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!

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.

An exciting new announcement from Studio Calico

Maybe you already have heard, but Studio Calico has something AMAZING to announce……you will love it---They are teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you the same amazing classes and content, but EVEN BETTER than before! 

Check out the the Studio Calico blog for answers to all your questions and more information.

Full Reveal of Sandlot Card kits

Welcome to the full reveal of Sandlot! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out some fun ways to use this month's card kit. I had such fun playing with the goodies, and made all sorts of cards. First up are two cards I made with the main kit only.
The blue and white seersucker ribbon captures the warmth and pleasure of warm and long summer nights of August. It's so soft and easy to use on any project and looks great as the star of the show. I love the torn edges look of it. I bunched it up a little and stitched it to a very subtly stamped card base.
The pink shipping tag that comes in the main kit contrasts so nicely with the ribbon. I adhered it to the card with foam tape, and then punched hearts from patterned paper and vellum to add some color and interest to the card.
This next card showcases the schoolish feel of the  main kit. The card base is fun notebook patterned paper. I loved the color triad of the numbers so I trimmed 1-9 and adhered them to the base.
A few strips of patterned paper that say fantastic and awesome add a visual rest point between the numbers and are adhered to the card with a favorite school tool; a stapler. A few punched stars help give this card a congratulatory feel. And, I just love the design of the sentiment stamp!

If there ever was an add on to love, Squints would be it! I simply adored all the embellishments and goodies of this kit. From the fun flair, to the lush seam binding to the most adorable floral stamp set EVER! I had such fun playing with the flowers.

 For this card, the main focus are the small roses that build upon one another making garlands. I chose a tint and tone of violet, pink and blue and used the tone of each color to stamp over the the lighter rose image, bringing out the details of the image. Some miniature yellow roses finish up the garland. 
Okay, these wood veneer labels are the funnest! Every time I see veneers in the kits, my heart skips a beat. I love that they are the perfect size to stamp a coordinating sentiment on.
As mentioned in this post, the CT played along in a fun challenge this month. We chose members projects and lifted them for one or even two of our monthly projects. I was inspired by Kathryn Quintana's card; The Sweet Life. Her card was clean, graphic and was put together well. I lifted the sketch of her card, which was perfect for showing off all the fun embellishments and paper included in this kit.
Each little cluster includes some fun trinket that comes in the add on kit. I moved colors throughout the card, and tried to mix soft shapes next to hard so the card feels balanced. I had a lot of fun with Kathryn's sketch
The stamp set in Squints also includes a larger rose image. For this card, I stamped a grayish-black rose as the background, and added some bright green leaves to each flower to give it some punch.
vellum overlay softens the bold color of the roses. And, because I adore the wood veneers, I tool the negative of one of the labels, trimmed it and used it as a miniature frame for a sentiment that fits perfectly inside of it.
I loved doodling in my sketchbooks when I was a kid. Anytime a teacher drafted on about something not terribly important, I'd doodle in the margins. This months add on stamp and die set, Teacher's Pet has a feeling of school doodle to it So, i took the the most doodle-esque images in the set, and stamped them on a card base of notebook patterned paper.
I punched stars from patterned paper and vellum. The center star is embellished with a sentiment banner fussy cut, and colored in some hearts with what else? Fluorescent highlighters; found in every teen's pencil bag and notebook!

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 coordinating die cuts quickly-they're going to sell out fast!

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.
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