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Picket Fence Studios First Birthday Party

Welcome everyone! Today is super exciting because I’m guesting with Picket Fence Studios to celebrate their First Birthday! Congrats to Picket Fence Studios. Not only do they have fun images and crazy awesome sentiments but they have taken my ink blending to a whole new level with their Life Changing Blender Brushes.


They have generously sponsored a $100 gift certificate to one lucky person. Wow!!! All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post by Friday, May 24, 2019 by midnight central time. I will pick one lucky winner and announce on my blog Saturday, May 25. I highly suggest signing up for my blog updates to be emailed to you so you can follow along and not miss it if you are the winner! You can sign up for updates by scrolling to the bottom of my blog and there will be a button you can click to sign up. You will have 3 days to claim your prize or I will pick a new winner.

ALSO, they are providing a discount code for your shopping on the Picket Fence Studios website. Be sure to enter the code PFS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order. Discount code good for 30 days.

Now how about some inspiration? I’m kicking it off with this little sweetheart from the So Proud of You stamp set. I stamped the image in copic friendly ink and colored with copics markers. My color combination is E04, E11, E21, E01 for the skin, YG67,YG17, YG03, YG21 for the green and V17, V15, and V12 for the purples.

For my background, I ink smooshed Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender Distress Oxide Inks onto Canson Watercolor card stock. I trimmed this panel down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and added to a white card panel with foam tape. I attached my panel to a card base made from Lovely Lavender which tied in nicely with my purples.

Alrighty, my next card may be my favorite and I owe it all to my husband and my early 20’s. Keep reading – I’ll tell ya about it in a sec.

I started my card by masking off the bottom portion of my Bristol Smooth card stock with post it tape. Then I ink blended Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink with the amazing Life Changing Blender Brushes. I flicked with water and once dry, I removed the post it tape.

I lined up these fun silhouettes from the My Man My Friend set across the ink blended area using my Misti and stamped with Versafine Black ink. Picket Fence Studios is really good for having these fun, snarky sentiments. There are quite a few on this stamp set so be sure to visit the store and check it out. This brother sentiment cracked me up so I stamped it under my blending using Versafine ink.

Now, I showed my hubby my card (which I always do when I finish a card). His first response was, “who’s that? Backstreet Boys?”. OMG. I see it! I totally see it now! I didn’t even think of that when I stamped it but now that he said that, I am totally seeing the Boy Bands in this card and you know what? I love it! Yes, I loved my boy bands.

Did you like the “boy band era” ? Who was your favorite? Let me know in the comments – I’m totally curious. I was a huge Backstreet Boys and NSYNC fan. (secretly I still am. I pull it up on Pandora sometimes when I’m working)

My brothers are quite a bit older then me so they won’t get the whole “boy band era” but come on – totally cool right?!

Anywho, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and maybe have some boy bands songs stuck in your head now.

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the amazing GIVEAWAY! Happy First Birthday Picket Fence Studios! Thank you!

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  1. Monica K says:

    Oh my.. I loved both cards.. so cute.. I love the brother card.. And yes I was and still am a
    Backstreet Boys fan..

    1. Monica you are the lucky winner of the $100 gift certificate for Picket Fence Studio! Please send me an email to get your code. you can email me at

  2. Kathy Dippner says:

    Awesome cards. I’m really liking silhouettes right now. Didn’t listen to many of the boy bands but I do like The Back Street Boys.

  3. That first card is so adorable! 🙂

  4. Such a cute card (first one)! And the second is really cool and perfect for a brother … I always struggle with male cards, great inspiration! 😀

  5. Sharon Gullikson says:

    She is SO CUTE!!!!! I love her shy look.

  6. Your cards are wonderful! I love how you colored the cute little girl and you ink blending looks awesome. 🙂

  7. Dhivya says:

    Awww loved your both cards! She is too cute. Thanks for the chance to win


    Beautiful purple background and love that sentiment “world;s okayest brother” haha Great cards TFS <3
    Happy birthday PFS!!

    1. Jean Ann Moale says:

      Neat, eye-catching card; really pops! Thx for the opportunity for this contest. Would love to try the brushes.

  9. Amy Martin says:

    Love both your cards!! The first one is so cute!!

  10. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    great cards! luv the little cutie and the background!!

  11. Betsy says:

    My boy band is from long, long ago – you ready? Hey Hey we’re the Monkees…..

  12. MandaLJ says:

    Oh, your first card is so cute – I love the colours. I’m totally with your husband – when I saw the second card with the beautiful background I thought “boy band!”. Excellent sentiment too!

  13. Oh my gosh…your husband’s comment about your card and the Backstreet Boys has me in stitches! That’s just what I thought too, when I saw it. LOVE your cards..Backstreet Boys or not..haha!
    P/S: My birthday is the 24th, so I wouldn’t mind at all winning the GC for my birthday present..just saying…

  14. Jane Booth says:

    Really love your “Okayest brother” card! You did an awesome job!

  15. Oh Mindy! You are taking me back! The Boy Band era was a fun time…I think there have been some comebacks.🤷‍♀️ Both of your cards are great. I certainly love seeing what the life changing brushes can do. TY!👏🏻

  16. Becca Yahrling says:

    Your coloring is so beautiful!! Love your ink blending, too. 🙂
    Your cards are both awesome. The first card .. she is a cutie

  17. Kailash says:

    Such gorgeous card designs, love them!

  18. Patt H. says:

    I love both cards, especially the My Man card! I have 4 brothers so a perfect set! I’m way too old for Backstreet Boys as The Beatles would be more my era!😊 Or maybe the Beach Boys??

  19. Dee Earnshaw says:

    gorgeous cards, (esp the second card)as usual, Mindy – so creative and inspiring!
    LOVE the backstreet boys (old men now lol):)

  20. Shel H. says:

    Both cards are so sweet, love the sentiments. I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s but was not a big fan of boy bands.

  21. Wilkeata Brown says:

    I’m with you, I totally missed the boy band theme at first but its an awesome card. Boy bands will never get old! My favorite is the blending but looks like I’m gonna have to learn how to do some smooshing too! Looks great!

  22. Marisela Delgado says:

    such a cute card

  23. Miriam Prantner says:

    Love the pose of the girl in the first card and loving the inking and sentiment on the second!

  24. Wendy Lambert says:

    Now I wish I had a brother to give this It’s so funny. I grew up in the 80s so I was more of a Duran Duran fan..but I did love me some New Kids on the Block. That first card is too adorable..she’s so sweet. I love the watercolor background.

  25. TracyM #6773 says:

    SUPER CUTE and SUPER COOL cards!
    LOVE your smooshing, ADORE your blending, it’s so SMOOTH and the colours work perfectly for the silhouette – WOW!
    THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING 🙂
    PS – no and yes to the boy bands … no to the early days and yes to now

  26. Sweet and awesome cards! Love the colors!

  27. Carla Hundley says:

    Your first card is
    so sweet! And the
    boy band card looks
    cool. I liked the Boyz
    To Men group.
    Carla from Utah

  28. SWOON!! Such AMAZING Inspiration!! LOVE your Creations!! Just BEAUTIFUL and MASCULINE!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

  29. Leanne S says:

    The first card is adorable & the second cool.

  30. Lisa Norstrom says:

    Lol – hahaha – my son used to love those bands – he even had a video of how to dance like them!!! (If I am honest I was probably in the other room dancing along)!!
    I always show my husband my cards – he always wants to see the inside and the back also and he gives me advice if something just doesn’t look right. Anyway – I love your cards and the oxide colors you chose on both examples!! Love these stamps – it seems that I am liking every one I that I see!! Thanks for a chance to win such a generous prize!!!

  31. world’s most okayest brother is hysterical and the blending is just gorgeous!

  32. lee says:

    Wonderful cards! I love the okayest brother one!!

  33. Valerija says:

    Wonderful cards. Love them both.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Valerija xx

  34. Jennifer Petersen says:

    Great cards! I too was (am) a Backstreet Boys & NSYNC listener. So fun!

  35. The girl with the crazy hair is so cute and I love your silhouette men card. So cool. Hugz

  36. Oh my goodness, what fabulous cards! Perfectly adorable and super cool designs.

  37. Two fabulous cards! The first one made me smile, it’s so totally adorable! And the second one is a great one for a male occasion, and yes for BSB! 😉

  38. Vicki Kroll says:

    Love the Brother card and mine would laugh at being “okayest” How fun! The second card is adorable.

  39. Karen Letchworth says:

    This is darling! I just ADORE Picket Fence stamps.
    Karen Letchworth

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