Pinkfresh Studio

Pinkfresh Studio Enjoy Your Journey

Hello, hello! It has been such an incredible ride since I began my crafting journey, that when I saw this adorable Pinkfresh Studio stamp set Enjoy the Journey, I was immediately drawn to it! I snatched it up immediately and colored them up, but finally finished completing the card to share with you today.

I stamped all the various images from the stamp set in Milk Chocolate hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. Because of the adorable whimsical patterns in the details of this image, I was very much inspired to complement that with some pastel rainbow spectrum of colors. I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images.

I wanted to create a scene of the images floating in the sky! I blended some Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron distress oxide colors into the background, followed by a touch of splatter. Then I die cut the background out with a stitched A2 sized frame using the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. These rectangle stitched dies have been with me since I started cardmaking!

And finally, I adhered all my images onto the background with foam tape. The sweet smiles from the little girl and bunny just brings happiness to me! Love them! I hope to bring you more project inspirations from time to time outside of my design team projects and share with you some of my favorites from other great companies out there!

Cheers,

Supplies


Altenew,giveaway & winners

Altenew April 2018 Blog Hop Winner

Happy Saturday! Thank you all for stopping by my blog during the Altenew April 2018 Blog Hop and leaving such thoughtful comments. I love reading all of them and always feel so blessed to have you all support my work! I wanted to drop in today to announce the winner of for my blog spot for a $30 Altenew gift certificate… and that is….

Kathy McCluskey! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your gift certificate. Please contact Altenew at winner @altenew.com by 4/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew April 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Keeway Tsao’s Blog.

Before I send you all off, I also want to share with you the some current and upcoming Altenew promotions should you be interested in doing a little shopping!

For 4 days only! Get 35% off on the Best Dad Stamp & Die Bundle from 4/20/2018 until 4/23/2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. No coupon code needed to enjoy this deal. While supplies last! Shop HERE >>https://altenew.com/products/best-dad-stamp-die-bundle

Receive a FREE Carved Rose Stamp Set with every purchase from 4/23/2018 at 12:01 AM EDT until 4/25/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. It will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. While supplies last! Shop here >> www.altenew.com

As always enjoy great deals up to 40% off on selected items in the Sale collection from 4/23 until 4/29. Shop HERE: https://altenew.com/collections/sale

And be sure to use these codes to get some savings off of shipping!!

  • $7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF

  • FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE

Happy shopping and have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

 

 

 

Pinkfresh Studio,Spellbinders

Spellbinders Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell

Spellbinders sure make some seriously gorgeous dies! I got to work with a couple dies from the Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell collection, and I was just drawn to this Floral Panel etched dies immediately. Most of you know that I absolutely love to create cute scenes with cute illustrations and such, but I am obsessed and filled with admiration for floral and foliage designs. This die is seriously gorgeous!

I really badly wanted to blend this piece of artwork so I did! I hope you don’t get sick of my ink blending, cause I love it so much. I started by die cutting the scallop frame and the intricate floral panel die out of white card stock. Note that the dies are separated in this set, which I was really ecstatic about, because I could use the scallop borders by itself in practically any card.

I used Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose for the flowers and Peeled Paint on the leaves. Since I’m working in such small areas, I used the Ranger Detail Blending Tool, which has a nice small surface area to blend with. Perhaps I put too much pressure on it when blending, but some of the foam teared off on my first use of one of the sticks, so I’d recommend being a little more gentle when using those. Otherwise, I’d probably use my sponge daubers if I were to do such blending again.

The dies also come with an oval scallop piece that fits perfectly within that center oval for your sentiment, but I decided to go without it so that I have slightly more room for my sentiment. I picked out the sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio Fearless stamp set. I love the handwriting on this and it reminded me of the phrase “slow down and smell the roses.” Very fitting! So I heat embossed it in gold.

One last design decision I made here was to use a light colored base to bring out the scallop design, but still in a soft manner. I used Natural cardstock and adhered my floral panel over it with foam tape. Whilst writing this post, I realize this would make a really gorgeous wedding card. I don’t really have a need for one right now, but I will definitely pull out this die for making a wedding card and even match the floral color to the wedding colors! Wouldn’t that be nice!

Hope you enjoy today’s tidbit of inspiration. Be sure to check out the Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell collection if you haven’t already. Everything is so beautiful!

Cheers,

Supplies


My Favorite Things

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 381

Hey there! Today I’m playing along with this week’s new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 381! I always have tons of fun with sketches because they help me think outside of the box and inspire me to create layouts that I don’t always think of.

This week’s sketch features a circle in the top right corner and an area for a sentiment across it. It’s a nice and simple layout for a center point, a sentiment, a few enamel dots for interest, but I really want to take a step further and see how I could reinterpret the layout.

I still had my stamp sets from the April Release out and saw this cute little sun image from the BB Rain or Shine set, and thought it would be adorable to incorporate that here. There is also the one of my favorite stencils called Sunrise Radiating Rays that share the same layout! Perfect.

I used the stencil to blend Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen distress oxide inks. After I lifted the stencil off, I used the same inks to gently blend from the center outward to give it a softer look. I stamped the sun and a three clouds in Milk Chocolate hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. Then I die cut them out with the coordinating Die-namics. I had originally planned to follow the same layout in the sketch by having the clouds represent the 3 dots, but I had a stronger feeling that the cloud behind the sun looked better, so I went a little rogue.

The sentiment comes from a different Birdie Brown set called Polynesian Paradise. Even if you don’t have the set, you can also create the same sentiment with the BB Alphabet & Numbers. I heat embossed it in silver onto white card stock, and then die cut it out using the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

And finally, I adhered all the pieces onto the card, with my sun in the center of attention, and the clouds surrounding it. So cute!

Hope this sends a little inspiration your way! Now, it’s time for you to join us in this week’s sketch challenge! You have until next Tuesday, noon EST to participate and be eligible for the $50 MFT cash prize.

Winners are chosen at random, so all participants have a chance! And don’t forget to share your cards on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook using the hastag #mftstamps so that I can find and admire your beautiful work!

Cheers,

Supplies


Altenew,Featured

Altenew April 2018 Release Blog Hop

Oh, I’m so excited to be joining Altenew today for their April 2018 Release blog hop and I have a huge post for you! This month’s release is incredible and I was just filled with ideas the second I saw the release. There’s a little bit of eerything in this release, from new layering realistic flowers, beautiful sentiment word dies, new cover plates, new whimsical designs…just so much to choose from!

For my first card, I used the new layering floral set called Strength Blooms. I stamped the layers using the Cherry Blossom Oval Set colors, and the leaves using Parrot and Olive dye inks. I also used a prismacolors to add a little shading to the leaves, but it was minimal, such that I could have done it with some ombre stamping as well. I die cut all the flowers and leaves with the coordinating dies.

I used the Gradient Cover Die out of light gray card stock, to add some gentle interest to the background. I adhered it against a white cardstock base. Then, began arranging my flowers to the card. The colors of the flowers really stood out bright and bold against the soft background. I used the Rubellite dye ink to add some splatter.

I selected two lines of sentiment from the Strengh Blooms stamp set and heat embossed it in white onto kraft card stock. I trimmed the sentiments down to two thin strips. Once I had my placements set, I adhered all the various pieces onto the card, some directly onto the background, and some with foam tape. I also sprinkled on a few additional leaves onto the card.

These flowers are just gorgeous…wow! I can see so many beautiful bouquets created with this set and can’t wait to see how everything used it.

On the opposite spectrum, for my second card, I decided to work with the Folksy Florals stamp and die set, which are these clean, whimsical floral images. The modern design of this set adds a fun twist the usual intricate floral layer sets that we are used to seeing. I was happy to see that the coordinating dies for this set die cuts each and every layer of this set! Which means, your layers can be separated to add tons of dimension.

I started by stamping all the various layers separately. For the middle tulip, I used Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious dye inks. For the taller flowers, I used Sea Breeze and Turqouise dye inks. The center of the flower is stamped with Mango Smoothie, and the leaves were stamped in Bamboo and Parrot dye inks. I used a black dye ink for the dotted and line details of the images. Then, I die cut all the various layers separately with the coordinating dies.

For the background, I blended Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks. Then, I assembled all the flowers directly onto the background with a lot of foam tape. It may have taken awhile but it was totally worth it. Look at the dimesion!

I framed the little floral scene off by cutting a piece of white card stock above and below it. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Folks Florals stamp set in silver below it. Such a happy card! I love it.

For my last card, I really wanted to showcase the new word die You Are Loved. I love, love, love the font on these word dies, and especially love this sentiment! Also, the nice large words make it very easy to work with as well.

I love working with stencils, so I reached for one of my Altenew stencils called Layered Medallion Stencil A. I used Salty Ocean and Antique Linen distress oxide inks over the stencil to create the floral patterned background. Then, I die cut a large circle that was just larger than the sentiment out of the bottom right corner.

On separate cardstock, I again blended the same colors, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen distress oxide inks from bottom up. I then die cut the words ‘you are loved’ out of white card stock and out of craft foam, and adhered them together for dimension.

And finally I assembled it all together with more craft foam beneath the stenciled panel, and adhered the words right in my circle window. I finished off the card with some splatter. Hooray, you made it to the end! Do you have a favorite card out of the three? I had lots of fun creating all of them, and hope they give you a little inspiration for the April 2018 release! Head on over to Sandra’s blog for more amazing release projects!

Cheers,

Supplies


Giveaways

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/22/2018.

Additionally, ONE lucky winner will win $30 gift certificate for commenting on this post by Friday, April 20nd. The winner will be announced here on 4/21/2018.

Blog Hop List

Altenew Card Blog
Erum Tasneem
Kay Miller
May Sukyong Park
Nina-Marie Trapani
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Jenn Shurkus
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Jennifer McGuire
Flora Monika Farkas
Janette Kausen
Sveta Fotinia
Lydia Fiedler
Debby Hughes
Virginia Lu
Laurie Willison
Kymona Tracey
Keeway Tsao <– You are here!
Sandra Dietrich
Gayatri Murali
Vicky Papaioannou
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Therese Calvird
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Nicole Picadura
Justine Hovey
Reiko Tsuchida
Amber Rain Davis
Enza Gudor
Kelli Cool
Laura Bassen