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Guest Designer | Amy Kolling

Guest Designer | Amy Kolling

We are so excited to announce our June guest card designer, Amy Kolling! She has created some really amazing cards for you today!! But first, how about we get to know her a little better?

I’m Amy and am a working mom who loves to craft when I have downtime which is usually late evening.  I am a full time hemodialysis RN which is a job I absolutely LOVE but I need my time to decompress and crafting does this for me!

What inspired you to start paper crafting?
I wanted to get my wedding photos in a book of some kind.  This is what began my paper crafting journey around 20 years ago.  I started scrapbooking my album and then found stamping and cardmaking!

What best describes your paper crafting style?
I am a mostly clean and simple crafter as I love white space but am not afraid to add layers or embellishments.  I like to use different mediums for coloring but Copics and watercolor are my favorite.

What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
I love that Pinkfresh Studio has both bold and whimsical images perfect for any crafter.  I am smitten with the new images from Susan Driscoll…..they are on my wishlist!

Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products.
Fruitastic
Modern Mandala Die
Fleur 1
Magical Unicorn
Floral Squares

What is your very favorite color combo?
There are so many gorgeous color combinations that I gravitate to but considering I love floral images, I’m going to go with pink, yellow, aqua, and greens. 

What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
Create what makes you happy!  Don’t worry about what people think.  Design your own style, whatever that is!  If you want to get out there in the papercrafting community, enter online challenges!  This is a great way to get started!

If you don't currently follow Amy's blog or social media, here are all the links you need!

BLOG  |  INSTAGRAM  |  PINTEREST

 

 

Amy created GORGEOUS clean & simple cards for her guest design post, which you are going to just love! You can read more about Amy's projects in her own words.



Hello!  I'm so excited to be here as a Guest Designer for Pinkfresh Studio and to share some of the newest release with you.

I couldn't let this release go by without this beautiful Modern Mandala Die.  There are so many ways to use this die!  I have two ways to use this die to share.

I began with a panel made with alcohol inks in Watermelon and Sunshine.  From this panel, I die cut the Modern Mandala Die leaving all the pieces intact.  To make this more sturdy, I added a die cut circle of cardstock to the back.  With the leftover panel, I die cut leaves and the word 'hello' using the Hello with Botancials Die Set.  After arranging and adding these elements to a white notecard, I finished off with some silver gems.

My second card uses the Modern Mandala Die by impressing the image into my white notecard.  This is done by using an embossing mat in your die cutting machine.

To keep this CAS, I simply die cut the word 'hello' from rainbow colors of cardstock.  To line up my word 'hello' evenly, I used a cardstock template I cut and will keep with my set for future use in placement of the letters.  Each of my letters were added with foam adhesive. 

I am a huge fan of Susan Driscoll so it's no surprise that I fell in love with her designs here at Pinkfresh Studio!  Fruitastic is a fantastic set with lots of mixing and matching that can be done for one layer stamping along with dies to cut out the fruit and matching stems.  

To stay true to my style, I created a CAS card utilizing lots of white space.  A simple piece of black and white Washi tape grounds my fruit images as well as give a place to stamp the sentiment.  The fruit images were stamped in dye inks with a Misti stamping tool using a rock 'n roll technique.  Once dry and die cut, I added accents with a white gel pen and coarse chunky glitter to the sides of my fruit. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

We asked Amy one final question, which we think is super fun to include in her guest design post!

Do you have a past favorite project you've created with Pinkfresh Studio product that you'd like to share? Why is it your favorite?
I created this card a while back but it is still a favorite of mine.  Rainbows have always been an icon that I have been drawn to. Adding them to cards is so much fun!  Here I’ve ink blended rainbow “light”! Takes a bit of masking and work but in the end so worth it! {Amy used the Shine stamp set for this card.}

Amy has a GIVEAWAY going on right now on Instagram! Find the post on her feed, and follow all the prompts:

One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to shop with in the Pinkfresh Studio shop!! Best of luck...now get to commenting!! You have until Sunday, June 10th to leave a comment. Amy will draw & post the winner in the same giveaway post, so be sure to check back!

Thank you for all the amazing projects & inspiration today, Amy! We are so honored to have you on as our guest designer today!

12 comments

12. Jun 15, 2018

All of your cards are super Amy,

DIANA L.
11. Jun 11, 2018

Yay, Amy! Beautiful cards!

Shelly
10. Jun 11, 2018

Love your designs Amy!

Amy C.
9. Jun 11, 2018

Some great ideas in this post! I especially love the card with the fruit stamps. The colors are amazing!

Christine
8. Jun 11, 2018

Lovely cards, the one using the “Fruitastic” set is just adorable, love the glitter details!

Vania Fonseca
7. Jun 10, 2018

Super fun fruit card! Absolutely love the embossed mandala cards!!!

Laurie Brown
6. Jun 09, 2018

Love those clean and simple cards! Perfection!

Midori
5. Jun 08, 2018

These are all such lovely cards. You are very talented.

Have a beautiful day,
Jessica
Polka Dot Orchard

Jessica
4. Jun 08, 2018

Lovely.

Kirsty Vittetoe
3. Jun 08, 2018

I have been enjoying Amy’s talent for many years now…maybe from the time she started almost. She has inspired me to try to keep it simple.
I can’t find the Instagram post to enter her contest…

Sharon Gullikson
2. Jun 08, 2018

I love Amy’s style and her cards are always beautiful. I’ve been following her blog for quite a while and I look forward to seeing her creations.

Jackie Parkins
1. Jun 08, 2018

I’ve been following cards for awhile, and love what you created for Pink Fresh. Never thought of impressing the mandala == such a textured background. Your CAS cards are never boring!

joyce willy

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