It's always fun to pour over a brand new paper collection, and Simple & Sweet from Pinkfresh Studio is no exception. This one was so inspiring that I ended up making 4 cards with it in one sitting, and I'm sharing them all with you today!
I normally go for a more minimalist look, which you'll notice as I go through each card. However, on the first one I made, once I got going, I just went wild and piled on all the elements!
There's a stitched frame, loads of die cuts, a chipboard 'XOXO', lots of enamel dots, and as a final touch, a tassel bow from The Mix, No. 2. The result is fun and colorful, playing on all the different round pieces to create a cascade of layers. I'm not even sure when the last time was that I created something with this many pieces to it, but that's part of the beauty in papercrafting--allowing yourself to experiment and try new styles.
I suppose I didn't want to press my luck so the other cards I made weren't quite as busy as that first one. I was back to my old ways on the second card I made--minimal, with no shortage of white space. But on this card, all that white allows the yellow frame to shine and be seen!
I paired it with a die cut vase of flowers, and the 'completely charming' puffy sticker. A single doily adds texture while wisps of metallic gold thread bring out the gold lines of the lemon wedge in the corner of the frame.
My third card is somewhat minimal, but this, too, is somewhat of a departure for me. I thought I'd take a risk by stamping some peach flowers underneath the bike and the 'simple & sweet' puffy sticker. A big part of me wanted to leave the card clean and white, with just the bicycle die cut and the sentiments, but a bigger part of me wanted to challenge myself. (I THINK I'm pleased with the results...)
This is definitely a different look than most of my other projects, but I'm glad I pushed myself to add a little more. The stamps used, both floral and 'Birthday Wishes', are in the Sweet Treats set, which is one of my most favorite Pinkfresh sets!
The last card I made is very minimal, even for me, but it's actually my most favorite out of today's bunch. The blues with the gold and hints of peach are gorgeous and so elegant. Where the other 3 cards are sweet and even slightly whimsical, this one is pure sophistication!
Using golden puffy accent sticker frame labels, I created the backdrop to my element cluster, which consists of a boldly hued blue and gold fabric die cut--that blue is so rich!--a leafy puffy sticker and a similarly designed floral die cut with foiled leaves. An epoxy badge that says 'oh, darling!' and a navy tassel bow complete the look. It's such a simple design, but if you choose the right elements, that's really all you need.
I took some risks and challenged myself today, which is always a good thing to do, especially when you make a lot of projects, as I have been lately. It's good to push yourself out of your comfort zone--you never know what's going to happen until you try. So go out and give yourself a little push this week; I'll just bet you'll be glad you did!