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  • 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....

  • 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!!

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Chrysanthemum Love

    Hi ASD friends I am over on the Alex Syberia Designs blog today sharing a card with a matching gift tag that I designed using some new products released this month by Alex Syberia Designs. Did you see the beautiful Chrysanthemum Stamp Set? Whoa! It's a beauty! I know some crafters get a bit intimidated by layering stamps because of lining up the stamps. I have stamped many layering stamps and some very complicated ones and yes, it is intimidating. In my opinion, I don't want something that brings me joy become too challenging. Well, friends, be assured this layering stamp is one of the easiest layering stamps I have used, and it gives dramatic results. By using my MISTI, I lined up my first stamp and then stamped three base layers. As the stamps lines up easily, I then just followed the layers. I used a gradient of light to dark blues/teals for the Chrysanthemum flowers. I die cut the Meadow Magic Cover Die then cut it down to size. I positioned my Chrysanthemums leaving the right bottom corner for my With Love Sentiment. Of course I had a Chrysanthemum left purposefully for a gift tag. I die cut the brand new and definitely new staple in my stash, Signature Tags Die Set. This set has fun elements to give you lots of options. I die cut another panel using the Meadow Magic Cover Die. I then die cut two tags, one from the Meadow Magic and one plain. Using one of the elements from the Tag Set, I die cut the front and added champagne gold cardstock at the back before adding the extra plain tag die cut. This is nice as it tidies up the back of the tag and gives a clean surface to write a greeting to and from. The champagne cardstock brings both the card and the tag together, and then finished with gold ribbon. Well friends, I hope you feel inspired?! Until next time....

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Sending Love

    Hi crafty friends! I am up on the Alex Syberia Designs blog today featuring a card I designed using the beautiful stamp set called Happy Blooms. I love this set! I think I love it because of the unique lines through the images. This type of stamp set is pretty cool to use just in black and white. Though, I decided to colour mine. There's quite a few products used on this card. In thee background you will see the Fancy Cover Die. I then added a die cut panel and stamped the groups of dots from the Happy Blooms stamp set in light grey, just to give the white panel some interest. After stamping the floral images, I coloured them with my Copics. The easiest colouring ever because the Happy Bloomsstamp set has all the interest done for you. The colours I used were BG 13, BG18, Y26 & Y28. I stamped the floral images on the card panel but, I then die cut the the centre florals and raised just those. This really gave a cool added dimension. Let's talk sentiments! I used rainbow foil with the Sending Love from the For Her Sentiments Hot Foil Plate. It was this that enabled me to choose what colours I wanted the florals to be. Did you notice how similar they are? Underneath I then added that lovely sentiment strip from the Expressing Gratitude stamp set. To finish, I added a bit of bling. Not too much but decided on picking up the teal just to accent the design. I have to say, that I think the teal and gold effect of the Copics really made the Happy Blooms set pop on that white backdrop. Whatever you are doing today friends I hope it brings you some joy. Until next time....

  • Heffy Doodle and Alex Syberia Designs Collaboration Blog Hop

    Hi crafty friends, welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Alex Syberia Designs Collaboration Blog Hop! Its time for a fun blog hop collaboration between Heffy Doodle and Alex Syberia Designs. There's some amazing inspiration from both design teams along the hop so make sure you follow along for inspiration as well as a chance to win.. My Design For my design I really thought the Nested Scalloped Frames Die Set by Alex Syberia Designs had multiple uses apart from just framing including, clouds or waves! As I had the Sealy Friends from Heffy Doodle, waves was the obvious choice. After ink blending blue hues over my die cut wave pieces, I splattered them with white. I coloured the adorable seals with my Copic markers C2, C4 & C7. I fussy cut the seals and then tucked them behind the waves. I framed the whole design and then added the sentiments. The HUGS is the Foxtrot Alphabet by Alex Syberia Designs which I die cut in gold cardstock to help it pop from the background. BLOG HOP DETAILS: To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop! Alex Syberia Designs and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £20 to their stores! Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on June 6th to be entered to win! Each company will post their random winner on June 8th at 10AM EST! Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Alex Syberia Designs Blog to see if you’re a winner! You should have come from Natasha Davies and the next stop is Jordanna Channingsl Blog Hop Lineup: Heffy Doodle Blog Raquel Arribas Amanda Fitterer Nicoletta Porcu Natasha Davies Cheryl Espie Jordanna Channings Jarle Franceus Brenda Noelke Tallie Clewley Alex Syberia Designs Good luck everyone!!

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

    Hi Pinkfresh Studio friends! Today, I am participating in a wonderful Pinkfresh Studio blog hop celebrating the new May 2023 monthly release! This release is packed full of stamps, dies, stencils and hot foil. The design team and guests have a tons of inspiration for you today so make sure you follow the links below. To celebrate May's release, 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 May 31st, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please remember to check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. The Magic is in You Hot Foil The card I am sharing with you today showcases The Magic is in You Hot Foil Plate. What's nice about this plate is that it also comes with an outline die so you can cut perfectly around the sentiment. I really wanted this sentiment to be the focal point of my card but it needed some background design to ground it. Using a stencil that I had a circle cut into it from one of Pinkfresh Studio's previous releases, I ink blended a background using Aquamarine and Tidal Pond. I splattered it with gold before I peeled away the stencil to compliment the sentiment hot foil. Also in this release, is the Delicate Foliage Hot Foil Plate. I foiled this in gold on vellum and die cut it. I also used scissors to cut away some of the leaves so it would fit well on my card panel. After placing the Delicate Foliage over the ink blended circle, I added The Magic is in You hot foiled sentiment. To finish, The Aqua Glitter Drops were the perfect match to the ink blending which made me sooooo happy! Remember to join the blog hop and you will find all the links below, so why not go have some fun, get lots of inspiration and have a chance to win a prize?! Until next time friends....

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Birdie Hugs

    Hi crafty friends! I am over on the Alex Syberia Designs blog today sharing a cute card that will hopefully make you smile! Have you seen the gorgeous Pureland Fan Stencil that was in Alex Syberia Designs last release? If you haven't, you should check it out! It's a great stencil for backgrounds. For my card today I used a mint green cardstock and then used darker shades of green dye ink with the Pureland Fan Stencil. This gave the leafy effect for these little birdies. These birds are from the super popular Paradise Birds Stamp Set by Alex Syberia Designs. It's such a fun set! I stamped and coloured these guys with my Copic markers, super easy colouring. As I wanted to use the Hugs Die by ASD, I decided to use a heart die as a window to that leafy background. Using different angles on the design adds interest, so I cut extra hearts out to add to that large centrepiece. To finish, I die cut the Hugs Die in black and white which allowed it to pop out from the busy leafy background. So fun don't you think?! Whatever you are doing today, I hope you get to smile :)

  • Alex Syberia Designs & Heffy Doodle Instagram Collab

    Hey craft friends It’s time for a fun Collaboration Insta-Hop with Heffy Doodle & Alex Syberia Designs! Get ready for amazing inspiration from both talented design teams! But that’s not all! Both companies will also be giving away £20 PRIZES! It’s super simple to enter to win - get yourself over to my Instagram @cherylespiecreates and just leave a comment at each stop along our crafty lineup by May 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT. Winners will be announced on the @heffydoodle & @alexsyberiadesigns IG accounts on 5.25.23! Good luck!

  • Gina K Designs | May 2023 Release | Sweet Memories

    Hi crafty friends I was so thrilled to be asked by Gina to join her monthly guest designers group. She was enjoying my florals and I was pretty flattered that the lady who is iconic in this business even noticed my designs. My first guest month was this month and I received the stamp and matching die set, Sweet Memories. I designed two cards with the set. Above, I used Copic markers B34 & B37 for the blues. And, I used C4 & C6 for the greys. Nothing too complicated but I like the bold look. I filmed a reel when making the above design so you could see the colours coming together. Make sure you check out my Instagram to watch it. I used Copic markers RV91, RV95 & RV69 for the petals. For the leaves I used G43 & G85. Well friends, hope you feel inspired?! I wonder what Gina K will release next month??? Eeeeek!

  • Crafty Meraki | 3rd Merakiversary

    Hi friends! Crafty Meraki has turned 3 and there is a week of celebration going on over on Instagram. I am participating in the Instagram hop today so wanted to let you know. 🎉🌟🌈 CELEBRATING 3rd #Merakiversary - GIVEAWAY! 🌈🌟🎉 As Crafty Meraki turns three, they are celebrating a triple dose of soulful crafting, a hat-trick of heartfelt creations, and a trinity of passion-filled projects! 🎨✂️🎂 Today, they celebrate the love, passion, and creativity that brought them together in this incredible journey. Your support has been their guiding light, and as a token of their gratitude, they are hosting a fabulous giveaway! Three cheers for a dino-mite third birthday! Head over to @crafty_meraki OR @cherylespiecreates and comment for your chance to win an exclusive Crafty Meraki EAP Release bundle! 🎁🌈 See you over there!!

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Confetti Hello

    Hi ASD friends! I have a fun square card design to share with you today. The brand new Confetti Stencil Set is a big hit and I can see why! I loved watching the layer of colour come together when designing my card. The HELLO in the middle is rainbow hot foil and from the new For Her Hot Foil Plate. What I liked about this was the green/blue hues. These prompted me for my colour choices for the Confetti Stencil Set. Primarily, the focus would be the sentiment and I liked the idea of the confetti spiral around it. The Paradise Birds Stamp Set is irresistible so, adding that cutie with a cocktail really added that fun element to the design. I was very brave and decided to die cut a circle after ink blending....gulp! But look how it turned out. Great dimension and really does make the centre pop. To finish I added some coordinating bling which I personally thought was very clever of me, hahaha. I think it really did compliment the card design and finish this card off nicely. I hope I have inspired you today friends. You could re-create this card in any colour combo and add any element you wish, so why not give it a try? Until next time...

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