel over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Well, that's all from me today friends. Until next time.....

  • Alex Syberia Designs "Christmas In July" Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

    Hi crafty friends! I am excited to be joining Alex Syberia Designs in a big blog hop celebrating the brand new release Christmas in July! This really is a thing in the card making world because it gives us a chance to get ahead with festive cards. It can get so busy during the season so having a stash of cards all ready to go is a win! To celebrate the release Alex Syberia Designs is doing a wonderful giveaway, so check out the details below. Giveaway info: Alex Syberia Designs is giving away two £15 gift cards to the Alex Syberia Designs store and one full release bundle, valued at £366 ($400) in total. Alex Syberia Designs will pick the three winners from the comments left on each designer’s blog post in this hop before midnight BST on July 23rd 2023. The winners will be announced on the ASD Release Blog Hop post on July 24th 2023. Jingle Bell Joy/Elegant Stripes/Pretty Bows/Christmas Sentiments I quite enjoy die cutting then ink blending the die cuts to my own colour choices, which is what I did here with the Jingle Bell Joy Die Set. The only part I didn't ink blend was the top of the bells. I die cut those from silver foil cardstock. I thought these elements would make super cute gift tags. Therefore, I used the new Elegant Stripes Hot Foil Plate with silver, and then die cut the tags using the Signature Tags Die Set after hot foiling. I placed all the elements with glue but with the odd foam dot, then placed two Pretty Bows on each in bright red foil. To finish, I stamped and die cut two sentiments from the Christmas Sentiments set. Add some ribbon, and these lovelies are ready to go! Snowflakes/Elegant Stripes/Be Merry Hot Foil This Snowflake Die is fabulous! It has lovely detail and I immediately knew I wanted it in gold glitter cardstock. I really layered this up as it was going to be the focal point of the whole design. The Elegant Stripe Hot Foil Plate in gold gives a great backdrop without taking anything away from the snowflake. I added some silver bling, yes, silver! Do you know, gold and sliver go well together, especially on Christmas cards. Therefore, I added the silver bling to the tips of the snowflake to add that extra something, something. To finish, I added the Joy from the Be Merry Hot Foil Sentiment Set. Hopefully I have given you some Christmas in July inspiration friends? Now, go enjoy the hop and make sure you leave comments and love along the way for your chance to win! Alex Syberia Designs Jennifer Aditi Allison Ardyth Bobbi Brenda Cheryl Emelie Erica Erin Lien Nicoletta Raquel Sandi Sylvie Therese Good luck!!

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