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PFS April 2022 Release is here!

We’re so happy to be launching a new release for April. We have so many different products that you are going to love and I made 5 cards to inspire you.

We also have a GIVEAWAY over PFS IG and YT and you can win any of the 3 store certificates that they are giving away. If you want to participate just follow PFS Instagram and YouTube accounts and leave a comment at any video release or Giveaway post. Good luck!

You will find all links to products at no cost to you at the bottom of this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you can try any of these cards and have fun.

Hugs, your friend Karen.


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Picket Fence Studios February 2022 Release is Here!

Today we are celebrating the release of new products with our February 2022 Release! We have so many wonderful stamps and dies for Easter Time live at the shop now.

We also have a GIVEAWAY! You can be the winner of any of 3 Store Coupons ($75, $50 and $25). Just follow and subscribe to our Instagram and YouTube Channel and leave a comment to any of the Video Releases for February 2022.

Below you will find all the cards that I have created with this February 2022 Release. Also, links to all new products will be available at the bottom of this post.

Tonight, join Nicole Petersen, the owner of PFS, for a complete product review of this February Release over PFS Facebook Community Group at 6:00 pm CT. We have a daily GIVEAWAY so don’t miss the events.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Your friend, Karen.


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Waves of Birthday Wishes to Nicole Petersen

Today we are celebrating Nicole Petersen’s birthday, the owner of Picket Fence Studios. The Design Team is sending her gratitude and love around Social Media with birthday cards and you can find them at IG with the following hashtag #wavesofbirthdaywishes

Here’s the card I made with so much love to wish Nicole the best day ever, God’s protection y so many blessings. Nicole is not just someone I work with but a really good friend 💗.

I really hope you and Nicole like this card and if you want to know which products I used on this slimline, links are below.

Have a great day. Your friend, Karen


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Picket Fence Studios August 2021 Release

Hello crafty friends! Today we are celebrating a new release from Picket Fence Studios. We have lots of wonderful products that you are going to have so much fun playing with. Also, there’s a fantastic GIVEAWAY over Picket Fence Studios Instagram account that you cannot miss.

Winners will be announced in August 18th over PFS Instagram account.

Below you will find all the cards are made using this new release. I hope you like them ❤️

And the 7 in 7 event is back!!! YAY 🥳 We had so much fun last month that we decided to have another event again. The Design Team and the owner of Picket Fence Studios will be teaching 7 classes in 7 days and they are FREE! Yes, you read that well! Also, you can win a $50 gift card GIVEAWAY each day. So if you want to participate in the giveaway just join the PFS Facebook Group and leave a comment during any live.

Winners will be announced in August 21st over PFS Facebook group.

Next is the list of all products from this August 2021 Release and these links are at no cost to you. Have a wonderful weekend!

Your friend, Karen


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Thought I’d drop by to say Croak | Picket Fence Studios

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m sharing how to make this Slimline card over Picket Fence Studios Blog. The stamps and dies I used to create this card are part of the new release June 2021. If you want to check this out head over to Picket Fence Studios Blog, for all details click here.

Have a wonderful weekend! Your friend,

Karen


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Picket Fence Studios June 2021 Release is here!

We are so excited for this new release! We have many products that you are going to love, lots of inspiration and a wonderful GIVEAWAY! Head over to Picket Fence Studios IG account for all details and you can see a full reveal of this June release with Lisa on Picket Fence Studios YouTube channel.

Below you will find all cards I have created with this June 2021 Release, I hope you like them and get some inspiration!

And don’t forget to participate in the Giveaway! There are 3 prizes for 3 different winners!

Finally, all links to the new products are listed below at no cost to you if you use my affiliated links. Thank you so much and happy shopping!

Your friend, Karen


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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

~~~~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~~~~

Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Just Peeking in on You! | Picket Fence Studios

Hi friends! Today I’m over Picket Fence Studios blog showing this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp and dies, Scallop Frame Slimline Dies and Slimline Details of a Wing Stencil. I really hope you like this card and if you want to know how I made this card please head over to Picket Fence Studios blog, click here.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

Your friend, Karen

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Picket Fence Studios April new release is here!

Hi crafty friends! And a new release from Picket Fence Studios is here! The April release is full of wonderful new products and to show case them I have made 5 cards and I will be telling you step by step how I made this Wild Daisy slimline card. Also, below you will find more pictures of the other cards I created for this release and the link to all products (Affiliated links at no cost to you!).

Let’s start! Using the new Scallop Frame Slimline Die I die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I created this organic and natural look for this background using yellow, orange and green watercolors. As you can see I used lots and lots of splatters all around the panel. Then, once my panel was dry, I adhered a folded slimline card at the back using glue.

Next, with the help of my MISTI I stamped the Wild Daisies Stamp onto piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid ink and colored them using Copic Markers. When I finished coloring I fussy cut the whole image, added foam tape at the back and placed it at the bottom of my panel.

Finally, I die cut the Slimline Big Happy Hugs out of two different colors of green cardstock in order to create a shade underneath. I added this word dies to my panel using glue and this card was ready!

My next card features this small scallop circle and “hi” word die from the Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

For the following card I have created a shaker card and I’m show casing the new “celebrate” word die also part of the new Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

This card features the Monarch Butterfly die cut out of gold glittery cardstock.

And finally I have created this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp Set and Details of a Wing Slimline Stencil.

I really hope I can inspire you with all these cards that I have made for this April release. You can click here to find all new products at the Picket Fence Studios store. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Altenew Academy Level 2 – Final Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m really excited to be sharing my final challenge for Altenew Academy Level 2. I was assigned to create 4 masculine cards plus an altered item/upcycled project. For the cards I chose two themes: birthday and encouragement that are the ones I use the most. I will start presenting and explaining how I made the 4 masculine cards and at the end I will show you the altered item/upcycled project, which in this case was a recycled item.

For this challenge I have selected three components from Level 1 and 2. Here they are:

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: Die cutting is one of my favorite techniques and for these cards I used this technique to create focal points in a very subtle way since I was creating masculine cards. I think masculine cards should be clean and simple so I used a few elements like frames, word dies and feathers that I die cut using different materials like vellum and washi tape, making the layers more interesting. TIP: By using different elements like washi tape or vellum you give your card a very unique look without having to add too many elements to your background.

Impressive Heat Embossing: I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp because I believe you can achieve a sparkly and glamours look when using metallic or glitter embossing powders. Also, you can get different textures that will enrich your projects. TIP: Whenever you heat emboss over vellum you get a better impression and it looks so elegant and beautiful.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds: I love working on making my own backgrounds from scratch, whether is playing with watercolors, ink blending, alcohol inks, etc. It’s always fun to achieve unique backgrounds with different mediums and techniques. For these cards I’m using an Embossing Folder and Washi Tape, the combination is really awesome. TIP: Don’t limit yourself and try different things, getting out of your comfort zone helps to find new creative ways.


Masculine Cards – Birthday and Encouragement theme

Masculine cards are very challenging for many including me, but I have learned that masculine cards need to be as clean and simple as possible. I don’t always get this done but I think you can help yourself by choosing the right combination of colors and the elements that you will use on the card, depending on the theme of course. So, for these cards I chose the Tranquility mini cube set as my ink color combination and this set includes the following colors: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night. Additionally, I went out of my comfort zone and I included Washi Tape for the first time ever. I have to say that this design is so elegant and definitely work perfect for male cards, so I have to admit that I truly enjoyed using washi tape. Also, I thought that using an Embossing Folder was the right element for these cards and I decided to combine it with the Foiled Marble washi tape. You have many ways to incorporate Embossing Folders and washi tape to your projects, so this can easily be another technique for the Altenew Academy. Lastly, for adding that touch of shine I used Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and Antique Gold Pigment ink, which is my favorite when playing with Embossing Folders. I combined all the previous supplies mentioned before with elements like feathers stamps and dies, word dies and frames throughout the four cards that I made, having the same color combination with unique designs at the same time. Now let’s continue with the process of making the cards.

Supplies

  • Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set
  • Fancy Celebrate Die
  • Nesting Frames Die Set
  • Foiled Marble Washi Tape
  • Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder
  • Tranquility Mini Cube Set
  • Antique Gold Pigment Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder
  • WOW! Ulla’s Cognac Embossing Powder
  • Large Ink Blending Tool
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Vellum
  • White cardstock
  • Gold mirror cardstock
Adding washi tape to a panel

Let’s start with the Encouragement cards.

For this first card I started with an A2 panel, where I applied Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky inks to only half of the panel and using the large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added this fabulous Foiled Marble Washi Tape on top of the other half panel without ink. But before adding the washi tape I slowly ripped the edges. As my next step, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Also, I added a white folded note card at the back of this panel.

In addition, I applied Dark Night ink using the Large Ink Blending Tool to a piece of cardstock and then I die cut it with a die from the Nesting Frames Die Set. Then, on top of it I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. I added it to my background along with some feathers that I gold-heat embossed from the same stamp using foam tape and glue. As a final touch, I added to the background a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew.

In the picture about you can see some images of the process I made to create this background.

For the next card, I ink-blended a piece of cardstock using the Tranquility Mini Cube Set and the Large Ink Blending Tool. I covered the whole panel using all colors from the Tranquility ink set. Then, I placed only half of this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. I trimmed down the edges a little bit too. Next, to visually create a division between the embossed and the non embossed parts, I added a strip of washi tape previously adhered to a piece of cardstock. I also, added a white folded note card at the back.

Using the Nesting Frames Die Set I die cut 3 frames, the first out of washi tape adhered to a cardstock, the second from gold mirror cardstock and the last one out of white cardstock. On this last frame I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set, using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Additionally, I added two feathers that I stamped and die cut from the same stamp. Finally, I added over the embossed part a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink.

The following card is a Birthday card and I started by placing one side of a white folded note card inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Then, I applied to the whole embossed panel Cloudy Sky and Nimbu inks directly on top and not pushing too hard.

I also die cut two frames from the Nesting Frames Die Set, out of washi tape and another from white cardstock. On this last frame, I applied Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night inks on top using the Large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added these frames to the background plus two feathers that were heat embossed on vellum using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Last, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die from white cardstock and placed it on top of the frames.

For my last birthday card I ink-blended a panel using all inks from the Tranquility Mini Cube Set. Then, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder. Adhered a white folded note card at the back and I applied the Antique Gold Pigment Ink directly on top of this panel. The gold definitely enhanced the colors from the background.

Next, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die and I only heat embossed half of the word using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Finally, I added the celebrate word to the background along with some feathers die cut from vellum and washi tape.

Above you can take a look at how I made the background for the last birthday card.


Upcycled Item

Now let’s jump into the recycled item and for this project I decided to use one of my aprons, it’s not new, I got it like two years ago and I’m not planning on replacing it because this was a special gift to me. I love coffee and my aunt has a business where she sells organic products. Her Organic Gourmet Coffee is one of my favorites so this apron was given to me by her, it was part of her launching marketing campaign.

So I wanted to give this apron a new look and to add some of my personal touch to it by stamping. The stamp I used was Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle along with Evergreen ink from Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle, which are perfect for stamping over fabric.

So, I started working on this project by washing the apron and once it was dry I ironed it until it was wrinkles free. Then, I got a large stamping block and created a collage on it using some stamps from the Coffee Love Stamp Set. I inked up the stamps using the Evergreen ink and pressed hard enough on top of the apron to transfer as much ink as possible.

Next, I stamped the Coffee Ring Stamp over the pockets. I didn’t cover the whole pockets, I just made small designs around them and once I was finished stamping I got my iron back, placed a piece of paper towel over my stamped designs and heat set all of them with the iron. This way the ink won’t fade and it became permanent. I loved giving this apron a second life and with my personal touch, thanks to Green Fields Mixed Media Inks this process was easy and fun to achieve.

As you can see here I decided to make a matching coffee card for my apron. We are coffee lovers in my family so this card will be handy! I used Green Fields Mixed Media Inks to stamp on my background using Coffee Ring Stamp and the coffee beans from Coffee Love Stamp Set. I did first, second and third generation stamping and I loved how you can achieve this look with the mix media inks. I also added some splashes of ink using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush.

Once I finished stamping I heat set my background using a heat tool and I adhered a white folded note card at the back. I also created a watercolor panel using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush, Milk Chocolate Ink and Forest Glades mix media ink. Then, I stamped some images from the Coffee Love Stamp Set using Black Jet Mix Media Ink.

Finally, I die cut the images using the coordinating dies and I placed them on top of my panel using glue and foam tape for more dimension. My sentiment was from Coffee Ring Stamp and I used Black Jet Mix Media Ink to stamped it.

I really hope you like these masculine cards and my new apron. I cannot wait to try more mixed media inks on a T-shirt. I think I can create a very special Mother’s Day present for my mom and sister. Below you will find all supplies I used to make the coffee card and to stamp on top of the apron.

Supplies

  • Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle
  • Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle
  • Coffee Ring Stamp
  • Stamping blocks
  • Milk Chocolate Ink
  • Paper Bag Watercolor Brush
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Watercolor paper
  • Espresso Envelopes

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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