Pinkfresh Studio: August! (+Giveaway!)

Hello and Happy Friday to us all! I am excited to be here today to share a couple cards I made with the lovely NEW August release from Pinkfresh Studio!

Hopefully you have arrived from Hussena’s Blog. If not, be sure to hop back HERE to not miss it!

Yay!! You are going to be loving the pretties in this release! Also, lots of great sentiments and alphabet dies–always a go-to! So, let’s get on with it, shall we?

This first card uses the new Thankful for Friends stamp set and Thankful for Friends coordinating die.

I always love a burst of color behind a black and white floral image, so I went with that idea here. I enjoy when flowers have enough detail to shine in black and white to make this technique work.

And this sentiment is the perfection for so many cards I send out! ❤ This card could easily be replicated using a bunch of the different sentiments from the set. I’m not going to lie: I debated about which one to use for this card! They are all lovely and so fitting for so many friends. ❤

Next up, I have the new Blushing Floral to create this gorgeous background detail paired with the new Heather Uppercase dies. What I enjoy, is that is time, the B&W is the background vs. the foreground and how that makes these images shine too! This time I went with the pop of color up front  with the Alpha dies, using slightly more subtle colors.

I definitely had the striped cardstock on my mind while making these cards, since I used that again here for this card. This alpha set has this fun outline that you can die cut either in the same cardstock or use a different color like I did here for this HI. 🙂 I think it would also be fun to just use the outline to create a fun sentiment…. I think I am going to try and do that and add that tomorrow? We’ll see! 🙂

Again, with this detailed floral, I find I often like to let it shine in black and white. I’m certain there will be amazing examples of these stamps being colored on the hop today! I can’t wait to see them myself–sure to be WOW’d!!

Before I forget GIVEAWAYS!!! 

  • Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog, their IG feed & YouTube channel.
  • Each stop on the blog hop today is also giving away a $25 Pinkfresh gift card each post. The winner will be picked from the comments.

Pinkfresh will pull the winners & post them on August 26, 2020 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. 

Here’s a little link compilation to these new PInkfresh delights I used here today. You can find them all in the Pinkfresh Studio shop HERE: and with the direct links below:

Huge thanks to PInkfresh Studio for having me along to celebrate this great release! Please check out the list of designers to hop on over to today!

Here’s the whole list to enjoy all the fun!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thanks for stopping by! And thank you again, Pinkfresh Studio for the fun! And head over to Jung Ahsang’s blog next!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Honey Bee Stamps: Autumn Blesssings Hop!

Happy Friday and Happy Autumn Blessings Honey Bee Stamps Blog Hop day! I am very excited to be joining the HB team and all the creative people over at Honey Bee Stamps and look forward to sharing new projects with you every month. If you haven’t seen all the new release goodies, you absolutely should jet over HERE right now. There are soooooo many fun and different new things available ♥️ !! 🙂 I can’t wait to use all the things  and whip up some more cards! Sleeping and working really cuts into our cardmaking time, doesn’t it? Ha!

This little camper, the Camp Trailer Card, is the most adorable little camper EVER! 🙂 And I used all the Honey Bee Bees Knees papers that made it that much more adorable! Eeeeeep! 🙂

This sweet sentiment is from the new Wild and Free stamp set. There are coordinating dies HERE too.

I am going to give this to my husband for our Anniversary next month. ❤ I just think it is the sweetest!! 🙂 The die cuts the whole camper, and it will fit on an A2 horizontal card. I just thought this was a fun layout. Though I will fully admit, it was slightly painful to trim the camper off.  Gulp!

Next up, I have this colorful little number.

This is made with the new set “Brilliant Day” and the coordinating dies HERE. I also used more of the Bees Knees patterned paper pad from before. This pad of paper is going to be gone before I know it!! I am telling you, I have never used more patterned paper than in this post, in all of 2019 combined! Ha!

OH and my FAVORITE Confetti Bits are HERE!! Bokeh Lights

I colored in these crayons with Copic Markers.  I think it turned out fun and oh so very perfect for our son! 🙂

Here’s a recap of all the new Honey Bee goodies I used and links to each:

Camp Trailer Card

Wild and Free

Wild and Free Honey Cuts

Brilliant Day

Brilliant Day Honey Cuts

Bees Knees patterned paper pad

Bokeh Lights confetti!!

Next up on the hop is: Galina Filippenko .. head over HERE where the fun is sure to continue on her blog!

Thank so much for stopping by and big, big THANKS to Honey Bee for having me along for the fun! 🙂

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Hello! I wanted to share another fun card I made with Paper Smooches August release ♥️!! 🙂

This is definitely my new fave Hello: The Hallow Hello Die! shhhhh don’t tell the other hellos. 😉

With this, I also used the August stencil, Hot Dot stencil. This stencil is my GO TO! I love polka dots and this one is super easy to use and line up and make more or less or whatever you want! 🙂

Paper Smooches product links: Hallow Hello Die, Hot Dot stencil

Check out my previous post with another Hello card HERE. I clearly like the Hot Dot Stencil with the Hallow Hello die! ❤

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Love You

Are you ready for the weekend? I am looking forward to it.

You can check out all the new Paper Smooches ♥️  HERE. It’s nice to still feel like summer with this fresh release!

This is the great new stencil Succulent Stencil. I love that it is super large and can fill a card in a snap! This sweet sentiment is from the new Posh Planters stamps (matching dies Posh Planters dies).  🙂

I blended on some inks, actually super fast, because I just wanted to try this stencil. Ha! And then I really liked it, so I kept it and used it. Big win.  I added some stitching to finish it all off. I went a little awry in a couple places, (don’t look too hard!), but I think it’s ok. 😉

Such a sweet card in the end!

Paper Smooches links:

Succulent Stencil

Posh Planters

Posh Planters dies

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend ahead!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Back to School!

Hello all! Today our son started school, so I thought it appropriate to share this card today 🙂

This is part of the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Club–Check that out HERE.

This is perfect for Back to School, right?

I die cut everything, added some stitching and tucked it all together…adorable little sack! 🙂

Small Die of the Month (this link is the same every month, new Die of the Month will show on the 1st of the month).

Value Clubs – we have several Value Club options available for those who would like to join multiple clubs at once.

FAQ about Spellbinders kits can be found here, in case you need it. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Spellbinders for having me join the fun! 🙂

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Happy Sunday! It is rainy and storming here today, so I thought I’d pop in with some cute cacti and love!  You can check out all the new Paper Smooches ♥️  HERE. Such a fun release!

These cute little cacti are from the new Cacti Dies. I enjoy them because they are simple and the perfect size! You can make them be whatever you want–simple, decorated, cacti people, what have you. 🙂  This puntastic sentiment is from the new Posh Planters stamps (matching dies Posh Planters dies). The stencil is the new Hot Dot Stencil, which I use all the time–because polka dots!! And it has all different sizes of Polkas! So perfect! 🙂

I am ALWAYS a fan of a good pun, and Paper Smooches always has the best ones! 🙂 You had me at aloe! I ❤ it so!!

And of course, I added some googley eyes! The minute I saw these little cuties, I knew I would! 🙂

Paper Smooches links:

Cacti Dies

Posh Planters

Posh Planters dies

Hot Dot Stencil

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Hello, Posh Planters!

The NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available ♥️!! 🙂 If you missed my blog hop post from the other week, be sure to check that one out HERE.

I thought I’d pop in and share a fun card today–It turned out to be such a sweet one to send!

This one is made with the new Posh Planters stamps and Posh Planters dies. The sentiment is from the previously released Inverted Greetings set. This also features the Geo Frame die…Which is a super fun frame for EVERYTHING!! 🙂

It was fun to color these little succulents and I fully enjoy that they are in a little pot! I’m certain you’ll want to check out the other PS DT cards to see some really good coloring of these. I just kinda wing my coloring. But they have skills to make these truly shine! 🙂

I’m looking forward to mailing this one! 🙂

Paper Smooches links:

Posh Planters

Posh Planters dies

 Geo Frame die

Inverted Greetings.

Thanks for stopping by and always leaving nice notes! I appreciate each and every one!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Taylored Expressions: August Release!

Welcome to Release Day for Taylored Expressions August Release! All the new products for August are available over at Taylored Expressions now! Oh happy day!

My first card today features the NEW Sweet and Spooky stamp set. How cute spooky are these little critters? eeeep in a dark forest! 🙂

I thought it would be fun for them to hang from a tree, and I think it creates a fun scene. That first little critter on the far left is a trip! 🙂

Next up, I shift directions and tried out the new Handlettered Alpha set! It’s a clear photopolymer set, which makes lining up these stamps fantastically easy. The red rubber stamps are awesome for stamp quality, but having this alpha set in red rubber might be tricky? 😉

I love alpha sets because you can write anything you want! I thought it would be fun to stamp these not only in black which creates a natural elegant flow, but in colors for fun and pep! 🙂

These stamp super quick once you get the hang of it! Imagine the envelopes you can make!! Well, I know what I’m doing soon! ha! 🙂

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Happy Haunting card:

Create in Color card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

If you missed my previous posts for Taylored Expressions Release Week, check those out by these links: Day 1 , Day 2 or Day 3.

Thanks so much for stopping by this week and happy creating!! 😉


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Taylored Expressions Release Week: Day 3

Welcome to Day Three of Taylored Expressions August Sneak Peek Week! If you missed my other two posts earlier this week,  I’ll link you up down below. 🙂

Today, I am sharing a fun Halloween card featuring Flip the Web and Handlettered Halloween sets.

I love simple Halloween cards because that means I can make several and actually send them! ❤

I outlined the web with Copic Markers to create a different effect. These Handwritten Sentiments are just the best! 🙂

Next up, I have a card I made with the new Flip the Script–I am looking forward to making some Tags with this in Fall!

Behind the vellum, I added the TE Halloween Sequins–it’s super fun, but doesn’t show up in this photo. 🙂

So fun!

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Boo to You card:

Boot Tag card:

You can check out all these products, make your lists, and then purchase them tomorrow morning, August 8th, at 9 AM CST.Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

If you missed my previous posts for Taylored Expressions Release Week, check those out by these links: Day 1 and Day 2.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! Come back tomorrow because I’ll be sharing two more cards for Release Day!  🙂


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Paper Smooches August Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, August 7th at 10am ♥️!! 🙂 Once again, this release is full of fun and different things to create with!

It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches AUGUST 2019 release with you!

  • 4 NEW DIES

Eight new products will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on August 7th.

Once they go live, you will find the new products here:

To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize!  The prize – a $30. gift code to use at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on August 8th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on August 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Paper Smooches blog


Laura Williams

Laurie Willison

Design Team:

Ways to increase your chances of winning:

(which means that you have up to four extra chances to win on each blog)

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details. 

Today, I’m sharing a card showing off the new Hallow Hello Die! You guessed it! There’s a new favorite HELLO in town!! Love this die sooooo much!!
There’s a couple other new goodies here too! The new Geo Frame die and new Hot Dot stencil
Gah this hello is going on everything henceforth! haaaaa! 🙂

Paper Smooches (ETA product links): Hallow Hello Die, Geo Frame die, Hot Dot stencil. (These will be available tomorrow.)

I can’t wait to share more this month ❤ !

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin will definitely have something awesome to share! 🙂

Thanks for joining us today!!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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