Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio A Case of the Blah's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio A Case of the Blahs Blog Hop!  The Design Team is here to share some inspiration using one of the newest collections from PF Studio.  You should have arrived here from Beata Valint's Blog.  If you're just starting out, make sure you head over to the Pinkfresh Studio Blog for the beginning of the Hop.

As a scrapbooker, I have the tendency to only scrapbook the "pretty" photos from life...but we all know that life isn't always pretty.  A Case of the Blahs offers great products to use for those times in life that may not be unicorns and rainbows.  You still have beautiful products in the collection, but they give you the opportunity to document every facet of life, other than just those happy moments.

When I'm photographing the kids, I never know what kind of photos I'll end up with.  Sometimes they are cooperative and other times we just take what we can get.  HA!  I had an outtake photo from a tree photo shoot of our middle daughter, with her best pouty face and knew the papers and embellishments from A Case of the Blahs would be perfect with it.

I decided to create a vertical design on this layout.  I printed the photo a little larger than I normally do and kept it in Black & White.  I wanted to use a lot of the b&w embellishments from the collection to contrast with the pops of color from the background paper.  And I added in a few colorful embellishments to break up some of the b&w.

Now it's time to continue on the Hop, and you are off to visit Anna Kossakovskaya's Blog.  Here is the full Hop order, if you would like to use it for the rest of the Hop.

Make sure you comment on each Designer's Blog for the chance to win A Case of the Blahs prize pack.  Comments will close on Thursday, February 8th at 11:59CST.  A winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announced on Saturday, February 10th.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining in the Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Blog Hop!  The new PF collections are all amazing and the Design Team will be featuring each collection over the coming weeks!  You should have arrived here from Anna Kossakovskaya's Blog.  If you're just now joining the Hop, you can go to the Pinkfresh Studio Blog to start from the beginning.

I created two layouts using the Let Your Heart Decide collection.  I had a hard time deciding what products to work with from the collection, because it's all so beautiful!


You can find more inspiration using the collection, by visiting all of the DT Blogs.  Next up is Beata Valint.  In case you need it, here's a full list of the Hop order.

Don't forget about our GIVEAWAY!  You can win a Let Your Heart Decide prize package by leaving a comment on each Design Team member's Blog.  Comments will close at 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, February 1st, 2018.

A random winner will be announced Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio Playing Favorites Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Playing Favorites Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the talented Bea Valint's BlogThe Design Team has some fun inspiration for you, as we all share our favorite things!  I decided to focus on two favorite things...the Dream On collection from Pinkfresh Studio and Disney World (our favorite vacation spot)!  

The Dream On collection is great for everyday layouts!  I love all of the bright, happy colors, and they were a perfect match for our photo with Mickey and Minnie!  Since the collection itself, didn't I have a Disney theme, I decided to create my own Disney look with a large stitched Mickey outline shape.  I used Black embroidery floss for my stitching, so the image would stand out from the background paper.

Once I was finished with the stitching, I placed my photo in the center of the Mickey shape.  Then I started filling in all of the inside space with embellishments from the collection.  I mixed the ephemera pieces, leatherette pieces, chipboard pieces and puffy stickers, to create a lot of dimension and texture on the layout.

I hoped you enjoyed visiting my Blog along the way, and that you've found some new inspiration for using your favorite Pinkfresh Studio products!

To be eligible for one of 4 Gift Certificates, you must visit and comment at each Blog on the Hop.   Comments will close at 11:59PM CST on Friday, January 5th, 2018.  Random winners will be announced Monday, January 8th, 2018.

It's time to continue along the Hop, and up next you're heading to the talented Anna Kossakovskaya's Blog.  In case you get lost along the way, or you're just getting started at my Blog, here's the full Hop order to follow.

ASHLEY HORTON <----------------> You Are Here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Crate Paper | Yum

Having hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up on a cold night!  We don't get many of those this far south, so we have to take advantage of the opportunities when the cold weather makes it down to us.  Thankfully, we had a cold night in November and we all had a cup of hot chocolate.  Since it was a pretty cute cup of hot chocolate, I snapped a photo and documented it with the fun FaLaLa collection from Crate Paper!

I wanted to create a banner look, so I cut the FaLaLa words from the Festive paper and arranged them on the background paper at an angle.  Once I had them in place, I machine stitched through each one to add some texture.  I loved the FaLaLa banner in the Chipboard Stickers, so I placed it in the center of the page, next to the photo.

The Snowflakes embellishments are one of my favorite things from this collection!  Sadly, I've already used them all up!  HA!  I placed one at the end of the FaLaLa paper strips, on the left and right side, to anchor the look of the banner.  I also used two of the snowflakes from the Chipboard Stickers to add at the end of the other two paper strips.  I wanted less dimension on the Chipboard Sticker snowflakes, so I peeled away several layers of chipboard on the back side, to make the embellishment sit flatter on the layout.

I finished the layout with the title, "YUM", using the Joy Thickers.  Then I added several pieces from the Ephemera Pieces, Stickers and a few more Chipboard Stickers.  

You can find the FaLaLa collection in some of your favorite online shops!  It's perfect for documenting all of your upcoming holiday photos!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio December Days Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio December Days Blog Hop!!  You should have arrived here from the talented, Anna Kossakovskaya's Blog.  Make sure you visit all of the Blogs along the Hop to check out amazing inspiration from the Design Team and for the chance to win a great prize pack from Pinkfresh Studio!

The Design Team will be showcasing the gorgeous December Days collection, along the Hop!  We recently had SNOW in southern Alabama...yes, real live snow!  I couldn't wait to document one of the photos, and I knew the December Days collection would work great with it!

The Christmas Magic patterned paper is great for giving you a head start on your layout!  I love that it already has the "Christmas Magic" sentiment and cute ornament printed on the paper.  I placed my photo near the ornament and under the words, which helped me with the placement of all of the other elements on the layout.

I kept everything else on the layout in a diagonal design.  Since I love to use cut files on my layouts, I cut some snowflakes to embellish the layout.  I used one of the papers from the 6x6 paper pad for the larger snowflake and some White card stock for the smaller ones.  I layered the large snowflake under my photo and scattered the smaller ones throughout the rest of the design.

I combined the Chipboard Alpha Stickers, Foiled Woodgrain Sticker and a die cut word for the title.  I love to mix different alphas and textures to add interest to my titles.  I finished the layout with a few ephemera pieces, wood buttons and puffy stickers!

To be entered in the GIVEAWAY, you MUST leave a comment on each Blog participating in the Hop.  One random winner will be selected from the comments left on the Blogs.   Comments will close at 11.59PM CST, on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Winner Announcement : Saturday, December 23, 2017

Now, it's time to continue along on the Hop!  You are off to visit the talented Beata Valint's Blog!  Just in case you need it, here's the full Hop order list to follow, if this is your first stop.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Crate Paper | Good Vibes

Happy Monday!  It's always good to start off the week, with a fun new collection from Crate Paper!  The Good Vibes collection has some awesome patterned papers and embellishments and I used them to create a cute, girly layout with a photo of our daughters from a recent trip to Disney World.

The patterned paper that I chose for my background, did most of the work for me on this layout.  It already has a mixed media kind of look, and I loved the mix of colors too.  You could turn this paper in any direction and it would still look awesome!

The rest of the layout was really easy to put together.  I wanted it to have a free-form kind of design.  I decided where I wanted the photo and then went with the rest of the design from there.  The large ampersand from the Ephemera Pieces adds a great contrast and texture, being placed near the photo.  And I used it to complete the title of the layout.

I completed the look of the layout, by alternating different types of embellishments from the collection, such as ephemera, chipboard, and stickers.  I also placed pop dots behind some of the embellishments to add dimension. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out the Good Vibes collection, now's a great time...and just in time to put it on this year's Christmas wish list!! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Welcome to the Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop!  I am excited to join in with fellow Scrapbookers and bring you inspiration using the new "Our Family" Scrapbook collection.  You should have arrived here from the talented Erum Tasneem's Blog.  If you're just now joining in the Hop, you can also visit the Altenew Scrapbook Blog or Card Blog to get started.

I loved working with the new "Our Family" Scrapbook collection.  There are so many fun, bright colors and lots of embellishments to work with.  I used the collection to create a layout with a photo of our oldest daughter, from a recent weekend trip.

I loved the color and diagonal stripe on this patterned paper, so I knew it was perfect for my background paper.  It's always fun to follow a diagonal design, and I love the way it turned out on this layout.  I mixed some of the wood pieces, chipboard pieces, die cuts, enamel dots and stickers to complete my layout.  I love to mix a bit of everything!!

You can find the NEW releases HERE.

Our Family Scrapbook Collection
  • Description:
This scrapbook collection is right on trend with fresh colors, watercolored elements, geometric designs, and florals (of course!).  The papers and embellishments have been designed to help you document your precious family memories, but are versatile enough to use on any layout, journal, or card project. 
The kit contains: 
  • 18 sheets of premium 12x12 double-sided patterned papers (36 designs)

  • One 3"x4" photopolymer stamp set
  • 12 3"x4" watercolor journaling cards
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 20 cardstock stickers
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 15 cardstock die cuts
  • One 8.5"x11" sheet of 16 chipboard stickers
  • Two 6"x12" sheets of chipboard alphabet stickers
  • One 5"x6" sheet of 17 adhesive wood veneers
  • One 4"x6" sheet of adhesive enamel dots
  • One metal die (approx. 3.5"x4.5")
  • One roll of washi tape (15mm x 10m)

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, November 2nd for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, November 4th.

Now you are off to visit the talented Debby Hughes Blog. And just in case you get lost along the way, or need to start from the beginning of the Hop, here's the full Blog Hop order.