Friday, July 3, 2020

Triple Shaker Slim-line card and Trinity Stamps turns Two!

Hello everybody! I feel like it's been forever since I've been here. I think it's bc I've doing a little a work on the side for Tonic Studios and I've been a bit strapped for time. Soon I'll be sharing the videos and projects I've been working on for them but today we are here to celebrate Trinity Stamps and their Second Birthday! Woohoo!

I'm joining in the fun to celebrate Trinity Stamps by making a triple shaker slim line card! I think this may only be the second slimline I've ever made and it was so easy using the stitched slimline dies from Trinity. This die set has a piece that cuts three squares from the center line of your card and I used it to make three shaker windows.
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I made a quick video to show you how to easily put this triple shaker slim line card together... enjoy!
If you'd like to be entered to win a $25 gift card to Trinity Stamps make sure to leave a comment on my YouTube Channel (and the other channels on the hop).

I used the Winter Friends stamp set on this card. It was intended to be a winter celebration card but with an easy sentiment change and using non-holiday colors it was easily turned into a birthday shenanigans card.
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I used distress oxide inks to ink blend my background panel. Then, I used the Funfetti stencil to emboss the background so that there would always be some fun going on in the background.
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I added a layer of acetate to the back of my front panel. Next, I used a double layer of foam adhesive to create window pockets. I filled each of the window pockets with shaker guts (Birthday Cake Sprinkles from Trinity and some shiny beauties from Tonic Studios). 
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I sealed my layers together and added them to a large black card base. I matched it up with a #10 sized envelope and that's a wrap!
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Thanks so much for stopping by today! It's always fun to celebrate a birthday and I'm so happy to join the party for Trinity Stamp's Second Birthday!

I'll put links to the products I've used below in case you'd like to check them out.

Have an amazing day! Sending crafty hugs from California!
Maria


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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Light-up Cards Made Easy with HAI supply and Pear Blossom Press

Hello everybody! That's right, I'm back for my second post of the day and all before 7am. Lol. I'm glad to have you back here because now I'm taking part in a collaboration hop between two super fun companies: HAI Supply and Pear Blossom Press. HAI Supply has everything you need for embellishing your cards from sequins and jewels, to clay embellishments (check out the rainbows!), and even washi tape and paper! Pear Blossom Press has the most amazing and easy to use light up units (EZ-LIGHTS) to use with your interactive cards! All you have to do is pop the battery in and the lights work. I've got video showing how easy they are below so make sure to check that out below.

Before I get too far along I want to make sure you know that both of these amazing companies have offered all of you a Discount code for their shops! To get $4.00 off of your order of $25 or more (before tax and shipping) just enter the code EZSHIP4 at checkout at HAI Supply and/or Pear Blossom Press before June 27th, 2020.

On to my first card... HAI Supply and Pear Blossom Press issued us the challenge of using washi paper, embellishments and a light up unit all on one card- Challenge accepted! I used a sheet of washi paper from THIS washi paper pack because it looks like fireworks. I thought it would be really cool to make the fireworks light up. 

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The EZ-LIGHTS have three different light bulbs so I picked three fireworks to have light up. I used a craft pick to poke holes in the centers so that the light would shine through more brightly. I glued clear, round embellishments on top of the holes I poked. When the lights shine these embellishments will glow brightly and diffuse the light for a bright glow. 
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Next I turned the washi paper over and used tape to adhere the lights right behind the holes I had poked. This will keep the lights where I want them so that the fireworks will glow from the centers.
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Here's a pic of what the fireworks look like when they are lit up. In real life its very striking against the black background of the card.
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After I had my lights in place and had fixed the battery pack where I wanted it I used a double layer of foam tape to pop up my card face. I used dies from Honeybee Stamps and gorgeous papers from Tonic Studios to add a sentiment. Down at the bottom left of my card I used a Lawn Fawn set to add "push me" so that the recipient will know how to activate the lights. 
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Check out this video to see how I made this card and to see the lights in action...



The combination of the Pear Blossom Press EZ-LIGHTS and HAI Supply embellishments is so awesome that I had to make a second card. This time around I used the Super Hero Scrubs stamp from Erin Lee Creative. I've been wanting to send a nurse friend a card and this stamp works perfectly with the HAI supply Heart Drops
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I stamped and colored my image with copic markers and then cut it out. I used my craft pick to poke a hole in the center of the tiny heart. Then I glued a small, red heart embellishment on top of the hole. I added my lights behind the hole and taped them in place. The wires and battery pack are hidden behind the ink blended panel which is popped up with a double layer of foam tape. 
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Here's a look at what it looks like when it's lit up. In real life there's a warm, red glow. 
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I used the same Lawn Fawn set to add the "Push Here" at the bottom of the card.
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Ok you guys that is it for now. These EZ-LIGHTS are so darn easy to use and I hope my cards have inspired you to check them out for yourselves. They come in 2, 3, 5 and 20 packs so there's really something for everybody. If you go shopping don't forget to use the discount code: EZSHIP4 at both HAI Supply and/or Pear Blossom Press!

In addition to the discount code we have an awesome giveaway today too! Details are below (hint: all you have to do to enter is comment here and on youtube). 

Thanks so much for joining the hop today. To continue on being inspired head on over to Rachel's blog!

Bye and have an awesome day you guys!
Maria




GIVEAWAY!
- Four random commenters are going to get lucky and be awarded a fabulous prize ($25 gift codes to HAI Supply or Pear Blossom Press)!
-No purchase necessary. Just comment here or on YouTube by June 27, 2020 PST to enter. One comment per platform but you will get extra entries for commenting on multiple stops in the hop.
-Contest is open internationally to participants who are over 18 years of age.
-Winners will be announced on Pear Blossom Press on July 6, 2020. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of announcement.


BLOG ROLL:
Thank you for hopping along on the HAI Supply & Pear Blossom Press Collab Hop! For more inspiration, check out all of the stops in the hop...

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Crafty Friends: Concord & 9th and a 20% Discount!

Hey everybody! How are you all doing? It's a gorgeous day here in California, USA and I am itching to get outside and do some yard work in the sunshine. Before I head off to do that... today is My Crafty Friends day! If you haven't joined us before, we are a group of crafty friends who get together every month on the 20th for a blog hop. We feature projects from a specific company each month and they are so kind as to offer you all a discount! One of the cool things about this hop is that we feature our favorite sets from the company which means that you might see some oldie but goodie sets (inspiration for stamps you already have).

This month's featured company is none other than the fabulous Concord & 9th! and they are very generous to offer a 20% DISCOUNT to their entire store when you use THIS LINK and the code: CRAFTYFRIENDSJUNE20 (details below). 

Ok, now on to my card! Hello Lovely is one of my favorite ever stamp sets from Concord & 9th. It has a gorgeous floral bunch as well stamps to fill in the set with a watercolored look. There are also coordinating dies which you can get separately or buy the whole thing as a bundle. I decided to do a one layer card (ok, yeah, I did pop it up and cut a sliver off the side to peek the black card base) so I repeatedly stamped the large floral image around the edges of my card in Inkon3's Fade Out ink. This ink is made for no-line watercoloring as it takes on the color of the ink or watercolor that you use on top of it.
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I used my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint this. I started with lighter layers of color and as they dried back I added more color. 
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When I was done watercoloring I added a little extra shading with some colored pencils and a Sharpie. It might sound a little crazy to add sharpie to your watercolor pieces but I am telling you that Sharpies are one of my most used coloring tools.
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To finish my card off I added some highlights with white gel pen, some gold Nuvo drops and a sentiment in Versafine ink. I also added splatters of gold with the Midas Touch shimmer pen from Tonic Studios and it was the perfect, subtle magic touch for this card (I wish that the camera picked up the shimmer).
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Here are the details for the discount code from Concord & 9th. Remember that you need to use THIS LINK to get the discount. It's good for two days so if you'd like to take advantage of the discount head on over there before the time is up. 

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I hope you'll keep on hopping along with us. Next up is the talented Becky Roberts
I hope you all have an amazing weekend! See you back here soon (in two hours bc today is a busy day for blogging for me!)!

Bye for now!
Maria





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Monday, June 8, 2020

Hero Arts June Monthly Hero Kit, Video Tutorial and a Giveaway!

Hi Everybody! Guess what day it is? Yep! It's time for another My Monthly Hero Kit release from Hero Arts! If this is your first time hearing about these monthly kits then here's the skinny: every month Hero Arts releases an exclusive kit filled with amazing products at an exceptional value. The kit cost is $34.99 and the value of most kits is over $60! You can subscribe to this kit to make sure you never miss out, or, you can buy them month to month as you like-BUT, once they are sold out they are never coming back so make sure to pick up the ones you like right away. There are also monthly add-ons that coordinate with the theme of the kit. The add-ons are amazing and for those who want all the add-ons there is a discounted Get Them All rate. I think that's what you need to know but please let me know if I've missed anything, or, if you have any questions.

This month's kit has a fun Northern lights, sea, nautical type theme and I had so much fun with it that I've made a video. My video shares six background techniques that work really well with the dies in this kit. I hope you'll enjoy it and maybe even try out some of the techniques I shared.

Before I get too far along I want to make sure you know that there is a GIVEAWAY today! Hero Arts has a generous giveaway for you all this month so be sure to check out the details at the bottom of my post. HINT: Leave a comment on my blog below and you are entered. 

And now, here's that video...


For my first card I ink blended the background using a variety of colors from the Hero Hues Reactive Ink line. 
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Once my background was ink blended I stamped the large background set that comes in this month's kit with Clear Embossing and Watermark ink. Then, I covered the ink with White Satin Pearl embossing powder and heat set it. 
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I love this embossing powder! It lets the color from the ink blended background shine through the pearlescent finish for such a magical look!
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For my next card I did the exact same thing that I did on my first card... but in reverse order. Isn't it wild how different the two backgrounds look? 
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For this card I heat embossed my background first and ink blended on top of the heat embossed image.
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This created a "resist' effect and the areas that had been embossed did not absorb any ink. 
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The background for this next card was created using the Hero Arts liquid watercolors. These watercolors are bold and vibrant and just a couple of drops can go a long way.
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I wet a piece of watercolor paper and added watercolor very quickly using horizontal brush strokes (watch the video to see how). Then I added dies cut from white cardstock to create a scene.
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My next card features a simple, ink blended background. 
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I used ink blending brushes and Hero Hues Reactive inks in Splash and Blue Hawaii. Then I spritzed the background with iridescent shimmer spray and splattered it with White Metallic ink. 
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The result was a gorgeous, shimmering background that a made a perfect backdrop for the lighthouse die.
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This card features a sparkling night sky. I started out with a piece of black cardstock and gave it a few spritzes of Nuvo Sparkle Spray. The effect is absolutely magical!
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I cut the mountains from some holographic purple cardstock from a past MMH kit and backed it with white mountains to make it pop off of the dark background. 
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The moon is cut from holographic cardstock and I thought the eagle was the perfect majestic finish to this card.
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My last card is all about stenciling and the background showcases a creative way to use the negative pieces of your die cuts. I used the negative piece from the tree die as a stencil to ink blend a forest onto the bottom of my card.
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Then I ink blended the sky with some blues to add a back drop for more stenciling. I used the new Shooting Star stencil (which is an add-on to this month's kit) and smooshed my embossing ink pad over the top of it. 
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Then I covered it in silver glitter embossing powder and heat set it. To finish the card off I added a heat embossed sentiment.
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Here's a last look at everything that comes in this month's kit. In addition to the supplies that I have used you will receive black water color paper (what?! so cool!), a glow in the dark lacquer pen (heart eyes), and star sequins! There are so many great things in this kit!
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Ok, you guys. That's all I've got for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the new MMH kit. I hope you like it! Please check out the note from Hero Arts, Giveaway info and the blog roll below to keep hopping along with us. From here you will head on over to Mariana's Blog-enjoy!

Have an awesome day you all!
Maria





A NOTE FROM HERO ARTS:
We are working on restarting our operations in a safe manner, bringing back our production and shipping teams with social distancing, and keeping our warehouse cleaned under the strictest standards. We are first focusing on all of the orders in-house for all of our wonderful and patient customers, subscribers, and international customers, and hope to get back to regular shipping times once we are through what was delayed. We estimate June kits and add-ons will begin shipping on Friday, June 19, after all previous orders have gone out.

GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, June 14th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

BLOG ROLL:

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Daniel West

Debi Adams

Ilina Crouse

Janette Kausen

Jennifer McGuire

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Julee Tilman

Laurie Willison

Lydia Fiedler

Maria Willis

Mariana Grigsby

Michelle Short

Nichol Spohr

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Honeybee Stamps and a Discount!

Hi everybody! How are you all today? Well, I'm happy to be here because I am hopping along with my Crafty Friends. Today we are featuring the fabulous Honey Bee Stamps! Melissa (the owner) has generously offered an exclusive discount code for us to share with you! The code is at the bottom of my post (make sure you shop through the link provided) if you are interested.

I've made a ton of cards today because once I got going I just couldn't stop. For my first two cards I used this gorgeous floral stamp set called Everything Wonderful. It's designed by the talented Emily Midgett and I jus love it. I stamped the image onto Arches cold pressed watercolor paper in Hero Arts INTENSE-ified black ink.
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Then I used my Karin markers and a paint brush to watercolor the image.
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After watercoloring I used my cool cray copic markers to add some drop shadows. I enhance the shadows by adding scribbles and dots with a fine-tipped sharpie.
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I cut the image out with the Honeybee Stamps deckled edge dies and adhered it to a black card base using foam adhesive. The finishing touch was to add a few subtle sequins.
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My next card features the same stamp set, Everything Wonderful. This time I stamped the image off the edge of the watercolor cardstock to get a different look.
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 I watercolored this piece with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints. 
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I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto black cardstock and cut out the sentiment by hand. This Sympathy sentiment set does have fantastic coordinating dies but for this card I wanted a really close cut so I decided to do it by hand.
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After adding the sentiment I added some Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud Nine to add some subtle but gorgeous embellishment to the card.
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Here's a side by side look at both of these cards. It's amazing how different you can make the same stamp set look just by stamping or coloring it differently.
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For my next two cards I used the same Candle Cover Plate die. On this first card I ink blended a piece of white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks. Then I used the die to cut both the ink blended piece and a solid black piece of cardstock. I pieced all of the colorful candles into the black background.
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I used the Birthday stamp set and honey cuts to create my sentiment and I love how sparkly it looks in that silver glitter paper. The sentiment is all popped up on foam for some fun dimension and of course I added a few sequins to bling my card out a little bit.
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For my second card I used the extra pieces from my first birthday card. I took the ink blended background, pieced in a few of the black candles for some contrast and added a sentiment.
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The sentiment is from the Wish stamp set and matching honey cuts. I love these combo sets as they are so versatile and useful.
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 Here's a look at both of my birthday cards side by side.
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And, that is it for me today folks! Before you go here's that awesome discount that Melissa is offering to you. It's a 20% on anything in the store at Honey Bee Stamps from now through May 21st. All you need to do to get this discount is use my link (CLICK HERE) and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 when you check out. Enjoy and please thank Melissa if you order because she is super amazing to offer this to all of us!

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I hope you all have an amazing day! If you'd like to continue on the hop please head on over to my friend Becky's blog. There's a list of all blog hoppers below if you'd like to follow the list.

If you want to check out any of the products that I've used today I am adding them to a list below so that you can find them easily. Enjoy!

Bye for now!
Maria


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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pinkfresh Studios April Release and a Giveaway!

Hi Everybody! How are you all doing? I am hanging in there (so much going on)... luckily I have the happy distraction of joining Pinkfresh Studio for their April Stamp and Die Release! This is such a great release and I'm excited to share four cards with you today.

For my first card I used a stamp set called Take Pride (main floral image),  another called, Simply Sentiments Hello (sentiement), and the Believe in Yourself die (Believe). I started out by stamping the floral image in black ink and watercoloring it with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints. Then I cut the image out with the coordinating die. 
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Next, I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and taped off the background. I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide ink. Then, I splattered the background with water, a shimmer pen  from Tonic Studios, and white metallic ink from Hero Arts. I heat embossed the sentiment onto the bottom of this sheet.
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I die cut the word, "Believe," four times out of black cardstock. I glued each layer together to create dimension. I wanted the sentiment to really pop so I used a white gel pen to write, "Believe," on the die cut. 
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I glued my floral piece to my card front and added, "Believe" on top of that. The final touch was to add some white rhinestones (Hai Supply).
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For my second card I used the same stamp set but went for a one layer card and used my Copic Markers. This card has a much softer look than the first one does. 
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After coloring the main image I used my Cool Gray markers to color the inside of the circle to make it pop. I used two different stamps to create the sentiment which I absolutely love (yes, I did stamp surgery and cut one of the stamps in half).
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It's pretty rare that I create a one layer card but I was determined to keep this one simple. I finished it off by splattering a little bit of gray ink onto the background and adding some subtle rhinestones.
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For my third card I used the new Ornate Floral Die. I cut it out three times in black cardstock, glued the layers together and set it aside. While that dried, I ink blended the background with Distress Oxides. I also splattered the background with Glitter Gloss from Tonic Studios.
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I heat embossed the "hello" from Simply Sentiments Hello in turquoise. I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment in white. I adhered the die cut onto the background and added my sentiment to the top. A variety of sequins and embellishments added a little texture and shine to this card.
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For my last card I used a sentiment from the Simply Sentiments Hello set (this set is seriously so good). I ink blended the background to create a cloud scene. Then I added a rainbow embellishment from Hai supply and the heat embossed sentiment. they go perfectly together and this card came together in minutes.
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Here's a closer look at the rainbow. It's so fun and that little heart on the cloud is such a sweet touch. 
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Ok, you guys, that is it for me today but before I go I wanted to let you know that Pinkfresh Studio has some giveaways! First, you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate just by leaving a comment here on my blog. Pinkfresh will also be giving away this entire release on their blog, IG and YouTube channel. Good luck to all of you! The winners will be announced on May 8th over on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page. Winners must claim their prize within two weeks so be sure to check to see if you've won.
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Pinkfresh Studio is also offering FREE SHIPPING  to US addresses when your order is $35 or more. International shipping is also discounted for orders over $35. Happy shopping!
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I hope you all have an amazing day today! Keep on hopping along with all of the amazing Pinkfresh Studio inspiration by following the blog roll below.

Bye for now!
Maria Willis



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