Friday, February 28, 2014

Studio Calico Water Cooler Add-On

Hello! I've got a couple more cards with the March Studio Calico kits.  You can see cards that focus on the Office Hours Card kit on this post HERE.  My projects today use more items from the Water Cooler Add-on kit.  My first card is probably my favorite one I made with this months kits.


I love the stamp images in the Water Cooler Add-on kit. I stamped the boat and clouds and paper pieced with the white floral paper. I think this looks adorable on the pink paper, it looks like a sunset sky to me.  


I also love the sentiments in this stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in black so it would stand out against the "pink sky."  I cut the wood grain paper so that the little plus signs perfectly frame the card and I used a big eraser to lightly distress the edges.  


On my second card I used some of the new Color Theory inks in Emerald City and Mint Hint to stamp the flower stems.  I discovered they had a cool effect where the inks overlapped.


I really love this Add-on kit. Snatch it up before they are all gone! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Studio Calico Office Hours Card Kit

It's Reveal time at Studio Calico! I played with the Office Hours card kit and Water Cooler Add-on kit and I think you are all going to just love these kits! Here are a few projects I created with the main card kit Office Hours.


I used the new Mint Hint and Clean Slate inks to stamp my clouds on this card.  It's a pretty simple and straight forward design.  I used dies to cut my shapes and fussy cut the banner from pattern paper from the kit.


I think it's great how the sentiments fit inside the little banner!  I picked out the more coral colored buttons from the kit to match the paper.


On my second card I wanted to use the color scallop paper as my focus.  I stamped and cut out the umbrellas using matching inks.  The handles are stamped directly on the paper and only the canopy portions of the umbrellas are cut out.


I curved the sentiment (the amazingness of clear stamps) to fit around my umbrellas.  I love the little stars included in this kit too.  I'm kind of in love with the idea of it raining stars instead of raindrops. :)


On my third card I actually used my sewing machine finally! First thing I have sewed on it since getting it for Christmas. I sewed the pink ribbon across the tag and then lined up buttons on top of it.  The umbrella on this card is paper pieced from a paper from the Water Cooler Add-on kit.


I'll be back to share some more projects that use the Water Cooler Add-on kit soon!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rustic Shaker Card

Hello! Today I wanted to share a little tutorial on how to create a shaker card. I made this card using some new Studio Calico products and I really like the rustic feel it has.


I picked out the rustic weathered wood paper from the new Wanderlust collection as the basis for my design.  I felt it had some nice subtle colors in it that I could pull from for my other design elements.

First step is to cut down the paper to fit the front of my card. I am making a standard A2 size card so I cut down the wood paper slightly smaller than an A2 size, so that there would be a very slight white border around it once mounted on the card.

Next cut a circle out of the center of the pattern paper panel, this is where the sentiment will be.  I used circle dies but you could trace a circle a cut it out as well.  I also used the same size circle die and one a little bigger to cut out a "frame" from a coordinating pattern paper from the Wanderlust paper pad.

Using the same circles cut a frame out of craft foam.  I used white but you could use any color that matches your project.  One trick to be sure the foam frame matches the paper frame is to tape the circles down with one piece of tape across both of them, this way the dies will keep the same spacing while you cut both materials.  Using the larger of the two circles cut a piece of clear acetate as well.

After adhering the panel to the card base stamp the sentiment inside the opening. I used a sentiment from the Heyday Sentiments set with Versafine ink.

Glue down the foam circle using liquid glue.  I used the Studio Multi Medium in Matte.

Next fill the frame with a variety of sequins in matching colors.  I used sequins from the new Studio Calico Color Theory collection in Coral Bay, Sunny Day, Yes Peas, Mint Hint and Platinum Status.  I varied the sizes and shapes for more interest.

Next I adhered the paper frame to the front of the acetate circle.  Then adhere the acetate to the foam frame sealing in the sequins.

Finally embellish the card.  I used a natural burlap string, wrapped around the card and tied in a bow along with cork heart embellishments and a few more sequins.  I find that sequins are easier to adhere down when I use tweezers.


Nesting steel die shapes make shaker cards easy to create but you can try by cutting out square or rectangular shapes and using foam adhesive tape instead of craft foam.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Studio Calico March Card Kit Sneaks

Hello!  I'm sharing a couple sneaky peeks of my projects using the upcoming Studio Calico March Card Kit.  Reveal night is just around the corner on February 27th, only a few more days!

And also a couple that use the March Add-On kit Water Cooler (which I just love by the way!)

I think this last one is my most favorite.  I can't wait to share all the projects with you!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Color Studio + Mini Book Classes

Happy Sunday to you all.  Just a little reminder that there is only one week left to sign up for Color Studio class at Studio Calico.  I'm really looking forward to this class and hoping to find some awesome new color combos to use in my projects.  Color is one of the best tools to have in your creative tool box!

I'm really looking forward to the planner pages that I've seen in the classroom.  I think planning is a great way to branch out and get the most out of your kits and supplies.

Another class I am looking forward to is the Mini Book series of classes.  The first Mini Book class taught by Nicole Reaves looks super fun.  The fold out mini book she teaches us to create is different and creative.

Come join me in the Studio Calico classroom!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Plaid Pattern Background + Tutorial

Did you see all the new Lawn Fawn goodies are now available at your favorite shops?  Well in addition to those new products Simon Say Stamp also just release some new products for Spring as well.  I got the privilege to play with some including the new Harlequin Stencil which is what I used to create today's card.


And as an added bonus not only did I make this card but I did a video tutorial of how I made it as well! I was due for a video since I haven't made one in months! :)  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Colorful Hello

The new spring release from Simon Say Stamp is today!  I had the privilege to play with some of these new goodies and made some fun things including today's card.


I made this card with the new stamp set Hourglass that also has a coordinating die.  I stamped two of the triangle images from the set in my rainbow of inks and used the dies to cut them out.  After figuring out my placement I trimmed down the images as needed to hide behind the black band.  I cut the sentiment with the new Scripty Hello die from Lawn Fawn a covered it in wink of stella clear glitter then glossy accents. I stamped the asterisk images with soft vanilla shadow ink for a subtle look and added some startdust stickles accents to the background as well.


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