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Nov 26, 2014

Take a Peek at Studio Calico's December Kits!

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day filled with family, food, a thankful heart... and the reveal of Studio Calico's December Kit {Park Ave.}!  Take a peek at what's in store.  I think you're going to love what you see.  :)
As you can see in the picture above, the Park Ave. card kit comes with a lot of non-holiday products as well as some really fun holiday masking tape.  I wanted to challenge myself to use some of the non-holiday products to make Christmas cards (two down, 5 million to go...) and I loved how they turned out!

 I liked the taxi wood veneer in the kit, but I like it even more after it was altered.  I chopped off the taxi sign, colored the car red, added some enamel dots, & created a dimensional Christmas tree for the top out of cardstock.
 These buildings got all dressed up for the season.  I made some trees from patterned paper that I stamped.
 Studio Calico is introducing an amazing artist this month.  Lizzie Mackay makes the most adorable images & I had so much fun with her stamps.
 I've been sewing like crazy here at home & wanted to bring some of that to my projects this month.  I love how this stitched balloon turned out.  (Is it ok for me to say that I love my own work?  Because I do.) ;) 

I am also kind of addicted to fabric right now, especially plaid.  This bowtie below was so simple to make, but really makes this card spiffy, don't you think?
 Here's another of Lizzy's critters.  It just looks like it was meant to hold this little envelope!  Btw, this envelope was made with a new die that's part of the December release.  So cute!
So... if you have time to sneak away from your Thanksgiving dinner, come take a look at all of the new goodies that will be available at noon EST to subscribers.  And, if you're too full of stuffing to think about new kits, check back at midnight for the full reveal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2014

Makers Gonna Make

We went from fall to winter overnight & although I dislike winter with a passion, I love the change in pace that it brings to our lives.  Cold weather makes me want to make.  It's like a fierce craving & I can't rest unless I give into it.  Of course, I love making things with paper, but while I'm waiting for my next kit to arrive, I love working with different mediums - like colorful fabrics, wool felt, and yarn.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen peeks of some projects I've been working on lately.  I have a new niece coming soon & I've been busy making things to fill her nursery.  (I'm making a few extras too that will be in a little pop up shop soon.)
These little dolls are very time consuming, but so fun to create.  I love their Mary Jane's and their sweet faces.  Their brother is pretty cute too, if I do say so myself.  :)  I'm addicted to buffalo plaid right now & thought he needed to have a trendy flannel in this print.
I'm also making a pack of dachshunds for my shop.  These are so soft & cuddly & I think they'll look adorable tucked in a little one's bed.
My sister's baby shower was a couple of weeks ago & I was frantically crocheting up to the last minute to get her baby blanket finished.  I think my fingers are still a little numb. ;)  I used a pattern from Very Pink to make this Granny Ripple blanket.  If you're interested in learning how to crochet, I highly recommend her site.  This was my first big crochet project & her video tutorials are so helpful!
 I also made her a couple of pillows to add to her nursery.  Her husband loves owls. :)
One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda Rydell, posted pictures of these adorable house pillows that she created.  I wasn't quick enough to snag one for myself, so I decided to make my own version.

I used stamps from a Studio Calico set as a template for my embroidery.
So, what about you?  Do you get the itch to craft when the weather turns cold?

Nov 5, 2014

My Newest Online Class from Craftsy - Paper Embellishments

I'm so excited to share that my latest class Paper Embellishments {Creative Techniques, Custom Looks} is now available at Craftsy!  This class was so fun to teach & the class kit is filled with some of my favorite paper crafting supplies.  It's filled with trendy products from Crate Paper's Notes & Things collection and a versatile stitching template by Amy Tangerine.

You can watch a short video to find out more about the class here.  The class kit is on sale right now for $15.75 & you get the video lessons for free!

Paper Embellishments Kit Includes:

  • Crate Paper 6” x 6” Paper Pad (Notes & Things)
  • Crate Paper Ephemera Pack (Notes & Things)
  • Amy Tangerine Plus One Embroidery Stencil Kit (Comrade Alphabet)

In this class, I'll show you techniques for making a wide variety of embellishments.  Some of the things I cover are:
  • making embellishments from scratch
  • customizing pre-made embellishments
  • creating folded embellishments such as pinwheels, rosettes, and medallions
  • adding stitching to embellishments (both by hand & by machine)
  • tips for creating handmade gifts, home decor, scrapbook layouts, cards + more

I hope to see you in class!  :)

Oct 27, 2014

{Walden} Studio Calico's November Reveal

The November kits are now available at Studio Calico!  Here are some of the projects I made with the  Walden Card Kit:
 First of all, I LOVE the stamp set (designed by 1Canoe2) in the card kit!  It's perfect for any fall project or teacher/school themed card or layout.  The paper in this month's kit is a great mix too.  I love the plaid & script font designs!
 The kit also comes with some printed kraft labels in a variety of shapes.  I just added some of the embellishments from the kit along with some stamps & stitching to create a set of tiny frames.  The woodgrain frame was made from another piece of patterned paper from the kit.

You'll definitely want to check out the stamp add-ons for this month!  This French Fry set is just the cutest!
 If you're looking for a modern holiday stamp set, be sure to check out the Wreath stamp set:
I loved the way this card turned out & it was so simple to do!  This would be a great set to mass produce holiday cards & tags!
You can find the full November release here as well as a full gallery of ideas from the Creative Team. If you're new to Studio Calico & are interested in finding out more about subscriptions, you can find those details here.

Enjoy! :)

Oct 26, 2014

Take a Peek at Studio Calico's November Kits + #SCInspires Winner

First of all, thank you to all of you who participated in the #SCInspires Blog Hop!  Here is the winner from my post:
Congratulations!!!  Please email me with your contact info (&/or Studio Calico Username): julie.stamps77@gmail.com

The Studio Calico November release is right around the corner & I wanted to share some sneak peeks of my projects for this month.  The first two projects are from the Walden Card Kit.
 For this card, I wanted to experiment with watercoloring a little bit.  I used gesso & my Mr. Huey's watercolor set to create the background.  I've never worked with gesso before & it really makes a big difference.  (Fun stuff!)  Also, did you know that you can use your ink pads as dyes?  This ribbon started off bright yellow, but I wanted something that would coordinate a little bit better.  I just ran the ribbon across a Yes Peas ink pad & spritzed it with water.  Voila!
 This card also uses the Walden Card Kit.  The stamp set was designed by 1Canoe2 & I just LOVE it!  The large scale images are perfect for card fronts.
 There are several stamp set add-ons available this month too.  My favorite might have to be the French Fry stamp set.  It is crazy cute & I think you're going to love it!
The holidays will be here before you know it & there are some great Christmas/New Years stamp sets (& kits) in this release.  I love this mod twist on a classic in this Wreath stamp set.

Be sure to check out all of the new releases tomorrow!  The reveal for subscribers is on the 27th at noon EST & for everyone at midnight.  Hope to see you there!

Oct 13, 2014

SC Inspires Blog Hop

Welcome to the Studio Calico Inspires blog hop!  Today I wanted to take a minute and share with you how SC inspires me.  I also just *might* have an awesome giveaway at the end of this post!

As some of you know, I'm part of the Studio Calico Creative Team.  Specifically, I'm on the Card Team, but my love for SC products don't stop there.  I actually subscribe to the Project Life kits & have for quite some time.  They coordinate perfectly with the Card Kits & allow me to really stretch my supplies and create some fun projects each month.
I would consider myself a "dabbler."  Although I love making cards, I also really enjoy crafting in all aspects.  I love making home decor pieces, gifts, wearable art, etc. out of papercrafting/scrapbooking supplies.  And, although I'm not a traditional (weekly) "Project Lifer", I love using pocket pages to document trips, events, & everyday life with my family.

The Project Life kit is perfect for someone like me because with this kit, you can do it all!  The journaling cards work really well as focal points on greeting cards.  The PL kits also always come with amazing embellishments.  The copper rub-ons in October's kit were just the thing to dress up the bottom of this card.
Sometimes the cards are so amazing that I just pull them from my kits & hang them on my fridge or in my craft room for inspiration.  I found this tiny frame at the dollar store & added one of the 3x4 cards from the Underground PL kit to it.  Voila!  Instant home decor! (Isn't that printed masking tape pure PERFECTION?!?  I want to use it on everything!)
The thing I love most about Studio Calico is that they are always pushing the boundaries to create new & innovative products.  That's what inspires me like none other.  And, I've found that having fresh products each month really helps the creativity flow.

I filled this little jar with fall scented potpourri & applied one of the rub-ons from the PL kit to the front.  And... of course, I can't put that masking tape down.  It's just perfect for everything!
And now... are you ready for some fun?  Let's start with this FREE PRINTABLE that's available for download right now!  Click Here to get yours!

But wait... there's more!
http://www.studiocalico.com/digital/free/fall-printable-poster?aff=7ded1832 
Studio Calico is giving away over $1,400 in prizes!  Everyone who downloads this printable automatically gets their name put in the “hat” & all of the prizes will be drawn from this list.

Please use the hashtag: #scinspires to talk about how SC inspires you on your social media platforms.

The prizes get bigger & bigger with each use of the hashtag.
 

Check the SC blog each Friday to get an update on how many #scinspires shares have been posted.
I'm giving away the Underground Project Life kit to one of you!  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment telling me what your favorite season is.  I'll chose a winner on Saturday, October 25th.  Good luck!  (And don't forget to download your printable & spread the word about #scinspires)

To see the full list of blog hop participants (and for your chance to win even more giveaways), be sure to check out this post at Studio Calico.

Oct 8, 2014

Ashley G Screen Print Tutorial

Do you remember the Ashley Goldberg screen print I mentioned in my previous post? Well... today I had a chance to play with it & I think this little project turned out so cute!

If you've never tried them, it's SUPER easy. It's so easy, in fact, that it only takes ~10 seconds to demonstrate.  Check it out!


I just used some watercolors that I had on hand, but acrylics work great too.  I found this frame at Wal-mart for under $3, so these make very inexpensive gifts (but look like you spent much more on them!)  I hope you give them a try!

*Here's a direct link to the video (The blog seems to cut off some of the text.)

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