Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Blog Hop

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials102 Comments

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I’m excited to be part of a Pinkfresh Studio blog hop today (my first one with them!) that features some of their brand new Essentials releases for April.

There are so many gorgeous basics in this release! From frame dies to tags to sentiments, the offer great options for adding all-purpose dies to your crafty collection.

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I’m sharing two cards today, both showcasing two new sets: Classic Word Dies and Diagonal Stitched Rectangles. The Classic Word Dies set includes both the word dies and the shadows, as well, and feature so many all-purpose sentiments that cardmakers are always looking to use. My Hooray card is featuring in today’s video tutorial.

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For the second card project, I used the Happy Birthday word and shadow from the Classic Words set and cut the words from a sample piece that I had watercolored, then I sprayed it with some spray on glitter.

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Both cards feature color added with Pinkfresh Studio’s gorgeous Liquid Watercolors. If you’re new to watercolor, these colors are a  wonderful way to test the waters!

Here is my video showing you how I created the Hooray card:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now, onto the blog hop details…

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the ENTIRE April Essentials release on their blog and Instagram feed. They will also be choosing one commenter from my blog (and every other blog in the hop!) to receive a $25 store gift certificate. Winners will be posted on Sunday, April 14th on the Pinkfresh Studio giveaway page. You must check that page and claim your prize within two weeks following April 14th!

PINKFRESH STUDIO SHOPPING PROMO: All orders placed will receive a free House die with purchase. There is no code necessary, and the die will automatically load into their cart. Pinkfresh Studio is also offering free/discounted shipping from April 8-11th on orders $50+. You must use the code APRESSFREESHIP50. Shipping is free in the USA, and $5.50 off for our International friends.

BLOG HOP STOPS: Here are all the wonderful participants in the hop for today! Be sure to follow along and leave a comment on each blog to increase your chance of winning!

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Cathy ZielskePinkfresh Studio Essentials Blog Hop

102 Comments on “Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Blog Hop”

  1. #6
    Lauryne Cunningham

    Awesome CAS cards! Those Classic Word dies look great on your watercolored background- love the shadows!

  2. #8

    These are simply beautiful. That background is gorgeous. I’ve never used these watercolors, but I think I’m going to give them a try. The sentiment dies are definitely on my wish list.

  3. #9
    Sue Ogden

    I love that there are shadow dies. I really like using shadows under my die cuts. Beautiful cards.

  4. #11

    These are simply beautiful. I love how you made the watercolor backgrounds. I have wanted to try these for a while now and this just convinced me that it’s time. Those word dies are definitely on my wish list as well. You have certainly inspired me.

  5. #16
    Annette Gordon

    I love that watercolour background, but the die with the stitched outline really makes the colours and the center pop! What a great new die. I also love the delicate print of the new dies.

  6. #21
    Brian Poteraj

    I like how you colored the words just like the background. Good idea. I like the different look of these.

  7. #25
    Shawn Wenrich

    I’m loving this! I’m getting a blog hop from a company I adore and you’re in it! Wow, love this card! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. #28
    Lesley S

    Really like the clean, simple design of this card. It lets the lovely watercolours pop against the white layers below, and becomes a nice backdrop for the sentiment.

  9. #32
    Sheri Kempke

    Beautiful and simple card–love the background and all of the layering. Also love the braided look of your die cut piece-so elegant!

  10. #36
    Shelly P

    Wow! Love the vibrancy of these PinkFresh watercolors! ? And, the sentiment die set is so handy! What an amazing background, Cathy! And thanks for showing us both looks with the all-white sentiment and the rainbow sentiment. I like both versions! ?

  11. #37
    DJ Doss

    Beautiful cards. I really love how vibrant those liquid watercolors are and those word dies are fabulous.

  12. #49
    Denise Mlady

    Really love these clean and simple cards. Really shows of the colors and the great new dies!

  13. #53
    Kandice J

    Love the coloring and use of the word dies on your card. Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  14. #54
    Anne Sturgeon

    Beautiful backgrounds. I do love these Classic Words. So different from the others out already. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing these.

  15. #60
    Priscilla Friesen

    Great fresh cards! I like the water color look carried over onto the die cut words. Your cards are beautiful in their simplicity!

  16. #62
    Neha Mahajan

    I love you cards, clean, simple and very beautiful. I love your voice over. It is always fun to hear.

  17. #65
    Cindyellen Robinson

    wow. that is an AMAZING set of dies. and quite some prize. i just finished the last blog hop, so this is nice that there’s more. your cards are lovely.
    PS: i’m stalking your latest stamp set on SSS

  18. #67
    Niki Pool

    I watched your video last night and just loved the colorful background you created. I am new to watercoloring but I’m considering getting these!!

  19. #68
    Cynthia Baldwin

    Pretty cards! I love the backgrounds for the word dies, and the glitter is a great finishing touch!

  20. #70
    Mindy Drummond

    Congrats on your first Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop Cathy and what an awesome release to be a part of!! This Essential release is my favorite so far, the details in each item are amazing – this is definitely an “must have all” release lol. I love your watercolor backgrounds for the Classic Word dies. Both cards are bright, fun, and easy – just the way I like them 🙂 Thanks for sharing both cards and for the inspiration with these new items. (

  21. #72
    Jane Booth

    Love the products you chose to use! The diagonal rectangle die is on my wish list, along with the liquid watercolors ? and I may not be able to walk away from those word dies!

  22. #73
    Jane Booth

    Love the products you chose to highlight! The diagonal rectangle die is on my wish list along with the liquid watercolors! And I most likely will not be able to leave behind those word dies!

  23. #74
    Jane Booth

    Love the products you chose ! The diagonal stitch rectangle die is on my wish list! Along with the liquid watercolors ? and I may not be able to leave those word dies behind!

  24. #76
    Linda Gorun

    Your beautifully watercolored background is the star of the show! Love the diagonal rectangle die you paired with it.

  25. #78
    Donna Hufman Warrington

    I love sending cards and letters to my family that are out of state, instead of using facebook or tweeter, I love buying the pretties cards or nice stationary. My friends and family are always appreciated of their little surprises in the mail.

  26. #79
    Donna Hufman Warrington

    I love sending cards and letters to family and friends wishing it will become a “thing” and not a thing of the pass….it’s more personal when it hand written and not a just a post on facebook. These are lovely.

  27. #80
    Mary Holshouser

    Pretty colors in the background.
    Great combination. The framing
    really sets them off. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot(com

  28. #84

    Beautiful cards, love the water colored backgrounds for one of my faves of this release, Classic Word dies.

  29. #88
    Joni A

    Love the cards!!! I love the framed dies, the word dies and the watercoloring is fantastic!!! I’m new to the Pink Fresh line and am so excited about exploring the site!!! Wonderful design team projects as well!!!

  30. #91

    I love the whipstitch look to that card edging from the new die! It sets off your lovely inked card so-o-o nicely.

  31. #92

    I do love your CAS style, and I feel like it matches this Pinkfresh release particularly well. Thanks for sharing your card with us both here and in your video. I very much enjoy watching them.

  32. #93
    Denise Bryant

    Love the detail from the Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die! Beautiful colors for your pretty cards! Awesome word dies too!

  33. #94
    Surekha Galagoda

    Dear Cathy
    Congratulations. Your two cards using the dies from the Essential April release are beautiful. The colors, sentiments the backgrounds everything blend so well. As the name suggests it is an Essential set of dies for any paper crafter. Thanks for the inspiration.Love and hugs

  34. #102
    Michelle Hackett

    I’ve always love the word dies that come with shadow. It just really helps the sentiment stand out. And these are in such a wonderful font. Great job with these cards.

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