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  • DIY Interactive A2 Card

    Hi crafty friends, Welcome back to my blog! Today, I am sharing a DIY interactive A2 Card that was totally inspired by Jennifer Maguire in one of her a recent live videos. Make sure you go over to see it on her You Tube channel. I loved the idea so much, that I contacted her to ask if I could use her idea to make a card. She said 'sure!'....Yay! There's a few different steps for this design and I filmed the process because that is the best way to see this card come together. The reel will be available on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio so keep an eye out for it. You begin by making your own interactive element which is basically a piece of quality cardstock cut 1 1/2" x 4" scored at 1", 2" and 3". Then you bend at the score marks. For this top folding card, I added some Pinkfresh Studio paper to the front. This just added some subtle interest. Using the Nested Circles Dies, I cut through the the front of the card approximately 2" from the top fold. I then attached the DIY interactive element with double sided sticky tape to the the card itself. After stamping that wonderful sentiment from the Around the Shape Circle Stamp Set, I cut out the circle with the coordinating die and attached this circle to the front panel attached to the element. I then cut out some gorgeous elements from the Artistic Magnolia Washi Tape. These are sooooo pretty. I attached a number of these flowers around my card, inside and out! To finish, I added some Gold Pearls to highlight the gold in the washi tape. Pink and gold always looks to good together, don't you think? Such an interesting design. I liked that when you opened the card, it still has a bunch of flowers inside the card itself. Remember to look for the reel on Instagram @ Pinkfresh Studio because it will help to see it, especially if you want to try this yourself. Also, if you want to find so much more inspiration why not come and follow me on Instagram too @cherylespiecreates Well, that's all from me today friends. Until next time...

  • Pinkfresh Studio January 2024 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today, Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating the first new release of 2024! This release is packed full of Stamps, Dies, Stencils and Hot Foil Plates. 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: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. Pinkfresh Studio 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 February 5th, 2024 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. Remember to check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Design-Wildflower Bouquet I decided to share the card that shows off the beautiful Wildflower Bouquet Stamp/Die/Stencil set. This set has such delicate images and die cuts with the most adorable little 'buckle' which I used to add to my ribbon. The colour combo is primarily Bay Leaf, Sage and Paradise and I used the coordinating stencils to ink blend after I had heat embossed the main images. As added detail, I die cut some extra foliage from the new Champagne Glitter cardstock that Pinkfresh Studio recently released. The ribbon is also Champagne cardstock. Sometimes, the background can be a bit bland so just to add some interest I die cut a panel with the Sparkling Diamonds Cover Plate. And, if that wasn't enough...I also die cut one of the Blanket Stitched Ovals. The pretty little sentiment just finished this card off perfectly. Well, I hope I have inspired you today friends, but I also hope I have got you in the mood to hop! For some further inspiration and your chance to win, click on each designers link below ....good luck!!

  • Pinkfresh Studio December 2023 Press Plate Release

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today, Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating the December release with a big blog hop! This release is new and exciting because Pinkfresh Studio have released their first ever Press Plates!!! Also, you are going to be totally spoiled because Pinkfresh Studio have released some incredible top quality glitter cardstock in soooooo many colours Eeeek! I think it's wonderful that PFS have released products that can now be used with the BetterPress. I have always loved the florals from PFS and now being able to add extra elegant detail with a Press Plate is fantastic! Myself, the rest of the design team and some guests, have been beavering away with the Press Plates and the BetterPress to bring a ton if inspiration just for you! To celebrate with us, why not join in the hop for your chance to win? Giveaways: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. Pinkfresh Studio 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 December 19, 2023 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. Remember to check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Design-Medallion Border For my card I used the Medallion Border Press Plate with a Porcelain A2 cotton card panel. I used the Medallion Border Press Plate at the top and the bottom of the panel to frame a sentiment from the brand new Favourite Things Sentiments Press Plate. This basic layout then needed a flash of colour and so I used some lilac and pink markers to the pattern. Following this I then added some lilac ink splatter just lightly across the bottome right and the top left. At this point, this could have been left and it would be an easy one layer card and good for mailing without bulk. But, I cannot do that so out came the Silver Metallic Pearls. I just couldnt help myself! I wish you could touch and feel my card, as I dont think photos can pick up the amount of detailed impression there is. I have been playing with all the new Press Plates by Pinkfresh Studio and so I have some inspiration coming up that I will share over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates, so keep an eye out for that! Well, I hope you like my card and I have helped inspire you to get crafting. For some further inspiration and your chance to win, click on each designers link below ....good luck!!

  • Pinkfresh Studio November 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Embellishment Release

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today, Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating the November release with a big blog hop! This release is packed full of stamps, dies, stencils and, fabulous embellishments that are always popular! 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: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. Pinkfresh Studio 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 November 21, 2023 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. Remember to check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. My Design- Farm Fresh I absolutely adore this little milk churn stamp and die from the brand new Farm Fresh Set. What really makes me smile, is the wonderful fonted sentiments in the stamp set that you can stamp on the milk churn...Eeeek! For this card I die cut the Farm Fresh Coordinating Die from champagne cards]tock and attached this to the back panel.. I then used the same die to cut out the from panel as I planned to make a shaker. On heat resistant acetate, I stamped one of the sentiments in detail black and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Inside the shaker I added some of the new and versatile Ice Clear Drops. After attaching the front shaker panel to the card base, I then pulled out the co-ordinating Farm Fresh Stencils and coloured them with some of the new inks Cherry Blossom, Begonia & Mulberry Blush. To finish, I added a beautiful gold foiled butterfly and Thanks sentiment. Also, I forgot to mention, that front panel is the Floral Backdrop Coverplate Die. Well, I hope I have inspired you today friends, but I also hope I have got you in the mood to hop! For some further inspiration and your chance to win, click on each designers link below ....good luck!!

  • Gina K Designs | October 2023 Release

    Hi crafting friends I'm not sure if you know but, I am a regular monthly guest designer for Gina K Designs! I was pretty thrilled when Gina asked me (obviously!) For this month's release I received the pretty Wishful Roses stamp set. This is a layering stamp set but some images could also be used for one stop stamping. My Designs - Wishful Roses My first card uses three full rose images from the stamp set. To achieve that bunched effect, I stamped one image, then masked it, then I repeated this again until all the roses were covered. That allowed me to work on the ink blended background. I uses Speckled Egg oxide ink for that, then splattered with gold and dark grey. After peeling off the masking, I coloured the images with my Copic Sketch markers. Reds: R17 & R29/Greens: G94 & G99/I shadowed the bunched roses with C5 As it was all pretty flat I added some dimension by die cutting Gina K's HUGS die three times and layering them up. Finally, I added some neutral bling and then some accents with my gold and white gel pens. My second card is quite different. I used the laying stamps in the set for this design. First I stamped the full background images in Bubblegum Pink. Then, when COMPLETELY dry, I heat embossed the next layered stamp in gold embossing powder. I cut the panel down and then matted it on an A2 panel of the Dots Poly Glaze that I had foiled in Champagne Gold. As there is b=no die for the big 'Wishing you' sentiment, I decided to heat emboss that in gold on a small panel which I then matted on the front of the card. The Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped with Gina K's Amalgam Black Ink. To finish, I added some neutral bling and some black dotted outlines around the rose images. So, there you go. One stamp set and two completely different card designs to inspire you for this months Gina K Designs October 2023 release. Until next time friends!

  • MerakiCraftober Blog Hop

    🎄🎁 Introducing Crafty Meraki's #merakicraftober Christmas Extravaganza! 🎁🎄 Rediscover the joy of holiday crafting & slide effortlessly into the season with our phenomenal #merakicraftober release! Every single product in this curated collection has been passionately designed to help you create jaw-dropping Christmas cards in a flash—while making it look like you've spent days perfecting each one! From our game-changing new line of Effortless Artistry Papers (EAPs) to perfectly coordinated stamps, dies, meaningful sentiments, and hot foil plates, there's something here you won't want to miss. 🎉 Celebration Times Eight! 🎉 To make this season truly unforgettable, we're hosting not just one, but EIGHT fantastic hops! And guess what? We’re rolling out show-stopping prizes like MISTIs™, a MASSIVE set of Karin Markers, and even products from the new release. So come along and hop for a chance to make this crafting season the most magical yet! We are celebrating this gorgeous release with a FUN Blog Hop and we are giving away a regular size MISTI(TM) !! 👉 How To Enter: 1️⃣ Follow Crafty Meraki on Instagram & Facebook 2️⃣ Hop along to each stop on the Blog hop and leave a comment. 3️⃣ For bonus entries, tag your craft-loving friends! Next Stop Jo Herbert Previous Stop Bonnie Crane Winners will be randomly selected from the comments left across all participating designers' channels. Winners will be announced on Nov 6th. 📅 on the Crafty Meraki Blog here: https://craftymeraki.com/blogs/news/merakicraftober-hop-winners-announced Don't miss this chance to kickstart your festive crafting spree! 🎅 Open in USA ONLY due to shipping constraints. Giveaway accounts do not qualify. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release and agree to the Crafty Meraki's terms of use. My Design For my design I used the Jingle Jewels EAP and that wonderful sentiment is from the brand new Gilded Holiday Greetings Hot Foil . As the EAPs are already coloured for you, you can still add your own little touches like I did here, i.e. White gel pen, bling and maybe some frosting?! Make your cards your own! I hope I have inspired you to hop along with us. Make sure you follow the hop and comment for your chance to win! Good luck!

  • Gina K Designs | Everything Merry

    Hi friends A couple of months back I was invited to be a regular monthly guest designer for Gina K Designs by Gina K herself! I think this was such an honour because Gina K is a legend in the world of cardmaking, in my opinion. She was the original on camera and certainly the lady that got me into cardmaking many moons ago. The stamp and die set I received from the September 2023 release was Everything Merry. I like to design a couple of cards do demonstrate options with a set and I think I achieved that with this months release. My first card has cool colour tones. I masked of an oval shape, then ink blended very lightly in Gina K's Slate ink. While it was still masked off I splattered with light blue paint. For the tree, I heat embossed this in white and then ink blended over the top in Gina K's Seas Glass. I popped the tree on foam after dies cutting it a couple of times to give good dimension. I finished with clusters of silver bling and a sentiment from the stamp set. My second design primarily used the plain triangle die which I die cut directly in the middle of an A2 heavy weight white cardstock panel. Before I did this though, I heat embossed the panel using one of the patterned stamps in the set with clear embossing powder. This always adds a bit of extra something and I love it! Then, I stamped and die cut some of the greenery from the set in alternating Gina K inks Jelly Bean and Fresh Asparagus. I added double sided sticky tape to the inside of the triangle and then I was able to add my greenery. To finish I added the sentiment and then red bling. I hope I have inspired you in your seasonal cardmaking ventures with these two contemporary Christmas cards?! Until next time friends....

  • World Card Making Day 2023

    Hi crafty friends! Today it's our day to shine! It's World Card Making Day 2023! Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating this with an Anything Goes Challenge with 5 x $75 gift cards up for grabs! I designed this card just for today using all Pinkfresh Studio beauties including the new inks. So why don't you get yourself over to Pinkfresh Studio and join in...you may jus win! Good luck!

  • 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 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 waffleflower.com 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 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...

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