Good morning! We are thrilled that you are joining us for week two of our Partner Celebration. Today we're happy to be celebrating our wonderful friends at Pinkfresh Studio! Let's get started with a few inspiring projects by their design team member May Sukyong Park.
Pinkfresh Studio is pleased to offer the sets used to create these cards, an $82 value, to one lucky winner!
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And that's not all for today! It is Magazine Monday with Susan and this week we are Crazy for Cardstock!
"Happy Magazine Monday, friends!
Cardstock is one of the most basic things any paper crafter has in her stash, and I feel like sometimes it’s overlooked as merely a card base or a building block for a layout. If you’re anything like me, you have SO MUCH cardstock.
I recently spent some time in my craft room working on taming a big pile of cardstock. I tend to work on a project, and the scraps and unused pieces end up in a pile. I figured it was high time to take care of it!
The first thing I did was pull out pieces that would be big enough to make an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) card base. I cut, scored, and folded those so that I have a stash of card bases to easily grab when it’s time to create! Takes a little time, but saves time for later, right?
Next, I found pieces that could be made into 4.25” x 5.5” panels. These are a great resource for building a card front. And again – a little work to begin with, but I’m already reaping the benefits of this little pile of loveliness!
In the end, I was left with little bits that still have the potential for use, so I sorted them by colour, and stashed them away. I pitched some pieces that were REALLY small, but when it comes down to it, it’s hard to part with most of the scraps. Sometimes you’ll find JUST the right colour, and those scraps can create magic.
So what to do with all of that glorious cardstock? I recently made four cards that just might inspire you.
BY SUSAN R. OPEL
supplies CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics, My Favorite Things; STAMPS: CZ Design + Simon Says Stamp.; INK: Tsukineko; EMBOSSING POWDER: American Crafts; DIES: My Favorite Things; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
This card was inspired by one I saw by the checkout in my local grocery store. I always love looking at cards in the store for inspiration! I actually came home and created this card within the hour! The inspiration card had a rounded rectangle with three bold colours with small white lines in between. Due to the celebratory nature of the card, I thought that lots of silver accents were appropriate! And bold, colourful cardstock steals the show!
BY SUSAN R. OPEL
supplies CARDSTOCK: My Favorite Things; STAMPS: Avery Elle.; INK: Tsukineko; EMBOSSING POWDER: American Crafts; DIES: My Favorite Things; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Ooooh, this one was fun! I had created the circle (it’s actually two rainbow dies with the sentiment hiding the seam) some time ago, and didn’t use them on a project. The heat embossed sentiment was also set aside for later use. I had the brilliant idea of this design using little unused bits in a bowl I keep on my table, and this came together in about five minutes! Those cardstock panels I mentioned above were great! I placed the rainbows on several colours until I landed on the aqua. Perfect!
BY SUSAN R. OPEL
supplies CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics, My Favorite Things; STAMPS: CZ Design + Simon Says Stamp.; INK: Tsukineko; EMBOSSING POWDER: Stampin’ Up!; DIES: Simon Says Stamp; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
This card was another simple one. I gathered a bunch of cardstock scraps and just started playing with colour combinations. I cut each strip to 1/2 an inch, and then adhered them snugly side by side on thin cardstock. Next, I grabbed the heart die, and voila – a custom striped heart! A gray cardstock panel looked perfect with these colours, and I die cut a heart from the middle of it so that the striped heart could be inlaid for a flat design. Heat embossing the fun sentiment in white really allowed the colours to POP!
BY SUSAN R. OPEL
supplies CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics, My Favorite Things; STAMPS: CZ Design + Simon Says Stamp.; INK, DIES: My Favorite Things; SEQUINS: Simon Says Stamp; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Now this card. This one is SO SO me! Bold and colourful to the max. I seriously wish I could have a blouse with this design. I did the same cardstock strip thing as with the heart card above, but this time I die cut a hexagon and cut it in half. I played around with placement until I found this magical look! Let me tell you, I was nothing short of GIDDY when I got this one done! And these brand new sentiment stamps from CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp just absolutely KILL ME!
What will you do with your cardstock scraps? I hope this has inspired you to dig and unleash the power of this forgotten paper crafting basic!
Here’s to colour and cardstock!"
Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief