Christmas Cards with Park Ave Card kit

Hello there! I love the Christmas season. All the festive trimmings, the decor of sparkly ornaments and lush ribbons, people in the spirit of giving, Hallmark movies and even the snowy bluster of the season, but maybe that's because I don't live in an area with snow. 

In the spirit of the season I created a trendy and  simple Christmas card and matching envelope with Studio Calico's Park Ave card kit. The card was so easy to make that you could easily replicate them for mass Christmas card making. All you'll need is the kit, cardstock, Studio Calico Christmas tree veneers and tinsel glitter (plus your favorite ink color combination).
First I stamped a cityscape with the stamp set included in the card kit, alternating ink colors. I then trimmed the sentiment masking tape to create a festive sentiment strip of the same scale. I added a bit of gold trim and affixed a sentiment banner with foam tape to the card.
To give the city scape a festive holiday feel, I added some veneer Christmas trees and a light dusting of tinsel glitter on the rooftops of the buildings.
To create the matching envelope, I stamped the buildings on both edges of the envelope, leaving room to write the address, and added a few wood veneer trees. If you mail the envelopes rather than hand-delivering, you may want to not affix the veneers, but with a little extra postage and some strong adhesive you can mail the envelopes with the cute trees.
I think these cards would be fun to make and send, even personalizing them by switching up the ink colors used for the buildings. How would you add your own touch to your Christmas cards to make each one unique?

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to the farewell Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop. You've probably just arrived from Jeanne Jachna's blog.

I never thought this day would come, that the day to say goodbye to such an endearing and beloved magazine and family would ever be a reality. For so many women, this magazine  has made such an impact on our lives. We found confidence in it's pages, beauty in it's design and love in the friendships that were fostered through it. 

My journey with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine started in 2004 shortly after the magazine began. At the time I was in college, and my mom found it and thought I'd like to read it, so she bought me a subscription. I had always had an interest in crafting, sewing and paper, and I soon  loved reading the magazine on the shuttle ride to school, collecting issues for inspiration. Some of the biggest names in the industry found their start on the pages of Paper Crafts magazine. And, one day I too would find my own creations on these pages as well.

Fast forward five years later to being a newlywed on summer break from school. My husband encouraged me to take up a hobby to fill my summers off from teaching, so I began scrapping our wedding album. As I made some simple layouts that were characteristic of that time, I remembered all the cool cards and paper-crafted projects I used to look at in a magazine that I had been subscribing to since 2004. So, I decided to visit PC's website, and took a look at their submission calls. New to submitting, I had no idea what I was doing. I crafted a few cards with brads, decorative edge scissors, patterned paper and some simple stamps that I had laying around in a craft drawer, took some pictures and sent them in. 

I wasn't too surprised that they weren't picked up, but the submission bug had just hit me. A few days later, I checked their site again and saw a new call for a special Card Creations issue, which has a lot more general card categories. I printed the call out, took it to my local scrapbook store, and perused the aisles. After purchasing some a lot of crafting goodies, I went home, crafted and submitted. 

A few days later I received an email from the magazine. From someone important. Someone special. Everyone's favorite puffy heart editor, the beautiful Susan Opel. I couldn't believe it! I had to read the email three times before I grasped that two of my very own cards were going to be in the magazine!! I was still in bed at the time reading this, and my squealing woke up Mr. Emily (as Susan calls my husband), and he too was excited for me!

That was the beginning of my love affair with paper crafting. From then on I was crafting every day, and even on weekends. I was pouring over issues, reading blogs, following the latest trends and reading manufacturers sites. Paper Crafts magazine gave me such joy. I loved coming home every day from work and being creative, I loved the challenge of trying to use my tools in a new way, crafting with unusual materials, using new stamp techniques, but most of all--the friendship between Susan and I, and I and other crafters. 

You see, Paper Crafts Magazine wasn't just some paper magazine with pictures of pretty projects and advertisements, while--yes, the projects were phenomenal and clever, the columns were inspiring and trend-setting, it was the people at Paper Crafts that made it so special. Paper Crafts Magazine was a staple of all that women love; friendships, fun and beauty. Paper Crafts Magazine brought people together, from all over the country and even, the world. Paper Crafts Magazine created a sense of belonging for people like me who loved to make beautiful crafts and share that love with others.

After a while of submitting and meeting new online friends, I began to hear about this tradeshow called CHA. I didn't know much about it, but from what I had heard it sounded amazing. Meeting up with other crafters, being given a chance to see the newest product before it hits stores, and hanging out with my crafting friends on a fun-filled weekend in So. Cal--sign me up!! IT. DIDN'T. DISSAPOINT.

Not only did I love seeing the product, the amazing projects and being in the thick of all things crafty, I got to meet the Paper Crafts family….a group of women that I felt I knew already. We laughed, shared funny stories and enjoyed each other's company….trips to CHA with my paper-crafting friends were some of the happiest times in my life. Had it not been for Paper Crafts Magazine, I may have never met these women; what a sad thought indeed. 

Paper Crafts Magazine, this hop is for you. This hop is to recognize how many lives you have touched, how many women found acceptance in your hobby, how many crafters found inspiration in your pages, and how many friendships were created and still last because of this magazine we call Paper Crafts. Even though the magazine is coming to an end, it's not the end of something more important--the bonds of friendship that were forged around tables of crafters, eating, laughing and sharing in life. Love. And Paper.

Paper Crafts Magazine. This hop is for you. We love you…Forever.

In honor of the beautiful people who make Paper Crafts Magazine the incredible community it is: Jennifer, Kerri, Stacey, Susan, Holly and Matt, I made a card because you are all my favorites! The editorial content and design of the magazine shows your love and attention to this beloved magazine. You are all gems!

It just seems fitting to make a card with gold, because Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking is the gold standard of paper crafting. 

And, now for the hard part--now for the final goodbye. I'm crying as I type this. I feel such a sense of loss as I come to the realization that Paper Crafts Magazine is closing its publication doors. 
No more supply lists saved on my computer. 
No more printing out acceptance forms. 
No more mailing boxes of cards. 
No more issues to look forward to reading. 
No more blog challenges, blog hops and publication calls, 
No more fun meet and greets at the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking CHA booth….

it's all come to an end. Please know, that I have grown so much as a crafter because of you all, and I have developed a life-long love of paper crafting because. My prayers and thoughts will be with you as you embark on you embark on new paths, and say goodbye to one another. I can't even imagine what you're experiencing.

With all my puffy heart love….goodbye Paper Crafts Magazine. 

Your next stop on the Goodbye Hop is Anja Bytyqi. Thanks for stopping by!

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.
 
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