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Aug 29, 2014

My Proud Mama Moment

My son ran off the bus yesterday with a look of complete elation.  He's in the 3rd grade now & just found out that he could run for student council.  He said he needed to write a speech because the election was the next day... and then he got to work.
My youngest is a natural leader.  He gets it from my husband & both of them have this magnetism that I just can't explain.  People just flock to them, kind of like the Pied Piper.

But... this is where my "proud mama" moment comes in & I just wanted to document it so that I'll remember it one day when he's all grown up.  :)

As he was writing his speech, I told him to think of qualities that he had that would make him a good choice for this role.  He thought for awhile & then had a "light bulb moment."  He said, "Mom, I think I'm different from a lot of other kids in my class because I like to be friends with everyone, & not just certain ones."  He went on to say that there was a new kid in his class that had a deformity & a lot of the other kids picked on him & were bullies.  He said that it really upset him when the other kids acted like that, because this new boy was really nice & he couldn't help that his body was different.

I told him how proud I was of him & how important it was to really be a good friend to this boy.  The other kids in the class really look up to my son as a leader & I hope his example trickles down.  It's times like this when I feel like we're doing something right as parents... even though many days I feel like I've completely failed at the job. ;)
I think my son's main objective for becoming a student council member is to change the cafeteria food.  I'm not going to lie.  It's bad.  I wouldn't eat it & I'm not picky at all.  Our schools have tried to be "healthy", but in doing so, the food has become almost inedible.  (My boys begged us not to vote for President Obama because they wanted decent cafeteria food again.  They want to invite Michelle to their schools so that she can see what a "healthy school lunch" tastes like.)  ;)  I use to make my kids eat at school at least a few days a week so that they could get a little more variety, but it has gotten so bad that I pack their lunches every day.  I'm not sure how much pull a 3rd grade student council member has for the county's cafeteria plan, but I'm wishing him the best!

Aug 28, 2014

New From Studio Calico + Awesome Discounts!

The new kits are here!  The new kits are here!  (I'm singing this in my best 'Oprah' biggest giveaway voice.)  Poet Society is full of awesome colors & unique embellishments.  I can't wait for you to check it all out!
And... for a limited time, you can get $10 off any Studio Calico Main Kit!  (Scrapbook, Project Life® or Card kit) Chose from a Poet Society kit or any past kit.

One of my favorite add-on kits is Whitman.  I made sure to hold my eyelids open with toothpicks until reveal time because I had to have it! A while back, I suggested to the Studio Calico gurus that they start creating screen prints to use with paper crafting.  So, when I saw this kit, I knew my wishes came true!
The kit comes with a tube of Color Theory paint (and you know how much I love that!) which works perfectly with the screen prints.  You can also use other mediums such as ink.  The screen print itself is tacky on the back, allowing it to stick to whatever surface you're working with (paper, fabric, etc.)  You can just spread the paint using an old credit card (or turn an inkpad upside down & apply color that way) & then rinse the screen print off in the sink.  It can be used over & over.

Personally, I want to try my hand at making a t-shirt with it.  I definitely want to use it on paper too, but I can't wait to try it out with fabric paint & make wearable art.

Did you see that there are NEW Color Theory ink pads?  The bundle is available now... and I'm personally in love with Purple Rain.  Sigh...
I made several projects using the Poet Society card kit, along with some of the new stamp sets released this month.
I'm not going to lie - I've been playing with this card ever since I made it.  I love interactive cards, & this Rocket set was crying out to be made into a spinner card.  The rocket can move & spin along the planet orbit.  It's SO fun!

I'll be sharing a tutorial on the SC blog later on how to make one.  I used the digital stamps, but the traditional stamps would work great too!

And how great is this space patterned paper?!?  It's just one of the 23 designs from the Card Kit paper pad.  The kit photo above just doesn't do it justice.  The colors are so much more vibrant!
Here's a card I made using just the Card Kit.  When I saw the wood veneer pieces, I immediately thought "farm fence" & went from there.  The huge "hooray" stamp is just awesome!  I think it's going to come in handy for so many projects in the future.

I love having a Silhouette because I was able to cut out these sheep with it to create the scene.  I just hand-cut the grass & all of the paper is from the kit.
This sparkly gem card was also made from the Card Kit. I wanted some bright pops of color, so I heat embossed the stamped images first onto vellum & then painted the gems with Color Theory acrylic paint.  I added some glitter just to jazz it up a bit more.
So... let me tell you about some of the new stamp sets released this month.

This Cactus stamp set makes this succulent lover's heart go all pitter-patter.  And that sentiment???  So fun!
 One of my favorite sets this month is the Back to School stamp by Suzy Plantamura.  I love anything school related (see previous post for evidence.)  There are so many teachers in my family (my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-laws, aunts, cousins...) and school themed products are great for making little gifts for them, especially during the holidays.
 I also like making little gifts for our kids' teachers, principles, secretaries... so you can see, these products get a lot of use.

For this project, I made a Post-it note cover out of cardstock, paper, & stamps.  I added a tiny bit of Velcro just to help it close.
 Tiny cards are always great to have on hand!  You can pack them in a lunch box or attach them to a simple brown lunch bag to make adorable gift packaging.
I had a tiny square bound album in my craft stash that I converted into an Instagram album.  I can just print pictures that I've posted during this school year & pop them inside!
If you love school themed products, you'll also love this card set by Shanna Noel.  They're perfect for Project Life®, but they would be great for greeting cards too.  I might even want to frame that little bottle of glue.  Oh my gosh.  Crazy cuteness overload!

 I hope you've enjoyed seeing the kits in action.  You can find all of this month's new releases here.

Aug 27, 2014

Back to School Supplies - Studio Calico Style

I've always loved back to school time.  The smell of new crayons, getting to pick out fresh new folders to fill my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper... but I digress.  Now that I'm all grown up, I still love picking out new supplies.  They're perfect for creating teachers gifts, scrapbooking, card making... it's all so much fun!  Here are some of my favorite back to school supplies - Studio Calico style.

...and there's more to come at reveal today!

Paint Dipped Spoons + Canning Jars

A group of my friends get together every month for what we call our "crafty girls' night out."  We all bring some yummy munchies & some sort of craft/project to work on & just enjoy each others company.

I was trying to figure out what craft project I wanted to work on & remembered that my Color Theory acrylic paints had just arrived!
Let me just say, these paints rock!  The colors are so fresh & trendy... and they coordinate with all of the other Color Theory products. I got them with the intention of painting some of my wood veneer shapes (as well as many other things)... and then I had a light bulb moment.

I've seen some adorable painted spoons on Pinterest & decided to try to make them myself.  I bought some wooden utensil sets from the dollar store, packed a handful of colors of paint (Sunny Day, Coral Bay, Mint Hint & Clean Slate), a paintbrush & some washi & I was all set for our g.n.o.
Creating paint dipped spoons are extremely easy.  Here's the rundown:
  1. Apply tape to the utensils to mask the area where you want the paint line to stop.  I used washi tape because it's very easy to remove (and I couldn't find my painter's tape.)
  2. Paint the area of the utensils below the tape line.  I applied 3 thin coats, allowing the paint to dry in between coats.
  3. Spray the painted ends of utensils with a non-toxic sealer.  (I did two coats just to be sure.)
  4. Remove washi tape & reveal your awesome work!
One thing that I really loved about the Color Theory acrylics was how perfect the color remained after removing the tape.  I've removed painter's tape while doing some DIY projects around the house where portions of the paint had dried to the tape & peeled off, leaving a not-so-lovely paint line behind.  Not so with these paints!
These spoons are cute enough to be a gift all on their own (they look much more expensive than the $1 you spent on them) ;) but I thought I'd go a step further & use them as fancy schmancy gift packaging.
I love canning jars.  Maybe it's because I have so many happy memories of my grandma's canned fruits & vegetables?  I'm not sure... but I was so happy to see these Jar stamps from Studio Calico.
 I used the digital stamp set, which is great if you have Photoshop or Elements.  You can resize them to fit whatever project you're working on & just print them out onto cardstock or patterned paper.  These digi stamps are only available for the month of September.  (There is also a traditional acrylic stamp set if you're more of an ink & paper crafter.)
I hope you give these painted spoons a try!  Just fill your canning jar with a soup or cookie mix & you've got a thoughtful & adorable gift that anyone is sure to love.

Aug 26, 2014

Studio Calico {Poet Society} September Kit Sneaks

Tomorrow is the big reveal day at Studio Calico!  I can't wait to show you  all of the new things for September.  But for now, how about a few peeks of the new stamp sets & card kit?

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen an in progress photo that I posted while creating these "dipped" wooden spoons using the new Color Theory acrylic paints.  There just so happens to be an adorable Jar stamp set that I *love* in the upcoming release & I thought it would make the perfect tag for gift packaging.
If you're a stamp lover like I am, you're going to be really happy this month.  There are SO many new stamp sets being released!  This Cactus stamp set by LifeLovePaper makes this succulent lover's heart go all pitter-patter.
 The card kit comes with a fun & festive stamp set, perfect for so many special occasions.  I love these geometric gems & added some vivid color to them using my Color Theory acrylics.
 Suzy created THE most adorable Back to School stamp set!  I used it to make an Instagram photo album, a Post-it note cover, & a tiny note card - perfect for popping into a lunchbox for a mid-day surprise.
 This next card is one of my favorites.  There is a new Rocket stamp set from LifeLovePaper that's great for both boys & girls.  I created this penny slider card with the digi stamps & the rocket can move & spin all around the planet's ring.  I'm not going to lie.  I can't put this card down.  I just love interactive cards!
As I mentioned before, the Card Kit is great for so many celebrations.  I made this sweet farm-themed baby card using some of the wood veneer in the kit.
 Thanks for taking a peek at the upcoming kits & stamp sets for this month.

If you're new to Studio Calico, you can find out more about the kits here.  You can also sign up for monthly kit deliveries here (which is especially great for people like me who don't have a local scrapbooking store.)  The site is full of inspiration from both the Creative Team & the awesome SC community!

The new kits will be released at 12 noon EST on the 27th for subscribers & at midnight for everyone.

Aug 19, 2014

Photos + Words

 If you've ever wondered what scrapbooking is all about... I think you can simplify it into two little words:  Photos & Words.

And that's why I'm so excited to tell you about these upcoming online classes at Studio Calico!

Snapshot is a new class taught by April Foster & it encourages you to look through your camera lens in new ways.  Each day in September, you'll receive a new photo prompt.  

I am SO bad at remembering to take photos.  I'm such a card maker at heart & I am still trying to train my brain to think like a scrapbooker/memory keeper so that I can document my family & my life.  I REALLY need someone sitting on my shoulder, reminding me to take photos... and that's what this class does.  I mean... just take a look at this adorable photo of April's daughter below.  I love it!
 The other portion of memory keeping that is key are the words.  Years ago, I was so turned off of scrapbooking because I would look at layouts in magazines & see pages with a photo & $50 worth of flowers & embellishments plastered around it.  I just didn't get it.  It all seemed like an expensive photo album to me.

Later, I discovered what I consider "real scrapbookers." -- people who use paper & photos & words all together to really tell their story.  A light bulb finally went off in my mind & I understood what an amazing tool scrapbooking could be.  Laura Kurz is one of those scrapbookers.  I'm so interested to receive her journaling prompts & tips throughout the month in Pen & Paper... and the class contributors she chose are also unbelievably talented.

 You can purchase Snapshot and Pen & Paper separately, or you can order the Photos & Words Bundle and save 10%.  I think each class is going to be extremely beneficial & I hope you check them out!

You can read more about each class in the Classroom page at Studio Calico.

Jul 29, 2014

Studio Calico's Sandlot is Here!

We just got back from sunny Florida & I think I still have vacation brain.  (By the way, can I tell you how challenging it is to get my teenager to smile?  Sigh...)  I'm a couple of days behind, but I wanted to share the new August kits with you from Studio Calico!
Take a peek at Sandlot:

If you're like me & enjoy cute, whimsical stamps... you're going to LOVE the Sandlot card kit.  The bubblegum machine is the perfect size for a card front, but it's large enough to use on scrapbooking layouts or party decor & still stand on its own.
The kit comes with both bright & vibrant patterned paper/embellishments as well as soft & pastel.  

I really love the school themed patterns mixed in the kit.  The great thing is, if you don't have school-aged kids, the patterns are neutral enough to be used in many other ways.  (The card above uses the pencil patterned paper.)
If you like more of a romantic, elegant style then the Squints add-on is for you!  It comes with a beautiful, layerable stamp set & sentiments that coordinate with wood veneer pieces.
 I made this bouquet by stamping several flowers & adding them to a cone that I made with a square of vellum.
For those of you who have kids getting ready to start school (Ours start next week!  Crazy!) you'll definitely want to check out the Teacher's Pet stamp/die set.
 I make a lot of school themed cards.  They're perfect for sneaking into lunch boxes & backpacks... but they also are handy for schmoozing teachers.  ;)  (I'm not going to lie.  When you have a house filled with boys, especially a little mischievous one, it's always good to have a card on hand.  Those teachers need all of the encouragement they can get!)
Here are a couple of my other favorites from this month:

These Kraft Daily Envelopes stole my heart.  They're 3x4" & perfect for Project Life®.  I think they'd also make great focal points on cards & are the perfect size to hold gift cards.  I ordered two sets.  I couldn't help myself.
 Another thing that I'm REALLY excited about are these Color Theory acrylic paints.  I recently shared a video on how to create a stained glass effect with stamps on the Studio Calico blog & I can't wait to have all of these colors to work with!
 Thanks for stopping by!  You can find all of the new releases here & a gallery FILLED with ideas from the creative team here.

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