Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Bright Ideas at Studio Calico

Do you buy things because you love them then let them sit on your desk unused.  I'm guilty of this and I have a feeling I'm not the only one out there.  Looking forward to the More Bright Ideas class at Studio Calico to jump start the creative juices and use up that neglected product.  Join me and finding some Bright Ideas with Nicole!


Here is the class description from Studio Calico:
It’s easy to sit back and watch your supplies pile up. Finding the inspiration once you commit to using them is harder. In “More Bright Ideas,” resident expert Nicole Samuels will guide you along a four week course designed to jump start your creativity and get the supplies off your desk and into your projects. Eliminate those piles in this virtual crafting retreat full of ideas, inspiration and motivation.
In this workshop, Nicole will guide you through 8 creative challenges designed to make you look at paper and glue in a whole new light. The first challenge will be posted on August 5th, and new lessons will be posted each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month.
Registration for this workshop will close on July 31st at 11:59pm EST.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lawn Fawn Fall & Winter Sneak Week: Spooktacular & Argyle Backdrops





It's time to share the new Fall & Winter Lawn Fawn release.  I'm so excited about this release, but I'm pretty sure I may have said that about the last one too.  :)  Today you can see peeks of a few new stamp sets.  I made this fun Halloween card using the new Spooktacular set as well as the new Argyle Backdrops.

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I colored my images with colored pencils.  I'm not much of a cat person but this one is adorable don't you think?  Check out the other sneak peeks in today's post on the Lawn Fawn Blog.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Workspace at Studio Calico

I have spent my weekend doing a little organizing…I have a ways to go. But even just a little organizing boosts my creativity and makes me feel like my space is being used more wisely.  I am looking forward to the Workspace Class at Studio Calico coming in August for more great ideas on how to organized and make my space more efficient. I hope you will consider joining me!


Class Description from Studio Calico:
Crafting time is precious. Stop wasting it looking for the supplies you need and feeling overwhelmed in your space. This class offers a deep dive into highly effective ways to make your workspace work for you. Marcy Penner and her team will walk you through steps to take your work area from tiring to inspiring. With two lessons a week, Marcy will take you step by step through each area of your space. Follow along each week and transform your space this month.
Workspace is enrolling now through July 31st at 11:59pm EST. The first lesson will be posted on Monday, August 4th, and there will be a new lesson posted each Monday and Thursday in August.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ruff Day?

Hello!
Having a Ruff Day? Well never fear new Simon Says Stamp goodies have just arrived to make things happy! The new release "This is the Life" from Simon Says Stamp just arrived today and I had the privilege of playing with a couple of the new goodies before the release!  I think this little set You are Pawesome is just adorable. So glad I got to color this cute little dog.

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I made the background using the extra large dot stencil with tumbled glass and bundled sage distress inks.  Then I cut out a circle window for my little dog to look through.  I colored the dog with copics and used the matching dies to cut him out.

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I stamped the sentiment on Spearmint Stick colored card stock from Bazzill Card Shoppe and cut the stars using the Mini Stars craft die.  I used Rock Candy colored card stock from Bazzill Card Shoppe for my card base and finished my card off with a little Clear Wink of Stella on my stars.

You can check out the whole "This is the Life" release HERE.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all the USA readers!  This week the Lawn Fawn Design Team has been playing with Xyron adhesives…Thanks Xyron for the sticky goodies!  I made a festive banner to celebrate Independance day here in the States using the Stitched Party BannersLouie's ABCs and Louie's 123s along with the Happy 4th stamp set.

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I cut all my blue banners from Whirlypop card stock and the red circle from Peppermint card stock.  I used the smaller banner from Stitched Party Banners along with the stitched circle.  I cut the letters from some Neenah Solar White card stock.

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I stamped the fireworks and stars from the Happy 4th stamp set in Platinum Planet pigment ink.  For the star I used the Puffy Star Stackables.  I cut the "4" with Louie's 123s and add the "th" in matching ink with Clark's ABCs.  I used May Arts Silver Metallic string for the "sparks" from my rocket.  I just pulled apart the fibers to create this look.

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I used Peppermint Lawn Trimmings to string everything together. I used the Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere all my letters, it easily puts adhesive all over the back with no mess.  I used the Xyron glue stick to adhere the red circles and the white star to the banners and I used the adhesive runner to stick down the rocket.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a happy 4th!




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Studio Calico: More Penny Arcade + Pinball

Hello!

I have a couple more cards to share using the July Studio Calico card kit Penny Arcade and the Add-on Kit Pinball.

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I really love the sentiments in the Pinball stamp set, they are nice and big and bold.  I paired the get well soon sentiment with the solid flower stamp and used the pattern paper from the add-on kit as well.  I think this paper looks like a quilt so it's perfect to pair with a Get Well sentiment.  I used Color Theory inks in Sunny Day, Orange County and Doc Brown for my stamping.

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For the second card I used the outline stamps in the Pinball stamp set to do a little paper piecing.  I like how the stamps in this set allow you to build your own flowers how you want, so I could stamp them to frame my sentiment nicely.

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I had a little stamping "oops" with the pink flower so I used a button to cover it up and salvage my card…mistakes are just opportunities for embellishment right?

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Pattern Paper Basket Weave Card

Hello!
Today I have a little picture tutorial showing how to make a fun basket weave card using pattern papers.

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First step is to pick out the pattern paper you would like to use, I decided to pick papers from the Wanderlust collection from Studio Calico.  I chose 4 papers that were very colorful with smaller or simpler patterns so that they were not too busy when put together. I picked 4 papers to alternate but you could try this technique with more if you wanted.


I cut each of my papers down into 1/2" strips, wider or thinner strips will give you different looks too depending on the look you are going for or the size card you are wanting to make.


Using some post-it note tape I secured the vertical strips to my work surface.  I also used the grid on my cutting mat as a guide to get them nice and straight. You could also use any other low tack tape for this.


Once secured down it is easy to weave the horizontal strips through the vertical ones, once again using the grid on the mat as a guide to keep them straight.  After getting all my pieces where I wanted them I could pull off the post-it note tape from the top and use it across all the pieces in the middle to temporarily hold them together.


I added lots of adhesive to the back of my strips so that all of them would be held down nice and secure to my card base.


I made a standard size A2 card base from matching grey card stock then placed my woven panel on the front a little off center.  Once the strips are secured remove the post-it note tape.


After adhering the panel down trim the ends of the strips off using the edge of the card as a guide.



Using the stitched circle die included in the Stitched Party Banner set from Lawn Fawn I cut a white piece of card stock for my sentiment.  I stamped the Get Well Soon sentiment from the Studio Calico Pinball Add-on kit in Charcoal colored ink so it would match the grey colors in my card.



Using some foam adhesive squares I secured the sentiment to the bottom right corner. I used the foam to give some dimension and pop it up away from the basket weave.  Also positioning it toward the opposite corner balances out the design and doesn't cover up the nice woven paper design.


Finally I embellished with a few buttons in matching colors. I used buttons from the Studio Calico Color Theory Aqua Button Pack along with some May Arts natural burlap twine.  I used glue dots to hold the twine on the back of the button and to adhere the button to the card front.


This idea is a great way to use up some pattern paper scraps you may be holding on to create a nice design.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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