Dreaming of English Gardens - Pinkfresh Studio May Challenge

Welcome back, Friends. I'm so happy to share that we've got a brand new challenge up over at Pinkfresh Studio, and this month the theme is 'Anything Goes'! You can see the challenge photo here, as well as all of the info on how to play along.  Since there are no limitations, this is the perfect time to jump in and play along, if it's something that's been on your mind. 

I've created two cards today, both inspired by my love of English gardens :)
For my first card, I wanted to use the beautiful new Hanging Florals stamp and die sets. I've been itching to color the little little floral up, and since I've been on a coloring pencil kick, I thought it would be fun to try them out here as well. I started off by embossing the image with a Rose Embossing Powder, and then coloring everything in with Prismacolor Premier hues. 

After adhering my floral to the card base, I added a bow at the top to finish it off, since the original image is a hanging floral and I wanted to keep a wreath-like look. I also added a few lilac buttons for a bit of dimension.

In the center of my card, I heat embossed this gorgeous sentiment, designed by the super talented Caly Person. The You've Got This set is full of inspirational and supportive messages, and I love the size of the fonts. Also, did you know that these are inspired by Caly's very own calligraphy art? Every time I use this set, I can feel the love that poured into these words. 

As you can see above, it was slightly challenging to color right up to the embossed design. Even with a super sharp pencil, the embossed lines get in the way of a perfectly clean look. I don't mind how this looks, but I think in the future I would personally stamp the design in a light color first, color it up, and then stamp again to heat-emboss. I've used this extra step in previous cards, and you can see the difference here.  

For my next card, I used the same sentiment set, but decided to use the gorgeous Lacy Floral Border die for my garden-inspired florals. 

I  also used one of the inserts from the Classic Tags with Fillable Elements, to cut out a fun design at the top. This idea was inspired by some of the wrought-iron typically seen in English gardens. I also added some sweet rhinestones, which are a part of the upcoming Pinkfresh Essentials Release!

I used a few different colors of cardstock to cut out the florals and the leaves, and then colored in all the details with my Prismacolor pencils.

It was so much fun bringing an English garden to life. What are you inspired by? 
Come and share it with us in the Pinkfresh May Challenge - there are prizes in store ;) 
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  1. These are so beautiful, Ivana! Fun to see such different looks--both with lots of interest! I hope to play in the challenge, although I'm pretty much limited to making a Christmas card with my PF supplies.

    1. Thank you so much, Greta! They're a little bolder than I usually go for...but I thought why not! You should definitely play along...The theme is anything goes so Christmas is totally on the table!!

  2. These are GORGEOUS!! I LOVE the rich pink you used and the bow on that wreath is STUNNING!!

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Nora! Some of the hues a little more intense than I usually go for, but they were so fun to play with! xoxo

  3. I like the way you've used the florals on both of these Ivana, very pretty!


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