Pinkfresh Studios May Essentials Release

Hi everyone! Welcome to your next stop on Pinkfresh Studio’s May Essentials Release blog hop! This release has got some charming new detailed dies (I love the blanket stitched!), more scalloped border shaped dies, slimline and mini-slimline card and envelope dies… Essentials that will give you more options to help you get started with your next card.

My first card uses the new Blanket Stitched Oval die set. So sweet! I started with some fog gray paper and splattered pink onto it. Then I used the large oval die first, this is a two-die set, and decided to recess it by popping up the framing rectangle with foam tape. I used the second smaller oval die with white cardstock and glued it to the back of a Floral Harmony die cut (they fit perfectly together) I shaded the die cut mostly with Pinkfresh’s Sparkling Rose and just a little bit of their Bubble Gum ink.

When I ink up something that has already been die cut, the brush will catch on all of the rounded edges and darken them slightly more than the rest of the image. I helped it along a bit by using some Raspberry Bliss on the back of the die cut piece too. It had a very subtle affect, I know. What can I say, this is my process.

I used the Leafy Branch die on more white card stock and adhered the branches to the underside of the large oval opening. I grabbed some colored paper from my stash and die cut some tiny turquoise flowers using the Garden Wreath die set (I don’t think I’ve made a card yet since it’s release, that didn’t involve the Garden Wreath die set!) Artistic Bows die set was used to top the oval and provide something for the tag to hang from. “Thanks” was die cut out using Mini Tags with Fillable Words. I pulled a sentiment from the Reason to Smile Wreath stamp set to stamp “just wanted to say” onto vellum and I wrapped the ends of the strip around the top panel piece.

Some sparkling Pinkfresh Jewels went down last and I was done. Oh! I did use some more pink, Sparkling Rose I think, around the edges of the rectangle. I wasn’t loving the look of the gray against the white card base, for some reason it looked boring to me. That pink along the edge made for a pretty, glowy border. Then I was done.

With my next two cards I used the new Mini Slimline Essential Bundle die set.

I used the previously released Reset stamp set to stamp the flowers onto a light pink cardstock and colored them in with pencils. I used the mini slimline stitched die, that is a part of the bundle, to cut out a couple of panels. A white border framed the top panel and the white card base framed the bottom piece. I used the Garden Wreath die set with silver mirror cardstock to fill in the spaces between blooms. A paint brush handle rolled back and forth along the tiny silver branches, while laying on top of a sheet of fun foam, gave them a dimensional curl. It’s likely they would get pressed down if placed in an envelope and mailed but I don’t think that it would ruin the card.

The sentiment, Love You the Most, was die cut out from white cardstock and dark pink paper.

I kept my next mini slimline card fairly simple, but no less charming by using ephemera and patterned paper from Pinkfresh’s Keeping it Real collection. I used patterned paper from the same collection to make the envelope too.

The smaller of the two Blanket Stitched Oval dies was used in the middle of the yellow panel as a window for a shaker. I used a die from the Fancy Label Frames set to stamp the sentiment on. I thought it might be fun to use a Fancy Label Frame with some masking paper, place the mask on the front of a handmade envelope then stamp or ink it up however you like and still have a defined space to add an address.

The, “thanks for everything” sentiment came from the Seamless Starburst Circles stamp set. The top panel was popped up with foam tape and the card was finished off with some yellow jewels placed around the oval.

Thank you so much for coming by, I hope that some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today!

The very talented Angela Simpson was just ahead of me in the hop line-up and the lovely Carissa Wiley is next! And to start at the beginning, HERE is a link to the Pinkfresh blog.


-Pinkfresh will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel.

-They will also be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. The winners will be picked from the comments and posted on May 31 , 2021 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.

This Post Has 176 Comments

  1. Donna de Gale-Kalloo

    Such pretty cards!

  2. Nancy Roth

    Beautiful! Love the dimension on them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Judy

    Love how you incorporated each item in your cards for a very unique look.

    1. Anne

      Oh cool! Thanks so much Judy!

  4. Michele F

    Anne you have a wonderful way with florals, and colors – and all the newest essentials in today’s cards! So beautiful!
    I’m especially loving those blanket-stitched ovals!

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Michele!!

  5. Ingrid Aries

    Your cards are stunning! I love all the layers!

    1. Anne

      So kind, thank you!

  6. Janet

    Such fun spring colors!

  7. Melissa Baskin

    Beautiful cards, I love them all, you can never go wrong with Pinkfresh

    1. Anne

      Oh, I agree! I love Pinkfresh designs too. Thank you Melissa!!

  8. Pennie

    Awesome cards!

  9. Pat Bethke

    Absolutely beautiful cards. I’m really liking the mini slimline essentials and envelope dies. Thank you for sharing your cards.

    1. Anne

      Thanks so much Pat!

  10. Maureen Reiss

    I love your Beautiful cards!!!!

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Maureen!

  11. Lisa Kinnear

    Wow. Always love your creations and these are just so beautiful.

    1. Anne

      Oh, that’s so kind of you, thanks Lisa!!

  12. barbara lassiter

    Love them all but especially the mini slimline cards, my favorite size at the moment! Lol!

    1. Anne

      Thanks for coming by Barbara!

  13. Sherry Miller

    Love your cards! Can’t wait to get the mini slimline bundle so I can make one too!

    1. Anne

      Wonderful! I can’t wait to see them. Thank you Sherry!

  14. Doreen

    Very pretty, so much inspiration you have shared.

  15. Lori Spitzer

    Hi, Anne – Your work is always beautiful. I love this card – there is a lot going on but even more once a person really starts to look at details. You explain things well, too! Would love to see a video from you at some point!
    TFS –
    Lori S in PA

    1. Anne

      Hi Lori! You are so kind, thank you!! p.s. I always look forward to seeing you join Heather and Lea’s lives, you make me laugh! …in a good way.

  16. Mary Kay ross

    Beautiful cards! I love this new release.

    1. Anne

      Thanks so much Mary Kay!

  17. Dianna L Jacobs

    Wow! So pretty.

  18. Dorothy Ayotte

    So fun and beautiful! Your colors are so delightful and warm. I love all the layers, the variety of die cuts. I especially like the floral card where you added the silver die cut leaves. Such a fun, happy card.

    1. Anne

      Oh, that’s wonderful! Thank you Dorothy!

  19. Amy Moore

    Great cards…love the soft colors.

  20. Sherry Jones

    Gorgeous! Also , the release is full of lots of goodies, I would love to win. Thanks for sharing. Sherry

    1. Anne

      Thank you Sherry! Good luck to you!

  21. Anneleise Hampson

    Such lovely cards. How beautiful those little jewels are!

  22. Lara Read

    incredible cards! so fun to look at thank you for sharing

      1. Traci Lord

        So Beautiful & Fun! Love the Spring Colors! ❤?

  23. Barbara

    Lovely cards, great sentiment on the vellum.

    1. Anne

      Hi Barbara! Thank you!

  24. Melissa Leftrick

    I love these all! So pretty! “I love you the most” is my favorite since my mom and I used to say this to each other all the time! I just miss her so much!!

    1. Anne

      Oh, I’m sorry Melissa. The love is still there between you. Thank you so much for coming by.

  25. Roxanne Tellini

    Your colors on all three cards are lovely. I like the pink splatter, the “glow” effect on the blue ribbon and the pink oval and how the little blue flowers tie in the bow. I like the soft pink of your cardstock and the hot pink of the sentiment and how the silver branches contrast it. I like the iridescent shaker bits and the bright yellow gemstones. These are all so fun. WTG

    1. Anne

      Honey, you noticed ALL of the little details and I appreciate it so much. Thank you Roxanne!

  26. Avra Williams

    Very pretty!

  27. Fran

    Just beautiful

  28. Susan Babcock

    Very pretty work! This Pinkfresh release is great, love the mini slimline size.

  29. Catelijne

    What a way to say thanks.. with a shaker, but especially with that haging tag ! ♥

  30. Dawn Tooley

    Although all three cards are beautiful I think the Love you the most card is my favorite! I love your beautifully colored flowers and would have never thought to add the additional leaves in silver mirror cardstock. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Anne

      Thanks so much Dawn!


    Such pretty designs and I love the gorgeous
    pattern paper from Keeping It Real.

    1. Anne

      Pinkfresh has gorgeous paper collections! Thanks for coming by Becca!

  32. Meghan Kennihan

    Beautiful pastels, layers and diecut work!

  33. Gail Spresser

    Pretty and colorful cards. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Anne

      Wonderful! Thanks Gail!

  34. Laurie

    Anne, I especially like the 2nd card for its old fashioned charm. And softness. Very nice.

    1. Anne

      Oh cool, thank you Laurie!

  35. Donna Walls

    3 absolutely gorgeous cards! Love the color combos you’ve chosen.

  36. Jessica Yoder-Jones

    Beautiful cards and envelope!!! Can’t wait for the new release!!

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much!!

  37. Marisela Delgado

    So beautiful!

    1. Anne

      Hi Marisela! Thanks for coming by!

  38. Anna M

    Love all the cards. The color palette & the flowers. Just so lovely.

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Anna!

  39. Cheriese H

    fab cards – love love love using ephemera on cards!!

    1. Anne

      Oh, thanks Cheriese!!

  40. Denise Bryant

    Beautiful layering, colors and textures! I love these gorgeous cards!

  41. Patricia Wilson

    WOW, you sure made many cards. Loved your colored pencil card and the colors used. So pretty. These new products certainly make beautiful cards. I want all these new products.

    1. Anne

      Ha! Maybe I went a little overboard. I still didn’t get to use everything. Thank you SO much Patricia!

  42. Missy Verhey

    You were busy with this release. The 1st card is my favorite, but all of them are stunning.

    1. Anne

      Hi Missy! Thank you!!

  43. Denise J

    Thanks for sharing!

  44. Becky Reames

    Wow! So pretty and the coloring you did with the pencils is amazing.

    1. Anne

      Oh, thank you Becky! You’re very kind.

  45. Mary Holshouser

    Love the use of frames on the cards.
    The first is so pretty with the vines,
    The pink slimline is beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

    1. Anne

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you like them!

  46. Beth Caruso

    Love how you used the essentials to make your cards come to life. In the second card adding the white layer of dimension makes all the difference. Love it!!!

  47. Maggie Arambarry


  48. Cyndi Morris

    Beautiful cards. Great use of the fantastic dies in this terrific release.

  49. Anny Hale

    Really enjoyed looking at your very pretty cards. Especially the yellow one with the jewels!

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Anny! I’m glad you came by.

  50. Kathy T.

    The Thanks for Everything card really stands out to me.

    1. Anne

      Oh, cool! I know she’s not flashy, but I like the yellow one too.

  51. Bella

    I love the spring colors, 3D dimension, and use of the new releases.

  52. Anne Sturgeon

    From another Anne with an e…. love the softness of your color palettes. The crimped ovals are awesome and it looked so good stack. Nicely done!

    1. Anne

      Hi Anne with an e! You’re so kind, thank you!

  53. Teresa Hall

    Very unique. I love the colors!

    1. Anne

      Thanks for coming by Teresa!

  54. Manny L

    the dimension on the first card is so fun!! Love the florals, esp when you see it on the inside of the envelope. Super cute!

  55. Marie Hansen

    Love the look of these.

  56. Sharon Gullikson

    The splatters add cool interest. Nice idea.

    1. Anne

      Thanks for coming by Sharon!

  57. Jeannie F

    Wow, your cards have so many lovely details! Beautiful!

    1. Anne

      Hi Jeannie! Thanks so much!

  58. Nandini Karmarkar

    Beautiful cards! The first one is my favorite. I love the gorgeous color combo!

    1. Anne

      Thank you Nandini!!

  59. Jeanne Beam

    Such beautiful cards! Love the colors…
    Thanks for sharing

  60. Anushree Vaish

    Gorgeous !! Thanks for inspiring !!

    1. Anne

      Thank you Anushree!

  61. Lauryne Cunningham

    Gorgeous designs! I love the yellow panel on the slimline!

    1. Anne

      Wonderful! Thanks Lauryne!

  62. Holly L.

    Beautiful designs!! Love the slimline look.

    1. Anne

      Thanks so much for coming by Holly!

  63. Lyn Huecker

    As always, your cards are beautiful. I really love the first Thanks card–so much detail and everything just goes together. This is a fantastic release. Everything is a home run.

    1. Anne

      Oh that’s great to hear. Thanks so much Lyn!!

  64. Valerija

    Beautiful cards, I love your design and the gorgeous colours.

  65. Karen B Walker

    Love the layering and colors you’ve chosen; a great collection of cards!

    1. Anne

      Hi Karen! Thank you!

  66. Amy Cooley

    Your cards are so inspiring! These florals are just gorgeous and I love all the new dies.

  67. Melissa

    Your cards are beautiful! Your coloring, colors, and design are so creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Anne

      So kind, thank you Melissa!

  68. Sue Godin

    Lovely! Thank you❤️

  69. Debby Hildebrant

    Pretty cards from this release. Summer sweetness!
    The use of color is wonderful. I love the muslin-like background color on the first card.what paper is that. Great inspiration

    1. Anne

      I used Simon Says’ Smoke gray paper for the Thanks card. It ended up having a really warm gray tone to it. I’m looking for a lighter cool gray cardstock myself, so if anyone knows… ? Thanks so much for coming by Debby!

  70. Debby Hildebrant

    Great use of colors and dies for a really summer feel. Love the muslin color background on the first card.

  71. Jackie S

    All I can say is WOW! These are all so gorgeous.

  72. Beverly Perdue

    Thanks for sharing the details on your beautiful cards. I love how you used the oval dies and the inking on the first card. The mini slim card with the flowers on the pink paper is stunning! Love the colors! Your shaker card is so cool using the ephemera.

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Beverly!!

  73. Andre M.

    Your first card is full of gorgeous eye candy, so many elements working together beautifully! Sweet colouring of the florals for your second card, love the layering on all your designs.

    1. Anne

      Oh, thank you so much Andre!!

  74. Sue D

    these are all so pretty!

  75. Patricia Coleman

    Beautiful cards as always!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

    1. Anne

      Oh that’s so kind of you, thank yo Patricia!

  76. Luanne Ford

    These are lovely! Great new products from Pinkfresh!

    1. Anne

      Yay! Thanks so much for coming by!

  77. Anja curvers

    Ooohhh you really rocked this new release with those pretty cards love them all. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much Jenny!

  78. Gail Davidson

    Gorgeous cards Anne. I especially like the love you more card – very charming. xo

    1. Anne

      Oh wonderful, thanks Gail!!

  79. Lisascreativeniche

    These just scream spring! Love that fun mix of blue and pink on your first card!

    1. Anne

      Hi Lisa! Thank you!

  80. Lorie c

    Love all the cards and the sherbert soft colors…my favorite is the mini slim line with the shadow stamping. A perfect background for a slim,line card

  81. berryblue

    I LOVE that “love you the most” card! Your pencil coloring on the pink background is gorgeous! And the silver leaf dies are the perfect touch! Love everything about this one!

    1. Anne

      That’s so kind of you to say. Thank you!!

  82. tina z

    wow, everything is so beautiful!

  83. Tiffany P

    I always appreciate your cards and creativity. Thanks for sharing!

  84. Scraporcraft

    Great project shares. I like the windows created.

  85. Beverly Jordan

    3 Gorgeous cards with layers and layers of beauty! Love these new Pinkfresh Studio dies!! Am really wanting the new mini slimline dies and your cards are great using that set!! Your first card and layers is simply gorgeous too! Now I have to add that Garden Wreath set on my want set too!! Loving this blog hop for all my shopping!

    1. Anne

      Wow, that’s wonderful! Thank you so much Beverly and good luck!!

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