Sunday, December 10, 2017

Conversation hearts (Lawn Fawn valentine release week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn's valentine release week continues with a closer look at the How You Bean? Conversation Heart Add-On.

conversation hearts (lawn fawn valentine release week)

I used the How You Bean? Shaker Add-On to create a jar full of the conversation hearts. I didn't use the cluster image, because I didn't want the black outline around the hearts. I stamped off each inking, to give a softer/chalkier look to the hearts and then stamped out the words on each heart in full strength. Those chalky conversation hearts! Do you love them in real life? ew. haha.

conversation hearts (lawn fawn valentine release week)

I made a label for the front of the jar, and then created a grid of hearts for the background. It's impossible to tell from the photos, but between the hearts and the mint cardstock there is a layer of vellum paper. It softens everything and gives a bit of a glow that is really nice in real life.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sweet friends (Lawn Fawn December release)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn's valentine release week begins today, and everything will hit stores on December 14th. We're showing off Sweet Friends - a super cute dessert-themed set:

sweet friends (Lawn Fawn december release)

I stamped the background with images from the set in Lawn Fawn's Yeti ink. The cardstock is actually Lawn Fawn's version of a kraft - it's called Paper Bag and is a rich kraft color.

I made the focal images hold hands over another new item: the You're Sweet Line Border.

sweet friends (Lawn Fawn december release)

I hope you like what you see so far! Visit the LF blog for more Sweet Friends inspiration - click!

♥.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ellen Hutson 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist

Hi there!


Have you been following Ellen Hutson's 12 tags of Christmas? We're on day 7 of the 12 day hop and I am paired with my friend Heather Campbell to bring you a set of pink, mint and gold colored tags featuring Avery Elle products.

EH 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist

Paired up with Heather, of course I had to use some of her illustrations! Polar Pals is still my favorite Avery Elle Christmas set - those little girls are so cute!

I used the shaker tags to create a layered scene, minus all the mess of anything that would actually give it a shake.

EH 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist

I used the Falling Snow die on a piece of mint-colored cardstock, and then layered white nuvo snow-drops on the top. I love the texture that it gives to the background!

The girls' snowsuits bring in our pink color and keep the tags extra girly. If the soft pink isn't your thing, these tags could be changed dramatically by swapping out the pinks for holiday reds.

EH 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist

To finish off, I borrowed a sentiment from Brring On The Joy and heat-embossed that with a gold embossing powder.

I hope you like these sweet little tags! Visit the EH blog to check out all of the tags so far - click!

♥.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas baking (with Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

We just wrapped up our annual Christmas cookie exchange party, and I did a ton of baking. I love everything about holiday flavors and smells! This card will be the perfect companion to a tin of cookies for our neighbors.

Christmas baking


I used images from Holiday Baking to create the scene - the little mouse handing off a carton of milk is my favorite. 

Because the critters are small, but I wanted them to take center stage without the bigger bear and bunny found in the set, I placed them onto our Classic Tag 1 shape. The scene on top, and sentiment on the bottom worked really well, with a little banner flag to divide the two and ground the images.

Christmas baking

I'm not sure if the card could scream Christmas any more than it does: the red milk carton, the green holly leaves and cake plate, the candy cane striped paper, and the knit green paper on the card-base (that last one is by Lawn Fawn. The lettered patterned paper is by Pinkfresh.)

If you love holiday baking as much as I do, you could give these cookies a try - I made almost 12 dozen of them this past weekend and they are yummy: white chocolate chai snickerdoodles. The only change I made to the recipe was to add some cinnamon to the cookie dough. I wanted it to feel warm all the way through.

Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pinkfresh holiday cards blog hop!

Hi there!


Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio holiday cards blog hop! We promise you tons of Christmas card inspiration, and prizes to be won.


Leave comments along the way to be eligible for the hop prize! Comments will close at 11:59 CST on December 8th, and the winner will be chosen at random from all of the blog hop comments. The full hop list is at the bottom of this post.

Let's get to the cards!


Pinkfresh holiday card blog hop

My first card features a pair of puppies and some mistletoe magic. I stamped the mirror imaged pups from Playful Animal Friends 2 in a very light brown ink and then used copic markers to add shading and dimension. I love how soft and cozy the images look like this!

Pinkfresh holiday card blog hop

I used a black pen to add in the eyes and the kissing noses, since they are under the mistletoe! The mistletoe sprig and sentiment are from December Days. I also used patterned paper from the collection of the same name (click HERE to see it.)

My second card used December Days and Forest Friends:

Pinkfresh holiday card blog hop


On the card base, I did some ink blending with different blues to give a striking night sky, and then heat-embossed the trees over-top. I added snow dots using a white gel pen.

Pinkfresh holiday card blog hop

The bird is nestled into a bunch of those same sprigs from the first card. I stamped them in different browns and used 1st and 2nd generation stamping techniques (so some sprigs are much lighter than others.)

To finish off, I added white nuvo "snow" drops onto the top layer.

I hope you like both cards! Hop along to the other designer blogs to see even more:

Pinkfresh Amy Rebecca Elena (you are here!) ♥ Isha Laura May Julia


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning with a simple but very cute penguin party!

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

The subtle colors made it hard to photograph but it all looks so pretty in real life! I set everything up while my kids were at school, and tore it down before they came home. The decor is tucked away and the cupcakes are in the freezer, waiting for the elf to suggest a little North Pole party one December evening.

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

I combined images from Snow Cool and Toboggan Together to create all of the decor.

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

I kept the colors icy: cool blues and subtle light greys.

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

I cut the letters out of  blue watercolor paper, which looks a little icy! The letters are not a uniform blue, which adds to the wintery theme.

let's chill (a penguin party for Lawn Fawn)

I used the same watercolor paper to cut out the circles for the drink bottles. I can't wait to surprise the kids with everything very soon!

Check out the Lawn Fawn blog this morning for a few extra pictures and more detail on products used - click!

♥.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

Hi there!

I'm thrilled to be joining other designers today, to celebrate Ellen Hutson's 11th anniversary:


If you're following the hop, you should have arrived from my friend Miriam's blog. If you're just popping in here, you can check out the full list on the EH blog - click!

For this hop, we are all featuring our favorite Essentials By Ellen stamp sets. I am using Tree Farm, with a little help from Light Parade.

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

I started out by stamping and coloring all of the images - truth be told, I colored more than I ended up needing, but that is my favorite part of card-making! I gave the extra images to my little girl, who made a card for her teacher.

I wanted the images to look seamless - without the distraction of the white border around the smaller die-cut elements like the hat and scarf - so I used a black copic-friendly pen to re-draw the missing lines and colored everything in. It didn't matter so much for images in the background, but for the hedgehog and mouse, it helped everything come together a little better.

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

I love that sentiment, it always makes me smile! I decided to stamp a few music notes into the hedgehog's sign, to reinforce the theme.

To make everything pop, I used a white gel pen to add highlights and painted snow onto the trees with white nuvo drops.

I hope you like it! Your next stop on the hop is Wanda's blog - click! Be sure to check out the hop all week long!

♥.