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  • Pinkfresh Studio Release-July 2022

    Hi friends! I am so thrilled to be have been invited back as a guest designer by Pinkfresh Studio for the July 2022 release! I hope you have had a chance to see all the amazing projects the designers have created just for you on the Pinkfresh Studio blog hop yesterday? If not, well do not fear! I am participating in a Insta-hop today with some major talented designers over on Instagram @cherylespiecreates. See the details below for your chance to win major prizes by following along with the Insta-hop: GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh IG feed. They will also 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. Pinkfresh Studio will pull the winners & post them on August 5, 2022 over on Instagram - and they will post and tag the winners in the Pinkfresh Studio IG Stories. To be eligible to win over on Instagram you need to: 🌸follow me 🌸follow Pinkfresh Studio 🌸like and leave comments on the hop posts **The giveaway is not associated with or sponsored by Instagram or Facebook, and must be 18 or older to be eligible to enter or win. Let's take a look at what I designed with some of amazing stamps/dies/stencils & washi tape from this release: Fall Foliage/Gazebo Inky Floral Background Go For It/ Gazebo Pears & Pomegranates Over the next few days I will share my cards on my Instagram feed with more details and different angled photos so you can get a closer look at the texture and dimension. Enjoy the hop and remember to take care of yourself! Bye for now...

  • Alex Syberia Designs-My Favorite Flowers

    Hi crafty friends! Thank you for joining me today, you can also find me over on the Alex Syberia Designs blog for a second time this month! It’s been a busy one and as I said on my last post, my Copic markers have been having a really good workout! Today, I will be focusing on one project (well, two actually but with the same digital stamp) but you will be able to see every project I make over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates. I wanted to put the spotlight on the gorgeous digital image by Alex Syberia Designs called My Favorite Flowers. Last Monday on my Instagram, I shared a unique Gift Tag Card with a matching tag using the same stamp but coloured with teals. The two card projects I am focusing on today have a soft color palette of greens, peaches & beiges. After printing the My Favorite Flowers digital image on Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock, I attached the cardstock to my Scan & Cut mat ready to put in the machine. The Scan & Cut machine does exactly as it’s name. It scans the images, then cuts them out. One tip…I do not color my images until after the machine has cut them out. This is because I have found that the Scan & Cut appears to cut out the images better when there is just the black outline. For both card projects, I used Copic markers: R01 & R02, G21 & G40, E71 & E74......scroll the slideshow above to see the colour process. You will see by my staged photos how I applied the markers starting with the lightest colors first. The Alex Syberia image cleverly shows areas where you can add different colors to enhance the look and the light of the floral. With both projects, I wanted to add further color and dimension. I achieved this by placing the coloured My Favorite Flowers die cuts on top of some patterned paper from my stash. On one of the cards, I even dry embossed the patterned paper! Gold goes really well with the warm hues chosen so I added some gold ribbon as well as gold bling. Finish with a complimentary sentiment and these beauties are ready to go! I had not used a lot of digital stamps until recently and it certainly has opened a creative door for me. Alex Syberia Designs have an array of genres and they are so economical. Also, you don’t need lots of storage room! I hope I have inspired you today with the beautiful My Favorite Flowers Digital Stamp by Alex Syberia Designs. Remember….you can find more inspiration throughout the month of July, so make sure you follow @alexsyberiadesigns and @cherylespiecreates Happy crafting friends!

  • Spellbinders-Celebrate the Season Collection

    Hi friends! Christmas in July...really? Yes! In the creative world Christmas in July is a thing. It happens every year and it's where craft companies release some Holiday Season goodies for people who want to get started on their Christmas cards-Spellbinders is no exception! I got my hands on the Holiday Blooms Etched Dies. This die set is part of the Celebrate the Season Collection from Spellbinders. The set of 26 thin metal cutting dies can create a sweet single bloom to a full blown out holiday bouquet. Many types of blooms to choose such as a rose, bell-shape flower, Poinsettia, and more. Accents include Cattail, Holly Berry, Evergreen, and much more. I added these die cuts to adorn the corners of two cards that I hot foiled and I love how they turned out. Of course, you could do any colour you wish but I am a sucker for the traditional rich gold, greens and reds at Christmastime. Why not go check out the release as its available now and there's a ton of other exciting products to choose from in the Celebrate the Season collection by Spellbinders. There is also a fab sale on too of past seasonal goodies. Click the picture link below... Until next time my friends...

  • Alex Syberia Designs-Fabulous Floral

    Hi crafty friends! I am thrilled to be joining Alex Syberia Designs as a guest designer for the month of July. This month my Copic markers have been having a really good workout and you will be able to see every project I make over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates. But I will be shining the spotlight on specific Alex Syberia Designs during my blog posts. Today, I wanted to put the spotlight on the gorgeous digital image by Alex Syberia Designs called Fabulous Floral Wow! This floral is one of the reasons I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to be a guest designer. Big bold lines stretch across a full slimline panel with petals adorning the cardstock and tapering off at the top. Stunning......I couldn’t wait to get started! When printing images from digital downloads I always use Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. I know it’s good for Copic markers, but I also know it will feed through my printer with no problems. I have tried using thicker cardstock but my printer cannot take it. For this card and matching tag, I used Copic markers: V20, V22, V25, V99 & Y06. You will see by my staged photos how I applied the markers starting with the lightest colour V20, and then work my way up to V99. The Alex Syberia images cleverly shows areas where you can add different colours to enhance the look and the light of the floral. What I loved about the Alex Syberia images is my option to print different sizes and also be able to print more than one image at a time. Definitely one of the perks of digital stamping. You will see that I created a matching tag to my slimline card. I achieved this by changing the size of the image when instructing my printer. Winner! I am a lover of all things pretty and I also love of all things matchy, matchy. To give a card to someone but also have a matching tag for their gift almost makes me giddy…. Just to say, I have not used a lot of digital stamps until recently and it certainly has opened a creative door for me. Alex Syberia Designs have an array of genres and they are so economical. Also, you don’t need lots of storage room! I hope I have inspired you today with this glorious Fabulous Floral by Alex Syberia Designs. I have lots to share with you throughout the month of July, so make sure you follow: @alexsyberiadesigns and @cherylespiecreates Happy crafting friends!

  • Canada Day Video Hop + Over $1000 in Giveaways!

    Hi friends!........Happy Canada Day! I’m joining a group of Crafty Canadian YouTubers and we’re celebrating this special day by featuring Canadian craft products, shops and publications who have generously sponsored today’s event with over $1000 in prizes! Click the video link below and it will take you to my You Tube channel and straight to the hop! After you’ve finished watching my video, remember to leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click on the link in my video description for the next person in the hop. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. **(Please indicate if you are in Canada or elsewhere as a few prizes are restricted to Canadian addresses only.) Comments close on July 15, 2022 and all winners will be announced the following week. If you get lost along the way, please head to Emily’s blog for the full list of participants: https://leiphartonart.blogspot.com/2022/07/3rd-annual-canada-day-video-hop.html Some of today's sponsors have kindly offered some discount codes which can be used by the specified dates below: SHOP COUPONS FOR THE HOP Ecstasy Crafts 15% off with code ECCAN15 Valid from July 1st to July 15th The Old Island Stamp Company 15% off with code Canada15 Valid on July 1st only Penguin Palace 20% off with code TAKE20CDAY Valid from June 30th 11pm to July 15th 11pm PST Pigment Craft Co 20% off with code CELEBRATECANADA Valid July 1st 9:00am EST to July 5th 11:59pm EST on all products, excluding ink and new release items. Cannot be combined with other offers or used towards shipping. Scrap ’n Stamp 20% off with code CDV20 Code can only be used once. Valid on instock items only. Not valid with any other sale, promotion or coupon. Expires July 29, 2022 Scrapbook & Cards Today 10% off with code SCTCanada10 This exclusive offer is valid through July 15, 2022 on any online classes, stamps and dies sets and kits on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website. This offer is not valid on events, subscriptions or the SCT Sampler. Scrapbook Cottage 15% off with code CanadaDayHop Valid June 25th to July 9th Your Next Stamp 25% off with code YNS25CD (excluding mystery boxes) Valid July 1st to 15th Well friends....have fun hopping along today and good luck!!

  • Reverse Confetti - Inspiration Station-Newsletter Edition

    Hi friends Did you know that Reverse Confetti have a weekly newsletter that you can sign up for? There are exclusive features and tons of fantastic inspiration. Here's a LINK Oh how I love pretty florals! I even like to wear them. Did you know, there can be designing inspiration all around you? Sometimes, it can even be right in front of you. From design, colour, patterns and texture you could be inspired for your next project just like I was for the card design I am sharing in the Reverse Confetti newsletter today. The above picture gives you a teaser of what inspired me. Stamping with the gorgeous Roses Stamp by Reverse Confetti , colouring with my Copic Sketch Markers. and adding texture with the Folklore Cover Plate. If you want to see the whole design and what I did to achieve it, sign up for the Reverse Confetti newsletter today! Until next time....

  • Altenew - Craft Your Life Retreat Collection-Oriental Poppy

    Hi crafty friends, Well, do I have a treat for you today! Oh my goodness, this Craft Your Life Retreat Collection- Oriental Poppy is stunning! So much so, that I wanted to make something extra special with it. Therefore, I decided on a trifold card with a matching belly band. Let's See How I Created It To begin with, I stamped a few of the images on white cardstock with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink, which I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The kit has stencils so I used them to colour the images. The poppy flowers are coloured with the Altenew's Red Cosmos ink pad set: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red & Grapevine. The leaves are Forest Glades & Moss. By having the coordinating dies in the kit, it helped knowing I would be able to die cut the images add them onto my trifold card and the belly band. For the trifold base I cut two card bases measuring 6" x 8" . On one of the card bases I scored it 2", rotated it, then scored at 2" again at the other end. Then, I stamped, heat embossed and stencilled two poppy images across from each other overlapping the scored cardstock on the scored card base. Using the coordinating dies, I partially die cut the poppy images. Then, I cut off the excess cardstock along the score line up to the die cut poppy on each side. With the second piece of 6" x 8" cardstock I scored at 4" but I decided to cut 1/8" off each side as I figured the card would not fold neatly otherwise. It's on this bard base that I added the sentiment, also heat embossed, and another flower and leaves combo. To finish the card I attached the back of this base to the original first partially die cut poppy base with Altenew's double sided sticky tape. Hopefully, that makes sense. I think the reel video over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates will help as you will see me unfold the final card. Now for the belly band. I cut a white cardstock strip 2 3/8" x 9" I scored it at 2 3/8", rotated and repeated at the other end. Again, I used the double sided sticky tape to close the band. I added another poppy and leaf combo on the front of the band and voila!!! It sure sounds a lot of steps when you are writing it down, and it took me a while to make but that was because I wanted it to fit neatly inside a 5" x 7" envelope, and I was practicing with different sizes to make it work so you guys didn't have to. If you haven't already done so, you should go check out the Altenew's full release from today on my previous blog post because this card and others are featured as part of a big blog hop today. If you go follow the hop and leave comments you have a chance to win prizes, but you need to leave your comments on my other blog hop post to qualify. Well friends, I hope you will give this kind of project a try. It's certainly ends up having amazing results, and I can only imagine how special the recipient would feel receiving such a detailed card. See you again very soon....

  • Altenew June 2022 Fine & Dandy Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

    Hi crafty friends! Today I am participating in a wonderful Altenew blog hop to celebrate a huuuuuuge release called Fine & Dandy! In this release, there are stand alone dies, hot foil plates and stencils. You may have found your way here from the amazing Terri Koszler if not, you can start at the beginning of the blog hop on the Altenew Card Blog Giveaway Prizes-$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificates to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post by 06/27/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/29/2022. Let's Look at my Designs Where do I start with these cards? I used lots of different paper crafting delights here. Altenew were kind enough to send me some brand new cardstock for this release. I received two shades Brushed Copper Metallic Cardstock & Brushed Rose Metallic Cardstock. The shades are beautiful and so it made sense to me to die cut a whole background from each colour using the Scallops Cover Die which is also in this release. By the way, this cover die cut so well and I will be using it again! Remember the Belladonna Lily Stamp? Well, I stamped it twice and here I did some simple Copic colouring to compliment the cardstock colours. For the brushed rose I used E70 & E74 and for the brushed copper G24 & YR24. To separate the sentiment and Lily, I used one of the dies from the also newly released, Stitched Scallop Circles Die Set So, it's just been Father's Day but knowing this release was coming out near it, I decided to design some cards that would be helpful for the guys in your life. I know cards for men can be challenging, so I thought you would appreciate some inspiration for them. I think (or assume) guys wouldn't be too keen on a fussy floral card....step in the Fine Rings Hot Foil Circles! I used gold and black hot foil as they give a strong contrast. I had to do a a bit of on/off the hot plate but it is worth it for the effect. I then die cut the Essential Sentiments Strips Die set in black and gold cardstock. That wonderful 'happy thoughts' sentiment is from previously released stamp Fragrant Florals that was in the Craft Your Life Project Kit. To finish I matted on black cardstock and popped up the panel for some dimension. Now, how fantastic does that Exquisite Marble Hot Foil Plate look?! This hot foil plate is a beauty. It transferred the foil so well and the effect was outstanding. I can really see this in different colours, which I intend to try, but for today's card and matching tag, I wanted to keep the gold and black theme. For the 'DAD" sentiment I used the Fine Alphabet Die Set and cut the letters out several times with shiny black cardstock. I glued three laters together for each letter. Loved how they turned out. The tag was cut from the new Labels & Tags 1 Die Set also in this release, after I had hot foiled the Exquisite Marble plate again on white cardstock. To finish, some black dots to tie it altogether. Oriental Poppy Project Bundle Now for something very special......The Oriental Poppy Project Bundle!!!!! I have written separate blog post for this beauty because it's so gorgeous and it took a long time to create as it's a trifold card with a matching belly band. So, if you want more details, you are welcome to check out my next post, but make sure you comment on this blog post as it's part of the hop and I would not want you to miss out on your chance chance to win! Well friends, I hope you enjoyed visiting today? You are welcome to stop by anytime for further inspiration or you can visit my Instagram @cherylespiecreates where I try to post new designs 4-5 times a week. Your next stop on the blog hop is the super talented Nathalie DeSouza so go show her some love and support. Until next time....

  • Reverse Confetti-June Stock Your Stash Challenge

    Hi friends! I'm thrilled to continue with my guest designing with Reverse Confetti for the month of June. Today, I am sharing three projects I made for the Stock Your Stash challenge for this month. The themes are Hello & Just Because. For my designs, I didn't have any Hello/Just Because dies or stamps in my Reverse Confetti stash, so I thought a little wider than that and designed cards for you that are outside of a normal birthday card. Sincere Condolences, I'm Proud of You & Hope. Roses | Folklore Cover Panel Here is the Roses Stamp coloured with Copic sketch markers. The stamp has this magnificent floral arrangement and has four sentiments in the stamp set that are really useful. I think sympathy cards can be a challenge at times, so I decided to make one with this set for that reason. For that beige panel behind the florals, you will see I embossed the Folklore Cover Panel and cut it out using the coordinating frame confetti cut that is also part of this bundle. This Roses Bundle set is one of my favourites in the whole Reverse Confetti release. Its not cutsie but an extremely practical stamp and die set to have in your stash that you can go to again and again. Love Wins | Circle Gift Card Holder Okay, so it's been graduation season and the Circle Gift Card Holder should have been put to good use I think! When I saw this little guy with glasses on from the Love Wins Stamp Set and that wonderful sentiment, I thought it paired perfectly on a card with a gift card attached. This is a simple card design, and I think that is okay, don't you? I stamped a white panel with the little heart stamp from the Love Wins set in different colours, then coloured the little guy to compliment it. I die cut the Circle Gift Card Holder, then added the sentiment....Voila! Easy peasy, lemon squeazy! A Beautiful Day This is another of my favourites in the Reverse Confetti release - A Beautiful Day. Again, every stamp stash should have butterflies in it! This technique is a commonly used one in cardmaking. You heat emboss the stamped images in white then, use your choice of inks and blend them over the top of the dried white heat embossing. It reveals such gorgeous results. I chose to use two inks and alternated them for a gradient effect. So pretty. You will see I also add an embossed sentiment along with my images at the beginning so, when all the ink blending was done all I needed to do was cut the card base and add some bling. Well, I hope I have inspired you to create something for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge for this month? Don't forget, you can pop by my blog any time for some inspiration. You can also find me on @cherylespiecreates on Instagram Until next time....

  • Spellbinders Birthday Celebrations Collection

    Good morning crafty friends! Today is the day that Spellbinders release their Birthday Celebrations Collection as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! 20 years, has it been that long?! This collection is full of everything celebratory. I had lots of fun making the cup cakes look tasty as well as the ice cream....they do look good enough to eat, don't you think? Over on Instagram there's lots more inspiration as a bunch of designers including myself got their hands on this collection early so we could make lots of inspiration just for you. Go pop over to @cherylespiecreates and @teamspellbinders to see wonderful creations using the release. Until next time....

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