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  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Unique Snowflake

    Hi crafty friends It's that time of year again when seasonal cardmaking is in full swing therefore, I decided to continue with seasonal inspiration for you. I am sure you have some seasonal supplies as well as non-seasonal in your stash so, today I show you how you can use an everyday die set to make a snowflake card. I titled my blog post Unique Snowflake because, each snowflake is different and your cards will be too depending on the supplies you choose. For the background I pulled out the lovely Dotted Scallop Coverplate Die. Love it! One of my favourites. Then, using the brand new Calico White Pigment Ink, I ink blended around the edges of the pink die cut panel. This softened the background perfectly. I put it aside to allow the pigment some drying time. Don't you just love the new Pinkfresh Ink release??? I fell in love with them especially especially the Sage Dye Ink! I needed a colour to alternate with the Sage and knew Cherry Blossom would be perfect. On a card panel I spread the full ink pad across the panel several times to allow me to have enough coloured cardstock to die cut. One in Cherry Blossom and one in Sage. Using the Foliage Shaker Dies, I die cut four background dies and four front dies in each of my coloured cardstock. Once glued together, I arranged them over the base panel. When I was happy with my arrangement, I used Press n Seal to keep it together while I added some dimension with foam dots on the back. From the Holiday Large Sentiments Stamp Set I stamped and die cut a good sized sentiment for the centre of the snowflake. To finish, I added Iridescent Clear Drops along the spine of the leaf die cuts. This really finished the design off nicely. As usual, I made a reel so if you want to see the card come together why not check it out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Well, thats all from me today friends. Have fun cardmaking!

  • Peace, Hope & Joy

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends Today, I am sharing a card that brings together some non-seasonal Pinkfresh Studio products and adding a seasonal flare to them. I enjoy doing this sometimes. Also, I have been waiting for a chance to use the new inks with this incredible background stamp called Magnolia Pattern. It is GORGEOUS! I began by first heat embossing the whole Magnolia Pattern Background Stamp with Gilded embossing powder. With this stamp come Magnolia Pattern Layering Stencils and these stencils do an amazing job in highlighting some areas of the images, but leaving some other areas untouched. Unique and I love it! For my colour choices, I used all brand new inks from last months Pinkfresh Studio release: Cherry Blossom, Begonia, Mulberry Blush, Sage and Lush Forest. How gorgeous do these look together?? Wow! After die cutting the coloured background down to an A2 panel, I die cut JOY using the Jeff Alpha Die Set. I opted to add back cardstock for the white letters to sit on as it coordinated with the Basic Banners Christmas that I had also heat embossed in Glided embossing powder. You may laugh, but I could not bring myself to throw away the remnants of that beautiful stencilled background. So, I used some of it to add a wee tag to go with my card. That little tag is from the Shaker Tag Book Dies that was released in July. As my usual, I have made a reel showing all the colours coming together so make sure you check it out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Well, that's all from me today friends See you very soon!

  • Songbirds at Christmas

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends I really enjoyed sharing a card last time using non seasonal products with seasonal ones, and judging by the feedback, you did too. So, in that same vain I am sharing a card design using the Songbirds on Branches Hot Foil. Though, if you do not have a hot foil machine you can get the Songbirds on Branches Cling Stamp which you could heat emboss instead. This set is one of my all time favourites released by Pinkfresh Studio. It's so elegant and can be used for any occasion. The co-ordinating stencils make colouring the images such a breeze. I imagined the bird and branches hanging off a Christmas bauble and thought it would make the perfect seasonal design. To begin I hot foiled in Champagne. I then used the coordinating stencils to colour the images with some of the new inks. Sage, Lush Forest, Peony & Mulberry Blush. The background felt a little bland so I die cut the new Snowflakes Cover Die then cut the die cut in half, corner to corner. I hot foiled one of the Nested Circles Hot Foil and popped this up on foam dots. After die cutting the coloured images I chose just one of the birds with some of the branches and arranged them over the bauble. I wanted the bauble to look as though it was hanging so I die cut the bow and ribbon from the Wrap Around Elements in Champagne cardstock. To finish, I pulled out some Ruby Glitter Drops and placed them around the branches in three's which, I think finished this seasonal card off perfectly. Gosh, I love how this turned out! Great job Cheryl! I have made a reel that you can find over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio so keep an eye out for it if you want to watch this card come together. I also share reels @cherylespiecreates if you want more inspration from me. Until next time friends....

  • Sliding Snowflakes

    Hi crafty friends, Welcome back to the Pinkfresh Studio card blog. Today, I am sharing an interactive seasonal card design using the brand new Side Slider Die. Now and again, it's so fun to make an interactive card and this die makes it a breeze! I had the idea of somehow having floating/sliding snowflakes. I spied the newly released Folk Snowflake but it was a bit too big. Therefore, I decide to use the Large Snowflakes dies that were released in August. I wanted some subtle flecks on the snowflake die cuts. To achieve this, I hot foiled the Sparkle & Shine Hot Foil Plate in silver. Then, I die cut the snowflakes out of this. Very cool effect! I built up the Side Slider Die using pink and white cardstock. On the pink front panel I ink blended some Coral Reef and splattered with silver. This all adds interest to the backdrop. The snowflakes were popped up on foam dots including the one on the slider. Just in the centres to allow them to look floaty (if you know what I mean?) Using detailed black ink I stamped two different sentiments from the Holiday Sentiments-Large. One directly onto the inside slider, the second on spare white cardstock. I die cut this out a couple of times and place it on the front pink panel. The newly release Clear Drops really added that extra something, something. It's very rare that I mix two different coloured blings on my designs. But, it really worked here so I alternated between the Blush and Ice Clear Drops. I hope I have inspired you to get interactive this season friends. Remember, you can also check out the reel that shows how this card came together over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Until next time....

  • Candy Cane Noel

    Hi friends I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing this whimsical, and fun card design inspired by this months challenge. I have been on the Pinkfresh Studio team all through 2023 and I still cannot believe it! Anyway, all this year I have never wrote a blog post that uses the regular Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge as inspiration. I wanted to use the colours in the challenge and I wanted to design something whimsical, pretty and sparkly! The Folk Snowflake is the best snowflake stamp ever (in my humble opinion) and so I visioned this image over a card base with candy cane stripes. Hence the name of my card today. First I heat embossed the Folk Snowflake three times in white over an A2 card panel. Then, I used the colours suggested in the challenge to ink blend fun stripes over the snowflakes. The ink colours used were Candy Apple, Slumber, Lush Forest and Cherry Blossom. I only ink blended very lightly as Candy Apple and Lush Forest can be beautiful bold colours but I wanted them to be a bit lighter. When I was finished blending I grabbed some kitchen towel and ribbed over the snowflakes to take off any excess ink. Of course, I had to add some something extra so I splatter the whole panel with gold. I chose gold because I knew I would be using sparkly gold for the lettering. Using the Kaitlin Alpha Die Set I cut out NOEL. The font in this set is perfect for the whimsical, sparkly candy cane backdrop. I die cut the letter bases in sparkly gold and the top letter in white. This would tie in the white snowflake and the white border trim. Once placed and popped up with foam dots, I added a bold black and white sentiment from the Basic Banners Christmas set. To finish, I added some of the Pinkfresh Studio Champagne Glitter Drops in the centres of the Folk Snowflakes as well as around the black and white sentiment. I was torn here, as I could have used any colours really that coordinated with the inks used. How cute is this card? It turned out so fun, whimsical and pretty, with lots of seasonal sparkle. As always, I have a reel that you will be able to view over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio Make sure you enter the challenge too, especially if you are already making seasonal cards! Until next time friends.....

  • Fairytale Framed Roses

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! I am over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today writing my final blog post of 2023 for Pinkfresh Studio. What a year it has been! December saw the release of the first ever Pinkfresh Studio Press Plates and it was so exciting. I hadn't used the BetterPress system until this release but it is so easy to use and you can get magnificent results. Today, I am sharing the Fairytale Frame Press Plate and as I write this, it is already sold out.  But, more are on the way so make sure you add your email to be notified as soon as it comes in stock. For my design, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Detail Black ink with the Fairytale Frame Press Plate. I wanted to colour with Copic markers and the PFS Detail Black ink does not bleed when colouring the images. As I had Valentine's Day inspiration in mind when designed this card, I opted for strong reds to contrast with the black. Once coloured, I die cut the frame and added some foam dots to the back. I then placed the frame over an A2 Dotted Scallop die cut panel. This added some interest to the background but allowed the red and black of the frame to pop. Guess, what I did? Well, I heat embossed in champagne gold, one of the sentiments from the brand new Favorite Things Sentiment Press Plate! It foiled beautifully. To tie in the hot foiling with the bold black and reds, I added some Pinkfresh Studio Gold Metallic Pearls. Voila.....Valentine's inspiration just for you! I filmed my process and made a reel, so make sure you head over to Instagram  @pinkfreshstudio to check it out. Well friends, I will sign off......but before I do... I want to wish each and every one of you a happy and fulfilling holiday season. Big hugs

  • Valentine's Slider Card

    Hi crafty friends! I thought you would appreciate some Valentine's Day card inspiration.  Therefore, I pulled out the versatile A2 Slider Die by Pinkfresh Studio that was released last year and paired it with the Dreamy Florals Hot Foil Plate. With the A2 Slider Die you could pair it with any stamp set which is definitely a bonus and I find this interactive die quite easy to put together. I pictured a floral design popping up but I wanted to add some colour and some texture. The back part of the die I cut in light pink cardstock. For the front part of the die, I first die cut a white panel with the Sparkling Diamonds Cover Plate beforehand. This added some wonderful texture. I kept the white pull out panel smooth. Using the Around the Shape-Circles Stamp and Die set I cut and stamped that fab sentiment. Meanwhile, using the Dreamy Florals Stencil Set I ink blended Sage and Spruce Tips for the leaves and Cherry Blossom and Begonia for the petals. Soooooo pretty! I also added that little sentiment as an extra reveal when the recipient pulls up the slider.To finish, at the top of the slider pull, I added some gold ribbon. This helped tie in the hot foil to the florals. With the two extra Dreamy Florals you will see I placed one on the front panel, and one on the slider. Do you feel inspired? Do you feel you could give this a try? Let me know in the comments below. Also, check out my reel over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio as it may help you by watching how the die cut pieces come together. You can see all my reels over on my own Instagram @cherylespiecreates so why not come say hi?! Until next time friends...

  • Ornate Floral Monograms

    Happy New Year Pinkfresh Studio friends!!! I'm back for another term with Pinkfresh Studio. I could not be more pleased to continue with their creative team...I feel honoured to continue my card design journey with them. My first post for 2024 shares a fun way to use the Floral Square, Floral Round and the Floral Octagon Press Plates all through the year! These press plates were released last month in December. When I saw the Kaitlin Alpha previously released with that amazing font, I knew I wanted to design some monogram cards with these press plate products. Let's look at how these cards came together. First, I used the BetterPress LetterPress System that is now available in the Pinkfresh Studio store along with each Floral Press Plate. I used the PFS Detailed Black Ink for the Press Plates as it as I knew I was going to colour the images with my Copic markers. The cardstock is the Porcelain White A2 card panels (regular weight), also available in the store. I then used the press plates co-ordinating dies to die cut each framed image after colouring them. I attached each Floral Frame Die Cut onto a panel from the Ornate Banner Die Set leaving room below for the sentiment. Did you see the brand new Glitter Cardstock that Pinkfresh Studio also released last month? Wow, it's amazing! It die cut the Kaitlin Alpha beautifully. For my designs I die cut letters in Sliver, Champagne, Rose Gold and Midnight Navy (which is stunning!) as I thought it would be so lovely to send a card with the monogram of the recipients name. For each of my cards, I decided to add a bannered sentiment so, I pulled out the Basic Banners Celebrate Stamp Set. After die cutting each sentiment with the coordinating die, I then added some of the same Glitter Cardstock that I used for the monogram. This helped tie the colors together. Eeeeek! I love them ALL!! So easy to make but really adds a personal touch for the recipient. Koudos to Pinkfresh Studio for their amazing products that can coordinate seamlessly. As my usual, I have made a reel showing how these beauties came together. Make sure you keep an eye out over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio to see it. Well, that's it from me for today. See you next time!

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