Full Reveal of Park Ave Card kit

Hey there friends!! Today's the full reveal of the kits from Studio Calico. If you're a subscriber, the kits and add on's are available on the 27th in an exclusive pre-sale, which you're definitely going to want to do this month. For non-subscribers kits are available to purchase now, so don't delay!!

My first two cards showcase what you can do with the main kit this month. I love that the main kit isn't "holiday heavy," you can still make a variety of cards, but if you need some holiday cards, its totally possible to use the main kit--very vesatile!
I was really liking the black and white floral paper this month, as well as the patterned paper included in the main kit's paper pad. The pinks, yellows and aquas create such a fun contrast with the black and white flowers and text. 
The lovely kraft paper with gold glitter is back in the main kit, but it's even better this time----it's large envelopes that you could use to place cards in or trim to add as a decorative touch to card. And, that calligraphy in the sentiment---ohhh how I love calligraphy!
Oh my goodness the stamp set included in the main kit is so fantabulous!! I loved it, and wanted to try something fun with it. The patterns had a retro feel to them, so I wanted to play with that design. I stamped a block of patterns and used watercolors to give the patterns some pizazz.

Add some drops of water, and while the water is still wet add dabs of watercolor with varying intensities of pigment on the brush and watch it "spread"--it adds a certain amount of colorful flair to the design.
 This card features an add on stamp set; Happy Something. This set has a font-focused feel to it that makes it look like the words are hand-written, making it super low key and trendy.
I stamped the words around in the card base in a circle to create a "frame." Then, I stamped a few birthday motifs, watercolored them and added a vellum panel to give a little dimension.
This next card features the cutest die ever which I am sure you're going to be using ALL THE TIME!! I die cut envelopes from the Dots and Stripes paper pad, and then stamped a playful sentiment with a stamp from the main kit 
I filled the envelopes with fun little goodies like sequined butterflies and wood grain chipboard stars.
My last card features another mini add on Heart Valentine stamp set. These cute little add on sets are nice on the wallet and perfect for your card-making needs! I was really attracted to the ombre dot image.
I stamped the ombre in the center and alternated the image on the sides and then layered a negative envelope die cut from paper found in the Dots and Stripes paper pad.  I added a bit of embossed velum, some string and a playful sentiment spelled our with stickers from the main set.

Serioulsy, this kit and the add on's are going to zip on outta here this release! Make sure to get your products soon, something tells me they won't last long! 

Emily's Park Ave Card Kit Sneaks

Hey there friends! I wanted to share some fun sneaks from the fabulous Park Ave card kit which will be on sale starting Nov 27 for subscribers, and November 29th for everyone. This kit isn't necessarily holiday themed, so you make cards for any event, but if you need to make some holiday cards, it's easy to tailor the product to suit your needs!
My first card sneak uses the main card kit, which includes some amazingly fun product! I loved the floral paper from the paper pad, so I fussy cut the flowers and adhered them to some of the other lovely patterned  included  in the kit. A sentiment stamped on vellum adds an edgy and trendy feel to the card.
This card features the miniature envelope die and the dots and stripes pad. I die cut envelopes from the paper in this pad and filled them with some fun goodies!
My last sneak features one of the add on stamp sets; Happy Something! It's a trendy font set with some cute images that will be perfect for gift giving!

Fun Cards with Studio Calico's Stamps

Good Morning friends! I'm on the Studio Calico blog today to share some fun stamped cards perfectly fun for the upcoming holidays! I'm a sucker for fonts-the prettier-the better. I have been hoping and searching for a long time for a fun and pretty alpha stamp set in a beautiful font, and the So Fancy stamp set from Studio Calico is perfect.  I'm a carmaker, but what I liked best is that the letters are a great size for both card makers and scrapbookers looking to create their own custom title or sentiment. The scrip is clean and pretty, and looks lovely by itself, or with a veneer or sticker sentiment. I made two cards showcasing this lovely  and buildable set.
For this card, I wanted to showcase how nicely the alpha stamps work together to create a simple sentiment.  I started with a woodgrain rub on  die cut rectangle from the LemonLush collection. I affixed it to the card base, and then affixed a floral rub on to the woodgrain.
I then stamped the sentiment on a strip of patterned paper from the Walden card kit and adhered it over the rub on card base. Some gold leaves on a polka dot washi tape with a pin add a fun flair to the card.
 For my next card, I wanted to play with making my own sentiments, so I combined the So Fancy stamp set with the Get Happy collection from Gossamer blue. Stamping the sentiment at an angle was so easy with this set! It would be perfect for making hand crafted Christmas cards. 
 I affixed this woodgrain rub on frame to the card base and then the tree sticker and banner, finally stamping "Get" at and angle next to the tree. Add some embellishments to make your card  a playful and festive Holiday card.

Thanks for stopping by to check out what I made with this stamp set. I am totally IN LOVE with it, and and can't wait to use it even more! What are you planning on using this set to make?

SCInspires Blog Hop Winner

  Hey there lovely ladies! I have a winner for the SCInspires blog hop! So glad y'all participated- it was such fun!
   The winner is Roberta who said, "SC kits inspire me to try new things and use items I never would of thought of using."
    Please email me your Studio Calico username and contact information so we can get your prize to you!

Thanks for participating everyone!

Full Reveal of Walden Card Kit

Hey there everyone! Welcome to the full reveal of Studio Calico's Walden Card kit.  Kits were available to subscribers through an exclusive pre-sale event yesterday, so it's a great idea to subscribe so that you don't miss out on these exclusive kits and stamp sets. 

For my first card I used the main card kit exclusively. I absolutely loved the mini deer charm from Smoky Mountains and the SC exclusive black plastic strips.  I thought they'd work perfectly with the forest patterned paper from the kit's paper pad.
I layered the deer and plastic strips on some yellow seam binding and this pretty cupcake pink doily.  Papers are found in the kit's paper pad.
For my next card I was really drawn to the main kit's stamp set. These images are so trend-setting and provided countless ideas. I tried a lot of ideas, but in the end, this card is one of my favorites. The leaves alternating in diagonal stripes create movement, and filling some in while leaving others blank make it fun.
Seriously, I am obsessing over these plastic sentiments! They're so much fun to add to card, and they're no too bulky.
I broke out the watercolors for this next card that also features the main kit's stamp set. Oh my goodness are these stamps perfect for any type of coloring! First I stamped the acorns on a diagonal to create a background, and then I layered colors on the acorn to make them pop out using watercolor paint.
 For some dimension I painted one acorn, fussy cut it and backed it with some brown twine.
My next two cards feature two of the stamp add on's for this month. This card features the Wreath stamp set. It's a modern take on the traditional build-your-own wreath sets, with a geometric feel to it that you're going to love.
First, I stamped the wreaths all over the card, and then I went in with my watercolors  and painted shades of reds and greens on each wreath, using both for the wreath holding the sentiment, trimmed into a cute banner with an embossed gold doily and red thread,
My last card features the French Fry set in a totally different creative way. When I looked at the fry stamp on my desk, the silhouette reminded me of a city scape, and the set has a coordinating sentiment for a Miss You card. With that idea I layered patterned paper from the kit's paper pad on an embossed card base. Then, I stamped the cityscape and sentiment on a banner and fussy cut them, adhering them together with foam tape.
Before I adhered the cityscape to the panel, I painted a sky with blue watercolor, and sprinkled salt over it to create "stars." What a fun technique this is! A cute veneer heart is stapled to the painted cardstock panel.
This month's release is full of countless inspiration, I'm still crafting with it. Kits were available to subscribers yesterday during an exclusive pre-sale, but you don't have to miss out; consider subscribing to Studio Calico so that you too will get first pick on the cool fun! Kits are available now to non-subscribers, so grab them quick before they sell out.

Sneaks of Walden Card kit

Are you getting excited? Release day is ALMOST here! I've got  a few sneaks to show you of some cards that I made. I had so much fun with this release! It has some fun and trendy playful add on stamp sets, but also includes some fun stamps for the upcoming holidays.
I used one of the add on stamp sets in a different way by creating a little city scape
Here's a super modern Christmas card, a geometric wreath full of possibilities!

The full reveal will be available at midnight on October 28th for non-subscribers, but lucky subscribers will be able to start buying at midnight--It's so worth it to subscribe, these stamp sets will go fast!

SCInspires Blog Hop

Welcome to the SCInspires Blog Hop!! This hop is all about getting inspired! Inspiration is a big component of the creative process. It's what helps designers create and helps crafters make. Inspiration comes in so many forms. You could be walking down the aisle at Target, and see a pattern that inspires you, or maybe it's a sign on the outside of a cafe that gets you thinking, "what could I make with that?" Whatever you use to get your creative juices flowing, Studio Calico is offering a free digital download to help inspire you!
As many of you know, I became a mom this year to a precious little girl; Maggie. Every day she inspires me to work harder to be a better person, more patient mother and loving wife to my husband, so that she  can in turn grow up to be a secure strong woman herself by my example. She inspires me, but so do other things. Being a mom is hard. It's time-consuming, draining emotionally and physically and sometimes pure craziness. I've learned that as much as I love my little one, and want to devote all of myself to her, I as a woman, need time to myself to recharge. Part of re-charging  and relaxing for me and crafting. Studio Calico inspires me to craft. To play with my product; to challenge myself; to stretch beyond my usual style and try something new. 

Today, were talking about what inspires us as crafters. I was inspired by Studio Calico's  free digital download. The colors, fonts and layout appeal to my personal design aesthetic, but the wording inspires me the most. The words in the graphic inspire me to cherish the everyday moments of the season. Having a child reminds you that there are so many firsts and so many "only's." Maggie will only have one first Halloween, only one first trip to the pumpkin farm, only one first trip to our traditional Christmas farm. This print inspires me to stop. Stop and take a look and take in the moment of my little one and just relish it. Sometimes that's so hard to do. But, I want to try. I want to try because all of her "only one first's" are my "only one first's too. 

The download inspired the colors and textures of our first family photo. My dear friend Rahel of Rahel Menig Photography took this picture of our little family in the park outside our house.  Maggie and  I incorporated the yummy warm salmon pink of the photo into our outfits, and dressed in cozy sweaters. This photo captures the perfect joy of the holiday season; a time where you can just enjoy your family and friends.
Studio Calico inspired me to make this card using the The Underground card and scrapbook kits. I stamped the background with a circle form the Snowman stamp set. I then used patterned paper  and  a doily from the scrapbook kit to create a patterned paper block and notched paper strip.
I embellished my card with cabochons and stars from the scrapbook kit, and a glittery envelope and frosted pearls from the card kit. The stamp is from the card kit as well.

Now that I've shared what inspires me, I want to know…how does Studio Calico inspire you? That's what this whole blog hop is about. Share with me how Studio Calico inspires you by 11:59 pm on October 31st, and I will pick a winner from my blog to receive a free card kit from The Underground release. 

Make sure to download the free digital download to enter your username in Studio Calico's larger giveaway. There is over $1400 worth of prizes to win.As more and more people spread the hahtag #SCInspires, the prizes get bigger, so don't forget to share the inspiration.

Your next stop is the talented Natalie Elphinstone!
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