We are so excited to announce our April cardmaking guest, Laura Jane! Laura Jane is a super talented project designer, and we are so happy to have her creating with us this month! She has created GORGEOUS projects using our Inked Florals & Lost in the City stamps & dies, along with our liquid watercolor. We know you are going to love them!
But first, how about we get to know her a little better?
Introduce yourself to our readers with a short bio:
Hello Pinkfresh fans! LauraJane here and I’m delighted to have been invited to guest design this month. Crafting in all forms: baking, sewing, crocheting, cardmaking, and coloring has been tremendous stress relief therapy throughout my life as well as being happily married to my best friend for over 26 years. Raising and homeschooling our 6 children, and running our own business have kept us quite occupied, but as the kiddos have grown older I’ve found more time to indulge in the happy world of cardmaking!
What inspired you to start paper crafting?
My mother was a professional wallpaper hanger and would ask me to help her fussy cut rolls of borders that she would hang for her customers. I spent so many hours looking through interior designer’s wallpaper books as a child, and that’s when I fell in love with pattern papers too! J
True papercrafting for me began when I was put on bedrest for 12 weeks with my first pregnancy…I had so much time on my hands that I invested in scrapbook materials to create an album of our pre-baby married life. Finishing that album before baby arrived was such a joy that I decided to create a book for each additional child showcasing their first eight years. Keeping each of those books current plus a Family album for all those years was a labor of love. We still treasure each book and look through them often! Once each child reached that age, I would encourage them to continue adding to them on their own. When the last of the kids turned 8 years old, I found that I had extra time on my hands once again…and started looking for stamps to add to my scrapbooking arsenal.
Finding the world of clear acrylic stamps changed my life as my papercraft focus shifted to the smaller A2 sized canvas of cardmaking.
What best describes your paper crafting style?
My style is flowers, coloring, flowers, layers, flowers, and mixed media techniques with more flowers! J I really enjoy coloring with all types of mediums. A one layer card makes me happy and I admire CAS artists, but I’m such a messy crafter, I need to embellish often. Freestyle collage is very exciting to create as well!
What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
Organic shapes and patterns, and floral images are my most favorite to create with so the recent stamp and die releases from Pinkfresh have me swooning! The stand-alone dies are versatile and compliment so many of the stamp sets. Also the FRESH inspiration from the Design Team always motivates my creativity.
Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products.
- I’m looking forward to exploring more with the Watercolors
- Scripted Bold sentiments
- Bloom and Grow
- Folk Elements
- Circle Frame with Botanicals Die
What is your very favorite color combo?
Blue/ Yellow /Green
What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
Enjoy the process of creating what you love with products you are passionate about!
LauraJane has created some really beautiful projects, so let's get right to them! Here is a little more about them in her own words.
Excited to play with four Pinkfresh Watercolors: Bubblegum, Sunshine, Sky Blue, and Key Lime, I mixed the colors together for a varied pallet. Just a tiny drop of Color from the bottle goes a long way!
Using the MISTI tool, the Heart and Soul floral outline is inked with Pumice Stone on the main part of the image and Scattered Straw Distress ink at the very ends of the swag onto Arches 140lb cold press paper. I chose the 000 watercolor Brush for very detailed coloring with Wet-on-Dry technique. The finished panel turned out darker than I had hoped, due to the Pumice Stone stamping. Ahh, the learning never ends.
After the coloring was finished I used the coordinating die to quickly cut the image out and layered it with a second one for more dimension. I placed it onto a dry embossed polka-dot panel. Then stamped a sentiment from the Heart and Soul Set onto a small rectangle and added a matte from the Arches paper for interest.
As a final touch I used a White Gel Pen to add small dots and flicks of highlights. As an afterthought, I should have let the watercolor completely dry before adding the Gel Pen. Still learning!
For my next card I chose to go more simply by using ONE Watercolor at a time along with the Wet-on-Wet technique. I was amazed at how different this turned out by using the exact same colors as the card above! Bubblegum, Sunshine, Sky Blue, and Key Lime
Inked Florals stamp set is the star of the show! I arranged several outline images onto Arches 140lb cold press paper and stamped them with the MISTI with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.
After watercoloring the images, I used the coodinating dies to cut the floral groups out. At this time I realised that I had stamped the outlines a bit too close together, not realizing that more flowers were to be stamped in the open spaces. With a touch of fussy cutting on some I was able to save each one and then added the solid flowers with the ink and mist with water tecnique.
To finish the card, I splattered left over watercolors from the session onto an off white panel cut with the Oval Foliage Wreath die. Then heat embossed the OVAL stamp image from the same set with Rose Gold EP. A matte of light pink cardstock for a kiss of soft color was layered underneath.
Then I had the fun task of arranging the watercolored florals onto the panel and attached them with liquid glue and dimension dots. Lastly, the sentiment from Oval Foliage Wreath is stamped with a complimentary ink.
Strictly Die-cutting and true paper crafting is on my final card for today using the Do All Things With Love Die set, and Spring Florals Die for embellishment.
The detailed words from the Do All Things with Love are cut from Glitter paper and inlaid on top of the Outer shadow die cut.
I cut the Spring Florals Die into smaller pieces to peak out from the lovey sentiment.
All are layered onto an A2 size soft pink cardstock, then dry embossed polka-dot on cream, and a strip of lace for a quick and easy card.
Something I have started creating this past year is Stitched Hoop Art using stamped images as a pattern. I call them #Stampstostitches.
As a bonus project for today, I stitched Lost In The City.
To make a Hoop Art #stampstostitches project:
- Place a piece of fabric into a MISTI making sure it is secured with magnets or washi tape.
- Choose a light colored ink for stamping the image.
- Place the fabric in a hoop and stitch away!
- Adding color to the inside of an outline image with colored pencil first is a nice option, and then add a few stiches for quick projects.
Since the Lost In The City stamp is a rectangle, I cut a circle slightly smaller than the 4inch hoop from a piece of paper and placed that over my fabric first befor stamping in oorder for the lower lines of the building to cuve with the hoop.
Stitches used for this hoop:
- Split Stich outline the buildings and gray windows.
- Striaight Stitch, with a single strand of floss, for the blue and white windows.
- French Knots for the ‘flowers’
- Seed Stitch for the ‘greenery’
Creating hoop art projects with #Stampstostitches is the perfect way to stretch your craft supplies for handmade gifts and home décor. Projects can be as simple or complex as you choose. A good stitch can be just as relaxing as coloring too!
I hope you have enjoyed my projects as much as I have enjoyed making and sharing them with you today! Thank you so much Pinkfresh for inviting me to create with your inspiring products!
Hope your day is Blessed!
Thank you for all the amazing projects & inspiration today, LauraJane! We are so honored to have had you on as a guest this month!