Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spaulding Bowl cards

Hello! So what do you think of the new Studio Calico card kits?  I know I have certainly had fun playing with them. Today I have two cards I made using only the Spaulding Bowl add-on kit.


I finally gave the paper on a angle technique a try on this card.  I really didn't want to add too much on top of the library card paper since it has so much going on.  I white embossed the books on vellum for a more subtle effect overlaying the pattern paper.


I added some glossy accents to the lenses of the glasses and sprinkled around a few of the embellishments that matched the colors in the paper.


For my second card I wanted to use the anchor rub ons so keeping with the nautical theme I cut my paper like waves.  I did sketch them out first to be sure that I had adequate room for my sentiment.


I also inked the edges of each layer with coordinating distress ink colors to make the edges more defined.  I sprayed the kraft card base with white Mister Huey's mist on one side and added some drops of white as well.  I liked the way this softened up the kraft and tied it in with the white of the anchors.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Get Whale Soon

Hello crafters!
Today I have a project using the January Studio Calico card kits.  This project uses the Copper Mountain main card kit as well as items from the Spaulding Bowl add-on kit. The great thing about working with a kit is all the pieces are already gathered together for you to use and be inspired by.  It is also a great creative challenge to think of interesting ways in which to use the items in your kit.


The main kit has thin steel dies that coordinate with the included stamp set, however dies like this can be used by themselves without the stamps.  I used the dies to cut through wool felt in various colors to create the whale and fish.  I also cut white card stock with the dies to back the felt with to stiffen the pieces up.  You can adhere the felt with different adhesives, I used a fabric glue.  Using a piercing tool and thread I added the stitching around the whale.


To create the "seaweed" I used the decorative polka dot tape layered in the background, the green grosgrain ribbon and the gold embroidery floss included in the kits. The woodgrain "sand" and embellishment "bubbles" are also items included in the kits.  You can adhere the "sand" using foam adhesive squares, this leaves space under it for the ribbon and floss.  By limiting yourself to a set group of materials you sometimes find new ways to use them that you may not have considered before.

Although the felt I used was not part of my kit the ideas shown in this card could be accomplished by using the stamps in the kit as well.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Introducing Copper Mountain Card Kit

Finally I can share my first Studio Calico projects with the January Card Kit Copper Mountain which will be available today!  Studio Calico subscribers can start shopping today at noon EST and the kits will be available for purchase for non-subscribers at midnight. I made 7 projects with the Copper Mountain card kit and the Spaulding Bowl add-on kit. But rather than bombard you with all of them at once I'm only going to share a couple today. You can see all my projects in the Studio Calico gallery or on my profile page.



This kit has some thin steel dies that match the stamp set, I used the dies to cut the shapes of the whale and the little splash from the wood grain paper and then I stamped inside the negative of the die cut.  I also really loved the look of the white embossing on the woodgrain.  I popped up the woodgrain panel to add some interest to the negative die cuts.  I also painted the edge of the wood button with white distress paint to tie it with the white embossing on the card.


For my second card today I wanted to paper piece the clouds included in the stamp set but in order to see the paper for the solid cloud I had to get creative.  I inked only the edges of the solid cloud stamp so that only the edges were embossed with white, it give a fun distressed effect and now the blue pattern paper can show through.


I did a little double stamping on the sentiment to create a grey shadow effect and I used masking to vary the raindrop lines so that they were all different.

I'll be back soon to share more projects with this kit.  Be sure to check out the full reveal today at Studio Calico!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Copper Mountain Card Kit Sneak Peeks

So my very first Studio Calico kit finally arrived and I have started to play with all the goodies inside.  Here are a couple sneak peeks of what I have been up to. :)

Also have you seen the 12 days of giveaways Studio Calico is doing up until Christmas, you can check out each day's giveaway on the Studio Calico Blog, a new giveaway is posted each day at Noon EST.

So you all know I am not a scrapbooker but I have decided to maybe give project life a try in the coming year and to help myself along I signed up for the Day by Day class starting in January at Studio Calico. There is still time to enroll and there are a couple promotions you can take advantage up if you sign up before the end of the year. These offers expire on 12/31.

In addition to the Day by Day promotions there are a couple others that are going on but won't last forever. 
  • New Subscriber Promos expire on 12/26!  Sign up for a 6 month subscription and receive a free stamp grab bag, use the promo code that corresponds with the kit you are subscribing to. PLSTAMPGRABCARDSTAMPGRAB or SBSTAMPGRAB
  • Bonus Calico Points to reward members who extend their subscriptions. This offer expires on 12/31, use the promo code that corresponds with the kit you are subscribing to. SBBONUS, CARDBONUS or PLBONUS
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lawn Fawn + Scrapbook Adhesives Week

This week Lawn Fawn is teaming up with Scrapbook Adhesives to create some fun projects. I used a couple different kinds of their foam squares, an adhesive runner and some dodz adhesive dots to create this holiday project!


I used the circles stackables and scalloped circles stackables Lawn Cuts to cut the wreath shape from some Peace Joy Love 12x12 paper. The card base is also layered with paper from the Peace Joy Love collection.  I white embossed the sentiment, holly and tiny hearts on the black paper for a chalkboard effect.  I used elements from Trim a Tree along with the coordinating dies to decorate my wreath.  The decorations are adhered with the thin 3D foam squares which I love!  And I adhered the wreath with the black 3D foam squares to blend in with the black background. The ribbons is from May Arts.

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more projects using Scrapbook Adhesives projects all week long.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

A little bit of news!

Just popping in to share a little news… I can now officially share something new and exciting for me in 2014.  I will be joining the Studio Calico Creative Team!  Hope you all are as excited as me to go along on this crafty journey!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lawn Fawn December Inspiration Week: Love You Tons

Hello! Today I'm back with another post for Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week.  Today we are featuring the sweet little mini set Love you Tons.


I used some valentine paper to compliment these sweet little elephants, the matching dies make them very easy to cut out. :)

Visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see more projects with this sweet little set.


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