7.30.2014

Studio Calico Sandlot Kits: SQUINTS!

  Hi, guys!
 
If you haven't checked em out yet- make sure you run over and check out the new Sandlot Kits from Studio Calico! As soon as I heard the names of the kits this month, I knew I would be in love! I am a tried and true baseball mom and I've seen Sandlot more times than probably any other movie... lol!
 
http://tinyurl.com/mtsjzk2
http://tinyurl.com/mtsjzk2
 
 
Today I'm sharing a card I made with the Squints Card Add-on- still available in the shop!
 
http://tinyurl.com/ot5bpeu
 
I LOVE the stamps in this kit! And I really put them to use this month!
 
I was inspired by the fabulous Vanessa Menhorn and THIS card that she made- love how she stamped her floral background! I "lifted" her card for one of my projects in my gallery this month!
 
(You can see her full gallery HERE)
 
 
Here's how I made my card:
1. Gather supplies.
I grabbed some white cardstock, patterned paper, Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamps (from the Squints kit!), waterbrush, Peerless Transparent Watercolor Papers, and some tape.
 
2. Stamp your background.
I took three different sizes of the rose bud stamps and stamped them randomly to cover the card front.
 
3. Paint.
I chose three colors and watercolored over the stamped images.
 
4. Finishing touches.
I splattered some black paint, added a sentiment, and adhered the stamped sheet to a card base!
 
 
 
Thanks so much for the inspiration, Vanessa!
 
Thanks for stopping by! Check out the SANDLOT KITS before they're sold out- they're really great!
 
 

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7.26.2014

Studio Calico Sandlot Sneaks!

  I'm SO excited for reveal at Studio Calico this month! The SANDLOT kits are just amazing!
 
http://tinyurl.com/nx5xfkb
 
 
Here are a couple of sneaks from me....
 I'll see ya tomorrow for the reveal! So many fun things this month!
 

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7.21.2014

Studio Calico BRIGHTON PIER!

  It's here!
 
I've had so much fun playing with pieces of this collection in the latest Studio Calico kits! So excited that it's available in the Studio Calico shop!
 
 
http://tinyurl.com/kzt7wdj
 
Picture 1 of Brighton Pier Script Transparency
 
I LOVE this Script Transparency 12x12 sheet- it's so dreamy....
 
 
Picture 1 of Stamp Set: Live Your Dream
 
And this Stamp Set: Live Your Dream is just SO stinkin' cute....
 
Picture 1 of Brighton Pier 6x6 Paper Pad
 
You can't beat this beautiful 6x6 Paper Pad! Perfect for cards and Project Life! Beautiful patterns!
 
 
Run over and check it out before it's all gone! It seems to be selling out fast!
Brighton Pier Collection
 

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7.13.2014

Studio Calico Pinball Card Kit Projects!

  Hi!
 
Sorry it's been so quiet around here! Summer is taking over! We had a great trip up to Delaware to visit with family and now we're home and getting back into the swing of things.
 
And now that I'm home, I'd LOVE to share some of the cards I made for the latest Studio Calico release! I was amazed to see that the Pinball Card Add-on is still available for purchase! I would buy this kit for the stamps alone- they're absolutely beautiful! Check it out!

http://tinyurl.com/lur9s9e
 
These awesome stamps were created by OneCanoeTwo for Studio Calico- and they're absolutely perfect... not kidding. Gorgeous sentiments, great floral images that are great for building, love it all...
 
Here are a couple projects I created with this kit-
 
 
Again.... I LOVE these stamps.... sigh...
 
I started by stamping my sentiment with Yes Peas Color Theory Ink from Studio Calico. I masked the sentiment by stamping it on a sheet of scrap paper, cutting it out, and laying it over my card sentiment. Then, I stamped the floral images I wanted, building the images with the different stem and flower components. SO fun.
 
Then, I pulled out my Peerless Transparent Watercolors and painted the flowers a bit. To make the flowers really pop off the page, I outlined the images with a T1 Copic marker.
 
 
Love how it turned out....
 
 
 
 
I used the beautiful Penny Arcade Cut Files by Kim Stewart on this one! I cut them with my Cameo using white cardstock and backed each leaf with the awesome honey tan paper from the paper pad that comes in the kit. I contrasted that with the beautiful blue polka dot paper. And how awesome is that sentiment- great, bold sentiment to really make an impact on a card!

 
 
 
Here are the cut files- only available until the end of the month!:
 
http://tinyurl.com/lw7ag5f
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
You should totally go check out the Pinball Card Kit before it's gone!
It's a beautiful kit!
 


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6.27.2014

Studio Calico Release Day! FUNNEL CAKE!

  Happy Release Day, folks!
 
I'm here today to share some projects I created with my favorite thing from this month- the Funnel Cake stamps!
 
http://tinyurl.com/ldjvg2c
 
Now, the biggest question I've seen come up on the message boards about this stamp set is how to use it if you don't have an acrylic block big enough! This stamp is a big one- and I've heard lots of suggestions- but I thought I'd show you how I use large stamps like this WITHOUT a block!
 
It's easy peasy and works like a charm! Take a look:
1. Gather supplies.
You'll need the stamp, some ink (I used Versafine Onyx Black), cardstock, and a brayer. You could also just use your hands- would work fine, too!
 
2. Carefully peel the stamp off the packaging.
 
3. Stick your stamp to your desk stamp side up.
We're using our desks as the block!
 
4. Press down.
 Press down the stamp to make sure that it doesn't wiggle around at all.
You want it to be nice and secure on your desk.
 
5. Ink it up!
 Generously apply ink to the stamp to cover.
 
6. Carefully place your cardstock on top of the inked stamp.
This is where you have to be very careful- if that cardstock shifts, you won't have a nice image! Make sure to hold it down gently with one hand.
 
7. While holding the cardstock, gently roll over the cardstock and stamp with a brayer.
You can also just use your hands to gently press the paper onto the stamp, but I've found that I get a clearer, more crisp image with the brayer!
 
8. Carefully lift the paper off of the stamp.
Take your time and make sure not to drop the cardstock back down on the ink.
 
9. Admire your stamped image!
 
EASY, right!?
 
After stamping the image, I cut around the entire shape of the country and set out to make a card for my Project Life album. We're getting ready to take a road trip up to Delaware to visit family, so I thought this would be a great addition to help document the trip! I'll also be posting this on Instagram and Facebook to tell our family and friends that we'll see them soon! A fun little announcement of our trip!
 

 
 
I added these fun little stars (stamped with Emerald City Color Theory Ink) and connected them with a piece of embroidery floss!
 
The beautiful woodgrain paper is from the Penny Arcade 4x6 Paper Pad! I love that all of the patterns coordinate so well with the Penny Arcade Project Life Kit!
 
If you want this stamp and die set, you may have to be quick!
They will be available on the Studio Calico site HERE during the full reveal at midnight EST tonight! I have a feeling these will go very quickly- you don't want to miss it!

These are currently SOLD OUT! They will be restocked, though! You can PREORDER the stamp and die set now and it will ship to you as soon as the reorder arrives in the warehouse!

PREORDER HERE
 

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6.26.2014

Studio Calico Penny Arcade SNEAKS!

  I am so excited about these kits, you guys.... SO excited!
 
Please join me back here tomorrow- I'll be sharing a quick tutorial and some cool projects using these kits.
 
In the meantime, here are some sneaks!
 
First up, cards.....
 
(Penny Arcade Card Kit)
 

(Penny Arcade Card Kit)
 

(Pinball Card Add-on Kit, Digital Cut Files)
 

(Pinball Card Add-on Kit)
 
 
And.... some Project Life sneaks....
 
(Penny Arcade PL Kit- love that "In Review" card)


(High Striker PL Add-on Kit- gold asterisks....)
 

(Penny Arcade PL Kit, Project Life Digital Stamp Brushes)
 
Are ya ready?!
I AM!
 
See ya tomorrow!
 
(All products used on these projects will be available for purchase on June 27th at Studio Calico. Subscriber reveal is at NOON EST and the full reveal is at MIDNIGHT EST!)
 

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6.08.2014

sunday snapshot

 
 
dandelions, warm weather, sweaty boy, summer is coming....
austin james- may 13, 2014
 

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