Studio Calico Sneaks of Sandlot

I don't know how they do it, but every release from Studio Calico gets better and better each month.  The patterned paper this month is just perfect for back to school, and one of my all time favorite stamp sets of all time is part of the add-on kit, Squint.
The blue and white seersucker ribbon is so soft and easy to use! You can tie it, stitch it or anything else you like! The color is light and it feels pretty, reminding me of long and warm summer days. I had fun layering patterned paper shapes on a shipping tag and then adding them atop the ribbon.
I'm super excited about this next sneak. I took inspiration from a Studio Calico member's project. The CT chose a fun challenge this month. We lifted members projects and put our own unique spin on them! Come back for the reveal and you'll see who I chose what I did!

I especially loved the wood veneer labels in this month's add on. They're all different shapes and sizes, fir the sentiments perfectly and will look on all your cards! I practically used them on all my projects!
Sandlot's kits have the perfect blend of summer warmth and the welcoming of all things fall, like going back to school. Lined paper, doodlish school motifs and cute pencil images make this add on called Teacher's Pet something you're going to want to snatch up FAST!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! This is one of my favorite kits, and I know that you're going to love it. Don't forget the big reveal of all the kits going live at midnight on the 27th of this month. Kits will be available to subscribers at noon, and for the general public at midnight! Don't miss out! Get a subscription today

Sunday Sketch with Studio Calico

I love layering elements and building up a design, and sketches are perfect when you're feeling creative and want to play with some paper, but don't know where to start, so this sketch was perfect for doing all that. The sketch has a great balance of positive and negative space, and is designed to draw your eye to the sentiment.


In the original sketch, the card's base was embossed gold dots. For this card, I wanted an equally easy background that wasn't too busy, so I stamped the asterisk from the Birthday stamp set, and embossed a gold dot from the Penny Arcade stamp set in the middle of the asterisk.
The original card that this sketch is based on used a die to cut the felt into three squares, but in this card I wanted to do something different. So, I took two separate label dies, and used them to die cut patterned paper from Penny Arcade and Pinball kits, layering them to the card base.
I die cut Birthday from the Penny Arcade paper pad with the coordinating die from the Birthday stamp set, adhering them to a  banner strip that I trimmed from vellum. I layered this sentiment over some stars punched from the Pinball kit's paper collection. The sentiment says Birthday Wishes and I used alpha stickers from Pinball to spell it out. I added a little bit of thread for some soft texture.

I enjoyed designing with the sketch from my original card and hope you find it a fun sketch to work with. I'd love to see how you interpret the design in your own card making.

Now it's your turn! Make a project using one of this week's sketches as a starting point, then share it in the Studio Calico gallery. Use the hashtag #SCsketch to make it easier for other members to find! Leave us a link to your project by July 14th in the comments at this post to be entered to win a $5 GC to the Studio Calico Shop. This week's sketch winner will be announced in the July 26th Layout of the Week post.

Full Reveal of Penny Arcade Card Kits

Welcome to the full reveal of Studio Calico's card kit, Penny Arcade. This kit is perfect for the warm, summer days of July. The patterned paper is filled with vibrant colors and designs, and the stamps are whimsical and fun.
For my first card, I used the main card kit and digital clouds files that I ran through my silhouette to create a die cut. The brightly colored doily is one of my favorite parts of this kit, so I trimmed it to use in two cards.
I die cut the clouds from cardstock, vellum and patterned paper. In the negative cut-outs I stamped a cloud with Clean Slate ink and backed another with patterned paper. I added some clouds with foam tape for some dimensions and punched some shapes from patterned paper for some bright colors and patterns.
I love the black and white ribbon that comes in the main kit. Mix it with the red doily and you have a striking combination!

I trimmed the doily in half and adhered it to the card base. Then, I die cut the circle, and a smaller circle within it to thread the ribbon through it. Some punched & embossed hearts are layered over the ribbon and card while a sentiment is stamped on a cardstock strip with a vellum banner stapled to it.
This card features the Pinball add-on. I love love love the embellishments in this month's add-on; from alpha stickers and buttons to resin flowers and foil trimmed labels. It makes layering on your cards fun! For this card, I masked a border and inked a light yellow background. Then, I stamped some flowers from the stamp set.
I then trimmed some patterned paper strips, notched the edges and adhered them to the card. I layered a resin flower over the button, atop some twirled string resting on a foil frame with the sentiment, "hello" spelled out with alpha stickers
The minute I saw the stamps in the add-on kit I was head over heals in love…I am obsessed with buildable flower sets, and the flowers in this set were super fun. The card took a bit to make with all the heat embossing (one flower at a time), but it was worth it. I stamped the "inside" of the flowers on cardstock one by one and then heat embossed the flower outlines. To control the embossing powder from going everywhere, I used a q-tip to gently wipe away excess powder.
I adhered some folded ribbon underneath a foiled label and stamped a sentiment on a die cut vellum circle.
And, finally this card uses the additional stamp set, Churros which you're going to want to snatch up FAST! It s a cute little stamp set with fun punny sentiments featuring pears and tomatoes

I stamped the pears in two colors, one color for the bottom of the pear and then Coral Bay for the top, making sure it slightly overlapped the ink on the bottom so that it looked blended. I then twisted the string into a heart and stapled it to the card.

If you're a subscriber, kits and new product go live at noon (EST), but if you're not a subscriber you can snag these fabulous kits at midnight (EST) tonight! Make sure to get these kits and die cuts quickly-they're going to sell out fast!

Studio Calico Sneaks of Penny Arcade

Studio Calico never falls short of delivering fabulous kits. July's card kit is no exception! The main kit's stamp set is so totally adorable and full of endless stamping options, and I am so in love with the ribbon trim this month. Additionally, for those who love buildable stamp images, the add-on kit, Pinball has a fabulous stamp set that's perfect for card-making, home decor or even custom stationery!
 This sneak is from an add on stamp-only set called Churros. It's super adorable and great for making cute and simple cards.

Here's a sneak from the add-on kit, Pinball. The flowers are stamped and heat embossed in bright colors!! The images are perfect for the summer.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Don't forget to the big reveal of all the kits goes live at midnight on the 27th of this month! Kit's will be available for subscribers at noon, and for the general public at midnight.

Full Reveal of Studio Calico's Hello, Hello Card kit

Welcome to the full reveal of Studio Calico's June kit, Hello Hello. This kit is full of colorful prints, bright and cheery colors and cute stamp images. I played with the main kit, add on Ciao, and some fun little dies that you're going to have to grab fast because they're so fabulous.
For this card I was inspired by the cute polka dot border stamp in the main kit. I thought it would make an great background image for the card. I stamped the border first and then embossed a dotted strip in-between.
I then fussy cut and layered the floral image over a strip of patterned paper and gold/cream twine included with the kit. Some cute butterflies and blue pearls give a little dimension to the card. The sentiment stamps included in the kit are great for any occasion and a nice clean font suitable for any style of card.
I love polka dots and I love gold, so I knew that I had to combine the town in this card. I embossed gold dots to make a background for the card, and I love how bold and playful it made the card look. 
This month's main kit comes with felt in two fun colors. I think they green and turquoise look great against the gold polka dots. I added some pretty buttons that also come in this month's main card kit and punched some pretty butterflies from the patterned paper to frame the sentiment.
All of the creative team is in love with the cute little animal stamps included in the add on kit, Ciao. I used the coordinating die set to create the patterned paper animals.
I stamped a border strip of pennants and then stitched the die cut animals together and adhered them over a bit of ribbon trim from the add on kit. Some hearts framed the sentiment and animals.
For my last card I used Ciao kit and added the doily detail and sentiment with the Howdy set. First, I stamped the doily image and then I adhered the ribbon trim. I embossed some gold dots from the Howdy set, and stamped the sentiment.
I punched some starbursts and circles from patterned paper and dangled them from the ribbon trim with the pink ombre thread. Staples are so easy for attaching those teeny details!

If you're a subscriber, kits and new product go live at noon (EST), but if you're not a subscriber you can snag these fabulous kits at midnight (EST) tonight! Make sure to get these kits and die cuts quickly-they're going to sell out fast!

Studio Calico's Sneaks for June's Card kit; Hello, Hello

Hey there friends! It's great to be back in the craft room making cards! Maggie joins me in her little bouncing seat, and watches while I craft, eventually falling fast asleep. I think she's soothed by the sounds of paper cutters and the sewing machine.

Right now the creative team for Studio Calico CT are sneaking the newest kit for June; Hello, Hello. This kit is filled with fresh, stylish patterned paper and accessories with the coolest and fun stamps and sentiments.

This card uses the main kit. With it's clean and simple stamp set you can find lots of way to snaffle it up like I did with gold embossed dots and added in pretty elements like patterned paper butterflies and buttons.

All the girls are raving about the adorable stamp set included in the add on kit; Ciao. I used the cute coordinating die cuts to stitch this fun little parade of animals.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Don't forget to the big reveal of all the kits goes live at midnight on the 27th of this month! Kit's will be available for subscribers at noon, and for the general public at midnight.

Bluegrass Farm Card Kits Full Reveal

Welcome to the reveal night here with Studio Calico's newest release, Bluegrass Farm. I'm super happy that you stopped by to take a closer look at my projects that use the Card kit and add on, Clarabelle. I was attracted to this month's kit because I love the blend of trendy patterned paper that has a country fresh feel to it. The patterns and colors were perfectly fresh and fun for spring!
For this card I used the main card kit and a fabulous over-sized sequin die designed by our very JJ Bolton! I love sequins and was so excited to use a sequin die to make pattern paper sequins as well as a sequins from other materials like vellum. To make the card, I embossed a cardstock panel and adhered it to the card base. I then punched photo corners from patterned paper and adhered them to opposite corners.
I die cut sequins from patterned paper and vellum and strand them onto a strand of thread which was stapled to card. To anchor the "banner"I added some pennant cardstock stickers behind the patterned paper sequins.
For this next card I also used the main Card kit. I covered a cardstock base with patterned paper  I then stitched rows of sequin paper die cuts to the patterned paper panel with yellow thread.
I folded a little of the yellow ribbon and stapled it to the card and added a cardstock sticker sentiment to finish off the card and add a little dimension to it. 
This card uses the Clarabelle add-on kit. The super trendy and fabulous stamp set that comes in this set has awesome large images that can easily be a focal point for any card. I stamped the hearts onto a cardstock base using Well Red, Coral Bay, Sunny Day, Orange Crush and Emerald Bay from the Color Theory ink line. I used a technique called, "second generation stamping" where you stamp an image once on scrap paper and then again (without re-inking) on the card to get some lighter shades of hearts.
Then, I embossed and die cut some hearts from vellum using the Wonky Hearts die and stapled them to the card along with a die cut star from the kit. I stamped a sentiment in a contrasting blue green over the hearts and I like the way it "pops" off the card.
Here's another card that uses the Clarabelle add-on kit. I was thrilled to get the Wonky Diamond Craft die this month--large correlate dies are my favorite! They're so versatile. I used this die to create a diamond background and punched out a few diamonds and adhered pattern paper to the openings and secured it to the cardstock base.
I took the yellow trim and tied it through some diamonds to create a "banner and then attached some clothespins holding burlap pennants to the yellow trim. A patterned paper butterfly and pink stick pin soften up the banner with some pretty color.

If you're a subscriber, kits and new product go live at noon (EST), but if you're not a subscriber you can snag these fabulous kits at midnight (EST) tonight! Make sure to get these kits and die cuts quickly-they're going to sell out fast!
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