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!

Happy World Card Making Day 2014

Welcome to the holiday of our people, the people of card making. Every year the first weekend of October is reserved for celebrating the love of our craft. Card makers from all over the world celebrate by making cards. Cards for fun. Cards for challenges and even getting a jumpstart on making their holiday cards. 

Studio Calico is hosting some fun challenges in honor of this fantastic day! Every hour beginning 10am EST members of the creative time will post a card making challenge. All you need to do is find a challenge, make a card, and post it in the corresponding challenge thread.

For my challenge, I wanted to reach out to the non-card makers, get them in on the action! So, I decided that a fun challenge would be to Embellish your Embellishments with Studio Calico Scrapbook Kits. Naturally Studio Calico attracts scrapbookers, many who subscribe to the fabulous kit club, but may have never tried their hand at making cards. So with the kits you have on hand, I wanted to show how you can use some scrapbook kits to make some lovely embellished cards. 
This card features stamps and enamels from Camelot, rub ons from Poet Society and a wooden embellishment piece from Hello, Hello. I adore this wooden chip! It's so unusual and the texture is a perfectly lovely backdrop! Lovely decorative stamps from Camelot line the bottom of the card while a gold doily and label from Hello, Hello adds a perfect backdrop to the embellishment.
I added the floral rub on to the chip,and a golden sentiment rub on above it. Then, I threaded a butterfly sequin and affixed it to the chip. You can use any sequin you like, but I loved the butterfly. Then I added the pretty puffy sticker to the bottom of the chip to draw the eye to the rub on. 

For my next card I got a little pattern-heavy because I love vivid and bold patterns. Using paper from Camelot, I created a paper block on the card base and threaded some twine onto a tag embellishment  from Poet Society
The tag is the embellishment I further embellished on this card. Adding floral die cuts and a cabochon flower from Camelot to the tag, I also added a crystal gem from Hello, Hello to the center of the flower to grab the eye to the tag. Some butterfly sequins further draw the eye towards the floral embellished tag as well
I hope you enjoyed these cards, and that you're inspired to make your own with the kits you have on your hand. There are some fabulous prizes for each challenge  full of product that is perfect for the card maker in all of us. And, if you participate in 8 or more challenges at Studio Calico, you'll be entered to win the grand prize---a three-month subscription to the card kit!! Yippee!! So, make your card and post it to the gallery, and don't forget to stop by my thread in Challenge Central and post a link to your card so that Studio Calico knows you made a card!!

Studio Calico Full Reveal of The Underground Card Kits

Welcome to the full reveal of Studio Calico's newest release, this has been a hot kit with the design team, so you're going to want to snatch it up quickly!! You're going to find lots of cute little details in the card kit like die, flair and glittery envelopes! I had lots of fun playing around with the product, and I hope you're so inspired by what I've created, that you snatch up a card kit!!
For my first card I used this month's main kit. I like the art-deco feel of this particular paper, so I wanted it to take center stage, and added it to the center of an embossed cardstock base.
 
I was really "feeling" the glittery envelopes in this month's kit, but sometimes you don't need to use the entire envelope on your card. I took the striped envelope, and made notched paper strips and laid them on an die cut vellum label. I then adhered the hello badge over the gold and white envelope twine.
 
This next card features the stamp set from the main kit. It has some fun circle stamps with some clean and graphic sentiments. I don't make a lot of male cards, but I decided to try one with this card. I like how it came out, and even showed it to my husband to make sure it was "masculine" enough. 
I stamped the circles down the outer sides of the card and punched some dots from the kraft envelopes and placed the glitter dots inside  the stamped circles. I added strips of patterned paper to the center and stamped the sentiment.
For this next card, I wanted to show how versatile the main card kit is. I made a Halloween card using one of the circles from the set. I stamped the "pumpkin" repeatedly to create a background on the card base.
 
I then embellished the center pumpkin with some gray twine and the black jewels. Some patterned paper strips on the bottom of the card add some color and pattern and to soften up the lines, I added a little thread atop the paper strips.
For my next card, I used the Halloween Stamp set which is one of this month's add-on stamp sets. I thought the ghosts were eerily fun. I stamped the ghosts, slightly overlapping them to make them appear translucent and added "boo" in a bold copper ink.
 
I trimmed the hexagon foil strip from the envelope packaging that comes in the main kit, and added a strip of copper cardstock to tie the boo caption to the hexagon pattern. A little bit of thread is adhered to the card with staples black jewels from the kit. 

And, finally if you are one of those awesome card makers who get all your cards made in October, (like I....don't), then you're in for a treat. The snowman stamp set is a fun Christmas theme, with buildable snowman, snowflakes and sentiments. For this card, I made a design that could be easily replicated for mass cards.
 
I stamped oh Joy in an ornament circle, with falling snowflakes all around. A glittery notched tab with a glittery bow embellishes it.
What are you waiting for? These two sets and the main are flu of fun products; but they're going to sell out quick! If you're a subscriber, kits and new product go live at noon (EST), but if you're not a subscriber you can (quickly, I might add) snag these fabulous kits at midnight (EST).

Make sure to also check out what's releasing in the Studio Calico shop today…..its been long awaited!!

Studio Calico Sneaks of The Underground

Studio Calico has done it again with expertly curated kits that are full of wintery holiday fun and hauntingly frightful delight! Bold patterned paper and cute stamp sets will keep you crafting for hours!! I have two sneaks to show you today!
This card features fun glittery embellished banners and a black and white sentiment badge from the main kit, The Underground.
This card uses the delightfully ghoulish Halloween add on stamp set!! There is a great variety of images for carmakers and treat givers galore! Some happy ghosts float on by to say "boo!
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Full Reveal of Poet Society from Studio Calico

Welcome to the full reveal of Studio Calico's newest card kit; Poet Society. This is a great blend of summer and early fall colors and patterns. You'll love the quality of product that you can always expect,  and you'll adore Studio Calico's signature blend of on trend papers, embellishments and designs. This month  Studio Calico is trying something new with the card kits; in addition to the main kit, you'll also  have the option to purchase a variety of several different stamp sets that have replaces the add on kit, so you'll have lots of options to choose from.
My first card uses the main kit. I was inspired by the wood veneer strips. I love the look of natural wood and it's gritty texture on cards. I layered the wood on patterned paper strips to create a fun contrast.

To soften up the feel of wood, I added some colorful thread and punched a butterfly and heart from patterned paper, adding a starburst vellum shape behind the heart. I stamped Congratulations on one of the veneer strips.
This next card shows the versatility of the main kit  by focusing on using the stamp set. I stamped the gem image on the card base to create a festive background, and then embossed a gold circle over some of the gems to move the eye around and create some dimension.
Some gems have starburst vellum layers over them, stapled to the card. I then added some crystal stars to make this card sparkle.
This next card features the add on stamp set, Rocket. This set has a lot of cute buildable outer space images. But, for my card, I chose to use the playful sentiment and star stamp. I stamped a background with the sentiment and star. To make the images softer when stamping, I first stamped on a scrap bit of paper and then stamped on the card base.
After stamping the card base, I adhered a block of patterned paper from the main kit  and punched some stars from vellum and patterned paper. Some yellow thread adds softer lines, and I finished the card with some crystal stars.
This card features another add on stamp set; Cactus. I wanted to try something different and sorta edgy. So, I took gray paper from the main kit and stamped the pots in black. I drew in shadows with a marker, and then heat embossed the cactus' in bold colors like hot pink, aqua and a bright yellow.

If you're a stamper then this is the month for you, if you're not a stamper yet, this is also the month for you! What are you waiting for? These two sets are so cute and fun; but they're going to sell out quick! If you're a subscriber, kits and new product go live at noon (EST), but if you're not a subscriber you can (quickly, I might add) snag these fabulous kits at midnight (EST).

Make sure to also check out what's releasing in the Studio Calico shop today…..its been long awaited!!

Studio Calico Sneaks of Poet Society

With all the commotion of going back to school, Studio Calico has made this season a little bit easier with some really fun kits and cool stamp sets…..lots of stamp sets. So, if you're a stamper, you're going to be in for a real treat this month!!
This card uses the main kit only; Poet's Society. Some simple wood veneers will inspire endless ideas for use! I liked mixing them with some pretty patterned paper and fun thread.

This card features one of the new stamp sets with patterned paper from the main kit. Pretty crystal stars add some sparkle.

 
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