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Apr 16, 2014

Mixed Media Online Class

 Mixed media is all the rage right now!  Have you heard about the awesome new class going on right now at Studio Calico?  CĂ©line Navarro and Anna-Maria Wolniak will take the mystery out of mixed media with a series of videos and in depth tutorials sharing their favorite techniques.

You can sign up today & jump right into the classroom!

You can check it all out here:  Mixed Media

Hope to see you in the classroom!

Apr 8, 2014

Studio Calico Instant Rewards

I love instant gratification, don't you? 

Have you heard about Studio Calico's Rewards Program?  Traditionally, these perks were only available to those who subscribed to a SC kit for 12 consecutive months.  But... today, you can be inducted into the Rewards Program instantly!  (See!  Instant gratification at it's best!)  Check it out:
So, if you do not currently subscribe to the scrapbooking kit, this promo is for you.  You can sign up for the monthly subscription by clicking on the button below, beginning with Bluegrass Farm.
If you already subscribe to the scrapbooking kit, there's also a great promo for you!
You can extend your subscription & earn Rewards Status & get a free printable!
To do this, simply add a Printable Digital File to your cart & use the promo code:  REWARDS4ME

So... what exactly is the Rewards Program?  Here are some of the great benefits:
  • 10% discount on add-on kit purchases. This discount is automatically applied to your order and can be combined with other specials and promotions.
  • 25% discount off online classes
  • 25% discount off digital items
  • Priority shipping. Your package will be in the first batch of packages shipped each month.
  • Special promotions and discounts given periodically
  • Order add-ons 12 hours early during a special presale
  • Multiple orders are bundled automatically and combine towards free shipping when you order between the 27th and end of the month. Your subscription will not be assessed the shipping fee if the combined total (including subscription price) is greater than $79,or $99 for Canadian customers. *free shipping does not apply to international orders
  • Earn Calico Points on add-on purchases at 5 points per dollar
I just ordered the Bluegrass Farm scrapbooking kit for myself & it's one of my favorite of all time!

Apr 1, 2014

Sketchbook Class by Kelly Purkey & Studio Calico

It's a new month & that means a new class has been announced at Studio Calico!!! 
I know this stamp set will go fast, so sign up now to receive your free set!

Here's a video clip about the class:


There are also some really fun new products in the shop that coordinate with the class.  And, if you hurry, you can take advantage of the 10% off discount code! I couldn't resist picking up some of them for myself & I can't wait to get them in my hot little hands!
You can find all of the new products here.

I'm so excited about this class!  Hope to see you in the classroom!

Mar 31, 2014

Studio Calico Stitched Class - Last Day to Register!

Have you registered for the newest online class from Studio CalicoStitched starts tomorrow & today is the last day to register.

In this class you'll learn all about adding machine and hand stitching to your projects.  It's taught by Paige Evans & a great line up of contributors.  Want to take a peek at what you'll be learning?
Along with the class, you'll get free printables, cut files & stitch templates.  Here is one of the templates that I designed for the class:
Also, if you sign up for the class, you can take advantage of this awesome special:
In order for this code to work, you need to:
  1.  Add the Stitched class to your cart
  2. Add a past Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kit to your cart
  3. Use the code: STITCHED50
I hope to see you in class!

Mar 30, 2014

Video: Album Envelopes

I love adding envelopes to my albums to hold extra memorabilia, photos, or hidden journaling.  I made a quick video to show you how you can create your own!

If you haven't tried out the Envelope Punch Board, it's such a great tool!  There are measurements printed on the board that show you how to make envelopes in almost any size imaginable.
To make my envelope, I used the new Color Theory patterned paper as well as some adhesive backed Velcro dots.

I designed a set of Attachers dies for Studio Calico that can be applied to envelopes or anything else you'd like to attach in your albums.  One of the dies fits the Handbook albums & the other can be used in any type of ring album.
As you saw in the video, I added double sided adhesive sheets to a scrap of fabric which added stability & allowed me to attach it really easily to the envelope.
You might also want to try adhesive backed cardstock or even adhesive backed canvas sheets along with the dies.  Of course, you can always use your adhesive of choice or stitch the attachers in place as well.

I hope you give envelope making a try!  :)

Mar 27, 2014

The New Kits Are Here! Take a Peek at Bluegrass Farm + Free Cut Files
If you're a Studio Calico subscriber, the April {Bluegrass Farm} kits are now available!

It's no secret the the Bluegrass Farm card kit is one of my favorite of all time.  Here are some projects I made using the kits:
I talked about using letterpress inks with my stamps in this post & the card above is an example of that.  I love the gorgeous, bold colors & the blendable shades that you can achieve with this type of ink.  A little ink goes a long way & I had a little leftover green after stamping the stems.  Instead of wasting the ink, I decided to roll it out (with a brayer) onto a scrap piece of cardstock.  It ended up coming in really handy!

I used the new Wonky Diamond craft die with the inked cardstock to make the berry basket above. 
For the card above, I used the same stamps but with the new Color Theory ink pads.   If you can snag the new Fruit Punch craft dies, I think you'll really love them.  They coordinate perfectly with the stamp set in the card kit & make layered cards so easy!
I cut strips of the woodgrain patterned paper from the card kit to make a crate for the fruit to sit in.
I designed some free cut files that you can use with your Silhouette for these next cards.  If you don't have a Silhouette, I included PDF files so that you can print them out & create your own pattern to hand-cut.

The tiny clothespins in the card above are from the Clarabelle card kit add-on.  They're just the perfect size for hanging these baby goodies on the line!
There are so many great new digital projects in the shop right now!  I used this cut file set by In a Creative Bubble for the card above along with the Wonky Hearts die to create the felt heart center.  (The Wonky Hearts die coordinates with the Clarabelle stamp set.)
There's also a really cool stamp set/craft die combo called Buttercup that was designed by JJ Bolton.  I used it on several of my projects.  It comes with cool frames, paint splatters, stars... need I say more?
  Here's a card I made using the set:
 And finally, here is another project I made using a letterpress inked background.  The blue panel started out as plain white cardstock.  I love how rich the color became!  I heat embossed my images & sentiment over the top of it & then added some hand stitching.
If you would like specific links to the products I used on each card above, you can find my Studio Calico gallery here.

I hope you are able to snag some kits this month!  I know you're going to love them!

Mar 26, 2014

Berry Basket Project Life Organizers & Free Templates

Spring is in the air & I have a quick little project to share with you today.  I was inspired by these adorable ceramic Farmers Market Baskets from Anthropologie & decided to make a paper version.
I designed some free templates to share with you.  If you have a Silhouette die cutter, you'll find .studio files, but I also included SVG files & a PDF for those that want to just print a pattern & hand-cut your designs.  (The berry box pattern is 12" x 12", so you would need to have it printed on a large format printer or at your local print shop.)  You can download all of the files here.

The basket is really easy to assemble!  If you die cut it, the score marks are already in place.  Just fold & adhere the tabs in place.  (I used hot glue to secure the tabs to make it extra sturdy.) I added foam adhesive to the included contrast strips to give it a little added dimension.

Along with the berry basket, you'll find a template for dividers & tabs.  I originally designed this box to organize my Project Life cards, but there are a lot of other things that you can do with the template.

I used the new Color Theory paper pack to cut out the basket & dividers.  The colors are just perfect!
 One idea is to create 12 dividers, one for each month.  I filled this basket with library cards & am using it to jot down things I want to remember.  You can make a perpetual calendar, having a card for every day of the year, & quickly see what happened on a certain day for several years in a row.  Or... you can jot down a little journaling & slip in photos,  using it in lieu of a memory album.  I think I'd like to use it to keep track of things (my kids' quotes, things we did during the month, etc.) & then use the cards as prompts for when I find time to work on my Project Life album.

The stamps in Studio Calico's April card kit are the perfect companion for this berry basket! (Kits will be available on March 27th for subscribers & 28th for everyone.)
If you're not a Project Life-er, these berry baskets make adorable gift packaging!  Here's another Anthropologie find that I'd love to replicate:
I hope you enjoy the free templates!

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